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Shelfords and Stapleford local businesses Coronavirus update

The Plough in Great Shelford is open. Pizza at the Plough is open  Tuesday to Thursday: 5 – 9:00pm, Friday & Sat: 3 – 9:30pm. (reservations advisable, call John on 07711 273 173 to book.) https://www.pizzaattheplough.co.uk/ Open Tues, Wed & Thur: “For every adult Pizza & dessert ordered in the restaurant, a small Kids Pizza & desert is free. They are also now accepting reservations for their “Chef’s Table”. This is available from Tuesday to Saturday. On this table the customers (up to 6) will be served with chef made breads, canapes, petit fois as well as a selection of salads, Pizza tasters & sides, all selected by the Chef to suit dietary preferences. To reserve a table (either Chef or standard) customers need to email info@pizzaattheplough.co.uk 

The Square and Compasses pub is open. Booking in advance would be advised and a pre-order would be great too but not essential.

The Navigator in Little Shelford is open. Tel 843901. It has introduced an outdoor marquee complete with astroturf to allow for social distancing. The Nav is continuing the 50% discount up to a limit of £10 per per person into September on Mondays to Wednesdays. Table booking is advisable due to limited space within the pub and marquee/garden area. Opening hours are Mon - Sun 12- 3pm, Mon - Fri 5.30-11pm, Sat - Sun 6-11pm. Food 12.00 - 2.30, 6.00 - 9.30 daily for eating in and takeaways.

Forum House Chinese restaurant in Great Shelford is open. Sun 13:00-15:00, Mon Closed, Tues-Sat 12:00-14:00, 17:30-23:00 01223 843089 http://www.theforumhouse.com/ 

Noel Young Wines is open as normal. They are initially running a a system whereby each table can be booked for 90 minutes. The bar is open Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday 5pm-10.30pm, Saturday 1pm-10.30pm, closed Sundays. The shop is open Monday- Wednesday 10-7pm, Thursday- Saturday 10-10pm, Sunday 12-2pm. Usually operating a booking only policy via the nywinesbar.co.uk website or by email winebar@nywines.co.uk and phone 01223 842594. 

The Three Horseshoes in Stapleford is open. Monday - Closed all day, Tuesday 12:00 ~ 14:30 and 17:00 ~ 23:00, Wednesday - 12:00 ~ 14:30 17:00 ~ 23:00, Thursday 12:00 ~ 14:30 17:00 ~ 23:00, Friday open all day, Saturday open all day, Sunday open all day  
 https://www.threehorseshoes-pub.com/  01223 503 402 

Winners Chinese takeaway is open from 5pm with a limit of 2 people in the fish and chip side and max of 3 people in the Chinese side. You can phone orders through.

The Three Horseshoes in Stapleford is open https://www.threehorseshoes-pub.com/ . 01223 503 402 

The Rose pub in Stapleford is open. 

Zara Indian restaurant is now open. Their opening hours are slightly different: Sunday - Thursday 5:00 - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00 - 10:30pm. They ave reduced capacity due to social distancing and recommend booking in advance. There is £10 off if you spend over £40 Monday to Thursday.  Zara has a new online ordering system at https://online.zarashelford.com they are now offering 10% discount online 01223 846 668 Updates are on their Facebook page.

Co-op is open 7am to 10pm

Tesco is open 7am - 10pm

Kash stores is open 8am to 6pm (1pm on Sundays), the post office is open 9am -4pm (12.30pm on Saturday) and closed Sundays. 01223 843307 It has introduced a cashpoint machine.

Boots, Woollards Lane is open 8.45am-1pm, (except 9am opening on Saturdays), 2pm to 6pm, (Luch 12 noon-2pm) closed Sundays

Shelford Deli is continuing as The Deli Stores. No takeaway pizzas or coffees will be available. Deli Shop Stockist is at http://shelforddeli.co.uk 01223 846129

Barkers Butchers is open and also offering a delivery service. 9am - 1pm and 2-5pm, Saturday 8-1pm and also closed Sundays and Mondays. 01223 843292 http://www.barkerbrosbutchers.co.uk/

Days of Ashwell is open, from 7.30am to 2.30pm 01223 843786

Solutions hairdressers is open, appointments only tel 843844 with £5 additional payment towards PPE

Antonio's Barbers is open

Scotsdale's is open Mon – Sat 8.30am – 5pm / Sun 10am – 5pm. They're now allowing dogs on leads in all stores and the Sunflower cafes are still closed.  .https://scotsdalegardencentre.co.uk/community/important-customer-notice-regarding-our-store-reopening/. Tel 842777.

