I had a lovely evening a couple of weeks ago at the Haddenham & Aldreth 1940’s pre-event to their amazing Blossoms & Bygones weekend which is coming up in May. The chapel in Aldreth was decked out in 1940’s gear, from banners and flags, clothes and furniture to a gramophone (working and playing great tunes) and original film projector and reels. The building was packed out for this lovely gathering and the evening kicked off with Mike Petty giving us a great talk about Cambs during WWII, I then followed with a brief stint about 1940’s makeup and style, finishing of the evening with a local chap giving his memories of the war - and of course there was a couple of lovely tea breaks with home made cake and bread and butter pudding. I can’t wait until the main event in May :)
In the meantime why not check out the Haddenham & Aldreth CCAN Group!
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.
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You can invite a couple of friends along if you like (up to 4) or you can just have it for yourself. It takes about 1-2 hours. I can do daytimes, evenings or weekends, so just let me know what suits you. I bring everything needed with me and you get to apply everything step-by-step, learn new ways to look after your skin and apply the latest makeup colours and try different looks. No obligation to buy anything, just have a great time kick starting the new you for the new year :)
A New Start 2011
It’s a new year now and for many of us this brings the joy of a new start. We can think back on all the lovely happy things that have happened and all we have achieved over the last year and we can also put behind us the negative experiences and people who do not deserve to be part of our lives. I am so grateful to have such amazing friends, family and colleagues who have helped me and stood by me through everything over the past year. You have all been brilliant and I am very lucky to have you all in my life.
Now to look forward and see what wonderful things 2011 has in store for us.
Most people make some kind of New Years resolutions and I suppose mine aren’t that different to many peoples. I am definitely going to try and completely give us smoking though and instead of worrying and focusing on weight and body image I just want to get more fit and healthy – by focusing on that the other will follow :)
I made a good start by taking Charlotte Ice-skating on Parker’s Piece, Cambridge on new Years Day – blimey those skates don’t half make your feet ache! We usually have to go up to Peterbourgh to the ice-rink there and we only manage that about once a year but the temporary rink at Parker’s Piece was ok – I really hope they do get a permanent one for Cambridge sometime soon though.
Lot’s of exciting things planned for this year already and which I’ll post news and more details of soon but include:
Cambridgeshire Association for Local History’s Diamond Jubilee Year for which we’ll be hosting many various events and celebrations. (www.calh.org.uk)
Cambridgeshire Community Archives growing and new groups joining, new FREE events which include training and oral history recording, video, pod casts and much, much more (www.ccan.co.uk)
Mobile Makeup Artist – I am now looking to recruit several new people to my team and will be growing my business across East Anglia, if you’re feeling the squeeze of January and would like to earn some extra cash, learn a new skill and have amazing fun then please do get in touch and I will give you more info – also please do check out my career opportunities page on here :)
And watch this space for news of my new publications along with the launch of the Cambridge Local History Book Shop!
MEMORY WALLS at Libraries across Cambridgeshire from 1st -19th December 2010. Why not pop along and add your memories of the High Street and shops!
For more details of all the events listed below please Contact Me
Cambridge CCAN Group & Chesterton Local History Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Arbury & Milton Road Libraries 1st-19th December 2010
Cambridge CCAN Group & Barnwell & Fen Ditton Local History Society - will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Barnwell Library 1st-19th December 2010. Holding Various face to face support sessions over the project period.
Cambs CCAN Group & Buckden Local History Society – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Buckden Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group & Burwell History Society – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Burwell Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambridge CCAN Group & Cambridgeshire Collection – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Cambridge Central Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Bar Hill & Cambourne Libraries 1st-19th December 2010
Chatteris CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Chatteris Library 1st-19th December 2010. Chatteris CCAN will also be at the library on the 3rd December to help support people who have something to contribute.
Cherry Hinton CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Cherry Hinton & Rock Road Libraries 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Comberton Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cottenham CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Cottenham Library 1st-19th December 2010 (see also the notice above)
Ely CCAN Group - will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Ely Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group & Great Shelford Oral History Group– will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Great Shelford Library 1st-19th December 2010
Hilton CCAN Group & Hilton Village Digital Archive - will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at St Ives Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group & Histon & Impington Village Society – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Histon Library 1st-19th December 2010
Huntingdon CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Huntingdon Library 1st-19th December 2010
Linton CCAN Group & Linton & District Historical Society – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Linton Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Littleport Library 1st-19th December 2010
March CCAN Group - will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at March Library 1st-19th December 2010
Papworth Heritage Centre CCAN Group CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Papworth Library 1st-19th December 2010
Ramsey CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Ramsey Library 1st-19th December 2010. Holding several linked events and sessions over the project period.
