Great Shelford news 2016

Burglar flees after being disturbed

A burglar in Great Shelford fled after being disturbed by neighbours.

The burglary was in Hinton Way, Great Shelford on Friday 29th July at 8.45pm. The burglars entered the rear garden and took garden tools from the shed. They then used a spade and fork to lever open a rear kitchen window open.

The burglar was disturbed by neighbours who saw a white male, aged about 50, stood at the green bin on the driveway. He then left on a moped parked across the road.

Charity shop for Great Shelford

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is opening a charity shop in Great Shelford. BBC Look East’s Amanda Goodman will be cutting the ribbon to open the new shop on Monday 15 August at 11am.

Visitors are invited to pop in to the shop from 9am on Aug 15 to browse the pre-loved garments and vintage delights, partake in a slice of cake and join in the celebration with a glass of something fizzy.

Arthur Bear, the Charity’s loveable mascot bear, will be in attendance and available for photos opportunities with children and adults alike from 11am to 2pm.

There will also be a showcase of Tricia Taylor’s bespoke jewellery: the local artist from Coton has kindly agreed that her jewellery will be featured and sold from one of the shop’s display cabinets, with all profits donated to the Charity. Local suppliers interested in working alongside the shop in a similar way to raise further funds for the Hospice are welcome to contact Phil Orvis by emailing

New holiday camp turned down

Proposals for a new holiday centre near Great Shelford have been turned down.

The plans included the change of use of former agricultural buildings to provide 21 self contained holiday accommodation units & 20 camping pitches, 10 serviced caravan pitches and parking at Dernford Farm, Sawston Road, Stapleford.

The proposals have been rejected by South Cambridgeshire planners.

Riverbank work to start

Work is due to start on revamping the riverside in Great Shelford rec on Aug 1st.

Great Shelford Parish Council plans to mend the eroded river bank at the southern end of the recreation ground.

Approximately one third of the length of the bank, where ducks gather to be fed at the western end, is supported by good wooden piling which does not need replacing. For the remainder, instead of a hard bank we propose using the opportunity to create a new softer bank with new planting and access bays. Proposals include:

a) Soft engineering utilising pre-planted coir rolls set on hazel faggots to enable a vegetated marginal screen to develop

b) Replacement of the hard revetment in selected places to enable the public to get close to the water

c) Creation of 3 water access points by pulling the bank back and placing stone to provide a firm base.

d) Creation of a riverside bark chipping path.

e) The ditch that runs parallel to the river would also be re-cut to restore this wetland feature.

The work is costing £30,000, with £25,000 coming from Amey Cespa. The work is expected to take two weeks.

Bus pass warning

Do you have a concessionary bus pass?

Its up to you to you to check when it needs to be renewed. Over the next eighteen months the amount of renewals of the concessionary bus passes is going to be potentially very high.

If you don’t and your pass has expired you will be refused free travel.

Passes can be renewed up to 6 weeks before their expiry date.

Just go to

Record-breaking Shelford Feast

The 2016 Shelford Feast is expected to be a record-breaking event.

The Friday and Saturday evening events were sold out in advance, with a record 900 people in attendance on the Saturday.

“Thank you to all those hard working volunteers who slaved away on Feast Day to make it such an excellent event,” said a spokesman for the Feast Bunch.

“The Feast Day was a great day topping off a brilliant week.”

The money raised from the 2016 Shelford Feast is expected to take the fundraising total to more than £250,000 since 1994.

Post office closure update

The Parish Council has decided not to formally oppose closure of the village Post Office in December.

The application for change of use from Post Office to a residential home was considered at the Parish Council Planning meeting on 30th June. The Council said that as planning permission is not required, it did not feel it could oppose the change of use application.

The Parish Council met with the Post Office, Network Services and the Transformation Team on 18th July to establish what alternatives and options are under consideration by the Post Office in providing a continuous Post Office service within the village, after the current Post Office closure sometime early December 2016. The Parish Council is also engaging directly with other businesses in the village who might consider taking on the role.

See a full Parish Council statement here.

Second distraction burglary

There has been a second distraction burglary in Great Shelford in the last month.

Between 12.00 and 12.30pm on Friday 8th July a distraction burglary was carried out in The Hectare in Great Shelford.

A suspect knocked on the front door and told the elderly lady in the property that he needed to go into the rear garden to find a ball his son had lost. She allowed him through the house and into the garden to collect the ball. The offender asked the occupant to wait in the living room while he collected the ball. It is suspected that another person has then entered the property through the front door and accessed two bedrooms. An search was carried out with drawers and cabinets left open and contents thrown on the floor. It has later been established that cash and jewellery were stolen.

