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Tree news
A proposal for a Compulsory Purchase Order to buy and protect the former Tree pub has been rejected by South Cambridgeshire District Council.

A new planning application for the Tree pub is currently being considered by the Council. 29 objections have been made by villagers.

The new plans would still see the construction of a three bedroom home 

But the previously proposed Bed and Breakfast block and parking spaces will be lost. 

The Tree Action Group want to reopen the pub which closed in 2013.

They have been trying to push through a compulsory purchase order of the property from the current owner.

The Action Group has set up a Facebook page  - https://www.facebook.com/thetreestapleford/, Instagram - @thetreestapleford, and Twitter - @TheTreeStaplefd - to keep everyone up to date with progress, and to garner more support.

Have your say on new walking/cycling link through Stapleford

Your views are needed about a new cycling and walking route through Stapleford and Great Shelford.

There are two options for the Sawston Greenway through Stapleford.

Option A would follow existing route, with improvements to the existing National Cycling Network route 11 to include improvements on London Road, Stapleford. This can be seen in pink on the map (left).

Option B would be via Dernford Resevoir towards Shelford Station. This would include a new shared-use path around the Dernford Reservoir site and connecting the new route from Shelford Station to the A1301.

Improvements would be made at Shelford station as part of the proposals including improvements to the station forecourt and road crossing and a direct connection through Mill Court.

Read more details and give your views here.
Neighbourhood Plan

Thank you to all who took the time to complete the Neighbourhood plan survey. The responses have given us much evidence of the type of environment you wish to continue enjoying. 

Whilst the responses were quite diverse there were some themes that were common and these will be incorporated into the text that we will now spend the summer writing before presenting to you all in the Autumn for further consultation. 

We value your ideas and are always ready to listen as the Plan is basically your document and can only be completed with your input. Again thank you.

Councillor Barbara Kettel, Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

New Tree pub proposals

A new planning application for the Tree pub has emerged.

The new plans would still see the construction of a three bedroom home

But the previously proposed Bed and Breakfast block and parking spaces will be lost. 

Villagers have until July 3 to comment on the proposals in Bar Lane.

The Tree Action Group want to reopen the pub which closed in 2013.

They have been trying to push through a compulsory purchase order of the property from the current owner.

The Action Group has set up a Facebook page  - https://www.facebook.com/thetreestapleford/, Instagram - @thetreestapleford, and Twitter - @TheTreeStaplefd - to keep everyone up to date with progress, and to garner more support.

Mobas burglary

Intruders tried to break in to Mobas marketing agency in the last week of May.

Police are investigating and security has been increased. 

Their helpful neighbours caught the criminals on cameras, so there’s great evidence and a high probability of catching the thieves.

Mass Rapid Transport on edge of Stapleford a step closer?

The off-road bus-based transport system which would run along the edge Stapleford and Great Shelford could be coming a step closer.

An article in the Cambridge Independent newspaper says that consultation on the Mass Rapid Transit route (MRT) between Granta Park and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus proposals could begin in September.

The route would include stops in Stapleford and Great Shelford. However firm details of the route beyond the adjacent map have not been published.

"A public consultation on the possible routes for phase two of the Cambridge South East Transport Scheme – that aims to deliver quick and reliable public transport links from the A1307 to the city – could begin in September," says the newspaper article.

The link would be on a dedicated track and could eventually form part of a wider plan for a metro system for Cambridge.

Great Shelford and Stapleford councils have written to the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer opposing THE multi million pound plans for a Mass Rapid Transit route (MRT) between Granta Park and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which is being considered which would run on the edge of the two villages. 

The Mass Rapid Transport route would cross three local roads – Granhams Road, Hinton Way and Haverhill Road.

Read the article in the Cambridge Independent.

GCP joint assembly agenda for June 6

GCP project details

Two new councillors needed

The Parish Council is hoping to co-opt two further Councillors in the next few months.

This is an exciting time to join the Council which has significant funds which it intends to use for the benefit of the community. 

This is also a critical time of change in our area with so many developments planned and the Neighbourhood Plan currently being put together will help define our Parish and our neighbouring village of Great Shelford for years to come. If you would like to find out more about the role contact the Clerk or one of the Councillors for more information and perhaps an informal chat.
Director of Music needed at St Andrew’s Church, Stapleford 

St Andrew's Church is looking for an enthusiastic, versatile and excellent musician as their part-time Director of Music/Organist.

St Andrew’s has a fine musical tradition, SATB choir and a wide variety of services.

More information about the post and an application form can be found on their website at www.standrewstapleford.org

Closing date for applications: Friday 28 June 2019

Interviews will be held on: Friday 12 July 2019
Recruitment will be according to the Diocese of Ely Safer Recruitment procedure. References and a DBS check will be required. The post-holder will be required to complete appropriate safeguarding training after appointment.
New flags for Stapleford

New bus stop signs (commonly called flags) have been erected in Stapleford in Mingle Lane, Gog Magog Way, Haverhill Road and Bar Lane.

These have been privately funded  and erected by Steve Edmondson (pictured in Mingle Lane) a local transport campaigner from Haslingfield with some financial support from Stapleford Parish Council & the help of John Wakefield from Great Shelford

The signs replace old dilapidated or missing 'flags' on on the route of the number 31 bus service which runs from Addenbrooke's via Stapleford and Shelfords to Fowlmere and Barley.

Steve has ongoing plans to also replace other bus stop flags in Great & Little Shelford,  Cambridgeshire County Council (now the Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority) have no funds to replace bus top flags and timetables!

Report and  photo; John Wakefield

Stapleford Village Week-end update

The village week-end takes place on June 21-23.

Don't forget the treasure hunt family quiz with a hamper for the prize kindly donated by Travis Perkins. The quiz forms may be collected from the spar shop or the Stapleford school and families can collect the quiz forms and do the quiz  from the week prior to the village weekend. The entries will be judged between 4.30pm- 5pm after the village show

Volunteers are need to assist with the barbecue and also help more generally across the week-end.

"I'd also like to thank the local businesses that have advertised or helped with sponsorship for the weekend," said Michael Gatward

Stapleford Granary beer

Stapleford Granary has launched its own beer.The centre is now offering SG bitter and pale ale to music and arts lovers.

SG bitter and pale ale is selling at £3 per 330ml bottle.

Village survey

Have your say on the future of Stapleford.

The Neighbourhood Plan steering group is asking residents to complete a survey with their views on various aspects of the neighbourhood plan.

Stapleford and Great Shelford Parish Councils are putting together a Neighbourhood Plan with the help of a Steering Group of local residents. The Plan will help to define the extent and character of development in the two parishes over the next twenty years or so. However, the Plan will only be adopted and binding if official examination confirms that it truly reflects the views of the residents. We now need as many residents as possible to give their their views on a variety of questions so that we have an evidence base which enables our Plan to stand up to robust cross examination. All residents are entitled to their opinions and the more replies we have the better!

The survey is now available online to complete. The closing date for completing the online survey is 7th June 2019.

Click on this link to view and complete the survey 

If for any reason you cannot complete the survey online, and would like to be emailed a copy of the document, or would like a paper copy, then please call 01223 843920. Please provide your name, address (or email) and the number of copies required and they will be sent or delivered to you with instructions on returning hard copies.

Stapleford Granary award

The Stapleford Granary has won a Royal Institute of British Architects Regional Award in recognition of the quality and imagination of the conversion work and new buildings.

The award was made at a special meeting of RIBA East at Downing College, Cambridge with Granary General Secretary Paul Barnes second right.

Bus update

"A2B bus and coach would like to announce that after being selected as the council's preferred supplier for services 7A, 18, 31 and 75, we have been awarded continuation of these contracts.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank YOU the passengers of these routes who have made this possible we are a small family owned and run company without the backing of any major "big groups" or shareholders this is a huge achievement for us and we are proud to serve you the passengers who made it possible.
Myself , Tony (31 driver) and Laurkan (7a) and everyone else in the team look forward to seeing you onboard in the future
Brian Clifford
Managing director

Dogs on the Recreation Ground

A concern was recently raised by a dog owner who wished to walk their dog off lead on the Recreation Ground.   (The advice from the Parish Council at that time was that dogs be kept on leads on the Recreation Ground or face a fine). 

The Parish Council has now changed this advice to be in line with the law regarding dogs in public spaces.

The law states that dogs must be kept under control in public places, it is considered out of control if it injures someone or makes someone worried that it might injure them, or if it attacks someone’s animal or the owner thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop a dog attacking their animal.

The Parish Council therefore now notes that all dogs be kept under such control OR on a lead.  They do however request that dogs be kept on leads near the play areas and carpark as a safety measure.  The Parish Council has kept the notice that dogs are prohibited from the enclosed play area.

The following notice will be put up on the board at the recreation ground.

The Parish Council hopes you enjoy your visit to the recreation ground.  To maintain the enjoyment of all users both dog and litter bins are provided.  Please clear up and deposit any waste in the appropriate bins. Please keep dogs under close control (or on a lead) and keep dogs on a lead near the play area and carpark.  Dogs are prohibited from the enclosed play area.

Three Horseshoes refurbishment

New owners have completely refurbished the Three Horseshoes pub, including the restrooms, flooring, garden and furniture. Also the ales are back on the hand pulls. Over the coming weeks they are planning to install a woodburner.

"We felt that the whole place needed a refresh, in line with our expectations for the pub," said Christopher Diogenous. "New owners, new offering and new look.

"We closed the pub for 9 days and completed the first phase refurbishment on the 18th April, which was the opening night.

There is still a strong selection of cask ales, bar menu which includes a ploughman's, charcuterie and cheese boards as well as homemade dishes and haggis scotch eggs and black pudding sausage rolls. The menu will be expanding over the next week or so to offer a small mediterranean influenced menu. They have also partnered with Cambridge Wine Merchants for a great choice of wines.

And their message to the people of Stapleford? "Come and see the changes, we are sure you will like it!"
Trauma teddies 

For a few years knitters in Stapleford WI have made Twiddlemuffs for Alzheimer’s patients in Addenbrooke’s and in local care homes. Recently we decided to extend our repertoire and knit other items of use locally.

They now knit Trauma Teddies to be used by the Emergency Services when attending a variety of incidents where children may be present or distressed by the situation. Patterns for the teddies are on the internet, and they are proving to be both a comfort to the children and a distraction from traumatising events. We donate them to Cambridgeshire Police Force and are looking to establish a contact for donations to Cambridgeshire Fire Service.

They continue to knit Twiddlemuffs for dementia patients, and now also knit pairs of 6”/20cm squares for the Rosie Maternity Hospital. These are used in the premature baby unit. Both mother and baby are given a square which is kept inside their clothing and exchanged on visits so that the baby can recognise its mother’s smell as a comfort and bonding aid, and vice versa.

Helen Hale
Library loyalty card scheme
Great Shelford library has launched its own loyalty card.

People borrowing foir or more adult fiction or non-fiction books at once receive a special stamp on their card.

Four stamps will entitle them to a free standard sized tea or coffee at the Shelford Deli.

The scheme has been launched initially as a pilot until June 30.

Stapleford play scheme needs your vote

Cambridge Joint Playschemes based in Stapleford needs your votes to help it win £40,000 from the National Lottery.

The Stapleford community group, which supports children with severe learning difficulties, has been named a winner in this year’s People’s Projects.

The people’s vote decides which community projects get National Lottery funding. A film about 'Cambridge Joint Playschemes' project will be aired on ITV Anglia East Region on the evening of 1st April after which viewers can vote for this year’s winners. This is the only Project in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire so please help them  with publicity to secure people’s votes for this great cause.

