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Great Shelford news Updated 9 minutes agoJun 26, 2015, 6:40 AM


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Creative Writing classes for Little Shelford

Are you a budding writer? Poet? Blogger? Want to improve your technique or start from scratch?

Join a termly ten-week programme of classes which will develop your writing skills of a range of forms* and allow you to workshop and discuss potential and existing writing projects.

*Forms will include - Fiction - novels/short-stories/flash fiction/poetry; Non-Fiction - biography/memoir/life-writing/travel/articles & reviews; Performance Writing - plays for the stage/radio/screenplays/community plays...

Please send queries or register your interest by emailing: or call 07904 297346

The classes will be held in Shelford - venue/day to be confirmed - please indicate a daytime or evening preference.

Little Shelford is moving

Little Shelford is shifting. It looks as if we will have one county councillor instead of the current two. And Great and Little Shelford will be in the same ward as Hauxton, Harston and Haslingfield.

The draft recommendations have been made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. The Commission welcomes comments on the recommendations report by 06 July 2015. Representations should be made:

· By email to:

· Or in writing to:

Review Officer (Cambridgeshire)

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

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Great Shelford road rage

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward after a road rage incident near Cambridge.

The incident happened between about 4.30pm and 5pm on June 2 close to the junction of Addenbrooke's Road and Cambridge Road, Great Shelford between the wine merchants and Scotsdale Garden Centre.

A black Peugeot was followed by a black Honda motorbike, ridden by a man described as white, wearing a blue T-shirt and jeans.

It is believed the car was damaged and the driver alleges she was assaulted.

PC Richard Moore said: "This was a drawn-out incident and I am confident there are people in the area who must have witnessed it.

"I appeal for anyone with information to come forward."

Anyone with information should call PC Moore on 101 quoting incident 391 on June 2.

Threat to Shelford post delivery service

The postal delivery service in Great Shelford could be under threat.

The Communication Workers Union says that they have been told by the Royal Mail that there are plans to close at least 12 village delivery offices in the region.

The Great Shelford office is one of those the union has said it believes is under threat. The office is a sorting and collection facility within the Post Office. Any changes would not directly affect the Post Office itself.

See more coverage in the Cambridge News.

Two sheds burgled

A shed was burgled between 28th and 31st on Hinton Way, Great Shelford. A Hater lawnmower with electric starter was taken. Model R56S, Serial no 290001364. A second shed in Hinto Way was broken into between 22nd and 30th. A petro lawn mower was taken.

Shelford Guides under threat of closure

Shelford Guides could close unless they urgently find a new leader. The fun, adventure and opportunities that Guides provides for girls aged 10-14 years, are there in abundance for the adults too! No previous experience required; training can be provided. To find out more, please contact Lisa MacGregor (; 01223 843021) or visit

School fete cancelled

There is no summer fete this year at Great and Little Shelford School. Instead the school is fundraising through a "virtual fete".

The school said that the fete isn't happening as "the PTA is on sabbatical this year whilst it restructures. Instead the school is asking villagers to consider donating the money they would have spent through the "virtual fete".

"As the summer fete has been one of our main fund-raising activities, providing vital outdoor resources for the benefit of the pupils, we do hope you will respond generously to this alternative," said a school statement.

Donations can be sent directly to the school or given via the "mydonate" website

Girl injured by adult cyclist

A 13 year old girl was knocked off her bike by another cyclist during a protest cycle staged to show how unsafe the route from the Shelfords to Sawston Village College is.

The Year 8 pupil was hit by an adult cyclist, who then launched a verbal tirade against the girl, as she rode with about 50 pupils and parents from Stapleford to Sawston Village College on May 22, acccording to witnesses.

The mass walk and cycle was held to highlight the dangers of the route after the council axed free school bus services from Stapleford and the Shelfords to the school from September.

Cambridgeshire County Council says the route is now safe for pedestrians for cyclists – a claim many parents, pupils and teachers strongly disagree with.

Stijn van Dongen, a parent who saw the incident, said the cyclist "clattered” into a girl. “The speed at which he was cycling was far greater than the girl's speed. Both fell to the ground.

"Immediately after picking himself up he started vehemently telling the girl that she was in the wrong side of the path and the cause for this collision

The girl needed first aid treatment at the school and the man is believed to have suffered a grazed elbow.

Tony Orgee, a Conservative county councillor for the Shelfords Sawston, said he is coming down on the parents' side in the campaign, who are appealing against the decision of the Tory council's officers.

A spokesman for the council said they would not comment before the appeal hearings on June 16, when the safety arguments will be heard.

See the full story in the Cambridge News.

Around 50 parents have appealled against the County Council's decision to withdraw the free bus service from Great Shelford to Sawston Village College.

47 appeals have been lodged by parents against the decision, claiming the route is dangerous. About 180 pupils at Sawston Village College are set to lose the free service. Join the Facebook group here.

Great Shelford burglary

A burglary was reported at Orchard Road, Great Shelford. This occurred during the hours of darkness on May 19. The burglar entered the premises by forcing open a door to the office. Once inside the till has been stolen containing a small amount of cash.

A theft from a vehicle was reported in Chaston Road, Great Shelford. This occurred during the evening of May 19 . Various power tools were stolen from a transit van.

Shelford Medical Practice website changes

In June, the Shelford Medical Practice will be re-vamping their website. They will be introducing some new features, changing the look and feel of it, and the site will re-size automatically when you view it on your ‘phone, iPad or tablet computer.

You will still be able to see your appointments, medications and allergies online. However, they will be removing the “old” form for requesting repeat prescriptions, and using only the “new” one.

if you do not already have a user name and password, you will need to request them from the practice if you to want to order repeat prescriptions and use theother online services on the website.shall send them to you.

The website address will remain the same:

A second burglary was reported at Granta Terrace, Great Shelford. This occurred overnight on Thursday 14th May. The burglar forced their way through a steel roller door into a commercial mechanics workshop. The alarm was activated and the burglar left empty handed.

Turnout – 75.85%

Shelford burglaries

There has been a spate of shed and garage burglaries in Great Shelford. There were three shed burglaries reported in Hinton Way. Police say they probably all occurred overnight May 11/12. In one case two bicycles were stolen, in another there was one bicycle and garden equipment taken. In the other, although the lock had been forced it appears nothing was taken.

Meanwhile, there have been two similar garden shed breaks sometime over the past week in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford. In both cases lawn mowers were taken. In the first case, a shed burglary was reported in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford. This occurred between Monday 4th May and Saturday 9th May. The thief cut through the padlock and took a high valued lawn mower.

A theft from a vehicle was reported in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford. This occurred between Wednesday 29th April and Tuesday 5th May. The thief broke into the vehicle and taken a phone charger and Sat-Nav from the glove box.

Shelfords result for South Cambridgeshire Council elections

A blue plaque has been unveiled at Shelford Railwaystation in memory of Ron Gooch, a local retired railwayman who until his death in January 2014 worked as volunteer 'Station Adopter keeping Shelford station clean & tidy, as well as maintaining flower tubs.

The ceremony was held on Saturday 2nd May in the presence of his family, & friends from the village.

Words/photos: John Wakefield

Save Great Shelford library update

Over 100 people from the Shelfords and the surrounding villages crowded into Great Shelford Memorial Hall on April 21 to express their concern about the future of Great Shelford Library. The Library Service is faced with a 40% funding cut from 2016, as part of Cambs County Council budget cuts, and in January 2015 County Councillors voted unanimously in favour of accepting the service’s “Vision” for the future of library services in the county, with details to be provided later in the summer.There may be no funding to continue to run staffed branch libraries such as Great Shelford. Possible alternatives which the vision document presents include village libraries wholly run by volunteers, or a move to “community hubs” – multi-user centres housing services such as GP surgeries, Children’s Services, or Post Offices, with a volunteer-run library. Another strand, “Digital first”, aims at providing more material digitally and less in hard copy, reducing the need for readers to physically visit libraries.

Mike Roe, Chairman of the Library Friends Committee which organized the meeting, introduced the meeting: “I think it’s tragic that our library, which is acknowledged by the Service itself to be one of the most successful, with the highest book borrowing figures in the smaller library category and with a librarian of the highest standard, must radically restructure to continue to exist at all”.

Alan Lyne, Friends Committee treasurer, outlined some of the proposals. Of the volunteer-run option, he commented:

“It’s us taking responsibility for resourcing and funding the library going forward - are we prepared for that responsibility?

"Shelford is not your average village library, we’re the busiest in South Cambs – we couldn’t run it as it is with volunteers. Shelford is a special case!”.

Concern was expressed that Shelford library was too small to function as a hub. Who would wish to share the limited space in the library and how would it work?

Speaker after speaker expressed their enthusiasm for the library. There is no doubt that Shelford library is a very popular and well-used resource, of great value to the local community. There was a strong consensus to defend the library against further cuts.

The Library Service is currently consulting on its Library Vision, and a consultation document can be found on the County Council website

Closing date is 10 May. Everyone is urged to comment.

Roof tiles stolen

Burglars have gained entry to a building site in Granhams Road Great Shelford by taking down the fencing securing the site. Eight pallets of salvaged roofing tiles have been stolen and the glass in a salvaged glass door has been broken.

Great Shelford charity involved in Nepal earthquake

Great Shelford charity The Mountain Trust is raising money for people in Nepal following the earthquake that killed more than 1,000 people. The Mountain Trust and British Army Gurkhas had been working together to get an English watch to the top of Everest.

Chairman Charles Malcolm-Brown said that they thought they could make the most difference by raising money rather than sending equipment.

"We are looking at two ideas at the moment, and one of these would be setting up health camps in the most rural areas," he told the Cambridge News.

"We will hire medics, buy medical supplies and send them to rural areas to treat people for free."

The Mountain Trust had staff in Nepal but they are safe. One person has been injured at the Mount Everest camp, the chairman said, but the injuries are not serious.

Read the Cambridge News coverage here.

They have also been interviewed by BBC TV News, BBC Radio Cambs, Look East and About Anglia.

Read more about the charity here or support them here:

A new family grows at the allotments

Ollie Leonard is the new Youth Development Worker for the Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative. His role is to oversee the youth provision in the Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston. Romsey Mill is an organisation that is based in Cambridge City that does fantastic work with children, families and young people and has partnered up with SSYI. He is a professional JNC accredited Youth Worker and studied BA Hons in Youth Work and Ministry at Oasis College. Previously, he had been working in a village in Northern Ireland as their Outreach Worker in a numerically thriving youth centre and my role was to engage those hard to reach young people and those individuals who were not engaging with the youth provision. Before he took this post, he had been working in Croydon as the Lead Youth Worker in a local secondary school responding to the 2011 riots, where he pioneered the youth work within the school, and in the wider community. In addition to these, he had delivered youth work in Tonbridge and Grimsby.

"I am very excited to be working in the Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston as there is great support in these communities to provide effective youth provision for their emotional, social and spiritual support that will help young people recognise their true worth and encourage young people towards their fullest potential," he said.

"I am someone that is community focused and really values working with other individuals, organisations and families, therefore, if you wish to contact me for anything at all or have any specific questions about SSYI, please do not hesitate to contact me. My details are or 07768 545915."

Great Shelford shed burglaries

There have been a spate of shed burglaries in Great Shelford.

Five separate shed burglaries were reported in Hinton Way, Great Shelford. These occurred overnight on Good Friday, Friday 3rd April – overnight. The burglars forced open the shed doors and gained entry. Various high value power tools were taken.

A shed burglary was also reported in Mingle Lane, Great Shelford. This occurred between Thursday 2nd April and Sunday 5th April. A garden shed was broken into by forcing the lock. No items were reported stolen.

Election candidates

There are 5 people who are standing in the General Election for the South Cambridgeshire seat on May 7 to replace former MP Andrew Lansley.

A new family is growing at the Great shelford allotments. Rumour has it they are connected with the Second Shelford Brownies who have been working on this allotment plot since Easter as part of their organised activities. Photo by Ian Kydd.

Great Shelford war memorial is historic

Great Shelford War Memorial is now formally a historic building! The memorial, at the junction of Tunwells Lane and High Street, Great Shelford, has been awarded Listed Building Status. It has also been added to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

Fake robbery at McColl's

A shop assistant who pretended to be the victim of a robbery at a Great Shelford newsagents helped fake the crime with her husband.

Philip Start stole cigarettes and £1,400 in cash from McColl's, in Great Shelford, in May 2014 where he and his wife Rachel were employed.

Rachel Start, who is 18-weeks pregnant, and lives in Sawston, was given a six month sentence, suspended for a year. Philip Start was also sentenced to six months, but suspended for two years.

Read more:

New playground planned

A campaign to build a new £180,000 playground at Great Shelford Recreation Ground has won the support of the Parish Council. Building work is likely to start by 2017.

A study carried out by the Playscape Working Group, made up of volunteers, at the request of the Parish Council, examined the present play equipment, considered best practice in playground design, and presented a vision for the future.

A review by the group showed that the present equipment is in poor condition, is not inclusive of certain age groups or abilities, and the setting lacks any shelter or sense of place.

The Playscape Group presented a ‘Vision for Great Shelford’ including this should include the playground area, the skate ramp and the copse area by the

river – using landscaping, planting, as well as new equipment and surfaces.

A website ( will be launched hosting project updates and an online donations facility.

The fundraising plan outlined in this Study will be developed, aiming to raise an estimated £180k for the project via donations, fundraising events, corporate sponsorship and sizeable grants.

Parish Council appoints social media councillor

The Parish Council now has a councillor responsible for social media - David Poskitt. But the council has decided it won't communicate with anyone on social media. However anyone highlighting Great Shelford issues on Great Shelford Online, Streetlife Facebook or Twitter will be told that they can raise the issues at the next Parish council meeting.

Any Great Shelford issues will only receive the following response: "Responses should be limited to acknowledging that the PC was aware of interest in the issue and that there was always an opportunity for members of the public to speak during public sessions at PC meetings."

Great Shelford Christmas street market

A Christmas street market event is planned for Great Shelford in December. The Parish Council is also planning to install Christmas decorations on the streetlight columns on Woollards Lane and for a Street Market event at the Memorial Hall at which the illuminations would be switched on.Two sponsors have already shown interest in supporting the proposals.

You can read the full draft minutes of the April Great Shelford Parish Council meeting here.

Road closed for re-surfacing

A scheme to Micro Asphalt treat the road surface in Leeway Avenue is currently programmed to commence on Monday 20th April 2015 and is anticipated to last for one day.

