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Girton Parish News - August 2000

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The Opening of the New Pavilion

Sunday September 10th
1pm until late


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.

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.

(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 football?
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.

Mini Football 
Cricket - to be arranged
Children's Sports Day Games

Tennis - the Tennis Club are organising a sign up on the day tournament - bring a racket!
Netball - Teams invited (youth, adult) for Netball tournament 

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.

Desperately seeking a company from whom to hire a mini-ramp for BMX, Skateboarding team demo.  Any contacts welcome.  Have team, need ramp

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, First Aiders
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

Message from St Andrew's

Somebody or Nobody

There once were four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
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 it.
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 plea.

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 lost.

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


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.

Phillip Staves

Message from the Girton Glebe School

Girton Glebe News

School is on a much earned break at the moment.  More news will be forthcoming when the new term begins.

Last updated: 30th July 2000