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Bus stop flags
Eight new bus stop signs (commonly known as flags) have been erected in Great Shelford along Hinton Way, Mingle Lane and High Street. These replace old and dilapidated ones on the No 31 bus route. The signs have been made by Steve Edmondson of Haslingfield with help from John Wakefield.

Also receiving attention were a number of timetable cases where the acrylic front panel was broken, missing or had become opaque with age, new acrylic panels and timetables have been placed in these.

Steve decided to do something himself about the poor state of bus stops and timetables on local bus routes after he found that Cambridgeshire County Council had no money available for bus stop/timetable replacements despite subsidising the non commercially profitable bus services. Steve has already replaced signs in his own area around  Haslingfield, and in Hauxton and Stapleford, he has received donations to costs (each bus top flag costs £25) from the parish councils, it is hoped that Great Shelford Parish Council will also make a contribution to the cost for the new signs in Great Shelford. 

 The No 31 bus  runs between Fowlmere to Addenbrookes on five return trips per day, serving Thriplow, Newton, Hauxton, Little Shelford, Gt Shelford and Stapleford. Report and photos John Wakefield

Surgery appointment online delays
Villagers are having to wait for over a month for an appointment at the Great Shelford Medical Practice if they use the Online system.

One villager said that when they tried to book an appointment in Great Shelford or Sawston on July 21, there were no appointments in Shelford or Sawston until August 23.

"I refuse, on principle, to travel to Barley or Royston, when I can walk to my practice in Shelford," she said. 

"To travel to Barley or Royston is a waste of my time, petrol, destroys the environment because of unnecessary car travel and I don't even know whereabouts in Barley or Royston the practices are. I'm registered with Shelford, why can I not book an appointment?? If there are so many appointments available in Barley and Royston, perhaps some of the doctors there should be in the Shelford practice instead where there is clearly more demand!"

Another villager supported the comments. 

"I have just looked and the only on line appointments up to 14th September are at Barley or Royston (1 at Linton) are the good folks of Barley and Royston super healthy that they do not need these appointments or are there just too many GPs allocated to Barley and Royston," said Sue Tombs.

"We live in Great Shelford so should be able to see a GP in Great Shelford not add to our carbon footprint by using a car or if you are lucky a bus to these out of the way places.

"Yes I know you could phone up for an appointment but unless you lie and say it is urgent you could still be waiting 3 – 4 weeks. Being still at work – when I do phone up I seem to have difficulty in getting the Receptionists to understand what I mean by an early morning or late afternoon appointment and they cannot seem to realise how long it takes to get from Cambridge to Great Shelford during the rush how.

"This problem has been brought up at the Patients Participation Group and I urge all villagers to go onto the Practice Website and sign up for the group and then attend the meetings – we need the younger generation."

Proposed cycling/walking route consultation

Your views are needed about a new cycling and walking route through Great Shelford and Stapleford.

There are two options for the Sawston Greenway through Stapleford.

Option A would follow existing route, with improvements to the existing National Cycling Network route 11 to include improvements on London Road, Stapleford. This can be seen in pink on the map (left).

Option B would be via Dernford Resevoir towards Shelford Station. This would include a new shared-use path around the Dernford Reservoir site and connecting the new route from Shelford Station to the A1301.

Improvements would be made at Shelford station as part of the proposals including improvements to the station forecourt and road crossing and a direct connection through Mill Court.

Read more details and give your views here.

Shelford Guides needs a new leader

Shelford Guides urgently need a new leader by September or could face closure

A qualified Girlguiding leader, or someone able to take the Girlguiding Leadership Qualification, is urgently needed to share the running of 1st Shelford Guides. No previous experience is required. Training is done alongside volunteering and lots of support is given.

Guides is the section of Girlguiding for girls aged 10-14 years, and is great fun and highly rewarding to volunteer for! The unit meets on Monday nights during term time. To find out more, please contact Lisa (shelforddistrict@gmail.com) and visit www.girlguiding.org.uk (search for Guides and Leadership Qualification).

