Candidate Reveals All in Cambridge

April 24, 2010 by  
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Occassionally fate intervenes in elections and gives us a view into a candidate’s inner character. This is what happened on 19th April 2010 when Tony Juniper, Green Party parliamentary candidate in Cambridge, helped catch a burglar. The Cambridge News front page story reveals a man who realised that something was wrong, was quick off the blocks and got the job done without regard to his own personal safety.

Cambridge News, Monday 19 April 2010 (Click image to read story) 

Guided Busway to Open in April? (April 2010, 2011, 2015 ?)

March 16, 2010 by  
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Tuesday 16 March 2010:

CCC met today to consider the report released last week.
From the Chief Exec’s blog:
Finally, Cabinet considered a progress report regarding the Guided Busway. Cllr Roy Pegram made the following statement:

“Senior staff from Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) and BAM Nuttall Ltd (BNL) have met to consider further the outstanding issues holding up completion of the northern section of the Guideway as set out in the report to CCC Cabinet, dispatched last week and being considered today.

“The meeting was productive and actions have been agreed by both parties, commencing with early technical meetings this week, which if carried through, should lead to the resolution of the issues.

“Both parties have agreed that these actions will be monitored by the respective chief executives over the next five days, ahead of a further senior level meeting at the end of the month.

“One of the issues is the Busway’s maintenance track that is currently under water in some areas.

“CCC and BNL have agreed that these areas need to be raised, a process that will require liaison with the Environment Agency because of flood storage issues in the flood plain. The good news is that any work on this could be carried out whilst the Busway is operational, so the work, which needs drier conditions, will not prevent the Busway opening.

“CCC and BNL wish to see the Busway operational as soon as possible and have agreed to use the procedures laid out in the contract to progress the outstanding issues.

“Provided there is the expected progress during the coming weeks, both parties are hopeful that it will be possible to indicate by the middle of April the target date for trialling and then operating the Busway.  [That doesn't mean it will start in April! It will be announced - maybe - when it might start.  - ed.]

“CCC and BNL remain resolutely of the view that once completed the Busway will provide the high quality, well-used and successful service we always anticipated.”

BREAKING NEWS: Guided Bus DELAYED … until 2015?

March 9, 2010 by  
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Delayed until 2015?

Delayed until 2015?

News is leaking out of the Cambridgeshire County Council suggesting that it may be 2015 before the guided bus is running.  It looks as if contract and construction disputes between BAM Nutall and the county council may take years to resolve.

There will be many news media stories about this in coming days.  But the HI Courier has obtained the report being submitted to the Cambridgeshire County Council next Tuesday 16th March 2010,  10.00 a.m., Kreis Viersen Room, Shire Hall, CAMBRIDGE

You can find the report  here. (  )
Watch this space and our April issue for more details – and ‘no’ it isn’t an April Fool’s joke – but a very sad state of affairs that is likely to get even worse than it now appears.

MOT Voucher Auction

March 5, 2010 by  
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Number of Bids to date: 0   High Bid:  n/a

Buckingham & Stanley have generously donated an MOT voucher with a retail value of £54 to the Play Area project. It expires at the end of this month, so the project organisers have asked the HI Courier to see if we can auction it to the highest bidder. Because of time constraints, the auction will begin on 4th March and run until 11:59:59pm on March 15th.  Bids can be made by email to   Each evening we will update the highest bid on our website – no name will be given only the amount of the current highest bid.
Remember this voucher is only valid for an MOT until 31/03/2010. All proceeds go to The Rec Playarea Project. Good luck!


February 1, 2010 by  
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Leo Cheng, Histon resident and surgeon, recently returned from Benin on board the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship – the Africa Mercy. There he performed life-saving operations to some of the poorest people of Africa.  He will be speaking at the Histon Methodist Church ‘Big Issues’ series of meetings on 25 February at 7:30 PM at the church hall.

Leo Cheng, a Consultant Oral and Facial Reconstructive Surgeon in Cambridge and London spent two weeks in Benin, West Africa and has previously volunteered with the international charity Mercy Ships which has operated hospital ships since 1978. Last year, he also went with his daughter, Kat who volunteered as an eye clinic assistant in war-torn Liberia. Two years ago, his wife, Hilary, a Methodist Minister in Histon also volunteered as a chaplain for patients and carers both on board the Africa Mercy and on land-based community projects and clinics.

Leo said: “Publicity in the UK often focuses on a few desperate patients being flown into UK for reconstructive facial surgery but with Mercy Ships, we provide western quality treatment for patients in the poorest countries of the world, on their door step. We know that 90 of the world’s biggest cities are port cities, offering easy access to the ship for people without health care.”

