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What a super Christmas fair! Pop down and enjoy now- at mandeville hall until midday
Ho ho ho...not long to go!
Don’t forget to drop your labelled gifts off before Sunday’s Santa sleigh!
Head elf sorting office:
3 ivy way
“As you may be aware this loved historic building and local landmark is facing significant challenges. There are plans to make sure it doesn’t close in the very near future but becomes a vibrant addition to the Spaldwick community for many years to come. But we do need your support to do this – by contributing and adding your greeting to this card you are helping us to ensure the church continues as community facility for all the village.
Unfortunately the pony express will not operate this year and it is hoped that you will contribute via this website instead as well as use it to share good wishes with your neighbours and friends in the village.
Everyone who has contributed will have their message shown on the final card which will be available for all to see!
We aim to send a personal copy to each contributor via email by 22nd Dec”
HO HO HO! I will be visiting your delightful village on Sunday to deliver gifts to children and loved ones/neighbours! Please ensure gifts are clearly labeled with home address, Santa stop number or pub so my elves can help me sort them. Drop off at Playtimes or 3 ivy way by sat eve.
The NEW A14 Huntingdon Bypass, between Swavesey and Ellington, opened to traffic early this morning - it's part of Highways England's Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme. Please take care and follow the signs, not your satnavs!
A fabulous Christmas fayre this year! So much festive fun and lovely treats. Thanks to FOSS for organising and all the volunteers and stall holders-it was great to see the community enjoying themselves too!
So Ivy way had their first official - Christmas light switch on tonight.
Mulled wine, minced pies and a chance to catch up with neighbours.
Please post your Christmas lights - and make Spaldwick glow ????
Spaldwick Parish Council
PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCY
There is a vacancy on Spaldwick Parish Council which it is proposed to fill by co-option at the meeting of the Council to be held at 8 pm on 16/01/2020 at Spaldwick Community Room.
To be considered for co-option, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:
1. Be registered as a Local Government Elector for the Parish on the current Electoral Register.
2. Has during the whole of the previous 12 months occupied as tenant or owner any land or other premises in the Parish.
3. Has had his/her principal or only place of work in the previous 12 months in the Parish.
4. Has resided either in the Parish or within 3 miles thereof during the previous 12 months.
Anyone wishing to be considered for co-option should contact the undersigned in writing or by e-mail by 16/01/2020
Steve Fane de Salis
Acting Clerk to Spaldwick Parish Council
18 Thrapston Road
More gorgeous gift ideas at the xmas fayre on Friday 6th!
Spaldwick school 3.30-5.30pm
Amongst many other treats-The talented Mr Hatton will be at our Christmas fayre this Friday-selling and signing copies of his fab children’s stories!
3.30 -5.30pm spaldwick school
Spaldwick Christmas fayre is this Friday! 3.30-5.30 at the school. With lots of gorgeous gift stalls, games, cafe and grotto...there is something for everyone! Come and get festive
The December/January edition of Spaldwick News is out now. If you’ve not already had one delivered, it’ll be with you soon!
You can also read it online here: https://www.spaldwick.com/wp-content/uploads/Spaldwick-News-DEC-JAN-2019-compressed.pdf
Thanks again to all of our supporters - Advertisers, Contributors and Distributors - (if they’re advertisers, please mention Spaldwick News when buying their goods or services!)
QUOTES NEEDED URGENTLY!!!!
The Parish Council is looking to obtain 3 quotes for hardstanding on the new allotments.
The area measures 1342m squared.
We will require the top soil to be removed to a depth of 250mm.
Geo-synthetic fabric laid.
563 tonnes of hardcore and 141 tonnes of 50mm tarmac plainings laid.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ho ho ho! Save the date - Santa’s added Spaldwick to his ‘good’ list and will be stopping off at various locations around the village on Sunday 15th December.
(Parents, please make sure gifts are clearly labelled with your relevant Santa stop!)
SPALDWICK SCHOOL NEEDS YOUR HELP!
The Sun has teamed up with Harper Collins to provide primary schools with a free pack of 106 books which are worth £600! The catch is that we need to collect 3,500 tokens from The Sun and The Sun on Sunday.
Please spread the word and start collecting from Saturday 23rd November. All tokens can be delivered to the school office or give us a ring and we will collect them from you.
Louise Worrell, Head Teacher
Photos of Spaldwick...this time from the air! Thank you to Barbara for sending these photos.
Manor Farm House
We have asked Mark Heath to do a set of photographs to record for posterity the timber work on the front of the building and also the internal timber frame.
The reason for this is that to my total dismay, and indeed the disbelief of every single person who has seen the building, we are being compelled to cover all the timbers in with plaster.
You may remember that back in early 2015 we commissioned a pair of drawings of what we proposed for the building. These were put on a poster, which was displayed on the site fencing. Also, I distributed over 200 paper copies of the drawings to houses within the vicinity of the High Street.
We were overwhelmed by the response to our proposal, which was unanimously supported by our neighbours backing the ideas we put to the village.
The building as it now stands is as close as we could make it to how it would have looked 470 years ago. We have rebuilt the failing structure using traditional materials and methods.
It is true that, at some time in the last 150 years, the front of the building and many internal surfaces were covered in with plaster and wallpaper. However, it is certainly true to say that the building looked much as it does now for maybe the 320 years prior to the covering in.
HDC in their wisdom have decided that for some reason it is more important for the look of the building to adhere to the latter period of its history. For some reason, Victorian plaster finish trumps the look originally commissioned in 1547, the year Henry VIII died!
More importantly, in our opinion HDC have decided that the opinion of the local population is of no importance in arriving at this decision.
We are sorry that we have been unable to persuade the Council to allow what the local people said that they wanted to see.
We believe that this is a shame for the village and an opportunity missed to preserve a Tudor Building in all its beauty. Please believe me when I say that it is not for lack of trying!
Should any of our neighbours want to see the inside of the building before all the timber frame is covered in please do let us know.
With kind regards
Richard Janine and Rosie Johnson
Here are the photos: https://www.markheathphotography.com/Spaldwick-photos/Manor-Farm-Nov-2019/