Little Shelford news headlines
Fourth Little Shelford home burgled
A fourth house in Hauxton Road has been burgled.
The break-in happened between 4pm and 10pm on Jan 11th
The burglars gained access from the back (presumably via the field) by smashing an upstairs bathroom window and unlocking from the inside to let themselves in.
They took small, valuable things, jewellery, cash, currency, emptying every drawer, cupboard, shoebox and container upstairs.
Ladders were used in all four recent break-ins.
Police advised the householder to install outside cameras (and stickers saying 'you're being filmed') for anyone looking for deterrents.
Three other houses in Hauxton Road were burgled in November 2022.
*Nearly two-thirds (65%)* of us are worried about our home being broken into, yet there are simple, proven measures we can all take to halve our chances of being burgled according to the e-cops newsletter.
Theyhave joined forces with our longstanding primary smart security partner, ERA Home Security, to bring you their Think WIDE(N) burglary prevention campaign highlighting the simple, evidence-based WIDE measures which can be taken in any home on a variety of budgets.
At Neighbourhood Watch, they also believe neighbours keeping an eye out for each other is key to reducing burglary, so they've extended the WIDE acronym to WIDE(N):
W: WINDOWS: Keep your windows lockedI: INTERIOR: Put inside lights on a timer/smart bulbD: DOORS: Double or deadlock your doorsE: EXTERIOR: Put outside lights on a sensor(N): NEIGHBOURS: Keep an eye out for your neighbours
Leaving home? Use this free home security checklist to leave your home safe and secure.
John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, said ‘We know that by securing your home's windows, interior, doors, exterior and keeping an eye out for neighbours, we can all give ourselves the best chance of preventing burglary.
If you have been burgled recently, criminals are familiar with your home and may come back once you've had time to purchase new items. Act soon to avoid being retargeted - use the WIDE(N) advice for a combination of simple yet effective prevention measures.'
Learn more at ourwatch.org.uk/thinkwiden.
Posted Jan 16th 2023
OASISS Ukraine update and English Language Lessons
Thanks to the generosity of many local people, OASSIS have been able to fund English language lessons since the end of last July; the cumulative cost has been almost exactly £5000.
These have taken place in the Community Room next to St. Mary’s, Great Shelford and have been attended by up to 50 people aged from 10 to 60; the church charges no rent, but we donate towards their heating bills in the colder weather.
We have two long-term groups who continue with four hours of lessons weekly and the Ukrainians (beginners and intermediate beginners) are making huge progress. Your money has done more than just provide language lessons – the Community Room has provided a safe space where people have felt able to talk about their experiences and to grapple with their new lives here.
Many of our Ukrainians are now working and that, of course, is the best way to learn English. Thank you for your extraordinary generosity in funding these lessons. And thank you, too, to all the native English speakers who have volunteered to help at the lessons – it has been, and continues to be, quite a commitment.
The good news is that Cambridgeshire County Council is going to employ our longest serving teacher, Maryna, and will take over the funding of the lessons; they have been very impressed by what they have seen of the initiative.
So – a huge, heartfelt thank you to you all from all the Ukrainians whose English has been helped by the classes! https://oasiss.uk/
Children’s books for a library in central Ukraine
Appeal for children’s books for the library in Kryvyi Rih, a city that has suffered many missile strikes in the past year. We are looking for books for children and teenagers, aged 4 – 15. They can be transported to Ukraine for about £2-3/kilo. If you have any surplus children’s books in good condition that would be suitable for library lending, they can be brought to the porch of Little Shelford church after this Sunday or to the Community Room at Great Shelford church on Monday February 6th between 4 and 8pm. If anyone would like to make a small donation towards their transport, please do so at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oasiss-granta
Posted Jan 27 2023
Cambridge Creative doubles in size
Cambridge Creative is proving to be one of Little Shelford’s biggest success stories.
The marketing and recruitment company on Whittlesford Road has more than doubled in size over the last year. Cambridge Creative now has 24 staff compared to ten when they first started life in the village four years ago. Several new employees are from the Shelfords and Stapleford.
The company has supported a number of local companies including Noel Young Wines, Scotsdales, Duxford Lodge and Cara Coffee and they will shortly be working with Provenance restaurant. They also promoted the successful delivery app for Shelford Spice which has had over 10,000 views.
They have also been involved with proposals for Dernford Reservoir.
“2022 was a really successful year for us,” said owner Jim Gandon.
“The economy is challenging for many companies at the moment. However, we are finding that our strong digital experience and our local roots are paying dividends.”
Their journey began in 2014 as the marketing branch of a sales & consultancy business, where we honed our 360-degree service to facilitate and support sales growth.
They started their journey in 2014 as the marketing branch of a sales & consultancy business.
Becoming independent in 2020, under the Cambridge Creative banner, they have a talented in-house team that deliver the full range of marketing services; the perfect blend of digital experts, creative artists, design gurus and website developers that come together to create a collaborative culture that delivers end-to-end performance marketing solutions.
Cambridge Creative provides a range of marketing services including paid search, social ads, Search Engine Optimisation and content marketing to personalised website and email campaigns.
Their latest venture is a holiday home site which is the equivalent of Rightmove for holiday homes building on the growth in the English holiday market. It has made a flying start since it was launched in November. “We have been both pleased and surprised about how well it has started,” said Jim, who lives with his family in Little Shelford.
Posted Jan 6 2023
Jim Gandon from Cambridge Creative
Little Shelford painting exhibition and sale
An exhibition and sale of paintings by the man who designed the village sign is taking place in February.
Allen Boothroyd started drawing and painting watercolours on family holidays in France in 1990.
Between then and 2019 he drew or painted ‘en plein air’ over 300 scenes on holidays in the UK and abroad, including India, Nepal, South America, Malaysia, Australia, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal.
A selection of Allen’s work, framed and unframed, will be exhibited at Little Shelford Memorial Hall on Feb 4 from 10am to 4pm and Feb 5 from 10am to 2pm.
Profits from sales will be donated to Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.
If you would like to receive a list of the paintings before visiting the exhibition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted Jan 17 2023
Christmas tree collection scheme
If you don’t want the hassle of getting rid of your Christmas tree, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity could collect it and recycle it for you.
