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Campaign against possible dog ban on the Rec

Dog owners are protesting against a possible ban on dogs on the Recreation Ground on Woollards Lane.

In the minutes of the Great Shelford Parish Council meeting on November 20, it states; "Dog control continues to be a hazard to Recreation Ground users. Councillors are to consider the banning of dog walking on the Recreation Ground."

Hillard Annetts said on the Great Shelford Facebook page "It a dogs who are not on a lead that are a real problem! Black Lab ran up behind me and decided to go through me rather than round! I had a Broken ankle but owner could not care less!"

Several residents have written to the Parish Council to complain about a possible ban.

Charlotte Russell, who walks her dog Skye (left) on the Rec said: "My dog is well behaved and we have never had any issues with any other users. This is a shared space and should continue to be so. To lose the ability to walk our dog as a family would be extremely upsetting and very limiting for us as a family . There are very few places in the village to exercise dogs and have the kids with you too. To ban dogs from the rec would be unfair . This is a space for everyone in the village including our canine residents.

"If there is a particular concern about poor dog behaviour could I suggest a zoned solution whereby dogs can be off lead at the end of the park , similar to the zones operating at Byron’s pool country park. This would be a better solution than an outright ban."

Another villager, Alison Melton said:" We have no idea why this is being considered after (presumably) decades during which dog owners and non-dog owners have managed to share and enjoy this space peaceably. As responsible dog owners, who live in the village and are daily users of the Rec to exercise our dog, any such ban would have a very significant and negative impact on our day to to day living and the health/well-being of our dog. It is our observation that much of the time, dog walkers are the only group that make regular use of the Rec. If dogs were to to be banned, the Rec would essentially lie empty and unused for a very significant proportion of each day.

"If the Parish Council is considering this ban on the grounds of anti-social behaviour, or health and safety, may we suggest that there are much more serious issues to be dealt with on the Rec than the presence of dogs. For example: littering, the frequent use of foul and offensive language at official FA adult football matches (during which we feel unable to take our young children to the Rec for fear of what they will overhear) and intimidating behaviour by young people on the Rec towards runners etc?"

Meanwhile a petition has been launched by village Mairi Huntley to allow dogs to continue using the Rec.

You can sign the petition here.

The Parish Council issued a statement through Parish Clerk Mike Winter on January 8. It stated:

"Historically, dog fouling being left unattended on the Recreation Ground and specifically on the pitch playing areas has always been an issue. However, in the past 12 months this has increased along with dogs not on a lead being out of control, attacking children and adults utilising the Recreation Ground.

"Any action to ban dogs from the Recreation Ground would require a full Parish Council Agenda discussion and the necessary consultation. No such Agenda Item has been proposed but the risks are always under review. The minutes simply indicate that the RISK and action requires future consideration.

Read the full versions of the letters here. Updated Jan 8 2020.

Arthur Rank Hospice Christmas Tree recycling scheme

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is asking the local community for their support with its annual Christmas Tree collection, which will take place on Thursday 9, Friday 10 and Saturday 11 January 2020.

It is the fifth year of the fundraising scheme which last year saw more than 1,800 pre-loved trees collected and composted, raising over £26,000 for the Hospice.

In exchange for taking away your tree, the Charity welcomes a donation to the Hospice. This year, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is hoping to collect in the region of 2,000 trees and would love to raise £30,000. After costs, 90% of the monies raised will go to the Hospice and the remaining 10% will be donated to other local charities.

If you live in Stapleford or the Shelfords would like to register your tree for collection, please visit Registrations close at 1pm Wednesday 8 January 2020 Posted Dec 12 2019

Village meeting

The Parish Council is holding a special open meeting on January 21 for residents to express their views to the Parish Council on the More’s Meadow Development, Planning application for 21 homes (almshouses), the relocation of existing allotments and public open space provision.

A Representative of the applicant, Great Shelford Parochial Charities will be available at the Open Meeting with details of the scheme for assistance and to answer any questions.

The Parish Council will be responding to the South Cambs District Council (SCDC) planning application at a Planning Committee Meeting on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 after the Open Meeting and residents views are requested prior the Parish Council response. If you have any personal views you can respond direct to SCDC planning on Posted Dec 20 2019

Scouts sleep out to raise over £3,300 for homeless charity

Whilst most people were in their warm homes on a cold night in December, Shelfords & Stapleford Scout Group braved the elements to raise over £3,300 for local charity Wintercomfort – which supports homeless people in Cambridgeshire.

The scouts trekked for over an hour to get into Cambridge, carrying all their kit. They built cardboard shelters in an open bike shelter, which despite the cold, wind and even a spot of rain, helped them survive the night! All were all thankful for hot chocolate and bacon rolls to help them warm up the next morning.

This is the seventh year that the scouts have raised funds for Wintercomfort – with this year’s amount smashing all previous records!

Phil Burr Scout leader

Posted Jan 3 2020

80s Spandau Ballet star to headline 2020 Shelford Feast

Former Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley will headline the 2020 Shelford Feast.

Tony Hadley (left) is an English singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the 1980s as the lead singer of Spandau Ballet and launched a solo career following the group’s split in 1990.

He will be headlining the Friday evening session on July 10 with tickets costing £28.

But there hs already been criticism of the price on the Shelford Online Facebook page.

"£28 a ticket,really not a community,family event anymore," said Kathy Scapens.

The Feast is changing the format on Saturday evening with DJ Trevor Nelson playing a set of classic RNB, Soul and Hip Hop.

Trevor (right) has released 5 compilation albums under his name with Trevor Nelson’s collection going platinum and securing its place at number one across the nation for 6 weeks.