Shelford Feast record ticket sales

There are record ticket sales for the big events in the 2019 Shelford Feast: Comedy Night, Bad Manners & Big 10 and Go West & Back To The 80s. There are still tickets available but Feast organisers expect all events to sell out before the night so there’s little prospect of tickets being available on the door. The message: get your tickets now.

There are lots of new events this year: Outdoor Cinema showing Bohemian Rhapsody, Community Ceilidh with the Twinning Association and our French friends plus thought-provoking Theatre with To War With God, hosted by the Free Church.

Panther Taxis are a sponsor of the Shelford Feast and will be offering special rates for village-to-village taxis. There’s even talk of a dedicated Feast taxi rank during the week.

Following the survey carried out before Christmas Feast organisers have taken on board feedback received and will be offering a greater variety of food through the introduction of food vans. Details of the food that will be available during each event will be available soon via the Feast website and Facebook page. Feast Sunday will be the same as usual with the now legendary spit-roasts and barbecues, with the added addition of more vegetarian and vegan options.

Shelford Feast may have become a big event in South Cambridgeshire but it is still predominantly for the local community. The organisers are working hard to have a range of events for all ages and interests, so please do come along and have a good time, all the while knowing that the money you are spending will go back into supporting those in need in local villages. Organisers are mindful that the ticket prices for live music on Friday and Saturday nights are higher than before but they have worked hard to keep costs down elsewhere and also provide cheap and free events so everyone can attend, regardless of budget. Everyone who organises during the year and volunteers during the week gives their time for free so that as much as possible of the money raised can go to good causes.

See you at the Feast!
7th to 14th July 2019
Neighbourhood Plan update

Thank you to all who took the time to complete the Neighbourhood plan survey. The responses have given us much evidence of the type of environment you wish to continue enjoying. 

Whilst the responses were quite diverse there were some themes that were common and these will be incorporated into the text that we will now spend the summer writing before presenting to you all in the Autumn for further consultation. 

We value your ideas and are always ready to listen as the Plan is basically your document and can only be completed with your input. Again thank you.

Councillor Barbara Kettel, Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Opticians changes hands
Jackson Cox the Opticians are changing owner. After 58 years in business, current owner Bryan Story is retiring in July. The good news is that the business will remain in Shelford in the same premises down the passage behind Redmayne Arnold & Harris estate agents in Woollards Lane.

The new owner of the business is Mr Abhijeet Saxena MCOptom Optometrist, experienced professional who is dedicated. to the welfare of patients, and qualified in all aspects of practice. In a letter to patients Mr Story says he will be involved in the practice on a very limited basis for a short time after the hand over, and wishes to thank all patients for their support over the years. 

He is taking over on 4th July. the new opening hours will be Monday - Friday 9-5.30pm and now open on Saturdays 8.30-4.30pm.
John Wakefield
Co-op burglary

The Co-op has been broken into again - and this time the thieves also stole the CCTV.

The details have emerged in a blog from PCSO Chris Wiseman.

"Getting towards the middle of the month (May) and there was a break in at The Co Op in Great Shelford," he said in his blog.

"I did some house to house enquiries around this one. The offenders took the CCTV with them which made the investigation a bit tricky."
Mass Rapid Transport on edge of Great Shelford comes a step closer?

The off-road bus-based transport system which would run along the edge Great Shelford and Stapleford could be coming a step closer.

An article in the Cambridge Independent newspaper says that consultation on the Mass Rapid Transit route (MRT) between Granta Park and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus proposals could begin in September.

The route would include stops in Great Shelford and Stapleford. However firm details of the route beyond the adjacent map have not been published.

"A public consultation on the possible routes for phase two of the Cambridge South East Transport Scheme – that aims to deliver quick and reliable public transport links from the A1307 to the city – could begin in September," says the newspaper article.

The link would be on a dedicated track and could eventually form part of a wider plan for a metro system for Cambridge.

Great Shelford and Stapleford councils have written to the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer opposing THE multi million pound plans for a Mass Rapid Transit route (MRT) between Granta Park and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which is being considered which would run on the edge of the two villages.

The Mass Rapid Transport route would cross three local roads – Granhams Road, Hinton Way and Haverhill Road.Read the article in the Cambridge Independent.

