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next stop claridges                 Top


Tracy Harrison and Bob Hackett peruse a menu with apprentice chef Dean Jarvis (photo: Jim Cracknell)
SIXTEEN-year-old Dean Jarvis of The Grove, Linton, is aiming to become a top chef and has high hopes of getting there since he started a chef's apprenticeship at Claridges of Mayfair at the beginning of the New Year.
Whether it was preparing salads and cooking for a family barbecue, or working for school exams, Dean was very keen on food preparation and cookery. He attained A* for practical and A for written work in GCSE food technology at Linton Village College and with the help of department head, Mrs Mandy Clarke, Dean was offered weekend work at Linton's Dog & Duck pub.
Tracy Harrison and Bob Hackett didn't really need more staff. They only tried Dean as a waiter because of his enthusiasm. 'Anyone who shows an interest is soon encouraged. When we realised Dean had a passion for cooking he started assisting our chef, Carol Mackie who took Dean under her wing and taught him a lot,' said Tracy.
"I get a real buzz doing the service," says Dean who decided to apply for an apprenticeship with a top London hotel. A successful interview at Claridges of Mayfair was dependent upon attaining a Specialised Chef's scholarship at the Academy of Culinary Arts in Bournemouth.
Dean admits that leaving home last September was difficult but he successfully completed three months' training at Bournemouth, gaining a Level 2 NVQ in catering and hospitality. In addition to study periods students prepared and cooked four course lunches for 80 people in the college restaurant. Open to the public in the evenings, the restaurant offered a six course menu including aperitif, hors d'oeuvres, a starter, sorbet, a main course and dessert followed by coffee and petits fours. Students worked alternate evenings in the main kitchen and pastry kitchen where sorbet and desserts were prepared.
With one other student Dean was selected for apprenticeship with Claridges. For the next four years he will be working alternately for 12 months at the London hotel and three months at Bournemouth.
Tracy, Bob and Carol are delighted with their protg and are considering a visit to the Big Smoke to see him in action. Kate France

Help! We still need a distributor                  Top

A FEW months ago we announced that Alan Norton, who had been the distributor of the Linton News for 13 years, was retiring and we asked for someone to fill his position. Unfortunately, at this time the position remains open.
A member of the Linton News committee has been acting as distributor in the interim but is unable to undertake the task permanently because of other commitments to the News.
We now urgently need to recruit someone (or two) to take over this role. The role involves collecting the bundles of papers from Linton News distribution organiser, Kate France, every month on the Friday afternoon or evening that the paper is printed. Each bundle then has to be taken to the volunteer deliverers who see that a copy is posted to every house on their patch. Like all the jobs on the Linton News, this is a voluntary position but petrol expenses are paid.
If you are a driver, with your own car, and two hours or so to spare a month, and if you would like to become involved with this unique village resource, we want to hear from you.
Like most organisations that depend on volunteers, the Linton News is feeling the effects of the demands put on people's free time but working on or with a local paper really is fun and worthwhile! We need to hear from you if you have time, energy and enthusiasm to spare. Telephone the editor, or e-mail LNeditor@linton.info LNT

SPRINGBOARDING COMMUNITY SPIRIT                  Top

PARTIES, feasts and dances could be coming to your village soon thanks to the launch of Springboard Cambridgeshire's Toolkit for the Arts.
Historically, villages and towns celebrated and commemorated together with street parties, festivals, feasts and dances. Traditions were made, kept and continued.
Councillor Deborah Roberts, portfolio holder for community development at South Cambridgeshire District Council explained, 'Cambridgeshire is famed for rural communities that were once self-sufficient, divided by watery stretches of fenland. There was a real sense of identity and community spirit - something easily lost in our busy times, but also something easily regained.'
Springboard aims to give villages and towns the opportunity to build community spirit and confidence through the arts. It provides everything a village needs to use the arts to bring a community together.
Packed with useful information about involving local people and professional artists, it helps celebrate local identity, deal with the press and find sources of advice and funding. It's also full of event ideas and examples of successful projects that have happened in parishes across the county and further afield.
Councillor Deborah Roberts continued, 'Springboard is the ultimate resource to help villages regain and celebrate that sense of identity and pride in their community, making the arts work for them.'
Springboard has been funded by Cambridgeshire County Council, the five district councils Fenland, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridge City, Huntingdonshire, South Cambridgeshire - and the Arts Forum for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
For a free copy of Springboard Cambridgeshire's Toolkit for the Arts, please contact Stephanie Hogger, arts development officer at South Cambridgeshire District Council on % 724142, or via e-mail at stephanie.hogger@scambs.gov.uk

From Where Im Sitting      by Tony Smith                 Top

RENAMED 'From Where I'm Lying' after my recent stay in Addenbrooke's, it made me realise that living in Linton is definitely convenient if you regularly need hospital treatment and this was confirmed when the chap in the bed opposite was sent home at the same time as myself. I telephoned my wife Sue to come down and collect me; it only took her half an hour, whilst the other man, having telephoned his wife at the same time was to have a three-hour wait. I have come to the conclusion that Linton is very central to many of the nearby major amenities. How lucky are we to live in such a location. No, actually. I do not think we are. If a simpleton such as I can notice how handy our location is to everywhere, then so can others. This makes Linton, Abington and other surrounding villages a prime target for new homes, schools and commercial ventures. Trying to fight off big ideas and plans would be about as much good as having a helicopter fitted with an ejector seat. So, discussion and consultation with the people who actually live in, and have local knowledge of , a location must always surely be far better than just simply being told what is going to happen, an example of which is the special needs school, due to open in September 2005. Linton people were given the opportunity to view the plans, but have had, to date, no say at all over the development, no say over how all the extra traffic involved in the project will be absorbed into an already saturated road network. An example of being told, instead of inviting discussion.
This brings me to where I'm sitting, Paynes Meadow. In fact, I can turn through ninety degrees and look out over the field. There has been so much activity here that much of the wildlife has moved out, their crest's fallen, but I can exclusively reveal for the first time there will not be immediate building of any new homes at Paynes Meadow. Recent findings have unearthed an ancient slide-rule, compass, a very early example of a calculator, along with a number of pens and pencils. The field is now sealed off after this important discovery of Weapons of Maths Instruction until further notice.

