Great Shelford news 2020

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Shelford library is now fully open

Great news – Great Shelford Library will revert to its full opening hours with effect from Monday 2nd August. To keep everyone safe, visitor numbers will continue to be limited and Covid-19 safety precautions will remain in place, including the wearing of a face covering.

Could McColls become a takeaway?

The former McColls newsagents could soon become an Indian takeaway.

Proposals to convert the empty shop on Woollards Lane have been submitted to South Cambridgeshire District Council.

McColls has stood empty since the shop closed three years ago.

You can read the full planning application here.

Posted June 10 2021

Shelford Feast 2021

One thousand people attended the Shelford Feast free one day event on Saturday July 10.

Events including Tony Hadley and Trevor Nelson have been postponed until 2022.

Read full details about the 2022 Shelford Feast day of events on the Shelford Feast website.

Updated July 2 2021

New Shelford company created by former lawyer

A Shelford mum has combined her love of creativity and cycling to set up her own company making stylish cycling bags called Pedal & Brass.

Lottie Seaborn started the company in lockdown after taking a break from working as a lawyer 3 years ago.

"As a lawyer for over 15 years, and a mum of three small children, for many years my creative side was limited to co-ordinating work outfits and overseeing the children's next junk modelling project," said Lottie.

"So three years ago I took a career break to spend more time managing the cardboard and sticky tape creations but also in the hope I could reawaken my own creativity and forge a career doing something different. I began making items out of waste leather from the footwear industry. Loving this creative outlet, I retrained to hand craft more complex items and at the same time rediscovered the joys of cycling. I was, however, frustrated by the lack of stylish and beautiful bike-compatible bags for my mini-adventures (usually to the shops, pub or a friend’s house!)

"I design and make handmade leather bike bags (so think pannier bags but a whole lot more beautiful!) and often create limited editions from surplus leather left over from the footwear and leather industries which is beautiful but often destined for landfill. All the bags can be personalised and can also be made without bike clips for the non-cyclists out there! I also make small leather accessories from the leather which is too small for bags (our "Waste Not" range), so bookmarks, keyrings, cable tidies etc and they can all be personalised for free. "

Updated July 27 2021

Shelford School Subject Fundraiser

Help us buy additional resources and equipment for next year.

Shelford school has dedicated budgets for each subject area (Maths, English, etc.) but these are very limited - often to a few hundred pounds each. The budgets have to be used to ensure the school has the basics needed to teach each subject across the whole school. That means there is very little leftover to fund additional equipment and resources to enrich the teaching of these subjects and make it as fun and interactive as possible for the children.

While COVID means that the Shelford School PTA still can't plan any face to face fundraising events we are launching a Just Giving page to raise £4,000 to boost the subject area budgets. This will be used to buy things like cooking ingredients, extra maths equipment, experiences and visits, and materials for science experiments.

So whether you're a former French fanatic, an English enthusiast or ga-ga for Geography, if you would like to donate to our Subject Fundraiser please do so via our Just Giving page. Every donation, whether big or small, will really help make our children's learning experience even better. Just follow the link below to donate.

Shelford school PTA

Posted June 29 2021

Village business considers parking fines

Six months has passed in a flash and we wanted to say thank you to everyone in Great Shelford who has welcomed us since we moved into our new audiology clinic on Woollards Lane.

Sadly due to illegal parking, and also incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour, we are now seriously considering having to introduce a parking scheme that will issue fines. This is something we have been desperately trying to avoid, so we respectfully ask that you do not park on our premises unless you have an appointment at angli-EAR Hearing.

We just wanted to give a gentle reminder that our car park is privately owned and our spaces are reserved for the use of specific residents of Woollards Lane and angli-EAR Hearing clients and only - many of whom are elderly or have mobility issues. All the spaces are clearly labelled Public parking is available in the Memorial Hall or a further public car park accessed between the old McColl’s shop and the Hairdressers on the High Street.

Thankfully the vast majority of people do respect our property and we are very grateful. This message is not intended for you. We wish you all well in these challenging times.

~angli-EAR Hearing

Posted June 11 2021

Shelford leader awarded for outstanding service to Girlguiding

Lisa MacGregor, a leader with Shelford Guides, Stapleford Brownies, Shelford Brownies and Trumpington Rainbows, is celebrating after receiving the honour of receiving the Lily, the County brooch from Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East in a virtual ceremony. The Lily is an award given in recognition of commitment and outstanding service by Girlguiding volunteers in the county. Lisa has held a variety of roles in over 12 years of faithful service to Girlguiding, including volunteering in Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units and, as district commissioner, leading the team of local volunteers in the Shelfords, Stapleford and Trumpington.

Joanne Staines, with whom Lisa shares the district commissioner role, said, “Lisa’s experience and knowledge of Girlguiding is invaluable, and even in difficult situations Lisa remains calm and deals with all issues effectively and with empathy. Lisa is great with the Rainbows, coaxing the shy girls to join in with games, offering advice, but allowing the girls to learn for themselves during meetings. Lisa is reliable, confident, and good fun and it is a pleasure to work with her at Rainbows.”

Local leader, Clare George, said, “Lisa is very passionate about Girlguiding. She carries many hats around with her in the Guiding world and manages to manage every single one.

She is a remarkable lady, and deserves an award to honour and show her how much we appreciate everything she does.”