If anybody has seen anything suspicious in this area around this time or has any information on this crime please call 101 or reply directly through ecops.

Please avoid this kind of crime happening to you or your family. NEVER let anyone you don’t know into your home for whatever reason unless you are 100% sure they are legitimate

Van break-in

Between 8am and 10am on July 12, thieves forced the lock on the rear doors of a van parked in Redhill Lane, Great Shelford and took a quantity of tools. If you were in that area at this time and saw anything suspicious please call 101 or respond through ecops.

Shelford takeaway

Thieves stole a generator from the kebab van parked at the High Street. Great Shelford. This occurred on Thursday 7th July at approximately 7.10pm.

The thieves made off in a blue Renault vehicle.

First charity shop for the village

Great Shelford is to get its first charity shop.

The Arthur Rank hospice is planning to open a shop in the village shortly. They are currently advertising for a manager.

The shop will open on August 15 in Woollards Lane.

The new Arthur Rank hospice at Shelford Bottom is opening in the autumn.

Great Shelford crime prevention evening

Police are holding a special crime prevention evening in Great Shelford on July 19. Police officers will be in the village as part of Operation Hunter and meeting with residents to help crack down on crime.

The event will take part at the new Sports Pavilion on Woollards Lane from 5pm to 8pm.

Police officers will be at the venue and patrolling the village speaking to residents offering security advice.

At the pavilion, residents will have the opportunity to buy shed alarms, Smart-Water kits and other security products. There will also be information and literature on Neighbourhood Watch, The Bobby Scheme, Immobilise, and tips for keeping their homes and outbuildings secure. Full event details here.

Headlines from the Parish Council meeting on June 22

Post Office closure/ change of use - Parish Council Chair said all opportunities were being explored

Concern for the future of Shelford Library. County Councillor Tony Orgee stated the Great Shelford Library was not at risk.

Cambridge City traffic wardens may be used for parking enforcement in the Village

The Shelford Support Group is giving £400 to the Parish Council for the provision of a Defibrillator, at Tesco.

City Deal local exhibition at Great Shelford Memorial Hall on Thursday 21st July 1730 to 1930hrs

Highways open meeting on 14th June re next year’s priorities:

Ø Parking around Railway Station

Ø Widening of pavement in Woollards Lane

Ø Additional Zebra crossings at Scotsdales and Davey Crescent

£2,000 was given towards the creation of the Great Shelford and Stapleford Neighbourhood Plan development.

The full minutes of the meeting can be read here.

Great Shelford highways update

Village highways changes costing £40,000 will be implemented over October half term.

Flashing Speed Signs in Hinton Way will be installed shortly.

The Parish Council paid £1000 for 42hrs of PCSO’s time for traffic patrols. This resulted in 26 tickets being issued and numerous “warnings”.

The main concerns of June public meeting were:

Parking around station

Support for pavement widening in Woollards Lane and zebras at Scotsdales and

Davey Crescent

Action now being taken by South Cambs Council and Cambridgeshire County Council gutter and gully cleaning

Deliveries to businesses in Woollards Lane had been retimed and although not 100% compliant there had been an improvement in traffic flow. Once the new crossing had been constructed it will force vehicles to use the HGV bay.

A question was raised “why not a one-way system”. Chair Mike Nettleton said the Parish Council had decided that it would in fact increase traffic flows in the High Street and Woollards Lane.

The Parish Council is removing the parking restriction in Ashen Green on one side of the road which would provide an additional 6-8 spaces.

The Playscape scheme may provide an additional 7/8 spaces on the Rec.

Read the full minutes of the public meeting on June 14 and the Parish Council highways meet on June 22 here.

Distraction theft

A bank card was stolen in a daytime distraction theft in Great Shelford. This happened at Barclays Bank in Woollards Lane on Friday 24th June, at 10.30am. The two thieves stole a bank card from a cash machine, by distracting the victim who is in their 70s. Money was subsequently taken from her account. Police say the thieves spoke good English, were approximately 5ft 6inches tall, and weres European.

Criminal damage was reported in the High Street, Great Shelford overnight on 24th June. A car window was smashed, it is not known at this time if anything has been stolen.

Queen's birthday honour for Shelford woman

Professor Sue Gathercole, Director of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, was appointed an MBE for services to psychology and education in the Queen's birthday honours.

