Here is the latest news from our Spaldwick Facebook feed:
Our beautiful village pub is open! Freshly painted, fresh floors, delicious food and a warm welcome. (Plus all the important safety features) ENJOY!
What a fantastic looking Spaldwick-liveried vehicle! It’s a 1930 Austin Seven 'C' cab van, owned by Yvette Webb.
There’s quite a history to it, as Yvette writes:
“Built on 18th July, 1930 by Austin as a rolling chassis it was exported from new to New Zealand.
Arriving in New Zealand in September 1930 it’s first owner was a Miss Muriel Bessie Gosford but the body type built onto the chassis at this time is unknown.
Little history of the vehicle is known from then until the mid-70’s when it was sold on in parts by Ron Anderson, a retired motor mechanic from Taupo in New Zealand to Ray Perry also from Taupo.
Ray and his brother in law, both classic car enthusiasts then re-built the vehicle as the “C” cab van. Ray used and enjoyed his van for many years until his death in 2014 when the van was sold on as part of the estate.
In 2015, the van was exported to the UK where it was re-sprayed and then put up for sale as yet without a UK registration number.
I bought the van in January 2016 and applied for an age related registration that it bares today. My husband has refurbish some items on the van as well as changing the carburettor to a Zenith 24-2T the same as used on the grey Ferguson tractors, re-wiring and changing the lighting over to LED’s.”
Yvette continued: “Our next door neighbours’ late wife was an Edwards, so we did ask for permission to use the Edwards name. It seemed fitting with there having been a garage in the village at the time, that fitted with the age of the van to use that name.”
Tony Croucher has captured these amazing photos of the Neowise Comet all taken within a few miles of Spaldwick (the windturbines at Ellington, the clouds just past Barham and rest from just over the A14 bridge looking towards Belton's Hill) ?
Read more about the comet here: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2248712-how-to-see-the-spectacular-comet-neowise-with-the-naked-eye/
Brightly painted and ready to play on - thanks to those involved for getting the play area reopened!
Enjoy your weekend - but, please pay attention to the safety notices!
Ferriman Road play area update:
*A14 WORK - FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT*
Message from Highways England via Spaldwick Parish Council:
We are closing the Eastbound Exit and Entry slips at J20 Ellington to accommodate resurfacing works which are desperately needed. This also involves a closure of the A14 overbridge in Ellington.
The diversion through Spaldwick, is simply for local traffic from Ellington who wish to travel Eastbound on the A14. As the Eastbound entry slip is closed, we are proposing to send them Westbound towards Spaldwick where they will return on the Eastbound carriageway. We believe there will be minimal additional traffic, and do not expect there to be any additional HGVs through Spaldwick due to these works, as these vehicles will not originate from Ellington.
We have considered, and can still do if you believe there to be benefit, signing our diversion to the Catworth B660 interchange. However, as this is purely for minimal local traffic, we expect they will be familiar with the area and simply use Spaldwick to turnaround.
We do not envisage any additional HGV traffic through Spaldwick as the A14 is not closed, simply the entrance Eastbound to it from Ellington village. Any freight from the Buffaload warehouse on the A14 is being sent Eastbound towards Junction 21, to turnaround and head Westbound should it require to do so.
We have spent a significant amount of time working with Buffaload to accommodate these works, to ensure as minimum disruption to our customers as possible, whilst maintaining access into the business to ensure it can remain operational.
The works are planned on Friday & Saturday night (3rd – 5th July) between the hours of 2000 and 0600. We have chosen to undertake the works at the weekend as it will minimise disruption on Buffaload, and equally we have typically smaller traffic volumes.
The July/August edition of the Spaldwick News magazine produced by Chris Hubbard is now available and can be viewed or downloaded (in PDF format) by clicking on the following link: https://www.spaldwick.com/wp-content/uploads/JULY-AUGUST-2020.pdf
Chris is hoping to resume deliveries of the paper edition in September. Thanks to Chris for keeping the village updated during the coronavirus pandemic with the Spaldwick News (and on the Spaldwick Facebook page).
David Perkins, daughter Zoe and her partner Steve Payne have played a beautiful tribute to the Armed Forces on Burton Way this evening - introduced by David Henrick.
Here’s an old map of Spaldwick dating back to between 1888-1913. It’s very different to what exists today!
You can view an interactive version here: www.archiuk.com
The stone snake outside Spaldwick School must have had a growth spurt - look how long it is now!
Can anyone help?
Martin Craddock’s found this old photo of Edwards Brothers, Spaldwick.
We think the names of the men pictured are Jim Martin, Stan Woodham, C Bright, Bert Marsh and R Craddock.
Do you know anything that could shed more light?
Remember when the weather was hot and sunny - and Spaldwick celebrated VE Day? ?
June’s Spaldwick News is available online now here:
(All of this month’s adverts were included free of charge to current advertisers to support them at this difficult time).
Martin Craddock discovered this old photograph of “The Bell” pub in his attic.
This was, around the time of the First World War, one of three pubs in the village - and was formerly “The Blue Bell Inn”.
