Poems in the Pub – a new kind of event!

Do you like reading, writing or listening to poetry?
Bring a favourite poem to read or recite.
Bring your own poems or someone else’s.
Just listen to poems.
Talk about poems.
Meet others who like poetry.
This event at the Six Bells Function Room scheduled for
Sunday 20th March 2021 at 7:30pm has had to be POSTPONED.

Really sorry about that but we’ll announce the re-scheduled date soon.

How it works:

This is a chance to perform poetry in front of a small audience, or just to listen to poetry.

If you would like to read or recite a poem please let us know beforehand:

Alternatively, if you haven’t decided yet, you can let us know when you arrive.

You can read something you’ve written yourself – maybe recently, maybe a long time ago – or you can read a poem that you like that was written by someone else, or you could do both if time allows. All styles are welcome, traditional or modern, rhymed or not.

We won’t know exactly how long each reader has until we know how many there are, but you could plan for 5 or 10 minutes. We will be able to decide this on the night.

The open mic sessions will be the first half of the programme, for about 45 minutes. After an interval, we will then have our guest performers, Glen Hutchinson and Marmalade Panic.

The interval will be about 20 minutes during which time some buffet snacks will be available, with drinks from the bar.

New book published by local author

Travelling to, or living in a foreign land can sometimes be problematic. Strange happenings and whimsical encounters are revealed in thirteen intriguing travel tales in the new book from Sue Elringham of Fulbourn called Travel is a Dubious Delight. Its available to purchase here.

Fulbourn’s 2020 ‘Written Word’ project has come to fruition with the publication of an 80 page book!
Copies are available at £3 each and if you would like to reserve a copy please contact with your full name, address and contact details. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

Battle Orders by George Culling

One of our local authors in Fulbourn has published a new book. He’s also prepared to offer it at a reduced rate of £12 (RRP £14.99) to Fulbourn residents and has offered to deliver it locally. Contact him directly:

Below is what he has to say about it:

The title of my new book is BATTLE ORDERS:  a docu-drama of the experiences of a young Lancaster crew in 1945.  Although it is a work of fiction, every incident described in it actually occurred, often many times.

In the book, I’ve tried to combine accounts of highly-dangerous operations with their rationale, and with the hopes, fears and aspirations of the young airmen.

Bombing was the most dangerous activity of the War, and the crews were all volunteers, but committed to carry out a full tour of thirty operations.   Wounded crew members might be hospitalised, but would then resume their tour of duty.  44.4% of them – average age 22 – lost their lives, a higher percentage than that of any branch of any of the other armed Services. The chance of surviving a tour was about 45%, and of two tours, which some did, 20%.

 The purpose, or rationale of a particular operation was normally explained during a briefing.

         Here are some examples.

 The ‘doodlebug” flying bombs and the V2 rocket bombs were designed and manufactured at Peenamunde, on the Baltic coast, and were then transported to launching pads on the Channel coast.  Both types of bomb caused thousands of deaths and widespread destruction.  Both the Peenamunde factories and the launching pads were successfully bombed many times.

The regular bombing of marshalling yards took account of Germany’s dependence of its rail network for the transport of servicemen and the weapons of war to wherever they were needed.

German U-Boats were sinking hundreds of our merchant ships. For example, 240 ships were torpedoed between June and October,1940, with the loss of thousands of sailors and vast quantities of food and war materials, and U-Boat attacks continued for most of the War years.  Hundreds of them were sunk by the Royal Navy and RAF, while massive concrete U-boat bunkers, or pens, in Hamburg, Trondheim, Heligoland, Bordeaux, Brest and St.Nazaire, were frequently bombed.

 The dangers faced by the bombing aircraft were not confined to the shells of anti-aircraft guns and the machine guns and cannon of night fighters.

An aircraft might be severely damaged or destroyed by ‘friendly’ bombing from one above, or collide with another one in a crowded sky.  

The pilot might have to ‘ditch’ in the North Sea, always a hazardous operation.  If they had enough time before the aircraft sank, the crew would climb into a rubber dinghy and hope to be rescued by the Air/Sea Rescue Service, but many died from exposure, or were never found.

Aircraft that managed to fly back to their base often carried crew members who had been seriously wounded, and the aircraft might be badly damaged.

The pilot might have to fly the whole way back with only two or three of the four engines working, the others having been destroyed.  It is a remarkable fact that some skilful pilots managed to land their Lancaster with two engines only, and both on the same side!

Sometimes, when bombs had been released from the bomb bay, it was found that one was still in place.  The pilot might have to land his aircraft with it still hanging in the bomb bay, a few feet from the tarmac.

Then there was often the weather problem.  On one Berlin operation more aircraft were lost through the weather than by enemy action.  Fog, or smog over Britain was often a severe problem when aircraft were coming in to land.  Altimeters (based on an aneroid barometer) were not entirely reliable, and many aircraft crashed into hills, tall buildings, hangars, etc. when descending.

All the above incidents are experienced by the young Lancaster crew in my book.  They also take part in a humanitarian operation over northern Holland.  600 tons of food were dropped by the RAF to Dutch people in the north of the country, who were starving towards the end of the War, when the Gestapo blocked the supply of food as a punishment for the non-cooperation of transport workers.  The Dutch people expressed their gratitude in brief messages written with tulips in surrounding fields.

George Culling
Sept 2020

 Fulbourn Village Library

Fulbourn Village Library is a public library licenced with the County Library Service and run by volunteers.  Please go to our new website: for further information about the library.

In June 2011 the Fulbourn Writing Group produced an anthology,  “This is Our Village, Fulbourn”. Written by young and old, people who were born and grew up locally and also newcomers to the village.  Our writing provides fact and fiction, prose and poems, displaying the rich variety of village life – past, present and future.

Published by Arima publishing in Suffolk, list price is £7.95.  A reduction is made if purchased through the Library.  Call in to the Library for more information.

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