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Great Shelford burglaries

There have been three burglaries in Great Shelford during January.

A house in High Green was broken into between January 21 and 22.

On January 24, cigratettes were stolen in another break-in at the Co-op in the High Street.

And an outbuilding at a house in Maynards was broken into between January 23 and 24th.

Guide leader wanted

Shelford Guides urgently need a new leader

A qualified Girlguiding leader, or someone who is willing to undertake the Girlguiding Leadership Qualification, is urgently needed to share the running of 1st Shelford Guides with the current leaders. No previous experience is required.

Guides is the section of Girlguiding for girls aged 10-14 years, and is great fun and highly rewarding to volunteer for!

The unit meets once weekly during term time. To find out more, please contact Lisa ( and visit (search for Guides and Leadership Qualification).

Barclays Bank to close

Barclays Bank in Great Shelford is closing permanently.

The bank in Woollards Lane has remained shut since it was damaged by ram raiders on October 29.

The Parish Council is campaigning against the closure. It has called a public meeting on Feb 5th. A petition opposing the closure has been started. This is a statement from the Parish Council.

This is a statement from Barclays Bank;

Terry Staff, Community Banking Director for Cambridgeshire said: -

In October 2018, our Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire branch suffered a ram-raid attack on the ATM which caused significant structural damage to the building and it was necessary to close the branch for repairs.

This incident prompted us to review how our customers use our banking services in the area and we have made the difficult decision not to re-open the Great Shelford branch.

Prior to this incident and closure, we were finding that fewer customers were doing their banking at the branch and our records show the branch had a low and falling level of transactions with a 29% drop in the last two years alone.

Both personal and business customers can use the Post Office in Great Shelford for transactions typically carried out over branch counters (to withdraw cash, pay in cheques or cash) as well as using our telephone, mobile and online banking.”

We hope that the availability of the Post office and the nearest branches in Cambridge at Cherry Hinton Road, St Andrews Street and Chesterton Road, along with our range of digital channels will help to ease the transition for our customers.”

Background information: -

• We do not take the decision to close any branch lightly and we are committed to adhering to the UK Access to Banking Standard.

• We are proactively engaging with local businesses and the wider community to discuss the alternative ways customers can undertake their banking locally

• Customers are able to undertake everyday transactions at any Post Office with the nearest to the branch being at 33-35 Hinton Way, Great Shelford CB22 5AX.

• We urge any customer who is concerned about how to undertake their banking to contact us so that we can discuss alternative banking options

• The staff at Great Shelford have already moved to positions at other local branches.

New portal

South Cambridgeshire District Council has launched their new customer portal, #mysouthcambs, where you can find frequently asked questions for a number of our services, along with some of their online forms.

They are hoping this will make it easier for residents, parish councils and others to access District Council services. The log in link to “My South Cambs” sits under the search bar on our website and the direct link to log in is: You will need to register to gain access, using either the social media links or the manual registration process.

Sonia Constant, Project Manager, would appreciate any feedback from parish councils and other users, and suggestions or comments can be emailed to Also on twitter at #mysouthcambs.

New Yoga sessions

Two new yoga sessions are starting in the Shelfords in February. The first class will be a a complementary taster session.

The first of the classes being run by Michelle McKay is on Friday mornings at 11am in Little Shelford Memorial Hall and will run weekly.

The second will be on a Sunday Evening at 18.00, which will be slow and focus on relaxation. The Sunday class will be monthly beginning on the 3rd February. Bookings will be necessary and can be made by contacting Michelle at or on 07753 606691.

Park and ride energy proposal

Cambridgeshire County Council has invited invites Great Shelford and Stapleford residents and users of the Babraham Road Park & Ride site to come talk to the Council’s Energy Investment Team about the new clean energy project being considered for the site. The County Council is looking for innovative new ways of using their assets to generate clean energy, reduce their environmental impact while generating revenue for much-needed public services.

Renewable energy system solar panels could be mounted on carports above the car parking spaces at the Babraham Park and Ride.

The solar panels will generate clean, renewable electricity to power not only the site, but also for electric vehicle chargers, neighbouring customers and autonomous vehicles planned for 2019. The project will be underpinned by battery storage which will store green electricity, allowing us to power the different demand centres after dark. This project could pave the way for public transport to move away from fossil fuels, a known contributor to poor air quality. The same team has been designing a similar project planned for the St Ives Park & Ride, on the northern end of the Guided Busway.

Members of the team developing the project will be at the Great Shelford Memorial Hall at 6.30pm on Tuesday 5 th February. Your input will be vital in shaping the future of the project. If you’re unable to meet the team, please contact with questions or concerns.

Back to the 80s for the Shelford Feast

Two eighties band are headlining the 2019 Shelford Feast.

Bad Manners are headlining on the Friday night, July 12. They had nine top 40 hits including My Girl Lollipop, Lip Up Fatty and Can Can.

And Go West are headlining on the Saturday night, July 13.The duo enjoyed their peak of popularity between the mid 1980s and the early 1990s and are best known for the international top 10 hits We Close Our Eyes and King of Wishful Thinking. They were named Best British Newcomer at the 1986 Brit Awards.

New Fish and Chip truck for Great Shelford

A new fish and chip food truck is launching in Great Shelford in January.

Pimp My Fish will be serving classic fish and chips and also some modern twists on the traditional for those who like more creative options in the Memorial Hall car park every Wednesday from 5pm to 8.30pm starting on January 9th.

"Pimp my fish is no ordinary fish and chip van," said Head Chef John Hudgell.

"We take great pride in cooking our fish and chips to absolute perfection, to be eaten just as nature intended with salt and vinegar, or pimped up with our homemade sauces to give a creative twist to a British classic."

"For a modern edge, check out our fish tacos and miso marinated cod with sweet potato chips."

Here are special vouchers for Pimp My Fish.

The menu will feature the following:

Old skool

Traditional, fried to order Fish and double cooked Chips

Chip butty – with double cooked chips on white doorstep with your choice of sauce

New skool –

Run DMC – Delicious Miso Cod, sweet potato chips, chilli and minted peas and wasabi tartare sauce

The Del Torro - Fish taco with crispy cod goujons, slaw, chipotle, lime and coriander. Find Pimpmyfishuk on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Shed with a difference opens for business

A special shed has been opened at the Arthur Rank Hospice at Shelford |Bottom.

‘Arthur’s shed’ is a studio room located in the landscaped gardens at the hospice; which provides an alternative space for all to enjoy.

Their vision is for the wider community and people connected to the hospice to come together in a safe, warm and friendly venue.

Volunteers offer their time and talents to deliver a programme of wide-ranging activities from woodwork to flower arranging, to less structured informal sessions where attendees can learn from bespoke sessions on basic budgeting skills, cookery for pleasure, or 1-1 sessions to understand how to e-mail, or shop on-line.

The Shed has a dedicated webpage and you can see a schedule of activities here.

Witness appeal

Fire crews used using specialist equipment to release the victim of an accident in Great Shelford

A pedestrian was trapped under a vehicle at High Green, Great Shelford on December 6 at 5pm.

The pedestrian suffered serious injuries. Please contact 101 if you were in the area at the time and saw anything or have a dash cam.

Two new shops for Great Shelford

Two new shops are opening in Great Shelford in 2019.

Bryan Turner Kitchens and Delcor sofas and furniture are opening early in the new year in the former Jones & Jones site on the corner of Granhams Road and High Green. Noel Young wines have already announced that they are also opening a new bar and bistro in the building in 2019.

However, there are fears that Co-op might leave Great Shelford after plans for their new store were rejected.

