SHOCK! Woodland Devastated

March 4, 2010 by  
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22 February

Residents and Parish Councillors have been shocked by the devastation of the wood between Histon Football Club and the Guided Busway. The operators appeared on Saturday morning 20th February and felled at least 20 mature healthy trees, all of which were protected by a Tree Preservation Order.

Histon Parish Councillor Alan Eade said: “As tree warden for Histon, I was appalled to learn of the deliberate and unlawful destruction of the copse to the southeast of the Histon football ground. The presence of such areas of trees and bushes of varying ages and species is vital for the limitation of vistas, the preservation of the essentially rural aspect of our villages, and the prevention of the spread of nondescript suburbia. It constitutes an act of corporate vandalism and encourages the wilful disregard of long standing regulations to protect trees in our environment.” The trees in question were protected and required parish council notification and district council assent before any work is to be undertaken. This makes their destruction, without prior permission, a breach of the Town and Country Planning Act.

When felling commenced on the Saturday morning, the workmen and the gang leader were informed that the trees were protected and they were asked to check whether the necessary permissions had been obtained before proceeding. Despite this, felling continued until there wasn’t a single tree left standing. The devastated area is immediately adjacent to and exactly in line with the southern edge of Histon football club leading to speculation by some that the club had ordered the clearing operation.

One resident said, “The trees were part of a necessary wind barrier across the recreation area in the direction of the prevailing wind and this has now been lost. Also visually the trees made a complete line shielding the Holiday Inn from the Rec.” A further potentially dangerous situation now exists since people will now be able to stand on the B1049 bridge and watch the football matches, causing a potentially serious road hazard.

This mature wooded area not only provided an excellent wind, sound and visual barrier, but it also provided a wonderful haven for wildlife. Although it was quite narrow it had created a vital corridor between two established wooded areas, linking The Copse to the west with the Chivers Wood (alongside the Elizabeth Woodcock Memorial field) to the east. An enviro.volunteer commented “We’ve spent a lot of time improving the condition of other local wooded areas, so it’s a very sad thing to see the destruction of such a large number of healthy mature trees. It’s quite ironic that this should happen the very week that we and so many other residents turned out to help plant up the new Centenary Wood on the other side of the village. Contractors who have recently been planting up alongside the Guided Busway are also somewhat concerned by this unexpected extra loss of habitat along this section.”

The HI Courier contacted Histon Football Club and received this response from club Secretary Julie Roach dated 27 February: “We employed a local firm to clear some shrubbery and some dead trees in an area surrounding the club. However this did go beyond our expectations of what was anticipated.”

 

Work still being carried out on 2 March

Work still being carried out on 2 March

This is not the first time HFC have been criticised for their actions regarding the environment. Previously villagers were shocked by their actions during the installation of HFC’s new footpath. On that occasion mature trees were cleared from the roadside embankment, losing an important feature and exposing The Rec. to road noise and wind disturbance.

The HI Courier obtained a copy of the certified map showing all of the protected trees and zones surrounding the football club and The Rec area. The green areas shown are all under tree protection orders. The section shown in red indicates the wooded area destroyed, without permission, by contractors acting on behalf of HFC. At least 20 and perhaps up to 50 healthy protected trees have been removed.

Having been alerted to these actions, South Cambs District Council sent an officer to the scene on Tuesday morning. Shortly thereafter they issued this statement: “South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) is currently investigating unauthorised work to cut down a number of protected trees at the rear of Histon Football Club. This is an offence that SCDC takes very seriously and can result in a criminal prosecution and a fine of up to £20,000.” We understand the matter is receiving very serious consideration by the South Cambs legal department, but we cannot confirm this directly.

According to the South Cambs District Council website “anyone seeking permission to do anything to a protected tree must do so by written application. On receipt of the application form there is an eight-week consultation process. South Cambridgeshire District Council then makes a site visit to assess the works being requested and  either gives consent, refuses consent or gives conditional consent.”

