EXPERIENCE THE BENEFITS OF LIVING IN THE NEW SETTLEMENT OF CAMBOURNE
Twenty years since the first spadeful of earth was moved, the village of Cambourne is now a thriving place to live with an array of local facilities backed up by a strong sense of community.
The bold plan to build a new settlement of 3,000 homes in a pretty south Cambridgeshire setting was put into action in 1998, and two decades on the results are clearly apparent. As well as the hundreds of new homes - with more being built and proposed - Cambourne offers a Morrisons supermarket, a church, a library, a hotel, a community centre and sporting facilities, as well as a business park and an abundance of green spaces.
Cambourne is a self-contained community with plenty of opportunities for residents to work, socialise and relax - although for those who work further afield, the village is just nine miles away from Cambridge. A full mix of community activities are also on offer, from annual events such as The Big Squiggle arts and crafts day to weekly sporting and hobby classes. Supporting this is a group of volunteers who also run the local community website cambourne.info.
Among those who have seen Cambourne develop from a handful of homes to what it is today is Lee Cave, who runs 079 Call a Cab taxi service. Lee was among the first to move to Cambourne and set up his business to meet a demand for public transport.
He said: “Cambourne has everything you need at your fingertips for a peaceful, relaxing and quality way of life. Since 1999 when the first residents started to move in, the whole place has not only grown with homes, but also with a huge sense of community spirit.”
Lee pointed to the football, rugby and sports clubs, the nurseries and schools and the restaurants and takeaways such as The Belfry Hotel and Chutney Joe’s as some of the many reasons why Cambourne is a great place to live.
He added: “As Cambourne’s largest and longest-established taxi company, we have watched Cambourne thrive and over the years become a place that visitors regularly praise. In our opinion, if you’re looking to live somewhere truly special, Cambourne ticks all the boxes.”
Daniella Streek and her wife Debs have lived in Cambourne for 14 years. In 2014 they took over Greens Coffee and have been serving hot drinks and delicious food to residents and visitors from their High Street location ever since.
“There are some great things about living in Cambourne,” said Daniella. “The schools are brilliant, there are lovely walks to the lakes which are ideal for families and it is a nice community of friendly people.
“We are limited to what we can do at Greens, but we try our best to improve the community for everyone. We welcome everyone, from our regulars to one-off visitors. We hold open mic nights and Friday night drinks once a month, and sometimes host local bands. It’s still growing and it’s not perfect, but Cambourne has plenty going for it.”
Emma Bavin, who runs Cambridge Cake Boutique, has lived in Cambourne for seven years. She said: “It’s a wonderful place to live and has a great sense of community, plenty of open spaces to enjoy and lots of different activities to get involved in.
"Running a business here has enabled me to meet lots of friendly local people and become part of a group of local businesses that are really valued.”
Cambourne is by no means finished. Plans for a new hotel and family pub/restaurant are progressing, and new retirement apartments are due to be built.
There are also plenty of new homes being built. Our East Anglia region is one of the lead developers at Cambourne and we have a selection of homes available now and will also play a key role in the delivery of 2,350 further homes and £45 million of community and sporting facilities - including an athletics track and a new swimming pool - as part of the proposals for Cambourne West.
YOUNG READERS IN CAMBOURNE START A NEW CHAPTER THANKS TO TAYLOR WIMPEY EAST ANGLIA
Children at The Vine Inter-Church Primary School in Upper Cambourne can enjoy reading more of their favourite books following a generous donation by our East Anglia team.
Taylor Wimpey at Cambourne development, donated £200 of book tokens to the school to celebrate its Book Week activities, which took place from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th May.
The vouchers were used to purchase the books each class nominated in a poll which asked pupils aged 3-11 to vote for a book they thought everyone should read – with ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ by Claire Freedman receiving the most votes for Key Stage 1 and ‘The Book with No Pictures’ by B.J Novak winning over Key Stage 2.
The school decided to use the Book Week poll to teach the children about democracy in the run-up to the General Election. Copies of each title – including favourites such as The Twits by Roald Dahl, Gangsta Granny by David Walliams, Holes by Louis Sachar and A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson – were on display throughout the week to encourage pupils to read the stories before casting their vote.
Debbie Higham, Headteacher at The Vine Inter-Church Primary School, says: “Taylor Wimpey’s Book Week sponsorship means a lot to our school, so on behalf of all the pupils, parents and staff I’d like to say a big thank you for this generous donation.
“We’ve used this special occasion to encourage children to read more and help them learn about democracy ahead of the General Election – it has been incredible to watch the children explain why they’re passionate about each book they’re voting for.
“Reading is a passport to learning and unlocks children’s imaginations, and with Taylor Wimpey’s donation, each pupil will be able to explore a wider variety of books at school.”
Cambourne Village College was awarded Ofsted Outstanding in a recent inspection www.cambournevc.org
Taylor Wimpey East Anglia Site Managers win prestigious national award
Taylor Wimpey East Anglia is proud to announce that seven of its site managers have won a prestigious NHBC (National House-Building Council) Pride in the Job Quality Award. The award recognises site managers and their teams who produce the highest quality homes, with winners selected from over 16,000 site managers in the UK.
NHBC Pride in the Job Quality Award winner, Mick Hockley at Taylor Wimpey’s Darwin Grange development, said: “ It’s a fantastic honour to have won a Pride in Job Quality Award, not just for me, but the whole team. This achievement puts me in the top 2% of site managers in the UK, which is a reflection on the quality of homes me and my team produce at Cambourne.”