Cambridgeshire Matters Newsletter - November 2019

Welcome to the November issue of Cambridgeshire Matters, designed to keep you up to date with Cambridgeshire County Council's latest news and features relevant to you and your council.

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Cambridgeshire Matters goes out bi-monthly in the middle of the month (January, March, May, July, September and November).

Dragon Patcher fixing the road
Depot Days - Dragon Patcher

Delegates at Cambridgeshire Local Councils Conference 2019

Delegates at Cambridgeshire Local Councils Conference 2019
Delegates at Cambridgeshire Local Councils Conference 2019
Delegates networking at Cambridgeshire Local Councils Conference 2019
Delegates networking at Cambridgeshire Local Councils Conference 2019

Thanks to all local council clerks and councillors who attended the recent Cambridgeshire Local Councils Conference 2019. A massive 225 people attended, with over 80 parishes from across the county represented.

Participants rated the event highly, giving it an average score of 4.1 out of 5. The morning session focused on the new ‘Think Communities’ approach being taken by the county and district councils and other statutory partners. Whilst it is fair to say that some scepticism exists amongst local councils on whether this approach will bring about any real change, it is also abundantly clear that local councils recognise that they are the community leaders to whom their residents look to tackle local community issues and that they must work with the bigger agencies, such as county and district councils to deliver the services that people need, in the best possible way, at the lowest possible cost.

The marketplace of stalls was bigger than in previous years and provided great opportunities for local councils to meet those agencies and organisations who can support them in their community endeavours. Should the event be run again in future, we will have to consider a bigger venue to allow more space for delegates to move about and network.

Special thanks must be given to those involved in leading the eight workshops that provided learning on:

  • Supporting older people in your community
  • Too much to do and not enough people? Simple ways to mobilise your community
  • Data protection for parish councils
  • Towards Zero - Developing a new Road Safety Strategy
  • Funding for your community projects
  • Understanding your Carbon Footprint and Developing a Climate Change Strategy
  • How to gain valuable insights into your local area
  • Getting your Neighbourhood Plan started: engaging your community and recruiting volunteers 

All the presentations from the event have been loaded onto the Cambs Parishes website.

A full evaluation of the conference is being prepared and will be loaded to the website over the coming weeks. 

Innovate and Cultivate Fund - upcoming application deadlines

Cambridgeshire County Council is pleased to announce that the next deadline for Innovate and Cultivate Fund (ICF) applications is 1 February 2020. A pre-application advice session will be held on 10 December 2019 (details below). 

The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that strengthen our communities and reduce pressure on county council services, thereby giving a return on investment. Council services that are inviting applications are adult social care and children and families services.  

The fund is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations including parish councils, in Cambridgeshire. 

There are two funding streams: a ‘Cultivate’ fund for smaller projects that build community support networks and an ‘Innovate’ fund for bigger, bolder and more innovative initiatives. 

ICF has now funded 45 projects across Cambridgeshire. If you’d like to see one in action, pop into the Prospects Trust’s ‘Unwrapped’ shop and café in Ely for some homemade soup and cake, bulk staples and fabulous organic produce grown by their co-workers at their farm in Reach. 

A number of Cultivate applications were received from the 1 November funding round and those, along with the second stage applications for some Innovate applications, will be assessed and notified of success in December. 

New Cultivate ‘Seed’ Fund Projects

Guidance has been developed on starting Cultivate Seed Fund Projects that can help people to remain independent and active within their community, encourage volunteering and complement more costly Council services.  Projects include Timebanks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia-Friendly Communities and Men’s Sheds.  Visit the Cambs CF website for details. 

Upcoming application deadlines

  • 1 February 2020 – Cultivate grants (£2,000 – £19,000) and Innovate grants (£19,001 – £50,000)
  • 1 May 2020 – Cultivate grants only (£2,000 – £19,000) 

Pre-application advice session

Do you want to talk through your ideas before you submit your application?  Pre-application advice sessions are held for each funding round. The next session will be held on Tuesday 10 December 2019 between 9.30am and 12.30pm at the William Collyn Community Centre in Girton. Please book on Eventbrite or email if you would like further information. 