Great Shelford Dry Cleaners is open Monday 9am-1pm, Tues- Friday 9am -3pm, saturday 9-12noon . They are running a delivery service - phone 844344 or emailgreatshelforddrycleaning@gmail.com 

Shelford Autos in Orchard Road is open.

Arthur Rank Hospice shop in Great Shelford is open

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

Magpie garage in Stapleford, is open.

Camyoga is offering online classes - including yoga beginners at 8:15pm on a Tuesday.

Pimp My Fish is back to their normal pitch at the Memorial Hall in Great Shelford. They are only be taking pre-orders. . Opening hours will be from 5pm to 8pm with collection slots every 15 minutes. To order, text John on 07494 599594 with your food choices and preferred collection slot.
The library is open Tuesdays 10am-2pm and Fridays 2pm-6pm

The Great Shelford dental surgery is open. http://www.greatshelforddental.com/

The Cambridge Building Society in Woollards Lane is now open 9am – 2pm: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday9am – 12pm: Saturday 

Cara Coffee in Great Shelford  open Wed - Fri, 10.00 - 1.30 Saturday for drinks, cakes and savoury snacks.

Jackson Cox opticians is open from 10 am to 4 pm https://www.jackson-cox-optician.com/ 01223 840 441

Davies Solicitors in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford is open from 9am to 5pm http://www.daviessolicitors.co.uk/index.html 01223 842211

Lay Electrical is open for sales and repairs from 10 till 4 (closed on Wednesdays) Saturdays 9.30 till 12 and from July 6 open normal hours (9am till 1 and 2.15 till 5.30 closed Wednesdays and Saturdays open 9 till 12) (07740543187)

Great Shelford rec is open as long as people maintain social distancing. After two sessions of cleaning by a fogging machine, placing of the necessary notices and completion of a RISK assessment the Great Shelford Playground was reopened on 13th July 2020. Cleaning on Sunday and Wednesday evenings by fogging machine will continue until the Parish Council are satisfied that no further risk is appropriate to the residents of Great Shelford.

Great Shelford Country Market re-opens on July 15 from 9.30am to 11.30 am and with long tables down each side of the hall – one for food and the other for garden produce including seasonal freshly picked fruit & veg.  Sorry, no crafts. As soon as we have a firm date, the good news will be posted on https://www.facebook.com/gtshelfordmarket

St Mary's Church is open . 

Gog Magog Farmshop open 9am-6pm Monday to Saturday, Sunday 10am to 2pm (with contactless shopping as featured in the Cambridge News), stay in car shopping available, online delivery service being created, cafe closed https://www.thegog.com/ 01223 248 352

The Spar shop in Stapleford is now offering a door drop home delivery service. 01223 843110 https://www.spar.co.uk/store-locator/afb24471-spar-stapleford . They have introduced a new free ATM cash machine.

Stapleford Granary is closed.

Stapleford Rec play equipment and tennis courts are open

Magog Down car park is open.  A cashless payment system via a text message of £3.00 is in operation for car park payment to those who are not Friends or Members. http://www.magogtrust.org.uk/

Harveys Garden Centre on Little Shelford is open 9.30am -12.30pm. They have a website  https://harveyandson1930.wixsite.com/mysite 

Pillsorted Help is a locally based online NHS pharmacy who deliver. It is free. They are based at Copley Park email: Help@pillsorted.com
They have opened their own online shop. They are testing same day delivery for CB22 and CB1-5 for orders before 1pm and Royal Mail 24 track after 1pm. Free local pick up option for online shop items has just been added. NHS prescription delivery are always free as it is part of NHS essential services.  

Relief Chiropractic health clinic in Great Shelford is open Monday to Thursdays. 01223459240 https://reliefchiropractic.co.uk/

Rayments garage is open 01223 843048 https://www.raymentsgarage.com/

T & J Tyres also in Gt Shelford (01223 845155), is open.