In order to carry out these works safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to close the road for the duration of the work. Access will be maintained to properties and premises where safe working operations permit, but delays will be likely. Our contractor onsite will be available to assist where possible.

People are being asked to refrain from parking on the road while the treatment is taking place.

Micro Asphalt surface treatment is a weather dependent process, and any delays in the program of works are likely to cause changes to the program dates at very short notice. In order to assist with this, the contractor will carry out their own letter drop shortly before the commencement of works.

New SSYI leader

And there are 4 candidates for the Shelford and Stapleford seat in the South Cambridgeshire District Council elections on the same day including two Great Shelford Parish Councillors.

Great Shelford library under threat

Our library is under threat according to the Friends of Great Shelford library. From April 2016, there will be no money to pay for a staffed Shelford library as it now exists.

What does this mean for the future of the library?

    • Staffed only by volunteers?

    • Reducing the library space to accommodate other functions?

    • Self-service/unmanned operation?

    • Further reduced opening hours?

    • Closure with possible mobile type library?

All these things are a possibility according to the Friends of the Library. "Shelford library is the best-used branch library in the county, " they said. "It’s a resounding success."

Shelford library doesn’t fit the library service’s new vision of a “community hub” housing multiple services.

Now a public meeting is being held on April 21. Come and hear about the proposed changes. Come and express your views.

For full details of the Library Service’s Vision, see

Copies available in the library.

31 bus changes

The number 31 Bus Service which travels through Great Shelford is being re tendered with some changes to the route and times.

The main changes are that it will keep to one route ie via Stapleford & Hinton Way and the journies via Trumpington will go. Also apart from the first run into Cambridge in the morning & the last two in the afternoon/evening, all other journeys will terminate at Addenbrookes. This will mean that there will be one additional journey each way late morning between Addenbrookes & Fowlmere. With frequent other bus services from Addenbrookes into City Centre a change of bus here should only result in a short wait.

As at the time of writing the start date is not finalised but it is expected to be in June. The operator has not yet been confirmed.

See the new Great Shelford bus timetablefor the 31 bus here

New book from Great Shelford writer

Great Shelford based writer Allison Pearson is writing a sequel to her international bestseller I Don’t Know How She Does It.

I Don’t Know How She Does It has sold four million copies since it was published in 2002, and was made into a movie in 2011 starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan.

Pearson’s new novel, which has yet to be titled, stars Kate Reddy once again. But this time around, the heroine is about to turn 50 and is returning to the workforce after some time away. When her husband Richard decides to change careers, Kate becomes the sole breadwinner, and must deal with those demands in addition to menopause, “the challenges of being a parent in the era of social media,” and “ageist discrimination against women in the workplace.”

Allison Pearson's new book willbe published in 2016.

Read a profile of Allison Pearson here.

Shelford school parking could be reduced

Up to 10 parking spaces are to be removed outside of Great and Little Shelford School according to proposals from the Parish Council.

The yellow line on the bend outside the school could be extended to reduce parked cars and improve safety outside of the school. It is also hoped that the proposal will improve traffic flow outside the school.

The changes were revealed at the meeting of Little Shelford Parish Council on February 2 by District Councillor Charlie Nightingale, who is also chairman of Great Shelford Parish Council.

The proposals will be discussed at a special meeting in April involving the Parish Council and the school.

There has been concern from a number of parents, including Little Shelford mum Catherine Sutherland.

“Nobody wants the congestion that currently exists but I fear that removing the parking spaces may make the road even more unsafe as it will speed up the traffic outside the school,” she said. The proposals will have to be formally approved by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Some parents are up in arms about the possible parking changes- read their comments here along with films made by some commuters.

Some Great shelford residents on website Streetlife are now demanding a new one-way system to resolve the problems.

Nightmare" traffic problems predicted

Traffic in Great Shelford is going to get even worse for 10 weeks this summer – because of building work in Hauxton.

A new entrance to the housing development at the former Bayer Chemical site on the A10 is taking place in the spring. Temporary traffic lights will be in place for the 10 weeks when the work will be taking place.

County Councillor Tony Orgee told the Little Shelford Parish Council meeting in March that this would lead to more commuters rat-running through Little Shelford and Great Shelford.

“This is going to be a nightmare,” he said.

Four block of flats might be built on the former chemical plant. This site has planning permission for about 250 houses and Redrow have now put in an application for four large blocks of flats.

Sports pavilion problems

Anti-social activities at the new sports pavilion have been highlighted by the Parish Council. But the police have said they are "relucant" to get involved unless the anti-social activities were of a more serious nature. The Youth Initiative has been contacted encouraging the young people using the club to take greater responsibility.

Other issues raised at the March Great Shelford Parish Council meeting included:

  • The skateboard ramp will probably have to be removed soon.

  • The new streetlighting is nearly complete, albeit months behind schedule. However, there are locations where remedial work was required, eg verges, unrepaired holes in pavements, missing signage and hanging basket supports etc.

    • The Shelford Fun Run is to take place on 13 September.

Read the full draft minutes of the March Great Shelford Parish Council meeting here.

Village pubs only win 3 stars

The two Great Shelford pubs have only achieved 3 stars in the South Cambridgeshire Council food hygiene ratings.

Read the full Great Shelford listing here

New over 50s exercise class for the mind, body and soul

A new exercise class targeted at the over 50’s in South Cambridgeshire will help older residents to improve their health.

There are a number of classes around the district, in Comberton, Duxford, Great Abington, Impington, Milton, Orwell, Sawston and Willingham, and the details of all these classes can be found at

Photo: Members of the Great Shelford class, led by instructor Vicki Green, use resistance bands and light hand weights for strength work.

Great Shelford makes the top 100 villages

Great Shelford has made the list of the top 100 richest villages in the country.

The average house price in the village is £542,379 after rising 22 per cent over the last year, according to new data from property group Savills.

Great Shelford was ranked 60th in the list of the top 100 richest villages.

James Barnett, of Savills Cambridge, said: "The picturesque village of Great Shelford is a sought after suburb of Cambridge, with high quality housing stock and a great range of amenities including an outstanding butcher and deli."

Savills recently sold a home in the village with river frontage for just shy of £2.5m and another substantial property for £3.3m close to the river.

Eighties pop star Paul Young at Shelford Feast

Eighties pop star Paul Young is playing at the Shelford Feast in July.

Since the mid-1980s,he has had international success, along with his band Los Pacaminos.

However he is best known for being a pop star in the 1980s.His big hits included Love of the Common People, Wherever I Lay My Hat, Come back and Stay and Everytime you Go Away although he won’t be playing these hits at the Shelford Feast on July 10.

In 1985, he appeared at Live Aid, where he appeared at Wembley Stadium performing the Band Aid hit "Do They Know It's Christmas" – he sang the opening lines on the original single.

Paul Young now divides his time between Las Pacaminos – now in their 22nd year – and the release of their new album, “A Fistful of Statins” on June 30.


Read about the full line up of the 2015 Shelford Feast schedule here.

Read more about the Shelford Feast here.

Great Shelford village hero

Congratulations to Shelford Stationmaster Angela Milton on her nomination as a Village Hero in the South Cambs District Council Annual Awards. Here she collects her certificate from Council Chairman Dr David Bard during a celebration at South Cambridgeshire Hall in Cambourne on March 5. Angela was nominated for turning a humble railway station into a hub of the community. Among other things she has run a library in the ticket office, held a Christmas party,looked after all the flower pots, and offered free coffee and sweets. All this on top of providing an excellent ticketing service for all the passengers. The parish council believe Angela was rightly nominated as a village hero. She's First Class!

Clothes damaged on skate ramp

A Great Shelford dad has complained after his 7 year old daughter ripped her clothes while climbing on the skating ramp.

"The wood is in bad condition and several screws are 4 and 5 millimetres outside and this will cause injures if is not repaired immediately," said Rafael Lavalle from Poplar Close.

The skateboard ramp has now been inspected by the Parish Council following the complaint.

"They are aware the skateboard ramp is getting old and are considering options for its future," said a letter from the Council. " Meanwhile, they believe it to be safe for the purpose intended. It is inspected regularly. The notice close by states that it is intended for use for skateboarding only and that appropriate clothing should be worn.

As the notice says, it is not meant for casual play by small children."

Two vacancies on Parish Council

Two Great Shelford Parish Councillors are standing down. Mike Winter had resigned as a Parish Councillor, but will continue, on a volunteer basis, as Pavilion Manager. Following advertising of the vacancy and an interview by a group of Councillors, Mr Winter had been selected to fill the position of Parish Clerk from 1 May. This was for 20 hours per week. His pavilion responsibilities would be additional and voluntary.

And Tony Smith is standing down at the end of April.

See the full details of the February Great Shelford Parish Council meeting here.

Great Shelford post box moves in strange ways

The High Green Post Box has been re-located - so it is now across the road from the Post Office rather than outside the Post Office. The box has been placed behind the Trumpington end of the bus shelter and some distance from the crossing.

The Parish Council has complained to Royal Mail about the move. The Post Box was moved, without any public warning, on the morning of 13 February, to the opposite side of High Green (the A 1301).

Although there is a pedestrian crossing close by, the new location means that a pedestrian leaving the Post Office has first to turn away from the box to reach the crossing, and then walk from the far side of the crossing approximately 40 yards to the box.

The Parish Council says it would have preferred the box to have been re-sited on the same side of the road where it was originally located. They say the Post Box could have been moved a few feet further forward onto the pavement immediately in front of its original location.

The Council has also complained about the lack of consultation. "It seems that there was no formal or informal consultation with the County Council, District Council, Parish Council or the public generally," said a letter from the Council. "This seems a very strange way of operating. The Parish Council feels very strongly that there should have been some advance notice and an opportunity to be involved, or at least put forward suggestions, in respect of where the box was to be relocated."

Great Shelford rush hour is getting busier

Rush hour traffic in Great Shelford is getting worse according to official new statistics.

New dats shows that the biggest change in the traffic conditions for any route around Cambridge was on the A1301, which runs through Great Shelford. Northbound traffic now travels almost a third slower than it did in 2008.

The DfT data measures traffic speeds between the peak hours of 7am and 10am, broadly showing a turn for the worse from 2012.

Analysis of 6 key routes into and around Cambridge shows average speeds were around 10 per cent slower in December compared to the same month in 2008.

It is part of a trend across Cambridgeshire, with average speeds on local authority managed roads down on 21 of the 24 routes compiled by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Shelford woman caught fiddling benefits

A Great Shelford woman has been caught dishonestly claiming benefits.

Barbara Tindley, 49, of Wheelers, Great Shelford, admitted dishonestly making a false statement to obtain benefits. She had been receiving payments from her husband that she has separated from throughout her claim for benefit but had not declared this, causing an overpayment of Housing Benefit of £13,722.51 and Council Tax Benefits and Support of £2,056.02. She was sentenced to a community order, must complete 100 hours unpaid work and pay costs of £230 and a victim surcharge of £60. The case was at Cambridge Magistrates’ court on Thursday 19 February.

Footbridge campaign for Great Shelford

A pedestrian footbridge at Great Shelford Railway Station is being demanded by the Parish Council. The campaign has received the support from South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley.

Great Shelford is the only station on the Cambridge/Liverpool Street Line without a footbridge.

In 2014 Network Rail constructed a footbridge at the Webster’s Crossing, about half a mile from Shelford Station, where only a handful of walkers previously used an uncontrolled crossing point.

"If you are prepared to spend several hundred thousand Pounds for such a few walkers, how can you ignore the situation at Shelford Station where the track splits the village, where gates are often closed six to ten minutes at a time for two and sometimes three trains, where passengers are prevented from reaching a platform to catch a train that is about to arrive/depart, and where youngsters regularly cross the tracks between the platforms when the crossing gates are down," said a letter to Network Rail from the Parish Council.

"The chances of a fatality will increase considerably with additional train services (potentially, from 6 to 12 per hour) being introduced.

"It should be possible to “land” a footbridge using the platforms. Alternatively, a footbridge might be located on the non-platform side of the level crossing, but the opportunity for this could be lost as a planning application is imminent which will envisage using the land for housing.

"In addition, we would like to know how many people in the past twelve months have been seen on the platform CCTV system jumping onto the tracks and climbing onto the opposite platform.

"Finally, we ask that you look at constructing a footpath/cycleway alongside the London-bound track connecting the Station and London Road. "

New name for new Great Shelford road

A new road in Great Shelford will be called “Fletcher’s Way”.

The Parish Council made the suggestion because Charlie Fletcher’s business, Fletcher and Sons, occupied the site prior to Welch. Charlie was well known in Shelford and lived to a great age. On the left is an old photo showing one of his trucks outside the Fletcher & Sons depot.

The idea has just been confirmed by South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Great Shelford burglary

A burglary was reported at Chaston Road, Great Shelford. This occurred on Sunday 1st February between 12.00pm and 2.00pm. The front door was forced open using some kind of tool. Entry was gained but nothing reported stolen.

Shelford historian seeks help for key mystery

A Great Shelford historian is looking for help to solve the mystery of a key he bought for £240. The eighteenth century key is believed to fit the lock of a chapel in the Ely area.

The key was discovered in a loft in Littleport last year. It was sold at auction this week to Robin Starte, a local history enthusiast from Great Shelford.

Mr Starte said he was "thrilled" with the purchase but admitted he knew very little about the key's history.

He said anyone with any information about the key, which was found inside a 1939 tea transportation box with a letter dated 1790, or who wants to help him research it, can call him on (01223) 842229.

Policing in Great Shelford to be halved

The number of police officers covering Great Shelford is being reduced from 2 to 1, despite the recent spate of burglaries.

PCSO Gary Kendall told the January Parish Council meeting that it was likely that his colleague, PCSO Chris Wiseman, who currently covers this area, would be moving to Linton leaving him to cover Shelford, Sawston and the neighbouring parishes on his own.

“Hot Spot Policing” could involve PCSO Kendall being called away without notice to other areas where problems were happening or expected. If circumstances required, this could bring more PCSOs into Great Shelford, but it was more likely he would be spending less time locally.

PCSO Kendall told the Council that agile working using laptops and local wi-fi availability might mean he could do more in the community. He urged residents to report everything using the non-emergency 101, or calling him personally on 07525 227384. Using 101 ensured all incidents were logged. This would help justify scarce resources. Cllr Winter said he had written to Sergeant Davidson requesting details of the changes and what had prompted these. It was regretted that there had been no consultation.

