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Great Shelford news archive 2013

                                                                                                                     From Great Shelford with love

A special radio station could soon be established in Nepal thanks to a Great Shelford charity.

The Mountain Trust wants to set up Radio Guru to broadcast over radio, the highest quality civic education to the people of Nepal, enabling listeners to better understand their rights and responsibilities as active citizens of a newly democratic state.

Radio Guru will help millions of Nepali people. Today, cases of rights abuses are reported frequently - extrajudicial punishment, arbitrary arrest, detention without trial, are commonplace. A recent study found 74% of arrestees claimed to have been tortured in custody. Nepal’s human rights legislation is some of the strongest in South Asia but awareness of those rights and protections is low, especially in remote areas. Schools and mass-media provide tokenistic civic education. Radio has greatest reach (approx 75%) and overcomes high levels of illiteracy & daily power cuts of up to 14 hours.

Radio succeeded in encouraging people to register as voters for Nepal’s 2013 general election. Providing information through large-scale radio broadcasts acts as a catalyst for people needing to find out more, to seek help, to understand and become active in political and developmental processes and to realise the rights they are entitled to under law. They are currently trying to get funding for the project from the Royal society of Arts- You can find more details and how to support the project here. www.mountain-trust.org

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Work on the new sports pavilion is due to be completed by the end of January. That will mean that the car park at the memorial hall should soon be back to normal.

The metalwork arch sculpture will be put at the entrance to the play area when it is reinstated shortly.

A leak in an underground pipe running from the old Freestones Bakery diagonally across the traffic lights to the opposite corner will see the junction having to close for a minimum of at least three days for the repairs to be carried out.
Pricey Great Shelford

Great Shelford boasts one of the most expensive streets to live in East Anglia.

Mingle Lane was the second most expensive road according to the survey published by Lloyds Bank. Coppice Avenue was in 4th place, and Tunwells Lane was 8th.

The full East Anglian top ten is:

1. Barrow Road, Cambridge – £1,487,000

2. Mingle Lane, Great Shelford – £1,294,000

3. Hills Road, Cambridge – £1,019,000

4. Coppice Avenue, Great Shelford, – £994,000

5. High Street, Little Shelford, Cambridge – £832,000

6. Saxmundham Road, Aldeburgh – £819,000

7. Long Road, Cambridge – £810,000

8. Tunwells Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge – £784,000

9. Herrings Lane, King’s Lynn – £752,000

10. Common Lane, Huntingdon – £752,000

Anti crime blitz

A 30 day campaign to reduce burglary and vehicle crime is coming to Great Shelford on January 15 2014.

This operation will be a campaign rolled out on the streets of our communities to prevent burglaries, shed break-ins and vehicle crime. They will target a community each day, flooding villages and towns with uniform staff to spread crime prevention message.

Operation Oaklands is focused on increasing home and vehicle security and reducing the potential reward for criminals. Police will be posting regular information about the opertation and some of the tactics we are using on their Facebook page, twitter account, and talking to ecops and NHW members.

Officers will be offering residents shed alarms for just £7.00. If you would like advice on home, shed or vehicle security and don’t live in the villages listed below, please call 101 and ask to talk with your local PCSO.

Plough gets a date in BBC calendar

The Plough pub has some exciting news. BBC Radio Cambridgeshire is producing a Red telephone Box calendar for 2014 in aid of Children in Need. As they have an original K2 phone box that they own in the pub garden , they have been interviewed by the radio station and it has been confirmed that their phone box is pictured on the month of July in the BBC calendar.

The pub is telephone box themed and they have a lot of memorabilia around the pub, including Telephone box decorations on their Christmas Tree. They are planning to have a stock of the calendars on the bar that will be able to be taken away for donations to Children in Need. Sue Hill at the Plough said they are very proud that Great Shelford is being put on the map(or the calendar!) and that they are able to continue raising money for charity.

Christmas weight loss winners

Three villagers have won a Christmas dietiting competition through Great Shelford's Bodywork Therapy. The first place in the six week competition was won by Marguarite Quinn, losing 11 pounds - 7.55% in weight - winning £100 in cash plus a Dermalogica Facial and O.P.I Manicure. Dave English lost 16 pounds - 7% of his bodyweight winning a Dermalogica Facial for his wife and Rebecca Whitehead winning an O.P.I Manicure by losing 11 pounds - 6.93% of weight.

Organiser Mirfet Spiller said that there were several key things that were highlighted during the competition.

1- Without understanding foods nutritional values, we could easily eat our daily calorie allowance by lunch!! My Basic Metabolic Rate is only 1346 calories, I could have that many calories just for breakfast!

2- We are constantly surrounded by temptation, whether it be in the office environment where colleagues are bringing in treats to supermarkets that tend to put offers on unhealthy and fattening food products. We have to regularly observe self control in order not to be tempted. The message I was giving to them for this was, it's not as if we haven't had that treat before, we certainly don't need it every time it's offered to us!

3- We should look at our bodies a bit like a steam engine. Feed it little and often to keep the metabolic rate ticking over efficiently, don't allow yourself to get too hungry because that is when we are likely to overeat.

4- Weight loss is 80% about the food you eat and 20% exercise. But when you do exercise, it not only accelerates your weight loss but also helps to streamline and contour your shape and that was particularly important for the lady participants. I setup weekly weigh-ins just before my exercise classes so it allowed people to stay on after weigh-in if they wished.

