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Little Shelford news from Jan 2020


Read Little Shelford news before January 2020 

Community orchard update

Can you support the creation of a community orchard for Little Shelford?

There are plans to create a community orchard and wood on Blennie's Patch next to the allotments at the end of Garden Fields.

Whilst they hope to raise some money through grants, organisers Shelford Community Orchard and Woodland Project (SCOWP) need some initial injection of funds to allow the purchase of the fruit trees, their supports and protection and the preparation of the ground for planting.

Their fundraising goal is £2,500 for the first year. They have already raised £500.

Can you consider making a donation towards the project? Any amount you can afford to contribute will make a difference, but £30 would cover the cost of buying and planting a single apple tree or for £50 you could choose a specific tree to sponsor and dedicate it to a loved one and provide a memorial plaque if you wish.

The project is being organised as a sub-committee of the Parish Council and all donations can be made directly to the PC via cheque (identifying SCOWP) or bank transfer.

Read more about Little Shelford's 
community orchard here.

Mike Darsley 
mdgb59@gmail.com

Posted October 21 2020

Little Shelford surgeon to star in TV programme


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

Andrew will be seen carrying out a unique pelvis and hip operation – called a Harrington Plus - which pushes the boundaries of medical science. Surgeons at the Edge of Life

The Addenbrooke’s hospital consultant surgeon knew from a young age the specialty he wanted to follow.

As a medical student he set his heart on becoming an orthopaedic surgeon, having seen how even routine procedures like hip and knee replacements can transform a patient’s quality of life.

It’s a procedure he has developed with the help of consultant anaesthetist, trusted colleague, and good friend, Ronan O’Leary.  There are only 15 patients in the world who have had this operation.

The programme is on BBC 2 on Tuesday October 6. Posted 2/10/2020

Save the date for the Little Shelford week-end

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

The popular village weekend that has been running every year for the last 20 years, built on a tradition that had lapsed in the 1980’s of an annual Village feast that stretches back for centuries.

They had to cancel their events planned for September 2020, but have continued to meet and consider plans for our Village Weekend in 2021. The event will be the traditional three days of activities, including dancing and food on Friday evening, a traditional village fete and family games on Saturday and All Saints Harvest celebration, history walks and other more relaxed activities on Sunday.

You can help them plan 2021 with your suggestions and ideas

The weekend is in the early stages of planning so there is still plenty of time for the Village Community to come up with ideas and suggestions for the weekend. So, if you have thoughts, or comments please e-mail their LSEC secretary, Jo Boyle, joboyle780@gmail.com with your ideas.

The LSCE committee is also very welcoming of new members and also welcome those who want to volunteer to help over the weekend itself, even if you don’t have time to join the committee. Please contact Jo if you would like to contribute in any way.

Ian Beaton, LSEC Chairman
Posted Oct 6 2020

Top cricket coach visits Little Shelford

England Cricket head coach Chris Silverwood visited the Wale to watch his two boys playing in a County Youth Cricket match on 31st August. The Wale is a popular venue for County Youth cricket and we are honoured that of all the grounds they could chose they request to use the Wale because it is safe, well equipped and thanks to the hard work of Neil Orpwood and his team from LSCC also has an excellent Cricket square and tracks. Posted 01/09/20
New booking clerk wanted 

Little Shelford pavilion is a busy local facility caters for sports clubs, parties, social groups, classes etc. Due to the retirement of the present booking clerk, we require a person to coordinate the bookings of the pavilion and to ensure that all requested facilities are available for our clients.

A salary is available, commensurate with the likely hours required to satisfactorily carry out the job.
Please reply, either by letter to Maurice Palmer, New Barn, High Street, Little Shelford, CB22 5ES, Tel. No 845387 or by email to ms.palmer@btinternet.com. Posted 01/09.2020
Navigator changes


The Navigator pub has introduced an outdoor marquee complete with astroturf to allow for social distancing.

They are continuing with the eat out discount deal for the whole of October  Monday- Wednesday lunchtimes & evenings.

This means 50% off your food bill up to the value of £10 pp (soft drinks not included this time
)

Table booking is advisable due to limited space within the pub and marquee/garden area

Opening hours are Mon - Sun 12- 3pm, Mon - Fri 5.30-11pm, Sat - Sun 6-11pm
Food 12.00 - 2.30, 6.00 - 9.30 daily for eating in and takeaways.
Posted July 27 2020


Shelfords and Stapleford local businesses Coronavirus update

The Navigator is open. Tel 843901. They are continuing with the eat out discount deal for the whole of September Monday- Wednesday lunchtimes & evenings. This means 50% off your food bill up to the value of £10 pp (soft drinks not included this time)

Winners Chinese takeaway is open with a limit of 2 people in the fish and chip side and max of 3 people in the Chinese side. You can phone orders through as before.

The Plough in Great Shelford is open. Pizza at the Plough is open Tuesday to Thursday: 5 – 9:00pm, Friday & Sat: 3 – 9:30pm from 12:00pm, serving all day. (reservations advisable, call John on 07711 273 173 to book.) https://www.pizzaattheplough.co.uk/ 

The Square and Compasses pub is open

Forum House Chinese restaurant in Great Shelford is open. Sun 13:00-15:00, Mon Closed, Tues-Sat 12:00-14:00, 17:30-23:00 01223 843089 http://www.theforumhouse.com/ .

Noel Young Wines is open. The bar is open Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday 5pm-10.30pm, Saturday 1pm-10.30pm, closed Sundays. The shop is open Monday- Wednesday 10-7pm, Thursday- Saturday 10-10pm, Sunday 12-2pm. Usually operating a booking only policy via the nywinesbar.co.uk website or by email winebar@nywines.co.uk and phone 01223 842594. 

The Three Horseshoes in Stapleford is open. Monday - Closed all day, Tuesday 12:00 ~ 14:30 and 17:00 ~ 23:00, Wednesday - 12:00 ~ 14:30 17:00 ~ 23:00, Thursday 12:00 ~ 14:30 17:00 ~ 23:00, Friday open all day, Saturday open all day, Sunday open all day   https://www.threehorseshoes-pub.com/  01223 503 402 

The Rose pub in Stapleford is open . 

Zara Indian restaurant is now open. Their opening hours are slightly different: Sunday - Thursday 5:00 - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00 - 10:30pm. They ave reduced capacity due to social distancing and recommend booking in advance.
 Zara has a new online ordering system at https://online.zarashelford.com they are now offering 10% discount online 01223 846 668 Updates are on their Facebook page.

