Willingham News – June 2019


The major overhaul is complete and the clock is running very well. It is taking a little while to fine tune the regulation so that the mechanism runs accurately. As with Big Ben the pendulum swing is adjusted with small weights that make a difference of only a few seconds a day. Good progress is being made and by the time this issue of Willingham News is published we hope to have the clock accurate to within half a minute throughout the day, just as it would have been when originally installed in 1887.


If like me you are just an ordinary, law abiding, citizen you will not have been amused to have been told that your internet is about to be cut off due to improper use unless you pay a fee or that your bank details have been compromised and that you need to immediately contact a nice man in Nigeria who will sort it all out. These are just a few of the scams that we get frequently by phone, text or email. Most of us are confident that we are too wise to be caught but the scammers are getting more and more sophisticated and the problem is growing into an international multibillion-dollar business. Please be careful and if you would like some advice, there is a very good website at cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk/CAPASP.


Thanks to all of you who responded to our survey regarding a Multi-Use Games Area on the recreation ground (and if you are reading this before the closing date of 30 June there is still time to fill one in on the PC website or pick it up from the Post Office or Library). The results will give us a good picture of the sports that should be included, and we can then move ahead with detailed plans. It will be partly funded by money from the new developments in the village, and we will be applying for grant funding to make up the rest.

QE2 Field:

The play facilities on the QE2 field are proving a great attraction for families from Willingham and other surrounding villages with many bringing along a picnic. They are most welcome to do so but, sadly, a few, are spoiling it for others by leaving litter lying around, including dirty nappies. Please enjoy the open space and ensure others can enjoy it too by using the bins for your litter or taking it home. If you see anyone who is not treating the area with respect then tell us and, if we can identify them, we will take action.   


Our thanks are due to our District Councillors, Dawn Percival and Bill Handley, who have helped us with several tricky problems over the last few months. They are very approachable and hold quarterly surgeries in the Ploughman Hall. The next one is on Saturday 6th July between 11 am and 1 pm. Pop in and see them if you have a problem with which you think they might be able to help. Our County Councillor, Tim Wotherspoon, is also hoping to be in attendance.

Road Closures – week commencing 3rd June

Please note, there’s been some changes to the closures planned for the rest of this week.
Please see below for the revised list. 9pm – 6am unless stated

Thursday 30th 1 night
Dry Drayton overbridge

Thursday 30th – Friday 31st 2 nights
A14 eastbound Ellington J20 to Brampton Hut J21
A14 westbound Brampton Hut J21 to Ellington J20
A428 eastbound Madingley to A14 eastbound Histon J32
M11 northbound J14
A14 westbound Six Mile Bottom J36 to Girton J31

Friday 31st 1 night
Oakington Road, Dry Drayton

Friday 31st 9pm – Monday 3rd 5am
Bar Hill J29 overbridge – Inbound to Bar Hill
A14 Girton J31 westbound to westbound loop

Saturday 1st 7am – Sunday 2nd 7pm
Offord Road

Sunday 2nd 1 night
M11 northbound J13 to A14 westbound Girton J31
A14 westbound Bar Hill J29 to Swavesey J28