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Covid 19 lockdown 3 business updated Feb 26 2021

Zara Indian restaurant is operating a takeaway service only. Opening hours are 5-9:30pm Sunday-Thursday and 5-10pm Friday- Saturday. Tel 01223 846668 http://www.zarashelford.com


Forum House is providing takeaways with normal opening hours.

The Square and Compasses is operating as takeaways only. The full menu is on their website. They are operating 5pm-8:30pm Tuesday- Saturday and 12pm-2:30pm Sunday for both collection and free delivery to the Shelfords, Sawston and Stapleford but with a minimum order of £10 to qualify for delivery. Also all Sunday roasts must be booked in advance by 8pm Saturday evening. Bookings can be made through the website, by calling on 01223843273 or via Facebook.

Navigator pub, Little Shelford open for takeaways - collection or delivery - Wednesday to Sunday 5pm-9pm - phone lines open at 4pm or order on their website

The Three Horseshoes in Stapleford is offering takeaways from January 6. Their kitchen is operating from Wednesday - Saturday 5.30pm until 8.30pm. Tel 01223 503402. https://www.threehorseshoes-pub.com

Shelford library has had to cancel browsing because of Tier 4 restrictions. When they re-open on January 5, their service will be limited to returning books, select and collect, reservations and public computer use on an appointment basis (for access to public services only) and online library resources.

Shelford Deli is providing their essential grocery store service (cafe-bistro remains closed); Open Tues to Sat 9.00-16.30. Customers can buy vegetables, bread, milk, cheese, homecooked takeout dishes and other groceries... or place orders in advance for safe collection. They have a designated click + collect counter at the front left-hand door [current exit door] of the shop so you don't need to venture inside. Pre-orders can be collected from here at an agreed time, or you can come into the shop to browse as usual through the main doors. Pre-orders can be paid in advance or on collection as preferred. Their stocklist can be found on their website https//www.shelforddeli.co.uk/placing-an-order    : placing an order | Shelford Deli Grocery orders can be placed by email: shelforddeli@outlook.com or phone: 01223 846129 with 24 hrs notice so they can keep their team safe when preparing orders.

Alma clinic in Great Shelford will continue to provide osteopathy and physiotherapy services during lockdown. However, their sports therapy, sports massage and nutritional services will be put on hold temporarily during this time.

angliEAR Hearing is open for audiology services.

Pimp My Fish food van is trading every Wednesday at the memorial hall serving from 5-8pm.

Shelford Physiotherapy is open 8am to 3pm on weekdays - I am wearing a shield, mask and patients need to complete a Covid risk assessment form and a telephone call to make sure both the client and myself are protected.

Dave Hatter gas specialist is open

Noel Young wine bar is shut but the shop remains open 7 days a week for retail, order and collect and deliveries. 10am- 7pm Monday to Sat, 12noon – 2pm on Sundays though they may close at 6pm and on Sundays depending on demand.

Cambridge Building Society revised hours now closed on Saturdays. Monday 9:00 am -  2pm, Tuesday Closed, Wednesday- Friday 9am-2pm Saturday Closed

Shelford Country Market will not be re-opening on Wednesday January 13. Shelford Memorial Hall has to remain closed whilst we are in Tier 4. They are pleased to receive orders by phone or email for jams, marmalades, chutney, local honey and honey comb. Also enquiries for home baking, craft items and seasonal plants. Please phone 01223 843946 or email to dorothy@woodlandsroad.plus.com

Great Shelford Dental Surgery is staying open.

Lay electrical are closed due to the new lockdown but they can  still carry out emergency repairs and deliver new appliances - 07740543187

Solutions hairdressers is closed while Great Shelford is in lockdown.

Cara Coffee is closed including for takeaways

Stapleford Granary has had to cancel all events and courses for January.

Scotsdales is still open. Click and collect is still available at our Great Shelford store on selected items online, alternatively please contact your local store for placing orders with local delivery. For full opening times visit https://scotsdalegardencentre.co.uk/opening-times

Great Shelford Dry Cleaning is still open.

The Gog farmshop will continue to operate as previous lockdowns, with options to customers being as follows: 1) Shop as ‘normal’: browse the deli, grocers and butchery with social distancing; 2) ‘Drive Through’ shopping: simply stay in your car and sound your horn. A member of the team will come out and personally shop for you. Card payment is contactless from your the comfort of your car, 3) ‘Click & Collect’: this is our online shop where you can simply browse the items at home, pay and then collect in your car in the same way as the ‘Drive Through’. Opening times are Mon - Sat 0900 – 1800, Sun 1000 - 1600.

Pillsorted – which delivers your medicines free to your home – is open. 

