Fulbourn Fen Nature Reserve Work Parties

 Winter work party dates:
Meet at 10.00am at the car park at the end of Stonebridge Lane by the entrance into the Reserve. Work Parties finish around 12.30 to 1.00pm. Please wear stout footwear and suitable gloves for potentially rough work. Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided. The Work Parties are organized by the Wildlife Trust under the control of the local Volunteer Wardens, Peter Montgomery and Anthony Godsell. A great way to get to know your local Reserve.
Sunday 4 December
Sunday 8 January
Sunday 5 February
Sunday 5 March

Fulbourn’s Christmas Community Market

1407250_15224597Saturday 10 December 2016, 2.30 to 5.00pm in the Townley Hall at the Fulbourn Centre, Home End

Don’t finish your Christmas shopping until you have visited your local market, brimming with Xmas gifts and goodies, as well as the usual fare!

It will be another full market packed with food (artisan bread, cakes, mince pies, buns, tarts, and savouries, including some gluten free baked items. Organic fruit and veg, jams, chutneys and honey, and other local produce) and drink (Fulbourn’s Moonshine Brewery bottle conditioned ales and Fulbourn apple juice); handmade crafts, fine art, original prints, cards, and affordable jewellery; crafted home, table and fabric gifts; home decorations, lamps, pottery, wood turned articles, toys, and nursery items; handmade natural lotions, deodorants, soaps and cosmetics; and natural health personal use products and supplements. And more….

And not forgetting a good selection of Anne Chege’s Christmas wreaths and seasonal table decorations – some being made on the day. If you know what you would like, please order in advance by 30 November to help ensure adequate materials. Contact Anne on 880564 or anne.chege@btinternet.com.

Again this year, there will be free activities for children making Christmas crafts on the stage – so bring the family (and plenty of bags), have a great afternoon, and stay to enjoy refreshments at the WI café (the best cakes in town?).

Please note the dates for the 2017 Markets: 11 March, 10 June, 9 September, 9 December. For more information please contact David Cottee on 880616 or fulbournforum@gmail.com


Appeal against the refusal of planning permission for development between Cow Lane and Teversham Road

IMG_2656Terrific news! We have just heard that the Appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the development of 110 dwellings on the two fields between Cow Lane and Teversham Road (behind Poor Well) has been dismissed by the Planning Inspector.

The last paragraph of the judgement by David Wildsmith, Inspector, reads:
139. My overall conclusion, therefore, is that the appeal proposal would be in conflict with the development plan and would not be sustainable development. The adverse impacts of the proposed development would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits which would arise from this development and I therefore conclude that this appeal should be dismissed.

We shall send further details of the appeal hearing and the full judgement once we have been able to read and analyse the document. Our heartfelt thanks go to all those (and there are many) who have contributed, in whatever way, to this successful outcome – it has been an over two years long fight. Unfortunately, we must also report the very sad news that our planning expert, George Crutcher, who contributed so much with his tireless and professional work in representing the village, died on 15 October 2016 from an aortic aneurysm. Our delight at the Appeal dismissal is tempered by George’s untimely passing.

Fulbourn Community Litter Pick


Sunday 23 October. Meet outside the Fulbourn Centre between 2.00 and 2.30pm

IMG_5283We hope that you can join us for the second village litter pick of 2016. As usual, there is much to do, but with plenty of volunteers we should be able to cover most of the village and get out along the numerous approach roads towards the parish boundaries. Pickers and bags (and bag holders) will be available from outside the Fulbourn Centre between 2.00 and 2.30pm, but please bring your own pickers if you have them. And don’t forget suitable gloves and, if you have one, a hi-vis vest for when on road verges – however, we will have plenty of gloves and a few vests to borrow if necessary.

If required, lifts can be provided to and from your picking area, and refreshments will be available back at the Centre between 4.00 and 5.30pm. Arrangements will be made for collection of the filled bags from the roadside – no need to carry them back.

