In our article on The Round House, Past and Present, published in May 2010, we link to “… an interesting account with photographs of [James and Elizabeth Bullman] on ‘James Bullman and his Descendants’ on www.docstore.com/2533850/bulman”. That link is no longer active.
We continue to get enquiries from around the world on the Bullman family. For example, the most recent from Lorraine, their great great great great granddaughter from Australia, who is “a direct descendant of James and Elizabeth Bullman”. Lorraine would like to find out more about [the Bullman's] and asks if anyone has any photos.
As always, we would be delighted to pass on any enquiries though if anyone knows where the excellent family tree has gone (www.docstore.com/2533850/bulman), please do let us know.
For all family history researchers, do examine the transcripts of the Little Thetford St George’s Church parish records.
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A recent e-cops newsletter from the County Constabulary has drawn our attention to a despicable scam that could cost you over £300!
From the e-cops newsletter …
A card is posted through your door from a company called PSD (parcel delivery service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 ****** [actual number removed] (a premium rate number). DO NOT call this number, this is a mail scam. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed for £315 for the phone call.
If you receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.
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You should always be wary of calling or texting any premium rate number. Crime Stoppers UK have an article on premium rate fraud scams and Which? also publish guidelines on “How to avoid premium rate scams“. In addition, if you are frequently bothered by nuisance sales calls, consider registering your phone number(s) with the Telephone Preference Service.
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Claire Louise mainly uses a Canon EOS 550D with 18–55mm lens on manual without flash. She has Adobe Photoshop on her PC though she rarely uses it; preferring not to tweak her photographs except sometimes to artistically crop. Claire Louise also runs the iCanvas web site from the village which was started in August this year. This service turns your own photographs or her stock images into beautiful canvas prints up to 100cm x 50cm or even larger. A nice way to decorate any room.
We welcome Claire Louise to our village and wish her well with her enterprises.
We show below a very small selection of work by Claire Louise. These are some of her personal favourites. Don’t forget to check out more of her work on her Facebook page. Please do tell us what you think from the page here.
The “February in Little Thetford” photo was taken on 5 February 2012 looking across Thetford Field towards Stretham. This photo has proved popular in iCanvas. The “Cherries” were taken that same afternoon. Model Pixie’s favourite person is US singer, songwriter and actress Katy Perry. Can you tell?
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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.
To comment on this article, view it from here.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
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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Tickets are just £5 .00 from the same sources. We hope to have a small wine tasting session after the talk.