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Update on the progress of the Lode / Quy cycle path

Lode / Quy cycle path The cycle path work starts on Monday 24th July and will continue for 20 weeks. There will be traffic control probably more in the beginning as they will start on the land near to Quy which is narrow and uses the verge.
Fran Platten July. 2017 Lode Parish Council

Half Marathon and Fun Run

The 6th Lode Half Marathon & Fun Run took place on Sunday 6th November. This year we were raising money for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity who has opened a new hospice at Great Shelford. All 250 places for the half marathon were taken up well before race day and Arthur Rank also had a team running who raised extra money. The fastest men were:
Scott Hill from RAF Triathlon Club in 1 hour 18mins 51secs
Grant Harradence from Newmarket in 1hr 19mins 19secs
Sammy Rashid from Liverpool & Sefton Harriers in 1hr 22mins 54 secs
The fastest ladies were:
Katalin Ferenc from Running Club Sweden in 1hour 25mins 30secs (who was also 4th fastest overall)
Rose Waterman from Tri-Anglia Running Club in 1hr 29mins 14secs.
Kelly Mepham from Haverhill Running Club in 1hr 33mins 52secs

Many congratulations to the 10 runners from Lode who completed the half marathon, a great achievement.
Michael Ward who came 12th overall in 1hr 32mins 42secs
Richard Preston in 1hr 41mins 42secs (40th overall)
Tom Lovelace in a time of 1hr 44mins 35secs (48th overall)
James Lovelace in 1hr 44mins 35secs (49th overall)
Clive Purbrook in 1hr 44mins 52 secs (53rd overall & age group winner)
Katie Ward in 1hr 54mins 34secs (83rd overall)
John Lince in 2hrs 11mins 33secs
Jamie Jackson in 2hrs 11mins 33secs
Sarah Moulton in 2hrs 12mins 44secs
Lloyd Clarke in 2hrs 20mins 15secs

This year we also had chip timing for the fun run. There were 40 runners of all ages who complete the 3 mile (approx) course.
The first 3 runners home were:
Tony Bacon in 18mins 26 secs
Freddie Wardle in 21mins 28 secs
Iain Rogers in 21 mins 35 secs
Well done to everyone.
We raised approx. £4600 for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity (plus the extra sponsorship raised by the Arthur Rank team of runners - final figure not yet available). It was a fantastic team effort and we could not have done it without the many people who helped by stewarding, timekeeping, making cakes, serving refreshments, putting out signs and all the other things that go into organising such an event - a big thank you to each and every one of you.

A massive thank you must also go to the following local companies who sponsored the event:
Bush Sales & Lettings, Bottisham Stores, Ridgeons of Cambridge, Mead Construction Ltd, Sweatshop (Cambridge), Tesco Fulbourn, Halls of Cambridge.
And to those who allowed us onto their land/lent us equipment - Clive & Belinda Purbrook, National Trust & Environment Agency.
Many thanks to you all.

We've had many thank you's from the runners including:
"Great day, thank you, really well organised and the Marshalls were great."
"A great event once again. Thanks to all the organisers, marshalls & other volunteers. Looking forward to next year."
"I would like to say how much I enjoyed running in the Lode half earlier today, great organisation, marshals, course, and cakes. Even the weather was pretty well ideal running conditions although there was a stiff breeze in places. Thank you all very much, I know just how much effort it takes to stage these events".

Next year's event will be held on Sunday 5th November 2017.

For more details, pictures and to volunteer or take part next year go to

Lode with Longmeadow Village Trust Seeks Volunteer

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Lode Walks Pamphlet now available online

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Lode parish has an abundance of footpaths which explore the four corners of our patch and give access to adjacent parishes, their villages and pubs. This guide describes 18 circular walks from 3 to 20 km long, and provides sketch maps to help you to navigate. Hills are notable for their absence and stiles are few and far between, so generally the walking is easy. Much of the landscape is agricultural but there are some very attractive grassy lanes, some woodland, several lodes (man-made watercourses), and the River Cam, as well as some attractive vistas. Seven local pubs are listed in the guide, all serving food at lunchtime. Some are closed on Mondays and one on Tuesday as well - check before you set off. Please walk responsibly, following to the designated paths and keeping your dog under control. Please do not litter or leave dog mess (bagged or not) - it's not nice and it takes a lot more effort for us to clear it up after you've gone. Thanks - enjoy your visit to our parish!