New Year's Eve Yoga Special

Every year at the Jivamukti Yoga school in New York they celebrate the passing of the old year and embracing the opportunities of the new. The Great Shelford yoga studio is taking a leaf out of their book and holding a New Year's Eve Jivamukti Special on the theme of change, with Andrea Kwiatkowski in their Great Shelford studio. Spaces are filling up fast so book now for this glorious celebration of 'Parinama' (Sanskrit for 'change'). Suitable for all.

Break-in at new sports pavilion
A burglary was reported, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford. between 5pm on Thursday 28th November and 7am on Friday 29th November 7.00am. The burglars entered the compound to the construction site of the new sports pavilion, and then gained entry to the part constructed building through an open ground floor window. Once inside they have then selected an assortment of tools and power tools belonging to a building contractor.
Two crimes
A business burglary was reported in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford between Monday 25th November 5.00pm and Tuesday 26th November 5.50am. The burglar forced their way in to the premises through a ground floor metal framed window. An untidy search was carried out, but nothing was taken.

A theft was reported at the Co-op in High Street, Great Shelford. This occurred on Tuesday 26th November at approximately 8.45pm. The thief entered the store and selected items, and then left without making any attempts to pay. The offender has since been identified and arrested.
Village traffic changes
Several traffic changes are being introduced by the Parish Council to improve the traffic situation in and around Great Shelford.

Parking outside of the village school is going to be restricted, with 10 spaces being lost on Church Street to try to improve the flow of traffic past the school.
And the parish council is going to try to retsrict delivery times in Woollards Lane to outside of the rush hour, and probably betyween 10am and 12 noon to reduce the impact on the wider village.

"These changes will make the village safer and seem the sensible thing to do," said district councillor, Charles Nightingale.
Hospice to move to Shelford Bottom

The Arthur Rank hospice is planning to spend £7 million on a new home at Shelford Bottom. Cambridgeshire County Council has agreed to lease farmland next to the Babraham park and ride site to the Hospice, which wants to move from its current building in Mill Road, Romsey.

The move would allow the hospice to double the number of beds it offers, from 12 to 24, and would also create improved, modern facilities. Fundraising is already under way and it is hoped construction could start next year.

However the move has been criticsed by The Shelfords County Councillor Gail Kenney. She said a lot of green belt had already been lost between Addenbrooke’s and Cambridge and that, if more went, villages such as Great Shelford would become dormitories of Cambridge.

Cllr Kenney, told the council cabinet“It’s shameful how we are trashing our countryside willy-nilly. It makes me ashamed to be human. I never thought I would be ashamed of Arthur Rank but I am for their greed.”
However the plans have been approved. Dr Lynn Morgan, Arthur Rank’s chief executive, said the existing hospice was three decades old and lacked modern facilities and en-suites, saying that the green setting was important to provide a therapeutic backdrop.

Cllr Charles Nightingale, Chairman of the Parish Council welcomed the arrival of the Hospice, and hit back at the comments by his fellow councillor. You can read his full reaction here.

Co-op theft
A theft has been reported at the Co-op in High Street, Great Shelford. This occurred on Tuesday 26th November at approximately 8.45pm. The thief entered the store and selected items, and then left without making any attempts to pay. The offender has since been identified and arrested.
Bin changes at Christmas
The collection dates for our rubbish and recycling bins are changing to Tuesdays during the Christmas period only.
The blue and green bin collection will be on Tuesday December 31 and not Monday 30. And the black bin collection the following week will be Tuesday January 7.

Three village thefts
A theft was reported, Cambridge Road, Great Shelford on on Monday 18th November 4.00pm. The offender stole 2 woven reindeer Christmas decorations from Scotsdales Garden Centre.

A theft of a cycle was reported, De Freville Road, Great Shelford. This occurred on Tuesday 19thNovember between 7.00pm and 9.05pm. The thief removed a pedal cycle from an open passageway to the front of the property. The bike is described as a gents Specialized Tri Cross Comp.

Four metal JCB digger buckets were stolen from a building site on Cambridge Road, Great Shelford. This occurred between 4pm on Friday 15th November and 7am on Monday 18th November.

Just say oui?

For a number of years local children have had the opportunity to attend La Jolie Ronde, a French speaking group, on a Wednesday at Great Shelford Memorial Hall. Sadly the current teacher will not be continuing these sessions after December and the parents are looking for someone to take over the group.
If you are interested in helping our French group continue please contact Annick Alton on 01223 210900 or by emailAnnickalton.1jr@btinternet.com
La Jolie Ronde offers the most successful educational French programme worldwide. For more details visit their website www.lajolieronde.co.uk

Zara shortlisted for an award
Zara Indian Cuisine, on Hinton Way in Great Shelford, have been shortlisted for the Best Spice Restaurant East Midlands category at the at the British Curry Awards 2013 later this month.

The selection process is tough. Restaurants face a ‘mystery shopper’, filming of their chef and manager and an assessment of factors including health and hygiene, history and Google reviews.

Winners will be announced at Battersea Evolution in London on November 25. The ceremony will include a star-studded guest list of celebrities, MPs, dignitaries and industry professionals.