GCP joint assembly agenda for June 6
GCP project details

Cakes and a good cause

Fancy eating cake and helping raise money for a good cause at the same time?

City Care Services Ltd. welcomes you to join them for their cupcake day to raise money and awareness of the Alzheimer’s Society on Wednesday June 12 from 10am until 4pm.

The event will be held at our office at the following address:

City Care Services Ltd.
Kingfisher House
7 High Green
Great Shelford
CB22 5EG

Everyone is welcome to join them. Our office is wheelchair friendly. We would love to see you all for tea, cake and a chat.

Great Shelford wine bar opening this week

Great Shelford's first wine bar opened on May 15.

Noel Young's Wine Bar was due to open on May 10. But the County Council Highways Department stopped work at the front of the new wine bar on High Green.

They were objecting to the ramped area leading to the doorway for disabled visitors to the bar. However, this was a condition of the bar being given the go ahead by South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Noel Young Wines is relocating to the former De Freville Arms building on High Green which was most recently the Jones and Jones sofa shop. 

The new wine bar is opening Wednesday to Saturday evenings, all day on Saturday and for Sunday lunch with capacity for up to 45 people. 

Alongside the 1600 wines, it will offer a small but quality menu. It isn't planned to be a restaurant but will offer cheese, and charcuterie plates with 3 to 4 other substantial hot offerings.

They are promising no loud music, and a convivial, relaxed place for a glass or bottle of wine and some tasty food. 

"There will be no optics, no vast array of beer pumps etc. It will be a quiet classy wine bar," said Noel.

"We really want this to be a development the village will be pleased about, it’s not going to have a big impact environmentally – we will have very few deliveries of any size, we won’t open until 10am. We have ample parking and will be encouraging people to walk, cycle and take taxis in the evenings." The wine bar now has its own website.

*Bryan Turner Kitchens are also opening in the development in the former Jones & Jones site on the corner of Granhams Road and High Green.

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Walking Rugby arrives at Shelford Rugby Club

Over the past few weeks, Shelford Rugby Club has been home to a new competition – Walking Rugby.  The sessions take place every Tuesday evening from 6pm – 7pm and so far the uptake has been very positive, with the average age of attendees sitting at just over 70. The sessions are completely free and open to men and women of all ages, no prior experience necessary.

The initiative is designed to encourage less-active members of the community to put on their boots and chase a ball around, but at an easy pace. With the support of local charity, Living Sport, Shelford is hoping to encourage more and more members of the community to get involved. Walking sports are becoming an increasingly popular trend, they help to keep peoples’ bodies and minds active, not to mention it’s good fun too. One 77-year-old participant had this to say:

“It keeps you active, keeps the brain ticking and even keeps spirits high, when you get to my age, too many people think that they can’t do these sort of things anymore. But this is just what people need.”

For more information, contact Shelford Rugby Club.

01223 843357


Art show for great Shelford mum

Local Great Shelford Mum turned Artist is having a preview evening of her new exhibition at Boudoir Femme on King Street, Cambridge from 6-8pm on Friday 7 June 2019.
You are invited to come along for a glass of cava and a browse. 

You might know her around the village as Anja Evans, but she paints under the name Anja Perry Art. Her current passion is acrylic pouring, the art of pouring colours and moving them around so that they layer and create colours within colours. Whilst they are abstract pieces, many of them are inspired by and are reminiscent of the sea or polar ice. The way colours interact yet don’t mix fascinates her. She has to let go of constraints, preconceptions and have an open mind as to how the finished piece will look. This fits in well with her overall looser painting style, such as when she is painting with oils.

The wonderful thing about her current passion is that no two pieces will be the same, yet a collection of colour inspired pictures can be collected. The sizes are consistent (framed 50cmx50cm or 23cmx23cm) which make them eminently collectable, especially if you have a larger space to fill, or want a co-ordinated feel throughout your home. She welcomes commissions and can create larger pieces or ones to go with an interior design colour scheme.