The Co-op was planning to relocate its' Great Shelford store to the Jones & Jones site on the corner of Granhams Road and High Green. The planning application was refused by South Cambridgeshire Council on October 31 after 9 months of behind the scenes wrangling.

Co-op was initially expecting to submit another planning application which would still allow it to move to High Green in 2019 after all.

But it is now understood that the Co-op has been told that it has "run out of time" with the owners of the building and that any potential deal for them to move to the site is dead.

"(There is) Concern that Co-op will identify another site outside the village and close the current store," said a Parish Council report.

Two Great Shelford burglaries

There were two house burglaries in Great Shelford in November. In the first incident, jewellery and cash were stolen in a house burglary in Orchard Road, Great Shelford between 2pm and 11pm on November 9.

The thieves entered the house, from the rear, while the homeowners were out. After entering, they pulled the curtains at the front of the house and switched off a light that had been left on. They stole money and jewellery.

A second house in Church Street was burgled on November 13. It is not yet known what was stolen.

There was also an attempt to pry open a rear living room window in Old School Court on November 14. "At this time we have been unable to speak with the home owner so we cannot ascertain if entry has been gained," said Cambridgeshire Police.

Shelford Feast survey

The Shelford Feast has launched a questionnaire to see how they can improve what they offer.

The deadline for responses as 23rd December. As an incentive they are giving away a pair of Weekly Tickets worth £100. They will draw and announce the winner on 24th December - an exciting early Christmas present for someone!

This is the link to the survey:

Drug arrests

A misuse of drugs warrant was executed in Great Shelford on November 16. Two people were found to be in possession of what is suspected to be crack and heroin.

A 49 year old male and a 41 year old female were arrested and interviewed and released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Great Shelford fire

There was a house fire in Macaulay Square, Great Shelford at 4am on November 16.

Two crews from Cambridge, one crew from Linton and one crew from Sawston arrived to find a fire in the hallway of a semi-detached property.

Wearing breathing apparatus, firefighters used two hose reels and a jet to extinguish the fire.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said; "Officers and the fire service attended a house fire believed to have been caused by deliberate ignition. A van believed to have been involved was seized by police and a male was arrested. Investigation into the incident is under way."

New station signs

Residents in Station Road and Hinton Way are displaying signs provided by Great Shelford Parish Council asking motorists to switch off their engines whilst waiting at the railway barriers. The signs as depicted, ask motorists to "Switch off engine and Reduce pollution" Sadly as of yet few motorists appear to be heeding the advice. John Wakefield Nov 30 2018.

Great Shelford vandalism

A window next to a front door in Hinton Way, Great Shelford was smashed on November 25 at around 3.30am

And two wing mirror from a car parked in Tunwells Lane, Great Shelford were ripped off between Nov 24 and 25.

Shelford Feast results

The 2018 Shelford Feast raised £11,800 for good causes in July it has been announced.

That takes the donations from the Feast since 1994 to £308,000.

Recipients this year included the the Mobile Warden Scheme, the Parish Council, Shelford School and the Sick Children's Trust who each received £1,000.

Groups receiving £250 donations included; Beavers, Bowls, Brownies, Cambridge Cancer Help, CAMMS Meals on Wheels, Cangaroos, Carpet Bowls, Chestnut Club, Cricket, Cubs, Football Club, Friends of the Library, Friendship Club, Guides, Junior Badminton, Pantomime, Parkinsons, Playscape, Rainbow Pre-school, Rainbows, Rugby, Scout & Guide HQ, Scouts, Shelford Twinning, SSYI Youth Club, Stapleford Twinning, Strikers, SYD, Tennis Club, Wacky Club.

Acacia Court Residents, Magpas and the WI received £100 donations

Meet your councillor

You have the chance to meet your County, District and Parish Councillors in the near future.

You can meet County Councillors Roger Hickford and Kevin Cuffley, District Councillors Peter Fane and NickSample and all the Great Shelford parish Councillors at 7pm before the Great Shelford Parish Council meetings on December 5 and January 9.

Website record

More villagers are enjoying the Great Shelford Online website than at any time in its five year history.

More than 4,000 people have visited the website in the last month according to the latest statistics posted on November 8.

The 2011 Census showed that there were 4,233 people in the village, including children.

More than 850 people have now signed up for the free monthly Great Shelford electronic newsletter

The four stories that have prompted the recent surge were;

    • The ram raids at the Co-op and Barclay Bank

    • Proposals for the Co-op to move to High Green being rejected

    • And plans being revealed for the village’s first wine bar.

All three stories were published first on Great Shelford Online.

“Great Shelford is a wonderful village and these statistics just go to show how engaged local people are with their community and how much they care about what is going on in their neighbourhood,” said Great Shelford Online editor David Martin.

“The website and the newsletter are only possible thanks to the generosity of the Great Shelford Online advertisers – their support means everyone gets this wonderful resource for free.”

Advertisers include; City Care Services, Scotsdales, The Navigator pub, Redmayne, Arnoldand Harris estate agents, the Cambridgeshire Care Home and AngliEAR hearing

Wine bar for Great Shelford

Great Shelford could be about to get its first wine bar.

Noel Young Wines is planning to relocate to the former De Freville Arms building on High Green which was most recently a sofa shop.

It will largely be a wine shop of similar quality and standard to what Noel Young has offered previously in his 26 years in business, but bigger and better.

One third of the building is going to be a small wine bar, for around 30 peoples. It is expected to open early evenings other than Saturday and Sunday. It is likely to offer a small but quality menu. It isn't planned to be a restaurant but offering cheese, and charcuterie plates with 3 to 4 other substantial hot offerings.

The wine bar will close by 10-11pm. They are promising no loud music, and a convivial, relaxed place for a glass or bottle of wine and some tasty food.

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

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

Noel is hoping to have planning permission resolved by late January with the wine bar opening in March or April. This is the Noel Young website.

There are lots of positive comments about the proposals on the Great Shelford Facebook page.

Great Shelford Co-op move is refused

The Co-op's plans to move out of the centre of Great Shelford has been rejected following opposition from local residents and the Parish Council

The Co-op was planning to relocate its' Great Shelford store to the Jones & Jones site on the corner of Granhams Road and High Green. The planning application was refused by South Cambridgeshire Council on October 31 after 9 months of behind the scenes wrangling. The proposal was rejected for highways safety reasons.

The move would have created a number of new jobs. The retail space would have expanded from 1,800 to 2,700 sq ft.

The new Co-op was due to have an ATM machine on the front of the shop.

There will 11 parking places in the car park at the rear of the new shop and a cycle rack.

There was a public meeting in February about the proposals, which were opposed by the Parish Council. They wanted to see changes to the plans before they back them including;

  • The cash machine ATM moved to the back of the building or inside the new shop

  • Smaller external signs.

  • Parking restrictions put in place on nearby roads along with some bollards

  • Clarification about the use of the 11 parking spaces.

The Co-op move was also opposed by a number of people living near the new shop.

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Bus update

Patronage of the 7A (Trumpington P&R to Whittlesford) and 31 (Addenbrookes to Fowlmere) bus services are still low, particularly the 7A which had a change of route in July to Trumpington rather than Babraham Road P&R to encourage more use.

According to Brian Clifford MD and owner of A2B Bus and Coach, the operator of both services, unless there is a significant increase in patronage on the 7A it is likely to be axed when the contract expires in 2019.

So its in the local interest to make use of these services.

For Shelford residents the 7A can provide access to Waitrose at Trumpington or indeed a faster more direct journey into Cambridge via P&R or Guided buses from the bus stop in Tunwells Lane.