Behind the scenes Trevor was awarded an MBE for services to charity, acts as a consultant for the NFL, DJ’s regularly around the UK and Europe and is now in his 8th successful summer residency at Pacha, Ibiza. In 2010 Trevor was awarded with a special GOLD lifetime achievement award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.You can currently catch Trevor broadcasting on BBC Radio 2 with his Rhythm Nation show Monday-Thursday 10pm-midnight.

See the full details on the Shelford Feast website. Posted Dec 3 2019

Greater Cambridge Local Plan: The First Conversation

Ever walked past a building and wondered how it got planning permission? Worried about climate change and how we are going to adapt? Trying to buy a house and finding it really difficult?

The Council’s Local Plan is the document that shapes our area’s future and answers these big questions. It covers the key themes of climate change, biodiversity and green spaces, wellbeing and social inclusion, and great places. It will affect what kind of new homes get built and where, where businesses can grow and how buildings, streets and spaces should be designed. As a result, the Local Plan affects all of us – yet most people have never even heard of it.

But things are changing and we want you to be a part of it.

For the first time ever, Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are preparing a joint Local Plan for the Greater Cambridge area: and this time we want to do better than ever before at working with you all to make it happen.

We will be starting a big conversation with the community, with many different ways to get involved, online and offline, on Monday 13 January. Please look out for more information nearer the time, and get in touch at

Help shape our future together! Posted Dec 16 2019

Prescriptions? Medicines? Pills? Sorted!

A new online pharmacy service has been launched by a Great Shelford resident.

The brainchild of local pharmacist Zeinab Ardeshir (pictured left) , PillSorted offers free home delivery of prescriptions to customers across the UK, as well as an expert personal pharmacist service.

Zeinab lives at Tunwells Lane, Great Shelford while the PillSorted pharmacy is at the nearby Copley Hill Business Park.

Residents signed up to PillSorted’s service will receive their medication in handy monthly packs, each preceded by a phone, text or email check-up with a fully qualified PillSorted pharmacist.

"Helping my customers is my first and foremost reason to set up PillSorted," said Zeinab. "I saw that my customers preferred their medication to be delivered, they needed reminders to put all their repeat requests in to the doctors on time, and they really appreciated it when I chased their repeats when a medicine was missing.

"My customers found Medication reviews very helpful and in the pharmacy setting, they could not have a confidential and convenient consultation with the pharmacist. In PillSorted I am available to answer their questions from the convenience of their homes. They are welcome to visit us in Copley Hill as well."

PillSorted’s pharmacists can give valuable advice and practical help at no additional charge beyond standard NHS prescription charges.

Zeinab, who has been a qualified pharmacist since 2004, explained: “Community pharmacy services have been changing, fast, in recent years, with the personal touch in many cases falling away. PillSorted offers a highly efficient home delivery service and expert, personal service from the same, experienced, fully qualified pharmacist, every time.”

Signing up for the service is straightforward: contact PillSorted on 01223 643550 or at, or visit, to find out more and request a nomination form. Posted Nov 24 2019

Potholes in Woollards Lane

For some time now there have been numerous potholes appearing along Woollards Land near the Memorial Hall. These have been continually patched up time and time again instead of doing a proper repair, ie resurfacing the whole area.I have reported this issue several time on the Cambridgeshire County Council pothole reporting web site. This is the answer from Highways to my most recent report.

"At this time, having undertaken a site visit, we do not feel that any action is necessary, however we will continue to monitor this location as part of routine inspections and works will be carried out if required in the future."

This is totally unacceptable as anyone riding a bicycle or motorcycle will know, its an accident waiting to happen especially with winter approaching and icy conditions, where is all the extra money that is supposed to be available for pothole repair?

John Wakefield Posted Nov 25

Proposed retirement village and country park

Villagers have until Dec 11 to have their say about proposals for a new retirement village and accompanying country park on the edge of Great Shelford.

Axis Land Partnerships is consulting on a proposal to develop a state-of-the-art retirement ‘village’ with facilities open to all the community on land off Haverhill Road, Stapleford along with a new country park off Hinton Way, on land outlined in red on the map on the left..

A retirement village in this location could include high-quality housing options for older people along with tailored support services. Their scheme in Bottisham included a mix of flats and bungalows for sale and for rent. The proposal also includes a new 50 acre country park as well as facilities for the wider community.

Axis is planning to hold two consultation meetings in November when more details about the scheme are published. Axis will be asking;

What do you think of the retirement village concept?

What do you think of our design approach so far?

How do you think you would use the country park?

You can visit the Axis website at from Tuesday 19th of November to view the consultation and leave your comments. Website comments and email address are open for comments until Wednesday 11th December. Posted Oct 30 2019

Bungalow available

The Parochial Charities have a 2 bedroomed bungalow in Great Shelford that will become available later this year.

Applications are welcome from residents within Great Shelford for this Alms House.

Application forms may be requested via: , 01223 842411 or from Redmayne Arnold and Harris in Great Shelford. T: 01223 800860

All applications should be completed and returned to: JHC, 189 High St, Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3HJ Or by email

The closing date for applications is at Midday 29 / November / 2019

Applications are assessed anonymously by a few Trustees. Posted Nov 7 2019

Bus news and survey

Most residents will be aware of the main Stagecoach City 7 bus service that runs through Great Shelford and Stapleford on the A1301 (London Road and Tunwells Lane), but may not be aware of the two other 'rural' services the 7A and 31 operated under tender to Cambridgeshire County Council (soon to become the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority) by A2B Travel of Melbourn.

There appears to be some confusion amongst some residents as to who is responsible for routes, timetable etc. of these services, or to whom complaints should be made, so I will clarify the situation.

