A new railway line linking Cambridge and Oxford could go through Little Shelford.

Proposals published on March 31 revealed that the new Oxford to Cambridge line could lead to the closure of the level crossing at Hauxton Road, Little Shelford. Read about the Parish Council's view about the proposed closure.

The draft Little Shelford Village Design Guide has been published.

Little Shelford resident Professor Andrew Hopper CBE, professor of computer technology in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, has been knighted for services to computer technology in the Queen's birthday honours. Read his profile here.

A marketing agency based in Little Shelford is going from strength to strength despite the Pandemic.

Soft ball cricket sessions are being introduced in Little Shelford.

A Little Shelford man has been scammed out of more than £50,000. He is now sharing his fraud story so that other people in the village can be extra vigilant.

A double rainbow photo'd on Whittlesford Road May 2021

Residents have been urged to be vigilant by the Parish Council as litter problems increase in Bradmere Lane.

Dernford reservoir between Little Shelford and Stapleford could be transformed into a community country park with camping and caravanning facilities.

Surplus top-soil and aggregates are available to villagers after an artificial cricket strip was installed at the Wale Recreation Ground.

Brian Milnes and Maria King are the new County Councillors for Little Shelford after winning the election on May 6. 

Parish Councillor Jenny Moon has resigned. If you're interested in becoming a councillor please contact littleshelfordparishclerk@aol.com. Read about the decisions and discussions at the May Little Shelford Parish Council meeting.

The average property price in Little Shelford is £685,000 according to Savills in the Cambridge News.(external link)

Read the reports from the Little Shelford annual village meeting on April 22 2021.

Caroline Bewes from Little Shelford has been installed as High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire.

Plans for the Little Shelford Village week-end in September have been published including a Friday evening social evening.

The Arthur Rank Hospice has launched its own Help at Hand app which will help their patients access practical support available in their local community.

Simon and Susu were one of 12 bubbles of people who took part in the village litter pick on Feb 28. Finds included a dump of old bicycles. A big thank you from the Parish Council for the big effort during lockdown.

David Altham, a former captain of the village cricket club who also played in a fore-runner of Pink Floyd has died.

Villager Joan Church has published her own autobiography.

Little Shelford cricket club is gearing up for the new season, including plans to install an artificial cricket strip on one side of the square at the Wale.

Have you spotted a rabbit being taken for some fresh air in a pushchair in Little Shelford?

Rupert Neve who developed some of the best regarded recording equipment in the world in a workshop in Little Shelford has died.

Joan Howard of High Street Little Shelford who lived in the village all her life has died in hospital.

Thieves who broke into a Ford Fiesta in the High Street stole the seat belt buckles but left behind the satnav.

Rubbish including  a distinctive toy car have been dumped in Newton Road.

The Memorial Hall is now registered with Amazon for charity donations. AmazonSmile is a program that donates 0.5% of eligible purchases made on Amazon to a charity of choice. Search 'Little Shelford Memorial Hall' and follow the instructions.

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

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.

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

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 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?

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.

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?

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 July 2021 electronic newsletter include;

The former McColls newsagents could soon become an Indian takeaway.

The Shelford Feast is back this month as a one day free event on July 10.

From 26th June, Great Shelford Library's opening hours were increased to 10am-2pm on Tuesdays, 2-6pm on Fridays and 10am-1pm on Saturdays.

A Woollards Lane business is considering introducing parking fines because of abuse of their parking area.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, having your flu vaccination is more important than ever. You can book your flu jab locally from July 1

Great Shelford-based Julie Deane, CEO of the Cambridge Satchel Company, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to Entrepreneurship and British Manufacturing and awarded a CBE. Read a profile of Julie Deane.

A Shelford mum has combined her love of creativity and cycling to set up her own company making stylish cycling bags called Pedal & Brass. They have a launch offer of 10% off everything until 6th July and free delivery for Shelford or Stapleford residents.

St Mary's church in Great Shelford was broken in to on June 12.

Shelford school is trying to raise £4,000 with an online fundraiser.

A number of artists in the Shelfords are taking part in the Cambridge Open Studios in July

The Parish Council’s Village Meeting has been delayed to September (external link)

Have You had your say in the Parish Council’s Traffic and Transport Surveys? (external link)

Greater Cambridge Partnership Board yesterday voted to pursue planning permission for the £132m busway through Green Belt despite the opposition of the Parish Council and our MP. A group of elected representatives and campaigners including city, district and parish councillors and our MP, called for the Greater Cambridge Partnership to pause the scheme. (External link)


The South Cambs Community Safety Partnership has created a free toolkit to help local people keep caring for their community as the pressures of the pandemic ease

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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.