Haslingfield Village Hall – reopened

 

 

The village hall is now open again after the extension to the hall has been completed. This means the kitchen has been enlarged and now benefits from a dishwasher, 6 ring cooker with extraction hood, large fridge and a lot more storage.

 

 

We have also added a new meeting room upstairs with tea and coffee making facilities. This will seat 20 people with ease and allow meeting and presentations to be made by clubs and companies alike at very competitive rates. Hall user have always complained about the lack of storage facilities for equipment left between sessions so we also added a new storage room with shelving.

More details on hire rates and the hall are here: https://haslingfieldvillage.co.uk/village-hall/

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Haslingfield Food Hub

Harston Food Hub have kindly said they can share the scheme they have worked hard to put in place with us, as we are evolving the Haslingfield food cupboard. The cupboard scheme can no longer keep up with the increased demand.
 
This opportunity will also allow us to also provide fresh food to those in need as well as opening fresh food up to anyone regardless of need to reduce excess food waste that is an alarming issue. This may be from supermarkets with an overstock or anyone who’s garden/ tress etc are producing more than needed.

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Cambridge Approaches Action Group (C&V Article)

AC7XAK Freightliner freight train, pulling out of the North rail freight terminal, Port of Felixstowe, Suffolk, UK.

Background

After the public consultation last year, East West Rail (EWR) decided in January this year to focus their attention on route ‘option E’ for the section of their new railway between Bedford and Cambridge. It is classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and will form the busy central-section of the final East West Railway between East Anglia’s ports and the Midlands, serving fast growing towns along its route. Why the multi-modal corridor to the north proposed by CamBedRailRoad was not selected remains a mystery. ‘Option E’ is not a rail alignment but a corridor, several miles wide in places, through which the line will run. It includes Haslingfield and the outskirts of Harlton but also extends to Comberton and Barton in the north and Newton and The Shelfords in the east. EWR are currently carrying out further design and survey work to determine different line options which are planned to be used in a public consultation in 2021 before their selection of a preferred alignment. Construction is expected to start in 2025. Read more

Cambridge Community Arts (CCA),

Being creative is good for you, it will improve your mental wellbeing and your confidence. Cambridge Community Arts have year-long accredited creative courses in Visual, Digital & Performing Arts starting in September 2020. CCA’s classes offer a non-judgemental, stimulating, and friendly environment.
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NHS Test and Trace – beware of scams

Based on local information, (not verified by myself) it would appear that an elderly person has received a telephone call purporting to represent NHS test and trace service.
The suspect told the person answering the phone, that they had been in contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19 and that they now needed to be tested within 72 hours.
The caller then said there was a charge of £50 for the test and took bank card details over the phone. (The long card number, expiry date, name on the card and CVC code giving the criminal all the detail they need to fraudulently use the card).  Any test under the NHS Test and Trace service is free. Read more

Map of East West Rail Environmental Survey Locations

A local resident has kindly put together a Google map of the locations of East West Rail Environmental surveys known to us.  As I said in my previous post we have not yet been able to get this information from East West Rail or their contractor Ardent. The map is available on this link. Read more

East West Rail Environmental Surveys in Haslingfield

EWR aims to build a railway from Cambourne to Cambridge in the 2020s. Information on the status of this section of the route can be found on their website here. They have selected a search area for the route that includes all of Haslingfield and the area to the north. In terms of possible impact on village life, this is probably the biggest planning issue we have faced in decades. Read more

Booking system introduced at three household recycling centres including Thriplow

Visitors to three household recycling centres in Cambridgeshire will need to book a slot to access the sites from next week. This is in addition to a booking system for all sites that was recently introduced for vans and trailers requiring e-permits.

From Monday, 22 June, you will only be able to visit Bluntisham, Alconbury and Thriplow household recycling centres if you have pre-booked a slot. For more details please visit: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKCAMBSCC/bulletins/2912815

Village Green – Grass damage from storage of pipes during the Gas works

The  Parish Council have made a complaint to Cambridge County Council Street Works Team regarding the damage caused to the Village Green grass through weeks of storing large yellow piping during the gas works to Broad Lane are being carried out – the grass is completely dead where the pipes have been stored.

The Street Works Inspector has attended site and confirmed that the works team will make good the Village Green before clearing the site.