News from Balsham
Picture: Keith JonesPARISH NURSE PROJECT There will be a money raising Coffee Morning on Saturday 8 February from 10.00am until 11.30am including a Bring and Buy, Raffle and Swap a Paperback. Please come and support this very worthy cause to appoint a Parish Nurse. This will initially be for a three year trial period and it is hoped will be largely financed by grants from several interested bodies that make provision for needs of this kind. However, in order to achieve these grants some money must be provided from the villages involved in the applications, so each will be arranging events for this purpose. Although the title is Parish Nurse and the churches are initiating the project, there is no requirement for anyone who uses the nurse to be a church goer of any denomination and may be of any age or status. The nurse will be available to anyone living in these villages. Burwell and some other areas have already made an appointment of this kind and have found a great benefit. This professional person acts as a contact between people in the villages and the health and social support services, is able to give advice and support people young and old with a wide range of needs. The Parish Nurse will be suppo Louboutin Shoes rted fully by Linton and Sawston Health Centres and will be a fully qualified nurse. Confidentiality will mean that privacy will be respected at all times. Although medically qualified the Parish Nurse will not be taking the place of the District Nurse system or be controlled by the Health Centres.WOMENS INSTITUTE The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 11 February when Geoffrey Evans will talk on Race Horses.The January meeting was a members evening, the programme being arranged by Sue Gladstone. After a short business meeting members listened to Pat Lambert, who talked about efforts to organise a Parish Nurse in Balsham, West Wratting and other villages in the area. This professional person would act as a link between village people and supporting services especially in areas of medical or social difficulties, would give advice if necessary and be generally supportive to young and old alike. Although grant funding will be forthcoming, a start needs to be made locally to get the project working. Members will look forward to hearing about the project as it develops.Pat was followed by Stephen Licence who gave a fascinating, illustrated talk on his recent visit to the Arctic Circle, namely Spitzbergen. He gave details about the flora and fauna in that part of the world with pictures of Polar bears, reindeer etc. His talk was followed by the social part of the evening where members partook of delicious deserts followed, for intellectual diversion, by a quiz! All in all, this was a very interesting and enjoyable evening.WEST WICKHAMAT THE LOCAL HISTORY CLUB meeting on Monday 10 February there will be a talk by Sue Sampson from Cambridgeshire Archives entitled there a will: probate records. The meeting will start at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Visitors are always welcome for a small charge ofST MARY There is a Family Service for everyone on Sunday 9 February at 9.45am.FRIENDS OF ST MARY WINTER LUNCH Sixty people, including some young ones and supporters from West Wratting, sat down on 12 January to a traditional Sunday roast in the Reading Room in aid of the Church fabric and maintenance fund. This raised no less than thanks to all who came and gave generously. The raffle and bar did well and a watercolour of the Church by John Isted went for Particular thanks go to the Friends group for their time and effort and especially those who donated the food and wine. This was the most successful Winter Lunch to date and the Friends have every intention of repeating it early next year.SATURDAY BUSES The proposed changes to the Saturday no 16A service have at last taken place even though not publicised. These changes were in response to the survey held last year when the majority of those who replied wanted the Saturday no 16A bus to travel into Cambridge at a more appropriate time for shoppers. The changes were expected to happen at the same time as those to the No 19 bus, but this was not to be. From Saturday 5 January, the Saturday bus now leaves Weston Colville, opposite Church End, at 10.38am and Weston Green near Chapel Road at 10.40am and then goes directly t Louboutin Shoes o Cambridge after Balsham, via Fulbourn, arriving in Drummer Street at 11.30am. The return journey from Cambridge leaves Drummer Street as before at 5.40pm, coming straight back through Balsham arriving back in Weston Green at 6.24pm and Weston Colville 6.31pm. Please use this bus otherwise we are sure to lose it. It is not only important for those who wish to use it now, but also for those in the community who will be unable to drive as they get older and for the children who will become teenagers in the future and will want to independently get into Cambridge on a Saturday. Remember there are no other buses at the weekend.DO YOU USE BUS SERVICE NO 46 If so please be sure to fill in the Cambridgeshire Future Transport short survey to help them understand how the local community uses bus services and how the services could be changed to better meet needs. There is less funding for the County Council to subsidise buses, so the questionnaire is important. All completed questionnaires have to be in by Friday 28 March. The appropriate Community Drop in events for Weston Colville will be at Newmarket Memorial Hall in the High Street CB8 8JP on Tuesday 18 March from 10.00am until noon. Look out for feedback via a working group hopefully the one which Louboutin Shoes already exists.POST OFFICE THANKS T Louboutin Shoes he Christmas raffle for Leukaemia raised Together with from the charity tin and from the Easter raffle, a total of was raised in 2013. With an anonymous donated of a cheque for is on its way to Leukaemia Research. Christine Tilly wishes to thank everyone who donated prizes and bought tickets making this all worthwhile. This is a quick job for someone who is familiar with blog/web posting and would be a really useful contribution to the local community. Valentine poetry will also be read and looked at.At the January meeting Isn the Sort of Thing that Happens to Someone Like You by Jon Mcgregor, was reviewed, plus winter poetry. The book is a collection of short stories based in East Anglia and the fens in particular. It was good to recognise some of the places, but we felt that it was not a great read and despite a strong start, with the first story linking in with the Kate Fox book reviewed in December, the rest was very much a mixed bag. No one would ever normally have chosen it, so it was good to go outside one normalcomfort zone. It was haunting and dark in places, yet also ridiculous, with one story just a few words long.It received a score of 30, and no one would recommend it unconditionally! Everyone enjoyed Shakespeare poem Winter, from Labours Lost read by Scilla.