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Support the Arbury Carnival...

Be a hero for the Arbury Carnival...

The emails and phone line here were red hot last Wednesday night as we mounted a whip-round to support the Arbury Carnival. 

The Carnival is so special.

It is a day for the whole of modern Arbury to get together, to have fun and be friends and neighbours, and for those 'outside' of Arbury (and the historic Arbury district boundaries are NOT a matter of inaccurately named electoral wards and a modern highway) it's also a time to join in, have fun, be friends and neighbours and so on.

Be a hero - duck in and help!

The Arbury name is very special indeed. Arbury Road is the only road name in Cambridge with prehistoric links, and the ancient human habitation and its surrounding Harborough (a variation of the Arbury name) or Arbury Meadows and Arbury Fields are local history writ plain.

The Arbury Meadows - north of Arbury Road, with the North Arbury Furlong, West Arbury Corner and Arbury Corner. The name is derived from the prehistoric earthwork at Arbury Camp. The red line indicates the course of the Roman road, the Mere Way or Akeman Street. Carlton Way and Mere Way, in South Arbury, follow the course of the road.

The Carnival is evidence of the strong community spirit of the Arbury Estate, and stretches all the way back to 1977 - the decade when Arbury also established its own adventure playground, Town Park and community centre.

The 1980s, of course, gave us the Arbury 1980 project and the Arbury Is Where We Live! book - which put the Arbury history and accounts of the (then) modern day on record.

The Carnival has made its initial target of £700 and more, but please throw anything into the hat you can afford. The idea is to form a bit of a 'pillow' for future expenses.

Also, please look to the future some more. Help is needed behind the scenes to organise the Carnival so please visit the Arbury Carnival Twitter page. The AGM is on 25 July:

Arbury is ancient - and modern... The Arbury Carnival site and its historic neighbourhood in the days of the Manor Farm, which occupied much of the old Arbury Meadows and was established in the years following the 1840 Chesterton Enclosures. The 'Arbury' name is a link to something more ancient than Chesterton - the earthwork at Arbury Camp. Part of the outline can still be seen at Ring Fort Road at Orchard Park (originally Arbury Park, and, before that, Arbury Camp Farm).


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