Travis Perkins on Church Street, Stapleford is open Monday - Friday 8-4pm. They are delivering and also having timed collection slots for click and collect.

Dave Hatter gas specialist is operating doing routine boiler services as well as emergency work 01223 844866 07747444435 (Emergency)  https://www.david-hatter-gas-service.co.uk/contact-us//

Eagle Analysis computer repairs is open https://www.eagleanalysis.co.uk/ 01223 721366

Wandlebury Country Park is open.

Courts at Great Shelford Tennis Club are now open for restricted play http://www.gstc.org.uk/news/courts_open_for_restricted_play

AK fisheries deliveries every Tuesday Mobile 07773 275134 Tel:  01472 841124

The Shelford Fun Run on September 20 will take place virtually this year. https://shelfordfunrun.co.uk

Shelford Physiotherapist is open tel 844488

Slots need to be booked in advance at the Thriplow recycling centre

(Updated Sept 2 2020

Library re-opening

Great Shelford Library will re-open for two sessions a week with effect from the week commencing 3rd August. Sessions will be from 10am-2pm on Tuesdays and 2pm-6pm on Fridays.

However, the initial service will be limited to the return of items (which will then be quarantined), the collection of reservations and one pre-booked 45 minutes computer session per customer per day. Books can be reserved online or by phone and there will be a new ‘Select and Collect’ service, where you can suggest the type of books you’d prefer and staff will select available titles for you to collect from the library. Reservation charges are suspended until 31st August. There will be no browsing in the library yet, but we hope to be able to offer a wider service later in the year, subject to health and safety guidelines in place at the time.

For full and up to date details about our re-opening please visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk or call 0345 045 5225. Posted July 14 2020

Phone coverage survey

The South Cambs MP Anthony Browne has started a survey about phone coverage in the area. I have tried all the networks and none of them provide adequate service where I live in the High green area of Great Shelford and from what I

hear from others this is generally the same all over both Great and Little Shelford. If you want to fill in Anthony Browne's survey please

note that the link given in the S Cambs mag is wrong and it should be; https://www.anthonybrowne.org/mobilesurvey

John Wilson Posted Sept 7 2020
M11 junction 11 maintenance

Essential maintenance works is taking place in September on the north bridge and south bridge at junction 11 of the M11. They will replace the bridge joints and carry out concrete repairs, we’ll also renew waterproofing material and repaint parts of the bridge where required.

They plan to complete this over twelve weeks from Tuesday 1 September to Tuesday 24 November between the hours of 8pm and 6am on weeknights only, except for Sunday 13 September, and subject to weather conditions.

They’ve split these works into two main phases and have closely liaised with the local authorities to agree the most suitable diversion routes for the closures, as detailed within the diversion route table attached.

Once surface repairs are complete (Phase 1) they’ll begin work on the underside of the two bridges. To deliver this safely, they need to reduce the lane width on the M11 northbound and southbound underneath junction 11. During the installation and removal of these narrow lanes, they’ll need to close the M1 between the junction 11 exit and entry slip roads.

During the works on the underside of both bridges, a temporary speed restriction of 50mph will be in place.
Posted September 1 2020

Shelford School needs your support

Shelford School PTA is raising money for a set of new laptops for the school. The school's existing laptops are very old and no longer fit for purpose as they are no longer supported by Microsoft. They are in need of a set of new laptops to enable the pupils to get the IT access that they need. We are aiming to help the school raise enough money to fund a set of 30 laptops for one class to use at a time. As we are not able to raise money through our normal fundraising events because of the COVID-19 outbreak we are asking people to donate through our Just Giving page:


Any donations from the local community really would be very much appreciated.

Could you buy some books for Shelford School?

Their normal fundraising efforts and events have been hard hit by the COVID outbreak so they are finding new ways to raise money. The school library is in desperate need of new books so they’ve started an Amazon Wishlist so that parents, relatives and anyone who wants to buy a book to donate to the school can do so easily.

There’s no obligation to buy from Amazon but if you do the books are sent straight to the school so it’s very low effort. 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/2WSDF7L9G47UW?ref_=wl_share -

Hannah Mohamad
PTA Chair
Posted July 1 2020  

Green Belt transport scheme on edge of Shelford comes a step closer

The new public transport route on the edge of Great Shelford and Stapleford will be in place by 2024 after the go ahead was given by the Great Cambridge Partnership on June 25.

