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Little Shelford April electronic newsletter

The East West Rail route decision will be announced in May - find out why it could split Little Shelford.

There are a number of village events in Little Shelford to celebrate the Coronation.

Little Shelford History Society is hosting a Coronation talk and creating a commemorative book of photos recording Little Shelford people and their activities on Coronation week-end 

Electronic newsletter compiler David Martin is cycling from London to Paris for the MS Trust. Would you be kind enough to sponsor him? Or would you like a table at a fundraising Shelford quiz and auction on May 13 (there are only six tables left) - email to reserve your table. Read about his quest here.

​The Shelford Twinning Association has their first exchange visit to France in June since the Pandemic.


A new Shelfords organic gardening group is starting up in April.

The medals of Little Shelford war hero Sidney Pearl were put on sale on Ebay in March. 

A Poor Law document involving Little Shelford in the 1700s also appeared on Ebay this month.


Did you know that one of the last amateur footballers to captain the England football team lived in Little Shelford. Arthur Dunn was highlighted at a recent village talk. Read Arthur's profile on our Little Shelford history website.

The Little Shelford Orchard is now on The Queen’s Green Canopy map.  And rams will soon be making an appearance in part of the orchard.

The Perform Fit Academy featuring Little Shelford's Anna Tenberg are about to launch some new dance, fitness and theatre skills classes for children and adults at the Hauxton Centre. (External link)

Events this month include;

And don't forget that our green bins are being collected every fortnight now.

We will have a new MP at the next election. Amthony Browne has announced he is moving to a new seat ​(external link)

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

Zara has raised more than £12,000 coming together with their fellow restaurateurs for the Turkey-Syria earthquake appeal. (External link)


Trevor Nelson and the Amy Winehouse band are two more of the acts that have been announced for the 2023 Shelford Feast in July. Feast tickets are now on sale ( and don't forget Trevor Nelson sold out last year.)

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Little Shelford March electronic newsletter

The Parish Council is looking to set up a subcommittee to help organise events to celebrate the Coronation over the extended Bank Holiday weekend of 6th to 8th May


The dates have been revealed for the village's fun week-end in September. Your suggestions for the week-end are now needed. And a new event is being introduced for the Little Shelford Fun Week-end in September. And you could be involved.

Well done to everyone who turned up to the litter pick on Sunday. Forty sacks of rubbish were collected from our grass verges.


Proposals for a new home in the High Street have been turned down.


More than 50 people turned up to hear about 10 characters who made Little Shelford's history great. Here's a link to the recording of the presentation by David Martin for the Little Shelford Local History Society.


You can have your say about the Granta Medical Centre in Great Shelford in their new survey.

Our friends at Zara donated half of their total food sales on Monday 27th February to the Turkey-Syria earthquake appeal. 

​Events this month include:

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines


Woollards Lane at the heart of Great Shelford could become one-way


Is the Square and Compasses going to become a gastro pub. The advert for the new tenancy mentions "transforming it into a gastro environment". The tenancy has been advertised for £29k rent (external link


​Judge Jules will be playing the opening night of the Shelford Feast.​

Great Shelford Parish Council’s share of the Council Tax bills is increasing by 12%. (That compares to 16% in Little Shelford).​

Have your say about the future of the Great Shelford memorial Hall in a new survey. (external link)

















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Little Shelford February 2023 electronic newsletter


A fourth burglary has taken place in one street in Little Shelford

The Parish Council's share of our Council Tax bill is increasing by 16%.

Village business Cambridge Creative has doubled in size

Beckie Whitehouse is the new Parish Clerk. She can be contacted on 07480 242390 or email:


After many years as a Chartered Physiotherapist, Steph Hatter is now switching to providing massages.


Who should be included in the list of ten remarkable villagers from Little Shelford’s history in a talk this month. The shortlist will include one of the England football team's last amateur captains and the villager who flew on the first airship flight across the Atlantic. Prepare to be surprised.

There's a painting exhibition this month by the man who designed the village sign


Other Little Shelford events this month include:

  • A hedgerow litter pick

  • Meet the Parish Council

  • There's the Little Shelford Cricket Club AGM on 5th February 2023, 3pm at The Wale Recreation Ground Sports Pavilion

  • And the film Elvis is coming to the village next month.

There's an update from the local Ukrainian campaigners ​including an extension of their classes and a book appeal. 

David Martin, who runs this website and newsletter, has written a blog about why he is cycling 320 miles from London to Paris for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. (external link). Do you fancy joining him on this iconic ride? (external link). Or would you be prepared to sponsor him?

Please put Saturday May 13 in your diary for an 80s themed quiz at the village hall.

