Parish Council

Councillors - Elected 3 May 2018
Laura White (Chair, Parish Council appointed Trustee Little Gransden Village Hall)
Oliver Hipwell (Biodiversity and Tree Officer)
Robert Murden (Vice Chairman, Parish Council representative on Gliding Club and Little Gransden Aerodrome Consultative Committees)
John Jefferies (co-opted 3 May 2018)
Noushin Rostami (co-opted 6 September 2018)

Clerk:
Sylvia Sullivan, Telephone: 01767 677906, Email: clerk.lgpc@aol.com Office hours: 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday

Meetings
Will be held at Little Gransden Village Hall on the following Thursdays at 7:30pm throughout 2019:

* 3 January
* 7 March
* 28 March (Annual Parish Meeting)
* 2 May (Annual General Meeting)
* 11 July
*5 September
* 7 November

Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings. Items that they would like Councillors to discuss must be presented in writing to the Clerk at least a week before the meeting.

Agenda and Minutes of meetings are placed on the village noticeboard and are posted on the website Blog, together with other information, notices and news.

Planning applications
Additional meetings to discuss planning applications may be held. Provisional planning meeting dates for 2019 are 7 February. 4 April, 6 June, 1 August, 10 October, 5 December.
Planning applications may be viewed on South Cambridgeshire District Council website.

Meet your councillors
John Jefferies
John Jefferies was born and brought up on the family farm at Fullers Hill, Little Gransden, where he continues to live and work. He has served on the Parish Council for several years, including two terms as Chairman.

Oliver Hipwell
Born in Little Gransden and now moved back into the village, as well as working on my familiy’s farm for the past 8 years: these connections mean I have a true passion about the village’s rural environment and fascinating history. I understand the importance of everyone having a voice, and feel that I am able to provide the voice and outlook of a younger member of the community.

Robert Murden
Robert Murden has lived in Cambridgeshire all his life, moving to Little Gransden in 2008. He is married with two daughters. His career began in production engineering for high-tech companies in Cambridge and progressed to purchasing manager for a large heating and ventilation company. Inthe past he was an enthusiastic football and cricket player and half-marathon runner. He is now retired, which gives him more time to play golf and bowls.

Laura White
I am a qualified seamstress, working on various theatrical, film and TV productions over the past 12 years. I now work in the education sector, with a Performing Arts Department in Cambridge as well as running a small alterations company. My love for the countryside is rooted deep inside, as I was brought up in the countryside of Essex/Suffolk border, spending most of my time as a child exploring all the local lands, climbing hay bales and making dens with my younger brother. I first came to the Gransdens just over 12 years ago, visiting my now, in-laws. Four years ago, my husband and I found ourselves drawn back to the beautiful village of Little Gransden, from Cardiff city. This little village is definitely our home, where we feel so lucky to be able to bring up our family.

Noushin Rostami (co-opted 6 September 2018)
I am a resident of Little Gransden. I moved here almost 18 years ago and brought up my young family. Due to work commitments, I was away from the village for a period of time. However, I have been back more than four years and, for good. I work part-time as an Occupational Health Adviser for Cambridge University. I so enjoy being part of this beautiful and friendly village. As a Parish Councillor I hope to be a voice for my co-residents. I bring my life experience as a mature mother who is also thinking of the legacy we leave for future generations living in this area.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Little Gransden Energy Group (LGEG) January 2013



Electricity supplies:  As reported last month, the Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership (SPEP) that was set up by South Cambridgeshire Council, are looking at the possibility of setting up a scheme for “collective switching” of electricity supplies. It appears that other district councils are also looking into this possibility.  We have not yet had any report about the discussions at Coton Village Hall on 14th November.  Any further developments on this scheme will be reported next month.
Electricity monitors:  These are still available on a free loan, if you should like to find out when, why, who, and what, are using so much electricity in your house!  Please contact Trevor Brown (details below).  These monitors were supplied to Little Gransden by SPEP.
The New Scientist magazine reported in their edition of 30th June 2012 that we should be paying attention to the colour of the light in our work place and home.  Natural light varies subtly over the course of the day.  We have evolved to respond to these variations, which influence our mood, sleep patterns, and health.  Normally, the artificial light at work or at home never varies.

In the morning, we are woken up to the rising sun with a very yellow light, which normally stirs us into activity.  Around midday, when the sun is shining, the blue sky radiates more blue light into our eyes and reduces our melatonin levels, which enhances our mood and improves our alertness.  By evening time, as the sun sets, the light becomes very red, and allows the melatonin levels to increase, and prepares the body for sleep.

NASA is concerned about their astronauts when they live under artificial fluorescent light in space craft for days on end.  They are now investigating the use of different colour light to wake them up, then keep them is peak alertness under blue light, and then to encourage them to get a “good night’s sleep” by relaxing them under a redder light.  Similarly, Boeing, in their new 787 Dreamliner aircraft are developing lighting that can be colour controlled, and allow passengers to have a warm reddish light, so that passengers will arrive at their destination feeling more refreshed.

So, perhaps, we should wake up under lights with a colour temperature of 2000 to 2700K (warm white), work under halogen or artificial daylight of 3500 to 5000K (blue white), and retire to bed under reddish light (how romantic!).  Or we could save electricity by getting up when the sun rises, and go to bed when the sun sets – just like our great grand parents did! 

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