The British Curry Awards were established in 2005 by British entrepreneur and restaurateur Enam Ali MBE, who has tirelessly promoted curry businesses for years.

ipads for councillors?
Our district councillors could soon be armed with their own ipads after a suggestion from one of our local councillors.

Shelford and Stapleford councillor Cllr David Whiteman-Downes has challenged other members to embrace modern technology in a bid to save taxpayers at least £34,000 within 12 months.
Councillor Whiteman-Downes is recommending councillors purchase their own iPads to replace out of date Council laptops after he test drove software which allows easy and secure access to emails, agendas, meetings and more at the touch of a button. This would mean paper agendas – which currently cost over £2,000 each year to print and post – would no longer be necessary for councillors.

If plans are approved, councillors who decide to make the switch will be given the choice of using their own tablet and the secure software will be installed on it for them, or for an iPad to be purchased by the Council on their behalf, the cost of which would be repaid through their allowance.

Shop theft
A theft was reported from the Co-op in High Street, Great Shelford. This occurred on Monday 11th November at approximately 8.00pm. The thief has walked into the store, looked around, then placed around 7-9 bottles of alcohol in his jacket, and then left the shop.
Feast bonanza

The Shelford Feast has donated over £21,000 to good causes in and around Great Shelford. Feast organisers and charity representatives gathered for a specially arranged evening at The Square and Compasses pub on November 11 where cheques were handed out to around 40 separate groups and organisations.

The announcement that over £21,000 had been donated this year was accompanied by the astonishing fact that over £215,000 has now been raised since the Feast was revived 19 years ago. 2013 was the 20th Feast of the modern era and the record amount raised was the perfect way to celebrate.

You can see the full list of grants here.

For one week in July The Shelford Feast entertained, fed and watered thousands of visitors who came to enjoy live music, stand up comedy and community events. Many events were sell-out successes and the Feast entertained more people than ever. However, entertaining the community is only half the story and on Monday the village had a chance to celebrate for a second time with the news that more money had been raised than ever before.

Feast organisers paid tribute to the whole village, many of whom help with manpower, advertising, sponsorship, selling tickets, providing supplies, as well as the many other tasks that go into making such a big event a success. Plans are already underway for July 2014 when the Feast will embark upon entertaining the communities of South Cambridgeshire for another 20 years.


“The Feast is a reflection of the heart, integrity and endeavour of the people of Great Shelford.” Bill Tiley, Landlord of The Square and Compasses, Great Shelford.

“I am delighted to be involved with the Feast and have been bowled over by the efforts of the village. The church will be using the donation to buy toys and other resources for a new Mummies and Tots group which will open in the New Year. Simon Talbot, Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Great Shelford.

“We will use the Feast donation to buy access steps, allowing even more children and adults, including those with disabilities, to take part in trampolining.” Sandra East, Cambridge Kangaroos.

“Our donation will be used to buy equipment for our Under-11 girls’ and boys’ team which will be starting this year.” Brian Higgins, Great Shelford Cricket Club.

“The children have designed a new outdoor learning garden for the front of the school. This money will be used to facilitate work with the artist to make the garden a reality.” Alison Evans, Headteacher at Great and Little Shelford Primary School.

There has been a Feast in Shelford since Medieval times but the event lapsed after the war. In 1994 it was resurrected as a means of raising money for the village school. The event proved popular and has since grown from a single afternoon Feast into a week-long Festival. Everyone who organises the Feast is a volunteer and 100% of the money raised goes to covering event costs and donations to local good causes.
You can see the full list of grants here.

Festival of wheels

Councillor Ben Shelton and the Shelford & Stapleford Youth Initiative are planning a new and exciting community event to raise funds for the young people of the Shelfords and Stapleford on Sunday 4th May 2014, the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

Called the “SHELFORD FESTIVAL OF WHEELS”, we plan to celebrate all aspects of mobility and speed on the Great Shelford Recreation Ground.

They plan to have new cars, classic cars, motor bikes, classic motor bikes, bicycles, farm equipment, diggers, motability vehicles and model trains and planes all on display plus demonstrations of skateboarding, remote control vehicles and BMX Bike tricks. There will also be food stalls and stalls run by local youth groups.

Please put the date in your diary and if you are interested in participating or supporting the event please e-mail Ben Shelton at cllr.shelton@scambs.gov.uk or David Jones on davidjhjones@netscape.net

Five star Shelford
Four cafes, pubs and restaurants have won the maximum 5 stars according to the official new food hygiene ratings for Great Shelford.

The Forum House, the Shelford Deli, the Square and Compasses and Zara have all been awarded 5 stars by the Agency – the best possible rating. Scotsdales cafe and The Plough got 3 stars and Days of Ashwell got 2 stars. You can see the results here.
South Cambridgeshire District Council has moved over to the Food Standard’s Agency scheme from its' previous award winning Scores on the Doors system. he move will mean food outlets, such as restaurants, takeaways and pubs will now be part of a single nationwide scheme.

New green and black certificates and stickers to replace the previous Scores on the Doors scheme are now being delivered to businesses across the area who are being encouraged to display them at the entrance to their premises.

Food outlets are inspected by Council food safety officers to check that their hygiene standards meet legal requirements. The hygiene standards found at these inspections are rated on a scale ranging from zero, meaning urgent improvement necessary, to a top rating of five for very good.