Council tax bill increase

Great Shelford Parish Council's slice of the Council Tax bills is increasing by 25% to take the Council budget to £125,000. The Council decided to increase its share of the Council Tax at their meeting on January 21.

The increase includes £5,000 towards completing the Pavilion, up to £5,000 for wages and money to rebuild reserves which have been spent on the Sports Pavilion. In 2014/15 the Parish Council budget was £100,000.

According to the minutes of the Parish Council:

· Very careful thought was needed by the Council, especially in the current financial climate, before agreeing any increase to the Precept beyond that which was absolutely necessary;

· the new Pavilion must cover its costs, if not immediately, then as soon as possible; anything less would leave the Council open to considerable criticism;

· whilst there was understanding of the need for an increase as set out originally by the Clerk, it was very difficult to justify a further addition;

· a habit of underspends being carried forward was not ideal and had led, in part, to the difficult situation now faced; in future, such arrangements could be stopped and increases capped, which would make the position even worse especially if reserves were minimal;

compared with other parishes in South Cambridgeshire, Great Shelford’s Precept was in the lowest third alongside mainly rural and much smaller communities with minimal amenities;

· the Precept was much lower and historically too low as compared to parishes of the size of Great Shelford;

· there was too little public space in Great Shelford; acquisition of the Grange Field would make a difference, but would require reserves.

The Parish Council has published a statement about the budget increase

Read the full minutes of the Great Shelford Parish Council meeting on Jan 21 2015 here.

Suspected thief arrested

Following reports of a suspicious male trying car doors in the Stonehill Road area of Great Shelford, a man was arrested and detained by police officers who attended and searched the area. He was known to the police for previous offences, including theft from vehicles and dwelling burglary.

Officers are checking for home and vehicle insecurities as they go about their duties on night shifts, to link in with Operation Oaklands which involves targeted patrols of a number of South Cambs. villages to improve security awareness and provide security devices for residents.

For more information visit our blog and search for Op Oaklands Phase 2.

Great Shelford bogus caller

There has been a report of a bogus caller at 07:45 hrs on January 21 to a house at Cambridge Rd, Great Shelford.

A man knocked at the householders door claiming to be from 'the council' on checking with the local council they confirmed they had not sent anyone out to the address.

He asked the householders name and wrote it on some paper, he then left.

Please do be cautious about anyone you do not know, calling at your home.

Always check their I.D. if you are not sure don't let them in.

Please report any incidents such as this to the Police.

Call Police 101

Water park proposal near Great Shelford rejected

A planning application for a major water park proposed at the edge of Great Shelford has been rejected. The plans included a 35 acre lake. The development, known as Cambridge Waterside, would have included up to 50 holiday homes rather than 85 as originally proposed in 2012.

The park would also have had a gym, a brasserie and an adventure playground. Great Shelford Tennis Club was looking to relocate to the park with four indoor and four outdoor courts.

The water park would have been situated between Great Shelford, Little Shelford and Sawston close to Dernford House. It would have been accessed from the A1301 at Sawston. The development would have created up to 70 jobs rather than the 50 that were originally indicated. The proposal was based on the Cotswold Water Park.

The planning application was rejected by South Cambridgeshire District Council on January 14.

Wacky Club vacancies

The Wacky Club, a friendly and well-resourced after school and holiday club based at Great & Little Shelford Primary School, has vacancies for a Playleader and Playworker.

The successful Playleader will have a Level 3 Childcare qualification, at least 2 years’ experience working with children, a sound knowledge of EYFS along with good all-round leadership skills. Ideally the applicant will also have First Aid, Safeguarding, and Food Hygiene qualifications, however training can be provided.

They are looking for an enthusiastic Playworker who enjoys working with children aged between 4-12 years. No qualifications are required but a willingness to train is essential.

For more information or to apply please contact Ali on 07976 742751 or email

Twin town visit

The next visit to our twin town in France, Verneuil is on 28-31 March 2015

The 4 day visit by coach is for adults and children. Bookings are now being taken. All participants must be members of the Association. Accommodation, for adults and children, is with families thus providing a unique opportunity to be immersed in French culture. There is a special programme for children of primary school age including a morning in school plus excursion/activity with the French children.

For further information and to join please phone Penny on 01223 842483, email, or contact us via our website:

Street lighting problems in Great Shelford


Problems with the upgrading of the street lighting means parts of Great Shelford are currently "seriously dangerous" according to the Parish Council.The Council is now demanding an urgent meeting with the County Council about the problems.

A letter (printed left) to the County Council Chief Exectutive Mark Lloyd says that the Parish Council is "extremely disappointed" with the way the project has been carried out. "We have been misled and and let down by the contractors," the letter states.

"Despite assurances, holes remain, barriers are strewn around the village, many new columns are not operational, old columns have still to be removed, and there are numerous dark-spots where neither old or new columns are lit. Signage has been removed and not re-attached.

"All of these failings are seriously dangerous, especially given narrow pavements, weather conditions, rubble, leaves and long hours of darkness."

The bus stop on Tunwells Lane close to Freestones Corner is particularly dangerous (and dark) at present - it is a busy road, there is a trench covered by uneven temporary plastic boards, leaves and mud make the surface very slippy, barriers make the already narrow pavement even more constricted, and neither of the two light columns (one old, one new) are working.

Stop press: Remedial work won't start until January 15. The Parish Council has sent another strongly worded letter to the County Council demanding urgent action.

New speed limits for Cambridge Road and Hinton Way

The new 30mph speed limit is now in force on Hinton Way and Cambridge Road for several weeks, although enforcement and signage are continuing issues.

Following pressure from the Parish Council, Cambridgeshire County Council has installed temporary signs at either end of the newly restricted stretch on Hinton Way advising motorists that the speed limit has been reduced. This is after the County Council felt they had to remove newly installed 30mph repeater signs which they said had been put in by mistake and would have made any infringements unenforceable!

On Cambridge Road, all the 40mph signage has been removed. But the County Council has not been able so far to install temporary notices of the change as on Hinton Way.

Great Shelford property prices rise by 7%

House prices in Great Shelford rose by just over 7% in the last year according to the latest statistics from property website Zoopla.

The average price of a house in Great Shelford rose by 7.09% or £33,050 in 2014. The average price paid for a property in the village was£486,331.

You can see street by street information at

Another Great Shelford burglary

A burglary was reported at Cambridge Road, Great Shelford. This occurred on Monday 29th December during daylight hours. The burglar smashed the rear patio door glass and entered the property. An untidy search was carried out according to the police.

OBE for Great Shelford resident

The founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company, Julie Deane, has been awarded an OBE in the New Years honours list that was published on December 31 2014. Julie lives in Great Shelford. You can read about Julie here.

Free Church Minister to preach at Parish Church

The Rev Martin Cockerill, Minister at Great Shelford Free Church will be preaching at the Parish Communion at St Mary's Church on Sunday February 1st. This will be the first time Rev Cockerill has preached at the Parish Church.

Leeway Avenue to be resurfaced

Leeway Avenue is to be resurfaced in the spring. The road will be subject to Micro Asphalt Surface Treatment during April/May 2015. To carry out this work a road closure will be required. A letter drop notification to residents and the placing of advance warning signage will take place before any works occur.

It may also be necessary to carry out some preparation works before the treatment takes place, and if a road closure is required, the same process will be followed.

Great Shelford business park bought for £6 million

Mill Court office park in Great Shelford has changed hands for £6.35 million. The 40,000 sq ft of office space is next to Shelford Station and is currently let to 15 tenants across 5 buildings.

Buccleuch Property bought Mill Court from the receivers to the previous owners for £6.35 million.

Shelford burglars jailedThe following criminals have been convicted and sentenced for South Cambridgeshire burglaries.

Oliver DALBY – Cambridge City burglar who was convicted of 9 dwelling burglaries travelling into South Cambridgeshire villages during 2014. 3 house burglaries in Landbeach and further burglaries in the following villages, Great Shelford, Milton, Girton, Cottenham, Impington and Willingham. DALBY was sentenced to 876 days in prison on the 5th December 2014 at Cambridge Crown Court.

Tomas DRUNGELAS – A prolific Hertfordshire burglar who was travelling into South Cambridgeshire villages during 2011 and 2012, admitted to committing 199 offences across a number of cross border forces, 7 of these were dwelling burglaries in the villages of Foxton (two offences), Shepreth, Whittlesford, and three offences in Great Shelford. DRUNGELAS sentencing has been deferred, following acceptance onto the C2 project in Hertfordshire.

Reginald HILL – A Surrey burglar who travelled into South Cambridgeshire and has been charged with a burglary in Little Shelford in 2014 and is currently remanded awaiting trial.

Chris Wiseman

PCSO Sawston

Great Shelford Parish Council November round up

The Parish Council has agreed to a grant of £3,350 to the mobile warden scheme after hearing about the "parlous state" of the Scheme’s finances due to increased demands, fewer grants and costs increasing.

A new planning application is to be submitted for the former Railway Tavern site which will include 8 houses and 4 affordable flats. Architect Rowan Haysom described the new design which has a more prominent and rounded “landmark, focal-point” corner by the railway line. The proposals would include parking for 15 vehicles. Comments concerned minimal parking provision, closeness of frontage to Station Road, light reduction on neighbouring properties and possibility of funnelling effect of wind along front of the building.

Residents of Ashen Green have complained to the Parish Council about inconsiderate parking by users of the Wednesday Mothers’ and Toddlers’ Group at the Free Church. The Police are to be asked to take action.

Great Shelford December crime round up

There has been a shed burglary reported between December 3 and 4 at Mingle Lane, Great Shelford. The doors to two sheds were forced open, and power tools were taken.

And a shed burglary was reported in Station Road, Great Shelford. This occurred during the evening of Tuesday 2nd December. The thieves forced a padlock to the site, and forced entry to the office and stole power tools.

On December 10 on a building site at Cabbage Moore, Great Shelford a wood-burner and power tools were stolen.

A theft from a vehicle was reported in De Freville Road, Great Shelford. This occurred between Tuesday 2nd December and Wednesday 3rd December 8.00am. Both registration plates were stolen from a vehicle while it was parked overnight in the car park.

Arthur Rank Hospice plans given the green light to move to Shelford

A new hospice next to Babraham Park & Ride site at Shelford Bottom has been give the green light by South Cambridgeshire councillors at a planning meeting today (Wednesday 3 December).

The new state-of-the-art facilities for Arthur Rank Hospice will increase the size of facilities they currently have available and see them move from their ageing site at the bottom of Mill Road.

Plans for the new Hospice include a 24-bed in-patient unit, an education area to train staff and day care facilities – some of which cannot be provided at their current facilities.

Planners have been working with the Hospice for over a year to secure a suitable new site, and over 100 alternatives were assessed before Caius Farm, Cherry Hinton Road, Shelford Bottom, was chosen.

The Hospice will be set within the existing trees with other community buildings close by.

The decision made by South Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee will now be referred to Eric Pickles MP, the Secretary of State, as the site is in the green belt. He will have 21 days to decide whether he is content for the planning permission to be issued, or whether he has objections.

Cllr Lynda Harford, Chairman of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Planning Committee, said: “Arthur Rank Hospice provide a fantastic service for so many people and it is great news we have been able to support them in finding a new home which will have some of the best facilities around. The final decision will now be made by the Secretary of State, but we hope we will hear positive news very soon.”

Lynn Morgan, Chief Executive for the Charity added: “We care for, and support our patients and their families, during extremely difficult times and we are passionate about providing a facility that complements the superb care our team deliver. We are delighted to see the project moving forward as the new Hospice, will enable us to care for more patients in the hospice. This will help to make every moment count for even more people across Cambridgeshire, including more rural areas as a result of the augmented Hospice at Home service.”

Louise Knights, Associate at the architects for the project LSI, said: “Receiving planning permission is a significant milestone towards providing Arthur Rank Hospice with the building that their fantastic hard work deserves. The new Hospice will provide every patient and visitor with a direct connection to the outside, with the external space being treated as equally as important as the internal environment.”

Spate of Great Shelford burglaries

Four burglaries have happened in Great Shelford in 10 days.A burglary was reported at Hinton Way, Great Shelford. This occurred on Tuesday 11th November between between 7pm and 10pm. The burglars entered the property via a downstairs kitchen window and went from room to room and before taking some jewellery.

A second burglary was reported at Cambridge Road, Great Shelford. This occurred between Wednesday 5th November and Thursday 13th November. The owners returned from holiday to find their home had been burgled. A rear window was forced, using tools from a shed. Again jewellery was taken.

A third burglary was reported at Cambridge Road, Great Shelford. This occurred on Friday 14th November at approximately 8.00pm. The burglars gained access to the rear garden to the property by walking through an insecure wooden gate from the open fields behind. A UPVC kitchen door was forced and a quantity of cash was taken.

A burglary was reported, Cambridge Road, Great Shelford. This occurred overnight on Thursday 20th November. An offender has used a metal post to smash the office window to gain entry and steal a rugby ball shaped money box.

* A theft from a vehicle was reported at Tunwells Lane, Great Shelford. This occurred on Thursday 20th November between 1pm and 3pm. The thieves broke into an insecure van and stole a mobile phone and wallet.

Buy a Great Shelford library mugBuy a Shelford library mug (photo left) and all the proceeds will be used to buy book boxes, display racks and picture frames for the library. The mugs, which cost £5, have been designed by Tai Sekimori. they are available at the library itself.

New Shelford bus operator

Whippet, the operator for the No 7A & 31 services running through the Shelford's & Stapleford, have a new owner -Tower Transit. Tower Transit are a large London based company operating around 400 buses for TfL (Transport for London), they are Australian owned & part of the Transit Systems Group. The change of owner is not expected at the present time to effect the running of the 7A & 31 services which are tendered to Cambridgeshire County Council, but it is hoped that this will result in a more reliable service, particularly the No 7A which has seen late running & cancelled services in recent months, & more modern buses. The buses will continue to use the Whippet name.

John Wakefield

Great Shelford broadband survey

Now that the Superfast Broadband rollout is well under way in the village, I would like to find out how many homes have not yet been connected. My property, in common with my neighbours, has not been included in the current programme and I would like to know of anyone else in the same position.

This does not apply to properties that have the ability to take up a service from Virgin but only to those previously reliant on a slow broadband connection through their telephone provider such as BT.