The 2019 ICF Evaluation Report which will highlight the positive impacts these projects are making is currently being prepared – watch this space for details. 

New online home for community support and events

The new Cambridgeshire online directory is live.

The directory provides residents and families with information on organisations, services and events across Cambridgeshire. The website replaces and the Family Information Directory providing an online home for local providers and organisations events, activities, clubs, groups and courses that support residents to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Listings include Cambridgeshire County Council services, our partners and commissioned services alongside community listings.

Find out more about the directory and encourage clubs, groups and organisations in your community to sign up today. 

Highway events

Towards the end of November, a lot of towns and villages will be holding their Christmas lights switch-on events. Please bear in mind that these will normally include road closures along with other traffic restrictions. You can review the highway events diary for exact details of locations and restrictions on our highway events page

White Ribbon Day

Banner for White Ribbon Day - 25 November 2019
Creating a future without male violence against women. #makethepromise.

White Ribbon Day is on 25 November - the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Organised by White Ribbon UK, this is a day to encourage everyone to take a stand to end male violence against women, once and for all.

Cambridgeshire County Council has been accredited by White Ribbon UK in 2018 for its commitment to ending male violence against women and tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence. We will mark White Ribbon Day on social media on 25 November and take this opportunity to raise awareness of the wider work carried out by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership to support survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

This year the theme of White Ribbon Day is “Creating a future without male violence against women” and we will be using White Ribbon Day and the following 16 days of action to engage with young men and boys in particular, and with schools to promote the Youth Advocate Programme.

One easy way to get involved is to invite your members and residents to take the White Ribbon pledge to ‘never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women’ and join the conversation on social media using #makethepromise.

You might have seen our stall at the Parish and Town Council Conference last week and learned more about our work to tackle domestic abuse and about White Ribbon. If you would like to follow-up on your conversation, or if you’ve missed us and would like to get in touch, please contact Julia Cullum or Amanda Warburton or visit

People from all walks of life are being encouraged to consider fostering

Can you open your heart and home to local children and young people who need love and support?

Cambridgeshire County Council needs more Cambridgeshire-based foster carers. Recruiting local foster carers saves money for public services but also ensures children have a local placement with a family, enabling them to remain in contact with friends and family.

We need people from all walks of life and would love to hear from anyone who is interested in fostering and has a spare bedroom in their home.

Fostering is a hugely rewarding, but there are many myths surrounding the role which can stop people from making an inquiry. These include:

  • You are never too old to foster and we welcome the experience.
  • Even if you have your own children we want to hear from you.
  • Depending which type of fostering you choose, working is not a barrier so please apply. 
  • Another misconception is that foster carers have to be perfect - we want people who can offer safe, secure and loving home.

Our foster carers provide a stable family support network at a time of great uncertainty. People should not rule themselves out because they have children, are single, married or partnered, work, live in rented accommodation, want to foster past retirement age.

We offer generous allowances, a start-up package and 24 hour access to advice and support.

If you would like to register your interest then email, call 0800 052 0078 or visit

Are you looking for an opportunity to work with children and young people with disabilities?

The Community Support Service and CamPlay provide short breaks to children and young people with additional needs, aged 0-18 years, as part of the Cambridgeshire Local Offer for children and young people with disabilities. We offer support in the home and community, Saturday clubs, community clubs and holiday clubs throughout the county of Cambridgeshire. We are always looking for enthusiastic staff to join our team! 

We are currently recruiting for both services on a relief contract basis. The flexible nature of the job provides a way of ‘topping up’ hours in holidays, after school, weekends and evenings. We also provide a comprehensive training programme and support in working with children and young people with a wide range of learning and physical disabilities, which are skills that can be brought back to your existing job. We are based in Huntingdon, but have work available across Cambridgeshire. 

Please find our recruitment poster attached If you would be interested in applying or have any questions, please get in touch on or 01480 379 800. We have ongoing recruitment with regular interviews, and you can visit to directly apply. 

You can also find out more information about who we are and what we do on our Community Support Service webpage

Our service users also helped us with making a video to let potential new staff know what being a support worker was all about, please take a look! 