Batteries can now be recycled more easily after changes by South Cambs council.

The county council is currently repairing around 200 pot holes a day (many temporary) but “making safe” is the priority. If you just want to report any potholes, this is the link:


Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

The Co-op in Great Shelford is moving.

A Great Shelford pub has closed.

A new cafe called Brunch Base has finally opened in Great Shelford.

There's a new year Repair Cafe in the village events calendar.

Cambridge Miniworks is staying in Great Shelford after all.

Stapleford Twinning Association are re-starting their twinning visits this year






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Little Shelford January 2023 electronic newsletter

An announcement about the route choice for East West Rail which could mean the closure of the railway crossing in Hauxton Road, Little Shelford is to be made soon.

​There are changes to our bin collection days this week and next week.

Several noteable villagers passed away during December. They include Nigel Penn whose obituary has been published on the National Rifle Association website. (External link).There will be a memorial service for Nigel on Jan 20th at 2pm at All Saints Church. And there will be a celebration of life and funeral service for Edward Toll on Jan 18 at All Saints Church at 11.30 am.  

Have you seen the tree trunk with a difference in Courtyards?

Did you know that the Little Shelford website includes a full local business listings to help your support local businesses. The latest addition is Elmick Bereavement Counselling

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

A householder had to be rescued from a bungalow fire in Stapleford in December.

A police officer was rescued after a police van overturned after a collision in Great Shelford

A decision on the guided bus on the edge of Stapleford has been delayed until at least April. Keep up to date through the campaigners' website.

(External link)

Great Shelford Parish Council is re-launching the village market which previously ran on the 4th Saturday of the month at the Memorial Hall.  Have you taken part in the market survey? (External link)

The Co-op has declared its support for a Shelford and Stapleford charity.​

The two warm hubs in Great Shelford will continue in 2023 (They are re-opening on Jan 9.)

A new cafe called Brunch Base is about to open in Great Shelford.

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Little Shelford November electronic newsletter

A Cambridge family has been fined £300 after dumping rubbish in Little Shelford.

The 31 bus service to Little Shelford has been saved although the final bus of the day from Cambridge has been cancelled.


There are now over 90 Ukrainian refugees living in Little Shelford, Great Shelford and Stapleford.


Brenda Bishop has warned villagers to think carefully about a broadband upgrade after she experienced a couple of hiccups recently.


East West Rail proposals which could include lots of extra trains through Little Shelford. EWR was included in the previous Chancellor’s Growth Plan: (see Appendix B - external link).  Former PM Liz Truss also gave her backing to the scheme before she stepped down. Updated proposals are expected in the next few months. In the meantime here is a summary about what is proposed by East West Rail and its possible impact on Little Shelford.


The Parish Council is still looking for a new Parish Clerk

The Local History Society is hoping to create a day in time project to link in with the King's Coronation in May. They are likely to need the help of a graphic artist. If you know anyone who may be interested, please can they contact Sue Fox at

Events this month include:

Here's a great blog about how a mystery around the Little Shelford church bell put a village historian on the (local) trail of King James I.

Great Shelford headlines


Warm hubs are being open in Great Shelford in November.

The former Solutions shop is going to become a barbers


Permission has been given to build 39 brand new independent living retirement apartments in Great Shelford after a successful planning appeal.

The empty shop next door to Shelford Spice in Great Shelford is going to be a café.

The Parish Council in Great Shelford is reaching out to engage more with villagers by going to one of the Great Shelford pubs​ this month to hear what you like and what your concerns might be.

You love the new format of the newsletter according to the feedback I received last month. We had two new sign ups by people forwarding the email to their friends in the village. Is there anyone you know who may be missing out?

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Little Shelford December electronic newsletter


Three burglaries took place in one road in the village in November.

The Community Orchard is doubling in size

Rumours that East West Rail (EWR)  might be heading for the sidings have been turned on their head after the Government recommitted to the East West  Rail project in the recent budget. 

Financial advice and support is available for some village residents after the Parish Council combined forces with John Huntingdon’s Charity.

Did you know that the proposed new Cambridge congestion charge will mean you have to pay it to go to Waitrose during the day?

​You might want to take part in the current consultation. (External link)

Events this busy month include:

Little Shelford historian David Jones spoke to the Little Shelford local History Society in November about the Court of King James and its links to Little Shelford (external link)

Local Little Shelford author, Reinhard Tenberg, who lives in Courtyards, has just published his third novel Blind Woman’s Buff, a fiction which is informed by his work as a volunteer at CamSight. It is now available on Amazon in print and as eBook.