All Saints Church, Little Shelford is open . Autumn Services 10.30am and 6pm in the church building. The 10.30am service will be live streamed to their website: www.allsaintslittleshelford.org
Join a Zoom group at 10.30am to watch the live stream together if you are not yet able to return to the in-person services or watch later at your convenience. For details contact the office: office@allsaintslittleshelford.org

Co-op is open 7am to 10pm 

Kash stores is now opening 8am to 5pm (1pm on Sundays), the post office is open 9am -4pm (12.30pm on Saturday) and closed Sundays. 01223 843307

Boots, Woollards Lane is open  8.45am-1pm, (except 9am opening on Saturdays), 2pm to 6pm, closed Sundays (closed for lunch 12 noon-2pm)

Scotsdale's is open Mon – Sat 8.30am – 5pm / Sun 10am – 5pm. https://scotsdalegardencentre.co.uk/community/important-customer-notice-regarding-our-store-reopening/. Tel 842777.

Days of Ashwell in Great Shelford is open  8am - 2pm. 01223 843786

Shelford Deli is continuing as The Deli Stores. No takeaway pizzas or coffees will be available. Deli Shop Stockist is at http://shelforddeli.co.uk 01223 846129

Harveys Garden Centre on Little Shelford is open 9.30am -12.30pm. They have also set up a website.  https://harveyandson1930.wixsite.com/mysite 

Pimp My Fish is back to their normal pitch at the Memorial Hall in Great Shelford from 3rd June. They will only be taking pre-orders. Social distancing will be marked by tape on the floor and payment is by card only. Opening hours will be from 5pm to 8pm with collection slots every 15 minutes. To order, text John on 07494 599594 with your food choices and preferred collection slot.

Camyoga is offering online classes - including yoga beginners at 8:15pm on a Tuesday. https://www.camyoga.co.uk/

Barkers Butchers is open and also offering a delivery service. 9am - 1pm and 2-5pm, Saturday 8-1pm and also closed Sundays and Mondays. 01223 843292 http://www.barkerbrosbutchers.co.uk/

Great Shelford Dry Cleaners is open Monday 9am-1pm, Tues- Friday 9am -3pm, Saturday 9-12noon. They are running a delivery service - phone 844344 or emailgreatshelforddrycleaning@gmail.com 

Shelford Autos in Orchard Road is open

Relief Chiropractic health clinic in Great Shelford is open Monday to Thursdays. 01223459240 https://reliefchiropractic.co.uk/

Davies Solicitors in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford is open from 9am to 5pm http://www.daviessolicitors.co.uk/index.html 01223 842211

Magpie garage in Stapleford is open for petrol.

Lay Electrical is open for sales and repairs from 10 till 4 (closed on Wednesdays) Saturdays 9.30 till 12 and from July 6 open normal hours (9am till 1 and 2.15 till 5.30 closed Wednesdays and Saturdays open 9 till 12) (07740543187)

The Great Shelford dental surgery is open http://www.greatshelforddental.com/

Great Shelford library is open Tuesday 10-2pm and Friday 2pm-6pm

The Cambridge Building Society in Woollards Lane is now open 9am – 2pm: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday9am – 12pm: Saturday  

The Spar shop in Stapleford is open  and offering a door drop home delivery service 01223 843110 www.sweettalkonline.com It has also got a new, free ATM cash machine

Gog Magog Farmshop open 9am-6pm Monday to Saturday, Sunday 10am to 2pm (with contactless shopping as featured in the Cambridge News), stay in car shopping available, online delivery service being created, cafe closed https://www.thegog.com/ 01223 248 352

Stapleford Granary is closed .

Stapleford Rec and play area is open.

Cara Coffee in Great Shelford is open.

Magog Down car park is open.  http://www.magogtrust.org.uk/

Wandlebury Country Park is open. The car park is open but the toilets are now closed.

Pillsorted Help is a locally based online NHS pharmacy who deliver. It is free. They are based at Copley Park email: Help@pillsorted.com
They have opened their own online shop. They are testing same day delivery for CB22 and CB1-5 for orders before 1pm and Royal Mail 24 track after 1pm. Free local pick up option for online shop items has just been added. NHS prescription delivery are always free as it is part of NHS essential services. 

Jackson Cox opticians in Great Shelford is openhttps://www.jackson-cox-optician.com/ 01223 840 441


Rayments garage is open 01223 843048 https://www.raymentsgarage.com/


T & J Tyres also in Gt Shelford (01223 845155) is open.


Dave Hatter gas specialist is doing routine boiler services as well as emergency work 01223 844866 07747444435 (Emergency)  https://www.david-hatter-gas-service.co.uk/contact-us/


Eagle Analysis computer repairs is open for business https://www.eagleanalysis.co.uk/ 01223 721366


AK fisheries deliveries every Tuesday Mobile 07773 275134 Tel:  01472 841124


The Shelford Fun Run on September 20 will take place virtually this year. https://shelfordfunrun.co.uk


Shelford Physiotherapist is open tel 844488


The Little Shelford Fun Week-end has been cancelled.


Slots need to be booked at the Thriplow recycling centre


(Updated Sept 2 2020)

M11 junction 11 maintenance

Essential maintenance works is taking place in September on the north bridge and south bridge at junction 11 of the M11. They will replace the bridge joints and carry out concrete repairs, we’ll also renew waterproofing material and repaint parts of the bridge where required.

They plan to complete this over twelve weeks from Tuesday 1 September to Tuesday 24 November between the hours of 8pm and 6am on weeknights only, except for Sunday 13 September, and subject to weather conditions.

They’ve split these works into two main phases and have closely liaised with the local authorities to agree the most suitable diversion routes for the closures, as detailed within the diversion route table attached.

Once surface repairs are complete (Phase 1) they’ll begin work on the underside of the two bridges. To deliver this safely, they need to reduce the lane width on the M11 northbound and southbound underneath junction 11. During the installation and removal of these narrow lanes, they’ll need to close the M1 between the junction 11 exit and entry slip roads.

During the works on the underside of both bridges, a temporary speed restriction of 50mph will be in place.
Posted September 1 2020

New signs at the Rec

New Wale weatherproof signs have been put up reminding all users of the Wale Recreation Ground that they should enjoy themselves but remember to take their litter home. 

