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Great Shelford news from June 2017

Support Group at "crisis point"
Shelford Support Group is in danger of closing.

The voiluntary group provides a vital service for needy villagers to go to hospital, the health centre, hairdressers and social meetings. The demand for what they do is higher than ever.

However the group says it is at a "crisis point."

"Our stalwart group of drivers are not getting any younger and we are now down to three active co-ordinators," said a letter from the group.

"Appeals for volunteers in the past have had no results. If this is repeated, he service is in danger of closing."

Contact Carol on 571380, Rosie on 513572 or John on 842054.

Bus changes impact Great Shelford users
Proposed changes to the 7a bus timetable will have an adverse impact on people living in Great Shelford.

The new changes are due to start on July 30.

However it has now emerged that there will be no pickups or set downs between Granta Terrace, Stapleford and the Trumpington Park and Ride.

This is apparently to appease Stagecoach who operate the Citi 7 service to Cambridge along this route. It would appear that Stagecoach seem to think they will suffer a loss of revenue if the 7A attracts some passengers. Brian Clifford Managing Director of A2B Bus and Coach, the operator for the revised 7A service points out that this IS NOT his decision but that of Cambridgeshire County Council who give financial support to the 7A.

The downside of this decision is that passengers from Hinxton, Duxford (Woburn Place) and Whittlesford will not have access to shops and health centre in Great Shelford, and Great Shelford residents will not be able to make use of the service to get to Waitrose at Trumpington. Stagecoach no longer serve Trumpington with the Citi 7.

Any objections should be made to Paul Nelson Head of Public Transport, Cambridgeshire County Council, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP or email Paul.Nelson@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

John Wakefield June 11 2018

Two Great Shelford burglaries

There have been two daytime house burglaries in Cambridge Road this week.

In the first incident, on May 30 between 10.30am and 2pm, the thieves forced open a UPVC window before stealing an iPad and a quantity of jewellery..  

In the second break-in, cash was taken..

The break-in happened on Cambridge Road, Great Shelford on May 25 between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Thieves stole £100 in cash and £400 in John Lewis vouchers.

On the same afternoon, there was a burglary at a house in London Road, Stapleford.

Bus update

The revised 7A bus service route and timetable will start on July 30th.

The new timetable will incorporate virtually all the main requests including the change of destination from Babraham Road Park and Ride to Trumpington Park and Ride thus giving access to the nearby Waitrose store. A stop will also be added at IWM Duxford and route changes in Sawston will provide a service directly along the High Street and Hillside. 

The bus will no longer serve Stapleford Bury Road, Haverhill Road, Gog Magog Way and Mingle Lane stops, nor Hinton Way Great Shelford. It will though pick up in London Road Stapleford, Tunwells Lane, High Green and Cambridge Road Great Shelford, and will continue to serve Hinxton and Whittlesford. It is expected that the service will continue to be run by A2B Bus and CoachSee the new 7a bus timetable here.
John Wakefield

Traffic chaos

Temporary traffic lights replacing the normal lights have been causing long traffic tailbacks at the Freestones Corner; London Road; Tunwells Lane; Station Road; Woollards Lane junction.

This is due to work being undertaken by Cambridge Water Company between 23rd May and 15th June. The temporary lights installed only let traffic go one direction at a time, thus causing long tailbacks particularly in Station Road as far back as the level crossing.

The temporary lights were installed just prior to, and in use over the bank holiday period when no works were taking place. 

Stop press; The temporary 4 way traffic light system at Woollards Lane / London Road junction was removed by the end of Friday June 1st after the Water Company simply completed their investigations and removed the system
Posted May 27 Updated May 31
Words and photo; John Wakefield

Rugby Club fun day

Shelford Rugby Club is hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday 16th June, at the Club, in aid of our colleague who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. We hope that the day will be great fun for all the family, and welcome everyone who would like to join us.

They are still looking for stallholders to join us on the day. If you are interested in having a spot, please contact Nicola at noloughlin@woodfines.co.uk
New food van for village

A van is about to start selling Asian style street food in September.

Guerilla Kitchen is going to be selling food at the Memorial hall car park every Wednesday starting on May 16 between 5.30pm and 8.30pm.

Guerrilla Kitchen (www.guerrillakitchen.co.uk) sell Asian inspired street food from their truck in and around Cambridge. 

Co-op theft

On Saturday May 5 between 1pm and 1.10pm three females entered the co-operative store on the High Street in Gt Shelford, and selected various items amounting to £30 and left the store making no attempt to pay.
Local election results
The Liberal Democrats won the two South Cambridgeshire District Council seats for the Shelford and Stapleford on May 3.

The seats had previously been held by the Conservatives.

Liberal DemocratPeter Robert Fane1339Elected
Liberal DemocratNick Sample1240Elected
ConservativeBenjamin Joseph Shelton908
ConservativeCharlie Nightingale839
LabourMike Nettleton466
LabourMark Toner346
GreenSophia Berridge270

There were no Parish Council elections on May 3 in Great Shelford, Little Shelford and Stapleford as there weren't enough candidates who put their names forward.

Shop at Tescos and they will give SSYI money

We very much appreciate the support of many people for SSYI over the years. Our work continues to grow, and new sources of funding are always welcome. Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative (SSYI) has just been successful in our application to Tesco's "Bags of Help" Grant Scheme. 

This means that whenever you shop at any of the Tesco stores in the Cambridge area during May and June 2018, you get a token, which you can physically put into a box labelled SSYI (or Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative) close by the checkout to "vote" for SSYI. Two other local charities are also involved. These tokens will be counted and the charity with the most votes will receive £4000, with the others receiving £2000 and £1000. 

You will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it's not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token. Please make sure that if you are not offered a token you ask for one. Please see below a list of stores taking part:

2065 Barhill CB23 8EL Extra


2228 Cambridge Newmarket Road CB5 8HE Superstore





2555 Fulbourn Cherryhinton CB1 9BF Superstore





2889 Milton CB24 6AY Superstore

John Greaves.

Underground car park for Great Shelford?

An underground car park could be built in Great Shelford to help resolve the village’s parking problems.

The idea was mooted in a special Parish Council session called Review of Contentious Issues for Future Planning on March 21.

A request to reroute the 7a bus through the centre of the village to offer a better connection with Waitrose and Trumpington park and ride was also discussed.

One slide from the session states; “The only acceptable way to create significant additional parking in the village centre is underground parking. We have a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to significantly enhance the village centre.”