On to the weather.                 Top

1-14 February. Mild southwest to westerly winds may dominate the beginning of the month giving most places a lot of cloud and periods of rain. This in turn may be followed by sunny spells and showers as the weather fronts progress eastwards across the country. The winds could well move into the northwest from time to time behind the cold fronts, bringing somewhat colder, brighter weather but also giving some frost patches at night.
15-29 February. May well be the coldest period of the winter, with low pressure building and lasting for the rest of the month. It is likely to become much colder with some severe frosts at night. Freezing fog is also likely to give icy stretches on all untreated roads and pavements. Fog could last all day, and where it does, the temperature will stay below freezing both day and night.
Please remember to keep warm and safe, Look after yourselves and those around you, and I'll see you next month.

the life of riley                 Top

IT seems that Bumble, the overweight cat, has fallen on her feet in a loving family home in Whittlesford. She is queen of the castle with no children or other animals at home, but is very friendly towards the neighbours' children and everyone else she meets.
She settled in straight away and her owner said 'She's beautiful, with gingery markings on her underside and has a very laid-back personality. She's just the perfect cat.' And what about that weight problem? Bumble has been on a diet of special food with only the occasional small treat and her weight is down below 5.8 kilos. Ideally she should be about 4 kilos, but as she is now fit enough to run up and down stairs instead of just plodding, that looks like a reachable target.
This lucky animal, who seems to have no wish to go outdoors as yet, sleeps at the foot of her owners' bed and, the ultimate of luxuries, has carpeted window sills from which to watch the birds as she follows the sun around the house. LNT

old &young welcome here                 Top

THE odd thing about Linton Senior IT Club is that it is no longer a club, and it is no longer confined to the elderly. It is a help centre for anyone, young and old, who has a problem, technical or operational, with their computing. All you have to do is to drop in at the 'club' on a Tuesday evening between 7pm and 9 pm when our experts will try to help you. They are not often beaten and they don't charge you anything. Whether it is a hardware problem or software trouble, we are there to help.
We think that this is a remarkable service for a local community and we are indebted to our volunteers for their unstinting help. They are not just trouble-shooters. They will happily advise and help starters with most aspects of computing. For example, someone has just acquired a digital camera: they have a good idea of how to use it, but are anxious to improve their pictures. Our experts are there with practical advice. Someone else wants to use digital photography and doesn't know where to start. We are open on Tuesdays, ready to help. Your offspring has honoured you with a hand-me-down lap-top and you haven't a clue how to use it. We are there on Tuesday evenings.
But, you say, I can't come every week. We say, come when it suits you. We know that some of the other clubs meet on Tuesday evenings and you can't come to both. (But we are there every Tuesday evening and we do not charge a penny!) You are welcome to come and have a chat to see if what we can offer is likely to be of help. Derek Birch

LENDING A HELPING HAND                  Top

IF you ever have to help someone up from a chair, or push a wheelchair or put one in a car boot, you might like to pick up some professional tips at a session on Wednesday 25th February. It is being held in Melbourn United Reform Church, Orchard Road from 1-4pm. It is free but please
telephone Sue Morley on 263623 as soon as possible. Take care of yourself.
G Cotgrove

christians go where they're needed                 Top

PRESIDENT Tricia Lewis welcomed members and a visitor from Russia to our January meeting, and wished us all a happy and healthy New Year.
A short silence was kept to remember one of oldest members, Peggy Stonecliffe, who passed away in December. Birthday posies were distributed and the minutes read of the last two meetings.
As there was little business to discuss, our speaker, Dr Bill Macalister of the Christian Blind Mission, was welcomed. He was born in the Congo where his parents were both missionaries of Irish and American descent. Dr Macalister has worked for the CBM for many years and Cambridge is one of the two bases in the UK. The CBM, formed in 1908, works with the blind, deaf and physically disabled and now works closely with other charitable organisations all over the world. Work with the blind is mostly in the developing third world countries where it is estimated that nine out of ten people suffer with diseases leading to blindness.
The CBM is an independent aid organisation, which centres around preventing and curing blindness as well as rehabilitation. Four causes for the blindness are: Cataract - operable; Trachoma if caught in time curable with ointment; Vitamin A deficiency (due to poor diet) can be cured with three vitamin A capsules a year; River Blindness can be stopped by means of a drug. All of these, of course, need funding and a great deal is being done between governments and charities with discussion to improve and progress, aiming for perfect vision by 2020. Dr Macalister was thanked by Ann Simpkin and a donation presented to the CBM.
The next meeting on 3rd February is 'Cards and Games' with refreshments of soup and a roll.
Cynthia Norris

A good result!                 Top

LINTON Granta Playgroup and Toddlers have received an excellent OFTSED report following their inspection at the end of the autumn term.
The inspection looked at the combination of day care services and nursery education provided by the playgroup and only made a few minor suggestions for improvement. Anyone wishing to see the report in full can view it on the official OFSTED website.
The playgroup also enjoyed a busy end to 2003. The annual Christmas Fair raised over 500 all proceeds will fund new equipment, art and craft materials etc., for both the playgroup and toddler group. The festivities continued with a Christmas party and a concert where the children entertained parents and carers with songs and carols.
News and Information about the playgroup can be found at the playgroup website:
www.lintongrantaplaygroup.co.uk.
If you are interested in admissions to the playgroup you can either download an admissions form from the website or you can call Tanya Carter .
Liz Crump

Readers write                 Top

PAYNE'S MEADOW CONTINUED                 Top

Dear Editor
In reply to village life versus housing, in all honesty I must say this is not about wildlife at all, this is about stifling any development on the piece of land next to Payne's Meadow by any means. It says in the article that the meeting was sparsely attended; that in itself tells us that 85% of Chalklands either wants the development to go ahead or they couldn't care less. The old grudges have not been forgotten over the battle of the first development. I know because I have sat through every meeting of the Chalklands Resident's Association I was vice chairman for some time. Anything to do with Payne's Meadow at that time was with 'Over my dead body', 'Not on your life', 'If they want their name on the stone, they can get their own', (even though Hundred Housing offered to stand the cost of the carving, they were completely frozen out). It has calmed down a bit, but I think it could be too late to come together with Payne's Meadow now. So if the new development goes ahead the new Payne's Meadow will not be the isolated group it is at the moment. I've mentioned a stone; I will bring this up in my next letter.
Andy Booth
Chalklands

TRAFFIC targets                 Top

Dear Editor
I was pleased to read of Val Urwin's concern over the traffic issues in Linton (Parish Council Matters, December 2003). The Access 1307 Group cited as one of the successes of the past 9 years has done some excellent work, however, I hope the next 9 years bring more than the setting up of a new road safety group.
Perhaps the Traffic Working Party could begin by publishing a schedule of the improvements it is targeting That way we can all focus on the same issues and activities to help to improve the levels of traffic congestion, noise and pollution in Linton.
Dr A C Elphinstone

BAD TIMING                 Top

Dear Editor
We have our pavements cleaned maybe once a year in Crossways. On Monday morning pavements are full of wheelie bins and along comes a vehicle to clean the paths. Consequently half the pavement doesn't get swept. What a waste of public money.
June Bunn

OUR THANKS                 Top

Dear Editor
Thank you to everybody who joined my brother and myself in the knockout darts match. The Brenda Wright memorial trophy was played for at the Waggon & Horses on 4th December. We raised 225.00 for Macmillan Nurses.
We would like to say a very big thank you to John at the Waggon for letting us hold it in the pub, also for the lovely spread he laid on. We would also like to thank everybody who donated raffle prizes.
The trophy was won by Paula and Philip Newman.
Lesley Ashton &
Steven Wright

Dear Editor
Don and I would like to thank all our friends in Linton for your good wishes and support for our new venture in Florida.
It was lovely seeing you all, especially at the great party Pat and Murray put on for us, and the meals we have had individually (although my waistband hasn't felt all that good). We will miss you all and look forward to your visits when we will be able to hopefully repay you and carry on where we have left off!
Mum, Dad, Pat, Murray, Kate's Mates, Peter, Jas, Harri, Tom-Tom, Beck and Rosie Katie, we love you all and thank you for being there for us.
Sue and Don Bishop