They seem to be working well so far but if some visitors forget to take litter and you need to call out the Wale Recreation Ground emergency litter pickers, especially at weekends, call David Jones on 847213 and leave a message and also send a Text message to 07711 063722. 

We have 8 volunteers ready and equipped to litter pick at short notice in addition to the regular litter picking done by Michael, our village man, on weekdays. Posted August 10 2020

Village cricket

There is lots of cricket on the Wale through to 13th September at weekends and on some weekday evening. These feature our Senior and Junior Teams and we are very privileged to have some Junior Cambridgeshire County Games also. If you want to know who is playing and when as well as results you can find an up to date fixtures list at: https://littleshelford.play-cricket.com/Matches

Posted August 8 2020

Allotments update

Have you spotted the ‘Produce for Charity’ table at the end of Garden Fields. The ‘Little Shelford ‘Allotmenteers’ place their excess produce on the table and ask for a contribution to a selected charity. This year it is ‘Mind’. 

It was the idea of Imsy and Ali Burd and Imsy and has been running a few years. Last year, they raised about £80. Previous charities that have benefitted included Red Cross and Meningitis Now.

The COVID lockdown has actually worked out very positively for the allotments jn that they now have more occupied and those who already had them, being more active on their plots. So there has been a lovely community spirit there. There are still a few that could be taken up. It is such a valuable resource for the village and it would be great to maximise the use of it.

If you interested in an allotment please contact Penny Tanna at 
littleshelfordparishclerk@aol.com 

Gaby Barnard 
Posted August 6 2020

One of Little Shelford's oldest villagers has died

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

She was a great 'villager' - she spent a very happy childhood in Tadlow (a tiny village near Wimpole Hall) and moved to Hauxton's King's Head pub (now Tudor House) with her new husband, Bert, in 1952. Shortly afterwards, they moved to Little Shelford where Bert constructed an eccentric home for their growing family. The Harvey family had already established a market garden in Harston village in the 1930s and a second nursery was developed behind their home in Little Shelford. However, Pat's involvement in the business was minimal as she was busy as a popular teacher of shorthand and typing to adults and children at Cambridge 'Tech' and Melbourn Village College.

Pat was a very creative person, enjoying gardens, painting, needlework - she designed and knitted the most incredible garments which adorned her elegant figure as she cycled around the villages. She loved nothing more than a village event; she had great 'joie de vivre' and a practical ‘getting-on with it’ spirit, bringing a rare eye for the absurdities and fun of life as described in this letter to her daughter from June 1977:

'The evening before Jubilee Day, Little Shelford had its Social Evening, open to all the village and free! We went along not really expecting very much and were surprised to find we had a really marvellous evening. There was a bar with just white wine and Abbot Ale for sale in small plastic tumblers. By the end of the evening we were all very merry!!! Monica, Alan, Gladys, Freddy, Claire, Daddy [Prince Regent pub regulars] and myself were with couples in sets all round the room and music by records and a local folk group who were very good. The ploughman's supper was good too with more than enough butter. We decided that part of the Butter Mountain must have found its way to Shelford!'

There was a little discord between Bert and Pat about where they should finally rest and it was determined that 'whoever went first should decide', hence Pat's funeral will take place at Hauxton Church on July 29th, the hearse will depart from Hauxton village green at 11.00 a.m.
Brenda Purkiss July 17 2020

Special cricket match and social event

Please join us on the Wale for our closing day of the season and to support our new Junior Section and our senior team for our Old Boys Match. This is always great fun, good cricket and a fantastic social event. This year this is all that’s left of the Village Fun Weekend plans so, we hope to have a BBQ, Bar and other Refreshments available during the day (subject to Covid-19 restrictions). All are welcome to watch, socialise and enjoy a day of cricket in the fresh air and with social distancing. Bring your own portable chairs. Information: David Jones, Chairman, LSCC davidjhjones@btinternet.com 847213 or www.littleshelford.play-cricket.com 

  • Junior Cricket at LSCC has started! Junior Cricket (Age 10 – 15) for Boys and Girls is now available at Little Shelford Cricket Club including Nets training sessions and matches. The Junior Section is lead by Ian Reid, well known as a successful Cambridge based Junior Coach, along with Jamie Harrison, LSCC Player and experienced youth coach. For a Junior Player registration form and more details contact Clara Cheng our Administrator (claracheng@msn.com), Ian Reid (ian.reid620@ntlworld.com) or Jamie Harrison (jjc.harrison@ntlworld.com) Posted July 28 2020

Wale Rec playground re-open

The Wale Rec playground has re-opened for young people aged 14 years and under. But users must

follow the guidance below to stay safe:

1. Do not use the playground if you or any of your family  are exhibiting COVID19 symptoms

2. Social distancing in the playground must be maintained at 2 metres where possible

3. To facilitate social distancing no more than 12 Children and adults should be in the enclosed playground at any one time

4. Please follow the one-way system signage – Use the separate entrance and exit to access and leave the enclosed playground

5. Children must always be supervised by one adult family member to ensure these rules are enforced. (The adult can remain outside the picket fence while supervising to maximise the available space for children within the playground)

6. No more than 3 children allowed on the climbing castle or climbing web at any one time

7. No more than 2 children allowed on the Roundabout or the Ship at any one time

8. All other pieces of equipment should be used by one child at a time, each swing seat counts as one piece of equipment

9. No eating or drinking in the enclosed playground.

10. If the playground is busy and families are waiting to access, please limit your time in the playground

appropriately and to allow fair access (particularly at weekends)

11. Use adjacent space outside the picket fence as a waiting area while observing social distancing

12. Parents and carers should bring hand sanitizer, gel or wipes for Children and adults to use frequently when in the playground and after its use. Face masks should be used in accordance with latest Government recommendations

13. It is impractical for the Parish Council to carry out any cleaning of the playground equipment therefore Parents and carers must bring with them hygienic wipes or appropriate cleaning materials and wipe down the equipment before and after it is used by their children

14. Parents and children should take all litter home with them and not use the bin in the playground

15. Parents and carers should supervise their child when using the zip wire and make sure they use gloves or wipe down equipment before and after use and use hand sanitizer. Only one user at a time on the zip wire

At all times please ensure that social distancing is maintained, and all other Government guidelines are followed during use of the WALE in accordance with current Government Guidelines.