The 31 is useful for less mobile residents living in the Hinton Way/Mingle Lane area for the shops and medical practice in Gt Shelford village with stops in High Street opp Square & Compass and near Woollards Lane, giving around 40mins before the bus returns. There is of course free travel for those with a concessionary bus pass.

Time tables are displayed at most bus stops and also on A2B web site

Both services run Monday to Saturday except on Bank Holidays.

So its a case of use it or loose it.

John Wakefield

Second Great Shelford ram raid

The ATM at Barclays Bank in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford was stolen in a ram raid at around 1am on October 29.Thieves are believed to have used a JCB stolen from a building site in Little Shelford for the raid.This theft leaves Great Shelford without a cashpoint machine.

Parish Council Chair Mike Nettleton has called for a greater police presence in the village.

It is the second recent ram raid in the village.

Ram raiders drove into the front of the Co-op in High Street, Great Shelford and stole the cash machine in September.

The first raid happened at around 11.40pm on Sunday September 23.

There is currently no ATM in Great Shelford. You can get cashback purchases at the Co-op and at Kash stores.

BBC coverage of the latest raid can be read here. Read over 70 Facebook comments on the Great Shelford page here.

Mass Rapid Transit road for Great Shelford

A proposed Mass Rapid Transit road which is likely to run along the edge of Great Shelford and Stapleford has come a step closer to reality.

The public transport route from the A11 via Stapleford and Shelford to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus was agreed as the preferred option to be taken forward for further development by the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board on October 11.

The indicative route, which shows proposed stops in both Stapleford and Great Shelford, is shown on the map above from the Greater Cambridge Partnership website.

The new public transport route would most likely form part of a Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro, according to the Greater Cambridge Partnership website.

Consultation on the proposals took place between February and April 2018.

More details on this can be found at

Zara Indian restaurant in Great Shelford held a charity dinner on Monday 15th October to raise money for the victims of the Kerala flooding. They managed to raise £1242. Representatives from Zara will go to the Indian High Commission to hand over the cheque.The event was attended by many local residents and businesses, amongst the guests was Hollywood and West End actress Heather Craney daughter of local resident Keith Craney.Zara would like to thank Heather and her father Keith Craney (second right) , Councillor Ben Shelton (far left) and Councillor Charlie Nightingale (Second left) for all their hard work in making this a success. Also a big thanks to all that attended and those who could not attend but sent in donations.

Is your your charity looking for funds or prepared to be involved?

If you know a local charity or organisation that might benefit by receiving funds from the Sawston Fun Run, let them know. They are inviting local charities and organisations to apply to be a beneficiary of the event to be held on Sunday 12th May 2019.

Each year, the event, donates £12,000 to £15,000 to charities and organisations serving villages in this area. Since 1986 they have raised more than £455,000 for local hospitals, hospices, schools, youth groups, support groups and local branches of national charities.

You need to identify a specific project or activity that needs support, tell them who will benefit, and say when the funds are needed. Whilst capital projects are preferred, the selection is based on the strength of each case. The closing date for applications is 30th November. Application forms are available off the website or by contacting the phone or email below.

This great local event has expanded over the years so it engages with all sections of the community and attracts around 1,000 entrants. It is organised and managed totally by volunteers with support from local businesses and retailers.

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

Ian Chamberlain, Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston

Tel: 01223 872243, email: Follow us on Facebook


A suggestion to ease congestion in Woollards Lane by making it one-way was made at a special Highways parish council meeting in September.

Some residents told the meeting they are in favour of making Woollards Lane into a one-way system.

Parish Council Chair Mike Councillor Nettleton explained that he had set-up a computer model that showed there would be no benefit to a one-way scheme.

Following complaints about the poor state of the pavements it emerged that the Parish Council is considering undertaking a ‘pavement survey’ to bring the matter to the attention of the County Council

See the full minutes of the Highways special meeting here.

Chemist queues

Long queues are forming in Boots Pharmacy in Woollards Lane since Monday and Tuesday (1st & 2nd October). The reason for this is uncertain, but it may be as a result of the recent closure of the J T Gregory Pharmacy in Trumpington, High Street, with Trumpington residents now coming to Boots Shelford for their prescriptions.

A contributing factor is that Shelford Heath Centre are now only issuing repeat prescriptions for a 1 month period rather than three months as previously. This results in three times more prescriptions and collections from the chemist! Boots can't cope.

Ram raid at Great Shelford Co-op

Police are appealing for witnesses after ram raiders drove into the front of the Co-op in High Street, Great Shelford and stole the cash machine.

The raid happened at around 11.40pm on Sunday September 23. .

A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire police said: ““Three men used a Toyota Land Cruiser to drive through the front of the shop and remove the cash machine.”

The vehicle used to reverse into the CO-OP was a stolen SUV. The thieves then used an angle grinder to cut through fixtures on the ATM before using straps and the SUV to pull the ATM out of the shop.

The SUV was abandoned in the road and a second unknown vehicle was used to steal the ATM and flee the scene.

Cambridge News video gallery Cambridge Independent coverage

New Shelford exercise class

PumpFit is a new exciting adults only aerobic based dance class at Shelford Rugby club.

The class has been launched by Nicola Seaman from Sawston. Nicola has ten years experience working for a franchise but has now decided to take the plunge and make her own mark in the world with her own fitness classes.

The class is suitable for all ages and abilities and is guaranteed to get your heart pumping whilst you get your groove on to all of the latest music. The class offers a great cardio workout as well as the opportunity to do some strength training exercises on your arms, legs and abdominal muscles.

The class is held on a Monday and Wednesday morning 10-11am (term time only) and a Tuesday evening 7-8pm and costs £5 per class.

For further information please contact Nicola on 07740 346214 or

Shelford Deli changes

Shelford Deli is closing its deli shop in October, with the future focus on a cafe-bistro.

The Deli shop will close on Sunday October 14th. The new bistro will open on October 17th.

Here is the full statement from the Shelford Deli;

The As a family company our business has grown organically over the years and now, as we approach our 20th Anniversary, a new idea has been taking shape. Shelford Deli will be changing. We are very proud to have been instrumental in shaping the fine-food scene in the UK since 1999, with international products now being so widespread. Britain’s knowledge of ingredients and cuisine has grown rapidly over the last 20 years. Over the last 5 years, remaining competitive in Food Retail has become increasingly difficult with supermarkets close by, parking issues and online shopping saturating much of the demand - convenience shopping is… well, too convenient. Unfortunately for us it means a change of direction is required as finances have been affected, prices have risen due to Brexit and staff are proving difficult to recruit. It is with sadness that we give you news that as of Sunday October 14th 2018 we will be closing our much-loved deli shop and ceasing our catering service to focus on a café-bistro alone with a range available to take out. We will not be accepting any further catering orders from now on, but will of course honour any catering events already booked in.

Our café is staying but will be changing - we will no longer be making the same menus, and we are excited to be opening our new venture – the Deli café-bistro. We propose a relaxed but smart lunch offering with seasonal menus using beautiful natural & sustainable ingredients. We will close the premises on Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th for refurbishments. The new bistro menus are currently being created and our staff are excited about the change and we hope you will be too. Although there will be no sandwiches in our new range, we will be providing breakfasts, soups, salads, lunches, cakes and drinks all made with natural, sustainable ingredients which is something we value greatly. We will also continue to provide take-out coffees, coffee beans & our artisan bread. We hope that you will come and visit to try our new café-bistro or enjoy breakfast, lunch or a coffee & cake in our beautiful improved venue opening on Wednesday 17th October 2018.

