Roadworks Sawston bypass

Highways have begun culvert lining works to 5 culverts along the A1301, Sawston Bypass for around 6 weeks (subject to weather and unforeseen conditions).  Traffic lights will be in place during working hours.

“Cured in place pipe (CIPP) technology” method involves lining the pipe with a high strength resin composite.  The advantages of this system are that the culverts do not corrode and will not need replacing in future.  The process is more environmentally friendly and there is a large cost saving compared to traditional strengthening methods or full replacement.


Bin collection on Tuesdays from 28 Feb.

Changes to bin COLLECTION days

Duxford household bin collection day will change to Tuesday, beginning with a black bin collection on Tuesday 28 February 2017.  Please ensure bins are out by 6am to avoid missing your new collection.

The previous week will be according to the old schedule (blue bin only on on Friday 24 February).

A new collection schedule will be delivered to you.

Changes to green bin collections over winter

Green bin collections are monthly over winter, when far less compostable waste is put out for collection. Collections return to fortnightly from 28 February.

To see when your green bin collections are, please refer to the winter bin collection calendar.

Find more information here.

Horace Rowlinson

Horace Rowlinson, Private 204956, 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, was killed in action on Friday 23rd November 1917. He was 21 years old, the son of Frederick and Priscilla Rowlinson, of Duxford. They had lived on Station Road (Moorfield Road), High Street, and on The Green. His father worked as a cattle man and he and his older brother also worked as farm labourers in their teens.

The Cambridge Daily News reported on Monday 2nd December1917 that:

‘Mr and Mrs F Rowlinson of The Green, Duxford had received unofficial news of their son’s death. The news is contained in a letter from Horace’s platoon sergeant to say that,

‘It is with great sorrow that I am writing these few lines to inform you of the death of your son. It will doubtless be of some comfort to you to know he suffered no pain as he was killed in his little trench instantaneously by a shell at about 9.00am yesterday, November 23rd . I had only known your boy a short time and I had a very great respect and liking for him. He was greatly loved by all the men in the platoon for his good nature, and I found him absolutely devoid of fear. I t will please you to know that he was a brave soldier and a man who could be absolutely relied on in a tight corner.’

Private Rowlinson was 21 yrs old and previous to enlisting about a year ago was employed as a grocer’s assistant at Duxford. He was always looked upon by the villagers with the highest esteem. He was popular both with teachers and scholars. His elder brother is serving with the Colours.’

He is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial having no known grave.

Page kindly contributed by Mr Tim Chudleigh

John Carter

John Carter, Private T/2020000, 2/4th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment (Queen’s). Formerly 9873, East Surrey Regiment.

John, who was born in 1892, was the son of James and Sarah Carter who lived at College Farm, Duxford. At the time of the 1911 Census James was a horseman on the farm and John was a stock-man on the farm, his two brothers were farm labourers, while his younger sister worked as a domestic servant. John was born in Duxford. Later he must have moved away as he is recorded as having lived in Hounslow and to have enlisted there.

He was originally with the East Surrey Regiment, but after the Gallipoli campaign when the 2/4th Battalion of the Royal West Surreys was at only 15% of its full strength, he was posted to them in Palestine. He was killed in action on 27th December 1917, consolidating positions around the outskirts of Jerusalem. The action in which 2 Officers and 33 ‘other ranks’ were killed, centred around the defence of Zamby and White Hill and wall. These positions are about 5 miles east of Bethlehem, overlooking the Jericho Road about 3 miles from Jerusalem.

He is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery. He was 25 years old.

Page kindly contributed by Mr Tim Chudleigh

James Arnold MM.

James Arnold MM, Private 20436, 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, was killed in Action, 12th Sept 1917.

He was born in Whittlesford, the son of James and Caroline Arnold. He married Rose Ellen Carter and they lived in Duxford by 1911 in St John’s Street with their children, two in 1911 and six at the time of his death. He was a farm labourer.

His death notice was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press on Friday Sept. 28th 1917.

Mrs Arnold of St John’s Street, Duxford, has received an official announcement of the death of her husband, James Arnold of the Suffolk Regt. Arnold was one of the first to volunteer when war was declared. He received the Military Medal on April 28th last for gallantry, risking his own life to find the location of some machine guns which were causing serious casualties to our men. He was killed in action on 12th September (1917). He leaves a widow and six children to mourn their loss.’

He is buried in Hargicourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Hargicourt village is 16 kms NW of St. Quentin and 3kms west of the main road from St Quentin to Cambrai.

The 11th Battalion were in action in the area from late August until mid September. Capturing and later defending Cologne Farm Ridge, Malakoff Farm, with action around Sunken Farm and Ruby Farm.

