Our latest village broadband campaign – to bring leading-edge broadband capabilities in the form of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) to the rural village of Spaldwick in Cambridgeshire – has been successful. Gigabit Broadband, offering speeds up to 910 Mbps, will arrive in 2021! This is at a time when the Conservative’s election pledge to bring Gigabit Broadband to every home in the UK by 2025 has just been dropped. Without our proactive action, we would probably have had to wait another ten […] . Click here to read the full article.
The last few months have been very frustrating for Graham and Sarah Wilkinson and all the team at Spotlight Productions. They have had to cancel their annual show – ‘Oliver!’ – and income from their costume and scenery hiring ‘business’ used to fund their annual show has been decimated. Being the positive people they are, the unexpected lull has provided an opportunity to plan ahead and reshape Spotlight for the future. I’ve been really enjoying our regular Zoom and Skype […] . Click here to read the full article.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, VE Day was a somewhat different affair to the one that may have been envisaged many months ago. However, despite the restrictions currently in place, villagers where I live made a tremendous effort decorating their homes to commemorate VE Day. On the 8th May 1945 – 75 years ago – the Allies accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany, marking the end of World War II in Europe. Here’s […] . Click here to read the full article.
Local songwriter Angie Collins came in so I could video her performing a song she wrote, called ‘Broken’. While I have recorded several songs (sound only), it was nice to capture visuals as well. While sound recordings allow you to use large-condenser microphones, room treatment and portable isolation booths for better sound quality, video can be easier to share with others, particularly on social media. The video was recorded with four Sony 4k Ultra HD cameras, using broadcast-standard Aputure LED […] . Click here to read the full article.
The National Trust describes Anglesey Abbey as a Jacobean-style house with gardens and a working watermill. Over 100 acres of grounds contain a range of gardens and walks, which were laid out by Baron Fairhaven in the 1930s. This includes popular rose and dahlia gardens that house a large number of varieties. The Lode Water Mill, dating from the eighteenth century, was restored to working condition in 1982. To view all the photos, visit: Anglesey Abbey Gallery For more information, please […] . Click here to read the full article.
As one of my favourite cities, Cambridge is relatively small, with a population of about 129,000, including 25,000 students. With the clear influence of its world-renowned university, Cambridge possesses a host of cultural must-sees and beauty spots. I love visiting the city with my camera. I am delighted that some of my Cambridge photos have been published – such as in the book ‘A Day Above Cambridgeshire’ by Angela Weld, Richard Hall, Robert Pusey, and William and John Nowell. With […] . Click here to read the full article.
On this blog, I like to feature interesting places to visit in the Cambridgeshire area. My younger daughter absolutely adores museums so we recently visited the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. To be honest, I saw the trip as a bit of a photography challenge as interiors can be very dark. The Fitzwilliam houses a collection of over half a million works of art, paintings and historical artefacts. As you can see, some of the interiors are spectacular. For more information, visit […] . Click here to read the full article.
The Ouse Valley Way is a 150-mile footpath that follows the River Great Ouse and provides great opportunities for walks. The length of the Ouse Valley Way Walk gives lots of flexibility in terms of where you start and end your walk. We began a walk at Buckden in Cambridgeshire, which is home to St Mary’s Church (above) and Buckden Towers (below) – formerly known as Buckden Palace – which is a 12th-century fortified manor house. Buckden Palace has been […] . Click here to read the full article.
Ely Cathedral is an amazing building in Cambridgeshire, which needs to be visited to be truly appreciated. It attracts visitors from all over the world. It is a huge cathedral for a relatively small city of about 14,000 inhabitants. Before Ely Cathedral became a cathedral, it was a monastery. Work on the present Cathedral began in the eleventh century, and the monastic church became a cathedral in 1109. The Octagon with the lantern above are unique features of Ely Cathedral. […] . Click here to read the full article.
When the weather is nice, I enjoy going for walks around Cambridgeshire with my camera. One of the most pleasant places to visit is St Ives, which is situated five miles east of Huntingdon. I am no landscape photographer, principally because I do not want to get up really early to photograph at ‘Golden Hour’, so my photos are generally captured at more normal times. It is very hard to resist the River Terrace Café. View my Cambridgeshire photo galleries […] . Click here to read the full article.
One of the most popular walks in Cambridgeshire is the one between Cambridge and the nearby village of Grantchester. The walk is about 3 miles (5.5 km) in each direction. You can park in Grantchester (as the parking is much easier) and do the circular walk to Cambridge and back. In Cambridge, you have the option of stopping for a meal or snack to break up your journey and there are many cafés and restaurants available. I always enjoy calling […] . Click here to read the full article.
Ickworth House – which is owned the the National Trust – is a country house situated outside Bury St. Edmund in Suffolk. The National Trust describes Ickworth House as “a Georgian Italianate palace in an idyllic English landscape”. Ickworth House is an unusual Georgian mansion. Its neoclassical structure is topped with the striking ‘Rotunda’, which is over 100 feet high. When I first visited Ickworth House, I was fortunate to be able to watch and photograph a war enactment taking […] . Click here to read the full article.
Godmanchester is a very picturesque village in Cambridgeshire, with pleasant views of the River Great Ouse. There are many walking opportunities. The Chinese Bridge (below) is a major landmark in the village. It is a pedestrian bridge. Originally constructed in 1827, it was rebuilt in the 1860s. After falling into disrepair, the bridge was replaced in 1960. To view more photos of Cambridgeshire, visit: Cambridgeshire Photo Gallery . Click here to read the full article.