For all the latest developments and to leave your comments, please go to our website www.HIcourier.co.uk  or post them to Histon Impington Courier Ltd, PO Box 1161, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9XB

Histon Resident to Become a Queen’s Nurse

February 4, 2010 by  
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 Local practice nurse Janet Diplock, a Histon resident who works at Cottenham High Street Surgery, has recently been successful in her application to become a Queen’s Nurse (QN). This title is not a qualification or a reward but recognition of a continuing commitment to improve standards of care in the community and to learning and leadership within the nursing profession. Qualities that the assessors are looking for in a QN include delivery of high quality care to individuals, their families and carers and also being a role model for their peers and professional colleagues. The development of new services at Cottenham Surgery and involvement with teaching student and qualified nurses were all featured in Janet’s application.

Being a QN provides a link into a nursing organisation with a 120 year history of inspiring, involving and investing in nurses and the opportunity through a QN Forum to influence future policies and practice.

The Queens Nurse Institute is a charity that traces its origins to 1887 with the grant of £70,000 by Queen Victoria from the Women’s Jubilee Fund. A Royal Charter in 1889 named it ‘Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Institute for Nurses’ and gave it the objectives of providing the ‘training, support, maintenance and supply’ of nurses for the sick poor, as well as establishing training homes, supervising centres, co-operating with other bodies and establishes Branches as necessary.

Janet will be attending an award ceremony in London in May 2010 to receive her QN Badge and Certificate.

For further information about Queen’s Nurses go to: http://www.qni.org.uk/queens-nurses/index.html

Play Area Design Consultation September

September 12, 2009 by  
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A play area designer was appointed in August to design a new and enlarged play area for the Rec, and a summary of the latest design is shown above.

The designer was asked to use the feedback from the two earlier consultations in the summer when designing;

• In June the favourite play activities advised were climbing, balancing, swinging, fitness and meeting friends. Many also wanted to see the spiral tower slide kept.

• In July ideas of possible new play equipment were provided, there was strong support for most ideas, but also for more challenging equipment and for landscaping.

The designer has also had to consider the cost and space available.

Please do comment on the latest design so we can move forward to finalising it.

Link for Recreation ground main site

http://www.hisimprec.net  

Link for article in question

http://www.hisimprec.net/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59:play-area-design-consultation-september&catid=37:play-area-project&Itemid=59

Choir 2000 Rehearsals Begin 30 September

September 5, 2009 by  
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Choir 2000 has become an integral part of community life in Histon and Impington.  If you have ever thought of joining this inspiring group, here is your chance.  Choir rehearsals for the 2009-2010 season start on Wednesday 30 September 7.30 at the Baptist Church, Histon.  Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.45pm and include a tea/coffee break, giving members a chance to chat and make new friends.   You do not need a formal musical education to participate in Choir 2000.  There are no auditions. The high quality of training offered enables members to continually develop their musical and vocal skills.

CHOIR 2000 is looking for practical help, too

 

If you do not want to sing with the choir, but would like to be involved with its activities, you can become an Associate Member. There is no fee, but we would ask you give up some of your time to assist with front of house duties, refreshments, or publicity. You will receive a complimentary ticket every time you offer your help, and are invited to come to our social events.

Peter Britton, Musical Director

Peter Britton, Musical Director

Since its beginning in 2000, and thanks to intensive work and exciting performances first under Grayston Burgess and now under Peter Britton, Choir 2000 has developed from the original ad-hoc group of 60 singers into a coherent and well trained choir of over 120 members whose performances have drawn praise from top professional musicians.

Although many of our singers have had little or no formal musical education, and membership of the choir is open to all without auditions, the high quality of training offered in our rehearsals enables our members to continually develop their musical and vocal skills. The result is a wonderful choral sound, differentiated singing, and refreshingly enthusiastic and sparkling performances.

We perform three concerts each year, usually at the Histon Baptist Church, in December, March and June; in June we also take our concert to West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, where we can perform with a full orchestra. Our repertoire, encompassing 400 years of European music, is designed to mix the familiar with the new, and includes secular as well as sacred works.

In June 2009 the choir performed the U.K. First Performance of Herman Suter’s Le Laudi to great acclaim. It is a large-scale oratorio for choir, four soloists and childrens’ choir and a big orchestra.

In June 2010 we shall celebrate our 10th Anniversary with a full-scale performance of Bach’s masterpiece, the Mass in B-minor.

Choir 2000 Choral Days attract singers from well beyond the borders of Cambridgeshire, and are another way of fulfilling our role as an educational charity. We invite accomplished choral conductors to come to Histon for a day and work with all who want to come, sometimes to improve our understanding of a familiar work, sometimes to introduce the participants to new repertoire.

