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COMMUNITY IN WHADDON

Updated Friday 25 August 2017

Community has a huge range of meanings. Here we want it to tell you about initiatives and organisations within the village that will help to keep you secure and also to give you things to do. Thus here we have Neighbourhood Watch and Speedwatch, the village email list and village clubs, as well as a walks section. Several village bodies who offer regular or occasional social events have their own pages on this site. Village events are normally collected in the Calendar.

Whaddon Neighbourhood Watch

Update 23 February 2017

Whaddon has had an active Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) scheme since it was re-launched in 2003 after a series of shed and car break-ins. So successful did it become after the re-launching that Whaddon won the South Cambridgeshire Community Safety Competition at the end of that year.

There are five Coordinators at present who cover all of the village. We aim to have a close working relationship with the local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) and also to attend the police panel meetings for the Cambourne sector every four months. We also attend the Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Watch Executive Group Annual Conference in November. Although Whaddon has a low crime rate it is important to keep resident’s minds on personal and property security and to this end a Neighbourhood Watch village-wide e-mail system was introduced in 2012 to enable both rapid communication to villagers as well as a more routine channel of contact. Any villager interested in joining the NHW team and becoming a Coordinator would be very welcome and should ring the Cluster Coordinator, Mike Monks in Bridge Street (01223 208236), for further information. They can be sure of a warm welcome!

Speedwatch, an officially sponsored volunteer-based activity which uses speed sensor equipment to monitor speeding vehicles also comes within the responsibilities of Whaddon Neighbourhood Watch. Information and statistics will be found on a separate tab.

A link to the police.uk web site will be found on the Services menu.

Speedwatch

Speedwatch is a scheme being run by Cambridgeshire police to permit local residents monitor the speeds in their villages. Some details can be obtained from a police press release.

The police have a small number of kits of equipment which can be used by suitably trained volunteers. These individuals, usually in groups of three, note down speeds of vehicles exceeding the speed limits and hand the information on to the police. No prosecutions will result from this, although the police will send out polite notes to those breaking the speed limit — only a police officer (or a police speed camera) can actually cause a driver to be prosecuted. The idea is that of peer pressure — the very presence of visible persons noting speeds tends to slow traffic down, and lets drivers know that the particular area is being monitored.

  • On 21 February 2009, three of us from Whaddon attended a training course, for which I had offered the village hall. The first part of the morning took place inside the hall, when we were familiarised with the equipment and the rules. The second part of the morning was practice outside. We set up the equipment on Church Street by the noticeboard to cover traffic coming from the Meldreth direction — this is not the best location as there is probably not a lot of speeding in this direction, but the idea was to test out the principle. It was interesting to see how many drivers instinctively slowed down, even if they were nowhere near the 40 limit! A team of three people does seem the ideal number, as it takes quite an effort to record a number plate, make and model, and the speed at the same time. See the photos below.

    We have three more volunteers ready to take another course. If anyone in the village wants to get involved, then please contact Mike Monks.

  • Checks 2010-2011

    Speedwatch keeps records of all its outings as well as passing them on to the police. For a while these were kept by a member of the team on a computer database and so these are the ones given below.

    Date Session time Location Total
    vehicles
    Total
    recorded
    %
    speeding
    %
    letters
    Avg
    speed
    Count 43
    to 46
    Count 47
    to 50
    Count 51
    to 59
    Count
    60+
    05/03/2010 08:00-09:00 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 114 5 4 2 46.4 3 1 1 0
    17/03/2010 08:02-09:02 Church Street, by College Farm 126 13 10 3 45.2 9 3 1 0
    09/04/2010 08:35-08:35 Church Street, by College Farm 43 9 21 5 46.1 7 1 1 0
    20/04/2010 08:00-09:00 Church Street, by College Farm 149 19 13 4 45 13 6 0 0
    16:35-17:35 Church Street, Church Corner 61 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    20/05/2010 08:00-09:00 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 128 12 9 1 45.3 11 0 0 1
    15/06/2010 08:00-09:00 Church Street, by College Farm 136 15 11 3 45.5 11 2 2 0
    18/08/2010 08:00-09:00 Church Street, by College Farm 94 18 19 6 46.3 12 5 1 0
    14/10/2010 08:00-09:00 Church Street, by College Farm 127 15 12 2 45.3 12 2 1 0
    02/11/2010 08:00-09:00 Church Street, Church Corner 147 0 0
    05/11/2010 08:00-09:00 Church Street, by College Farm 137 20 15 5 45.9 13 4 3 0
    08/03/2011 08:00-09:00 Church Street, by College Farm 165 23 14 8 47.2 10 8 5 0
    10/03/2011 16:30-17:30 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 93 14 15 10 47.8 5 7 2 0
    22/03/2011 08:00-09:00 Church Street, by College Farm 134 11 8 3 46.4 7 3 1 0
    05/05/2011 17:00-18:00 The Green, Meldreth Road 113 8 7 3 47.3 5 2 1 0
     