Dear Editor
I recently made a door to door collection on behalf of the RSPCA; this raised 110.20. Thank you everyone for your generosity.
As you are probably aware, the RSPCA receives no state or Lottery aid and so relies entirely on the generosity of the public to carry out its valuable work.
Christine Ellis

Dear Editor
I would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to 'Chernobyl Children' in the past year.
Once again friends and I will be holding a raffle, tombola, gift stall etc. at 10am on Saturday 28th February (no jumble) .
If you have any unwanted presents from Christmas for the raffle, they will be most gratefully received, but your presence will be more acceptable.
The venue will be Chalklands Community Room.
Jean Whitby

Dear Editor
May we through the Linton News thank the very many people who supported the Liberal Democrat Jumble Sale on 17th January, both in contributing jumble and in coming to buy. It was very encouraging and much appreciated.
We are very pleased to say that we made 300. That will help us a lot to continue keeping in touch with everyone on council matters through Focus.
The Liberal Democrat Focus Team

A THOUGHT FOR EVERYONE                 Top

There is a list of folks we know
All written in a book
And every Christmas time
We go and take a look
And that is when we realise
That these names are a part
Not of the book they are written in
But of our very heart.
For once you've met somebody
The years cannot erase
The memory of a pleasant word
Or of a loving face.
Never think our Christmas cards
Are just a mere routine
Of names upon a Christmas list
Forgotten in between.
For be you relative or friend
Or just someone that we've met
You happen to be one of those
We'd rather not forget.
And whether we have known you
For many years or few
In some ways you have had a part
In shaping things we do.
So, as you read this message
That we sent at Christmas time,
Know that we sent you all our love
While you are on our mind.
Practice this all year round, not just at Christmas!
Andy Booth

Table Top Sale                 Top

LAST year, Chestnut Playgroup and Little Acorns Toddler Group held a table top (indoor car boot) sale at the Social Centre as part of their fund-raising efforts for new equipment. It was such a success that we are organizing another!
The next Table Top Sale will be held at the Social Centre from 1.30 - 3.30 pm on Saturday 21st February. A nominal entrance fee will be charged. Any items can be sold at this sale and you don't even have to worry about the weather. There will also be a cake stall.
To arrange payment for a table call Kate. Bring your items from 12.45 pm onwards then, sell your things and count your money! All profits are yours. Kate Clark

OTHER LINTONS                 Top


Illistration Ron Pitkin
FURTHER to the January article on 'Other Lintons' I remembered visiting Linton in North Yorkshire whilst staying in the area for the famous Dickensian Christmas Festival in Grassmere. We stayed in Grassmere having booked up rooms months ahead and had 'The Dickens' of an experience!
The local men, women and children dress in Dickensian costumes and talk to you in 'Dickensian' as you meet them in the street. Street vendors sell their wares from stalls and barrows with aromas such as you've long forgotten, from roasting beef, pork and lamb with baked potatoes, and don't forget the sweeties; toffee apples, sweets, fruit pies and so on. If you ever want to do something different just before Christmas book up for Grassmere but book up early! And don't forget, while you're there get in the car and pop across to visit Linton (North Yorkshire!) Ron Pitkin

the tip tap-ir of tiny feet                 Top


'But Mum, I don't want to eat any more vegetables!'  (Photo: Linton Zoo)
LINTON Zoo are pleased to announce another new arrival. On Friday 2nd January, Tanya the tapir gave birth to a female calf after a long 13-month gestation. Our adult pair, Shannon and Tanya, arrived here as babies in 1990; Shannon was born at Edinburgh Zoo and Tanya at Southport Zoo. Both are part of a European breeding programme aimed at saving them from extinction. They have previously had six calves, which have all gone to other zoos in Britain as part of the European breeding programme. Shannon and Tanya are now grandparents!
We are pleased to say that Mum, Dad and new baby are all doing well.
Although tapir have survived for millions of years, living in harmony with nature, their future in the wild is by no means secure. A European breeding programme will provide a safeguard against extinction for these wonderful creatures and the arrival of Linton's female ensures another generation.
The Brazilian tapir is a large heavily-built mammal with a strange, prehistoric appearance. The tapir is in fact so well adapted to its environment that it has remained unchanged for about 20 million years. It lives deep in the Brazilian rainforest where, because of the destruction of its habitat and illegal hunting it is becoming threatened with extinction. A tapir is a shy creature, taking to water when threatened. It is able to stay submerged for hours using its long nose to snorkel until such time it feels it is safe to surface. For food they eat roots and vegetation but never strip a bush bare of its leaves, zigzagging their way through the undergrowth, conserving the habitat.
The adult tapir looks something like a cross between a pig and an elephant. Its closest relatives are horses, zebras and rhinos. The colouring is a dark reddish brown but the offspring is covered in white spots and stripes which it will retain until about six months of age; this would provide a very efficient camouflage in the dappled shade of the forest.
Next time you visit take time to look at these strange creatures because, although shy, they become curious of quiet observers and will often come up to the fence to investigate their visitors. Tapir are one of the keepers' favourites too. Docile and affectionate they love to be scratched and tickled; they hardly need to be touched before they roll over or collapse into a trance!
Kim Simmons

IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT                 Top

LAST summer, at the Girl Guide car boot sale held at Linton Heights Junior School, I was fortunate enough to win the first prize in a raffle for two tickets to a Cambridge United football match.
I took up the offer on 10th January when United met Huddersfield Town. Although we were offered priority parking, as the weather was kind, my brother and I preferred to take a nostalgic walk from Chesterton, where we had grown up, over Green Dragon Bridge and Stourbridge Common, up Garlic Row to an already lit ground. I was dressed for the part with yellow jumper and black coat (United colours) My brother Martin had been an avid United supporter in his youth. He had collected and kept much memorabilia and data from the 1950's.
Prior to our visit I contacted the football club and was fortunate enough to speak to Peter Salvage the chief executive. He was kind enough to give us special hospitality and was pleased to be given all the data for the club archives.
We had two of the best seats in the stand and invites for further visits. The match was intense with Huddersfield getting the first goal from a penalty before half time. The enthusiasm was good to be part of and I loved the chanting. Although the final score was 2:1 to Huddersfield, it felt like an enjoyable game.
Considering that the last time I went to a football match was with my father to watch Tottenham play Wolves at White Hart Lane when Billy Wright was playing, I feel there has been an omission in my life which has now been rectified.
Many thanks to Kate France who organised the Guides' raffle. Ann Simpkin

bells a' Peeling                 Top


Ken Eason & Keith Nightingale

A MOST enjoyable and successful 'Sherry and Mince Pie' social event was held by the Friends of St Mary's at the beginning of January. Over 70 people attended at the Social Centre and 900 was raised.
During the proceedings, the chairman of the Friends, Ken Eason presented a cheque for 3,000 towards the St Mary's Bell Restoration fund to Keith Nightingale, the tower captain, who announced that the donation brought the amount in the fund very nearly to the level at which the go-ahead could be given for work to proceed.
Keith Nightingale

