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Community woodland meeting

Could Little Shelford soon have its own community wood?

At the stall at the village week-end, the Parish Council asked what it should do in the future with the paddocks in Blennie's Patch, adjoining the allotments on Garden Fields.

Most of the people who gave their views said that they would love to see some of the area beyond the allotments used for a community wood.

Now a public meeting has been called for 7.30pm on Thursday October 17 to explore how the idea can be taken forward. The meeting is at the back room at Little Shelford Memorial Hall.

For more details, please email Parish Councillor David Martin on davidm1961@gmail.com
Posted Sept 25 2019

Good neighbours needed

Last year we had a survey to ask what the village wanted. As a direct result we now have:

* Monthly afternoon teas at the Pavillion to go with the monthly coffee morning at the North Building
* Occasional ‘sing-alongs’ at the Navigator

But the idea of putting the many who volunteered in touch with the several that requested occasional visits has gone quiet.
This will require a formalised ‘committee’ and a bit of effort. Grants may be available from Cambs County Council to support this.

If you can find some time and are keen to be involved, please contact:
Richard Patterson
7 Garden Fields
Little Shelford
07903 359 699

Special anniversary service

A Special Commemorative Evensong with the choir of 
St Catharine’s College Cambridge is taking place at All Saints Church.

On Tuesday 25th November 1919 at 6pm, All Saints Church was packed for a Memorial Service that was to serve two purposes. Firstly, to commemorate the placing in the Church of the memorial to those who died in the Great War and secondly to raise funds for the Cambridgeshire County War memorial. The Villagers were joined by the choir of St Catharine’s College.

Earlier this year the original order of service was found and as a final part of our commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War. All Saints will hold this special evensong on November 24 almost 100 years to the day, using many aspects of this original order of service.

Keep the date and join us for this very special service. For more information contact: office@allsaintslittleshelford.org

The photo (left) shows the Rev Charles Radford, an army chaplain, who preached at the original memorial service. 

You can read the original order of service here. Posted 17/9/19

Tractor stolen

A tractor has been stolen from Bradmere Lane off Whittlesford Road in September. It was completely chained up because the owner had two mowers stolen from there over two weeks ago.

The tractor was stored in a three sided shed. 

A number of homes backing onto Camping Close have also reported fruit from their tress being stolen. Posted 17/9/19

New guides leader
1st Shelford Guides is delighted that they'll be restarting on Mon 28 October with new members to the leadership team.

If you’d like to find out about places for Guides (girls aged 10-14 years) or to volunteer, please go to www.girlguiding.org.uk and click on ‘Information for parents’ or ‘Get involved’, or email lisa.macgregor@ntlworld.com. Posted Sept 4 2019

Cricket update

The Little Shelford cricket first team, having been promoted last season into a tougher league, have cemented their position in the new league (CCA Junior League 1 South) finishing mid-table and creating a solid platform for a launch for promotion next season. 

The second team secured promotion from CCA Junior League 4 South by being runners up in the league. That's two promotions in successive seasons for the LSCC second team.

We would invite all of those who want to support our Village Cricket team to join the players and VP's and their partners for our end of season celebration dinner which is being held on Saturday 21st September at 7pm in the Little Shelford Memorial Hall. Tickets are £25 and include a 3 course Thai meal from the Navigator and a bottle of red and white wine on each table of 8. 

Hear reports from our Captains on the heroics and funny moments of the season and join us for the presentation of the player's awards. Those who would like to attend should contact me on 847213 or e-mail me on davidjhjones@btinternet.com.

All Saints Church repairs

Quinquennial repairs at All Saints Church have been successfully completed

Every Church of England church is surveyed every five years and a list of any necessary repairs is drawn up. We have just completed the works from the latest survey following about 18 months of planning. 

The most visible works are high up on the parapet beside the tower where new creamy stone catches the light, and relaid tiles and new mortar have yet to acquire the patina of ages.  The works to the Church Street wall are also obvious – the gappy-toothed missing and decayed brickwork, has been repaired, coping stones lifted and replaced, and the pedestrian gate cleaned, repainted and rehung on rebuilt pillars.  To see other repairs, you need to walk around the churchyard, but once in it, the new clean-cut stone repairs to windows and the porch buttresses are easy to see. 