We’d like to take this chance to thank you and tell you how grateful we feel to have had such wonderful support from our lovely customers and community here, we have thoroughly enjoyed our journey through food and hope you have too. We are very sad as this is the end of an era for us but we hope that by focusing our talents into one area we will be able to remain in the village and continue to provide a brilliant venue for everyone.

Nikki & Drew Wilkinson - Directors

Warden scheme seeking new members

The Great Shelford Warden Scheme has vacancies for full time members.

The purpose of the scheme is;

  • Reassurance and security to the members by ensuringregaular contact with them

  • Assistance in emergencies

  • Help for them another relatives to access information about other local services

  • Paying bills

  • Help with paperwork

  • Collecting prescriptions

Each members chooses if they wish to have a morning call between 9am and 10am enabling the scheme to check on their welfare.

The most is £26 per month.

For more information contact Jackie on 700920 or Jenny on 846332

Number 29 Coffee Shop opening soon

Many people will be aware of the plans to turn the premises at 29 High St into a Coffee Shop. If you are a customer of the Co-op, you must have noticed a flurry of activity across the road during September, since building work started on the conversion. We have employed K&B Solutions as our main contractor, managed by Rapleys Consultancy on the church's behalf.

The vision for this new meeting place in Shelford grew out of the friendship between our Pastor, Martin Cockerill, and Neil Perry, who is CEO of Romsey Mill. The Free Church decided to use legacy funds to refurbish the property we own to support Romsey Mill, a charity that does fantastic work supporting vulnerable families and young people in Cambridgeshire. Some may know that the SSYI, another project initiated by the Free Church and other churches in the area, is already in partnership with Romsey Mill in supporting young people in our village.

Romsey Mill will employ an experienced manager to run the coffee shop, serving high quality food and drink at an affordable price, in an accessible and pleasant environment. It will be operated as a social enterprise to raise funds for Romsey Mill's charitable work. They also intend to use the shop to provide employment experience and training for young people.

As a community coffee shop, we hope it will become a place for sharing useful information, pointing people to sources of help in difficult circumstances, as well as just being somewhere to gather and enjoy good company. There will be indoor and outdoor seating areas, and a warm welcome to people of all ages. We hope that everyone will respond to the invitation to drop in, knowing that, not only is it a good place to be, but that every pound spent will be contributing to a good cause.

We know that it has been a long time in the planning, and we still don't have a definite opening date, but watch this space for developments!

Lou Everard

Church Secretary

Great Shelford Free Church

Underground car park feasibility study

Proposals for a new Memorial hall with an underground car park have taken a step forward.

A feasibility study for the replacement hall was given the go ahead by the Parish Council in September.

This is a statement from the Parish Council:

"At the September Parish Council meeting GSPC agreed to commission a Feasibility Study into building a new car park and replacing the existing Memorial Hall. This follows on from initial ideas generated over the last nine months or so. The aim is to present the Feasibility Study to the village in April 2019, with enough detail to allow the Parish Council and village to proceed to a detailed design. Completion of the detailed design would then be the final checkpoint before deciding whether to go ahead with construction. The Terms of Reference for the Feasibility Study are here.

"The project will potentially be of huge benefit to the village, but GSPC recognises it is also potentially high risk in terms of costs and disruption. By taking a phased approach we believe we can mitigate these risks and give everyone an opportunity to contribute to the project and review its viability before we commit to major expenditure." A Great Shelford Online poll in September 2018 found 55% of local residents were in favour of the proposals.

Bike thief chase

A stolen bike was recovered after the thief was chased in Maris Green.

On September 14, a man stole a cycle from a bike rack. He was spotted by the victim as he was riding off. The suspect dropped the bike a few streets away and ran off and the bike was recovered.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing a black top, orange rucksack, track suit and a blue and yellow cap.

More proposed road changes in Great Shelford

A second wave of road changes is being proposed by the Parish Council.

The changes will be unveiled at a Highways Open meeting in the Memorial Hall on Sept 26 at 7.30pm.

The Parish Council is proposing double yellow line changes in;

    • Red Hill Close

    • Red Hill Lane

    • Cherry Trees

    • The Hectare

    • Poplar Close

    • Hinton Way

    • Church Street

    • Woollards Lane.

Single yellow lane changes are being proposed in Spinney Drive.

And an on the road bus bay is being proposed in High Green.

And the loading bay in Woollards Lane is being changed to HGV vehicles only.

Sketches of the proposals will be published on the Parish Council website.

Shelford shops go green

Two village shops have introduced environmental initiatives.You can now take in refillable bottles for cleaning liquid at Great Shelford Dry Cleaning and Laundry. And they have been shortlisted in the Laundry and Cleaning News 2018 awards for the best green policy for the venture.

And Barkers Butchers are happy if you take a Tupperware container in when buying ham, sausages and cheese.

Shelford Spitfire mystery

Can you help solve the mystery of a plane that crashed near Great Shelford in World War 2?

The Spitfire was being flown by the well-known racing driver Alfred Fane.

It is believed he was following the railway line as a means of navigating his way at low level in bad weather back across to RAF Benson in Oxfordshire when the plane crashed near Great Shelford. He sadly perished in the accident.

“I can’t find the exact crash location details though, other than “near Great Shelford” and I am led to believe the wreck site was recovered in the 1970s or 1980s,” said author Tony Hoskins

“I’m writing a book that features Fane and really wanted to pin down where his aeroplane came to rest, who recovered it, and if there were any photos at the time of the wreck.

“Anybody who you think might be able to help locally to you I would really appreciate getting in touch with.”

Tony can be contacted at

Another Shelford burglary?

A downstairs window of a home in Church Street was forced open between July 23 and August 10. It is not yet known if anything has been stolen. There has also been another burglary in Cambridge Road. Thieves broke in by forcing a conservatory window around 10pm on July 10. It is not known what was stolen.

    • Woollards Lane recreation ground extraordinary meeting

  • The Parish Council held a special meeting after a number of incidents on the Recreation Ground in Woollards Lane on August 1st. Councillors;

    • Reviewed the current level of Anti-Social Behaviour on the Recreation Ground

    • Reviewed the necessity for two incidents of 999 calls on 23rd July and 29th July

    • Considered and agreed what actions can be taken to improve the safety of Recreation Ground users and reduce the level of ASB / potential assaults on the Recreation Ground.

Shelford School 175th anniversary

A number of events are happening in September to mark the 175th anniversary of Great and Little Shelford School.

"I'd particularly love to hear from any ex-pupils who would be happy to be interviewed," said one of the organisers, Liz Jenkin. Email

Programme of Events

10 to 27 September

Class museum project in school

Friday 28 September

9.30am Thanksgiving Service in St Mary’s Great Shelford

(Parents/carers/friends welcome)

10.30am Class Museums – visits for parents/carers/friends

History of the School Display

Museum ‘Shop and Café’

Saturday 29 September

1.30pm Peal of Bells

2.00pm Maypole Dancing

2.20pm Bishop Stephen, Bishop of Ely

2.40pm Anniversary Museum and Fair

4.00pm Peal of bells

Green belt land for sale

Almost 150 acres of agricultural land with "long-term development potential" is on sale at Shelford Bottom for £2m.

The land extends to 147 acres (59.78 hectares) in a single block.

It is currently under arable production.The land is located outside the development boundary and within the Cambridge Green Belt. However, its position on the southern edge of Cambridge gives the land “long-term development potential” according to the sales brochure.

There is another area of farmland up for sale. It is off Hinton Way to the left just after the top of the hill heading down towards Shelford Bottom. It is also being sold by RAH. It is only 0.79 acres. It is described on the signboard as “Accommodation Land”.

Green Belt policy proposed for Great Shelford

Up to 25 homes for rent could be built on Green Belt as part of the the Parish Council's proposed new policy.

