Tunnelling Under Cities – Advances in Research and Practice

The Friends of Cam Sight present Tunnelling Under Cities – Research and Practice, a lecture in aid of Cam Sight by Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FICE FRS, University of Cambridge.

The evening talk will be held on Thursday 13 July at 7.30pm at the Department of Engineering, Lensfield Road. Ticket price at a suggestion donation of £15 per head to include wine and canapes are available from Sally Nott on 01223 420033 Ext 25 sally.n@camsight.org.uk.

Something a bit different for you all…certainly an interesting, thought-provoking topic which we hope you will enjoy…

Urban congestion is a serious problem in many cities, so the creation of underground space and in particular the development of underground transport is environmentally essential for our future megacities. How can tunnels be built in ground sometimes as soft as toothpaste? What can go wrong? Will buildings above be affected by subsidence? What else is underground already that might get in the way or be adversely affected? Geotechnical engineering – the application of the science of soil mechanics and engineering geology – plays a key role in answering these questions.

The talk will highlight the critical importance of geology and the development and application of the latest underground construction techniques. Examples of projects from around the world will demonstrate the size, technical challenges and complexity of modern underground construction. Some research advances and innovations at Cambridge will be described. Protection from subsidence is critical and new ways to evaluate how buildings may be affected by tunnelling and deep excavations will be explained; innovative protective techniques will also be described. Novel techniques for monitoring construction using fibre optic technology and wireless sensor networks will be presented, illustrated by some recent case histories.

Robert Mair is the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering at Cambridge University. He was Master of Jesus College 2001-2011. Before he was appointed to a Professorship at Cambridge in 1998 he worked in industry for 27 years, founding the Geotechnical Consulting Group, an international consulting company, in 1983. His research group specialises in the geotechnics of tunnelling and underground construction. He leads the Cambridge Centre on Smart Infrastructure and Construction, involving the innovative use of the latest sensor technologies to monitor the behaviour of buildings, bridges and tunnels. He has advised on many infrastructure projects worldwide. He is a member of the Expert Panel on Crossrail, Europe’s largest civil engineering project, and was Chairman of the Singapore Government’s International Board of Advisors on underground transport construction. He chaired the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering Report on Shale Gas Extraction for the UK Government, published in 2012. He is Chairman of the Science Advisory Council of the Department for Transport and is President-elect of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was recently appointed a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords and is a member of its Select Committee on Science and Technology.

Focus on Reading Day

Technology Exhibition. Thursday 22 June, 10am – 2pm.

Optelec and Calibre Audio invite you to a Focus Day – an event for anyone experiencing sight loss.

Demonstrations will be available of the Traveller HD and Ruby 7HD compact handheld video magnifiers that make reading easier when you’re out and about. Do you find it difficult reading your favourite magazine or newspaper at home? Demonstrations will be available of the ClearReader+. Once switched-on, it scans and reads the article out in an instant using a choice of natural sounding voices.

Calibre Audio Library will also be on hand offering access to 6,700 audio books. If you find reading difficult, please come along and try out the equipment on display.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cam Sight, 167 Green End Road, Cambridge, CB4 1RW.

Vote for Cam Sight!

We need your vote! Please help us win up to £25,000 by voting in the MCF Community Awards at VOTE

Cam Sight has been chosen to receive a donation but it’s up to the public to decide which charities get the largest grant through an online vote. The vote is open from 12 June – 31 July 2017. Please help us make an even bigger difference to local people who are blind or have low vision.

Thank you!

Workshop: Sharing Patient Data Between Hospitals, Researchers, Government and Scientific Industries

The Centre for Cambridge Clinical Informatics is holding a public opinion workshop on how best to share patient medical records between healthcare providers, researchers, government bodies, and scientific industries. They will discuss data sharing with regards to developing new healthcare products, medications, and treatment methods. They aim to share the information they gather with policy makers and those involved in healthcare research to help support a community-formed policy on health data management.

Discussion topics:
• sharing data
• selling data; and
• the best methods of healthcare providers working with government, researchers, and scientific industries.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, particularly patients, and their families and carers. If you are interested in attending, please email Karen Hlaba at klh67@medschl.cam.ac.uk to confirm your place. The workshop will take place on Thursday 29 June, from 10h00 to 12h30, in Cormack Room, University Centre, Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RU. They will compensate reasonable travel costs and provide light refreshments. University Centre is accessible for disabled persons; for more access information, please visit: http://www.unicen.cam.ac.uk/contact-us

Coffee and Chat Group

Join a new, friendly support group and enjoy a coffee and a chat at Cam Sight. We are mostly middle-aged and provide friendship and support to one another, share experiences and information, discuss upcoming events and social activities.

The group meets on the 4th Monday of each month, 9.30am – 12.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays) at Cam Sight, 167 Green End Road, Cambridge, CB4 1RW. The Citi 2 bus stop is very close to Cam Sight on Green End Road.

Contact Ann Whitmore on 01223 232906 if you would like to find out more.

The Transport Focus Group Special on Cambridge Station

Are you concerned about how the developments at Cambridge Station impact on people with disabilities, their carers and older people? Do you want to ask questions about the new Cambridge North station?

Cambridgeshire Alliance for Independent Living have been listening to people’s concerns and have discussed this with Cambridge Station.

They have arranged a meeting with the Station Management to talk about the issues. They would really like you to come along and ask your questions.

Tuesday 16th May 2017, 2pm (for about an hour)
Meet on the station concourse

Do you want to know more about these issues?
• Passenger assistance service
• Signage around the station
• Disabled parking
• Bicycles around the station plaza

To book your place, contact Graham Lewis.

Email: Graham@cambridgeshirealliance.org.uk
Phone: 0300 111 2301

Please let him know how to make this event accessible to you.

Support Groups

Cam Sight holds monthly support group meetings across Cambridgeshire. Group members provide support to one another, share information and offer friendship to adults of any age with sight loss and their families/carers. We have a speaker or light entertainment and would be pleased to welcome you to a group near you.

We hold groups in the following villages and towns:

Bar Hill, Tesco Community Room, CB23 8EL
4th Wednesday, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Phone: Sally 01223 420033 Ext. 25

Bourn, Hall Close Community Room, CB23 2SN
3rd Wednesday, 10am – 11.30am
Phone: Harminder 01223 420033 Ext. 23

Burwell, Ash Grove Day Centre, CB25 0EN
3rd Monday, 2.30pm – 4pm
Phone: Lulu 01223 420033 Ext. 24

Chatteris, King Edward Centre, PE16 6NG
1st Monday, 10am – 12 noon
Phone: Dawn 07535 634234

Chesterton, Methodist Church, CB4 1RW
1st Monday, 2pm – 4pm
Phone: Sally 01223 420033 Ext. 25

Cottenham, Franklin Gardens Community Centre, CB24 8QW
4th Thursday, 2pm – 4pm
Phone: Sally 01223 420033 Ext. 25

Fulbourn, St Vigor’s Community Room, CB21 5HT
3rd Friday, 2.30pm – 4pm
Phone: Lulu 01223 420033 Ext. 24

Girton, St Vincent’s Close Community Room, CB3 0PA
2nd Wednesday, 10.30am – 12 noon
Phone: Sally 01223 420033 Ext. 25

Haslingfield, Methodist Church Hall, CB23 1JW
1st Tuesday, 2pm – 4pm
Phone: Sally 01223 420033 Ext. 25

Histon & Impington, Homefield Close Community Room, CB24 9NN
3rd Thursday, 2pm – 4pm
Phone: Sally 01223 420033 Ext. 25

Linton, Chalklands Community Room, CB21 4JH
2nd Tuesday, 2 pm – 4pm
Phone: Sally 01223 420033 Ext. 25

Littleport, Village Hall, CB6 1LX
4th Monday, 2pm – 4pm
Phone: Lulu 01223 420033 Ext. 24

Melbourn, Vicarage Close Community Room, SG8 6DY
1st Wednesday, 2pm – 4pm
Phone: Lulu 01223 420033 Ext. 24

Sawston, Bircham House (upstairs lounge), CB22 3HE
3rd Thursday, 10am – 12 noon
Phone: Sally 01223 420033 Ext. 25

Soham, The Causeway Community Room, CB7 5BD
2nd Thursday, 10am – 12 noon
Phone: Lulu 01223 420033 Ext. 24

Stapleford, Cox’s Close Community Room, CB22 5SP
1st Thursday, 2pm – 4pm
Phone: Sally 01223 420033 Ext. 25

Whittlesey, Black Bull Pub Restaurant, PE7 1BD
2nd Wednesday, 10.30am – 12 noon
Phone: Dawn 07535 634234

Wisbech, The Tea Room, Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, PE13 1JB
3rd Wednesday, 10am – 12 noon
Phone: Dawn 07535 634234


Technology Demonstration Day.
Monday 13 March, 10am – 3pm.

Professional Vision Services and Dolphin Systems return to Cam Sight’s Cambridge centre for a technology demonstration day. They will also be joined by registered charity British Wireless for the Blind Fund. PVS will demonstrate their high quality video magnification products, while Dolphin will show their award winning speech and magnification software packages for Microsoft Windows based computers SuperNova and Dolphin Guide. BWBF will be demonstrating the latest in their line-up of specially adapted radios and products for streaming audio from the Internet.

We look forward to welcoming you!


Dining in the Dark 2017.

Our annual Dining in the Dark events are always eagerly anticipated by our supporters. This years event will be held on Friday 10th March at The Red Lion, Hinxton. Alex Clark and his team always create a memorable evening of fine dining with a twist. Guests wear blindfolds for the starters and desserts and are challenged to identify as many ingredients as possible. This is a night out that is best enjoyed with a group of friends aa it will really make one appreciate the importance of sight in the enjoyment of food and social events around a table. Tickets priced at a suggested donation of £40 per head for a three course meal excluding coffee may be obtained from Sally Nott at sally.n@camsight.org.uk or telephone 01223 420033 Ext 25.

Burns Night

The Friends of Cam Sight have been very busy in the past few months, planning new events and continuing with some old favourites. On January 27th we held our first Burns Night Celebration at St Andrews Church Hall Chesterton. Seventy-nine people enjoyed a traditional three-course meal; a piping in of the Haggis; poetry and dancing. The event was a great success and will be making a regular appearance in our fundraising calendar from now on. Final totals are still to be published but we look to have raised in the region of £1,000.

Sampson Orchestra

The Sampson Orchestra never fail to please our audience of music-lovers and once again produced a stunning evening of music on 4th February. Cam Sight is so appreciative of their regular and generous support and we were delighted to have raised £1,009.73 from the evening.

Roof Top Tours of Kings College Chapel

Another first for Cam Sight is a number of tours of the roof top of Kings College Chapel in March and April. This event has been a sell-out so we plan to run some more in May. We will keep you informed of developments.

Thank you – we are very grateful for your continued support!

Job Vacancy – Chief Executive

Cam Sight is currently seeking a Chief Executive with the vision and capability to build on our achievements and spearhead the next stage of development. The ideal candidate will be experienced in leadership and people management and move the charity to a sound business footing.

Cam Sight is the Cambridgeshire Charity supporting visually impaired children and adults in living independently. We operate from our building in Cambridge, employing 17 staff and organising the effort of 370 committed volunteers. Guided by visually impaired people, we provide emotional, practical and peer support and demonstrate a wide range of up to date technology and equipment in our Cambridge and Fenland centres.

Full Time
Salary £37,000 – £40, 000

Application deadline is 22 February 2017.
For information and an application form, please contact info@camsight.org.uk