Sawston CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Sawston Library 1st-19th December 2010
Sawtry CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Sawtry Library 1st-19th December 2010 – Sawtry CCAN Group will also be holding face-to-face memory gatherings at Sawtry Library on the 8th December 2pm-5pm and on the 14th December 4pm-7pm
Soham CCAN Group - will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Soham Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group & Warboys Local History Society – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Warboys Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group & Old Willingham Society – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Willingham Library 1st-19th December 2010
Wisbech CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Wisbech Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Whittlesey Library 1st-19th December 2010
Yaxley CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Yaxley Library 1st-19th December 2010
We took Willow, our little Cocker Spaniel puppy to Dog Training at the weekend. Willow is just over 3 months old now so she joined the puppy class at Impington. It was really good fun, Charlotte and I watched as Russ took the role of trainer for Willow and she learnt various basic commands. There was such a variety of dogs to see there. Several classes took place at the same time in different patches of the meadow. Towards the end of her class Willow was taken onto the agility equipment and got to go over the little bridge and through the tunnel. Everyone seemed very friendly and nice at this Dog school and we'll be taking Willow there every week now to complete her puppy training. Russ got Willow some of the 'pilchard cake' which was one of the things they had to use for a treat to aid training. This seemed to work well but Willow did the most amazing stinks in the car on the way home - so if next weekend you spot us coming home down the A14 with all our windows undone and our heads sticking out, you'll know we've just been to the puppy class!
Cambridge Canine Education Group
I had a brilliant time at Ramsey 1940's Weekend again this year. I went for the first time last year and can't wait until it's on again next year. It is such a great event with loads of people in costume and loads to see and do. I was there doing 1940's makeovers for the weekend. I took my dad along for the Saturday and we stayed there all day and for the big Hanger Dance in the evening. Russell's dad and his partner teach Lindy Hop so we nearly always bump into each other at these period events. Russ and I gave the Lambeth Walk a go on the Saturday night and when I told Charlotte (8yrs) about that she surprised me by signing the whole Lambeth Walk song to me - apparently they had learnt it at school when they studied World War II last term!
Nominet Internet Awards 2010
I am so proud to reveal that our very own amazing Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN) was shortlisted out of many applicants for the prestigious Nominet Internet Awards 2010!!!! It was well deserved and I am so pleased that we have got recognition for our wonderful network. Thanks are due to all of you who have been involved in helping promote, use and contribute to Cambridgeshire’s biggest and best community archives website. Last night I attended the Nominet Internet Awards ceremony at One Whitehall, London along with our partners from Cambridgeshire County Council, represented by Steve Capes and Matthew Hall. The shortlisted applicants were requested by special invitation to attend the awards ceremony which was a spectacular evening of fine wine, champagne, incredible food and exclusive company. Well done for all your hard work with the Cambridgeshire Community Archives! If you would like to know more about CCAN and take part or get a group going in your village/area please do get in touch!
Cambridge Libraries and Learning Centres
The Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN) is a unique community-based project that has created a
cross-searchable network of digital archives. Staff from Cambridgeshire’s Library Learning Services team have assisted towns, villages and organisations in learning IT skills and recording and developing their own online
CCAN is built around a specially created web site www.ccan.co.uk and now consists of 50 active groups. In just over two years, the site has grown to contain over 14,000 records that include photographs, stories, oral history recordings and videoed memories.
This project has enabled rurally isolated communities to join together in a common bond, to preserve their history, customs and heritage in a unique online format. This has
in turn enabled them to share their gathered history and culture internationally.
The Nominet Internet Awards Promoting UK Internet Best Practice The Nominet Internet Awards is an annual competition which is aimed at UK individuals and organisations who are helping to make the Internet a secure, open, accessible or diverse experience for everyone who uses it. These awards promote UK best practice and celebrate achievement and innovation on the Internet.
This year's winners include a variety of world-class projects from SignTranslate, a small organisation that has created communication tools that enable medical professionals to communicate with non-English speakers, to the British Library, which has developed an interactive timeline allowing users to explore history.
When we launched the Awards in February we set out to recognise and reward the organisations, groups and individuals whose work is helping to ensure that the Internet offers a secure, open, accessible and diverse experience for all.
Nominet went looking for examples of British creativity and
innovation in the use of the Internet and discovered a wide
spectrum of people and organisations that have tackled a diverse
set of challenges for the benefit of Internet users in the UK and
This year we were delighted to receive a huge number of high
quality entries, across all five categories. Narrowing these down
to a shortlist, and subsequently selecting the winners was a
big challenge. Indeed I want to congratulate all the shortlisted
applicants. In a very real sense you are all worthy winners.
Now, I am proud to be celebrating so many examples of best
practice within the UK Internet industry and look forward to
highlighting their good work at the Internet Governance Forum
in Vilnius, Lithuania in November. The winning entries are sure
to spark lively discussions and add substance to the
international policy debate.
Rt Hon Alun Michael MP,
Chair of Judges,
Nominet Internet Awards 2010 Read more at:
There is an eminent and independent panel of judges Chaired by the Rt Hon Alun Michael MP.
Why does Nominet run an Internet Awards competition?
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