Third estate agent for Great Shelford
Sharman Quinney will soon be opening a brand new service in Great Shelford, following an increase in demand for homes in the south of Cambridgeshire.

The branch, which will be based on Woollards Lane in the village, will host a full sales provision to the Great Shelford, Trumpington and Sawston property markets and will be managed by Sharman Quinney’s Area Director Spencer Hopp. Spencer already oversees the company’s branches in March, Ramsey and Cambourne and he will work closely with Managing Director Mike Sharman to steer the new Great Shelford service to a fantastic start in the sought-after village.

Working from the new Sharman Quinney branch will be Senior Negotiator Frances McDermott, alongside Angharad Daniels, Heidi Childs and Kye Liddle who all join from the company’s successful Cambourne office.

Village designer needs your votes
A stationery designer from Great Shelford have been shortlisted in a national wedding awards scheme. Emily Leigh, founder of Papeterie Workshop has been shortlisted in the final of the hitched.co.uk Breakthrough Awards that recognise new talent in the wedding industry.

Emily, 26, who is in the final 10 for the best stationery designer, studied at London College of Communication to gain a degree in Book Art and Design.

Since graduating she has discovered a love for creating tactile books, pouches and cards using modern techniques, and finishing with a touch of old-fashioned craftsmanship.

She started her own business in May this year and has pledged to donate a percentage of the company’s profits at the end of each year to Freedom Charity. The charity was established to save the lives of vulnerable children and young people who are at risk, or are subject to violent crime.

Emily says she loves classic typographers and designers and often looks to her collection of books when she needs a creative kick. She said: “Everything from illuminated manuscripts to political posters inspire me. The tactility of old postcards and letters have always been a real inspiration to me and the way they feel and even sound is something interesting to me.”

To vote, go to hitched.co.uk/HBA/vote before November 5. Winners will be announced on November 7.

Great Shelford ladies wanted

18 ladies turned up for the inaugural meeting of the new Shelford WI group. They are holding another taster session on Thursday 7 November at 7.30 in the community room, St Mary's Church. If there is enough interest they will see if we can get it going that night and it will be the first Thursday in the month as that is the most convenient time for the room.

They need some younger ladies to give it a good mix and while there is quite a lot of interest in Little Shelford not many of the ladies came to the first meeting from there.
Tour de France comes to Great Shelford
The Tour de France is coming to Great Shelford in 2014.

The world-famous bike race will travel between Cambridge and London on Monday July 7. After leaving Cambridge on day three of the race, the peloton will race through Cambridgeshire via the A1301 taking in Cambridge Road and Tunwells lane in Great Shelford.

The route was revealed at a press conference in Paris on October 23, where all the stages of the 2014 Tour were announced. Beginning on Gonville Place by Parker’s Piece, the peloton will ride through Cambridge via Regent Street and Sidney Street before turning left at the Round Church.

The riders will then travel past the world famous colleges of St Johns, Trinity and Kings as they cycle along Kings Parade and Trumpington Street before leaving the city via Trumpington Road. The peloton will then race through the rest of Cambridgeshire via the A1301 taking in the beautiful villages in the south of the county including Trumpington, Great Shelford and Hinxton.

The Tour will then leave Cambridgeshire travelling on to Saffron Walden and through Essex towards London to finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
Exact details of the route can be found at www.letour.2014stage3.com

Cllr Martin Curtis, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “I don’t think anyone can fail to be inspired by seeing the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome or Mark Cavendish ride and our challenge is to use this unique opportunity to encourage people onto their bikes. By working together, all those involved with Stage 3 of Le Tour promise to make the most of a day which I am sure will live long in all our memories.”

In the build up to the arrival of the Tour, detailed information will be given to residents, businesses and visitors regarding the impact of the race on Cambridge and the county. This will be made available online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/letourstage3 and www.cambridge.gov.uk/le-tour-cambridge as well as through leaflets, roadshows and events.

Information will also be made available via Facebook: www.facebook.com/LeTourCambridge or Twitter: www.twitter.com/LeTourCambridge
The 101st edition of Le Tour will start on Saturday 5 July 2014 in Leeds before travelling 120 miles to Harrogate, where the first Yellow Jersey of the Tour de France 2014 will be awarded. The next day, the riders will leave York for Sheffield on a tricky 125 mile stage whose final section will include a climb of Holme Moss.

Vote for our guides
Shelford Guides have been selected by Waitrose to be one of three charities participating in November's Community Matters token scheme. Customers at Waitrose are given green tokens that they then use to 'vote' for one of the charities by putting them in boxes in the lobby area. At the end of November, Waitrose will split £1000 between the three charities in proportion to the number of tokens each receives. Shelford Guides are delighted to have been selected and will use the money raised to help with the costs of camps next year. So they would be very grateful if any local residents who use Waitrose would be kind enough to 'vote' for Shelford Guides with their tokens.

Footpath complaints
There have been three separate complaints that the path behind the rugby club has been ploughed up in Great Shelford.

This path is not a public right of way but the land is not covered by Section 31(6).http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/environment/countrysideandrights/definitivemapandstate/landownerdeposits/

The Parish Council is now taking up the issue. Please contact cllrnightingale@btconnect.com if you have experienced a problem
Four burglaries in Great Shelford
There have been four burglaries in the village in the past week. The first burglary was reported in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford between Tuesday 15th October 3.30pm and Wednesday 16th October 00.15. The victims arrived home just after midnight to find that their bungalow had been burgled. Entry was made via the side kitchen door of the property. Jewellery and cash were taken.

