Great Shelford news 2017

For Great Shelford news from June 2017 onwards click here.

Two Great Shelford burglaries

There were two more house breaks in Great Shelford between April 13th and 16th April when jewellery were the main items stolen. The burglaries were in Red Hill Lane and Mingle Lane, Great Shelford.

There was also an attempt to break into a car in Grain Close, Great Shelford overnight of 16th and 17th.

A pedal cycle was stolen from De Freville Road, Great Shelford Overnight of 16th and 17th

Two new County Councillors for Great Shelford

Great Shelford will have two new county councillors after the elections on May 4.

Councillors Tony Orgee and Gail Kenney have both decided to retire.

The village falls in a new constituency called Sawston and Shelfords. We will be voting to choose two county councillors from six candidates.

On May 4, we will also be voting for the first Mayor of Cambridgeshire.

Did you know that Arthur Rank Hospice’s Bistro is open to the general public?

You may know that the Hospice has now moved to its state-of-the-art new home in Shelford Bottom, but have you heard that it has a Bistro which is open to the general public 7 days a week?

The Bistro prides itself delivering a freshly prepared and home-cooked menu, including lunch specials during the week, breakfast baps on weekend mornings and Sunday lunch - all at very reasonable prices!

Feedback from visitors so far has been extremely positive…

Karen: “Popped into the Bistro last week, absolutely lovely, amazing food, lovely peaceful surroundings, will definitely be back. Highly recommend”.

Linda from Linton: "We're really impressed - it's a lovely meeting point for friends & family" and

Leo from Balsham:"It's such a light and lovely area and you can sit out on the decking in the summer

The Bistro is an important part of the Hospice’s plan to integrate with the community and help break down some of the myths and taboos surrounding Hospice care. By eating there, you’ll also be helping to fund Hospice care provided by the Arthur Rank Hospice.

Opening hours are 9.30am-4.00pm Monday to Saturday and 10.00am-3.00pm Sunday.

If you are a group of more than 6 and you would like to book a table please call 01223 675777. Parking is reserved for patients and their visiting families during the week, so please use the Babraham Park & Ride to Park, which is free for the first hour, with a charge of £1 thereafter. Weekend parking is permitted for patrons only.

For further details about The Bistro, please visit or for directions on how to get there and further details about parking, please visit

Piano needs a new home

A piano once played by Benjamin Britain needs a new home.

There is one hammer that needs a small repair, otherwise it is in good working order - and it would obviously need tuning after settling in a new home.

The piano is in Great Shelford and has a very solid internal frame - so a van with some experienced lifters would be advised. The piano used to live in theLondon home of a family friend who rented a room to composer Benjamin Britten. He would often play on this piano said owner Elise Gilby. Call Elise on 07780823227

Award for Shelford student

Great Shelford student Sammy Meikle (second right) has been awarded a NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) award.

He received an award for “Best Young Performer” for his portrayal of Danny in Grease, performed with SYD (Sawston Youth Drama) in February 2016. SYD were also Nominated for Best Youth Musical.

Sammy, who live son Cambridge Road, was delighted to attend the NODA Awards with members of the SYD team including Director Adam Bonner and Musical Director Paul Walker.

Sammy was a member for 6 years and was really delighted and honoured to receive an award for his final production with SYD.

Bin collection temporary changes

The Easter bank holidays mean that the bin collection days in Great Shelford are changing temporarily.

These are the revised changes:

    • Blue and Green bin collection - Thursday April 20th

    • Black bin collection - Wednesday April 26th

    • Blue and green collection - Wednesday May 3rd

Collection days will then revert to Tuesday. Full details here.

Car burglary

Overnight on April 13th and 14th, a vehicle parked in Coppice Avenue, Great Shelford was broken into. A jacket, sunglasses and various bank cards were stolen.

Parish Council March actions and decisions

The new Zebra crossing design for Woollards Lane is finalised with work expected to commence in May 2017.

Following complaints about parking in the village, a parking reporting system has been introduced by Inspector Sutherland where people can log on to and post report or pictures. Results are collated for hotspots and action taken when necessary

The Parish Council has been advised to secure the full length of riverbank with protective fencing as edges being damaged by dog, duck and human traffic, until growth is established. Probably for the next 12 months.

The Shelford Feast container on Great Shelford Recreation Ground now cleared and disposal is being arranged.

Read the full details of the council meeting here.

Special new pitch for Shelford Rugby Club

Shelford Rugby Club is having a special full sized artificial pitch installed this summer.

Building work on the pitch is due to start in May and be completed by the end of August. The initial archaeological dig started on April 4.

The pitch is the same as used by Saracens, so Shelford is one of the few in the Country which will have this type of pitch for rugby.

It will be used for all home first team games and training for all different levels at the club.

The pitch will be available to hire for rugby and football clubs.

There are opportunities for local businesses to advertise around the pitch. Please contact 843357.

Shelford Rugby Club is also hoping to raise £250,000 to extend their clubhouse to create a new fitness hall and to improve the existing changing and shower facilities.

Watch stolen in burglary

An expensive watch was one of the items stolen in a burglary at a house in Tunwells Lane, Great Shelford.

The break-in took place on Friday 24th March between 12.50pm and 4.15pm.

Flashing signs near village school

New speed flashing signs are to be installed by the village school ahead of a 20mph speed limit being introduced.