The City 7 service is commercially operated by Stagecoach, they set the route, timetable and fares, there is no subsidy from the local authority and as such Stagecoach can amend routes timetables and fares at will subject to giving the necessary notice to the Traffic Commissioners office. All complaints should be made to Stagecoach telephone No 01223 433250 email

The 7A Hinxton, IWM/Heathfield, Whittlesford, Sawston, Stapleford, Gt Shelford, Trumpington P&R and 31 Fowlmere, Thriplow, Newton, Harston, Hauxton, Lt.Shelford, Gt Shelford, Stapleford & Addenbrookes (note one early morning & two afternoon/evening service run between Cambridge Drummer Street and Barley but with no return journeys) are run on routes and timetables set by Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) who also set the fares. The bus operator (A2B) only operates the services in accordance with CCC terms of contract. So any queries with the route/timetable should be taken up with CCC Transport Department, currently at Shire Hall Cambridge but that is expected to change in 2020 due to the council moving its headquarters from Shire Hall. The contact telephone number is 0345 045 0675, email address is

In fact to avoid confrontation with drivers and avoid unpleasantness ALL complaints should be made to CCC, not the bus driver.

Meanwhile a public survey on bus services has been launched. There is a six-week survey to canvas public views on Cambridgeshire bus services and how they can be improved.

The public will have the opportunity to feedback on the current bus network, what they think is working and what could be improved through a series of focus groups and survey that can be completed online or by phone.

Respondents will be asked to comment on current levels of satisfaction with bus services and their support for a range of suggested improvements including more frequent services, an expansion of the bus network and new routes.

Other ideas for improving services include greater use of technology such as driverless shuttles and more use of alternative fuels such as electric buses. The results of the survey with the public will be used as an evidence base for what needs to change, which will be taken forward by the Authority and developed into a plan for how to improve the bus network. Posted Nov 7 2019

Dorothy Creek

Dorothy Creek a former resident of Tunwells Lane Great Shelford has died. She and her husband Len ran a taxi business from there for many years, later moving to Barrington after retirement.

She passed away on 16th October 2019 aged 97.

Shop and help SSYI at the same time

SSYI has recently enrolled with Amazon Smile to enable friends and supporters to use this scheme to benefit SSYI, by selecting the charity as your chosen charity when you purchase things via Amazon:

How does AmazonSmile work? When first visiting, you are prompted to select a charitable organisation. Amazon will give 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT and other shipping fees) of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organisations selected by their customers.

Please select:


(must be in capitals)

...if you wish to take advantage of this route for donations

These are exciting times for SSYI, as they expand the work with additional activities e.g a new girls group, and continue to develop their base in Great Shelford, which is now used as a Youth Centre, throughout the week. Posted Oct 30

Shelford parking problems

Cars double parked in Leeway Avene, Great Shelford on Saturday 26th October blocked the road not only for residents but the emergency services.

The Audi was removed by Manchetts under direction of the police at just after 1pm today. Words/photos - John Wakefield. Posted Oct 26 2019.

Proposed transport route deadline

The deadline for having your say on the new public transport route on the edge of Great Shelford and Stapleford has now passed.

The results are expected to be published in early 2020.

The proposed new public transport route will cross Hinton Way and Haverhill Road. It could be up and running by 2024.

At the public meeting on October 14, residents were told there will be up to 16 buses or trams per hour, going in either direction. That’s a bus every four minutes. It is claimed that traffic will only be stopped for a matter of moments, but in reality the barrier must have a decent pause to allow for a safe crossing.

The scheme, costing up to £155m, would link the Cambridge Biomedical Campus via Great Shelford, Stapleford and Sawston to a new travel hub near the A11/A1307/A505.

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 (see diagram left). 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.

Concerns were raised at the public meeting that cars would park in the residential roads around the bus stops, actually bringing more traffic to our villages, instead of reducing it. There were also fears raised at the meeting regarding noise from the proposed new scheme.

All of the field facing houses along Haverhill Road, Stapleford and Hinton Way, Great Shelford will no longer look out to farmers fields.

It was explained at the public meeting that the proposed route would run very close to the heronry in Stapleford.

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.

Cambridge is on track to be one of the first cities in the UK to have a groundbreaking autonomous shuttle service as part of its public transport network.

“In summary, talking with friends in the village, we will continue to use other methods to get to different places of work, schools, clubs, events, etc, during any one day. So we get the blight on our beautiful landscape, but little of the benefits” said villager Mandy Knapp.

Photo from the public meeting showing where the route would cross Hinton Way, Great Shelford.

Photo from the public meeting showing where the route would cross Haverhill Road, Stapleford.


Early 2020: Consultation results and route presented to GCP Executive Board for decision on preferred option and to prepare for the application for powers to build the scheme

2020-2022: Statutory consents process - Obtaining the powers to construct the scheme and further work including environmental impact assessment

2022: Start of Work

2024: Scheme completion

Consultation closes November 4.Read more details about the proposals here. (External link)

The plans have been described as "madness" by one villager who asks in a blog if local people are ambivalent to the proposals.

Posted Oct 22 2019

Great Shelford public meeting

There's a public meeting in Great Shelford on November 19 about proposals to fit solar panels at the Babraham Park and Ride site.

The project will install carports above the car parking sections, to which solar panels will be fitted. These panels will generate renewable electricity - powering not only the site, but also electric vehicle charging points and local businesses in the years to come. The clean energy will also generate revenue for crucial frontline services.

A planning application will be submitted in late 2019.

Construction is expected to start in early 2021 and will take up to one year to complete. The carpark will remain open, with construction work being carefully coordinated to minimise the impact on users of the site.

The team behind the Babraham Park & Ride Smart Energy Grid will be in Great Shelford to discuss the project and answer questions.

They will be giving a presentation on 19 November 2019 from 7:30 – 9:00pm at the Great Shelford Memorial Hall to raise awareness ahead of submitting a planning application later this year.