See the web site: https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/cambridge-joint-playschemes

For details please contact Carol Brown, Playscheme Manager, camjointplay@btconnect.com or 07791 087036 or davidjhjones@btinternet.com, 07711 063722, Chair of Trustees, CJP.

Stapleford Community Warden Scheme launched

Stapleford's Community Warden Scheme after started after months of hard work.

Donna Allsop has been appointed as the Stapleford Community Warden. She will work 9am to 12 noon Monday to Fridays. Her contact number is 07436 102733.

She will be contacting people on the existing waiting list as well as taking new referrals as soon as she can accommodate them.

Participants in the scheme pay £7 weekly per household to Age UK via the warden.
The scheme has received support from Stapleford Parish Council, St Andrews Church South Cambs District Council and a number of local charitable trusts. However, further support will be needed.

Enquiries regarding warden services should made in the first instance to Joan and John King on 843578.

The Tree update

"The Tree Action Group has been actively pursuing the campaign. Following the various planning refusals and the dismissal of the owner’s appeal we feel we are in a stronger position and therefore remain optimistic about our chances of re-gaining and re-opening The Tree.

Listing as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) 

"We are grateful to the Parish Council for actively supporting our application for the ACV status to remain for a further 5 years. South Cambs District Council have agreed to this application despite strong objections from the owner. Let’s hope that we do not have to re-apply in 5 years’ time!

Progress on Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO)

"The District Council is still committed to progressing its plans but has not so far finally agreed to adopt or use the Compulsory Purchase Power. As part of their preparations they arranged a meeting in December between the owner and the Action Group to see if a settlement could be negotiated. This meeting did not substantially change the situation as the owner is not prepared to consider a price approaching the probable value of the property.

"Our District Councillors are actively supporting our case for CPO but so far the case has not been presented to a Full Council Meeting. We are going to step up our lobbying efforts and if you have opportunities to lobby District Councillors please do so!

"We have also commissioned a lawyer with specific knowledge in the cases like this area to provide a written opinion. We hope this will help to precipitate more action from the Council.

Save the date 

"The Tree will be running the bar at the Stapleford Village Weekend, 21st to 23rd June. If you can help (max 2 hours per session), please let us know.

Finally, and importantly  

"Although we have almost 90 pledgers from our community we need to encourage others to join us to ensure we have enough financial support to help purchase The Tree when it becomes available. Please pass on the message to others. A simple form is available on our website. http://thetreestapleford.co.uk/call-to-action/  "

Bill French
Chairman, The Tree Community Limited

New Mass Rapid Transit route proposed by Parish Council

An underground rail station for Great Shelford has been proposed.

Great Shelford and Stapleford councils have written to the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer opposing current multi million pound plans for a Mass Rapid Transit route (MRT) between Granta Park and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which is being considered which would run on the edge of the two villages. The Map, left, shows a version of the "Metro" route map in the Cambridge News.

It will cross three busy road commuter routes” according to the letter – Granhams Road, Hinton Way and Haverhill Road.

“We believe that for environmental and traffic management reasons, the Mass Rapid Transit will require extensive tunneling,” says the letter from Mike Nettleton, Chair of Great Shelford Parish Council and Howard Kettel, Chair of Stapleford Council.

They suggest using “the alignment of the existing Cambridge to Liverpool Street rail line and of the former Haverhill rail line.”

“If the Haverhill line were to be used instead, the major challenge would be what to do in the centre of Great Shelford,” the letter states.

“Whichever solution is chosen, it is almost certain that it would require an additional one or two tracks or roadways (assuming the new route cannot share the existing twin line West Anglia rail route). There probably isn’t room to increase the existing two lines through Great Shelford to three or four and there are two level crossings at Granhams Road and Station Road.

“We believe it would be necessary to put the existing West Anglia lines and the new lines in a tunnel under Great Shelford, probably from the area of the current London Road bridge to the far side of the Granhams Road crossing. It is likely that a new underground station would be required. This looks high cost, but the length of tunneling required is likely to be much shorter than for the existing MRT proposal. It would free up a significant amount of prime brownfield land for development, which would defray some of the costs. There would also be significant incidental benefits:

• Removal of the level crossings at Granhams Road and Station Road, which are significant current pinch points.

• Creation of an interchange between West Anglia and the Mass Rapid Transport outside the City centre.

 “Reusing the Haverhill line, with an interchange station in the centre of Great Shelford would immediately make the services accessible to most local residents,” the letter states.

See the full letter here. (External link). A Cambridge News story (map of the "Metro" route above) claimed the route could create 100,000 jobs.

Visit the Cambridge South East Transport study project page for the latest updates on the existing proposals. (External link)

Co-Chairman's message

Here is a message from Howard Kettel, the new Co-Chair of Stapleford Parish Council.

It would be impossible to follow in Nick Pett’s footsteps, he made such an enormous contribution to the wellbeing of the village and his dedication and focus was amazing. He will be missed in so many ways and this will become even more apparent as we look back on his legacy.

I try to be a team player and to listen. My primary concern is to hear what the village wants and then to seek to implement with others what is ‘do-able’. Looking back on what I previously wrote about myself, I would say that my concern for the wider community has grown over the years, and being part of a community church has featured highly in my life, but taking action is key. Reaching out to people who don’t naturally connect with their community, running small groups and doing some mentoring has been my focus. Now a trustee of Hope into Action, a local charity providing homes for the homeless through mobilising, empowering and enabling the local church community, we are seeing the needs of the homeless met in our communities.

As for Stapleford, there is so much opportunity to engage, I am passionate that we preserve and enhance the best in our village and protect our green spaces whilst at the same time meet the challenge of unprecedented growth. Influencing the strategic transportation schemes that will impact our lives is equally vital and to ensure that local representation will make these schemes work for our village.

I’m also thinking how we can take Nick’s vision forward. Over recent years he had ideas for the Pavilion and sports field, which I am keen to see moving forward so that different interest groups get the facilities they need. Beyond that there are the day-to-day concerns of speeding traffic, the constant stream of planning applications that need to be examined (not to mention tree applications), the care of the cemetery and the Villedomer Gardens and so much more!


Police advice to help avoid car thefts

Following a rise  in thieves using more sophisticated techniques to gain access to keyless entry/start button cars, including the theft of a Range Rover in Stapleford police have issued advice to help you keep your vehicle secure and protect you from becoming a victim of crime.

When the correct key fob is close by, the fob recognises the signal and transmits its own code, instructing the vehicle to unlock the doors and to allow the ignition to work on the car.
Thieves use wireless transmitters to capture its radio transmission. This is relayed to another device. It allows the thief to open and start your car in the same way.
To prevent this from happening, use car key signal blocker cases/sleeves, they cost less than £10, or an aluminium tin at home. Find a safe place for your keys at home and check to ensure they are out of range.

Following some of these other steps will also help to protect your vehicle:
Use a good quality crook lock or full cover steering wheel security lock to immobilise your vehicle
Consider fitting an ‘OBD safe’ device, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s on board diagnostic port, in the vehicle cabin. This prevents criminals using software to code an electronic key for the vehicle
If your vehicle is fitted with on board wi-fi consider switching this facility off, if you do not need it which will reduce the chance of criminals hacking into the vehicle’ system; your banking details or personal data from linked devices
Criminals can also employ remote/keyless entry jamming equipment; so make sure your car is locked physically by trying the door handle and viewing the indicators flash, before leaving it.

Boost for Stapleford village warden scheme

Stapleford's village warden scheme is to get a share of more than £23,000 awarded by South Cambridgeshire Council to tackle isolation among elderly residents

Fourteen community groups have been awarded £23,410 by the District Council’s long-running Mobile Wardens grant scheme. The funding will help the groups to tackle isolation by supporting elderly residents to stay in their own homes and communities.

Through community care schemes, Mobile Wardens regularly visit elderly residents in their homes, helping with light practical tasks and establishing supportive relationships.

The applicants for 2019/20 grant funding included 11 schemes that were supported during the previous year, plus three additional schemes. In order to fund all 11 returning schemes to the same level, as well as the three additional schemes in Waterbeach, Stapleford and Great Shelford, the total funding for 2019-2020 has increased by £3,300.

 Concert for Stapleford charity

The Karen Morris Memorial Trust is delighted to announce that it is the benefitting charity of the Sampson Orchestra of Cambridge's April Concert at West Road Concert Hall on Saturday 13 April. Entitled 'Vienna Classic and Romantic' it will feature works by Mahler and Mozart. Tickets @ £18 (£16 concessions, £10 students, £5 under 16) are available from the KMMT at info@kmmt.org.uk or from the ADC Theatre.

As many Stapleford residents know, the KMMT is a Stapleford based charity, set up to continue the fundraising initiative of our local residents Sylvia Morris's late daughter and Debby Jepps' sister. The Trust currently funds four Karen's Homes from Home for leukaemia patients and their families at leading UK haematology departments, the third having opened at Addenbrooke's in July 2011. For further information about the charity please visit their web site: www.kmmt.org.uk.
Little Shelford Bowls Club welcomes new members

Little Shelford has a small and friendly bowls club, which has members from surrounding villages including a number from Stapleford. Our green is at the far end of the Wale Recreation Ground off Whittlesford Road, and we play matches on weekday evenings and Wednesday afternoons from late April to early September.

We are always keen to welcome new members and will be holding Open Days on Saturday 20thand 27thApril, starting at 2pm. If you would like to try your hand at bowls, or just find out more, come and join us. All you will need is a pair of flat-soled shoes. You are also welcome to contact our Secretary Ray Saich on 842737 if you have any queries.

Stapleford emergency plan 

Nearly all emergencies affecting communities will be dealt with routinely by an integrated multi-agency response (i.e. police, fire, ambulance, etc). However, a situation could occur (such as flooding, storm damage, deep snow, power outage or major incident), which could delay the arrival of outside assistance. Our community may need to help itself.

Here in Stapleford the Parish Council is reviewing their Emergency Plan and updating information on their Emergency Response Team who will co-ordinate a community emergency response.

Initially there are two ways you can help:

- complete the self help form, this allows you to plan how your family might respond in an emergency, especially if phone networks are busy

- offer to help by completing and returning the skills and assets form

(If you have offered help in the past please contact us as we need to confirm that, in the light of new data protection regulations, you are happy for your details to be held for emergency planning purposes)

The forms are available here. If you require any further information please contact the assistant parish clerk (staplefordpavilionbookings@gmail.com) or the parish clerk or any parish councillor.
The full Emergency Plan will be available once updated and approved by SCDC.
Range Rover stolen

A Range Rover Evoque was stolen in the early hours of February 8.

The car has keyless entry. There is no broken glass. 

It is believed that this could be a relay attack. Thieves use a signal amplifier to amplify the signal from your keyless entry key & this then talks to the car to open it & start it. 

You can protect yourself from this by putting your keys in the microwave (not sure I would remember to rake them out before use!), metal tins can also be good, though check each tin by walking up to the car. Proper RFID key pouches are also available cheaply on the likes of Amazon. Some insurance companies will also send them out free of charge Or just put your keys well away from windows & doors so they aren’t so easy to spot with the signal amplifiers.

Remember to report anyone you see hanging around outside houses, especially in groups of 2 or more as it would usually need 2 people to carry out a relay attack.

Nick Pett

Stapleford Parish Council is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden and untimely passing of its Chair Nick Pett after a short and aggressive illness.

