Girton Parish News - August 2000
The Front Page.
The Opening of the New Pavilion
Sunday September 10th
1pm until late
COTTENHAM BRASS BAND THE GREAT PARADE
MARVIN THE MOOSE
BEER TENT, BOUNCY CASTLE TEAS, BBQ
STALLS, SPORTS AND GAMES MUSIC
There will be a festival atmosphere in Girton on September 10th when
all kinds of events and activities are planned to mark the opening of the
New Pavilion and to enjoy the additional facilities on the Recreation Ground.
There will be something for all age groups and interests and the highlights
of the day are not limited to sports. There will be Music, Games,
Sideshows, Exhibitions and much else besides.
There is still plenty of time for more ideas and suggestions for additional
activities or events, so if you want to take part yourself, or you belong
to a club or society that would like to be involved, please make contact
with one of the people listed.
OPENING CEREMONY AT 3PM
There will be a Grand Parade led by the winning team from the Pavilion
Quiz Night, who have the honour of being VIP Guests at the ceremony. This
will lead up to the cutting of the tape by Helen Smith to mark the official
opening of the Pavilion at 3pm
Tours of the Pavilion and a guided Walk round the Recreation Area and
Girton Wood site.
Exhibition of the Pavilion Past and Present.
There will be Music and Entertainments, with Cottenham Brass Band,
and Girton Glebe School Orchestra with Guest Performers, playing in the
outside arena. Inside the Pavilion there will be continuous entertainments
in the large Activity Hall.
SPORTING ACTIVITIES will be happening all afternoon:
Girton Village Fun Run (two and a half miles) men and women's categories
for Youth (10-15), Adult (15-35), Veteran (35+). Fun Entries welcome.
Contact Lyn Bonnett now for entry forms.
ON THE MUGA
(Multi-Use Games Area)
Football cheered on by Cambridge United's mascot Marvin the Moose.
Contact John Baggaley (277060) unless otherwise stated.
Colts 5-a-side competition .
Women's Football - Are there females out there who want to play 5-a-side
Contact Julie Ridyard (564512)
Veterans' Football (men) Any group, organisation or club want to put
together a team for a Veteran's challenge?
Anyone interested in setting up a Korfball demonstration or providing
teams for a match? Suggestions (and organisers) for any other sports welcome.
Contact John Baggaley.
ON THE GRASS PITCH
BEAT THE CAMBRIDGE UNITED GOALKEEPER
Cricket - to be arranged
Children's Sports Day Games
ON THE TENNIS COURTS
Tennis - the Tennis Club are organising a sign up on the day tournament
- bring a racket!
Netball - Teams invited (youth, adult) for Netball tournament
ON THE RECREATION GROUND
Children's games, and fun activities
Stalls, Side-shows and Attractions
Clubs and Organisations wanting to offer a stall etc. should contact
Lyn Bonnett as soon as possible for inclusion in the programme.
ON THE CAR PARK
Desperately seeking a company from whom to hire a mini-ramp for BMX,
Skateboarding team demo. Any contacts welcome. Have team, need
THERE WILL BE COMMEMORATIVE PROGRAMMES ON SALE FROM THE END OF THE
Ideas for other events and activities
Gazebos or similar to provide cover for stalls and side-shows
Marshalls for Fun Run, stewards for general duties, Programme sellers,
Sideshows, stalls etc. - especially fairground type sweet stalls, other
food sellers, displays, things to see and do.
Mini-ramp for BMX, Skateboarding.
Contact Lyn Bonnett on 565224, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from St Andrew's
Somebody or Nobody
There once were four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody
An important job had to be done, and Everybody was sure that Somebody
would do it.
Anybody could have done it but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it and that Somebody would do
But Nobody realized that Everybody thought Somebody would do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what
Anybody could have done.
I have lived in Girton since 1986 and the longer I live here the more
I realise that any community - and I'm sure Girton is not so special -
is sustained by a remarkably small number of its constituents. Just
look at the Village Directory or the Parish News to see how many hats several
of our neighbours wear throughout the weeks.
However, for any living community that small number of people must be
continually replaced by others willing to shoulder the burden, to bring
their enthusiasm and vision, their time and talents, to keep the community
alive. They answer the call to do something to help their neighbours.