We also organise lively non-singing social events for members and guests. In addition, our chamber choir group presents some smaller scale events, usually by invitation.

Choir 2000 has become an integral part of community life in Histon and Impington and has been invited to take part in several village-sponsored events. It is also drawing members from many of the villages surrounding Cambridge, and from the city itself.

Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.45pm at the Baptist Church in Histon and include a tea/coffee break, giving members a chance to chat and make new friends.

Our fees are modest. We charge a basic enrolment fee of £20.00 p.a., payable at the beginning of the season (September), and a participation fee of £15.00 (£20.00 summer term only) for each full term of rehearsals and two performances. Couples only pay one enrolment fee between them. There is a £5.00 reduction for those who pay for the full year in advance and a reduced enrolment fee for new members who join later in the season. In cases of hardship the committee may agree to waive part or all of the participation fees.

For further information about Choir 2000 please visit our web-site www.choir2000.org or ring 01223 561635. You are welcome to come along for a ‘taster-session’.

 

County Seeks Flu Volunteers

July 25, 2009 by  
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click image for full text of letter

click image for full text of letter

 

A letter from the Cambridgeshire County Council Emergency Management Team to all parish councils is asking for volunteers to work alongside the County’s health workers to provide support through the current swine flu outbreak.

If it should become necessary, volunteers would help with the distribution of antiviral medications at up to 16 centres, each operating for 12 hours a day and 7 days a week. These centres may be set up at short notice and may be required for several weeks.  The antivirals would be collected from the centres by ‘flu friends’ – patients with swine flu would not attend the centres themselves.

Quoting from the letter: “We are looking for people who are able to deal with the public, comfortable in a community setting and who have good organising skills. We have prepared comprehensive information packs and made arrangements for briefing volunteers so that they know what they will be doing and are confident in their role. Reasonable direct costs incurred eg travelling will be reimbursed.”

This is not a panic measure and village residents should not be alarmed as the virus continues to remain mild and the vast majority of people who have been infected have suffered only mild symptoms. County officials are to be congratulated for their advanced planning aimed at maintaining a high state of readiness should the flu pandemic escalate in future. The letter explained: “The World Health Organisation’s decision to move to Phase 6 and the UK entering the ‘treatment’ phase confirms the scope of the pandemic.”     
The full text of the letter can be found here.    

HUNDREDS SUPPORT PLAY AREA PROJECT

July 3, 2009 by  
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Over 800 children, young people and parents have given their support to the improvement of play facilities on the Village Recreation Ground.

 The draft new design for a slightly enlarged play area will be on display for everyone to comment on in the Rec play area between 6.30 and 7.30 on Monday 6 July ( in the pavilion if wet) , at the Rec Outdoor Summer concert on Friday 10 July and at the Feast Market on Saturday 11th July. Information and feedback can be also be provided at www.hisimprec.net

In one of the largest consultation exercises ever undertaken in Histon and Impington village children, young people and adults were invited to complete questionnaires to give their views on the play area at the Recreation Ground and possible improvements. Many took the chance to give their views at the Rec Sports and Fun day on Sunday 7 June.

The results have now been collated, and have confirmed that there is overwhelming support for the present facilities to be improved. A zip way ( aerial ropeway ) was the most requested specific new item of equipment requested together with additional seating and a shelter for all ages. Many also requested the retention of a couple of old equipment favourites the spiral tower slide and tractor.

As project group leader Neil Davies ‘ this support and the information obtained on the favourite activities of village children has enabled us to work with a play area designer produce a design which we will hope will meet the wishes of the community’.

The opportunity to revamp the play area has been facilitated by the Rec Committee being able to apply for grant funding under the Cambridgeshire Play Pathfinder project. The initial grant application has to be completed by late July and a decision expected in the Autumn.

With a potential project cost of £70/80k the success of the project is dependent on grant applications being successful, and local support and fundraising. The Histon Feast and Friends of the Rec have already indicated their enthusiastic support for the project.

Any offers of help and support for the project gratefully appreciated – please contact Neil on 01223 232514 or Andrea 01223 474886.

