The Crown Closes?

The Crown public house has closed (or so I hear). I just hope the village is not going to lose another pub.

No volunteers, no Burwell Carnival 2012

Carnival Committee urgently needs 10 people to step forward by the end of the year or, with great sadness, those remaining on the Committee will have to decide to cancel the 2012 Burwell Carnival, the 25th since its reinstatement in 1988.

If you would be interested please contact Mark Hassall on or on 01638 604276 – or reply to this email.

We will make our decision at the beginning of January.

No volunteers, no Carnival.

[In these miserable times I think we need the Carnival more than ever (ed.)]

12-Dec-2012: It’s looking more hopeful now but I’m sure more volunteers are always welcome:

New recycling centre replaces Grunty Fen

New recycling centre for East Cambridgeshire opens
(Grunty Fen Closes Today 2nd Nov 2011)

From the Waste Management Service, Cambridgeshire County Council:

A brand new state of the art recycling centre at Witchford near Ely will
open its doors for the first time at 9am on Thursday 3 November.

The new Cambridgeshire County Council facility will replace the old,
small, open air site at Grunty Fen which will close at midday on
Wednesday 2 November.

The new centre will open from 9-6, seven days a week with a late night
opening until 7pm on Wednesdays to make it even easier for you to

It will be under cover so you can use it in all weathers, and
split-level which means you won’t have to climb steps to deposit your

The centre, which will be run by AmeyCespa on behalf of the County
Council, will offer lots of opportunities to recycle everyday household
items from paper, glass and plastic bottles, to less commonplace items
like cooking oil, paint and electrical goods.

The new facility is part of Cambridgeshire County Council’s drive to
offer the best services for local communities and to increase recycling
and reduce landfill.

Councillor Mathew Shuter, lead member for Enterprise and Waste at
Cambridgeshire County Council, said:

“This brand new facility is the first of its kind in the county and we
believe it will change recycling for residents in East Cambridgeshire.
Not only will it make recycling more comfortable and convenient, but it
will also help residents recycle things like large rigid plastics,
cooking oil and plasterboard. I want to encourage residents to visit the
new centre with their recycling and help us reduce waste going to

Chairman of the local liaison group, Councillor Bill Hunt, said:

“I am really pleased to announce the opening of this new recycling
centre. The last three years have been a great example of the County
Council doing things “with” the local community not “to” them. It speaks
volumes for the hard work and commitment of the local community of
Witchford, local businesses, local members and officers from the County
Council that this fantastic new building is about to open its doors. I’m
sure it will make a real difference for the residents of East

For more information on the new recycling centre and what you can do to
reduce waste going to landfill, go to and follow the links.