It?s thought the Blue Bell was built sometime in the early 1820?s (if not earlier) and served a coaching inn. The big double gates provide a typical passage through to a stable yard and there were formerly (listed in the 1876 Conveyance) additional buildings to the current barn and outhouses between the house and the Fellmongers Yard (now occupied by the close of modern houses behind Walton House).
The adjoining cottages on each side were originally part of the same property. The house is still linked to one of them by a disused cellar! The cottages were probably ostlers’cottages.
The name “Blue Bell” is still common for ex coaching inns in Eastern England from Essex up to Yorkshire (Credit: www.spaldwick.com)
Some of this month’s news from St James Church - read more in June’s Spaldwick News at www.spaldwick.com
Spaldwick Prayer Tree: We are pleased to introduce the “Prayer Tree” to Spaldwick churchyard. The millennium yew
tree (on the left as you go in the gate), is to become a prayer tree for the next few weeks.
The idea is that you tie some ribbon, wool or string, etc. to the tree as you say a prayer, or share a thought.
Please do bear in mind that Yew - which is symbolic of everlasting life, rebirth, changes and regeneration after difficult times, and protection - is also poisonous if eaten. Of course, please adhere to all the latest Covid-19 government guidance when visiting the tree which we hope will be treated with respect.
To contact Rector Rev Philip Howson:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/revdphiliphowson/ Phone: 01480 869081
One of Spaldwick’s most impressive homes is featured on the Cambridgeshire Live website:
HUNTINGDONSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL: COMMUNITES URGED TO SOCIAL DISTANCE AND STAY ALERT
Messages urging people to continue following the social distancing guidelines are being reiterated and translated into other languages to encourage people from all of Huntingdonshire’s communities to pull together to avoid a second peak of coronavirus - particularly ahead of a potentially warm weekend.
A recent increase in local people going to their GP surgeries in Huntingdonshire with Coronavirus-like symptoms does not mean an increase in cases - but while rates of infection across the East of England and Cambridgeshire as a whole are generally low, Huntingdonshire infection rates have ‘plateaued’ and are not falling as fast as other parts of the county, Dr Liz Robin, the county’s Director of Public health has confirmed. Information about patients attending GP surgeries in Cambridgeshire with symptoms which may be related to Covid-19 show that some areas in Huntingdonshire are above the Cambridgeshire average - but these symptoms also occur in other illnesses, so we can’t draw firm conclusions.
Dr Robin said: “Although the Government has eased the lockdown measures, there are still strict guidelines in place to control the spread of the virus, which we must all follow. Coronavirus has not gone away, and, unless we follow the guidelines, infection rates will increase, leading to more illness and more deaths.
“If you leave the home to take outdoor exercise, you must stay at least two metres away from anyone not in your household. In addition, if you go outside to meet up with anyone not in your household, you can only meet one other person, and must stay at least 2 metres apart. It is still not allowed to invite visitors into your home, including friends and relatives.”
Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, Councillor Ryan Fuller, said: "Based on this very clear health advice I would ask everyone in Huntingdonshire to understand that the recent relaxation of lockdown rules changes things only very slightly. The national test and trace system which was introduced today will help us isolate and quarantine cases - but there is no substitute for people all continuing to follow public health advice.”
Jo Lancaster, Managing Director of Huntingdonshire District Council said: “If we all follow this guidance, rates of infection will stay under control, and the Government may be able to make further changes to the lockdown measures. It will protect you, your family, your friends, and all the fantastic people in the health and care sector who are caring for our loved ones.
If we ignore the rules, we will face a second wave of the virus and a tightening of the lockdown measures. We are reaching out to everyone to say - do the right thing to protect everyone in our district.”
Spaldwick News Magazine for June 2020
A14 DIVERSION UPDATE:
If you live anywhere near the village’s through-roads, you’ll know that traffic was diverted off the A14 earlier this week due to “emergency repairs.”
A number of residents complained about lorries hurtling through and a significant rise in traffic noise.
Highway England have since said that “Spaldwick village is not part of the diversion route when there are planned closures on the A14, it is only used when urgent work is required as it was on this occasion.”
A spokesperson said: “We're sorry to hear about these concerns from people in Spaldwick while the A14 was closed between Brampton and Thrapston earlier this week.
“We try to avoid diverting traffic this way wherever possible: unfortunately the urgent nature of the work we were doing meant that we were not able to set up our preferred longer diversion via the A1(M) and A605.”
The official diversion route when the A14 is closed at this location is to leave the A14 and take the A1M to Alwalton, and then back down the A605 to rejoin the A14 at Thrapston. This is signed and has been jointly agreed with police and the council as the most suitable for A14 traffic. We encourage all drivers to stick to it.
The next virtual Parish Council meeting is tomorrow (21st May) at 8pm
If you would like to join the meeting please email the Parish Clerk, Sarah, firstname.lastname@example.org to get the link.
The ‘community snake’ outside Spaldwick School is getting longer! Have you added a stone?