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The Village Hall AGM will take place on Monday 17th. June at 8pm in the hall. All parishioners are invited and urged to attend. The hall needs everyone’s support if it is to remain a viable asset to the community.
Robert Bullen
(chair of Trustees.)

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Post. Please print and display

Poster. Please print and display

St George’s Church Music Marathon. Saturday 29 June 2013, 9am to 7pm. Play, sing or perform. Or perhaps just come and watch? Further information at the church or call 01353648819.

Une Soirée en France, in French

Une Soirée en France, in French

Une Soirée en France, in English

Une Soirée en France, in English

The 1st Little Thetford Brigade invite you to “Une Soirée en France” on Thursday 13 June between 6.00 and 7.30 pm at St Georges Church. Refreshments, crêpes, games, les boules, crafts and quizzes. Enjoy.

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Engraved stone (obverse)

Engraved stone (obverse)

Can you help identify the engraving on this stone?

This object was found recently on the Little Thetford side of our Bronze Age causeway. According to Dr Robert Young, this calcareous rock has calcite crystals on the reverse side and is not from this area. The flatter face contains an elaborate engraving linked to what appears to be a funnel near the outer edge—middle-top in the image. Does this apparent funnel suggest that the artefact was part of a precious metal mold?



These flints were also found at the same time and place. The lighter coloured flint looks like this one.

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Engraved stone (reverse)

Engraved stone (reverse)

Flint spearhead (1)

Flint spearhead (1)

Flint spearhead (2)

Flint spearhead (2)


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4 Eyes

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Local artist Jamie ‘Lloyd’ McCullough is showing off his skills in a new video titled “4 Eyes”. The video follows Jamie’s initial surprise at finding himself in his kitchen. Let us know what you think.

Jamie says he purchased a green cloth and shot himself against this background. He composited the shots in Apple iMovie using a technique called Chroma-Key. This is all the more remarkable when you consider Jamie has Usher Syndrome; deaf from birth and now almost totally blind.

(Also published on the Limping Chicken blog)

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In October 2012 we reported in our East Cambridgeshire wheelie bins article that East Cambridgeshire District Council was one step closer to approving the roll-out of wheelie bins as part of their waste management. We can now report that, according to the Ely Standard, that wheelie bins could be in place by September. The proposed changes are listed on the East Cambridgeshire web site recycling changes page. Their frequently asked questions page tells us that if we don’t have room for bins the council “will be surveying all properties in the district to see if they are suitable for storing bins, and that they can be safely left out for collection. If your property cannot accommodate the bins, you will keep your brown sacks and black box”. It is not yet clear exactly what criteria the council will use to decide if a property is suitable.

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Cambridge News reported[1] that a deal with BT has been agreed today which will provide ninety-percent of Cambridgeshire homes with superfast broadband by 2015. The deal is due to be signed by Cambridgeshire County Council and British Telecom in March this year. This should be good news for Little Thetford until you read the small print. Cambridgeshire County Council’s press-release says “More than 90% of homes and businesses in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be able to receive superfast broadband (at least 24 Mbps) with basic broadband (2 Mbps minimum) available to very nearly 100% of premises by 2015”.[2]

According to the council, last years Connecting Cambridgeshire campaign, which we reported on during June last year, received 24,000 responses from residents and businesses in the area. This made it “the largest response rate in the country and showing the huge demand for better broadband in our area”.

In this context, superfast broadband means internet speeds of at least 24 megabits per second. To find out your current broadband speed, use this link then click Begin Test when it appears. But note that speeds vary by time of day and by day of week.

See also Connecting Cambridgeshire press release: Connecting Cambridgeshire lands super broadband deal.

John McCullough

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1Havergal, Chris (4 February 2013). “Deal done to deliver quick internet connections“. Cambs News (Online)
2Pasfield, Eleanor (4 February 2013) “Connecting Cambridgeshire lands super broadband deal” Cambridgeshire County Council: Press release

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