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Arsene Wenger buys house in Stapleford?

Has Arsene Wenger moved to Stapleford?

It is understood that that the former Arsenal manager has bought a large house on Gog Magog Way in Stapleford.

The house was on the market with Bidwells for £3.95 million.

Lordship Close is a magnificent and rare Queen Anne style house built in the 1920s for master builder, Charles Kerridge.

The four bedroomed home also boasts a 17 metre swimming pool.

A separate coach house includes a cinema/snooker room and a triple garage.

Arsene’s daughter Lea studied at Cambridge University’s Department of Veterinary Medicine, and now works at the Beltrao research group, part of the European Bioinformatics Institute, based on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton.

The pair were spotted eating together at the Green Man in Trumpington in August 2020.

Posted September 23 2020

Stapleford and Shelfords local businesses Coronavirus update

The Three Horseshoes is open. Monday -  During August from 17:00 & open all day Bank Holiday Monday.  Tuesday 12:00 ~ 14:30 and 17:00 ~ 23:00, Wednesday - 12:00 ~ 14:30 17:00 ~ 23:00, Thursday 12:00 ~ 14:30 17:00 ~ 23:00, Friday open all day, Saturday open all day, Sunday open all day  

The Rose pub is open. Phone 843349. From Monday 7th September, they have extended the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Monday to Wednesday lunchtime only.
With Government guidelines still in place, booking is preferable. It is preferable to book so that they can socially distance tables, but they will accept walk ins

The Plough in Great Shelford is open. Pizza at the Plough is open from 12:00pm, serving all day. (reservations advisable, call John on 07711 273 173 to book.) https://www.pizzaattheplough.co.uk/ Open Tues, Wed & Thur: Opening Hours are:- Tuesday to Thursday: 5 – 9:00pm, Friday & Sat: 3 – 9:30pm

The Square and Compasses pub in Great Shelford is open.

The Navigator in Little Shelford is open. Tel 843901. It has introduced an outdoor marquee complete with astroturf to allow for social distancing. They are continuing with the eat out discount deal for the whole of September Monday- Wednesday lunchtimes & evenings. Table booking is advisable due to limited space within the pub and marquee/garden area. Opening hours are Mon - Sun 12- 3pm, Mon - Fri 5.30-11pm, Sat - Sun 6-11pm. Food 12.00 - 2.30, 6.00 - 9.30 daily for eating in and takeaways.

Forum House Chinese restaurant in Great Shelford is open. Sun 13:00-15:00, Mon Closed, Tues-Sat 12:00-14:00, 17:30-23:00 01223 843089 http://www.theforumhouse.com/ .

Noel Young Wines is open. The bar is open Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday 5pm-10.30pm, Saturday 1pm-10.30pm, closed Sundays. The shop is open Monday- Wednesday 10-7pm, Thursday- Saturday 10-10pm, Sunday 12-2pm. Usually operating a booking only policy via the nywinesbar.co.uk website or by email winebar@nywines.co.uk and phone 01223 842954. 

Winners Chinese takeaway in Little Shelford is open from 5pm with a limit of 2 people in the fish and chip side and max of 3 people in the Chinese side. You can phone orders through.

Zara Indian restaurant is now open. Their opening hours are slightly different: Sunday - Thursday 5:00 - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00 - 10:30pm. They ave reduced capacity due to social distancing and recommend booking in advance.
 Zara has a new online ordering system at https://online.zarashelford.com they are now offering 10% discount online 01223 846 668 Updates are on their Facebook page.

The Spar shop is now offering a door drop home delivery service 01223 843110 www.sweettalkonline.com. It has introduced a new, free cash ATM machine.

Magpie garage in Stapleford is open.

St Andrew's Church is now open. Numbers are limited.

Waterlilies is now open 

Gog Magog Farmshop open 9am-6pm Monday to Saturday, Sunday 10am to 2pm (with contactless shopping as featured in the Cambridge News), stay in car shopping available, online delivery service being created, cafe closed https://www.thegog.com/ 01223 248 352 

Boots, Woollards Lane is open 8.45am-1pm, (except 9am opening on Saturdays), 2pm to 6pm, closed Sundays (closed for lunch noon- 2pm)

Co-op is open 7am to 10pm 

Tesco in Great Shelford is open 7am - 10pm

Kash stores is now opening 8am to 5pm (1pm on Sundays), the post office is open 9am -4pm (12.30pm on Saturday) and closed Sundays. 01223 843307

Camyoga is offering online classes - including yoga beginners at 8:15pm on a Tuesday. https://www.camyoga.co.uk/

Scotsdale's is open Mon – Sat 8.30am – 5pm / Sun 10am – 5pm. .https://scotsdalegardencentre.co.uk/community/important-customer-notice-regarding-our-store-reopening/. Tel 842777.

Shelford Deli is going to continue as The Deli Stores. No takeaway pizzas or coffees will be available. Deli Shop Stockist at http://shelforddeli.co.uk 01223 846129

Pimp My Fish is at its normal pitch at the Memorial Hall in Great Shelford on Wednesdays They are taking pre-orders. Opening hours will be from 5pm to 8pm with collection slots every 15 minutes. To order, text John on 07494 599594 with your food choices and preferred collection slot.

Days of Ashwell in Great Shelford is open, from 8am to 2pm. 01223 843786

Shelford Autos in Orchard Road is open

Noel Young Wines is open. The bar is open Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday 5pm-10.30pm, Saturday 1pm-10.30pm, closed Sundays. The shop is open Monday- Wednesday 10-7pm, Thursday- Saturday 10-10pm, Sunday 12-2pm. https://www.nywines.co.uk/

Barkers Butchers is open and also offering a delivery service. 9am - 1pm and 2-5pm, Saturday 8-1pm and also closed Sundays and Mondays. 01223 843292 http://www.barkerbrosbutchers.co.uk/

Great Shelford Dry Cleaners is open Monday 9am-1pm, Tues- Friday 9am -3pm, Saturday 9-12noon . They are running a delivery service - phone 844344 or emailgreatshelforddrycleaning@gmail.com 

Davies Solicitors in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford is open from 9am to 5pm http://www.daviessolicitors.co.uk/index.html 01223 842211

Lay Electrical is open for sales and repairs from 10 till 4 (closed on Wednesdays) Saturdays 9.30 till 12 and from July 6 open normal hours (9am till 1 and 2.15 till 5.30 closed Wednesdays and Saturdays open 9 till 12) (07740543187)

Harveys Garden Centre on Little Shelford is open 9.30am -12.30pm. They have also set up a website  

Jackson Cox opticians in Great Shelford is openhttps://www.jackson-cox-optician.com/ 01223 840 441

Stapleford Granary is re-opening soon.

Stapleford Rec play equipment and tennis courts are now open

Cara Coffee in Great Shelford is open.

The Great Shelford dental surgery is open. http://www.greatshelforddental.com/

Great Shelford library is open Tuesdays 10am to 2pm and Fridays 2pm-6pm. 

The Cambridge Building Society in Woollards Lane is now open 9am – 2pm: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday9am – 12pm: Saturday 

Magog Down car park is open.  A cashless payment system via a text message of £3.00 is in operation for car park payment to those who are not Friends or Members.  http://www.magogtrust.org.uk/

Travis Perkins on Church Street is open Monday - Friday 8-4pm. They are delivering and also having timed collection slots for click and collect.

Pillsorted Help is a locally based online NHS pharmacy who deliver. It is free. They are based at Copley Park email: Help@pillsorted.com
They have opened their own online shop. They are testing same day delivery for CB22 and CB1-5 for orders before 1pm and Royal Mail 24 track after 1pm. Free local pick up option for online shop items has just been added. NHS prescription delivery are always free as it is part of NHS essential services. 

Rayments garage is open 01223 843048 https://www.raymentsgarage.com/

T & J Tyres also in Gt Shelford (01223 845155), is open.

Dave Hatter gas specialist is still operating doing routine boiler services as well as emergency work 01223 844866 07747444435 (Emergency)  https://www.david-hatter-gas-service.co.uk/contact-us/

Relief Chiropractic health clinic in Great Shelford is open Monday to Thursdays. 01223459240 https://reliefchiropractic.co.uk/

Wandlebury Country Park is open to enable people to take their once-a-day outdoor exercise. The car park is open but the toilets are closed.

Eagle Analysis computer repairs is still open for business https://www.eagleanalysis.co.uk/ 01223 721366

Slots need to be booked at the Thriplow recycling centre

Copley Coffee Barn is open with inside and outside seating. We are a dog friendly café with ample free parking with a takeaway available. Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 3pm and open weekends from Saturday August 1st from 10am to 4pm. Click on this link for a discounted hot drink!