I can be contacted on 01223 842704 or on

Additionally, Mike Nettleton of local IT company Eagle Analysis has a survey on the Village website which aims to identify residual broadband issues and we would ask you to complete:

Jim Mundell, The Orchards

Record fundraising for 2014 Shelford Feast

The 2014 Shelford Feast raised a record amount of £26,000. the Feast has now raised £240,000 for local groups.

The money was handed out in a special disbursement evening on November 15. See a full list of Shelford Feast recipients here.

Photos courtesy Shelford Feast

Shelford school bike update

Most sincere thanks to those village residents, who sold bikes and/or came and supported our Second Hand Bike Sale in October. During the past two years the Second Hand Bike Sale idea has developed and grown to include scooters, tag-alongs, child bike seats, and has even featured a unicycle and an adult tricycle. A MASSIVE THANK YOU therefore to James Prisk for giving up time to collect/check bikes in advance, and in heading up this fundraiser for the 5TH time! Thanks also to Dan Staines for his help and to Mike Paduano for running the sale with James. These gentlemen are indeed a top teamJ. The PTA is most grateful too for the help and assistance given by The Finlay Group, including the kind loan of their vehicle to support this recent event. At this sale it was again notable that a significant number of items sold had very generously been donated to the PTA, which of course boosts the overall sum raised. The bike profit from October stands in excess of £500. It is great to see this event continue to be a significant fundraiser, and one which creates a good level of local interest. Colleen Marshman

Tennis star in Great Shelford

England number 8 tennis player David Rice has been practicing at Great Shelford tennis club.

David has played in Wimbledon 3 times. He qualified for the Wimbledon men's doubles for the first time in June 2011 with Sean Thornley. They lost in the first round to Jamie Murray and Segiy Stakhovsky 3–6 5–7.

Great Shelford shed burglaries

Two shed burglaries have been reported in Maris Green, Great Shelford. These occurred on Wednesday 5thNovember around 7.30pm. The thieves smashed off the handle and padlock securing the sheds. Nothing was reported stolen.

New MP for Great Shelford in 2015

Heidi Allen will be the Conservative candidate in the General Election in South Cambridgeshire in May 2015. She is currently a district councillor in St Albans.

MP Andrew Lansley has announced that he is standing down next year. Read about Heidi's selection in the Cambridge News here.

Bike stolen in Great Shelford

A cycle was stolen from the train station at Great Shelford between 9am and 6pm on October 28. The cycle had been locked and secured. A wheel from another cycle was stolen on November 2. The incident happened between 4pm and 9pm outside of Lloyds Bank, in High Green, Great Shelford.

Village fish and shop trial goes ahead

A mobile fish and chip shop is going to be cooking for 3 days a week on the Memorial Hall car park - despite the worries of some local residents.

The proposal was given the go ahead by the Parish Council at its meeting on October 15. The council agreed a 2 month trial, with the mobile shop opening on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 10pm.

"Several councillors expressed empathy with nearby residents and users of the Memorial Hall sharing their concerns in respect of noise, smells, congestion, litter and traffic congestion," said the Parish Council minutes.

Sports pavilion problems

The timber cladding on the new sports pavilion is "defective" and most likely will have to be replaced Great Shelford Parish Council has been told. Accoridng to a report to the Parish Council, "there are deflections, cracks and corkscrewing." Responsibility for this, and costs, will be for the contractor and the supplier.

The Pavilion cost £673,000 - that is just £15,820 more than originally predicted.

The new Pavilion was completed earlier this year. It was formally opened in September by former Arsenal and Northern Ireland footballer Steve Morrow.

Sign of the Times

The Parish Council is concerned about the number of advertising boards appearing around the village.

Council chairman Charlie Nightingale told the September Parish Council meeting he was "concerned" at the proliferation of signs for the Shelford Garden show and the Shelford Fun Run. According to the Parish Council minutes, he said: "Haarts had gone overboard."

Whilst he could not object to owners placing them on their properties, many signs were on the highways property which is wrong.

Number plates stolen

A theft from a vehicle has been reported in Davey Crescent, Great Shelford. This occurred on Friday 17th October between 7.15pm and 10.00pm. The thief stole both number plates from the vehicle.

Garden award for Great Shelford man

A Great Shelford man has won one of the top prizes in the South Cambridgeshire best kep gardens competition. Demitri Sapno-Spanellis won the award for the best new tenant's garden in the prize-giving on October 10.

The presentation ceremony was held at Scotsdales Garden Centre, Great Shelford. Scotsdales are long-standing sponsors of the competition.

Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “The care, imagination and hard-work that goes into creating such beautiful displays deserves recognition. Standards were incredibly high this year. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all of our entrants, judges and sponsors.”

Caroline Owen, Managing Director of Scotsdales Garden Centre, said: “We were very pleased to be sponsoring the Best Kept Garden competition for a 33rd year. The displays were as fantastic as ever and the awards were very well deserved.”

Tom's Midnight Garden house sold

The Great Shelford house that was the setting for the children's book “ Tom's Midnight Garden” has been sold.

The Grade II listed restored Georgian Mill House in King's Mill Lane, Great Shelford was on the market with Savill's for £3.45 million.

The house was formally the home of author Philippa Pearce.

Crash shuts Great Shelford road

Cambridge Road in Great Shelford was closed for the morning on October 5 after a crash between a Renault lorry and a red Toyota Aygo.The lorry driver was trapped in the accident, and was cut out of the vehicle by the fire service.

The ambulance service took the lorry driver to hospital with bad arm and leg injuries.

The crash also uprooted a telegraph pole and a lamp post across the road, meaning BT and UK Power Networks attended the incident.

Bike stolenA cycle was stolen from outside the Zara restaurant in Hinton Way, Great Shelford. This occurred on Tuesday 7th October between 7.45am and 5.00pm. The cycle was secured to the metal cycle rack.

Shelford street lighting changes on the way

Street lighting in Great Shelford is being updated. But some streets could see a 40% reduction in street lighting columns.

Residents have received letters and leaflets; marks had been sprayed on pavements where new columns would be located; notices had been attached to columns that were to be removed. More than 10% of columns in Great Shelford will be removed and not replaced. It has also emerged that lighting in residential streets will be turned off after midnight.

Cambridgeshire County Council is in a PFI partnership with Balfour Beatty to upgrade our street lighting. The consultation period for Great Shelford is about to begin and the work could start before the end of October.

BB say that busy roads (classed as a traffic route) will be completely redesigned to achieve a specific lighting level under the British Standards. Most columns will be replaced and are likely to be re-located elsewhere to maximise lighting levels. Columns in most residential roads will be replaced on a one-for-one basis (i.e. close to the existing column) but typically located at the back of the footpath. Existing newer columns will remain and older columns will be replaced with new columns. As a condition of the PFI funding, 10% of columns will be removed and not replaced and as these cannot be taken from traffic routes, some residential streets could experience reductions in columns by up to 40%. The improved white light will help to compensate for the loss of columns.

Further details about the programme can be seen at:

Maps showing the proposed work on individual streets (including which columns are to be removed, replaced or relocated) can be seen at:

Work will start in Great Shelford from 24 October even though the consultation period will run until 5 November. Balfour Beatty assure us they will consider and respond to representations up until 5 November but obviously the sooner any comments or representations reach them the better. These should go to 0800 7838 247 or by email to

Street plans showing column removals and positions of remaining lights can be viewed at

Police praised after Shelford man jailed for knifepoint robbery

Officers have been praised after a man who robbed a newsagents at knifepoint was jailed. Shaun Peters from Great Shelford burst into McColl's in Woollards Lane wearing a balaclava and brandishing a combat knife at 6am on January 12, last year. He threatened members of staff and demanded they fill a bag with cash from the safe.

He then left with around £1,800.

Sergeant Tim Wade’s team attended and began a thorough search of the most likely routes from the scene and a suspect was named. Clothing and other items were found in a number of wheelie bins and Peters’ DNA was recovered from a balaclava.

The 31-year-old had previously been suspected of robberies at the same shop and on December 21 2012 he had been arrested close to the same shop in possession of a make-shift balaclava and Stanley knife. This had been immediately prior to closing time.

Peters denied robbery, going equipped to steal and possession of an offensive weapon but was convicted following a trial.

He was jailed for a total of five years at Cambridge Crown Court on September 30.

Detective Inspector Simon Harding commended officers determination in bringing Peters to justice and added: “I know that this sentence will bring reassurance to staff working at McColl’s where there have been several robberies over recent years.

“I would like to extend my thanks to all of the officers involved, particular recognition must go to the those who devised a search of the area because it is this evidence alone that linked Peters to the robbery”.

These are photos by Ian Kydd of the new bridge being installed across the railway track in Great Shelford on September 27 and September 28 2014.

Great Shelford car crashA teenage girl was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital with minor head injury following a crash in Great Shelford.

Paramedics were called to the scene on Granhams Road just before 9am On September 30 following reports of a collision between a van and a car.

Photo by Ian Kydd.

More on the day appointments at health centre

There are now more on-the-day appointments available at the Shelford Medical Practice. More slots for routine appointments that can be booked in advance are also available. This follows the appointment of more GPs at the medical practice.

These are the ways you can now make an appointment:


You can book an appointment from 8pm the previous day

You can book an appointment the same day from 6am

You can book an appointment up to 3 days in advance from midnight

You will need a username and password to make an internet booking.


Phone lines open from 8am.

In person

The Health Centre opens from 8am.

Chiropractor deal

There is a new chiropractor is Great Shelford- and he is offering free 15 minute appointments for villagers. Edmund Rogers has been a chiropractor for 3 years. Previously he operated on a mobile basis often seeing older patients or those in too much pain to make it to a clinic. He really specialises in gentle chiropractic techniques to improve the function of the body.

He is offering FREE spine checks which is a 15 minute appointment to give you some advice as to how to improve posture, body habits and general health. There's obviously no obligation to have chiropractic care after these visits and people always leave with some useful advice.

Website: Email: Phone: 01223 459240

Shelford school in walking competition

Great and Little Shelford Primary Schools is competing with 3 other schools as they aim to get as many pupils as possible to school without the car.

Beat the Street Cambridge has been set up to help encourage school children to use active modes of travel to and from school, such as walking, scooting and cycling.

Throughout this month and next, around 1,000 pupils from the Bellbird, Bewick Bridge, Great and Little Shelford and the Grove primary schools will take part in the initiative.

Pupils will be given a Beat the Street key fob from their school. The fob is activated when tapped against the special electronic ‘beat boxes’, which will be placed on lamp posts and posts around each school.

Each beat box is worth a different amount of points depending on the distance from the school, so the beat boxes further away are worth three points.

The school that earns the most points wins a cash prize for their nominated charity. It is part of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Walk School scheme.

Two Great Shelford thefts

A cycle and bike lock was stolen in London Road, Great Shelford on 15th September between 7am and 2pm. Thieves stole the white and blue Giant Brass jump cycle, black combination lock and yellow TSG Sam Pilgrim bicycle helmet

A shed burglary was reported in Hinton Way, Great Shelford between 14th September and 21st September. The thieves entered the insecure garden shed and stole a Husqvarna Petrol Chain Saw.

New name for new Great Shelford road

A new road in Great Shelford could be called “Fletcher’s Way”.

The Parish Council has made the suggestion because Charlie Fletcher’s business, Fletcher and Sons,

occupied the site prior to Welch. Charlie was well known in Shelford and lived to a great age. O the left is an old photo showing one of his trucks outside the Fletcher & Sons depot.

Shelford hospice building work could start in 2015

Construction work could start on the new Arthur Rank Hospice at Shelford Bottom in 2015 if permission is granted by South Cambridgeshire District Council, with the new building fully open by 2016.

Last year, trustees revealed hopes for a larger facility to serve families across the county following a review of the current site, which has been located at Brookfields in Mill Road, Cambridge for more than 30 years.

If plans are approved, the new £8.9million facility at the Shelford Bottom site will be able to offer 24 beds - 16 which will be single ensuite rooms - along with two four-bed bedded bays helping staff to continue to provide specialist palliative and end of life care to a growing elderly population.

So far, more than £5million has already been raised for the project. The new hospice will also be the base for the Hospice at Home service, which supports patients and their families who want to die at home, and will host day therapy sessions, a public cafe and seminar rooms, as well as the inpatient unit.

Great Shelford broadband sham

Great Shelford residents who have been overlooked by Virgin broadband have now been told that they can't get fast broadband from BT - even though a BT box providing superfast broadband is less than 100 metres from their homes.

Residents of the Orchards suffer with a poor broadband service where we they get at best 1.5 Mb download on a good day. They were delighted when the BT fibre cabinet finally arrived at the top of their road a few weeks ago, less than 100 metres from their properties.

"You can imagine our surprise and despair when we discovered that we are not to be connected to this box due to an error in the original contract," said Orchards resident Dr James Mundell.

Their postcode is not supplied by Virgin.

"We do not see why we might have to wait until 2016 or beyond to get this situation resolved," said Dr Mundell in a letter to Connecting Cambridgeshire. "Someone has made a mistake and it needs to be put right. The cabinet is available and many properties much further along Hinton Way, beyond the reach of Virgin, are now connected to it. All that is needed is the will to correct the situation."

"To see a box 100 metres from our homes that BT is not permitted to connect us to because it must not compete with Virgin who also refuses to supply us is quite ridiculous and merits an episode of “Yes, Minister”.

Cash taken in Great Shelford burglary

A burglary was reported at Cambridge Road, Great Shelford. This occurred on Tuesday 2nd September between 7.30pm and 10.20pm. The burglars conducted an untidy search. Cash was taken.

Shelford Feast news


Bunch members have now turned their thoughts to giving back the money raised by the successful 2014 Feast. Final figures are not yet available but we believe that we can be confident in being able to give funds to deserving causes.

The Grant Application Form is available on our website at it is important to remember that grants are given in line with our constitution as a charity and according to our criteria, that Good Causes should be local, meet a genuine need, help the old and the young in particular, and be given where they will make the most positive impact.

We also need to be sure that there has been a significant contribution to The Feast by the organisation or its supporters. This is vital because without the enormous help we have from volunteers on stalls, those who man the bar and the food tent, the people who give up their time and energy to set up and take down the Feast it simply could not take place.

Grant forms should be delivered to Duncan Grey, Feast Secretary by September 30th.


This year the traditional Donation Evening in The Square and Compasses is being replaced by an exhibition of Feast-related information and displays by each of the good causes we support. We hope all recipients of Feast donations will send representatives and produce some material for display.

The exhibition evening is planned for Saturday November 15th in the Memorial Hall, Great Shelford. It is hoped that all recipients of Feast Grants will create a display and everyone in the village is invited to attend.

