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

Fulbourn Swift Watch Week 11 to 17 July 2016

P1015214Enjoy the flying displays, help monitor nest box activity and attend a talk by a swift expert

This year we are focusing our monitoring activity on this week in July, which has been chosen because this is the peak time for swift activity with breeding birds feeding their young and with a likely maximum number of non-breeding birds to give good flying displays.
Monday 11 July, 7.30 pm meet by the Fulbourn Life Wall – guided walks & monitoring of swift nest places on The Swifts & at the Church
Tuesday 12 July, 7.30 pm meet by the Fulbourn Life Wall – guided walks & monitoring of swift nest places on The Swifts & at the Church
Wednesday 13 July 7.30 pm Talk ‘All About Swifts’ by expert Dick Newell at The Swifts Meeting Rooms, followed by guided walks to view swifts flying (see below)
Thursday 14 July, 7.30 pm meet by the Fulbourn Life Wall – guided walks & monitoring of swift nest places on The Swifts & at the Church
Friday 15 July, 7.30 pm meet by the Fulbourn Life Wall – guided walks & monitoring of swift nest places on The Swifts & at the Church
Saturday 16 July, 10.30 am Storytime including a swift story at the Library, The Swifts Meeting Rooms for under 6s

All age groups are welcome to come along and appreciate the swifts. No previous experience or specialist equipment is required.  if you would like to help with the monitoring, just bring a pen or pencil and ideally something firm to write on.  Recording sheets will be provided.

Further volunteers are required to help with the above events – contact John Willis on 01223 881103 if you would like to help.

Talk – ‘All About Swifts’ by Dick Newell – 13 July 7.30 pm, The Swifts Meeting Rooms
Dick Newell has given talks at International Swift Conferences and to many local organisations in Cambridgeshire
Here is a great opportunity to hear about the status of swifts in the UK and in particular some of the successful nest box projects around Cambridgeshire including The Swifts Development. The talk will be followed by optional guided walks around the village to see swifts in action.

House Martins
House martins, which are also in decline in the UK, have been seen using the internal swift boxes
In August last year we noted a pair of house martins using one of the internal swift boxes on a house in Farmers Row.  We have had further reports this year of martins using some of the boxes and we would be very interested to hear of any further sightings- contact details below. This year the British Trust for Ornithology are conducting a House Martin Nest Monitoring Study – ideal for those people with house martin nests on their homes.  Details can be found at http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/house-martin-survey

Wilbraham River Protection Society – Guided River Walk

IMG_0840Sunday 12 June, from 12.30pm
The annual Wilbraham River walk will start from Hawk Mill Farm, Little Wilbraham and follow the river to the spring in the grounds of The Temple at Great Wilbraham. The walk will finish at around 3.30pm. The walk is not suitable for buggies, small toddlers or those with restricted mobility.
Numbers are limited. To register and receive full information of this event: contact Rebecca Lomas by 30 May 01223 811189 or bex@drcr.info

June Fulbourn Community Market

FulbounSaturday 11 June in the Townley Hall, 2.30pm to 5.00pm
Please note the date of the next Market. A good range of tables as usual with some activities for children. There will be a variety of plants for sale – any donations of plants will be welcome. Bread made from Foster Mill’s flour will also be available. Further details of the Market will follow nearer the date.