Fulbourn Repair Cafe

RepairFulbournSaturday 13 May, 2.00 to 5.00pm in the Townley Hall, Fulbourn Centre, Home End. Free

Following the success of the first Fulbourn Repair Cafe in September, this will be our second. What to bring along? – small mechanical items, bicycles, toys, clothes, electrical items, and bits’n’bobs! It’s best if you book in your item – it helps to ensure that we have the skills available for your item, and it helps us to make the event run smoothly. But it is still possible to turn up on the day when the team will try to fit you in as best they can. Refreshments are available for a small donation when waiting. A small donation for a successful repair is also very welcome – it helps to fund future events including the purchase of additional tools.

To book by filling in a form and to find out more, go to:  www.repaircafe.org.uk/fulbourn

This event is organized by Fulbourn Forum, with the support of Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Transition Cambridge, South Cambs Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership, Mackay’s, and Draper Tools.

Fulbourn Forum: Talk followed by the AGM

UnseenUnseen Fulbourn – the geology beneath your feet: The Landscape History of the Fulbourn District by Dr Steve Boreham

Friday 5 May in the Townley Hall, Fulbourn Centre, Home End

Talk commences at 7.30pm followed by a break at 8.30 for refreshments with the AGM starting at around 8.45pm. We should finish before 9.30pm.

Although we hope that a good number of you will stay for the AGM, you are very welcome to attend the talk only. The event is free of charge.

Dr Boreham of the Cambridge University’s Geography Department is a Geologist, an Ecologist and a Palynologist, and a member of the Quaternary Palaeoenvironments Group. With our recent experience of trying to save the two fields between Teversham Road and Cow Lane from development which would safeguard the setting of Poor Well and its springs, this is an opportunity to learn how this and other parts of the Fulbourn Parish and the Cam Valley have evolved over many thousands of years. A recent site visit to the Nine Wells Nature Reserve led by Dr Boreham was described by an attendee as “..a unique blend of geology, geomorphology, ecology,history, archaeology, conservation and management delivered with an incomparable passion and an all-encompassing expertise.” Don’t miss it.

Fulbourn Spring Community Market


Local produce and handmade goodies will be on sale on Saturday 11 March, 2.30pm – 5.00pm. Taking place in the Townley Hall at the Fulbourn Centre in Home End, CB21 5BS (by the recreation ground)
The market stalls include bread (CamBake), cakes, pies and savouries; the Cambridge Cheese Company; organic fruit and vegetables (Riverdale Organics); Fulbourn ale (Moonshine Bewery) and apple juice; and local produce including eggs, honey, jams and preserves etc. Also a good selection of personal care items, art, crafts, affordable jewellery, cards, and things for the home and the person, both decorative and practical. A great cafe, and some activities for children on the Wildlife Trust stand, together with plants and a seed swap.
For further information: fulbournforum@gmail.com

Teversham Road/Cow Lane, Fulbourn Planning application

Planning Application S/0202/17/OL
Outline Application including consideration of access points, for residential development of up to 110 dwellings with areas of landscaping and public open space and associated infrastructure works, on land at Teversham Road/Cow Lane, Fulbourn

Public Exhibition of proposals on Tuesday 28 February, 6.00pm to 7.00pm, at The Swifts Meeting Room, Haggis Gap

You will all be aware of the earlier planning application on this site (S/2273/14/OL) which was refused by South Cambs District Council on 5 August 2015, and subsequently dismissed by a Planning Inspector at an Appeal which was heard in September 2016. Unfortunately, a new application has now been submitted, as above, and the Parish Council has arranged to exhibit the plans and documents in The Swifts Meeting Room, Haggis Gap on Tuesday 28 February between 6.00pm and 7.00pm. We apologise for the short notice but the details of the exhibition were only finalised last week and your correspondent has just returned from holiday.

Due to the size and complexity of the application, the deadline for the receipt of representations has been extended to Friday 17 March at the request of the Parish Council. If you cannot attend the exhibition, then the drawings and full documentation can either be viewed online through the South Cambs website using the reference number above, or at the Parish Council offices by prior appointment – contact the Parish Clerk on 881042 on Monday, Wednesday of Friday morning before 12.00noon.

This new scheme is virtually identical in its proposed illustrative built form to the one that was refused. The changes are largely contained within the detailed documentation such as the Planning Statement, the Design and Access Statement, and the Ecological Assessments, amongst others. Unfortunately the Inspector’s report, although dismissing the Appeal, was unsatisfactory in that it did not give adequate support to South Cambs’ original reasons for refusal around issues of ecology, landscape and environment, but rather concentrated on the need for high quality, long-term maintenance and management schemes to prevent loss, and to achieve enhancement, of flora and fauna through mitigation and translocation procedures, together with the long-term effectiveness of the surface water management system. The Save Fulbourn’s Fields group, of which Fulbourn Forum is a part, is taking legal advice and expert consultation to find the best way to present our concerns. We think that this may be around the ‘deliverability’ of the proposals, bearing in mind the nature of the site, and the difficulty of meeting environmental and ecological requirements.

This will all take time, but we aim to get back to you as soon as possible with details of our formal response to the planning application.

Fulbourn Swifts

P1015202Now that the swift colony is well established in the new housing, a detailed full survey was not undertaken this year. However, more informal observations over the summer by John Willis, who has led the project from the start, suggest that it was another successful year for the birds. The Swift Watch Week in July included a well attended talk by Dick Newell of Action for Swifts, and swift workshops at the Primary School were enthusiastically received, including site visits to see the swifts in action. Also, for the first time, there are reports of swifts visiting nest boxes on other houses away from the main Grandridge Close/Swifts Corner area. We can also confirm that the project to install swift nest boxes behind the louvres on the west face of St Vigor’s tower has been successful with at least two of the boxes being occupied. Plans are now proceeding to install another eight boxes on the south face of the tower.