The Parish Council as part of the highways improvements plans for 2017/18 applied for a Cambridge County Council Local Highway Improvement Initiative grant to install school signs with flashing lights which will be time controlled on Church Street in the vicinity of Great and Little Shelford Primary School.

“The area around the school is a 24hr issue for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians,” said a statement from the Parish Council.

“The road is narrow with some vehicle parking resulting in one way traffic for about 400mtrs. It is not practicable to stop parking as it is used by residents. We are however reducing the speed limit to 20 mph but waiting CCC implementation and the school signs are intended to re-enforce the limit and encourage motorists to take care whilst slowing down.

“Along with some reduction in double yellow lining and the 20 mph limit the additional warning lights will be the final initiative to improve safety of pedestrians and cyclists using the school site.”

The estimated maximum cost of the school flashing signs is £9,600 and a grant of £4,000 has been awarded by Cambridge County Council Local Highway Improvement Initiative to assist the Parish Council on implementation of the approved scheme from April 2017.

MP opens new Post Office

South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen formally opened the new Post Office on March 24.

Post office services at Kash Stores in Hinton Way are available 7 days a week from April 12th, and 27 hours more every week than at the old Post Office.

From April 12 the opening hours will be: Monday to Saturday: 7am - 7pm; Sunday: 7am – 1pm.

Heidi Allen MP, said: “Post Offices are at the heart of communities, so it was great to meet Kash and Jayshri and to thank them for taking on Great Shelford branch and extending the opening hours, which is very good news for thousands of my constituents.

Shelford School to lose money

Great and Little Shelford School will lose £6,000 under changes being proposed by the Government.

Head teacher Alison Evans is asking parents to write to the Education Secretary as well as our local MP to protest.

“Instead of making funding fairer, the current proposals mean our children will get much less money spent on their education than most other children in the country,” said the letter to parents

“At Shelford School we will see a fall in our funding. Almost one third of primary schools in Cambridgeshire will see their funding fall. The average amount of funding per pupil in Cambridgeshire will be £340 less per pupil than the national average.

“That amounts to £10,200 less funding than the national average for every class of thirty children. This is enough to pay for a teaching assistant to work in every class every morning.”

Mrs Evans has urged parents to:

Write to Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education.

Write to our MP, Heidi Allen.

Respond to the funding consultation by visiting:

£22,000 sponsored walk at Scotsdales

£22,500 has been raised in a sponsored walk that ended at Scotsdales in Great Shelford.

Greenfingers Charity raised £22,500 after hosting the third annual Garden Re-Leaf Day Walk on March 17 June. The walk took place around Cambridge and was part of a national Greenfingers Charity day.

Over 100 walkers and runners participated in either the 10 or 20 mile courses, beginning at Scotsdales in Horningsea before passing through the heart of Cambridge, including the picturesque Jesus College and the Botanic Gardens.

The charity walk finished at Scotsdales in Great Shelford where participants were treated to a well- earned BBQ and refreshments.

Becky Owen, Marketing and Development Manager at Scotsdales, said: “It was a pleasure to sponsor and host the Greenfingers Charity this year. It’s a brilliant charity that builds recreational and therapeutic gardens in the grounds of children’s hospices so it was wonderful to see so many turn out and help to fundraise over £22,000.

New village café

A new coffee shop is coming to Great Shelford.

Millsters Coffee House is due to open in the summer of 2017 in the High Street.

They are proposing;

    • Work-placements and training opportunities for young people

    • Volunteering opportunities for people to give time and gain new skills

    • A sensory play garden

They are planning to provide speciality coffee, a simple and affordable menu consisting of breakfast, lunch and cakes.

The coffee shop will be run as a social enterprise by Romsey Mill. This means that 100% of the profits will be reinvested back into the community. This includes the community of Great Shelford, its surrounding areas and the work of Romsey Mill which has been supporting children, young people and families in South Cambridgeshire for many years.

​​The café would welcome the skills, experience, time and talents of those in the community. ​

    • Give time as a volunteer (front of house or behind the scenes)

    • Offer services, skills or advice in building, landscaping or retail

    • Help to recycle or upcycle catering equipment and furnishings

    • Organise a fundraising event to raise much needed funds for the project

    • Help with design, marketing and publicity materials

They are launching a crowd funding campaign shortly. To find out more about how you could give please contact: Rachel Briant Project Development Lead or visit their website at

Fancy an allotment?

Allotments are available on Great Shelford Parish Council's Stonehill Road site (off Cambridge Road). Sizes vary, with typical costs from £20 to £40 per year.

The secret to making a success of your allotment is to make frequent and regular visits, especially during the growing season, and to take your garden work slowly until you (and your back!) are used to the work.

In return you can enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables with an unparallelled taste, and take pleasure in being out on the edge of the countryside. The Stonehill site is a friendly one, and you will enjoy any time you spend there.

Enquries please to Helen Harwood, tel. 840393, or e-mail

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Spate of Shelford burglaries

There have been a spate of burglaries in Great Shelford.

Two laptops, a briefcase and cash was stolen in a burglary at a house in Westfield Road which happened between 5pm and 9.20pm on February 24.

In the second incident, between February 23 and 24, a quad bike was stolen from a garage in Welwyn Close.