County commissioner, Claire Course, said, “2020 has certainly not been what we expected, but our leaders and volunteers have risen to the challenge and adapted to a new way of guiding. We were delighted to be able to hold our annual awards event as a virtual event to celebrate how amazing our volunteers have been this year and over many years. They have shown how guiding has always changed as the lives of girls change and this year is no exception.”

Around 100 members and supporters of Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East came together for a virtual ceremony, celebrating the amazing volunteering that has continued despite the

challenges of the last year.

Lisa said, ”It was such a lovely surprise to receive the Anglia Brooch. I was so delighted. Guiding has given me many amazing opportunities over the years. Best of all is the privilege of getting to know so many great girls, young women and leaders - and having so much fun along the way.”

Posted May 19 2021

Election results

Brian Milnes and Maria King are the new County Councillors for the Shelfords and Sawston.

The Liberal Democrats won the elections on May 6 from what were previously Conservative held seats.


Sophi Berridge

Green (1041 votes / 7.35%)

Manas Deb

Conservative (2106 votes / 14.88%)

Brian Milnes - Elected

Liberal Democrats (3518 votes / 24.85%)

Maria King - Elected

Liberal Democrats (3125 votes / 22.08%)

Anand Pillai

Labour (679 votes / 4.80%)

Tracey Draper

Labour (898 votes / 6.34%)

Eleanor Crane

Green (743 votes / 5.25%)

Dale Hargrove

Conservative (2045 votes / 14.45%)

There are still several steps before the busway is finally approved.The final scheme would then go back to the GCP’s executive board for their final approval , before an application is submitted to the Secretary of State for approval.

Join a webinar for a presentation on the proposals and have your questions answered by a member of the project team:

Tuesday 10th November – 6pm (registration link

Wednesday 18th November – 5.30pm (registration link

Here is a flythrough of the scheme

Read about the scheme in the Cambridge Independent

*Great Shelford Parish Council and Stapleford Parish Council joined forces to accuse the Great Cambridge Partnership of maladministration over the proposals. Read their full joint letter here. Updated Oct 6 2020.

Library re-opens

Great Shelford Library re-opened for two sessions a week from 3rd August. Sessions will be from 10am-2pm on Tuesdays and 2pm-6pm on Fridays.

However, the initial service will be limited to the return of items (which will then be quarantined), the collection of reservations and one pre-booked 45 minutes computer session per customer per day. Books can be reserved online or by phone and there will be a new ‘Select and Collect’ service, where you can suggest the type of books you’d prefer and staff will select available titles for you to collect from the library. Reservation charges are suspended until 31st August. There will be no browsing in the library yet, but we hope to be able to offer a wider service later in the year, subject to health and safety guidelines in place at the time.

For full and up to date details about our re-opening please visit or call 0345 045 5225. Posted July 14 2020

Phone coverage survey

The South Cambs MP Anthony Browne has started a survey about phone coverage in the area. I have tried all the networks and none of them provide adequate service where I live in the High green area of Great Shelford and from what I

hear from others this is generally the same all over both Great and Little Shelford. If you want to fill in Anthony Browne's survey please

note that the link given in the S Cambs mag is wrong and it should be;

John Wilson Posted Sept 7 2020

Shelford School needs your support

Shelford School PTA is raising money for a set of new laptops for the school. The school's existing laptops are very old and no longer fit for purpose as they are no longer supported by Microsoft. They are in need of a set of new laptops to enable the pupils to get the IT access that they need. We are aiming to help the school raise enough money to fund a set of 30 laptops for one class to use at a time. As we are not able to raise money through our normal fundraising events because of the COVID-19 outbreak we are asking people to donate through our Just Giving page:

Any donations from the local community really would be very much appreciated.

Could you buy some books for Shelford School?

Their normal fundraising efforts and events have been hard hit by the COVID outbreak so they are finding new ways to raise money. The school library is in desperate need of new books so they’ve started an Amazon Wishlist so that parents, relatives and anyone who wants to buy a book to donate to the school can do so easily.

There’s no obligation to buy from Amazon but if you do the books are sent straight to the school so it’s very low effort. -

Hannah Mohamad

PTA Chair

Posted July 1 2020

Green Belt transport scheme on edge of Shelford comes a step closer

The new public transport route on the edge of Great Shelford and Stapleford will be in place by 2024 after the go ahead was given by the Great Cambridge Partnership on June 25.

The proposed new public transport route (right) will cross Hinton Way and Haverhill Road. It could be up and running by 2024. It will cost £132m.

Proposals to run the route alongside the railway line in Great Shelford and minimise the impact on the Green Belt in Great Shelford and Stapleford (see proposed route diagram below) have been dismissed. The report says that the benefit to Great Shelford and Stapleford residents would be outweighed by the increased journey times and the additional £29m cost.

The scheme will link the Cambridge Biomedical Campus via Great Shelford, Stapleford and Sawston to a new travel hub near the A11/A1307/A505.

At a public meeting on October 14, residents were told there will be up to 16 buses or trams per hour, going in either direction.

The route would be entirely off-road, only interacting with other traffic just north of Great Shelford and Stapleford at junctions on Hinton Way and Haverhill Road. Junctions between existing roads and the new public transport route would be controlled by traffic lights.

Locations of stops are proposed at Haverhill Road in Stapleford and Hinton Way in Great Shelford.

The proposals are the first part of the Cambridge Autonomous Metro, which would take the form of electric, rubber-tyred tram-like vehicles using dedicated, off-road routes to bypass congestion.