She works from her home studio in Great Shelford and you can visit her in her studio by appointment. Please email her at anjaperryart@gmail.com to make arrangements. Alternatively, you can come along and visit her exhibition at Boudoir Femme on Friday 7 June from 6-8pm. She would love to have support from the Shelford community, so please feel free to bring a friend and share this post. 5% of sales on the evening will be donated to local charities including Shelford School PTA.

New Parish Councillors

Great Shelford has two new Parish Councillors.

Gregory Price and Paula Arnold were voted in in the elections on May 2.


ARNOLD, Paula Tracy

536 Elected

PRICE, Gregory Michael

Green Party

613 Elected

WILSON, Theodore William


Gregory Price has lived in the village since 2010. He work for a national hospital group managing contracts for the NHS.
He is a keen cyclist, and enjoy travelling both in the UK and abroad.

Gregory has a keen interest in health issues, particularly around the provisions of local health services, transport issues, including encouraging sustainable solutions and addressing social isolation and the provision of inclusive services to all local residents.

Paula Arnold has I have been living locally in Great Shelford for nine years, and previously lived in Harston for 30 years.

She works as a book keeper. 

Before she was elected, she said:" If elected I would strive to improve and maintain our green spaces, by protecting our beautiful old trees that give so much. New replacement saplings are not an equal replacement. I would also like to encourage more recycling in the village, with either bottle banks, plastic banks, newspapers and textile banks in public places. I would like to see some better roadwork co-ordination, and traffic management, as the tailbacks with the traffic pollution are getting really noticeable."
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Village survey

Have your say on the future of Great Shelford.

The Neighbourhood Plan steering group is asking residents to complete a survey with their views on various aspects of the neighbourhood plan.

Stapleford and Great Shelford Parish Councils are putting together a Neighbourhood Plan with the help of a Steering Group of local residents. The Plan will help to define the extent and character of development in the two parishes over the next twenty years or so. However, the Plan will only be adopted and binding if official examination confirms that it truly reflects the views of the residents. We now need as many residents as possible to give their their views on a variety of questions so that we have an evidence base which enables our Plan to stand up to robust cross examination. All residents are entitled to their opinions and the more replies we have the better! 

The survey is now available online to complete. The closing date for completing the online survey is 7th June 2019.

Click on this link to view and complete the survey

If for any reason you cannot complete the survey online, and would like to be emailed a copy of the document, or would like a paper copy, then please call 01223 843920. Please provide your name, address (or email) and the number of copies required and they will be sent or delivered to you with instructions on returning hard copies.

Bus update
"A2B bus and coach would like to announce that after being selected as the council's preferred supplier for services 7A, 18, 31 and 75, we have been awarded continuation of these contracts.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank YOU the passengers of these routes who have made this possible we are a small family owned and run company without the backing of any major "big groups" or shareholders this is a huge achievement for us and we are proud to serve you the passengers who made it possible.
Myself , Tony (31 driver) and Laurkan (7a) and everyone else in the team look forward to seeing you onboard in the future
Brian Clifford
Managing director A2B BUS AND COACH LTD
Deli Friday evening opening

The Deli is now opening for casual Bistro-Pizza nights on alternate Friday evenings, offering both takeaway and eat-in menu services. A lovely family-friendly venue for local people to walk down to and enjoy some great seasonal Deli food, a bottle of vino and the relaxed vibe. 

The next Deli Bistro-Pizza night is scheduled for Friday May 10th – they’re taking table reservations and orders now on 01223 846129. Their current bistro and takeaway menus can be found on their Facebook page. They are also launching a gluten-free pizza base option for any pizza on their menus. 

Open all day on alternate Fridays - 8.30am – 9.30pm (Kitchen Open: 11.30am – 3pm and 5pm – 9pm) with Monmouth coffee and homemade Deli cake served throughout the day as usual.

Friends reunited

Two old friends who worked together in Great Shelford have been reunited after 50 years, thanks to a chance meeting in a care home.

Joy Amis (right) and Dorothy Creek both worked in a shop in Great Shelford when they were younger - but they lost touch when Dorothy had a family.

