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Country Kitchen Closing

Country KitchenSadly, after 7 1/2 years of trading, Country Kitchen will be closing its doors at the end of August. As always, thanks go to the wonderful support from our lovely customers in and around the village and I hope you will join me in thanking the Country Kitchen partners and staff for the superb job they did in keeping the shop open, and well stocked during the tricky pandemic times.

Work will start in September to bring the building up to current building regulations standard (particularly the fire regulations), and to properly demarcate the division between residential and commercial space. Some demolition will take place on the single storey extension at the back, and it’s the perfect time to replace the windows with conservation sashes, and carry out some general work to refresh the building and smarten it up.

The least sustainable building is one that is empty, and as a great believer in sustainability, we’ll do our very best to complete this work as soon as possible. Watch this space for updates!

Liz Galpin


Just a quick reminder that the read through and auditions for Haslingfield Little Theatre’s November Panto, Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves will be taking place soon. Both will take place at Haslingfield Village Hall at 7.30 pm: Read-through: Monday 19 July, Auditions: Monday 26 July.
Do come along, if you’re interested in being involved, either on-stage or as part of the production team. Teenagers aged 13+ are also welcome to attend.
Rehearsals will start on Thursday 2 September (dependent on prevailing Government Guidelines). We rehearse at Haslingfield Village Hall for two hours on Monday and Thursday evenings. Performances are planned for 25, 26, 27 November 2021.


We are absolutely delighted to announce that we are planning to put on Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves on 25, 26, 27 November 2021 at Haslingfield Village Hall. This is, of course, dependent on prevailing Government Guidelines.

If you’re interested in being involved, the read through of the script is planned for Monday 19 July, with auditions on Monday 26 July at Haslingfield Village Hall. More details nearer the time.

SHARE YOUR VIEWS – EWR CONSULTATION Thursday 15th April from 19:00

This is a public webinar run by the East West Rail allowing the public to share their views on the section from Harlton to Hauxton.
It is one of a series of webinars held by EWR Co. during its current consultation, but it is one of the most relevant to Haslingfield. To join the event follow these steps:
Using a computer (may not work on phone) go to this page:
Scroll all the way down to the heading “Geographically based public events” and click on it to reveal a dropdown list of events. The “Joining instructions” for each event includes the link to the Microsoft Teams meeting. Ours is toward the bottom – Harlton to Hauxton. Clicking on the link should take you directly into the meeting (Microsoft Teams App not required).  Please click Read More below to find out more:

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What does a Sustainable Food System Look Like (and how can we help create one locally)?

On line talk With Duncan Catchpole
When: 22 April 2021, 8 pm
How to register: Email for the ZOOM link,
The food system is one of the drivers of climate change and wildlife decline worldwide. It also contributes to food insecurity and inequality – as we’ve seen during the pandemic lockdown.
We can do better – and Cambridge Sustainable Food is helping communities figure out how to localise their food system and reduce waste. So we’ve invited Duncan Catchpole, Founder and owner of Haslingfield based organic food supplier COFCO and board member of Cambridge Sustainable Food to have a conversation with us about how we can all work together to develop and support a vibrant local food system. Read more

Donations Needed: Haslingfield & Harlton Food Hub

Haslingfield & Harlton Food Hub is still in need of donations as these hard times continue.  We are continuing to support families from our communities working alongside the Harston Food Hub. 

Our cupboard is looking quite bare so this week we are looking for most things. We are, however looking fully stocked on tea and long life milk. Below are listed some suggestions: Read more

Head Teacher Recruitment – Haslingfield School

Haslingfield Endowed Primary School is seeking to appoint a Headteacher from September 2021 onwards, who will build on the strong foundations of trust and friendship in the school to deliver excellence through inspiring and ambitious leadership.
Please send completed applications marked for the attention of Paula Durrant (Chair of Governors) by email to
For further information please contact Paula Durrant, Chair of Governors at or see
Full details can be found here.

Missing Cat – Fudge

Please check your sheds , garages etc . He went missing yesterday morning, usually he returns by the afternoon … but alas no show…. which is unusual for him. Many thanks.


Local Aviation History

Here are two historical accounts relating to Aviation in Haslingfield – submitted by Nigel Perry:

Mustang P-51D crash Sunday 6 August 1944
The P-51D Mustang was from the 339th Fighter Group Fowlmere. It had taken off from Fowlmere at 08.35 hrs on a mission and spun in out of a cloudbase of 700 feet, crashed through hedges bordering Cantelupe Road, roughly 100 yards beyond the footpath at Lesanna Farm at 08.50 hrs. The aircraft exploded in a field right of the road. Wreckage was strewn 400 yards with bullets exploding. 

The pilot 2/Lt Arthur Tongue was thrown out and sadly killed. He is buried in the American War Cemetery at Madingley Plot E Row 4 Grave #73. Read more