Over the last few months, the Parish News has had several requests for
volunteers. In this month's issue there is a call for a Parochial
Church Council Secretary and for volunteers to help in the type setting
of the Parish News. And it appears that nobody has answered either
It is not "Somebody else's" job - it could be your job! - because
if Everybody thought that, then Nobody would do it and the task would not
get done. And important parts of our community life would thus be
There are both "givers" and "takers" in any community, and any person
may be either a "giver" or a "taker" depending on circumstances at the
time. Many of those in the village who give so generously in so many
ways do so without any reward except knowing that they are helping someone
else. That can be very valuable in itself giving one a strong sense
of belonging in the community.
Jesus said that it was better to give than to receive. We are
also called to freely give of ourselves in time and energy for each other
because of what God has done for each one of us through Jesus. We
have been saved by the Cross. And in recognising that fact we know
for certain that we are not just "Nobodies" in the sight of God, but we
are each "Somebody" really, really special.
So, are we going to be "Somebody" in our community? Or are we
just going to leave it to "Somebody else" to do the work, at the risk of
"Nobody" doing it at all?
Dugald Wilson, Reader
Message from the Baptist Church
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING
When George Orwell wrote the book "Nineteen Eighty-Four", some of the concepts
in it were mind blowing. The idea that the human race would be watched
by something called "Big Brother", seemed impossible and yet now in the
year two thousand we are tracked by close-circuit television cameras in
the city centre and caught by traffic cameras on the roads.
Recently Channel Four has taken the twenty-four hours a day surveillance
to the ultimate extreme in a programme called "Big Brother" and in case
you have not yet caught an episode I'll explain what it's all about.
Ten selected volunteers agree to live communally for up to nine weeks in
a specially constructed house. One-way glass conceals cameras that
pry into every nook and cranny and the volunteers must wear radio microphones
at all times so that no conversation is private. Everything they
do is public and those of us, in the "real world", who want to, can view
the proceedings on a web-site or watch excerpts from the day on television.
At the end of a week the participants must vote to select two possible
candidates for expulsion, with the viewers having the say as to which of
the two is booted out. The procedure is repeated after the second
week, with the total reduced to eight, then seven and so on until at the
end of nine weeks only one remains and the final person, supposedly the
most popular of the original ten, wins the prize of £70,000.
If you have not yet seen the programme and this was April's edition
of the Parish News, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is a huge
practical joke. Could a television company really find ten people
who would be willing to live in a gold-fish bowl? Apparently so and
what is more in countries where the format has already been tried, there
are lots of people who want to watch. What amazes me though is that
these "guinea-pigs" do enough interesting things to make good television.
For I doubt if my day could produce even a few seconds of entertaining
highlights. For example, I woke up today at seven o'clock, got washed
and dressed, had breakfast while listening to the radio and then helped
the children off to school. I spent most of the morning at my desk
and apart from chatting to two people in the shop and the tomatoes when
I watered them! I can't say I have had a very interesting day. Who
would want to watch me in my daily routine?
Yet the truth is that somebody does watch, God does, everything about
me is known to Him. As the psalmist said about God in psalm 139 "You
know when I sit and when I rise; you discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways." God knows everything about
me, including the bits I wouldn't want broadcast, like when I was cross
with the children before they got up, or angry with something I heard on
the radio, or impatient at having to queue in the shop. God sees
everything I do, the good and the bad, the interesting and the routine,
the exciting and the plain boring. He sees it all and watches over
me because as my heavenly Father, he loves me as an individual and takes
a personal interest in all that I do.
So if you do read about "Big Brother" or watch the programme and wonder
who on earth could find it interesting, remember that God does. God
loves those ten individuals as indeed he loves you and takes a personal
interest in all that goes on. Multiply that out by the millions who
live in the world and marvel as the psalmist did at the size of God whose
thoughts "outnumber the grains of sand." Now that is mind blowing.
Message from the Girton Glebe School
Girton Glebe News
Last updated: 30th July 2000
School is on a much earned break at the moment. More news
will be forthcoming when the new term begins.