Their teams of dedicated volunteers will be out and about collecting trees between 12-15 January 2023.
The Charity welcomes a donation in exchange for taking your real tree to be recycled, but please note you must register in advance.
The festive fundraiser, sponsored by Cooke, Curtis & Co (Trumpington) and Cyber Business Growth (Royston), is only possible if over 150 volunteers donate their time to making the four-day scheme a tree-mendous success.
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s Event Fundraiser, Bec Beattie, said:
“In January 2022, our community helped us to collect just over 3,000 trees and raise over £56,000! to support people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition”
“This coming January we need volunteer drivers, (preferably with their own van), as well as businesses and organisations who can provide vans, and crew members again for a fun day and to help us raise even more funds to provide hospice care to our local communities.”
If you can spare some hours or provide a van for free, please call the fundraising team on 01223 675888 or email email@example.com
To register to have your tree collected and recycled visit arhc.org.uk/tree-recycling
Posted Nov 28 2022
Three Little Shelford homes burgled
Three houses in one street in Little Shelford have been burgled.
The homes in Hauxton Road, Little Shelford were broken into at different times during November.
One of the burglaries took place between 1pm and 7pm when the owners were at work. The two thieves used a ladder to get in by forcing a bedroom window with a screwdriver. The ladder was left outside the house of one of the other burglaries.
Another took place early in the evening when the owners were out watching fireworks with their children. The burglars got in by forcing a door.
Jewellery, watches, cash and some aftershave were taken by the thieves in the raids.
Hauxton Road Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator Jo Boyle said; "The police said there are around 12 other burglaries, similar to ours in Sawston/Shelfords - gold and jewellery are the items these burglars are looking for."
This is advice from Cambridgeshire Police about how to deter burglars.
Posted Nov 29 2022
£300 fine for rubbish dumped in Little Shelford
A Cambridge family has been fined £300 after dumping rubbish in Little Shelford.
The waste, which included four car tyres, polystyrene packaging, and other household rubbish, was discovered on Whittlesford Road back in July. A passer-by reported it to South Cambridgeshire District Council, whose Environmental Crime Enforcement Team visited the scene.
Once there, officers found evidence amongst the rubbish that tied it back to a property in Cambridge. This included a name and address on a takeaway food bag. The homeowner was then interviewed under caution but couldn’t explain how his waste had ended-up being dumped.
As a result, a Fixed Penalty Notice of £400 was issued to the Cambridge resident. This was reduced to £300 for prompt payment.
South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Lead Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Brian Milnes, said: “Unfortunately, this is another example of someone not taking responsibility for their rubbish. If you have rubbish from home to dispose of, take it to a Household Recycling Centre like those at Milton or Thriplow, or use a business or contractor licensed as a waste carrier by the Environment Agency. This means that you can be confident that they will dispose of it legally and responsibly.
Posted Oct 17 2022
Little Shelford bus saved
The question mark over the future of the 31 bus which serves Little and Great Shelford has been lifted.
Owners A2B have announced that they will continue the service after all.
But several changes have been introduced.
The 4pm service from Cambridge to the Shelfords will now leave at 4.30pm.
And the 6pm service has been scrapped.
Updated Oct 17 2022
Open Arms in Shelfords & Stapleford - Ukraine update
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our many hosts, OASISS has grown rapidly until recently but has now levelled off with 54 adults & 37 children, totalling 91 Ukrainian people now living locally.
With our support and encouragement, our guests are now taking on more responsibility for many of our activities.
Current activities are summarized below:
Social Events – a highly successful lunch for hosts and guests was held for Ukranian Defenders Day, see details below. Another is being planned for January 2023.
Wednesdays at All Saints Little Shelford 1000 to 1200hrs.
Afternoon Tea on 2nd Wednesday each month at Little Shelford Pavilion Wale Recreation Ground 1400 to 1700hrs. Cost £1.50 for tea & cake.
Mondays at Little Shelford Village Hall at 1800hrs. Contact by email “joanna.k.jasiewicz@ gmail.com”.
English Lessons - A hugh thank you to all of you who have donated time and money to this initiative; it has been a tremendous success with up to 40 attending the classes, supported by loyal local volunteers. In November South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC)will be taking over the running (and funding) of these classes from our wonderful team. If anybody is interested, and not already taking OASIS lessons, please contact Caroline Kingdon at email “kingdon.caroIine@gmail.com”.
Bicycles – so far 17 fully equipped and serviced cycles have been provided. More are available. Contact Susie Everett by email “susieev01@gmailcom”.
Advice on schooling, state benefits & job opportunities .
SCDC have been very supportive through their contact Gareth Bell on email “Duty.Communities@scambs.gov.uk”.
Tennis coaching – suspended until spring, will advise later.
Clothing hub – all known needs have been catered for and clothing hubs have now been transferred to Sawston Free Church and being run by Ukranian guests based in Sawston. However, if there are any further requirements please contact OASISS.
Proclamation of King Charles III
A proclamation of the accession of King Charles III was read out at Little Shelford Village Green on September 11.
The proclamation was read by Parish Council Chairman Andrew Hawthorn.
Around 50 villagers attended the historic event.
You can watch a recording of the event on Youtube here.
Photos from the event were taken by Michael Smith.
Posted Sept 12 2022
No community warden scheme for Little Shelford
An option to extend the community warden scheme from Great Shelford to Little Shelford has been turned down.
The Parish Council considered the proposal at their July meeting.
Caroline Kingdon carried out a survey to ascertain potential demand for the service. The summary of her findings is that currently there is no demand for the type of service provided by the warden scheme. Those people whose needs are covered by it felt that they are already adequately supported.
Posted August 23 2022
Little Shelford Badminton Club ready for the new season
New members can attend their first session for free at Little Shelford Badminton Club.
The club meets every Thursday night at 7.30pm at Little Shelford Memorial Hall for sociable games of doubles. They have a good group and are always keen to see new faces.
This season will start on 1 September 2022 with 15 weeks before Christmas and another 15 weeks taking us to 20 April.
New members can come free for the first night to make sure it is for them. Thereafter pay £5/session for up to 6 weeks when they are keen you join properly and pay the subscription that works out at only £3 per night.
For more information, contact James Newman on 07717 394176 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Posted August 23 2022
Bikes and other equipment were stolen in a burglary from an outbuilding at the end of July in High Street, Little Shelford.
Posted Aug 1 2022
Refugees from Ukraine to the Shelfords www.oasiss.uk
About 83 people from Ukraine have now been welcomed to Little Shelford, Great Shelford and Stapleford.
When the OASISS initiative was started in March, we were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic support and generosity of so many in our three villages and indeed beyond. We had 69 offers of accommodation totalling 96 beds enough for 177 individuals. Help included language skills, willingness to host events, classes, activities, transport, legal advice, bicycles, toys, and equipment.
This community spirit has triumphed with good humour and much laughter despite many obstacles, delays, and setbacks. We currently have 83 Ukrainian guests in our three villages, and we are looking forward to hosting a further 12 to 15. The ratio of adults to children is roughly 2/3 to 1/3, with the majority of the older guests being female. Most children in need of a school place have found one, for which we thank
both South Cambs Council and Cambs County Council, this has been no easy task. I am delighted to say that many of our older guests are finding employment.
We have enjoyed re-forging friendships fractured by COVID and we have made new friendships both with our guests and with the many hosts. We have learned much about Ukraine from our guests; some of their more recent experiences are distressing and sobering, reminding us how fragile our cosy world can be.
OASISS has launched weekly language classes for different groups: adults including 11-15s (4 separate classes) and children under 11. These are being held in the community room at St Mary’s and the Great Shelford Library respectively over the summer holidays. Over 50 Ukrainian guests have so far embarked upon lessons.
These classes are critical to allowing our guests to socialise with us, to getting jobs and better jobs and to becoming established here in the UK. Our Ukrainian guests are already enriching and contributing to our community here in the Shelfords and Stapleford.
A fundraiser held at the Sports Pavilion, Little Shelford on the evening of 22nd July will help to pay for the fees of our TEFL teachers and library hire charges. We have five qualified English TEFL teachers, as well as a host of English volunteers. The event successfully raised just over £2900. We have just heard that we have been awarded a community grant of £300.
Sandie Roberts and her team have hosted enormously successful of clothes hubs at Shelford Rugby Club, and these have been well attended by our guests. The last event this summer was held on 26th August.
Other well attended activities include: -
• Yoga classes offered free to attendees on a Monday evening in Little Shelford Village Hall,
• Tennis lessons over the summer in Great Shelford on a Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon,
• Two coffee mornings held each week: one is held at the Free Church in Great Shelford and one in the North Building of All Saints Little Shelford
Further information can be found on the OASISS website – www.oasiss.uk
Over the coming months we hope to host further social events including a Ceilidh. Friends and neighbours have generously donated bicycles, and these are being serviced before being given to our guests. We need more bicycles as well as many more bicycle helmets, high visibility vests, padlocks, and lights.
A number of guests have secured jobs but more are still seeking employment. We hope that higher paid and rewarded jobs will become available as English language competence increases.
As the summer progresses into Autumn and we see no imminent likelihood of a resolution to the conflict in Ukraine, we seek to address emerging needs, the most pressing of which is the opportunity for independent living including private houses/flats to rent and/or access to social/charitable housing. We would welcome any support local organisations and individuals may be able to give.
The OASISS team would like to say a big thank you to a remarkable community, including
- our extraordinary hosts who have unconditionally opened their homes to guests,
- the many people who have generously donated to OASISS to support our work,
- ITAC, which has helped us with policies and financial management,
- the support of our Parish Councils, the Free Church, All Saints, St Andrews, St Mary’s, SCDC, CCC and Anthony Browne and his team.
The OASISS team – Gaby Barnard, Ali Burd, Susie Everett, Robin, and Diana Haines, Joanna Jasiewicz, Charles and Caroline Kingdon and Magda Syposz,
Posted Aug 25 2022
Little Shelford Online website survey
The Little Shelford Online website is the most trusted news in the village according to a new survey.
Over 40% of people who took part in the survey said that Little Shelford Online website was their most trusted source for local news, ahead of the village magazine and Little Shelford Facebook page.
More than 62% of people who took part in the survey said that the Little Shelford electronic newsletter is their main source of news about Little Shelford.
Over 80% of respondents said they wanted to see more local history on the website. Almost 38% want to see more profiles of local people. Around 54% want to see more Parish Council information And just over 44% said they wanted to read more information about local walks.
But the majority of people said they didn’t want to see more news about planning applications or house sales.
The Little Shelford Online website is written and edited by former BBC journalist David Martin who lives in Church Street, Little Shelford.
Posted Aug 23 2022
Horticultural business to quit Little Shelford
A business in Little Shelford is leaving the village after 90 years.
Harvey and Sons are selling their plot on Hauxton Road. There is the possibility that it could be redeveloped for new homes.
Their last day on Cambridge Market was 23rd July. The nursery also shut down in July. The last day on the stall made the Cambridge News.
"We would like to thank you for all your custom, support and friendship, particularly over these past three very difficult years," said a statement from the family. "What we do is more than a job , it’s a way of life. 7 days a week 365 days a year. It’s time for a change , a rest and new adventures."
The detached house and its eight acre plot was on the market with Carter Jonas for £975,000. This includes the 1.7 acre horticultural nursery site.
“The 1.69-acre operational horticultural nursery site with potential for a variety of uses (subject to planning permission), including residential or commercial development,” says the sale details.
“There is potential for redevelopment.. which could include demolition of the existing house and erection of either one large dwelling or a number of smaller dwellings,” it adds.
Some of the eight acre plot is in the green belt.
Updated June 28 2022
Village Equipment Store update
Last autumn we established a small collection of essential medical and family equipment to be used by people in the village, having found that on several occasions, people couldn’t get hold of what they needed immediately.
We now have a range of items, generously donated by members of the village, including wheelchairs, walking sticks and frames, perching stools, grippers, shower stools, strollers, highchairs, travel cots, crib, and garden toys. For a full list please contact us on the numbers below.
The store is hosted by Maurice and Jessie Palmer at New Barn on the High Street.
If you have need of any of this equipment, please let us know. It is also available to be used by visiting family and friends. We will be delighted to help deliver items from this Little Shelford amenity.
With many thanks and best wishes,
Maurice and Charles
Maurice Palmer 01223 845387 / 07899 874342
Charles Kingdon 01223 842048 / 07415 249101
Posted June 15 2022
Festival of Cricket and Annual Dinner
Festival of Cricket and Old Boys Game – Saturday 3rd September 2022
To close the season, we will be holding our festival of cricket on Saturday 3rd September, with a Junior Section inter-club 20:20 match starting at 10 am followed by a Senior match for the 1st Team against the LSCC Old Boy’s starting at 1.30pm. The Junior Section match will be playing for the David Altham, Memorial Trophy. The Trophy will be presented at approximately 1pm. We hope to have a BBQ, food and entertainment available all day and at the end of the day we will no doubt adjourn to the Navigator. Weather permitting expect some great cricket and a fun family atmosphere. Please put the date in your diary and we look forward to seeing you at the Festival of Cricket.
Annual Dinner and Awards Evening Saturday 10th September 2022
We will be holding our Annual Dinner and awards evening on Saturday 10th September starting at 7.00pm in Little Shelford Memorial Hall. Supporters of LSCC as well as players and VP’s are all welcome. The dinner is £25 per head including a 2 course Indian Meal from our Junior Section sponsor www.navadhanya.co.uk, one of the best Indian restaurants in the area. There will be vegetarian curry options and for those who don’t like curry an altertnative from Winners will be available. The dress code is smart casual. Any questions? Contact email@example.com or 07711 063722 or 01223 847213.
Positive results as the season approaches its end
Our teams, both Junior and Senior are mostly doing well this season. As of 29th July both the 1st XI and 2nd XI have played 11 games and won 6 while the U15 XI have played 11 and won 9, the U13 XI have played 7 and won 2 and the U11 XI have played 11 and won 9. We have also seen some great bowling and batting and you can see the batting and bowling statistics as well as all our results, fixtures and player statistics at https://littleshelford.play-cricket.com/home. You can also get regular updates by following us on Twitter @LShelsCricket.
David JH Jones – Chairman, LSCC
Street party success
Around 300 people attended the Little Shelford street party in Church Street on June 2nd to celebrate the Queen's platinum jubilee.
Posted June 4 2020
Little Shelford jubilee photos from The Sun @thesun
Little Shelford jubilee photos from The Mail Online @Mailonline
Media coverage in The Sun (left) & The Times
The house in Church Street chosen at the winner of the best jubilee decorated house competition.
Community Warden scheme for Little Shelford to be explored
Little Shelford Parish Council have decided to investigate who in the village could be interested in joining a Community Warden Scheme, and how it would be funded.
Great Shelford has had the benefit of a warden scheme for older people for many years. Members are supported through regular contact and help with errands.
At the May parish council meeting, Jenny David and Beth Foster from the scheme described how it might be extended to Little Shelford and how much it might cost to run. At the moment the Great Shelford scheme is funded by a variety of organisations, subscriptions by members, and individual donations.
* Sally Evans became a new Parish Councillor at the same meeting.
Read the minutes of the May Parish Council meeting here.
Posted June 28 2022
The Liberal Democrats held both District Council seats in the Shelfords and Stapleford in the May 5 election.
Sitting councillor Peter Fane topped the poll with 1612 votes.
William Jackson-Wood came second for the Liberal Democrats with 1198 votes to win the other seat for this area.
Conservative Ben Shelton was third with 924 votes while fellow Tory Andrew Appleyard was fourth with 889 votes.
* There were no parish council elections as there weren't enough candidates. But Ben Shelton joined both Great Shelford Parish Council and Stapleford Parish Council on May 5. Great Shelford still has two vacancies while Stapleford now has four vacancies.
May 25 2022
Softball for boys and girls aged six to ten is returning on Saturday mornings at the Wale Rec starting 9.30am on June 11.
Contact Neil Orpwood on 07866 751651 for more details
Posted May 27 2022.
Shelford and Stapleford Ukraine support update
Over 60 households in the Shelfords and Stapleford have offered accommodation for up to 120 Ukrainian refugees following the campaign
by the local group Open ArmS In Shelfords/Stapleford (OASISS). This is there update:
We are delighted to report that the response to OASISS has been extraordinary – we do live in a community filled with generous and caring individuals, not to mention the churches and organisations who have also stepped up to the plate. We have also had families join from Hauxton, Duxford, and Trumpington.
Where we are:
We have over 60 households offering accommodation for over 120 people. Many of you brave people have generously offered to host mothers and children; the need now is for accommodation for adults, some of whom are elderly. Please let us know whether you can accommodate adults and pass this on to others who may have felt they couldn’t accommodate children.
As we speak, we have approached a dozen households in total who are in communication with people seeking refuge. We are learning that the process is a journey, with hiccoughs along the way, so we have some time before we need to make up beds! The visa process is challenging, but there are people around to guide you through the process.
War brings inevitable chaos, and things take time; our original idea of bringing a community of people who already know one another is unlikely to work, but we are told that just being Ukrainian is bringing people together. We can build on that in our own community.. We have been approached by a local organisation, the Cambridge4Ukraine initiative in partnership with Cambridge University Ukrainian Society (CUUS). So, in addition to letting us know that you are willing to host, we will now ask you to sign up by completing this form.
OASISS: What we need now:
A|website, legal and financial skills and admin skills
The huge response has generated an enormous number of emails and we need to share the load with a larger team. Please could we encourage people who have been unable to offer to house people but have time and administrative and organisation skills to contact us.
A website will soon be very necessary and will help with communication- if there is someone out there who has the skills to develop a website. Time is of the essence.
We will need help with financial and legal issues. People are generously offering funds, but we have no bank account, though we are investigating short term solutions. Others may be comfortable in guiding folk through the visa process. Please do let us know.
For the future:
Many of you have offered to help with activities and social support, as well as with practical help such as finding bicycles or even teaching English. We will be approaching you all for broader offers of help in the future, so please think about ways in which you or the organisations with which you are involved could help.
Some of you have already pledged money to help with travel or with the immediate needs of refugees. We are happy to receive promises of financial gifts, but do not yet have the mechanism to accept these.
Thank you again to everyone who has offered help in any way.
The team at Open ArmS In Shelfords/Stapleford (OASISS)
Posted March 31 2022
Miles is back
Little Shelford butcher Miles Nicholas has always been a well known face in the village, starting his career in Ellis' Butchery in Great Shelford in 1980 before moving to Stapleford Spar Butchery in 1989. He has been serving the community and providing high quality and welcoming service where ever he has been.
Miles is not only the local butcher but a key part of the community from doing talks with the WI, is part of the Annual Stapleford Village Show committee to fund raising for the local hospital. This determined and passionate man has now gone on to start his own adventure in the beautiful country side of BayThorne End in Essex.
Miles has partnered up with butcher Matt Morgan who Miles trained in the profession in 2012. Miles is now continuing his passion for butchery along side Matt at Morgans Butchery at BayThorne Hall. Baythorne Hall is home to not only Morgans Butchery but Ben and Ella's farm shop, a bakery with freshly baked bread, garden and flower shop, antiques shop, cafe and even a winery.
Morgans Butchery is proud to serve locally sourced meat from around the Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. The welcoming atmosphere and quaint asthetics of Baythorne Hall make it definitely worth a visit.
From growing up in Stapleford and starting in the local corner shop to now embarking on his new venture at Morgans Butchery, Miles continues furthering his passion and is starting new cookery and butchery workshops from his new setting. If his previous talks and courses have been anything to go by you will not want to miss these.
Morgans Butchery has now teamed up with Docky Barn Cafe at Copley Hill Business Park, making a simple, convenient and easy way to order and collect your locally sourced meat from Morgans Butchery delivered to Dockys on a weekly basis for you to collect at a time to suit you.
For more updates on Miles' new adventure you can follow him on Instagram @Miles_the_butcher or why not pay him a visit at Morgans Butchery, Baythorne Hall, Baythorne End, Halstead, CO9 4AH
Posted April 19 2022
High Street road repairs unfinished because they ran out of tarmac
Large potholes remained in the High Street despite repairs that were carried out in March.
The County Council admitted that their workers didn't bring enough tarmac to re-surface the road on March 8.
They finally returned to complete the road repairs on April 13.
"The Parish Council has been engaging with the County Council for more than three years to get something substantive done about the High Street road surface," said Parish Council chair Andrew Hawthorn.
Updated April 19 2022
A businessman has been hurt after his bike was hit by a car which then drove off without stopping.
Mark Leaney from Garden Fields was cycling at the junction of Church Street and High Street, Little Shelford when the accident happened at around 1pm on March 13.
Mark's hand was injured in the collision. And the bike he uses for his business Revolution Cycles, worth more than £2,000, was written off.
The car was a grey Ford Focus Mk2. The impact broke his offside wing mirror and the driver was wearing a baseball cap.
Eye witnesses are asked to get in touch with Mark at Revolution Cycles.
Posted March 14 2022
Little Shelford Bowls Club Open Days
Bowls is a sport that can be played by anyone, whatever their age, sex or level of fitness. Little Shelford has a small and friendly bowls club, and many of our members come from other villages in the area. We 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.
Our green is at the far end of the Wale Recreation Ground on Whittlesford Road. We play most of our matches on weekday evenings from the end of April to the beginning of September, and also weekly in a Wednesday afternoon league.
We have our Club Open Day on Saturday 23rd April, starting at 2.30pm, with a follow-up on Saturday 30th.
If you want to find out more and try it for yourself. all you need to do is bring a pair of flat soled shoes or trainers. Further details from our Secretary Ray Saich on 842737.
Posted March 4 2022
Fire at phone box library
Books at the phone box library have been damaged by vandals.
A small fire was started in the library on the evening of February 28. Vandals set fire to a wooden box on the floor of the library causing smoke damage to most of the books.
Fortunately someone managed to pull the smoldering box out of the phone box avoiding further damage.
The library was cleaned as part of the village spring clean day.
A number of new books have already been donated. But more are still needed.
The phonebox library in High Street, Little Shelford was opened in May 2010 following work by villager Mary Palazzo.
Updated March 23 2022
Special award for the Navigator
The Navigator has been given special status to protect it in the future.
Our local pub is now an "asset of community value" after work by the Parish Council.
Evidence that the Parish Council used to nominate the Navigator included;
The Navigator is the only remaining Public House in Little Shelford and as such provides an important social hub for the entire village.
It is the only permanently licensed and free to use indoor event space in the village
Prior to Covid restrictions, it was a regular meeting place for the following clubs & groups:
Weekly Thursday Cribbage club.
Weekly lunchtime LS Mountaineers club
Weekly morning over 60’s coffee
Monthly Marys lunch for retired ladies in the village
Monthly Investors club
Bimonthly parish council subcommittee meetings
Quarterly sing along event
The pub takes an active part in supporting the village and contributes to the wellbeing of the community. It hosts the only defibrillator in the village. It sponsors the Cricket Club and hosts Cricket club post-match events
It provides a mobile bar for the annual Little Shelford Fun Weekend on the recreation ground, raising funds for local causes. It annually hosts two Christmas Carol concerts.
The Navigator installed an outdoor marquee to create ventilated space for locals to socialise.
It has become a hub for shopping deliveries for less mobile residents during Covid restrictions and has continued to do so.
Posted Feb 14 2022
Dernford reservoir island
The island in the middle of Dernford reservoir has been fenced off to deter birds.
The owners have revealed that they have been forced to take the action because it was requested by the Ministry of Defence as the reservoir is on the flight path to Cambridge Airport.
“A number of people are very upset about the fencing that has been erected, and we totally understand this,” said a statement from owner Robert Smith of Russell Smith Farms.
“This is NOT something that we wanted to do. The farm has been told that if we do not comply by February 26th with a condition imposed by the County Council to fence the island we will be fined and potentially taken to court.
“This condition was requested by the MoD as the reservoir is in the flight path for Marshalls Airport. This is a historical condition and has absolutely nothing to do with any proposals on the site.
“We certainly never wanted to fence the island.”
Posted Feb 17 2022
Call for Volunteers to join a Parish Council Sub-committee to organise Jubilee Events
In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.
The Parish Council is looking to set up a subcommittee to help organise events to celebrate over the extended Bank Holiday weekend of 2nd to 5th June.
Suggestions so far include a street party on Thursday 2 , an opening event for the new SCOWP Community Orchard on Blennie's patch and a special service of Thanksgiving at All Saints Church.
The Parish Council are seeking volunteers to make up this subcommittee. If you are interested please contact Penny Tanner, Parish Clerk (Littleshelfordparishclerk@aol.com 0792 113 9406), David Jones, Parish Councillor (DavidJHJones@btinternet.com 01223 847213) or Jo Boyle, Secretary Little Shelford Entertainments Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org 01223 843984).
Your help and support would be much appreciated.
Posted Jan 31 2022
Additional bus service through village
From Feb 1st there will be an additional bus service from Little Shelford and Hauxton to Great Shelford.
This will be three journeys of the No 32 service operated by A2B Travel Group.
The bus will do a circular route around Woollards Lane, Tunwells Lane and High Street Great Shelford thus giving additional shopping opportunities for Hauxton & Little Shelford residents.
The bus will stop opposite Moor Close at 10.23am, 11.53am and 15.03pm Monday to Friday only.
This service is in addition to the existing No 31 service which continues to run on current timetable.
John Wakefield Posted Jan 25 2022
Village spring clean
With all the hedgerow vegetation having died back this is a perfect time to deep clean our hedgerows and collect bottles, cans and other litter. Michael, our Village Man, does a great job of keeping the village tidy every week. But, this is our chance to help him out before the spring returns and the hedgerows bloom again.
Join us for a Hedgerow Deep Clean.
2pm – 3.30pm Sunday 6rd March 2022
Meet at the Little Shelford Memorial Hall at 2pm. Finish at the Village Hall at 3.30pm. Bring protective gloves and a bucket. High Visibility jackets and litter bags and pickers will be supplied.
Questions? Contact David Jones on 847213 or email@example.com
Posted Jan 31 2022
Bradmere Lane tidy up
Dear stoic volunteers, young and (perhaps a little) older all,
We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came on Saturday February 5 to tackle Bradmere Lane. Some major potholes were filled with compactable hardcore, which should help people get to the picnic area with cars – very important for those with mobility challenges. The impact of spreading 3 tonnes of material has served to highlight how much more could be done to improve the surface – watch this spot! Others tackled the overgrown briars, shrubs and branches with gusto. It was very pleasing to have several power saws and trimmers waging war on the rampant ivy that threatens the health of many well-established trees. It was a great effort from one and all, made particularly satisfying when a blazing bonfire reduced the waste to ash in no time at all. Thank you. The lane looks so much better - the spring flowers seem to be celebrating!
We might try to have another working party to complete the work on the lane on Sunday 6th March, the day of the village clean up
Charles Kingdon and David Jones
Meet the Little Shelford Parish Council
The Parish Council works hard on behalf of the residents of Little Shelford.
There is now a chance to meet the Parish Council members and learn about our responsibilities and funding.
They are also hoping to have representatives of the Village Societies and Clubs available so you can learn about all the activities that keep the Village community vibrant.
This is a particularly good opportunity if you are new to the Village to meet other Villagers and get to know the Parish Council.
Sunday 6th March 2022
5pm to 7pm
Memorial Hall, Church Street
Wine, Soft drinks and nibbles provided
Contact the Parish Clerk: Penny Tanna
Posted Jan 31 2022
Wildflowers for our grass verges
Grass verges in Little Shelford are being planted with wildflower seeds.
Members of 2G3S (Green Groups in the Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston) and the Parish Council are taking forward plans to observe a "No Mow May" and turn over one (or more) of our verges to wildflowers here in Little Shelford.
They hope that it will attract wildlife and add a bit of early Summer colour to the village while encouraging us all to engage with sustainability and biodiversity loss right here at home.
Cultivating Change have kindly offered to donate seeds for this project and volunteers are needed from the local community to make the plans a reality.
If you would like to be involved or have any suggestions about where would be a good location for planting wildflowers please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted Jan 14 2022
Cricket Club exciting plans for the 2022 Season
There is lots going on to prepare for the new 2022 season. Here are some key dates and opportunities for those who might want to play!
LSCC will be holding its AGM on Sunday 6th February at 4pm at Noel Youngs Wine Bar (6 De Freville House, 56 High Green, Great Shelford). Club Captains, officers, players and a number of Vice-Presidents will be in attendance. But all those who want to show support for the club are welcome.
Our Growing Youth Section
We started our Junior Section two seasons ago despite Covid-19 restrictions, but we are looking forward to growing Youth Cricket on the Wale in 2022. The Junior Section for Boys and Girls age 10 – 15 would welcome all local young people interested in cricket. The Junior Section is led by Ian Reid, well known as a successful Cambridge based Junior Coach, along with Jamie Harrison, LSCC Player and experienced youth coach. Junior nets will kick off when Covid-19 restrictions permit and fixtures are being arranged for the Summer.
For a Junior Player registration form and more details contact Clara Cheng our Junior Section Administrator (email@example.com), Ian Reid (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jamie Harrison (email@example.com).
Old Boys Game to kick-off the Season: Saturday 30th April 1pm
Please join us for our Old Boys Game to kick off the season, Covid-19 restrictions permitting. This is always good fun, good Cricket and a great social event. We hope refreshments will be available during and after the game. All are welcome to watch.
Do remember you can find out more, view all our fixtures, results and player statistics, including friendlies and Junior Section games on our ECB Play-Cricket web site: https://littleshelford.play-cricket.com/ and you can also follow us on Twitter @LShelsCricket.
David Jones Posted Jan 31 2022
Little Shelford Village Design Guide gets green light
A new guide which sets out how future development in Little Shelford must enhance the village has being adopted by South Cambridgeshire District Council.
The new Little Shelford Village Design Guide is due to become a Supplementary Planning Document, meaning it will be taken into account when future planning applications in the area are determined. Members of the local community, including the Parish Council, have helped develop the guidance, which identifies what is distinctive in the village and aims to raise the quality of development locally. The adoption of the Guide is subject to the Council’s usual decision call-in processes.
The Village Design Guide has been developed by Greater Cambridge Shared Planning, a partnership between South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City Councils, to provide additional design guidance in support of the adopted Local Plan policies.
The guide draws on extensive research and evidence gathering by the local community over several years. New planning applications will be now expected to demonstrate how they reflect the guidance.
A Village Design Guide helps communities and planners shape the character of new development in a specific area, in response to community priorities. It is a way to provide more locally specific detail, which augments and amplifies Local Plan policies. The Little Shelford Village Design Guide is the ninth to be adopted in recent years by South Cambridgeshire District Council, following the award of funding to the Council by central government to develop community-led design guidance.
Councillor Dr. Tumi Hawkins, Lead Cabinet Member for Planning at South Cambridgeshire District Council added: “I am delighted we are formally adopting this Village Design Guide to strengthen and improve the quality of new development in our rural areas. We have an exemplary track record in developing locally specific design guidance with our village communities. This one is no exception and draws on outstanding research by local residents. We look forward to seeing how this influences the quality of architecture in Little Shelford over the coming years.”
For more information visit www.scambs.gov.uk/villagedesign
Posted Dec 22 2021
Village writer publishes new book
Little Shelford writer Shaista Tayabali has published a book.
Her book Lupus, You Odd Unnatural Thing is available on Amazon in paperback and / or eBook.
"In 2009, twelve years after my diagnosis of lupus, I began my blog Lupus in Flight when I spent three months as a hospital inpatient, fighting for my life, fighting to be considered exceptional enough for life-saving monoclonal antibody therapy. Now, twelve years later, I am tipping into the world a book that I hope will contribute to a conversation that has begun with the pandemic, with a new global interest in immunity, auto-immunity, biologics and the interconnectedness of our health." said Shaista who lives in Newton Road.
At the time of writing, her book is ranked at number two in the Amazon category for Physician & Patient.
Read a profile of Shaista here.
Posted Dec 20 2021
Village pond all clear
Blue green algae was believed to have been found at the village pond on Bradmere Lane.
However, the pond was checked by the Environmental Agency and it is
harmless filamentous algae.
Updated Jan 6 2022
24 New Mature Trees for Little Shelford
The Parish Council and SCOWP have been successful in winning a grant from the Forestry Commission Urban Tree Challenge Fund for £10,000 to fund the planting of 10 new “standard trees” in the Wale and 14 new trees in the community Orchard on Blennie's Patch.
Standard Trees are more mature trees, with a clear stem up to 1.8m from ground level with a head of branches. As these are more mature trees they will establish better than saplings and catch up within a few years with more mature trees. The trees will be a mixture including Hornbeams and Wild Service Trees on the Wale and Elm, Oak, Holly and Yew. Wild Service Trees are now one of the rarer native trees so it will be great to see some planted on the Wale. The Wild service tree is also known as the 'Chequers tree' and its fruits were once regularly used to make alcohol.
Many pubs and inns are also called Chequers (this was the name of the Pub in Church Street that is now Winner Chinese Takeaway) however, it's unclear whether the inns gave their name to the fruits or the fruits to the inns!
The planting will start shortly. The fund will cover the cost of the trees and planting but we also need volunteers to keep and eye on the trees and make sure they are well watered when needed. There are hosepipe connections on Blennie's Patch and the Wale so its not that onerous. If any one would like to help let Penny Tenner, our Parish Clerk know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and training will be given by the SCOWP team.
Many thanks to the SCOWP committee and its advisors for helping to put the bid together, Guy Belcher, Stuart Bennett and OMC Arboriculture.
Posted November 29 2021
SSYI needs more volunteers
Most of the SSYI activities are dependent on volunteers and with the opening of the Youth Centre and continued expansion of our work they are looking for new people to join the team.
They have a particular need for support with their Monday Football group in Sawston (3:30 – 4:45pm), the Wednesday Girls Group in Shelford (3:30 – 5:00pm) and their Thursday Open Access group in Sawston (6:30 – 8:30pm). Do get in contact with Zac Britton (Youth Work Manager) if you are interested in helping out, training will be provided, DBS checks will be required.
They would also value some extra help behind the scenes, supporting them with their admin and finances and a few hours a month could really help with this. Do contact Polly Stanton if you think you could help with this.
For more information about SSYI, our work or to enquire about volunteering contact,
Zac Britton – Lead Youth Worker: 07599024210, email@example.com
Polly Stanton – Trustee and Secretary: 01223 722509 firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit their website at www.ssyi.club
Posted Nov 30 2021
Little Shelford Badminton Club resurfaces after the worst of the pandemic
Little Shelford Badminton Club was formed in 1933 and struggled last year for obvious reasons. It’s been run for the last many years by Penny Saich, Rosie Cranmer, Sylvia Morton, Nicky Luhrs and Sarah Coppendale. We are hugely grateful for their unstinting efforts over more than a 100 years between them! They have recently made a dash for early retirement but a few enthusiasts have taken up the reins.
So, come and join us at 7.30 on a Thursday at Little Shelford Memorial Hall for very sociable games of doubles. First night is free.
In the past we have run coaching session for the juniors and entered teams in the Cambs league. Not just yet, but coming soon – we hope!
For more information, contact James Newman on 07717 394176 (email@example.com).
Posted Nov 15 2021
Marketing agency goes festive
Cambridge Creative marketing agency have put up a Christmas themed window at the office in Whittlesford Road.
The Little Shelford agency have added a QR code which will link to a ‘find the Elf’ game they have made for kids to play on their phones.
Posted Nov 3 2021
Rare moth sighted in Little Shelford
An unusual moth has been discovered in Little Shelford.
An Oak Rustic moth has been trapped in a garden in Courtyards by Mike Darsley.
Its the first time one has been recorded in Cambridgeshire.
"I have been running moth traps in my garden on and off for the last year and last Thursday night caught an Oak Rustic," said Mike.