Wine, cheese and beer will be available and a voluntary donation to cover costs will be invited. All are welcome – and if you can tell us in advance at that you are coming we can arrange refreshments.

The exhibition will open at 7pm and the actual disbursement ceremony will take place at 8pm.

Please do come and see what our local organisations have done with the money they have been given in recent years. That amounts to £215,000 since 1994 – and at the Exhibition we will announce how much we have raised this year. How near will it be to the magical quarter of a million pound target?

Duncan Grey

Sports pavilion opened by former Arsenal star

Former Arsenal and Northern Ireland international Steve Morrow, who is now a Great Shelford resident, opened the new Pavilion on Sunday 7 September. The Opening Ceremony was performed by Steve Morrow (centre) assisted by Jimmy Dean (second right) , long-time Shelford resident and footballer, Mrs Wenda Burbidge, recently retired after 23 years as the Parish Clerk (second left) and South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley(far left). They are pictured with Cllr Charles Nightingale, Chairman of Great Shelford Parish Council.Steve Morrow scored the winning goal in the 1993 League Cup Final at Wembley. In the celebrations after the match, Arsenal skipper Tony Adams attempted to pick Steve up but Adams slipped and Morrow awkwardly hit the ground. He broke his arm (see photo, below) and had to be rushed to hospital.

As a result, Steve missed the rest of that season, including the FA Cup final (also against Sheffield Wednesday), where Arsenal completed the Cup Double. Before the final kicked off, he received his League Cup winners' medal, making him the only player ever to have picked up a medal before a Cup final.

Read more about Steve Morrow here.

Great Shelford arch re-installed

Two school pupils from Great Shelford have helped their school win a national competition. Daniel Morgan from Hinton Way and Pavan Tanna from Kings Mill Lane were part of the team from the Perse School that won the national Schools’ Challenge Junior General Knowledge Competition. Click here to see coverage in the Cambridge News.

Three shed burglaries in Great Shelford

A shed burglary was reported in Kingsmill Lane, Great Shelford between Saturday 28th June 7.00pm and Sunday 29th June 10am. 3 sheds in the rear garden were broken into overnight by having doors jemmied open. It is not known at the time of reporting if anything was missing.

A shed burglary was also reported in Kingsmill Lane, Great Shelford between Friday 27th June at 4.00pm and Sunday 29th June at 1.00pm. Burglars entered a large enclosed garden to the rear of the property and jemmied open the doors of a wooden shed and summer house. Entry was gained but nothing was taken. The gate to the adjoining property was also forced open.

A shed burglary has been reported in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford. This occurred on Saturday 21st June at approximately 9.00pm. The burglar entered the garden and then entered the wooden shed and stole a black and green Bianchi (half road/city) cycle from the shed. There was a shed burglary reported overnight 28/06/2014 - 29/06/2014 at Kings Mill Lane, Great Shelford. Three sheds located in rear gardens were broken into.

Scotsdales in Tour de France u-turn

One of Great Shelford's biggest businesses has said that they will open on Tour de France day after all. Scotsdales said in the spring that they would be forced to close when the Tour de France comes to the village - losing more than £40,000. But now, less than 3 weeks before the race, they have announced that they will be open from 6am-6pm on the day of the race.

Ben Hayward Cycles will be on site supporting the event while breakfasts will be available from 7.30am. They will have TV screens to watch the race based in their Sunflower Cafe while they are now planning a barbecue, weather permitting

Posted Jun 19

Car raffled in Great Shelford

A motoring enthusiast is raffling a Mini to help people living with dementia – in support of his mother. Blake Elkins, who founded Cambridge Miniworks in Great Shelford in 2010, is putting the classic 1996 Mini Sprite in the draw on July 26 draw in aid of the Lewy Body Society, which supports people who have Lewy body dementia.

The condition, which affected his mum Susan, leads to progressive problems with thinking and can cause visual hallucinations, stiff and slow walking and moving, periods of confusion and sudden drops in blood pressure that cause fainting and falls. Around one in six people with dementia have the Lewy body type.

Blake wants to raise as much money as possible, as a tribute to his 57 year-old mum and also to fund research into the illness.

The car being raffled was given to Blake’s business in High Green, Great Shelford, for free by its former owner, who could not cope with the upkeep.

To enter the raffle, make a donation at The winner will be pulled out of a hat at Cambridge Miniworks.

Posted June 17

Royal honours for Shelford women

Two local women were recognised in the Queen's birthday honours on June 14. Sue Dunkerton, director of the Knowledge Transfer Network, gots an OBE for services to health and engineering. And the Shelford Feast's Sarah Coppendale, who lives in Stapleford, was awarded a BEM for services to the community in Shelford and South Cambridgeshire. Sarah is also involved with the Shelford Pantomime, the Little Shelford Badminto Group and the Shelford and District Bridleway Group.

Posted June 15

Shelford boasts best burger

The Gog Magog farmshop has won the title of England’s Best Burger. Their 'Magog Marrow Burgers' scooped the top prize in eraly June at an award ceremony in London, which was presented (left) by World Cup hatrick hero Geoff Hurst MBE.

The judges felt that “the Magog Marrow Burger was exceptionally good. The quality of the meat used was excellent and the balance of flavours was just right- making it a fantastic quality burger.”

They're now hoping that the Magog Marrow Burgers will be available to order online soon.

New Tour de France map says "non" to Great Shelford

A new interactive Tour de France map has overlooked Great Shelford - but included Little Shelford which isn't even on the race route!

The stage 3 of the Tour de France is coming to Great Shelford on July 7. The new interactive map -without Great Shelford - can be seen here.

Find out all the latest road closure details and how the race day will affect Great Shelford with our special Tour de France section here.

Posted June 5

Red light for Hinton Way changes

A proposal to introduce speed reduction and traffic calming measures in Hinton Way has been dismissed.

A Hinto Way resident, Mr Gunnell, wrote to Great Shelford Parish Council advocating Cherry Hinton-style traffic speed reduction and traffic calming measures.

However at the council meeting on May 28, Councillor Charles Nightingale and Councillor Ben Shelton were of the view that such measures, which cost over £200,000 and involved new street furniture and bumps, would not work and were undesirable.

Posted June 5

On your marks for Shelford Fun Run

Entries for this year’s Shelford Fun Run are now open at Six people have already signed up. The 2014 Shelford Fun Run will take place on Sunday 14th September. The purpose of the event is to raise money for local causes and charities. The 5km course runs through the streets of Great and Little Shelford with the roads closed for the duration of the event

Posted June 4

Pavilion official opening postponed

The official opening of the new Great Shelford Sports Pavilion on June 22 has been postponed.

The opening has been called off because of a problem with the timber cladding. The wood is already deviating and deflecting in response to the wet weather. It is likely that all the cladding will have to be removed and replaced. It will take 6-8 weeks, before the replacement wood can be delivered

Posted June 3

Three new Shelford scout leaders wanted

We’re the Shelford and Stapleford Scout Leaders and we are looking for 3 enthusiastic adults who are willing to come along and join us so we can expand our troop and offer scouting to even more young people.

Just so we don’t put you off, you don’t have to be available every week, you don’t have to have been a scout yourself and it certainly isn’t a lifelong commitment. All we want is to know how much you want to be involved and when to expect you. Oh and you’ll have to do a CRB check (which is quite painless) and a bit of training but it can be done electronically and we recognise prior learning and experience!

Whetted your appetite? Great, then please give Charles Crawley a call on 845327 or Jillian Hardwick on 840066 to find out a bit more.

We need to find people ASAP and by the 21st July at the latest if we are going to be able to expand in September. We look forward to talking to you.

Posted June 6

Inspirational Great Shelford home up for sale

The former home of Great Shelford writer Philippa Pearce in Kings Mill Lane is up for sale for £3.45million. The house inspired part of her famous book, Tom's Midnight Garden. the price is likely to make it the most expensive house in Great Shelford. See how the Daily Mail covered the story.

Accommodation needed

The twinning association is looking for villagers happy to host french families during the twinning week-end on July 5-8. Please contact Sarah Haddow on 01223 845942 or email

Green bin collection changes in Great Shelford

The collection of waste from Green bins in Great Shelford is moving to monthly in the winter. During December, January and February, when there is far less compostable waste put out for collection, your green bins will be moving to a monthly collection.

For the remainder of the year (March to November) your green bins will continue to be collected fortnightly and crews will be working longer days throughout the summer when there is more garden waste to collect.

Posted May 29

Shelford Medical Practice update

Shelford Medical Practice is not taking any advance bookings for July 7 – the day of the Tour de France. The surgery will be open but will only be able to offer very urgent or emergency appointments for those patients able to reach the Health Centre.

Shelford Medical Practice is changing the pattern of morning appointments which should make it easier to book with your preferred GP both in advance and on the same day. They have altered the proportion of advance bookings to same day ones and increasing the number of appointment slots.

Two new GPS are joining the Shelford Medical Practice in the summer which means the village surgery will be able to slightly increase the number of appointments that are available.

Posted May 27

Great Shelford newsagent raid

£1,000 in cash and cigarettes was taken in a burglary at McColls newsagent in Great shelford on Monday, May 19. A shop worker was opening the shop when she was forced to open the safe.

Detectives have launched a hunt for the thief who ran off towards Shelford Medical Centre carrying a black holdall containing the money.

The shaken staff described the burglar as white, about 5ft 9in tall and was wearing a black hooded top with a white motif on the front and left arm. He also wore a balaclava.

Det Sgt Mike Barnshaw said: “We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the man before or after the incident.

“The shop assistant was left shaken and any information no matter how small could help us bring the offender to justice.”

Anyone with any information should call Det Sgt Barnshaw on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111. Police have arrested two people in connection with the incident.

Shelford and Stapleford election results

The Conservative candidate won the Shelford and Stapleford seat on South Cambridgeshire District Council in the election on May 22. These are the results:

Proposals to scrap the free school bus service from Great and Little Shelford to Sawston Village College in September have been scrapped.

Cambridgeshire County Council wrote to parents saying that they would have to pay from September. But now they have changed their minds, saying that charges won't be introduced until September 2015.

Star turn by Shelford pupils

The unique arch has been re-installed in Great Shelford Recreation Ground. Special thanks are due to community spirited Travis Perkins. Joe Dyozinski, Manager of the Travis Perkins Stapleford Depot, kindly made their truck and crane available to lift and place the half-ton arch. The Travis Perkins' driver, Roger, was assisted by two Omnis construction staff, and all were closely supervised by Parish Council Chairman Charlie Nightingale and Chief Engineer (for the day) Nigel Bennee.

Great Shelford garage break-in

There was a garage burglary between 8am on August 14 and 7.30am on August 15 at Church Street, Great Shelford.

A side door was forced open and various bottles of alcohol stolen.

Great Shelford house prices keep on rising

House prices in Great Shelford have gone up by 7.17% over the last year according to the property website Zoopla.

Property prices in the village have risen by an average of £31,387 in the last 12 months. The average price of a house sold in Great Shelford was £390,798 according to the website.

Name a street in Great Shelford

A new street in Great Shelford needs a name - and the Parish Council wants your suggestions.

The short street that will run from London Road through the old Welch site to Granta Terrace. This will be on the agenda for the 17 September Parish Council Meeting.

There are guidelines from the Emergency Services:-

    • No like names in different parts of the village. Any such like names should be adjacent.

    • No like names which sound phonetically similar.

    • If names are proposed they must be related to the area. Only names of deceased persons are used and only the surname.

    • No consideration will be given to any street name that contains the name of another Cambridgeshire or neighbouring village.

A list of naming conventions can be found at Please send your suggestions to

Shelford fun run

Some street in Great and Little Shelford will be closed on September 14 for the Shelford Fun Run.

The streets affected are:

  • Woollards Lane, Great Shelford

  • Church Street, Great Shelford

  • Bridge Lane, Little Shelford

  • Whittlesford Road, Little Shelford

  • High Street, Little Shelford

  • Church Street, Little Shelford

The run starts at 10.30am on September 14 and finishes at 12.30pm. Up to 400 people will run the 5km course in aid of Shelford School and local charities. If you want to take part or volunteer, visit

Major new development near Great Shelford

A new science park and 1,250 new homes may be built in Great Shelford and Trumpington. Jesus College is spearheading the scheme, which would also provide the city with a new country park and an extra school.

The site would include an area behind Cambridge Road adjacent to Shelford Rugby Club. You can see a map of the Cambridge South development here.

The development would be called Cambridge South. The science park and homes would be built on a 170-hectare site between the M11, Hauxton Road, the new Addenbrooke’s Road, and Shelford Road. The site is close to the Great Kneighton housing scheme, and is the size of about 630 football pitches.

It will also be not far from the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, where pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca will be setting up its huge global HQ.

Most of the land is owned by the college, but there are three other landowners involved as well.

A brochure about the proposals, with artist’s impressions, has been produced, and will be put forward at the forthcoming examination in public into the district council’s Local Plan, its planning blueprint for future years. You cann see the brochure at

The plans include a residential community of up to 1,250 new homes with a range of amenities.

Read more in the Cambridge News here:

Green light for new speed limits

Proposals to reduce the speed limits on the whole of Hinton Way and along Cambridge Road to 30mph have been given the go ahead following a campaign by local residents and the parish council.

The Parish Council has been pushing to make the changes. But the local police had objected to the plans.

A final decision was made by the county council on August 19.

Great Shelford Parish Council was praised for its' campaign by County Councillors Sir Peter Brown and Councillor Criswell.

Members of the Speedwatch group and other residents in Hinton Way welcomed the reduction in the speed limit, and say they hope that this change:

· will make it easier for residents to drive in and out of their driveways safely

· make it safer for residents and Sawston Village College pupils to cross Hinton Way to get to the bus stop at the end of Foxhill

· make it safer for pedestrians to use the narrow footpath along Hinton Way

· make it safer for cyclists to use Hinton Way

Residents of Hinton Way had become so concerned about the excessive speed at which many motorists were travelling along their road that they set up their own Speedwatch group in July.During 10 hours of roadside surveys, 156 vehicles were recorded travelling at 46mph or faster.

Of those 156 vehicles recorded:

    • 27 were travelling at 46mph

    • 69 vehicles were travelling at speeds between 47 and 49mph

    • 54 vehicles were travelling at speeds between 50 and 55mph

    • 6 vehicles were travelling at speeds between 60 and 65mph.

Police have even recorded one motorist doing 75 mph in Hinton Way.

