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Little Shelford news from Jan 2020

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Covid 19 business update Jan 19 2021

Navigator pub open for takeaways - collection or delivery - Wednesday to Sunday 5pm-9pm - phone lines open at 4pm or order on their website

AZara Indian restaurant is operating a takeaway service only. Opening hours are 5-9:30pm Sunday-Thursday and 5-10pm Friday- Saturday. Tel 01223 846668 http://www.zarashelford.com


Pizza and Kitchen Co @The Plough is open Thursday to Saturday from 4pm to 9pm with a special early bird discount of 10% for all orders placed between 4 & 5:30pm. They are offering free Delivery to CB22 post codes. Online ordering is preferred and available at www.pizzaattheplough.co.ukTelephone ordering is available on 01223 491096

Forum House is providing takeaways with normal opening hours.

The Square and Compasses is operating as takeaways only. The full menu is on their website. They are operating 5pm-8:30pm Tuesday- Saturday and 12pm-2:30pm Sunday for both collection and free delivery to the Shelfords, Sawston and Stapleford but with a minimum order of £10 to qualify for delivery. Also all Sunday roasts must be booked in advance by 8pm Saturday evening. Bookings can be made through the website, by calling on 01223843273 or via Facebook.

The Three Horseshoes in Stapleford is offering takeaways. Their kitchen will be operating from Wednesday - Saturday 5.30pm until 8.30pm. Tel 01223 503402. https://www.threehorseshoes-pub.com

Little Shelford playground is still open as long as covid rules are followed but because of the covid variant, adults must wear facemasks when within the playground area.

All Sints Church Sunday services are online during this lockdown period. 11am: online with a Zoom congregation watching together from 10.45am 6pm: Sunday at 6 - an informal meeting via Zoom (email the church office for the Zoom details) www.allsaintslittleshelford.org

Shelford library has had to cancel browsing because of Tier 4 restrictions. When they re-open on January 5, their service will be limited to returning books, select and collect, reservations and public computer use on an appointment basis (for access to public services only) and online library resources.

Lay electrical are closed due to the new lockdown but they can  still carry out emergency repairs and deliver new appliances - 07740543187

Shelford Deli is providing their essential grocery store service (cafe-bistro remains closed); Open Tues to Sat 9.00-16.30. Customers can buy vegetables, bread, milk, cheese, homecooked takeout dishes and other groceries... or place orders in advance for safe collection. They have a designated click + collect counter at the front left-hand door [current exit door] of the shop so you don't need to venture inside. Pre-orders can be collected from here at an agreed time, or you can come into the shop to browse as usual through the main doors. Pre-orders can be paid in advance or on collection as preferred. Their stocklist can be found on their website https//www.shelforddeli.co.uk/placing-an-order    placing an order | Shelford Deli Grocery orders can be placed by email: shelforddeli@outlook.com or phone: 01223 846129 with 24 hrs notice so they can keep their team safe when preparing orders.

Alma clinic in Great Shelford will continue to provide osteopathy, physiotherapy and podiatry services during Tier 4. However, their sports therapy, sports massage and nutritional services will be put on hold temporarily during this time.

Cambridge Building Society revised hours now closed on Saturdays. Monday 9:00 am -  2pm, Tuesday Closed, Wednesday- Friday 9am-2pm Saturday Closed

Scotsdales is still open. Click and collect is still available at our Great Shelford store on selected items online, alternatively please contact your local store for placing orders with local delivery. For full opening times visit https://scotsdalegardencentre.co.uk/opening-times

Shelford Physiotherapy is open 8am to 3pm on weekdays - I am wearing a shield, mask and patients need to complete a Covid risk assessment form and a telephone call to make sure both the client and myself are protected.

Dave Hatter gas specialist is open

Great Shelford Dry Cleaning is still open.

Noel Young wine bar is shut but the shop remains open 7 days a week for retail, order and collect and deliveries. 10am- 7pm Monday to Sat, 12noon – 2pm on Sundays though they may close at 6pm and on Sundays depending on demand. 

Shelford Country Market will not be re-opening on Wednesday January 13. Shelford Memorial Hall has to remain closed whilst we are in Tier 4

Great Shelford Dental Surgery is staying open.

Solutions hairdressers is closed while Great Shelford is in Tier 4

Stapleford Granary has had to cancel all events and courses for January.

The Gog farmshop will continue to operate as previous lockdowns, with options to customers being as follows: 1) Shop as ‘normal’: browse the deli, grocers and butchery with social distancing; 2) ‘Drive Through’ shopping: simply stay in your car and sound your horn. A member of the team will come out and personally shop for you. Card payment is contactless from your the comfort of your car, 3) ‘Click & Collect’: this is our online shop where you can simply browse the items at home, pay and then collect in your car in the same way as the ‘Drive Through’. Opening times are Mon - Sat 0900 – 1800, Sun 1000 - 1600.

Pillsorted – which delivers your medicines free to your home – is open. 

To advise on any other changes, please email davidm1961@gmail.com

 helplittleshelford team update

The challenges of the coming lockdown are many but because of the weather and lack of light we are all likely to feel even more isolated. We have a wonderful group of volunteers ready and willing to help you through this period. We know that some of you have found a regular (even daily) phone call to be something to look forward to and a time when you can sort out any problems you may have. We would be very happy to put you in touch with a volunteer who would contact you at regular intervals to have a chat and to see if there is anything you need.