The meeting was told a 100 space car park as part of a new Memorial Hall could cost £1.2m.

“A new Memorial Hall on two stories could provide far more usable space (different size rooms, shared use, etc.). There would be space, if necessary, for the library and/or the medical practice.”

Other issues that were discussed included;

  • “Bus to Waitrose/Trumpington – fixed by 7A re-routing.”
  • “The Parish Council needs to develop a policy on Green Belt development. My favoured version ‘GSPC opposes all development in the Green Belt with the exception of limited development of affordable housing through Rural Exception Sites’ “. The Council will make a decision on this in the summer.  

You can read the notes from the meeting on the Parish Council's own website.

The underground car park suggestion made headlines in the Cambridge News. (external link)

Guitar stolen

Between 1130am on April 1st and 12.30pm on April 2, the lock to a vehicle has been damaged allowing access to the vehicle. A Steinberger Synapse Bass Guitar has been stolen from the vehicle. During the times given this vehicle has been parked in London Road, Great Shelford, Dolphin Way in Stapleford and Tension Road, Cambridge, and it is not known where the theft took place. 
Mystery bangs in Shelford & Stapleford
The source of what sounds like gun shots heard over the past weeks in the Hinton Way & Mingle Lane areas have been traced to one of two (maybe three) gas powered bird scarers located in a field to the east of Mingle Lane, behind Stapleford Church and Cemetery.

The bangs which can be heard over a large area are causing annoyance to some local residents, and frightening animals.

The bird scarers are owned by David Rayner Farms of Swaffham Bulbeck. John Wakefield.

Three Great Shelford crimes 

  • Overnight of Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th March, a vehicle parked in Westfield Road, Great Shelford was entered. A wallet containing cash and a mobile phone were stolen. 
  • On March 9th between 8 am and 8 pm, a bicycle was stolen from High Green, Great Shelford. The bike had been chained to a cycle rack.
  • Late evening on March 12th a wing mirror was broken off a vehicle parked in Grain Close, Great Shelford. There have been anti-social behaviour reports from that area and patrols have been carried out .

Another Shelford house burglary

An attempted house burglary in Great Shelford is one of six break-ins in South Cambridgeshire where police say the homes were targeted.

Between 7.30am and 9pm, on March 6 , 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.
There were three house burglaries in Great Shelford during February.

In the first break-in, burglars forced their way in via the front door of the house in Cambridge Road. Once inside, various items of jewellery, a sports bag, foreign currency and an Audi A3 Saloon in Grey was stolen.

The other break-ins were in Davey Crescent and Cherry Trees.

Shelford scammer warning

An attempted fraud incident in Great Shelford has been reported to police on Feb 28.

A man phoned a resident in Great Shelford, purporting to be a police officer and asking the resident to confirm their bank details and other personal information. The male asks the resident to hang up and ring 999 from the landline, so that they can confirm they are Police.

Fortunately the victim has said they would ring from their mobile (knowing it was a possible hoax). This scam involves the scammer staying on the landline so that when the resident rings 999 – the scammer is still there, but they answer as if they are the police! 

Fortunately the resident has been wise enough to realise it is scam. Please be aware that the Police would never ring anyone to ask for their personal bank details and would never send couriers to people’s address asking for money to be collected so it can be forensically tested by police.

Three house burglaries in Great Shelford 

There have been three house burglaries in Great Shelford during February.

In the first break-in, burglars forced their way in via the front door of the house in Cambridge Road. Once inside, various items of jewellery, a sports bag, foreign currency and an Audi A3 Saloon in Grey have been stolen.

The incident took place betrween 5.15pm and 6.40pm on February 18.

Between 7.10pm and 7.25pm on February 17th, burglars forced their way in to a home in Davey Crescent, Great Shelford by smashing the rear patio door. Nothing appears to have been stolen from within the property.

On February 9, between 3.50pm and 8.20pm a property in Cherry Trees, Great Shelford was broken into. Cash and electrical items were stolen.

An attempted break in to a property in Red Hill Close, Great Shelford took place between 9pm on February 4 and 9am on February 5 

Attempts have been made to jemmy the side door and also the rear patio door. Fortunately entry was not gained.

Quiz fundraiser for the MS Trust 

Former Arsenal footballer Steve Morrow is hosting a quiz fundraiser for the MS Trust in April.

Only 50 tickets are left.

February Parish Council update

Private Security Patrols have been introduced from February to minimise anti-social behaviour around the Recreation Ground and the Pavilion.

One Parish Councillor has described the road surface in Cambridge Road as "in an appalling state." But County Councillor Kevin Cuffley said that funding isn't available to repair it and advised the Council to write to Heidi Allen MP.

The skateboard Ramp has been closed again due to damage from Town & Country Tree repairs at a neighbouring property. Town & Country had accepted responsibility and the cost of repairs.

Read the full minutes of the February Great Shelford Parish Council meeting.
Parish Council opposes Co-op move

The Co-op's proposed move to High Green is being opposed by the Parish Council.

They want to see changes to the plans before they back them including;

  • The cash machine ATM moved to the back of the building or inside the new shop

  • Smaller external signs.

  • Parking restrictions put in place on nearby roads along with some bollards 

  • Clarification about the use of the 11 parking spaces

Read the full Parish Council response to the proposals on their website.

A final decision on the new Co-op will be made by South Cambridgeshire's planning committee.

Cambridge South East Transport study consultation

As part of plans to improve journeys times and congestion along the A1307 and A1301, the Greater Cambridge Partnership is looking to hear the views of residents in Shelford and Stapleford as part of the Cambridge South East Transport Study (formerly A1307, Three Campuses to Cambridge) consultation.

In order to support the continued economic growth of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire, the Greater Cambridge Partnership is proposing three long-term strategies which would help deliver faster, more reliable and sustainable public transport options for journeys between Cambridge and the area to the south east.

With the consultation period open until Tuesday 3 April, the Greater Cambridge Partnership is looking for feedback on the three strategies for the A1307, one of which consists of a new segregated Mass Rapid Transit Route from the A11 via Sawston, Stapleford and Great Shelford to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The two other strategies include measures to speed up bus journeys with inbound bus lanes and a possible bus-only road.

The consultation which runs for seven weeks, will also ask for feedback on a range of shorter-term proposals which include bus priority and road safety measures as well as junction improvements along the A1307, it is envisaged that these works would be progressed as quickly as possible following the consultation period.