Bin having problems?                 Top

WE have been asked to provide information on various aspects of the above for the general enlightenment of your readers.
One question is about the correct container for disposing of personal mail. This should be placed in the green bin along with junk mail and cardboard. It helps to aerate the green material and make composting easier.
Many residents have been experiencing problems with the hotline service. Repeated calls have not resulted in swift action. This should not be happening. The fault lies not with the telephone service but with the contractors providing the follow-up service. Everyone, councillors and staff, are very concerned about this failure. It is receiving attention at the highest level and should be sorted soon.
Long delays in the green box collection service are also unacceptable. Steps were taken to deal with this following the previous Christmas's difficulties. Everyone is very disappointed that the measures have proved inadequate and strenuous efforts are being made to catch up. The problem seems to have been a combination of more bottles being put out than the revised estimates, flu and late delivery of extra vehicles to the contractors.
Finally, the subject of overflowing black bins. You will get more in if you do not use large black bin liners. Small shopping bags enable more to be accommodated. If you are a household using a lot of plastic bottles it would pay to keep them separate and take them to a supermarket bank when you go shopping. South Cambs recognises that this is a problem and is planning to provide plastic recycling banks at numerous places in the district as soon as possible.
If you are a large family you can apply for a second bin. All the council asks is that you allow officers to make sure that you are using your bins in line with advice so as to maximise their capacity. If you are, you can get another one for 25 or free if you are on any kind of benefit.
If you have a particular health problem that causes an unusual amount of waste, such as incontinence pads, you may be entitled to a special medical waste collection. Please ring up and ask.
Nappies are a different problem. Please read the advice in the current issue of South Cambs Magazine and try the non-disposable nappy service.
The council will be reviewing the service once it has got over its teething problems. A weekly black bin collection will be considered but is unlikely. All councils are under pressure from central government to move to a fortnightly collection in order to diminish the overall waste stream. You will have noticed from the newspapers that nearby councils are debating changing from weekly to fortnightly for that reason.
Finally please will everyone make sure they read the current issue of South Cambs Magazine and pull out and keep the centre fold that has a bin collection timetable. Particularly note the Easter collection, which will be on Tuesday, 13th April.
One last word. If you are not getting a copy of South Cambs Magazine delivered to you please let your councillors know. In older villages there are many quirks of house building which lead to the front doors of some properties being difficult to find. We will pass this on to those organising the deliveries. In the meantime there should be spare copies in the library and at the Village College.
Cllrs. Joan Smith and John Batchelor.

K-Club  winners                 Top

THE winners of December's K-Club monthly draw:
1st (50) B J Wilkinson (No. 300); 2nd (25) Maria Sell (No. 125); 3rd (10) Tom Albrow (No. 102). January's draw results: P6

WHATEVER DO THEY GET UP TO?                 Top


Camera Club members outside the Eight Bells in Saffron Walden (photo: Richard Smith)
I'M sure this question is one that many people ask themselves when they read the Camera Club articles published in the Linton News. I know I certainly did. So I joined them on an outing back in October 2003.
The theme was Cambridge buildings, and through this article I want to share my thoughts and feelings with others who might be thinking about joining, but are just a little worried about what form the outings take and what goes on.
The day started at Coles lane car park at 9am. I was a bit nervous, as I was sure these people had all known each other for a while. At the time I didn't know any of them. Well, what a warm welcome I got. I don't know what I was worried about. They are a warm and friendly bunch. We arranged who was going in whose car and made our way into Cambridge.
I think nearly all of us have been in Cambridge but it is amazing what we actually see when we don't have our heads down shopping. Cambridge is full of unusual buildings and sights. It was lovely to have the time to appreciate it.
After walking around Cambridge for a couple of hours taking a few pictures (well, around 68) and after a cup of tea and a chat in the Market square, we made our way home arriving at about 1.30pm at Coles Lane.
A relaxing morning with great company, and a few decent pictures to show family and friends; some of the sights I'm sure others do not notice or have time to see. Other venues visited recently include Wytton in Cambridgeshire and Saffron Walden.
We meet every second weekend of the month with a new venue in mind. If it's wet we meet at the Social Centre for a bit of banter over a cuppa.
Photography is a relaxing hobby. It's up to you how far you take it. I now print my own photos at home using a digital camera and photo printer and with the help and advice of other club members. You can take them to a shop to be developed - it matters not.
Within the club there is a great deal of experience and knowledge that is shared. That's something you can't buy. You don't need a digital camera, you don't have to be a David Bailey. Just turn up enjoy the company. It doesn't matter how good you are with a camera or what sort of camera you use. Just come and meet new people who share the same interest.
So if like me in the past you read these Camera Club articles and wonder what we get up to, I hope you are a little wiser.he camera club website can be found at www.camclub.info/
Richard Smith

Members take a break

hats off to panama                 Top

THE Women's World Day of Prayer Movement will celebrate its annual Day of Prayer on Friday 5th March. This year's service comes from Panama and the theme of the service is 'In Faith, Women Shape the Future'.
Panama is a tropical country, about the size of Scotland, renowned for its wide variety of flora and fauna. It has an attractive and diverse landscape of forests, beaches, mountains, rivers and its most famous landmark is the Panama canal, linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
After years of hardship and struggle Panama is now an independent nation, proud of the ethnic and racial diversity of its people and of its strong Christian heritage.
As in many parts of the world, women are emerging as a major presence and force in public life and it is their faith and determination that the women of Panama celebrate in this service.
Women, men, children from many different backgrounds and in over 180 countries will be celebrating this Day of Prayer. We invite you to unite with them and join in a Service.
Here in Linton, the ecumenical service, will take place at 10.30am at St Mary's parish church. Our speaker will be Mrs Jane Shoesmith of Cambridge, and coffee will be served after the service.
We warmly invite everyone, including friends from neighbouring villages, to join us. Men will be especially welcome!
Joy Button

grade-one-a-thon update                  Top

THE one official lesson we were allowed consisted of putting the instrument together, so there is a lot to work at before taking my first examination in February, but I am hopeful that I will make it.
On the day of the exam we are all going to play in a public concert in the Guildhall, so do go along at 7.30pm on 29th February to give your support.
Among the musicians taking up new instruments for charity was internationally famous percussionist, Evelyn Glennie, who, although deaf, is learning the double bass .
As January has passed, I am keen to collect outstanding sponsorship, but also to thank so many kind people who have supported my Grade-one-a-thon . Far from being a chore, the clarinet is proving a joy to learn.....I may even venture out in public with it! Keep your ears open near The Dog and Duck! Maybe the Linton Jazz Group needs an extra player?
You can sponsor me: on-line at www.justgiving.com/bradley, or by cheque to EACH (East Anglia's Children's Hospices) at my house 4 Symond's Lane. Anne Bradley