Sue is a world-leading psychologist whose work focuses on children with developmental disorders of memory, attention, language and learning. Her commitment to driving translation of her research into practical benefit for children has enabled teachers to identify and cope with working memory deficits. Sue also has a long history of supporting women in science.

Parish Councillor Vacancies

There are three vacancies on the Parish Council.

Great Shelford is expected to have 15 Parish Council Members. They currently operate with 12 Parish Councillors and wish to improve the Village representation on the Parish Council.

The Parish Council wishes to co-opt members to fill the current three Councillor vacancies.

If you wish to be considered, please inform the Parish Clerk by email or letter by 10th June 2016.

Please indicate why you are interested and provide any further information you think might be relevant.

You must also confirm on what grounds you qualify to be a Parish Councillor

· That you are a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union

· That you are or over 18 years old

· That you are an elector of the Parish

· During the whole of the last 12 months you have either occupied as owner or tenant, land or other premises in the Parish

· Or your principal or only place of work is in the Parish

· Or you live within 4.8 kilometers (3 miles) of the Parish boundary

Further information on being a Parish Councillor is available from the Parish Clerk or at

Mike Winter

Clerk to the Council

Bike Ride to honour brother

Scott Duru is riding 500km across India In memory of his brother who died at Great Shelford railway station earlier this year.

On October 27th of October 2016, Scott will start a 10 day cycle challenge across India for charity Mind in honour of his brother Kieran.

Scott is hoping to raise up to £2,000 for the charity with his big bike ride. You can support him here.

Four vehicles broken into

There were 4 separate reports of vehicles being broken into in Great Shelford and Stapleford overnight between May 23 and 24th. The two in Great Shelford were in Davey Crescent and The Hectare and in Stapleford, Hawthorne Road and London Road.

Items stolen included cash, a dash cam, an ipod and sunglasses.

There was a spate of car break ins in Harston over one night.

The Riverbank on the Rec - have a look and have your say

Great Shelford Parish Council plans to mend the eroded river bank at the southern end of the recreation ground. Visitors to the quieter end of the rec' will know how the bank has gradually been eaten away by the water. It is not urgent, but definitely needs mending.

Approximately one third of the length of the bank, where ducks gather to be fed at the western end, is supported by good wooden piling which does not need replacing. For the remainder, instead of a hard bank we propose using the opportunity to create a new softer bank with new planting and access bays.

Your views are an essential part of the project. So come along to see the plans and tell us what you think, in the library on Monday June 6th between 5pm and 7pm.

Crime prevention evening

Police have arranged with Great Shelford Parish Council to hold a Crime Prevention Evening at the new Sports Pavilion, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, on Tuesday 19th of July.

This is an event to raise awareness of home security as part of the Force’s burglary crackdown – Operation Hunter. Officers will be at the venue and patrolling the village speaking to residents to offer security advice, and if requested home security surveys.

At the Pavilion residents will have the opportunity to purchase shed alarms (£8) and Smart-Water kits (10). There will also be information and literature on Neighbourhood Watch, The Bobby Scheme, Immobilise, and handy tips for keeping your home and outbuildings secure. These events have been well supported in other villages with many people taking advantage of our expertise.

Great Shelford roads update

The Parish Council set out a number of plans to address village residents concerns with Highways issues. The following is an update on progress with some of the issues to date

Major Projects

· We held a number of open meetings last summer to discuss changes to be made in the centre of the village (particularly 20mph zone, zebra crossing and HGV loading bay in Woollards Lane, various changes to parking restrictions). We have successfully applied for the maximum Local Highways Improvement grant of £10,000 towards the cost of the zebra crossing. All this work has been badly delayed because of CCC resource issues, but they have now confirmed that the main work schedule is planned to be implemented over the October half term (currently planning weekend working). We will advise the actual dates when available as some local disruption during implementation may be experienced.

· The village has a small number of parking bays reserved for disabled drivers and passengers. These bays are often abused by people who do not have blue badges. This is a parking offence and additionally considered antisocial. The PCSOs enforcing village parking have been specifically requested to check these bays and strictly enforce their use by blue holders only.

· As part of the general improvements, we had requested Tesco to move their own deliveries to around 0630 to ease congestion in Woollards Lane. We believe they have now largely achieved this. However, there will be the odd occasion on which operational problems mean the target can't be met.

