I was pleased to lend my support to the plight of the Cherry Trees which were cut down recently at Rectory Terrace in Cherry Hinton. Especially as they are part of our WWII memorial.
THE CHERRY HINTON CHERRY TREES
Cherry Hinton gets its name from the abundance of Cherry trees which used to grow here. Particularly from the large cherry orchards which use to populate the village from at least the mid 1500’s. Cherry Hinton could almost have been called Saffron Hinton as saffron was also widely grown but Walden had the biggest trade of saffron crop and claimed the name Saffron Walden. In the Domesday book Cherry Hinton is recorded as ‘Hinton’ only. The ‘Cherry’ prefix is first recorded in the mid 1500’s, so Cherry Hinton is actually spelt as two separate words rather than the sometimes mistaken Cherryhinton.
In Church End the is a clue to the Cherry trade with one of the large old houses having the name Cherry Lodge. It was at Cherry Lodge orchards that students from Peterhouse would make their way across the fields to gather and eat the ripe cherries in the late summer months.
War Memorial Cherry Trees:
1st WW Memorial
Cherry Hinton Recreation ground is the village war memorial for all fifty four village servicemen killed during the first world war. Mr E Pamplin, member of the famous Pamplin Steam Engine family and who owned the land in 1927, conveyed the land to five trustees to use as a recreation ground. This conveyance sets out details of the trust and records the fact that the land was acquired by public subscription as a war memorial.
2nd WW Memorial
The ornamental cherry trees along each side of Cherry Hinton High Street, from Mill End road right up to the Church, represent one tree for each of the thirty four village service men who lost their lives fighting for their country in the second world war. They were paid by and planted for the Cherry Hinton Women’s Institute in January 1949. This is why Cherry Hinton has no stone war memorial.
Around 2001 the City Council fell some of these trees which caused an uproar from many in the village and after a small campaign the Council replanted those trees it had cut down. So this is not the first time something like this has happened.
For other articles about the War Memorial and for pictures from the last time some of the Cherry Hinton War Memorial Trees were felled you can visit the Cherry Hinton Group on www.ccan.co.uk and go to pages 21-23.
We have been donated some amazing old photos of the village and members of the Cherry Hinton Archives group have been busy getting them scanned in and uploaded to our CCAN site. We have also got a brilliant set of cine films which show various parts of Cambridge and Cherry Hinton in the 1960’s which we are having transferred to DVD. More news on that as we progress.
Here's just a couple of those pictures:
We, like many of the counties CCAN groups still have lots and lots of photos and stories to upload and continue to build a fantastic community record of life and history in our villages. If you have any memories, stories, pictures, photos and/or ephemera to share we’d love to hear from you. We don’t just want old photos though, all CCAN groups are also a ‘living memory’ and we record current history too. Things like changes to buildings, local events, news and updates on our areas. We also carry out voice recordings, oral history, make pod-casts, videos, DVD’s, books and much more!
Most CCAN groups have regular open meetings that you can attend and bring along your contributions. You don’t have to part with your pictures if you don’t want to either as all groups will scan in you items and give them back to you if you wish. To find out more or to get involved Contact Me or visit www.ccan.co.uk
We have now confirmed that the amazing Cherry Hinton Festival is going ahead this year and the main event will take place on Saturday 17th September on the recreation ground just off Cherry Hinton High Street – to see more details of this and of the festival events that are taking place on the run up to the big day just check out the festival website www.cherryhintonfestival.co.uk
The other great news is, as the festival is going ahead, so too is the 2nd Cambridgeshire History Fair, which is run in conjunction with the Cherry Hinton Festival on the same day and on the same site. Again you can check out the main festival website for more details.
How about booking a pitch and joining us for the day? We welcome any History Societies, groups, museums, hands on history, re-enactors etc. Click here for a list of the people we had attend the 1st Cambs History Fair in 2009.
If you would like to book a place at the history fair, just use the Contact Me form on my website or you can email me at email@example.com with your contact details and what group or organisation you represent and I will send you a booking form. We also welcome individuals who wish to showcase their history based interests. Alternatively you can download the History Fair booking form below, print off and fill in and post back to me - instruction on the form :)
FANTASTIC NEWS!!!! The amazing Cherry Hinton Festival is back this year and is joined by the 2nd Cambridgeshire Open Air History Festival !!!!
The event will be held on Saturday 17th September 2011, so get it in your diaries and watch this space as I will post further details of the event and how to book a pitch if you have a history related stall etc. :)
In the mean time why not check out the festival website, which is just being updated.