Shelford roads and paths survey

The Parish Council is carrying out a roads and paths survey coordinated by the Parish Council Highways Committee. Every parish councillor is surveying a number of roads allocated to them.

If Parishioners are aware of an issue to do with a road, pavement or right of way, it is best in the first instance that they report this using the County Council website:

In respect of encroaching hedges or overhanging trees which inhibit use of pavements and/or are dangerous, then parishioners should inform Parish Clerk Ian Kydd. If it is their own trees or hedges they would be expected to deal with the problem themselves. At this time of year it would be very helpful if all householders could take a look at any of their hedges and trees which are close to a pavement or footpath to ensure that they are not causing a danger or inconvenience to pedestrians or obscuring road signs.

$6m Shelford home stars in Wall Street Journal

A $6million home currently on sale in Great Shelford has been featured in the international business bible, the

Wall Street Journal.

The house is used to illustrate how the average homes in and around Cambridge are now more expensive than in Oxford.

Great Shelford Park life

Here are some of the mindful movement group who exercised on the Shelford Recreation Ground accompanied by Melissa Fu on the cello.

Great Shelford burglary

There has been a burglary between 09:30am and 4.15pm on July 23 at Buristead Road, Great Shelford.

Entry was believed to be via a rear kitchen door. Items stolen include Macbook pro, Apple ipad 2 serial No. DLXFFRWYDFHW, and Canon Ixus 100 digital camera.

Footpath closed

The permissive footpath running along the edge of Rectory Farm Barns is now closed between the hours of 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday with immediate effect.

This is strictly necessary from a health and safety perspective as the footpath will need to be crossed repeatedly by vehicles during the building process of the affordable houses. Whilst I appreciate that this will affect the amenity value of some members of the Parish it is hoped that the partial closing will allow members of the public to still enjoy the footpath in the evenings. After the building works have been completed the footpath will then be reopened as normal. I hope you are understanding of the reasoning behind this action and support the College's action.

Alex Morter


Great Shelford theft

A theft from a vehicle was reported in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford. This occurred on Wednesday 16th July between 7.00pm and 8.45pm. The thief smashed the nearside front window, reached into the vehicle and took a handbag from the front seat.

The next Police surgery at Great Shelford will be on Wednesday 20th August, at the Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane 9.30am – 11.00am.

Great Shelford screensaver

A great screensaver of Great Shelford featuring parts of Church Street and the Peacocks is now available on the web.

Shelford school bus u-turn

Great Shelford burglary

A burglary was reported at Chaston Road, Great Shelford. This occurred on Sunday 18th May at approximately 3.00pm. The burglar entered through an open front door. They entered the living room and took a purse from a handbag.

A theft was reported from Mingle Lane, Great Shelford. This occurred between Sunday 18th May 8.00pm and Monday 19th May 5.00am. The thief stole some plants which were outside the front of the property.

Marathon man

Andrew Unsworth (pictured left) , who ran the London Marathon for Shelford School raised £867.20, which with Gift Aid hits a fantastic Grand Total of £1059.00.

"It was a fantastic day with a great atmosphere. The support on the way round was unbelievable. There were loads of people out there to support me (or they might have been there to see Mo Farah !) It was a great day, but I had forgotten how hard the marathon is. I started off well but slowed down in the last 6 miles, but still happy with my time of 4:40. It was quite hot, which made it extra hard. I could hardly walk the day after !

A huge thank you to everyone who supported him and and equally huge thank you to Andrew for kindly agreeing to share his total 50:50 between the Shelford School PTA and Children with Cancer.

New head coach for Shelford Rugby Club

Sam Tovo is Shelford Rugby Club’s new head coach following Dick Matthews’ decision to step down. He previously held the role between 2004 and 2011, overseeing the club’s promotion to the National Leagues.

Shelford’s pre-season friendlies see them travel to Rosslyn Park on August 23 and host Peterborough Lions on August 30. The new season kicks off on September 6.

Three thefts in Great Shelford

A theft from a vehicle was reported in Hinton Way, Great Shelford on Wednesday 14th May between 8.30am and 1.35pm. The thief removed a piece of the logo from the bonnet to a Red Renault Clio. They also smashed the front passenger window to the vehicle. No entry was gained.

A theft was also reported at the Co-op in High Street, Great Shelford. This occurred on Thursday 15th May 5.00pm. Four bottles of spirits were taken.

There was also a theft from a vehicle overnight between May 19 and May 20 at London Road, Great Shelford. The nearside front window of a car was smashed to gain entry, and a Tom Tom sat nav was taken from glove box.

Exercise class on Great Shelford Recreation Ground

A new exercise class is starting on the Rec. Running on Fridays from 2pm until 3pm from 13th June to 18th July, the cost is £6 drop-in, with the first class free.

You can meet outside the new Pavillion at 1.50pm for a 2pm start by the river on June 13th.

For more details contact:, 01223 700232 or visit

Beginners and creaky bodies welcome.

School buses withdrawn

School buses to Sawston Village College are being withdrawn for most pupils in Great Shelford and Little Shelford from September.

Usually, only pupils who live more than 3 miles away from the school are entitled to free transport.

However the rules were changed temporarily a couple of years ago after concerns were raised about pupil safety crossing the A1301 on the edge of Sawston.

The junction has now been improved. Now Cambridgeshire County Council has written to parents in a letter titled “ Notice to withdraw school transport between the villages of Stapleford, Great and Little Shelford to Sawston Village College.”

The letter says that the changes will take effect from September 2014.

Parents can raise their concerns by emailing

Great Shelford cyclist hurt

A Great Shelford cyclist was injured in a collision with a Seat car in the village.

The woman, in her 50s, suffered injuries which are not life-threatening in the crash, which happened in Maris Green, Great Shelford.

The lady was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital after the collision, which happened at 9am on Wednesday April 30.

Cycle stolen

A Claude Butler bike was stolen from the bike rack at Great Shelford railway station. The theft occurred on Sunday April 27 between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

Tour de France business nightmare

One of Great Shelford's biggest businesses will be forced to close when the Tour de France comes to the village - losing more than £40,000.

The stage 3 of the Tour de France including 2013 winner Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins will be travelling through Great Shelford around 12.30pm on Monday July 7th.

It has already been revealed that no traffic would be able to use the roads on the route including Cambridge Road and Tunwells Lane from 7am. Now it has emerged that no traffic will be allowed to even cross the route on July 7th causing chaos for many local commuters.

"This is a nightmare for local people and Great Shelford businesses," said Great Shelford district councillor, Charlie Nightingale. "These rules mean that no customers can get into or out of Scotsdales on the day, which will force them to close. That is going to cost them more than £40,000."

Scotsdales chairman David Rayner said: "I welcome the Tour but I can’t understand why the roads need to be closed for this long period of time.”

You can see full details of the

New Parish Council

A BBC journalist is among the new Parish Councillors for Great Shelford.The new councillors include BBC broadcaster Stephen Chittenden.

There will be no Parish Council elections in Great Shelford on May 22 because there were 13 candidates for 15 seats.

The new Parish Councillors don’t formally come into office until 27 May. The first meeting of the new Parish Council will be on Wednesday 28 May at 7.30pm, most likely in the new pavilion. Posted April 25

Great Shelford annual village meeting headlines

These are the headlines from the Parish Council Chairman's report to the annual village meeting on April 16:

  • Building work will start on the Arthur Rank Hospice at Shelford Bottom in 2014

  • The Parish Council's top priority is to buy the Grange Field next to the Rec to provide much needed extra recreation space for the village

  • Proposals for redevelopment of the Railway Tavern site will be unveiled shortly

  • A special service in Great Shelford to mark the start of World War 1 will be held in August.

You can read the full report of the chairman of Great Shelford Parish Council here.

Posted April 18

Cosmetic surgery arrives in Great Shelford.

The Harley Medical Group has set up a clinic at Mill Court in Great Shelford. The group offers everything from non-surgical solutions to face and body surgery. The local page of their website doesn’t indicate which services are provided through the Great Shelford Clinic.

The Harley Medical Group is one of the largest Cosmetic Surgery and Non Surgical Solutions providers in the UK. It started in 1983. They have 21 clinics across the country.

Car owner fined for pavement parking

A driver has been fined for parking his car on a pavement in Great Shelford following complaints from local residents.

The Seat Ibiza was parked on the pavement in Leeway Ave, making it difficult for those with disabled scooters & baby buggies to get by. Whilst parking in Leeway Aveue is always a problem for local residents this episode of inconsiderate parking on the pavement is becoming more & more common, with long term parking whereby owners leave cars overnight or longer periods.

After a complaint to Great Shelford Parish Council, the police put a fixed penalty notice on the car - a nice surprise for the owners when they eventually return from their holiday. Lets hope this action will deter other 'pavement parkers'.

Posted April 17 2014

Boat motor stolen

An outboard motor was stolen from a boat kept in a garden in Macaulay Avenue, Great Shelford between 3rd April and 6th April.

A theft from a vehicle was reported, Buristead Road, Great Shelford. This occurred between Sunday 13thApril at 8pm and Tuesday 15th April at 9am. Both front and rear registration plates were unscrewed and stolen from a black col Audi whilst it was parked on the driveway.

Between 30th March and 5th April there was a shed burglary in Coppice Avenue, Great Shelford. Damage was caused to the shed but nothing was taken.

Posted April 17

Two Great Shelford burglaries

A burglary happened at Westfield Road, Great Shelford on Thursday 3rd April between 9.30am and 12.50pm. Thieves entered the property via the rear kitchen door. Various items of jewellery and cash were stolen.

A garage burglary was reported at Cambridge Road, Great Shelford between Wednesday 2nd April at 6pm and Thursday 3rd April at 9am. The thieves broke into entry into an insecure garage but nothing was stolen.

Criminal Damage was reported, Chaston Road, Shelford. This occurred between Sunday 30th March 6.00pm and Monday 31st March 9.00am. Offenders smashed the outer pane of glass in the front door.

Volunteers needed in Great Shelford

Great Shelford Mobile Warden Scheme is for volunteers for Committee work and to visit scheme members during warden holidays. This is important for governance of the scheme. It is necessary for all volunteers to be police checked to the level of vulnerable adults which is the highest level.

Potential volunteers should contact Chair Jenny Morris on 846332 or through email

Shelford Rugby Club needs volunteers to help on day of their big match against local rivals Cambridge on April 12. Jobs include working in the car park or bar, cooking and serving food. Contact Dave Hatter on 07747 444435 if you can help.

Posted April 4

Book your GP appointment online

You can now book your doctor's appointment at the Great Shelford practice online. You must first contact the surgery by email or by post to request your own user identity and a password. They will be given to you in person or by post.

A proportion of GP appointments each day will be available to book online from 8pm the night before and some more from 6am on the same day.

The same ID and password is used for online prescriptions so if you have already signed up, you will already be able to book your appointments online.

Posted March 27

Great Shelford Sports Pavilion opens

The new state-of-the art Sports Pavilion is now finished and open for business.

The Pavilion cost £673,000 according to new figures just published by the Parish Council. That is £15,820 more than originally predicted.

The water, electricity and gas connections proved to be inadequate and increasing their capacity added an extra £12,000 to the project.

“The Parish Council’s view is that the parish has a wonderful new pavilion at a price which – viewed in retrospect - was very competitive indeed,” said a statement from the Council.

The Parish Council paid £183,621 towards the Pavilion, including a new 15 year loan of £90,000.

An Open Day is going to be held soon so villagers can have a closer look at the Pavilion.

Read the full Great Shelford Parish Council Pavilion statement here.

Posted March 24

Pay to park at the park and ride

It will now cost £1 to park at the park and ride at trumpington and Babraham from April 1st.

All vehicles parking at any of the 5 Park & Ride sites in Cambridge will have a 1 hour free period. This will enable people to drop-off and pick-up for free, to allow for customers of the John Lewis distribution centre based at Trumpington to pick up their purchases for free, and for the parents to drop and pick up their children at the sites for the various Kiss & Ride school minibus services. Any vehicles staying for more than 1 hour will be liable for a £1 charge. This ticket will be purchased from ticket machines outside the main buildings on the sites. The ticket can be purchased at the same time as a ticket for bus travel bus and does not need to be displayed in the vehicle.

The£1 ticket will allow for the parking of one vehicle for up to 18 hours.

Posted March 26

Great Shelford burglary

A break-in was reported in Hinton Way, Great Shelford between Monday 10th March at 6pm and Tuesday 11th March at 7am. The burglars forced the front door, gained entry and searched through the house. Jewellery was taken.

A theft of a Claude Butler cycle has also been reported in High Street, Great Shelford. This occurred on Friday 14th March at approximately 8.00pm. The thief stole an unlocked cycle from outside the Square & Compasses public house. The cycle is a gents mountain bike – Claude Butler Mercury.

Great Shelford is one of the best

Great Shelford is one of the best places to live in the UK according to a survey by the Sunday Times.The village was named in the Sunday Times’ 101 Best Places to Live in Britain, which was published on March 16.

Cllr David Whiteman-Downes, who represents Great Shelford on South Cambridgeshire District Council, told the Cambridge News: “It is a beautiful village with a lovely community, where people actually enjoy living and like taking part in village activities. People are proud of the area and don’t like to sit back and let things happen. Also, we have a lovely shopping centre in the village which brings people in and keeps the heart of the village alive.”

What the judges said:

:: Although increasingly blurring into Cambridge, Great Shelford retains its country sensibility but also its own station from where it is less than 90 minutes to London Liverpool Street.

:: There’s a good village primary school and it’s a short drive or cycle to Trumpington Road’s many independent schools.

Two Great Shelford burglaries

A house at Hinton Way, Great Shelford was burgkled between March 8 and 11. The front door was forced to gain entry, and jewellery was stolen.

A burglary was also reported at offices in High Green, Great Shelford. This occurred between Thursday 27th February at 6pm and Monday 10th March at 6am. The burglars forced a rear window to the offices and gained entry. Desk drawers were searched through.

And a theft from a vehicle was reported at Cambridge Road, Great Shelford. This occurred on Friday 28th February between 7.30pm and 9.00pm. The thieves stole both the front and rear plates from the vehicle.

Posted March 13

Speed reduction slow down

New speed limits for Great Shelford are taking longer than expected to be introduced -because the files have been lost twice by Cambridgeshire County Council.

The Parish Council wants to reduce the speed of traffic on Cambridge Road and Hinton Way from 40mph to 30mph. The Parish Council gave their go ahead in February 2013.