Posted Oct 18 2019

Countryfile comes to Great Shelford

BBC Countryfile came to Great Shelford on Wednesday , September 25.They wee filming villages whose cash machines have been ram –raided and to find out the effects of losing the facility and no banks.They came to the Country Market (photos below), going on to Barkers (photo with presenter Tom Heap courtesy Barkers Butchers) and interviewed the Chairman of the Parish Council. The ATM at Barclays Bank in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford was stolen in a ram raid at around 1am on October 29 2018.Thieves are believed to have used a JCB stolen from a building site in Little Shelford for the raid.This theft left Great Shelford without a cashpoint machine.

It was the second recent ram raid in the village.

Ram raiders drove into the front of the Co-op in High Street, Great Shelford and stole the cash machine a year ago on September 23 2018

The Countryfile programme featuring Great Shelford was broadcast on BBC1 on October 13.

Posted September 23 2019 Updated Sept 26

7a bus

The 7a bus to Trumpington park and ride, which travels through Great Shelford will now stop at the same bus stops as the Stagecoach city7 through Great Shelford. Posted 30/9/19

Vans broken into

Two vehicles have been broken into in Great Shelford.

In both cases the thieves drilled the van locks.

Tools were taken from a van in Chaston road, and a van in Macaulay Avenue, Great Shelford.

Help Shelford school while you are shopping

Great and Little Shelford school wants your help to enter a draw run by the supermarket Aldi to win £20,000 for use on sports equipment and other healthy initiatives. To be eligible, schools have to collect at least 300 'Team GB' stickers from Aldi. Any members of the public can collect stickers.

You can obtain one each time your shopping bill in Aldi comes to a total of £30 or more. The PTA's Matt Bell said:"We wondered if we could ask the local community to collect stickers on behalf of the school if they shop at Aldi and send them to the school to increase our chances of being able to enter the draw. Stickers can be sent to the school

office in the post (Great and Little Shelford Primary School, Church Street, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5EL) or dropped off there in person. The draw is open from now until Sunday November 3rd.

More information about the Aldi's stickers and £20,000 healthy initiative for schools draw is available at:

Posted September 24 2019

Noel Young Sunday changes

Noel Young is ringing the changes on Sunday.

Sunday lunchtimes have been the one shift that has not been particularly successful since the new wine bar opened earlier this year.

The last regular Sunday opening was on September 15.

Starting Sunday October 13, he will be offering a themed menu and wine pairing - though not every Sunday. The first, then, is a classic Pie & Shiraz menu - either a rich beef Pie or similarly rich Mushroom Pie along with a 125ml glass of Shiraz for £15 per person. There will also be approximately 5 other Shiraz's to try if you were so inclined...please email them on or 01223 842954 to book places. Posted 16/9/19

Libraries Week in Great Shelford

Libraries Week is when we celebrate the wonderful institution that is the public library and, more particularly, the great contribution that Great Shelford library makes to village life. The Friends of Great Shelford Library are joining together with the Library Service to bring you events throughout the week so you can enjoy your fantastic local library by attending some of them.

The BIG book sale will start at 10 am on Tuesday 8 October, and run throughout the week during library opening hours. If you have any good quality books in excellent condition you would like to donate, please talk to Rosemary, our librarian.

On Thursday 10 October, there will be a talk by Helen Harwood, local historian and Chairman of the Friends Group, entitled “Some Shelford Characters” at 2.30 pm.

Refreshments will be provided and tickets can be obtained from Rosemary at the library (£2 per person).

Finally, for younger visitors, there will be a Lego session on Saturday 12 October in the afternoon from 2 - 4 pm. Again, please book a place at the library as numbers are limited.

Come along and enjoy your library! Posted 16/9/19

Maps- Greater Cambridge Partnership Posted 9/9/19

New guides leader

1st Shelford Guides is delighted that they'll be restarting on Mon 28 October with new members to the leadership team.

If you’d like to find out about places for Guides (girls aged 10-14 years) or to volunteer, please go to and click on ‘Information for parents’ or ‘Get involved’, or email Posted Sept 4 2019

New affordable homes for Great Shelford

Proposals for 21 new affordable homes on allotments in Great Shelford have been published.

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 is seeking planning permission to build a further 21 affordable homes on the site currently occupied by the allotments. The allotments would be relocated to the field behind The Hectare.

They have appointed an architect and engaged consultants to undertake the various surveys - landscape, ecology, archaeology, highways, drainage, etc - required for planning consent.

The drop in session is an opportunity for villagers to meet the Trustees, inspect the plans, ask questions and share opinion. Please join them.

Memorial Hall, 4pm - 7pm, Tuesday, 1st October 2019

Further information about The Parochial Charities can be found on their website: (posted Aug 27 2019)

Shelford bed and breakfast

Walnut Lodge on High Green (opposite the wine bar) has new owners.

Tim and Sarah Kwan are planning a number of changes at Walnut lodge.

“We love to host guests and create a happy and comfortable place for them to stay whatever the reason or occasion,” said Sarah.

Tim and Sarah are two musicians and music teachers who also own and run KwanMusic. They are a bassoonist and singer, organist and pianist. They have two children under 3.

“We have a barn which has two separate living areas, named Walnut Lodge and Mini Walnut Lodge. The main lodge consists of a large bathroom and downstairs living area, and upstairs is a king size bedroom in the eaves of the property. We are looking to install a mini kitchenette in winter as guests only have a fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster to use at the moment. We have had such great success we want people to be able to cook for themselves in there too,” said Tim.

“We more recently opened up the en-suite double bedroom adjacent to Walnut Lodge and we have been busier that ever”

“We have had people visiting friends and family in Great Shelford and the surrounding areas. Or people needing somewhere to stay to explore Cambridge itself, functions at the Rugby club, weddings, hospital appointments, air shows and we have had plenty of dogs staying which our children love.

