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Ask Arbury: Community Activism in North and South Arbury

Arbury Is Where We Live! - 1981: Mrs Lark and many others campaigned for Arbury community facilities.

An interesting question from Badger: Why was community activism more prevalent on North Arbury than South? 

Answer: the estate was united as Arbury - far more relevant than 'North Cambridge' (historic Cambridge is a distant city centre) or the misplaced, council planners' whim and motorway driven 'King's Hedges' - and gained a sense of local history very quickly. And South Arbury did participate. The united Arbury estate gained the Nun's Way Field, Arbury Adventure Playground, Arbury Community Centre and Arbury Town Park. North Arbury also begat the Arbury Carnival. 

The North Arbury name is historically correct - much, if not most, Arbury history lays north of Arbury Road (though it is important to remember the many Roman finds in South Arbury) - and the North Arbury community, in unison with its South Arbury counterpart, campaigned for and organised some of our best community facilities and functions. The 'Arbury' name, North or South, is certainly nothing to be ashamed of.

The Arbury Adventure Playground greets the Arbury goat in 1979.

The Arbury Community Centre in Campkin Road.

Much Arbury history lays north of Arbury Road - and it is not King's Hedges in any meaningful or historic sense. Find King's Hedges on this 1900 map.


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