The Emperor’s New Clothes at Fowlmere

On Friday July 7th Fowlmere Village Hall (charity number 284524) are hosting Illyria ( with their performance of The Emperor’s New Clothes, and we would be grateful if you could please publicise this in your magazine:

Now in their 26th season, Illyria return with one of the most famous cautionary tales ever told. Based on the timeless Hans Christian Andersen story, Illyria first performed this show in 2000 when it was Critic’s choice at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and attracted multiple 5-star reviews on a sellout UK tour.

The Emperor is a lovely man, but he’s not the best judge of character. When two swindlers spin a yarn and everyone is taken in, what price will he have to pay? Will he end up losing his crown jewels? All will be revealed in Illyria’s cheekiest ever show which has larger-than-life characters, lots to join in with – and an ending that will leave you helpless with laughter!
[NB – there is NO nudity in the production. Although one of the actors may be a little chilly…..]

Recommended for children aged 5+ and their families. Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes including 20 minute interval.

Gates open 6.30pm for 7.30 start. Bring a picnic and something to sit on.

Tickets £14 adults, £7 child, available online from (booking fee £1.95 applies) or from Foxton and Thriplow village shops, or phone 01763 208516. They will also be available at the May and June Fowlmere Farmers Markets. 

IWM – airshow noise and smoke

Duxford Air Festival 27 and 28 May 2017.

The new air display rules, intended to enhance public safety will be in force at this and all displays throughout the year.  IWMD regret the road closures that disappoint village residents, but no compromises will be considered.  If traffic queuing is observed on the M11, or the A505 east or west of the airfield, air displays are required to be paused, or stopped altogether.  Pilots are provided with charts showing all local no-fly zones.

At this event 27 and 28 May, there will be a recreation of the Great War; not all of it, but a scenario of an action including effects simulating anti-aircraft fire, bombing and strafing. Village residents, particularly those with pets, should be aware that there will be some loud bangs during this action, and possibly clouds of smoke.

Fire and Rescue Training

The airfield now possesses an aircraft simulator to be used in fire and rescue training.  When these exercises are in progress, it is likely that clouds of smoke will be visible on the airfield.  It is not intended to carry out these exercises when the wind is generally in the west, as the smoke would be carried over the village.  Residents should not be alarmed however, when they see the smoke.  These exercises will happen roughly every six months.


Dear Friends in Duxford

This is the first in a new HogBlog series for the village. We aim to update it monthly so please check in for news, tips and stories.
This month meet Winnie, who is currently living the life of luxury in a hog Hilton in a back garden in the village.  Winnie came from Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital where she had overwintered.  She is well enough to be released into the wild but unfortunately she ate far too much in hospital and is too rotund to be able to protect herself from predators.  Her lovely foster parents are keeping her safe in a purpose built pen and feeding her a restricted diet until she has slimmed down to a safe size to wander free. Winnie’s pen has enough space for her to wander round in circles searching for the food which is hidden every night to make her take some exercise!
Duxford proudly boasts two approved hedgehog release sites and one safe garden for a blind hog (which can’t be allowed to wander widely). In the past year we have between us released around twelve hogs.
Hedgehogs are an endangered species and their numbers have dropped dramatically in the past 30 years.  At the current rate they could be extinct in another thirty years.  Please help us preserve this delightful little creature by making your back garden a better place for hogs to live. You can help by making a small hole in your fence, 15 x 15 cm will be fine, and encourage your neighbour to do the same.  You might be rewarded by seeing a hog scuttle through in the dusk.  Hogs roam about 2 miles each night and they need to be able to get safely from one feeding area to the next without crossing a road.  Your new visiting friend will hoover up slugs and snails to say thank you.  As the weather gets warmer hogs need to drink and they will thank you for always leaving out a shallow bowl of clean water.  Be careful though because hogs are messy creatures and if the bowl is not heavy they will tip it over.  Ceramic bowls work best.
If you would like to feed your new friends they can eat puppy or cat poultry based wet or dry food.  Please don’t feed them anything fish based and definitely no bread and milk which can make them very ill.  A dish of food left on the grass will attract a pilfering cat so you can build a feeding station from an old plastic box with a lid if you cut a hole about 15 x 15cm and put a brick on the lid.  You can also buy hog feeding boxes on line.
And please remember, if you ever see a hog out during the day you should take action.  Hogs never ever wander in daylight unless they are sick.  Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital will take any sick or injured hog and if you want local help and advice you can call Mrs Tiggywinkle on 07867 538158.
Next month: snorting hogs, miniature ladders and hog boxes.