But when Dorothy went to have a look around the Hilton Park care home in Bottisham, she spotted her friend

Dorothy now regularly visits her best friend Joy at the home - after 65 years apart.

Photo: ITV Anglia

Village cafe goes from strength to strength

Thank you to all for your enthusiasm for Cara Coffee which is now open just opposite the Co-op in Great Shelford. 

We are open Tuesday to Friday at the moment but would like to build up our volunteer base so that we can open 9-2pm on a Saturday. 
If Saturday is a day you might be able to offer to volunteer, please email Julie Whitbread Julie.whitbread@romseymill.org. We would love to hear from you. In the meantime do call in for a coffee or piece of cake! You'd be very welcome!'

Library loyalty card scheme

Great Shelford library has launched its own loyalty card.

People borrowing foir or more adult fiction or non-fiction books at once receive a special stamp on their card.

Four stamps will entitle them to a free standard sized tea or coffee at the Shelford Deli.

The scheme has been launched initially as a pilot until June 30.

New care home proposed for Great Shelford

Proposals for a new care home in the heart of Great Shelford have been published.

The care home in Station Road would have 63 en suite bedrooms. It would also feature a café, cinema room, gym and hair salon.

Access will continue to be taken from Station Road and 28 car parking spaces will be provided for staff and visitors;

Gillings Planning have approached the Parish Council for initial discussions regarding building on the Shelford Energy site in Station Road. At this stage no planning application has been submitted.

The developers will be attending the Great Shelford Planning meeting at 6.30pm on  Wednesday 3 April in the Pavilion to discuss their proposals. 

Porthaven Care Homes is a leading national provider of high-quality care for the elderly delivered in purpose built-accommodation which exceeds regulatory standards.

Further information on the services they offer can be found on their website: https://www.porthaven.co.uk/. 

One of the ambitions for the development is that it becomes part of the wider community and this can be seen in the opening up of the site frontage so that the development is not hidden away. Active uses such as the resident’s café in the west of the care home will help create a sense of activity.  

Read more at the Parish Council website.

It seems as if Shelford Energy (formally Shelford Petroleum) have sold out the oil side of the business to Watson Fuels who are in turn part of WFL (UK) Ltd

This would explain why the oil depot is being sold for the proposed Retirement Home in Station Road. Thus another old established Shelford company closes. They were formally Shelford Corn and Coal Company owned by the George family. It looks like they are just keeping the servicing side of the business as Shelford Heating who are now based at South Cambs Business Park, Sawston . John Wakefield

Shelford Feast/ Woollards Rec update

The traditional Shelford Feast was revived in 1994 to raise funds for Shelford School. In that first year it was held in the school grounds, used the kitchen at the school to prepare the pig roast and an outside tap for its water supply.
Then it moved to the Great Shelford Recreation Ground, in an old army tent with an occasional hose pipe.

Eventually it expanded from a single day to a whole week’s festival and a grand marquee was hired for the duration. Now water could be brought from the Scout and Guide HQ and an outside socket provided during library rebuilding was the source of electricity.

Over the years water and electricity have come from the HQ, while toilets have been connected to a terminal on the car park. 

In 2015, working with the Playscape initiative and the Parish Council, the idea of developing facilities on the recreation ground took shape, with the main idea being to move the site of the ever-growing marquee to the other side of the tarmac path while to avoid lengthy cables and pipes, permanent facilities for water, electricity and sewage could be provided for the use of anyone planning activities on the recreation ground.

It took a while for the project to take shape, with consultation and expert advice, but now the pipe-work is being installed in good time for the 2019 Feast. It does mean that for the moment the Great Shelford car park is out of action, but in the longer term the services will enhance all the way we use our invaluable recreation ground. Look out for the toilets at The Feast ( July 7th to 14th - tickets on sale now!) and you’ll find them a great convenience right next to the marquee!

Duncan Grey

Gravestone for Nazi spy will not now go ahead

A gravestone for a Nazi spy buried in Great Shelford will not now go ahead after all.

Wilhelm Ter Braak was a Dutch spy who was buried in what was an unmarked grave in the village cemetery in Great Shelford during the second world war. 