Impington’s own “Grand Design”

May 17, 2009 by  
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Many of you will be fans of Kevin McCloud’s TV4 Programme ‘Grand Designs’.  It’s inspiring to see people undertake seemingly impossible projects.  The most difficult of all are those involving restoration of old, or even ancient buildings.  One can only admire the sheer guts and determination of those who undertake such projects.

But, did you know Impington has its own ‘grand designer’?  Steve and Pippa Temple  have engaged in a project that so far has taken ten years of hard graft.  Yet, many of us pass by their accomplishment every day with little more than a glance, if that.  After meeting them you quickly realise they have two passions: the garden and the windmill.  Pippa is the grand garden designer, Steve is the grand windmill restorer.

Steve told us: “We bought the windmill in 1999.  We had been looking for a large garden, and had several times contemplated a water mill: but a ‘working’ windmill?  We used to be able to see the mill from our bedroom windows in Girton, and on numerous occasions I had thought, ‘somebody ought to do something about that’, as it gradually deteriorated.” Little did they realise those bedroom window dreams would turn into their own full fledged reality.

Impington windmill is listed as grade 2*, a rating achieved by only about 4% of all listed buildings in the country.  It means English Heritage have a say in all activities within the curtilage of the mill, so even garden sheds require Listed Buildings consent. This is one project that can’t be rushed.  And, unless you have endless patience and fortitude, it’s a project that is best left alone.

THE GARDEN:

Secret paths are barely visible from the garden.  Winding through tunnels of vegetation they bring real magic to the landscape.

Pippa saw the overgrown plot of land as a blank canvas which she has skillfully turned into a magnificent garden.  It’s a natural garden with countless specimens of beautiful flowers.  And somehow, Pippa has woven what seems like miles of hidden garden paths into a plot of land that is just slightly larger than one acre. It is an absolute delight and the ‘secret trails’ immediately bring out all of those suppressed childhood fantasies of meeting magical creatures as you wind you way through the garden.  Occasionally throughout the year it is open to the public.  Two weeks ago over 400 people came to appreciate its magic. [Photo: Secret Paths are barely visible from the garden. Windng through tunnels of vegetation they bring real magic to the landscape.]

THE WINDMILL:

Impington Windmill in the 19th century was once one of the main focal points of village activity.  Everyone, farmers and villagers and merchants from Impington to Cambridge, depended on it as a source of flour for their daily bread.  The first windmill on the site was built around 1680 and operated for about 100 years.  Then in 1776 it was rebuilt into the more ‘modern’ form that we see today.  In the early 1930′s it fell into disuse and was leased out as a dwelling site.  Ironically, it was WW II that helped to preserve the windmill and its original equipment from destruction.  The mill was converted into an Air Raid Precaution (ARP) post with an internal concrete blockhouse.  Much of the original equipment was moved onto the upper floors, a move that protected its valuable metal bits from being melted down to aid the war effort. 

On the four main wooden stocks are mounted a total of 192 shutters which can be open and closed from the ground.  When open the windmill is shut down and the vanes do not spin.  A simple pull on a chain closes them and starts the rotation.  Partially opening them allows control of the shaft rotation in varying wind speeds.

On the four main wooden stocks are mounted a total of 192 shutters which can be open and closed from the ground. When open the windmill is shut down and the vanes do not spin. A simple pull on a chain that runs down to the ground closes the shutters and starts the rotation. Partially opening them allows control of the shaft rotation in varying wind speeds. In this photo they are shown in the open or 'stopped' position.

You have to admire the stamina required, and the hardship that both Steve and Pippa have endured to follow their dream.  This is not a simple project. This is early 19th century technology and finding replacement parts means following along the same procurement path as existed a century ago.  Each of the four arms (or whips) of the windmill are made from 50 foot long by 1 foot square wooden stocks onto which are mounted a series of shutters which can be open and closed to adjust the speed of the grinding shaft. Finding the timber to make new stocks was far from easy.  It must come from trees grown very slowly in virgin forests where they grown very straight and very tall.  Slow growth is needed for maximum strength and durability. A century ago they would have come from Scotland.  Today, they had to be imported from Poland and specially dried and cut in Sweden before being transported to Impington.

Each of these giant timbers weighs nearly 700 kilograms. You and I might have called in a modern crane to hang them on the main shaft of the windmill, but not Steve.  He and 6 other brave friends did it all by hand using nothing more than a winch and pulleys – just as would have been done traditionally.  We might think them completely mad, but authenticity down to the smallest detail is important in the Temple’s quest to rebuild Impington Mill.

