Bartlow Bugle

December 2016

 

Amazon Testing Drones in Cambridgeshire?

Extract from New York Times.

“After a long search our reporter pulled onto a dirt track in the rolling hills of Cambridgeshire and spotted a small dot whirring across the blue sky, about 200 feet above the ground. Barely visible to the naked eye, the unmarked aircraft floated across a field about 1,000 yards in the distance, the lights on its four-pronged sensors flashing brightly against the afternoon sun.

YES.  Amazon, the giant e-commerce company is testing unmanned aircraft at an undisclosed location in Britain (very close to Bartlow) testing out their ambitious plan to use drones for everyday delivery”. 

A drone flying over Amazon’s testing site in Cambridgeshire close to the Roman Road.

Villagers have been asked to report any strange objects flying over Bartlow. Pheasants and partridge are excluded this being the shooting season.

 

OLD HALL

The final touches have been added, the final clearing up has been done and with the family already ensconced Old Hall has been restored to its former glory.

Due to the massive expense for the renovations and the drain on the Findlay Family Fund the house is to be open to visitors two days a week with guided tours on the hour, every hour by family members.

The house is also to be the venue for weddings and business character building weekend seminars.

Also on the list of events are historical weekends. Don’t be surprised if you see people in Elizabethan dress walking in the gardens or even jousting on the lawns.

It may also be possible to see the Bartlow River Swinging team practising their skills in the trees down by the bridge in Tin Pan Alley.  

Private tours can also be arranged ending with a sit down five course meal in the Great Hall.

 

BREXIT

Following the Brexit vote and the uncertainty of subsidies being

available for the farming community some local landowners are

making their own plans to  make ends meet.

Bartlow Estate have now expanded their work by adding free

range donkeys to their regular routine as an added money maker.

So don’t be too afraid if you find a donkey coming towards you in

the area of the Three Hills or other parts of the estate.

They are really very approachable and are partial to a little

stroking around their ears.

 

TREE THEFT IN BARTLOW

A few weeks ago a tree was stolen from the front garden of Dean Lodge. The thieves were so adept at their task that no trace of the tree was or ever has been found. Suspicions were incorrectly directed towards Bartlow’s wood collector but after a meticulous search of his property none of the stolen wood was found.                                                                                                                                      

Det Inspector Twig, who is in charge of the investigation, promised he will leave no leaf stone unturned to find the perpetrators and if necessary will call upon the services of Special Branch to help with his enquiries.                                                                                                                                                   

One must ask, “Is Neighbourhood Watch working in Bartlow???”                                          

Meanwhile Lita and Morley have plans to convert the vacant space into a multi-storey car park hopefully to cash in on the additional customers likely to visit the newly renovated Three Hills Public House when it reopens.

 

NEW PARKING AND SPEED RESTRICTIONS

Residents will soon see blue rectangles painted on the roads around Bartlow in the near future. This is due to the number of mobility scooters now in use within the village. Scooters may be parked in the rectangles at any time for as long as necessary provided the owner possesses and displays a Yellow Mobility Badge.  The new speed limit throughout the village will therefore be reduced to 3 MPH. Discussions are ongoing to build a Bartlow By-pass which will relieve the village of all traffic thus rendering it a pedestrian only zone. A Park and mobility scooter centre will be created along the Dean Road allowing anyone to hire a scooter if they need to visit anyone in the village and are too lazy/ unable to walk the short distance through the village.

 

1307

With the continued rejection of proposals to widen the 1307 to make the road links from Haverhill to Cambridge easier and safer a number of companies have suggested that the two destinations  be connected by tube train.                                                                                                                    

This will have a beneficial effect for the village by linking it to the Bartlow Underground System. This will create a larger franchise to be called the Bartlow And District General Electric Railway or BADGER for short.

 

CYCLE PATH

Plans are however going ahead to construct a cycle path through the village the route sticking wherever possible to the old railway line. It is envisaged that there will be a refreshment stop at some point along the route. Rumour has it that this will be called Mollies Halt, with the added facilities of an outdoor swimming pool and fishing lakes along the route it could prove to be a very popular destination.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

These are due to Hannah Findlay who has just passed her driving test at the first time of taking. She intends to link up with Ellie and Cecily, when they are home from University, and provide the much needed, “Rescue A Parent Service”, in Bartlow.  They will be available to collect parents from pubs, parties and late night functions at very reasonable rates.

 

THREE HILLS

The improvements are now underway. The bed and breakfast has been totally renovated and rooms are being let out for the Christmas and New Year period. Such has been the demand that they are now fully booked.

Emma is still looking out for favourite beers to have in stock for thirsty customers. If you have any suggestions then please visit the website and let her know. Her idea of a free beer festival was well received by the community.

 

CHUCH CHUCK, NIPPY AND DUMPER

Last seen in the vicinity of Bowsers, (near the aerodrome).

These three lovable brown hens have disappeared over the

last few weeks. Care needs to be taken should you come

across them in your travels.

Chuck Chuck is known to throw, well scratch, mud and dirt

at you should you come too close. Nippy, she does as her

name suggests, and can be very fierce.

Dumper lays the largest eggs you have ever seen.

If found please leave with the Gamekeeper, Peter Davids.

 

WITH THE FESTIVE SEASON SOON TO BE UPON US THE EDITOR AND STAFF OF THE

 

“Bugle”

 

WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WISH EVERYONE THE

 

COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON