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Shelfords and Stapleford local businesses Coronavirus update

Winners Chinese takeaway is now closed

The Navigator is Little Shelford is now closed

Co-op has revised opening hours, 7am-8pm

Kash stores is now opening 8am to 5pm (1pm on Sundays), the post office is open 10am-4pm (1pm on Saturday) and closed Sundays.

Boots, Woollards Lane has revised opening hours 8.45am-1pm, (except 9am opening on Saturdays), 2pm to 4pm, closed Sundays

The Square and Compass pub is offering takeaways, Tuesday to Sunday 12-3pm, Tuesday to Saturday 6-9pm
To place an order call 01223 843273. Orders taken from 11.30am to 1.30pm and 5.30pm to 8.30pm on applicable days. Please order Sunday lunch by 8pm Saturday

Days of Ashwell in Great Shelford is open, but only from 8am to 2pm.

Shelford Deli is opening the Deli shop for essential goods service only during this government lock down. No takeaway pizzas or coffees will be available.

Zara Indian restaurant is currently doing takeaway collection service for as long as they are allowed to by the government, to encourage social distancing they are encouraging everyone to pre order early so when they come to collect there is no wait and no crowd. 

Forum House Chinese restaurant in Great Shelford is currently offering contact free delivery as well as pick up takeaways

Harveys Garden Centre on Little Shelford has had to close their Cambridge so have set up a website and online order service for bedding plants and vegetable seedling / plants that you can collect at an allotted time from outside the property on Hauxton Rd.

Noel Young wines is open 10am-7pm Monday to Saturday on a two in, two out basis, free deliveries to CB postcodes with orders over £50 and if in Great Shelford happy to drop in a couple of bottles especially if self-isolating

Barkers Butchers is open and also offering a delivery service. Now closed 1-2pm and also closed Mondays.

Great Shelford Dry Cleaners is open Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm but closed Friday and Saturday. They are running a free collection and delivery service on Monday afternoons - phone 844344 or email greatshelforddrycleaning@gmail.com 

Relief Chiropractic health clinic in Great Shelford is still open Monday to Thursdays.

Davies Solicitors in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford is open as usual from 9am to 5pm

The Great Shelford dental surgery is closed

Great Shelford library is closed

The Cambridge Building Society in Woollards Lane is now closed

The Three Horseshoes in Stapleford will only be offering delivery from Wednesday. If people call in (01223 503 402) from 17:00, Wednesday ~ Saturday and place an order, pay over the phone we will deliver. Sunday’s the phone line will be open from 11:00. The kitchen will be closed at 15:00. 

The Spar shop in Stapleford is now offering a door drop home delivery service 

The Rose pub is now closed. 

Stapleford Granary has closed until further notice.

Stapleford Rec and play area is closed

Cara Coffee in Great Shelford is now closed

The Plough in Great Shelford is now closed

Gog Magog Farmshop open as usual (with distancing), stay in car shopping available, delivery service being created, cafe closed

Magog Down car park is closed. Locals who are able to reach Magog Dow on foot must respect others: taking into account govt advice on social distancing: maintain distance 2m(6ft) from anyone not in your household group.

Scotsdale's is now closed. 

The Shelford Feast in July has been postponed. 

Pillsorted Help is a locally based online NHS pharmacy who deliver. It is free. They are based at Copley Park email: Help@pillsorted.com

Rayments garage is still open

T & J Tyres also in Gt Shelford (01223 845155), and they are similarly open until instructed by government to close.

Dave Hatter gas specialist is still operating

(Updated noon March 31 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)


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

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?


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


'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