Ter Braak was a Dutch espionage agent working for the Germans who operated for five months in England. He is believed to have been the German agent who was at large for the longest time in Britain during the Second World War.

When he ran out of money, Ter Braak committed suicide in a public air raid shelter in Cambridge. It is not known why he was buried in Great Shelford.

The gravestone was being organised by Ter Braak’s family in Holland.

They had proposed the following wording:

Engelbertus Fukken (Ter Braak’s real name)

28 VIII 1914 The Hague, 30/31 III 1941 Cambridge.

The Parish Council gave their go ahead for the gravestone. However the family in Holland has now decided that the costs of the gravestone is too high and they will not ahead with it after all.

The story featured in the Mail Online, Cambridge News, the Mirror and the Sun. It also featured on Anglia TV.

  • A book about Ter Braak, called "Spy against Churchill" by Leven en dood van Jan Willem ter Braak is expected to be published in the UK later this year.

Could Great Shelford have an underground rail station?

An underground rail station for Great Shelford has been proposed.

Great Shelford and Stapleford councils have written to the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer opposing current multi million pound plans for a Mass Rapid Transit route (MRT) between Granta Park and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which is being considered which would run on the edge of the two villages.

It will cross three busy road commuter routes” according to the letter – Granhams Road, Hinton Way and Haverhill Road.

“We believe that for environmental and traffic management reasons, the Mass Rapid Transit will require extensive tunneling,” says the letter from Mike Nettleton, Chair of Great Shelford Parish Council and Howard Kettel, Chair of Stapleford Council.

They suggest using “the alignment of the existing Cambridge to Liverpool Street rail line and of the former Haverhill rail line.” (The route can be seen in the map, left).

“If the Haverhill line were to be used instead, the major challenge would be what to do in the centre of Great Shelford,” the letter states.

“Whichever solution is chosen, it is almost certain that it would require an additional one or two tracks or roadways (assuming the new route cannot share the existing twin line West Anglia rail route). There probably isn’t room to increase the existing two lines through Great Shelford to three or four and there are two level crossings at Granhams Road and Station Road.

“We believe it would be necessary to put the existing West Anglia lines and the new lines in a tunnel under Great Shelford, probably from the area of the current London Road bridge to the far side of the Granhams Road crossing. It is likely that a new underground station would be required. This looks high cost, but the length of tunneling required is likely to be much shorter than for the existing MRT proposal. It would free up a significant amount of prime brownfield land for development, which would defray some of the costs. There would also be significant incidental benefits:

• Removal of the level crossings at Granhams Road and Station Road, which are significant current pinch points.

• Creation of an interchange between West Anglia and the Mass Rapid Transport outside the City centre.

 “Reusing the Haverhill line, with an interchange station in the centre of Great Shelford would immediately make the services accessible to most local residents,” the letter states.

See the full letter here. (External link)

Visit the Cambridge South East Transport study project page for the latest updates on the existing proposals. (External link)

Great Shelford link to the £14m Hatton Garden heist

Jewellery and gold stolen in the £14m Hatton Garden raid were found following a search of a house in Great Shelford.

Officers - who made simultaneous searches of Michael Seed's mother's large house in Great Shelford  on March 28 2018 and his brother's ground-floor flat in Forest Gate, east London, - found £143,000 worth of jewellery, gold ingots and gems stolen in the Hatton Garden raid.

Alarm specialist Michael Seed, 58, was known as "Basil" to the rest of the gang. But on March 15 he was jailed for 10 years after becoming the 10th person convicted in connection with the crime when he was found guilty of conspiracy to burgle the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company and conspiracy to handle the proceeds of the Hatton Garden robbery.

Read the full story in the Cambridge News

Asbestos found on the Recreation Ground

Asbestos has been discovered on significant parts of the great Shelford recreation ground. the clean-up could cost as much as £50,000.