“We opened up Walnut Lodge to guests in just 2 weeks after we moved to into our house in February so we could get it up and running before our jobs resumed after the Easter holidays.” Posted Aug 28 2019

Shelford rave

Thousands of people from Great Shelford, Little Shelford and Stapleford were woken by a rave on the outskirts of Little Shelford in the early hours of August 17.

The rave took place at St Margaret’s Mount on Newton Road.

Police were called to the unofficial event at around 1am. The rave finally came to an end shortly after 11am when the heavy rain began.

“Thousands of people as far as 4 miles from the site (ie. Sawston and Stapleford) were seriously inconvenienced, many unable to sleep,” said District Councillor Peter Fane.

“The persistent low beat carried literally five miles - we’re over 3 miles away which is why I and others bothered to walk out at 3.30am to track down the source of the noise (which I originally thought must be across the street) so that I could report it.

“I walked up there 3.30am with some others (one from Stapleford) to identify site, but police were already there and subsequently assured us at 5am they “had it in hand”, meaning that with only a few officers on duty they didn’t have the resources to shut it down,” said Councillor Fane.

“There is a risk that because raves elsewhere have been shut down quickly and this one was allowed to go on into the morning, South Cambridgeshire may be a popular choice for rave organisers in the future,” Councillor Fane said.

“I will be asking the Environmental Health department at SDDC (responsible for noise nuisance) to meet with the police with some urgency to review procedures for dealing with raves, as they have been able to do successfully in other parts of the county already this summer.”

See a video of the rave on the Cambridge live website

Posted Aug 28 2019

Library health talks

Great Shelford library is launching a new initiative aimed at helping people to stay healthy as they grow older. Places can be booked for £2.

The first talk will be:

Healthy Eating for Adults

Great Shelford Library

Thursday 12th September 2019 at 2.30pm

Book a place at the library, email<> or call 0345 045 5225

The second talk will be:

Mental Wellbeing and Sleep

Great Shelford Library

Monday 11th November 2019 at 10.30am

Book a place at the library, email<> or call 0345 045 5225

They're also hoping to run a Falls Prevention talk in January - details to follow or ask at the library.

Posted Aug 27 2019

Bus stop flags

Eight new bus stop signs (commonly known as flags) have been erected in Great Shelford along Hinton Way, Mingle Lane and High Street. These replace old and dilapidated ones on the No 31 bus route. The signs have been made by Steve Edmondson of Haslingfield with help from John Wakefield.

Also receiving attention were a number of timetable cases where the acrylic front panel was broken, missing or had become opaque with age, new acrylic panels and timetables have been placed in these.

Steve decided to do something himself about the poor state of bus stops and timetables on local bus routes after he found that Cambridgeshire County Council had no money available for bus stop/timetable replacements despite subsidising the non commercially profitable bus services. Steve has already replaced signs in his own area around Haslingfield, and in Hauxton and Stapleford, he has received donations to costs (each bus top flag costs £25) from the parish councils, it is hoped that Great Shelford Parish Council will also make a contribution to the cost for the new signs in Great Shelford.

The No 31 bus runs between Fowlmere to Addenbrookes on five return trips per day, serving Thriplow, Newton, Hauxton, Little Shelford, Gt Shelford and Stapleford. Report and photos John Wakefield

Read the revised Great Shelford bus timetable here Posted Aug 26 2019

Surgery appointment online delays

Villagers are having to wait for over a month for an appointment at the Great Shelford Medical Practice if they use the Online system.

One villager said that when they tried to book an appointment in Great Shelford or Sawston on July 21, there were no appointments in Shelford or Sawston until August 23.

"I refuse, on principle, to travel to Barley or Royston, when I can walk to my practice in Shelford," she said.

"To travel to Barley or Royston is a waste of my time, petrol, destroys the environment because of unnecessary car travel and I don't even know whereabouts in Barley or Royston the practices are. I'm registered with Shelford, why can I not book an appointment?? If there are so many appointments available in Barley and Royston, perhaps some of the doctors there should be in the Shelford practice instead where there is clearly more demand!"

Another villager supported the comments.

"I have just looked and the only on line appointments up to 14th September are at Barley or Royston (1 at Linton) are the good folks of Barley and Royston super healthy that they do not need these appointments or are there just too many GPs allocated to Barley and Royston," said Sue Tombs.

"We live in Great Shelford so should be able to see a GP in Great Shelford not add to our carbon footprint by using a car or if you are lucky a bus to these out of the way places.

"Yes I know you could phone up for an appointment but unless you lie and say it is urgent you could still be waiting 3 – 4 weeks. Being still at work – when I do phone up I seem to have difficulty in getting the Receptionists to understand what I mean by an early morning or late afternoon appointment and they cannot seem to realise how long it takes to get from Cambridge to Great Shelford during the rush how.

"This problem has been brought up at the Patients Participation Group and I urge all villagers to go onto the Practice Website and sign up for the group and then attend the meetings – we need the younger generation."

Proposed cycling/walking route consultation

Your views are needed about a new cycling and walking route through Great Shelford and Stapleford.

There are two options for the Sawston Greenway through Stapleford.Option A would follow existing route, with improvements to the existing National Cycling Network route 11 to include improvements on London Road, Stapleford. This can be seen in pink on the map (left).Option B would be via Dernford Resevoir towards Shelford Station. This would include a new shared-use path around the Dernford Reservoir site and connecting the new route from Shelford Station to the A1301.Improvements would be made at Shelford station as part of the proposals including improvements to the station forecourt and road crossing and a direct connection through Mill Court.

Read more details and give your views here.

