A reminder about social distancing during activities on the Rec has been made by the Parish Council.

Which local businesses are still open in the Shelford's?

Our Green bins will next be emptied on May 27th.

A previously unknown painting of 
Shelford New Hall has emerged.

David Martin, the editor of this website cycling 
1,083 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats. Virtually. On a recycled exercise bike. In his Shelford back garden. Starting May 1.
He has decided to tackle the iconic route virtually for the MS Trust. He's already received the generous support of Scotsdales. Please would you sponsor him

Changes are happening in Camping Close.

The 9th edition of the new community magazine for Little Shelford has been published.

A new mini magazine has been created for young people in the village by Alice Patterson.

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 Shelford yoga and movement class on Zoom is starting on May 4 – you can join the first four classes for free.

A Little Shelford villager has launched a new history project to  create a permanent community resource for the future, to understand better our community identity and preserve our collective and personal memories.

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

Congratulations to the winners of the signed Sarah Vaughan book Little Disasters who were Risha Gohil, Cathy Stekly, Deborah Bardsley, Ana Mihai and Guy Duncombe. The correct answer was that the name of Sarah’s last thriller was Anatomy of a Scandal.

The Navigator pub is to continue as a local distribution centre for the village.

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

The Easter edition of the Little Shelford magazine can be read on this website.

The first trees for Little Shelford's new community wood have been planted by Mike and Julie Darsley.

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).

Little Shelford Bowls Club is having an open day in April.

Molly Buckle (left) and Val Vardy testing out the new bench at the smallest Village Green in the country in Church Street.

Outbuildings at a house in High Street were burgled on Feb 22. Garden equipment was taken.

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

A housing needs survey has been commissioned by the Parish Council.

The Parish Council's share of Little Shelford's council tax bills will go up by 3.7% from April.

A community orchard and woodland area is to be created in Little Shelford, with initial planting planned for the autumn.

A sewer in Church Street near the Memorial Hall has been blocked three time in three months.

Little Shelford Cricket Club is starting a Colts Section open to Girls and Boys aged 10-15.

Sunrise over High Street, Little Shelford on January 15 2020 by Melissa Martin

Great and Little Shelford school has been ranked 48 out of 188 schools in Cambridgeshire according to the new Real Schools guide (external link).

Has the infamous Fen Tiger been spotted in Little Shelford?

One of the oldest houses in Little Shelford has been sold.

Rubbish has been dumped illegally at the end of Bradmere Lane in Little Shelford.

Two of the storeroom windows were deliberately smashed at the bowls green at the Wale Recreation Ground in the last week of November.

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

A new yoga class is starting in Little Shelford.

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)

A tractor has been stolen in Little Shelford

Volunteer Good Neighbours are needed in Little Shelford

1st Shelford Guides have been saved.

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

Little Shelford's second cricket team have been promoted for the second time in two years.

The fence around the Little Shelford has been damaged by vandals using the cricket roller.

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.

A house in Little Shelford has been struck by lightening.

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

Doug Walker, Little Shelford's oldest resident has died aged 102.

Ray Saich is Little Shelford's new villager of the year. 

Almost £2,000 has been given to local groups by the Little Shelford Entertainments Committee.

The Navigator pub has had a face lift.

This photo of the Little Shelford pond by Brie Lury was the winner of the Shelford photo competition.

The results of the Little Shelford Good Neighbours survey have been published.

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

A Green group in the Shelfords and Stapleford wants new volunteers from Little Shelford. They have just launched a new website. (external link)

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

Fungus spotted in Bradmere Lane - photo by Dave Pate.

Looks like our twin town, Verneuilles, in France has borrowed an idea from Little Shelford.

A  book about Little Shelford is now available to buy.

The iconic milestone in Whittlesford Road has been beautifully repainted by village volunteer Bill Savin.

A drone flight around the nearby obelisk has emerged.

The water pump in High Street has been spruced up by villager Bill Savin.

A winter's day in Little Shelford by Ruth Shah.

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.

Former Parish Councillor David Munro is pictured with the new Defibrillator he has helped organise for the village - its been installed on the wall of the Navigator.
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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 May electronic newsletter include;

There have been a number of local changes this week, with Scotdales re-opening, Boots opening hours tweaked, the Navigator in Little Shelford now re-open for Takeaways, the car park at Magog Down re-open and the recycling centre at Thriplow now re-open too

Read the full details of who is open and any revised opening hours

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

Don’t forget that the next blue bin collection days will change (and well done to the people who followed the advice on Great Shelford Online and got their green bin emptied yesterday)

There is a great new Shelford group on Facebook where you can swap garden plants – but you need to ask to join the Shelford Gardens group

The Shelford Fun Run on September 20 will take place virtually this year.

Our Shelford opera singer Alastair Miles has created another amusing take on lockdown (external link) – I think we need a Shelford concert from Alastair after lockdown

The Great Shelford Village News is not being delivered to subscribers this month. Free copies are available from  Kash Stores, The Shelford Deli, Barkers Butchers and Boots. It can also be read electronically.

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.


World War One manoeuvres by troops in Little Shelford have been highlighted in a new book.


The village sign on the smallest village green in England photographed by Ruth Shah at sunrise on Jan 2 2018. See more of Ruth's Little Shelford photos here.

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.

Sunset over Little Shelford, Jan 18 2017 by Ruth Shah.

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 new village sign was finally installed in November. It is part of a new mini village green created at the junction of Church Street and Manor Road. 

More than 300 people turned up to see former England cricket captain Tony Lewis (pictured left) open the new £380,000 sports pavilion.
Read the background story of how the Pavilion was created and how to book it here.
The village pub The Navigator has a new outside terrace.



This newly-discovered photo of the High Street in Little Shelford, complete with horses and carts, in one of dozens of old photos on the village's history website.


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.

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