Affected by Cancer and feeling isolated and in need of support? Cambridge Cancer Help Centre at Scotsdales is open virtually Mon to Wed 10am to 4pm throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and offer free support to anyone affected by cancer together with their families, carers & friends. Emotional or Bereavement support, Guided Imagery, Mindfulness & Relaxation, Fatigue Management, Macmillan Hope course and talking Together sessions are all available. Contact us on 7909 118 432 or 01223 840 105 manager@cambridgecancerhelp.org or https://www.cambridgecancerhelp.org/

Laptops for Home Schooling

I've been working with Chris Smith (COVID support group) and Jas Hill (Parochial Charities) to try to provide refurbished laptops to local schools for home schooling. We have a small number of laptops available for children in Great/Little Shelford and Stapleford who need them for home schooling. The laptops won't be fast, but all have Windows 10, webcam, speakers and WiFi - fine for using the Internet and typing documents. If you have a child who needs a laptop, please contact me. The machines will be provided as a long-term loan.

Also, if you have any laptops you are happy to donate, please get in touch.

Mike Nettleton
E mike.nettleton@eagleanalysis.co.uk
T 01223 721366
M 07905 35646
Old laptops wanted?

Do you have an old laptop in your house that you no longer need or want?

The COVID support group and the Parochial Charity have teamed up to identify a few local schools that are lacking laptops for their pupils, most of whom are currently home learning.

We have worked out a mechanism for refurbishing old laptops (within the village, using local goodwill) before passing them onto the schools with the correct software for the pupils. During this process the laptops will be fully wiped by an IT professional.

If you have a laptop that you can donate to this cause, please contact Chris Smith on Christopher.i.smith3@gmail.com or on 501406.

Posted Feb 1st 2021

Panther Taxis offers some people free* transport to vaccination appointment

Panther Taxis are offering free* transport (up to the value of £10 each way), in partitioned vehicles, to those without transport, who are vulnerable, need ‘door to door’ assistance and/or financial support, to get to their vaccination appointment simply and safely.

Panther Taxis are funding and facilitating these vital journeys with an initial £10,000 ‘Covid fighting fund’ for those that require help the most across Cambridge - a commitment to local residents from a local independent taxi company.

In a time when safety is paramount, Panther Taxis also wanted to highlight the 5 points of protection that they have implemented in order to protect customers on their journeys.

1 - Partitioned vehicles available

2 - Drivers & passengers wearing face coverings

3️ - Vehicles cleaned between journeys

4 - Hand sanitiser available

5️ - Contactless payment

*Journeys to and from Cambridge vaccination centres up to the value of £10 each way

To find out more about Panther Taxis, please visit https://www.panthertaxis.co.uk/

Posted Jan 29 2021

Christmas lights vandalised

Christmas lights in Shelford Park Avenue have been vandalized.

Organiser Nicola Norman said she was “heartbroken”.

“We have been putting Christmas lights up for 12 years - not once have we had them trashed,” said Nicola.

“We work hard to put these lights up for everyone to enjoy. But someone tried ripping them off the fence and a see saw is completely ruined.

“The waving snowman that so many children love has been pulled about so much that the fence is broke and the snowman itself is buckled,”

“These lights are meant to lift the spirits for the community.

Nicola asked the community to show the vandals what the villagers think of what they have done by donating to the Cambridge Acorn Project who offer therapeutic and structural support to traumatised children and families


Posted December 22 2020

Co-op to move?

The Co-op wants to move its store in Great Shelford.

It is planning to move from High Street to High Green so that they can have a bigger shop in the development that includes the Noel Young Wine Bar.

The new shop would include a cashpoint machine.

It would be 50% bigger than the current store.

The proposal includes 14 car spaces and the number of staff increasing from 11 to 13.

A presentation was made to Great Shelford Parish Council’s planning committee in December. No planning application has yet been made.
Posted Dec 7 2020

New children's book created in Great Shelford

Alison Miles (left)from Great Shelford has created a series of children’s books...in rhyme

She has written and illustrated the books that feature a plucky little crab called Snippy who gets himself into all sorts of scrapes when he decides to explore the world beyond his rockpool home. The first in the series, ”Snippy The Crab’s Deep Sea Adventure”, is now available on all the main bookseller platforms; and the second, “Snippy The Crab”s High-Flying Adventure” should be available later this week. 

Posted Nov 2020

Shelford School Christmas Rainbow Hamper Raffle

Tickets are £1 each and all the proceeds go towards valuable resources and equipment for the school, including books, IT equipment and smaller things like this year's virtual pantomime.

