To Kirtling and Upend and Woodditton and Saxon Street via the Cambridgeshire parts of Newmarket (sore point there, for other parts of Newmarket are still in Suffolk) today for more canvassing and calling.
Kirtling and Upend mean much to my wife and I. Sue has more than thirty of her Dobito and Norman ancestors buried in All Saints' Churchyard, and I claim relationship by marriage to others who lie there: Stephen Howard (1819 - 1892), of The Moat, Upend; his son, Alderman Stephen Goodwin Howard (1867 - 1934), a vice-Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council and MP for Sudbury; as well as the latter's son, Sir (Stephen) Gerald Howard (1896 - 1973), who was MP for Cambridgeshire and who was succeeded as our MP by Mr Francis Pym (later Lord Pym), with whom I worked locally.
Kirtling and Upend are charming places and very quiet, especially in the day-time, and Olive and I reminisced about the village and the school, which was closed in 1980. It is always sad when a village school closes but, in the case of Kirtling, its continued existence was threatened in part by the lack of housing development in the village. I contend that almost every community needs some development in order to ensure that basic services are maintained. A village school is a basic service and I don't want to witness any more village schools being closed in South East Cambridgeshire.