Shelford Physiotherapist is open tel 844488

(Updated Sept 2 2020)

 2020 Stapleford Community Primary School PTA Virtual Fun Run 


The 2020 Stapleford Community Primary School PTA Fun Run is, like many things during our current Covid affected lives, a different event to normal. However, the good news is it is taking place and as always, we invite the local community to take part.

Will there be a live race?

Only for the Stapleford Primary School children on the school field.

Local Community participation

Local residents are strongly encouraged to join in a virtual Fun Run: all you have to do is pick any 5k route, anywhere and run 5km on any day between the 10th and 17th October, then email your name, running time and any photos to staplefordrun@gmail.com. If you need any help deciding where to run, local routes with a distance of 5km are provided on the Stapleford Fun Run website https://staplefordrun.com. The fastest times will be published on the Stapleford Fun Run website after the run deadline of 17 October.

There are no entry fees for any Fun Run/ virtual participants this year but the PTA would welcome donations via  https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/staplefordrun

 Thanks to our sponsors 

We thank each of the local firms sponsoring the virtual Fun Run: Wedd Joinery, Milan Fitness, Redmayne Arnold & Harris, Pizza @ The Plough, Shelford and Stapleford Strikers FC, Scotsdales and House of Colour.   We are extremely grateful for their support.

Tim Harrison Posted 8/9/20

New CEO at Stapleford Granary

Stapleford Granary, the Stapleford arts centre and permanent home of the Association for Cultural Exchange Foundation, has a new Chief Executive.

Kate Romano will succeed Paul Barnes, who will take up the post of Secretary to the ACE Foundation.

Currently CEO and Artistic Director of Goldfield Productions, a BBC writer and broadcaster, clarinettist and independent producer, Kate joined Stapleford Granary on 3rd August 2020 to lead and deliver its artistic planning and development. 

"I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining Stapleford Granary to build on Paul’s vision of a first-class, unique multi-arts study centre," said Kate.

"I've a long and very happy association with the Granary since it first opened its doors in 2010 and my ensemble took up an artistic residency. A decade later, I’m excited to return at this pivotal point when the arts have such a vital role to listen, respond and shape the kind of future we want to live in. Working alongside the dedicated Board of Trustees and employees, I’m honoured to help develop an invigorating future for the Granary".

 Posted August 6 2020 

Do you remember Marlon Brando in Stapleford?

Did Marlon Brando make a film in Stapleford 50 years ago?

At some point in late 1970-early 1971, the Marlon Brando film 'The Nightcomers' was filmed in Cambridgeshire..mainly around Sawston and Duxford. 

"One scene takes place at a disused chalk pit," said investigator Kevin Flanagan.

"Maybe a Stapleford resident watched the filming? I am wondering if the Stapleford Parish Pit could be the one used. Do the photos (left and right, showing Thora Hird at the pit in the Nightcomers movie) show the parish pit or do you recognise it as somewhere else? I suppose tree growth etc will have changed the look of the pit in almost fifty years but hopefully you may be able to help?"

Kevin can be contacted at jen.flanagan@btinternet.com

Posted July 8 2020

Library re-opening

Great Shelford Library will re-open for two sessions a week with effect from the week commencing 3rd August. Sessions will be from 10am-2pm on Tuesdays and 2pm-6pm on Fridays.

However, the initial service will be limited to the return of items (which will then be quarantined), the collection of reservations and one pre-booked 45 minutes computer session per customer per day. Books can be reserved online or by phone and there will be a new ‘Select and Collect’ service, where you can suggest the type of books you’d prefer and staff will select available titles for you to collect from the library. Reservation charges are suspended until 31st August. There will be no browsing in the library yet, but we hope to be able to offer a wider service later in the year, subject to health and safety guidelines in place at the time.

For full and up to date details about our re-opening please visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk or call 0345 045 5225. Posted July 14 2020

Stapleford face masks

Villager Barbara Kettel is making face masks to help meet the current significant demand during the COVID 19 crisis.

"As Howard and I are in the vulnerable age group I felt that we would need masks once we ventured out," she said.

"The masks are triple layered but are not medical masks; I am making them with any spare fabric I have after a lifetime of dressmaking. Having made some for my immediate family I decided to offer them to the Parish for those who are possibly also vulnerable. So far I have made 90. 

"The masks are free. All I ask is that a donation is made to 'Hope into Action' a charity that helps home the homeless through the support of local churches. I am taking on trust that people go on line and make their donation. Once the order is completed I leave them, named, on the table in my porch for people to collect on the designated day. I have the capacity to make more if people want them."