The Parish Council is currently deciding on what policy it should have for the Green Belt around Great Shelford.

Their current thinking is to resist all commercial or market developments in the Green Belt, even where justification for such development is that it is required to fund 'affordable' development in the same area.

To support small scale Exception Sites in the Green Belt meeting the following criteria:

    • Demonstrably no alternative site available outside the Green Belt.

    • No more than 25 units.

    • Units for rent only.

    • Contractually no right to buy or transfer.

    • Not available to property owners.

    • Only to be offered to people who:

    1. Have lived in the village for at least two of the last five years or whose parents have lived in the village for the last 10 years.

    2. And have worked in the village for at least the last two years.

    3. Rents to be set at around 50-60% of market rates.

Shelford and Stapleford Rainbows urgently need an additional leader

An additional qualified Girlguiding leader, or someone who is willing to undertake the Girlguiding Leadership Qualification, is urgently needed to share the running of Shelford and Stapleford Rainbows from September. This would involve sharing the planning and resourcing of activities and running of meetings with the current leader. Rainbows is the youngest section of Girlguiding and is for girls aged 5–7 years.

The unit meets once weekly during term time. To find out more, please contact Lisa MacGregor, Shelford District Administrator ( and visit (search for Rainbows and Leadership Qualification).

Shelford Medical Practice merger

Shelford Medical Practice merged with Granta Medical Practices on July 1st. Once their two computer systems merge (scheduled for the beginning of September), Shelford patients will be able to take full advantage of all the benefits that Granta patients are offered, including a wider choice of appointments, a choice of venues, and access to various community-based services.

"We would like to assure you that all the current services that are offered at Shelford will also continue," said spokesman Sandra East.

"We are very excited to now be part of the Granta Medical Practices group, and look forward to continually improving health care for all of our patients as we become a Primary Care Home. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this transitional period."

June Parish Council headlines

Great Shelford Parish Council June headlines included;

    • E-mails from local resident have been received regarding cricket balls falling into private garden

    • A proposal to introduce bollards at High Green Bus stop to restrict parking has been rejected by the Parish Council

    • Open Fires on the Recreation Ground are to be discouraged

Read the full minutes of the June Great Shelford Parish Council meeting here (external link)

Question mark over future of Wacky and Rainbow buildings

There is a doubt about the future of the buildings used for Rainbow and Wacky clubs at Great and Little Shelford School.

In September 2017, Rainbow and Wacky were told that the previously expected renewal of temporary planning consent for the current mobile classroom would be limited to three years with no likelihood of further renewals.

The Chairs of Rainbow and Wacky have been working with District Councillors, Heidi Allen MP, the school and board of governors as well as the Parish Council to understand the options for moving forward. As part of this activity presentations were made to the Great Shelford and Little Shelford village meetings in April 2018, and they are working on designs for a new building which would satisfy the Planning department without ignoring the clubs' financial situations.

A statement said: "While it is obviously disappointing that we were not able to achieve the expected outcome, and it is likely that we will need to fundraise for a permanent structure, the Rainbow and Wacky chairs and committees are positive about the support being received from the local communities and politicians, and are hopeful that a solution will be achievable. Please contact or if you have ideas, would like to help in any way or have further questions."

You can find more information on the Wacky website at the Information menu)

Great Shelford Parochial Charities new website

The Great Shelford Parochial Charities website was launched in June 2018.

Established in 1890 and registered with The Charities Commission, The Parochial Charities exist to provide accommodation for “persons resident in the area of the Parish of Great Shelford . . . at low rents according to their means.”

They have a stock of 32 homes ​​available for rent at More’s Meadow, just off Cambridge Road. They also own the adjacent 10 acres of open land.


​Some of this is given over to allotments and the remainder is meadow, ​with footpaths and benches for public use.You would cross our land to get to the footbridge over the railway.​

​Eventually, they plan to develop further affordable housing on some of this land, while retaining and further ​improving the ​green spaces for recreation and conservation.

The Charities also provide grants and make donations in support of local organisations and good causes.

7a bus changes

Proposed changes to the 7a bus timetable will no longer have an adverse impact on people living in Stapleford and Great Shelford.

The new changes are due to start on July 30.

When the bus enters Stapleford from the Sawston by pass direction it will stop on request opposite the Spar shop and Granta Terrace in Stapleford.

It will also now stop at Tunwells Lane Great Shelford, and will stop at the corresponding stops on the opposite side of the road on the return journey from Trumpington. Formerly it was reported that Shelford residents would not have a pick up/ set down opportunity.

So all stops up to Tunwells Lane but none between there and Trumpington P&R. Note the bus will NOT go into Waitrose so passengers will need to walk there from P&R.

The 7A bus departure times from Tunwells Lane to Trumpington P&R (Waitrose) and back from Trumpington are as follows:-

From Tunwells Lane to Trumpington P&R

Mon - Fri 0848 1006 1136 1306 1506 1636 1826

Sat 1006 1136 1306 1506

Return from Trumpington P&R

Mon - Fri 0900 1030 1200 1400 1530 1720 1845

Sat 1030 1200 1400 1530

John Wakefield July 2

Almost £1m from local lottery for Arthur Rank Hospice

If you take part in Your Hospice Lottery for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, you may soon have helped raise £1 million for the Hospice.

Thanks to supporters playing the weekly lottery for the Hospice, a grand total of £941,713.50 has now been raised to help fund the care provided every day by Arthur Rank Hospice, to those living with a life-limiting illness in Cambridgeshire (as of Monday 25 June).

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s partnership with Your Hospice Lottery began in 2011. Just £58,286.50 remains, in order to take the funds raised by the lottery to its first £1 million by the end of September. This would equate to 2,230 people signing up to pledge their support to Arthur Rank Hospice through Your Hospice Lottery (less than 0.5% of the county’s population of around 621,210) playing for £1 a week.

Alex Howe, Head of Lottery at Your Hospice Lottery, adds: “We have been working with Arthur Rank for over 6 years now and have been overwhelmed by the astounding response we have received from the people of Cambridgeshire. There are currently over 7,800 numbers played by local supporters in the draw each week. We hope more people will follow suit and join in the fun. Becoming a player with Your Hospice Lottery for £1 per week, really does make a difference.”

Lottery players could win prizes ranging from £1,000 down to £10. There is also a rollover jackpot, which increases by £250 per week when not won, up to a maximum of £10,000. To date, Your Hospice Lottery has created 6,716 winners amongst Arthur Rank Hospice players, paying out over £165,000 in prize money.

To sign up or for more information visit or call 0800 285 1390.

First mobike spotted

The first Mobike from a initial fleet of 100 launched in Cambridge in June has been spotted in Hinton Way, Great Shelford on 28th June.

Mobike a rival to OFO is the second company to put dockless bikes on the streets of Cambridge. The red & silver Mobike appears to be a more robust cycle than the OFO, with cast wheels and built in lights. Like the OFO it can be hired by downloading an app from a mobile phone.

There is concern that these bikes are unregulated and can be left on footpaths blocking the way for wheelchair, and push chairs, there are already a number of yellow OFO's scattered around Shelford & Stapleford.

John Wakefield

SSYI estate agency boost

Leaders estate agency have formed a partnership with Shelford & Stapleford Youth Initiative who offer young people a place to go and to help them discover positive channels for their energy, creativity and frustrations. They are run solely on donations and with the good work they do for the local area for these young people, we want to give something back to them.

Leaders is offering to donate £250 for every instruction they receive in the Shelford & Stapleford area during June, July & August 2018.

Support Group at "crisis point"

Shelford Support Group is in danger of closing.