"It turns out that it is the first time one has been recorded in Cambridgeshire and is possibly the most northerly record in the UK so far.
"It is a recent arrival from the continent, first recorded on the Isle of Wight in 1999, and spreading along the South coast to Hampshire, Sussex and Dorset with isolated reports further afield. It’s larvae feed on evergreen oak, but I don’t know if there are any of these in the neighbourhood.
"After our first for Cambs breeding Goosanders it seems that Little Shelford is a wildlife magnet ."
Posted Nov 2 2021
SSYI new centre opens
The Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative committee was very excited to be opening the new Youth Centre above the Memorial Hall in Woollards Lane in Great Shelford on Saturday 16th October.
It was a dream 25 years ago when SSYI was founded that they would have a permanent Youth Centre for our three villages and that dream and hope is now a reality.
They expect the centre to be used at least five days a week which will enhance their ability to serve the young people of our Villages and beyond. It is expected that at least 50 Young People will regularly access the Youth Centre and SSYI support and as the Youth Centre opens this number is expected to grow.
The Youth Centre was opened by Caroline Bewes DL, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and a Little Shelford resident accompanied by the Deputy Lieutenant for the County, Professor Roderick Watkins. Caroline spoke at the opening about her involvement with SSYI in the early years and her passion for work with young people, which is her chosen charitable focus during her year in office.
Parish, District and County Councillors who helped provide some of the funding were also represented as well as private supporters and Church representatives. Malcolm Watson, Chair of Great Shelford Parish Council spoke about the PC’s support for SSYI since its inception and their contribution to finding this permanent home for SSYI while Marlon, one of the SSYI members who is taking on a “Young Leader” role at SSYI presented a bouquet to Caroline thanking her for cutting the ribbon and opening the new Centre.
Visit their web site for a video showing the interior of the Youth Centre and its facilities and for more information on how you can help SSYI as a volunteer, supporter or a committee member contact Zac Britton our lead youth worker on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
David J H Jones, Chair of Trustees SSYI, www.ssyi.club
Posted Oct 31 2021
Little Shelford community orchard has been given a grant of £1,780 for planting hedgerows and fruit trees.
They were one of 13 community projects in South Cambridgeshire aimed at reducing carbon emissions to receive grant funding totalling £79,796 from the District Council.
Posted Oct 25 2021.
Parish Council September headlines
Headlines from the September Parish Council meeting included:
An informal survey was held at the village weekend asking for feedback on the suggestion of a 20mph limit on Church Street. There were 11 responses all of which were in support but three said it would need enforcement. The mobile speed camera is to be used in Church Street in the autumn to gather speeding data.
A Little Shelford landowner had refused to have trees planted on their land in efforts by Highways England to reduce noise from the M11.
Little and Great Shelford councils are to jointly investigate opening a path to link the two villages.
The draft Little Shelford Village Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document has been published with consultation running until 25th October 2021.
The Terrace has got darker at night as a street lamp has been removed at the request of the landowner & the Parish Council was unable to prevent this.
The Parish Council is going to nominate the Navigator an Asset of Community Value.
Posted October 11 2021
Little Shelford Cricket Club end of Season report
Festival of Cricket
Our festival of cricket on Saturday 11th September, with a Junior Section inter-club 20:20 match and a Senior match for the 1st Team against the LSCC Old Boy’s was a great success. The Old Boys were defeated by the Club team but the match was played in a great spirit. A highlight was the presentation of the new David Altham Memorial Trophy to the Captain of the winning Junior Team, Alex Harrison. The presentation was made by Jane Lagesse and Jimmy Altham, David’s brother and sister. David was a long standing Vice President and Past Captain of the Club.
Our Senior Teams Performance
The season was a very mixed bag for both our 1st and 2nd XI. The 1st XI finished in 7th position in the CCA Junior League 1 South and were safe from relegation. The 2nd XI, who were promoted last season, have been relegated this year and ended CCA Junior League 3 South in 7th position, out of 8 teams. It’s been a transition season for the 2nd XI under the new Captaincy of Alistair Pringle. However, the 2nd XI closed well with a famous victory against the winners of their league, Sawston and Babraham, when Alistair took six wickets for 25 runs (see the 2nd XI team picture taken at Sawston after the famous victory). Senior nets will start in November on Wednesday evenings at the Ley’s school and new players are welcome to join the nets sessions.
Our Junior teams have had a very successful season and we have a strong squad of players in each age group, u11’s, u13’s and u15’s. A number of the u15 team have also made strong contributions to our Senior Teams during the season. The new artificial strip and additional net facilities have helped to attract new players and we look forward to the Juniors growing in strength next season. Boys and Girls are welcome to join our Junior Section and winter nets have already started on a Saturday morning.
LSCC Annual Dinner
Finally the LSCC Annual Dinner and Awards evening will be in the Little Shelford Memorial Hall on Saturday 16th October and all Vice Presidents, players and LSCC Supporters are welcome to join us.
For more information about our club, winter nets or the Annual Dinner contact David JH Jones – Chairman, LSCC (01223 847213 and firstname.lastname@example.org)
PS. Don't forget all results, fixtures and player statistics for Junior and Senior teams can be found at https://littleshelford.play-cricket.com/home. You can also get regular updates by following us on Twitter @LShelsCricket.
Posted October 4 2021
Little Shelford Online survey results
Readers of the Little Shelford Online website demanded two major changes as part of an online survey that took place earlier this summer.
Survey responses asked for clearer links that go straight to the story concerned rather than just a page. Comments included:
Link doesn’t always connect directly to the story
I find it extremely clear and helpful.
The layout was also criticised in the survey. Comments included:
I think the layout is very unsophisticated.
The home/landing page is a bit messy and could do with being more organised or structured.
Overall layout needs improving.
Very informative, interesting and a good read
Lots of info on the pages, making it hard to pick out the bits of interest.
The survey results have heavily influenced the new Little Shelford Online website, which was launched on September 1 2021. Changes have included:
Improved linking, directly to the story concerned rather than just a page
More modern look and feel of the website
Mobile phone friendly website.
More local photos.
We would like to hear your feedback on the new website. Please send your views to email@example.com
Posted Aug 22 21