It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Dr Robert “Bob” Young who died peacefully at home with his family on Friday morning, 13 November 2015. Our sympathies are with his family at this time. As founder and committed patron of this web site, Bob will be dearly missed by us all.
The cortège route begins at 10:30 am on Monday 23 November 2015 at The Horseshoes, Little Thetford and travels along Main Street before continuing to the village cemetery. The family has asked those wishing to pay their respects to join them during Bob’s final journey.
The memorial service will be held at St George’s Church, Little Thetford on Tuesday 24 November 2015 at 12 noon.
An invitation to the Little Thetford 1st Brigade open evening at St George’s church on Thursday 22 October 2015 6:30 pm to 7:3- pm. Paleontologist Ashley Peas will make a presentation and there will be an exhibition, activities, crafts and refreshments.
The latest village newsletter is now online. If you’re in the village – a printed copy should be through your door by the end of September.
The August/September newsletter is now online. We apologise for the delay in uploading this
The latest village newsletter is now online. If you’re in the village – a printed copy should be through your door by the end of May.
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency – a view from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
The CPRE in Cambridgeshire is confronting major development proposals which impact on our market towns, villages and countryside. The demand and location for thousands of new homes and major road schemes could result in the loss of Green Belt, attractive landscapes and some of the country’s best high quality farmland
There has been a huge increase in proposals for renewable energy developments. Whilst CPRE is broadly sympathetic to the need to reduce carbon emissions, we have to respond to vociferous concerns about the impact of on-shore wind turbines and solar farms which have an unacceptable impact on the landscape.
New research by Cambridge Architectural Research and Anglia Ruskin University, commissioned by CPRE, shows current Government policy may be misguided. It suggests we need a massive reduction in our energy requirements if we are to avoid inflicting widespread damage on the countryside. Our Warm and Green report claims energy efficiency has been grossly underplayed in the approach to England’s future energy supply. The report highlights the potentially huge impact of infrastructure on the countryside if old and new homes remain energy inefficient, and illustrates the dearth of funding for improvements, especially in rural areas.
To meet the UK’s carbon targets, one possible scenario would be to plant half of England with biomass crops, build 3,500 new wind turbines and install 8,000 hectares of new solar panels. Researchers based in Cambridge looked at case studies from across the country to explore barriers to making energy improvements in rural buildings. They found cost, the difficulty of finding skilled installers and payback time were problems too great for many people to overcome.
To ensure progress on reducing our energy demand, the report calls for:
- A bold national programme to reduce energy and carbon emissions from homes and community buildings
- The implementation of stronger zero carbon standards for new homes
- Rural communities to receive a fairer share of funding for energy efficiency.
Existing national programmes have failed to sufficiently reduce energy and carbon emissions. We must instead offer more persuasive and understandable financial incentives for all households. Such approaches would reduce both carbon emissions and energy bills, create jobs and help protect our landscapes.
To find out more about energy efficiency incentives in your area, we suggest you contact your District Council. To find out more about CPRE please e-mail our office at email@example.com or call 01480 39698.
Article received 15 May 2015
Music marathon 20 June 2015
We cordially invite you to join us on June 20th 2015 for this year’s Music Marathon. We are raising money to install and support internet access to the Church—which is vital for continuing youth work and outreach.
The Music Marathon starts at 9am and continues all day until 7pm, when we will have a ‘grand finale’ followed by a Bring and Share supper. The plan is that there is live music or performance happening continuously throughout the day. With this in mind, we would like to invite you to drop in and contribute to the fun. You can stay for as little or as long as you like! There will be refreshments available all day. It is an informal day and isn’t a concert, just a celebration of live music.
If you would like to take part then please call 01353648819 or drop into St George’s and add your name to the list at the back of the church.
Please pass on this invite to any others who would like to contribute towards this good cause.
9 million bicycles poster
Visit China in our 9 Million Bicycles event at St Georges Church, Thursday 14 May 2015.
The wayback machine is an archive of the internet that, as of February 2015, contained 452 billion archived web pages. The wayback machine has been automatically archiving the internet since 1996 but specific web pages can be archived manually too.
For example, local historian, Mike Petty, has been storing historical documents at the internet archive for a while now. We list below some of Mike’s stored documents …
- Mike Petty Cambridgeshire Collection annotated catalogue: An annotated catalogue of the books and articles, pamphlets and periodicals: introduction.
- Stories From A Year Mike Petty (March 30, 2015): Stories from each of the 100 years of 20th-century Cambridgeshire, 1888-1988. A series of articles in the Cambridge Weekly News
- Stretham Millennium History By Mike Petty, 2015 (February 24, 2015): A history of the parish of Stretham on the Isle of Ely from 1222 to 2000
- Stretham Millennium History By Mike Petty, 2015 (February 24, 2015): A history of the parish of Stretham, on the Isle of Ely, from 1222 to the present day
- Pickwick’s Cambridge Scrapbook 1838 By Mike Petty. (March 30, 2015): Life and times in Dickensian Cambridgeshire as recorded in the pages of “Mr Pickwick’s Cambridge Scrapbook 1838”. A series of articles in the Cambridge Weekly News, 1996 to 2010.
- Looking Back Cambridgeshire Stories 1897 1989 By Mike Petty (March 25, 2015): A digital scrapbook comprising 4,000 pages of extracts from Cambridge newspapers relating to life in and around Cambridge, Cambridgeshire and the Fens, 1897-1989
Some internet systems, Wikipedia as an example, maintain their own archives, so there is no need to store such systems in the wayback machine. The first version of Wikipedia’s Little Thetford article was created on 14 September 2008 and looked like this: Little Thetford (2008). In February 2010 someone added to that article in a derogatory manner: Little Thetford (2010). The article was promoted to featured article status on 27 July 2010 and looked like this at the time: Little Thetford (2010). The article looks like this today: Little Thetford.
The latest village newsletter is now online. If you’re in the village – a printed copy should have already come through your door.