If you cannot make the Sunday afternoon but would still like to help, contact us for the pickers and bags so that you can litter pick your chosen area in the morning or on another day – several people have been doing this recently.
IMG_6165Although there is usually a great turnout of volunteers, a few more hands would enable more areas to be cleared of litter and made pristine. We shall also be looking for a couple of volunteers (with suitable wellington boots if the ditch is wet!) able to help clear the ditch along Hinton Road. Do come and join in if you can – it makes such a difference to the village.

Apple Pressing Day 2016

Sunday 16 October from 10.00am to 5.00pm in The Old Stables, Fulbourn Manor, Manor Walk

This will be our fifth apple pressing, so after last year’s event which resulted in around 250 bottles of pasteurised Fulbourn Apple Juice, join us again for another amazing day! We have already had a number of offers of apples but if you have some spare do let us know – we need lots! Bring apples on the day (in the morning) if you can, but we may be able to help you pick and/or collect if necessary during the preceding week (we have long-handled pickers for larger trees). Any quality windfalls should be freshly gathered and clean please – those covered with grass cuttings or mud are difficult to use.

If you have a few used, screw-top 75cl wine bottles, cleaned with labels removed (and all traces of stickiness also removed!) please contact us. We will sterilise the bottles and caps before their reuse.

We shall be serving drinks and cakes (including apple cakes) during the day – offers of cakes gratefully accepted. Also join the bring-and-share lunch if you wish. Many willing hands will be needed throughout the day for a variety of activities – washing, cutting, crushing, pressing, bottling, pasteurising, labelling etc. – so do come along if you can, even for just a short while. Supervised children are most welcome – we have had helpers and visitors, aged from 2 to 92, who had a great day. If possible, please let us know in advance that you will be coming to help. All helpers (and apple providers) will, of course, take home some bottles.

You are also welcome to just come and watch the action while enjoying a drink and some cake, and go away with a bottle of Fulbourn Apple Juice 2016 for a small donation! Don’t miss it!

Repair Cafe

Matching repairers with people who need stuff fixed!
Saturday 24 September, 2.00 to 5.00pm in the Townley Hall, Fulbourn Centre, Home End. Free
This is the first of a new venture by Fulbourn Forum. We are working with residents of other nearby villages including Sawston, Stapleford and Shelford, and the project is supported by South Cambs District Council and Cambridge Carbon Footprint. It is hoped to hold the Cafes on a regular basis (perhaps quarterly), roving around the villages.
Do you have damaged or broken items that you can’t use but don’t want to throw away?………..this may be the solution to what to do. We welcome small household appliances and tools, small electrical items including computers and mobile phones, bicycles, clothes, gadgets and general bits’n’bobs. Enthusiastic and skilled repairers will be on hand to see whether your particular item can be repaired, or advice given on parts needed or where else to go for repair.
If possible, please book in your repair by emailing southcambs@repaircafe.org.uk so that we can try to ensure that the necessary skills are available on the day and some time is allotted. But you can just turn up with something to repair, or just come for some refreshment in the cafe and see what is going on. You are very welcome. Please check out www.repaircafe.org.uk to learn more about Repair Cafes.
Refreshments will be available for repairers and visitors alike, and there is no charge for repairs – although small donations are much appreciated. If you are able to donate a cake or biscuits for the event, then this would be very welcome. Join us for a cheery afternoon putting your stuff to rights.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer repairer, then please contact Fulbourn Forum by email before 7 September, or come along to the first Cafe and talk to Pippa Vine, Judith Townley or Richard Townley.

Fund raising Coffee Morning

To raise funds towards the cost of expert advice and professional representation at the Appeal Inquiry to prevent development on the two fields behind Poor Well, Cow Lane.
Saturday 24 September at 1 The Pines (off Cow Lane just past Poor Well), Fulbourn
A chance to meet up with friends and to make new acquaintances in a beautiful garden conservatory. It is hoped to have some feedback about the Appeal Inquiry, although the final outcome may not be known for several months. Coffee morning courtesy of Gill and Peter Godber. Offers of cakes and biscuits will be gratefully received.
For further information contact Gill on C881699.