On February 22 at 8.25pm there was an attempted break-in at a house in Granhams Road. The would-be burglars were disturbed by a neighbour. Two young men claimed they were looking for a friend.

A house was broken into in Macaulay Square, Great Shelford. This occurred between 8.45am and 1.05pm on February 21. It is not known at this stage if anything has been taken.

A burglary was also reported at Davey Crescent, Great Shelford. This occurred between 15th February and 21st February. Again it is not yet known if anything was stolen.

  • A property under construction was broken into in Granhams Road, Great Shelford overnight of Monday 27th/ Tuesday 28th February. A large amount of tools were stolen.

The Real Thing headline the Shelford Feast

Two bands who had number one hits in the 1970s and 80s are headlining the 2017 Shelford Feast.

The Real Thing, whose song, "You To ME Are Everything", reached No. 1 in 1976 are headlining the Saturday evening at the Feast.

They’ll be supported by Odyssey. Their hits included "Native New Yorker", “Use It Up and Wear It Out”, which went to number one, “If You Are Looking For A Way Out” and “Inside Out.”

The Feast is introducing a Literary Evening on Wednesday, July 12.

Shelford Feast week runs from July 9 to 16th.

See the full Shelford Feast line up here

Post Office opens but another shop closes

The 'old' Post Office at High Green closed on Thursday 2nd March.The 'new' Post Office at the Kash Stores, Hinton Way will open on 7th March.

Post Office opening times can be seen on the right hand side of the page.

Meanwhile it has emerged that Burr Shoes in Woollards Lane is closing. It is expected to close on March 25 although the owners are hoping to keep going into early April

"We cannot afford the new rental an increase of around 40%," said owner Yunus Jamal.

Pothole problems

Its now almost a year since I reported on the continuing potholes in Church Street Great Shelford and still no lasting repairs have been done. They are in two locations. One from the Zebra crossing to Peacocks and the other further along on the bend approaching the first river bridge there are strings of pot holes that have been 'bodge' repaired, only to reappear when the tarmac breaks up again.

I understand that it costs Cambridgeshire County Council somewhere in the region of £80 per hole to repair, so over a year this must have resulted in over £1000 being wasted on ineffectual repairs. I know money is tight but would it not be cheaper in the long run to do a proper job, cut out a whole strip of road & re-surface it properly, rather than slapping a bit of tarmac in individual holes. Being in the middle of the road these pot holes are a hazard for bicycles & motorcycles which have to use the middle of the road to pass parked cars.

Report & photos John Wakefield

Village parking meeting

Around 60 people turned up for the village parking meeting on January 24th. Highlights included:

  • It costs around £20,000 to maintain the car parks in the village centre.

  • Train commuters are not believed to be parking in the centre of the village but around 30 spaces in the McColls car park were taken by nearby workers.

  • Residents parking schemes might re introduced according to Parish Councillor Peter Fane.

  • Rayments Garage has been approached for their land to be used for parking but the costs were too high.

Read the full Village parking meeting notes

Parish Council January headlines

  • The Parish Council's share of the Council tax bills is being virtually frozen this year. The Council plans to spend £185,000. Read more about the Great Shelford precept here

  • Traffic speed surveys are being collected at 6 places in the village.

  • The Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative was given a grant of £2,400

  • The Council heard there may be a " a period of a few days without a post office" when the post office switches to Kash Stores.

Read the full details of the January Great Shelford Parish Council meeting here.

Station parking changes

On street parking near the station could get worse.

Recently no parking signs stating "Private Parking Mill Court Only" have been erected at the small

parking area

adjacent to Shelford Rail Station and Zara Restaurant.

This has always been a 'grey area' for parking as although spaces are marked out they are not owned by Network Rail or the Zara. The small triangular area together with the passage way were originally part of the access road to the old Chaston Mill and as such were sold as part of the Mill Court development.

Over the years the Mill Court landlords appear to have taken a relaxed attitude towards the area being used for station & restaurant parking, but some years ago an attempt was made by Vocalis (a company with premises on Mill Court at the time) to stop public parking by erecting folding lockable bollards. These when in the down position caused a trip hazard & were later removed presumably as a health and safety issue.

It now looks as though the current landlords of Mill Court are trying to reclaim their ground. The result is likely to cause more on street parking in local roads.

Report & photos John Wakefield

New home for village Post Office

Great Shelford Post Office has been saved.

The Post Office will switch to the Premier store on Hinton Way from March 7.

“It’s great that we have been able to keep the Post Office in the village and ensure that it continues as a local community service,” said Premier manager Kash Yadav.

“We have been here 20 years and we wanted to do something to support an important part of the village.

There has been a question mark about the future of the current Post Office in High Green for the last 12 months.

The current owner of the Post Office was given planning permission to convert the building into a home in July 2016.

That was after they were unsuccessful in selling the Post Office business as a going concern.

The Post Office and adjoining home on High Green have been sold subject to contract by Tucker Gardner. The property was on the market for £900,000.

In a statement, the Parish Council said: "The Parish Council is very pleased that Great Shelford will continue to have its own Post Office and that it will be run by Kash Stores in Hinton Way from 7 March. In May last year Post Office Limited had exhausted its list of companies who might have run the Post Office and it was therefore likely that there would no longer be one in the village. A number of Councillors put a lot of effort into identifying and assisting an alternative.

