Your help needed in getting FASTER BROADBAND in Haslingfield

Do you know about the opportunity to get faster broadband for those of us on the Harston exchange (which includes Haslingfield) by voting on a BT website?
 
If 1000 votes are lodged for the Harston exchange we could be fast-tracked for an upgraded service, which will not only affect BT customers but those on other networks too.
 
The way to vote is to go to www.racetoinfinity.bt.com – it takes less than a minute to do, and as at Sunday 10 October , we still have quite a way to go before we reach the 1000 votes needed, so please “spread the word” after voting yourself.

Recent Burglaries

We have these reports from Holly Chandler our Watch Scheme Support Officer based in Cambridge Constabulary.

On the 1st September between 12.30am and 5.50am, a property on Church Street, Haslingfield was broken into. Unknown offender(s) have entered the property either through the front or back door and have stolen high value electrical items, such as a laptop and television, along with cash and mobile phones.

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Scarecrows ‘on tour’

A number of scarecrows were apparently moved from the village to a roundabout on the A603 / M11 junction, and one was found in Hardwick. They have since been returned to the village – no doubt to the great relief of their owners who will have put a lot of work into them.

Are all the scarecrows now accounted for?
Who moved them and why?
Were they trying to hitch a lift up the A14?

Power Cuts in the Village – Update

The road into Haslingfield from Harston is closed by the police for safety reasons. The electricity cables crossing the road by the Pavillion have been seen to be arcing. Looks like the electricity supply problems are not yet over….

Rock on the Rec – Saturday 3 July

This Saturday, 3 July from 7.30 p.m. onwards,  local band The Tabs will be performing a free concert on Haslingfield Recreation Ground. They will be supported by Plan 17 – a Haslingfield band of 13-14 year olds. 

Everyone is welcome to come to this free event and to bring along their own food & drink, tables, chairs, lanterns, torches, and gazebos.

Funding Opportunities for Local Community Groups

We have received the following information regarding possible funding for local community groups:

The Grassroots Grants Scheme – providing funding for community projects
The Donarbon Community Fund – providing funding  for the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other general public amenity, or the conservation of a specific species or a specific habitat.

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Haslingfield Fish & Chips Van

For many villagers, Tuesday evenings just won’t be the same. On 25 May, “The Happy Plaice” Fish & Chips van made its last visit to Haslingfield. However, there is hope on the horizon – we have been told by Karen Martell, Director of “The Happy Plaice”, that they are hoping to be able to resume the service, and are actively looking for the right person to take over….more news on the website, as and when.

Our first steps out onto the Internet

Welcome to our HaslingfieldVillage blog.

Just before Christmas, we formed a small team of volunteers with web, project and design experience to create a Village Web Site for Haslingfield.  We want to create a web site that is open to all to contribute and acts as a focal point on the web for the village. A basic web site should be ready by the end of February but it will continue to evolve as more people get involved and contribute.

We want the web site to be the place for up to date village information (diary, calendar, opinions, news) and have the ability to promote events and activities within the village to foster participation and community. You will also be able to raise issues and concerns (e.g. speeding, gritting) and we hope to provide the smaller clubs and societies with some web space.

However establishing and running a village web site is no small feat; especially if we want it be of value to the community.  Many local villages are established on the web; Harlton, Melbourn, Newton and Hauxton provide parish news, support the churches, local clubs and amenities as well as document the history and activities in the local area.  Haslingfield has a few websites already such as the choir, primary school, scarecrow festival and Little Theatre but with more people using the web, we wanted a site that draws all of this together.  Our aim is to provide a core site and then take advantage of free services for photos, links, sites and even wiki entries!  Church & Village will continue to be the main channel of communication and means of advertising and promoting events and activites  in Haslingfield and Harlton. In this way, everyone in the village will be  included, either online or in print.

If you have ideas or comments or would like to contribute then please let us know; the more people get involved, the more useful the site will be to everyone in the village. Look forward to hearing from you.