Local Fundraisers

Chris & Jenny Leeton (you may know their daughter Lily or their dog Cookie!) are cycling 100 miles.
Yes 100 MILES around the heart of London and Surrey on closed roads at the end of July 2017, Ride London 100. They are doing this not only as a challenge for themselves but also to raise money and awareness for PARKINSON'S DISEASE. This is something very close to their hearts as 2 family members have suffered for many years with this disease. We would greatly appreciate any sponsor money you could give be it £1 or more....
Our just giving page is:
Chris and Jenny Leeton, Lode

My name is Sue Foxwell and I have lived in the village of Lode with Longmeadow for the past 11 years.
I would like to ask for help from the village of Lode & Longmeadow with raising money for a sponsored cycle event which is being held in Sat 27th May 2017. As a daily cyclist some of you may have seen me cycling to and from work each day but I have never even considered a night ride as I would be more than happy most evenings to be tucked up in bed by this time. I have decided to try the challenge but I need help raising the much needed money to help make breast, cervical and ovarian cancer a disease of the past. 'Ride the night' is a sponsored 100k night ride. My time to leave Windsor is 22.00. I have a page set up on 'just giving', it is easy to use and won't take a moment. Thank you in advance - every little helps.
An update on the ride and a thank the people who took time to sponsor me - Rima Page, Ian & Carol Faulkner, Caroline Flack, Clive Cornell, Digger, Gill Fry, Louise (Mill Rd), Duncan Freeman, Ian & Sandy Middleton without your kindness & generosity I would not have been able to have taken part. 3000 cycling ladies of all ages, shapes, sizes & abilities set off from Windsor Race Course heading into London taking spectacular views of the Thames, Westminster Bridge, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, a pink lit up London Eye and Buckingham Palace to name just a few. A lovely way to see the sites and sounds of a City in the middle of the night & do good at the same time. We took 5 hrs & 20 minutes to complete the course with 3 stops for refreshments etc. When we set off at 22.00 the total sum of donations had hit £1,200,000. Macmillan, who I am now attached to via work have documented that by 2030 4 million people will be living with cancer. I shall definitely be signing up for next year as it was easily the best charity cycle ride I've ever done. Thank you all it was much appreciated.
Sue Foxwell, Longmeadow

Meleena steps out for a good cause, July 2016.   I am walking on average 60 miles per week at the moment so I need to start increasing it if I am ever to manage 100km in one go! I have to say the thing that I most enjoy at the moment about walking is watching Spring slowly unfolding - it's amazing how much the surrounding countryside changes in a just the space of a few days - the bright yellow daffodils are a super cheery sight. I particularly like to walk in the early morning without the accompaniment of headphones so that I can hear the tuneful play of the birds who are clearly looking for a nest buddy! My special 'spotting' has been a muntjac deer. I am aiming to get out and about in the evenings once the nights have drawn out a bit more and hope that this will spur me on to my goal. My current fund raising has exceeded the £500 target - currently at £735 and a big thank you goes to those in the village who have sponsored me so far. many thanks. See pages 17/18 of the September 2016 issue of Lode Star for a full writeup.
Meleena Walsh, Northfields

Sue Hodgson, Lesley Trigg, Jan Hall, Coast to Coast Cycle Ride, August 2015.   You may already be aware that Sue Hodgson, Lesley Trigg and Jan Hall have completed a coast to coast cycle ride. They started in Whitehaven and finished in South Shields. Three days of rain, sun, constant pedaling and the occasional walk up a hill, diva moments, laughs (lots of laughs) and quiet remembrance, punctures, brake failures, padded shorts, 'creaming up' and getting lost in Newcastle (not recommended).

The Lode Ladies finally completed the 160 miles from coast to coast just a few hours late!! Whilst doing this they thought it would be a great way to help raise some funds for the National Kidney Federation. This charity was a great support to Doug and Sue Hodgson earlier this year. The money raised online so far is beyond fantastic and they would like to thank you all for donating - there is still time to donate if you would like to at and you can see some of the work this charity does at

Places of Worship

St James' Church

The Rev'd Hailstone owned and lived in Anglesey Abbey and was the Vicar of Bottisham in the 1800's. He felt strongly that Lode should have its own Church and built St James' to the designs of Rhode Hawkins. The Church was dedicated in 1853 and the family supplied a vicar for over 80 years. St James' is a grade II listed church with a simple Gothic lancet style for the nave, chancel and western turret containing a clock and a bell.
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Lode Chapel

Lode Chapel has been a place of worship since the original building was started in 1810. Since then there have been several extensions and additions. The Chapel is still used for evening worship services once each month, although Sunday morning services are now held in Bottisham Primary School under the name of RE:NEW. Our church community also use the building for various social activities. We are very pleased that the Chapel is used as a regular venue for a number of local organisations and activities. It is also widely used by other churches and Christian groups in the area as a quiet space for meetings, away-days and prayer retreats.
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