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Shelfords COVID 19 support group

There is a Facebook support group to support vulnerable people in Great Shelford, little Shelford and Stapleford at  Great/Little Shelford/StaplefordCOVID-19 Support/help group .

If people have received a note through the door with the name of a key contact, then they should get in touch with them. However for those that haven’t received one yet then they can call organiser Chris Smith on 01223 501406 or email chris@chrissmith.me.uk

Shelfords and Stapleford local businesses Coronavirus update

Co-op has revised opening hours, 7am-8pm

Tesco is currently open 7am - 10pm

Kash stores is now opening 8am to 5pm (1pm on Sundays), the post office is open 10am-4pm (1pm on Saturday) and closed Sundays.

Boots, Woollards Lane has revised opening hours 8.45am-1pm, (except 9am opening on Saturdays), 2pm to 4pm, closed Sundays

The Square and Compass pub is offering takeaways, Tuesday to Sunday 12-3pm, Tuesday to Saturday 6-9pm
To place an order call 01223 843273. Orders taken from 11.30am to 1.30pm and 5.30pm to 8.30pm on applicable days. Please order Sunday lunch by 8pm Saturday

Shelford Deli is opening the Deli shop for essential goods service only during this government lock down. No takeaway pizzas or coffees will be available. Deli Shop Stockist is now live on their website and Facebook page. You can now see a stock list online at http://shelforddeli.co.uk 

Zara Indian restaurant is currently doing takeaway collection service for as long as they are allowed to by the government, to encourage social distancing they are encouraging everyone to pre order early so when they come to collect there is no wait and no crowd. Zara has a new online ordering system at https://online.zarashelford.com

Forum House Chinese restaurant in Great Shelford is currently offering contact free delivery as well as pick up takeaways

Barkers Butchers is open and also offering a delivery service. 8am - 2pm and also closed Mondays.

Days of Ashwell is open, but only from 8am to 2pm

Noel Young wines is open 10am-7pm Monday to Saturday on a two in, two out basis, free deliveries to CB postcodes with orders over £50 and if in Great Shelford happy to drop in a couple of bottles especially if self-isolating

Great Shelford Dry Cleaners is open Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm but closed Friday and Saturday. They are running a free collection and delivery service on Monday afternoons - phone 844344 or email greatshelforddrycleaning@gmail.com 

Trumpington Cycles on Shelford Road is open Tuesdays to Saturdays 9.30am to 6pm

The library is now closed

The dental surgery is now closed

The Cambridge Building Society in Woollards Lane is now closed

Cara Coffee in Great Shelford is now closed

The Plough in Great Shelford is now closed

Jackson Cox opticians are now open from 10 am to 4 pm until further notice.

Davies Solicitors in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford is open as usual from 9am to 5pm

Lay Electrical is now closed but can deliver domestic appliances (07740543187)

Great Shelford rec is open as long as people maintain social distancing but the children's playground is closed.

Gog Magog Farmshop open as usual (with distancing), stay in car shopping available, online delivery service being created, cafe closed

Winners Chinese takeaway is now closed

The Navigator is Little Shelford is now closed

The Three Horseshoes in Stapleford will only be offering delivery from Wednesday. If people call in (01223 503 402) from 17:00, Wednesday ~ Saturday and place an order, pay over the phone we will deliver. Sunday’s the phone line will be open from 11:00. The kitchen will be closed at 15:00. 

The Spar shop in Stapleford is now offering a door drop home delivery service 

The Rose pub is now closed. 

Stapleford Granary has closed until further notice.

Stapleford Rec play equipment and tennis courts are closed

Magog Down car park is closed. Locals who are able to reach Magog Dow on foot must respect others: taking into account govt advice on social distancing: maintain distance 2m(6ft) from anyone not in your household group.

Scotsdale's is closed. 

Harveys Garden Centre on Little Shelford has had to close their Cambridge so have set up a website and online order service for bedding plants and vegetable seedling / plants that you can collect at an allotted time from outside the property on Hauxton Rd.

Pillsorted Help is a locally based online NHS pharmacy who deliver. It is free. They are based at Copley Park email: Help@pillsorted.com

Relief Chiropractic health clinic in Great Shelford is still open Monday to Thursdays.

Rayments garage is still open

T & J Tyres also in Gt Shelford (01223 845155), and they are similarly open until instructed by government to close.

Dave Hatter gas specialist is still operating

The Great Shelford Parish Council meeting on April 15 is being held virtually.

Wandlebury Country Park remains open to pedestrians and cyclists only, to enable people to take their once-a-day outdoor exercise. The car park and toilets at Wandlebury are now closed, please do not drive to the parks.

(Updated 4pm April 6 2020)
Financial support available in Great Shelford

Villagers who are experiencing hardship because of the Corona pandemic can get support from Great Shelford Parochial Charities.

They  have information on their website as well as application forms .

Beneficiaries must be resident in Great Shelford.

Applications should be made using the form Financial Assistance for an Individual, Family or Household available on their Grants webpage.