"Kash will be offering almost identical services to those provided by the existing PO, but with greatly extended opening hours. We wish him luck and hope everyone will support him in his new venture.'

Car theft update

In the latter half of 2016 Police investigated a spree of thefts from motor vehicles and attempted thefts from vehicles in the five villages of Great and Little Shelford, Harston, Hauxton and Stapleford.

Beginning in April 2016 and over a period of around 7 weeks, there were 41 recorded offences of either theft from a motor vehicle or attempted theft from a motor vehicle.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of these offences when looked at individually, yielded no lines of enquiry as the offences had occurred overnight. However CCTV from one of the offences gave us a suspect and this person was identified and arrested.

Following the arrest of the suspect and a lengthy investigation process, the male was summonsed to court for the offence of vehicle interference. The man pleaded guilty in November 2016 and was fined significantly.

After the suspect was arrested in June, there was a significant decline in the number of thefts from motor vehicle offences in the 5 villages. There were only 14 recorded offences over the next 4 months.

You can take simple steps to reduce your vulnerability to acquisitive crime. The good news is that you can do something about this by making your vehicles and homes less of a target to a criminal and by reducing the opportunities available for them to commit crime against your property.

Lock your car! It may seem obvious but a large number of reported thefts involve unlocked vehicles. Recently, cars have become very difficult to break into. Simply locking the doors drastically reduces the ability of an opportunistic criminal to target your vehicle. Ensure all doors, windows and sunroofs are shut and locked. Make sure that the electronic locking has worked by manually checking the doors.

Remove all valuables from the vehicle overnight. Don’t leave items on display. Don’t make your vehicle a target! If you have parked away from home, at least ensure the valuables are not on display. Remove sat-nav or phone cradles and try not to leave marks on the windscreen showing that they have been in the vehicle.

Don’t keep unnecessary documentation in the car, registration documents, insurance certificates etc.

Try and park in a garage or public car park if you can, if not, at least in a well-lit area.

If your car does not already have one, consider an alarm. Also consider a sticker showing that the vehicle is protected by one.

Never leave house keys unattended inside your vehicle. Even if parked away from home, if keys and ID documents are discovered you may find your home could be targeted.

PC Alex Dopadlik

DVD warning

Villagers have been advised NOT to try to use DVDs that have mysteriously been posted through some letterboxes.

Little Shelford Parish Councillor David Jones said: "We have been advised that the mystery DVD delivered through letter boxes in the Village last night is a scam and contains viruses.

"So it would be best not to try to open and read the DVD. Apparently the same DVD was distributed in Harston recently and caused many problems."

Three Shelford homes burgled on the same day

Three homes in Little Shelford have been burgled on the same day.

The first burglary at Leeway Avenue, Great Shelford on December 7 at 5pm. The burglar used part of a brick to repeatedly throw at a rear window. Once inside an untidy search was carried out in all rooms. Jewellery was taken.

The second burglary was reported, Cambridge Road, Great Shelford. This occurred on December 7 at 4.30pm. the thief forced their way into the property through the front door. An untidy search of the office and master bedroom took place before jewellery was stolen.

In the third burglary on Dec 7, between 2:45 pm and 5:15 pm, burglars o accessed a rear garden via a side alley on Tunwell Lane . Once in the garden they have managed to open a door on the extended part of the house. Two Apple Macbooks have been reported stolen at this stage.

Between 8 pm and 9 pm on the 07/12/2016 on the High Street, Great Shelford, a push bike has been stolen.

Three horses in Great Shelford have been killed.

The incident happened between November 27th November and December 4th in the paddock next to the railway line on the footpath between Chaston Road and Granhams Road.

Owner Rebecca Pryce said: “We have had 3 horses killed. One died on the 27th November and the other 2 on December 4th - the last 2 were 5 months pregnant and this has left us incredibly upset.

“I am now in the process of setting up an appeal for information. I have reported the incident to the police and have a crime number for anyone with information can anonymously report it.

“We do not know 100 per cent what they died of but have so far discovered they were either struck or poisoned by injection as there was nothing within their digestive tracts that could have killed them.”

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: "The deaths are being treated as suspicious and we are liaising with police and offering support to the horses' owners in trying to establish what has happened.

"We would urge anyone with any information to get in touch with our inspectorate appeal line by calling 0300 123 8018."

Read more coverage in the Cambridge News

Proposed parking changes

Three horses killed

We all know that parking in the village is becoming more difficult. There are more housing developments and more cars all the time and we have a thriving commercial centre in the village. Some local businesses have raised issues that customers are unable for find parking spaces and are therefore going elsewhere. It is the Parish Council's (GSPC) view that we should do as much as reasonably possible to help local businesses succeed. The car park behind McColls costs GSPC £12,000 p.a. in rent (plus rates for it and the Memorial Hall car park) and we make no charge to local businesses or car park users. We regularly review whether we can make extra parking spaces available, but space is very restricted. However:

    • We will be making 6-7 additional parking bays available in Ashen Green towards the High Street end in the Spring.

    • We are looking at making a few more spaces available in the Memorial Hall car park, probably around the end of 2017.