The proposed new public transport route (right) will cross Hinton Way and Haverhill Road.  It could be up and running by 2024. It will cost £132m.

Proposals to run the route alongside the railway line in Great Shelford and minimise the impact on the Green Belt in Great Shelford and Stapleford (see proposed route diagram below) have been dismissed. The report says that the benefit to Great Shelford and Stapleford residents would be outweighed by the increased journey times and the additional £29m cost.

The scheme will link the Cambridge Biomedical Campus via Great Shelford, Stapleford and Sawston to a new travel hub near the A11/A1307/A505.

At a public meeting on October 14, residents were told there will be up to 16 buses or trams per hour, going in either direction.

The route would be entirely off-road, only interacting with other traffic just north of Great Shelford and Stapleford at junctions on Hinton Way and Haverhill Road. Junctions between existing roads and the new public transport route would be controlled by traffic lights.

Locations of stops are proposed at Haverhill Road in Stapleford and Hinton Way in Great Shelford.

The proposals are the first part of the Cambridge Autonomous Metro, which would take the form of electric, rubber-tyred tram-like vehicles using dedicated, off-road routes to bypass congestion.

There are still several steps before the busway is finally approved.

A full environmental impact assessment and another phase of public consultation are planned for the autumn.

The final scheme would then go back to the GCP’s executive board for their final approval , before an application is submitted to the secretary of state for approval.

Read about the scheme in the Cambridge Independent

*Great Shelford Parish Council and Stapleford Parish Council joined forces to accuse the Great Cambridge Partnership of maladministration over the proposals. Read their full letter here.

PostedJune 26 2020

New tenants for former Barclays bank building

The angli-EAR Hearing team is planning to move into the old Barclay's Bank building on Woollard's Lane in Great Shelford.

The audiology specialists, currently based at Mill Court, Great Shelford, will move into their new clinic (pictured left) in the late summer. 

The larger premises gives angli-EAR Hearing an increased presence in the heart of the Shelford community, with more clinic space and a wider range of audiology and ear wax removal services for clients. It's good news for the High Street too, re-purposing the old Barclay's building which has lain closed and boarded up for two years after being hit by a ram raid.

Meanwhile, Angli-EAR Hearing’s clinic at Mill Court is open for hearing assessments, hearing aid fittings, wax removal and tinnitus solutions with enhanced health and safety procedures to ensure they are Covid Secure. Visit www.angliearhearing.co.uk or call 01223 661399 for more information or to book an appointment. 

Posted June 19 2020

New affordable homes for Great Shelford

Proposals for 21 new affordable homes on allotments in Great Shelford have been given the go ahead.

The homes will provide accommodation for a maximum of 50 per cent of market rent “to develop affordable homes for local people”.

The development will be located in green belt land on a site to the north east of More’s Meadow in Great Shelford.

The development will see 21 homes built on the south of the site, the existing allotments moved to the north end of the site, with a public recreation space in between the two.

Great Shelford Parochial Charities owns 32 houses – one, two and three bedroom homes – at More’s Meadow where they provide affordable tenancies for Great Shelford people. They also own the allotments and open land at the bottom of More’s Meadow, extending behind Bridge Close, Hobsons Acre, Walden Way and The Hectare.

The Charity has now been given planning permission to build a further 21 affordable homes on the site currently occupied by the allotments. 

The charity is planning a community orchard as part of the proposals.

Further information about The Parochial Charities can be found on their website: gspc.org.uk
Posted June 16 2020

Great Shelford library update

A revised Library@Home service for residents who are shielding or isolating has been announced. This will involve monthly deliveries to the customer’s door of specially chosen books/audiobooks, which will be picked up when the next selection is delivered.

Please note that this service is limited - it’s reserved for Cambridgeshire residents who rely heavily on books or audiobooks AND who are shielding or isolating due to age or health conditions under current Covid-19 Government guidelines. To ask about the service please email volunteers@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or telephone 07742 022 926.

