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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 or call 01480 39698.

Article received 15 May 2015

Music marathon 20 June 2015

Music marathon 20 June 2015

May 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.

Janet Dunseath

9 million bicycles poster

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 …

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.

Chain ferry

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Barway Mill chain ferry
Mrs Carolyn Harrod of Snettisham, Norfolk, who previously lived in Barway, sent this photograph of the chain ferry that crossed from Barway Mill to Little Thetford.

This photograph always hung in the snug of The Bull Pub in Barway.

A resident in Barway told her that the two boys sitting on the Little Thetford bank were the Drewsbury brothers who were both sadly killed during the Great War.

The latest village newsletter is now online. If you’re in the village – a printed copy should have already come through your door.

Little Thetford WI

Monthly meetings of the Little Thetford Women’s Institute are held on the first Monday of the month (except where indicated in the programme), at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.

Visitors are welcome to attend any meeting at a cost of £3 (limited to two per year).

There is a raffle every month and often a quiz.

President: Christine Bullen, 01353649268
Secretary: Sarah Shea-Simonds, 07725575494
Treasurer: Diane Hopkins, 07880694198
Programme Secretary: Hilary Downes, 01353649471

See also our article, Little Thetford WI.

NFWI and Federation web site:

5 January Discussion with wine An evening at Susan’s house
2 February Shoes and handbags Talk: Claire Ashmeade
2 March The Anglo-Saxons at West Stow Talk: Kim Smith
30 March The fascinating world of mushrooms and toadstools Illustrated talk: Jonathan Revitt
27 April How to make a fabric flower Demonstration: Lesley Partridge (cost £1.80 p/p)
1 June The history and work of The Royal School of Embroidery Illustrated talk: Jane Hipkin
6 July Lakenheath Airbase Illustrated talk: title and speaker to be confirmed
3 August Next year’s programme (please give ideas to Hilary/Christine in advance) At Hilary’s house
7 September The art of covering boxes Demonstration: Barbara Redman
5 October Theatrical make-up OPEN EVENING Demonstration: Chris Clarke (6 volunteer models required)
2 November The history of chocolate Talk: Sarah Fowler (Chocolate will be for sale)
7 December To be decided

Helen Dewey's poppies

Helen Dewey’s poppies

The recent flower festival was well attended. There is a report in the October / November 2014 parish newsletter. We set out below some of the images. If you have any better images, please do send them to us.