Have you seen the great seasonal window display by Little Shelford company Creative Cambridge?

Cambridge Joint Playschemes urgently need Playworkers for their Saturday Activity Clubs and Holiday Playschemes.

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

The Rose pub in Stapleford has re-opened

second barbers has opened in Great Shelford where Solutions used to be.

A new cafe called Brunch Base is about to open in the village.

Two warm hubs have opened in Great Shelford.

Shelford has a new librarian

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Little Shelford October electronic newsletter

There is a question mark over the future of the 31 bus which serves Little Shelford.

The Parish Council is looking for a new Parish Clerk.

A proclamation of the accession of King Charles III was read out at Little Shelford Village Green on September 11.

A new detached house could be built on Hauxton Road, Little Shelford (external link)

The Phone Box Library needs some new books. Have you got any novels that you can spare? (If so, just drop them off at the phone box library please.)

Read a profile of the new Parish Councillor, Deborah Hunt.


You can now collect your prescriptions 24 hours a day at the Shelford surgery (how 2022 is that?)

Events in and around the Shelfords this month include:

Shelford thriller writer Sarah Vaughan is taking part in the Cambridge Literary Festival (external link)

Staff at South Cambs council are trialling a four day working week on full pay

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

A 71 year old woman has died after colliding with a car in a car park in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford.


Solutions Hairdressers in Great Shelford is closing on October 13.

Three new streets are being created in Great Shelford with the arrival of 21 new almshouses

Cambridge Miniworks is leaving Great Shelford.

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Little Shelford September electronic newsletter

Little Shelford August electronic newsletter 

  • The next East West Rail drop-in consultation event will be in Haslingfield between 2pm and 8pm on September 9.

  • A fundraising evening in Little Shelford in July raised almost £3,000. The money will cover English language lessons for the Ukrainians who now live in the Shelfords/Stapleford. About 75 people from Ukraine have now been welcomed to Little Shelford, Great Shelford and Stapleford. 

  • 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 which made the Cambridge News.


What do you think of the Little Shelford Online website? ​What do you like?​ And what do you want to see more of? ​Please take part in our 10-question survey to make website even better in the future.


The picnic bench in Little Shelford rec damaged by vandals last year has been replaced


Don’t forget the bank holiday bin changes at the end of the month


Scotsdales are hosting a summer of exciting events for children at their Great Shelford store.


Have your children registered for the Gadgeteers summer reading challenge at Great Shelford library yet?


An update from the environmental group 2g3s includes details about their next repair café in Great Shelford in September.


September events include;

The Shelford Fun Run

A quiz in Little Shelford

And that repair café organised by the wonderful 2G3S group

Hauxton is becoming a 20mph zone early in 2023.

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

There is a new consultation about part of the proposed route for the guided bus in Stapleford.

A new café has opened at the Stapleford Granary

Shelford Spice has opened in Great Shelford – three months later than planned. And find out what the other half of their shop is going to be….

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83 Ukrainians are now living with us in the Shelfords and Stapleford – and supporters are now trying to find private houses/flats to rent and/or access to social/charitable housing.

Proposals to expand the community warden scheme into Little Shelford have been rejected.

Deborah Hunt is our new Parish Councillor.

The Jubilee Orchard on Blennie’s Patch is the new name of our community orchard the Parish Council has decided.


There are no on-the-day sign-ups for the Shelford Fun Run this year so you need to sign up in advance (and don’t forget there will be road closures in Little Shelford on Fun Run day)

The Navigator in Little Shelford needs a new supervisor

Little Shelford Online is the most trusted local news source according to a recent survey

Events this month include:

Local Flu jab dates have been announced – but Granta has revealed that they won’t now be given at the same time as the Covid autumn boosters.

Little Shelford groups can get in free to Wimpole Hall.

The River Cam in Little Shelford appeared to turn bright green at the Wale Rec after the rain last week

Unwanted books in good condition are needed by the Friends of Great Shelford Library for their sale in the Shelford library during Libraries Week in October. And see the new dedicated section about events at the library.

Following the success of the Lionesses, did you know a number of girls from Shelford and Stapleford play for Sawston Girls? See their Facebook page or email for u8-u17s - beginners through to more experienced.

There’s a new worldwide electronic atlas showing villages connected with famous people – but Little Shelford has been ignored. They could have picked Tom Bacon who created the fuel cell for the Apollo 11 moon rocket, Arthur Dunn who was one of the last amateurs to captain the England football team, or Thomas Blossom, who was one of the founding fathers of America, who was born in Little Shelford in 1580. Make your own mind up at the people section of the Little Shelford history website.