Plans are also moving ahead for a careful, phased and limited re-opening of some Cambridgeshire libraries, probably over the course of late July and August. This won’t include open access or browsing as in normal times but is expected to include a click and collect book service, time-limited access to our IT facilities and reinstatement of the phone line. The plan will obviously depend on Government guidance at the relevant time. For full and up to date details about this please visit cambridgeshire.gov.uk. Posted June 16 2020

Great Shelford library is excited to announce that the Summer Reading Challenge for readers aged 4-11 will still take place this year and this time they can get silly and have huge fun reading lots of different funny books! The Challenge will be online, running from June to September, with the official launch expected to be on Friday 5th June. Plenty of free resources, book suggestions and encouragement will be available and we hope that lots of children will join in and keep reading even while schools and libraries are closed. For details visit The Reading Agency website at http://ow.ly/skcU50zDzWW

Good news - Cambridgeshire County Council has recently launched The Library Presents…in your house, giving you access to high quality arts performances and workshops free of charge from your home. There’s something for everyone (children and adults) including music, storytelling, poetry, theatre and animation, radio drama, visual arts, magic extravaganzas and arts and craft workshops. Listings are updated weekly and can be found at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts.

Posted June 1 2020

Spate of handbag thefts from cars

Motorists are being urged to be vigilant following a spate of handbag thefts from vehicles over the past month.

A total of 22 vehicles were broken into between 19 April and 12 May including incidents in Stapleford, Sawston, Duxford, Great Shelford, Haslingfield, Grantchester, Swavesey, Milton, Oakington and Fen Drayton.

In the majority of cases purses, wallets and handbags have been targeted and in some instances the thieves have gone on to use the victims’ bank cards in shops.

Police are focusing their patrols in these areas but would urge all motorists to make sure their cars are locked and double checked when left unattended as we’re seeing incidents when windows are left open and doors unlocked.

Also ensure all valuables, such as handbags, wallets, mobile phones and tools are removed from the vehicle.

Call 101 or go online to report any suspicious behaviour in your area.

Sergeant Emma Hilson

South Cambs Neighbourhood Team

Posted May 13 2020

Shelfords COVID 19 support group now covers the whole village

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 .

Remarkably they now have volunteers to cover every street in Great Shelford.

The support group has the backing and endorsement of the Parish Council, District Council, the local churches and our local MP. They will continue to publish important community updates relating to COVID-19 on their Facebook page. All volunteer updates will be fed through the new e-mail chain.

And if you have volunteered, please complete your leaflet deliveries so every house has your contact details in case of a need.👏👏

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

Shelford yoga and movement class on Zoom

New Class! In the real world, I was going to start a new class on Monday’s at 11.00 after Easter but due to recent events, this hasn’t happened. I was going to wait until we could return to the Little Shelford Memorial hall, but I have decided not to wait and to begin these classes online so that you could all have a chance to sample the class. 

First class will begin on Monday 4th May at 11.00 and will be called ‘MOVE, BREATHE, SENSE”. 

This will be a mindful class incorporating cultivating awareness of breath and somatic movements to further explore the internal landscape of the body, and to gently retrain healthy movement patterns. This class will include a long session of deep relaxation using various techniques. This class could be helpful in relieving tension arising from stress, anxiety and pain and is suitable for everybody. 

This class will be via Zoom so please email me if you are interested so I can send you the Zoom ID link. These classes will be free for a 4 week trial. You will need to download the Zoom app onto your device prior to the class. 

Contact: Michelle on michelle@honourourbody.co.uk

 Four-year-old Little Trooper from  Great Shelford wins national award 

A four-year-old military child from Great Shelford has been awarded by national children’s charity, Little Troopers, for showing bravery and resilience during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Rufus Morris has been named ‘Little Trooper of the Month’ for coping while his Dad is deployed overseas with the RAF and his Mum works for the NHS during the Covid crisis. Rufus’ Dad serves with the RAF Regiment and has been in Afghanistan since September. He had been due home in March, but his return date has now been pushed back indefinitely. Meanwhile Rufus’ Mum is a lung doctor at Royal Papworth Hospital and is now working shifts on intensive care looking after  Covid patients. While his Mum is working, Rufus has been going to stay with his Grandma.

Rufus’ Mum, Caroline, said: “Rufus has been very brave about being separated from both of his parents and has been busy painting rainbows to display in support of all our key workers. He is very proud of us but we are even more proud of him. He is truly our light in this horrid time. He is thrilled to be named Little Trooper of the Month, even more so as we have been using the Little Troopers separation packs to help him understand and deal with his Dad’s ongoing deployment.”