Nick/Nigel’s commitment to public service and role as a devoted public servant was an example to us all especially in times when some shy away from the time, commitment and responsibility involved. Nick gave his time by the bucket load. He attended countless and diverse meetings on usual Council business as well as on issues ranging from education to the Neighbourhood Plan, planning, infrastructure and transport. He was determined to collaborate with neighbouring parishes for the greater co-ordinated good. He was a tireless advocate of the need for strategic overview as well as attending to the detail. The Village Weekend wouldn’t have been the successful inclusive event it has become without the tireless organisation of Nick and Gillian.

At times his resolution to achieve things meant that occasionally others needed to follow in his wake to smooth the waters after the power boat had motored through! His strong and vibrant personality meant that meetings were lively, often infused by snorts and giggles.

Thank you Nick for all the time that you gave and all that you did to benefit and improve our community.

Our thoughts are with our fellow Parish Councillor Gillian and all of the family.

Vice Chair Sara Sayer and fellow Parish Councillors.

Boost for Stapleford charity

The Karen Morris Memorial Trust (KMMT) is delighted to announce that it is the benefitting charity of the Sampson Orchestra of Cambridge's April Concert at West Road Concert Hall on Saturday 13 April. Entitled 'Vienna Classic and Romantic' it will feature works by Mahler and Mozart. Tickets @ £18 (£16 concessions, £10 students, £5 under 16) are available from the KMMT at info@kmmt.org.uk or from the ADC Theatre.

As many Stapleford residents know, the KMMT is a Stapleford based charity, set up to continue the fundraising initiative of our local residents Sylvia Morris's late daughter and Debby Jepps' sister. The Trust currently funds four Karen's Homes from Home for leukaemia patients and their families at leading UK haematology departments, the third having opened at Addenbrooke's in July 2011. For further information about the charity please visit their web site: www.kmmt.org.uk.

Council tax increase
The Parish Council's share of the Council Tax bills in Stapleford is going up.

Householders on Band D will see bills rise by £5.90 per annum for the local slice of the bills.

The Council's budget is increasing from £65,000 to £70,000.

Children’s Piano Concert at Stapleford Granary

On Sunday 20th January, piano pupils of Cecilia Izzett and Jane Chisholm gave a concert in the auditorium at Stapleford Granary to an audience of families and friends. Two of the older pupils welcomed us with a duet called “In Seventh Heaven” as the room filled to capacity.

The concert began with some of the youngest pupils playing short solos or duets with their respective teachers, and it was evident that they had all put in a great deal of effort in practicing for the concert.   We then heard from the older pupils who tackled some longer and more advanced pieces, again in a mixture of duets and solos. All of the children had made their own choice of what to perform and it was intriguing to hear different interpretations of the same piece from some of the pupils. There was a wide range of styles on offer from some quite intense classical works through to jazz and blues, and in one case a pupil’s own arrangement.

For some children this was the first experience of playing in front of an audience, and for all the young performers, the Steinway grand piano in the Granary was much bigger and louder than they were used to, but they all rose to the occasion splendidly and there were few signs of nerves.  Many of the older performers treated their audience to some sparkling performances that demonstrated   real musical understanding.  It was a pleasure to see their commitment and enthusiasm.

Finally, the younger musicians returned and took it in turns to play different variations of “I Like Coffee” with their teacher to bring the concert to a delightful conclusion.

Pilates class

A new pilates class is starting in Stapleford in February.

The class is being run at the Jubilee Pavilion. Ring Disa on 07798 754029 or email disa_bennett@hotmail.com for details.

New portal

South Cambridgeshire District Council has launched their new customer portal, #mysouthcambs, where you can find frequently asked questions for a number of our services, along with some of their online forms.

They are hoping this will make it easier for residents, parish councils and others to access District Council services. The log in link to “My South Cambs” sits under the search bar on our website and the direct link to log in is: http://mysouthcambs.scambs.gov.uk. You will need to register to gain access, using either the social media links or the manual registration process.

Sonia Constant, Project Manager, would appreciate any feedback from parish councils and other users, and  suggestions or comments can be emailed to mysouthcambs@scambs.gov.uk. Also on twitter at #mysouthcambs.

Your Green Belt Needs you

In response to parishioner concerns Stapleford Parish Council encourages residents to familiarise themselves with Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) Proposals in respect for the A1307.

The favoured option is to build a new Mass Transit Rapid Transport Solution which, put simply, will be a quasi-guided bus route crossing Haverhill Road and the fields between Stapleford village and the Magog Downs. Consequences of this will include creating a triangular parcel of land that developers will at some stage likely seek to build upon. This is prime Green Belt Land. The Land is also adjacent to key conservation sites including Magog Down and Wandlebury Country Park.

Stapleford Parish Council wishes to draw residents' attention to an initiative to investigate the use of existing railway routes and the former Haverhill line to Sawston (the old Stour Valley Railway which closed in 1967 under the Beeching cuts.) Using existing infrastructure routes would seek to avoid further encroachment into Green Belt land.

If you are interested in learning more about this initiative or indeed wish to be involved with it or to simply provide us with your feedback on the proposals so that we can feed these into the Local Liaison Forum on these issues then please contact our clerk Anne Rudge via: staplefordparishclerk@gmail.com 

Park and ride energy proposal

Renewable energy system solar panels could be mounted on carports above the car parking spaces at the Babraham Park and Ride.

Cambridgeshire County Council has invited invites Great Shelford and Stapleford residents and users of the Babraham Road Park & Ride site to come talk to the Council’s Energy Investment Team about the new clean energy project being considered for the site. The County Council is looking for innovative new ways of using their assets to generate clean energy, reduce their environmental impact while generating revenue for much-needed public services.

The solar panels will generate clean, renewable electricity to power not only the site, but also for electric vehicle chargers, neighbouring customers and autonomous vehicles planned for 2019. The project will be underpinned by battery storage which will store green electricity, allowing us to power the different demand centres after dark. This project could pave the way for public transport to move away from fossil fuels, a known contributor to poor air quality. The same team has been designing a similar project planned for the St Ives Park & Ride, on the northern end of the Guided Busway.

Members of the team developing the project will be at the Great Shelford Memorial Hall at 6.30pm on Tuesday 5th February. Your input will be vital in shaping the future of the project. If you’re unable to meet the team, please contact mlei@cambridgeshire.gov.uk with questions or concerns.
New Community Warden

The search is on for a new Community Warden for Stapleford.

The Community Warden will supports older people to remain living in their own homes in the village by providing them with practical daily support and assistance. Tasks such as collecting prescriptions, small items of shopping, helping with letters and phone calls and ensuring safety and well-being are included in the role.

The warden will work 15 hours a week. The salary is £6,500.

Closing date for applications is Feb 4 2019

See the full job details here.

Shed with a difference opens for business

A special shed has been opened at the Arthur Rank Hospice at Shelford |Bottom.

‘Arthur’s shed’ is a studio room located in the landscaped gardens at the hospice; which provides an alternative space for all to enjoy.

Their vision is for the wider community and people connected to the hospice to come together in a safe, warm and friendly venue.

Volunteers offer their time and talents to deliver a programme of wide-ranging activities from woodwork to flower arranging, to less structured informal sessions where attendees can learn from bespoke sessions on basic budgeting skills, cookery for pleasure, or 1-1 sessions to understand how to e-mail, or shop on-line.

The Shed has a dedicated webpage and you can see a schedule of activities here
Three Stapleford burglaries

Three homes in the village have been burgled in a month.

In the most recent theft, burglars broke into a home in Sternes Way, Stapleford between 9am and 8.30pm on December 7. they broke in througha  rear conservatory door before taking a number of items.

In the second theft, a house in Stapleford was burgled on November 20.

Thieves forced the French doors of a house in Collier Way, Stapleford before making off with a number of items.

The burglary took place between 8.45am and 9pm on November 20.

On Saturday, Dec 1 burglars broke into a house in Haverhill Road between 3.30pm and 7pm. 

A kitchen window was removed and entry gained to a house. Items of jewellery and electronic equipment were taken.
Parking charge to be introduced at Magog Down

A £3 parking charge is being introduced at the Magog Down in December.

The Magog Down is run by a Charity, The Magog Trust. It costs around £50k pa to maintain the Down.

The charge is being introduced to ensure its future.

Many of you visit Magog Down and enjoy this beautiful corner of the Cambridgeshire countryside. How many contribute to the costs of running and maintaining it? Friends and Members do, and their commitment is important to the charity. To encourage everyone who uses the Magog Down to pay towards these costs, the Trustees have decided to introduce a charge for car parking, except for Friends and Members.

Look out for further information on the date of introduction. The charge will be £3 a day. To become a Friend visit http://www.magogtrust.org.uk/join_us/. It costs an individual £15 per year and a family £25 per year.

Changes at Murketts

It would appear that Murketts have re-branded their car sales and filling station at Stapleford to Magpie Garage https://www.magpiegarage.com/ which is no longer a Vauxhall dealership, and appears to be selling used cars only of all makes. 

On the website it says "Magpie garage is your new independent garage services location, operated by the Murkett family who have for over a century owned and operated motor businesses in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas."

Murketts are still a Vauxhall dealer in Cambridge, Huntingdon and Royston https://www.murketts.co.uk/

The filling station at Stapleford is still selling Esso petrol and diesel and are unchanged.
John Wakefield Nov 30 2018

Shelford Feast survey

The Shelford Feast has launched a questionnaire to see how they can improve what they offer.

The deadline for responses as 23rd December. As an incentive they are giving away a pair of Weekly Tickets worth £100. They will draw and announce the winner on 24th December - an exciting early Christmas present for someone!

This is the link to the survey:

Tree pub update

An Independent Facilitator has been appointed by South Cambridgeshire District Council to attempt a negotiation and a possible settlement between the current owner of the pub and the Tree Action Group.

A meeting is due total place in December. If no agreement is reached, then the District Council will have to decide about implementing a Compulsory Purchase Order for the pub.
Bus update

Patronage of the 7A (Trumpington P&R to Whittlesford) and 31 (Addenbrookes to Fowlmere) bus services are still low, particularly the 7A which had a change of route in July to Trumpington rather than Babraham Road P&R to encourage more use.

According to Brian Clifford MD and owner of A2B Bus and Coach, the operator of both services, unless there is a significant increase in patronage on the 7A it is likely to be axed when the contract expires in 2019.
So its in the local interest to make use of these services. 

For Shelford residents the 7A can provide access to Waitrose at Trumpington or indeed a faster more direct journey into Cambridge via P&R or Guided buses from the bus stop in Tunwells Lane.
The 31 is useful for less mobile residents living in the Hinton Way/Mingle Lane area for the shops and medical practice in Gt Shelford village with stops in High Street opp Square & Compass and near Woollards Lane, giving around 40mins before the bus returns. There is of course free travel for those with a concessionary bus pass.

Time tables are displayed at most bus stops and also on A2B web site https://www.a2bbusandcoach.com/copy-of-bus-timetables.

Both services run Monday to Saturday except on Bank Holidays.
So its a case of use it or loose it.
John Wakefield

Stapleford burglary

A house has been burgled in Finch's Close, Stapleford. The break-in happened between midnight and 10.30am on October 23.

The rear patio door of a house was smashed, a tidy search was completed and watches and jewellery were stolen. It is believed curtains were drawn and automatic lighting removed to avoid being seen.

Mass Rapid Transit route for Stapleford on the cards

A proposed Mass Rapid Transit road which is likely to run along the edge of Stapleford and Great Shelford has come a step closer to reality.