· We committed to purchasing and installing a flashing Speed Indicator Device (SID). The mobile SID has been delivered; quotes for the poles to be installed at multiple specific locations in the village are being requested. General Maintenance The Parish Council and village residents are aware that major problems have been experienced with roadside gutters and gullies not being cleared over the last year or so. The Parish Council has made considerable efforts in chasing both SCDC and CCC on this topic. We believe after recent meetings the situation is now coming under control with the following action plan agreed

· SCDC undertook some street sweeping in late April and should complete this in May.

· CCC will then empty gullies in key streets in late May, followed by roadside weed killing.

· The exercise will be repeated for a wider range of streets in the autumn (after the leaf fall). Obviously, the Parish Council will continue to monitor the situation. Future Project Plans The gestation period for any significant project is far too long, but we can’t do anything about that. We therefore need to be considering / consulting on what we should be doing and budget planning for in the April 2017 to March 2018 year. Initial thoughts for consideration are as follows

· A further zebra crossing, probably in Cambridge Road, around either the Davey Crescent or Scotsdales area?

· Funding for a further mobile SID?

· Whether to continue funding PCSO overtime for parking enforcement?

· Review of further local parking issues? · Your further suggestions? To encourage further village consultation on the Highways future plans we are holding an open meeting on Tuesday 14th June at 1900hrs in the Sports Pavilion to discuss any Highways issues of concern and for residents to make any proposal you may think can assist further with village Highways topics. Great Shelford Parish Council

Online appointments at Shelford Medical Practice

Its emerged that the number of online appointments at the Shelford Medical practice are sometimes reduced.

"We have had some comments that recently we have not made as many appointments available online as usual," said Practice Manager Jennet Ashton.

"That is true. We have to weigh up the number of appointments of different types that we make available by the different means we have at our disposal. At times of bank holidays, and other “stress” points, such as planned strike action, we expect that more patients will want on-the-day appointments. At these times we may reduce the number of online appointments and in-advance ones for routine matters. We resume normal service as soon as possible after these periods."

Shelford election results

Parish Council Chairman Charlie Nightingale has held his Shelford and Stapleford seat in the South Cambridgeshire Council elections on May 5.

The Shelford's oldest resident dies

A woman who has spent much of her life working in Great Shelford has died aged 106. Nancy Giggle lived in Dennison Villa on High Street in Little Shelford for most of her life and moved to a care home less than 10 years ago. She spent much of her life working in shops in Great Shelford. Read more about Nancy's life in the Shelfords here.

She is survived by her nephew Peter.

The funeral will take place on the Wednesday the 27th of April at 12 o'clock Midday, at All saints Church in Little Shelford.

This will be followed with a short Service at Cambridge Crematorium just off the A14, near Bar Hill.

Annual Parish meeting - excerpts

  • Crime in Great Shelford has increased slightly over the last year. The biggest increase has been in thefts from sheds and garages.

  • The police traffic warden has issued 23 parking tickets in 26 hours of controls.

  • Great and Little Shelford school is considering whether to become an academy.

  • Great Shelford football club ladies team is transferring its allegiance to Histon.

  • Shelford and Stapleford strikers is now the biggest youth football club in Cambridgeshire.

  • Great Shelford Bowls Club’s falling membership now means it has the lowest number of playing members since its foundation in the 1920s.

Shelford Feast aims for £250,000

The Shelford Feast is hoping to break the £250,000 barrier in 2016.

The Feast has raised £246,000 for local groups since it started.

The headline act for the 2016 Feast is 80s band The Beat.

Tickets can now be bought online or in selected shops and pubs in Great Shelford. Read the full Feast line-up here.

Parish Council headlines

Headlines from the Parish Council meeting in April:

The parking bay in High Green is being removed on safety grounds due to 3 accidents being potentially linked to the position of the bay

A dog pooh bin is needed at Stonehill allotments.

Three vacancies on the Parish Council will be advertised in May.

Read the full Parish Council minutes here.

Great Shelford world record holder

Owen Arthurs notched a world record in the London Marathon on April 24.

The Great Shelford resident was told by Guinness the new record would be his if he could get round the course in under five hours, without losing his gown, mortarboard, or tie.

He completed the race in three hours and 43 minutes and raised almost £2,000 for charity WhizzKidz.

He can now add his marathon world record to the one he broke last month, when he completed the Silverstone Half Marathon in the same get-up.

Read the Cambridge News coverage here

The Beat to star at the Feast

Eighties pop stars The Beat are headlining the Shelford Feast in July.

