AGM and talk by David Stubbings

October 28, 2014

The Friends of Stourbridge Common will have their annual meeting on Friday, 14 November at 7 pm at St Andrew’s Hall, Chesterton.

There will be a brief AGM, followed by refreshments and a talk by David Stubbings, Chairman, Chesterton Local History Group on ‘Crossing the Cam: A Look at Some of the Ferries and Bridges Used by the Public’. Please join us and if you only want to come to the talk make sure you’re seated by 7.30pm!

The ‘timetable’ for the evening is:

7 pm AGM and elections,

7.15pm A representative from the Chesterton Festival Committee will update us on the Festival,

7.20 Refreshments,

7.30 David Stubbings speaks on ‘Crossing the Cam’ followed by the opportunity to ask questions and then chat with the committee, the speaker and other ‘Friends’.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there, the evenings are always informative and offer a great chance to talk to other people passionate about Stourbridge Common and life on, around and alongside it.


Are you going?

September 12, 2014

To Stourbridge Fair …

it’s this weekend. Saturday 13th September at the Leper Chapel from midday … we’ll see you there.

All you need to know is here on the Cambridge Past Present and Future website.


Waist high buttercups, bream and Banded Demoiselles

May 22, 2014

 



Stourbridge May 2014 (5) Stourbridge May 2013 (1)So many reasons to take a walk on Stourbridge Common and not just to stand and look at it from the bridge or row past …

The Common is looking glorious: if you stand with your back to the fence round the bare earth (the grass will soon grow). Lack of cows means that grasses and buttercups are waist high this year.

The sunny spring has meant a profusion of small tortoiseshell butterflies, and many caterpillars are now feasting on the nettle patches. Dragon flies – particularly Banded demoiselles and damselfly are already looking for flies. Looking down from the footbridge, you can see Bream spawning on the tree roots, now speckled with tiny pale eggs, just under the surface of the water (they only do this for a short time, so look today!)

– Pete, Friend of Stourbridge Common, Wednesday, 21st May 2014.

Stourbridge May 2014 Stourbridge May 2014 (4) Stourbridge May 2013 (3) Stourbridge May 2013 (2)


Bird Boxes on Stourbridge Common

February 4, 2014
Guy Belcher from Cambridge City Council and ‘a few volunteers’ got together on Monday 27th January and installed 22-24 boxes in the belt of trees that borders the industrial estate. 
These are German brand Schwegler nest boxes made of ‘woodcrete’ a natural product made from 75% wood and 25% ‘natural additives’ to allow air permeability.  There are over 8.5 million Schwegler woodcrete nest boxes installed in Europe, US, Canada.
We helped put up a mix of boxes:  larger holes for great/blue/coal/crested tits, as well as sparrows and bats.  Boxes with smaller holes for marsh/blue/coal tits and possibly wrens.
Lisa, one of the FoSC volunteers says, “It was quite nice that as soon as a box went up, a great tit took up residence immediately. Also, bat boxes are placed to catch the sun, and I like the kind of ‘semi-detached’ situation with the two boxes next to each other.”
Putting up the next boxes

Putting up the next boxes

 

seeing how the Bat can get into the box

seeing how the Bat can get into the box

in situ

in situ

open for business

open for business


Help us install next boxes

January 17, 2014

On Monday, 27 January, Guy Belcher, the City’s Nature Conservation Officer will be installing new nest boxes for smaller birds and bat boxes on Stourbridge Common along the industrial estate tree belt (kestrel and tawny owl boxes have already been installed).

If you’d like to come along to help out or just watch, please meet at 10.30 at the Oyster Row Entrance.  All materials provided.


Stourbridge Common Habitat Survey

January 16, 2014

A report (December 2013) by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust is now available  on the habitat and management recommendations for Stourbridge Common and we have news of owls and snipe.

Check out our biodiversity page for all the details.


Penny Ferry to be demolished

September 12, 2013

Very sad to report the news that the Appeal was upheld and the decision has been made to allow the demolition of the Penny Ferry (Pike and Eel) pub which opens the way for the building of 5 luxury homes along the river front.

The campaign to save the Penny Ferry/Pike and Eel pub was fought by 13 organisations who joined together, including Old Chesterton Residents Association, Cambridge Past, Present and Future, Friends of Stourbridge Common, CAMRA and rowers.   Clare Blair, a member of OCRA and Friends of Stourbridge Common, said on behalf of all the campaigners:

 

“Of course we are very disappointed. The Inspector’s judgement goes against an unprecedented number of community organisations both locally and city wide, the hundreds of residents who supported the campaign and the considered view of city councillors who listened carefully to all arguments.  We have fought for two years to save a wonderful piece of Cambridge’s history which will now be lost to expensive private housing of poor and overbearing design which will add nothing to our heritage.

Far too many pubs have been lost to developers keen to maximise their profits.  Had some of the current local and national protections for pubs been in place two years ago when the application was first made, we might have been able to save this one for future generations to enjoy. It certainly defies common sense to say that this very special riverside pub could never be run profitably.  Planning has to do better for Cambridge than this in the future.”

 

 

This decision will be discussed at the FoSC AGM on 13th September.

To read the full decision and costs application clink on the links below (PDF files)

 

Appeal Decision

Costs Decision

 

 


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