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.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Little Gransden Energy Group (LGEG) November 2014



Wood fires:  The cold evenings at the beginning of October caused us to have a fire in our wood burning stove in the lounge for several evenings running.  Somewhat belatedly, I had a look up the chimney whilst relaying to fire ready to relight it later that day.  It really ought to be swept, as it has not been swept before.  After a phone call, it was arranged for a chimney sweep to clean the chimney in 5 weeks’ time.  I should have organised this last summer!
Open fires are very inefficient, as most of the heat from the fire, and in the room, is drawn up the chimney and lost.  Typical fuel efficiency for an open fire is around 10% of useful heat, compared to 80-90% for an efficient enclosed stove.  Fires need an air supply, and it is more effective/efficient to supply the fire with air ducted from outside, instead of drawing air from the room.  Air drawn from the room by the fire has to be replaced from air drawn into it as cold draughts.
The effectiveness of a wood fire is dependent on the type of wood, and how dry the wood is.  Freshly felled ash contains about 35% moisture, whereas poplar wood can contain up to 60%.   Trying to burn damp timber produces steam, and less heat as a result.  Damp wood can also cause more smoke, and tar deposits in the chimney.
Timber should be stored in a ventilated area and under cover for at least 6 months to allow the timber to dry before being burnt.
Some of the best timbers for burning are ash, beech, hornbeam, hawthorn, apple and cherry.  Oak and elm are dense timbers, but can be slow to burn.  These two timbers are better burned as a mixture with other timbers.  Spruce and horse chestnut woods tend to spit, so should not be used in open fires for this reason.  Softwoods such as pine and spruce are easy to light, and burn quickly, so are best for starting a fire.
Supplies of wood can be found in adverts in “The Villager” magazine, or from the website www.bigbarn.co.uk/logpile.

A rough guide to the size of a stove is that a 5kW stove should be able to heat a room 2.4m high by 25 square metres floor area, but the insulation of walls, ceiling, and windows, plus draught proofing, and air supply, all have an influence on this estimate.

Information about wood burning stoves is available from:
 www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/generating-energy/choosing-a-renewable-technology/wood-fuelled-heating.


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