There are still several steps before the busway is finally approved.

A full environmental impact assessment and another phase of public consultation are planned for the autumn.

The final scheme would then go back to the GCP’s executive board for their final approval , before an application is submitted to the secretary of state for approval.

Read about the scheme in the Cambridge Independent

*Great Shelford Parish Council and Stapleford Parish Council joined forces to accuse the Great Cambridge Partnership of maladministration over the proposals. Read their full letter here.

PostedJune 26 2020

New tenants for former Barclays bank building

The angli-EAR Hearing team is planning to move into the old Barclay's Bank building on Woollard's Lane in Great Shelford.

The audiology specialists, currently based at Mill Court, Great Shelford, will move into their new clinic (pictured left) in the late summer.

The larger premises gives angli-EAR Hearing an increased presence in the heart of the Shelford community, with more clinic space and a wider range of audiology and ear wax removal services for clients. It's good news for the High Street too, re-purposing the old Barclay's building which has lain closed and boarded up for two years after being hit by a ram raid.

Meanwhile, Angli-EAR Hearing’s clinic at Mill Court is open for hearing assessments, hearing aid fittings, wax removal and tinnitus solutions with enhanced health and safety procedures to ensure they are Covid Secure. Visit or call 01223 661399 for more information or to book an appointment.

Posted June 19 2020

Spate of handbag thefts from cars

Motorists are being urged to be vigilant following a spate of handbag thefts from vehicles over the past month.

A total of 22 vehicles were broken into between 19 April and 12 May including incidents in Stapleford, Sawston, Duxford, Great Shelford, Haslingfield, Grantchester, Swavesey, Milton, Oakington and Fen Drayton.

In the majority of cases purses, wallets and handbags have been targeted and in some instances the thieves have gone on to use the victims’ bank cards in shops.

Police are focusing their patrols in these areas but would urge all motorists to make sure their cars are locked and double checked when left unattended as we’re seeing incidents when windows are left open and doors unlocked.

Also ensure all valuables, such as handbags, wallets, mobile phones and tools are removed from the vehicle.

Call 101 or go online to report any suspicious behaviour in your area.

Sergeant Emma Hilson

South Cambs Neighbourhood Team

Posted May 13 2020

Shelfords COVID 19 support group now covers the whole village

There is a Facebook support group to support vulnerable people in Great Shelford, little Shelford and Stapleford at Great/Little Shelford/StaplefordCOVID-19 Support/help group .

Remarkably they now have volunteers to cover every street in Great Shelford.

The support group has the backing and endorsement of the Parish Council, District Council, the local churches and our local MP. They will continue to publish important community updates relating to COVID-19 on their Facebook page. All volunteer updates will be fed through the new e-mail chain.

And if you have volunteered, please complete your leaflet deliveries so every house has your contact details in case of a need.👏👏

If people have received a note through the door with the name of a key contact, then they should get in touch with them. However for those that haven’t received one yet then they can call organiser Chris Smith on 01223 501406 or email

Shelford yoga and movement class on Zoom

New Class! In the real world, I was going to start a new class on Monday’s at 11.00 after Easter but due to recent events, this hasn’t happened. I was going to wait until we could return to the Little Shelford Memorial hall, but I have decided not to wait and to begin these classes online so that you could all have a chance to sample the class.

First class will begin on Monday 4th May at 11.00 and will be called ‘MOVE, BREATHE, SENSE”.

This will be a mindful class incorporating cultivating awareness of breath and somatic movements to further explore the internal landscape of the body, and to gently retrain healthy movement patterns. This class will include a long session of deep relaxation using various techniques. This class could be helpful in relieving tension arising from stress, anxiety and pain and is suitable for everybody.

This class will be via Zoom so please email me if you are interested so I can send you the Zoom ID link. These classes will be free for a 4 week trial. You will need to download the Zoom app onto your device prior to the class.

Contact: Michelle on

Four-year-old Little Trooper from Great Shelford wins national award

A four-year-old military child from Great Shelford has been awarded by national children’s charity, Little Troopers, for showing bravery and resilience during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Rufus Morris has been named ‘Little Trooper of the Month’ for coping while his Dad is deployed overseas with the RAF and his Mum works for the NHS during the Covid crisis. Rufus’ Dad serves with the RAF Regiment and has been in Afghanistan since September. He had been due home in March, but his return date has now been pushed back indefinitely. Meanwhile Rufus’ Mum is a lung doctor at Royal Papworth Hospital and is now working shifts on intensive care looking after Covid patients. While his Mum is working, Rufus has been going to stay with his Grandma.

Rufus’ Mum, Caroline, said: “Rufus has been very brave about being separated from both of his parents and has been busy painting rainbows to display in support of all our key workers. He is very proud of us but we are even more proud of him. He is truly our light in this horrid time. He is thrilled to be named Little Trooper of the Month, even more so as we have been using the Little Troopers separation packs to help him understand and deal with his Dad’s ongoing deployment.”

Louise Fetigan, Founder of Little Troopers, adds: “We’ve heard from lots of military families who have been impacted by the pandemic in some way; from deployment return dates being cancelled to personnel being called away from home to work as part of the Covid taskforce. We had many worthy nominations for this month’s award, but we felt that having two parents working away from home to serve our country was an exceptional circumstance that must be incredibly difficult. Rufus is a real inspiration to all our Little Troopers out there.” Rufus will receive a Little Troopers medal, certificate and special prize as part of his award.