The public transport route from the A11 via Stapleford and Shelford to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus was agreed as the preferred option to be taken forward for further development by the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board on October 11.

The indicative route, which shows proposed stops in both Stapleford and Great Shelford, is shown on the map above from the Greater Cambridge Partnership website.

The new public transport route would most likely form part of a Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro, according to the Greater Cambridge Partnership website.

Consultation on the proposals took place between February and April 2018.

More details on this can be found at www.greatercambridge.org.uk

Changes in governance at Stapleford Community Primary School

"In ten years as Clerk to the Governing Body at Stapleford School, I have seen many changes; changes of headteacher, teachers, teaching assistants, non-teaching staff and governors and changes in governance as well as changes of pupils. However, plus ça change! The character of our village community school has not changed. The dedication and enthusiasm of all remains constant; to provide a high-quality education for all the pupils and to inspire each of them to achieve their best.

"Earlier this year, we became an academy and joined the Anglian Learning Trust. This is a group of primary and secondary schools that have a shared ethos. Each school believes that we have a shared responsibility, through support and challenge, to ensure that we can offer an outstanding education to its pupils. Sawston Village College is a member of this organisation, so our Stapleford pupils will benefit from a seamless transition from primary to secondary school.

"In October, Paul Izzett replaced Isabel Thomas as our Chair of Governors. The school and the governors appreciate Isabel's contribution and tireless commitment during her term of office. Paul lives in Stapleford and is an experienced governor, a former headteacher of a Cambridge school, a retired magistrate and currently a trustee of Relate Cambridge.

"We also welcomed two new Trust Governors, Jo Robinson and Gemma Clarke. Jo has lived in Stapleford for many years and has been working as a volunteer teacher in school to support some individual pupils. Gemma Clarke is a former teacher at Stapleford and staff governor. Now that she has moved on to become a university lecturer in educational practice, she will remain on the Governing Body as a Trust Governor.

"At the time of writing, we have two new, enthusiastic prospective Parent Governors and a prospective new Staff Governor who will join our team at the next Local Governing Body meeting.

"Our committed and active team of governors work closely with Christine Spain, our headteacher, to promote and support high-quality learning and teaching in school and provide a strategic vision for continuous improvement. With the exception of one governor, all members are part of the local community living in or close to Stapleford village.

"The collective expertise and experience of our current governors and associate members includes teaching, senior educational management, law, educational publishing, marketing, business management, medical consultancy and training.

"In the coming months, we will have a vacancy for a Trust Governor. The Governing Body are looking for a local member of the community with experience in business and finance. If you are interested in joining our enthusiastic and hard-working team, please contact clerk@staplefordprimaryschool.org."

Leonie Hyde Clerk to Stapleford Community Primary School Local Governing Body.

Is your your charity  looking for funds or prepared to be involved? 

If you know a local charity or organisation that might benefit by receiving funds from the Sawston Fun Run, let them know. They are inviting local charities and organisations to apply to be a beneficiary of the event to be held on Sunday 12th May 2019. 

Each year, the event, donates £12,000 to £15,000 to charities and organisations serving villages in this area. Since 1986 they have raised more than £455,000 for local hospitals, hospices, schools, youth groups, support groups and local branches of national charities. 

You need to identify a specific project or activity that needs support, tell them who will benefit, and say when the funds are needed. Whilst capital projects are preferred, the selection is based on the strength of each case. The closing date for applications is 30th November. Application forms are available off the website www.sawstonfunrun.co.uk or by contacting the phone or email below.

This great local event has expanded over the years so it engages with all sections of the community and attracts around 1,000 entrants. It is organised and managed totally by volunteers with support from local businesses and retailers. 

Past sponsors and advertisers are already confirming their backing. We would love to hear from any business or individual who is willing to help or be involved in any way. 
Ian Chamberlain, Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston 
Tel: 01223 872243, email: enquiries@sawstonfunrun.co.uk
Community Warden Scheme considered for Stapleford?

A new Stapleford Community Warden scheme is being considered for Stapleford. This would be set up to assist older Stapleford residents to continue to live independently. 

Village residents recently met to discuss the benefits of providing this service with Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who already manage 11 such schemes nearby, seven of which are in South

Cambridgeshire villages.

How would the service work?

A Community Warden would be employed by Age UK to provide daily contact (Monday to Friday) through a telephone call and/or personal visit, fostering a sense of security and wellbeing as well as

peace of mind for the family of the service user. A warden is not there to interfere but to provide relevant support on a short or long term basis.

What would this cost?

A charge of £6 per week would be made to each user or household. No profits are made from Community Warden Schemes but the scheme in Stapleford would rely on financial support from the Parish Council and others and any surplus will be reinvested into the scheme. The Parish Council has provided £4k funding for the scheme.

How to register interest

Before we are able to go ahead, we must establish that there is a need for a warden. If you, or any Stapleford resident you know is interested in such a service, please email staplefordparishclerk@gmail.com or contact Joan or John King on 843578, in confidence with no obligation.

Pot hole delay

The County Council has taken three months to decide that a dangerous pot hole isn't deep enough to warrant action.

The pot hole in Church Street, Stapleford was reported by John Wakefield on July 4th because he felt it would be dangerous to cyclists and motor bikes.

Car stolen after burglar breaks into home

A black Audi TT has been stolen on September 12 from Hawthorne Road, Stapleford.  

Between 12.30am and 1.30am , a homeowner heard a noise whilst working in their study and believed a door had shut from a draft. When they went to lock up, they noticed the ground floor small side window had been forced open and that the thief had reached through the window and stolen sets of keys which were hanging up.

The keys stolen were for the house, a mini cooper and an Audi TT. The Audi was stolen and the remaining keys were left on the lawn of the front garden. The House was not searched and the mini cooper was not disturbed. 

The Tree update

South Cambridgeshire Council leader Bridget Smith has had a good meeting with the group of residents who are trying to purchase The Tree in Stapleford as a pub/community hub. 

Before the District Council considers whether or not to trigger a Compulsory Purchase Order, they have agreed that the council will try once more to mediate for a private purchase. 

Councillor Peter Fane. 

Farmland for sale

Almost 150 acres of agricultural land with "long-term development potential" is on sale at Shelford Bottom for £2m.

The land extends to 147 acres (59.78 hectares) in a single block.

It is currently under arable production.The land is located outside the development boundary and within the Cambridge Green Belt. However, its position on the southern edge of Cambridge gives the land “long-term development potential” according to the sales brochure.

There is another area of farmland up for sale.  It is off Hinton Way to the left just after the top of the hill heading down towards Shelford Bottom.  It is also being sold by RAH. It is only 0.79 acres.  It is described on the signboard as “Accommodation Land”.

Stapleford roads affected by the new 20mph zone

Footpaths made dangerous and trees overhanging? 

The Council is very grateful to those home owners who have responded to the request to prune hedges and trees which were overhanging and also encroaching onto the footpaths. However, there are still a significant number of places in the village where hedges and shrubs make footpaths very narrow and forcing walkers into the road. This a particular problem in Church Street, Gog Magog Way, Mingle Lane, Bar Lane, London Road and Bury Road. Similarly, there are a number of trees which obscure the street lights and this makes life very dangerous for us all. WE all need to be aware of the dangers and do our best to make this a safer community.

If you need advice please contact the clerk or South Cambridgeshire District Council Trees and Landscape Department. Thank you very much for your co-operation.

Anne Rudge Clerk to the Council


Posted July 30

Cabinet smashed

A communications cabinet was smashed at Stapleford sometime between 27th and 28th July. The cabinet believed to be housing broadband equipment was completely destroyed by a vehicle colliding with it on the A1301 opposite the Rose pub.

At time of writing nothing more is known and the area remains taped off. It is not know either whether there has been a loss of broadband to local users.

Report & pics John Wakefield
Posted July 28

Manhole cover problem

A manhole cover that has dropped about 25mm is causing concern to motorcyclists and other road users in Stapleford.

The cover on the north bound carriageway of the A1301 near the water bridge has been reported to Cambridgeshire Highways but they as of yet not rectified the problem.

Apparently they are having trouble finding who owns the manhole. Anglia Water although saying its not one of theirs are due to lift the cover in the presence of Highways official on 1st August to establish what utility company owns it. BT / Openreach have also stated its not theirs. 

It has been established that Cambridge Water Company are responsible for the manhole cover. Cambridge Water are now in the process of applying for the permit to allow them to carry out the repair work on the highway.
John Wakefield. Posted July 30

Shelford and Stapleford Rainbows urgently need an additional leader

An additional qualified Girlguiding leader, or someone who is willing to undertake the Girlguiding Leadership Qualification, is urgently needed to share the running of Shelford and Stapleford Rainbows from September. This would involve sharing the planning and resourcing of activities and running of meetings with the current leader. Rainbows is the youngest section of Girlguiding and is for girls aged 5–7 years.

The unit meets once weekly during term time. To find out more, please contact Lisa MacGregor, Shelford District Administrator (lisa.macgregor@ntlworld.com) and visit www.girlguiding.org.uk (search for Rainbows and Leadership Qualification). Posted July 20

Shelford Medical Practice merger

Shelford Medical Practice merged with Granta Medical Practices on July 1st. Once their two computer systems merge (scheduled for the beginning of September), Shelford patients will be able to take full advantage of all the benefits that Granta patients are offered, including a wider choice of appointments, a choice of venues, and access to various community-based services.

"We would like to assure you that all the current services that are offered at Shelford will also continue," said spokesman Sandra East.

"We are very excited to now be part of the Granta Medical Practices group, and look forward to continually improving health care for all of our patients as we become a Primary Care Home. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this transitional period." Posted July 18

The Tree update

Proposals to bulldoze the Tree and build a new pub and two homes on the site have been rejected. 

You can read the full planning application here.

The Tree closed in 2013.

The Tree Action Group has set up a Facebook page  - https://www.facebook.com/thetreestapleford/, Instagram - @thetreestapleford, and Twitter - @TheTreeStaplefd - to keep everyone up to date with progress, and to garner more support. Posted July 18

7a bus changes

Proposed changes to the 7a bus timetable will no longer have an adverse impact on people living in Stapleford and Great Shelford.

The new changes are due to start on July 30.

When the bus enters Stapleford from the Sawston by pass direction it will stop on request opposite the Spar shop and Granta Terrace in Stapleford.
It will also now stop at Tunwells Lane Great Shelford, and will stop at the corresponding stops on the opposite side of the road on the return journey from Trumpington. Formerly it was reported that Shelford residents would not have a pick up/ set down opportunity.

So all stops up to Tunwells Lane but none between there and Trumpington P&R. Note the bus will NOT go into Waitrose so passengers will need to walk there from P&R.
John Wakefield Posted July 12

Garden vandalised

A vegetable patch in a back garden in Stapleford has been damaged by vandals.

Terracotta pots were also damaged in the vandalism at the home in Cambridge Road which happened between 7.30pm on June 27 and 7.30am on June 28.

The suspects have trampled on the veg patch damaging the vegetables as well as throwing stones and throwing around wood pile. 

Anti-social behaviour at the Cemetery 

If you see anything untoward at the Cemetery, please contact the Parish Clerk and the Police on 101. 

Please provide as much information as possible including car registration plates where applicable.

Stapleford Parish Clerk – staplefordparishclerk@gmail.com
Telephone: 07426 192578
 Arthur Rank Hospice lottery raises nearly £1m

If you take part in Your Hospice Lottery for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, you may soon have helped raise £1 million for the Hospice.