Cherry Hinton Local History Society had a great start back to our meetings after the summer break on Monday night. Our speaker was Barbara Megson who gave us a really interesting talk about the Harveys of Ickworth. We had some more new members join us and I was also handed some more great old pictures of Cherry Hinton to go onto CCAN (Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network). A great night :)
Our next meeting is on Monday 25th October at the Church Centre at the back of St Andrews Church on the High Street in Cherry Hinton, Cambridge. Visitors are welcome, so why not come along! Our speaker for that night is the fab Lacy Anderson who will be taking all about 'The Cam', we also have a raffle and refreshments :)
The family history day held at the Family History Centre on Cherry Hinton Road went really well. There were lots of people who came along to look at the stands and find out more about the centre itself. I put up our lovely big stand all about Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN) and we had a lot of interest and will be introducing some new groups to this brilliant project for Cambridgeshire very soon :) ! People from as far a field as Yorkshire turned up for the family history day and it was great to see some familiar faces and stalls from groups such as the Cambridgeshire Family History Society.
ccan.co.uk is not only a great place for you to share your old pictures and memories but it is also an amazing tool for family historians - our search facility on the website allows you to search both village by village, group by group but also the site as a whole. It's well worth a go!
Busy as ever! What a weekend, on Friday I did a prom makeover in Cherry Hinton and then did a bridal pamper party in Godmanchester which was all lovely.
A word of warning... if you ever have to take your child to ballet exams, be prepared! You will need food, drink, entertainment and to keep calm. Charlotte had her ballet exams this weekend and they are spead out over the whole weekend so that there is no point going home in between exams, the place is filled with stressed out, hot parents and a formidable but wonderful principle! :) it wasn't that bad really but it was a lot of waiting about and the hot weather didn't help when everyone was stuck inside for hours and hours. The examiner is very strict and presentation is everything, so the fumes from cans of hairspay abounded. Charlotte did very well, she thinks, we don't get results until the end of September but fingers crossed and she should have her grade 3 now. Now exams are over, the rehersals for the Jan 2011 show begin!
In between that I got out on Saturday morning to give a guided tour of Cherry Hinton Hall for the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, which Tony Kirby had organised. We had a good walk around and I pointed out and explained the features in the grounds from the prehistoric archaeology to the Victorian parkland. We even made a quick trip out of the site up the road to Giants Grave which is the large natural spring pool opposite the Robin Hood Pub in Cherry Hinton.
Saturday evening we popped over to Ely to my lovely friends, Emma and Rob, for their house warming which was great. I love Ely, I used to live there many years ago.
My son was here to visit for the weekend too, so Sunday - in between ballet exams- we had a great BBQ in the garden and Russ even brought the TV out into the garden so we could watch the England match (no comment on that!).
Yesterday I went to my grannies to sit with her for a couple of hours, then I totally skived off of work and went into the town and spent some money on myself :) haha, it was brilliant! I haven't done that in ages, I was a total girl, I brought some clothes, false nails and false eyelashes, got a bit of makeup and some hair stuff then I came home and gave myself a haircut and stuck on my false nails and eyelashes (I can hardly type now). That was well needed.
Then in the evening, last night, I went and gave a lecture on local archaeology and history to Cherry Hinton Local History Society, it was a great evening and I had a suprise visitor along, Barry Fuller, from the Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - he had been involved with CHLHS 25 years ago and is a great friend of mine, he'd been trying to get the chance to come along for the last year and had finally made it, so it turned out to be a great evening all round :)
I must now finish off the War Ditches work I have been doing and have a week free of appointments to get it done, wish me luck!
I went to the Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall committee meeting last night. It is so encouraging to see how far we've come since starting the group last year. What a difference people can make when we get together! Cherry Hinton Hall is such a lovely place and one of the only green spaces which seperates Cherry Hinton village from becoming a complete suberb of Cambridge (along with the green expence of Marshall's Airport). The Friends of CHH will be having a stand at this years famous Cambridge Folk Festival which is held in the grounds of the Hall, so if you're there please pop along and see us and find out more. We are also running a great, fun packed open day - Cherry Hinton Community Groups Fair
Saturday 24th July 2010
Cherry Hinton Village Centre 12noon-4pm
Raffle, tea, cakes, lots of stalls to look at, displays various groups, activities for families...all sorts!
The Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall are hosting the fair and would like to invite all local groups, clubs and organisations to come and have a stall to promote, recruit and generally raise awareness - free of charge! A great oppertunity for all the community to get together and have a fun afternoon!
For further details call Sandra Day: 01223 247639 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been working away at writing up the historical backgroung for the War Ditches site which is a prehistoric ring work discovered at the top of Lime Kiln Hill in Cherry Hinton, Cambridge. The site is now a nature reserve owned by the Wildlife Trust and called East Pit. It is a spectacular chalk quarry site and is now open to the public, so if you get chance please do pay it a visit. I will be producing a book about the site later this year once I have finished this initial phase of research, so look out for details coming soon :)
We had a lovely group meeting last week for Cherry Hinton Community Archives and I am pleased to announce that Cherry Hinton Archives will be working in association with History Pin with archived material being uploaded over the next couple of months. This will mean you can benefit from seeing many of our pictures in Google Street View and you'll be able to add comments to our various archive pictures and stories. If you have anything you wish to add to either Cherry Hinton Community Archives or History Pin and would like some help, please feel free to get in touch with us or use the 'contact me' page of this website :)
I am also pleased to formally announce our association with the Cambridgeshire Collection, who have been involved with the CCAN project from the start. All of our pictures, stories, audio, video etc. will be shared with the Cambridgeshire Collection as a long term archive availble to the public.
Landscape Archaeologist, Local Historian & Mobile Makeup Artist