Little Troopers is a registered charity supporting children who have parents serving in the British Armed Forces. The charity runs a number of initiatives including the Little Troopers Treasures App, which enables military parents to record themselves reading stories to their children to watch while they are away; the Little Troopers separation pack and Little Troopers primary school resources, including dedicated school wellbeing course. For more information visit

Posted April 20 2020

Financial support available in Great Shelford

Villagers who are experiencing hardship because of the Corona pandemic can get support from Great Shelford Parochial Charities.

They have information on their website as well as application forms .

Beneficiaries must be resident in Great Shelford.

Applications should be made using the form Financial Assistance for an Individual, Family or Household available on their Grants webpage.

Posted March 29 2020

New Shelford skills swap service

A Great Shelford website designer has launched a new skills swap service.

Website designer Paul Lane said many local trades people and business owners have unexpected time on their hands. So he started exploring the idea, testing it on friends, clients and social media.

He created Skills & Trade Swap Cambs as a Facebook page that introduces local people with different skills and talents that can be exchanged.

“The idea came to me in the garden,” says Paul, who has owned his own creative design business since 2001.

“Looking at my old decking that needed replacing, I thought wouldn’t it be great if I could offer my website design services to a local carpenter.”

New village gym

A new gym opened in Great Shelford in May.

They are a one to one Personal Training & class based gym looking to change the lives of people through fitness.

They have limited spaces so if this seems like something your interested in, we’re currently running free consultations to explain what we offer in more detail:)

You can contact Joe via Facebook or email us at for more details.

Long serving councillor stands down

Long-serving councillor Charles Nightingale has stood down from Great Shelford Parish Council.

The former council chair has been on the council for more than 30 years.

Charles also served as a District Councillor for The Shelford’s 17 years including two years as Chairman of the Council,

"Susan and I met so many wonderful people many are still friends," he said.

"I’ve completed just over 30 years and can say I’ve enjoyed my time working to make Great Shelford a better place to live.

"One big disappointment I have is that the proposed Hotel at Uplands was never built that would have put Shelford on the map."

Posted May 4 2021

Parish Council March meeting headlines

Headlines from the Parish Council meeting on March 17 included:

1) The Memorial Hall was used for a funeral gathering that contravened Coved 19 procedures.

No notification was provided to Parish Council from Community Association. A risk assessment requested from Community Association by Parish Council was not received. A strong letter to be issued from the Parish Council to the Community Association expressing disappointment at the lack of observance on Covid restrictions and production of risk assessments.

2) Greater Cambridge Partnership is planning to build a bus-only road through the South Cambridgeshire greenbelt, next to the Gog Magog Hills and exposing Green Belt land to speculative development. The proposed route skirts around the edges of Great Shelford and Stapleford rather than serving the villages.

Great Shelford Parish Council says its preference would be for an on-road solution running alongside the A1307.

3) Many verges, in particular in Cambridge Road are being damaged by “delivery vehicles”

and in some cases “residents”. This matter will be discussed at the next Highways Committee meeting.

4) The Parish Council is proposing to hold a Zoom Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 12th May 2021 on basis of an open Q&A session to Councillors covering any topics raised by residents.

5) £2,500 is to be spent on producing a new format for the Parish Council website.

Read the full details of the March meeting here.

New business for Great Shelford

A new dedicated 1:1 Diet Weight Loss Centre has just opened in Great Shelford.

The business, based above Solutions in Woollards Lane, is offering a special six-step programme, ranging from total Meal Replacement to a calorie-controlled maintenance programme, ensuring you keep the weight off for good.

You have a weekly 20-minute appointment where you plan your meals for the week, collect your food order and discuss things like managing social events while sticking to the diet.

Owner Kim Davidson said: "I lost weight on the diet and have maintained that weight loss for three years. I loved the diet so much and wanted to help others feel as great as I did, so I made it my full-time job!"

The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan has been around for over 35 years. The Diet was originally used by Doctors for anyone needing weight loss surgery.

Since the early 80’s the diet has evolved from ‘Just a Shakes Diet’ to now offering over 40 different products.

For more details about how you can get started on your own weight loss journey and feel amazing, call Kim on 07946 462790

Posted March 30 2021

Retirement of Alison West (formerly Quinlan)

Alison was the headteacher of Shelford School from 1988 until January 2005 when, following a year’s secondment as a Primary School Advisor with the Local Authority, she was appointed to the role permanently.

Following a short but tactful break, Alison took on the oversight of Shelford School. Her upcoming retirement this summer therefore brings to an end not only a 33 year relationship with Shelford School but almost 45 years working for the Local Authority in Cambridgeshire.

The present school governors hereby invite former pupils, their parents and former staff or governors of Shelford School during those years to join them in marking Alison’s retirement.

For any teacher the knowledge that you have made a positive difference to your pupils and colleagues makes all the hard work worthwhile. When Alison stepped down as head in 2005 she remarked that her fondest memories would be of the many conversations over the years with individual children - the playtime chats and those occasions when they took their work to her to be praised.

We invite you, therefore, to add a message of thanks to Alison to an electronic card: .

The governors also intend to send Alison a gift. Should you wish to contribute towards it you may do so via: .

For more information or help with this please contact

Anna Caroe, Chair of Governors

March 29 2021

Roadworks at the A1307/ Granham's Road junction start on April 6

The GCP and contractors Milestone Infrastructure will be starting construction on safety improvements on the junction of Granham's Road with the A1307 on 6 April 2021. The works will take about three months to complete.

