M11 Closure 1-9 October

From Thursday 1 October until Friday 9 October the M11 will be closed from 8pm until 6am between junctions 9 (Stump Cross interchange) and 10 (Duxford)

Northbound closure 1-6 October

Southbound closure 6-9 October

Please visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england or contact Highways England Customer Contact Centre 0300 123 5000

Duxford C of E Primary School works

Work continues at pace at Duxford School following recent fire.
Building and demolition experts appointed by Cambridgeshire County Council are continuing their work on site at Duxford C of E Community Primary School, following the fire on the evening of Friday 31 July.
Damage was contained to one wing of the school building, part of which is used by the pre-school and the out of school club (The DX Club), resulting in the loss of four classroom spaces and some ancillary space. In place of these, the County Council is providing three double mobile units each providing two classroom spaces with cloakrooms and toilets – a total of six high quality teaching and learning spaces for pupils and staff on their return in September.
The remainder of the school building including the Key stage 2 classrooms, the hall and the kitchen, is intact and has been made safe ready for use by the school on re-opening.
Council and school officials have acted quickly, with the mobile units now on site.
Hazel Belchamber, Assistant Director of Education Capital & Place Planning at Cambridgeshire County Council, said, “Talks are already at an advanced stage and I want to thank my Council colleagues, leaders from the school, pre-school and out of hours club and the Diocese of Ely for their individual and collective contributions and effort so far. The mobiles arriving on site marks an important milestone and significant progress in only a matter of weeks. Everyone is committed to continuing to work together to help the school recover from this situation quickly as possible.”
Suzanne Blackburne-Maze, Headteacher at the school, said, “It has been magnificent to see everyone pulling together and just how quickly things are moving forward. With the mobiles arriving on site we can start to envisage how our school, the pre-school and the DX club will look come September. Without doubt there is great sadness in the situation we have faced – we have lost part of our building and with it some treasured materials, but we will pick ourselves up and get back on our feet, and will be ready to welcome our children back in September. We will keep parents updated with our progress.”

County Councillor Peter McDonald, local Councillor for Duxford, commented; “The Community is really pulling together to bring about a start to the new school year”.

Members of the public are kindly asked to stay away from the site as demolition and building works continue.

A JustGiving page set up by Helen Andrews, clerk to the school governing body, is currently over £20,000 – with funds set to help replace books and equipment lost in the blaze. Please click on the above link to donate.

Changes to Bus Service

Stagecoach is to alter a number of their services from 30 August 2020.

Stagecoach are making these changes with the aim of providing sufficient capacity across their network, ready for the return of schools and colleges and in anticipation for increasing numbers returning to work.

Full details of the changes can be found on their website and by following this link https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/east/august-30th-service-changes

For further information and copies of the timetable please contact Stagecoach directly on 01223 433250 and Cambridge.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com for the Cambridge depot or 01480 309084 and fenland.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com for the Fenland depot

A note from the Hundred Parishes

We continue to add new circular walk routes to the Society’s website – there are now 24. I would like to repeat the encouragement for you to go and try one if you can get out. These new walks go from a place where it is usually convenient to park and they range in distance from 1 mile to 10 miles. The routes have been chosen for the quality of scenery or heritage, or both, and the route descriptions seek to add to your knowledge of the places you pass.

Each route description can easily be downloaded from the Other Walks section of www.hundredparishes.org.uk – and then printed. We try to make the route description as easy as possible to follow. Three members have kindly volunteered to check the descriptions and in this way we hope to minimize the chance of anyone getting lost.  If you would like to join the testing panel, I would be pleased to hear from you. In any case, we welcome feedback and comment from anyone.

Shorter walks tend to focus on a single interesting town or village, for example Bartlow, Clavering, Hildersham, Much Hadham, Sawbridgeworth, Stebbing or Thaxted. Some routes combine town and countryside, for example from Buntingford, Saffron Walden or Standon. Others are mainly countryside routes, such as those starting from Broxted, Henham, Little Hadham, Matching or Wareside.

Some routes range over two or more parishes, for example 7 miles between Pleshey and Great Waltham or 8 miles between Albury, Braughing and Furneux Pelham. Two different routes run between Finchingfield and Great Bardfield. An 8-miler starting from Chrishall passes through four parishes and offers extensive views from upland paths in the Essex / Cambridgeshire border area.

These are just some examples to give you a flavour and to whet your appetite. If your favourite place isn’t mentioned, we are regularly adding new walks. Even if you think you know your local area, I assure you that, not far away, there is more to be found and enjoyed!

When we first launched the Hundred Parishes Society and its website in 2014, the website had 20 walks from railway stations. The Coronavirus pandemic has spurred us to expand the selection of routes so that it is not necessary to use a train. Some of the Station Walks are still OK as they start and finish at the same place. We regard the provision of these opportunities for people to explore the Hundred Parishes on foot as a major contribution towards achieving our first two charitable objectives. The formal text of the Society’s objectives, approved by the Charity Commission, reads as follows:
(a)  To advance the education of the public in the character and history of the geographic area comprising The Hundred Parishes.(b)  To promote for the benefit of the inhabitants of the geographic area comprising The Hundred Parishes and the surrounding areas the provision of information and facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation in the interests of social welfare and with the object of improving the quality of life of the said inhabitants.(c)  To promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of The Hundred Parishes, especially its features of historic, architectural and wildlife interest.

It is useful to remind ourselves from time to time what the Society is about. I think we focus quite consistently on (a) and (b).  (c) is not so easy to do directly, but I hope that a consequence of our actions under (a) and (b) is to raise awareness and appreciation in a way that will encourage more people to get involved in conservation, protection and improvement. Stay alert, stay safe! Ken McDonald, Secretary.

FIRE at the school

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all those affected by the dreadful fire at the village school on Friday 31st July. 

Sincere and heartfelt thanks to the crew of the 8 (!) fire engines who attended the scene and prevented the fire spreading to the rest of the school. Who knew that the new hydrant installed next to the our new community centre would be needed so soon!

https://www.cambsfire.gov.uk/news-and-incidents/incidents/2020-07-31-building-fire-duxford

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/fire-at-duxford-primary-school

If you are able to donate, please visit the justgiving page .  Although the original target has already been exceeded, all funds will be used to help make Duxford Community Primary School, its Preschool, the After School Club and the DX Club return even stronger and better.  

Get your family active!

Cambs County Council: Summer sport and fitness activities:

Activities now for children, teenagers and adults – click on the link!

https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/summer-sport-and-fitness-activities