To have your say on the plans and for further information visit the Greater Cambridge Partnership website at www.greatercambridge.org.uk/CambridgeSouthEast

A range of local exhibitions are planned where members of the public will be able to discuss the options with technical officers (more details on the events are on our website www.greatercambridge.org.uk):

These include Stapleford Pavilion Wednesday, 7 March 4pm - 7pm.

7a bus possible changes

At the Cambridgeshire County Council bus summit meeting at Whittlesford on 8th February to discuss the change of route for the 7A bus service, it was decided the best option for the 7A will be to change the northern terminus from Babraham Road P&R to Trumpington P&R.This means that the 7A would no longer go via Mingle Lane & Hinton Way, but via London Road, Tunwells Lane and Cambridge Road to Trumpington P&R.

Councillor David Bard reported that this was felt to be the best option as it would enable access to Waitrose which is no longer available via Stagecoach City 7, and result in more patronage.

The proposal now has to go forward to the various Parish Councils, and no date for the change has been fixed. There is a statutory notice period of 56 days in England and Wales which starts from the day the traffic commissioner accepts a completed application for changes.

So there are unlikely to be any changes prior to May, in the meantime the bus will continue to operate on existing route to Babraham Road P&R.

Report by John Wakefield
Grant for Shelford equestrian

Nicola Taylor from Great Shelford is one of almost 30 athletes from South Cambridgeshire sharing around £16,000 in Council funding to help them reach their potential.

The sportsmen and women were successful in applying for funds from South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Elite Athlete Award Scheme grants. The programme is designed to assist able-bodied and disabled athletes from South Cambridgeshire, who are aiming to represent Team GB at world-class events like the Olympics and Paralympics. 

Nicola, who compete sin equestrian dressage, received £500.

Co-op public meeting

A public meeting has been organised by the Parish Council to allow people to air their concerns about Co-op moving to the corner of Granhams Road later this year. But the Co-op is refusing to attend the meeting.

The Parish Council says that the proposals have led to some "largely adverse comments" from a number of residents.

South Cambridgeshire Council and the Parish Council will consider the planning application on the basis of issues such as traffic, highway safety, parking and noise. 

"Any concerns residents have about the store moving, such as lack of convenience or distance from the centre of the village, are not something a planning committee can consider and need to be discussed directly with the Co-op management," said a statement from the Parish Council.

"We are always anxious to hear residents’ views and have therefore set up a public meeting at 1900 on Tuesday 20 February in the Memorial Hall. The Co-op has been invited to send a representative, but has declined to do so."

Great Shelford roadworks

A number of road changes will take place in Great Shelford in February.

A pedestrian crossing will be installed in Woollards Lane with work taking place between Feb 12th and 23rd. (This has previously been cancelled so it could change again).

Access to both Woollards Lane Car Parks will be available but restricted by the traffic lights and the night time closure.

Improvements to Church Street parking arrangements will take place on Feb 19/20th.

A new 20 mph speed limit and signage will also be introduced covering:

  • High Street
  • Church Street
  • Woollards Lane
  • Ashen Green
  • Buristead Road
  • Spinney Drive
  • King’s Mill Lane.

Roadside lining work in other areas will take place after Feb 23. They include;

  • Westfield Road
  • Stonehill Road
  • High Green
  • Maris Green
  • Elms Avenue / Tunwells Lane
  • Buristead Road / High Street
  • Ashen Green / High Street
  • Hinton Way / Mingle Lane
  • Cambridge Road.

“The Village improvement work will inevitably cause delays and inconvenience but please be patient; it has taken nearly 2 years to get the improvements to this implementation stage,” said the Parish Council website.

See more details of the road works here.

School head is leaving

Great and Little Shelford school head teacher Alison Evans is leaving later this year.

Mrs Evans is re-locating to be near her family, including her three grandsons, two of whom have been born in the last few months. 

"Being five hours away from them is too far to be able to see them regularly enough," she said in a letter to parents at the school.

Ther head teacher will leave the school at the end of the summer term.

Mrs Mitchell will be leaving at Easter, due to her husband’s job relocation to Harrogate. Mr Paduano and Mrs Jenkins are leaving full-time teaching at the end of the school year for a healthier work-life balance.

Car taken after house burglary

The householder's car was stolen after a burglary at a home in Great Shelford.

Jewellery and wine were also taken in the break-in at the House in Hinton Way Great Shelford.

The burglary happened between December 31 and January 6.

Shelford car crimes

The rear bumper of a car parked in a residents parking bay in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, has been removed/stolen. This happened between 1800 hours on Jan 2 and 8.30am on Jan 3.

Numbers plates were also stolen from a vehicle parked in Orchard Road, Great Shelford this happened between 10am on Dec 14 and 6.15pm on Jan 3. 
Have your say on Local Plan changes

A six-week public consultation has begun on proposed modifications to the draft Local Plans for South Cambridgeshire.

Independently-appointed Planning Inspectors have reviewed the two Local Plans submitted by Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, held hearings and visited sites. They have now asked for a consultation to be carried out on some proposed modifications.

The draft plans make provisions for 44,000 new jobs and 33,500 new homes by 2031. The Inspectors consider the proposed modifications may be necessary to make the two Local Plans ‘sound’. Their final conclusions will be given in their reports in due course.

Between now and 5pm on Friday 16 February, residents, businesses, developers and parishes are being invited to comment on proposed modifications to the plans.

The key modifications include:
A method to calculate whether there is enough suitable land readily available in the next five years to meet the number of homes that need to be built
Changing policies so affordable housing is sought on sites of more than ten homes. The Government hopes this will encourage more small developments
Changes to site boundaries and policies at the proposed new town north of Waterbeach and new village at Bourn Airfield
Allocation of additional employment land at the Addenbrooke’s Campus
A new policy to say we will begin to review the Local Plans in 2019 with a view to preparing a joint Local Plan for both Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire. This was a commitment the two councils had already made as part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership agreement with Government .

To view the full list of modifications and take part in the public consultation, visit www.scambs.gov.uk/mainmods or https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/local-plan-review-consultations
Police consultation

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a consultation regarding the police precept.

The Commissioner is proposing to increase the policing part of the Council Tax by £1 per month per household - £12.00 per year (based on a Band D property)

The press release can be found here - http://www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/say-police-funding-cambridgeshire/

The survey itself can be found at - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W3CD8P3

They would welcome your opinion. The consultation will be running until January 29th.

