The evening of Friday 24th November was cold and crisp: no rain and thankfully no wind for the Bury village lights switch-on. David & Lee Wakefield and team had strung the lights in the trees two weeks previously and they had been quietly tested in the week to ensure there were no unforeseen hitches.
Thanks need to be given to Thusy and his team for the magnificent refreshments served to over 300 people outside Bury Stores, who came to participate, our largest audience to date.
Mike Weston from the village provided seasonal music setting a very Christmassy atmosphere which was amplified in more ways than one by the 30+ strong choir from Bury Academy who sang, with gusto, a medley of carols accompanied by a backing track. A pupils’ name was picked out of a hat containing all the children at Bury Academy and Lorenza led the countdown and pressed the plunger to dramatically bring the lights to life.
Owls End road was closed for the 2 hours of the switch on which really made a difference to the safety of the children and general public.
Enormous thanks to Pete Brindley, Jon Boyle and Terry Robbins for helping on the afternoon and halving my anxiety; to Tim Howard for lending microphones to amplify the sound, to Andy Morris for helping me through the minefield of complexities in getting a temporary road closure and the delightful and ever helpful PCSOs.
The whole event brought the village together and began the Christmas season of festivities. The parish council are proud and pleased to organise the event.
Thusy and Lucy, who are master-minding the campaign to have a defibrillator in Bury, took the opportunity to pass around a collecting bucket and over £190 was donated. A really good start to the campaign, thank you so much. More fund-raising activities will follow next year.
[Photos: Courtesy of John Prestage.]
Happy Faces at Bury Garden Show 2017 –
Shailesh Vara MP – Member of Parliament for North West Cambridgeshire … District of Huntingdonshire: Earith, Ellington, Elton and Folksworth, Ramsey, Sawtry, Somersham, Stilton, Upwood and The Raveleys, Warboys and Bury, and Yaxley comes to Bury’s Garden Show. …. and a little exercise too it seems.
It’s a big well done to all that took part – please click a photo to enlarge it.
[Bury Village Garden Show 9th Sept 2017]
Warboys / Bury Round Robin
White Van Fails to Stop – Police pursued a speeding Ford Transit van that failed to stop, from Warboys towards Bury in the early hours of Thursday morning, 13th July. The pursuit carried on through Upwood and Ramsey Heights to Ramsey St Mary’s and back through Ramsey into Bury, where the van was finally abandoned by its driver who made his escape on foot across the back gardens of houses. Recovery services were called to tow the van away whilst police traced details its owner.
[Updated: Source Police Alerts 14 Jul 2017]
More Cars leave the road on Warboys to Bury
B1040 Wistow Turn-off – Police received a report of a road incident on the B1040 near the Wistow turn-off at around 7:30 am on Wednesday 28th June. A car left the road and ended up in a hedge. An ambulance was called to attend the driver, who was reported to have minor injuries, and recovery services were needed to remove the damaged car and tow it away.
B1040 Shillow Hill – Police were called to another road incident on the B1040 late on Wednesday night, 28th June, where a car had come off the road and ended up in a ditch at Shillow Hill. An ambulance was called but fortunately the occupants had managed to escape with just minor injuries. Recovery services were called to pull the car from the ditch and tow it away
[Updated: Source Police Alerts 30 Jun 2017]
Suspicious behaviour in Bury
Grove Way, Bury – Police received reports of suspicious behaviour by cold-callers in Grove Way, Bury, around midday on Friday 12th May. Two men had been seen knocking on several doors and speaking to residents, with the explanation that they were doing roofing work in the area and might be creating some noise in the process. The concern was that the men might be trying to find out when houses would be unoccupied. As the reports had been received two days after the event, police were only able to log the details for intelligence purposes.
As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using the ‘101’ telephone number. Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form. In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.
Chris Shaw (Police, PSV – Online Communities, Huntingdonshire – St Ives)
The Former RAF Upwood Makes the News – AGAIN!
Huntingdonshire District Council has been accused of ‘dragging its feet’ by developers who have waited more than three years to start work on a disused RAF base, which has become a magnet for crime.
“I think it needs to be developed and I’m delighted that this is going to go ahead.”
Councillor Robin Howe
Proposals to build on RAF Upwood by Strawsons Property were first considered by the council in 2013, but after a number of setbacks, including drainage problems and traffic objections, the site is only now about to receive planning permission.
“It’s taken three years to get to this point, which is absolutely ridiculous,” Adrian Sail, strategic development manager at the company, said. “I think it’s a number of factors, one being that there have been general cuts of staffing levels in the planning department, but they have been procrastinating and dragging their feet all the way through it.