Posted March 29 2020

Coronavirus in Great Shelford

There are now cases of the Coronavirus in the Shelfords and Stapleford

Granta Medical Practice are cancelling all routine face-to-face appointments. This is for the safety of both their patents and our staff. Instead they are offering an enhanced telephone service from clinicians. 

If you would like to receive a phone call please ring 0300 234 5555 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday) or alternatively you can contact them with non-urgent queries via email on capccg.covid19.gmp@nhs.net  

Their advice is to wash your hands on a regular basis – warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. This alone will help slow down the spread of the virus. It will help protect you, your family and our community. Facemasks are of no proven benefit for community use and are currently not recommended.     

There is now a Facebook support group for our 3 villages at  Great/Little Shelford/StaplefordCOVID-19 Support/help group . On April 3 they had all but 12 streets in Little Shelford covered.

The contact for any resident requiring assistance are



Local business updates

  • The Wednesday Country Market is now postponed for the next month 
  • The Memorial Hall is now closed from this week-end
  • The SSYI big breakfast has been postponed until October 3.

Please send any other events or business updates to Davidm1961@gmail.com

Updated March 19 2020

Shelford Coronavirus video

Great Shelford opera singer Alastair Miles has responded to having his next five months work cancelled by creating a YouTube video with the help of his family. (External link)

Posted March 29 2020
Shelford Deli

The Shelford Deli is opening the Deli shop for essential goods service only during this government lock down.


No takeaway pizzas or coffees will be available. 

There will be timed collections of fresh food orders to be 15 minutes apart to avoid people meeting unnecessarily

Payment is to be made upfront over the phone wherever possible. 

Only one person to collect an order - ‘going to the Deli is not a social trip’ (sadly) although we will be full of smiles from a distance. 


New opening hours are Tuesday - Saturday 9am to 4.30pm


Essential goods include;

Morning fresh bread from Grain Culture





coffee beans (ground or beans)

Orange juice



Some cheese



T: 01223 846139

E: info@shelforddeli.co.uk

They will have restrictions on some items to stop bulk buying.

Posted March 25 2020

The Times

Are you (or or anyone else that you're in touch with) in the Shelfords or Stapleford that's self-isolating and misses their copy of The Times? A local resident and employee of The Times & The Sunday Times is offering to collect and safely deliver your newspaper for you.

Luke, who lives on Hinton Way will do his best to get subscribers and regular readers their fix. Stay up-to-date on current affairs, read up on something other than CV or simply tackle the crossword.

The Sunday Times has also just published the Shelfords as one of the best places to live in the UK.

Alternatively, if you're contemplating moving over to the web, smartphone or tablet edition and need some help or guidance, he can also assist.

Contact Luke Sikkema on 07900 907322 or email sikkema82@gmail.com
Shelford Feast postponed

The Shelford Feast organising committee is sad to announce that this year’s festival is being postponed until next year.  The current health crisis means planning any event due to take place in the coming months is fraught with risk, both to the health of our community and the financial future of the Feast.  We sincerely apologise to all our friends, supporters, suppliers, volunteers, good causes and, of course, thousands of visitors.

As a charity and community event, we feel a strong obligation to make the best out of a difficult situation and maintain hope and optimism for the future.  We are therefore keen to emphasise that this is a postponement and not a cancellation.  We have already confirmed that this year’s stellar line-up will be maintained, so Tony Hadley and Trevor Nelson and all our other amazing acts will still be coming to Great Shelford, just 12 months later than originally planned.  Provisional dates for the festival have been confirmed as Sunday 4th to Sunday 11th July 2021.  If you’ve already bought tickets for this year there’s nothing to worry about, they will be automatically transferred.

There’s more good news too!  Planning is already taking place for a ‘Mini-Feast’ that could happen when the health crisis has passed and restrictions are lifted.  We don’t know when that might be and we can’t confirm any details, but we hope to provide the community with an occasion to come together again, enjoy some excellent entertainment and raise money for our local good causes. 

The next few months, perhaps longer, will be difficult for many in our community and the Feast organisers are acutely aware of how the event will be missed.  On a simple, now poignant level, it brings us together, something we will come to appreciate more as isolation goes on.  For local businesses, many of whom are our suppliers, trading will be reduced, in some cases drastically.  For the good causes who benefit from money raised by the Feast, this year will be that much harder.  All we can ask is that we all pull together, help our neighbours, shop local, and support those around us in need.  The local response to the crisis has been swift and impressive.  It’s wonderful to see the many inspiring village initiatives that are already making a difference.

Let’s look forward with hope and anticipaton: see you at The Shelford Feast 2021!

Information for Ticketholders

If you have already bought tickets online then you do not need to do anything.  The dates will automatically change and your ticket will be valid for the same event, same day of the week, same time of day, just one year later.  You will receive an email confirming all the details and should anything change between now and next July you will be informed well in advance. 