His five previous trips were in Benin, Liberia (3 trips) and Ghana where he offered his skills and time, along with other surgeons and nurses, to provide corrective and reconstructive surgery to people suffering from large tumours, cleft lips and war wounds.
In many parts of Africa, people who suffer from deforming diseases are shunned because it is believed they are possessed of evil spirits.  So not only do they suffer physically, they also suffer tremendous emotional pain as close family and friends desert them. 
The woman in the photograph with the enormous benign tumor in her neck is a perfect example. Leo told the HI Courier: “This woman was around 45 years who came to the Africa Mercy reluctantly because she thought that her growing neck lump was going to stay with her for life.
“She had a large thyroid or goitre which had been growing for 6-7 years. She tried to ignore it until her children asked her grandchildren not to come near her. It was because her children, other members of her family and friends all thought that she possessed evil spirit in her neck. She was isolated and not allowed to join various social events in her own village. She also started to developing choking sensation and difficulty in swallowing.

“During surgery, my team and I removed a 3 part goitre – one was obvious under her neck skin, one pushed below her collar bone towards her heart, and another one pushed towards her windpipe (trachea) and food passage (oesophagus). It weighted approx 1kg. (Normal human thyroid gland weights around 40-60g)

“After her operation, she was looking forward to hold her grandchildren and sit them on her knees, and socialise with her families and friends.”

Another of Leo’s patients was a 41 year old man with a benign tumour growing from his parotid gland for more than 8-9 years. The ‘paratoid’ is largest pair of salivary glands and lies just behind the angle of the jaw, below and in front of the ears. Leo said: “It had grown so large that skin over the tip of the mass broke down and it started to bleed. He was isolated by his friends and families and he lived in a back room. When he came to the Africa Mercy, he was anaemic due to slow dripping of blood from his tumour. The mass also pressed on his facial nerve making his facial muscles weak (like a stroke patient without the function of facial expression). His families stuck dressings on the tip of his parotid mass to reduce bleeding. When he came to the ward, he had a dark shirt covering his head and face. I thought he was a woman when I first saw him!”
“His operation took me and another surgeon and our teams 9 hours to remove the tumour without disturbing the facial nerve. His extensive facial and neck defect after removal of this ruby-sized mass was repaired with various skin flaps from neck and scalp. Hence he was bandaged after the operation.

“He could not believe that the tumour had gone after surgery as he looked at the mirror because the tumour had been with him for so long. It is very sad to me to see such an extensive tumour in desperate patients like him. What he needed was basic surgery from specialist Maxillofacial Surgeon to remove the tumour when it was small but such basic surgical procedure does not exist in the developing world like those countries in West Africa. Here in UK, small tumours of the parotid gland are removed by Maxillofacial Surgeons with a few hours with good preservation of facial function.”

The impact on the lives of his patients can not be over emphasised.  To them, Leo is a true miracle worker and friend for life.  You can see why Leo and his family go back again and again.
Every crew member of the Africa Mercy, including the captain, surgeons, nurses, dentists, hygienists, chef, engineers, electricians and cleaning staff are volunteers who pay for their own accommodation on board and transport to the ship. In addition to the dramatic transforming surgery on board the Mercy ship, medical and dental teams establish land-based field clinics carrying out free vaccination programmes, dental care, minor operations and medical screening, as well as supporting the training of local doctors and nurses. They also run education programmes in hygiene, nutrition, basic health care (including AIDS prevention) and micro-enterprises to generate income for the poor.
To meet Leo Cheng and hear more about the work of the Africa Mercy, come to the Histon Methodist ‘Big Issues’ meeting on 25th February at 7:30 PM in the church hall on High Street.

Villagers Deliver!

July 4, 2009 by  
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After almost a year of planning, in July the Histon & Impington Courier hit the streets for the first time. It is written, laid out, printed and delivered by volunteers from the two villages, and we hope you enjoy it and find it useful!

Producing the paper is one thing, but delivering it to more than 3,000 homes and businesses is also no mean feat. We divided and conquered by splitting the village into several zones, and teams responsible for each got the papers out (phew!). 

Hopefully everyone in Histon and Impington has had the opportunity to read the Courier. If you live in one of the two villages and didn’t receive a newspaper through your door, please contact us at or call 07906 315926. Copies of the newspaper can be found at the library, Print Out, Histon Fryer, Bechecombers, the Coop, Hollyoak Vets, and Firs House Surgery. 
We’d like to take the opportunity to thank our advertisers, who paid for the printing of the paper, and also Impington Parish Council and the Histon Feast for their support.
The Histon & Impington Courier is a monthly publication. With your continued support, this community newspaper will go from strength to strength. If you have any skills to offer that you think would be useful, if you could deliver some papers, or if you’re interested in advertising in the Courier, please get in touch (contact details on page 2) or call 07906 315926.

URGENT! Help Needed!

June 30, 2009 by  
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The Launch Edition of the Histon Impington Courier newspaper will be ready for distribution starting Friday JUly 3rd.  We still need help covering some of the streets and roads.   If you can help please contact  or call 07906 315926.  Our goal is to have one or two people on each steet deliver newspapers once a month.  