You’ll be in with a chance to win one of seven beautiful colour-themed Christmas hampers – filled with gorgeous goodies. Our '1st prize' brown hamper will include a £25 voucher for Barkers Bros butchers - perfect for Christmas dinner! Our '2nd prize' blue hamper will include a Ted Baker men's toiletries set and our '5th prize' gold and silver hamper will include a large tin of Marks and Spencer shortbread biscuits. These beautiful hampers are the perfect Christmas present (or presents) for you or someone else!

Tickets will be on sale until Thursday 10 December and the winners will be chosen at random on Monday 14 December. Mr Grey (Headteacher) will be drawing the raffle and hampers will be available for delivery/collection during the last week of term.

To buy a ticket or tickets please email pta@shelfordschool.org.uk with the number of tickets you’d like. You will need to transfer the money for your tickets to the PTA bank account (Sort: 30-91-74 and Account No: 01248038) using the reference Xmas Raffle.

Once the money has been received you will be sent an image of your tickets and your ticket numbers.
Posted Nov 25 2020

COVID support group relaunches

The Shelford COVID support group is still here for our community. Although we were quieter over the summer, we’ve refreshed, revamped and relaunched, and we’re ready to help anyone and everyone in our community during this second wave of coronavirus.

We have a network of 78 volunteers, who have each adopted a street or a few houses where they live. Everyone in Great Shelford will have a key contact and should receive a leaflet with their contact details. There are also contacts for Little Shelford and Stapleford. Our volunteers are delighted to help people who cannot access basic amenities (shopping, prescriptions, post etc) due to COVID so please do get in touch if you need them. And if you’re not sure who your local volunteer is, please contact Chris Smith on Christopher.i.smith3@gmail.com or 501406.

The group is entirely made up of volunteers, helped over 200 people during the first wave, and has the backing of the Parish Council, SCDC, our local MP, local churches and other organisations. We have found such a joy in being able to give and it’s been a privilege to help those in need in our community, with many connections and friendships having been born or strengthened as a result. Some of highlights have included the voluntary sharing of food between residents, particularly those which were scarce at the start e.g. flour and yeast. We’ve also arranged emergency food parcels for the neediest and helped them towards more regular help with the support of the local foodbank and Parochial Charity. We’ve seen everything from Easter cards, cars with flat batteries started and socially distanced VE Day parties spearheaded by volunteers.

We are aware that many people may be more prepared than at the start of lockdown. And the number of cases in south Cambridgeshire so far remains thankfully low. However, we are here if anyone’s existing support network is not able to help. Please do get in touch if you need us. And if you want to join our wonderful group of volunteers then please get in touch too. In this difficult time for many people, let’s come together and keep Shelford going.

“The volunteering in GS has given me the opportunity to replace some of the other volunteering I was doing pre-lockdown. I’ve also met some lovely people I wouldn’t have known otherwise. “ Anonymous

Chris Smith 
Posted October 30 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 Nov 12 2020

 Pavement issues for wheelchair users

A Great Shelford pensioner who uses a wheelchair has asked if disabled people in the village are being forgotten.

Sylvia Mallon says the situation in some areas is so bad that her wheelchair got stuck in a hole on Woollards Lane.

“The pavements are so dangerous, with holes and uneven surfaces,” she said in an email to Great Shelford Online.

“I went into a hole near the Barclays site and couldn't move.

“It’s like people who are disabled have been forgotten. “

She also highlighted the lack of drop kerbs near her great Shelford home.

“I would love to lend you my scooter to get to the shop or doctors,” she said

“It’s not a joy. It’s an experience.”

The email was passed to the Parish Council and the two county councillors for Great Shelford. They all declined to comment. Posted Sept 30 2020.

Green Belt transport route on edge of Stapleford comes a step closer

A  new public transport route on the edge of Great Shelford and Stapleford could be in place as early as 2024. It was approved in principle by the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board in June 2020.

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

An online consultation is being carried out between October 12 and December 7 when plans will be revealed showing the detailed design. An Environmental Impact Assessment is also being carried out this autumn. 

Views are being sought about the design of the proposals and how to manage and mitigate the impact of the new transport route.

Stapleford Parish Council is spending up to £10,000 on consultants with Great Shelford Parish Council to oppose the scheme, they decided at their August meeting.

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 would 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 2019, residents were told there will be up to 16 buses or trams per hour, going in either direction.

The route will 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 will 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.

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.

Join a webinar for a presentation on the proposals and have your questions answered by a member of the project team:

Tuesday 10th November – 6pm (registration link https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gezD228tSY264mQupx4Y6A)
Wednesday 18th November – 5.30pm (registration link https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__jMHfZ98Q-i8cUSjJYN0dw)


Here is a flythrough of the scheme

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 joint letter here. Updated Oct 6 2020.

Library re-opens
Great Shelford Library re-opened for two sessions a week from 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

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. 

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

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.