By order of Little Shelford Parish Council littleshelfordparishclerk@aol.com

Parish Councillor Responsible for the Wale: David Jones davidjhjones@btinternet.com

July 13 2020

Library re-opening

Great Shelford Library will re-open for two sessions a week with effect from the week commencing 3rd August. Sessions will be from 10am-2pm on Tuesdays and 2pm-6pm on Fridays.

However, the initial service will be limited to the return of items (which will then be quarantined), the collection of reservations and one pre-booked 45 minutes computer session per customer per day. Books can be reserved online or by phone and there will be a new ‘Select and Collect’ service, where you can suggest the type of books you’d prefer and staff will select available titles for you to collect from the library. Reservation charges are suspended until 31st August. There will be no browsing in the library yet, but we hope to be able to offer a wider service later in the year, subject to health and safety guidelines in place at the time.

For full and up to date details about our re-opening please visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk or call 0345 045 5225. Posted July 14 2020


Caring for our open spaces during the pandemic


During lock down I am sure most villagers have really appreciated the open spaces and paths we have around us. Indeed, I know from talking to many residents that Bradmere Pond, the Allotment area, the Durnford Mill path, the Newton Bridleway and the Obelisk walk have been frequently used and for some residents discovered for the first time, as we have all been staying at home and exercising locally. While our greatest asset of open space, the Wale Recreation Ground, has seen more frequent use than ever in living memory. We have been happy to share these open spaces with the many people who have walked from neighbouring villages and even Cambridge City, to get exercise and explore the South Cambridgeshire countryside.

The Parish Council has been pleased that all these facilities have been well used and enjoyed during the spectacular weather in lock- down. We also thank all residents and visitors for the largely responsible attitude they have shown to social distancing and cleanliness when using our open spaces and paths.

Unfortunately, this much increased use has not been without its problems, particularly as the days have got longer and the weather hotter. I am sad to report there have been minor acts of vandalism on the allotments and two incidents of criminal damage at the Bowls Club on the Wale. We have also faced some severe problems with litter on the Wale which has become particularly popular of late with groups of teenagers and young adults on summers evenings, because of its remoteness and relative isolation.

They come from far and wide to enjoy the open space, play football, drink, smoke and enjoy the surroundings and the sunshine with the knowledge that the Wale’s isolation is likely to leave them undisturbed. This isn’t a problem if they respect their environment, take their litter home with them and don’t indulge in acts of vandalism. I know residents have had conversations with some of these young people, as have I. Generally, they have been co-operative and have listened to appeals to remove litter and to respect the Wale. However, there are still exceptions. 

So, we have decided we need to take some additional actions to help preserve and protect the beauty of the Wale and do more to encourage respectful use of our open spaces. The steps we plan are:

(a) Members of the PC have started going down to the Wale mid-evening, particularly in good weather and weekends, to observe what is going on. In some cases, we talk to the young people who are gathering. Our message is that we want them to enjoy the Wale BUT there should be no vandalism and they must take rubbish home. So far, the response has been for the most part remarkably polite and accepting, some teenagers even apologised! We are not policemen but we hope by expressing concern about behaviours some will take notice;

(b) The SSYI Youth Work team will also start calling into the Wale on Summers evenings now that they are aware of the growing volume of the young people from surrounding villages enjoying the space as part of their community work, also promoting the need for respect to be shown and litter collected;

(c) PC members will be attending the Police Commissioners meeting when South Cambridgeshire is on the agenda and request that the Wale is added to the list for occasional visits by the local PCSO’s;

(d) We are investigating placing one or two more bins by the picnic table and playground area;


(e) We have asked Michael, our Village man who does regular litter picking around the village, to do more litter picking on the Wale after good summer evenings and weekends and to make sure the bins by the playground are regularly emptied;

(g) We plan to put up some signage for use in the summer months at strategic points around the Wale with the message "Enjoy the Wale Recreation Ground but Please TAKE YOUR LITTER HOME”.

Finally, a request to Village Residents.

We would like to set up a WhatsApp Group of volunteers who we can call on if an emergency litter pick is needed. We have rubbish bags, litter pickers and gloves issued by the District Council which these volunteers can have. The idea is that if the situation is particularly bad, a villager can let me or other members of the group know. A message will then be sent to the WhatsApp group and ask whoever is available to get down to the Wale, or to another site in the Village, as quickly as possible to do some emergency litter picking. I hope this won’t happen very often and if even 2-3 volunteers are able to show up a lot of litter can be collected very quickly. If you would like to be a volunteer in this WhatsApp group let me know by e-mailing me on davidjhjones@btinternet.com or call me on 847213 and leave a message. 

David Jones, Little Shelford Parish Council Posted June 30 2020

Thank you

Last week saw the publication of the 14th and last (?) issue of the Little Shelford community magazine. It is somewhat mind-boggling that that is how long lock-down has been in place. However, it is enterprises like the magazine that bring some colour to what might otherwise have been a monochrome period in our lives.

I want to extend the thanks of the Parish Council and, I’m sure, all villagers, to everyone who has contributed to the magazine over the past three months. There has been so much variety and items of interest every week. It is invidious to pick out individuals but there have been some very regular contributors, such as Christa Jostock, Julie Darsley, David Jones and Neil Orpwood. Each issue has been lovingly produced by Simon Conway-Smith. However, our greatest appreciation is reserved for Libby Ahluwalia. She has been the inspiration and mainspring from the start and has devoted who knows how much time to editing each issue. Thank you Libby!

Andrew Hawthorn
Chair Little Shelford Parish Council
June 29 2020

Little Shelford face masks

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

"It started out as a bit of a project as I’ve had a sewing machine for ages and hadn’t really mastered how to use it," said Ruth, who lives in Manor Road.

"I saw something on the One Show about making masks, so thought I’d have a go at making some for my colleagues at the Cambridgeshire Care Home to have something to wear on public transport etc. I found some fun fabrics and they loved them. As I’m not working at the moment it was a great way to still connect with them and feel part of the team.

"Then I made some for family, and people started asking if I could make some, so I thought I’d try and cover my costs as I was going a bit mad with fabrics at this stage, and so started an Instagram page @little_shelford_masks and advertised on the Shelford’s Covid site on Facebook.

"I make them to order, so there is a bit of a wait, and they can be ordered via a personal message on Messenger or email : ruthshah@me.com

"They are lined with Egyptian cotton and are washable and reusable.