£27,000 increase for Parish Council budget

Great Shelford Parish Council's share of our council tax bills is expected to increase by 14% from April.

In 2017/18 the Council had a budget (called the precept) of £185,000 according to the Parish Council meeting in January 2017.

The new budget is expected to be £212,000 after a recommendation by the Village's Finance Committee. That's an increase of £27,000

You can read their full minutes here.

Parish Council update

The Parish Council is creating a working party with Cambridgeshire ACRE and Housing Associations to look for possible sites for new housing in Great Shelford to meet the needs identified in the Housing Needs survey.

Chafer grub infection on the Recreation Ground is to be sprayed.

Bookings for the Pavilion are increasing.

The Parish Council is supporting a proposed Neighbourhood Watch Scheme for Great Shelford. However it has decided not to provide any coordination for a scheme.

Mark Carey has become a Great Shelford Parish Councillor.

These are headlines from the November Parish Council meeting. You can read the full minutes here.

New business from former village police office

Great Shelford's former police officer Gary Kendall has launched a new gardening service.
Gary was Great Shelford's Police Community Support Officer (PCSO).

Now he has started a gardening service with his partner Sam (Pictured left). Their services include lawn cutting, hedge trimming, fence painting, weeding, patio cleaning and general garden clearance.

"I was the PCSO for 10 years in the Shelfords and Stapleford area, but I have always loved gardening," said Gary.

"So when I decided to move on from the police service, it is great to be able to do something everyday that I love so much, and to be able to help people with a good honest and reliable service.
"Sam and me already have satisfied customers in the area, and manage an estate in Thriplow."

Gary can be contacted on 07598307035.

Handbag taken

A shopper has their handbag stolen when they were unloading the shopping from their car in Great Shelford.

The incident happened in Davey Crescent between 11.45am and noon on Dec 13.

Two Great Shelford crimes

Front and rear number plates have been stolen from a car parked in Church Street Great Shelford between December 10 and 12.

And a cycle was stolen from High Street between 4pm and 10pm on December 12.

Lloyds bank to close

Lloyds Bank in Great Shelford is closing in February in the latest blow for the village.

A spokesman for Lloyds Bank told Great Shelford Online;

“Following a careful review of branches in the local area, Great Shelford branch will close on Tuesday, 27th February 2018. We have made the difficult decision to close this branch because of the changing way customers choose to bank with us, which has resulted in customers using it less often. Customers can continue to use any other Lloyds Bank branch, including the nearby Cambridge Cattle Market branch which, alongside other ways to access banking.”

Additional Information:

· The nearest alternative branch is Cambridge Cattle Market – approximately 15 minutes away by bus

· The nearest Post Office and ATM are both within a short walking distance

· 77% of our personal customers in Great Shelford already use other branches and other ways to bank such as online and telephone banking.

· The branch has 21 regular weekly personal and business customers
Co-op store on the move

Great Shelford Co-op is moving out of the centre of the village.

It is relocating the Great Shelford store to the Jones & Jones site on the corner of Granhams Road and High Green.

The move will create a number of new jobs.

The retail space will expand from 1,800 to 2,700 sq ft, giving them more storage and more parking.

A planning application will be submitted in the next fortnight.

The Coop is also opening a new store in the ex-Pemberton Arms pub in Harston.

Skateboard ramp closed following criminal damage

The Great Shelford skateboard ramp is out of action for several weeks after being damaged by vandals labelled as "mindless idiots" by the Parish Council.

The vandalism has included attempts to set the ramp on fire. 

There has also been criminal damage to the side guard rails of the ramp.

The damage to the ramp has been described by the Parish Council as serious, expensive to repair, and will for safety reasons cause side access to the ramp to be boarded and taken fully out of use for a considerable period. 

A statement about the damage from Great Shelford Parish Council said:


"The Parish Council view this latest criminal damage as a very serious development, could easily progress to serious personal injury.


"Criminal damage to play facilities is a disgrace. The Parish Council is pressing the Police to identify and take the strongest possible action against the mindless idiots who caused the damage. It will mean that the skateboard ramp is out of action for several weeks and the damage will cost many hundreds of pounds to repair. 

"However, the Parish Council is committed to reopening the facility for the enjoyment of children in the village as quickly as possible. The Parish Council will also be stepping up security through the use of CCTV and other measures".

£20,000 worth of garage equipment stolen

More than £20,000 worth of equipment has been stolen from Shelford Autos garage on Orchard Road. 

The raid happened on November 4.

The haul included several thousand pounds worth of Snap On tools and specialist diagnostic equipment

Owner David McKinney said: “ They aren't just tools. They are how I earn my living, how I support my family. Thousands of pounds, thousands of hours and over 3 decades of my life has gone into those tools.”

£50,000 possible cuts for Shelford School

Great Shelford School could face cuts of up to £50,000 by 2020 unless Government funding for the school is changed.

The projections have been published by a campaigning website. The Shelford page can be seen here.

Shelford head Alison Evans said:

“Three years is a long time in terms of budgets and a lot can happen, but essentially yes, along with many other school in Cambridgeshire and across the nation, we are effectively reducing our costs year on year in order to stay within our means.

“The way budgets are structured means that deprivation factors (Pupil Premium Funding and Deprivation Indices) are major funding triggers. As we have low free school meals numbers, we depend on the per pupil amount and the lump sum. The lump sum is reducing in the future. Despite our high pupil numbers, this will not be enough to be sustainable into the future.

“We continue to fight alongside many other schools, for an equal amount per pupil nationwide, rather than the huge discrepancy that currently exists and less emphasis on deprivation indices. This is what will make the difference to us. Heidi Allen is visiting the school in December and we look forward to sharing the financial situation with her.”
Spate of shed burglaries

Four sheds have been broken into in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford. The break ins occurred between evening time on 13th November and the morning of 14th November. Sheds were also broken into in Hauxton Road, Little Shelford on the same dates.

Friends of Great Shelford Library – User Survey highlights and update

User Survey - highlights

I am delighted to report that the recent User survey received 404 responses, which is a quite exceptional response rate.  Thank you to everyone who took the time and trouble to respond. In this short article I don’t have space to give the full results but these will be available at our AGM at the Library on 30th January 2018.

As expected most respondents came from (in order) Great Shelford, Stapleford, Harston, Little Shelford, Trumpington, Whittlesford, and Hauxton but also from 11 other villages and from Cambridge. 

