A14 Junction 37 (Newmarket) to Junction 31 (Girton): Westbound Repair Works

June 25, 2009 by  
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The Parish Council has just received information regarding works on the A14 as follows, from CarillionWSP:  read more ...

Creative look at Creation – The Flower Festival at St. Andrew’s in Histon

June 25, 2009 by  
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 The environment and climate change is on everyone’s agenda right now and St Andrew’s Church in Histon is no exception. Caring for Creation is the theme of this year’s flower festival at St Andrew’s church in Histon. 40 organisations from the villages of Histon and Impington will be preparing displays on anything from recycling to the celebration of Creation.


The festival, which runs from Saturday 4 July to Monday 6 July, once again opens Histon Feast week events. The theme is also carried out for the village shop window display competition with 12 shops taking part.


On the Saturday afternoon, cream teas will be served on the Stable Room lawns next to the church and on Saturday evening there will be a concert by the Moonlight Mandolins and The Hot Club of Cambridge in church, following their highly popular musical contributions last year. Tickets are available at the door on the night.


Opening times are for the flower festival are Saturday 9.30am – 6pm, Sunday 12noon – 6pm and Monday 10am – 5pm


UPDATE (Mon 29 June) IVC Closed by Swine Flu

June 24, 2009 by  
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UPDATE: YR9 Geography trip to Milton Keynes on Tues 30th June is cancelled. — Cambridge Open Studio Launch Event has been Cancelled.

Mild cases of swine flu continue to spread throughout the area.  Impington Village College has been closed until next Tuesday 30 June.  Yesterday, Cambridge University reported 17 new cases.  The parish council website is reporting “Unless you are identified as a ‘close contact’ (in which case you’ll be contacted) medical advice is ‘business as usual’ “.  IVC’s website is reporting “Exams will continue as planned.  However (Year 12 Exams are postponed until Tuesday 30th June).  Year10 Work Experience continues as normal unless students have a work placement at IVC.  The Sports Centre is closed  and Adult Education Classes are cancelled until further notice. “

Robert Campbell, principal at IVC, said in a written statement: I am very sorry to announce that following the confirmation of two cases of Swine Flu, we have been advised by the health authorities and Local Authority to close for 7 days with immediate effect. I very much realise that this may cause significant inconvenience but hope you understand and appreciate the gravity of the situation. We hope to be able to reschedule the planned trips/visits that were due to take place this week. Following DCSF advice, we will be open on Wednesday for those students taking the GCSE exam. We will hopefully re-open on Tuesday 30 June. In the event of the need to remain closed, we will post a notice on our website and also local radio.”

There is no word on the condition of the affected students, however, it is believed that their condition is not serious.  Virtually all cases of swine flu in the UK have been mild with only one death (due to other complications) out of more than 2700 cases reported nationally. 

Tuesday night health officials confirmed 17 new cases of swine flu among Cambridge University students – bringing the total number of infected on campus to 20.

The symptoms of this swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal flu and include fever, fatigue, lack of appetite, coughing, sore throat, pain in muscles and joints, headache and chills. Some people with swine flu have also reported vomiting and diarrhoea.

The virus is contagious and can spread between people, although it is not known how easily. Transmission of this new flu virus is thought to occur in the same way as seasonal flu:

  • From person to person by coughing or sneezing.
  • From touching an object such as a door handle which has virus on it from someone infected with flu.

There is no risk of catching the illness from eating properly handled and cooked pork or pork products. Swine flu viruses are not transmitted by food.

General hygiene can help to reduce transmission of all viruses, including the swine flu virus. This includes:

  • Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible
  • Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully
  • Maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to your face or to other people
  • Cleaning hard surfaces (such as door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product.

If you have recently visited one of the countries or areas where human cases of swine flu have been identified, or been in close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected swine flu, it is important for you to monitor your health closely for seven days after your visit or contact.

Close contacts are people such as friends and family who have usually been in close and prolonged contact with an individual suffering from an infection. 