An application has been made to the councty council. However Councill Tony Orgee has told the the Parish Council "he was shocked to hear that the information sent by the Parish Council had been lost for the second time."

Posted March 10

Light fantastic

The Rugby Club is going ahead with its' new floodlights. They have been granted £20,000 by the RFU towards the floodlight upgrade

Together with the generous donations of members, friends, supporters, and sponsors, this means they go ahead with the process towards getting the Davey Field lit up properly.

The grant is part of the Rugby Football Union's plans for the World Cup 2015 and means that Shelford have been chosen to become a Lead Up and Legacy Centre for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The RFU said, "hosting the World Cup provides an opportunity to deliver a huge participation legacy for rugby union and the RFU has committed a £10m investment which will create a network of over 500 Lead Up and Legacy Centres aimed at providing a platform on which club rugby participation throughout England can be built."

Shelford Rugby Club has also launched its' own app.

Posted March 7

Volunteer needed

Then you could be the person we need to join Great Shelford Library as a volunteer rhymetimer.

Whether you have experience, however informal, of sharing the magic of Rhymes with babies and toddlers or you wish to learn more about it, please get in touch.

If you are interested or would like more information contact:

Anne Worthington, Community Engagement Librarian – Children’s, Cambridgeshire Libraries on: or 07786 126 506

Babies & toddlers their parents & carers can come and sing together on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month

Term Time only 10.30am – 11.00 am

No need to book and it’s free!

Parents & carers please stay with your child

Posted March 4

Council tax increase

Great Shelford's share of the village's council tax bills is increasing by just over 15%. The Parish Council is planning to spend £100,000 in the 12 months from April 2014 . This compares to a precept of £86,750 a year ago. The increase was decided at the Parish Council meeting in January. Read a statement by Great Shelford Parish Council here. You can read the minuted of the parish council meeting here.

Posted Feb 28

Shelford Feast 2014 line-up

The first details of the 2014 Shelford Feast have been revealed:

    • Tuesday Night Sawston Youth Drama

  • Wednesday Comedy night - comedians to be confirmed

  • Thursday - Quiz Night

  • Friday night - Big 10 Ska Band with support from the Indietones who are very lively and should get the party started with Britain's premier Ska Party Band.

  • Saturday - Beer Festival includes new talent in the form of "Toy Sparrows" a duo who will be performing their own and other songs during the afternoon.

  • Saturday night, "Back to the 80's", who after last year's excellent Friday night are back for the main act on Saturday. The support is from the local band "The Undercovers" who have a good following for their entertaining music.

  • Sunday Feast Day should include the "Stapleford Umbrella Big Band" and, Kimberley Rew and Lee playing in the marquee. Also this year the Shelford Feast has the nationally famous "Bigbeats" drum workshops which will have everybody learning how to drum, On the stage during the afternoon they will also have a performance from Shelford School Choir.

  • The Feast runs from July 8 to July 13. More details can be found on the Shelford Feast website.

Posted Feb 28

Village parking problems

Concern has been expressed to the Parish Council that some drivers are parking in the village then walking to the station to use the train. Several years ago the same observation was raised and members of the Parish Council carried out a survey; this might now be repeated.

Posted March 10

Slow down in speed reduction

Great Shelford burglary

A burglary took place in Great Shelford when a rear patio door was smashed to gain entry. The break in happened in Westfield Road between 7.20pm and 9.30pm on February 24. Jewellery, silver and electrical items were stolen.

Posted Feb 26

Railway bridge problems

Parts of the the railway bridge on the Cambridge Road, Great Shelford have fallen down according to Margaret Tanswer on the local Shape Your Place website.

"It has been down over a week now," she wrote. "The footpath is narrow, the road is busy. All pedestrians are at risk as there is a steep drop, the elderly riding buggies, could so easily tip over and down the embankment. A vehicle leaving the road in a traffic accident would so easily roll over and over, the railway line is too close for comfort. The bridge needs motorway type barriers on both sides of the bridge, the old fencing is rotten and constantly leaning/falling over!"

Posted March 4

Surgery goes further into cyberspace

Shelford Medical Practice launched more online services in February. They already have a repeat prescription service online through their website at

They are now allowing patients who register for online services to see a list of their medication and select from that list to order their repeat prescriptions. But you have to contact the surgery in the first place to register, either in person, by email or by post.

Soon the surgery is planning to allow patients to book their appointments online too.

Posted Feb 27 2014

Anti-scam conference

An anti-scam conference is taking place in Great Shelford in March.

Scams and attempts to defraud us seem an ever increasing problem and an opportunity exists to raise our awareness of current trends and how best to combat such crimes.

A 2 hour conference is being put together aimed at care workers and police staff and Sergeant Davidson from South Cambs has kindly allocated places to NHW Co-ordinators from South Cambs and Cambridge City. There will be speakers from Trading Standards and hopefully, the Economic Crime Unit.

The event will take place on Wednesday 26th March between 2pm and 4pm at Shelford Rugby Club, Cambridge Road, Great Shelford.

Post Office closed for a fortnight

Great Shelford reopened on Monday March 3 after a two week refurbishment. The work was because our Post Office has been selected to become one of the new Mains Offices, which offer a comprehensive range of Post Office services and products. In the meantime, the nearest post offices are at Trumpington and Sawston.

There will be longer opening Hours with a low level serving counter and a hearing loop. There will be three serving positions two screened and one for use as a retail counter during shop opening hours.

Enquiry demand after near flood

Local councillor Charlie Nightingale is calling for an enquiry after a number of homes in Great Shelford were hours away from being flooded.

Houses in Abbérley Wood were almost flooded on Saturday, February 8. After repeated telephone calls to Anglian Water the first help didn't arrive until late on the Saturday evening, with water close to a number of doorways.

On Sunday morning there were 5 tankers trying to keep the water levels down. Councillor Nightingale, chairman of the parish council was called in to try and help by residents on Saturday afternoon when they were hitting brick walls elsewhere.

"I'm going to call for a urgent enquiry as why it has taken Anglian Water so long to repond to house holder request for help," said Cllr Nightingale. "The only help we received was from Arnie and his supplying sand bags. "

During the worst of the flooding in the area, a local councillor for Great Shelford, Cllr David Whiteman-Downes, took to Twitter to thank Council staff for support in protecting homes in Abberley Woods from flood water after a pump broke.

Great Shelford Library

Great Shelford is one of ten county-run libraries in South Cambridgeshire area and is the busiest one in the district, issuing more than 84,000 items in the year 2012-2013.Children’s books are particularly popular, accounting for almost 55% of all loans.The library stocks around 13,000 items in total, including audio CDs and cassettes and also DVDs; it has had more than 3,000 new items added to stock this year (2013-14).

The public library in Great Shelford is run by the County Council and serves the surrounding villages, particularly Little Shelford and Stapleford, in addition to Great Shelford itself. The library is open for 23 hours each week, including Saturday mornings – full details can be found at:

Great Shelford Library has an active Friends Group which campaigns on behalf of library users. It also hosts regular evening events and raises money for equipment. The library is very well supported by a band of volunteers who help the library staff at every open session - shelving and tidying books, and assisting customers with the self-service computers. Volunteers also run regular Rhymetime sessions for the very young and offer IT support via the Computer Buddy scheme

The library service itself hosts occasional author visits and also arranges monthly afternoon talks for older people –Engage sessions. Recent talks have included the history of St Mary’s parish church and the World of Scalextrics! In the summer holidays younger readers can participate in the national Summer Reading Challenge. They read six library books of their choice during the summer, collecting stickers along the way - all FREE! There is a different theme each year; in 2013 it was ‘Creepy House’ and 121 youngsters took part – children who complete the Challenge receive a certificate with their name on and a medal at an Award Ceremony held at their local library. The challenge is aimed at children aged 4 to 11 years, inspires children to read in the long summer break, encourages them to discover new authors and establishes a regular habit of visiting the local library and reading for pleasure. The 2014 theme will be Mythical Maze created by top illustrator Sarah McIntyre.

For further information about the library services, or to discuss the possibility of visits or talks from library staff please contact the South Cambridgeshire Community Engagement Librarians – Anne Worthington for Children’s Services or Victoria Richardson and Ruth Cowan for Adults – via 0345 045 5225.

MP takes the chair at Dental Surgery launch

Local MP Andrew Lansley, officially cut the tape and took to the chair as he attended the official re-launch of Great Shelford Dental Surgery on January 31st.

The Great Shelford Dental Surgery, in Woollards Lane, has undergone its own major surgery over the last few months as a complete refurbishment of patient and staff areas has taken place.

Owners Dipen and Bindi Shah, who brought the practice in December 2012 swiftly incorporated their vision for the surgery and the initial construction phase began in spring 2013. In all, four dental surgeries, reception, waiting room & staff room have been modernised bringing the latest available dental technology to the practice.

Patient feedback on the changes made has been particularly positive with many taken aback at how different the practice looks. Many changes have also taken place behind the scenes as patient records & reminders have been computerised as well as changes in personnel.

This however is not the end of the development as there are further plans to provide specialist services such as implants and braces.

To contact Great Shelford Dental Surgery, phone 843567


Posted Feb 6 2014

Move over Mo

On Sunday 13th April Andrew Unsworth (pictured) will be lining up alongside Mo Farah (and 35,000 other runners) for the 2014 London Marathon. It will be Mo’s first and his fourth marathon. Training is going well with his longest run so far of his 16 week training up to 15 miles.

Andrew is raising money for Children with Cancer, a national charity dedicated to the fight against all childhood cancers and Great and Little Shelford school PTA. The PTA are currently fundraising to provide new outdoor learning features. You can sponsor him by going here :

Posted Feb 5 14

Church Street roadworksThere will be more roadworks on Church Street during February. A gas main replacement outside of Great and Little Shelford School means that traffic lights will be in operation for a fortnight from February 17.

Fancy a trip to France?

There are still a few places left for the family twinning visit to Verneuil on 5-8 April 2014. There are still a few places left for this trip. Travel is by coach via the channel

tunnel. More details on the Twinning groups great new website at

Shelford's new Arthur Rank Hospice to be major beneficiary of the 2014 Fun Run

The new Arthur Rank Hospice, scheduled to be built at Shelford Bottom, will be the major beneficiary of the 2014 ‘Sawston Fun Run and Walk’ planned for Sunday 11th May.

The organiser, the Rotary Club of Sawston District, aims to raise at least £16,000 and add a significant sum to the £382,150 that the event has donated exclusively to local charities and organisations over the years. Other organisations due to benefit in 2014 are the Sawston Cinema, Sawston Girls FC, Sawston Cricket Club, Sawston Youth Drama, Sawston First Responders, all local primary schools as well as Little Shelford Sports Pavilion, Duxplay at Duxford, Shelford & Stapleford Scouts and Stapleford Primary School,

The new Arthur Rank Hospice is planned to replace the one in Mill Road, Cambridge that after 30 years can no longer cope with the level of demand and has limitations on expansion and the ability to deliver new services now available. The location of Shelford Bottom is a green and leafy site with good transport access and has all the advantages of a new build.

Dr Lynn Morgan, chief executive of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity commented ‘We are absolutely thrilled to be chosen as a beneficiary of the 2014 Sawston Fun Run. Sawston Fun Run is a great day out for families, businesses and individuals from across the county and beyond. We are so pleased to be involved and we hope our supporters will take part too. This opportunity has arisen at an exciting time for the charity as we embark on our plans to build a new hospice. The funds raised from this event will help us to achieve our aim to provide a larger, modern, light and welcoming hospice for our patients and their families.’

The event’s become the largest annual family event in the area and regularly attracts over 1,100 entrants from a wide area; elite club runners, keep-fit joggers and those who do it for the fun. To widen the appeal even more, the Rotary Club plans to have a short route for families and small children and appeals to everyone to support the event by registering early.

Past sponsors and advertisers are being asked to continue their support and offers of help would be much appreciated and advertising and promotional opportunities exist for those businesses who want to be supportive and involved. Details can be obtained from Tony Collett, on 01223 893447 or emailing

Online registrations will be accepted from mid-February at and registration forms will be available from branches of The Cambridge Building Society and Sawston Village College.

Car break-in

There was a theft from a vehicle between 5pm and 5.10pm on January 21 in Church Street, Great Shelford.

The victim left the car for a short period of time. On their return, a hand-bag was missing. There was no sign of a forced entry.

New dance classes for the village

New dance and fitness classes have started at Shelford Rugby Club. The classes for both adults and children are being delivered by Per4mers Academy.

Val O’Neill from the academy has been teaching for 30 years. She is a fully qualified dance teacher and choreographer. She is also a Licensed Adjudicator – Val has judged many prestigious dance competitions across the country including Strictly's Len Goodman's Freestyle events.

She has created Swaggafitness classes, which include SwaggaFit, Swaggaflex, and now for tiny tots SwaggaTots. Qualified with ISTD and NATD and ADFPdance societies, she has taught and trained every level of dancer from complete novice to Premier Championship Dancers, from social to competitive, and from babies to Adults.

Val has recently moved to Cambridgeshire, and is the daughter in law of Shelford Rugby Club President Colin Astin.

07854 158224

Sports Relief

Do you fancy organising the Shelford Sport Relief Run on March 23?

The family fundraising run has taken place 4 times. But previous organiser Richard Patterson doesn’t have the time this year to make the run happen successfully. Will you take over the reins?

You can read more about the runs at

For more details, email Richard at

Library useage dipsThe latest official figures for Great Shelford library are that in the period April to September 2013 our Library issued 22,446 items which represents a drop of 4% on the same period last year. Great Shelford library had the highest issues of all ten libraries in the South Cambridgeshire library group.

There are currently two main issues at the village. Firstly, there is ongoing resentment that opening hours remain restricted; and secondly, the use of the computer terminals is periodically compromised by the malfunction of the present IT system. The County Library Service has been endeavouring to deal with the computer issue, but the problem persists. It appears to come down to difficulties with recent network failures. These have been investigated. Unfortunately the overall slowness of the system is less easy to remedy as they are limited by the poor broadband infrastructure in the village generally.

Cambridgeshire County Council is committed to the provision of public computers in libraries and is currently reviewing its IT provision in all libraries; we hope to be able to report a resolution of the problem early in 2014.

The number of paid-up Friends of the library is now up to 60, and they have a volunteer force of 20. Friends membership has increased by 20% in the last year and they continue to recruit more as the months pass. The work of the Volunteers is much appreciated according to a statement from the Committee of Friends of Great Shelford Library.and the volunteers enable our library to function in the face of staff reductions.