Most comments were hugely enthusiastic about the Library – for example, when asked to state how much they valued the library the average score was 9.35/10.  This is a powerful level of support for the library as it is and for having a professional librarian, with much praise for Rosemary.  Contrary to many people’s opinion of Great Shelford, the largest group of respondents were in the 31-65 age bracket, and not the over 65’s!

A number of respondents asked that the library provide more activities for children and adults. The Friends Committee is actively discussing this with Councillors and the Library Service to see how we can make this happen.

At a time when we are facing an uncertain future (how many times I have said that!) it is very reassuring to see that from our survey over 80% of respondents were prepared to pay something extra towards the cost of maintaining the library, if required. This included several respondents who do not use the library themselves but see it as an essential community resource.

The majority of respondents stated that they would support an increase in Parish Council precept and many added that this should apply to all surrounding villages too.  However a significant proportion stated that they pay enough council taxes already. 

Also 64% of respondents were willing to lobby councillors/the local MP to protect the future of the library. 

National Libraries Week

We raised £350 from the book sale so thanks very much if you took part.  We also had a very interesting and well-attended talk from Helen Harwood entitled “The ties that bind us: a look at the village community past and present”.

Alan Lyne
Chairman of Friends of Great Shelford Library Committee
November 2017
Tools stolen in house burglary

Tools have been stolen from a home in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford.

The burglar kicked in a boarded up rear door to gain entry and then stole tools from an area under the stairs. They have also attempted to kick in a panel in garage door. The theft happened between November 13 and 14.

Sawston Fun Run seeks organisations looking for funds?


If you know a local charity or organisation that might benefit by receiving funds from the Sawston Fun Run, let us know.  We are inviting local charities and organisations to apply to be a beneficiary of the event to be held on Sunday 13th May 2018.


Each year, the event, donates around £15,000 to charities and organisations serving villages around Sawston. Since 1986 we have raised more than £440,000 for local hospitals, hospices, schools, youth groups, support groups and local branches of national charities.    


You need to identify a specific project or activity that needs support, tell us who will benefit, and say when the funds are needed. Whilst capital projects are preferred, the selection is based on the strength of each case. The closing date for applications is 30th November. Application forms are available off the website www.sawstonfunrun.co.uk or by contacting me by phone or email.   

Ian Chamberlain, Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston   Tel: 01223 872243,   email:  enquiries@sawstonfunrun.co.uk  

New Great Shelford Homes

Three new homes are to be built in Macaulay Avenue.

An existing garage will be demolished to make way for the homes.

The proposals were given the go ahead by South Cambs District Council on November 1st

Parish Council October headlines

The proposed pedestrian crossing in Woollards Lane has been delayed again.

The Shelford Fun Run raised £5,500 for the Shelford Playscape campaign.

Following the recent break-ins, A Neighbourhood Watch Scheme for Great Shelford is now being proposed. The Parish Council will discuss the issue in January.

A £2,400 grant has been given to SSYI.

The Christmas street Illuminations and Village Hall lights switch will be on Saturday 2 December 2017 at 6.30pm.
Read the full minutes of the Parish Council meeting here.
Arthur Rank Hospice’s Christmas tree returns bigger than ever - can you help?

The Hospice fundraising team at Shelford Bottom are looking for volunteers to help with their annual Christmas tree recycling scheme!

Anyone who lives in postcode areas CB1, CB2, CB22, CB3, CB4, CB5 - and now also CB24 - and doesn’t want the hassle of getting rid of their tree, can register online at arhc.org.uk/treerecycling to have it collected by the Hospice’s Christmas-Tree-clearance-team. For a small donation, as little as £5, they will collect your tree to be composted.

Last New Year £7,000 was raised in this way for the Hospice and this year they are hoping to raise even more!

Can you help? Support is needed in a number of ways:

1/ Could you help with promoting the collection by leafleting in the postcode areas listed above between 27 December and 4 January?

2/ Would you like to join the Christmas-Tree-clearance-team? It’s like a treasure hunt for trees, so lots of fun (and for a really good cause!) on 5 and 6 January (either day, or both). If you additionally have access to a van, that would be fantastic, but co-pilots are also needed for the day.

3/ If you live in of the postcodes above and would like your tree collected for a small donation on 5 or 6 January, please register your tree by visiting arhc.org.uk/treerecycling

To help as a volunteer please contact bec.beattie@arhc.org.uk / 01223 675888. You can also contact her to find out more about what is involved at any stage of the scheme and/or if you’re interested in offering sponsorship in some way.

New village exercise class

Kettlecise classes have started in Great Shelford.

The classes began on October 20 and classes will be ongoing every Friday at 9.30am.

Each class is £10. It is suitable for both male and female participants from age of 15 years onwards.

Interested parties are advised to contact Ketthecise at 07739923916 to book the class as they have limited availability per class.

Great Shelford burglaries

There have been two burglaries in Great Shelford.

A house in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford was broken into between 7.45am and 1.15pm on October 10.

In the second incident, a house in Hinton Way was broken into in the early hours of October 11.
Brand band break in

A brass band had their belongings stolen while playing at St Mary's Church in Great Shelford.

Members of the band had locked their belongings in the nearby hall on Friday October 13. Thieves have broken in and stolen several bags and their contents.
Second travellers visit to Shelford Rugby Club

Travellers have now left Shelford Rugby Club. They arrived for their second visit this year on Monday October 16.

There were 3 caravans at the far end of the car park. They were served notice by bailiffs on October 17. They left at 5pm on October 18.

Travellers previously set up camp at Shelford Rugby Club on August 29. Nine vehicles and caravans were involved. They left the club 48 hours later, on September 1st.

They were believed to have been some of the same travellers who camped at Stapleford Recreation ground earlier in the summer.

The travellers parked around the second team pitch. The club has spent thousands of pounds over the summer having that pitch reseeded.

Village care parking

A survey of car parking in the village has shown that only a handful of places were available for shoppers on the day in question.

The survey was carried out on September 12.

The results of the survey were : 5 cars parked overnight, 1 with a for sale sign; 56 cars arrived before 9am and left after 6pm, and additional 22 cars parked for between 2 and 6 hours. It was concluded that this only left 6 spaces in the Memorial Hall carpark for shoppers; 1 space on the road; and 2 spaces in McColls car park. 