The new junction layout will provide:

• A dedicated right-turn lane from the A1307 into Granham's Road

• Better visibility for vehicles exiting Granham's Road onto the A1307.

What works will be done?

• Widening the carriageway to create the extra space needed for the new right-turn lane

• Diverting utility services in the road works area

• Works to the existing A1307, such as resurfacing, road markings and street lighting

• Traffic Management during construction.

All efforts will be made to keep disruption to a minimum. However, for safety reasons there will be a number of necessary changes whilst these works take place. These will be:

• Granham's Road will need to be temporarily closed to traffic for the duration of the works. A diversion route will be signposted via Hinton Way

• On the A1307 narrow lanes with an extension to the existing 30mph speed limit will be put in place. Temporary traffic signals might occasionally be necessary. These would be used during off-peak periods (09.30 am -3.30pm) only

• The resurfacing and road marking works will take place overnight using temporary traffic lights and convoy working

• Cyclists and pedestrians will be able use the path alongside the A1307. Some temporary restrictions might be needed to carry out specific works such as replacing lighting columns.

If you have any concerns during construction, please do get in touch with Skanska's project team on or telephone Cambridgeshire County Council's Contact Centre on 01223 699906.

Posted March 25

New Arthur Rank Hospice app

'Help at Hand’ app will help Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s patients access practical support available in their local community.

The new community information app which will help them to access everything from exercise classes to wellbeing support groups, telephone helplines to mental health services.

It is the first time a Hospice has adopted the ’Help at Hand’ app, which functions like a digital directory offering social prescribing. It can be accessed via mobile phone, device or computer and provides a safe, quick and efficient way to signpost Hospice users – patients, family and friends - to the community organisations and groups they need most. The interface is simple to use, with clickable links allowing users to quickly contact organisations by telephone or email, and web addresses which open to provide further details. If someone has favourite services, these can be saved and shared.

The mobile phone app is free and can be downloaded from the App Store on Apple or Play Store on Android devices. An online version can also be reached on Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s at The organisations, charities, groups and services sign-posted from the app, have all been listed by the Charity, building on existing relationships and partnerships established by Hospice colleagues who support patients across the breadth of its services. Posted March 10 2021

Feast bunch member dies

Will George, who was a member of the Bunch that make the Shelford Feast a reality has died.

In 2013 at the age of 35, William was diagnosed with colon cancer. During the following years he underwent many surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy. Disease progression advanced quickly towards the beginning of 2021. On the evening of the 5th February 2021, he was transferred to the Arthur Rank Hospice, just a mile away from where he lived with his family.

Hi family and friends have set this page to show their support to William’s young family and contribute to help steer them towards a brighter future.

Posted March 1st 2021.

Laptops for Home Schooling

I've been working with Chris Smith (COVID support group) and Jas Hill (Parochial Charities) to try to provide refurbished laptops to local schools for home schooling. We have a small number of laptops available for children in Great/Little Shelford and Stapleford who need them for home schooling. The laptops won't be fast, but all have Windows 10, webcam, speakers and WiFi - fine for using the Internet and typing documents. If you have a child who needs a laptop, please contact me. The machines will be provided as a long-term loan.

Also, if you have any laptops you are happy to donate, please get in touch.

Mike Nettleton


T 01223 721366

M 07905 35646

Old laptops wanted?

Do you have an old laptop in your house that you no longer need or want?

The COVID support group and the Parochial Charity have teamed up to identify a few local schools that are lacking laptops for their pupils, most of whom are currently home learning.

We have worked out a mechanism for refurbishing old laptops (within the village, using local goodwill) before passing them onto the schools with the correct software for the pupils. During this process the laptops will be fully wiped by an IT professional.

If you have a laptop that you can donate to this cause, please contact Chris Smith on or on 501406.

Posted Feb 1st 2021

Panther Taxis offers some people free* transport to vaccination appointment

Panther Taxis are offering free* transport (up to the value of £10 each way), in partitioned vehicles, to those without transport, who are vulnerable, need ‘door to door’ assistance and/or financial support, to get to their vaccination appointment simply and safely.

Panther Taxis are funding and facilitating these vital journeys with an initial £10,000 ‘Covid fighting fund’ for those that require help the most across Cambridge - a commitment to local residents from a local independent taxi company.

In a time when safety is paramount, Panther Taxis also wanted to highlight the 5 points of protection that they have implemented in order to protect customers on their journeys.

1 - Partitioned vehicles available

2 - Drivers & passengers wearing face coverings

3️ - Vehicles cleaned between journeys

4 - Hand sanitiser available

5️ - Contactless payment

*Journeys to and from Cambridge vaccination centres up to the value of £10 each way

To find out more about Panther Taxis, please visit

Posted Jan 29 2021

Christmas lights vandalised

Christmas lights in Shelford Park Avenue have been vandalized.

Organiser Nicola Norman said she was “heartbroken”.

“We have been putting Christmas lights up for 12 years - not once have we had them trashed,” said Nicola.

“We work hard to put these lights up for everyone to enjoy. But someone tried ripping them off the fence and a see saw is completely ruined.

“The waving snowman that so many children love has been pulled about so much that the fence is broke and the snowman itself is buckled,”

“These lights are meant to lift the spirits for the community.

Nicola asked the community to show the vandals what the villagers think of what they have done by donating to the Cambridge Acorn Project who offer therapeutic and structural support to traumatised children and families

Posted December 22 2020

Co-op to move?