Herringbone Restoration, who specialise in church works carried them out.  They were encouraged by the cheerful reception from pedestrians along Church Street.

The church congregation has borne the greater part of the cost which, all up, is about £25,000.  We have been helped by four grant-making bodies - Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Veneziana Fund and the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme – for whom we are very grateful.  Many thanks also to the Parish Council which readily lent its voice to applications when necessary.

The church is now open seven days a week – please do visit.

David Brock, Church Warden 
Posted Aug 30 2019

Shelford rave

Thousands of people from Great Shelford, Little Shelford and Stapleford were woken by a rave on the outskirts of Little Shelford in the early hours of August 17.

The rave took place at St Margaret’s Mount on Newton Road.

Police were called to the unofficial event at around 1am. The rave finally came to an end shortly after 11am when the heavy rain began.

“Thousands of people as far as 4 miles from the site (ie. Sawston and Stapleford) were seriously inconvenienced, many unable to sleep,” said District Councillor Peter Fane.

“The persistent low beat carried literally five miles - we’re over 3 miles away which is why I and others bothered to walk out at 3.30am to track down the source of the noise (which I originally thought must be across the street) so that I could report it.

“I walked up there 3.30am with some others (one from Stapleford) to identify site, but police were already there and subsequently assured us at 5am they “had it in hand”, meaning that with only a few officers on duty they didn’t have the resources to shut it down,” said Councillor Fane.

“There is a risk that because raves elsewhere have been shut down quickly and this one was allowed to go on into the morning, South Cambridgeshire may be a popular choice for rave organisers in the future,” Councillor Fane said.

“I will be asking the Environmental Health department at SDDC (responsible for noise nuisance) to meet with the police with some urgency to review procedures for dealing with raves, as they have been able to do successfully in other parts of the county already this summer.”

See a video of the rave on the Cambridge live website
Posted Aug 28 2019

New bus signs

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

Steve Edmondson and John Wakefield have replaced four bus stop flags in Little Shelford. These are in Newton Road, High Street and Bridge Lane. Also a timetable case with the current Number 31 bus timetable has been installed at the Bridge Lane bus stop.

The pair have previously replaced signs in Great Shelford and Stapleford.

Steve decided to do something himself about the poor state of bus stops and timetables on local bus routes after he found that Cambridgeshire County Council had no money available for bus stop/timetable replacements despite subsidising the non commercially profitable bus services. Steve has already replaced signs in his own area around  Haslingfield, and in Hauxton and Stapleford, he has received donations to costs (each bus top flag costs £25) from the parish councils. Posted Aug 27 2019

Little Shelford lightening strike

A house in Little Shelford has been struck by lightening.

Maurice Palmer's house on the High Street lost power for nine days after the strike. Their car was also damaged in the strike.

"The bed clothes were even singed by the lightening strike," said Maurice. "The good thing is that neither Jessie or me were hurt in the incident."

Nine year old climbs three highest mountains

A nine year old Little Shelford girl has climbed Britain's three highest mountains to raise almost £2,000 for Jimmy's Night Shelter.

Jessie Godsall has climbed Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell during 2019.

The pupil at Great and Little Shelford Primary School said; " feel sad when I see homeless people, it seems so unfair and I am worried that they are unhappy and cold and hungry and wish I could do something to help."

You can visit Jessie's fundraising page here.

More than 80 at first sing-along

The first village Sing-Along was held on Sunday 28th April, enthusiastically led by maestro David Adams. No less than 80 people enjoyed the very informal singing of a selection of music from Oliver! and other musicals. Appropriately, in view of the recent Liverpool victory, the last song of the evening was 'You'll never walk alone’!

Thanks to Charles Kingdon for making it happen in response to requests for something like this in last year’s Good Neighbour’s survey.

We would also like to thank the Navigator for hosting the event and for generously providing some extra sustenance.

The next event is in planning and will be announced shortly.

Richard Patterson

Villager of the Year

Ray Saich from Hauxton Road was awarded the Villager of the Year shield at the Annual Village Meeting in April.

For the past 40 years , he has been chair of the Little Shelford Cricket Club. He has just relinquished that post with the club at an all-time high. 

