You may have noticed a new phone cabinet near Jonas. This is to bring a fibre optic cable to the village in advance of upgrading the Sawston exchange. When the work is completed our broadband speeds will improve dramatically. The work has made a mess, which will be rectified, but will be worth it in the long run. No date has been announced but it should up and running later this year.Continue reading
Our District Council collects our rubbish and recycling. They regularly win awards for their (and our) recycling efforts.
For guidance as to what goes in what bin and for more details, including what happens to it all, have a look in the latest South Cambs magazine or visit the South Cambs website – Which bin?
Recycling and Waste Collection calendar
If you are not sure which type of rubbish is to be collected this week, either look on the calendar in the South Cambs Magazine or visit their web site SCDC Recycling
The Babraham Research Campus is proposing a new phase of their master plan.
Details to follow – soon.
This years AGM of the charity will be held on 8th May 2014 in the school hall immediately following the Annual Parish Meeting which starts at 7.30.Continue reading
Training Day Monday 6th January
Spring Term Opens Tuesday 7th January
Half Term 17th – 21st February
Spring Term Closes Friday 4th April
(Easter weekend Friday 18th – Monday 21st April)
Training Day Tuesday 22nd April
Summer Term Opens Wednesday 23rd April
May Day Monday 5th May
Training Day Friday 23rd May
Half Term 26th – 30th May
Summer Term Closes Wednesday 23rd July
Two services are held each month:
- 1st Sunday – Morning Service at 10:00am.
This is a short informal service with coffee being served afterwards.
- 3rd Sunday – Holy Communion at 11:00am
For further details of services, study groups and other events please visit the St Peter’s website
A warm welcome awaits anyone who would like to join the congregation at either of these services.
The Bush and Bennett Charity has funds to support one off grants for educational activities. All applications are treated in confidence and will be judged on their merits by the trustees of the charity.
Who can apply?
You must live in the parish of Babraham.
You must be under the age of 21 at the time of application.
You must be or intend to be in part or full time education.
What are the funds for?
Funding course work travel.
Books for study.
Will applications for other projects be considered?
How do I apply ?
Please send a hand written letter to
Sally Punshon, Chair of the Trustees of the Bush and Bennett Charity,
Nye Barn, Sawston Rd, Babraham, Cambridge
There are many sources of information about Babraham, its residents and history, on the web. As we, or you, find them we will add them to a list here.Continue reading
b. 10 November 1796 d. 10 November 1862
Born in Suffolk he moved to Babraham in 1822, becoming tenant of Church Farm till his death in 1862. His brother Samuel was a tenant of Reed Barn Farm until about 1879. They both bred Southdown sheep although Jonas received more fame and glory for his herds, leasing rams to breeders in America and Europe. He enjoyed outstanding success with his sheep, presenting one of his prize-winning rams to Emperor Napoleon III, who in turn gave him a massive silver candelabra.
Physically he was a striking man, so much so that somebody sent to give him an invitation when he was due to visit Paris was told to place it in the hands of the noblest-looking man he could find on the cross channel steamer.
Jonas had 10 children and was devoted to his wife who died five days before him. They are buried in the churchyard at Babraham together with two daughters. The statue of Jonas Webb which now stands in the High Street, stood for many years in Cambridge Corn Exchange.
Source: Babraham Chronicle compiled by Mary Symonds.Continue reading
There has been a church on the present site since the 12th century, when it was dedicated to St Peter, although it is possible that an earlier Saxon church existed there previously.
Although Babraham was a wealthy village thanks to its wool trade, in 1445 the vicarage of Babraham was exempted from taxation, due to its poverty, and in 1535 it was said to be the poorest living in Camps deanery.
John Hullier was vicar of Babraham from 1549 and served the parish for about six years.. On April 16 1556, Maundy Thursday, he was burned at the stake on Jesus Green in Cambridge for heresy (refusing to renounce the Protestant faith).
In 1851 average attendances were 90 people at the morning service and 190 in the afternoon.
Source: Babraham Chronicle compiled by Mary Symonds
The following comes from
The Parish Church of St Peter, Babraham – A Simple Guide by C.C. Ingrey
- The Church Communion Rail is Jacobean, and bears the date 1665 (the reign of Charles the Second).
- The solid oak frame of the altar was made by the Estate Carpenter in 1896, at a cost of £19-18-1d.
- The Church Organ was built in 1929 by Messrs. Hunter of London, consisting of 715 pipes made of wood and metal. Dr Alan Gray, of Trinity College, Cambridge, gave the opening recital.
- The Vestry Door was purchased in 1961 from the demolished Old Perse School for Boys in Cambridge.
- Electricity was installed in the Church in 1955.
- Between the years 1892-1958, a No. 8 Tortoise Stove was used for heating – members of the congregation sitting at the back of the Church were warm, but the East End was ‘most uncomfortable’.