"They cost £4 each. I’m not sure if I’m covering costs or not, but I’m enjoying making them and so far have had great feedback!!"

Posted June 9 2020


Vandalism at the allotments

Vandalism has taken place at the allotments off garden Fields.

Mary Palazzo and Geoff Warwick repaired their grandson’s scarecrow last week. But when they went back at the beginning of this week, they found it was in pieces.

"The scarecrow was in the middle of the garlic and onions and these were ruined," said Geoff.

"Someone had obviously stood there and knocked the scarecrow to pieces with a stick. There were footprints in the vegetable rows, cigarette butts, rizla paper. So whoever did it was in a group who stood around and watched the entertainment.

"Not much I can do. I’ve asked around but no one saw anything. 

"Anyway, thought it would be worth registering in case this becomes a thing and the allotments become somewhere for kids to have fun during lockdown."

Posted June 19 2020



Thank you

A huge thank you to helplittleshelford and to our wonderful prescriptions team.

When we first realised that the pandemic was soon to be a reality and that the lockdown might leave many vulnerable, a group of villagers came together to form helplittleshelford. They have worked quietly, thoughtfully and lovingly to support people in the community – whatever their needs. These have ranged from shopping and running errands to ensuring adequate supplies of gin!

What we have heard from so many is that by just knowing that there was someone at hand in case of need, worries have been allayed and the sense of isolation diminished, so thank you to each of the 37 individuals who are responsible for a group of people in the village.

Then there are the three prescription collectors and deliverers: Isabella Martin, Thomas Hawthorne and Dane Skogstad, ably coordinated by Sarah Penn. To date the team has collected well over 100 prescriptions, and there has not been a weekday when someone hasn’t had a delivery Thank you for this magnificent service!

Don’t forget that you can email
helplittleshelford@gmail.com with any requests.
Posted June 9 2020
Shelford School needs your support

Could you buy some books for Shelford School?

Their normal fundraising efforts and events have been hard hit by the COVID outbreak so they are finding new ways to raise money. The school library is in desperate need of new books so they’ve started an Amazon Wishlist so that parents, relatives and anyone who wants to buy a book to donate to the school can do so easily.

There’s no obligation to buy from Amazon but if you do the books are sent straight to the school so it’s very low effort. 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/2WSDF7L9G47UW?ref_=wl_share -

Hannah Mohamad
PTA Chair
Posted July 1 2020
Fun week-end cancelled

The Little Shelford Fun Week-end has been cancelled.

It was due to take place from September 11 to 13. But because of the uncertainties caused by the COVID19 outbreak, organisers have decided to press the pause button.

The fun week-end will be back stronger next year on either September 4 or 18.

Posted May 27 2020

Netflix series that started life in Little Shelford

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

The six part series will be filmed in the UK, with Sarah being the executive Producer.

According to Variety Magazine, It will be scripted by David E Kelley (Big Little Lies, Ally McBeal and husband of Michelle Pfieffer) and Melissa James Gibson (House of Cards), produced by the hugely talented Bruna Papandrea and Liza Chasin, and directed by a third incredible woman, SJ Clarkson (Succession; Collateral; Love, Nina, Jessica Jones.)

Covid19 is delaying the filming.

Read more about Sarah Vaughan here.

Posted May 26 2020


Online success emerges from the lockdown

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

The Happy Hoop Co. was created during the midst of the worldwide lockdown by Rosie Cameron and her 4 daughters who live in the High Street.

"The girls and I have always found it hard to find good quality fashion earrings at affordable prices and one day during lockdown we found an old box of beads and started playing around with them," said Rosie.

"We realised that we were creating nice designs and ones that we would all want to buy. It kind of grew from there.. we have done it all ourselves from designing, sourcing the materials making them, taking photos and creating website ... so it has kept us busy... everyone has a different strength to bring to the table too which helps."

"We got creative and worked hard to design a variety of different styles reflecting our own individual tastes in jewellery.  We hope our collection offers something for everyone and for every occasion."

Visit the Happy Hoop website here or see their earrings on Instagram at thehappyhoopco

Little Shelford Recreation Ground advice

The Wale Recreation ground is an invaluable resource in these strange times. It allows all Little Shelford residents, young and old, to enjoy fresh air and a beautiful natural space. Today though, we have to be very careful about how we share its use. In particular we all have to observe social distancing rules between households. The Parish Council has already announced that the playground must not be used.
One activity that has the potential to add risk is playing football or other ball games. For many, perhaps particularly children, this is what they need for exercise and to let off steam. However, anybody doing so needs to take additional care by:

• Keeping their game to their household only
• Maintaining separation from any other games
• Avoiding other users of the Rec

If you move the goals, wear gloves and wipe them down after use. Parents have a particular responsibility to make sure that their children understand and observe these rules so that we all remain safe.

Andrew Hawthorn
Little Shelford Parish Council
Posted April 21 2020


Community Orchard update

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

Towards the end of 2019, Little Shelford Parish Council invited villagers with an interest in enhancing local biodiversity and providing an opportunity for community involvement in the local environment to a meeting.

They had been considering ways to make better use of a grassy paddock in Blennie’s Patch behind the allotments on Garden Fields for the benefit of residents. 

A committee has now been formed to manage the Little Shelford Community Orchard and Woodland Project (SCOWP). The aim is to create a long lasting resource for the village, a place where all can enjoy contact with nature and/or be actively involved in managing the orchard with watering, pruning and (eventually) harvesting.

Our hope is that, in Blennie’s Patch, we will create something very special for Little Shelford. More details can be found in Libby Ahluwalia’s newsletter 

Posted May 26 2020

VE day photos

 

Photos by David Jones 

Camping Close update

Residents of Church Street, and anyone who has looked over the fence in Whittlesford Road, will have seen that changes are taking place in Camping Close.

For many years it was grazed by horses, but recently we decided that it was in need of rest and recovery, so the animals were withdrawn, and the grass was simply cut twice a year.

We then thought that the area would be enhanced by the addition of some trees. The first to be planted was a fastigiate hornbeam, a gift from Jane to Jimmy, but we began in earnest in early Spring 2019, when we put in a ‘copse pack’ from The Woodland Trust, a mixture of rowan, silver birch and wild cherry.

