Little Shelford Online has re-started its’ lockdown update of which businesses are staying  open and who is closing. The guide will be updated regularly throughout lockdown 2.0.

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.

A new railway line linking Cambridge and Oxford could go through Little Shelford. Some homes have received letters about their land being surveyed. Now the Parish council has had its say. Eastwest rail have launched their own digital community hub.

Sarah Kite 
(daughter of Don and Penny in Courtyards) appeared in Series 6 episode 6 of BBC's Ambulance this week. People who knew her were thrilled to see her in action brilliantly as a London ambulance first responder.

There are no house to house poppy collections for the Royal British Legion this year, but there is a static collection point in the Navigator in the run-up to November 11th.

The Navigator pub has introduced a marquee to help it cope with social distancing. It is continuing its discount scheme in October.

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

Little Shelford surgeon Andrew Carrothers will be featured in BBC Two’s ‘Surgeons: At the Edge of Life’ in October.

England's head cricket coach has visited Little Shelford. .

Little Shelford pavilion is looking for a new booking clerk.

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

Flu clinics are being held at Duxford Air Museum this year.

Fire crews were called to a blaze in Whittlesford Road, Little Shelford on August 6. Firefighters arrived to find a fire involving a one tonne hay bale that was spreading to roughly 70 square metres of the field. They extinguished the fire and returned to their station within four hours. The cause of the fire was accidental.

Have you spotted the ‘Produce for Charity’ table at the end of Garden Fields.

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.

Great Shelford library is re-opening in August

The High Street has been visited regularly by a badger according to David Wilding. To date it has done very little in the way of damage, just digging under a fence panel. He tried blocking that but it just moved to a place that was more obvious, and unsightly, hence we left the original hole alone. 

A special Old Boys Cricket Match has been announced for September along with a BBQ, Bar and other refreshments.

Thanks to Richard Patterson who has been cutting back the nettles down Bradmere Lane.

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

Vandalism has taken place at Little Shelford's allotments.

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?

A new faster broadband service could be made available in the village - but it would cost you around £125 to be part of it.

The Little Shelford Fun Week-end has been cancelled.

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

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?

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.

The first three trees have been planted as the start of Little Shelford's community orchard.

Changes are happening in Camping Close.

All 14 editions of the Little Shelford  community magazine that were created during the lockdown are still available to read.

The sixth edition of a 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.

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.

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.

A  book about Little Shelford is now available to buy.

A drone flight around the nearby obelisk has emerged.

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

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.

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 November electronic newsletter include;

The Shelford COVID support group has relaunched with 78 volunteers in place to support every street in Great Shelford during the second wave of the pandemic

The proposed new Oxford to Cambridge rail line could join the Liverpool Street line just south of Shelford station near the London Road Bridge. This would increase rail traffic over the level crossings at Hinton Way and Granhams Road thus causing severe traffic tail backs due to extra down-time of the barriers.  

Rejection of proposals to put a nursery in the former Lloyds Bank building in Great Shelford empty for almost three years have been described as "absurd" by the Parish Council.

The Great Shelford mobile warden scheme is looking for a new warden.

Christopher Jenkin from Great Shelford was awarded the British Empire Medal in October 2020 for services to the homeless in Cambridge during Covid-19.

A man has been jailed for a number of daytime burglaries including one in Stapleford. (external link)

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.


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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