See the full Great Shelford Highways committee minutes.
Special council suggestion sessions

Long-term suggestions to address housing and traffic issues in Great Shelford are going to be considered by the Parish Council over the next four months.It will be devoting 15-20 minutes in each Parish Council meeting over the next few months to look at some of the key village issues in detail. There will be an opportunity for village residents to ask questions and comment on the issues. The current timetable is:

18 October Parish Council finances. The Council is currently running a larger than normal cash surplus. Are they happy continuing to do so? What is the likely impact on the precept for 2018-19. Current cash v Grange Field acquisition costs and other issues. Lead: Helen Harwood

15 November Neighbourhood Plan, Housing and Planning. Status of NP, acceptance of Housing Needs Survey and further actions to support it. Blue sky exercise – at the moment GSPC is largely constrained to making piecemeal changes. The NP gives the Council a once in a generation opportunity to (try to) be more radical. They need to look at the land available in the village centre and how we could plan its use to ameliorate the pressure on village facilities. Lead: Bridget Hodge

17 January 2018 Highways. Current status, 2018 Local Highways Initiative, re-evaluation of existing assumptions (no one-way system, no traffic calming, no expansion to car parking, etc.): Lead: Barrie Ashurst

21 February 2018 Recreation. Playscape and Grange Field ++. Lead: Malcolm Watson
These are key issues for the Village. Please come along to the Parish Council meetings and make your views known.

Jogger attacked

A jogger was mugged by two men who grabbed him while he was running on the cycle path from Cambridge to Great Shelford.

The incident happened on September 29.
The 30-year-old man was running from Addenbrooke’s Hospital towards Great Shelford, along the ‘DNA’ cycle path in Granham’s Road at about 7pm when two men jumped out from the bushes and grabbed him..

But he managed to run away, suffering a minor injury.

The muggers are described as in their early 20s, under 6ft tall, slim and wearing black.

Woollards Lane roadworks

Woollards Lane will be closed to cars and lorries during most of November while a new pedestrian crossing is built.

Work was due to start in Woollards Lane on Monday October 2. But the installation of the crossing has been delayed again.
The crossing installation was scheduled to take place between October 2 until October 20th according to the Roadworks website.

It is now supposed to be taking place between Nov 6 and Dec 1st.

The pedestrian crossing is being built outside of Tesco's in Woollard's Lane.

You can see the formal road works notice here.
Shelford pupil in school scare

Police now say that a suspicious incident involving two pupils walking from Stapleford school on Monday, September 25 was down to "a misunderstanding."

Sam Collings, from Great Shelford, said that her son was told to "get in the car" at around 3.45pm outside Stapleford Primary School in Mingle Lane.

He was one of two boys from years 5 walking home from school and were on Gog Magog Way. 

However police have now issued this statement:

"You may have heard or seen on social media that there was a suspicious incident in Stapleford on Monday where two young boys from the primary school reported being approached by a man and a woman in a car. This has, understandably , caused some concern amongst parents in the area. Please read on...

"I went to Stapleford school yesterday at school end of day to put in some hi vis patrols and make some enquiries. It has transpired that this was a misunderstanding. One of the boys had fallen over and grazed his hand. A driver, who is a parent at the school, had witnessed this and pulled over, wound down his window and asked if he was alright. The driver did ask where he lived and followed that with advice to get home as soon as possible to get some attention to the wound. I am as satisfied as I can be that this was the incident referred to and that there is no need to be unduly worried at this time. That said, we can never be too careful where our children are concerned and it is always good to continue to give advice about talking to strangers and to alert someone as soon as possible if they are concerned. There was nothing wrong with these boys reporting this and it is always better that we establish an innocent explanation than nothing being reported at all.

I hope this puts your mind at rest."

Chris Wiseman

OFO comes to Shelford

One of the yellow OFO bikes was spotted at Great Shelford Rail Station on Saturday 9th September, left unlocked and with defective brakes (all brake shoes loose & one rear one missing), rear reflector broken & missing (apparently bikes only have a front light powered by dynohub). 

Generally the bikes look well made and even have a built in bell fitted to the handlebar grip. Side stand was loose & bent but a very fragile attachment. A quick ride up the road found it an easy bike to ride, but the single gear was hard work on inclines. 

Sadly I dont see these bikes surviving the ruff & tumble of public use and I am sure many will be vandalised & dumped, particularly if left unlocked, OFO bikes are hire bikes that can be picked up off the street and unlike 'Boris Bikes' in London don't have docking stations. Just ride and leave it on the street for next user, they are normally unlocked with a phone app, this one had a combination lock that the last user had failed to lock. The hire fee is debited from your account via a phone app, so not sure if you continue to pay if lock is not secured on leaving the bike!

Report & pics; John Wakefield

Blue bin caddies could be scrapped

There will be no need for Great Shelford residents to use paper caddies from mid-December, in a move to simplify the recycling process.

From 11 December 2017, residents should place used paper directly into their blue wheelie bins for recycling.

The withdrawal of caddies also means fewer waste collection vehicles will in future be needed, helping save taxpayers around £670,000 during the next seven years compared to the existing system.

Trucks will cover around 26,000 fewer miles per year on South Cambridgeshire’s roads than the current arrangement.

After 11 December, residents can keep their caddies and use them however they wish. Alternatively, they can be taken to a household waste recycling centre for recycling. They should not be placed into wheelie bins.

Bus passengers left without a bus

Passengers were left standing at Mingle Lane bus stop on Saturday 2nd September when the 7A bus service failed to run after Cambridgeshire County Council failed to initiate the contract with new operator on that date. 

Whippet the previous operator terminated their contract on Friday 1st September with the last bus running from Babraham Park & Ride at 18.30 to Whittlesford. 

A spokesman for the new operator A2B Bus & Coach said they were not instructed to commence the service until Monday 4th September (there is no Sunday 7A service) despite the council advertising that A2B would take over the service on Saturday 2nd.

A2B Bus & Coach started operating the 7a bus service on Monday 4th September. The bus is a 30 seat low floor Dennis Dart It is planned to use a smaller bus in near future. The 7a is a Cambridgeshire County Council supported service between the P&R and Whittlesford passing through Great Shelford, Stapleford, Sawston Pampisford & Hinxton

John Wakefield.

Travellers at Shelford Rugby Club

Travellers set up camp at Shelford Rugby Club on August 29. Nine vehicles and caravans are involved. They left the club 48 hours later, on September 1st.

They were believed to have been some of the same travellers who camped at Stapleford Recreation ground earlier in the summer.

The travellers had parked around the second team pitch. The club has spent thousands of pounds over the summer having that pitch reseeded. 