A burglary was reported in Orchard Road, Great Shelford between 7pm on Tuesday 15th October and 3pm on Thursday 17th. Offender(s) entered via the front door where a small flat bladed tool mark was made. Once inside an untidy search has been conducted in the first floor bedrooms. The robbers left via the back door which was left open.

A garage burglary was reported, High Street, Great Shelford. This occurred between 5.30pm on Tuesday 15th October and 8.15am on Wednesday 16th October. The garage and workshop were entered by forcing the wooden framed double glazed doors and various items were taken.

A burglary was reported at the Gog Magog Golf Club, Shelford. This occurred Between Thursday 17th October at 4.00pm and Friday 18th October. 6.00am. Offender(s) smashed their way through the workshop door of the maintenance department and stole several items.

A garage burglary was reported, High Street, Great Shelford. This occurred between 5.30pm on Tuesday 15th October and 8.15am on Wednesday 16th October. The garage and workshop were entered by forcing the wooden framed double glazed doors and various items were taken.

And a theft was reported from Scotsdales, Great Shelford. This occurred on Tuesday 15th October between 1.00pm and 2.30pm. Offender has stolen a mobile phone from a handbag whilst waiting at the till point in the cafe area.

Great Shelford sees a difference
A new campaigning website called Shape Your Place has been used to bring about repairs at the railway bridge.

Ron Whitby posted on the site about the bridge:

“I live in Shelford area and usually use a scooter to get around. I am concerned about the state of the fence over the railway bridge on Cambridge Road (in Shelford). The fence urgently needs repairing – it is leaning over the path making a serious safety hazard for users of the road, especially those who drive scooters. It makes the road unsafe and should be treated as a priority. I would like to know who is responsible for repairing the fence, what can be done about it and how soon.”

Within 48 hours, Network Rail had carried out inspections on the fence.

See the new website at http://southcambridgeshire.shapeyourplace.org/

Or contact Anna.allen@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Bottom of Form

Roundabout spruce-upGreat Shelford Parish Council has just completed a £10,000 plus make-over of the Shelford Bottom roundabout. It has been renamed in memory of the late Peter Hinsby who served on the Parish Council for many years. The make-over has been payed for with sponsorship from Hills Residential and Scotsdale's Garden Centre.
The unveiling in September was made by Cllr David Bard Chairman of South Cambridgeshire District Council.

On November 12th it is planned to plant 3,000 Daffodil bulbs around Great Shelford. For more information contact Charlie Nightingale on 844763.

Have your say on council spending
You can have your say on where the County Council makes savings in 2014. Cambridgeshire residents' ideas are being sought about the use of Council finances. They need to know where to prioritise and where to cut. The Council needs to save a further £39 million next year. The web survey is at www.youchoose.yougov.com/Cambridgeshire Adult Social Care could take more money every year as there are more frail elderly people surviving each year. The demography suggests that Adult Social Care alone could use all of the County Council's money within ten years.
Dirty dozen
12 people have been caught parking on yellow lines in Woollards Lane during the summer according to a report going to the Sawston Police panel on October 7.
Two people have been caught speeding along Hinton Way and 1 driver received a verbal warning according to the report.

Three crimes have been reported in the village in the last couple of weeks. A burglary occurred at Macaulay Square on September 23. Offenders smashed a kitchen window before breaking in. But nothing was taken.

There was a theft from silver Citroen on September 18 in Granhams Close. A Satnav was stolen from the car.

And a cycle was taken from the car park outside of the Zara Indian restaurant on September 24. It was a Brompton P 6 speed bike with a green frame.

Legacy wall at the rugby club
Shelford Rugby Club is creating a legacy wall to raise money. Individuals can get their name on a wall plate for £65 while companies can get their own plate for £100.
For details contact Dave Hatter on 07747 444435 or email davidhatter1@aol.com

Support worker needed
The Old School Court in Great Shelford needs a part-time community support worker on Saturdays and Sundays. Training is provided. Contact Vivo on 08456 838809 for more information.
Room for hire
The Community Room at St Mary's Church can now be hired by the wider community. The room seats 40 people and is well-equiped of meetings and small social gatherings. Enquiries to Mary Lester on 842411 or lestermh_uk@yahoo.co.uk

The Plough pub raises £1200

On Sunday 15th September a charity golf day was held by The Plough pub.This involved a round of golf in the morning followed by food back at The Plough with a raffle and an auction of promises. Sue and Steve Hill said they were more than delighted to have raised over £1,200 for a little local lad, ,Jack Power who is the grandson of one of their our customers. Jack is severely Autistic along with other problems.
They raised money toward a specialist bed for Jack to be kept at his grandparents house so as to give regular respite to Jack's parents. The bed is needed for jacks personal safety.
They will hold a presentation evening to hand over the cheque and thank our generous and loyal customers in the near future.
A coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Care on September 27 raised a further £200.

House prices on the rise
House prices have risen by an average of £7,944 in Great Shelford over the last year. Figures from property website Zoopla show that prices have risen by 1.8% in the village since this time last year.