They made a slow start, being hampered by the long drought last summer, and one or two have died, but the survivors are now more 
comfortable and making progress. Mike and Theresa from Church Street added a select variety of whitebeam and an equally special hawthorn.

Jane and Jimmy had picked up seedlings from here and there, some of them self-set in our gardens, and these enabled us to add oak, walnut, field maple, and more hornbeam. This year we obtained three sweet chestnuts and three small-leaved limes from Habitat Aid. Many thanks to Peter Owen, otherwise known as the ‘tree god’, and to Neil Orpwood for all their help with the planting.

It is not our intention to convert the whole of the Close into woodland. We may add a few more trees –a copper beech is a leading candidate for inclusion - but these will join the existing cluster in the middle of the field. A substantial area at each end will be kept clear, to preserve valued views and maintain the open feel of the site. Buttercups are spreading, and with luck other wild flowers will become established. From time to time horses may be allowed back.

Temporary electric fencing has been set up at the High Street end to make provision for horses whose owners are unable to look after them during the Covid crisis. 

Sharp eyes will have noticed the bee hives, and perhaps will have seen Ross Lilley, the bee keeper, in his bee suit.

From time to time we receive approaches from would-be developers. The area is protected by so many planning restrictions that they would have no hope of success. We reject all such communications at once.

Jimmy Altham, David Altham and Jane Lagesse

*A longer version of this article first appeared in the Little Shelford community magazine.

Posted May 5 2020.


Special emergency fund for Little Shelford

Little Shelford Parish Council have linked up with John Huntingdon’s Charity (JHC) based in Sawston to enable residents of the village to access information, advice and guidance in these difficult times. 

The Parish Council has made a donation to JHC that can be used to provide direct help for villagers severely impacted by the effects of Covid-19.

The charity has a small team of experienced Support Workers who can help with benefits, housing, debt and grants.

If you are struggling, please give JHC a call on 01223 492492 or e mail them at office@johnhuntingdon.org.uk and they will do their best to help, alternatively call or text Support Worker Sarva, directly on her mobile 07492 873549. You can also contact JHC through Facebook, by just liking John Huntingdon’s Charity.

The JHC office is manned Monday to Friday, but on slightly reduced hours, so please leave a message on the answering machine if no-one answers, and they will get back to you as soon as they can.

If you are able to make a personal donation it would be very welcome. You can call JHC on 01223 492492 or email them at office@johnhuntingdon.org.uk . They will be able to claim Gift Aid if you supply the relevant information. Make sure you make it clear that the donation is for Little Shelford and the funds will be ring-fenced for Village use.

Alternatively, you can send a cheque (made out to “John Huntingdon’s Charity”) to JHC, 189 High Street, Sawston CB22 5HJ. Make sure you write “Little Shelford” on the back of the cheque and request a gift-aid claim form if you need one.

Posted April 15 2020

Little Shelford pantomime

Usually, at this time of year we would be advertising auditions for Little Shelford Pantomime. Obviously, we cannot hold auditions but hope, by the autumn we may have reached a position where rehearsals can start. To this end, we have collectively decided to take everyone who was in the cast or chorus of ‘The Little Mermaid’ last year unless they don’t wish to take part or are moving on to 6th form college. We know last year’s cast, know their talents and know what they are capable of so this seems a good compromise. We usually take new children (usually from years 5 – 7) into the chorus and would hope to audition these younger ones later in the year and will advertise an audition date when the situation is clearer.

The good news is that Libby is keen to start writing the script while ‘confined to barracks’. She has chosen ‘Babes in the wood’ as the pantomime theme although this may include anything! We are in touch with last year’s cast but if any younger children know they would like to audition, let me know (coppendales@btinternet.com; 842498) and I, in turn, will let them know the audition date when it is chosen.



Sarah Coppendale Posted April 15 2020

Little Shelford history project

As a community, we are so fortunate to have the Fanny Wale resource giving us a snapshot of our village in the early twentieth century. I thought that now could be an excellent time to harvest information about our village from the end of the Fanny Wale record 1919 to now.

The aim is to create a permanent community resource for the future, hopefully, to understand better our community identity and preserve our collective and personal memories, which form a unique and irreplaceable part of our heritage.

The task is to collect information from the deeds of our houses from 1919 (or whenever they were built) to now.

If you would be interested in dusting down your deeds and sharing please send your information to gailpi@mac.com and I will collate it.

From a GDPR point of view, all the information gathered will already be in the public domain. The archive's purpose is for public interest, and the right to be forgotten is available to anyone.

Gail Pilkington
Posted April 7 2020

Choose your activities carefully warning

In the current UK COVID-19 climate, routine orthopaedic trauma care is being stretched to its limits. Andrew Carrothers, who lives in Little Shelford has demonstrated the necessary Personal Protection Equipment for an orthopaedic surgeon and their surgical team, prior to surgery, making the process more complex and the operation more taxing for all involved. 

"This is a key reason to reduce trauma to hospitals as surgery is by no means guaranteed, surgical times will be extended and cases will have to be carefully prioritised," said Andrew

"So choose your exercises and activities carefully in the coming weeks to avoid any kind of serious injury to help yourself and Protect the NHS during these difficult times.”

Posted April 15 2020


Prescriptions service for the housebound, elderly and vulnerable

A new prescription service has been created for housebound, elderly and vulnerable people in Little Shelford. Here is a note from organiser Charles Kingdon and the Help Little Shelford group.

"We realise that some people who are self-isolating in the village are finding that collecting prescriptions is a problem. We have had a fruitful talk with Richard Searle, the Manager of Boots, Great Shelford. They are struggling with a significant backlog (some 1500 prescriptions!) and are grateful for our approach to help streamline the process where possible. Sarah Penn has generously agreed to coordinate the effort along with 3 willing and able young people who will collect the medicines from Boots on two days each (Sarah will oversee this.)

Procedures:

· All individuals (or the carer if the person is unwell) should call Boots the Chemist on 01223 843262 to clarify that the prescription will be ready for collection the following day. (NB For the next few days, they will be focusing on urgent requests only.)

· Most patients (e.g. all over 60) receive free prescriptions, so payment is not an issue.

· If a payment is due, they suggest the individual should ring Boots and pay over the phone before requesting the prescription. This removes our need to worry about cash/payment/reimbursement.

· Boots will batch the prescriptions for our volunteer to collect from the side door between 1:00 and 2:00pm (their lunch hour). This will eliminate any need to queue.