Work on the rec to provide improved services for the Feast started on March 5. Unfortunately, it has uncovered buried asbestos over a significant area. The rest of the Recreation Ground where there have been no excavations (e.g. the football pitches, cricket square, children’s play area, etc.) do not present any risk from asbestos. The Parish Council has had specialist tests run on the contaminated material: 

Chemical tests have confirmed that the contamination is due to white asbestos encased in concrete (chrysotile). Whilst it is classed as a hazardous material, it is encased in concrete and any danger is minimal. 

Air tests have also been performed at multiple points and have confirmed there are no asbestos fibres in the air. 

Great Shelford Parish Council is confident that there is no safety risk to the public or to contractors working on the site. Work will continue over the next few weeks to excavate the trenches and drain connection. 

During the work there will be on site monitoring by specialists to ensure that the correct procedures are adhered to and that contractors and the public are completely safe. All excavated material will be removed from the site and taken to a hazardous waste facility. New material will be brought in to replace the contaminated soil. 

Where did the contamination come from? The Parish Council doesn't know but the finger has been pointed at the following as potential sources: 

Wartime military encampment. 

Old Memorial Hall roof. 

Robinson’s dairy. 

The clean-up exercise is going to be costly. The Parish Council doesn't have the final figure, but believe it could be in the region of £35,000-£50,000. The Council believes it essential to complete the work to safeguard public safety and to ensure they can complete the Feast and Playscape projects 

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Attempted Shelford burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary series in South Cambridgeshire on March 6.

Between 7.30am and 9pm six properties were targeted by offenders and jewellery and cash were stolen.

The burglaries were at:

  • Elms Avenue, Great Shelford, at around 7.10pm when two men, dressed in dark clothing and wearing balaclavas, tried to break into the property before getting into a silver vehicle, possibly a people carrier,  and heading towards Cambridge.
    • Ellison Lane, Hardwick between 12.30pm and 4.10pm when offenders smashed a window and stole jewellery.
    • Forment Way, Milton between 3.40pm and 4.20pm when a window was smashed and the rooms searched.
    • Old Forge Way, Sawston between 7.30am and 9pm two properties in the street were targeted.  In one incident patio doors were forced open and cash was stolen. In the second jewellery was stolen and the property was entered through an upstairs window.
    • Lucerne Close, Fulbourn between 9.30am and 7.54pm someone has gone into the property through an upstairs window and searched the rooms.

    Police are keen to hear from anyone who was in the areas targeted who noticed anything suspicious or saw the men in the silver vehicle.

    Any information, no matter how small, could prove vital to the investigation.

    At this stage police are looking at these offences as a series and enquiries continue to trace those responsible. 

    Anyone with information regarding these offences should call police on 101 quoting CF0123240318 or visit their online reporting. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via their website.

    February Great Shelford 
    Parish Council meeting headlines
    Actions and decisions at the February Parish Council meeting included;

    * The fire brigade were called to a blaze on the Recreation Ground on February 9 which is being treated as arson
    * An online survey at a cost of less than £500 funded jointly by Great Shelford and Stapleford Councils was agreed
    * A meeting was arranged for Feb 28 with Insp Paul Rogerson to discuss issues around policing in the village
    * Scotsdales have offered to donate a number of trees which will be used in a ceremony on July 7 to mark the signing of the Twinning Charter in memorial Gardens
    * The Council is reviewing its use of an account at Barclays in the light of the decision for the bank to close its branch in the village
    * A proposal for a Mr Taco food van on the Memorial Hall car park on Fridays lunchtimes has been given the go ahead for three months
    * There is no suitable site in the central part of the village for a textile recycling bank but the Rugby Club has been suggested as an alternative option.

    Read the full meeting minutes here.

    Police advice to help avoid car thefts

    Following a rise in thieves using more sophisticated techniques to gain access to keyless entry/start button cars, including the theft of a Range Rover in Stapleford, police have issued advice to help you keep your vehicle secure and protect you from becoming a victim of crime.

    When the correct key fob is close by, the fob recognises the signal and transmits its own code, instructing the vehicle to unlock the doors and to allow the ignition to work on the car.
    Thieves use wireless transmitters to capture its radio transmission. This is relayed to another device. It allows the thief to open and start your car in the same way. 
    To prevent this from happening, use car key signal blocker cases/sleeves, they cost less than £10, or an aluminium tin at home. Find a safe place for your keys at home and check to ensure they are out of range. 

