This organisation was established in 2007 to serve the community by bringing the issues of village residents to the attention of authorities that may be able to resolve them. Its committee meets at least four times a year in Prickwillow Village Hall and elects its officers at an Annual General Meeting each January. Committee members have been able to represent Prickwillow at its Parish Council, Ely City Council and to be elected to the District Council, in the past. This has given a voice to the people of Prickwillow and provided them with closer links to the activities of the local authority who, in turn, can address the needs of the village.
The Constitution was inaugurated at the first AGM when the Officers and Members were formally elected. The meetings are regularly attended by representatives from Ely City Council, ECDC and latterly Cambridgeshire County Council. It operates on a shoestring budget of a small grant and some annual fund-raising. The agenda comprises matters raised by village residents.
The 12th AGM was held on Monday, 15th January 2018 at 7.30pm where the officers were elected and the annual reports from the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer were made. New members were registered.
Officers for 2018: Chairman – Edward Rice (01353 688421); Secretary – Sarah Bellow (01353 688250); Treasurer – Pat Del Grazia (01353 688421)
Committee Meetings 2018 – at 8.00pm in the village hall
Mondays: 10th September, 12th November.
The 13th AGM be held on Monday 14th January 2019 at 7.30pm followed by the committee Meeting.
This is produced to keep residents informed of events and meetings in the village and is distributed to all properties about 10 times a year. For a small fee, anyone wanting to place an advert in the newsletter can contact Mike Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The July 2018 newsletter included items on the PhoneBox Gallery, Prickwillow Book Club, a Watercolour Workshop, Prickwillow Engine Museum and the Baptist Chapel services.
Prickwillow received its new broadband infrastructure in December 2014, connecting up to a hundred properties in the hub of the village. Residents now have a greater choice of providers. There is no marketing of suppliers through the village council. More detail of the changes on www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk. A further service is available by Air Broadband, for out of reach properties, see www.airbroadband.co.uk.
BT have since installed a second broadband cabinet with another 96 new lines and a new connection from the Putney Hill Road which has given access to residents at Ely Road. This is likely to be the final installation.
G’s Farms have implemented a tracking and recording system for all their farm machinery vehicles, each labelled for easy recognition and monitored for speed. This is now restricted to 20 mph through the village. This is already working well. We thank the farmers for attending to this so promptly and decisively. Anyone noticing poor driving, speeding above 20mph or drivers using mobile phones can report the date, time and vehicle label via one of the committee members.
St Peter’s Church
As the Diocese of Ely have not been forthcoming in offering the building to us, the idea of creating a community hub has been scrapped.
New Village Sign
The new village sign was officially unveiled at a ceremony on June 3rd, 2017, by Dame Ottoline Leyser, who lived in the village and in whose husband’s memory, Stephen Day, the idea of the sign was initiated. There was a large gathering in the fine weather and a social event at Hiam afterwards. Every component and aspect of the sign, from design, build, treatment, surrounding brickwork and planting was provided by residents of Prickwillow. We can all be very proud. Following a car accident in August 2018, in which the raised bed was severely damaged, the sign has had to be rebuilt and replanted.
Speed Calming Measures
A draft proposal has been discussed and put forward by our Parish Council to the County Council for consideration in respect of funding for speed calming measures at the entrances to the village from the Ely Road, Shippea Hill Road and Putney Hill Road approaches. These will likely comprise sets of gates with speed signs at the three entrances to the village and 40mph approach zones before the 30mph limits apply.
Achievements of the residents via Prickwillow Village Council
In the past 10 years the following wide range of topics have been addressed: –
a) the cutting of communal grass areas, maintenance of verges encroaching on pathways, provision of dog litter bins;
b) the repair of broken pavements, extension of pavements and walkways, access to allotments
c) the overhaul of the crumbling structure of the War Memorial, maintenance of its green surround, associated memorial service and door-to-door poppy collection
d) assessment of village needs from a questionnaire to all residents
e) new ownership of a Speedwatch scheme, with checks by village volunteers scheduled at intervals over the many months (drive safely .. )!
f) listed buildings and those of historic or cultural interest including the Baptist Chapel and the Drainage Museum
g) implementation of high-speed broadband in the village
h) regular fund-raising activities in association with the Village Hall committee
i) a new village notice board
j) ownership and development of the phone box into an Art Gallery
k) substantial road repairs at Lark Bank
l) slowing and reduction of farm traffic through the village
m) protection for the village green from turning lorries
n) creation and erection of a new village sign
o) coppicing of the Sycamore tree near the memorial
p) representation on the Queen Adelaide crossings Action Group committee
q) campaigning for speed calming measures
Special Announcement: We mourn the loss of one of our original members, Pat Langston, who sadly passed away on 29th June. She was an active contributor to all aspects of work conducted by the council and was well known by many in the village for her warm and positive outlook to life. She is much missed. A minutes’ silence was held at the July meeting in her memory.