Shelford Guides needs a new leader

Shelford Guides urgently need a new leader by September or could face closure

A qualified Girlguiding leader, or someone able to take the Girlguiding Leadership Qualification, is urgently needed to share the running of 1st Shelford Guides. No previous experience is required. Training is done alongside volunteering and lots of support is given.

Guides is the section of Girlguiding for girls aged 10-14 years, and is great fun and highly rewarding to volunteer for! The unit meets on Monday nights during term time. To find out more, please contact Lisa ( and visit (search for Guides and Leadership Qualification).

Neighbourhood Plan update

Thank you to all who took the time to complete the Neighbourhood plan survey. The responses have given us much evidence of the type of environment you wish to continue enjoying.

Whilst the responses were quite diverse there were some themes that were common and these will be incorporated into the text that we will now spend the summer writing before presenting to you all in the Autumn for further consultation.

We value your ideas and are always ready to listen as the Plan is basically your document and can only be completed with your input. Again thank you.

Councillor Barbara Kettel, Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Opticians changes hands

Jackson Cox the Opticians are changing owner. After 58 years in business, current owner Bryan Story is retiring in July. The good news is that the business will remain in Shelford in the same premises down the passage behind Redmayne Arnold & Harris estate agents in Woollards Lane.

The new owner of the business is Mr Abhijeet Saxena MCOptom Optometrist, experienced professional who is dedicated. to the welfare of patients, and qualified in all aspects of practice. In a letter to patients Mr Story says he will be involved in the practice on a very limited basis for a short time after the hand over, and wishes to thank all patients for their support over the years.

He is taking over on 4th July. the new opening hours will be Monday - Friday 9-5.30pm and now open on Saturdays 8.30-4.30pm.

John Wakefield

Co-op burglary

The Co-op has been broken into again - and this time the thieves also stole the CCTV.

The details have emerged in a blog from PCSO Chris Wiseman.

"Getting towards the middle of the month (May) and there was a break in at The Co Op in Great Shelford," he said in his blog.

"I did some house to house enquiries around this one. The offenders took the CCTV with them which made the investigation a bit tricky."

Mass Rapid Transport on edge of Great Shelford comes a step closer?

The off-road bus-based transport system which would run along the edge Great Shelford and Stapleford could be coming a step closer.An article in the Cambridge Independent newspaper says that consultation on the Mass Rapid Transit route (MRT) between Granta Park and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus proposals could begin in September.The route would include stops in Great Shelford and Stapleford. However firm details of the route beyond the adjacent map have not been published."A public consultation on the possible routes for phase two of the Cambridge South East Transport Scheme – that aims to deliver quick and reliable public transport links from the A1307 to the city – could begin in September," says the newspaper article.

The link would be on a dedicated track and could eventually form part of a wider plan for a metro system for Cambridge.

Great Shelford and Stapleford councils have written to the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer opposing THE multi million pound plans for a Mass Rapid Transit route (MRT) between Granta Park and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which is being considered which would run on the edge of the two villages.

The Mass Rapid Transport route would cross three local roads – Granhams Road, Hinton Way and Haverhill Road.Read the article in the Cambridge Independent.

GCP joint assembly agenda for June 6

GCP project details

Great Shelford wine bar opens

Great Shelford's first wine bar opened on May 15.

Noel Young's Wine Bar was due to open on May 10. But the County Council Highways Department stopped work at the front of the new wine bar on High Green.

They were objecting to the ramped area leading to the doorway for disabled visitors to the bar. However, this was a condition of the bar being given the go ahead by South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Noel Young Wines is relocating to the former De Freville Arms building on High Green which was most recently the Jones and Jones sofa shop.

The new wine bar is opening Wednesday to Saturday evenings, all day on Saturday and for Sunday lunch with capacity for up to 45 people.

Alongside the 1600 wines, it will offer a small but quality menu. It isn't planned to be a restaurant but will offer cheese, and charcuterie plates with 3 to 4 other substantial hot offerings.

They are promising no loud music, and a convivial, relaxed place for a glass or bottle of wine and some tasty food.

"There will be no optics, no vast array of beer pumps etc. It will be a quiet classy wine bar," said Noel.

"We really want this to be a development the village will be pleased about, it’s not going to have a big impact environmentally – we will have very few deliveries of any size, we won’t open until 10am. We have ample parking and will be encouraging people to walk, cycle and take taxis in the evenings." The wine bar now has its own website.

*Bryan Turner Kitchens are also opening in the development in the former Jones & Jones site on the corner of Granhams Road and High Green.

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Walking Rugby arrives at Shelford Rugby Club

Over the past few weeks, Shelford Rugby Club has been home to a new competition – Walking Rugby. The sessions take place every Tuesday evening from 6pm – 7pm and so far the uptake has been very positive, with the average age of attendees sitting at just over 70. The sessions are completely free and open to men and women of all ages, no prior experience necessary. The initiative is designed to encourage less-active members of the community to put on their boots and chase a ball around, but at an easy pace. With the support of local charity, Living Sport, Shelford is hoping to encourage more and more members of the community to get involved. Walking sports are becoming an increasingly popular trend, they help to keep peoples’ bodies and minds active, not to mention it’s good fun too. One 77-year-old participant had this to say:

“It keeps you active, keeps the brain ticking and even keeps spirits high, when you get to my age, too many people think that they can’t do these sort of things anymore. But this is just what people need.”

For more information, contact Shelford Rugby Club.

01223 843357

Art show for great Shelford mum

Local Great Shelford Mum turned Artist is having a preview evening of her new exhibition at Boudoir Femme on King Street, Cambridge from 6-8pm on Friday 7 June 2019.

You are invited to come along for a glass of cava and a browse.