Evidence suggests that much of the current issue is caused by all-day parking in the two car parks. GSPC now intends to introduce time limits on parking in the two car parks. Our initial thoughts are (please note that these are initial ideas and, because of timing, have not yet been formally discussed by GSPC):

    •  Parking to be limited to two/four hours; no return within two/four hours 0800-1800 M-Sat.

    •  Fines for overstaying; to be decided, but likely to be around £50.

    •  Enforcement would be via a private contractor, who would keep the revenue and therefore not charge GSPC for enforcement.

    •  All day parking permits available for a fee – possibly £300 annually or £30 per month +VAT.

Parking enforcement on public roads remains a difficult issue. Chief Inspector Jamie Sutherland has effectively refused to allow his officers to perform any routine parking enforcement and the option for parish councils to fund PCSO overtime for enforcement has been withdrawn. We will be discussing this (and other issues) with CI Sutherland at the next GSPC meeting on 18 January (Pavilion at 1930). I have also raised the issue with SCDC and suggested that we need to look at decriminalising parking, which effectively means that either SCDC or GSPC become responsible for enforcement. We have support from other larger parishes, such as Swavesey and Whittlesford. Peter Topping, Leader of the Council, has committed to organising a further meeting between CI Sutherland, SCDC and the larger parishes.

These sorts of changes will always be contentious. We have therefore organised an open village meeting on Tuesday 24 January at 1900 in the Memorial Hall. If you plan to attend, please let the Parish Clerk know.

Great Shelford Parish Council Dec 2016

Witnesses needed

Police are appealing for witnesses after a driver failed to stop after a collision outside Scotsdales Garden Centre.

The crash happened on December 13 between two vehicles, a silver BMW 118 and a dark coloured Renault Clio, at about 4.35pm in Cambridge Road.

The driver of the BMW was a 90-year-old man who was very shaken after the incident, but not injured.

Tunwells Lane traffic lights

Cambridgeshire County Council is in the process of replacing the traffic lights in Tunwells Lane with new 'smart' lights. The Council didn't consult with the Parish Council (GSPC) before starting the work and this has caused a number of issues. We recently met with CCC to make sure future work is better planned. We have also requested that CCC include the following additional safety measures in the current phase of work (no guarantees at the moment):

 Increased 'green man' time to allow less able people to cross safely.

 Right turn filters.

 'Advanced Stop Boxes' for cyclists on each approach to the junction.

 Improvements to the pavement at the junction of Station Road and Tunwells lane where there is a steep slope which becomes slippery in winter.

CCC will be re-starting work w/c 4 January for about a fortnight and there will be temporary signals for a period of 3-4 days whilst the traffic lights are replaced.

Great Shelford Parish Council Dec 2016

Bats add £17,000 to Church roof cost

Roosting bats have had to be removed from St Mary's Church while the roofing work is going on.

The bat conservation has cost around £17,000 - about £5,500 per bat.

Now the Church is seeking donations to help pay for the extra cost for the project.

20 bungalows for Great Shelford?

You may know that the land East of May Pasture, The Hectare, Walden Way and Hobson’s Acre is owned by the Parochial Charities. They are now looking to build further social housing on that land (in addition to the housing they already provide in More’s Meadow). The land is in the Green Belt. This is a difficult issue:

We plainly should avoid any building on Green Belt land. However, the village is desperately short of truly affordable housing.

The Parochial Charities are currently going through a consultation process with SCDC known as 'pre-planning', with a view to submitting a formal planning application for 20+ bungalows in early 2017. Obviously, there is a lot more detail available if you wish to have it. However, please bear in mind that these proposals are still at an early stage and are still being worked on.

The Parish Council (GSPC) and the Parochial Trustees are both aware of the sensitive nature of the development and have therefore agreed to produce a joint report on the pros and cons of the development and the outstanding issues. That report will then be taken to the next GSPC Planning meeting on 5 January (1900hrs in the Pavilion) for debate and then be put to the next full GSPC meeting on 18 January (1930hrs in the Pavilion). Both of those are public meetings, which all residents are welcome to attend.

Great Shelford Parish Council Dec 2016

Pavilion update

The new pavilion on the rec is heavily used (and greatly appreciated) by local sports clubs at the weekend. However, The Parish Council is looking for ways to make more use of it during the week. If you have any ideas which would help with this, or you want to hire the Pavilion, please contact the Parish Clerk.

As an experiment, we intend to review the possibility of opening the Pavilion during the day over the February half term to allow rec users access to the toilets and chairs and tables in the meeting room.

Great Shelford Parish Council Dec 2016

New Council website

Great Shelford Parish Council has a new website - - to provide meeting dates, agendas and minutes, contacts and news on local issues. The site is still being worked on, but should be complete in early January. If you have any feedback on the site, please contact the Parish Clerk,

Speeding stickers

The Parish Council has purchased a batch of 30mph wheelie bin stickers to remind drivers of the speed limit. If you live in Cambridge Road or Hinton Way and want a couple, please contact Mike Nettleton .

Parish Council police concerns

The Parish Council is so concerned with policing issues around the village that they have asked for the area's senior police officer to attend their January meeting.

Chief Inspector James Sutherland has said that Great Shelford is a low crime area and will not be patrolled routinely. However the Parish Council says this has coincided with a number of burglaries.

The Police are also "refusing" to enforce parking restrictions in the village according to the Parish Council.