Thanks to supporters playing the weekly lottery for the Hospice, a grand total of £941,713.50 has now been raised to help fund the care provided every day by Arthur Rank Hospice, to those living with a life-limiting illness in Cambridgeshire (as of Monday 25 June). 

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s partnership with Your Hospice Lottery began in 2011. Just £58,286.50 remains, in order to take the funds raised by the lottery to its first £1 million by the end of September. This would equate to 2,230 people signing up to pledge their support to Arthur Rank Hospice through Your Hospice Lottery (less than 0.5% of the county’s population of around 621,210) playing for £1 a week. 

Alex Howe, Head of Lottery at Your Hospice Lottery, adds: “We have been working with Arthur Rank for over 6 years now and have been overwhelmed by the astounding response we have received from the people of Cambridgeshire. There are currently over 7,800 numbers played by local supporters in the draw each week. We hope more people will follow suit and join in the fun. Becoming a player with Your Hospice Lottery for £1 per week, really does make a difference.” 

Lottery players could win prizes ranging from £1,000 down to £10. There is also a rollover jackpot, which increases by £250 per week when not won, up to a maximum of £10,000. To date, Your Hospice Lottery has created 6,716 winners amongst Arthur Rank Hospice players, paying out over £165,000 in prize money. 
To sign up or for more information visit arhc.org.uk/join-the-lottery.asp or call 0800 285 1390. 

Help needed for craft fair

Volunteers are urgently needed to organise the Stapleford School craft fair.

Unfortunately all members of the existing committee are stepping down due to personal commitments. They raised over £2.5k from the last fair and it's the biggest fundraising event of the school year. 

It's been going for 30 years, it would be a shame if nobody came forward to run it. The previous organisers are on hand to help and guide a new team and a lot of parents will be happy to run with specific tasks, but we need a new team to lead the project asap. The date, should it go ahead, will be 18 November. Please message them on Facebook to let us know if you are interested in forming a team to organise the 31st Fair or speak to them in the playground if you want to know what it entails: Isabel Thomas, Eleanor Watters, Heather Crossan, Jenny Rush, Caroline Russo.
7a bus update

Proposed changes to the 7a bus timetable will no longer have an adverse impact on people living in Stapleford and Great Shelford.

The new changes are due to start on July 30.

When the bus enters Stapleford from the Sawston by pass direction it will also stop at the Spar shop on request.

The 7a will  still also stop at Granta Terrace on request.

So all stops up to Tunwells Lane but none between there and Trumpington P&R. Note the bus will NOT go into Waitrose so passengers will need to walk there from P&R.

The bus will now also stop on request at Tunwells Lane as formerly it was reported that Shelford residents would not have a pick up/ set down opportunity.

See coverage of the story in the Cambridge Independent

John Wakefield June 11 2018

See the new 7a bus timetable here.
House burglary

A home in London Road, Stapleford was broken into during the day on May 25.

The thieves broke in through the patio doors.

The break-in took place between12.30pm and 3pm.
Shed theft

My shed on Stapleford allotment was forced open over the weekend and a number of tools were stolen. Would be grateful if you could warn other allotmenters. Mike Trower.
Parish Council April headlines

  • The Parish Council has given "tacit support" about the possibility of a Village Warden Scheme for Stapleford being revived
  • The Village Ranger is no longer contracted to the Council.
  • Local gardeners are being asked to take on the up-keep of Basil’s Piece, Villedomer Gardens and the Slaughter House beds
  • The Parish Council is opposing the removal of temporary access and reverting to the old access at Dernford Quarry.
Read the full minutes of the Stapleford Council April meeting here.

Parish Council vacancies

 Stapleford Parish Council is allowed 9 members but only 5 were elected at the recent election. Thus, there are 4 vacancies. 

The Council is seeking interest from people who are eligible as there are some regulations. Your name must appear on the current register of the Voters List or you should during the whole of the twelve months preceding  May 3 2018 have resided in or within three miles of the parish or your only place of work during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date is in the parish. You must not be debarred from standing as a Councillor. 

A brief resume is available about the role of a Councillor. If the Council moves to co-option you will be asked to write a brief paragraph as to why you should be considered.

Please feel free to contact any member of the Council or the Clerk if you would like to discuss this position. If you are interested please let the Clerk know.

Anne Rudge
Clerk to the Council
07426 192578

Local election results
The Liberal Democrats won the two South Cambridgeshire District Council seats for the Shelford and Stapleford on May 3.

The seats had previously been held by the Conservatives.

Liberal DemocratPeter Robert Fane1339Elected
Liberal DemocratNick Sample1240Elected
ConservativeBenjamin Joseph Shelton908
ConservativeCharlie Nightingale839
LabourMike Nettleton466
LabourMark Toner346
GreenSophia Berridge270

There were no Parish Council elections on May 3 in Great Shelford, Little Shelford and Stapleford as there weren't enough candidates who put their names forward

The Karen Morris Memorial Trust has launched its 20th anniversary appeal.

To help ensure that Karen's legacy to help leukaemia patients and their families lives on, they are asking friends and supporters to donate £20.00. They are delighted and very grateful to the Jack Goldhill Charitable Trust who have generously committed to matching every pound raised in this campaign: you donate £20 and they will donate £20 (up to £20,000).

- Go to www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/kmmt/twenty

- By bank transfer to: Karen Morris Memorial Trust; NatWest Bank; sort code: 601520; account no: 65140125

- Cheque made payable to Karen Morris Memorial Trust and sent to 32 Haverhill Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BX
Posted May 14

Shop at Tescos and they will give SSYI money

We very much appreciate the support of many people for SSYI over the years. Our work continues to grow, and new sources of funding are always welcome. Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative (SSYI) has just been successful in our application to Tesco's "Bags of Help" Grant Scheme.

This means that whenever you shop at any of the Tesco stores in the Cambridge area during May and June 2018, you get a token, which you can physically put into a box labelled SSYI (or Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative) close by the checkout to "vote" for SSYI. Two other local charities are also involved. These tokens will be counted and the charity with the most votes will receive £4000, with the others receiving £2000 and £1000.

You will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it's not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token. Please make sure that if you are not offered a token you ask for one. Please see below a list of stores taking part:

2065 Barhill CB23 8EL Extra


2228 Cambridge Newmarket Road CB5 8HE Superstore





2555 Fulbourn Cherryhinton CB1 9BF Superstore





2889 Milton CB24 6AY Superstore

John Greaves.
Can you cycle for a local charity?

The Karen Morris Memorial Trust is looking for two cyclists to join their Ride London 100 Gold Bond Team 2018. A unique opportunity to cycle the London Olympic 2012 route and raise valuable funds for this worthwhile charity. As many Stapleford residents know, this locally based charity supports Karen's Homes from Home for leukaemia patients and their families including one at Addenbrooke's. To register or for further information please email Sylvia Morris: info@kmmt.org.uk

Guitar stolen

Between 1130am on April 1st and 12.30pm on April 2, the lock to a vehicle has been damaged allowing access to the vehicle. A Steinberger Synapse Bass Guitar has been stolen from the vehicle. During the times given this vehicle has been parked in London Road, Great Shelford, Dolphin Way in Stapleford and Tension Road, Cambridge, and it is not known where the theft took place. 

Mystery bangs in Shelford & Stapleford
The source of what sounds like gun shots heard over the past weeks in the Hinton Way & Mingle Lane areas have been traced to one of two (maybe three) gas powered bird scarers located in a field to the east of Mingle Lane, behind Stapleford Church and Cemetery.

The bangs which can be heard over a large area are causing annoyance to some local residents, and frightening animals.

The bird scarers are owned by David Rayner Farms of Swaffham Bulbeck. John Wakefield.

New path for Stapleford consultation

 The Stapleford Parish Plan, which was completed back in 2012, highlighted the wish of Stapleford residents for more circular access to the countryside and in particular, a riverside path.


The Sawston Greenway Consultation is currently taking place and this project is considering such a path.  The route would be under the old railway bridge, alongside the river to Sawston.   With only a short stretch of Babraham Road, it would link back to Stapleford via the restricted byway and bridleway back over the river and past the black barn.


This is the route map: https://citydeal-live.storage.googleapis.com/upload/www.greatercambridge.org.uk/transport/transport-projects/Sawston%20Map%20Final.pdf


You can send in your response here:  https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/transport/transport-projects/greenways/greenways-survey-1/

Whether this route will become a reality is potentially down to the support it receives from residents. 

Parish Council February headlines

Councillors expressed concern that there could be an accident in Bar Lane. Councillor Nigel Pett expressed the view that planning requirements had not been met resulting in the current problems.  Councillor Sara Sayer said that there were no yellow lines on the corner and no instructions on the traffic order.

A1307 progress report – Councillor Nigel Pett confirmed that the original 3 routes are still under consideration and the Council should consider them carefully before responding. Councillor Ben Shelton stated that Option A is the favoured route and it will have a significant effect on Stapleford and Shelford. the consultation ends on April 9.

The Parish Council has been asked for a £25,000 grant from the Tree Action Group. They will make a decision at their next meeting.

The office at Cox’s Close will shortly be used by the Parish Council Clerk and Assistant Clerk for 10 hours per week .

Read the full minutes of the February Parish Council meeting here.
The Magog Trust says farewell to two eminent scientists

We are so very sorry to hear of John Sulston’s death. Not only a long-standing Member and supporter of The Magog Trust, but he had become quite a regular at our monthly working parties on Magog Down, and his good humour and practical nature will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him.

It was sad news too to learn of the death of Prof Stephen Hawking. He had been a Patron of The Magog Trust for a number of years. In June 1998, he opened the easy access path from the disabled parking bays on Magog Down, to the top of Little Trees Hill. It gave him enormous pleasure to see Cambridge spread before him.

The photo (left) shows Stephen Hawking opening the easy access route, along with our president Christopher South, in June 1998. The other (right) acknowledged to Bill French, John Sulston at a Magog volunteers’ session, working on Magog Down.

Concert proceeds for Stapleford Trust

The Stapleford -based Karen Morris Memorial Trust is delighted to announce that the Sampson Orchestra of Cambridge is again devoting the proceeds of its concert on Sunday 22 April at West Road Concert Hall to the Trust .

The evening's programme, entitled 'Viva Italia' features pieces by Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Respighi, Verdi and Arban. Tickets @ £20 available from Sylvia Morris at info@kmmt.org.uk or 01223 845201.

The now locally based Trust was set up nineteen years ago to continue the fundraising initiative of Sylvia's sorely missed daughter to provide facilities for leukaemia patients and their families which would not otherwise be available. To date it has raised over £2,500,000; having funded complementary services for leukaemia patients, it now devotes all its resources to Karen's Homes from Home. To date four Homes have opened including one at Addenbrooke's in July 2011, the others being at Hammersmith Hospital, the Churchill in Oxford and the Queen Elizabeth in Birmingham with a fifth under discussion in the North of England. These provide private accommodation and relieve the stress of travel or worrying about finding and paying for accommodation enabling families to be together through the most difficult times. Each is a haven where they can relax in comfortable surroundings and cook their loved one's favourite food as well as a safe bolt hole for patients when they can escape the cabin fever of their isolation room, even if only for a few hours, at just a stone's throw from their ward. For further information please visit the KMMT web site: www.kmmt.org.uk

Parish Council headlines

Updates and actions from the two Parish Council meetings in January include;

The Parish Council's share of the Council Tax bills is not increasing in April

A flier may sent to everyone in the village encouraging people in Stapleford to join the Parish Council

Two doors had their glass broken t the Jubilee Pavilion during the Christmas holidays

Read the full Stapleford Cambridge Parish Council January minutes.

