A new railway line linking Cambridge and Oxford could go through Little Shelford on a new additional rail line.

·      Some Little Shelford residents have been approached by East West Rail to carry out survey work on their land. 

·      Proposals for alternative routes for the new railway will be published imminently.

·      The Parish Council view is that East West Rail need to think again.

·      The Parish Council is asking villagers to write to object to the current set of proposals and demand that a Northern Cambridge approach be considered.

The Navigator is now only able to provide takeaways because of the Lockdown restrictions. Read about how the new rules are affecting other Shelford businesses.

There are reports of a growing amount of dog pooh not being collected by dog owners who use the Wale Recreation Ground.

A collection around Little Shelford's doorstep carol singing organised by Kate Waldock raised £170 for Wintercomfort For The Homeless.

Grants are available for local groups from Little Shelford Parish Council.

A Commonwealth War Graves Commission plaque has appeared on the wall at All Saints Church where four villagers who died in the two world wars are buried.

Our bin collections are changing over the Christmas and New Year period (and don’t forget there will only be one green bin collection in December).

Can you support the creation of a community orchard for Little Shelford? Organisers hope to raise £2,500.

Little Shelford business Cambridge Fine Art has launched its first virtual gallery.

An otter has been spotted at Little Shelford rec.

Two major housing developments including more than 200 homes have been proposed for Little Shelford.

Great and Little Shelford Primary School is consulting about proposed changes to their admissions policy around church attendance.

The dates for the 2021 Village Week-end have been announced. It will take place from September 17 to 19th.

A member of a slave owning family is buried in All Saints Church graveyard. (external link)

The Wale Rec children's playground has re-opened - but a number of rules now have to be followed by users.

Pat Harvey, one of Little Shelford's oldest villagers, has died.

The former Sycamore House restaurant is up for sale (external link)

Action is being taken by the Parish Council including occasional patrols following vandalism and litter being left at the Rec.

A £1 billion Huawei research lab between Little Shelford and Whittlesford has been given the go ahead despite the opposition of the Parish Council. (External link)

Villager Ruth Shah is making face masks to help meet the significant demand caused by the COVID19 epidemic

There have been thank-yous for a number of people in Little Shelford who helped out during the lockdown.

Would you buy some books for Great and Little Shelford School?

The Little Shelford Fun Week-end has been cancelled.

A Little Shelford family have used the lockdown to create a successful online business.

Little Shelford writer Sarah Vaughan’s political thriller Anatomy of a Scandal is being turned into a Netflix mini-series.

A previously unknown painting of 
Shelford New Hall has emerged.

One of the oldest residents in the village, Marjorie Powell, has died.

Changes are happening in Camping Close.

There has been a tremendous response to the request for local volunteers in response to COVID-19 and the needs of the community going forward - over 60 volunteers are willing to help as we move into the next phase of the government’s plan.

Little Shelford Parish Council have linked up with John Huntingdon’s Charity making a donation to the charity that can be used to provide direct help for villagers.

A new prescription service has been created for housebound, elderly and vulnerable people in Little Shelford. 

Allen Boothroyd, who was one of the driving forces behind the Memorial Hall and the village sign, has died.

Little Shelford garden centre Harvey and son have a new website (external link)

Little Shelford has been named as one of the best places to live in the UK (external link).

Retired Little Shelford architect Neil Ruffles has proposed a new Cambridge great park (external link.)

A brass rubbing from All Saints Church from the USA might have solved a long running mystery.

The village currently has photos and additional comprehensive information for only five of our war dead. So, could you help us find information about the other people from Little Shelford?

The Shelford Fun Run raised £4,400 for the Shelford Playscape campaign. (External link)

Four new bus stop signs known as flags have been erected in Little Shelford.

A new book about some of the people in Little Shelford has been published.

A nine year old girl from Little Shelford has climbed Britain's three highest mountains to raise money for Jimmy's Night Shelter.

Villager Ian Beaton has completed his 315 kms running race through the Welsh mountains.

A house in the High Street has had grass snakes in the garden over the summer.

A historical Celtic woad grinder has been found near Little Shelford.

A  book about Little Shelford is now available to buy.

A drone flight around the nearby obelisk has emerged.

The official opening of what is probably the smallest village green in England and the new sign by our MP Heidi Allen made headlines in the Cambridge News. See our photo gallery of the opening.

If you are interested in having an allotment in Little Shelford, email

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Little Shelford is a village located five miles south of Cambridge in the county of Cambridgeshire 
It has a population of 840 according to the 2011 census (798 in 2001) and 336 homes.

The village has one pub, The Navigator, on the High Street and Winners, a fish and chip shop and Chinese takeaway.


Little Shelford has grown slowly over the centuries. In 1801, Litle Shelford's population was 220. In 1861 it was 474 and in 1891 494. In 1901 it was 441. By 1961 the population of Little Shelford was 717.  



Headlines in the Great Shelford January 2021 electronic newsletter include;

The next stage of the proposals for the East West rail website which could run on a new track through the Shelfords will be published in February. (External link)

Read a letter from a "horrified" local resident and its impact on Shelford Rugby Club.

Zara Indian restaurant is now only able to provide takeaways as Great Shelford has also been moved into Tier 4. Here is a voucher for £5 off your bill next time you visit Zara Indian restaurant for a takeaway.

The Co-op is hoping to move switch to new premises in Great Shelford.

Christmas lights in Great Shelford were vandalised.

Did you know Pink Floyd played one of their first gigs in Great Shelford? One local resident has shared her memories of David Gilmour and Syd Barrett.

More and sign up for the Great Shelford electronic newsletter.

Little Shelford Hall was destroyed by fire 90 years ago on February 24 1929. This was part of the press coverage of the fire.

Edward Maitland from Little Shelford was on the first airship flight across the Atlantic in 1919.

One of Little Shelford's water pumps and a house that no longer exists in High Street are featured on a postcard that was recently  for sale on ebay. There are hundreds of old photos and pictures of Little Shelford in days gone by on a special history website.

Little Shelford Online has a fascinating new section, focussing on cultural offerings in and around the village.

A photo of Fanny Wale, Little Shelford's first historian who died in 1936, has emerged.

She wrote and illustrated a book called A Record of Shelford Parva   between 1908 and 1919.

A rare postcard of Little Shelford Hall, which burnt down in 1929, has emerged.
You can read about the hall on the Little Shelford history website.

There's a mystery about a nurse who died in a fire 100 years ago - but no one knows why she is buried in Little Shelford churchyard.

The mystery of a house that was due to be re-built in Little Shelford 50 years ago has re-emerged.

A fascinating book about the history of Little Shelford has been republished- and you have a chance to buy your own copy. It would make a great Christmas present for history lovers.

Details have emerged of a visit by Edward VII to Little Shelford. The episode is included in a book that has just emerged called A Record of the Shelfords Manga and Parva in Cambridgeshire.