Spotted a flycatcher?

The Spotted Flycatcher – do you have this increasingly rare bird breeding in your garden? Participate in our survey!

Last year many Cambridgeshire community and parish newsletters, magazines and websites helped with a county-wide survey of Spotted Flycatchers. These are attractive little migrant birds which are summer visitors to village gardens and churchyards. Although they breed with us, they spend ten months of the year travelling between here and their wintering grounds in Southern Africa. This is an increasingly dangerous journey for them, and sadly they are in deep decline. Widespread losses amounted to a 50% decline during 1995-2010, continuing an 90% decline since 1970.

Only some fifty pairs remain breeding in Cambridgeshire, so it’s now quite a rare bird, but most rural villages still have a pair or two. The Cambridgeshire Bird Club is again running a survey this year to find and monitor nesting pairs, and it’s almost certain that there will be additional pairs in our villages of which we are not aware.

Do you have flycatchers in your garden? Please let the Bird Club know.

Please email

with any information you have, including records of single birds anytime between now and September.

See also for details of the project and how to send in your records.

Duxford Post Office opening hours

Post Office services are available at the United Reformed Church in Chapel Street during the following periods:

Monday 10am until 12:30

Wednesday 09:30 until 12 noon


There are no advertised vacancies at the moment.

If you would like to advertise here, please use the ‘contact us’ tab at the top of the page.  Please note that displayed graphics need to be provided in .jpeg format and separate documents in .pdf format. 

Fundraiser for Royal British Legion

The attached photograph was taken by a professional photographer who was engaged by The Royal British Legion’s Events Team last year to take action shots of cyclists riding from London to Paris (also known as the “Pedal to Paris” or simply “P2P”). He was positioned at the edge of a field somewhere in Kent, and the shot shows myself, my recumbent bike – and my flag. That was the 20th time I have taken part in The Legion’s P2P and this year will be no exception.

However, there will be a notable difference. Although I will still be on a recumbent bike, and a similar flag will be on board, this year I will be accompanied by a ‘stoker’ – a cycling term for a rear mounted tandem user. And this stoker will actually be facing backwards. And the bike frame is being made out of bamboo – a strong, sustainable and easily worked material with little environmental impact. It isn’t finished being built, which is why I am unable to attach a picture of it.

I feel sure you are inundated by requests for sponsorship on an almost daily basis, but I doubt you have ever been approached by anyone with such a hair-brained scheme as this, but the truth, so they say, is often stranger than fiction. And the truth is, Geoff, my (ex-Royal Navy) stoker, lives in Cambridgeshire while I (ex-RAF) live in Hertfordshire. While he has never ridden a recumbent bike before, I have never ridden a tandem. But we know lots of people who have, so we’re feeling cool with the idea so far.

However, we both need to raise £800 for the ride. The Legion’s unique method for these events is for each entrant to pay their costs of doing the ride as an entry fee – £650; so every penny raised goes to the Poppy Appeal.

Geoff and I would be very grateful for every promissory email we receive – I have an ‘e-sponsor’ page ( but I am targeting local councilors in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire exclusively this year, as I have never approached any of you for any fundraising I have done. By way of promoting the cause, we will endeavour to attend any Carnival Parade in the counties this summer (I am already booked into the Rickmansworth Carnival, 13th May) for any council that pledges over £100.

Paul is raising money to help The Royal British Legion

Kind regards,

Paul Harding

Mobile; 07877805111

IWM 2017 Air Show dates

Duxford Air Festival – Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May (May Bank Holiday weekend)

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Flying Legends Air Show – Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show – Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September

Tickets for the 2017 air shows are now on sale

Upcoming events:

Duxford Spring Car Show – Sunday 30 April

Classic Years Aviation Photography Day – Sunday 13 May

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Hinxton Agritech Development

SmithsonHill would like to share our proposals for a park for AgriTech located to the east of the A1301 and South of the A505 at Hinxton.

The exhibition will be held at:

Hinxton Village Hall, 51 High Street, Hinxton, CB10 1QY

Tuesday 16th May 2017, 11:30am – 9pm

Wednesday 17th May 2017, 7:30am – 12:30pm and 2pm – 8pm

We will be mailing out invitations direct to Duxford households in the coming weeks to ensure we have broadly communicated to all interested parties.

The following links take you to all available 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.

FAQ online

FAQ pdf

EIA Scoping document

Hinxton January presentation materials

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