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Girton Parish News - November 1999

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It is with much pleasure it can now be reported that Girton Village is the winner of 'The Marshall Safer Village Award 1999'.

On Thursday 8th October the Presentation of the Award was held at Marshall's Airport.  On behalf of Girton  Village Ann Round, representing 'Safer Girton', and Bill Parnwell, representing Girton Parish Council, were presented with a cheque for the sum of £500 and a very handsome engraved brass plaque to bring home to the village.

The cheque, which will be handed to the Girton Parish Council, will be used to help fund the Baby-Sitting Course designed to 'empower young people to help themselves through training' and which is just one of the projects connected with the 'Bus Shelter' initiative.

There is also a display, mounted on Police Station notice boards, about 'Safer Girton' which stood at Marshall's Airport during the Presentation.  It will go on to South Cambridgeshire Hall, Hills Road, and stand in the entrance hall there for a week or so where people can go and see it.  Then the Police will allow us to borrow their boards to show the display in Girton for a time.  Anyone interested in viewing it should watch the Parish Council notice boards in the village to find out where the display will be sited.

A copy of the Presentation, which was submitted for the Award, is in the care of Mrs. Penny Knight, the Girton Parish Clerk.  She will be happy to lend it to anybody who would like to see it.

Thank you to all who contributed, in any way, to our entry for the Award - It was worth all the effort that went into it!

Finally - The Questionnaires will not be filed and forgotten.  The final report on the analysis of data, suggestions and comments contained in them should be completed by December.  Thereafter, the contents should prove of use, in many ways, to various organisations, for some time to come.  It is to be hoped that they will be well used.

Ann Round - 'Safer Girton' - November 1999

Message from St Andrew's

Girton Youth Works !

'Girton Youth Works' now replaces what was known as 'The Bus Shelter Project' and has considerably expanded its range of operations.  Our aim is to oversee the work of the youth workers and volunteers involved with umbrella projects within the village. The ethos of Girton Youth Works is the empowerment of young people to help themselves. The skills which are needed to achieve this are also underpinned i.e. confidence, self esteem and self worth. 

The current projects which are supporting the development of these skills include one - to - one mentoring , Gardening Squad,  Baby-sitting Course, and the continuing hard work of our Youth Workers who remain ever faithful to Girton. 

It is envisaged that there will be the opportunity for young people to participate within an organised programme on Thursday evenings at the Cotton Hall.  This has to be finalised and more details will be available shortly.  It is also hoped that a venue can be arranged for a drop-in centre on a Monday evening within the village which would be overseen by  Youth Workers. 

Further courses are on the horizon such as Assertiveness Training and Personal Safety.  If you have any ideas for training then please let me know. 

Much work remains to be done! Our young people have so much to offer and it is our hope that we can go some way to promote this.

Girton Young Person's Directory

Last month, I requested help to update information previously provided by organisations involved with children and young people aged 0 - 18 years within the village.  Because of a poor response, I need to ask you to help me. I need accurate up - to - date information before this document goes to print.  It is my intention to produce this Directory for the Millennium so please contact me if you wish to promote your organisation.  This is your chance to let every child and young person know what is happening in our village.  So often I hear that  there is nothing to do, so here is your chance to really make a difference.

Adult First Aid Course

Due to poor uptake, the first aid course due to be held in October was postponed and will now run on Saturday 5th February 2000.  The venue will be the Cotton Hall.  The course will cost £25.00. Spaces are limited so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please note that this is an adult course and not childcare. Anyone interested in a childcare only course should contact Estelle Holmes.
For further information on any of the above Girton Youth Work articles, please contact Jackie Marshall on behalf of the management team.

Message from the Baptist Church

He will remember

A few years ago when I was working in another place, a colleague who was in the Royal British Legion announced at Remembrance that it had finally happened, there was now no-one alive in the town who had served in the First World War.  I would think that today there must be very few towns and villages where anybody can personally remember those who lost their lives in that conflict, indeed as we all get older, and friends and relatives are no longer with us so our memories whether they be of the war or whatever, become through lack of others more personal.  That experience we once shared with another is now just our memory and therefore as we think back our thoughts become increasingly personal, yet never solitary. 

For if we ever entertain the thought that nobody else remembers, that names and memories are forgotten, God says, I remember, I know your emotions, I share your feelings.  For me one of the most poignant verses in the Bible is the shortest, for John 11:35 says simply "Jesus wept". That was Jesus' emotion on hearing that his friend Lazarus had died.  He empathised with the emotions of Lazarus' friends, of his family, of Martha and Mary, his sisters, and Jesus cried real tears with them.

Just as the Bible tells us that God does not forget us, so it also tells us that it was the Lord who invented the idea of memorials, as a means of giving us a focus for our memories.  When the Israelites escaped from slavery in Egypt and started to make their way to the promised land, the Lord told them to build memorials on the way to mark significant events.  After the River Jordan had stopped flowing and Joshua was able to lead the Israelites over on dry ground, he instructed twelve men to each take a stone from the dried up river bed and build a memorial for the generations to come.  It was to be there to remind them of the past, when the Jordan stopped flowing so that the people could cross;  to emphasis the present, that the God who had done such tremendous things in the days of their fathers was still the God who was with them today and therefore looking to the future, that God would be with them in times to come.

In the Old Testament memorials tended to be physical monuments, but in the New Testament Jesus gave us his own memorial when he shared his last supper with his disciples.  That simple meal that we have today as Communion has, like all God's other memorials, a past, a present and a future dimension.  When we take communion we look back to the time when Jesus gave himself for us on the cross;  we are conscious that the same Lord rose again ascended into heaven and in the present says to us "I am with you, I will never leave you or desert you" and we look to the future, remembering the words of Jesus that communion wasn't to be celebrated for ever, but until the day when he will come again.

War memorials stand in most of our villages and towns in the country, long may they remain and speak to us all of their three-fold, God given, purpose of past, present and future.  Of the past as we look back with quiet gratitude to those who gave their lives in the service of their country.  Of the present as we consider that God is with us and we don't remember alone.  Of the future as we reflect that the peace we now enjoy is a fragile flower and we need to do all we can in our own individual corner to strive for peace and ensure that this is a world that those who died for it would be pleased to see.

Phillip Staves

Last updated: 7th November 1999