The prescription service (see below) is up and running thanks to Sarah Penn and her team of volunteers - please continue to make use of it.

If you need help getting to somewhere for the Covid-19 vaccine, the helplittleshelford team can certainly help. Do remember that if you are unwell for any other reason, the Health Centre (843661) is open and would much rather you contact them than ignore any health concerns.

Some of you may need someone to go to the post office occasionally to post a parcel or to draw money; again this is something the helplittleshelford team can help with.

If you have any needs or concerns, please feel free to contact your local helplittleshelford volunteer. If you don’t know who they are, you can phone Charles and Caroline (Kingdon) on 01223 842048; someone will always be there to answer your call.

Please contact the group at: helplittleshelford@gmail.com and keep safe!

Prescription collections

The prescription collection service is available for those in the village who are self-isolating and finding that collecting prescriptions is a problem.


· All individuals (or the carer if the person is unwell) should call Boots the Chemist on 01223 843262 to clarify that the prescription is ready for collection.

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

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

· Individuals needing items collected need to inform Sarah Penn at sarah@nwpenn.net or 07799 638090 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.)

· 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.
· If your prescription is at an alternative local location e.g. Harston Medical Practice or J.T Gregory Pharmacy, collection can be arranged.

Posted Jan 5 2020

Dog Pooh on the Wale: Please clean up

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

This is a health hazard for the many young people and children who use the playground and our pitches as well as an unpleasant mess for adults to deal with.

Generally, in the Village we have a good record of dog owners collecting dog pooh and dealing with it appropriately. So, please, do not let your dog poo on the Wale or on our streets and verges without having bags with you and cleaning up and disposing of your bag in the bins located on the Wale and around the village. If you see any irresponsible dog owners doing so, please reprimand them or let us know at the Parish Council.

Your help in keeping the Village clean, safe, and attractive for residents is much appreciated.

David Jones, Parish Councillor

davidjhjones@btinternet.com or 847213

Posted Jan 5 2021

Little Shelford war graves

You may have noticed that a Commonwealth War Graves Commission plaque has appeared on the wall at All Saints Church. 

Signage is being erected at every possible graveyard where war dead are buried in an initiative supported by our Rector at All Saints Church, Simon Scott.

The aim of the initiative was to increase awareness of war graves across the UK and to remind the public that they need not travel abroad to find Commonwealth commemorations.  

There are 4 official war graves in the All Saints Churchyard, three from World War I and one from World War II. The graves commemorate:

W A HARVEY, Private, Service Number: 63822, 4th Bn., Royal Fusiliers. Died 28 October 1917, 37 years old

VERNON HARCOURT De BUTTS POWELL, Major, 53rd Bty. 13th Bde. Canadian Field Artillery. Died 02 January 1918, 31 years old

• DEREK ARTHUR POOLEY, Guardsman, Service Number: 2723861, 3rd Bn. Irish Guards, Died 18 May 1945, 22 years old

BERIS SELINA FRANCES BURTON-FANNING, Nurse, 1st Eastern General Hospital, Voluntary Aid Detachment, Died 21 October 1916 22 years old

All the graves are marked with standard Commission Portland Stone head stones, exactly as you would see in the long rows at the large War cemeteries in France, except for the grave of Ms Beris Burton-Fanning, which is a beautifully formed cross. 

The grave of Ms Burton-Fanning was only added to the official CWGC war dead register on 2nd February 2017 and so her family had provided a memorial at the time of her death in the normal way. Why not take a stroll around the quiet churchyard at All Saints to find the War Graves and reflect on the sacrifices made by these individuals.

Posted Dec 1 2020

HelpLittleShelford update: November 2020

 As we approach a month of partial lockdown, we are pleased to say that many of the local volunteers who responded in March continue to support the community and its needs going forward; we currently have plenty of volunteers willing to help as we move into lockdown on November 5th. Every home in the village should have the contact details of a named HLS volunteer. Here is a reminder of the email address for the HLS group in case it has been misplaced:


Anyone in Little Shelford can use this email to communicate any need to the team.

In March, every house in the village received a post card with information on how to contact their nearest street volunteer. If you have lost that card or are new to the village and don’t know who your point of contact is, please email us on the email address above and we can deliver one.

We anticipate that volunteers will continue to run errands such as shopping and posting mail. Some people might still 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. 

The prescription collection service that has been running since the beginning of the March lockdown, with many thanks to Sarah Penn and her team, is available for those in the village who are self-isolating and finding that collecting prescriptions is a problem.


·        All individuals (or the carer if the person is unwell) should call Boots the Chemist on 01223 843262 to clarify that the prescription is ready for collection.

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

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

·        Individuals needing items collected need to inform Sarah Penn at sarah@nwpenn.net or 07799 638090 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.)

·        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.

·        If your prescription is at an alternative local location e.g. Harston Medical Practice or J.T Gregory Pharmacy, collection can be arranged.

Posted Nov 5 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 

Posted October 21 2020

Otter spotted at the Rec

An otter has been spotted at Little Shelford Recreation Ground.

"I thought the village might be interested to know I saw a beautiful otter in the river about a week ago," said Chris Davey.

"First I saw the sleek head bobbing along. Then he/she obligingly climbed the bank right opposite me so I saw all of it. It re entered the water a few yards down and continued downstream."
Posted Oct 26 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

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

One of Little Shelford's oldest villagers dies

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

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

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.)


· 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,


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)

Posted April 7 2020

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

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