reduced history of gardens                 Top

DR TWIGGS Way, garden historian, researcher and broadcaster, galloped us through 2,000 years of garden history in just over an hour.
The Romans began it all (as with everything) by bringing over plants such as citrons, vines and convolvulus, laying out their gardens with sculptures, water features, patios and colonnades. They also grew cannabis, but apparently only used it for cures such as for ear-ache. When they left, things deteriorated until mediaeval times when moated and walled gardens appeared. With the aid of slides we were able to follow the patterns and styles laid out; all very formal with raised beds, topiary, pinery, parterres and knot gardens. We have discovered from paintings, diaries, literature, photographs and plans how gardens were designed, and not until 17th century were flowers and colour introduced to make gardens a pleasure to sit in. Capability Brown landscaped very large gardens for mansions and stately homes, and although deemed typically English they were only called such because of the very many that he designed. The Victorians used glass houses and imported exotic plants from abroad (the Empire) to fill their formal gardens. Names of note are Vita Sackville West, Gertrude Jekyll and the plant hunter John Trandescant.
I cannot do justice here to the wealth of information given on the development of gardens here but would add that we were informed that typical cottage gardens (chocolate box dstyle) never have been listed as English garden designs.
There is a proposed outing to Gressinghall restored workhouse, farm and extensive gardens on 30th June further details will be given at the next meeting on Tuesday 17th February when Brian Arbery will talk on Military Matters of local interest. All are welcome.
Joan Pearman

Everyone welcome                 Top

AS part of the on-going children's and youth work overseen by Linton Free Church we host at regular intervals special all-age family services. These services explore a key Bible theme and provide a good opportunity to worship, learn and pray in a friendly and welcoming setting. So far we have hosted services exploring the themes of 'Harvest', 'Jesus light of the world' and 'the Church as family'.
At these services we have been very pleased to welcome a number of visiting families of all ages and would warmly invite you to our future family services. The next two will take place on Sunday 15th February and Sunday 14th March. All services start at 10.30am and are followed by refreshments. Alex Jacob

Youth Work NEWS                 Top

THE youth group known as SURF meets regularly in term time on Sunday evenings (7.30-9.15pm). The group numbers around 25 young people aged from 13-19 and is led by a small team of experienced youth workers and helpers. The group meetings normally include a mixture of social activities and Christian teaching/discussion within an inclusive and informal setting. If you are school year 8 or above you are warmly invited to come along to SURF.
For more details about these events or general information about the Church, please contact Rev. Alex Jacob
(Linton Free Church is a member of the Evangelical Alliance and works in partnership with Linton Churches Together.)
Alex Jacob

in praise of wheelie bins                 Top

EVERY month the Linton News has a letter complaining about wheelie bins, but I think it is time to start to redress the balance and announce, 'I like them!'
A simple point first. They are easy to manoeuvre. Many people prefer a suitcase with wheels that they can tow to a case they have to carry; likewise it is a lot easier to pull a wheelie bin than to carry refuse sacks.
A common complaint is the lack of volume for taking a fortnight's waste. In fact they only need to hold a week's waste. Much is made of the black bins yet everyone has got a green bin as well which is collected on the alternate week.
I admit it takes a bit or organisation to use the green bin efficiently but in our family this has been managed, and goodness knows we are a far from organised family. The trick is to sort your rubbish as it is first thrown out rather than try and do it on a Sunday night. We have two rubbish points in the kitchen, one for the green bin and one for the black bin. There are also two small waste bins in the lounge.
The trick is to get as much as possible into the green bin. A lot of things can go in the green bin: grass cuttings, though I can't think why you'd want to give those away when you can put them in your own compost bin for use on your own garden; hedge wood and bark, sling those in they're no good for the compost; weeds and flowers. Get rid of the weeds but keep flowers for your own compost; Yellow Pages (I don't think they'd mind if you slipped in a Thomson's directory!); cardboard; junk mail.
These last two categories create the volume which should not filling up your black bin.
Here is an example of how it works. In the morning a cereal box is finished; the inner wrapper goes into the normal waste but the cardboard is opened up to go flat and into the recycling bin. Yes, you have to be organised but, like any other routine, it is surprising how you soon get into it.
Why bother with all this you ask? Well there is the reason that your children will thank you for helping to keep the planet a bit more sustainable for their children.
If you've got no children or think that all children should be put out with the rubbish itself then bear in mind that it is your wallet you're helping. Either the black bin waste goes down or we are going to be paying more Council Tax to cover Landfill Tax levies.
I certainly have better things to spend my money on than increased Council Tax, so come on Linton, learn to love your wheelie bin!
Michael Womack

widen your horizons                 Top

THE Abington Gardening Club welcomes new members and guests to its meetings, which are held in the Abington Institute, High Street at 7.30pm. The near future programmes are as follows: Monday 2nd February 'Cambridge Botanic Garden Past, Present and Future' by Professor John Parker. Monday 1st March 'Ice and a Million Penguins' by Jennifer Hirsh.
There is a small annual membership, which entitles you to receive the spring and summer programme of visits and to attend meetings free, or visitors can pay a small fee at each meeting.
Rachel Haining

gardeners On the move                 Top

WOULD all Gardening Club members please note that for this month only the meeting on Tuesday 10th will take place at the Heights Junior School. We apologise for any inconvenience, and if anyone anticipates difficulty with transport please contact me.
The lively talk last month on the care of houseplants reminded many of us why luscious looking species in pristine order when first displayed surprise us by turning up their toes. The speaker Lamorna Thomas, who manages to revitalise broken pieces of plants picked up from the floor of the garden centre, stressed the importance of light, water and warmth in the correct proportions. Better by far to choose a plant to fit the conditions of the space to be filled than to be enchanted by something which will not like your house.
Further advice is to turn plants once a week and not to rely on labels which can be unhelpful, particularly the ones covered in hieroglyphics. A reference book is often the better source of information. So if you feed, water, protect, clean and point them in the right direction then, just like children, your houseplants should thrive!
The talk this month is entitled 'Gertrude Jekyll and the Edwardian Garden' by the popular speaker Caroline Holmes. See you at school!
Gloria Fidler

K-Club winners                 Top

THE winners of January's K-Club monthly draw:
1st (50) Dr J West (No. 091); 2nd (25) Anna Newton (No. 228); 3rd (10) A. McKenzie (No. 324). December"s draw results: P4

LINTON COUNTRY DIARY by Darryl Nantais Illustrated by Maureen Williams                  Top