The Co-op wants to move its store in Great Shelford.

It is planning to move from High Street to High Green so that they can have a bigger shop in the development that includes the Noel Young Wine Bar.

The new shop would include a cashpoint machine.

It would be 50% bigger than the current store.

The proposal includes 14 car spaces and the number of staff increasing from 11 to 13.

A presentation was made to Great Shelford Parish Council’s planning committee in December. No planning application has yet been made.

Posted Dec 7 2020

New children's book created in Great Shelford

Alison Miles (left)from Great Shelford has created a series of children’s rhyme

She has written and illustrated the books that feature a plucky little crab called Snippy who gets himself into all sorts of scrapes when he decides to explore the world beyond his rockpool home. The first in the series, ”Snippy The Crab’s Deep Sea Adventure”, is now available on all the main bookseller platforms; and the second, “Snippy The Crab”s High-Flying Adventure” should be available later this week.

Posted Nov 2020

Shelford School Christmas Rainbow Hamper Raffle

Tickets are £1 each and all the proceeds go towards valuable resources and equipment for the school, including books, IT equipment and smaller things like this year's virtual pantomime.

You’ll be in with a chance to win one of seven beautiful colour-themed Christmas hampers – filled with gorgeous goodies. Our '1st prize' brown hamper will include a £25 voucher for Barkers Bros butchers - perfect for Christmas dinner! Our '2nd prize' blue hamper will include a Ted Baker men's toiletries set and our '5th prize' gold and silver hamper will include a large tin of Marks and Spencer shortbread biscuits. These beautiful hampers are the perfect Christmas present (or presents) for you or someone else!

Tickets will be on sale until Thursday 10 December and the winners will be chosen at random on Monday 14 December. Mr Grey (Headteacher) will be drawing the raffle and hampers will be available for delivery/collection during the last week of term.

To buy a ticket or tickets please email with the number of tickets you’d like. You will need to transfer the money for your tickets to the PTA bank account (Sort: 30-91-74 and Account No: 01248038) using the reference Xmas Raffle.

Once the money has been received you will be sent an image of your tickets and your ticket numbers.

Posted Nov 25 2020

COVID support group relaunches

The Shelford COVID support group is still here for our community. Although we were quieter over the summer, we’ve refreshed, revamped and relaunched, and we’re ready to help anyone and everyone in our community during this second wave of coronavirus.

We have a network of 78 volunteers, who have each adopted a street or a few houses where they live. Everyone in Great Shelford will have a key contact and should receive a leaflet with their contact details. There are also contacts for Little Shelford and Stapleford. Our volunteers are delighted to help people who cannot access basic amenities (shopping, prescriptions, post etc) due to COVID so please do get in touch if you need them. And if you’re not sure who your local volunteer is, please contact Chris Smith on or 501406.

The group is entirely made up of volunteers, helped over 200 people during the first wave, and has the backing of the Parish Council, SCDC, our local MP, local churches and other organisations. We have found such a joy in being able to give and it’s been a privilege to help those in need in our community, with many connections and friendships having been born or strengthened as a result. Some of highlights have included the voluntary sharing of food between residents, particularly those which were scarce at the start e.g. flour and yeast. We’ve also arranged emergency food parcels for the neediest and helped them towards more regular help with the support of the local foodbank and Parochial Charity. We’ve seen everything from Easter cards, cars with flat batteries started and socially distanced VE Day parties spearheaded by volunteers.

We are aware that many people may be more prepared than at the start of lockdown. And the number of cases in south Cambridgeshire so far remains thankfully low. However, we are here if anyone’s existing support network is not able to help. Please do get in touch if you need us. And if you want to join our wonderful group of volunteers then please get in touch too. In this difficult time for many people, let’s come together and keep Shelford going.

“The volunteering in GS has given me the opportunity to replace some of the other volunteering I was doing pre-lockdown. I’ve also met some lovely people I wouldn’t have known otherwise. “ Anonymous

Chris Smith

Posted October 30 2020

New affordable homes for Great Shelford

Proposals for 21 new affordable homes on allotments in Great Shelford have been given the go ahead.

The homes will provide accommodation for a maximum of 50 per cent of market rent “to develop affordable homes for local people”.

The development will be located in green belt land on a site to the north east of More’s Meadow in Great Shelford.

The development will see 21 homes built on the south of the site, the existing allotments moved to the north end of the site, with a public recreation space in between the two.

Great Shelford Parochial Charities owns 32 houses – one, two and three bedroom homes – at More’s Meadow where they provide affordable tenancies for Great Shelford people. They also own the allotments and open land at the bottom of More’s Meadow, extending behind Bridge Close, Hobsons Acre, Walden Way and The Hectare.

The Charity has now been given planning permission to build a further 21 affordable homes on the site currently occupied by the allotments.

The charity is planning a community orchard as part of the proposals.

Further information about The Parochial Charities can be found on their website:

Posted Nov 12 2020

Pavement issues for wheelchair users

A Great Shelford pensioner who uses a wheelchair has asked if disabled people in the village are being forgotten.

Sylvia Mallon says the situation in some areas is so bad that her wheelchair got stuck in a hole on Woollards Lane.

“The pavements are so dangerous, with holes and uneven surfaces,” she said in an email to Great Shelford Online.

“I went into a hole near the Barclays site and couldn't move.