We hope that the majority of customers will be happy to have their tickets postponed but if you do need to cancel for any reason please follow the instructions in your online Eventbrite account or via your email confirmation.  For any questions, problems or concerns please email us at shelfordfeast@gmail.com. Posted March 24 2020

Volunteers needed

If you have a few spare hours a week and enjoy driving and meeting people why not become a Shelford Support Group driver and help the community at the same time. contact Gill Northmore at shelfordsupport@googlemail.com or visit our website. Posted Feb 24.
New Shelford Monday cycling club

Fresh air, exercise, the open road - and cake. What's not to like?

Starting on 2 March, a small gang of cyclists will be meeting at Cara Coffee for a ride around the quieter lanes of South Cambs. Gathering for a caffeine fix from 9am, we will set off at 09:30 and return around 1½ - 2 hours later for some well earned cake.

So if you are at a loose end on Monday mornings, come and join us. You don't need a fancy bicycle, just a serviceable push bike or electric bike.

Rest assured, we all keep an eye out for one another; nobody gets left behind.

More details from brian.connellan@eastyoke.com or 07941 574663 - or just turn up! Posted Feb 14 2020.

Great Shelford artists new exhibition

There's a fascinating 'Feast and Fast' free exhibition at the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge (galleries 11,12 & 13) until 26th April 2020.

Great Shelford residents Susannah and Rosemary Bangham (Cambridge Artmakers) were asked to design a box for the 'Museum in a Box' part of the exhibition which is featured in the creative zone. The inspiration for this commission was taken from an exhibit in the gallery called the 'Wisbech Swan Register' which records the official branding marks of ownership.

Three framed original linoprints, created in the Cambridge Artmakers studio are displayed in the creative zone. Prints are available from the museum and originals from Cambridge Artmakers or the artist herself, here in Great Shelford.
Jenny Bangham Posted Feb 14 2020
Hinton Way roadworks

Roadworks on Hinton Way have been causing major problems.

Hinton Way, Great Shelford was closed near the sewage pumping station approx 300 metres East of the A1307 for emergency work by Anglian Water. It reopened on Feb 6.  

"This is not acceptable," said Sue Tombs who lives off Hinton Way.

"Not only are motorists badly affected especially those going and coming to the Park and Ride but there will be no buses along Hinton Way till 18th February – and what about the bin lorries and more importantly Ambulances. This matter really needs to be raised with the media to get both Anglian Water and the Council to pull their fingers out and respect Great Shelford Residents.

"I live off Hinton Way and use it each day to get to the Park and Ride – this morning I had to leave my home much earlier to take the diversion to the Park and Ride – the diversion means going over two railway crossings which might be against me. In the evening it takes far longer to get home due to the tail backs on Granhams Road due to the Railway crossing and people turning onto Shelford Road." Updated Feb 3 2020


Great Shelford burglaries
A break in took place this morning 27th Jan at around 6am. Subway on Mill Court were broken into and it is believed some computer equipment was stolen. 

The thieves also broke into the neighbouring Zara Indian restaurant and stole drinks. 

The fire brigade were also called to a small fire at the same time in the Mill Court car park where some inflammable material was set on fire, an electrical cable was damaged. Posted Jan 27 2020.

Shelford Swish

Feel you have nothing to wear despite a wardrobe stuffed with clothes? Want to exchange clothes that don’t fit for ones that do? Keen not to add to the fast fashion problem and your global footprint? If the answer is yes, then Shelford’s Swish, to be held at Great Shelford Free Church (opposite the coop) is for you. They are taking women’s, men’s and children’s clothes, shoes and accessories. Bring along and take as much as you like. Items must be clean and in good condition. Whilst the team are sorting clothes you can enjoy homemade cake at Cara Coffee next door and catch up on other environmental activities.

At the Free Church they are delighted to be teaming up with 2G3S (Green Groups in the Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston)and Romsey Mill to organise this event, which will run concurrently with the Repair Cafe also at the Free Church.


Please drop off your clothes on Saturday February 29th at 2:00 for a Swish that will start at 2:30 and end at 3:30 pm. Entry is free but donations to Romsey Mill are very welcome. If you have queries, please email: administrator@shelfordfreechurch.org.uk Posted Jan 20 2020.

Scotsdales join cafe conversation scheme

Feeling lonely this winter? The Sunflower Cafe at Scotsdales in Great Shelford is now part of the Chatty Cafe scheme. Sit yourself at the table marked with the Chatty Cafe sign and soon you'll be joined by others who are looking for company.

What could be better than a cuppa and a chat. For more information on the scheme visit https://thechattycafescheme.co.uk Posted Jan 13 2020
Great Shelford garage fire

Fire crews were called to a garage fire in Great Shelford on the afternoon of January 6.

Two crews from Cambridge were called to the at Middlefield, Hinton Way, Great Shelford at 2pm.

Crews arrived to find a garage measuring 10 x 10 metres on fire. Wearing breathing apparatus, firefighters extinguished the fire using one hose reel and a positive pressure ventilation fan to clear the smoke.

The cause of the fire was accidental. Posted Dec 8 2020.