FRUITFUL years do not always store good news for the future, for our dalliance with development can culminate in an unexpectedly swift discord in nature's tune. During 2003 the bullheads, sticklebacks, freshwater shrimps and trout flourished in the Granta. The prolonged fine weather contributed to their continued increase in numbers and size, but despite this, and evidence of cleaner water the crayfish have disappeared again. And who's been eating the ducks?
When the population of our wildlife expands then so does the requirement for habitat and more food. During lean seasons some creatures have a better chance of survival than others, usually those who dare to dance with man; the sneaky scavengers, the hardy and the clever, like fox and rat, sparrow hawk, kestrel and robins too!
Out towards Hildersham there are signs of another species on the increase. They sit like a row of grumpy old men at a bar in morning suits with their feathers shimmering with a matt black and violet blue lustre. Their disproportionate beaks are heavy, pock-marked and extended like the aged noses of wine- drinking Frenchmen, and I should know! Sinister yet comical, like many comedians in baggy pants; hardy and comiquement tragique! The good old voluble, hard working rook Corvus frugilegus rarely rests on its laurels. Their ear-piercing kaw begs the gift of a throat lozenge as they hang about Linton, ever faithful as some of those ducks on our Granta.
One can usually identify young rooks by the fine feathers about the base of their beaks but that point was far from mind whilst watching them strung like silhouetted garlands in their hundreds on wires across Back Road.
To my right, a few metres away another large flock, perhaps from a separate colony, jabbed at muddy sods. Ten metres further up the hill on the twelfth day of January grazed a heard of deer, heads down and munching in broad daylight, seemingly oblivious to any click of the hunters gun.
Three years ago towards Bartlow I witnessed a similar scene of a fearless, frenzied feed. Were storms imminent and food to be in shorter supply over the next few days? Indeed that was the case. However, another explanation might be the rook colonies acting in turn as look-outs whilst feasting on rich pickings. The deer take advantage of this behaviour pattern to venture where normally they dare not tread. Of course we cannot discount a correlation between gathering rooks, brave deer and adverse weather conditions. Last summer enabled many of our wild birds to have a successful first, second or even third clutch although the extreme heat took its toll on many. Nevertheless, if the winter be mild we can look forward to a spring abundant with wildlife.
As robust as our planet may appear, revolts in the last century have often led to the blaming of our feathered friends, such as the sparrows, for poor harvests. An example of how important it is to stop before we chop was seen after drastic orders to exterminate these underrated tiny creatures, caused rice crops to fail entirely, devastated by an insect manifestation that was ordinarily kept in check by the sparrows. If past experience has shown that messing with nature causes such catastrophic repercussions then why do we continue to drive our wildlife into isolation? Some believe it is all part of a natural evolution and that man's engineering of the planet will ensure continuity. Others believe the sooner we bring the planet to the verge of destruction the sooner we will modify our behaviour! What do you think?
Mutualism is a symbiotic relationship where a host and another both benefit. The hedgehog for example plays host to a flea called Archaeopsylla erinacei which despite helping themselves to blood, keep the hedgehogs' five thousands spines clean and possibly free of other parasites. But there are other even more complex relationships such as the leaf cutting ants where a number of organisms are involved and interdependent on each other. So it seems the more we learn about our environment the more we understand that every aspect from minerals to mice are interdependent. What possible dependency can we have upon mosquitoes or rats? Yet, sure enough, somewhere in the long, complex and comical chain between rock and rook there is a reason.

View from the Chair                 Top


DIDN'T we have fun over the festive season; we had full green boxes to prove it! It is heartening that Linton is so environmentally aware that we recycled the evidence of our celebrations! There was confusion over the date of the 'green' collection and it bodes well that so many are keen to recycle that we feel let down when a collection is missed. One problem is knowing what can be put into the green bin; this is under review. You can still get compost bins from CCC, then most waste can be composted, recycled or disposed of in the green bin, leaving less for the black bins. The wheelie bin saga continues on our website; feedback has been forwarded to help the system improve, but it would have been better to have been consulted first!
Whilst sensible creatures are hibernating, we have been considering several planning proposals, of varying degrees of controversy. We had a 'roadshow' of the SEN school proposed for the LVC site the first time we have been consulted. The facilities looked fine, but the design, environmental aspects and lack of a swimming pool might elicit comment. Traffic management was noticeable by its omission, this being rather important for Linton, considering the effect on the A1307. Other plans involving this area include 10 flats proposed on the site of the flint cottages and possible change of use of Station House to a nursery school. These plans will all affect the traffic on the A1307 and hence the village. The Highways department has been made aware of the situation. LPC, our Traffic Working Party, Access A1307 and the Linton Steering Group will be active to obtain the best system for Linton, but you can influence matters by letting us have your comments and idea, too.
The old Hostel site on Back Road is an example of how we can have influence. The original plan had access through Crabtree Croft disrupting the peace and safety of that area. LPC worked hard to retain the original access onto Back Road (which had better sightlines, too). We have now seen plans for the proposed higher-care flatlets on Flaxfields; a useful early consultation.
Thanks for your views on PCSOs, Paynes Meadow and the Cemetery. We will use these and the results of the Parish Plan, to help make our decisions. There is vacancy on LPC. Now is your chance to be involved directly!
Enid Bald

WHAT IS THE LINTON STEERING GROUP?                 Top


James Paice, MP, meeting with the Linton Steering Group. From left to right: Rachel Cornell, Val Urwin, John Batchelor, James Paice, Mark Kemp, Jenny Roland and Esther Cornell
MARK Kemp, Chair of the Linton Steering Group, explains.
Much water has passed under the bridge since the County Council proposed traffic calming scheme failed to gain community support in the early 1990's. Since then traffic growth across the county has placed a significant burden on the highway network and the A1307 and its adjacent villages have suffered their share. I joined the County Council at the end of 2001 and took on responsibility, amongst other things, for the maintenance and traffic management work in South Cambridgeshire. We had been having our usual communication with the Parish Traffic Working Party but by the end of 2002 a number of Linton residents had written to County Councillors and James Paice MP concerned about the current situation in Linton. The letters demonstrated the problems County Council Officers had in moving forward because of the varying views which were expressed about both the priorities for the village and the possible solutions to the problems.
In April of last year a meeting was held between James Paice, County Council Members and Officers and representatives of the village including District, Parish Councils, Access 1307 and Pavements for People. At this meeting a number of issues were discussed and the County Council was able to outline the financial and policy constraints, which had led to the current situation. We all agreed that the approach which we were taking, with a range of groups expressing differing opinions, was not helping to address the problems and it was agreed that a group should be set up to co-ordinate the thoughts of the village and the Highway Authority and help us all to focus on the issues to generate a considered view from all interested parties. The Group was named the Linton Steering Group and its purpose is to assist in the co-ordination of activities that could affect the impact of traffic on the village.
The Linton Steering Group includes Dr Val Urwin, Enid Bald, Esther Cornell, Rachel Cornell, Jenny Roland, and Taria McCartney representing the community and is chaired by me.
In our first meeting we agreed to put together an Action Plan which identified the concerns we would like to address and gave them some sort of timeframe.
As the representative of the County Council I have been there to assist the group with understanding of the policies, processes and funding issues that need to be addressed. This has often led to a healthy debate about County policy and funding problems and I hope has helped to improve the level of understanding of the constraints we have to work within.
The Action Plan is available at the Parish Council Offices should you wish to look at it. It has allowed us to focus on specific issues through the year. In our first nine months we have been involved in a number of activities including:
1. Had a Trading Standards check of Heavy Goods Vehicles using the village roads.
2. Brought all three schools in the village into the Safer Routes to School Programme.
3. A safety study of the length of the A1307 between Haverhill and the A11.
4. The introduction of a set of interactive signs to reinforce the existing 40mph speed limit.
5. The parking restrictions along the High Street and at the A1307 end of Joiners Road.
6. Trading Standards checks on HGV's in the Village.
Particular thanks must go to Esther Cornell for the incredible amount of work she did in assisting the schools to produce bids for inclusion in the Safer Routes to School project and in coordinating early consultation for the Parking Restrictions.
The parking restrictions which you were consulted on over the Autumn have now gained approval and we will be implementing them over the next few months. We will be checking existing speeds along the High Street and will monitor them after the scheme is introduced. If the speeds go up too much we will have to come back to you all and may need to revert to the existing restrictions.
We have not forgotten the problems at the A1307 junctions with Bartlow Road and Dean Road. These are long term aspirations for us because of the high cost and the availability of funding for Safety Schemes. The Steering Group is looking into ways it can help with these particular problems.
I hope you take the opportunity to look at the action plan and to speak to members of the group about our work.
If you would like more information about the Steering Group or would like to receive copies of the Minutes of the meetings or the Action Plan, please telephone Gill Barker on C. 891001 or email Gill at lintonpc@btconnect.com

