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Dear All,

After a few very warm days, and a long period of low rainfall, we are now 'enjoying' very cool and changeable weather, maybe its just as well that our sponsorship of Music on the Waits this year will be performed by the Ouse Valley Jazz Band and Angela in the Methodist Church on Sunday 9th July, 2.30pm to 4pm. Please come along to hear a popular group playing traditional jazz and maybe a little Glen Miller. The event is free to attend and all are welcome.

See the group here
 
or watch a video (click on link) of them performing on The Waits in 2014
 
We know we will be indoors this year because the builders will be racing to complete their work on the Norris Museum, and they will not have vacated the paved area adjacent to the Museum. So, maybe just as well the weather has cooled.
 
The museum is planning to reopen the last weekend of July.

Our Open Meetings commence the 2017/18 season on 15th September with a talk from Jed Jaggard on The Roman Soldier from Invasion to Withdrawal. This talk was planned for last April but was postponed at Jed's request because of an earlier commitment which would have delayed his arrival on time if the A14 was running slow. After this Wednesday's closure for 10 hours whilst a 'pot hole' was repaired, maybe he will still need to come the day before!
 
All next season's speakers are now listed on our website, see:  http://www.stivescivic.org.uk/
 
 

Huntingdonshire District Council is conducting a survey of local residents to get feedback on current parking arrangements. The HDC announcement, and a link to the survey, is shown below.

Huntingdonshire residents and visitors are being encouraged to have their say on car parking across the district in a survey to be launched this week (Monday 3 July).


Huntingdonshire District Council is developing a new Parking Strategy and is keen to understand from residents what they think the Council does well, and what it can improve upon. Councillor Jim White, Executive Councillor for Operations, said: “The Council is undertaking a review of its Parking Service with the goal of developing an evidence based Parking Strategy that can be used to guide the service and inform future parking projects across the district. In order to do this, we need to understand from our residents and visitors what they think works well in our car parks and what could be improved. I would encourage everyone who uses our car parks to take part and have their say.”

The Council’s online user survey can be found at

https://uk.focusvision.com/survey/selfserve/212c/170610#? 

and will be available for a period of six weeks.

 

Finally we have received an open invitation to attend another free event. Thorndown Primary School year 6 pupils are performing The Lion King on Friday 7th July at 1:45pm, full details are shown below, please note that whilst free the school requests advance confirmation of numbers.

Thorndown School Proudly Presents

THE LION KING

The Year 6s at Thorndown Primary School would like to invite the St Ives Civic Society to a community performance of The Lion King.

The performance will be on 7th July to start at 1.45pm.

There is no charge for the tickets, although, in order to gain an idea of numbers, please could anyone wishing to come click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Lion-King


Parking on site will be limited to Blue Badge holders only. Alternative parking will be available at the Outdoor Centre at the top of California Road.

At the moment I do not have any plans to write in August, so I hope we all have a good summer as I look forward to the new season in September.


Kind regards

 
David Stewart,
 
Chairman, Civic Society St. Ives
 
 

Dear All,

Last month I wrote that on Saturday, 24 June the Free Church is opening its doors to an exhibition at which the Civic Society, together with all the other users of the Free Church, have been invited to exhibit. I'm pleased to report there has been a very good response from the users of the Free Church. Please make a note and come along to see the wide variety of activities and interests that are encompassed by the societies and organisations that meet in the Free Church. The Free Church, and organisations interested in nature, volunteering, support, special interest groups and education will all be represented.

We will be there and plan to show a small selection of the work we have recently been involved in, as we work to fulfil our Legacy Statement: That future generations will be able to recognise the historic character and heritage of our town, despite the inevitable changes that happen down the years.

The exhibition will open at 10am and run until 4pm.

More information is available from the Facebook link at  https://goo.gl/c4xiXZ and also on the Church Web page http://www.stivesfreechurch.org

Kind regards

 
David Stewart,
 
Chairman, Civic Society St. Ives
 
 

Dear All,

A reminder and an announcement this month: Our last open meeting of the 2016-17 season is on Friday, 19 May at 7:30pm in the Free Church. Our speaker will be Mike Petty, he will speak on Cambridge Market, It's History and Future?? Mike Petty MBE is a writer, broadcaster, local historian and formerly Local Studies Librarian at the Cambridge Central Library. Many of you may know of him from his writings in the Cambridge newspaper. I look forward to seeing you there.

The announcement is that on Saturday, 24 June the Free Church is opening its doors to an exhibition at which the Civic Society, together with all the other users of the Free Church, have been invited to exhibit. We will be there and plan to show a small selection of the work we have recently been involved in, as we work to fulfil our Legacy Statement: That future generations will be able to recognise the historic character and heritage of our town, despite the inevitable changes that happen down the years. The exhibition will open at 10am and run until 4pm. I will send out more details nearer the time.

Meanwhile, I hope you all have a very pleasant summer, out and about in St Ives.
 
Kind regards
 
David Stewart,
 
Chairman, Civic Society St. Ives