    Following some of these other steps will also help to protect your vehicle:
    Use a good quality crook lock or full cover steering wheel security lock to immobilise your vehicle
    Consider fitting an ‘OBD safe’ device, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s on board diagnostic port, in the vehicle cabin. This prevents criminals using software to code an electronic key for the vehicle
    If your vehicle is fitted with on board wi-fi consider switching this facility off, if you do not need it which will reduce the chance of criminals hacking into the vehicle’ system; your banking details or personal data from linked devices

    Criminals can also employ remote/keyless entry jamming equipment; so make sure your car is locked physically by trying the door handle and viewing the indicators flash, before leaving it.

    Boost for Great Shelford village warden scheme

    Great Shelford village warden scheme is to get a share of more than £23,000 awarded by South Cambridgeshire Council to tackle isolation among elderly residents

    Fourteen community groups have been awarded £23,410 by the District Council’s long-running Mobile Wardens grant scheme. The funding will help the groups to tackle isolation by supporting elderly residents to stay in their own homes and communities.

    Through community care schemes, Mobile Wardens regularly visit elderly residents in their homes, helping with light practical tasks and establishing supportive relationships.

    The applicants for 2019/20 grant funding included 11 schemes that were supported during the previous year, plus three additional schemes. In order to fund all 11 returning schemes to the same level, as well as the three additional schemes in Waterbeach, Stapleford and Great Shelford, the total funding for 2019-2020 has increased by £3,300.

    Little Shelford Bowls Club welcomes new members

    Little Shelford has a small and friendly bowls club, which has members from surrounding villages including a number from Stapleford. Our green is at the far end of the Wale Recreation Ground off Whittlesford Road, and we play matches on weekday evenings and Wednesday afternoons from late April to early September. 

    We are always keen to welcome new members and will be holding Open Days on Saturday 20thand 27thApril, starting at 2pm. If you would like to try your hand at bowls, or just find out more, come and join us. All you will need is a pair of flat-soled shoes. You are also welcome to contact our Secretary Ray Saich on 842737 if you have any queries.

    Wine bar letter

    Noel Young Wines are planning to open a wine bar in Great Shelford in 2019. The proposals will be considered shortly by planners. In the meantime Noel young has issued this note:

    "So we are getting to the crucial stage of our relocation to Great Shelford and opening a new bigger shop and wine bar. Planning application has been delayed so that we can deal with a couple of objections - which we feel we have done! I am also going to be present at the next Great Shelford Parish Council Planning Meeting (19/2/19), to answer any concerns and explain our intentions should any be unclear. We have ample parking, we will have no big lorries delivering, we will not be opening early and creating noise and neither will we be late. We will be providing Great Shelford and the neighbouring villages, a high class wine shop and quality wine bar, offering a convivial atmosphere tasty food and somewhere that is different to what we as locals have right now. Great Shelford badly needs more places to go and we have been overwhelmed with the amount of positivity and excitement about this venture from literally hundreds of locals visiting the shop over the last 8 weeks since we announced this. So it would be great if we could have some support ahead of our 19th February Parish Council meeting. Be great if some people could actually be there on the night to offer such support, but also in advance please write to the parish council. Thanks for all the kind messages we have received, it's a bit of a slog but hopefully we are almost there. Keep checking social media - nywines on Twitter and Instagram in particular for regular updates! Cheers Noel."

    Shelford Twinning Association Visit to Verneuil en Halatte

    25th – 28th May 2019

    An opportunity to get to know our twinned village, situated just north of Paris and its lovely people. Why not join us?

    Luxury door to door coach travel, accommodation with a French family and interesting visits. Ability to speak French is not essential!

    All are welcome – Singles, couples, children, family groups.

    All-inclusive price: Adults £95, Children (Year 7 and under) £70.

    For more information, please contact

    Sarah Haddow  (sarah.haddow@talk21.com) or Colin Jefferson (colin@frenchfrogs.net)

    Click here to see Great Shelford news before February 2019 

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