Shelford and Stapleford headlines

Stapleford’s Rose pub closes

Could the Great Shelford Memorial Hall be a Great Shelford warm hub this winter as energy prices rocket? That is one option being tested in a new Parish Council survey. And warm hubs are being proposed by South Cambs Council.

You won’t believe how much Magpie Garage in Stapleford changed hands for in the summer.

An appeal has been launched to help pay for the legal fees for a memorial for a spitfire that crashed in Stapleford in World War Two.

Jackson Cox opticians are looking for a new receptionist

You may want help accessing grants and debt advice, support getting all the money you're entitled to, or simply want to know more about the government's recent support measures. Whatever your money worries may be, Cambridgeshire County Council has put together some helpful information to help you

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Little Shelford July electronic newsletter

A popular garden nursery in Little Shelford is closing in July.

40 Ukrainians are now living in the Shelfords & Stapleford – and there’s a fundraiser taking place in Little Shelford in July.

A Community Warden scheme for Little Shelford is to be investigated.

A Little Shelford equipment store has been launched.

The Little Shelford jubilee street party made several national newspapers including The Times and the Daily Mail (where you in any of the photos?)

Who is the new Parish Councillor?

Deputy Lieutenant Caroline Bewes has officially opened our community orchard.

Who was the winner of the Platinum Jubilee Best Decorated House?

Events this month include:


Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

The new Great Shelford nursery is offering a £1,000 bonus to attract new staff.

There are fewer peak time buses for Great Shelford because of staff shortages.

The Shelford Feast starts on Saturday, with the Feast Day this Sunday – you can see the full schedule here.

A flat in Great Shelford is the first property in a unique rent-return scheme being run by the Cambridge Building Society.

What could be the most challenging job in Great Shelford has just been advertised.

Shelford Spice is finally opening this month.

Quizzes created during the pandemic in Great Shelford are now receiving national attention.

An exhibition about a Spitfire pilot who crashed and died in Stapleford is the star attraction at the free Granary village day along with music from Mishra and local artists and stalls.

Wandlebury Country Park is expanding

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Little Shelford June electronic newsletter


The Little Shelford Jubilee celebration events include:

Official opening of the community orchard by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire (June 2)

Little Shelford Street party for the whole village in Church Street (June 2)

A celebration drinks reception at Priest House (June 3) (You need to book your free tickets in advance)

Platinum Jubilee sing-a-long in the Marquee at the Navigator (June 4)

There will be a Village History display in the North Building of All Saints open over the long weekend and which will focus on the last 70 years and previous Jubilee and Royal celebrations in the Village.


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.


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 to traffic from 1.30pm to 6pm on June 2


Volunteers are needed to help with the street party – please contact

About 20 people from Ukraine including 12 children and a baby have now been welcomed to Great & Little Shelford and Stapleford. The support group have just launched their own website.

Liberal Democrats have retained the Little Shelford council seats in the district council election

Events this month include:

Softball sessions are returning to the Wale Rec in June

Experienced Shelford pet and house sitter. Some summer dates still free.  References available. Please call Bella Martin 07857125055


Great Shelford & Stapleford headlines

Have your say in the influential Great Shelford and Stapleford Neighbourhood Plan about the future of the two villages

A major survey has been announced involving the guided busway through Great Shelford and Stapleford


Great Shelford’s farmers market has closed

Outdoor movies are being shown in June at Shelford Rugby Club

A book about a Nazi spy who was buried in Great Shelford has just been published

Stapleford Jubilee plans include

Stapleford Granary has an a number of outdoor concerts this month, including the wonderful Kathryn Tickell, Kabantu and the Matt Ford Trio as well as the launch of a Liz McGowan exhibition

Community celebration for the Queen's Jubilee in Great Shelford are on June 5 (and Woollards Lane will be shut to traffic that afternoon

PS: Sawston jubilee firework display - June 2

The event will take place off Huckeridge Hill, with gates opening from 8pm. The beacon will be lit and the firework display is set to commence at 9.45pm. Food, such as pizza, will be available on-site, alongside an ice cream van.

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Little Shelford April electronic newsletter


Over 60 families in the Shelfords and Stapleford have offered to house up to 120 Ukrainian refugees after a local campaign


A street party is at the heart of the celebrations in June for the Queen’s jubilee


Road repairers run out of tarmac – and they might not be back to finish the High Street until the end of the year


New books needed after phone box library blaze


Man hurt in Little Shelford hit & run accident


The Navigator needs new staff


The Bradmere Lane bins have been torched


The New TV series from Shelford author Sarah Vaughan arrives on Netflix in April


Shelford blue bin recycling guide from the local group 2G3S

Events this month include:


Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

Shelford and Stapleford’s Ukraine donations have arrived in Poland


Great Shelford Community Awards winners

Great Shelford’s share of the council tax bills is up 10%

The Shelford Feast schedule is revealed -with the Feast day at the start of the week this year.