The voiluntary group provides a vital service for needy villagers to go to hospital, the health centre, hairdressers and social meetings. The demand for what they do is higher than ever.

However the group says it is at a "crisis point."

"Our stalwart group of drivers are not getting any younger and we are now down to three active co-ordinators," said a letter from the group.

"Appeals for volunteers in the past have had no results. If this is repeated, he service is in danger of closing."

Contact Carol on 571380, Rosie on 513572 or John on 842054.

Two Great Shelford burglaries

There have been two daytime house burglaries in Cambridge Road this week.

In the first incident, on May 30 between 10.30am and 2pm, the thieves forced open a UPVC window before stealing an iPad and a quantity of jewellery..

In the second break-in, cash was taken..

The break-in happened on Cambridge Road, Great Shelford on May 25 between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Thieves stole £100 in cash and £400 in John Lewis vouchers.

On the same afternoon, there was a burglary at a house in London Road, Stapleford.

New food van for village

A van is about to start selling Asian style street food in September.

Guerilla Kitchen is going to be selling food at the Memorial hall car park every Wednesday starting on May 16 between 5.30pm and 8.30pm.

Guerrilla Kitchen ( sell Asian inspired street food from their truck in and around Cambridge.

Co-op theft

On Saturday May 5 between 1pm and 1.10pm three females entered the co-operative store on the High Street in Gt Shelford, and selected various items amounting to £30 and left the store making no attempt to pay.

Local election results

The Liberal Democrats won the two South Cambridgeshire District Council seats for the Shelford and Stapleford on May 3.

The seats had previously been held by the Conservatives.

There were no Parish Council elections on May 3 in Great Shelford, Little Shelford and Stapleford as there weren't enough candidates who put their names forward.

Shop at Tescos and they will give SSYI money

We very much appreciate the support of many people for SSYI over the years. Our work continues to grow, and new sources of funding are always welcome. Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative (SSYI) has just been successful in our application to Tesco's "Bags of Help" Grant Scheme.

This means that whenever you shop at any of the Tesco stores in the Cambridge area during May and June 2018, you get a token, which you can physically put into a box labelled SSYI (or Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative) close by the checkout to "vote" for SSYI. Two other local charities are also involved. These tokens will be counted and the charity with the most votes will receive £4000, with the others receiving £2000 and £1000.

You will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it's not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token. Please make sure that if you are not offered a token you ask for one. Please see below a list of stores taking part:

2065 Barhill CB23 8EL Extra


2228 Cambridge Newmarket Road CB5 8HE Superstore





2555 Fulbourn Cherryhinton CB1 9BF Superstore





2889 Milton CB24 6AY Superstore

John Greaves.

Underground car park for Great Shelford?

An underground car park could be built in Great Shelford to help resolve the village’s parking problems.

The idea was mooted in a special Parish Council session called Review of Contentious Issues for Future Planning on March 21.

A request to reroute the 7a bus through the centre of the village to offer a better connection with Waitrose and Trumpington park and ride was also discussed.

One slide from the session states; “The only acceptable way to create significant additional parking in the village centre is underground parking. We have a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to significantly enhance the village centre.”

The meeting was told a 100 space car park as part of a new Memorial Hall could cost £1.2m.

“A new Memorial Hall on two stories could provide far more usable space (different size rooms, shared use, etc.). There would be space, if necessary, for the library and/or the medical practice.”

Other issues that were discussed included;

    • “Bus to Waitrose/Trumpington – fixed by 7A re-routing.”

    • “The Parish Council needs to develop a policy on Green Belt development. My favoured version ‘GSPC opposes all development in the Green Belt with the exception of limited development of affordable housing through Rural Exception Sites’ “. The Council will make a decision on this in the summer.

You can read the notes from the meeting on the Parish Council's own website.

The underground car park suggestion made headlines in the Cambridge News. (external link)

Guitar stolen

Between 1130am on April 1st and 12.30pm on April 2, the lock to a vehicle has been damaged allowing access to the vehicle. A Steinberger Synapse Bass Guitar has been stolen from the vehicle. During the times given this vehicle has been parked in London Road, Great Shelford, Dolphin Way in Stapleford and Tension Road, Cambridge, and it is not known where the theft took place.

Three Great Shelford crimes

    • Overnight of Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th March, a vehicle parked in Westfield Road, Great Shelford was entered. A wallet containing cash and a mobile phone were stolen.

    • On March 9th between 8 am and 8 pm, a bicycle was stolen from High Green, Great Shelford. The bike had been chained to a cycle rack.

    • Late evening on March 12th a wing mirror was broken off a vehicle parked in Grain Close, Great Shelford. There have been anti-social behaviour reports from that area and patrols have been carried out .

Another Shelford house burglary

An attempted house burglary in Great Shelford is one of six break-ins in South Cambridgeshire where police say the homes were targeted.

Between 7.30am and 9pm, on March 6 , six properties were targeted by offenders and jewellery and cash were stolen.

The burglaries were at:

    • Elms Avenue, Great Shelford, at around 7.10pm when two men dressed in dark clothing and wearing balaclavas, tried to break into the property before getting into a silver vehicle, possibly a people carrier, and heading towards Cambridge.

    • Ellison Lane, Hardwick between 12.30pm and 4.10pm when offenders smashed a window and stole jewellery.

    • Forment Way, Milton between 3.40pm and 4.20pm when a window was smashed and the rooms searched.

    • Old Forge Way, Sawston between 7.30am and 9pm two properties in the street were targeted. In one incident patio doors were forced open and cash was stolen. In the second jewellery was stolen and the property was entered through an upstairs window.

    • Lucerne Close, Fulbourn between 9.30am and 7.54pm someone has gone into the property through an upstairs window and searched the rooms.

There were three house burglaries in Great Shelford during February.

In the first break-in, burglars forced their way in via the front door of the house in Cambridge Road. Once inside, various items of jewellery, a sports bag, foreign currency and an Audi A3 Saloon in Grey was stolen.

The other break-ins were in Davey Crescent and Cherry Trees.

Three house burglaries in Great Shelford

There have been three house burglaries in Great Shelford during February.

In the first break-in, burglars forced their way in via the front door of the house in Cambridge Road. Once inside, various items of jewellery, a sports bag, foreign currency and an Audi A3 Saloon in Grey have been stolen.

The incident took place betrween 5.15pm and 6.40pm on February 18.

Between 7.10pm and 7.25pm on February 17th, burglars forced their way in to a home in Davey Crescent, Great Shelford by smashing the rear patio door. Nothing appears to have been stolen from within the property.

On February 9, between 3.50pm and 8.20pm a property in Cherry Trees, Great Shelford was broken into. Cash and electrical items were stolen.

An attempted break in to a property in Red Hill Close, Great Shelford took place between 9pm on February 4 and 9am on February 5

Attempts have been made to jemmy the side door and also the rear patio door. Fortunately entry was not gained.

February Parish Council update

Private Security Patrols have been introduced from February to minimise anti-social behaviour around the Recreation Ground and the Pavilion.

One Parish Councillor has described the road surface in Cambridge Road as "in an appalling state." But County Councillor Kevin Cuffley said that funding isn't available to repair it and advised the Council to write to Heidi Allen MP.

The skateboard Ramp has been closed again due to damage from Town & Country Tree repairs at a neighbouring property. Town & Country had accepted responsibility and the cost of repairs.

Read the full minutes of the February Great Shelford Parish Council meeting.

Parish Council opposes Co-op move

The Co-op's proposed move to High Green is being opposed by the Parish Council.

They want to see changes to the plans before they back them including;

    • The cash machine ATM moved to the back of the building or inside the new shop

    • Smaller external signs.

