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John Downing is a senior journalist at the Cambridge Independent and joined the paper in 2017. He stared his career in journalism in 2001 and previously worked as a reporter and sub-editor.

Seventy-five new homes at Orchard Park available for affordable and social rent

28 March 2024
Seventy-five new homes at Orchard Park available for affordable and social rent

Seventy-five new homes at Orchard Park available for affordable and social rent

28 March 2024

Cambridge Investment Partnership completed the development delivered through funding from Homes England.


Rediscovered Turner watercolour bought in a group lot for £100 could fetch £30,000 at Cheffins auction

18 March 2024
Rediscovered Turner watercolour bought in a group lot for £100 could fetch £30,000 at Cheffins auction

Rediscovered Turner watercolour bought in a group lot for £100 could fetch £30,000 at Cheffins auction

18 March 2024

It has been held in a private Suffolk collection for the past 30 years.


Plastic fantastic – Cambridge University Varsity football match kit is made from recycled bottles

15 March 2024
Plastic fantastic – Cambridge University Varsity football match kit is made from recycled bottles

Plastic fantastic – Cambridge University Varsity football match kit is made from recycled bottles

15 March 2024

The kit to mark the 150th anniversary of the Varsity match is a modern marvel of recycling innovation.


Royal Papworth Hospital study shows lung transplant scheme reduced waiting times for sickest patients

04 February 2024
Royal Papworth Hospital study shows lung transplant scheme reduced waiting times for sickest patients

Royal Papworth Hospital study shows lung transplant scheme reduced waiting times for sickest patients

04 February 2024

Experts examined data before and after the introduction of a national scheme with patients categorised by the urgency of their transplant need.


Large modern warehouse unit on business park near A14 available now

10 January 2024
Large modern warehouse unit on business park near A14 available now

Large modern warehouse unit on business park near A14 available now

10 January 2024

A unit in excess of 70,000 sq ft in Newmarket is available to let through Cheffins.


Form the Future annual conference looks at preparing young people for a changing workplace

30 November 2023
Form the Future annual conference looks at preparing young people for a changing workplace

Form the Future annual conference looks at preparing young people for a changing workplace

30 November 2023

Delegates will hear from speakers on four separate stages during this all-day event on Friday (December 1) at the Moller Institute in Cambridge.


Work starts on Strawberry Fields forever homes for over-60s in Stapleford

27 November 2023
Work starts on Strawberry Fields forever homes for over-60s in Stapleford

Work starts on Strawberry Fields forever homes for over-60s in Stapleford

27 November 2023

The start of a £50 million retirement development of 147 homes has been marked by a ground-breaking ceremony.


Three-day festive market for the whole community at Eddington

23 November 2023
Three-day festive market for the whole community at Eddington

Three-day festive market for the whole community at Eddington

23 November 2023

Markets will run over three days from Friday to Sunday (November 24-26).


‘Breathtaking’ collection of Ferguson tractor memorabilia to be sold at Cheffins auction

17 November 2023
‘Breathtaking’ collection of Ferguson tractor memorabilia to be sold at Cheffins auction

‘Breathtaking’ collection of Ferguson tractor memorabilia to be sold at Cheffins auction

17 November 2023

The late tractor enthusiast Jim Russell amassed the collection of 800 items over 50 years.


Trinity College statue of Henry VIII given new sceptre to mark 75th birthday of King Charles III

15 November 2023
Trinity College statue of Henry VIII given new sceptre to mark 75th birthday of King Charles III

Trinity College statue of Henry VIII given new sceptre to mark 75th birthday of King Charles III

15 November 2023

The traditional chair leg has been replaced with a sceptre made by a team of green woodworkers.


Quad bike once owned by Ozzy Osbourne for sale at Cheffins auction

10 August 2023
Quad bike once owned by Ozzy Osbourne for sale at Cheffins auction

Quad bike once owned by Ozzy Osbourne for sale at Cheffins auction

10 August 2023

The Suzuki Quad Runner 250 has been driven 1,694 miles and has a pre-auction estimate of £3,000 to £5,000.


Get on board as Dial-a-Ride expands services to four South Cambridgeshire villages

09 August 2023
Get on board as Dial-a-Ride expands services to four South Cambridgeshire villages

Get on board as Dial-a-Ride expands services to four South Cambridgeshire villages

09 August 2023

Cambridge Dial-a-Ride is expanding its minibus service for people with mobility issues to Bar Hill, Cottenham, Histon and Impington.


Tons of funds raised by COEL and Carter Jonas for two charities from inaugural cricket day

20 July 2023
Tons of funds raised by COEL and Carter Jonas for two charities from inaugural cricket day

Tons of funds raised by COEL and Carter Jonas for two charities from inaugural cricket day

20 July 2023

The cricket day at Fenner’s hosted included a star turn by former England international Monty Panesar.


University of Cambridge’s precision technology approach to recycling is a first for UK higher education

28 June 2023
University of Cambridge’s precision technology approach to recycling is a first for UK higher education

University of Cambridge’s precision technology approach to recycling is a first for UK higher education

28 June 2023

It aims to increase waste recycling from 50 per cent to 80 per cent by introducing an innovative waste recovery service.

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Corporation tax hike: Here are the essentials business owners need to know

14 June 2023
Corporation tax hike: Here are the essentials business owners need to know

Corporation tax hike: Here are the essentials business owners need to know

14 June 2023

Sponsored feature | Michael Bretherick, chartered financial planner, Gibbs Denley Financial Planning


Lottery funding is Beacon of hope for rare disease patients

06 June 2023
Lottery funding is Beacon of hope for rare disease patients

Lottery funding is Beacon of hope for rare disease patients

06 June 2023

Rare disease charity Beacon has been awarded £404,822 over three years by the National Lottery.


How The Cambridge’s Rent to Home initiative is making a difference

24 May 2023
How The Cambridge’s Rent to Home initiative is making a difference

How The Cambridge’s Rent to Home initiative is making a difference

24 May 2023

The scheme is designed to help those who can afford to rent but are unable to save a deposit to buy their first home.


All hail the ale - the Cambridge Beer Festival is back

22 May 2023
All hail the ale - the Cambridge Beer Festival is back

All hail the ale - the Cambridge Beer Festival is back

22 May 2023

The six-day festival on Jesus Green is back for the first time since 2019.

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Horror as hedge in Sawston is slashed down during nesting season

20 April 2023
Horror as hedge in Sawston is slashed down during nesting season

Horror as hedge in Sawston is slashed down during nesting season

20 April 2023

The hedge was cut down close to the access to a new housing development.

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Cambridge woman Anne Keast-Butler to be first female director at GCHQ

13 April 2023
Cambridge woman Anne Keast-Butler to be first female director at GCHQ

Cambridge woman Anne Keast-Butler to be first female director at GCHQ

13 April 2023

She is currently MI5’s deputy director-general and will be the security agency’s 17th leader since its inception in 1919.


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