Stapleford burglary

Another house in Stapleford, Cambridge has been burgled.

A property in Gog Magog Way, Stapleford was broken into between 4.30pm on Feb 6 and 8.30am on Feb 7th.

Copper pipes and scrap metal were stolen.  

Cambridge South East Transport study consultation

As part of plans to improve journeys times and congestion along the A1307 and A1301, the Greater Cambridge Partnership is looking to hear the views of residents in Shelford and Stapleford as part of the Cambridge South East Transport Study (formerly A1307, Three Campuses to Cambridge) consultation.

In order to support the continued economic growth of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire, the Greater Cambridge Partnership is proposing three long-term strategies which would help deliver faster, more reliable and sustainable public transport options for journeys between Cambridge and the area to the south east.

With the consultation period open until 9 April, the Greater Cambridge Partnership is looking for feedback on the three strategies for the A1307, one of which consists of a new segregated Mass Rapid Transit Route from the A11 via Sawston, Stapleford and Great Shelford to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The two other strategies include measures to speed up bus journeys with inbound bus lanes and a possible bus-only road.

The consultation which runs for seven weeks, will also ask for feedback on a range of shorter-term proposals which include bus priority and road safety measures as well as junction improvements along the A1307, it is envisaged that these works would be progressed as quickly as possible following the consultation period.

To have your say on the plans and for further information visit the Greater Cambridge Partnership website at www.greatercambridge.org.uk/CambridgeSouthEast

A range of local exhibitions are planned where members of the public will be able to discuss the options with technical officers (more details on the events are on our website www.greatercambridge.org.uk):

7a bus possible changes

At the Cambridgeshire County Council bus summit meeting at Whittlesford on 8th February to discuss the change of route for the 7A bus service, it was decided the best option for the 7A will be to change the northern terminus from Babraham Road P&R to Trumpington P&R.

This means that the 7A would no longer go via Mingle Lane & Hinton Way, but via London Road, Tunwells Lane and Cambridge Road to Trumpington P&R.

Councillor David Bard reported that this was felt to be the best option as it would enable access to Waitrose which is no longer available via Stagecoach City 7, and result in more patronage.

The proposal now has to go forward to the various Parish Councils, and no date for the change has been fixed. There is a statutory notice period of 56 days in England and Wales which starts from the day the traffic commissioner accepts a completed application for changes.

So there are unlikely to be any changes prior to May, in the meantime the bus will continue to operate on existing route to Babraham Road P&R.

Report by John Wakefield

Stapleford Parish Council actions and updates


Notes from the Parish Council meeting held on 06 December.  This meeting was a Strategy meeting and the full minutes of this meeting along with agendas for all Council meetings can be accessed at http://www.staplefordonline.com/stapleford-parish-council



Recommendations for approval

a.   S/4041/17/FL 8 Greenhedges Single storey rear extension. Councillors recommended approval

b.   S/4021/17/FL 30 Haverhill Road Single storey rear extension

c.   S/4032/17/FL 43 London Road Single storey dwelling

d.   S/4043/17/FL Stapleford Cemetery, Mingle Lane Change of use of agricultural land to burial ground

The Chairman also asked that when submitting the Council’s recommendation that mention is made of the support, help and professionalism of the Planning Officer, Julie Ayre

e.   S/4060/17/LB 59 Bar Lane Retrospective consent for internal works to a shower room. Consent for internal works to a bathroom and drainage arrangements

f.   S/4202/17/FL 9a Church Lane Replace existing windows, doors & roof windows, some openings modified. New glazed porch to side. Internal alterations


Tree applications

S/3846/17/TP 10 Vine Close T1 silver birch - Reduce all round by aprox 30% to make tree smaller and allow more light into the garden

Councillors recommended approval

S/4208/17/TC 36 Mingle Lane Elder – top and fell to ground level. T2 Holly Reduce height by approximately 2.5/3 metres

Councillors recommended approval


The following decision was noted:

S/3510/17/FL Permission granted for update to a 1970s original double garage, to form a family play room with toilet facility and storage in the existing rafters. In addition to bricking up the metal garage door, insert a skylight and French doors into the private garden area at 2 Vine Close.



Notes from Stapleford Parish Council meeting held on 10 January 2018


Budget requirements 2018/19

Councillors considered estimated costs of projects for the forthcoming year as follows:

Tennis Courts – £40K it is hoped to access grants towards the cost of upgrading of the courts.

Shed - £15K

Slaughterhouse - £75K


Projects already agreed include:

Security for the Recreation Ground - £4K

Fingerposts - £5K

Cemetery – repairs to meet Health and Safety requirements - £5K

Pavilion – upgrading facilities to include improved experience for  the hearing impaired - £5K

Recreation ground fence to rear of store and pavilion - £10K

Neighbourhood Plan contribution - £5K

Grants  and support have already been found for some of these projects.


Taking into account reserves it was unanimously agreed not to increase the Precept for 2018/19



S/0201/16/CM Dernford Quarry Section 73 applicaton for development (Extraction and processing of sand and gravel with construction of an agricultural reservoir) without compliance with condition 3 of planning permission S/00468/13/CM to extend the time for completion of the reservoir to 31 December 2017.

Councillors resolved that the Clerk contact South Cambridgeshire District Council stating that a decision could not be made until they confirm there is compliance with the 2013 conditions.


Tree application

S/4432/17/TP Towers House, Hinton Way, Great Shelford. T1 Fagus sylvatica (Beech) reduce the crown by approx. 3-4m on extended stems on garden side. Drop crotch pruning to minimise visual impact. Upper crown to be thinned in a similar way on garden side. The aim is to reduce crown spread over garden whilst retaining tree with integrity.

No objections


                   Lawful Development Certificate - noted

S/4309/17/LD 5 Dukes Meadow – Mr & Dr S Jazayeri. Small single storey extension.



S/3809/17/FL 8 Priams Way - Ms Dale. Permission granted for ground floor front extension to house.

S/3594/17/FL 100 Hinton Way, Gt Shelford – Mr P Waters. Permission granted for single and two storey rear extension.

S/3565/17/FL 5 Church Street – P Digby, Travis Perkins. Permission refused for removal of existing boundary wall and erection of palisade fence.


Parish Council Office

Councillor Pett reported that SCDC has given tacit approval to putting a Clerk’s office in Cox’s Close Community Centre initially on a six month trial for 10 hours per week.  SCDC will consult with residents about the proposal before a final decision is made.


Overhanging Hedges

Councillors reported on a number of areas in the village where overhanging hedges are causing a problem for residents using footpaths.  It was agreed an article should be put in the Messenger to encourage residents to ensure their hedges are maintained to allow unfettered access to all footpaths.

Have your say on Local Plan changes

A six-week public consultation has begun on proposed modifications to the draft Local Plans for South Cambridgeshire.

Independently-appointed Planning Inspectors have reviewed the two Local Plans submitted by Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, held hearings and visited sites. They have now asked for a consultation to be carried out on some proposed modifications. 

The draft plans make provisions for 44,000 new jobs and 33,500 new homes by 2031. The Inspectors consider the proposed modifications may be necessary to make the two Local Plans ‘sound’. Their final conclusions will be given in their reports in due course. 

Between now and 5pm on Friday 16 February, residents, businesses, developers and parishes are being invited to comment on proposed modifications to the plans.

The key modifications include: 
A method to calculate whether there is enough suitable land readily available in the next five years to meet the number of homes that need to be built 
Changing policies so affordable housing is sought on sites of more than ten homes. The Government hopes this will encourage more small developments 
Changes to site boundaries and policies at the proposed new town north of Waterbeach and new village at Bourn Airfield 
Allocation of additional employment land at the Addenbrooke’s Campus 
A new policy to say we will begin to review the Local Plans in 2019 with a view to preparing a joint Local Plan for both Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire. This was a commitment the two councils had already made as part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership agreement with Government .

To view the full list of modifications and take part in the public consultation, visit www.scambs.gov.uk/mainmods or https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/local-plan-review-consultations

Police consultation

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a consultation regarding the police precept.

The Commissioner is proposing to increase the policing part of the Council Tax by £1 per month per household - £12.00 per year (based on a Band D property)

The press release can be found here - http://www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/say-police-funding-cambridgeshire/

The survey itself can be found at - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W3CD8P3

They would welcome your opinion. The consultation will be running until January 29th.
House burgled

A house in Stapleford has been burgled during the day.

The home in Haverhill Road was broken into between 1pm and 6pm on January 2.

The burglars forced a ground floor window to break in to the house.

New business by Stapleford's former police officer

Stapleford's former police officer Gary Kendall has launched a new gardening service.

Gary was Stapleford's Police Community Support Officer (PCSO).

Now he has started a gardening service with his partner Sam (Pictured left). Their services include lawn cutting, hedge trimming, fence painting, weeding, patio cleaning and general garden clearance.

"I was the PCSO for 10 years in the Shelfords and Stapleford area, but I have always loved gardening," said Gary.

"So when I decided to move on from the police service, it is great to be able to do something everyday that I love so much, and to be able to help people with a good honest and reliable service.

"Sam and me already have satisfied customers in the area, and manage an estate in Thriplow."

Gary can be contacted on 07598307035.

 Tesco tokens to help costs of new Magog Down Dog Exercising Area 

We were delighted to hear this week that our application to the Tesco "Bags of Help" scheme has been successful, and shoppers in the local area will have a chance throughout January and February to vote for funds to come to The Magog Trust.

Dogs and their owners love Magog Down for the freedom it provides in a beautiful environment in which to exercise.
The grant was requested in order to help with the costs of the additional area earmarked near the car park, where owners can exercise, their dogs off lead in a safe place, but one they too can enjoy. Additional fencing, gates, seating as well as annual costs of grass cutting and dog bin emptying led to an application for £2,900.

But how much we receive from this grant depends on YOU to vote in store when you shop! A full list of the Tesco stores in Cambridge and surrounding villages that will be taking part is now included on our website www.magogtrust.org.uk.


Lloyds Bank to close

Lloyds Bank in Great Shelford is closing in February in the latest blow for the village.

A spokesman for Lloyds Bank told Great Shelford Online;

“Following a careful review of branches in the local area, Great Shelford branch will close on Tuesday, 27th February 2018. We have made the difficult decision to close this branch because of the changing way customers choose to bank with us, which has resulted in customers using it less often. Customers can continue to use any other Lloyds Bank branch, including the nearby Cambridge Cattle Market branch which, alongside other ways to access banking.”

Additional Information:

· The nearest alternative branch is Cambridge Cattle Market – approximately 15 minutes away by bus

· The nearest Post Office and ATM are both within a short walking distance

· 77% of our personal customers in Great Shelford already use other branches and other ways to bank such as online and telephone banking.

· The branch has 21 regular weekly personal and business customers

Changes at Stapleford School

Stapleford Community Primary School has decided to become an academy and join the Anglian Learning Trust.

The decision has been made to help safeguard the future of the school.

The conversion is scheduled to complete in early 2018.

Some parents have expressed concerns or uncertainty about the idea of joining a multi-academy trust.

“We genuinely believe that joining Anglian Learning is the best option for our school on many levels,” said Chair of Governors Clare Arthurs. “Not only do we expect to secure greater financial stability and viability for our school in the long term, but we also expect to reduce the administrative burdens currently faced by our senior leadership team, freeing them to spend more time focussing on teaching, learning and behaviour.”