The average price of a house in Great Shelford is now £384,141. You can see how much properties near you exchanged hands for here.
New WI for the Shelfords

A new Women's Institute group is being set up for Little and Great Shelford. Do you want to make new friends? Meet like-minded ladies? Learn new skills? Get involved?

A meeting will be held on Thursday 10 October 2013 at 7.30pm in the Community Room of St Mary’s Church, Great Shelford to see if a Shelford WI can be formed.

Go along and find out what the WI has to offer you.

For more deails see www.cfwi.co.uk

Fun run success

The inaugural Shelford Fun Run on September 15 was an amazing day and the feedback has been brilliant. In the end around 400 runners took part - 120 of them children.

Organiser Jon Salisbury is already talking about organising the event again next year.
Great Shelford traffic could increase

There are fears that more drivers might soon be travelling through Great Shelford because of changes to the A10.

Network Rail is considering replacing the A10 Foxton Level Crossing with a bridge or underpass. The level crossing is a bottleneck and so removing this barrier to movement will make the A10 route more attractive. This will, however, have consequences for the amount of traffic going through Harston and Hauxton according to County Council Tony Orgee.

"If a bridge or underpass replaces the Foxton Level Crossing the consequences are likely to be even greater traffic hold-ups on the A10, " he said. "If this is so, then it is likely that drivers will try to find alternative routes into Cambridge and so this might well lead to greater rat-running through villages such as Hauxton and Little Shelford, leading to more traffic on roads such as Cambridge Road, Great Shelford, in turn leading to traffic delays in the Great Shelford and Stapleford area.

"It is important therefore that the Parish Council should consider the Draft Transport Strategy and expresses its views."

Responses to the Draft Transport Strategy can be made by

· Completing the online survey at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/tscsc

· or by writing to the following address

Transport and Infrastructure Policy and Funding

Cambridgeshire County council

Box CC1214

Shire Hall

Castle Hill



· or by emailing transport.plan@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

· The full strategy can be viewed at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/tscsc

Scotsdales to grow

Scotsdales is expanding. The Great Shelford based garden centre is taking over Notcutt’s centre at Horningsea in October giving Scotsdales its third centre.

Scotsdales is a family-owned business, which has been operating for over 40 years. Its garden centre at Great Shelford is one of the largest, single-site garden centres in the country with an annual turnover in excess of £14m.

Scotsdales also operates the smaller Fordham Garden Centre, near Ely, Cambridgeshire.

No redundancies are planned, with all jobs being transferred with the business, and the garden centre is expected to carry on trading throughout the changeover.

Caroline Owen, managing director of Scotsdales, said: "We hope to welcome the team from Notcutts Horningsea to the Scotsdales family, with our intention to invest in and develop the business over the coming months."

Scotsdales has owned the Cambridge site since 2003, when it was previously known as Ansells Garden Centre.

Subject to all parties reaching agreement, transfer of the centre to Scotsdales is planned for October 1 2013.

Funds from the Feast on offer
The Bunch, the Feast organisers, invite you, to complete a form if your local group deserves funding from the profits from this year's event.
The claims form they'd like you to complete is on the Feast website at http://www.shelfordfeast.co.uk/beneficiaries/ (or go to the home page and click on the Beneficiaries link at top right).
Remember that their emphasis is on local groups and good causes, young people in particular but not exclusively, and they favour people who have helped at The Feast. They do not usually give funds to individuals.
If you would like your group to be considered, like the 34 groups listed on the 2011 Beneficiaries page, please fill in the claim form and deliver it to Duncan Grey, 45 Hinton Way, Great Shelford, CB22 5AZ or by email to dsg@post.com by the end of September.
They will consider all claims and suggestions in October with the aim of holding a celebratory disbursement evening in early November.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Duncan Grey, Feast Secretary

Mini digger stolen

A one tonne mini digger has stolen from Church Street in Great Shelford over the bank holiday week-end. The orange Hitachi mini digger was locked and secured.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 – quote REF: CF0302240813

Light campaign at rugby club

A campaign to raise £25,000 for new floodlights at Shelford Rugby Club launches on September 1.

Initially, it was felt that they could resolve the issue by spending around£5000, but this is not now the case. They have exhausted all possible means of obtaining grants from the RFU and they are left with just one option, and that is to fund this investment themselves.

It is estimated that to provide effective lights for the playing and training pitches at Shelford could cost as much as £25,000 – a hefty amount that simply cannot be funded from the club’s operating costs.

This is a large sum of money, representing approximately £35 per club member, but it is believed to be achievable through donations from club members, supporters and sponsors and raffles.

The appeal will be formally launched on 1st September The Rugby Club first team has made excellent progress in National 2 League South and promotion to National 1 is a realistic goal. However, a recent assessment revealed that the floodlights at Shelford no longer meet required standards and they are now one of a very few clubs in the National leagues without effective floodlights.

In the winter months this means they to stagger kick-off times as they can only play in daylight. They are also unable to play evening fixtures or have the ground and facilities used by other organisations including touring teams and County Youth games.