    At 43: speeding
    At 47: letter from police
  • Checks 2009

    Speedwatch keeps records of all its outings as well as passing them on to the police. For a while these were kept by a member of the team on a computer database and so these are the ones given below.

    Date Session time Location Total
    vehicles
    Total
    recorded
    %
    speeding
    %
    letters
    Avg
    speed
    Count 43
    to 46
    Count 47
    to 50
    Count 51
    to 59
    Count
    60+
    24/03/2009 10:30-11:15 Meldreth Road, facing Whaddon 35 3 9 3 46 2 1 0
    26/03/2009 08:30-09:30 Meldreth Road, facing Whaddon 123 25 20 10 47.6 13 5 6 1
    27/03/2009 08:30-09:10 Meldreth Road, facing Whaddon 86 10 12 3 45.8 7 2 1
    09:10-09:45 Church Street, below church facing west 28 0 0
    31/03/2009 15:30-16:30 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 71 22 31 20 48.4 8 9 4 1
    02/04/2009 08:00-09:00 Meldreth Road, facing Whaddon 131 12 9 3 46 8 3 1
    16:00-17:00 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 100 29 29 20 48.5 9 15 4 1
    09/04/2009 08:05-09:05 Meldreth Road, facing Whaddon 113 14 12 4 46.2 10 2 2 0
    15:50-16:30 Church Street, by Ridgeway Close 44 3 7 2 45 2 1 0 0
    16:40-17:15 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 37 13 35 22 47.6 5 6 1 1
    21/04/2009 08:10-09:10 Meldreth Road, facing Whaddon 126 17 13 5 46.6 11 4 2 0
    15:30-16:30 Church Street, by Ridgeway Close 84 2 2 0 43.5 2 0 0 0
    29/04/2009 08:00-09:00 Meldreth Road, facing Whaddon 107 11 10 7 48.5 4 4 3 0
    30/04/2009 08:05-09:05 Church Street, by College Farm 126 11 9 4 46.6 6 3 2 0
    16:40-17:40 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 77 18 23 13 48.2 8 5 5 0
    08/05/2009 08:00-09:00 Meldreth Road, facing Whaddon 125 10 8 2 46.1 7 3 0 0
    16:30-17:30 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 84 22 26 18 48.1 7 11 3 1
    11/05/2009 16:00-17:00 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 87 9 10 5 47.4 5 3 1 0
    22/05/2009 08:15-09:15 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 122 9 7 2 47.2 6 0 3 0
    16:45-17:45 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 78 20 26 13 47.1 10 8 2 0
    04/06/2009 08:05-09:05 Church Street, by College Farm 122 21 17 7 46.5 13 5 3 0
    16:35-17:35 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 88 10 11 3 47.6 7 1 1 1
    10/06/2009 08:00-09:00 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 126 28 22 9 48.3 17 3 7 1
    16:30-17:30 Church Street, by College Farm 87 12 14 7 47.5 6 4 2 0
    17/06/2009 17:00-18:00 Church Street, by College Farm 91 15 16 5 46.6 10 3 2 0
    18/06/2009 08:30-09:30 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 59 6 10 3 48.3 4 0 2 0
    16:00-17:00 Church Street, by College Farm 52 8 15 8 47.5 4 2 2 0
    24/06/2009 08:00-09:00 Meldreth Road, facing Whaddon 110 7 6 2 45.1 5 2 0 0
    17:40-18:20 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 53 15 28 19 48.1 5 6 4 0
    03/07/2009 08:00-09:00 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 57 8 14 5 47.3 5 1 1 1
    17:15-18:15 Church Street, by College Farm 61 14 23 11 48.1 7 4 3 0
    09/07/2009 07:30-8:00 Church Street, Church Corner 45 1 2 0 43 1 0 0 0
    08:05-08:35 Church Street, by College Farm 62 9 15 3 44.8 7 2 0 0
    17:15-18:15 The Green, Meldreth Road 91 10 11 3 45.8 7 2 1 0
    06/08/2009 17:05-18:05 The Green, Meldreth Road 92 17 18 9 46.6 9 7 1 0
    13/08/2009 08:00-09:00 Church Street, by College Farm 106 24 23 12 47.5 11 9 4 0
    17:35-18:35 Meldreth Road, facing Meldreth 68 6 9 1 45.2 5 1 0 0
    21/08/2009 08:00-09:00 Church Street, by College Farm 100 17 17 9 47.8 8 6 3 0
    17:10-18:10 The Green, Meldreth Road 79 17 22 6 45.1 12 5 0 0
    25/08/2009 08:30-09:30 The Green, Meldreth Road 53 7 13 6 46.1 4 2 1 0
    16:40-17:40 The Green, Meldreth Road 91 12 13 1 44 11 1 0 0
    09/09/2009 08:00-09:00 Church Street, by College Farm 125 26 21 7 45.7 17 9 0 0
    16:40-17:40 The Green, Meldreth Road 100 11 11 6 46.6 5 5 1 0
    15/09/2009 08:20-09:20 Church Street, Church Corner 104 1 1 1 47 0 1 0 0
    24/09/2009 16:30-17:30 The Green, Meldreth Road 100 15 15 6 46.8 9 4 2 0
    15/10/2009 08:05-09:00 Meldreth Road, facing Whaddon 120 13 11 3 45.1 9 3 1 0
    16/10/2009 16:05-17:05 The Green, Meldreth Road 70 12 17 7 45.6 7 5 0 0
    27/10/2009 08:00-09:00 Church Street, by College Farm 104 20 19 9 46.8 11 6 3 0
    16:00-17:00 Church Street, by College Farm 54 8 15 7 46.5 4 3 1 0
    17/11/2009 08:05-09:05 Church Street, by College Farm 127 27 21 6 45.7 19 6 2 0
    24/11/2009 08:05-09:05 The Green, Meldreth Road 63 6 10 5 47.5 3 2 1 0
     
