Chairman's Chat

7th September 2018
Dear Colleague,
Browsing through my diary of commitments between now and the end of the year highlights the extent they are dominated by my role as Chairman of the Council, and the demands that the position brings. It promises to be a busy few months.
In my previous newsletter, I drew attention to the commemorations that will take place on Sunday 11th November to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. On behalf of the residents of our district, I have sent a personal cheque to the Royal British Legion and a poppy, suitable worded, which will be placed in the Centenary Field of Thanks at the National Memorial Arboretum.
During recent weeks, all households have received a copy of the Council’s 2017/18 Annual Report. I know from feedback, that it has been well received. I have always placed considerable importance on communication. It is my main driving force in compiling Chairman’s Chat, and in ensuring that information is as widely circulated throughout the district as possible.
We are fortunate to have a number of exceptional voluntary groups in our district. The Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Julie Spence, is particularly keen that as many worthy organisations in Cambridgeshire as possible, receive recognition. You still have an opportunity to nominate a group for a 2019 Queen’s Award. Further information is available at
On Monday of this week we were pleased to attend a celebratory service in Huntingdon to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force and the close relationship between Huntingdon and RAF Wyton, since its formation as a Royal Flying Corps Station in 1916. The 3rd September was a significant date in RAF Wyton’s history, as it marked the first operational sortie of World War II to leave Wyton, back in 1939.
An event next week to which all Members are cordially invited is the re-launch of “Community Eyes and Ears”, which will take place in Ely Cathedral, on Thursday 13th September commencing at 10.00am.
The scheme is set up to support vulnerable people in the community, and is funded by East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership. The intention is to raise awareness throughout the District. It is not exclusive to elderly vulnerable people, but all age groups and covers many risks, for example child exploitation, domestic violence and modern day slavery. I hope you may be able to join me at this event. Further details are available from Shona McKenzie, Neighbourhood Support Officer Telephone 01353 616326 email:
The Lord Lieutenant recently drew my attention to National Countryside Week, when
grants are available to help isolated rural communities. Although this year’s event has
already taken place, living as we do in a predominantly rural area, you might be interested
in accessing their website and, if appropriate, with a view to the community you represent
applying next year. In 2019 National Countryside Week will be from 29th July - 4th August.
Finally I send my congratulations to Electoral Services Officer, Denise Gawthrop, on
becoming a grandmother last week. We are fortunate to have a great team of Officers
here at East Cambs. I am always extremely grateful for the support and assistance I
Meetings scheduled for Week commencing 10th September 2018:
  • Monday 10th September at 4.30pm in the Chamber – Regulatory Services Committee;
  • Wednesday 12th September at 11.00am in the Chamber - Licensing Committee at 5.30pm in the Chamber - Community Services Committee.
There are no meetings scheduled in the week commencing 17th September.

With Kind Regards

Yours sincerely

Councillor Peter Cresswell

Chairman of the Council