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The results will be published here in March. Posted Jan 28 2020.
Stapleford Brownies need you

The village Brownie unit is looking for adult volunteers to help run the group. Brown Owl and the current team are stepping down at the end of March, and without new volunteers, the unit will need to close. Stapleford Brownies currently has 26 girls enrolled, with another 15 on the waiting list. It’s been active in the village for many years. In fact, Beverley James -  the current Snowy Owl - has been involved with Girlguiding for over 30 years! However, retirement beckons, so they’re looking for new  people to take over our thriving local Brownie unit, which runs at Stapleford school on Tuesday evenings.

Volunteering with children is immensely rewarding. Brownies helps girls aged 7-10 build their skills and develop their confidence. This is done through a Girlguiding badge programme which encourages girls to ‘Take Action’, ‘Express yourself’ and build ‘Skills for the future’. Brownie sessions are fun, varied and inclusive. Running a session can mean anything from planning a game, designing craft activities, playing sports or organising a trip somewhere interesting. Before Christmas, the girls even went to the fantastic Gog deli to learn how to make sausages!

Girlguiding.org.uk has lots of information about the benefits of volunteering. The Brownie programme is well-structured with plenty of ready-made activities and resources, so that anyone can lend a hand. No previous experience is necessary – you just have to be willing to learn. A DBS check is essential for all volunteers, and you will be expected to complete relevant training on things like Safeguarding and First Aid. It works best if several people form a team to run the unit – it also makes it more fun! Some might say it’s a hoot…The current leaders are happy to help and support while new volunteers find their feet. So, if you know someone who you think would make a fantastic Brown Owl then ask them to get in touch with us at staplefordbrownies@gmail.com

Want to find out more about Girlguiding before committing? Email shelforddistrict@gmail.com Posted Jan 23 2020
Council tax increase

The Parish Council's share of the village's council tax bills will increase by 3% from April.

The proposed precept would increase the Parish Council element of Council Tax for a Band D property by £2.27 per year.

The Council agreed at its meeting on January 8th to raise £72,100 through council tax bills across Stapleford.

Read the full minutes of the meeting. Posted Jan 13 2020.
Heating your home with less carbon

Bill & Valerie Powell modernised their 1957 'semi' at 53 Bury Road Stapleford ten years ago. It has no boiler. Yet it became number 70 on the Sustainable Energy Academy list of 'SuperHomes', homes which achieve at least 60% CO2 reduction. You are invited to come and see how their unusual techniques keep them very comfortable, either from 12 noon - 1 pm on Sunday 9th February or from 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Monday 17th February. Ring Bill for further information on 01223 843415, or just come.

Conversation Evening: Cox’s Close Community Centre, Stapleford, Monday 24 February, 8 pm

Our next Conversation Evening will be on the theme of ‘Eco-friendly gardening at a time of climate change’. Come and share tips on how to modify your gardening practice to protect wildlife and adjust to a probably drier and warmer future.

Repair Café*: Great Shelford Free Church, Saturday 29 February, 2 – 5 pm

Our latest Repair Café where we shall repair electrical, electronic and mechanical items, bikes, textiles, jewellery, and general bits & bobs. Watch the repairers work on your item and get their advice; have a cuppa and piece of cake while you wait. All free; donations welcome. You can just turn up with your item, but you may have to wait; it’s better to book it in. Bookings will be open from 3 – 27 February inclusive – go to circularcambridge.org and follow the links. This time we are immensely grateful to the District Council who have offered to fill in the online booking form for those who have no access to a computer: ring Emma Dyer on 01954 713344.

* Note that the Free Church are organising a Swish event (exchange of good quality second-hand clothes) at the church at the same time) Posted Jan 13 2020