Louise Fetigan, Founder of Little Troopers, adds: “We’ve heard from lots of military families who have been impacted by the pandemic in some way; from deployment return dates being cancelled to personnel being called away from home to work as part of the Covid taskforce. We had many worthy nominations for this month’s award, but we felt that having two parents working away from home to serve our country was an exceptional circumstance that must be incredibly difficult. Rufus is a real inspiration to all our Little Troopers out there.” Rufus will receive a Little Troopers medal, certificate and special prize as part of his award.

Little Troopers is a registered charity supporting children who have parents serving in the British Armed Forces. The charity runs a number of initiatives including the Little Troopers Treasures App, which enables military parents to record themselves reading stories to their children to watch while they are away; the Little Troopers separation pack and Little Troopers primary school resources, including dedicated school wellbeing course. For more information visit www.littletroopers.net

Posted April 20 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

New Shelford skills swap service

A Great Shelford website designer has launched a new skills swap service.

Website designer Paul Lane said many local trades people and business owners have unexpected time on their hands. So he started exploring the idea, testing it on friends, clients and social media.

He created Skills & Trade Swap Cambs as a Facebook page that introduces local people with different skills and talents that can be exchanged.

“The idea came to me in the garden,” says Paul, who has owned his own creative design business since 2001. 

“Looking at my old decking that needed replacing, I thought wouldn’t it be great if I could offer my website design services to a local carpenter.”

The idea gained further traction when freelance business development consultant Sue Walden contacted him. She needed a website designed for her business, so the first swap saw Sue helping Paul build awareness for his new project.

Shelford pantomime

Usually, at this time of year we would be advertising auditions for Little Shelford Pantomime. Obviously, we cannot hold auditions but hope, by the autumn we may have reached a position where rehearsals can start. To this end, we have collectively decided to take everyone who was in the cast or chorus of ‘The Little Mermaid’ last year unless they don’t wish to take part or are moving on to 6th form college. We know last year’s cast, know their talents and know what they are capable of so this seems a good compromise. We usually take new children (usually from years 5 – 7) into the chorus and would hope to audition these younger ones later in the year and will advertise an audition date when the situation is clearer. 

The good news is that Libby is keen to start writing the script while ‘confined to barracks’. She has chosen ‘Babes in the wood’ as the pantomime theme although this may include anything! We are in touch with last year’s cast but if any younger children know they would like to audition, let me know (coppendales@btinternet.com; 842498) and I, in turn, will let them know the audition date when it is chosen. 

Sarah Coppendale Posted April 15 2020

Arthur Rank Hospice appeal

The Arthur Rank Hospice at Shelford Bottom has issued an urgent ‘SOS!! Support Our Services’ appeal. The call comes in response to the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on the Charity’s ability to fundraise for its vital services this year.

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Hospice has had to reduce many of its services to protect the safety of its patients whilst simultaneously refocusing on the core healthcare needs of the County.

In just one month (from February to March 2020), demand for the care that the Charity provides within people’s homes (observing strict infection control procedures) has increased, as seen in the 61% increase in the number of referrals to the Hospice at Home night service.  Calls to the Hospice have also increased, as demonstrated in the 27.5% increase in the length of time spent on triage calls by the Arthur Rank Community Team.  Despite the difficult circumstances, in March the Inpatient Unit still provided care to 27 patients with complex end of life needs, alongside 19 patients in nurse-led beds.

Initial financial forecasts have identified that the Hospice will lose at least £700,000 of potential income over the next six months. This is due to scores of fundraising events and personal challenges having to be cancelled; the closure of the Hospice’s charity shops and Bistro; and the cancellation of training and conference events which were due to take place in its Education and Conference Centre. 

Sharon Allen, CEO of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, said;" We need to ensure that we can carry on delivering essential care and services now, whilst also ensuring that services remain sustainable into the future.  We truly hope that the people of Cambridgeshire will answer our SOS!"

To find out more about, or donate to, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s ‘SOS!! Support Our Services’ appeal, please visit arhc.org.uk/sos .

Posted April 8 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
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 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.

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.