Working with children with disabilities
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Depot Days - thank you

This year we reinstated our popular Highways Depot Open Days. In October, members and parishes had the opportunity to meet our highways officers and contractors in our March, Witchford, Huntingdon and Whittlesford depots to find out more about what we do and how we can help residents. 

Guests had the opportunity to meet our highways colleagues and contractors, and were able to find out more about Local Highways Improvement schemes, winter gritting and our resurfacing programmes, as well as talk with partners in the Police about Speed Watch, as well as seeing equipment like gritters and see the “Dragon Patcher” repairing potholes in action. 

The days were a great success, with 51 individuals attending over the days, and we received some lovely and positive feedback:

March Town Council: "March highway day was a great success, thank you to all officers that were there to speak to us. Great meeting officers that we would not normally be in contact with. Please pass onto all and very well done to all."

Elm Parish Council: "We were really impressed with the way yesterday went and it was great to meet everyone and see exactly what you guys are all about! It was quite an eye opener and such a shame that sometimes we (and the public) do not appreciate the work that goes on in the background. We will be sharing our experience at our next Parish Council Meeting."

Here’s a photo gallery from our Depot Days:

Worker and the Dragoon Patcher
Worker and the Dragoon Patcher

Community Gritting Scheme applications for winter 2019-20

A massive thank you to all the volunteers that took part in our Community Gritting Scheme last winter. 

With gritting season upon us, please can all parish volunteers check their gritting equipment. If you need spares please email or speak to your local highway officer and we will get them delivered. 

For those hearing about the Community Gritting Scheme for the first time, it’s a scheme where local volunteers help to keep their community moving in freezing weather. The parish or town council agrees specific routes in their area which are important to the local community and agrees them with the County Council.    

If you are a parish or town council looking to join the scheme, please send your completed form by the end of October to to speak to your Local Highway Officer.   

For further information please see our gritting webpage 

Babraham Park and Ride Smart Energy Grid - Public drop-in session Tuesday 19 November

Design image of Babraham Park and Ride with solar panelled carports
Babraham Park and Ride - image courtesy of Bouygues Energies and Services

Babraham Park and Ride - image courtesy of Bouygues Energies and Services


The team behind the Babraham Park and Ride Smart Energy Grid will be in Great Shelford on Tuesday 19 November from 7.30pm - 9.00pm at Great Shelford Memorial Hall to discuss the project and answer any questions.

The project will install carports above the car parking sections, to which solar panels will be fitted to generate renewable electricity - powering not only the site, but also electric vehicle charging points and local businesses in the years to come. The clean energy will also generate revenue for crucial frontline services. Construction is expected to start in early 2021 and will take up to one year to complete. More information about the project can be found on our MLEI website. 

Time Exchange News

Results from 2019 evaluation survey
Results from 2019 evaluation survey

Celebrations were in order last month for Time Exchange schemes, as the Time Credits initiative were marking their fifth anniversary in Fenland, and the Cambridge Festival of Ideas highlighted Timebanking as a way to create a caring community spirit. 

On Saturday 5 October, over 60 people came along to celebrate five years since the Time Credits initiative came to Fenland. The event was a chance for volunteers to celebrate together and relax with a buffet, craft activities and a raffle. There was so much to celebrate: In Fenland alone since 2014, over 25,000 Time Credits have been earned – that’s 25,000 hours of time given to Fenland communities or 12.5 years! And that is only Fenland. Since March this year, nearly 10,000 Time Credits have been earned by people who give their time all over Cambridgeshire in many different ways – from reading with children in school, to litter picking and running groups for the elderly who are isolated. The standout results from our 2019 evaluation survey show the real positive impact of Time Credits on skills development, health and well-being and community involvement. We are looking forward to making it a continuing success.

Timebankers took over the Shire Hall Council Chamber for the night as the Timebanking Partnership held a talk as part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas on 16 October. This was a great opportunity to celebrate all the wonderful things the 12 Cambridgeshire Timebanks achieve every day, with heart-warming stories about how Timebanks helped people in really difficult times such as recovering after hospital admissions or to cope with everyday challenges due to physical and mental health illness. The audience even watched a short play written by a Timebanking member!

