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  • Latest planning applications 
  • Village events 
  • Village news 
  • Issues discussed at the Parish Council.
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Little Shelford January 2021 electronic newsletter

A new railway line linking Cambridge and Oxford could go through Little Shelford on a new additional rail line.

·      Some Little Shelford residents have been approached by East West Rail to carry out survey work on their land. 

·      Proposals for alternative routes for the new railway will be published imminently.

·      The Parish Council view is that East West Rail need to think again.

·      The Parish Council is asking villagers to write to object to the current set of proposals and demand that a Northern Cambridge approach be considered.

The Navigator is now only able to provide takeaways because of the Lockdown restrictions. Read about how the new rules are affecting other Shelford businesses.

As we enter the latest lockdown, there's an update from the Help Little Shelford team

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

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Great Shelford's new Alma clinic for osteopathy and sports massages is still providing osteopathy, physiotherapy and podiatry services. You can get 50% off your first visit.

Trees have been planted at Little Shelford’s new community orchard after organisers SCOWP won a £3,000 grant from South Cambs Council. Villagers have also donated another £3,000.

A collection around Little Shelford during the doorstep carol singing organised by Kate Waldock raised £170 for Wintercomfort for the Homeless.

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

The Co-op is hoping to move switch to new premises in Great Shelford.

Zara Indian restaurant is now only able to provide takeaways as Great Shelford has also been moved into Tier 4. Here is a voucher for £5 off your bill next time you visit Zara Indian restaurant for a takeaway.

Christmas lights in Great Shelford were vandalised.

Did you know Pink Floyd played one of their first gigs in Great Shelford? One local resident has shared her memories of David Gilmour and Syd Barrett.

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Little Shelford December electronic newsletter

A new marquee has been installed at the Navigator pub 

Grants are available for local groups from Little Shelford Parish Council.

A Commonwealth War Graves Commission plaque has appeared on the wall at All Saints Church where four villagers who died in the two world wars are buried.

Campaign group Cambridge Approaches re holding a special webinar for Shelford residents about the possible new rail route through the Shelfords of the Oxford to Cambridge new rail line

A link for the new Oxford to Cambridge rail line could "run via the Shelford Rugby Club, Westfield Road and Stonehill Road according to one campaigner. 

A special new section about the East West rail link and the Shelfords has been created at Great Shelford Online

Seven newsletter readers signed up for their prescriptions being delivered to their homes for free in November by local company Pillsorted. Find out why Pillsorted has been such a success story of 2020. (External link). As they celebrate their first birthday this week, read a profile of Shelford based CEO Zeinab Ardeshir about balancing her life as an entrepreneur and a mum of three.

Our bin collections are changing over the Christmas and New Year period (and don’t forget there will only be one green collection in December).

A new clinic for osteopathy and sports massages has opened in Great Shelford. Get 50% off your first visit to new Alma clinic. You can also find out about the High Green business through their new website. (External link)

Villagers have been invited to sing carols on the doorsteps across Little Shelford on Dec 5 at 5.30pm.

Mary King, who was born and bred in Little Shelford, died in November.  Mary shared her hand-written accounts of growing up in Little Shelford on the history website. They are a great legacy for a wonderful woman.

Little Shelford business Cambridge Fine Art has launched its first virtual gallery.


Wild Country Organics  growers of seasonal veg grown on our doorstep, delivered locally have just signed up as a supporter of this Great Shelford electronic newsletter just in time for Christmas. Their support means you get this newsletter for free - please support them

The access gate from Courtyards to the Rec will be locked from midnight on Thursday 24th December 2020 until midnight on Friday 25th December 2020. 

Great and Little Shelford Primary School is consulting about proposed changes to their admissions policy around church attendance.

Around 100 years ago, the first history book about Little Shelford was written about Little Shelford. Now there’s the chance to buy a re-print of the wonderful historic book by Fanny Wale.

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

Zara Indian restaurant is one of many local business opening up again on December 2.

A house in High Green, Great Shelford was burgled in November.

Cambridgeshire Mayor James Palmer will be visiting angli-EAR's new premises in Great Shelford on 4th December. 

drive-in carol service is taking place at Shelford Rugby Club in December.

The new multi-use sports area on Haverhill Road, Stapleford has been given planning permission. (External link) It is expected to open in May 2021.

The playground at the Recreation Ground in Stapleford could be refurbished if £80,000 can be raised. (External links.)

 

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Little Shelford November electronic newsletter


Welcome on board to Zara Indian Restaurant whose support means that this newsletter is free for you and the other 500 readers. They'll be doing takeaways only during Lockdown 2.

Little Shelford Online has re-started its’ lockdown update of which businesses are staying  open and who is closing. The guide will be updated regularly throughout lockdown 2.0.


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

 

Read about the decisions and actions at the September Little Shelford Parish Council meeting

Find out why local company Pillsorted – who deliver your meds free to your home - is one of the big local successes of 2020. (External link). And read a profile of Shelford based CEO Zeinab Ardeshir about balancing her life as an entrepreneur and a mum.



And hello to Wild Country Organics, who grow and deliver fresh seasonal organic veg who have also become a supporter of the Stapleford electronic newsletter. Please support them.

This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. In the light of lockdown Bri Lury from the High Street has suggested people might like to observe 2 minutes silence on their doorsteps or driveways around the village at 11am on Sunday morning and then afterwards be able to say hello to their neighbours. 

An otter has been spotted at Little Shelford rec.

Great Shelford Medical Practice has a new website where you can book appointments.

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

The Shelford COVID support group has relaunched with 78 volunteers in place to support every street in Great Shelford during the second wave of the pandemic

 

The proposed new Oxford to Cambridge rail line could join the Liverpool Street line just south of Shelford station near the London Road Bridge. This would increase rail traffic over the level crossings at Hinton Way and Granhams Road thus causing severe traffic tail backs due to extra down-time of the barriers.  

 

Rejection of proposals to put a nursery in the former Lloyds Bank building in Great Shelford empty for almost three years have been described as "absurd" by the Parish Council.

 

The Great Shelford mobile warden scheme is looking for a new warden.

 

Cara Café now has snug little gazebos with fairy lights out the back, and plastic screens between the indoor tables.

 

Christopher Jenkin from Great Shelford was awarded the British Empire Medal in October 2020 for services to the homeless in Cambridge during Covid-19.

 

A perfect home classroom in Great Shelford has been featured in The Times (external link).

 

A man has been jailed for a number of daytime burglaries including one in Stapleford. (external link)

Stapleford school is looking for a new governor.

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Little Shelford October electronic newsletter

Two major housing developments including more than 200 homes have been proposed for Little Shelford.

A new railway line linking Cambridge and Oxford could go through Little Shelford. Some homes have received letters about their land being surveyed. Now the Parish council has had its say.

The Navigator pub is continuing its discount scheme until the end of October.

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

Flu clinics are being held at Duxford Air Museum in October.

Great Shelford Dental Practice will restart NHS check-ups from 1st October for children under the age of 16. For adults it will only be possible to start check-ups in 2021.

Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery and Rupert Friend are starring in the Netflix production of Shelford writer Sarah Vaughan’s thriller, Anatomy of a Scandal (external link)

Great Shelford/Stapleford headlines

Stapleford Granary will re-start its performances with Joanna MacGregor on Friday, October 2.

The Three Horseshoes is now opening for breakfast/brunch.

The Stapleford Fun Run is taking place virtually in October.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had bought a large house in Stapleford it is understood.

A new osteopathy clinic is opening in Great Shelford - and they are offering 50% off the first session.

The new Angli-Ear hearing solutions office is opening in the former Barclays Bank building on Woollards Lane in November.

Plans have emerged to concert the former Lloyds bank in Great Shelford into a children’s nursery. (External link)

Hobson’s Conduit Trust is seeking some additional Trustees. It is a Registered Charity and the position of Trustee is a voluntary one.  Trustees meet approximately four times a year, currently by Zoom. They are hoping to attract new Trustees with a strong personal interest in, and commitment to, the historical, environmental, amenity and financial aspects of this treasured Cambridge asset.  In addition, particular skills and experience in any of the following areas would be of advantage, though not necessary:  water engineering, environmental management, public relations, financial management.

There is now a Trust website at hobsonsconduittrust.org.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Chairman, Howard Slatter at chair@hobsonsconduittrust.org.

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Little Shelford September electronic newsletter

The Navigator pub is continuing its’ discount scheme in September.

Our Flu clinics are being held at Duxford Air Museum this year.

Fire crews were called to a blaze in Whittlesford Road, Little Shelford in August.

Little Shelford pavilion is looking for a new booking clerk.

The Cricket Club BBQ in September and the SSYI breakfast in October have been cancelled.

Shaista is back with her personal thoughts about life and living in Little Shelford in her cultural column

England's head cricket coach visited Little Shelford this week.

It has emerged that a member of a slave owning family who lived at the Manor House is buried in All Saints Church graveyard.

Great Shelford headlines

Zara Indian restaurant in Great Shelford has re-opened its doors. Cara Coffee is also re-open. And the village library is now also (partially) open.

Plans have emerged to concert the former Lloyds bank in Great Shelford into a children’s nursery.

Three snakes and more than 100 lizards were found in a wildlife survey in Great Shelford.

A house has been burgled on Tunwells Lane, Great Shelford (external link)

Stapleford headlines

A free ATM cash machine is now available in the Spar shop in Stapleford.

Stapleford Granary has a new Chief Executive.

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Little Shelford August electronic newsletter


The Navigator pub has introduced a marquee to help it cope with social distancing. They are also taking part in the Eat Out To Help Out scheme from next week.

 

Here’s details of the other local pubs in Shelford and Stapleford taking part in the Eat Out scheme.

 

Cara Coffee in Great Shelford is expected to re-open using their outside seating in August while Zara Indian Restaurant is currently making changes before they are back too. See which other local businesses are still open in the Shelfords?

 

The Wale Rec children's playground has re-opened - but a number of rules now have to be followed by users.


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

 

Great Shelford library is re-opening next week – but with changed hours.

 

A special Old Boys Cricket Match has been announced for September along with a BBQ, Bar and other refreshments.

 

The former Sycamore House restaurant is up for sale (external link)

 

Thanks to Richard Patterson who has been cutting back the nettles down Bradmere Lane

Villager Tiggr Dearden cycled 300 miles in July for the Alzheimer's Society

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Little Shelford July 1st electronic newsletter


 

Action is being taken by the Parish Council including occasional patrols following vandalism and litter being left at the Rec.

 

More of our local businesses are opening on Saturday including the Navigator pub. Little Shelford Online has a comprehensive list of openings – and who is staying closed.

 

A £1 billion Huawei research lab between Little Shelford and Whittlesford has been given the go ahead despite the opposition of the Parish Council. (External link)

 

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

 

Vandalism has taken place at Little Shelford's allotments.

 

There have been thank-you’s for a number of people in Little Shelford who helped out during the lockdown.

 

A new faster broadband service could be made available in the village - but it would cost you around £125 to be part of it.

 

The hygienist services at Great Shelford Dental Practice is recommencing from Thursday 2nd July 2020.


Would you buy some books for Great and Little Shelford School?

Richard Marsh, the horse trainer for two Kings, is buried in Little Shelford Churchyard it has emerged.

You are too kind. David Martin, the editor of this newsletter, has completed his 1,083 mile cycle ride from Land's End to John O'Groats on a recycled exercise bike in his Little Shelford back garden raising £4k for the MS Trust.  Here’s his blog about what he learnt. (External link)



Local online pharmacy store Pillsorted have now introduced their own online store, with same day delivery for orders placed before 1pm. (External link)

All 14 editions of the Little Shelford community magazine created during the lockdown are still available to read.

Great Shelford headlines

A new public transport scheme on Green Belt the edge of Great Shelford and Stapleford is now expected to be in place by 2024 after the go-ahead was given on June 25 by the Greater Cambridge Partnership

The angli-EAR Hearing team are planning to move into the old Barclay's Bank building on Woollard's Lane in Great Shelford.

Proposals for 21 new affordable homes on allotments in Great Shelford have been given the go ahead.

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Little Shelford June 1st newsletter

  

With takeaways now available from the Navigator (Weds - Saturday), we hear that Winners will be reopening on the next 10 days. Meanwhile Harvey’s garden centre has changed its opening hours. All the changes and more are here.

 

The Little Shelford Fun Week-end has been cancelled.

 

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

 

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

 

One of the oldest residents in the village, Marjorie Powell, has died.

 

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

 

The latest edition of the new community magazine for Little Shelford has been published.

David Martin, the editor of this website who is cycling 1,083 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats on a recycled exercise bike in his Shelford back garden is now about to cross the border into Scotland. He has decided to tackle the iconic route virtually for the MS Trust. He's already received the generous support of Scotsdales. Do you want to support him

 

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

A new public transport scheme on Green Belt the edge of Great Shelford and Stapleford could come a step closer to reality in June.

 

Great Shelford library's Summer Reading Challenge is taking place on line this year.

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Little Shelford May 18 newsletter

There have been a number of local changes this week, with Scotdales re-opening, Boots opening hours tweaked, the Navigator in Little Shelford now re-open for Takeaways, the car park at Magog Down re-open and the recycling centre at Thriplow now re-open too

Read the full details of who is open and any revised opening hours

Motorists are being urged to be vigilant following a spate of handbag thefts from vehicles over the past month including one in Great Shelford.

Our Green bins will next be emptied on May 27th.

There is a great new Shelford group on Facebook where you can swap garden plants – but you need to ask to join the Shelford Gardens group

You’re too kind. I mentioned last time around that I am cycling 1,083 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats. Virtually. On a recycled exercise bike. In my Shelford back garden. I started on May 1. Last night I reached Stonehenge (virtually). Your generosity alongside the lovely people from Scotsdales has already helped to raise £2,200 for the MS Trust. Many thanks.

You can follow my (virtual) progress here

You can support me here

A previously unknown painting of Shelford New Hall has emerged.

The 8th edition of the new community magazine for Little Shelford has been published.

 A new mini magazine has been created for young people in the village by Alice Patterson.

Please look out for a missing tortoise. He’s on the run from Manor Road. He belongs to Linda Hoskins - her number is 843318 if anyone finds him.

The Shelford Fun Run on September 20 will take place virtually this year.

Our Shelford opera singer Alastair Miles has created another amusing take on lockdown (external link) – I think we need a Shelford concert from Alastair after lockdown

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Little Shelford May 6 newsletter 

The Navigator is starting doing takeaways again from this evening (Wednesday)

What’s happening for the (stay at home) street party in Little Shelford this Friday?

Changes are happening in Camping Close.

The seventh edition of the new community magazine for Little Shelford has been published.

Little Shelford writer Sarah Vaughan has been very busy since the publication of her latest book, Little Disasters. She’s written a blog about publishing in a pandemic with highlights including doing an interview on Woman’s Hour; You can read the first three chapters here 

Colourful memories of a big society wedding at Shelford Hall in 1881 have emerged in a diary.

Our green bins will be collected on May 27.

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Little Shelford May 1 newsletter

The opening hours at Boots have changed. The Navigator in Little Shelford is open for takeaways from Monday. And Murketts in Stapleford are now selling petrol again. Scotsdales is now taking phone orders, and Camyoga is starting online classes next week. These are the very latest changes in the comprehensive guide about which Shelford and Stapleford businesses are open and which ones are shut in the Shelfords and Stapleford. (but Winners isn’t re-open yet, despite the rumours)

If you hear about any local businesses re-opening, or changing their opening times, please let me know and I will share with the whole community. Davidm1961@gmail.com

Our Green bins will be emptied in May. But it’s slightly uncertain when. It may be on May 13. Or it could be May 27th.

The sixth edition of the new community magazine for Little Shelford has been published.

The lovely people at local company Pillsorted – who deliver medications to your home from their Copley Hill HQ - have become the latest local company to support the Great Shelford website (that means the website/newsletter is free for you). Meanwhile there are currently four jobs going at Pillsorted. (External link).

A new Shelford yoga and movement class on Zoom is starting on May 4 – you can join the first four classes for free.

David Martin, the creator and writer of this newsletter is asking for your support. He is planning to cycle 1,083 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats. Virtually. On a recycled exercise bike. In his back garden. Starting today (May 1).
He has decided to tackle the iconic route virtually for the MS Trust. And he’s going to try to complete it during lockdown. Please would you sponsor him? https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-martin1083

Congratulations to the winners of the signed Sarah Vaughan book Little Disasters who were Risha Gohil, Cathy Stekly, Deborah Bardsley, Ana Mihai and Guy Duncombe. The correct answer was that the name of Sarah’s last thriller was Anatomy of a Scandal.

Here is some advice from South Cambridgeshire District Council for living well during the lockdown.

· The importance of reminding yourselves and each other to care for your own mental health as well as that of residents – the national Every Mind Matters campaign spearheaded by the young royals has some excellent tips. You may wish to share our Facebook or Twitter posts in your community

· A reminder to encourage residents not to delay seeking medical help, attached. Urgent care for conditions such as heart attacks and strokes, and care for longer-term physical or mental health concerns that may naturally deteriorate over time, should be sought as usual. The sooner people seek help, the better their outcomes. Please feel free to share our Facebook or Twitter posts to raise awareness 

Coffee roasters and suppliers Cocobolo (who are over the border in Harston) have been highly recommended by villager Nicholas Bewes.

Great Shelford headlines

The state of the allotments was one of the issues discussed in the first ever virtual parish council meeting (external link).

Cambridgeshire Care Home is using the MYO App which allows caregivers at the Great Shelford home to share photos, videos and voice messages to loved ones and allow families to stay in touch. They’re also using Facetime and What’s App video call too (external link).

Zara has been highlighted for its work giving free meals to Addenbrooke's staff by the Cambridge Independent (external link).

Is the area near Shelford Railway Station the village's worst mobile phone deadzone?

There’s been some lovely feedback for Boots from one villager.

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Little Shelford April 21 newsletter

Our bin collection day is changing this week, even though there’s no bank holiday. And don't forget that green bin collections have been suspended until May.

 

Little Shelford Parish Council have linked up with John Huntingdon’s Charity making a donation to the charity that can be used to provide direct help for villagers.

 

A reminder about social distancing during activities on the Rec in Little Shelford has been made by the Parish Council.

 

The Great Shelford Post Office opening hours change from today. The business updates on Littler Shelford Online now also include a computer repairer who is still open in the village.

The fifth edition of the new community magazine for Little Shelford has been published

Win a signed copy of Little Disasters, the new thriller by Little Shelford writer Sarah Vaughan. The e-version of Little Disasters is just 99p for a limited time - ow.ly/SO1Z50zj9F9

Auditions for the Shelford pantomime have been postponed and new arrangements announced for 2020. (Oh yes they have….)

Little Shelford garden centre Harvey and son have a new website (external link)

Great Shelford headlines

 

The footpath between Ashen Green and the GP practice and McColls' car park has been closed because of the Coronavirus crisis.

 

A Great Shelford website designer has launched a new skills swap service.

 

Great Shelford company AngliEar Hearing have been highlighted in the media as a business struggling to get a loan from their bank during the Coronavirus crisis. (external link)

 

Rufus, a four-year-old child from Great Shelford, has won an award from a national charity for showing bravery and resilience during the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

Great Shelford opera singer Alastair Miles has created another amusing video to cheer us all up during the Coronavirus crisis.

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