One of the biggest bands of the 2-Tone movement, the Beat are known for a string of hit singles, including "Mirror in the Bathroom", "Too Nice To Talk To", "Can't Get Used To Losing You", "Hands off She's Mine" and "All Out To Get You". They are playing the Feast on Friday July 15. Here's the full Shelford Feast line-up.

Tickets are available online and at a number of shops and the Navigator Pub.

Rogue trader in Great Shelford

There has been a recent incident reported on April 1 of potential rogue traders calling on a resident in Great Shelford offering to clean the guttering.

A gang of "roofers" went round a man in his 90s on High Green who told him his guttering was loose then went up the ladder and made a bit more work by smashing holes in slates at the eaves.

He rang the police when they went back the next day.

If you are aware of a vulnerable person in your community, do be vigilant for any suspicious activity where work is being carried out at someone's home. If you have concerns report them to the police. Reputable traders will have nothing to hide from the police or Trading Standards Officers if checks are made; and you could prevent someone from having sub-standard work carried out, or being conned out of a large amount of money. To report general concerns to Trading Standards call 0845 404 0506, they can help with any transaction over £42. These types of transaction require the trader to give a 14 day cancellation period and a notice on how to cancel. If you feel a person is trying to con you by asking for money on the doorstep for work they have undertaken then call 999.

The best approach to take is not buy and sell at the doorstep.

National award for Zara

Zara Indian Restaurant in Great Shelford has won a top award in a national restaurant guide which ranks the best curry houses all over Britain.

Thee Cobra Curry Guide identifies the 600 best Indian restaurants as voted for by the public.

The very best receive special awards – and for the first time Zara in Great Shelford has achieved one.

The guide states that the award is given primarily for the quality of the restaurant's food, and Zara is "one of the best Indian venues in the region".

Presentation, ambience, service competence and friendliness also have a bearing on the award – and the guide said Zara met all this criteria with ease.

Distraction burglary in Great Shelford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a distraction burglary on March 18 between 11am and 2pm in Cambridge Road. A white woman with fair blonde hair, aged between 21 – 40, wearing black clothing and carrying a holdall was visiting properties and trying to sell household items from her holdall.

This female was allowed into a property and was left unsupervised in rooms where she stole various items.

Did you see this female or have you had a similar incident involving this female on Friday.

If you have any information which may assist with the investigation into this crime please call 101, reply to this message or call crime stoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

Parish Council March headlines

    • There's been a complaint about inadequate lighting on De Freville Rd - removal of the diffusers has been suggested.

    • A £10k grant has been given for a new Zebra crossing in Woollards Lane. The cost of the crossing is in a range of £15-25k and the Parish Council will be funding the balance.

    • Tesco delivery parking in the village will now happen at 6.30am after pressure from the Parish Council.

    • The Cemetery volunteer working party has achieved an improvement but volunteers are in short supply to continue improvements.

    • A tea dance to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday Party will take place on Saturday 11th June at the Village Hall, Woollards Lane.

    • South Cambridgeshire Council has given a £2,000 grant towards proposed improvements at the Rec riverbank.

    • The March Neighbourhood Plan meeting was poorly attended. Improved circulation of events is to be considered.

Read the full Parish Council minutes here.

Great Shelford solicitors sign up for charity fundraiser

A Great Shelford business is working with a leading disability charity offering the public the chance to benefit from a Will-writing service during a special fundraising fortnight.

Davies Solicitors is supporting Papworth Trust during the ‘Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way’ campaign aimed at ensuring more people have a Will.

The solicitors in Woollards Lane will be offering the public the chance to have their Will written in exchange for a donation to the charity between Monday 11 April and Friday 22 April.

Richard Davies, from the solicitors, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with a worthwhile and local charity to offer this important service.”

Gavin Chappell-Bates, the charity’s major donor and legacy fundraiser, said: ““By making a donation to Papworth Trust rather than paying a solicitor’s fee, you will have a professionally written will while also making a real difference to the work we do.”

The suggested donation is £95 for a single basic will or £150 for a pair of basic mirror Wills with all proceeds going to the charity

To arrange an appointment to write your Will, please contact Davies on 01223 842211.

Teenager dies at Shelford station

A teenager died after being struck by a train at Great Shelford station on March 20.

A British Transport police spokesman said: "We were called to Shelford station to reports of a person being struck by a train.

"Colleagues from Cambridgeshire Constabulary and East of England Ambulance Service also attended and a 19-year-old man from Cambridge was pronounced dead at the scene. His death is not being treated as suspicious and his family have been informed.”

