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After the surprise news last Thursday that the Free Church would be closed on Friday 12 April, because of short notice building work, we were able to rearrange our planned talk The Stanpoint Tractor and the Antarctic Connection for Friday 17 May. Many thanks to our speaker Robert Burton for agreeing to this change at very short notice.

If you know anyone who may not have received this news please tell them.

Paddy Lambert has agreed to give his talk, planned for May, in next year’s season. The date will be announced in the Annual Report.


Portholme MeadowOur walk on Port Holme, Brampton, led by Pat Doody, is on Sunday 2nd June at 2pm. The walk will commence from the Mill Common access in Huntingdon, it will last around 2 hours. Pat will open our eyes to the wide range of flora present on the Common. The walk is on level ground but, after rain, may be wet. There are no facilities on the Common. This is a free event, but donations are welcome. It will be helpful to let me know you plan to attend by our open meeting on 17th May.

The Mill Common access is off the Ring Road in Huntingdon, on the left and just before the Bus Station. Parking is available in an HDC car park off Mill Common or along the road side. The county council website shows there is an hourly ‘B’ Sunday bus service from St Ives to Huntingdon at 15 minutes past the hour, taking 30 minutes to Huntingdon. The last return bus is at 16.35. However these times will need to be confirmed.


Tim Thomas, Secretary of Nobles Field Trust Committee tells me their Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday 24 April at 7.30pm in the Free Church. They will be discussing developments at the former golf course as part of the meeting.

Nobles Field is a large meadow just a short walk from the town, it lies between the river and the Thicket Path, open to all for quiet recreation, picnics etc and for short term mooring of boats.


Bowls Club InviteThe St Ives Bowls Club are holding an Opening Day on Saturday 20 April at 1.30pm, visit them and try bowling for free.

The Bowls Club is towards the end of Priory Road, St Ives.‚Äč









Norris VisitThe Friends of the Norris Museum have a visit to the Dudley Black Country Living Museum on Thursday 6 June. The museum, as its name implies, is not a static display, it has demonstrations and costumed staff, well worth a visit.














Aldi LogoFinally, I reported to our March open meeting that a decision on the Aldi Store planning application was likely, this was approved. As I said in the meeting approval will involve an additional traffic light controlled pedestrian and cycle crossing of the A1123 between the Somersham Road and Harrison Way roundabouts. This has been planned for many years and crossing the road will be safer. However, traffic will be slowed down and the two roundabouts are likely to become gridlocked.








With that thought I will end the newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events over the coming year.

Kind regards

 David Stewart

Chair: Civic Society of St Ives