John Meed

John Meed is a singer-songwriter based in Cambridge whose music has been described by R2 Rock’n’Reel as: ‘Thoughtful and thought provoking.’

‘The spirit of folk music is alive, well and delightfully accompanied.’ FATEA

‘Pavilion Parade said it all really – who said political songwriting was dead?’ Eric Bogle

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Wandlebury

Wandlebury, a country park just south of Cambridge at the start of the Gog Magog Hills, is one of our favourite places close to the city. However, it is facing a major crisis.

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On December 4th of last year the Cambridge News broke the story that the three rangers employed at Wandlebury were to be made redundant by the charity that runs the park, Cambridge Past Present and Future. Despite an immediate outcry, the redundancies were confirmed by CPPF in early January. A meeting organised by the Friends of Wandlebury in late January was attended by almost 200 people, and people were highly critical of CPPF’s actions; as one member said ‘Listen to your members – we do not want the rangers gone’. Despite this the rangers appeal against their redundancies was rejected by CPPF’s trustees and they were removed from their posts in early February.

The Friends of Wandlebury are calling for an EGM of the charity. We have known the rangers well for many years and are impressed by their kindness and competence – in their time Wandlebury has been transformed: new chalk grassland, new areas of woodland, new hedgerows, new trees, a laid hedge, additional, well-maintained footpaths, as well as sensitive habitat management including coppicing, grazing, tree management. We are extremely shocked that their posts had been put at risk in this way – it seems to be a ridiculous decision as well as being inhuman. However, in a manner that reflects the nasty neo-liberal climate we currently live in, CPPF apparently thinks their work can be done ‘better and more cheaply’ by a mixture of part-timers, volunteers and contractors.

If you share my concerns you can write to CPPF at properties@cambridgeppf.org. Message me via the comments box below if you would like to be kept in touch with developments, especially if you are a member of CPPF.

I attach here statements from both the Friends of Wandlebury and from CPPF. It’s worth saying though that I have repeatedly asked CPPF to give me some concrete and tangible evidence to justify the changes and have been given hollow, meaningless words in reply – no costed proposals, no management plans, no job descriptions, no person specifications – nothing.

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