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CCV's name was originally Cambridge University Conservation Corps. It changed to Cambridge Conservation Corps in 1970 and to Cambridge Conservation Volunteers in 1984.

A first draft of a timeline of significant events in CCV history.

Becoming a Seventies Conserver

A History of CCC - Autumn 1978
Retyped from a photocopy of the original

1972 October
1974 Summer
Rules:
Volunteers should be over twelve years old; dressed in ancient clothes and suitable
footwear (boots); be enormously strong, and have I.Q's of at least 150.

  The Corps provides tools and a modest amount of drink, but volunteers should bring
their own lunches, and mugs for their drink. Transport is in private cars
(expenses paid from Brookside, subject to agreement), and as Camilla, John and
Eddie will not be on the August tasks, Alan would like to hear from any
car-owners who will be coming out, so that he can avoid disappointing the user-
bodies an the volunteers who do turn up. There are no rules which forbid any
volunteer to buy the task leaders drinks.

  Tasks often extend long into the summer evenings, yea - unto closing time, but
volunteers will be brought back by 6 p.m. if they want to be.
1981 Winter
  What no cider! on returning from my long vacation I discovered that in
my absence the corps lunchtime cider had been withdrawn. after consult-
ations with the Treasurer, the Drinks Officer and Gilbert Rice Ltd. (who
have to keep repairing the van) I have unhappily decided to ratify the
earlier desision, so that for the forseeable future the Corps will
remain ciderless.
  Editor.
1983 May
Thursday Meetings.
  How many times have you heard task leaders mumble something about 'Thursday
Meetings' at No. 29 Bateman Street as they give the 'announcements' on Sundays.

Not to be confused with the Freemason's Hall down the road, newcomers (who are
able to find the door, and be able to make it ring) can witness the convivial gathering
of members of the Corps engaged in constructive conversation, attending to the
business of the day. The meetings can become quite lively at times ( on a par with
Prime Ministers Question time) as they thrash out contentious issues, such as whether
we can afford a new exhaust pipe for the minibus.

  During these informal weekly meetings we do manage to keep the group going,
combined with the efforts of those who look after the Corps' accounts, task programme
tools, publicity, social events, and those prepared to lead tasks and drive the
minibus. Anybody is welcome at these gatherings, especially if you have any new
ideas or special skills which could improve the running of the group. At present
need ideas for fundraising ~(towards the purchase of a new minibus) and help with
looking after the aging minibus and power tools. Volunteers and also needed for
manning stalls at the various fairs we attend and publiccising the work of the Corps.

  So if you are kicking around on Thursday evenings or bursting with enthusiasm
just turn up at 8.00pm at 29 Bateman Street (Keith Jordan's abode), and partake of
free tea and biscuits. (Note: Seating is limited so get there early, and the
biscuits do not last long if Mark is there.)

  After the meeting we normally have time to retire to the Panton Arms (just
round the corner in Panton Street) for some more refreshment.
Sunday Events.
Sat. May 14th. The Squirrel Count. This takes place yearly in Thetford Forest.
Groups of two to four comb two to three compartments of the forest for traces of
squirrels: dreys (nests about a foot in diameter, made of twigs, at least ten
feet above the ground, and usually close to trunk of the tree), cores of and piles
of scales of pine cones, and hopefully, squirrels.

  You will need to be at the District Office at Santon Downham by 6.00am, so
anyone coming from Cambridge in the minibus must be at Brookside by 5.00am. You
can get breakfast after the count. Also, venision sausages will be on sale.
Site Visits.
  Also, meetings at Brookside at 6.00pm on some Wednesdays, particularly hardly
members of the Corps cycle out to local nature reserves. They also stop for a meal
and drink on the way back. Future visits will be announced on task. You can look
up the distance to the site mentioned on a map, and if you feel it is too far to 
ride comfortably, or if you do not have a bicycle in working order, you may be
able to get a lift.
NOT I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.
  Afficionadoes of this panel game will be familiar with tardy arrivals at many
parties. However, there appears to date to have been a serious
ommission in their ranks. So here, to fill the lacunae, are the late arrivals at
the Conservers Ball...

  Welcome to Mr. and Mrs. Hook and their northern, Yorkshire Bill Hook. Proceeding
from a westerly direction we observe police constable Pissing, known to his
associates as Cop Pissing; together with his fiancee, Poll 'Arding. It is reported
that this officer hopes soon to apprehend that expensive criminal go-between, the
dear-fence-Ing. Here comes one of Bram Stokers creations, Bram Belbashing (a horror
story if ever there was one!), accompanied by Rose Bush and a lady of looser
morals, Whore Thorn.

  From the edge of the Fens, welcome Will Burton with his dog, House Grove. And
Chay N'Saw with his pet, Rol. Over there we notice a cluster of Celts- from the
Emerald Isle comes Will O'Grubbing, together with his friend and compatriot,
Matt O'ck, and his Scottish cousins, the McRakes.

  For those who survive the festivities there will be a small task the following
day at the famous Mornington Crescent Nature Reserve.
A Special Announcement.
  Michael Boddy and Susan Holland have recently become engaged, and all members
of the Cambridge Conservation Corps wish them both every happiness and success
for the future.