Pam Kenyon                 Top


I AM a native of Cambridgeshire and moved to Linton in 1955. I retired from teaching in 1976 and became a member of the Parish Council in 1976 to 1994 and again since 1998.
I was also a District Councillor for 22 years until 1998 when I retired. During that time I had the honour of being the President of the Linton Girl Guide Association until 1996.
I feel that Linton is one of the most pleasant places to live. Most of us wish to keep it that way and do our best to improve the surroundings. We are very fortunate to have thriving churches, good schools, an excellent health centre and many voluntary groups and societies all of which contribute to this pleasant village life. All of this can only thrive if there are many willing residents to give of their time and support to encourage the continuance and improvement of these services. I am particularly keen in enhancing and preserving the conservation area and to encourage residents to maintain their usual high standards in the appearance of their homes and gardens.
The children and youth, with one or two exceptions, are cheerful and friendly and within my experience are reasonable and sensible.

John Batchelor                 Top


IN 1998 I was elected to the District Council and at the same time became a member of the Parish Council. Being on both authorities helps me understand local concerns and to try and translate them into action for the benefit of the community.
I first took an interest in community matters through a concern over the lack of facilities for young people. That drew me into working with the Safer Villages Initiative, the Village Action Group as well as the Parish Council. It was through those organisations that Linton Action For Youth was established in 1997. I am pleased to say that much of the success of youth work in Linton has been because of the initial funding provided by the Parish and their ongoing commitment to the project. Over recent years the Council has invested heavily in providing facilities for all sections of our community on the recreation ground something we should all be proud of.
Now that I am a Cabinet member on the District Council, a Parish Councillor and chairman of Linton Action for Youth this is my full time work. Before that I was a management consultant, ran various business ventures and travelled a great deal. My wife Julie and I made many journeys, mainly in Africa. Our best know venture was the first descent of the Congo River by kayak in 1974. Our explorations of Cambridgeshire brought us to Linton in 1987, our son Henry was born here in 1989, and we look forward to many more years in this delightful village.

COUNCILLOR VACANCY                 Top

Linton Parish Council currently has a vacancy for a Councillor. Do you wish you could be more involved in issues that affect the village? Do you have a few hours each week to spare? Would you like to know more about the responsibilities involved? Please contact the Clerk or one of your local Councillors for more information.
Closing date for nominations is Friday 13th February. Telephone: C. 891001 or email: lintonpc@btinternet.com

CAMBRIDGESHIRE FIRE AUTHORITY                 Top

At the Parish Council meeting on February 5th the District Officer of the Cambs Fire and Rescue and Service will be giving a presentation to Councillors and all interested members of the public.
Please attend the meeting, held at the Cathodeon Centre at 8pm.
At the Parish Council meeting on 22nd January, consideration was given to decisions on important issues you were recently consulted on, such as the provision of Police Community Support Officers, the future use of Paynes Meadow and next year's precept.
Watch this page for reports on the decisions taken as a result of your views.
Thank you for making them known to us in advance!

CAMBRIDGESHIRE FIRE AUTHORITY                 Top

At the Parish Council meeting on February 5th the District Officer of the Cambs Fire and Rescue and Service will be giving a presentation to
Councillors and all interested members of the public.
Please attend the meeting, held at the Cathodeon Centre at 8pm.
At the Parish Council meeting on 22nd January, consideration was given to decisions on important issues you were recently consulted on, such as the provision of Police Community Support Officers, the future use of Paynes Meadow and next year's precept.
Watch this page for reports on the decisions taken as a result of your views.
Thank you for making them known to us in advance!

