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Wine & Wildlife

Fans of our farmer, John Parish, will no doubt relish his talk from 7:30pm on Saturday 24 November 2012 at St George’s church, Little Thetford. We mentioned this talk a few weeks ago but at that time, we did not have John’s title. Please do come along, especially if you are new to our village. We are a friendly crowd. Honest.

Oblique view Little Thetford from 350ft

Oblique view of Little Thetford
from 350ft
© 2012 David Moss

David Moss of the Round House, Little Thetford told us about his Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) recently. He uses a DroidWorx Hexacopter UAV from his Sky High Imagery business to take both vertical and oblique photographs of land or property. See brief history of aerial photography below and some of David’s images further down.

David previously used a telescopic mast to take aerial views; he now only uses this mast for time-lapse photographs—preferring the convenience and speed of his UAV; subject to weather conditions of course. David has two camera’s which he uses on the gyro-stabilised platform of his UAV, including a Sony Alpha SLT-A77.

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David's DroidWorx UAV

David's DroidWorx UAV
© 2012 David Moss

The version of Hexacopter David is using has a nine minute flight time, an 11kg* capacity, a range of 6km and can be controlled manually or by GPS. In either case, the UAV has an auto-safe facility which will land the vehicle back at its take-off point if it detects any issues such as low battery, loss of GPS or loss of the control signal. It is not necessary to have a UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) accepted license to own and fly a UAV of 20kg or less in the UK unless, like David, you intend to use it for commercial purposes. You must still follow the CAA publish regulations (CAP722) such as being aware of controlled airspace and not endangering anyone or anything. David obtained his BNUC-S CAA license in June 2012.

John Parish is also one of our local aerial photographers. He took the aerial view of Little Thetford which is part of our web site page header. See more of John’s aerial views in our gallery. John prefers to use his aircraft rather than a UAV.

*An 11kg mass initially at rest falling from a height of 120m (400ft) under the influence of gravity hits the ground at about 50 m/s (112 mph) with an impact force of nearly 200KN (20 ton-force)
See also CAA publications UK-CAA POLICY FOR LIGHT UAV SYSTEMS (PDF) for a general guide and CAP 658 (PDF) for all non commercial regulations—i.e. for model aircraft

Brief history of aerial photography

Aerial photography has been practised since the mid-nineteenth century. For example, balloonists such as Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (1820–1910), took pictures over Paris in 1858 from his tethered balloon. The aerial photographic record of the UK’s first commercial aerial photography company, Aerofilms Limited of Hendon (1919–), was sold to English Heritage in 2007. This wonderful historic archive of oblique photographs of (mainly) the UK can be found in their Britain from above collection. There is a beautiful oblique view of Ely Cathedral from the air in the collection, taken by Aerofilms in 1920.

Some images from David Moss taken in Little Thetford about two weeks ago

Vertical view of the Round House from 50ft

Vertical view of the Round House
from 50ft
© 2012 David Moss

Vertical view of the Round House from 100ft

Vertical view of the Round House
from 100ft
© 2012 David Moss

Vertical view of the Round House from 200ft

Vertical view of the Round House
from 200ft
© 2012 David Moss

Vertical view of the Round House from 300ft

Vertical view of the Round House
from 300ft
© 2012 David Moss

Vertical view of the Round House from 400ft

Vertical view of the Round House
from 400ft
© 2012 David Moss


Fish and Duck Marina

Fish and Duck Marina
© circa 2010 John Parish

According to the Ely Weekly News, the new owners of the Fish & Duck marina at Holt Fen in Little Thetford have given the 80 residents there three months to leave. James and Davina Harvey have plans to develop the site including fixing the crumbling river banks and “redesigning the marina”. It is estimated that the work, which also requires power to be cut-off, will take four months. Residents are “furious”. Some saying that three months notice is not enough; especially over the Christmas period.

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SJ4169 : Ubiquitous wheelie bins at Upton by Row17

Ubiquitous wheelie bins at Upton
  © Copyright Row17 and
licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Cambridge News reports that East Cambridgeshire District Council is one step closer to approving the roll-out of wheelie bins as part of their waste management. Do we think such a move is good for our village? We recall that one Devon woman did not think so in her own case. It appears from the news report that should the council get government approval—expected from mid October onwards—a survey would be carried out to identify those homes not suitable for such a service. Such homes would then retain the existing black-box collection service. It is not yet clear what criteria would be used to mark a property as suitable.

Do you think this is a good idea? Do you wish to praise the council for their initiative? Let the council know your feelings. Contact the council using their form.

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St Georges at night

St Georges at night

The annual Christmas Bazaar will be held in the village hall on Saturday 8th December. All the usual stalls, with Tombola and Draw and most importantly, hot snacks throughout the day.

December 2012 calendar

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On Saturday 24 November, 2012 the Friends of St George’s welcome John Parish from Bedwell Hey who is going to talk about his vineyard as well as the benefits gained from the wildlife friendly policies he adopts on the farm. John has made this presentation elsewhere when it was very well received, so please join us at 7.30pm.

Tickets are just £5 .00 from the same sources. We hope to have a small wine tasting session after the talk.

November 2012 calendar

Poster

Poster

This concert, on behalf of the Friends of St George’s, will be held on Saturday 20 October 2012 at 7:30 pm.

Capriccio are a very talented group of four musicians who have visited us three times previously, never failing to entertain us with a wide variety of music, featuring the wonderful voice of Judith Short. This time their programme will include folk music, the tango and jazz. Many of the songs will be from the 20’s and 30’s with music by Hoagy Carmichael and Kurt Weill as well as other contemporary composers, and such stirring standards as Jealousy and Autumn Leaves featuring. Tickets are £5 .00 available from either the Drewrys (648819) the Shaws (649470) or at the door. Please come along if you can, we want to give them our usual warm welcome.

October 2012 calendar

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

Jamie McCullough

Jamie McCullough
Photo: © Marilyn McCullough

Jamie McCullough, 31, of Little Thetford has just been awarded his grey belt in the Pa-Kua sword discipline by examiner Falco Riegel from Hamburg, Germany. Two other trainees, Anne-Marie Woolley of Ely and Gerry Sutcliff of Southery, also gained their grey belts today. Master Rodolfo Oliva confirmed to us that these are the first three such awards in this discipline in the United Kingdom.

Jamie, who has Usher Syndrome; is deaf and is losing his sight, has been Pa-Kua sword training since 2010. He also took up running this year and joined the runners in the Ely Standard Grunty Fen fun run in September. Rodolfo is encouraging Jamie to try a 5 km run next.

Rodolfo Oliva teaches Pa-Kua sword classes in Cambridge and Ely. See Where, when and fees for details.

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Ely Pa-Kua class: Jamie–far left; Rodolfo and Falco–middle; Gerry and Anne-Marie–far right

Ely Pa-Kua class: Jamie–far left; Rodolfo and Falco–middle; Gerry and Anne-Marie far right
Photo: © Marilyn McCullough


Dem bones†

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Pliosaurus

Pliosaurus
Image: 2007 Dmitry Bogdanov

Local Ely researcher Dr Peter Hoare has sent out an appeal to let him examine any Pliosaur bones locals may still own from the 1952‡ find in Stretham. At that time, Cambridge University’s Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences took what bones they wanted from the Ouse River Board excavation; locals were then allowed to help themselves to the rest. In the intervening sixty-years, experts have come to realise that the find—originally named Stretosaurus to commemorate its find in Stretham—is more important than at first reported. Contact Peter here.

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Headline (melody) with apologies to James Wheldon Johnson
‡The Ely Standard and Cambridgeshire Times, Friday 13 June 1952