Little Shelford Jubilee celebrations
A number of events are taking place in Little Shelford in June to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee.
Thursday 2nd June
12.30pm - Official opening of the SCOWP Community Orchard and Meadow including a treasure hunt for village Children and a family picnic. The Opening will be performed by Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Caroline Bewes and there will also be a planting of a Jubilee Green Canopy Tree to mark the occasion.
2.30pm - Street Party in Church Street Including a “bring and share” picnic and an “open mic” for local residents of all ages to entertain us with songs, music and poetry and prose readings fit for the Platinum Jubilee celebration.
The Street Party will be complemented by Village Show activities in the Memorial Hall. A competition for children and Adults for a Jubilee Cake/Dessert, an art work for the Jubilee contest for all ages and flower arranging for adults. We have already confirmed that the Jubilee cake/pudding competition will be judged by local celebrity Chef Ben Orpwood of Great British Menu fame.
5.00pm – Winners will be open to serve Jubilee Fish and Chips and the road closure will end by 6pm
Friday 3rd June (National event is St Paul’s Thanksgiving Service)
The ringing of a 'quarter peal' of the All Saints Church Bells prior to the National Thanksgiving Service. This is 1,260 changes and takes about 45 minutes. In conjunction with National Thanksgiving service and nationwide Bell ringing, timing to be confirmed.
7.30pm - A celebration drinks reception at Priest House in Church Street for Village residents over 18. Entrance will be Free but tickets will need to be obtained in order to manage numbers. More details will follow.
Saturday 4th June (National Event is Royal Ascot and The Platinum Party at the Palace)
1.30pm - Little Shelford Cricket Club match between LSCC 1st XI and Audley End and Littlebury CC
The Cricket club encourages Villagers to attend and support the Village Cricket team and light refreshments will be provided.
8.30pm – Platinum Jubilee sing-a-long in the Marquee at the Navigator in the High Street for all residents with songs from across the 70 years of the Queens reign. David Adams will be the musical Director for the evening.
Sunday 5th June (National Event The Big Jubilee Lunch and The Platinum Jubilee Pageant)
Services at All Saints Parish Church at 9.30am (for Families), 11am and at 6pm with a focus on Thanksgiving for the Queens 70 year reign
Across the whole weekend 2nd to 5th June
A competition for the best decorated house for the Platinum Jubilee weekend will be held and a £50 prize awarded to the winning house.
There will be a Village History display in the North Building of All Saints which will be open over the long weekend and which will focus on the last 70 years and previous Jubilee and Royal celebrations in the Village.
A book of congratulations will be available at the exhibition for messages of congratulation to be entered by residents which will be sent to Her Majesty at the end of the weekend.
Church Street will be closed from 1.30pm to 6pm on June 2.
Volunteers are needed to help at the Memorial Hall in Church Street on June 2 to help set up the street party and marshall the road closure.
Please contact email@example.com if you are able to offer help.
The members of the sub-committee for the Jubilee celebrations are listed below. They come from across the village.
David Jones Jo Boyle Julie Darsley
Gill Davidson Gail Pilkington Edward Keene
Brie Lury Sarah Penn Barbara Martin
David Munro Mary Toll Rosie Ferrandino
Updated May 25 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
Horticultural business to quit Little Shelford
A business in Little Shelford is leaving the village.
Harvey and Sons have put their plot on Hauxton Road up for sale. There is the possibility that it could be redeveloped for new homes.
The business will continue there until at least July. And the owners have stressed that their plant and vegetable stall will continue after that date.
The detached house and its eight acre plot is 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.
Posted Jan 7 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