Thursday, 27 October 2011

Plumbs’ milk floats roll out to help CambridgePPF sites

Plumbs of Balsham, the dairy business that has delivered milk to Cambridgeshire residents for almost 60 years, is lending its fundraising experience to Cambridge Past Present & Future (CambridgePPF) – helping the charity raise money for the green spaces and historic properties it cares for across the city.

Over the next fortnight, Plumbs’ fleet of 28 milk vans will deliver 10,000 envelopes to customers in Cambridge and up to 90 surrounding villages. Arriving with the morning milk, the envelopes ask Plumbs’ customers for a contribution towards the upkeep of treasured local places such as Wandlebury Country Park.

Nestled in the Gog Magog Hills to the South of Cambridge, Wandlebury is a precious local resource. The 110-acre site is a retreat for walkers and nature lovers – and is popular with people of all ages. But maintaining the beautiful woodlands and chalk grassland for people to enjoy is expensive. Every week CambridgePPF spends £2,500 on the management of trees and meadows; care of livestock; protection of flora and fauna; historic buildings and other projects that ensure visitor safety and enjoyment.

Plumbs have always actively fundraised. Over the last decade the business and its customers have raised almost £80,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Justin Plumb, Manager at Plumbs, said: “Macmillan has been our charity of choice for eleven years. In that time our customers have helped raise a staggering amount of money. We are grateful for their support and remain committed to our relationship with such an important national charity. But a while ago we made the decision to also support another charity, right on our doorstep. We wanted something completely unrelated to Macmillan’s work so CambridgePPF and its properties – Wandlebury in particular – was an obvious choice. Lots of our customers are based to the South of the city and use the park regularly without realising how much time, effort and money is invested in the site, week in, week out. Our customers are known for their generosity and we hope they’ll see the value in fundraising for such a worthwhile local cause, which is of benefit to the environment and everyone in and around Cambridge.”

Mary Nealon, Head of Development at CambridgePPF, said: “In Cambridge we are fortunate to have so many lush greens, commons and country parks dotted around the city – all of which are easily accessible for everyone. But managing these spaces – particularly the larger estates on the outskirts of Cambridge – is not cheap. People are always really surprised when they find out how much it costs to care for Wandlebury and some don't even realise the site is managed by a local charity. We are grateful to the team at Plumbs and its customers for highlighting our cause and adopting us in such a public way.”

You don't have to be a Plumbs customer to donate to CambridgePPF's work just click here to make a donation NOW!

Plumbs will celebrate 60 years of business in 2012. The business was started in 1952 by Henry Plumb, who had a vision to supply fresh local milk and produce, without fuss to local people.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Thank you for supporting our petition - Planning improvements are desirable but not at all cost

We have collected over 1,036 signatures and on 17 October 2012 submitted all to the Department of Communities and Local Government - for the media release please click here.
Background - letter from our Chairman - click here , petition details (NOW CLOSED however you can sign up for our e-newsletter for updates), background reading and contact details - click here.

Chairman Robin Pellew at Cambridge Train station with 1036 signatures 17 Oct11 Chairman Robin Pellew interviewed by BBC Look East 17Oct11 CambridgePPF chairman outside the Government Offices 17 Oct 11

In our response to the government's consultation on the Draft National Planning Policy Framework we have said that:

Cambridge is a city of international significance. CambridgePPF cannot emphasise too highly that the quality of Cambridge as a place has to be sustained, and even enhanced, through sound and robust planning processes if the area is to continue to perform strongly in economic terms. Hasty and poor-quality development, not balanced with infrastructure investment and with environmental considerations, will kill the goose that has hitherto laid the golden eggs. Our full response is here.


Thursday, 6 October 2011

AGM and Guest Lecture at the Cambridge Station Area - 6 October 2011

CB1 - old warehouse - CambridgePPF AGM and talk
Aid & Abet artists' base within an old railway warehouse
This year we took the AGM to CB1 and attendees were able to explore how the development around the Railway Station is taking shape.

Many thanks go to Glen Richardson (Cambridge City Council - Joint Urban Design Team) and Jonathan Hurst (Historic Environment Team) and members of the Brookgate Development Team to help us better understand the current implementation works shaping this new city quarter.
We had a stimulating discussion on the "Big Society and Localism" and are grateful for Neil Stott of the Keystone Trust setting expertly the scene.
Following our AGM we welcome Dr Jenna Bishop, Natalie Yates and Matthew Bullock as new Trustees of CambridgePPF.