He is also chair of the History Society, instrumental in the running of the Bowls Club and a Pavilion Trustee, as well as being a supporter of most village activities. 

Ray is pictured (left) receiving the trophy from Parish Council Chair Andrew Hawthorne.

Shelford Guides urgently need a new leader or could face closure

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 (shelforddistrict@gmail.com) and visit www.girlguiding.org.uk (search for Guides and Leadership Qualification)

Little Shelford week-end donations

A number of donations have been made by the Little Shelford Entertainments Committee to local groups. They include;
  • Sports Pavilion £300
  • Little Shelford Bowls Club £150
  • Shelford Twinning Association £100
  • Little Shelford Wildlife Group £500
  • Good Neighbours' teas £200
  • Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative £350
  • Little Shelford History Society £150
  • Shelford Rugby Club £150

Rowing one million metres

Local company PML are planning to row a million metres in May for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

Between May 1st and 31st, they want as many people to sign up to their 15 minute rowing slots on doodle poll (you can book more than 1 slot if you are feeling fit, they have showers) , all they ask is you make a donation on your visit to the office and ideally you get others including Friends , Family and Colleagues to also donate. You can also nominate one of the PML team to row on your behalf for a donation and come along and witness their efforts.

All of this will raise vital funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices who provide care and support for children and young people with life-threatening conditions. The charity has HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as its Royal Patron and local Ambassador's including Ed Sheeran and Frankie Dettori.

They have the indoor rowing machines set up at our head office just outside Little Shelford.  PML. Moor Barn, Shelford Road, Harston,CB22 5HN

Please come along to their offices and row, support, grab a drink, encourage or put some cash in the bucket at PML office on the day or donate at the link below.

Library loyalty card scheme

Great Shelford library has launched its own loyalty card.

People borrowing foir or more adult fiction or non-fiction books at once receive a special stamp on their card.

Four stamps will entitle them to a free standard sized tea or coffee at the Shelford Deli.

The scheme has been launched initially as a pilot until June 30.

Changes for Little Shelford bus service

The timings for the new bus service for Little Shelford which launched in December are changing.

The shuttle bus to the Trumpington park and ride works on a "hail and ride" basis and operatese in the morning and afternoon peak times.

The service originally ran every 20 minutes. But from March 25, it will run every 30 minutes instead.

The price is £1 per trip. The route includes London Road, (Harston) Newton Road and Hauxton Road, (Little Shelford) and High Street and Church Road, Hauxton to the Trumpington Park and Ride.

See the revised bus timetable here.

Shelford spring clean

There was a record turnout for the Village spring clean on March 3. The haul included four tyres and a microwave. Thanks to the record number of volunteers who turned out on the wet afternoon.

The Navigator pub in Little Shelford has had a facelift.


Snakes alive in Little Shelford

A home in Little Shelford has had grass snakes in their garden over the summer.

David Wilding, who lives off the High Street ,has had snakes in his pond most years for the last five years. They appear in spring and seem to feed on frog spawn and small frogs. 

Last August David saw two snakes, about 6 inches long, which had recently hatched, 

"I am not sure what happened to them," said David. "They often fall foul of cats and other predators. The snakes do not really bite, unless you are a frog. We saw one battle between a pair, which I had to resolve with the fish net, I let them both go. If they are cornered they can defend themselves, but typically they hide away."

Historical find near Little Shelford

An Celtic woad grinder up to 2,000 years old has been found near Little Shelford.

The 7cm item is believed to be made of bronze.

A blue dye was obtained from Woad leaves which were ground down with grinders like the one found near Little Shelford. The dye was used by the Celts to paint their bodies and frighten their enemies.

The find has been reported on Metal Detecting Forum. The find was made by someone identified only as Kranglemeister.

Photo; Metal Detecting Forum.

New business from former Police Officer

Little Shelford's former police officer Gary Kendall has launched a new gardening service.

Gary was Little 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.

Village book now available
A book about Little Shelford is now available.

‘a snapshot in time’ is a 45 page book about our village has been produced by the Pavilion Art group.

There are a few copies left costing £20. Please contact Sue Fox 842936 orAllen Boothroyd 843313 if you would like a copy.