Five crimes in a week in Great Shelford

Five crimes in Great Shelford have been reported to police in the last week. They included:

  • 35 concrete paving slabs were taken from the garden of a house in Macaulay Avenue, Great Shelford between August 9 and August 11.
  • Groceries were taken from the Co-op on August 18. The offender selected goods and put them into a bag. They then left the store making no attempt to pay.
  • A hose and sprinkler system was taken from the garden of a house in Mingle Lane between August 8 and 10.
  • A cycle was stolen from Abberley Wood, Great Shelford between August 8 and August 9. Offenders removed the wheels and handle bar stem from the cycle. The frame was locked to a cycle rack and was stolen. The wheels are quite distinctive - they were silver with the side of the rims being red and black stripes.
  • And there was an attempted theft from a business in High Street, Great Shelford on August 10. Offenders attempted to gain entry to the meat fridges at the rear of the shop. The padlock was removed with some bolt croppers. The alarm sounded and the suspects left the scene empty-handed.

The next Police Surgery will be on Wednesday 4th September 2013 at the Memorial Hall, Great Shelford. They will be there 09.30 – 11.00am.

Petition started to save 31 bus

A petition to save the 31 bus that travels through Great Shelford has already collected 260 signatures. A statement has now been issued in response to the petition.

A statement has been issued followed the collection of a petition of 260 signatures by Angela Cox from Moor Close to save the 31 bus service.

I understand that communities along the No 31 bus route continue to be concerned about its future – I received a petition from Angela Cox of Little Shelford this week (with 260 signatories) and it seems that fears need to be allayed.

The No 31 service is not ending on 30 August 2013. The current operator, Cozy Travel, has decided that they no longer wish to operate the contract but Cambridgeshire County Council has retendered for the service to continue on a like for like basis. From 2 September the service will continue and will be operated by Whippet Coaches.

Service No. 31 will be reviewed later this year as part of the Cambridgeshire Future Transport programme and no changes to the timetable will take place until after the community engagement process has taken place.

Clare Gibbons
Development Officer, South Cambridgeshire District Council

95 year-old tricked in daytime burglary

A burglar tricked his way into a 95-year-old woman’s home in Great Shelford claiming he was a police officer. He helped himself to the hard-of-hearing pensioner’s purse when she went to get a neighbour to help her communicate with him, at around 3pm on August 7 in Elm’s Avenue, Great Shelford.

The man is described as white, about 40, 5’10’’ and stocky. He was cleanly shaven and spoke with a north east accent. He was wearing a light-blue short-sleeved shirt and had a white lanyard around his neck. He was also carrying papers.

PC John Keerie, said: “This kind of offence is particularly callous because of the vulnerability of the victim. I would urge anyone who recognises the description or has any information, to call police. I would also remind residents to be vigilant and always ask for doorstep callers to prove their identity. If you are uncertain about their validity, then do not let them into your house.”

Anyone with information should call PC Keerie on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111

Top window box

Great Shelford can boast the best window box in South Cambridgeshire.In South Cambridgeshire District Council’s 33rd Best Kept Garden competition, open to all council tenants and leaseholders, the best window box was won by Mr Moore of Chaston Road in Great Shelford.

A presentation ceremony for the winners will be held later this year at Scotsdales Garden Centre, Great Shelford. Scotsdales are long-standing sponsors of the competition.

Cllr Mark Howell, SCDC’s cabinet member for housing, said: “The imagination and work that goes into creating these beautiful gardens is truly fantastic. I’d like to commend our very worthy winners and thank all of our entrants, judges and sponsors.”

Artist helps charity

Great Shelford artist Sarah Walsh has used her creativity to help the Addenbroooke's Charitable Trust campaign. Sarah collected money during the Cambridge Open Studios sessions at her home in July.

Sarah, who ran a Cambridge translation agency and has two sons with husband Colin and four grandchildren, welcomed the public to her home in Kings Mill Lane, Great Shelford, where oil paintings and life drawings were displayed.

“By donating to a cause like this, I feel as if I am giving something back to my community and I would urge others to do the same if they can," said Sarah.

Co-op refurbishment

The Co-operative Food store in Great Shelford has been transformed following a £325,000 refurbishment. The High Street store has been redesigned. Changes also include an improved ranges of fresh and chilled produce, and a wider choice of ready meals.

As part of its commitment to serving local communities, The Co-operative Food’s investment will bring a brighter store with a more shopper-friendly layout, extended in-store bakery and eco-refrigeration.

Shoppers will benefit from an improved range of “free from”, wholefood and Fairtrade products, and will also be able to enjoy selecting a bottle of wine, from the increased range of fine wines, to accompany their meals.

Rob Vernon, Store Manager at the High Street store, said: “Great Shelford residents are passionate about their food and our new-look Co-operative food store will certainly reflect this. The store will be packed with great-value quality products and modern and interesting meal ideas that, while quick and easy to put together, are sure to impress.

From Shelford with love

A family fun day at Great Shelford Rec on July 21 raised £700 to help pay for pioneering projects in Nepal. The day included a charity cricket match, a bouncy castle, a bungee run and face painting.

The event was organised by the Mountain Trust, a registered Non-Governmental Organisation based in Great Shelford. They fund education and health projects in rural Nepal. It sponsors Nepali students through school, college and university, has funded school & orphanage construction, community projects such as women's sewing collectives, and provided health care to the hardest hit in Nepal.