Barbara (pictured left in one of her masks) can be contacted at barbara.kettel@googlemail.com

Posted June 9 2020

Green Belt transport route on edge of Stapleford comes a step closer

The new public transport route on the edge of Great Shelford and Stapleford is expected to be built by 2024 after the proposals were given the go ahead by the Greater Cambridge Partnership one 25.

The proposed new public transport route (left) will cross Hinton Way and Haverhill Road.  It could be up and running by 2024. It will cost £132m.

Stapleford Parish Council is to spend up to £10,000 on consultants with Great Shelford Parish Council to oppose the scheme they decided at their August meeting.

Proposals to run the route alongside the railway line in Great Shelford and minimise the impact on the Green Belt in Great Shelford and Stapleford (see proposed route diagram below) have been dismissed. The report says that the benefit to Great Shelford and Stapleford residents would be outweighed by the increased journey times and the additional £29m cost.

The scheme would link the Cambridge Biomedical Campus via Great Shelford, Stapleford and Sawston to a new travel hub near the A11/A1307/A505.

At a public meeting on October 14, residents were told there will be up to 16 buses or trams per hour, going in either direction.

The route will be entirely off-road, only interacting with other traffic just north of Great Shelford and Stapleford at junctions on Hinton Way and Haverhill Road. Junctions between existing roads and the new public transport route will be controlled by traffic lights.

Locations of stops are proposed at Haverhill Road in Stapleford and Hinton Way in Great Shelford.

The proposals are the first part of the Cambridge Autonomous Metro, which would take the form of electric, rubber-tyred tram-like vehicles using dedicated, off-road routes to bypass congestion.

There are still several steps before the busway is finally approved.

A full environmental impact assessment and another phase of public consultation are planned for the autumn.

The final scheme would then go back to the GCP’s executive board for their final approval , before an application is submitted to the secretary of state for approval.


Read about the scheme in the Cambridge Independent

*Great Shelford Parish Council and Stapleford Parish Council joined forces to accuse the Great Cambridge Partnership of maladministration over the proposals. Read their full joint letter here.

Updated Sept 2 2020

Spate of handbag thefts from cars

Motorists are being urged to be vigilant following a spate of handbag thefts from vehicles over the past month.

A total of 22 vehicles were broken into between 19 April and 12 May including incidents in Stapleford, Sawston, Duxford, Great Shelford, Haslingfield, Grantchester, Swavesey, Milton, Oakington and Fen Drayton.

In the majority of cases purses, wallets and handbags have been targeted and in some instances the thieves have gone on to use the victims’ bank cards in shops.

Police are focusing their patrols in these areas but would urge all motorists to make sure their cars are locked and double checked when left unattended as we’re seeing incidents when windows are left open and doors unlocked.

Also ensure all valuables, such as handbags, wallets, mobile phones and tools are removed from the vehicle.

Call 101 or go online to report any suspicious behaviour in your area.

Sergeant Emma Hilson

South Cambs Neighbourhood Team

Posted May 13 2020

Stapleford Playground survey

Does your family use the Stapleford playground?

It might be closed at the moment. But villager Rebecca Trigg has launched a survey  about the Stapleford playground on the rec.

The Jubilee playground was originally built in 2002. "It would be great to start thinking about ways we could improve it," said Rebecca in a post on Facebook.

"It will probably mean some community fundraising, with help from other sources like grants, and it won’t happen overnight. But it would be great to find out what families like and dislike about the existing facilities, and get some ideas on how we might improve things."

The playground is owned by the Parish Council, who would need to agree any changes.

The survey can be taken here.

Posted June 2 2020
Stapleford School in Lockdown

On your lockdown walks around the village you may have heard the joyful sound of children in the playground at Stapleford Community Primary School and wondered what is happening there when schools are closed.  In a short answer, the School has never fully closed so let me explain…….

The Government directed that schools must close at the end of the school day on Friday 20th March.  In response, the staff worked very quickly to ensure that every single child received a physical home learning pack to take home that day.  Since then during term time, the teachers have continued to upload individual learning packs each Monday, with both the packs and resources being available on Google Classroom and on the School’s website.

Meanwhile, the school team have continued to make provision for the children of key workers to enable our communities to function effectively and to provide the support that is necessary for some of our vulnerable children. The School has been open for these children every weekday since 23rd March from 8:30am to 6:00pm including a Bank Holiday.