You can keep up to date with time exchange news by signing up to the newsletter

'5 Simple Steps' to spot scams and stop scams - share the message

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP) is a county-wide partnership of public, private and voluntary sector organisations committed to working together to stop scams and doorstep crime across the county. 

We are delighted to offer your local council the fantastic opportunity to join the growing legion of CAPASP supporters and make a real difference to your residents. You know your community as well as anyone. You are best placed to make a positive difference to the lives of others within your community, protecting them from the financial and emotional harm of scams. 

Becoming a supporter costs nothing yet brings huge rewards. Local councils, community groups, charities, businesses, schools, housing associations and other organisations or individuals can become supporters. You will receive useful information from CAPASP to share with your community. This includes information on the latest scams, or new funding opportunities, for example. 

Supporters also have access to free resources such as posters, leaflets and newsletter articles. These help raise awareness of scams and provide details of local support. 

Information about local scams and sources of support can make a real positive impact on people, helping them to avoid the devastation that scams cause. And if you join us as a supporter we love to celebrate you and the great things you are doing through our CAPASP website and social media. 

So if you are inspired to deliver '5 Simple Steps' to spot scams and stop scams within your community we'd love to welcome you today as an official supporter! 

The following local councils are already registered as a CAPASP supporter, so a big thank you to them:

  • Benwick Parish Council
  • Eltisley Parish Council
  • Folkswoth and Washingley Parish Council
  • Gamlingay Parish Council
  • Holywell-cum-Needingwoth Parish Council
  • Lode Parish Council
  • Parson Drove Parish Council
  • Wisbech Town Council 

Please contact for more information or to join today.

The Library Presents

The Library Presents… The Autumn Season is in 23 libraries, with 78 events programmed (mix of performances and workshops), approximately half of which are for children and families.

Take a look at the website to view the programme and find out more about the high quality, affordable arts activities taking place in the heart of towns and villages across the county until Saturday 15 December 2019.

There is something for everyone, whatever their age and interests, including dance, music, puppetry, magic, comedy and theatre. There is also a great variety of arts and craft workshops.

Tickets are available to purchase in person at participating libraries, or alternatively through ticket provider Cambridge Live (online or ring 01223 357 851). 

Cambridgeshire Libraries' Space Chase: Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Children participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2019 at Cambridge Central, Comberton and St Neots libraries.
Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Over 7,400 children joined the Summer Reading Challenge this summer and 4,450 children were awarded medals and certificates for reading 6 books over the school summer holidays, thus completing the Challenge – an increase of 9% compared to last year. And over 750 children joined the library to take part in the Reading Challenge!

We asked our libraries to concentrate on encouraging children to keep visiting the library over the summer and complete the Challenge – aiming for 60% completion rate. This is always difficult to achieve when there are so many other activities children can take part in during the holidays. We are delighted to report that 16 libraries achieved this, with five libraries achieving over 70%, namely Burwell, Cottenham, Soham, Warboys and Willingham.

Our star performer this year, in terms of an increase in participants is Milton Road Library, which last year was operating out of a mobile whilst a new library was being built. This summer, at the new library, which opened in June, 168 children took part in the Challenge, an increase of over 300% compared to last year! Cambridge Central Library continues to have the highest number of participants of any library in the county – 679 this year.

Cambridgeshire Libraries also buys Challenge materials for children to take part in the 11 community managed libraries. They also had a successful summer, with over 670 children signing up.

We had 170 under 16s volunteer over the summer, whose support was invaluable in ensuring the success of the Challenge, as well as our programme of events. 300 themed activities took place across all 34 of our libraries.

Each child who completed the Challenge was invited to an Awards Ceremony at their local library, where they were presented with a medal and certificate.

We are very fortunate to receive funding from many of our town and parish councils, which enables us to fund additional staff hours to go into schools to promote the challenge and train our young volunteers before the holidays start. The funding also pays for exciting events and activities, which add value to the Summer Reading Challenge and help encourage children to take part. Our thanks to all those councils who have supported us this year. 

New Archives Centre, Ely

The archives currently held in Shire Hall basement are now being moved across into the repository of the new building, where they will be stored in environmentally controlled PD5454-compliant storage for the first time.

Currently over 10,000 archive boxes have already been safely moved across, of which precisely 5,244 have been so far scanned by the archive team’s barcode scanning unit. The barcode system is a bespoke one set up by staff at Cambridgeshire Archives, which matches a historical document’s entry on the online CALM database to that specific document’s location, thereby enabling staff to locate a document within seconds no matter where it may be stored in the new centre’s seven miles of shelving.

Currently we anticipate that the new centre will open to the public towards the end of the year. Please visit the Archives webpages for more information. 

Registration Service

The first appointments in the new combined Archive and Registration Centre in Ely have been taken. They have moved some records in, and are starting to issue certificates. However people need to apply online / via the contact centre – there is no reception facility in the building.

baby Isaac and his family
baby Isaac and his famil

Picture of baby Isaac and his family.


Family Safeguarding update

Cambridgeshire County Council has secured a £4.15m investment from the Department for Education (DfE) for the implementation of Family Safeguarding which will be introduced in February 2020.

The Strengthening Families, Protecting Children - Family Safeguarding approach improves outcomes for vulnerable children and young people by involving multi-disciplinary teams in children’s social care, and builds on work which has been underway in Peterborough for the last two years. Initially developed in Hertfordshire, the model has resulted in significantly better outcomes for some of the most vulnerable and at risk children.  

Most children who are facing the greatest risks to their wellbeing are those who live in families where at least one of the adults is struggling with mental or emotional health issues, substance or alcohol difficulties, or where there is domestic abuse. Under the Family Safeguarding approach, children’s social work teams are expanded to include adult practitioners who are experts at supporting parents to address these challenges. We will soon be recruiting for these roles.

If you have any questions or queries, please email

New app to help local Armed Forces community connect and thrive

A phone displaying Forces Connect app
A phone displaying Forces Connect app

A new mobile app has been launched to signpost members of the armed forces community in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to support and advice in their area.

The free ‘Forces Connect’ app is aimed at serving personnel, veterans, and their families as well as public sector organisations, who can know find local services and organisations offering support in just four clicks. The new app was launched at the Annual Conference of the Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Board in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, which took place in St Ives on Tuesday 5 November 2019.

To download the app, search “Forces Connect” in Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store. Read more here. 

Stay Well campaign 2019/20

The effects of cold winter weather on the health of vulnerable people are well known and often result in unplanned hospital admissions.

The key aim of Cambridgeshire County Council Public Health Directorate’s Stay Well campaign is to provide vulnerable groups with the appropriate information for how they can minimise the effects of the cold along with where they can find the support and services provided by voluntary organisations and district authorities that are vital in cold weather, such as heating grants and boiler repairs.

Since October, Public Health have been distributing 20,000 Stay Well Winter Health Packs. These packs include tips, information, key contacts and resources to keep our most vulnerable groups stay well and warm during the winter months.

If you would like to obtain a box of 100 Winter Health packs, please contact the Library Service on, who are now holding local parish council stock ready for distribution from 25 November 2019.

There is no cost associated with the pack, and it would be great if again this year parish councils could distribute these among your communities, especially to those who are most vulnerable e.g. older and frailer people, young children from impoverished families, and those who are more deprived.

Led by Public Health, the Stay Well Steering Group is proud to have developed new links with Transfer of Care Teams across all Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Hospitals and the British Red Cross.

If you would like to receive further information about these packs, please contact Siôn James: 

Local #StrongerForLonger campaign goes from strength to strength

A local campaign has helped older people keep doing the things they enjoy for longer by increasing the attendance at strength and balance classes by an impressive 23 percent over the last year. 

Falls are one of the most common causes of accidental injury in older people, so it is important we maintain our strength and balance in later life to continue to enjoy activities like gardening, playing with grandchildren and socialising with friends.

Attending strength and balance classes increases confidence and helps keep you carry on doing the things you enjoy for longer.