"We have made our concerns known to Chief Inspector Sutherland and he will be attending the Council meeting on January 18," said council chair Mike Nettleton.

Hairdressers to close

Another shop has closed in Great Shelford.

Matthew Lewis hairdressers closed on December 30 after 9 years in the village.

A spokesman blamed the high rent and rates for the shop on Woollards Lane. The shop is currently on offer through Chefvfins.

Two shops including McColls - are currently up for sale.

The news comes after it emerged in October that the village Post Office has been sold subject to contract by Tucker Gardner. The asking price was £900,000.

It is not clear at this stage if the buyers will continue the Post office or not.

Gary Foot, from Solutions, denied that they are closing too; "I would like to say these rumours are not true and would like to let everyone know we are not closing down we are a local small business who are here to stay and would encourage local people of the village and surrounding areas to use there local shop of see the closure of these business."

In a statement, the Parish Council (GSPC) said: "By and large, we have a thriving commercial centre in the village. Of course, shops do close from time to time from time to time and for all sorts of different reasons. We understand the potential or possible closure of the Post Office is for personal reasons and GSPC has been actively working to try to ensure that there will a replacement Post Office in the village. In the case of Matthew Lewis, we are told that the impending closure is for 'operational reasons'. GSPC works hard to support businesses in the village. As an example, we pay £12,000 per year rental (plus rates) for the car park behind McColls and make no charge for parking there. In the end though it is down to each of us to use the local businesses to ensure they remain viable."

Parish Council update

A housing needs survey will be carried out in Great Shelford and Stapleford as part of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Parking issues in Mingle Lane and Cambridge Road have been highlighted.

Parochial charities are looking to have built up to 23 bungalows on Green Belt on the edge of the village

The Parish Council is planning a mail drop to all residents including Highways changes and the Neighbourhood Plan See all of the issues discussed and actions taken


Shelford Feast update

The Shelford Feast has given away a massive £27,250 to 37 local good causes, making a grand total since 1994 of £274,055. Donations included;

  • Acacia Court Residents, £300

  • Beavers, £500

  • Bowls, £500

  • Brownies, £650

  • Cambridge Cancer Help, £500

  • CAMMS Meals on Wheels, £500

  • Cangaroos, £500

  • Carpet Bowls, £500

  • Chestnut Club, £500

  • Great Shelford Cricket club, £1,000

  • Cubs, £500

  • Different Strokes, £500

  • Football Club, £500

  • Friends of the Library, £500

  • Friendship Club, £500

  • Guides, £500

  • Junior Badminton, £500

  • Magpas, £250

  • Mobile Warden Scheme, £3,500

  • Over-70's Xmas meal, £500

  • Pantomime, £300

  • Parish Council, £500

  • Parkinsons, £250

  • Rainbow Pre-school, £500

  • Rainbows, £500

  • Shelford Rugby Club, £500

  • Scout & Guide HQ, £500

  • Scouts, £500

  • Shelford Twinning, £500

  • Shelfords School, £3,500

  • Sick Children's Trust, £3,500

  • SSYI Youth Club, £500

  • Stapleford Twinning, £500

  • Strikers, £500

  • SYD, £500

  • Wacky Club, £500

  • WI, £500

New Shelford cycle route?

A new cycle routes been proposed between Shelford and Stapleford and Sawston.

The route is one option in a Greenways report which is an investigation of potential cycle routes between Cambridge and surrounding villages / towns.

Appendix 8 of the Greenways report sets out proposals focussed on cycling between Cambridge and Sawston. These proposals including a route through Stapleford and Great Shelford, upgrading the existing Sawston – Stapleford cycleway and creating new routes. Possible funding sources for such proposals include section 106 monies, City Deal funding and bids to national government when it announces specific amounts of money targeted at improving cycling.

See the full report here.

Children in Need rickshaw challenge comes to Great Shelford

The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge visited Great Shelford in November.

Returning for a sixth year, the team will cover a 470-mile journey from the Scottish market town of Jedburgh to central London, all to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

The challenge travelled through Great Shelford on day seven, November 17th which ended that day at Duxford.

Parish Council October headlines

  • A proposed new Zebra crossing is to be built on Cambridge Road near Davey Crescent

  • Great Shelford new Garden Gang has been established with 15 volunteers

  • Brownies are now attending to garden area outside Memorial Hall

  • A new Parish Councillor has been appointed - she is Carrie Hillard.

  • Read the full details of the October parish Council meeting here.

Trailer stolen

A trailer has been stolen from a driveway in Great Shelford.

On November 16 between 8.40am and 8.50am in High Green, a distinctive Tilting galvanized car trailer with timber runners was stolen from a private front drive of a property.

The trailer was not an Ifor Williams but had Ifor Williams stickers on it. It had 2 raised timber runways on it. No number plate. Galvanized steel. Black mudguards. Locker box under front nearside. No spare on it. Tilting trailing. Winch webbing bright blue. 3 tie down shackles each side. .

Cycles and scooters stolen

Several cycles and scooters have been stolen after a garage was broken into in London Road Great Shelford between November 4th and 7th. The haul included:

  • 2 x micro scooter, adults

  • Gepida electric bike, crank electric motor. Saddles in black are attached

  • Cycles / Hybrid Cycle Ladies Trek Model:Soho

  • Cannondale Model: Caad 9 silver frame with red and black stripes. Black saddle attached.

