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Pembroke College, Cambridge, CB2 1RF

Magdalene College

Cambridgeshire County Council
Shire Hall
Castle Hill

7th January 2004

Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing to you on behalf of the Pembroke College Winnie-The-Pooh Society regarding the many public houses that are located within Cambridge. Our Society feels that these establishments are, in their present form, a cause for concern being the focus for riotous gatherings and an inconsiderate amount of noise pollution. It also detracts from the much more sociable recreation of drinking tea, which our society is a proud promoter of. We would therefore like to recommend the closure of such premises in the best interests of the public.

However, we recognise that meeting places where liquid refreshment can be consumed are a valued part of society, so we would like to suggest that in their stead tea shops are established to serve the needs of the community. These, it is felt, are far more suited to this purpose as tea is a well known relaxant and is therefore far less likely to cause raucous and unsettling behaviour. The purchasing of small cakes and other similar items is similarly a pleasure that we feel should be encouraged throughout the town.

We have also taken into account the fact that Cambridge is the centre of a tourist industry that depends on the town’s reputation as a historic and quintessentially English town. The opening of many tea-rooms in the area would only serve to enhance Cambridge’s reputation, as taking tea and cakes is seen to be a quintessential English trait. We would therefor urge the council to give our recommendations full consideration.

Should you wish to discuss these proposals further, you would be most welcome at our elevenses meetings, held at 4pm every Saturday of Full Term.

Thank you very much for your time in considering this matter,

Yours Faithfully,

Rachel M. Causier (Miss)
Foreign Secretary

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