Zara celebrates 15 years in Great Shelford this year


Cara Cafe needs volunteers including a cleaner

There’s staff shortages and high demand at the medical practice

Scotsdales have raised more than £6,000 for the DEC Ukraine appeal

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Little Shelford March electronic newsletter


There was a small fire at the phonebox library last evening

The Navigator has been given special status to protect it in the future.

There’s the opportunity meet the Parish Council this week-end.

Why the island in the middle of Dernford reservoir has been fenced off to deter birds.

​Will you be helping give the village a spring clean this Sunday?

Events this month include:

Our village surgery has published a vaccine guide for us.

Did you spot the chef from Little Shelford on BBC's Great British Menu?

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

More than 1,000 people in Great Shelford and Stapleford may have drunk water with dangerously high levels of toxic chemicals according to a report in The Guardian published on February 8.

South Cambridgeshire MP Anthony Browne has demanded a re-think for the controversial off-road busway in fields on the edge of Great Shelford and Stapleford after a survey revealed more than 80 per cent of respondents do not support it.

The Great Shelford Annual Parish Meeting later this week will include our MP Anthony Browne

The 2022 Shelford Feast will see Feast Sunday at the start of the week instead of on the final day.

A book about the nazi spy buried in Great Shelford can now be ordered. You can read more about Jan Willem Ter Braak on the Great Shelford Online website.

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Little Shelford February 2022 electronic newsletter


A well-known horticultural business is leaving the village

An additional bus service has been launched in Little Shelford.

Do you know what date is green bin day in February?

A village street party might by happening for the Queen’s platinum jubilee in June. But volunteers are needed to help make it happen.

Derek Bishop MBE, who held a number of senior roles in his 37 years in the Army, has died.

I cannot find Derek’s Blue Uniform Cap which is needed for his funeral on 17 Feb. I know he sometimes lent it for plays and wonder if anyone has borrowed it. If so please contact me urgently on 01223 843557. Brenda Bishop

Can you help in a tidy up down Bradmere Lane this week-end?

The Parish Council’s share of the council tax bills is not increasing in April – the budget will remain at £30,600.

There’s a chance soon to meet the Parish Council and share your views

2G3S are running one of their super Repair Cafés this month.

Stapleford Granary has some great looking concerts this month including Fretwork, folk fiddlers Rant and the Eblana String Trio.

Grass verges in Little Shelford are being planted with wildflower seeds as part of a wider environmental project.

Photographer Keith Taylor has taken an amazing photo of the night sky over the Obelisk

There’s a village spring clean taking place in March

It’s emerged that the algae found at the village pond on Bradmere Lane wasn’t dangerous after all.

Two roads have disappeared completely during Little Shelford’s history. And several other roads have had different names at different times. You can read about the changes on the relaunched Little Shelford history website.


A small plastic money bag of personal effects has been found on the pavement opposite 84 High Street. The contents seem to have more sentimental value than intrinsic value. The contents also indicate some affiliation with Indoor Bowling and the Women's Institute.

If you know anything about this or want to make a claim please e-mail 01223 847213


Rainbow Preschool is running a Polar Walk from 12-20th February – it’s a trail through the villages with animals to spot, facts to collect, and prizes to win. Register by emailing and for £5 you will be sent a question sheet and map, for a fact-finding nature trail through Great and Little Shelford.


​Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

Do you want to see a guided busway built on fields on the edge of Great Shelford and Stapleford? Our MP has launched a survey about the proposals – but the deadline to complete it is Wednesday.

The Parish Council share of the Stapleford council tax bills will increase by more than 13% from April.

Great Shelford community awards have been launched by the Parish Council. (External link). Deadline for entries is February 14.

Shelford library is relaunching in-person events

The Co-op has created what they describe as a “unique job”.

Why is Ben McAuley Stapleford’s Oscar winner?

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Little Shelford December newsletter

Blue/green algae has been found at the village pond – pets beware

Twenty four trees are about to be planted at the Community Orchard and at the Wale Recreation Ground

The High Street road surface is due to be repaired in December – but it’ll have a knock on effect on residents’ parking

Two trees were blown down in Bradmere Lane last week-end

Events this month include;

Don’t forget our bin collections will change in the Christmas period

Our badminton club is looking for more players

Have you seen the village’s Christmas display in Whittlesford Road?

Well done to Zara who were crowned  Restaurant of the Year for East of England Bangladesh Caterers Association UK BCA Awards 2021 .

The Shelford and Stapleford Youth initiative needs more volunteers.

Great Shelford headlines

There was a public meeting last night (December 1) about proposals for 100 new homes for Great Shelford & Stapleford.

There’s been another burglary in Great Shelford

Popular vicar and Parish Councillor Rev Simon Talbott is to leave Great Shelford

Christmas organists are needed for a Great Shelford Church this Christmas

A new STEM village nursery is opening in February

The Shelford school governors need a new clerk

And Arthur Rank Hospice needs volunteer tree collectors

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Little Shelford January 2022 electronic newsletter


Our blue and green bin dates have changed this month because of Christmas and COVID.


​A new guide which sets out how future development in Little Shelford must enhance the village has being given the green light.


Church Street is expected to be closed to through traffic because of electricity work from Jan 24 to 28. Diversions will be in place during that week.


But there is no news on when the re-surfacing work in High Street is going to be carried out. It was cancelled at the last minute in December.


Little Shelford writer Shaista Tayabali has published a book.


Why is Ella the dog from Little Shelford going to college one day a week?

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

A controversial retirement care village on green belt on the edge of Stapleford and Great Shelford has been given the go ahead.

There’s been a twist in the Co-op’s plans to move their shop to High Green – and a presentation about the changes in the village this month has been scrapped.

The new nursery in Great Shelford has delayed its opening until March.

A Great Shelford man has been jailed after an 80mph police chase through Cambridge (external link)


Stapleford Granary is limiting tickets and operating socially-distanced seating at two January classical concerts because of the current COVID spike


Jenny Flynn is expected to become Vice Chair of the Stapleford Parish Council later this week (external link).


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Little Shelford October electronic newsletter

What do you think Little Shelford should look like in the future? A special Design Guide has been developed to provide additional design guidance to ensure the character of the village is retained.

The movie for the Little Shelford film evening has been forced to change

The Fun Week-end was a huge success – read a summary of what happened at the week-end and see the results for the scarecrow competition

Little Shelford Cricket Club is celebrating a great season.

There are new Post Office hours and last collection (LC) times at Great Shelford Post Office on Hinton Way

Hundreds of people took part in the Shelford Fun Run (External link)

Events this month include:

  • The grand opening of the new SSYI HQ by the High Sheriff

  • The Little Shelford film evening showing The Good Liar

  • The Sabine Kaner exhibition opening at the Stapleford Granary.

Shelford’s Granta medical practice is published guidance about the COVID booster jabs.

Five Afghan families will now be supported by South Cambridgeshire Council.

Shelford writer Sarah Vaughan has announced that her new novel will be published in the spring.

Great Shelford headlines

There were two daylight burglaries in the village in September

Shelford railway level crossing has been named worst in the UK

South Cambs are expected to decide shortly whether the Co-op can move to new premises in High Green.

Up to 100 homes could be built on fields behind Hinton Way and Mingle Way. The Parish Council will consider their position at the planning committee on October 18 while Stapleford Council will discuss it on Thursday. A group of Shelford and Stapleford residents have written an open letter which they claim up to 300 homes could eventually be built on the site.

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Little Shelford September electronic newsletter


It’s all systems go for the Little Shelford fun week-end this month and you get your programme and entry form for the show here

Next step East West Rail dates have been published

Your feedback from the summer survey have prompted several major changes in the new Great Shelford Online website. The website has been revamped and updated over the summer.

Events this month include;

•         An outdoor cinema show this week

•         The Shelford Fun Run

•         The Little Shelford fun week-end

•         Eight concerts at the Stapleford Granary

•         A festival of cricket in Little Shelford

•         And don't forget the wonderful SSYI breakfast on October 2.

Did you know the village now has someone doing mobile bicycle repairs and servicing at the side of road, your home, at work or at Marks’ house in Little Shelford? Revolution Cycle Repairs is the latest addition to the Little Shelford business listings on the village website.

Special flu clinics have been announced for September

New environmental books are now available at the village library (which has returned to normal opening hours by the way)

Badminton is returning at the village hall (and watch out for the Two Popes film night at the hall in October.)

There’s a great new mini film showing the Community Orchard from the air

Three Afghan families are to be provided homes and support by South Cambs Council

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

£100 parking fines have been handed out in one area in the village

One hundred new homes off Hinton Way and Mingle Lane have come a step closer.

New homes in Great Shelford are to be triple glazed because of the potential noise threat from the proposed East West Railway

Stapleford Granary will be operating at two thirds capacity for their autumn season

A new nursery is set to open in Great Shelford this winter

A new 63 bed care home is being built on the former Shelford Energy site

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Little Shelford November electronic newsletter

Some interesting 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.

·       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. 

An unusual moth has been found for the first time in Cambridgeshire in Courtyards.

The new Shelford and Stapleford Initiative Centre has been opened.

Events this month include a bike sale and pop up café, the Playscape official opening and a talk about Papworth hospital from the Little Shelford local history society.

Volunteers are needed to help tidy up Bradmere Lane later this month.

Volunteers will be collecting for the Poppy Appeal in the village over the next week but they can't read Bank Cards. So make sure that you're well provided with 'Fivers'.  Please give generously!

Granta surgery in Great Shelford have published a booster vaccine update.

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

Stapleford Parish Councillors declared a climate and ecological emergency at their meeting in October. To spread the word about the Parish Council’s environmental work and to involve the community, they  will be holding their first ‘eco event’ in November.

The Stapleford Granary is having its first Christmas Market in December.

Eight homes have been removed from Stapleford’s historic conservation area.

Jan Willem Ter Braak was a Nazi spy buried in an unmarked grave in the cemetery in Great Shelford during the second world war. A book about Ter Braak is being published in spring 2022. Here’s a profile of the spy.


The Playscape play area has finally opened.

The Gogs farmshop has a sparkling new website. (external link)

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Little Shelford August electronic newsletter

war of words has broken out online after noise complaints when the Navigator showed the European Championship final.

Dogs will have to be kept on leads at the new Community orchard the Parish Council has decided.

car crashed into the front garden of a house on Whittlesford Road on July 2.

Tickets are now on sale for the “Dance and Enjoy” evening on Friday 17th September. 

Great Shelford library is now fully open.

Robin Skinner, who lives in Church Street, became the newest parish councillor at the July council meeting. You can read about the actions and decisions at the meeting, when they are published, here.

Our green and blue bin collection day will change at the end of the month because of the bank holiday.

Little Shelford cricket club's under 15's made it to the regional final of a national championship.

Local events are restarting at the end of the summer. The village calendar now includes a late summer party at the sports pavilion and a film night at the Memorial Hall.

Great Shelford's surgery is introducing an app called Airmid; a patient-facing app designed for patients and GP surgeries alike. From viewing upcoming appointments to video consultations, viewing your medical records and ordering your medication, you can manage all your health care needs in one place.

What do you think of the Little Shelford website? It is being relaunched in September. But before that happens, we want you to tell us your view about what you like and what you would change in this three minute survey.

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Little Shelford July electronic newsletter

Residents have been urged to be vigilant by the Parish Council as litter problems increase in Bradmere Lane.

Our local MP, Anthony Browne, will be opening the Fun week-end Village Show and Fair at 1pm on Saturday 18th September. He will also be judging the Scarecrow exhibition so start planning those Scarecrows!

Little Shelford resident Professor Andrew Hopper CBE, professor of computer technology in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, has been knighted for services to computer technology in the Queen's birthday honours. Read his profile here.

marketing agency based in Little Shelford is going from strength to strength despite the Pandemic.

Soft ball cricket sessions are being introduced in Little Shelford.

Jackie Lucas in Little Shelford is one of the artists taking part in the Cambridge Open Studios in July.

From 26th June, Great Shelford Library's opening hours have increased to 10am-2pm on Tuesdays, 2-6pm on Fridays and 10am-1pm on Saturdays.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, having your flu vaccination is more important than ever. You can book your flu jab locally from July 1


The South Cambs Community Safety Partnership has created a free toolkit to help local people keep caring for their community as the pressures of the pandemic ease

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

The former McColls newsagents could soon become a takeaway.

More than 200 people turned out for a demonstration on June 3 to protest against the proposed busway on fields on the edge of Stapleford. July 1 is the latest decision day for the £132million busway through Stapleford and Great Shelford.

Greater Cambridge Partnership Board yesterday voted to pursue planning permission for the £132m busway through Green Belt despite the opposition of the Parish Council and our MP. A group of elected representatives and campaigners including city, district and parish councillors and our MP, called for the Greater Cambridge Partnership to pause the scheme. (External link)

Stapleford Granary is opening up the grounds and orchard for an outdoor summer village day on Sunday 4th July especially for the Stapleford community. The Granary is re-opening in July with a number of socially distanced concerts this month

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Little Shelford June 2021 electronic newsletter

East West Rail (EWR) consultation response – deadline 9 June – Have Your Say

Little Shelford Parish Council and The Shelfords EWR Action Group is urging every adult member of your household to respond to the consultation to influence positively the future of our village and surrounding communities

You can either use EWR’s Feedback Form directly online

OR download and print a copy of the EWR feedback form and send to Freepost EAST WEST RAIL.  If you would like to do this, but don’t have internet access, please call Jon Howard on 0777 186 7986 who can assist with printing.