Here are a list of those streets that still need volunteers to deliver the newspaper door to door.

Cooke Road
New Road west of B1049
Pepys Terrace
Pine Court
Chequers Road
Kay Hitch Way
Loves Close
Oak Tree Way
Poplar Road
School Lane

Bridge Road
The Dole
Davey Close
Henry Morris Road
Homefield Close
Parr Close
Burgoynes Farm Close
Hereward Close

Water Lane
Pease Way

Windmill Lane
Windmill Grange
Narrow Lane (south of constriction)
Bell Hill
Church Street
Winders Lane
St Andrews Park
Alstead Road
Cottenham Road (south of Prime Corner)
Croft Close
Primes Corner
Cottenham Road (north of Primes corner)
Allington Close
Burkett Way
Farmstead Close
Normanton Way
Oats Way
Muncey Walk
Narrow Close
Narrow Lane (north of constriction)
Ambrose Way
Drake Way
Mill Lane
Paddock Close
Spring Close
Glebe Way
Orchard Road
Garden Court/Walk
Youngman Close / Avenue


Ambrose Way
Drake Way
Mill Lane
Paddock Close
Spring Close
Glebe Way
Orchard Road
Garden Court/Walk
Youngman Close / Avenue


New Road/Impington Lane

June 29, 2009 by  
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Signs have just gone up about a coming closure of New Road and Impington Lane on the 12th July.  read more ...

Premier Foods

June 29, 2009 by  
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We've had an update from Louisa Cook, Environmental Manager for Premier Foods, Histon about their Environmental Permit Application for the factory in Histon which is causing them concern.  read more ...

Health Warning – Heatwave Alert at AMBER (Level 2)

June 29, 2009 by  
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The Met Office and NHS Direct are advising that an Amber Level 2 ‘Heat-Health’ Alert has been issued for the next several days.  Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, Martin Young, added: “Temperatures are likely to build through the first part of this week, with a 60% chance of reaching 33 °C by midweek, before becoming less hot by the weekend”.

The NHS Direct website advises:

  • Avoid going out in the hottest part of the day (11am-3pm).
  • If you go outside, thickly apply sun cream with a SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. Children should use a higher SPF sun cream.
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activity, like sport, DIY, or gardening.
  • If you go outside, stay in the shade.
  • Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothes, preferably cotton.
  • Close the curtains in rooms that get a lot of sun.
  • Take cool showers or baths, and splash yourself several times a day with cold water, particularly your face and the back of your neck.
  • Drink regularly even if you do not feel thirsty – water and fruit juice are best.
  • Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol as they can cause dehydration.

NHS Choices Advises:

High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for:

  • the elderly, 
  • the very young, and 
  • people with chronic or long-term medical conditions.

In alert level two, you don’t need to take immediate action but if the level of alert is raised, more information will be issued. 

In the meantime, make sure you’re prepared in case the weather stays hot:

  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the TV or radio. If you’re planning to travel, check the forecast at your destination, too. 
  • Plan ahead. Stock up with supplies so you don’t need to go out during extreme heat. Think about what medicines, food and non-alcoholic drinks you’ll need.
  • Keep plenty of water to hand and stay in the shade whenever possible.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house.


  • Enjoy the weather but try to stay cool. Avoid going outside between 11am and 3pm as this is the hottest part of the day. Spend time in the shade and avoid strenuous activity. 
  • Help others. Check up on your neighbours, relatives and friends who may be less able to look after themselves (for example, if they have mobility problems). 
  • Drink water or fruit juice regularly. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol. If you do drink alcohol make sure you have lots of water or other non-alcoholic drinks as well. 
  • Keep rooms cool by using shade or reflective material external to the glass, or if not possible by closing pale coloured curtains. Metal blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter.
  • Keep the windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside. If safe, open windows at night when the air is cooler.
  • People with heart problems, breathing difficulties or serious illnesses may find their symptoms become worse in hot weather. Make sure you have enough medicines in stock and take extra care to keep cool.

Heat exhaustion can happen to anyone in hot weather and if it isn’t treated it can lead to heatstroke, which can be dangerous and even fatal.

If you or any one else feels unwell, drink water and go somewhere cool to rest. If symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, dizziness, weakness or cramps get worse or don’t go away, seek medical help.

Care homes and hospitals
If you run a care home or hospital, during alert level two you should:

  • Monitor indoor temperatures four times a day.
  • Prepare cool areas.
  • Ensure you have enough staff to help keep residents and patients cool.
  • Identify high-risk residents/patients.
  • Make sure everyone has access to enough cold water and ice.


Contact your doctor, a pharmacist or NHS Direct (0845 4647) if you’re worried about your health during a heatwave, especially if you are taking medication, or have any unusual symptoms.

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