The windmill rotates and drives a massive metal gear which meshes with a wooden gear to drive the vertical shaft that powers the gringing stones.  This is a wonder of 18th century engineering that Steve Temple has carefully recreated using a lot of ingenuity.

The windmill rotates and drives a massive metal gear which meshes with a wooden gear to drive the vertical shaft that powers the gringing stones. This is a wonder of 18th century engineering that Steve Temple has carefully recreated using a lot of ingenuity.

The mill has five separate floors with a central drive shaft coupled to the rotating vanes.  There is a mass of wooden beams and supports as well as metal and wooden gears that make up this remarkable machine.
 
Steve said: “I am doing the majority of work partly for my own satisfaction and partly to explore the traditional methods that were used. There are a couple of books on the subject, but they tend to fall short of complete detail, so that one ends up ‘reverse engineering’ in order to be as faithful as possible to the old masters.”

Is it worth it?  To answer that question you just need to see how gracefully and silently it rotates on a windy day. Is it finished?  No. Steve confided: ‘Someday I would like to generate electricity for our home using the windmill.’  So perhaps new life and purpose will be breathed back into Impington mill as we all seek ways to reduce our carbon footprints.  Perhaps this 17th century mill might provide new answers for 21st century problems.

This is a love affair that will last for a long time.  Detail is everything in a restoration like this.  And Steve and Pippa have proved they are up to the task.  One final note to Kevin McCloud: it’s too bad you missed this Grand Design.  It is truly inspiring.

Swine influenza cases: Questions & Answers

April 29, 2009 by  
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Editor’s Note:  The following information was sent by the Health Protection Ageny for general distribution to the public.  It is designed to help people understand the current worldwide alert to the potential seriousness of swine flue.  Please check the HPA website for more information.  If you or someone you know has just visited Mexico, please check these recommendations.

Questions and Answers about Swine Influenza Cases:

What are the symptoms of swine influenza?
The symptoms of swine influenza in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza infection and include fever, fatigue, lack of appetite, coughing and sore throat. Some people with swine flu have also reported vomiting and diarrhoea.

If someone who has been to affected areas is feeling sick what should they do?
Anyone who has recently traveled to the affected areas and is experiencing influenza-like illness should stay at home to limit contact with others, and seek medical advice from a local health professional or by contacting NHS Direct.

Is treatment available?
Testing has shown that the human swine influenza H1N1 can be treated with the antivirals oseltamavir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). Most of the previously reported swine influenza cases recovered fully from the disease without requiring medical attention and without antiviral medicines.

Is this swine flu virus contagious?
It has been determined that this virus is contagious and it spreads between people, although it is not known how easily.

How common are cases of swine influenza?
Cases of swine influenza in humans usually occur after direct or close contact with infected pigs. The person-toperson transmission that is being investigated in Mexico has been previously reported but appears to be rare. Infection with swine influenza virus has been detected occasionally in humans since the 1950s. There have been no cases of swine influenza identified in people in the UK for at least ten years. Through the regular seasonal influenza surveillance that is done in Europe, a single case with mild symptoms was reported in November 2008 in Spain. In the US there is an active swine influenza surveillance programme to monitor pig viruses as they see more diversity in viruses than in any other country.

What measures can I take to protect against infection?
General infection control practices and good respiratory hand hygiene can help to reduce transmission of all viruses, including the human swine influenza. 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 face or to other people

Cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product

Making sure your children follow this advice

Is this the next influenza pandemic?
It is too early to say whether the cases seen so far will lead to a larger outbreak or could represent the appearance of potential pandemic strain of influenza virus. The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) is the decision maker in terms of declaring an influenza pandemic and elevating the global stages of pandemic alert. Experts from around the world are working in close collaboration with WHO to help determine what risk this situation poses to global public health.
What is the difference between seasonal influenza, avian influenza, swine influenza and an influenza pandemic?
Influenza viruses are commonly circulating in the human and animal environment. Different strains can cause illness in humans, bird and pigs. Seasonal influenza is caused by influenza viruses that are adapted to spread in humans (human influenza). Humans have some natural immunity to the strains that are in common circulation, and this immunity can be boostered by immunisation with a seasonal influenza vaccine. Avian influenza is caused by influenza viruses adapted for infection in birds. Similarly, swine influenza is caused by influenza viruses adapted for infection in pigs.  These illnesses all elicit the same respiratory symptoms in their hosts. Sometimes, humans and animals can pass strains of influenza back and forth to one another, such as when humans become ill with avian or swine influenza, usually from direct contact with animals who are ill.