“It’s just very frustrating and every time you turn on the news they talk about wanting to build houses and bring brownfield and Ministry of Defence sites forward. We’re ready to go.” The company hopes to build 160 homes, and Mr Sail said he was also keen to see the site redeveloped to put an end to vandalism and arson there – something which spiked again recently. On April 14, police were called to another report of trespassing at the site and found two cars parked near the entrance. Six people were then spotted on the roof of a 60ft-high derelict building. It was the latest in a recent surge in reports of trespass and vandalism at the site, with fire crews also called to tackle arson attacks.
Councillor Robin Howe, who represents Upwood and the Raveleys, said planning had taken so long because of previous objections including traffic, and that, while he recognises those problems, thinks the development is a good thing. “I’ve spoken to the developers about this and they are absolutely convinced that when the site is developed the vandalism will cease,” he said. “I think it needs to be developed and I’m delighted that this is going to go ahead.” He added: “The buildings should have been preserved instead of being desecrated and we as a council should have secured the site and kept it in good condition, but unfortunately once the gate was left open for years the vandalism has occurred.”
A spokesman for the district council confirmed that last minute matters were being dealt with and both parties expect planning permission to be issued by the end of the month.
Andy Moffat, head of development, said: “The application was considered by the planning committee in December 2013 and again in April 2015 to resolve a drainage issue. The negotiations since then over the terms of the section 106 planning obligation and the planning conditions have, we accept, been unduly protracted for which we apologise. “Our procedures are being reviewed to streamline dealing with section 106 agreements. Both documents have now been agreed and the planning permission will be issued shortly.”
Source: HuntsPost 26 Apr 17 – PUBLISHED: 07:43 26 April 2017 Abigail Weaving
Looking After the Vulnerable Adults and Families.
The Speedwatch scheme allows the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhood. It is used in areas where speeding has been identified as a priority at quarterly neighbourhood panel meetings. The scheme is run by the force alongside the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership. It is about educating motorists in the law in relation to speeding and monitoring any trends in speeding in neighbourhoods. Volunteers are trained to use speed indicator devices which displays vehicle speed. The registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter from their local neighbourhood policing team, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community. How do I become a volunteer? How much time must I give? – Please use the “Contact Us form” from the menu…… Thank you! [Posted: 18:10 Thursday 03 Oct 2017]
You do! “Preparatory work to build our construction compounds has already started and we expect to begin main construction work later this year. The new A14 will open to traffic in 2020, with some work, such as removal of the Huntingdon viaduct, continuing beyond that. To find out more about the scheme and how it affects you, come along to one of our public information exhibitions. Preparatory work to build our construction compounds has already started and we expect to begin main construction work later this year. The new A14 will open to traffic in 2020, with some work, such as removal of the Huntingdon viaduct, continuing beyond that. To find out more about the scheme and how it affects you, come along to one of our public information exhibitions.” Find out more……….. [Source: Communications Manager, A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme Highways England | Woodlands | Manton Lane | Bedford | MK41 7LW]
Watch out, Watch out, there’s a Fraudster about
There is a phishing email currently in circulation that claims to be from the City of London Police. The departments that it claims to represent include the ‘Fraud Intelligence Unit’ and the ‘National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’. The email is titled ‘compensation fund’ and has a letter attachment that claims to be offering financial compensation to victims of fraud. The letter uses the City of London Police logo. The letter states that in order for compensation to be arranged, the receiver of the email should reply disclosing personal information. It states that HSBC and the South African Reserve Bank have been chosen to handle the compensation claims. All of these claims are false. The email and letter are fraudulent and should not be replied to. Protect yourself!
- Opening attachments or clicking links contained within emails from unknown sources could result in your device being infected with malware or a virus.
- The City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau will never email you asking for you to disclose personal information.
If you believe you have become a victim of this fraudulent email get your device checked by a professional and make a report to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber [Source: Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National) 13 Sept 2017]
Consultation Shows Support for Devolution
On 6th September a new national phone number “105” will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. Key points to note about this service are:
- Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
- 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.
- 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
- Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.
- Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.
A consumer awareness campaign will run from September through to next spring and will include PR, media advertising, social media and coordinated messaging through partner channels. You can download a slide deck with more details about this new service Here
Fire “AGAIN” at former RAF Upwood Base
A crew and water carrier from Ramsey were called to a fire in the open on the former RAF base in Upwood. A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “A large quantity of rubbish, including household white goods, rubber and wooden pallets, was on fire. “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels and jets to extinguish the fire. A second fire was discovered close by in a disused building and this was also extinguished.” Crews remained at the scene until 8pm. An investigation revealed that the cause of the fire was deliberate. Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. [Source: Hunts post] See more about the former Upwood RAF Base – Note: Bury Village Website takes no responsibility for the content and accuracy of the http://www.bcd-urbex.com/raf-upwood-cambridgeshire-uk/ site.