“It’s like people who are disabled have been forgotten. “

She also highlighted the lack of drop kerbs near her great Shelford home.

“I would love to lend you my scooter to get to the shop or doctors,” she said

“It’s not a joy. It’s an experience.”

The email was passed to the Parish Council and the two county councillors for Great Shelford. They all declined to comment. Posted Sept 30 2020.

Green Belt transport route on edge of Stapleford comes a step closer

A new public transport route on the edge of Great Shelford and Stapleford could be in place as early as 2024. It was approved in principle by the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board in June 2020.

The proposed new public transport route (left) will cross Green Belt Hinton Way and Haverhill Road. It could be up and running by 2024. It will cost £132m.

An online consultation is being carried out between October 12 and December 7 when plans will be revealed showing the detailed design. An Environmental Impact Assessment is also being carried out this autumn.

Views are being sought about the design of the proposals and how to manage and mitigate the impact of the new transport route.

Stapleford Parish Council is spending up to £10,000 on consultants with Great Shelford Parish Council to oppose the scheme, they decided at their August meeting.

Proposals to run the route alongside the railway line in Great Shelford and minimise the impact on the Green Belt in Great Shelford and Stapleford (see proposed route diagram below) have been dismissed. The report says that the benefit to Great Shelford and Stapleford residents would be outweighed by the increased journey times and the additional £29m cost.

The scheme would link the Cambridge Biomedical Campus via Great Shelford, Stapleford and Sawston to a new travel hub near the A11/A1307/A505.

At a public meeting on October 14 2019, residents were told there will be up to 16 buses or trams per hour, going in either direction.

The route will be entirely off-road, only interacting with other traffic just north of Great Shelford and Stapleford at junctions on Hinton Way and Haverhill Road. Junctions between existing roads and the new public transport route will be controlled by traffic lights.

Locations of stops are proposed at Haverhill Road in Stapleford and Hinton Way in Great Shelford.

The proposals are the first part of the Cambridge Autonomous Metro, which would take the form of electric, rubber-tyred tram-like vehicles using dedicated, off-road routes to bypass congestion.

The idea gained further traction when freelance business development consultant Sue Walden contacted him. She needed a website designed for her business, so the first swap saw Sue helping Paul build awareness for his new project.

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Posted April 14 2020

Shelford pantomime

Usually, at this time of year we would be advertising auditions for Little Shelford Pantomime. Obviously, we cannot hold auditions but hope, by the autumn we may have reached a position where rehearsals can start. To this end, we have collectively decided to take everyone who was in the cast or chorus of ‘The Little Mermaid’ last year unless they don’t wish to take part or are moving on to 6th form college. We know last year’s cast, know their talents and know what they are capable of so this seems a good compromise. We usually take new children (usually from years 5 – 7) into the chorus and would hope to audition these younger ones later in the year and will advertise an audition date when the situation is clearer.

The good news is that Libby is keen to start writing the script while ‘confined to barracks’. She has chosen ‘Babes in the wood’ as the pantomime theme although this may include anything! We are in touch with last year’s cast but if any younger children know they would like to audition, let me know (; 842498) and I, in turn, will let them know the audition date when it is chosen.

Sarah Coppendale Posted April 15 2020

Arthur Rank Hospice appeal

The Arthur Rank Hospice at Shelford Bottom has issued an urgent ‘SOS!! Support Our Services’ appeal. The call comes in response to the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on the Charity’s ability to fundraise for its vital services this year.

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Hospice has had to reduce many of its services to protect the safety of its patients whilst simultaneously refocusing on the core healthcare needs of the County.

In just one month (from February to March 2020), demand for the care that the Charity provides within people’s homes (observing strict infection control procedures) has increased, as seen in the 61% increase in the number of referrals to the Hospice at Home night service. Calls to the Hospice have also increased, as demonstrated in the 27.5% increase in the length of time spent on triage calls by the Arthur Rank Community Team. Despite the difficult circumstances, in March the Inpatient Unit still provided care to 27 patients with complex end of life needs, alongside 19 patients in nurse-led beds.

Initial financial forecasts have identified that the Hospice will lose at least £700,000 of potential income over the next six months. This is due to scores of fundraising events and personal challenges having to be cancelled; the closure of the Hospice’s charity shops and Bistro; and the cancellation of training and conference events which were due to take place in its Education and Conference Centre.

Sharon Allen, CEO of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, said;" We need to ensure that we can carry on delivering essential care and services now, whilst also ensuring that services remain sustainable into the future. We truly hope that the people of Cambridgeshire will answer our SOS!"

To find out more about, or donate to, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s ‘SOS!! Support Our Services’ appeal, please visit .

Posted April 8 2020

Coronavirus in Great Shelford

There are now cases of the Coronavirus in the Shelfords and Stapleford

Granta Medical Practice are cancelling all routine face-to-face appointments. This is for the safety of both their patents and our staff. Instead they are offering an enhanced telephone service from clinicians.

If you would like to receive a phone call please ring 0300 234 5555 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday) or alternatively you can contact them with non-urgent queries via email on

Their advice is to wash your hands on a regular basis – warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. This alone will help slow down the spread of the virus. It will help protect you, your family and our community. Facemasks are of no proven benefit for community use and are currently not recommended.

There is now a Facebook support group for our 3 villages at Great/Little Shelford/StaplefordCOVID-19 Support/help group . On April 3 they had all but 12 streets in Little Shelford covered.