The youth team had to postpone training on the pitch on August 30th.

Old bikes needed

The Great and Little Shelford School PTA needs more pre- teen, teen and adult bikes for their sale in October.

People can either contact james.prisk@ntlworld.com or the PTA at pta@shelfordschool.org.uk . If you sell a bike through the PTA, you keep 70% of the sale , and they take 30%. 

The bikes are picked up and serviced by the PTA and either returned if unsold or profits forwarded on.

Resident stops house burglary
Two men tried to enter a property in Redhill Lane, Great Shelford at around 4pm on August 23.

They have tried to enter through an unlocked door. The men were disturbed by the owner and ran off from the location. One of the men was described as early 30’s with a grey flat cap.Fortnightly Writing Group

Are you a budding writer? Poet? Blogger? Want to improve your technique or start from scratch?

Join a termly 8 week programme of classes which will develop your skills in a range of forms including fiction, non-fiction, and performance writing.

If you're already working on a project, you can share your writing with a supportive group and receive helpful feedback.

Classes will be held at Great Shelford Library, Woollards Lane, CB22 5LZ on Thursdays 7-8.30pm from Sept 14th - Dec 21st. £80 per term.

Contact creativewriting@virginmedia.com or call 07904 297346 for more details or to reserve your place.
Parish Council opposes new garden village 

A new town development of 5,000 homes close to Great Chesterford threatens to put even more pressure on the A1301 through Great Shelford. The new development is predicated on most of the residents taking up new jobs being created in and around Cambridge.

The development is being proposed without any improvements in infrastructure, especially the A1301. The deadline for comments on the development is 4 September.

Great Shelford Parish Council strongly opposes the proposed development and we would encourage residents to contact Uttlesford DC to register their concerns. More details at http://www.stopnugv.org.uk/ If you would like to discuss this, please contact either Bridget Hodge or Mike Nettleton.
Housing needs public meeting
Most of you know that your two Parish Councils have agreed to formulate a joint Neighbourhood Plan. There are a number of benefits from doing this, not least that it will give us more control over decisions on planning and development in the two villages, rather than those decisions being taken for us by the District and County Councils. This is crucial for both villages.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has already conducted extensive consultations with residents. A major part of the jigsaw is the Housing Needs Survey, which was circulated to all residents in the Spring. On 5 September you will have your chance to review and comment on the survey in the Great Shelford Memorial Hall at 7pm. Please do make every effort to come along – it is your chance to influence the way in which your villages develop.

The Housing Needs Surveys are on these websites: http://greatshelfordparishcouncil.gov.uk/ and https://sites.google.com/site/staplefordonline/stapleford-parish-council Also copies in Great Shelford Library. If you need further information or details of the meeting, please contact Mike Nettleton on 721366/07905 356468.

Nigel Pett – Chair Stapleford Parish Council

Mike Nettleton – Chair Great Shelford Parish Council

Residential trip to Cumbria 

This Summer SSYI (Shelfords & Stapleford Youth Initiative) and Romsey Mill took 12 young people from the Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston areas on a residential activities trip to Cumbria. Led by youth workers Ollie, Zac and Tina they all took part in a week of Ghyll Scrambling, Kayaking, Climbing, Mining and many other adventurous activities, as well as lending a hand in the cooking and cleaning during the week.

The trip was designed to encourage resilience, communication and self-efficacy skills and the outcomes of this residential have been hugely rewarding. We reviewed their ‘distance travelled’ and 100% of the young people explained they had increased confidence and more hope for the future. All the young people enjoyed themselves rating the trip a of 9.3 out of 10 on average! One young person said that the residential was “the best one ever” and he has “overcome my fears because of these people for encouraging me”. The young people boldly squeezed themselves through a lead mine, slid down a chilly river, and spent most of their time kayaking pushing each other in the lake (including the instructor)!

The residential wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of many of the local parishes, churches, charities and regular givers to both SSYI and Romsey Mill. We would like to say a huge thank you to you all.

For more information about both charities, to support our work or to see the full report contact Ollie O’Meakin on ollie.omeakin@romseymill.org or visit www.ssyi.club or www.romseymill.org

  Shelford library survey

Great Shelford library is facing an uncertain future according to the Friends of the Library.

The group has has decided to seek the views of those who currently use the library and also those that don't use the library about how the committee can respond to future changes.

You can complete the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/H85R9TF

Surveys can also be found at the library itself. The surveys need to be completed by September 16.

Shelford bus changes

A bus service serving Great Shelford and Stapleford will have a new operator from September.

Whippet Buses has announced that it is stopping proving the 7a bus service which travels along Hinton Way and Mingle Lane from September 2.

The 7a will now be provided by A2B. This is the 7a timetable.

 Whippet said that the planned changes have been made in close consultation with Cambridgeshire County Council after six months of careful consideration and dialogue with the Council on ways to keep the affected services running.

“We recognise the impact this will have on our communities, communities that Whippet Coaches, our drivers and our staff are a part of. However, low patronage and fare collection on the affected services mean they have been operating at a loss for the past two years, with 
Whippet subsidising the operating costs,” said a statement from Whippet.

Five Shelford break-ins

There were at least five sheds/garages/outhouses that were broken into in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford overnight on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th July.

 In some cases nothing was taken although damage was done to the buildings. Where items were taken this seems to be mainly tools and gardening equipment such as lawn mowers and strimmers.

 There was one other reported in nearby Red Hill Close around the same time.
Major new housing development proposed for Great Shelford and Stapleford

A major housing development in Great Shelford and Stapleford is being offered online by an Essex developer.

The 29 acre site would include 180 homes and a care village alongside “low-density residential development”.

The entrance to the development would be off Mingle Lane. Most of the homes would be in Stapleford.

A Facebook campaign has been launched by Andrew Kennedy to oppose the proposals.

The development is being touted by Essex company Scott Properties.

Their website states: “The site extends to 29 acres and is located to the South of Cambridge, with excellent connectivity into the city by road and rail. We are proposing a low-density residential development alongside a care village to address local demand, as well as new green infrastructure and amenity spaces.”

The proposal is on current Green Belt land and does not currently have planning permission.

Scott Properties told Great Shelford Online: “The 29-acre site off Mingle Lane, Great Shelford is currently being promoted through the appropriate stages of the Local Plan. The proposals for the site consist of a substantial area of open space and landscaping, a care village and a low-density bungalow development to address local and district demand.”

Scott Properties describes itself as “a Strategic Land Promoter to Landowners and Local Authorities in East Anglia.”

