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I was reading a BBC article regarding recycling the non recyclables that the council cannot do. Can the village start with one facility of recycling--crisp packets???

The company responsible is Terracycle.( There is no recycling site for this around us and the nearest one is in Cambridge or near Harlton. The rewards awarded can be donated to the school.

There is one for pens and highlighters.There is no recycling site near Stapleford except in Cambridge or Ryman stores.

Can we start with something easy such as the pens? Let me know of your thoughts or  something else is available.


R. Sandhu


I was out with the dog last week and the grass on the verves was getting quite long, which is good for wildlife, wild flowers, bumble bees etc, then the next day it had all cut.

Has the local council considered resisting the urge to mow every bit of grass flat in the locality, considering the current decline in the UK Bee population and to promote wildlife.


J Jennings
July 1 2019

Dear Sirs,

While not actually in the parishes of Stapleford and Great Shelford, this issue maybe of interest to residents.
Work on this country park development (between Stapleford and Sawston) appears to have stalled after planning  was refused to landowners Robert Smith Farms  in January 2015 for outline application for a recreational development consisting of 50 holiday lodges, an indoor tennis complex, 4 outdoor tennis courts, a fitness centre, bowling green, brasserie, public open space with footpath and cycleway, and associated works on the former Dernford Quarry site. 

It would appear that the reason for South Cambs District Council refusal was 'over commercialisation' of a green belt site. 
This is the recommendation issued with the refusal notice:

The applicant seeks to justify the development being considered ‘very special’ on grounds of providing a number of commonplace factors. Officers are of the view these factors, when taken individually or in combination, do not provide sufficient qualitative benefits to be considered ‘very special’. The application therefore does not represent appropriate development in the Green Belt.

As yet all that has happened is that a lake / reservoir has been dug and filled with water and a fence put round it with a hedge planted. The rest of the site is as yet undeveloped and remains just rough grass land, with no designated footpaths, cyclepaths or landscaping.

Whilst one can accept that large scale commercialisation of a green belt area is not in the best interest for the area, it must be accepted that some form if commercial activity must be included to pay for the public amenities. One would have hoped that the land owners and planners could have come up with an acceptable plan after 4 years, as this site could provide usefully sporting facilities whist at the same time giving public access to the countryside. 

The site appears to be open for public access, for walkers etc. with a small unsurfaced car park, there are though no notices or maps on site to guide visitors. The lake/reservoir has some wildlife on it including swans and ducks, there is also a connection to a large diameter pipe presumably to pump into and extract water for irrigation.

John Wakefield
May 2019
Robert Smith said:
"Our planning permission conditioned us to open the area immediately around the reservoir access for walking which we have complied with and have fenced off the water. A car park has been built for 75 cars and we have provided dog litter bins around the fence. We do have plans to make more use of the water both for leisure and sports but that will be subject to planning. We do have regular inspections by Cambs CC to make sure we are complying to conditions."

Dear people of Stapleford

I am wondering if any of you can help me find my old home. We have such happy memories of our home although it has been such a long time since we lived there.

I am writing from New Zealand and wondering if you can help me.

I was born in Cambridge in 1945 and our family lived in a semi-detached house opposite the common at number 17 Haverhill Road Stapleford. They had been there about 4 years before I was born There were fields behind us and the common across the road. Mum kept goats on the common, rabbits in hutches.

In late 1948 we moved to New Zealand, where my father had been born, for him to lecture at the university. Our family name was Mowbray. Dad was an engineer with the River Ouse Catchment Board.

My mother was Joyce Michell – her parents lived at Kerrymead in Harston. There were two children then . My brother John and I am Rowena, known as Tisha. When we first visited about 30 years ago we found our old house and one of the neighbours Elsie.

Does anyone know where we lived? What number our house might be now.

When we visited a couple of years ago the numbers didn’t seem to line up with the way they were previously.

Is anyone able to give me the current number for our old home. We are visiting Stapleford next month on Tuesday 26 July and would love to find the right house, or ayone who might remember our family being nearby.

Thank you for your help. Any little bits would help.

Many thanks

Tisha Wilson

Where is the worst pothole in Stapleford?

Potholes have certainly seemed to get worse in the village over the last month or two. Have you seen that large one on Church Street?

I have met several drivers who think that their tyres may have been damaged.

And as a keen cyclist, there seems to be more and more holes every time you go out. I think our roads are as bad now as they have ever been.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could join forces to do something about it rather than relying on the psychic powers of the local council?

Now there is something we can all do. If you spot a pothole, you can report it yourself.