You might know her around the village as Anja Evans, but she paints under the name Anja Perry Art. Her current passion is acrylic pouring, the art of pouring colours and moving them around so that they layer and create colours within colours. Whilst they are abstract pieces, many of them are inspired by and are reminiscent of the sea or polar ice. The way colours interact yet don’t mix fascinates her. She has to let go of constraints, preconceptions and have an open mind as to how the finished piece will look. This fits in well with her overall looser painting style, such as when she is painting with oils.

The wonderful thing about her current passion is that no two pieces will be the same, yet a collection of colour inspired pictures can be collected. The sizes are consistent (framed 50cmx50cm or 23cmx23cm) which make them eminently collectable, especially if you have a larger space to fill, or want a co-ordinated feel throughout your home. She welcomes commissions and can create larger pieces or ones to go with an interior design colour scheme.

She works from her home studio in Great Shelford and you can visit her in her studio by appointment. Please email her at to make arrangements. Alternatively, you can come along and visit her exhibition at Boudoir Femme on Friday 7 June from 6-8pm. She would love to have support from the Shelford community, so please feel free to bring a friend and share this post. 5% of sales on the evening will be donated to local charities including Shelford School PTA.

New Parish Councillors

Great Shelford has two new Parish Councillors.

Gregory Price and Paula Arnold were voted in in the elections on May 2.

Gregory Price has lived in the village since 2010. He work for a national hospital group managing contracts for the NHS.

He is a keen cyclist, and enjoy travelling both in the UK and abroad.

Gregory has a keen interest in health issues, particularly around the provisions of local health services, transport issues, including encouraging sustainable solutions and addressing social isolation and the provision of inclusive services to all local residents.

Paula Arnold has I have been living locally in Great Shelford for nine years, and previously lived in Harston for 30 years.

She works as a book keeper.

Before she was elected, she said:" If elected I would strive to improve and maintain our green spaces, by protecting our beautiful old trees that give so much. New replacement saplings are not an equal replacement. I would also like to encourage more recycling in the village, with either bottle banks, plastic banks, newspapers and textile banks in public places. I would like to see some better roadwork co-ordination, and traffic management, as the tailbacks with the traffic pollution are getting really noticeable."

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Bus update

"A2B bus and coach would like to announce that after being selected as the council's preferred supplier for services 7A, 18, 31 and 75, we have been awarded continuation of these contracts.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank YOU the passengers of these routes who have made this possible we are a small family owned and run company without the backing of any major "big groups" or shareholders this is a huge achievement for us and we are proud to serve you the passengers who made it possible.

Myself , Tony (31 driver) and Laurkan (7a) and everyone else in the team look forward to seeing you onboard in the future

Brian Clifford

Managing director A2B BUS AND COACH LTD

Deli Friday evening opening

The Deli is now opening for casual Bistro-Pizza nights on alternate Friday evenings, offering both takeaway and eat-in menu services. A lovely family-friendly venue for local people to walk down to and enjoy some great seasonal Deli food, a bottle of vino and the relaxed vibe.

The next Deli Bistro-Pizza night is scheduled for Friday May 10th – they’re taking table reservations and orders now on 01223 846129. Their current bistro and takeaway menus can be found on their Facebook page. They are also launching a gluten-free pizza base option for any pizza on their menus.

Open all day on alternate Fridays - 8.30am – 9.30pm (Kitchen Open: 11.30am – 3pm and 5pm – 9pm) with Monmouth coffee and homemade Deli cake served throughout the day as usual.

Village cafe goes from strength to strength

Thank you to all for your enthusiasm for Cara Coffee which is now open just opposite the Co-op in Great Shelford.

We are open Tuesday to Friday at the moment but would like to build up our volunteer base so that we can open 9-2pm on a Saturday.

If Saturday is a day you might be able to offer to volunteer, please email Julie Whitbread We would love to hear from you. In the meantime do call in for a coffee or piece of cake! You'd be very welcome!'

Library loyalty card scheme

Great Shelford library has launched its own loyalty card.

People borrowing foir or more adult fiction or non-fiction books at once receive a special stamp on their card.

Four stamps will entitle them to a free standard sized tea or coffee at the Shelford Deli.

The scheme has been launched initially as a pilot until June 30.

New care home proposed for Great Shelford

Proposals for a new care home in the heart of Great Shelford have been published.

The care home in Station Road would have 63 en suite bedrooms. It would also feature a café, cinema room, gym and hair salon.

Access will continue to be taken from Station Road and 28 car parking spaces will be provided for staff and visitors;

Gillings Planning have approached the Parish Council for initial discussions regarding building on the Shelford Energy site in Station Road. At this stage no planning application has been submitted.

The developers will be attending the Great Shelford Planning meeting at 6.30pm on Wednesday 3 April in the Pavilion to discuss their proposals.

Porthaven Care Homes is a leading national provider of high-quality care for the elderly delivered in purpose built-accommodation which exceeds regulatory standards.

Further information on the services they offer can be found on their website:

One of the ambitions for the development is that it becomes part of the wider community and this can be seen in the opening up of the site frontage so that the development is not hidden away. Active uses such as the resident’s café in the west of the care home will help create a sense of activity.

Read more at the Parish Council website.

It seems as if Shelford Energy (formally Shelford Petroleum) have sold out the oil side of the business to Watson Fuels who are in turn part of WFL (UK) Ltd

This would explain why the oil depot is being sold for the proposed Retirement Home in Station Road. Thus another old established Shelford company closes. They were formally Shelford Corn and Coal Company owned by the George family. It looks like they are just keeping the servicing side of the business as Shelford Heating who are now based at South Cambs Business Park, Sawston . John Wakefield

Gravestone for Nazi spy will not now go ahead

A gravestone for a Nazi spy buried in Great Shelford will not now go ahead after all.

Wilhelm Ter Braak was a Dutch spy who was buried in what was an unmarked grave in the village cemetery in Great Shelford during the second world war.