You can read the full details of the proposal on their website here.

See headlines from the developers report, proposed site maps and read the full report itself on the Stapleford Cambridge website.

*The "Cambridge South" science park proposal behind Shelford Rugby Club comes up for public scrutiny shortly at the Local Plan Hearings.
The proposal is outlined in Appendix 4.

The hearing took place on Wednesday July 12. The outcome will be announced later in the year.

£1,000 grant for Playscape

Great Shelford Playscape has been awarded a Community Chest grant by South Cambridgeshire Council

The £1,000 grant will be used for the construction of a bridge across a ditch on the Rec at Woollards Lane as part of the transformation of the copse into a den building space.

 Newsagents to close

McColl's newsagents in Woollards Lane closed in July.

The shop has been on the market for some time.

"Our store at 46 Woollards Lane will be closing at the end of trade on Friday 14 July," said a letter to customers from Area Manager Jason Wilton.

Their home delivery service will be moving to Martin's store in Cherry Hinton.

Newspapers will still be available in Great Shelford from the Co-op and Tescos.

The news follows the closure of Matthew Lewis’ hairdressers and Burr Shoes on Woollards Lane earlier in the year.

£70 per pot hole in Great Shelford

Cambridgeshire County Council is demanding £70 for every pothole they fill in in Great Shelford.

The Parish Council demanded action and provided a list of dangerous pavements and roads in the village in 2016.

Despite the comprehensive survey, no repairs were carried out.

Now the county council says it will carry out “emergency pot hole repairs”.

But they have warned Great Shelford Parish Council that any other repairs will cost Great Shelford council tax payers £70 per hole.

Read the other actions and issues from the May Great Shelford Parish Council meeting.

Gravestone for Nazi spy in Great Shelford

A gravestone for a Nazi spy buried in Great Shelford has been given the go ahead by the Parish Council. 

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 is being organised by Ter Braak’s family in Holland.

They have proposed the following wording:

Engelbertus Fukken (Ter Braak’s real name)

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

A book about Ter Braak, called "Spion tegen Churchill" by Leven en dood van Jan Willem ter Braak was published in April 2017 through a Dutch publisher www.walburgpers.nl

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

A fourth estate agents and second barbers for Great Shelford

Another estate agents is moving into Great Shelford.

Redmayne, Arnold and Harris are taking one of the vacant shops in Woollards Lane.

They join Haart, Tucker Gardner and Sharmann Quinney.

And a second barbers shop called Antonio's has opened in the former Matthew Lloyd premises.

Daytime burglar disturbed

A daytime burglar was disturbed by a homeowner in a break-in in Great Shelford.

A house in High Street, Great Shelford was broken into on May 4 at around midday.

The burglar was disturbed by the home owner but not before he had smashed the glass in a back door.

The offender is described as white with short cropped fair hair, about 5’ 5”. He was wearing a dark blue/black baseball cap, dark blue/black jumper, white or light coloured shirt underneath, dark blue/black cotton trousers.

Parking problems

Inconsiderate parking on footpaths continues in Leeway Avenue. These two cars were spotted tonight (Saturday 13th May). One a silver Volvo completely blocking the path, and the second a black Audi parked right on the corner. John Wakefield.

Parish Council Chair Mike Nettleton responded:

We need to split 'inconsiderate' and 'illegal'. My view 

•The Volvo is parked illegally as it is totally obstructing the footpath.

•The Audi may be parked illegally, depending on whether it is within 15m of the junction.

Here is a letter from the area's Police Chief about the issue: 

Village parking problems

I am aware from the many emails South Cambs officers receive and from Neighbourhood Panel meetings that parking is a constant concern for many residents in villages across South Cambridgeshire.

Many of you may know that I cannot prioritise parking patrols over investigating and preventing crime and responding to calls for service. In light of this, it means that my officers might not do as much parking enforcement as many of you would like.

I have been giving some thought on how we can meet your expectations on parking enforcement and I have decided that we are going to try something new. I have therefore set up an online web-page where you can report concerns about parking. The information that you give us will go directly to me and will help us build a picture of the exact hot-spots for parking issues. I will then use this information on targeted 'crack-down' days. There is some good evidence that crack-downs work in other areas of policing so we are going to try it for parking. For obvious reasons I will not be publicising the dates of the crackdowns in advance, but updates will be sent to you by e-cops, twitter and facebook once we have completed a crackdown day

 The web page is now live and you can find it here:


I am not pretending that this will solve all parking problems, however, I do think that it strikes the right balance between dealing with parking concerns and the other important work that we do.

Recent Media Coverage about Policing in Villages

Some of you may have seen recent media reporting regarding our policing of villages. I would like to emphasise that we do prioritise policing of the villages but what I do ask is that my officers prioritise the ‘hottest’ areas within our villages. This does mean that certain areas in some villages get more attention than those villages with very low crime. I believe this is a sensible approach to policing which most of you would agree with. The main benefit of our local policing structure is that you have your own, dedicated local resources that are responsible for policing South Cambs rather than the City.

 I have sought to put as much time and effort as possible over the last three years into crime prevention events in the villages (first Op Oaklands and more recently Op Hunter). Your local officers and I work hard to give you the best, most intelligent policing service we can but if you do have any concerns please do get in touch - or come to our next round of neighbourhood panel meetings where you can join in the discussion.

Chief Inspector James Sutherland - Area Commander - South Cambs

Post Office update

Royal Mail will no longer leave undelivered large items of mail at the new Post Office at the Kash Stores in Hinton Way it has emerged.

The Post Office says there is insufficient storage at the Post Office/Kash Stores. (See the notice, left).

Any items that cannot be posted through letter boxes will have to be collected from the Royal mail depot in Clifton Road, Cambridge or redelivered by the post person at a date & time when someone is at home to receive them. John Wakefield

Award for new hospice

Arthur Rank Hospice’s £10.6 million home at Shelford Bottom scooped the Project Of The Year award at the 2017 RICS East of England awards on 10 May. 36 of the region’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out at the evening hosted by Melissa Porter, best known for presenting the BBC programmes ‘To Buy or Not to Buy’ and ‘Escape to the Country’.

Designed by LSI Architects and constructed by Barnes Construction, the Arthur Rank Hospice was the winner of the Community Benefit category at the region’s ‘Property Oscars’. The building was then subsequently named the East of England Project of the Year at the prestigious construction awards, ahead of seven other category winners.