Simply click on ‘Report a highway problem (including pot holes)’


You then need to find the location of the problem pothole on the map by zooming in and clicking. Fill in the details requested and submit.


I’m up for being a “spotholer” to ensure our local roads get sorted - are you?


David Martin

February 2018
I am wondering if anyone has raised the issue of the flow of traffic on Haverhill Rd. 

I have been living in Stapleford for six year now and I have noticed a significant difference in the speed of the cars and trucks since I moved to this village. 

Is there any way to gather the evidence and persuade the council to put some action to reduce the speed of the traffic. 

Another reason is that I have seen kids (including mine) crossing the road on a daily basis.

Kind Regards

T K Sandhu

Having read and heard on tv about your recent problem with the traveling community, I think a grassy mound around the ground would look great, it would be good to sit on and view matches,lay and read and could be enhanced with wild flowers, with an entrance gate in an awkward position so only grounds people can access the facilities and competitors.

Yours sincerely 

P Washbourne

This blog from local sports therapist Natalie Harman offers a few tips for tennis players

This blog from local sports therapist Natalie Harman offers a few tips for golfers;

Rev Simon Taylor became the Parish Priest at St Andrews in December 2015. This blog sets out how he is addressing some of the challenges.

There are huge strengths here, testimony to the church having been well run over many years. Numbers attending are pretty good and the buildings are in good shape. The worship is orderly and the music uplifting. There are home groups and pastoral care. There are active and willing volunteers. There are some good community links. All in all, a positive picture. 

But that is not to say that all is rosy. We all know the gaps because they are visible every Sunday: there are many fewer children and young people than we would like to see, very few young adults, and many more women than men. The number of newcomers to our church family – that is people who have become regulars - is very low indeed. The gentle drift in our congregation seems to be out not in. 

The demographics and the trends paint a slightly ominous picture. It follows that we have a choice. We could just carry on entirely as we are. Or we can resolve to do everything in our power to work against the trends of the past and do all we can to spread the good news of our Saviour Jesus Christ widely in Stapleford. The issue is as to what that means in practice.  

I have in mind three principles to guide us as we go forwards. The principles are that we need to honour the past, navigate change and build for the future. 

Honouring the past means understanding where we have come from and maintaining and continuing the core identity of the Church. St Andrew’s main Sunday act of worship is traditional central Anglican in character, and it is liturgical and Eucharistic. We have a strong musical tradition and our main act of worship is led by a robed choir. These things are important to those who have been at the centre of St Andrew’s for these past many years, and will remain the routine way we do things at the main Sunday morning service. 

You will already have noticed slight adjustments in the liturgy and in the balance of music between old and new. I know that for a few even these modest changes are disturbing, but they are necessary if we are to build the church up, and there may be more such tinkering. 

My second principle is that of navigating change. I am conscious that I have already changed the style of much of the preaching to the more expository style beloved of evangelicals. 

That change in preaching style, is very much afoot. Another substantial change which we need to consider is what to do on Sunday evenings. Our Sunday offering taken as a whole is very traditional, and does not really reach out to those who are unchurched, that is, those with no direct Christian or church experience. Indeed, we need to acknowledge the reality that for those without church experience our traditional offering may actually be off-putting. 

Although those services are well-liked by those who come to them, they are generally poorly attended. That applies to both our evensongs and our evening communions. And when we have a Sunday evening communion, the reality is that the numbers who want to take communion are miniscule. 
We need to pay more attention to our mission to children and young people. Families have been voting with their feet. Many existing Christian families in Stapleford choose not worship with us, and, partly as a consequence of the loss of vitality that has resulted from that, we are not reaching families who have not yet heard the good news of Christ. 

There is a whole spectrum of possible out of church gospel work with families, children and young people that churches undertake. We need to take our pick and start some, starting small. 

The third principle is that we must build for the future. Although St Andrew’s is a church blessed with many people with great gifts there has been significant reliance, over-reliance even, on a small and very committed group administering the affairs of the church and its day to day practicalities. 

Another aspect of building for the future is more fundamental, and it is to do with building our spiritual, rather than our practical, capacity. 

I see the main such tasks as preaching and teaching from the bible, leading services, leading prayers both in services and informally, planning worship, and pastoral visiting and praying for others in pastoral contexts. We need to develop more capacity in all these areas. If we don’t, our lack of capacity will inhibit our growth and we will be unable to disciple enquirers and fulfil our mission to Stapleford.


Dr Simon Taylor

Read the full Parish Priest’s report 2016 here: