Trumpington Village Sign unveiled June 2010, designed by Sheila Betts.
Trumpington Local History Group
The New Trumpington Village Sign
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The original village sign was in need
of replacement by 2008, when a
Working Group chaired by Antony
Pemberton was established to
decide on a new design and carry
out fundraising.

This page is about the new sign.

There are also pages about the
unveiling of the new sign, the
original sign and an introduction.
The new Trumpington Village
Sign. Photo: Andrew Roberts,
23 June 2010.
The Working Group agreed at an
early stage to place the sign in the
same location as the previous sign,
the corner of Trumpington High
Street and Maris Lane.

The sign was designed by local
resident Sheila Betts and constructed
by
Sign of the Times, a company
based in Bedfordshire.

The brief to Sheila Betts was to echo
and update the original design. The
design incorporates the figure of Sir
Roger de Trumpington on horseback
with a shield based on the brass of
Sir Roger in Trumpington Church.
The lettering uses the Gill Sans font
(Eric Gill designed the font and
sculpted the nearby War Memorial).

The sign was constructed from rigid
polyurethane resin and hand painted.
This should ensure it has a long life.

The old sign was removed and the
new sign erected by staff of
Trumpington Farm Company. The
grant application, finance and
ceremony were managed by the
Trumpington Residents' Association.

The sign was unveiled on 15 June
2010, in a ceremony conducted by
Antony Pemberton and Councillor
Sheila Stuart, a local councillor who
was attending her first local
reception as the newly-elected
Mayor of Cambridge. There were
over 60 adults and 25 children from
Fawcett School in attendance.

Antony Pemberton and Councillor
Stuart briefly described the
background to the project and the
way in which the sign was a symbol
of the past and future of
Trumpington which will be seen by
many thousands of people as they
pass its location on the main road
through the village into Cambridge.
The Mayor closed her speech by
saying that the new sign "will be
greatly admired for years to come".

The majority of the participants then
walked to the nearby Trumpington
Pavilion for refreshments. The
reaction to the sign and the
ceremony was overwhelmingly
positive, with the local children
cheering as the sign was unveiled.

See a separate page for additional
photographs of the
unveiling
ceremony.

The project to commission the new
sign was a successful example of
community partnership. Apart for
the construction and transport costs,
all the other work was contributed
by local residents and companies
free of charge. The direct cost of the
sign was funded by generous
contributions from three local groups
and a grant from Cambridge City
Council South Area Committee to
the Trumpington Residents'
Assocation, with a small residue
being contributed by a local
company:

• grant from Cambridge City Council
South Area Committee, £1450
• Trumpington Local History Group,
£1000 (the commitment to
contribute this substantial sum kick-
started the process)
• Trumpington Women's Institute,
£200
• Trumpington Parochial Charity,
£200
• Bidwells £55.25
Trumpington Village Sign unveiled June 2010. Design by Sheila Betts.
Trumpington Village Sign
unveiled June 2010. Design
Sheila Betts.
Graham Bass, Antony Pemberton, Shirley Brown, Sheila Betts, Councillor Sheila Stuart, the Mayor of Cambridge, Howard Slatter, Janet Hendy and Brenda Bass, at the unveiling of the new village sign, 15 June 2010. Photo: Stephen Brown.
Graham Bass, Antony Pemberton, Shirley Brown,
Sheila Betts, Councillor Sheila Stuart, the Mayor of
Cambridge, Howard Slatter, Janet Hendy and Brenda
Bass, at the unveiling of the new village sign, 15 June
2010. Photo: Stephen Brown.
Antony Pemberton and Councillor Sheila Stuart, the Mayor of Cambridge, at the unveiling of the new village sign, 15 June 2010. Photo: Stephen Brown.
Antony Pemberton and Councillor Sheila Stuart, the
Mayor of Cambridge, at the unveiling of the new
village sign, 15 June 2010. Photo: Stephen Brown.
Stephen Harris and Sheila Betts, at the unveiling of the new village sign, 15 June 2010. Photo: Stephen Brown.
Stephen Harris and Sheila
Betts, at the unveiling of the
new village sign, 15 June
2010. Photo: Stephen Brown.
Plaque on the new village sign, 15 June 2010. Photo: Stephen Brown.
Plaque on the new village
sign, 15 June 2010. Photo:
Stephen Brown.
The new sign prior to installation. Photo: Sign of the Times, June 2010.
The new sign prior to
installation. Photo:
Sign of the
Times
, June 2010.