All pupils who would normally be in school having a free school meal have been allocated vouchers to purchase food. The DfE has created a website for schools to order these vouchers but the system has been fraught with difficulties, the site invariably overloaded so it can only be accessed after waiting many hours sometimes in the middle of the night!  However, Mrs Spain has ensured all eligible parents have received some, if not all of the vouchers and has been able to use the School’s credit card.

The staff are coping well but missing the children and the routines.  I was fortunate to attend a virtual staff meeting recently and was struck by the dedication and commitment of Mrs Spain and all those working at the School. They have been doing a terrific job in both preparing and commenting on work, encouraging the children with online learning,  undertaking online training and of course, helping those attending throughout the lockdown. They clearly miss being with the children and cannot wait to see them again. Whilst across the country there has been terrific support for the NHS and other key workers we should not forget the dedication and tireless work of the teaching profession as exemplified by Mrs Spain and her staff at SCPS over the past two months. Preparations are now being made for the possibility of a phased return of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in June.

The school team have been very grateful and appreciative of the support they have received from Anglian Learning and the Local Authority who have been available daily to assist in whatever way they can.

It has been good to see the School reaching out with a brilliant collage of art work, which is on display in the entrance to The Royal Papworth Hospital, and a performance by the Stapleford School Rainbow Virtual Orchestra involving children from the Nursery to Year 6. Do take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HWCz260CZY

The Governors’ priority throughout this crisis is to support Mrs Spain and all her staff whilst maintaining their strategic role.  Monitoring Head Teacher and staff wellbeing is a key responsibility as well as monitoring continuing education, safeguarding and health and safety. We have had two virtual governors’ meetings in this period to share our findings, consider the implications for our budget and plan for the future.

I look forward to the time when everyone can return to school but in the meantime keep healthy and safe.

Paul Izzett

Chair of Governors

Posted May 26 2020 

First virtual Parish Council meeting in Stapleford

The Parish Council held its first ever virtual meeting because of the COVID19 situation.

The Parish Council meeting on May 13 was held via Zoom.  The agenda for the meeting is available here.

Posted May 7 2020.
VE day in Stapleford

Villagers are being asked to put up flags and bunting on May 8 across Stapleford to mark the 75th anniversary of VE day.

The government announced today revised plans to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May in a manner consistent with the current measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. The new programme will allow members of the public to remember and give thanks to the Second World War generation from the safety of their own homes. Here are details of the programme:

To find out more about how they can take part, members of the public can visit: https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/get-involved/

The “Get Involved” page of the website also contains VE Day related educational resources, aimed at Key Stages 2, 3 & 4, exploring the significance of VE Day. These resources can be shared with local schools.

The government is keen to ensure that as many people as possible across the nation are made aware of the plans and would appreciate local authority support in promoting the activities to communities so that people are able to say thank you to all those who served and made so many sacrifices, both at home and abroad. Where your local authority has the capacity to do so, please do think about how you can encourage communities to join in online and learn about VE Day, promoting the use the #VEDay75 hashtag when sharing activities online via social media.

A poster detailing how people can get involved in the VE Day activities from home, which you may wish to share with your local organisations and communities, can be downloaded here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KuOnTbyiollMhIyslW9zA2ojW4mkeivb

Gillian Pett
Posted May 1 2020
Stapleford Coronavirus self-isolation support group

A group from Stapleford has formed a team of volunteers who would be very happy to ring, email or even Skype or FaceTime anyone who would like some personal contact from time to time.

Maybe they would also need some shopping put on the doorstep, their prescription collected or have their dog walked. 
Self-isolation may be a very lonely period which could lead to a sense of being cut off from the outside world. If you would like to have this contact, please do get in touch with either:
Gillian Pett : 01223 843278; 0754 882 8477; email: gillian.pett29@gmail.com
Carol Davies : 01223 843424; 0771 471 0614; email: carol.galewood@gmail.com

St Andrew’s church is also offering support.
Posted March 17 2020

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Coronavirus Stapleford update

The Spar shop is now offering a door drop home delivery service (see details left)

The Johnson Hall is shut for all activities including those run by community groups or commercial suppliers.

