Waterbeach Waste Incinerator – Public meetings

Waterbeach Waste Incinerator – Amey is proposing to develop a new waste treatment facility at its Waterbeach Waste Management Park in Cambridgeshire.

A planning application has been submitted for the proposed facility, which would use waste from households and businesses to create electricity, heat or a mix of both – generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 63,000 homes.

It would signify a £200million investment by Amey at Waterbeach, as well as create over 300 jobs during construction and operational phases.

Waterbeach Waste IncineratorAmey will be holding information sessions for local residents on March 19 and 20 in Landbeach, Cottenham and Waterbeach. You can meet the Amey team to answer your questions and find out more about the proposals to create energy from waste. The drop-in sessions will take place on:

Landbeach – Monday 19 March, 12pm-4pm at Landbeach Village Hall, Green End, Landbeach, CB25 9FD

Cottenham – Monday 19 March, 5.30pm-9pm at the Coffee Shop, Cottenham Community Centre, High Street, Cottenham, CB24 8RZ

Waterbeach – Tuesday 20 March, 12pm-9pm at the Church Room, St John’s Church, Station Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9HR

There’s no need to register to attend, just drop by. The three events give residents an opportunity to meet the Amey team and directly ask any questions they have about their proposals.

In addition to the above events, a public meeting is also being held in Waterbeach on 20 March organised by Cambridge Without Incineration a group to bring people together who are concerned about the waste incinerator plan submitted by Amey for the Cambridge area.

Volunteer with us – Learning Trustee

Join the Landbeach Tithe Barn Trust as a Learning Trustee and shape and inspire learning at the Tithe Barn in Landbeach, near Cambridge. You will have the chance to make a real difference to a friendly and supportive charity at a time of significant development.

About the Tithe Barn Trust:
We’re a small charity and volunteer not-for profit group aiming to save and sensitively restore the Grade II Listed Tithe Barn for community use.Education and public access are key to our charitable object.

Beach Babies Pre-schoolers visiting Landbeach Tithe BarnAs a Learning Trustee you will:
• Help us develop and deliver a learning and interpretation plan for the Tithe Barn to inspire and enable learning for all ages, all abilities including those with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and from all backgrounds.
• Work with the other Tithe Barn Trustees to maintain our vision and values.
• Be an active champion of the organisation.
• Develop strategy, including income generation.
• Contribute to the development and execution of a full restoration plan.
• Have equal responsibility for decisions.
• Establish and monitor policies.
• Ensure compliance with our governing document, accountability and compliance with the law.
• Maintain a proper fiscal oversight.
• Act in the Tithe Barn Trust’s best interests.

Find out more
Contact Gemma O’Shea on 07986 717958 or email tithebarntrust@gmail.com
Or visit www.tithebarntrust.org.uk
Or apply online at https://reachskills.org.uk/opp/learning-and-education-trustee

Tithe Barn Trust awarded grant!

The Tithe Barn Trust at Landbeach is over the moon to announce that it has been supported by a grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund which promotes the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK.

Christine Taylor, Tithe Barn Trust Trustee and Treasurer, says “This is fantastic news as this grant will allow us to progress the Tithe Barn project to the next step. There is still a lot of work to be done, as although we have raised over £65,000, our major fundraising quest continues. Get in touch if you’d like to volunteer and be involved in our exciting community project.”

The Trust needs your help to save this gem at the heart of Landbeach. “We believe the Tudor Tithe barn, with thatched roof and historic brick and timber floor, to be unique to Cambridgeshire and even of national significance. Over 90% of Tithe Barns have been converted in the UK,” said Ms Taylor.

3 Ways YOU can get involved

Make a pledge today at www.tithebarntrust.org.uk/make-a-pledge

Become a Friend. Visit www.tithebarntrust.org.uk/become-a-member

Volunteer or become a trustee. Email tithebarntrust@gmail.com to find out more.

Find us at www.tithebarntrust.org.uk, like us on facebook.com/FriendsofLandbeachTitheBarn and follow us on Twitter

Landbeach Tithe Barn Trust

Landbeach’s ‘Local’ in danger

Use it or lose it – that’s the message from Bill Dixon, the chair of the Landbeach Sports and Social Club known as the Old Forge. It’s been going since 1983 and is one of the longest-running organisations in the village.

“It’s the only totally inclusive place in Landbeach where all members of the community can meet for a drink or a chat from Friday to Sunday,” he says.

The problem is that there are not enough people taking advantage of this social facility which is in the centre of the village, next to the Village Hall. It offers real ale as well as soft drinks, sport on TV and occasional dart matches usually held on weekdays (Monday to Thursday). Because it is a non-profit organisation the drinks at The Old Forge are less expensive than local pubs.

Non-members can try before they sign up: three visits are allowed before you become a member which costs £5 (renewal £3). Opening times are Friday 5.30 – 11-30, Saturday noon to 3pm and 7.30 to 11pm, Sunday noon to 3pm.

See the Old Forge website to find out more or just go along and see who’s there. Pictures show the Old Forge committee members and Nina, barmaid and secretary, pulling a pint.

Nina, barmaid and secretary, pulling a pint at the Old ForgeOld Forge Committe members

Open Day at Landbeach Tithe Barn


Tudor times were brought to life at the Landbeach Tithe Barn Open Day in April.
Thanks to Nancy Crisp, the Tudor weaver, who was most effective in introducing ways of the past, visitors were able to see how a fleece would be prepared for spinning over 400 years ago, after which they could attempt to make cloth using a simple loom.

There were Tudor-style games to play as well, thanks to the Waterbeach and Landbeach Action for Youth Trust (WY) who organised them. A nice touch were the costumes for children to dress up in.
More events are planned to raise awareness of this local treasure which a group of volunteers aim to save and sympathetically restore for community use.

To find the barn:

kissing gate entrance is opposite No 2 Waterbeach Road, Landbeach CB25 9FA and you walk along the grassed track beside the hedge. The No 9 Stagecoach bus stops near Cockfen Lane.

Like the Tithe Barn Trust’s Facebook page to be kept up to date with news and coming events

Nancy Crisp Tudor weaver at Landbeach Tithe Barn Open DayLandbeach Tithe Barn Open Day

Singing in Cottenham and Landbeach

Jan Payne, a highly respected local musician, teacher and choir leader, is making singing fun in two different groups in the Fen Edge.

Her newest one is Sing to Remember (which started in December 2015) for people with dementia and their carers. Though much detail of the past disappears through memory loss, often the words of songs learnt at a young age remain. Jan, at the keyboard, encourages all to join in a hearty sing which, as we all know, makes you feel good.

Thanks to funding from FECA, the group meets weekly on Thursdays at Landbeach Baptist Church, with tea and biscuits at 11.15am followed by singing from 11.30-12.30. If you would like to come along to the group, or if you think you could spare a couple of hours now and again on a Thursday morning to join a team of volunteers, please contact the Community Development Officer, Care Network on 01954 211919 or by email to SouthCambsCD@care-network.org.uk

The first group which Jan runs on behalf of the Care Network is now in its second year. Singing for Fun meets in term time at the Salvation Army Barn, High Street, Cottenham on Thursdays from 1.45 to 3.15pm. The picture shows the group of men and women singing at their 1st birthday party last year. You don’t need to be a trained or experienced singer nor read music – just come along. Word sheets are provided but soon you’ll find that the songs you remember from yesterday will come flooding back. Contact Pam Lumsden on 01954 251371 for more information.

Singing in the Fen Edge