The Committee have organised more than half a dozen evening events at the Library this year. We have to be careful that attendances at these, and other events, do not overstep the seating limitations for fire security purposes. We do not anticipate being able to accommodate as many evening meetings this year given the amount of time available to Committee members, most of whom have work and undertake other volunteering commitments.

As a result of our stall at the Village Feast last year the Bunch awarded the library funds to purchase two large children’s’ book boxes, a magazine rack and leaflet holders.

The Friends’ efforts to defend further cuts to our Library funding will be strengthened by users continuing to register their views in the Comments Book in the library.

Committee of Friends of Great Shelford Library.

From Great Shelford with love

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

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

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

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

Parish Council news

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

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

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

Pricey Great Shelford

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

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

The full East Anglian top ten is:

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

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

3. Hills Road, Cambridge – £1,019,000

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

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

6. Saxmundham Road, Aldeburgh – £819,000

7. Long Road, Cambridge – £810,000

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

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

10. Common Lane, Huntingdon – £752,000

Anti crime blitz

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

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

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

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

Plough gets a date in BBC calendar

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

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

Christmas weight loss winners

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

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

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

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

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

New Year's Eve Yoga Special

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

Break-in at new sports pavilion

A burglary was reported, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford. between 5pm on Thursday 28th November and 7am on Friday 29th November 7.00am. The burglars entered the compound to the construction site of the new sports pavilion, and then gained entry to the part constructed building through an open ground floor window. Once inside they have then selected an assortment of tools and power tools belonging to a building contractor.

Two crimes

A business burglary was reported in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford between Monday 25th November 5.00pm and Tuesday 26th November 5.50am. The burglar forced their way in to the premises through a ground floor metal framed window. An untidy search was carried out, but nothing was taken.

A theft was reported at the Co-op in High Street, Great Shelford. This occurred on Tuesday 26th November at approximately 8.45pm. The thief entered the store and selected items, and then left without making any attempts to pay. The offender has since been identified and arrested.

Village traffic changes

Several traffic changes are being introduced by the Parish Council to improve the traffic situation in and around Great Shelford.

Parking outside of the village school is going to be restricted, with 10 spaces being lost on Church Street to try to improve the flow of traffic past the school.

And the parish council is going to try to retsrict delivery times in Woollards Lane to outside of the rush hour, and probably betyween 10am and 12 noon to reduce the impact on the wider village.

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

Hospice to move to Shelford Bottom

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

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

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

Cllr Kenney, told the council cabinet“It’s shameful how we are trashing our countryside willy-nilly. It makes me ashamed to be human. I never thought I would be ashamed of Arthur Rank but I am for their greed.”

However the plans have been approved. Dr Lynn Morgan, Arthur Rank’s chief executive, said the existing hospice was three decades old and lacked modern facilities and en-suites, saying that the green setting was important to provide a therapeutic backdrop.

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

Co-op theft

A theft has been reported at the Co-op in High Street, Great Shelford. This occurred on Tuesday 26th November at approximately 8.45pm. The thief entered the store and selected items, and then left without making any attempts to pay. The offender has since been identified and arrested.

Bin changes at Christmas

The collection dates for our rubbish and recycling bins are changing to Tuesdays during the Christmas period only.

The blue and green bin collection will be on Tuesday December 31 and not Monday 30. And the black bin collection the following week will be Tuesday January 7.

Three village thefts

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

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

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

Just say oui?

For a number of years local children have had the opportunity to attend La Jolie Ronde, a French speaking group, on a Wednesday at Great Shelford Memorial Hall. Sadly the current teacher will not be continuing these sessions after December and the parents are looking for someone to take over the group.

If you are interested in helping our French group continue please contact Annick Alton on 01223 210900 or by

La Jolie Ronde offers the most successful educational French programme worldwide. For more details visit their website

Zara shortlisted for an award

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

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

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

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

ipads for councillors?

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

Shelford and Stapleford councillor Cllr David Whiteman-Downes has challenged other members to embrace modern technology in a bid to save taxpayers at least £34,000 within 12 months.

Councillor Whiteman-Downes is recommending councillors purchase their own iPads to replace out of date Council laptops after he test drove software which allows easy and secure access to emails, agendas, meetings and more at the touch of a button. This would mean paper agendas – which currently cost over £2,000 each year to print and post – would no longer be necessary for councillors.

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

Shop theft

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

Feast bonanza

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

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

You can see the full list of grants here.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

You can see the full list of grants here.

Festival of wheels

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

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

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

Please put the date in your diary and if you are interested in participating or supporting the event please e-mail Ben Shelton at or David Jones on

Five star Shelford

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

The Forum House, the Shelford Deli, the Square and Compasses and Zara have all been awarded 5 stars by the Agency – the best possible rating. Scotsdales cafe and The Plough got 3 stars and Days of Ashwell got 2 stars. You can see the results here.

South Cambridgeshire District Council has moved over to the Food Standard’s Agency scheme from its' previous award winning Scores on the Doors system. he move will mean food outlets, such as restaurants, takeaways and pubs will now be part of a single nationwide scheme.

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

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

Third estate agent for Great Shelford

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

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

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

Village designer needs your votes

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

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

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

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

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

To vote, go to before November 5. Winners will be announced on November 7.

Great Shelford ladies wanted

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

They need some younger ladies to give it a good mix and while there is quite a lot of interest in Little Shelford not many of the ladies came to the first meeting from there.

Tour de France comes to Great Shelford

The Tour de France is coming to Great Shelford in 2014.

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

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

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

The Tour will then leave Cambridgeshire travelling on to Saffron Walden and through Essex towards London to finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

Exact details of the route can be found at

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

In the build up to the arrival of the Tour, detailed information will be given to residents, businesses and visitors regarding the impact of the race on Cambridge and the county. This will be made available online at and as well as through leaflets, roadshows and events.

Information will also be made available via Facebook: or Twitter:

The 101st edition of Le Tour will start on Saturday 5 July 2014 in Leeds before travelling 120 miles to Harrogate, where the first Yellow Jersey of the Tour de France 2014 will be awarded. The next day, the riders will leave York for Sheffield on a tricky 125 mile stage whose final section will include a climb of Holme Moss.

Vote for our guides

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

Footpath complaints

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

This path is not a public right of way but the land is not covered by Section 31(6).

The Parish Council is now taking up the issue. Please contact if you have experienced a problem

Four burglaries in Great Shelford

There have been four burglaries in the village in the past week. The first burglary was reported in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford between Tuesday 15th October 3.30pm and Wednesday 16th October 00.15. The victims arrived home just after midnight to find that their bungalow had been burgled. Entry was made via the side kitchen door of the property. Jewellery and cash were taken.

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

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

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

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

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

Great Shelford sees a difference

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

Ron Whitby posted on the site about the bridge:

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

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

See the new website at

Or contact

Bottom of Form

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

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

Have your say on council spending

You can have your say on where the County Council makes savings in 2014. Cambridgeshire residents' ideas are being sought about the use of Council finances. They need to know where to prioritise and where to cut. The Council needs to save a further £39 million next year. The web survey is at Adult Social Care could take more money every year as there are more frail elderly people surviving each year. The demography suggests that Adult Social Care alone could use all of the County Council's money within ten years.

Dirty dozen

12 people have been caught parking on yellow lines in Woollards Lane during the summer according to a report going to the Sawston Police panel on October 7.

Two people have been caught speeding along Hinton Way and 1 driver received a verbal warning according to the report.

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

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

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

Legacy wall at the rugby club

Shelford Rugby Club is creating a legacy wall to raise money. Individuals can get their name on a wall plate for £65 while companies can get their own plate for £100.

For details contact Dave Hatter on 07747 444435 or email

Support worker needed

The Old School Court in Great Shelford needs a part-time community support worker on Saturdays and Sundays. Training is provided. Contact Vivo on 08456 838809 for more information.

Room for hire

The Community Room at St Mary's Church can now be hired by the wider community. The room seats 40 people and is well-equiped of meetings and small social gatherings. Enquiries to Mary Lester on 842411 or

The Plough pub raises £1200

On Sunday 15th September a charity golf day was held by The Plough pub.This involved a round of golf in the morning followed by food back at The Plough with a raffle and an auction of promises. Sue and Steve Hill said they were more than delighted to have raised over £1,200 for a little local lad, ,Jack Power who is the grandson of one of their our customers. Jack is severely Autistic along with other problems.

They raised money toward a specialist bed for Jack to be kept at his grandparents house so as to give regular respite to Jack's parents. The bed is needed for jacks personal safety.

They will hold a presentation evening to hand over the cheque and thank our generous and loyal customers in the near future.

A coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Care on September 27 raised a further £200.

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

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

New WI for the Shelfords

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

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

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

For more deails see

Fun run success

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

Organiser Jon Salisbury is already talking about organising the event again next year.

Great Shelford traffic could increase

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

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

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

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

Responses to the Draft Transport Strategy can be made by

· Completing the online survey at

· or by writing to the following address

Transport and Infrastructure Policy and Funding

Cambridgeshire County council

Box CC1214

Shire Hall

Castle Hill



· or by emailing

· The full strategy can be viewed at

Scotsdales to grow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funds from the Feast on offer

The Bunch, the Feast organisers, invite you, to complete a form if your local group deserves funding from the profits from this year's event.

The claims form they'd like you to complete is on the Feast website at (or go to the home page and click on the Beneficiaries link at top right).

Remember that their emphasis is on local groups and good causes, young people in particular but not exclusively, and they favour people who have helped at The Feast. They do not usually give funds to individuals.

If you would like your group to be considered, like the 34 groups listed on the 2011 Beneficiaries page, please fill in the claim form and deliver it to Duncan Grey, 45 Hinton Way, Great Shelford, CB22 5AZ or by email to by the end of September.

They will consider all claims and suggestions in October with the aim of holding a celebratory disbursement evening in early November.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Duncan Grey, Feast Secretary

Mini digger stolen

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

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

Light campaign at rugby club

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five crimes in a week in Great Shelford

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

  • 35 concrete paving slabs were taken from the garden of a house in Macaulay Avenue, Great Shelford between August 9 and August 11.

  • Groceries were taken from the Co-op on August 18. The offender selected goods and put them into a bag. They then left the store making no attempt to pay.

  • A hose and sprinkler system was taken from the garden of a house in Mingle Lane between August 8 and 10.

  • A cycle was stolen from Abberley Wood, Great Shelford between August 8 and August 9. Offenders removed the wheels and handle bar stem from the cycle. The frame was locked to a cycle rack and was stolen. The wheels are quite distinctive - they were silver with the side of the rims being red and black stripes.

  • And there was an attempted theft from a business in High Street, Great Shelford on August 10. Offenders attempted to gain entry to the meat fridges at the rear of the shop. The padlock was removed with some bolt croppers. The alarm sounded and the suspects left the scene empty-handed.

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

Petition started to save 31 bus

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

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

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

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

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

Clare Gibbons

Development Officer, South Cambridgeshire District Council

95 year-old tricked in daytime burglary

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

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

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

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

Top window box

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

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

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

Artist helps charity

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

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

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

Co-op refurbishment

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

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

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

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

From Shelford with love

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

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

Their current projects include:

Radio Guru Free quality teaching, via FM radio, across Nepal.

Health Camps We have treated over 2,000 patients (and rising) for free.

Human Rights A joint internship programme with the IDCR at the University of Essex.

High-Altitude Genetics Study A joint internship programme with UCL, Oxford & others.

Volunteers & Interns Volunteering and internship opportunities for talented people.

Controversial new chimneys get thumbs up

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

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

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

First Shelford fun run

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

For non-serious runners the event is perfect. You can walk or jog at your own pace and savour the atmosphere.

For serious runners it’s a great chance to register a Personal Best – the course is very flat and fast. They are also arranging for the course to be officially measured, so you can rest assured your time will be accurate.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MBE for Shelford man

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

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

Speed limits in Cambridge Road

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

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

However the speed limits are still not in place.

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

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

Skateboard ramp

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

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

Scrum over new homes

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

Colin’s got the key to the door

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

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

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

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It covers, Great Shelford, Shelford, Shelford rugby,Shelford medical centre, Shelford library,Shelford deli, Shelford tennis club, Shelford calendar, shelford events, Shelford parish council, Sheldord fun run,Shelford free church, St mary's church, Shelford WI, Shelford Lodge, Shelford planning, Shelford history, Scotsdales, Zara, Forum House, Shelford primary school, Great and Little Shelford primary school, Haart, Tucker Gardner, Shelford camping, Plough pub, Square and Compasses, Barkers the butchers, Cambridge South, Andrew Lansley, Davies solicitor, Pipedream plumbing, Shelford hospice, Arthur Rank hospice, Shelford events, Shelford Feast, Shelford businesses, Shelford community groups, Great Shelford rugby, Great Shelford medical centre, Great Shelford library, Great Shelford deli, Great Shelford tennis club, Great Shelford calendar, Great Shelford parish council, Great Shelford fun run, Great Shelford free church, Great Shelford St mary's church, Great Shelford WI, Great Shelford Lodge, Great Shelford planning, Great Shelford history, Scotsdales, Zara, Forum House, Shelford primary school, Tucker Gardner, Great Shelford camping, Plough pub, Square and Compasses, Barkers the butchers, Cambridge South, Andrew Lansley, Davies solicitor, Pipedream plumbing, Shelford hospice, Arthur Rank hospice, Great Shelford events,Great Shelford Feast, Great Shelford businesses, Great Shelford community groups, Hinton Way Great shelford, Woollard's lane Great shelford, Church Street Great Shelford, Sharman Quinney, Great shelford post office, Great Shelford dental surgery, Cambridge Cycle Company, Hair solutions Great shelford, Great shelford free church, Shelford free church, cambdrige road Great shelford, High Green Great shelford, London Road Great shelford, High Street Great shelford, Buristead road Great shelford, Plumbers in Great shelford, Pubs in Great shelford, Builders in Great shelford,

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Subpages (12):31 bus new timetable starting July 27 2015Council Tax 2014/15Great Shelford news archive 2013Great Shelford Parish Council draft minutesGreat Shelford Parish Council draft minutes April 13 2015Great Shelford Parish Council meeting February 18 2015Great Shelford Parish Council minutes Jan 21 2015Library updateParish Council statement on its budget increaseShelford Feast 2014 recipientsShelford Feast grants 2013Shelford Parish Council letters



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