Nature Reserve Orchid Count June 2016


Helped by local volunteers, the orchids were counted in Ox Meadow, Long Fen, and East Fen. The farthest field, Four Acre, was not counted last year due to early grazing. As always the largest grouping of orchids was in East Fen although the numbers were significantly down from 2015. However, it should be noted that 2015 was an exceptional year when compared with the count taken since 2001, and it is thought that following a cold spring, the 2016 count might have been taken a week or two too early. The total count in 2016 was 1,367 comprising Marsh, Bee, Pyramid and Common Spotted – of that total the Marsh Orchids at 1,256 specimens dominate. Bee Orchids totalled 32, Pyramid 6 and Common Spotted 73.

Look out for the notice if you would like to help with the count in June this year.

News: Sustainable Foods and Scrapstore

Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub

Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF) is committed to creating a sustainable Food Hub in or around Cambridge. This project will have a significant and positive impact on the area in which it is located and the wider Cambridge area. It will enable new food businesses to start up and help to meet the food-related and social objectives that CSF has targeted.

The Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub crowd-funding appeal is now live. For detailed information and to support  the appeal go to: https://www.cambridgesustainablefood.org/cambridge-sustainable-food-hub-vision/

Cambridge Community Scrapstore

Unit 17, Barnwell Business Park, Barnwell Drive, Cambridge, CB5 8UZ

Fulbourn Forum are a member of the Cambridge Community Scrapstore, a project run by Cambridge City Council which aims to encourage recycling and reduce the carbon footprint of individuals and organizations. Members can collect a wide selection of recycled and reused materials that can be used for art, craft and play activities. Both Fulbourn Forum and Fulbourn Arts have made use of these facilities.

Individual membership is £5/annum and group membership £10/annum. For a £1 charge a large bag of materials can be taken (bags provided).

Opening times are every Wednesday (term time only) between 6.00pm and 7.30pm. Also on one Saturday afternoon each month between 1.30pm and 3.00pm – 14 January, 11 February, 11 March.

For more information please visit: https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/scrapstore

Grow Your Own Group

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis group of friendly fruit and veg growers will continue to hold informal meetings through the winter in the Six Bells saloon bar from 7.30 to 9.00pm. Do join us for a drink and to talk fruit and veg, exchanging ideas and experience. The group also looks after the village community herb beds. The next three meetings are:

Monday 6 February

Monday 6 March

Monday 3 April

For more information please contact Fulbourn Forum by email or John Willis on C881103.

Fulbourn Open Gardens 2017

img_0553Saturday and Sunday, 17 and 18 June

Calling all Fulbourn Gardeners…..

If you are keen to open your garden or would like to know more before committing then please attend the Drop-in Session on Thursday 2 February, any time between 7.00 and 8.30pm, at 19 Station Road.

Every other year, village gardeners open their gates to raise money for Fulbourn Primary School, this time to help equip new classrooms. Whether your garden is large or small, just begun or long-established, tidy or wild, full of colour or simply a green space, you are welcome to help provide a weekend of garden variety right across the village. There’s always a need for both new and returning gardeners. Almost everyone who opens their garden is initially hesitant but then delighted by the positive feedback and enthusiasm of the many visitors, many of whom come back time after time.

The new Open Gardens Team are:img_3566

Karen Downs, Tamsin Fry, Matt Hurles, Carol Friend, Sarah Konig and Pauline Jakes. For more information please contact

Carol – cam.friend@me.com / C701755

Sarah – skonig@hotmail.co.uk / C529326

Pauline – poingdestre@btinternet.com / C882394


Repair Cafes

Saturday 28 January, 2.00 – 5.00pm, Scout & Guide HQ, Woollard’s Lane, (behind Memorial Hall), Gt Shelford

Saturday 25 March, 2.00 – 5.00pm, Sawston (venue to be confirmed)

It is best to book your item in – find out more and fill in the form at www.repaircafe.org.uk/southcambs. More general information about all Cambridgeshire Repair Cafes can be found at www.repaircafe.org.uk

The first Repair Cafe of the ‘southern villages group’ held in Fulbourn on 24 September 2016 was a great success. A lovely atmosphere, good satisfaction for both repairees and repairers, splendid refreshments, and great helpers. In all, there were 10 repairers and seven other helpers (cafe, admin etc). 38 items were brought in for repair by 38 people. 23 were repaired, one was partly repaired, and 14 could not be repaired on the day but advice was given. The very positive feedback included:

The Repair Cafe has been a godsend. I am on a low income and was able to bring in things that I couldn’t bear to throw away and can now use again. Lovely friendly people

Delighted. Jay was able to diagnose the problem, isolate and remove the old capacitor, so it now works as it should.

I was very impressed by the  professionalism and perseverance of the repairer.”

The items repaired were wide ranging and included such things as a food mixer, school trousers, bike, clock, trecking pole, lamps, jewellery, sewing machine, dress, and a printer. Mackays (East Road, Cambridge) have created a tool kit for Repair Cafes which is kept at the shop and then loaned out free of charge. Fulbourn Forum plan to do a further Repair Cafe in Fulbourn later this year. New repairers are always welcome – please contact Fulbourn Forum in the first instance if you are interested.