These people are thought to be more at risk of catching flu. As swine flu is a respiratory virus that can be spread by coughing and sneezing, close contacts may have been put at risk and are followed up and given antiviral medication as a precautionary measure. 

There is no need for you to isolate yourself from other people as long as you remain well.

If you develop flu-like symptoms, you should stay at home and phone your family doctor or NHS Direct (0845 4647). If a health professional decides that you need to have tests, you should avoid contact with other people as much as possible until you receive the results.

Comprehensive information and advice on swine flu can be found on the HPA website  or at NHS Direct   Or phone NHS Direct (24 hrs)  on 0845 46476.  You can also call 0800 1 513 513 for recorded information.
Two practical steps people can take is to make sure they know their NHS number, make arrangements with family or friends for ‘flu friends’.

Everyone registered with the NHS in England has their own unique NHS Number. Your NHS Number is printed on your medical card, given to you when you register with a GP. Each NHS Number is made up of 10 digits, shown like this: 450 557 7104 (this is an example number only). This helps with getting access to any medicines prescribed to people who are diagnosed with swine flu.

Flu friends are neighbours, friends and relatives who can help if you get ill. For example they could collect medicines, good and other supplies.

Swine Flu at IVC

June 23, 2009 by  
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Following a couple of students being diagnosed with swine flu, IVC is following national and local guidance to close for 7 days, planning to re-open on 30th June. Parents and students are, of course, being kept in touch with developments, both via the college's website and local radio.  read more ...

Open Gardens Day – June 14th 2009

June 12, 2009 by  
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Programmes for Open Gardens day on June 14th 2009 are now on sale at Jane’s Frames, Lighthouse Toys and Best-One (the former Impington Post Office). The price has 50p off before the day: £3.50 and £2.50 concessions if bought before June 14th.  Programmes will also be on sale on Saturday mornings May 30th and June 6th outside Barkers and on The Green on Saturday June 13th and Sunday June 14th. More details on www.opengardens.org

Of Land & Water – Concert 11 JULY – Landbeach

June 12, 2009 by  
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A Concert for Summer  -  director Daniel Spreadbury

Saturday 11th July 2009  –  All Saint’s Church, Landbeach, 7:30pm

Programme to include:
Far in a Western Brookland – Radcliffe
Four River Songs – Elmer
Shenandoah – Erb
Clear and Gentle Stream – Finzi
My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land – Elgar
Selection of Madrigals - Weelkes
Tickets on the door – £ 8 – includes Refreshments
Proceeds to Church and charity

HI Courier NEWSPAPER Set for Launch in July!

May 28, 2009 by  
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The monthly edition of the Courier Print Edition (i.e. Newspaper) will be delivered to every door in Histon and Impington starting July!

We encourage everyone in the village to submit news stories and information about events.  Remember this is YOUR village news source.  Send copy to:  editorial-team@hicourier.co.uk

Deadline for submissions is on the 15th of each month for the following month’s paper.  Of course you can submit copy at anytime for inclusion in the Digital Edition (website) which is updated daily as needed! Use the same email address as for the print edition, or send it directly to the digital editor.

Advertise in the HI Courier!

May 28, 2009 by  
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A word to all local businesses …

As you are well aware, the Cambridge News ceased publication of the Histon and Impington Crier some time ago, removing a valuable source of advertising for local businesses serving the local market.

Now, a group of residents and businesses have come together to launch the Histon and Impington Courier to fill the gap left by the Crier. The Courier will be a monthly local newspaper run by the community itself. Our aim is to report on local issues, support local businesses, and to act as a central news point for the many organisations working in Histon and Impington.

The Courier will be delivered free to almost 3,500 homes and businesses in Histon and Impington reaching around 10,000 people, giving you the perfect vehicle for advertising your business to the largest possible number of local customers.

We know you will want to be part of this new community effort by advertising your business in the Courier. Check out our Advertising Guide, Rate Card and Booking Form.  The deadline for the innaugural July issue is June 15th.

Please feel free to call us if you have any queries or special requirements.