The contact for any resident requiring assistance are

Local business updates

  • The Wednesday Country Market is now postponed for the next month

  • The Memorial Hall is now closed from this week-end

  • The SSYI big breakfast has been postponed until October 3.

Please send any other events or business updates to

Updated March 19 2020

Shelford Coronavirus video

Great Shelford opera singer Alastair Miles has responded to having his next five months work cancelled by creating a YouTube video with the help of his family. (External link)

Posted March 29 2020

The Times

Are you (or or anyone else that you're in touch with) in the Shelfords or Stapleford that's self-isolating and misses their copy of The Times? A local resident and employee of The Times & The Sunday Times is offering to collect and safely deliver your newspaper for you.

Luke, who lives on Hinton Way will do his best to get subscribers and regular readers their fix. Stay up-to-date on current affairs, read up on something other than CV or simply tackle the crossword.

The Sunday Times has also just published the Shelfords as one of the best places to live in the UK.

Alternatively, if you're contemplating moving over to the web, smartphone or tablet edition and need some help or guidance, he can also assist.

Contact Luke Sikkema on 07900 907322 or email

Shelford Feast postponed

The Shelford Feast organising committee is sad to announce that this year’s festival is being postponed until next year. The current health crisis means planning any event due to take place in the coming months is fraught with risk, both to the health of our community and the financial future of the Feast. We sincerely apologise to all our friends, supporters, suppliers, volunteers, good causes and, of course, thousands of visitors.

As a charity and community event, we feel a strong obligation to make the best out of a difficult situation and maintain hope and optimism for the future. We are therefore keen to emphasise that this is a postponement and not a cancellation. We have already confirmed that this year’s stellar line-up will be maintained, so Tony Hadley and Trevor Nelson and all our other amazing acts will still be coming to Great Shelford, just 12 months later than originally planned. Provisional dates for the festival have been confirmed as Sunday 4th to Sunday 11th July 2021. If you’ve already bought tickets for this year there’s nothing to worry about, they will be automatically transferred.

There’s more good news too! Planning is already taking place for a ‘Mini-Feast’ that could happen when the health crisis has passed and restrictions are lifted. We don’t know when that might be and we can’t confirm any details, but we hope to provide the community with an occasion to come together again, enjoy some excellent entertainment and raise money for our local good causes.

The next few months, perhaps longer, will be difficult for many in our community and the Feast organisers are acutely aware of how the event will be missed. On a simple, now poignant level, it brings us together, something we will come to appreciate more as isolation goes on. For local businesses, many of whom are our suppliers, trading will be reduced, in some cases drastically. For the good causes who benefit from money raised by the Feast, this year will be that much harder. All we can ask is that we all pull together, help our neighbours, shop local, and support those around us in need. The local response to the crisis has been swift and impressive. It’s wonderful to see the many inspiring village initiatives that are already making a difference.

Let’s look forward with hope and anticipaton: see you at The Shelford Feast 2021!

Information for Ticketholders

If you have already bought tickets online then you do not need to do anything. The dates will automatically change and your ticket will be valid for the same event, same day of the week, same time of day, just one year later. You will receive an email confirming all the details and should anything change between now and next July you will be informed well in advance.

We hope that the majority of customers will be happy to have their tickets postponed but if you do need to cancel for any reason please follow the instructions in your online Eventbrite account or via your email confirmation. For any questions, problems or concerns please email us at Posted March 24 2020

Volunteers needed

If you have a few spare hours a week and enjoy driving and meeting people why not become a Shelford Support Group driver and help the community at the same time. contact Gill Northmore at or visit our website. Posted Feb 24.

New Shelford Monday cycling club

Fresh air, exercise, the open road - and cake. What's not to like?

Starting on 2 March, a small gang of cyclists will be meeting at Cara Coffee for a ride around the quieter lanes of South Cambs. Gathering for a caffeine fix from 9am, we will set off at 09:30 and return around 1½ - 2 hours later for some well earned cake.

So if you are at a loose end on Monday mornings, come and join us. You don't need a fancy bicycle, just a serviceable push bike or electric bike.

Rest assured, we all keep an eye out for one another; nobody gets left behind.

More details from or 07941 574663 - or just turn up! Posted Feb 14 2020.

Great Shelford burglaries

A break in took place this morning 27th Jan at around 6am. Subway on Mill Court were broken into and it is believed some computer equipment was stolen.

The thieves also broke into the neighbouring Zara Indian restaurant and stole drinks.

The fire brigade were also called to a small fire at the same time in the Mill Court car park where some inflammable material was set on fire, an electrical cable was damaged. Posted Jan 27 2020.

Scotsdales join cafe conversation scheme

Feeling lonely this winter? The Sunflower Cafe at Scotsdales in Great Shelford is now part of the Chatty Cafe scheme. Sit yourself at the table marked with the Chatty Cafe sign and soon you'll be joined by others who are looking for company.

What could be better than a cuppa and a chat. For more information on the scheme visit Posted Jan 13 2020

Great Shelford garage fire

Fire crews were called to a garage fire in Great Shelford on the afternoon of January 6.

Two crews from Cambridge were called to the at Middlefield, Hinton Way, Great Shelford at 2pm.

Crews arrived to find a garage measuring 10 x 10 metres on fire. Wearing breathing apparatus, firefighters extinguished the fire using one hose reel and a positive pressure ventilation fan to clear the smoke.

The cause of the fire was accidental. Posted Dec 8 2020.

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