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Dear All,


COVID-19 Issue 2For many of us Lockdown has become the way of life. For some, life has now become difficult, others are facing different challenges. With this in mind the Town Council led Community Hub has produced a second edition of its booklet on Corona Virus.

You can read it, and download if you wish on the St Ives Town Council website, the first edition is also on the same page. Just click on this link to take you there:


As the town is developing its ‘Street Warden’ system we plan to deliver a copy to every house in the town. Many different organisations are involved, web chat meetings are held three times a week. Help is available, if you need help please ask via the phone number, lines are open seven days a week, 9am to 5pm





Meanwhile, some other matters:


Bob KingFirstly, I was very sorry to receive the news that our long time member Bob King died in early April. Bob and his wife Jean were members from the early days of the Society. He remained active in helping us until just a few months ago. He proof read the last two editions of the Annual Report and before that was a committee member and Chairman. His persistence led to the repair of the Priory Wall, a plaque now records the importance of the wall. Again his persistence resulted in the naming of the bypass as Harrison Way. This was in honour of Molly and her brother Bill Harrison who worked so long for the choice of route to the east of the town.  A fuller appreciation of Bob’s work for us will be included in the Annual Report.









A reminder that our May open meeting will not take place. Whilst face to face meetings have stopped your committee is now holding its regular Committee meetings via a Skype call. We are considering options for the future, including alternative ways of involving our members. Of course we cannot restart our open meetings until Government advice changes. It may be that we will have to make alternative arrangements for the Annual General Meeting in October. We will follow advice from the Charity Commission in making any alternative arrangements.


St Ives FC logoFor many years St Ives Town Football Club have been making plans to leave their Westwood Road site, the site was to be redeveloped for housing. Planning Permission to develop housing on the Westwood Road site was obtained and the club hoped to move to a new site off Somersham Road. Now the club has changed its mind and decided to redevelop its facilities at Westwood Road, with an upgraded clubhouse and a 3G pitch. 3G is the latest type of synthetic turf.

The Westwood Road site had many problems for housing, including difficult access and drainage issues. Whilst the site was included for development in the Local Plan there was vociferous local objection. The Society had concerns as well but it is reported it was the lack of a suitable alternative site that resulted in the club’s decision to stay at Westwood Road.​


Royal Oak St IvesFinally, I saw a picture of Crown Street’s Royal Oak on line. It has been repainted in a psychedelic design. Or rather, it hasn’t, its a photoshopped image to raise awareness that the pub, as are many others as well, facing very real difficulties in the future whilst they remain closed. It just goes to show you cannot believe any photograph, well done its creator Antony Meehan​.






 Looking forward to seeing you at one of our events over the coming year.

Kind regards
David Stewart
Chair: St Ives Civic Society





Dear All,

We are just over a week into a new way of living, and many aspects are changing. Today the Town Council has published a new booklet, a copy is below. It gives points of contact for help, as well as listing some of the new services it is aware of. This has been made possible by the initiative of the Town Council, led by Councillor Tim Drye, in setting up an internet based community support and co-ordination group. Many local groups, churches and societies are taking part.

Contact points for HDC and the Town Council are given. The principal volunteer organisations are listed and there is advice on maintaining your mental health. New services are springing up, one example listed in the booklet, of a new website, is St Ives and Villages, find it at www.stivesandvillages.co.uk. This will grow over time as other businesses enter their details. If you have used other new services please let me or the Town Council know.

Lastly, whilst I don’t expect many of you to be driving into Cambridge to park at the Park and Ride sites, only the Babraham Road bus link remains, and that has a very much reduced service. All the other bus services have ceased from today, Thursday 2nd April





 Looking forward to seeing you at one of our events over the coming year.

Kind regards
David Stewart
Chair: St Ives Civic Society





Dear all,

NHSThe very considerable changes we are being asked to make has caused the cancellation of both our April and May open meetings. The next date in our calendar is now the first meeting of the new season in September. However, I’m pleased to say that the three cancelled speakers have all offered to return next season.

Please follow the health guidelines and keep yourselves safe


Guided BuswayI don’t expect many of you are using the guided buses at the moment. I mentioned at our February meeting that once the busway closure between Histon and Orchard Park was reopened, it was likely the A and B routes in central Cambridge would swap. This is to allow the new longer, three axle buses an easier route. Stagecoach did announce new timetables making the changes, these are now superseded. In their place Stagecoach have  announced a much reduced service frequency will apply from Sunday 28th March. The B route will follow the previous A route in Cambridge and vice versa​.


One of our members, Philip SImpson, has sent the following to me. Philip prepared the questions for the quiz evenings we held a few years ago. He lives in France. I thought his observations may point to the changes we can expect here in the next few weeks.



Hello people,

I don't want to seem to be a prophet of doom, but consider the following.

If the crisis in UK accelerates like Italy, then Boris will have no choice but to impose house isolation for all - except driving to and from work, or shopping for food and medicines.
Such is the case here in France. Fifteen days for starters.

What's it like?

Those venturing out may require a travel permit form for each trip. In France, this has been e-mailed to all so it can be photocopied and passed to neighbours etc who don't have printers etc. So make sure you have enough ink and paper. You may not be able to buy any.

Do you need urgent work done on your car? Get it done now. The repair shops will be closed. At least you can still buy petrol and diesel.

Do you plan to post a parcel to someone? The post may only handle letter mail.

While you're isolated you will have time to get busy on the garden. But you won't be able to buy seeds, plants, fertilizer etc. The garden centres will be closed.

So let's get on with decorating the house or tackling DIY jobs. Make sure you have the materials to do so beforehand. The DIY stores will be closed.

If you require specialist plumbing or electrical work done etc etc etc , get it done now!

You require dental treatment? No chance! Stock up on Ibrufen or pain-killers.

Make sure the children are occupied. The devil makes work ..... and all that!

The dog will still need exercising. And don't forget the birds.

I submit this advice to all with the hope that such a lockdown won't happen. It's grim!



PS. And while you're out and about, have kind thoughts for the checkout staff and shelf-stackers in the supemarkets, the chemists, the postmen, the delivery men, the Police and possibly, the Army. AND of course, the NHS angels of mercy.

They are all risking their lives for you


 Looking forward to seeing you at one of our events over the coming year.

Kind regards
David Stewart
Chair: St Ives Civic Society