Mixing of human and animal influenza viruses can lead to the development of changed viruses with the ability to cause infection and spread in the human population. There may be little or no immunity in the human population to these new viruses. An influenza pandemic is defined as a new or novel influenza virus that spreads easily between humans. When new influenza viruses are introduced into the environment, humans don’t have any natural immunity to protect against them. Therefore, there is a risk that that new influenza viruses could develop into a pandemic if the virus passes easily from human to human.

Histon and Impington Set CO2 Example for Entire County!

April 4, 2009 by  
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Recently, Histon and Impington were described by a South Cambs District official as the “The Powerhouse of Climate Action in South Cambridgeshire”.  Saturday’s results of the six week long Greening campaign will certainly add to that reputation.

Steve Waters, Chair of HICCA – the Histon Impington Climate Change Action group which sponsored the campaign, said:  ‘The final count of pledge cards was completed at 10 pm last night.  We are pleased to announce that 443 households participated in the Greening campaign and have carried out at least five CO2 cutting tasks listed on their Greening cards.’  It was noted that on some streets as many as 77% of households had pledge cards displayed in their windows.

According to the Greening Campaign official Terena Plowright and the Energy Saving Trust this equates to 446 tonnes of CO2 that will be saved over a period of one year if everyone continues to honour their pledges.  In monetary terms this will amount to a total energy savings of £64,456 per annum or roughly £145 per household.

The Greening Campaign is an initiative where the community pulls together to reduce its impact on Climate Change. The campaign began in Hampshire and was so successful that many other villages and towns across the South of England have started to address the problem of reducing their CO2 footprint.  Histon and Impington are the first villages in Cambridgeshire to take up the challenge.

Villagers decided on a list of 10 easy actions to cut their carbon; these actions were put on a card, which was delivered to every house in the village.  Residents were asked to do five of the actions of their choice , and displayed their card in a street-facing window.

Steve Waters said: “There’s barely a street in the village that doesn’t have a house with the distinctive leaf logo on display; in some those without are in the minority. The Campaigners have held stalls outside Tescos, run a village greening fair, posted movies on YouTube and have worked with schools, faith groups and village organisations to achieve this remarkable show of commitment.”

The campaign organisers at HICCA started planning in October last year and held their first public meetings in January and February.  The campaign launched in late March at Histon Football Club and at a community event at Histon Baptist Church involving 13 local organisations.  Steve Waters added: “We are pleased to report that as a result of our campaign another Cambridgeshire village, Coton, will soon start their own Greening campaign.”

Far from being at the end, HICCA is ready to launch a second phase that will involve the community in additional carbon and energy saving measures.  Details will appear in the HI Courier when they are announced.

“We want to thank everyone who participated, including the Cambridge Community Foundation, and Microsoft Research who provided a grant to help with printing costs, and to the many community organisations and merchants who assisted in making this campaign so successful”, Mr. Waters noted.

The campaign was run entirely by community volunteers with no paid staff.  Ken Doyle, HICCA committee member and former community organiser said: “Leadership comes from local people who get involved and make the decision to take action.  Preventing the devastating effects of climate change is not something governments can mandate; it comes down to each of us acting individually and as a community.”

For more information on helping reduce CO2 emissions in our villages contact Steve Waters on 01223 237790,  or email slwaters@btinternet.com

Each balloon represents 10 tonnes of CO2 saved by the Greening Campaign!

Each balloon represents 10 tonnes of CO2 saved by the Greening Campaign!

Get Those Cards Up!

March 20, 2009 by  
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Greening cards are starting to go up in windows in Histon and Impington as the deadline approaches on March 31st.  Reminders are going home with school children and extra cards will be distributed at this Saturday’s farmers market at Impington Village College. 

All residents are encouraged to tick off at least five of the carbon saving tasks and put their cards up in a front facing ground floor window before the official count is announced on April 4th.  Volunteers will be walking street by street to count the cards.

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