Suggested procedure.

· Individuals needing items collected need to inform Sarah Penn at sarah@nwpenn.net or 07799 638090 by 11:00 on the day that they know the items will be ready (they will need to give Sarah the name and address of the individual and some idea of what they are collecting – pills, dressings, injections etc.).

· Sarah will email a list of requests to the appropriate volunteer, who will go to the chemist between 1:00 and 2:00pm to avoid needing to queue. The volunteer will return to the village and deliver the items to the relevant household.

Most people will have their prescriptions sent directly from the Shelford Medical Centre to Boots, but if you require a written prescription to be delivered to Boots our volunteers can do this for you – again let Sarah know.

There will be a rota of the three volunteers to cover each day – 2 days each a week; Sarah will coordinate days with the volunteers. We have Dane Skogstad, Isabella Martin and Thomas Hawthorne, who are willing and able to help.

With best wishes,

helplittleshelford

The email addresses of the three volunteers are as follows:

Dane Skogstad: daneskogstad036@gmail.com (07932 886876)

Thomas Hawthorn: thomas.hawthorn@bradmere.co.uk (07580 836756)

Isabella Martin: isabellamartin2310@gmail.com (07857 125055)

 


The Navigator local distribution centre

 

 

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


The Navigator has now stopped its take away and delivery service

Barry Smith (Manager of the Navigator) has kindly offered to shop in Cherry Hinton and Fulbourn for the village  - at Tesco, Martins News etc. He could buy food and/or newspapers and bring them to the pub for collection. He'd like to have the requests in the night before and he will purchase them the next day. Barry typically arrives at the pub at 10:30am. We are conscious that there has been much in the press regarding the over purchasing and hoarding of food (and loo paper!) - we'd very much like people to only ask Barry to bring what they can use.

 

Social distancing remains an absolute priority and we would ask everyone to be very thoughtful about this. It will be very important that the Navigator is never crowded by too many people being there at once; we will have to work out exactly how to achieve this if there is demand. One idea might be we would ask people to come during one particular 15-minute time slot.

 

Money will be taken by card, largely, contactless.

Barry is erecting a small marquee outside the rear door. Patrons will collect their food/items from there and not enter the pub.

The best way to contact Barry is to text him on his mobile: 07403 122505. Please begin the text with your name followed by Shopping Request and then the items.

Posted March 23 2020

Little Shelford Rec

Use of the Wale Recreation Ground for Exercise and use of Play Equipment during Covid-19

Please ensure that the social distancing two metre spacing is maintained during use of the Wale 

Sadly, the enclosed playground is CLOSED as of Tuesday 24th March until further notice and should not be used even with gloves etc. as it is difficult to maintain social distancing.

Parents/carers: Supervise your child when using the zip wire and make sure they use gloves. Only one user at a time.

Social distancing must be maintained.

Little Shelford Parish Council littleshelfordparishclerk@aol.com
David Jones davidjhjones@btinternet.com
Posted March 27 2020

Great Shelford library update

Although our libraries are closed to the public until further notice, the Library Service has been hard at work developing new and updated online offers to keep everyone going until we can open again. Please don’t worry about accumulating fines on books you borrowed before the closure. Books currently on loan are being renewed automatically and charges have been suspended since 17th March.

We're all missing our hard copy books, but remember that if you have a computer, tablet or smartphone your library card gives you free access (via our website) to many electronic resources, including e-books and e-audiobooks. If you’re not a member it’s free to join and you can do this online.

Did you know?

You can download magazines such as Gardeners’ World, BBC Good Food, National Geographic, Newsweek and BBC Countryfile (see online resources link below).
Daily newspapers can also be downloaded via the same link.
We now have a regular Twitter chat and a live Rhymetime - see our Facebook page (below) for details of these and many other new resources.

Useful links:

Joining the library:
https://cambridgeshire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/BRWREG

Online resources:
https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/libraries-leisure-culture/libraries/library-online

Library Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CambridgeshireLibraries/

Take care everyone - we look forward very much to welcoming you back to our library when normal life resumes!

Rosemary Humby
Great Shelford Library
Posted April 7 2020

All Saints Church online service


All Saints Church is running an online service on Sunday mornings at 10:30, using Zoom, also available to watch separately via the Church website www.allsaintslittleshelford.org. If folk wish to join, they should ask the Church office at office@allsaintslittleshelford.org for details. P.osted March 24 2020

The Times

Know anyone that's self-isolating that misses their copy of The Times?

If you know of someone in the Shelfords / Stapleford that would typically have picked up a copy of The Times and The Sunday Times regularly (be it for the news, the crossword or the TV listings) and is not currently able to do so, can you let them know I'm willing to do it for them?

Luke

07900 907322

Online dance classes

Anna Tenberg from Little Shelford is running her Dancefit classes via Zoom every Tuesday evening from 6.30-7.15pm for just £4 per class. The class is a 'Strictly Come Dancing Style' fitness class, designed to sculpt, tone and strengthen as well as burn lots of calories! No partner required!

Dancing uses every muscle in your body and is an amazing way to keep fit, whilst having lots of fun to great music. Did you know the jive burns more calories than running??!!

Please contact Anna on 07557962682 or performfit@outlook.com for more info or to register your interest for the link to the class.

Posted March 24 2020


Keep calm and hunker down! 


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; we have over 30 volunteers willing to help as we move into the next phase of the government’s plan. We have opened an email account for the group (which we have called HelpLittleShelford):

helplittleshelford@gmail.com is the email address which anyone can use to communicate with the team.

In next few days, every house in the village will receive a post card with information on how to contact their nearest street volunteer. Some of you who will need to self-isolate already have contacts with someone younger, and, of course, will continue to use those connections – but even those younger people may need to self-isolate if they are unwell. 

We anticipate that volunteers will run errands such as shopping, posting mail and collecting prescriptions. People may want help getting onto internet apps like Skype or WhatsApp (to communicate with family) or online supermarket shopping sites and banking apps. Others might just appreciate a regular phone call; being unable to socialise is something few of us is used to, but Little Shelford is a very special community. 

If you are aware of anyone who might not be receiving these emails please let them know what is planned and that a local volunteer will be in contact shortly.

Once we are up and running we will start to think of ways to keeping people from going stir-crazy – this community will be full of ideas! 

