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newVillage Surface Water Drainage
The Parish Council has a major program to refurbish a couple of areas that really do need attention. This program should start the week beginning 10th August and the first task is to clear out the Saxon Way ditch. This will be followed by some needed work in the infiltration basin by the flyover. I will be keeping details of what is happening and some photos on the Environment page
I have just found out that Longstanton has a Longstanton Flood Action Group who meet regularly to discuss property protection, explore ways to reduce flood risk, flood warning systems, property insurance matters etc. If you think that such a group would be useful for Bar Hill (or possibly that a group already exists) please contact the Parish Council who will evaluate interest.

Recent reported crimes
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Update from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
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Libraries Summer Reading Challenge
We are just about to begin this year’s Summer Reading Challenge in libraries on the theme of Record Breakers. As usual, the children will read 6 books over the summer, talk about their books in libraries, collect stickers along the way and hopefully get lots of enjoyment out of their reading!
The medal presentation for all the children who complete the challenge at Bar Hill Library will take place on Friday 11th September at 3.45pm in the library
For more information please email Wendy Law Area Library Manager

Drain 8541 damaged by heavy rain for the 3rd time in a year
This manhole covers the chamber where the surface water drain that runs down the spine path, turns left to go along the path between Partridge Drive and Hanover Housing. This manhole has had problems in the past although prior to the 8/8/2014 flood the information is only hearsay. The manhole cover has been compromised 3 times in the space of 12 months. The first was the major flood Event of 8/8/2014, the second was the thunderstorm of 4/7/2015 and the third a fortnight later in the early hours of 17/07/2015.

B1050 (longstanton Road) closure
The B1050 is being closed for 2 weekends to enable the quality of the road to be upgraded.
Weekend 1: From 2000hrs on Friday 14th August, 2015 to 0500hrs on Monday 17th August, 2015
Weekend 2: From 2000hrs on Friday 21st August, 2015 to 0500hrs on Monday 24th August, 2015.
Click to read --letter -- Map 1 -- diversions map

Cambridge re-use Newsletter
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Bar Hill village fete 2015
The fete was a success and the weather, despite some gazibo challanging gusts of wind, was kind.
I have put some pictures of the event on the Bar Hill Fete website
If anyone has other pictures I would be pleased to add them to the site.

Cambridge District Art Summer Exhibition 2015
at Grantchester Village Hall
Saturday 29 to Monday 31 August, 10.00am - 5.30pm
The Exhibition will have both framed and unframed work, as well as cards. The adjoining ValPatisserie will be serving home-made cakes (including gluten-free).
The exhibition will be held at Grantchester Village Hall, High Street, Grantchester, Cambridge, CB3 9NF.
This is an ideal opportunity for visitors to buy original art from local professional and amateur artists, in a variety of subjects and media including oils, acrylics, watercolours, mixed media and pastels. With a diverse range of artists, comes a diverse range of subjects, depicting scenes from Cambridge and Grantchester as well as more far-flung landscapes, abstract works, still life, florals and more.
To find out more please visit the website.

English classes for speakers of other languages
Full details added to the organisations page

Rubbish collection dates for Bar Hill
  • Weds. 22nd July green bin, blue bin etc.
  • Weds. 29th July, 2015 black bins
  • Weds. 5th August green bin, blue bin etc.
  • Weds. 12th August, 2015 black bins
  • Weds. 19th August, 2015 green bin, blue bin etc.
  • Thurs. 2nd Sept. green bin, blue bin etc.
  • Weds. 9th Sept. black bin

Parish E-bulletin for May 2015 now available
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If you look at item 4 you will see a list of the awards from the Community Chest to small projects in local villages. There are none from Bar Hill. If any one has any ideas on how to spend around £1500 on a local project please get in touch either with me or the Parish council and we will help make it happen. Act soon or the money will be all gone!!

Cambridge County Councillor Lynda Harford's Report to parish councils
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What Happened to our Website?
Our website was suspended by the hosting company around 16th April. It is now back on line. The process was a complete nightmare due to the refusal of Simon Munford to communicate and the very poor support by the hosting company I am putting together a page that will highlight the problems and how we solved them. The page will also have a short history of the website.

Bar Hill's defibrillator deployed
On the Evening of Wednesday March 11th the Bar Hill defibrillator was deployed to the Fox pub in response to a collapse of a person with known heart problems. The unit was not used in the event as the heart didn't stop and CPR was not needed. The defibrillator was returned to the box the following evening.
The week before the deployment the indicator light on the box failed. This light should show green when the defibrillator is in the box and red if it is not present. The failed PCB has now been replaced and if you are passing the Parish Council office please look to see if the light is green and email The Webmaster if it is red.

St John's Hospice Moggerhanger Starlight Hike 12 September 2015
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Phone and Email Scams to be aware of
There seems to be a new wave of these currently doing the rounds. We have just received an email from the local police regarding Job offer scams and I have added this to the phone and email scam page Go here for more information

Community Lifeline Service
The Community Lifeline Service provides a pendant alarm in your home which when pressed contacts a response centre so that help can be raised. Click here for more information.

Balancing lake improvements.
  • Any overgrowth at the balancing lake will be cut back (Just started).
  • The stream culverts will be cleaned out.
  • Any loose debris or blockages close to the bridges will be removed.
I have put together a page of information about this project
The Slot Weir is now completed and I have taken some pictures. Latest update 28th November

I will flag any new additions to the page of flood information as I get them.
Some new photos added 4th November. You can find the page here
The environment Agency has tools on its website to enable any one to create a flood plan for their own residence. To access the template go Here

New community singing event
A choir for anyone suffering from Alzheimer's, or anybody who merely enjoys singing is being formed.
Sing-a-longs will take place in the Village Hall each Monday from 13th October between 1 and 3 p.m.
This follows a similar project in Fulbourn which currently attracts over 30 singers.

Local police presence spread thinner
There have been some changes within the local policing team which will take immediate effect. In addition to Girton, Bar Hill, Dry Drayton, Lolworth and Boxworth, Elsworth, knapwell, Connington and Gravely have been added.
For a description of the powers of the Police Community Support Officer click here

Community Automated External Defibrillator
defib2 A Community Automated External Defibrillator has been installed on the Parish Council office wall. This device is available all day every day, is very simple to use by untrained people and is fully automated. If you want more information about this please email the webmaster or phone the Parish Council Office
There is a page of information giving more information about this here.

Bar Hill Community Car Scheme
The Community Car Scheme provides door-to-door transport for people who do not have the use of a car. Volunteer drivers use their own cars and are DBS checked and fully insured.
For more information please go here

Information regarding Longstowe
Including the plans for flood prevention and reference to a Roman street on the site
To read this report please go here.

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