Attempted theft

There was an attempted theft of garden machinery from a business premises in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford on Tuesday 29th March between 8pm and 8.45 pm. The thief cut open a container. They collected several items in the yard. They appear to have been disturbed by an alarm which has been activated. They have left empty handed.

Two more Shelford break-ins

Between 4 pm and 10pm on March 14, 2 crimes were reported in Hinton Way, Great Shelford.

Thieves forced entry to a shed, and a Lawn mower was reported stolen.

In a separate incident, a burglar entered a rear garden, forced the door on the garage. Several items were reported stolen including a hedge trimmer and a leaf blower.

Harley Davidson stolen

A brand new Harley Davidson Motorcycle was taken from a shed in the back garden of a house in Granhams Close, Great Shelford. This occurred overnight on Friday 11th March.

New care home delayed

The building of the Cambridgeshire Care Home in Great Shelford has been delayed due to the previous building company (Baxter and King Construction) going into liquidation. A new contractor will be appointed shortly and work will re-commence on the build at the beginning of April and they are expecting to complete in the late summer.

There have already been over 200 enquiries so far. The company has emphasised that they have not taken any monies to date and will not be doing so until the completion date is confirmed. "We will of course hold true to all the reservations that have been made already as people have been very specific about the exact rooms they require. As we are opening with our ground floor rooms (31 in total) in the first phase (2nd phase closer to Christmas) we expect this floor to be completely reserved by July," said spokesman Angie Ryan.

"We are as frustrated with the situation as everyone else – we have residents waiting to move in and staff waiting to start, including Registered Nurses, care and ancillary staff as we have been very actively recruiting in the local area. All we can say is it will be worth the wait and apologies for the delay."

More at

Shed burgled

Burglars have broken into a shed on an allotment on Cambridge Road, Great Shelford between 3 pm on March 7 and 12 pm on March 8. They split the door, pulled the lock off and hand garden tools were reported stolen.

House price record about to fall?

Is the Great Shelford house price record about to be broken?

A 9 bedroom house in Hinton Way is currently under offer with Savill’s. It’s on the market for £3.9m

The house includes a swimming pool, tennis court and 10 acres of land.

Read the full property details here.

Another Church theft

A valuable silver item has been stolen from St Mary's Church in Great Shelford according to the Streetlife website.

The incident happened between Sunday14th Feb and Wednesday 17th February. This is the second item to be stolen in about a year.

Support available for elderly people in Great Shelford

The village mobile warden scheme has vacancies for elderly people in Great Shelford who need help. Please call Jackie the warden for information on 01223 700920.

The scheme looks after elderly people who can no longer get out and about. This includes:

    • Becoming well known to them and can monitor well being daily by telephoning daily in the morning to check on needs.

    • Visiting promptly if they themselves or the wardens are concerned and also visiting regularly.

    • Providing contact to provide information and access to more support from other agencies when needed.

    • Helping with hospital appointments, paperwork, items of shopping, paying bills or just a chat to prevent social isolation.

    • Provide a link when other social services are involved and workers constantly change.

Dolls house helps new hospice

A 5 year old girl has sold her dolls’ house to raise money for the new Arthur Rank hospice at Shelford Bottom.

The doll’s house generously donated by big hearted Ebony Alda “to help people who are poorly” sold for £69.90, on Ebay. This is the donation link (set up by Ebony’s mum as the local community wanted to make the total up to £100!):

If you are interested in selling a more unique and valuable item to help raise money for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, please visit the shop on Mill Road in Cambridge.

Playscape proposals to be unveiled

Ideas for the new playground at the Woollards Lane Recreation Ground will be unveiled at a public drop-on session on March 5 from 10am to 3pm and the scout and guide hq.

The fundraising total has now reached £10,000. The target is £180,000.

A special Its A Knockout event is being held in April to raise more money. Details at

Two Shelford GPs retiring in 2016

Dr Sarah Rann and Dr John Tweedale will be leaving the Shelford partnership this year. Dr Rann will finish at the end of July 2016, and Dr Tweedale will retire at the end of December 2016.

The partnership is in the process of planning the shape of the new practice, and will be publishing details of succession plans when they are finalised. Both doctors will continue to see patients until they leave, and handovers to new doctors will be as smooth as possible.

Shelford present mystery

New year presents mysteriously appeared on a doorstep in Little Shelford from a lady called Urma to a Mrs K M Hitchcock, Marcus, Mary T and Violet.