* In a separate incident, an Ipod was stolen from the glovebox of a car in the Hectare between November 4th and 5th. All 5 of the car doors were left ajar.

Youth club update

In the past year, the Shelford and Stapleford Youth initiative (SSYI) has delivered 416.5 hours of face to face delivery with young people. They engage with 97 young people regularly with very positive feedback from the young people about how much they appreciate belonging to SSYI.

They have been investing in 13 young leaders who been giving their time and energy in youth clubs, committee meetings and advisory boards.

SSYI have provided 8 trips throughout the year with young people, challenging, giving new experiences and growing their confidence.

The Friday Youth Club remains the flagship activity. It attracts young people from across the area providing an alternative to engaging with negative and anti social behaviour.

They run an after school football project called Mix It Up which is a non competitive, fun and social way for young people to come together. They also deliver a youth café style club called RED for those aged 14+, which was born out of a need for the older young people to relieve the pressures and stress of exams. This space allows them to engage socially, in a relaxed, calm and chat room atmosphere where we often go deeper in conversations on those bigger questions and issues of life. Alongside these open access projects they deliver a Youth Action Committee, One to One support sessions, detached work, residentials and trips.

SSYI has a new member on our team called Zac Britton. SSYI has partnered with St. Andrew’s in Stapleford to employ Zac in a joint role to build on the existing youth work in SSYI and to develop the youth work in St. Andrews. They are really excited to have him on board as the work of SSYI is growing and so we need to grow our capacity to deliver quality youth work.

As Zac has a passion for skating they have an exciting plan to start up a new open access project called Shred It Up. This is a skating project, where they will take a bunch of young people in a mini bus, with their gear, and visit Cambridge based skate sites to ride their skateboards, scooters, BMXs or blades. Additionally, the Youth Action Committee recently agreed that they wanted to give something back to the community and, as a result, they have been working alongside the Playscape Committee to see how together, they can support and help with the development of the Great Shelford recreational ground.

For further information and contact details, please visit their website:

Car and cycle crimes

A BMW was broken into in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford and an ipod and cash were stolen. There was no damage or signs of forced entry, so it appears the vehicle was entered using a key or was left insecure.

Various parts of a cycle which was left locked to a cycle rack where stolen in Abberley Wood, Great Shelford, between 5pm on October 28 and 8am on October 31.

Christmas light challenge

Great Shelford will be celebrating with its first Christmas lights competition.

A competition is being held for the best house or business illuminations. The best entry's will appear on the Great Shelford Online website and in Village news.

Judging will take place Monday 5th December at 7pm.To enter please apply to Charles Nightingale tel 844763

The village Christmas lights will be switched on on December 2nd by MEP Vicky Ford.

New Shelford hospice opens

The new Arthur Rank Hospice at Shelford Bottom opened in November.

The new hospice has been three years in the making and it has taken 15 months to build.

It replaces the hospice at Brookfields in Mill Road, Cambridge.

The £10 million state-of-the-art facility in Cherry Hinton Road has twice the number of patient beds of the current hospice and around three times the amount of outdoor and garden space.

The first patients will start moving in from November 11.

It has 24 beds – 16 of which will be single en-suite rooms.

The charity still needs to raise £2 million for the new hospice.

Read coverage of the new Arthur Rank hospice in the Cambridge News.

Machinery stolen

Plant machinery was stolen when thieves entered the Cambridge Water Company site in Chaston Road, Gt Shelford, between 5.30pm on October 17 and 7pm on October 18. They unclipped the fence and stole plant machinery and also entered a digger on the site.

Care home update

The new care home on Shelford Road is expecting its first residents at the beginning of December.

They are expecting to have a topping out ceremony on the 30th November and an official opening ceremony in the new year. Posted October 21.

Great Shelford burglary

Burglars broke into a bungalow on Granhams Road in Great Shelford, between 4pm on October 14 and 8am on October 15th.

Neighbourhood Plan reminder

The final deadline for people to make comments on the neighbourhood area consultation for Stapleford and Great Shelford is 2 November 2016.

If you wish to make comments you can do so by:



Post: Caroline Hunt, Planning Policy Manager, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA

Money available for Shelford groups

The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston wants to hear from local charities / organisations that might benefit by a grant from the 2017 Sawston Fun Run.

They donate around £15,000 each year to charities and organisations serving communities in villages around Sawston. Since 1986 they have donated over £425,000 to local hospitals, hospices, schools, youth organisations and local branches of national charities.

Preference is given to specific projects but the selection is based on the strength of each case. The closing date for applications is 30th November. Application forms are available on the website

This great local event has expanded over the years and regularly attracts about 1,000 entrants. It has become the largest community event of its type in the area - organised and managed by Rotary club volunteers, with support from local businesses and youth organisations.

Past sponsors and advertisers are already confirming their backing. We would love to hear from any other business or individual who is willing to be involved.

Ian Chamberlain

Tel: 01223 872243, email:

Shelford bus issues

There have been a number of letters recently in the Cambridge News about Whippet buses not turning up or running late. Whippet run the No 31 (Cambridge - Fowlmere) bus service that serves Great and Little Shelford and Hauxton, and the 7A (Babraham Road Park & Ride to Whittlesford) which serves parts of Great Shelford and Stapleford. It would appear that the operating company Whippet Coaches are short of drivers & have been cutting buses from some little used rural services.