    • Parking restrictions put in place on nearby roads along with some bollards

    • Clarification about the use of the 11 parking spaces

Read the full Parish Council response to the proposals on their website.

A final decision on the new Co-op will be made by South Cambridgeshire's planning committee.

Cambridge South East Transport study consultation

As part of plans to improve journeys times and congestion along the A1307 and A1301, the Greater Cambridge Partnership is looking to hear the views of residents in Shelford and Stapleford as part of the Cambridge South East Transport Study (formerly A1307, Three Campuses to Cambridge) consultation.

In order to support the continued economic growth of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire, the Greater Cambridge Partnership is proposing three long-term strategies which would help deliver faster, more reliable and sustainable public transport options for journeys between Cambridge and the area to the south east.

With the consultation period open until Tuesday 3 April, the Greater Cambridge Partnership is looking for feedback on the three strategies for the A1307, one of which consists of a new segregated Mass Rapid Transit Route from the A11 via Sawston, Stapleford and Great Shelford to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The two other strategies include measures to speed up bus journeys with inbound bus lanes and a possible bus-only road.

The consultation which runs for seven weeks, will also ask for feedback on a range of shorter-term proposals which include bus priority and road safety measures as well as junction improvements along the A1307, it is envisaged that these works would be progressed as quickly as possible following the consultation period.

To have your say on the plans and for further information visit the Greater Cambridge Partnership website at

A range of local exhibitions are planned where members of the public will be able to discuss the options with technical officers (more details on the events are on our website

These include Stapleford Pavilion Wednesday, 7 March 4pm - 7pm.

Grant for Shelford equestrian

Nicola Taylor from Great Shelford is one of almost 30 athletes from South Cambridgeshire sharing around £16,000 in Council funding to help them reach their potential.

The sportsmen and women were successful in applying for funds from South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Elite Athlete Award Scheme grants. The programme is designed to assist able-bodied and disabled athletes from South Cambridgeshire, who are aiming to represent Team GB at world-class events like the Olympics and Paralympics.

Nicola, who compete sin equestrian dressage, received £500.

Co-op public meeting

A public meeting has been organised by the Parish Council to allow people to air their concerns about Co-op moving to the corner of Granhams Road later this year. But the Co-op is refusing to attend the meeting.

The Parish Council says that the proposals have led to some "largely adverse comments" from a number of residents.

South Cambridgeshire Council and the Parish Council will consider the planning application on the basis of issues such as traffic, highway safety, parking and noise.

"Any concerns residents have about the store moving, such as lack of convenience or distance from the centre of the village, are not something a planning committee can consider and need to be discussed directly with the Co-op management," said a statement from the Parish Council.

"We are always anxious to hear residents’ views and have therefore set up a public meeting at 1900 on Tuesday 20 February in the Memorial Hall. The Co-op has been invited to send a representative, but has declined to do so."

School head is leaving

Great and Little Shelford school head teacher Alison Evans is leaving later this year.

Mrs Evans is re-locating to be near her family, including her three grandsons, two of whom have been born in the last few months.

"Being five hours away from them is too far to be able to see them regularly enough," she said in a letter to parents at the school.

Ther head teacher will leave the school at the end of the summer term.

Mrs Mitchell will be leaving at Easter, due to her husband’s job relocation to Harrogate. Mr Paduano and Mrs Jenkins are leaving full-time teaching at the end of the school year for a healthier work-life balance.

Car taken after house burglary

The householder's car was stolen after a burglary at a home in Great Shelford.

Jewellery and wine were also taken in the break-in at the House in Hinton Way Great Shelford.

The burglary happened between December 31 and January 6.

Shelford car crimes

The rear bumper of a car parked in a residents parking bay in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, has been removed/stolen. This happened between 1800 hours on Jan 2 and 8.30am on Jan 3.

Numbers plates were also stolen from a vehicle parked in Orchard Road, Great Shelford this happened between 10am on Dec 14 and 6.15pm on Jan 3.

Have your say on Local Plan changes

A six-week public consultation has begun on proposed modifications to the draft Local Plans for South Cambridgeshire.

Independently-appointed Planning Inspectors have reviewed the two Local Plans submitted by Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, held hearings and visited sites. They have now asked for a consultation to be carried out on some proposed modifications.

The draft plans make provisions for 44,000 new jobs and 33,500 new homes by 2031. The Inspectors consider the proposed modifications may be necessary to make the two Local Plans ‘sound’. Their final conclusions will be given in their reports in due course.

Between now and 5pm on Friday 16 February, residents, businesses, developers and parishes are being invited to comment on proposed modifications to the plans.

The key modifications include:

A method to calculate whether there is enough suitable land readily available in the next five years to meet the number of homes that need to be built

Changing policies so affordable housing is sought on sites of more than ten homes. The Government hopes this will encourage more small developments

Changes to site boundaries and policies at the proposed new town north of Waterbeach and new village at Bourn Airfield

Allocation of additional employment land at the Addenbrooke’s Campus

A new policy to say we will begin to review the Local Plans in 2019 with a view to preparing a joint Local Plan for both Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire. This was a commitment the two councils had already made as part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership agreement with Government .

To view the full list of modifications and take part in the public consultation, visit or

£27,000 increase for Parish Council budget

Great Shelford Parish Council's share of our council tax bills is expected to increase by 14% from April.

In 2017/18 the Council had a budget (called the precept) of £185,000 according to the Parish Council meeting in January 2017.

The new budget is expected to be £212,000 after a recommendation by the Village's Finance Committee. That's an increase of £27,000

You can read their full minutes here.

Parish Council update

The Parish Council is creating a working party with Cambridgeshire ACRE and Housing Associations to look for possible sites for new housing in Great Shelford to meet the needs identified in the Housing Needs survey.

Chafer grub infection on the Recreation Ground is to be sprayed.

Bookings for the Pavilion are increasing.

The Parish Council is supporting a proposed Neighbourhood Watch Scheme for Great Shelford. However it has decided not to provide any coordination for a scheme.

Mark Carey has become a Great Shelford Parish Councillor.

These are headlines from the November Parish Council meeting. You can read the full minutes here.

New business from former village police office

Great Shelford's former police officer Gary Kendall has launched a new gardening service.Gary was Great Shelford's Police Community Support Officer (PCSO).

Now he has started a gardening service with his partner Sam (Pictured left). Their services include lawn cutting, hedge trimming, fence painting, weeding, patio cleaning and general garden clearance.

"I was the PCSO for 10 years in the Shelfords and Stapleford area, but I have always loved gardening," said Gary.

"So when I decided to move on from the police service, it is great to be able to do something everyday that I love so much, and to be able to help people with a good honest and reliable service.

"Sam and me already have satisfied customers in the area, and manage an estate in Thriplow."

Gary can be contacted on 07598307035.

Handbag taken

A shopper has their handbag stolen when they were unloading the shopping from their car in Great Shelford.

The incident happened in Davey Crescent between 11.45am and noon on Dec 13.

Two Great Shelford crimes

Front and rear number plates have been stolen from a car parked in Church Street Great Shelford between December 10 and 12.

And a cycle was stolen from High Street between 4pm and 10pm on December 12.

Lloyds bank to close

Lloyds Bank in Great Shelford is closing in February in the latest blow for the village.

A spokesman for Lloyds Bank told Great Shelford Online;

“Following a careful review of branches in the local area, Great Shelford branch will close on Tuesday, 27th February 2018. We have made the difficult decision to close this branch because of the changing way customers choose to bank with us, which has resulted in customers using it less often. Customers can continue to use any other Lloyds Bank branch, including the nearby Cambridge Cattle Market branch which, alongside other ways to access banking.”