    At 43: speeding
    At 47: letter from police

Village email network

Whaddon has had its own email circulation list for a couple of years. The system is run by Mike Monks, and he will send round any messages which are thought appropriate to ensure the village is kept informed. All villagers who have email are encouraged to sign up for it so that you can be kept as well-informed as possible.

You can sign up for the list by sending a message to Mike on this address:

whaddonnhw [at] gmail.com

The Mainly Gardening Club

When we prepared the Whaddon Village Plan in 2013 we asked villagers what sort of activities they would like to see in Whaddon.  A garden club came second to Yoga in the replies and in early 2014 a small group of people got together to discuss what form the club might take. It was agreed that while gardening, in all its forms, should be the main theme of the club, members might also be Interested in occasionally looking at other subjects. Hence the name 'Mainly Gardening'. On the 3rd Wednesday of every month, like-minded villagers gather in the village hall to talk gardening or any other interesting topic that we can find an expert to speak on.  These gatherings are not only a chance to learn something new but also a great opportunity to meet neighbours or someone from the other end of the village. Bridge Street meets Meldreth Road and all places in between! Past village plans suggested that something along these lines would be worthwhile and that encouraged a small group to put something together. We call it the Mainly Gardening Club because we needed a title but really it is simply a chance to get together, listen to an interesting speaker or visit somewhere local, learn something new, have a cup of tea or coffee and get to know each other. We normally meet at 7.30pm with the speaker starting at 8.00 and ending around 9.00. The cost is £2.50 which goes towards the speaker’s costs.

