The Bartlow Bulletin        November 2016


St Mary’s Church, Bartlow Services

13th November  10.00 a.m.          Remembrance Day Service

20th November    6.00 p.m.          Evensong

27th November  10.00  a.m.         Morning Service led by the congregation 

4th December     10.00 a.m.         Holy Communion

11th December  10.00 a.m.          Stir up Sunday

A very informal service during which the children make the Christmas cake to be eaten at the Carol Service.

A good run-up to Christmas.

18th December    4.00 p.m.          Carol Service

The children will as usual be creating a tableau in the course of the Carol Service. Any children who are interested in participating are invited to come with appropriate props… eg a tea towel to put on their head if they want to be a shepherd, wings if they would like to be an angel etc

We will be making our traditional collection of gifts for the Women’s Shelter in Cambridge. New toys (wrapped with a gift tag stating age of recipient and whether for a girl or a boy) or gift sets of soap etc for the mums will be very welcome.  

Mulled wine and refreshments will be available after the service courtesy of the BVA and the BVA lottery prize will be drawn.

25th December  10.00 a.m.           Christmas Day Holy Communion

1st January                                  No Service

8th January       10.00 a.m.           Family Service

15th January        6.00 p.m.          Evensong

22nd January      10.00 a.m.          Morning Service led by the Congregation

29th January                                No Service.


BVA Meeting

The next BVA meeting is on Wednesday 11th January and if anyone has any ideas for future events then members of the committee will be only too happy to consider including them in the annual programme.


BVA Events

Village Outing 19 November.

There are two places left for the visit to the Welney Wetland Centre

Leave Bartlow at11.30 am return approx 5.30 pm

Visitors will witness the extraordinary sight of thousands of swans being fed from the comfort of a heated hide! Easy access to a truly remarkable insight into one of nature’s miracles as the swans return to Welney from their summer feeding grounds. For more details see

Prices (inclusive of travel but not food)

Adults                 £20                               OAP/Disabled    £18                           Children 4-16     £16

Contact Duncan Ogilvy on 01223 893644. First come first served!


Bartlow Village Welcome to new residents

Saturday 3rd December at 7.00 p.m. at Linfield House by kind invitation of Stephen Bugg.

Come and meet the new Bartlovians, Lita and Morley Jones at Dean Lodge, Hetty, Mike, Hannah and Ben Findlay at Old Hall and Linda and Stuart Barlow at 1 Stable Cottage.

Drinks and food will be provided. Additional information to follow shortly.


Christmas Events.

Bartlow Christmas Tree

This will be erected on Saturday 17th December and followed by the usual Carol Singing by kind permission of Ann and Robert in the Fairy’s barn. There will be a charitable collection at the carol singing. Finger food and mulled wine will also be served.

Carol Service

Come and join in the singing and enjoy the mince pies and mulled wine on Sunday 18th December at 4.00 p.m. in the church.

Christmas Cards

A large number of Christmas cards are exchanged in the village each year and an idea has been floated that instead of sending cards a donation be made in a box in the church and the money that is collected be distributed to one or more charities. A Christmas message sheet will then be produced and distributed containing individual Christmas messages from those participating. This would be in the form of a decorated hard copy delivered to every family in the village.

New Year

There will be, “Open House”, at Russet, Bartlow Barns on New Year’s Eve from 8.00 p.m. onwards. Come and join Margaret and Ernie to see in the New Year. Drop in on your way to another function or call in on your way home. All are welcome. Food and first drink provided. Additional details to follow.

Barn Dance 25th February

To be held at The Old Coach House by the kind permission of Jackie and Rob. Dance to a live band and take your instructions from an experienced caller.

We hope to have a Fish and chip van on site to provide food for the evening.


The Bartlow Bulletin Plus                   November 2016



The Three Hills.

As most of you will already know, in the middle of September we finally received permission to proceed with the redevelopment and refurbishment of the pub. That work is now underway and we hope to have The Three Hills restored to its former glory by Spring of next year. In the meantime, if anyone has any thoughts or comments they would like to make with regards to the kind of beer etc they would like to see stocked at the pub, please feel free to comment via our web site or alternatively, contact Emma Harrison on 07785 931803 or

Emma Harrison


How Safe Is Your Home?

Note from PCSO 7239 Leanne Fisher – Business Watch and Engagement Officer for South Cambs – based at Sawston Police Station, 4 Cambridge Road, Sawston, Cambridge, CB22 3DG   - Telephone – 01223 497610.

Securing your home:-

Burglaries are happening regularly across villages in South Cambs, usually happening in the day when properties appear to be empty, with cash and jewellery being the common things stolen.    Have you considered how secure your property is?  If not you may be interested to know that there is an online quiz designed to confirm how safe your property is.  Chief Inspector James Sutherland from South Cambs Policing team created the quiz around a year ago and it is still running.   Once the quiz is completed it tells you how safe your home is.

The “bad-wolf test” takes just 2 minutes to complete and tells you how safe your home is from burglars.  You get a score of bricks, twigs or straw.  

Anyone who gets the STRAW rating is given an email contact address and encouraged to get in contact with Cambs Police so that they are given the opportunity to have an officer from South Cambs  Police, come out and  do a free full home security survey.

Try the quiz yourself to see how safe your home is.

Another option to consider is, The Bobby Scheme.  The Cambridgeshire Bobby Scheme is a local charity which provides a service to older or vulnerable people by improving home security to reduce crime and the fear of crime. The Bobby Scheme works with a number of partner agencies, including the Police, Fire Service, Local Authorities, Age UK and other charities. 

The trained staff come out and fit a range of security devices to help people feel safe in their own homes.  Devices such as window locks, door chains, personal attack alarms, window and door alarms etc.   They also provide other security advice and reassurance.  On average it costs the Bobby Scheme £130 to work at each home, so they do ask people to consider making a donation so that they can continue to provide such a great service.   This is how the scheme works:-

If you have been a victim of crime and you are over 60, you can receive a free visit.

If you are 65 and over or disabled and would like a visit from the Bobby Scheme to reduce your chance of becoming a victim, they ask for a contribution of £30.00 towards their costs.

Key safes suppled and fitted from £50.00 and £80.00

Other specialist products are available to be purchased.

The number to call if you would like a visit from the Bobby Scheme is 01480 413311 or 07866 602100.  They also have a website which is


Any queries, regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact PCSO 7239 Leanne Fisher – Business Watch and Engagement Officer for South Cambs – based at Sawston Police Station, 4 Cambridge Road, Sawston, Cambridge, CB22 3DG   - Telephone – 01223 497610.

PCSO 7239 Leanne Fisher