However, after an appeal on this website, the rightful owners in Little Shelford have been tracked down.

Shelford shed theft

A theft from a shed was reported, De Freville Road, Great Shelford. This also occurred on Wednesday 10th February overnight. A shed had padlocks broken off and entry gained. It is not known at this stage if anything was taken.

Named accountable GP

All GP practices are now required to allocate a GP to each patient. That GP takes responsibility for the co-ordination of services for that patient. This does not mean that the GP is the only GP or clinician who will provide care to that patient. Patients may continue to see any GP that they wish.

Shelford Medical Practice has registered patients with the practice, not with an individual GP, and so the official registered GP may be any of our doctors. If you would like to know who your registered GP is, just ask one of our staff when you are next in the practice. Nothing will change with regard to the care you receive, whoever your registered GP is.

Jennet Ashton

Practice Manager

Riverside update

Plans for the restoration of the eroding river bank at the end of the Great Shelford recreation ground are progressing. The parish council proposes a 'soft' bank of planting with a couple of ramped bays for river access. The 'hard' bank of wooden piling at the west end (where most duck-feeding goes on) does not need replacing so will remain.

The Parish Council does do not wish to do anything without the support and awareness of the village, so if you have any views please email

Things to consider:

1) Have you visited the river Cam at the end of the recreation ground?

2) What do you think about the river at the end of the recreation ground?

3) How often do you use the path alongside the river?

4) What improvements do you think could result in more people using this area?

5) What do you think of its current condition?

6) Do you have any concerns about the river’s edge and it’s path?

7) What type of improvements do you think could be beneficial for this area (better path, colourful plants, areas to access the water, wildlife improvements)?

8) Do you think this needs any site interpretation? i.e. info boards?

9) What activities would you like to be able to do at this site?

School fundraising

A group of staff, parents and governors at Great and Little Shelford Primary School will be running a 5k muddy obstacle course in April to raise funds for the school. If you would like to support them you can visit their team page at or sponsor them at Thank you so much. The PTA team

Great Shelford council tax increase

The amount of money Great Shelford Parish Council is planning to spend in the next year is increasing from £125,000 to £185,000. That's an increase of 48%.

This represents an annual rise on a council tax bill of about £31.05 for a band D property, or £2.58 per month (less for band A-C properties, more for bands E-H).

The changes include:

An increase of £35,730 in the parish’s highways budget.

Money for the Playscape playground project

Cash for the riverside proposals

Money for the possible purchase of Grange Field.

Some Parish Council spending is being reduced.

Read a full explanation from the Parish Council here.

Hinton Way speed limits

Villagers are split about the new speed limit on parts of Hinton Way.

There was a lively discussion on the 30mph limit at a Parish Council sub-committee in January, with strong views being presented both in favour of keeping the 30mph limit and reverting to 40mph at the top end of Hinton Way.

It was unanimously agreed by the councillors present that:

 The 30mph limit will be retained.

 The parish council would fund one flashing speed indicator board at a cost of approximately £4,000. This would probably be located just before the brow of the hill.

 The parish council would fund one 30mph roundel to be painted on the road between the 30mph limit signs at Shelford Bottom and the first

 The parish council would look at the possibility of installing a ‘Shelford welcomes careful drivers’ sign.

Sandwich bar owner fined for dumping rubbish in Little Shelford

Annabelle’s, a sandwich bar whose rubbish was dumped in Little Shelford, has written to the village to apologise – and they sent a £100 cheque to say sorry.

Director Jon Hall, 55 of Robinson Court, Great Shelford was fined £1,531 by Cambridge Magistrates. Two separate dumps in both Little Shelford and Haslingfield were traced back to his business, Annabelles, in Hills Road, Cambridge, which an employee claimed they had been told to flytip.

"Upon discovering it, I immediately went to the scene and removed all the rubbish," said Annabelle's partner Jon Hall.

"I utterly abhor littering and I wish to apologise to all residents. By way of compensation, I have sent a cheque for £100 which I offer by way of compensation for the unsightly mess that the villagers were subject to."

The money will help to pay for a village street party in the summer.

Handbag stolen at rugby club

A vehicle was broken into in the car park of Shelford Rugby Club at around 5.45pm on Saturday 16th January. A handbag was stolen.

Jewellery taken in burglary

Jewellery was taken in a burglary at Granhams Road, Great Shelford. This occurred on Wednesday 13th January at approximately 1.30pm. The burglar gained entry via a smashed rear door. An extremely untidy search was carried out.