Simon Hannah, Senior Clinical Exercise Specialist with the NHS said: “I’ve seen how strength and balance classes have transformed the lives of older people. It can help them feel younger, more energetic, give greater flexibility and help people keeping doing the things they like.

“Many people will not realise that our strength naturally starts to decline from the age of 40 but it is reversible and it’s never too late to maintain and improve on what we’ve got. This is especially important for those who have become unsteady on their feet. Why not have a go and see how you can benefit from our classes.”

To book and to find out more about strength and balance classes visit our Stronger for Longer webpage 

Missing Moments

The Public Health team have launched the second phase of its stop smoking campaign ‘Missing Moments’. The initial phase of this campaign targeted areas with high smoking prevalence across Cambridgeshire. The second phase is targeting migrant communities and workplaces, and has been developed in partnership with council race, equality and diversity leads, managers and users of community centres, frontline staff, commissioned workplace providers and the Stop Smoking Service.

This campaign will use emotive images and text to highlight the risks of ill health associated smoking can lead to missing special moments in a loved one’s life, available in six different languages. Marketing will include printed cards, posters, Facebook adverts, twitter feeds and workplace toolkits.

Smokers are encouraged to register for a Quit Kit through the Be Well Cambridgeshire website and those who register will then be followed up periodically by stop smoking specialists. Quit Kits provide information and advice about stopping smoking and will offer smokers access to specialist support and a closed Facebook support group.

The campaign which launched on 1 October will run until the New Year. Advertising and resources will be widely distributed including but not exclusively through workplaces, community centres, libraries, and GP practice, and mother and toddler groups. 

Flu Vaccination

The Public Health Directorate continues to promote the flu vaccination with both staff and the public. This promotion is a key strand of the Stay Well campaign, which this year has evolved towards a new brand style called ‘Help Us, Help You.’ The flu campaign is one of the first to be rolled out under the new branding. 

The local public campaign is focusing on improving uptake amongst three key groups: pre-school children, pregnant women and adults with long term health conditions or those aged 65 or older.

Those eligible are encouraged to get their free vaccine before the end of November to protect themselves and their families before flu reaches its seasonal peak. It is the single best way to protect against a potentially very serious illness. As well as getting the vaccine, practising good hand hygiene by catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throwing it away and washing your hands after can help limit its spread – catch it, bin it, kill it.

Children in Reception Year to Year 6 will get their vaccine at school, whilst pre-school children should visit their GP. Eligible adults can get their vaccine from their local GP or pharmacy.

More information about the flu vaccination, including who is eligible for the vaccine, can be found on the NHS website

Have your say - fill out our survey

Next year, we will be jointly commissioning our Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Capacity Building Partnership with Peterborough City Council. In Cambridgeshire, this service is currently provided by Support Cambridgeshire– a partnership of Hunts Forum of Voluntary Organisations, Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service and Cambridgeshire ACRE.  

VCS capacity building partners provide what’s sometimes referred to as ‘infrastructure support’ such as essential guidance, training, resources and support to hundreds of local community organisations such as charities, community groups and parish councils, as well as providing a voice and a network that fosters good working relationships and representation.

This is especially important in light of our ambitious new approach called 'Think Communities' which was presented at the recent Local Council Conference. If you were unable to join us, the presentation slides are available to view online.

We want this service to build the capacity of Local Councils and would really value your time to help shape the service we commission by completing the survey that will be made available shortly by Friday 13 December 2019. We will email you later this week with a direct link to the survey.

Climate Change and Environment Strategy - your feedback is required

Cambridgeshire County Council declared a Climate Emergency in May 2019, and in response to this, the Council is developing a Climate Change and Environment Strategy and Action Plan. The strategy outlines how we will: reduce the carbon footprint of the council and the county; help our communities adapt to the change already happening; and enhance nature and the benefits it provides.

The consultation on the strategy begins on the 20 December 2019 and will end on the 31 January 2020. The strategy and questionnaire will be available online and we will let you know details of the consultation website shortly. Should you wish a member of the project team to be present when the strategy is discussed at your next council meeting, please let us know and this can be arranged. Please email with any requests or queries.

More details about what the council is doing following the climate emergency declaration can be found on our MLEI website


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