Ter Braak was a Dutch espionage agent working for the Germans who operated for five months in England. He is believed to have been the German agent who was at large for the longest time in Britain during the Second World War.

When he ran out of money, Ter Braak committed suicide in a public air raid shelter in Cambridge. It is not known why he was buried in Great Shelford.

The gravestone was being organised by Ter Braak’s family in Holland.

They had proposed the following wording:

Engelbertus Fukken (Ter Braak’s real name)

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

The Parish Council gave their go ahead for the gravestone. However the family in Holland has now decided that the costs of the gravestone is too high and they will not ahead with it after all.

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

  • A book about Ter Braak, called "Spy against Churchill" by Leven en dood van Jan Willem ter Braak is expected to be published in the UK later this year.

Great Shelford link to the £14m Hatton Garden heist

Jewellery and gold stolen in the £14m Hatton Garden raid were found following a search of a house in Great Shelford.

Officers - who made simultaneous searches of Michael Seed's mother's large house in Great Shelford on March 28 2018 and his brother's ground-floor flat in Forest Gate, east London, - found £143,000 worth of jewellery, gold ingots and gems stolen in the Hatton Garden raid.

Alarm specialist Michael Seed, 58, was known as "Basil" to the rest of the gang. But on March 15 he was jailed for 10 years after becoming the 10th person convicted in connection with the crime when he was found guilty of conspiracy to burgle the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company and conspiracy to handle the proceeds of the Hatton Garden robbery.

Read the full story in the Cambridge News

Asbestos found on the Recreation Ground

Asbestos has been discovered on significant parts of the great Shelford recreation ground. the clean-up could cost as much as £50,000.

Work on the rec to provide improved services for the Feast started on March 5. Unfortunately, it has uncovered buried asbestos over a significant area. The rest of the Recreation Ground where there have been no excavations (e.g. the football pitches, cricket square, children’s play area, etc.) do not present any risk from asbestos. The Parish Council has had specialist tests run on the contaminated material:

Chemical tests have confirmed that the contamination is due to white asbestos encased in concrete (chrysotile). Whilst it is classed as a hazardous material, it is encased in concrete and any danger is minimal.

Air tests have also been performed at multiple points and have confirmed there are no asbestos fibres in the air.

Great Shelford Parish Council is confident that there is no safety risk to the public or to contractors working on the site. Work will continue over the next few weeks to excavate the trenches and drain connection.

During the work there will be on site monitoring by specialists to ensure that the correct procedures are adhered to and that contractors and the public are completely safe. All excavated material will be removed from the site and taken to a hazardous waste facility. New material will be brought in to replace the contaminated soil.

Where did the contamination come from? The Parish Council doesn't know but the finger has been pointed at the following as potential sources:

Wartime military encampment.

Old Memorial Hall roof.

Robinson’s dairy.

The clean-up exercise is going to be costly. The Parish Council doesn't have the final figure, but believe it could be in the region of £35,000-£50,000. The Council believes it essential to complete the work to safeguard public safety and to ensure they can complete the Feast and Playscape projects

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Police advice to help avoid car thefts

Following a rise in thieves using more sophisticated techniques to gain access to keyless entry/start button cars, including the theft of a Range Rover in Stapleford, police have issued advice to help you keep your vehicle secure and protect you from becoming a victim of crime.

When the correct key fob is close by, the fob recognises the signal and transmits its own code, instructing the vehicle to unlock the doors and to allow the ignition to work on the car.

Thieves use wireless transmitters to capture its radio transmission. This is relayed to another device. It allows the thief to open and start your car in the same way.

To prevent this from happening, use car key signal blocker cases/sleeves, they cost less than £10, or an aluminium tin at home. Find a safe place for your keys at home and check to ensure they are out of range.

Following some of these other steps will also help to protect your vehicle:

Use a good quality crook lock or full cover steering wheel security lock to immobilise your vehicle

Consider fitting an ‘OBD safe’ device, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s on board diagnostic port, in the vehicle cabin. This prevents criminals using software to code an electronic key for the vehicle

If your vehicle is fitted with on board wi-fi consider switching this facility off, if you do not need it which will reduce the chance of criminals hacking into the vehicle’ system; your banking details or personal data from linked devices

Criminals can also employ remote/keyless entry jamming equipment; so make sure your car is locked physically by trying the door handle and viewing the indicators flash, before leaving it.

Boost for Great Shelford village warden scheme

Great Shelford village warden scheme is to get a share of more than £23,000 awarded by South Cambridgeshire Council to tackle isolation among elderly residents

Fourteen community groups have been awarded £23,410 by the District Council’s long-running Mobile Wardens grant scheme. The funding will help the groups to tackle isolation by supporting elderly residents to stay in their own homes and communities.

Through community care schemes, Mobile Wardens regularly visit elderly residents in their homes, helping with light practical tasks and establishing supportive relationships.

The applicants for 2019/20 grant funding included 11 schemes that were supported during the previous year, plus three additional schemes. In order to fund all 11 returning schemes to the same level, as well as the three additional schemes in Waterbeach, Stapleford and Great Shelford, the total funding for 2019-2020 has increased by £3,300.

Little Shelford Bowls Club welcomes new members

Little Shelford has a small and friendly bowls club, which has members from surrounding villages including a number from Stapleford. Our green is at the far end of the Wale Recreation Ground off Whittlesford Road, and we play matches on weekday evenings and Wednesday afternoons from late April to early September.

We are always keen to welcome new members and will be holding Open Days on Saturday 20thand 27thApril, starting at 2pm. If you would like to try your hand at bowls, or just find out more, come and join us. All you will need is a pair of flat-soled shoes. You are also welcome to contact our Secretary Ray Saich on 842737 if you have any queries.

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