The No 7A and 31 are rural services subsidised by Cambridgeshire County Council (ie us tax payers) and have been subject to the odd journey being cut due to a driver not being available. A totally unacceptable practice as this can leave pasengers waiting at a bus stop not knowing if a bus is going to turn up, and result in missed appointments particularly at Addenbrookes Hospital in the case of the No 31 service.

If you know of a bus not turning up or late running on these two services it should be reported to:

Paul Nelson

Public Transport Manager

Passenger Transport Service

Cambridgeshire County Council

CC1301, Castle Court, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP


Telephone 01223 715608

Submitted by John Wakefield on 30/09/16

Motorbike stolen

A motorcycle was stolen from outside the front of a house in Davey Crescent, Great Shelford between September 24th and 25th.

Bike thefts

Overnight on Sept 21 on Hinton Way, Great Shelford, burglars broke into a locked shed. Two Cycles have been reported stolen.

On Sept 20, on Waverley Park, Great Shelford, thieves broke into a shed. A bike was stolen.

A bike that was locked up had its seat, front forks, handlebars and the front wheel stolen. The incident in Woollards Lane happened between 7 pm on Sept 8 and 8am on Sept 9.

Attempted burglary

There was an attempted burglary in outbuildings in Hinton Way at 9.30pm on 5 Sept. Burglars smashed a security light and tried to enter outbuildings. Nothing was stolen but they caused damage to lights and shed.

Parking bays to be lost

Two parking bays in Woollards Lane will be lost as part of the highways changes in the village.

There are proposals to put in a new Zebra crossing in Woollards Lane as part of the changes.

It was intended to put the crossing outside of the Cambridge Building Society.

However a safety audit raised concerns about traffic turning left out of Robinson Court.

The new crossing will therefore have to be located outside of Solutions and Haarts, which will mean the loss of two of the three parking bays. The remaining bay will be designated for disabled parking

Country Market celebrates 40th birthday

The runner up in the 2015 Great British Bake Off is coming to Great Shelford to help celebrate the 40th birthday of the Great Shelford Country Market on Wednesday 28th September.

Ian Cummings, runner up in last year’s BBC ‘Bake Off’ will be joining the market at 9.45 to look around the market and enjoy some Gt Shelford show-stoppers alongside current and founder members!

Though still held in the Memorial Hall, the market has moved a long way since its opening on Wednesday 29th September 1976.

Raising a roof

St Mary's Church has been given a grant towards the re-leading of the Nave and the north aisle roof.

Work will start in October and last upo to 6 months. In he meantime, the Church will have temporary scaffolding.

Recreation bank restoration

The recreation ground riverbank restoration was completed on Friday 12th August after two weeks of work by Wiltshire-based contractors Five Rivers.

The bank was being steadily being eroded away and needed fully rebuilding. Instead of simply replacing the hard wooden planking,

There is now a more "soft" bank of compressed hazel branches below coir rolls which have been pre-seeded with river-friendly plants. The new bank will provide a better habitat for aquatic flora and fauna.

There are three stone access ramps for dogs, ducks and other animals to get in and out of the river without damaging the new planting. The parallel ditch has also been dredged of rocks and toxic rubbish.

A new path covered in bark chippings has been built along the river to allow access throughout the year... it was getting a bit too muddy in the winter.

An alder tree growing out of the bank had to be cut back to allow access, but it has been coppiced under supervision and should grow back big and healthy. Some of the lower hanging branches of the riverside trees were also cut back to allow access for machinery, but they too should return quickly. At the moment the riverbank might appear a little bare, but the grasses, wildflowers and weeds should all regrow soon to make the area a beautiful haven of peace once again.

The bulk of the project costs were provided by a grant from landfill firm Amey which the Parish Council successfully applied for through the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, a further small grant came from South Cambridgeshire District Council, with the small remaining balance being meet from Parish Council funds. Many thanks to all organisations who contributed to the costs.

Thanks should also go to Councillor Stephen Chittenden for leading the project over the last year or so, Clerk Mike Winter for supervising the implementation, Rob Mungovan, Ecology Consultancy Officer, SCDC for assisting with the project design and all village residents who contributed to the consultations.

The project represents a major long term improvement to the riverbank area and at little cost to the village. The Parish Council have always stressed that this was only the first phase to stabilise and clean-up the riverbank. We would really appreciate village residents ideas on what should be done next, adding to the enjoyment and use of the riverbank area.

Please visit the Riverbank and give the Parish Council your views at

Village traffic warden

The dedicated village traffic warden will continue for another 6 months, the Parish Council has announced.

Van break-in

Between 11th and 14th August a van was broken into in Macaulay Avenue, Great Shelford. Various tools and power tools were stolen.

Parish Council July headlines

These are the highlights of the Great Shelford Parish Council meeting on July 20:

  • Various pavement accidents causing injury to pedestrians due to lack of maintenance

  • HGV’s driving through the village again has been highlighted by the Parish Council for investigation.

  • A speedwatch survey on Hinton Way showed 10% of all vehicles were speeding

  • There are two new Parish Councillors - Richard Davies and Stefan Harris-Wright.

You can read the full minutes of the meeting here

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

See earlier Great Shelford news here