The changes will see the school receive its funding from Anglian Learning, rather than the Local Authority. The level of funding will remain the same as if it was still a Local Authority school.

There will be few obvious “outward” changes to the school – we will have the same Head Teacher, and Deputy Head, and the same teaching and support staff, although they will now be employed by Anglian Learning.

“The Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team at Stapleford are excited about this new chapter in Stapleford’s history,” said the Chair of Governors.

Change of heart over Village week-end for 2018

The Parish Council has decided not to cancel the village week-end in 2018 after all.

The Council initially decided at its meeting in October to cancel the week-end and just go ahead with the Village Show instead.

However the Council has since had a change of heart.

"Our weekend is on as we have had such good support so pencil Friday 22 June through to Sunday 24 June in to your diaries," said Council Chair Nigel Pett.

Ø Friday Village Quiz 7.30 10 pm

Ø Saturday all day - Village show – prepare your entries

Evening – 7.30 Film Show and BBQ at marquee and at ACE a Steinway Recital by Imogen Cooper

Ø Sunday 9.00 Church service in marquee followed by the ever popular cycle event and then a cricket match. At ACE from 100 am there will be Coffee and Jazz. Sunday evening will hopefully be Proms on the rec and bring your own picnic!

Ø All events supported by our bar

Contact Nigel Pett at npa.cantab@gmail.com or 07866362200

*Read the full actions and decisions from the October Stapleford Parish Council meeting here

Friends of Great Shelford Library – User Survey highlights and update

User Survey - highlights

I am delighted to report that the recent User survey received 404 responses, which is a quite exceptional response rate.  Thank you to everyone who took the time and trouble to respond. In this short article I don’t have space to give the full results but these will be available at our AGM at the Library on 30thJanuary 2018.

As expected most respondents came from (in order) Great Shelford, Stapleford, Harston, Little Shelford, Trumpington, Whittlesford, and Hauxton but also from 11 other villages and from Cambridge. 

Most comments were hugely enthusiastic about the Library – for example, when asked to state how much they valued the library the average score was 9.35/10.  This is a powerful level of support for the library as it is and for having a professional librarian, with much praise for Rosemary.  Contrary to many people’s opinion of Great Shelford, the largest group of respondents were in the 31-65 age bracket, and not the over 65’s!

A number of respondents asked that the library provide more activities for children and adults. The Friends Committee is actively discussing this with Councillors and the Library Service to see how we can make this happen.

At a time when we are facing an uncertain future (how many times I have said that!) it is very reassuring to see that from our survey over 80% of respondents were prepared to pay something extra towards the cost of maintaining the library, if required. This included several respondents who do not use the library themselves but see it as an essential community resource.

The majority of respondents stated that they would support an increase in Parish Council precept and many added that this should apply to all surrounding villages too.  However a significant proportion stated that they pay enough council taxes already.  

Also 64% of respondents were willing to lobby councillors/the local MP to protect the future of the library. 

National Libraries Week

We raised £350 from the book sale so thanks very much if you took part.  We also had a very interesting and well-attended talk from Helen Harwood entitled “The ties that bind us: a look at the village community past and present”.

Alan Lyne 
Chairman of Friends of Great Shelford Library Committee 
November 2017

Bag stolen

A bag was stolen from a car after the rear window was smashed.

The Citroen Picasso was parked in a lay-by Gog Magog Way, Stapleford when it was broken into at lunchtime on November 14.

Science Park expanding

Babraham Research Campus is expanding creating hundreds of new jobs.

US life science property business BioMed Realty is making a £35 million investment in the campus, which is one of the UK’s leading hubs of bioscience research and innovation, supporting early stage and growing life science enterprises. It already employs 1,200 people.

Planning permission has now been confirmed for up to 10,000 square metres of new research and development space, which will see two new buildings constructed.

This expansion in facilities is due for completion in 2019, will create scale-up space for companies which started on site and have now grown and require additional space, as well as new companies moving to the campus for the first time.

The new buildings will be accessed via a new spur road that has just been built off the main access road onto the campus.

Sawston Fun Run seeks organisations looking for funds?


If you know a local charity or organisation that might benefit by receiving funds from the Sawston Fun Run, let us know.  We are inviting local charities and organisations to apply to be a beneficiary of the event to be held on Sunday 13th May 2018.


Each year, the event, donates around £15,000 to charities and organisations serving villages around Sawston. Since 1986 we have raised more than £440,000 for local hospitals, hospices, schools, youth groups, support groups and local branches of national charities.    


You need to identify a specific project or activity that needs support, tell us who will benefit, and say when the funds are needed. Whilst capital projects are preferred, the selection is based on the strength of each case. The closing date for applications is 30th November. Application forms are available off the website www.sawstonfunrun.co.uk or by contacting me by phone or email.   

Ian Chamberlain, Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston   Tel: 01223 872243,   email:  enquiries@sawstonfunrun.co.uk  

House burglary

A home in Haverhill Road, Stapleford near Cambridge has been burgled during the daytime.

The break-in happened between noon and 3pm on October 26.
Budget challenges for Stapleford School

Stapleford Community Primary School could lose almost £50,000 from its annual budget unless the current funding formulas are changed.

The figures have been published by the campaigning website www.schoolcuts.org

A school spokesman said that the budget reduction figure of £48,000 seemed broadly accurate.

"Please thank the community for being such a generous community in the past," they said.

Two free and easy ways for the community to further help would be to register for the PTA's easyfundraising website


and also to register and cast votes for the Aviva fund for renovation of the school playground


The community are warmly invited to come and have fun at the 30th Christmas Craft Fair on 19 November! https://www.facebook.com/StaplefordChristmasGiftFair/ which usually raises in the region of £3k for the school thanks to community support .

Tree pub restoration takes a big step forward

Controversial plans to demolish the Tree pub in Bar Lane in Stapleford have been rejected by South Cambridgeshire District Council.

This dramatic news makes the opportunity to re-open the existing pub more likely.

The Tree Action Group is currently exploring the option of a compulsory purchase of the pub.

Greene King sold the village pub as a ‘going concern’ in 2013. The new owner immediately closed the pub without any prior notice.

The community reacted strongly, an Action Group was formed, a petition was signed and The Tree was listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).
Public Meetings were held and a leaflet delivered to every household in Stapleford and a number in Great Shelford. The leaflet included an invitation to pledge financial support.

83 residents have so far pledged £130,500.

Read more about The Tree here.

Police say school incident was down to "misunderstanding." 

Police now say that a suspicious incident involving two pupils walking home from Stapleford school on Monday, September 25 was due to "a misunderstanding."

Sam Collings, from Great Shelford, said that her son was told to "get in the car" at around 3.45pm outside Stapleford Primary School in Mingle Lane.

He was one of two boys from years 5 walking home from school and were on Gog Magog Way.

However police have now issued this statement:

"You may have heard or seen on social media that there was a suspicious incident in Stapleford on Monday where two young boys from the primary school reported being approached by a man and a woman in a car. This has, understandably , caused some concern amongst parents in the area. Please read on...

"I went to Stapleford school yesterday at school end of day to put in some hi vis patrols and make some enquiries. It has transpired that this was a misunderstanding. One of the boys had fallen over and grazed his hand. A driver, who is a parent at the school, had witnessed this and pulled over, wound down his window and asked if he was alright. The driver did ask where he lived and followed that with advice to get home as soon as possible to get some attention to the wound. I am as satisfied as I can be that this was the incident referred to and that there is no need to be unduly worried at this time. That said, we can never be too careful where our children are concerned and it is always good to continue to give advice about talking to strangers and to alert someone as soon as possible if they are concerned. There was nothing wrong with these boys reporting this and it is always better that we establish an innocent explanation than nothing being reported at all.

I hope this puts your mind at rest."

Chris Wiseman

Stapleford residents responses required 

At the Parish Council meeting on 13 September it was agreed to seek feedback from residents on the following matters:

1. The Parish Council invite suggestions from residents on solutions to the speeding problems along Haverhill Road.

If you have a suggestion(s) please send it by e-mail to the Clerk on staplefordparishclerk@gmail.com by 06 October. Councillors will consider suggestions at the next Parish Council meeting on 11 October prior to submitting an application to the Local Highways Improvement Initiative.

2. Security of the Recreation Ground

The three things most frequently suggested solutions are as follows:

· Mounds (with or without flowers)

· Do nothing and restore the perimeter to its original state

· Oak posts

Comments from residents are invited on these options. As before e-mail the Clerk by 06 October so responses can be collated. The Parish Council will consider the options at their next meeting.
Teen Yoga open day

A teen yoga day is taking place in Stapleford in October.

It is promising to be a fun opportunity for teenagers and parents to experience my classes in a relaxed and welcoming environment. You can drop in throughout the afternoon, see yoga in action and join in if you want to.

Find out about where and when regular sessions will be happening and sign-up at discounted rates. Also enjoy homemade smoothies, vegan snacks and essential oils.

Directions: at the junction of Gog Magog Way, Church Street and Mingle Lane in Stapleford. Sat Nav postcode: CB22 5BG.

At The Johnson Hall Stapleford, from 2-5pm on Saturday 14th October 2017.

Blue bin paper caddies scrapped

There will be no need for Stapleford residents to use paper caddies from mid-December, in a move to simplify the recycling process.

From 11 December 2017, residents should place used paper directly into their blue wheelie bins for recycling.

The withdrawal of caddies also means fewer waste collection vehicles will in future be needed, helping save taxpayers around £670,000 during the next seven years compared to the existing system.

Trucks will cover around 26,000 fewer miles per year on South Cambridgeshire’s roads than the current arrangement.

After 11 December, residents can keep their caddies and use them however they wish. Alternatively, they can be taken to a household waste recycling centre for recycling. They should not be placed into wheelie bins.

Gas pipe replacement in Stapleford postponed

Gas pipe replacement in Stapleford has been postponed following the intervention of the Parish Council.

Following the receipt of a letter stating that the Cadent and TRIIO combination were to be working in the village from 4 September to 4 October on the gas pipe replacement, Parish Council Chairman Nigel Pett had conversations about the late notice and lack of consultation. 

As a result the area manager has written that works will not be undertaken until Cadent have had a meeting with the Parish Council to discuss in detail the mains replacement work and provide an opportunity to ask questions. He said he is grateful to the area manager for his co-operation.

"I hope that this alleviates the worries that some villagers had expressed and the Parish Council will keep everyone in touch with developments," said The Parish Council Chairman. "I can only hope that this activity has a better outcome that replacement street lights programme. It echoes!"

If parishioners have concerns then please contact your appropriate councillor who monitors your roads/streets/closes. Alternatively write to Anne Rudge at staplefordparishclerk@gmail.com

Travellers on Stapleford Recreation Ground

The first travellers arrived at the Stapleford Rec on Friday, August 11 at around 5pm. It is believed that there were about 40 families.

The Parish Council, who own the land, served an eviction notice the following day.

The last caravan left the site on Sunday afternoon, August 13, 48 hours after they first arrived.

This article is to provide readers with an accurate account of the issues around the travellers visit and to correct the erroneous details published by the Cambridge News.

The emergency community meeting called by the Parish Council was to explain the action taken and how to look to solutions to secure the safety of the recreation ground. It was NOT a meeting of the Parish Council and was completely legal. The meeting agreed to abide by Chatham House Rule – note rule and not rules – which allowed people to speak freely. Over 80 people attended.