Shelford parking clampdown

Enforcement of the parking regulations in Great Shelford by Policy Community Support Officers started on January 11. A number of tickets were issued on the first day.

"Please be considerate about where you park - the restrictions are there to improve safety and help the traffic flow more freely," said Parish Councillor Mike Nettleton.

More GP internet appointments

You can book appointments with doctors online as well. Over the next month Shelford Medical Practice will be releasing 136 doctor internet appointments. They will be with a variety of doctors at a variety of times and will come available at up to two days in advance. Not all of these appointments are used, so it always worth a look to see if there is anything there that would suit you.

The number each day depends on how many doctors are working. A typical Monday, for instance might have 16 internet appointments. Some will be available 2 days in advance, some from 8 pm the night before, and some from 6 a.m. the same day.

The practice aims to have a fair balance of slots for on-the-day booking by phone and in person and in-advance ones as well as internet ones.

Parents parking at school labelled lazy

Some parents who park their cars badly outside of Shelford School have been labelled as “lazy” by one car driver.

He says that parents should park further away from the school.

“The constant idiocy of this block parking sickens me,” says the driver in his video, made on January 7th.

“Parents who park outside this school every day cause mayhem. Car park somewhere else and get some exercise, lazy fools”

See the driver’s video here

Read wider coverage in the Cambridge News.

Great Shelford Parish Council tax statement

Great Shelford Parish Council will be setting its budget for 2016/2017 and thus its percentage Precept requirement from the Council Tax as an Agenda item, at the next Parish Council meeting, 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th January 2016.

The Parish Council budget proposals will include new expenditure on the Highways proposals as discussed at recent public meetings through the year, riverbank development plans and increasing the Parish Council reserves to fund plans for future years. Other annual budget costs are proposed to be reduced where possible to assist in funding the new expenditure.

The Parish Council proposed Precept (being the Parish Council’s share of the Council Tax bill) requirement if agreed in full at the meeting is likely to increase the total Council Tax bill by £31 per year (£2.58p per month) for a band D property.

Great Shelford village residents who would like to express their views on the Parish Council Precept proposal or any other Parish Council topic are, as always at a Parish Council meeting, invited to attend the meeting and will have a 10 minute slot prior to the Parish Council meeting to state their opinions.

An expanded statement on the final agreed position of the Precept requirement will be issued after the Parish Council meeting on 20th January 2016.

Hospice to open in 2016

The new Arthur Rank £10.5million hospice will open at Shelford Bottom in 2016. To date more than £7.2million has been raised towards the project. Now, with the floors marked out and the internal walls being erected, the space is really beginning to take shape.

The charity is planning a series of open days. You will be able to pop in and see what your money has helped to fund, before the doors to patients at the end of the year.

For an update and to view a virtual fly through of what the building will look like once complete, click HERE .

Co-op theft

A theft from the Co-op in High Street, Great Shelford, took place on Friday 8th January at approximately 4.55pm. Two men entered the store, one selected beer while the other took packs of steak. Both left the store making no attempts to pay. They made off in a white car.

Charity appeal

I have recently been chosen to participate in International Citizen Service, which means I will be going to Zambia in February for three months to work with the charity Restless Development there. I will be staying with a host family in a community that has requested the help of Restless Development, focusing mainly on helping young people in Zambia understand their rights and sex education - helping to prevent the spread of HIV and STIs, teen pregnancy and early marriage.

In order to go on the programme, I need to raise £1500 overall - none of which pays for me to go, but is donated directly to Restless Development through my JustGiving page ( directly to help young people in underdeveloped countries, in order to show my commitment. So far I have been holding bake sales, and did a sponsored cycle from Oxford to London, among other things. When I come back I will also be completing the Action at Home part of the programme, meaning I will be helping out in the local community for six months.

Any support Shelford could offer would be greatly appreciated, as I need to raise the final £480 by the 22nd of January. I would be happy to help people out around Shelford in return for donations - babysitting, dog walking, car de-icing etc.

I am contactable by email (, or if you would like to read more about Restless Development's work in Zambia, this is the page:

Nathalie Botcherby

      • Three more Shelford burglaries

      • Two garages and a shed were broken into in Granhams Close, Great Shelford overnight of Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th January. The burglars forced entry into two garages at the rear of a maisonette, and also forced entry to a shed in the back garden. It appears nothing was taken.