Residents of Bury Village are invited to enjoy a program of events hosted by the Ramsey Arts Festival. The 2018 programme is being completed now. Watch out for our brochure which should appear very soon. In the mean time please visit The Arts Website or you can follow the link on this site [Click]
Bury Residents beware… The ransomware that knows where you live
A widely distributed scam email that quoted people’s postal addresses links to a dangerous form of ransomware, according to a security researcher. Andrew Brandt, of US firm Blue Coat, contacted the BBC after hearing an episode of BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours that discussed the phishing scam. Mr Brandt discovered that the emails linked to ransomware called Maktub…. Read More
As we move into the “winter” weather…
THINK! advice for motorcyclists
Riding defensively makes you less vulnerable Make sure you:
- anticipate the actions of others
- are alert and observant
- can slow down and stop if the unexpected happens
- position yourself in the safest and best place to maximise your visibility of potential hazards
- take a ‘lifesaver’ glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres, so you know where others are and what they’re doing
Consider further skills training to improve your performance and safety on the road Find out more about training Wear the right gear Fall off your bike and tarmac will shred through your jeans in seconds. Wearing the right gear is just as important to your safety as servicing your motorcycle and knowing how to ride it.
- Wear bright or florescent gear during the day and reflective gear at night
- Bikers must wear a protective jacket, gloves, boots and trousers
Source: http://think.direct.gov.uk/motorcycles.html THINK! advice for drivers
THINK! take longer to look for bikes: Look carefully for motorbikes when you pull out at a junction. If you’re approaching a junction, look out for motorcyclists pulling out too. Keep your distance Driving too close can intimidate a less experienced motorcyclist. Check for bikes when changing lanes A motorcyclist may be in the space you want to move into, or moving into it fast. Remember your blind spot. Check for bikes when turning Parked cars or large vehicles can obstruct your view of a motorcyclist. Motorcyclists might pass you on either side Double-check for motorcyclists, whether you’re turning left or right. Park safely Check for motorcyclists before opening your car door – and ensure that your passengers do the same. When you pull away, remember to look specifically for motorcyclists as they can accelerate faster than cars. Source: http://think.direct.gov.uk/motorcycles.html
Bury Neighbourhood Planning takes hold.
Bury Neighbourhood Planning committee. A Neighbourhood Plan (NP) is a plan for the neighbourhood area i.e. the Designated area of Bury Parish which includes policies and ideas that become part of the HDC local plan and have to be taken into account by the planners. Something that does not happen in all cases now.” see more…..
Android Mazar malware that can ‘wipe phones’ spread via SMS
A Danish security company has detected an attempt to spread a powerful form of Android malware via text messages. Mazar can gain administrator rights on phones, allowing it to wipe handsets, make calls or read texts. However, it will not install on phones where the language is set to Russian. Additionally, users would have to have unchecked a default setting on Android devices that ensures software may only be installed from trusted sources. Security firm Heimdal thinks the malicious texts could have been sent to over 100,000 phones in Denmark, though it is not sure whether users in other countries may have received the messages. This is believed to be the first time Mazar has been detected in widespread, real world attacks. In the examples studied by Heimdal, users receive an innocuous-looking text providing a link to what looks like a multimedia message. This link downloads Tor software, which enables anonymous internet connections, to the phone. Afterwards, the malware itself is downloaded through Tor in an apparent effort to hide the source of the malicious software itself. Read more on the BBC website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35586446
Bury Man climbs epic mountain to Raise money
Bury Man, Ian Fleming is embarking on a challenge of a lifetime to climb to the top of Africa’s highest mountain, the 19,500ft Mount Kilimanjaro. During the 7-8 day trek he will experience all four seasons including starting in the rainforests of Tanzania, camping at extreme altitudes (over 4600m or 15,000ft) and a 36 hour final trek in -20 degree conditions to reach the summit at day break on the 6th day. All this to raise money for the Stroke Association, a cause both Ian and his wife Susan are happy to support. Ian (61) is hoping to raise £3,000 for the Stroke Association in memory of his father who had a stroke back in 1987. To sponsor Ian, visit www.justgiving.com/ian-fleming007 and remember every penny raised goes directly to The Stroke Association.
Bury Council Chairman in lively discussions over being ignored
Bury Parish Council Chairman John Prestage joined Warboys resident Bill Hensley to talk about the work of the parish council, the ongoing developments at the Upwood Clinic and the upcoming Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA). The lively discussion covered the ‘ignored voice’ of local councils and the area itself, with John proving his Bury knowledge from the start. Trust me, there’s a thing or two to learn with regards to our local area. Hear the interview here Source: Ramsey & Warboys Reporter