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Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held in December, 2003. There were 12 Councillors present and the press.
There was no public participation.
The minutes of the meeting held on 20th November, 2003 were agreed and signed.
Under matters arising Cllr Kenyon reported her concern, regarding the recent arson attacks in the village, and in particular with the attitude of the police. She felt that the item of evidence which had been destroyed should have been returned to the parish to see if it could be identified. Cllr Potter reported that the officers concerned were only following policy. The Chairman read out a letter received from the Police in reply to the last round of dog bin fires, stating that enquiries had not provided any leads.
Cllr Clay queried whether the skateboard light had now been corrected. It was reported that it should now be working to the correct time.
Cllr Urwin queried whether Mr Tofts, the Village Custodian, had taken up the offer of a trial of equipment to assist him with the leaf clearance work. It was reported that he had declined the offer. Discussion took place and it was agreed that this issue would come to Council again next year, prior to the leaf clearance time.
Cllr Alper queried the outcome of the meeting with the Co-operative Store Area Manager. The Clerk reported the meeting had been successful. The Co-op had a policy and an ongoing staff training schedule with regard under-age drinking which was up to date. Mr Walker, the Area Manager, had agreed to re-inforce this again with staff to be sure they were all aware of the current situation. Traffic issues had also been discussed, including the impending alterations to the parking restrictions near to the premises. Mr Walker was aware of these and had passed them on to his Head Office. There had been no response. He had also agreed to re-issue the letter from the Parish Council to all delivery drivers which gave specific recommendations regarding deliveries to the Co-op, and also to re-inforce the agreement that there should be no deliveries between 8.30 and 9.15 am. Staff would be requested to ensure this was adhered to. Mr Walker had mentioned severe problems with staffing the shop, with a recent high turnover of staff as being the probable cause of why these previous agreements had 'slipped'. There was now to be closer liaison on a regular basis between Mr Walker and the Clerk. Cllr Kenyon reported that she was aware that staff in the Co-op have been verbally abused by customers. Councillors expressed their concern and noted that this was the only grocery outlet in the village and required support.
It was then queried what the response from Glasdon (the dog bin supplier) had been with regard the delay in returning the replacement bin. The Clerk reported that Glasdon were happy to wait until the meeting on 22nd January for a decision on whether to return the bin or not.
The Planning minutes were considered with no queries.
The Co-ordinators reports included:- Cllr Clay reported that turf had been removed from the Camping Close area. The Clerk reported that Groomfields, the contractors, had been advised. There were trees and bushes in various locations which required trimming. The Clerk is to organise the relevant body to deal with this. Cllr Clay further reported that recent works carried out by a utility company had not returned the ground to a safe condition. The Clerk is to report this to the Utilities Manager at CCC. Finally, Cllr Clay noted that a number of footpaths were slippery at the moment.
Cllr Kenyon had issued a written report which noted that there were moles on the Recreation ground; the Clerk is to organise their humane removal. Chestnut leaves remain on the southern bank, harming the grass; Youths are scattering the recreation ground with litter and an elderly lady who walks there regularly has been collecting it up. Thanks were extended to her. Discussion took place and it was agreed to request that the new PCSO target this area.
Cllr Cox reported that Leadwell Meadows was very muddy. There was a tree collapsing into the river which required removing. Cllr Cox volunteered to organise this.
Cllr Rossiter had issued a written report regarding the Parish Plan. Further to that she reported that it now appeared SCDC may be able to assist with the project funding. An application was currently being completed. Cllr Rossiter then proposed that a communal shredder be made available for the residents Christmas trees. This was discussed at some length and as a result Cllr Urwin proposed that the use of a shredder be provided to residents on a given date at an agreed site and advertised through the Linton News. Cllr Rossiter reported that members of the Parish Plan Conservation group were willing to attend to supervise the day. This proposal was seconded by Cllr Cornell and agreed by the meeting.
Cllr Rossiter further reported, with regard the Council's wish to appoint a Conservation Warden earlier in the year, that she would now like to be nominated for this post. This was also agreed by the meeting.
The Policy Working Party had met recently and the Chairman reported that the notes of the meeting had been circulated. There were recommendations for Full Council to consider:- Councillor allowances:- 1. Councillors basic allowance:- that there should be none allowable; 2. Chairman's Allowance:- that there should be none allowable; 3. Travel Allowance:- be made available only to Councillors who are either:-
a). Attending meetings of a body where the Councillor represents the Parish Council;
b). Attending meetings of any Association of Authorities of which the Council is a member; or
c). Any other duty approved by the Council connected with discharge of the functions of the Council. In any of the 3 above, a travel allowance of 25p per mile would be recommended.
Discussion took place regarding the recommendations. The only debated issue was under Item 3 where Councillors considered that the rate recommended of 25p per mile was not of the standard of other local authorities. For instance, SCDC paid 46p per mile. It was noted that below 40p per mile it did not affect tax. As a result of discussions Cllr Kenyon proposed that the recommendations be agreed. This was seconded by Cllr Alper and after a vote agreed by the meeting. The Policy Working party had also considered the CCC Draft Corporate Plan and recommended a response to the questionnaires follows:-'As a Parish Council we consider that any 'vision for the future' requires much wider and earlier consultation with the residents of Cambridgeshire, especially with regard to issues which have a direct effect upon us. We would also like to receive a response from the County Council to representations that we may make in the future in response to consultation. This Parish Council is also concerned to note that within the draft Plan the Special Educational Needs School at Linton Village College is mentioned as definitely happening within the next two years although the Parish Council has yet to be consulted in any way.'
Cllr Kenyon proposed that the recommended response be agreed. This was seconded by Cllr Alper and, after a vote, agreed by the meeting.
The payments due list was agreed by the meeting. Cllrs Cox and Potter signed the cheques.
Of the correspondence received the following were noted particularly:- a request from 2nd Linton Brownies for a grant of 100, and from the 1st Linton Brownies for 300. After discussion, both requests were agreed by the meeting. The meeting closed at 21.55.

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MINUTES of the meeting on 8th January, 2004.
There were 11 Councillors and the press present.
The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed and under matters arising Dr Rossiter reported that due to lack of time it had not proved possible to organise a communal shredder. It was also reported that the problem of moles on the recreation ground had now been cleared.
Co-ordinators reports followed, in which Cllr Clay reported that bushes on the Horseheath Road, at Lonsdale, were obstructing visibility. The Clerk is to investigate this. Cllr Hammett noted that trees in Crabtree Croft are covered in ivy. SCDC are to be informed. Cllr Kenyon reported that the pedestrian entrance to the recreation ground from Meadow Lane is again under water. The Clerk is to organise tarmac repairs. Cllr Rossiter gave an update on the Parish Plan. Grant monies to top-up the budget are being applied for from SCDC and a further meeting of the Steering Group is scheduled for 14th January. Cllr Batchelor praised the steering group for their outstanding efforts in bringing this project to its conclusion.
The Chairman reported that, following on from Mr Ballentine's resignation, the due time for an election to be called had now passed. A notice of vacancy for co-option would now be placed on the notice board. It was suggested that the closing date for nominations should allow for the vacancy to be advertised through the Linton News. This was agreed by the meeting.
The payments due were agreed by the meeting with Cllr's Gore and Batchelor signing the cheques.
The Chairman noted an extremely long post list. The main items of interest were as follows:- there had been a number of written responses to the public consultation on the provision of a PCSO for Linton. The results of this consultation would come to the next meeting; information on a communal transport scheme operating in the Haverhill area was available from the office; information from SCDC regarding the Christmas refuse collections. There was much discussion regarding this and it was noted that the SCDC magazine, issued much earlier, had noted the change of day for the green waste just prior to Christmas, but that the re-issue of this information just prior to the holidays had arrived far too late to of benefit; a funding request from the Acorn Toddler group for 150 toward a stairgate. It was noted that this group operates from the Social Centre. Discussion took place and it was agreed that the equipment required would best be provided, and therefore owned by the Social Centre. It was agreed to recommend that the Social Centre apply for the grant; information had been received from the Cambs Local Access Forum regarding a meeting. Cllr Rossiter had expressed an interest in attending but unfortunately there was no information as to venue or time. The Clerk was asked to find this out; a letter from CCC advising that neither of the Council's two Jointly Funded Minor Improvement bids for 2004/05 had been successful. The two bids were : 1. a mini-roundabout at the junction of Balsham Road and the High Street; and 2. a Disabled Access Improvement Scheme. Cllr Batchelor reported as an attendee of the Area Joint Committee that decides on these bids. Individual bids from parishes are awarded points under a strict criteria basis and are then put before the Committee in priority order. The usual upper value of each bid is 25k. Just prior to the Committee meeting, the upper bid allowance was increased to 35k and, therefore, the number of bids for minor improvements that could be carried out was less. This proved to be unfortunate for Linton as one of our two bids was 'scored' and placed 8th on the list, but due to fewer bids being able to be actioned, only the top 7 were actually agreed. Discussion took place regarding this with Councillors all noting their concern. It was agreed that a letter should be written to CCC expressing this concern and that both the Traffic Working Party and the Linton Steering Group would be asked to follow suit; Cllr Gee has suggested the formation of a Heritage Trail. Councillors agreed he should put a proposal together and return it to Council at a later date; Cllr Gore then requested that the EA Floodline number, together with the area code for information specifically for Linton should be made known in the Linton News.
The Chairman noted the recent publicity on Stansted Airport and queried whether Councillors would like to discuss this issue as an agenda item. This was agreed by the meeting.
The meeting closed at 21.03

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