The Council Chairman welcomed everyone and introduced parish councillors as well as county and district representatives. He expressed the thanks of the Council to the many residents who had expressed their thanks for the manner in which the Council acted to remove the travellers. Indeed the meeting commenced with thanks and applause.

The Chairman then explained how the eviction process had been carried out and thanked all who had made this possible within 48 hours. He explained that a working party of councillors and key villagers had met on Sunday after the travellers had gone and agreed initial action. The recreation ground is owned by the parish and along with the pavilion represents the major asset of the village. The Council has a duty to protect these assets of which the buildings represent some six hundred thousand pounds (£600,000). The immediate action of ploughing the Haverhill Road edge is an interim action to provide a barrier; this land can be easily reinstated and grassed. Large shingle bags have been placed to fill small sections and in particular to try and protect the school playing field and Collier Recreation Ground.

The full cost of clearing up and securing the recreation ground is not known. Most of the rubbish – and there was a significant amount but less than 17 wheelie bins - was taken away by SCDC and some of their operatives gave really good support in clearing the Jubilee Playground, which was particularly badly abused with animal and human excrement. The Chairman has written to SCDC thanking them and commending the operatives. The eviction notice, cleaning up the remaining detritus and excrement, repairing the damage to buildings and play ground, replacing and/or repairing equipment plus general costs could amount to some £6000. The parish will have to meet these bills although insurance will meet some costs.

The members of the parish who attended the meeting had the opportunity to question the Council about the action and to comment on future PERMANENT ways of protecting the assets. Proposals such as concrete blocks shaped like seats, a moat along the Haverhill Road side, a mound rather than a moat or a fence, more trees or indeed doing nothing were discussed. is envisaged. Costs of this work are unknown except that height restriction barrier on the car park will be c£1500. Overall the meeting indicated that some preventative action was needed.

Residents with any ideas about how to prevent travellers coming back to the recreation ground are asked to talk to Councillors or to send their ideas to staplefordparishclerk@gmail.com.

Please ensure that you give your name and contact details. If you do not then your idea will not be considered. The closing date for these ideas is 23 August and will then be considered by an emergency meeting of the Council as a consultation with the community before any work is undertaken but it will be done as soon as is possible.

Many thanks

Nigel Pett

One local resident has written to Stapleford Online to share their views about future solutions for the recreation ground.

The Cambridge News wrote an open letter to the Parish Council complaining about the fact that it couldn't fully report on the emergency meeting.

 Housing needs public meeting

Most of you know that your two Parish Councils have agreed to formulate a joint Neighbourhood Plan. There are a number of benefits from doing this, not least that it will give us more control over decisions on planning and development in the two villages, rather than those decisions being taken for us by the District and County Councils. This is crucial for both villages.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has already conducted extensive consultations with residents. A major part of the jigsaw is the Housing Needs Survey, which was circulated to all residents in the Spring. On 5 September you will have your chance to review and comment on the survey in the Great Shelford Memorial Hall at 7pm. Please do make every effort to come along – it is your chance to influence the way in which your villages develop.

The Housing Needs Surveys are on these websites: http://greatshelfordparishcouncil.gov.uk/ and https://sites.google.com/site/staplefordonline/stapleford-parish-council Also copies in Great Shelford Library. If you need further information or details of the meeting, please contact Mike Nettleton on 721366/07905 356468.

Nigel Pett – Chair Stapleford Parish Council
Mike Nettleton – Chair Great Shelford Parish Council

Read the full Stapleford housing needs survey here

Shelford bus changes

A bus service serving Great Shelford and Stapleford has been saved. It will have a new operator from September. 

Whippet Buses had announced that it is stopping proving the 7a bus service which travels along Hinton Way and Mingle Lane from September 2. 

The 7a will now be provided by A2B. This is the 7a timetable.

 Whippet said that the planned changes have been made in close consultation with Cambridgeshire County Council after six months of careful consideration and dialogue with the Council on ways to keep the affected services running. 

“We recognise the impact this will have on our communities, communities that Whippet Coaches, our drivers and our staff are a part of. However, low patronage and fare collection on the affected services mean they have been operating at a loss for the past two years, with Whippet subsidising the operating costs,” said a statement from Whippet.

Parish Council opposes new garden village 

A new town development of 5,000 homes close to Great Chesterford threatens to put even more pressure on the A1301 through Stapleford as well as rail services to London.

The new development is predicated on most of the residents taking up new jobs being created in and around Cambridge. 

The development is being proposed without any improvements in infrastructure, especially the A1301. The deadline for comments on the development is 4 September. 

Great Shelford Parish Council strongly opposes the proposed development and we would encourage residents to contact Uttlesford DC to register their concerns. More details at http://www.stopnugv.org.uk/ 

Magog Singers 

Great Shelford Mobile Warden Scheme and Cancer Help Centre both benefitted from donations made at the Magog Singers concert on July 4th. In the coming term, we have been invited to sing at two concerts. On Friday November 3rd, we share a platform at St Mary’s Church, Great Shelford, with the ‘Le chœur des Aulnes’ the choir of Verneuil-en-Halatte, the town in France twinned with Great Shelford. The two choirs together will sing John Rutter’s ‘For The Beauty of the Earth’. On Saturday December 2nd we will be in Stapleford with the Handbell Ringers at a concert organised by The Friends of St Andrews. Do put the dates in your diary.

Our new term starts on Tuesday 12th September. We sing in the Jubilee Pavilion in Stapleford on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm. If you enjoy singing, do join us – everyone is welcome, especially those singing tenor and bass! Jacquie McBride our conductor has again chosen an exciting and varied repertoire.

Please contact either Graham (graham.bush@ntlworld.com) or Kathleen (kathleen.foreman@ntlworld.com)

Residential trip to Cumbria

This Summer SSYI (Shelfords & Stapleford Youth Initiative) and Romsey Mill took 12 young people from the Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston areas on a residential activities trip to Cumbria. Led by youth workers Ollie, Zac and Tina they all took part in a week of Ghyll Scrambling, Kayaking, Climbing, Mining and many other adventurous activities, as well as lending a hand in the cooking and cleaning during the week.

The trip was designed to encourage resilience, communication and self-efficacy skills and the outcomes of this residential have been hugely rewarding. We reviewed their ‘distance travelled’ and 100% of the young people explained they had increased confidence and more hope for the future. All the young people enjoyed themselves rating the trip a of 9.3 out of 10 on average! One young person said that the residential was “the best one ever” and he has “overcome my fears because of these people for encouraging me”. The young people boldly squeezed themselves through a lead mine, slid down a chilly river, and spent most of their time kayaking pushing each other in the lake (including the instructor)!

The residential wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of many of the local parishes, churches, charities and regular givers to both SSYI and Romsey Mill. We would like to say a huge thank you to you all.

For more information about both charities, to support our work or to see the full report contact Ollie O’Meakin on ollie.omeakin@romseymill.org or visit www.ssyi.club or www.romseymill.org.

Stapleford bus service to end

A bus service serving Stapleford and Great Shelford is ending in September.

Whippet Buses has announced that that the 7a bus service will stop from September 2.

Currently the 7a buses include Mingle Lane, Gogmagog Way, Haverhill Road, Bury Road & London Road in Stapleford.

Whippet said that the planned changes have been made in close consultation with Cambridgeshire County Council after six months of careful consideration and dialogue with the Council on ways to keep the affected services running.

 “We recognise the impact this will have on our communities, communities that Whippet  Coaches, our drivers and our staff are a part of. However, low patronage and fare collection  on the affected services mean they have been operating at a loss for the past two years, with  Whippet subsidising the operating costs,” said a statement from Whippet.

Great Shelford library survey

Great Shelford library is facing an uncertain future according to the Friends of the Library.

The group has has decided to seek the views of those who currently use the library and also those that don't use the library about how the committee can respond to future changes.

You can complete the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/H85R9TF 

Surveys can also be found at the library itself. The surveys need to be completed by September 16.

Council could buy Stapleford pub to save it for community

A closed pub in Stapleford,Cambridge could be compulsory purchased by a district council so that a local community group can take it on.

 At a meeting of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Business and Customer Services portfolio holder today (Friday 7 July), Cllr Nick Wright agreed for officers to look in to the next steps for a compulsory purchase order of The Tree public house – a pub that the owner bought and quickly closed at the end of 2013.

 A financial report looking at the business case for the pub being successfully reopened and run by the community was discussed in private session today due to the commercially sensitive information it included – but Cllr Wright described it as a strong case.

 A community group does not have compulsory purchase powers so Cllr Wright has suggested the Council steps in and provide support if further negotiations fail to convince the owner to sell to the “large and well-organised” community group.

 Cllr Wright said today that protecting community hubs in villages is important and the Council will commit officer time to help The Tree Community Limited. However, he also said today that the community group will need to fund the full cost of the legal process for a Compulsory Purchase Order – something they have set money aside for – if it is needed.

 The owner of The Tree pub has already applied for planning permission to develop the site, which included housing, but he withdrew the plans in July 2015. Since then he has recently submitted a new planning application to the Council for a different scheme that would see homes and a smaller pub built. The community group have objected to the plans.

The recommendations agreed today will mean that Council officers and Cllr Wright will reopen negotiations with the pub owner as a first step. This aims to avoid the need for a legal process to compulsory purchase the pub. Cllr Wright has also confirmed that the legal process should not begin until the current planning application has been determined.

 If the Council reached the position that a compulsory purchase is a viable option, details will need to be presented to a meeting of Cabinet and then Full Council for a final decision.

 South Cambridgeshire District Council listed the pub as an Asset of Community Value in December 2013 following a nomination by Stapleford Parish Council.  The Asset of Community Value scheme is a national initiative administered by local district councils to help give community groups time to form realistic plans to bid for buildings and land in their communities before they can be sold on the open market.

 Cllr Nick Wright, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business and Customer Services, said: “Pubs are the heart of our communities and there is a very strong will from The Tree Community Limited to get the pub reopened for villagers. The Council would never go into the process of compulsory purchase lightly but I firmly believe the situation here is unique. The pub was purchased and closed quickly, there will not be any eviction as no one is living in it and we have a large and well-organised community group who have significant funding behind them.

“At a recent very well attended meeting in the village there was a clear and strong desire to retain the pub for the community. It is important that the current planning application is determined before we move forward and our planning team will do that by considering the facts in front of them.

“We want to make sure we have thriving communities with good facilities and I think this is the right step to support this village. It is incredibly rare that we would do this and we are aiming to not need to go down that route as we want to make progress with the owner so that the pub can be reinvigorated. I believe there is a good business case for The Tree continuing to be successful if it is reopened.”

Major new housing development proposed for Stapleford, Cambridge and Great Shelford

A major housing development in Stapleford and Great Shelford is being offered online by an Essex developer. 

The 29 acre site with 180 homes would include a care village alongside “low-density residential development”. 

The development on Green Belt is being touted by Essex company Scott Properties.

Their website states: “The site extends to 29 acres and is located to the South of Cambridge, with excellent connectivity into the city by road and rail. We are proposing a low-density residential development alongside a care village to address local demand, as well as new green infrastructure and amenity spaces.”

The proposal does not currently have planning permission.

Scott Properties told Great Shelford Online: “The 29-acre site off Mingle Lane is currently being promoted through the appropriate stages of the Local Plan. The proposals for the site consist of a substantial area of open space and landscaping, a care village and a low-density bungalow development to address local and district demand.

Scott Properties describes itself as “a Strategic Land Promoter to Landowners and Local Authorities in East Anglia.” 

You can read the full details of the proposal on their website here.