TREE PLANTING SUCCESS
In a great show of community spirit over 50 people descended on the site to help plant trees and hedgerows around the park which is being developed by Chatteris Town Council.
All the saplings had been generously donated by local people and representatives of organisations including the Town Council, Chatteris in Bloom, Chatteris Street Pride and Chatteris Past, Present and Future, Little Bloomers, the cubs and brownies joined families in giving up their time to enhance the environment for future generations.
The Council is very grateful to everyone who turned up to help and those who donated trees and hedging. The aim is to create a space where everyone can enjoy the vast open skies of the Fens and to link in with the Old Railway Line Footpath to form a circular walk.
After paying for the site to be cleared and a footpath installed, the Council is now commissioning work to install a pond and dipping platform, a raised viewing area and a dry pond. Local residents are being invited to sponsor trees in a memorial area and Orchards East will be supplying trees for a community orchard.
Councillors Julie Smith, Bill Haggata and James Carney have been instrumental in driving forward the Little Acre Fen project and were delighted by the turnout. They are now hoping local people will join a “Friends of” group for the park to help with future development and maintenance.
Anyone willing to join the group or requiring more information about the project please contact the Town Clerk on 695166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday November 11th Chatteris Town Council took part in Battle’s Over – an international event commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One. P
The main attraction was the lighting of the beacon and a good crowd watched as the Deputy Mayor Cllr James Carney set light to the beacon which is located in the Parish Church grounds. The Mayor of Chatteris, Cllr Bill Haggata read out the Tribute to the Millions, a bugler sounded the Last Post (along with buglers at more than 1,000 locations).
Chatteris Parish Church then became part of the 1,000 churches and cathedrals ringing their bells as part of Ringing out for Peace and Town Crier Mr Lawrence Weetman performed a specially written Cry for Peace Around the World.
NEW BUS SERVICE
Chatteris Town Council is delighted to announce that working with FACT (the Fenland Association of Community Transport) a new shuttle bus service to Ely is operating on Saturdays.
The service is being funded by money originally given to FACT by Tesco’s to run a shuttle bus to their Chatteris store.
The cost of the journey will be just £2 return and students aged 14 to 18 will be welcome to travel alone on the bus if their parents/guardians have completed a disclaimer form. Children aged under 14 will only be allowed to travel if they are accompanied by an adult aged 18 and over. Adults are also very welcome to use the service.
All journeys must be booked in advance by ringing 01354 661234 to ensure there are sufficient spaces. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. All spaces will have to be booked by 12 noon on the Friday to travel the following day. The Town Council hope this new service will be of great benefit to the local community as it will give easy access to Ely Leisure Village, the railway station and Tesco’s in Ely.
For more details, a contact email and a timetable please click here: ely shuttle bus poster
Cllr Bill Haggata has been re-elected as Mayor of Chatteris for a third term.
Cllr Haggata’s wife Ruth is the Mayoress and the Deputy Mayor for a third year is Cllr James Carney.
OUR CHATTERIS, OUR FUTURE, OUR COMMUNITY PLAN
The Community/Town Plan for Chatteris can now be viewed by following this link: Chatteris Community/Town Plan
The Plan is the result of many hours of hard work by the Community Plan Team and has been drawn up after analysis of the answers received to the questionnaire Our Chatteris, Our Future, Our Community Plan
It was officially launched at the Annual Town Meeting on Friday 11th May 2018 at the King Edward Centre.
If you would like a hard copy of the plan please send your address to email@example.com or call 01354 695166
The Town Council has now drawn up a response to all the action points raised in the Community/Town Plan. To view the document please follow this link: action plan
Cllr James Carney has drawn up a concise list of the responsibilities of the three Councils covering Chatteris – Cambridgeshire County Council, Fenland District Council and Chatteris Town Council. To view the list click here: Different Tiers of Council
The Community Safety Partnership has designed a survey that allows the community to highlight any issues that affect them or their local area. Information about the issues will be used to inform the priorities and the work of the CSP. To complete the survey use this website: www.fenland.gov.uk/CSPsurvey
George Clare VC
On the 28th November 2017 Chatteris commemorated the 100th anniversary of the death of its most decorated soldier George Clare.
Pte. George Clare was awarded the highest military honour, the Victoria Cross, on the night of the 28th/29th November 1917 for “most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when, acting as a stretcher-bearer during most intense and continuous enemy bombardment,”.
The Mayor unveiled a blue plaque erected in George Clare’s honour in Clare Street, where he lived, and a special commemorative paving stone at the War Memorial. The stone, donated by the Government, is the only one in Fenland. Both unveilings were watched by a good crowd of local residents.
The Royal British Legion organised a morning of activities to mark the occasion, which included a parade and a church service. Special thanks must go to Major Norman Larke, members of the Royal British Legion, volunteers and all those who took part in the parade for a well organised, fitting tribute to George Clare. The RBL also organised commemorative events on Saturday 25th November at various points in the town.
Visit Chatteris Guide
To view the latest guide to Chatteris, created by Town Councillor Julie Smith, please click here: Visit Chatteris
A sight of the largest pumpkin grown in Cambridgeshire wowed shoppers at Aldi supermarket and helped to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.
The pumpkin, grown by Mr John Richardson, won the cup for the largest pumpkin at the Chatteris Allotment Association Pumpkins and Produce Show and then won the Heaviest Pumpkin grown in East Anglia cup at the Soham Pumpkin show.
Visitors to the Chatteris show were invited to try and guess the weight of the giant vegetable and two correctly guessed 300kg.
The pumpkin was on show in Aldi’s car park for a weekend and shoppers were invited to donate money to BBC Children In Need. The impressive sum of £750 was raised for the charity.
Mr Ian Benny was duly elected to fill the vacancy on the Slade Lode ward of Chatteris Town Council on Thursday 14th September 2017.
The result of the poll was as follows:
Ian Clive Benney, Conservative Party Candidate – 168 votes
Mike Quinn, Labour Party Candidate – 111 votes
Mr Benney will sign his declaration of office at the next Town Council meeting on the 3rd October 2017.
2018 Midsummer Festival
There was a good response to the on-line poll to decide upon the theme of the 2018 Midsummer Festival.
The poll closed on Wednesday 13th September and the theme was confirmed at the Open Meeting that evening – Musicals was the run away choice and has therefore been chosen as the theme for the Festival which will take place on June 30th/July 1st 2018.
If you have any ideas for the Festival or would like to help in some way please come along to the next open meeting on Monday 13th November 2017 at 7pm at the Council Chambers, 14 Church Lane, Chatteris. The committee is in need of extra volunteers to not only plan next year’s event but to also help over the weekend.
The Mayor of Chatteris for a second year is Cllr Bill Haggata who was elected at the Annual Town Meeting in May.
Cllr Haggata was co-opted on to the Council in 2014 and stood for election in 2015. Cllr Haggata is a Museum Trustee, a member of Chatteris Community Archive, was a founding member of the community cinema and a founder chairman of CPPF.
Cllr Haggata’s wife Ruth is the Mayoress and Cllr James Carney, former Mayor, is now the Deputy Mayor.
This year’s Midsummer Festival was held on the 24th and 25th June at Furrowfields Recreation Ground and was once again a great success with a record number of people attending.
The theme this year was Animals on Parade and many organisations, groups and individuals took part in the fun by walking through the town dressed in animal inspired costumes. The big attraction this year was the two camels who led the parade. The animal theme continued on the field with a chance to get up close to exotic animals such as snakes and meerkats and to hold owls and birds of prey.
The acoustics session on the Saturday was a great showcase for local singers and the music and the Party in the Park was well received with many families taking advantage of the opportunity to relax on a summer’s evening and listen to music safe in the knowledge that their children had space to run around or enjoy fairground rides.
Many thanks to all the volunteers and FDC and Town Council officers who helped to make this year’s Festival such a success.
CHATTERIS MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL 26TH – 28TH JUNE 2015
This year’s festival was bigger and better than ever; it certainly was the most colourful to date because the theme was Mardi Gras.
Hundreds of people took part in the parade and hundreds more lined the streets to cheer it on.
Thousands visited the Festival on the Saturday and enjoyed a host of activities and hundreds returned in the evening for the Party in the Park. Rain on the Sunday morning did not deter those who took part in the dog show and as the weather cheered up the crowds came out again to enjoy the tug of war, cream teas and childrens’ sports in addition to performances in the arena and the marquee.
A big thank you to everyone who helped to make the Festival such a success, in particular the volunteers who gave up their time over the weekend. Thanks also to Chatteris Town Council and Fenland District Council for the administration and funding the event.
To see some of the highlights of this year’s Festival visit Youtube and type in Chatteris Midsummer Festival 2015.