Histon & Impington Courier C/O 48 Home Close, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9JL
Email: advertising@hicourier.co.uk
Tel: 07906 315926

Histon Movie Premier this Friday 22 May

May 17, 2009 by  
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Histon will be among a handful of villages making history this Friday.  It’s the UK Community PREMIER of the Age of Stupid.  The movie will be screened at the Histon Methodist Hall on High street at 7:00 pm sharp.  At the conclusion of the movie there will be a brief interval followed by a LIVE national webcast of celebrities discussing the film from all over the UK.  The Age of Stupid is a view from the future back to our present time in an effort to understand why we did not act to prevent climate change when we had the time to do so.  The film has received rave reviews in the press and will soon be making its US debut. 

The live hookup with Histon and 50 other small villages will be the first time such an event has ever been attempted.  Come join the crowd, but remember seating is very limited so get there early.  Doors will open at 6:30 pm with a 7 pm start.  The earlier than normal start time is due to the timing of the live event after the movie has run.  Refeshments will be available and there is no charge to attend.  Donations at the door will be appreciated to help defray costs, but are not required.

Impington Windmill OPEN this Weekend!

May 6, 2009 by  
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Make a note right now:  Visit Impington Windmill this Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4 pm.  For more info call: 07967 461933



‘TEAMS’ stands for ‘The East Anglian Mills Society‘ and was formed during 2008 following a series of meetings between like minded mill owners and enthusiasts in East Anglia.
The aims of TEAMS are simply to share information, expertise and experience in maintaining, preserving and restoring our windmills.
Windmills were once the focal point in every community providing employment and producing flour, notwithstanding the visual aesthetic they exude. Throughout the 20th Century windmills became disused and were replaced by more efficient ways of flour production. By the Second World War most windmills were decommissioned and demolished for scrap material.
Thankfully a few special mills have survived the decades, largely through a sustained dose of TLC from their owners and major support from organisations like the Society for The Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), English Heritage, The National Trust, Cambridge Preservation Society, the Heritage Lottery Fund and mill groups that exist in many counties.
TEAMS is independent and amongst its associate members are the mill owners of the following mills (with opening times during National Mills Weekend (Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 May):





  • Impington mill, Cambridgeshire (Saturday & Sunday May 10am – 4pm – 07967 461933)
  • Haddenham Great Mill, Cambridgeshire (Saturday & Sunday 11am – 5pm – 01353 749667)
  • Wicken smock mill, Cambridgeshire – a working windmill (Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5.30pm – 02476 183524)
  • Over tower mill, Cambridgeshire – a working windmill (NB this mill is not open to the public)
  • Swaffham Prior tower mill, Cambridgeshire – a working windmill (Sunday 1 – 5pm – 01638 741009)
  • Willingham – Cattell’s Mill, Cambridgeshire (Saturday & Sunday 11am – 4pm – 01954 261168)
  • Bourn post mill, Cambridgeshire (Sunday 2 – 4.30pm – 01223 243830)
  • Hinxton watermill, Cambridgeshire (Sunday 2.30 – 5.30pm – 01223 243830)
  • Stanton post mill, Suffolk- – a working windmill (Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 6pm – 01359 250622)
  • Thurne Dyke, Morse’s Windpump, Norfolk – a working windpump and the most beautiful on the Norfolk Broads (Sunday 2 – 7pm, with Songs of Praise ‘amateurs’ from 4.30pm plus the Norfolk Concert Band. 01692 672155)
  • Repps, near Potter Heigham, Norfolk – Morse’s Wind Engine Park (Saturday 10am – 4pm – 01692 672155)

Over the course of the next few months there will be organized and supervised work-ins to carry out ongoing repairs, culminating in a coordinated open day at the mills during National Mills Weekend.
We are actively encouraging people to get involved – young, old, skilled or unskilled. A website is being built to promote TEAMS’ mills and the tasks that lie ahead.
For more information on TEAMS please contact Bob Paterson on windmillbob@hotmail.com or visit the website www.millsofeastanglia.org.uk which will be launched shortly.

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