Jazz Cafe and BBQ

To raise funds towards the cost of expert advice and representation at the Appeal Inquiry to prevent development on the two fields behind Poor Well, Cow Lane.
Saturday 3 September in the Six Bells garden and function room. Free Entry.
BBQ from 6.30pm continuing into the evening, with the Hat Trick Jazz Band performing from 8.45pm.
At 7.30pm there will be a short presentation by George Crutcher to explain the issues behind the Appeal, followed by a Question and Answersession chaired by Robert Culshaw.
A Silent Auction will also be held throughout the evening, with promises including a meal for two at the Six Bells; a voucher for a christmas turkey; a personalised guided walk through Fulbourn for eight ending with Champagne overlooking Poor Well and the Fields; and a dinghy sailing lesson in a performance or standard boat – additional promises are still being added. If you are able to offer a promise to help with our fundraising then please let us know as soon as possible.
We hope that there will be something for all to enjoy. This event is being organised by the Save Fulbourn’s Fields group with support from Fulbourn Forum.
Donations, both large and small are still gratefully received. This can be done by cheque payable to Save Fulbourn’s Fields and sent to Gill Godber at 1 The Pines, Fulbourn, CB21 5HZ. If you prefer internet banking, then please email gill@savefulbournsfields.org, when the necessary account details will be sent to you. Thank you.

Fulbourn Community Market

Local food, produce and handmade goodies
Saturday 3 September from 2.30 to 5.00pm in the Townley Hall, Fulbourn Centre, Home End
Another full hall with local breads (CamBake), cakes, tarts, savouries, fruit and veg, and local produce including Fulbourn ale (Moonshine Brewery), local honey and eggs, and more. Several new tables this time amongst the original prints, fine art, crafts, affordable jewellery, and crafted home, table, upcycled and fabric items. Also Fairtrade home decorations, lamps and toys; natural health personal use products and supplements; and local woodturned articles and carved walking sticks. And not forgetting the WI Cafe with great value drinks and cakes. The Wildlife Trust will also have a stall in the entrance foyer where they will have some activities for children.
A great selection of tables – we hope you can come.

Planning Appeal Decision by the Planning Inspectorate

FulbournOutline Application for 50 dwellings on land to the north of Lanthorn Stile, Fulbourn. Planning Ref. S/1442/15/OL

Appeal dismissed and planning permission is refused.

The above planning application for housing on Green Belt agricultural land was registered on 4 June 2015 by the land owner. South Cambs District Council failed to determine the application within the statutory period (and no extension of time was agreed) resulting in an appeal being lodged by the applicant on the basis of non-determination.

It is stated in the Appeal Decision Notice that the Council was not minded to support the proposal. The Inspector turned down the Appeal citing the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which states that inappropriate development is, by definition, harmful to the Green Belt and should not be approved except in ‘very special circumstances’. After consideration of the potential benefits of the development to which some weight was given, the Inspector found that there were no ‘very special circumstances’ that would justify approval. The identified harm to the openness and purposes of the Green Belt was accorded ‘substantial weight’, the significant alteration to the existing character and appearance of the area was accorded ‘considerable weight’, while the loss of good quality farm land was accorded ‘moderate weight’. The Inspector also found that there was no firm obligation by the appellant to provide affordable housing and the necessary village infrastructure contributions.

In addition, regarding the presumption in favour of ‘sustainable development’ in the NPPF, the Inspector found that the proposal failed in some respect the three dimensions of sustainable development – environmental, economic and social. He therefore deemed the proposal not to be sustainable development.

The Inspector was of the opinion that “……the historic pattern of development along the main roads adjoins the open countryside and the open land forms a key part of the character of the area. By providing an open setting to the Conservation Area it positively contributes to its value as a heritage asset……

but the urbanisation of the site would clearly alter the setting and erode the historic relationship of the village with the open countryside beyond.”

Fulbourn Forum submitted a response against the original planning application (as did the Parish Council and other villagers) and is pleased that this important part of Fulbourn’s Green Belt protection will remain. An approval here, against long-term South Cambs planning policy (the site has not been identified for development in the emerging new Local Plan), would have put enormous pressure for development on other Green Belt fields surrounding the village.

David Cottee

Fulbourn Forum for community action / fulbournforum@gmail.com