Page kindly contributed by Mr Tim Chudleigh


John Mynott

John Mynott was born in early 1890 in Whittlesford and a year later was living with his grandparents and his mother Susan A Mynott on Duxford Road, Whittlesford. By 1901 John was still living with his grandparents, Ezra and Mary Mynott but now in Station Road, (Moorfield Road).

By 1911 they had moved to Green Street where Susan, John’s mother was head of the household and single. Her father Ezra was now an invalid and John was working as a carpenter helping build houses. They had one lodger, to help the family income.

John enlisted in Sawston and became Sapper154529, 88th Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers. The Company became part of the British Army’s advance on Bagdad from the South which fell on 11th March 1917. Forces then pushed north of Bagdad during April and May to consolidate their position.

John Mynott died on Monday, 23rd July 1917 in Mesopotania, and is buried in Bagdad, North Gate Cemetery. There were no specific actions that day so perhaps his death, as many were, was due to illness or accident.

Page kindly contributed by Mr Tim Chudleigh

Captain Frank C Jonas

Frank Charlton Jonas (all his brothers and sisters also had the ‘Charlton’ middle name), was born in 1881 to George and Jane Jonas and was I think the youngest of their children. They lived in Ickleton to begin with, but soon moved to Vicarage House on The Green in Duxford. Frank’s father and brothers were influential and played a prominent part in local affairs.

There are memories recorded in ‘Duxford Remembered’ of the farm hands taking a landau to meet Capt. Jonas (one of Frank’s brothers?) on his return from the Boer War and hand pulling it from near the village to the Old Vicarage. Frank’s father was a Justice of the Peace and hence very much involved in local affairs. Frank’s mother died when he was still at school, and his father in March of 1908.

Frank attended Westminster school and went to India, but returned, and in 1908 married Maria Swallow in The Strand in the later part of the year. The two of them then moving to the Old Vicarage in Duxford and carrying out the business of Corn and Seed Merchant. Their daughter Elizabeth was born in the summer of 1913.

Frank joined the Cambridge University OTC at the outbreak of war and was then gazetted to 2nd Lt. in October 1914 and posted to 2/1st battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment, A Coy. He stayed with 2/1st Battalion, with increasing responsibilities as adjutant and t/Capt until he was promoted Capt. in October 1916. He was then, 19/11/16, posted to 1/1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment, which was serving overseas in Flanders, to command ‘C’ coy. He arrived on 25th November 1916. He was killed in action leading his company on the 31 July 1917, the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele.

At 0530 the Cambridgeshires moved out following the assaulting battalions, in the vicinity of St Julien. As the Cambs reached the ‘Black Line’, the name for the second objective line, the enemy fire intensified. Confusion, thick mist, mud and lack of artillery support were having an effect on the assault battalions and elsewhere in the advance had not gone to plan.

The Cambs took up positions just beyond the Black Line, and it soon became apparent that the 55th Division that should have been on the Cambs right flank were not there.  To try to defend this massive gap, part of ‘C’coy under Capt Jonas, were moved to a captured block house known as Border House, which became crucial to the defence of the whole right flank.  As the original assault battalions fell back under increased shell fire and counter attacks, the Cambs line became the front line, and as they were overwhelmed and fell back, the Border House position became even more crucial to their retreat.

An orderly was sent to tell the remnants of ‘C’coy at Border House to retreat, but returned to Battalion HQ with the message;

‘I received a message by orderly to retire, but as Capt Jonas, before he was killed, said we were not to retire without written orders from the CO, I am holding Border House.  There are only three of us and two of these chaps are wounded.  I am holding Border House until I get written orders to retire. (signed) Private Muffet, 7.30pm.’

Capt Jonas was mentioned in dispatches.

He is commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.  There is a separate memorial to him in St Peter’s Church Duxford.  He was 36.

Page kindly contributed by Mr Tim Chudleigh

Hinxton Agritech Development

The link takes you to the documents relating to the Smithson-Hill proposals for a park for AgriTech and associated life sciences on land east of the A1301 and south of the A505 at Hinxton, as presentated at Hinxton Village Hall in January.

The pdf copy of the scoping report is also available by clicking on the following link AgriTech-Hinxton-EIA-Scoping-Report

Smithson Hill welcomes any input to

Security Guard Vacancy

Please find a link for a vacancy within the Security Team at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton


Lorraine Moore, Facilities & Estates

Hinxton Hall Ltd, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus

Telephone:  (01223) 492303

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is operated by Genome Research Limited, a charity registered in England with number 1021457 and a company registered in England with number 2742969, whose registered office is 215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE.

Can you help the Drama group?

The Duxford Village Drama group are currently rehearsing for their 2017 production “Getting Along”, and the Director would like to ask if anyone has any spare stand-alone privacy screens, such as one might find in open plan offices, to borrow for staging purposes please.

Please contact Alan at directly, if you are able to assist in anyway, or to reserve tickets for performances on Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April, 2017.