Our regulars clearly enjoy the evenings and outside visits but we would really like to see a few more faces, particularly from more recent residents. If you haven’t been to the village hall since it was refurbished it is warm and very welcoming with excellent facilities. Why not break away from the box and do something different once a month. You would be very welcome – promise

When What Who Where
18 January Garden Design Jan Gibson Village Hall
15 February Clematis Through the Year Roy Nunn Village Hall
15 March Packet of Parsley  David White Village Hall
19 April Pickwick’s Gardening Scrapbook Mike Petty Village Hall
17 May Old London Gardens John Neal Village Hall
21 June Garden Party & Plant Sale   TBA
19 July Visit Madingley Hall    
16 August Possible hedgehog visit to Shepreth    
20 September Visit Capel Manor    
18 October Bee Keeping and the Gardener Stephen Poyser Village Hall
15 November Soap Making Malan Peyton Village Hall
20 December Christmas Party   Village Hall

Table Tennis

Whaddon now has a thriving Table Tennis Club.  We have two brand new tables and plenty of bats and balls purchased for us by the Parish Council after the refurbishment of the hall.  We currently play on Tuesday nights at 20:00 in the village hall.  Please just turn up if you would like to play.  If you would like to use the tables another at any other time please book the  village hall via whaddonhalltrust [at] whaddon.org.  No extra hire cost for the tables – but please do look after them!  Any questions please contact Roger van Poortvliet, 01223 208450, r.vanpoortvliet [at] outlook.com

Walks

Whaddon is a small village, and like many small villages in the UK, over the past 20 or so years it has lost its shops and pubs. So it's not like a town or even a bigger village, but for its residents, that's the charm of the place. The village is located in the middle of some very pleasant countryside, and here are many footpaths and walks around the village. Here are a few suggestions, starting at the Village Hall as it is central.

More walks in Whaddon

  • Head left from the hall to the golf course; cross it on the footpath going south from the putting area. On crossing the wooden bridge over the stream on the far side, turn left and join the path which goes to the gate on Meldreth Road. Turn left, and follow the road round to the church. Turn left and walk through the churchyard and go through the kissing gate onto the Recreation Ground, and back to the hall.

  • Start as previous; at the bridge over the stream, turn right and follow the path until it reaches Bridge Street, and at that point turn left. Continue down past Dyer's Green until just before the bottom of the road. Turn left into the entrance of the farm. This is a footpath, but please respect the farmer's property and animals. Follow the path beside the stream, and after a while there is a wooden bridge to cross over; cross and keep going. You will then join the previous walk at the Green on Meldreth Road. As before to the hall.

  • Turn right in front of the hall, and walk along the path below the recreation ground. At the sharp bend ('Church Corner') carefully cross the road, and join the footpath heading north. After a short while turn left, over a stream. You'll then reach the Community Woodland, planted in the 1990s. You can either pass through it with care or go round the outside. You'll then be back on the path which runs along the edge of the field. Make sure you stay at the edge of the field or on the headland area to avoid messing with whatever is in the field. You'll reach a small bridge on the left; you can either cross this and walk round the edge of the next field, which will bring you back to the road through Whaddon Gap, or not cross and continue on this path, which brings you to the car parking area at Whaddon Gap. In either case, turn left and follow the road back into Whaddon and you'll end up at the hall. I suggest walking on the headlands where possible as it's safer and more peaceful than being on the road.

  • Follow walk 2 until you get to the bottom of Bridge Street; turn right towards Ermine Farm, and make sure you walk through the designated path area on the right, through the gate. Keep going in the same direction across the field for a couple of hundred metres or so, and you'll reach a path going roughly north-south. Turn right onto it, and keep heading down it — you'll meet Whaddon Gap at the village end; continue straight ahead on Church Street and back to the Hall.

  • Whaddon Path map