Warmly from all the volunteers at

HelpLittleShelford

'This initiative is fully endorsed by the Parish Council and supported by All Saints, Little Shelford'

 New weekly magazine to keep us connected

 

Please join in for the production of a weekly chat 'magazine', to be circulated online for those who have the internet, and in printable format in case some of you can print it off for those neighbours who don't use computers. 

 

The idea is to have a few topics of conversation each week, to be announced every Tuesday to everyone on the mailing list, starting March 24th until we're all safely out the other side of coronavirus. Please respond (by email) to one or more of the topics in not more than 250 words by the Friday of the same week, and I'll select an interesting range of responses and put them together into a 'magazine' that will be sent out to you the next Tuesday, together with some new topics for the following week. You can have your name on your contribution or not, whichever you prefer. You could also send photos if you like. 

 

We'll stick to topics that aren't too controversial as the idea is to bring us together, help us to 'meet' new people even if we're isolated, and give us something more fun to think about than symptoms and toilet paper. You can just read it and not contribute, if you like; if you're not so confident with writing but would enjoy having your say then you could contribute via a phone call. Children can join in, and teenagers too.

 

I'm hoping that, in such an interesting community, we might even end up with an archive of material entertaining enough to make into a book.

 

If you'd like to be on the mailing list it's libby.ahluwalia@btinternet.com - mail me and I'll send you the first set of topics.

 

Did you know that there’s a local company based at Copley Hill that will deliver drugs free to your home? They are at www.pillsorted.com or on 643550.

 

Stop press: The SSYI Big Breakfast has been postponed until October 3


Little Shelford Bowls Club


Little Shelford Bowls Club is having a club open day.

Bowls is a sport that can be played by anyone, whatever their age or level of fitness. The group is a small and friendly club, and are always on the look out for new players. Whether you are an experienced player or a beginner, you are assured of a warm welcome.

Their green is at the far end of the Wale Recreation Ground on Whittlesford Road in Little Shelford, and they play matches against other clubs in South Cambridgeshire. They play most of their matches in two evening leagues from the end of April to the beginning of September, and also have weekly matches on a Wednesday afternoon. 

The Club Open Day is on  Saturday 18th April from 2,30pm which provides an opportunity to meet them, find out more and try it for yourself. All you need to bring is a pair of flat soled shoes or trainers. Further details from Secretary Ray Saich on 842737. Posted March 9 2020.

Sewer blockages

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

"Since we moved here at the end of October, e have experienced poor drainage, " said Anthony Drake.
"Anglian Water have attended on Nov 18, Dec 12 and Jan 27.

"Each time they reported that the cause of the blockage was large lumps of fat in the pipe near the Memorial Hll which were very difficult to shift." Posted Feb 20


Council tax rise

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

The Council decided at its meeting on Jan 27 that it plans to raise £30,300 from the council tax. The precept is £1300.00 higher for 2020/21 than the previous year.

The precept will give a Band D equivalent for 2020/21 of £79.24. This is an increase of £2.88 or 3.77% above the Band D equivalent charge in 2019/20.

Parish Council Chair Andrew Hawthorn explained that this was the largest rise for six of seven years.

Posted Jan 28 2020


Parish Council January headlines

The decisions and actions of the January Parish Council meeting included;
  • Broad proposals for a community orchard at Blennie's Patch, next to the allotments, at the top of Garden Fields were given the thumbs up.(See separate story) 
  • A proposed Village Design Guide which will help protect the character of Little Shelford, written by Neil Ruffles and Collette Patterson, was agreed in principle by the Parish Council. Maps and photos will now be added before the draft guide is shared with he wider village. 
  • Adobe InDesign – can you help? A team in the village has developed the text and collated the photos for the Village Design Guide. This will guide developers on what is acceptable in our village. What they need now is help to turn it into a professional looking document – can you help with Adobe InDesign? Please email littleshelfordparishclerk@aol.com 
  • The village needs someone to head up Little Shelford's Neighbour Watch Scheme now that Fiona James has decided to stand down. A rep is also needed for Whittlesford Road.
  • A village litter pick will go ahead on March 1st led by David Jones
  • The Council is supporting a village street party on Friday May 8th on Church Street.
  • Grants totalling £1,250 were given to Shelford and Stapleford Youth initiative, the Little Shelford Wildlife group and the Shelford Twinning Association. The full minutes of the meeting will be published here. Posted Jan 28 2020

Community orchard proposed for Little Shelford

The Parish Council has approved a proposal from a community group to develop a one acre site behind the village allotments on Blennie’s Patch into a Community Orchard and Woodland area. 

Plans will be finalised over the coming months with initial planting planned for the autumn.

The Woodland Trust has already agreed to provide 100 saplings to plant a length of traditional mixed hedgerow and the orchard will be started with half a dozen or so fruit trees of traditional varieties. 

The overall aim is to create a place for the community, where the residents of Little Shelford can enjoy recreational activities, growing and harvesting fruit and the appreciation of nature whilst being actively involved in the promotion of biodiversity in the Village.

For more details email Chair Mike Darsley at mdgb59@gmail.com Posted Jan 28 2020

Little Shelford Housing Needs Survey

Can you and your family find somewhere to live in the village that meets your needs? Would you like to move but can’t find suitable housing?

Little Shelford Parish Council think that there may be gaps in housing provision, particularly for the young and those looking to downsize. The council has commissioned an external organisation, ACRE, to undertake a survey of housing need to establish whether this is the case.

It is a long time since such a survey was last undertaken. The Parish Plan in 2010 highlighted that there is too little low cost housing that allows young people to stay in the village. The Parish Council also hears that there is a shortage of suitable accommodation for people who want to downsize when they are older. The Council thinks it is time to look at these needs more closely.

The survey will produce a report that:

• profiles the housing requirement (the gap between provision and need) in the village

• shows the need for affordable housing from people who have a local connection.

The Parish Council also want to gauge the level of support, amongst all villagers, for development of some new affordable housing. Even if you don’t have any direct need, you can show your view on this by answering a couple of questions and returning the form.

A separate survey form should be completed for each potential new household. Please contact Cambridgeshire ACRE (details overleaf) if you require additional survey forms. They can send forms to family members living away from Little Shelford who would like to live here and contribute to the survey. The survey can also be completed online - 
http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/LittleShelford  by Jan 31st.

Andrew Hawthorn
Chairman, Little Shelford Parish Council Updated  Jan15 2020

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