Their current projects include:
Radio Guru Free quality teaching, via FM radio, across Nepal.
Health Camps We have treated over 2,000 patients (and rising) for free.
Human Rights A joint internship programme with the IDCR at the University of Essex.
High-Altitude Genetics Study A joint internship programme with UCL, Oxford & others.
Volunteers & Interns Volunteering and internship opportunities for talented people.

Controversial new chimneys get thumbs up

Three new giant chimneys at Addenbrooke’s Hospital has been given the go ahead - despite opposition from Great Shelford council.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s planning committee have approved the £36 million project including the 60m chimneys despite residents’ concerns about the height of the chimneys which are taller than Nelson’s Column.

A report to councillors said there had been 15 objections from neighbours and Great Shelford Parish Council raising concerns about the “stark, unimaginative design”.

First Shelford fun run

The first Shelford fun run takes place on September 15. The 5km course runs through the streets of Great and Little Shelford and, with the roads closed for the duration of the event, it is a rare opportunity to really enjoy the sights and sounds of our beautiful village. 40 runners have already signed up for the event.

For non-serious runners the event is perfect. You can walk or jog at your own pace and savour the atmosphere.
For serious runners it’s a great chance to register a Personal Best – the course is very flat and fast. They are also arranging for the course to be officially measured, so you can rest assured your time will be accurate.

Whatever your reason for running, you will enjoy a great day out and help support Blue Smile – a Cambridge-based charity for deprived children. Email


A Great Shelford couple woke up to discover a burglar in their bedroom, stealing a wallet. The incident happened in Leeway Avenue, Great Shelford on June 16. The householders were asleep in bed when the burglar smashed the rear door window to enter the property. The suspect was disturbed by the couple when then they woke up when he was in their bedroom. Police said this was a very frightening experience for the victim. This investigation is still ongoing and they welcome any information you may have.

There has been a recent spate of other burglaries in the village.

A theft from a vehicle was reported on Station Road, Great Shelford. This happened between June 12 and June 17. A Catalytic Convertor was stolen.

A cycle was also stolen from Granhams Road, Great Shelford. This occurred on 17/06/2013. Two bikes were stolen from a back garden. One was a hybrid gent’s cycle and the other was a Ridgeback. The Chains securing them were also taken.

There was a burglary in Chaston Road, Great Shelford. This occurred between June 16 and 17. A ground floor flat was entered via an insecure window during the night. The offender was seen by the victim in the house. This was possibly the same offender as the Leeway Avenue burglary.

A distraction burglary in Leeway Avenue, Great Shelford occurred between June 6 and 7. The offender entered the property, and removed cash from a wallet and a purse.

An attempted shed burglary in Shelford Park Avenue, Great Shelford happened on June 14. Offenders entered the rear garden and forced locks on 2 sheds at the bottom of the garden. Nothing was reported missing but tools and metal hinges were found in the rear garden.

There was also a shed burglary in Tunwells Lane, Great Shelford. This occurred on June 14. The offender removed the security hook / clip on a wooden shed but no items were reported stolen.

A break-in happened at Peacocks between 10pm on May 31 and 8.30am on June 1st. Burglars entered a retirement Bungalow during the night and stole a handbag containing car keys.

An attempted burglary was reported in London Road, Great Shelford on June 2. A window pane of a rear breakfast room window was smashed, whilst the owner of house was out. It’s thought this was an attempt to burgle the house.

A house burglary in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford occurred between 08.45am and 17.30pms on May 24.

A Claude Butler cycle was stolen from a shed in De Freville Road, Great Shelford between May 20 and May 25.

And a house burglary happened in Leeway Avenue, Great Shelford between 8am and 3.30pm on May 27.

MBE for Shelford man

Tudor Brown from Great Shelford is to receive an MBE. He is the co-founder and former president of high-flying technology firm ARM Holdings.

He stepped down as president of the company, whose chips are at the heart of many of the world’s best-selling gadgets, in 2012. Tudor said: “This honour is really for everybody at ARM.”

Speed limits in Cambridge Road

New speed limits for Great Shelford are taking longer than expected to be introduced.

The Parish Council wanted to reduce the speed of traffic on Cambridge Road and Hinton Way from 40mph to 30mph. The Parish Council gave their go ahead in February.

However the speed limits are still not in place.

Coun Ben Shelton said the change is a time consuming exercise, despite the overwhelming public support.

It had been hoped that as a result of the Localism Bill a change in legislation would make it possible to make the change simply by posting a public notice regarding the proposed changes on the council website. Unfortunately this is not the case and it will now have to be done in the Cambridge News.

Skateboard ramp

The skateboard ramp at Great Shelford Rec is being revamped thanks to support from the Parish Council.

Members of the Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative have offered to paint the skateboard ramp and the parish council has agreed to contribute £100 towards the project.

Scrum over new homes

Proposals to build 25 new homes near Shelford Rugby Club have been opposed by the Parish Council.

Colin’s got the key to the door

Shelford Rugby Club President, Colin Astin, is celebrating 21 years at the helm.

Colin received a bespoke caricature to mark 21 years of his time in the top spot at Shelford Rugby Club.

Club Chairman, Tony Roberts, said: “Colin is a very special person. We all know Colin as a laid back person, but he is one of the most hard working generous and honest people that I have met. Shelford Rugby Club is really indebted to Colin and his leadership over 21 years that has guided the club to where it is today."

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