OR scan and send a copy to 

OR send feedback in your own words directly to  

To make responding easier, the campaign group have created some suggested topics for Questions 1, 2, and 41, the most crucial ones for the Shelfords. Your answer can be a short as you like - choose a few points important to you and use your own words.  Add your own points if you can. You can also support other villages by using the suggested topics to answer Questions 38 to 40 in your own words

A Little Shelford man has been scammed out of more than £50,000. He is now sharing his fraud story so that other people in the village can be extra vigilant.

Residents have been urged to be vigilant by the Parish Council as litter problems increase in Bradmere Lane.

Dernford reservoir between Little Shelford and Stapleford could be transformed into a community country park with camping and caravanning facilities.

Surplus top-soil and aggregates are available to villagers after an artificial cricket strip was installed at the Wale Recreation Ground.

Brian Milnes and Maria King are the new County Councillors for Little Shelford after winning the election on May 6. 

Parish Councillor Jenny Moon has stood down. If you're interested in becoming a councillor please contact Read about the decisions and discussions at the May Little Shelford Parish Council meeting.

 The average property price in Little Shelford is £685,000 according to Savills in the Cambridge News.(external link)

Plans for the Little Shelford Village week-end in September have been published including a Friday evening social evening.

Events this month include;

New yoga plus classes

The SSYI summer party

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

demonstration is being planned on June 3 at 10am at Stapleford Rec to protest against the proposed busway on fields on the edge of Stapleford.


new cafe is opening in Stapleford in June

The Stapleford  Parish Council meeting is expected to meet in person this month

The Stapleford Granary is re-opening with six socially distanced concerts next month.

Work on the Shelford Playscape project at Great Shelford Rec started this week (external link)

new gym in Great Shelford is offering free initial consultations

The Three Horseshoes in Stapleford has a steak and fish night in June.

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Little Shelford May 2021 electronic newsletter

A new railway line linking Cambridge and Oxford could go through Little Shelford.

 The new Oxford to Cambridge line could lead to the closure of the level crossing at Hauxton Road, Little Shelford.  Nine homes in Little Shelford could be cut off from the rest of the village if the proposals go ahead. Read about the Parish Council's view about the proposed closure. There are two consultation events this month on May 10 and May 11. You have until June 9 to respond to the consultations.

You should be able to eat and drink inside at the Navigator from May 17. You can now browse the shelves at the Shelford library. The country market on Wednesdays is returning imminently while the dental surgery is now carrying out routine appointments. Other local changes include the re-opening of the Rose pub at Stapleford. Zara Indian restaurant is one of the local restaurants that should be able to allow back customers to eat inside later this month. They will be opening the restaurant from 5pm on 17th May. Bookings are now being taken, please call or visit their website to book online. Maximum size of tables 6 person, due to reduced capacity.

Our bins have changed to Wednesday this week.

Caroline Bewes from Little Shelford has been installed as High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire.

There are three different elections in Little Shelford on May 6.

There's an open day and work party at the new Little Shelford Community Orchard in May.

Congratulations to Caroline and Charles Kingdon who were named villagers of the year at the Annual Village Meeting. Read the reports and listen to a recording from the Little Shelford annual village meeting.

The Little Shelford Village week-end is going ahead in September. You can now follow progress on their Instagram account.

Five performances of a short show called the pandomime, complete with a socially distanced audience, are taking place at the village hall this month.

The Shelford surgery has issued advice after receiving an increased number of telephone calls about vaccinations for patients that fall into cohort 10 (40 to 49 year olds).

Great Shelford and Stapleford headlines

The Arthur Rank charity shop in Great Shelford is looking for volunteers.

A £50,000 playground appeal has been launched in Stapleford.

And a new gym in Great Shelford is offering free initial consultations.

The Memorial Hall was allegedly used for a funeral gathering that contravened Covid 19 procedures.

new cafe is opening in Stapleford.

One of Shelford’s success stories of the last year is The Pizza & Kitchen Co. who have now signed up as a supporter of the Great Shelford Online website, keeping it free for you and the other 2,300 readers.

Stop press; work took place to try to pump out the flooded train underpass on the footpath behind the school to Hauxton at the week-end. As at the end of bank holiday Monday, the underpass was still partially flooded. Keep up to date with it through the excellent Great Shelford and Stapleford community Facebook group.

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