Additional Information:

· The nearest alternative branch is Cambridge Cattle Market – approximately 15 minutes away by bus

· The nearest Post Office and ATM are both within a short walking distance

· 77% of our personal customers in Great Shelford already use other branches and other ways to bank such as online and telephone banking.

· The branch has 21 regular weekly personal and business customers

Co-op store on the move

Great Shelford Co-op is moving out of the centre of the village.

It is relocating the Great Shelford store to the Jones & Jones site on the corner of Granhams Road and High Green.

The move will create a number of new jobs.

The retail space will expand from 1,800 to 2,700 sq ft, giving them more storage and more parking.

A planning application will be submitted in the next fortnight.

The Coop is also opening a new store in the ex-Pemberton Arms pub in Harston.

Skateboard ramp closed following criminal damage

The Great Shelford skateboard ramp is out of action for several weeks after being damaged by vandals labelled as "mindless idiots" by the Parish Council.

The vandalism has included attempts to set the ramp on fire.

There has also been criminal damage to the side guard rails of the ramp.

The damage to the ramp has been described by the Parish Council as serious, expensive to repair, and will for safety reasons cause side access to the ramp to be boarded and taken fully out of use for a considerable period.

A statement about the damage from Great Shelford Parish Council said:

"The Parish Council view this latest criminal damage as a very serious development, could easily progress to serious personal injury.

"Criminal damage to play facilities is a disgrace. The Parish Council is pressing the Police to identify and take the strongest possible action against the mindless idiots who caused the damage. It will mean that the skateboard ramp is out of action for several weeks and the damage will cost many hundreds of pounds to repair.

"However, the Parish Council is committed to reopening the facility for the enjoyment of children in the village as quickly as possible. The Parish Council will also be stepping up security through the use of CCTV and other measures".

£20,000 worth of garage equipment stolen

More than £20,000 worth of equipment has been stolen from Shelford Autos garage on Orchard Road.

The raid happened on November 4.

The haul included several thousand pounds worth of Snap On tools and specialist diagnostic equipment

Owner David McKinney said: “ They aren't just tools. They are how I earn my living, how I support my family. Thousands of pounds, thousands of hours and over 3 decades of my life has gone into those tools.”

Spate of shed burglaries

Four sheds have been broken into in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford. The break ins occurred between evening time on 13th November and the morning of 14th November. Sheds were also broken into in Hauxton Road, Little Shelford on the same dates.

Friends of Great Shelford Library – User Survey highlights and update

User Survey - highlights

I am delighted to report that the recent User survey received 404 responses, which is a quite exceptional response rate. Thank you to everyone who took the time and trouble to respond. In this short article I don’t have space to give the full results but these will be available at our AGM at the Library on 30th January 2018.

As expected most respondents came from (in order) Great Shelford, Stapleford, Harston, Little Shelford, Trumpington, Whittlesford, and Hauxton but also from 11 other villages and from Cambridge.

Most comments were hugely enthusiastic about the Library – for example, when asked to state how much they valued the library the average score was 9.35/10. This is a powerful level of support for the library as it is and for having a professional librarian, with much praise for Rosemary. Contrary to many people’s opinion of Great Shelford, the largest group of respondents were in the 31-65 age bracket, and not the over 65’s!

A number of respondents asked that the library provide more activities for children and adults. The Friends Committee is actively discussing this with Councillors and the Library Service to see how we can make this happen.

At a time when we are facing an uncertain future (how many times I have said that!) it is very reassuring to see that from our survey over 80% of respondents were prepared to pay something extra towards the cost of maintaining the library, if required. This included several respondents who do not use the library themselves but see it as an essential community resource.

The majority of respondents stated that they would support an increase in Parish Council precept and many added that this should apply to all surrounding villages too. However a significant proportion stated that they pay enough council taxes already. Also 64% of respondents were willing to lobby councillors/the local MP to protect the future of the library.

National Libraries Week

We raised £350 from the book sale so thanks very much if you took part. We also had a very interesting and well-attended talk from Helen Harwood entitled “The ties that bind us: a look at the village community past and present”.

Alan Lyne

Chairman of Friends of Great Shelford Library Committee

November 2017

Tools stolen in house burglary

Tools have been stolen from a home in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford.

The burglar kicked in a boarded up rear door to gain entry and then stole tools from an area under the stairs. They have also attempted to kick in a panel in garage door. The theft happened between November 13 and 14.

New Great Shelford Homes

Three new homes are to be built in Macaulay Avenue.

An existing garage will be demolished to make way for the homes.

The proposals were given the go ahead by South Cambs District Council on November 1st

Parish Council October headlines

The proposed pedestrian crossing in Woollards Lane has been delayed again.

The Shelford Fun Run raised £5,500 for the Shelford Playscape campaign.

Following the recent break-ins, A Neighbourhood Watch Scheme for Great Shelford is now being proposed. The Parish Council will discuss the issue in January.

A £2,400 grant has been given to SSYI.

The Christmas street Illuminations and Village Hall lights switch will be on Saturday 2 December 2017 at 6.30pm.

Read the full minutes of the Parish Council meeting here.

Major new housing development proposed for Great Shelford and Stapleford

A major housing development in Great Shelford and Stapleford is being offered online by an Essex developer.

The 29 acre site would include 180 homes and a care village alongside “low-density residential development”.

The entrance to the development would be off Mingle Lane. Most of the homes would be in Stapleford.

A Facebook campaign has been launched by Andrew Kennedy to oppose the proposals.

The development is being touted by Essex company Scott Properties.

Their website states: “The site extends to 29 acres and is located to the South of Cambridge, with excellent connectivity into the city by road and rail. We are proposing a low-density residential development alongside a care village to address local demand, as well as new green infrastructure and amenity spaces.”

The proposal is on current Green Belt land and does not currently have planning permission.

Scott Properties told Great Shelford Online: “The 29-acre site off Mingle Lane, Great Shelford is currently being promoted through the appropriate stages of the Local Plan. The proposals for the site consist of a substantial area of open space and landscaping, a care village and a low-density bungalow development to address local and district demand.”

Scott Properties describes itself as “a Strategic Land Promoter to Landowners and Local Authorities in East Anglia.”

You can read the full details of the proposal on their website here.

See headlines from the developers report, proposed site maps and read the full report itself on the Stapleford Cambridge website.

*The "Cambridge South" science park proposal behind Shelford Rugby Club comes up for public scrutiny shortly at the Local Plan Hearings.

The proposal is outlined in Appendix 4.

The hearing took place on Wednesday July 12. The outcome will be announced later in the year.

£1,000 grant for Playscape

Great Shelford Playscape has been awarded a Community Chest grant by South Cambridgeshire Council

The £1,000 grant will be used for the construction of a bridge across a ditch on the Rec at Woollards Lane as part of the transformation of the copse into a den building space.

Gravestone for Nazi spy in Great Shelford

A gravestone for a Nazi spy buried in Great Shelford has been given the go ahead by the Parish Council.

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

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

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

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

They have proposed the following wording:

Engelbertus Fukken (Ter Braak’s real name)

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

A book about Ter Braak, called "Spion tegen Churchill" by Leven en dood van Jan Willem ter Braak was published in April 2017 through a Dutch publisher

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

A fourth estate agents and second barbers for Great Shelford

Another estate agents is moving into Great Shelford.

Redmayne, Arnold and Harris are taking one of the vacant shops in Woollards Lane.

They join Haart, Tucker Gardner and Sharmann Quinney.

And a second barbers shop called Antonio's has opened in the former Matthew Lloyd premises.