Update on Full Fibre in Haslingfield

This is to update you on the progress for the Full Fibre Project in Haslingfield to date.
Firstly, thanks for your pre-order and support on the project, it is great that you can all see the benefit in having the next generation of broadband brought to the village.
As it currently stands we are approximately 75% to the target, in the last month there has been 25 pre-orders submitted,  if we keep this rate up we should meet the required threshold for Haslingfield in January/February. We also have a progress update personalised advert going into the village magazines January print, which should help get the project over the line. Read more

East West Rail Update and Petition

It’s good to see so many “No EWR Rail Here” signs going up around the village, on the road sides and in people’s front windows.  Our MP Anthony Browne picked up on it in a facebook post here. It is also good to see the opposition to Option E growing fast in neighbouring villages.

Recent discussions with local district councillors imply that EWR Co’s next consultation “early in 2021” will include options  very close to The Eversdens, Harlton, Haslingfield and Harston, even if the Cambourne station is to the north rather than the south. This position is supported by survey activity here reported by the public. Even if your home is not close to the edge of the village consider the effect on access roads. Here is an image of what the crossing of the A10 might look like, it would be a similar picture for other roads (if access is restored at all).

EWR Co. have confirmed the line will be freight capable and the EWR Consortium are on record as saying that the EWR represents a huge freight opportunity – see section 2.2 of this document. Here are some freight trains in the fens. The video and especially audio gives a feeling for what they are like. Contrast this with our recent baseline noise survey in a back garden in Harlton where, over a 24 hour period the loudest noise was birdsong.

Things are not looking good.

If you have not done so already please consider signing this petition it was started by CBRR just before the last consultation, but it is still the right question. It already has more signatures than the number of consultation responses that supported option E in the first place. Let’s push it much higher. Read more

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

High Speed Broadband Update

Over the last two weeks we’ve seen a big increase in the number of pre orders, putting the village within touching distance of the target required to green light the project. 
Although this is great news, we still need as many people as possible to register for the service actually to make it a reality. If you’ve signed up for the service already please spread the word to your neighbours, friends and family. And if you’re interested and haven’t signed up as of yet, please head over to www.countybroadband.co.uk and enter your post code. 

If you have any questions please get in contact:
Ben Mavely – ben.mavely@haslingfieldparish.co.uk
Harry Stevenson – harry.stevenson@countybroadband.co.uk

Cambridge Approaches Webinar About East West Rail

Cambridge Approaches have made some progress since our last round of webinars back in September. We would like to do an updated webinar initially for residents of The Eversdens, Harlton, Haslingfield and Harston and in conjunction with parish councillors from these villages. Read more

Lockdown Quiz 2.0 – 8pm Saturday 28th November 2020

Quiz masters Hannah and James Roberts are returning for another virtual quiz night on You Tube Live at 8pm. This event is aimed at adults and the theme is the 80s and 90s. Join as an individual, couple or a team (maximum of 6). Arrange your own team communications on an app such as Zoom or WhatsApp. 

There is no fixed price for joining in but we are asking for a donation of whatever you can spare. Our aim is to raise £1000 for the PTFA and Haslingfield Little Owls. First prize is half a dozen bottles of wine (Thank you Offord and Camp!) and a cash donation given to the charity of your choice. Read more

Skatepark Closure

Due to government covid-19 restrictions, the skatepark and basketball court will need to close until at least 2nd December.