The Gog Farm shop cafe has been converted to Takeaway only, with plenty of well-spaced outside seating (some undercover) to cater for anyone wanting to get out and about, dog walkers, cyclists etc. They are asking customers to keep one metre apart and also to pay by card if at all possible (ie reducing contact as much as possible).In terms of the shops, they are following government guidelines closely and may start to restrict the numbers of people in the shops at any one time. They may also start to vary opening times to enable certain groups to come in ‘after hours’. Perhaps most importantly for elderly residents, they are about to trial ‘Contact-Free Collection’ (stay in car) and ‘Home Delivery’ service, which we intend to launch in coming days to support people in isolation and unable to get here.

Did you know that there’s a local company called Pillsorted based at Copley Hill that will deliver drugs free to your home? They are at www.pillsorted.com or on 643550.

The SSYI Big Breakfast has been postponed until October 3

Posted March 18 2020

                    Great Shelford library update

Although our libraries are closed to the public until further notice, the Library Service has been hard at work developing new and updated online offers to keep everyone going until we can open again. Please don’t worry about accumulating fines on books you borrowed before the closure. Books currently on loan are being renewed automatically and charges have been suspended since 17th March.

We're all missing our hard copy books, but remember that if you have a computer, tablet or smartphone your library card gives you free access (via our website) to many electronic resources, including e-books and e-audiobooks. If you’re not a member it’s free to join and you can do this online.

Did you know?

You can download magazines such as Gardeners’ World, BBC Good Food, National Geographic, Newsweek and BBC Countryfile (see online resources link below).
Daily newspapers can also be downloaded via the same link.
We now have a regular Twitter chat and a live Rhymetime - see our Facebook page (below) for details of these and many other new resources.

Useful links:

Joining the library:

Online resources:

Library Facebook page:

Take care everyone - we look forward very much to welcoming you back to our library when normal life resumes!

Rosemary Humby
Great Shelford Library
Posted April 7 2020

Arthur Rank Hospice appeal

The Arthur Rank Hospice at Shelford Bottom has issued an urgent ‘SOS!! Support Our Services’ appeal. The call comes in response to the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on the Charity’s ability to fundraise for its vital services this year.

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Hospice has had to reduce many of its services to protect the safety of its patients whilst simultaneously refocusing on the core healthcare needs of the County.

In just one month (from February to March 2020), demand for the care that the Charity provides within people’s homes (observing strict infection control procedures) has increased, as seen in the 61% increase in the number of referrals to the Hospice at Home night service.  Calls to the Hospice have also increased, as demonstrated in the 27.5% increase in the length of time spent on triage calls by the Arthur Rank Community Team.  Despite the difficult circumstances, in March the Inpatient Unit still provided care to 27 patients with complex end of life needs, alongside 19 patients in nurse-led beds.

Initial financial forecasts have identified that the Hospice will lose at least £700,000 of potential income over the next six months. This is due to scores of fundraising events and personal challenges having to be cancelled; the closure of the Hospice’s charity shops and Bistro; and the cancellation of training and conference events which were due to take place in its Education and Conference Centre. 

Sharon Allen, CEO of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, said;" We need to ensure that we can carry on delivering essential care and services now, whilst also ensuring that services remain sustainable into the future.  We truly hope that the people of Cambridgeshire will answer our SOS!"

To find out more about, or donate to, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s ‘SOS!! Support Our Services’ appeal, please visit arhc.org.uk/sos .

Posted April 8 2020

The Times

Know anyone that's self-isolating that misses their copy of The Times?

If you know of someone in the Shelfords / Stapleford that would typically have picked up a copy of The Times and The Sunday Timesregularly (be it for the news, the crossword or the TV listings) and is not currently able to do so, can you let them know I'm willing to do it for them?


07900 907322

Stapleford website survey 

A survey about the Stapleford Online has proved how popular the website is among the village community.

70% of people who responded said they found the website extremely helpful

And seven in every ten people who completed the website survey said that they found information about Stapleford on the website that they didn't already know about.

"It's a good source of local news. It could have a slightly more modern feel, but not essential," said One respondent.

"Keep up the good work," said another.

"Could be a fantastic and useful resource but needs a bit of bringing into the 21st century," said one villager.

Posted Feb 21 2020.

Time called on Tree pub campaign 

The campaign to reinstate the Tree pub has ended. Following its AGM. the group has decided not to continue the campaign according to the minutes of the Parish Council meeting on Feb 12.

The minutes state: "The granted planning application significantly reduces the business potential, and would require financial pledges to be double the current rate. The Tree community pub is no longer financially viable. There is a conflict between registration of community asset and planning permission, the granting of which has made a community business model untenable.

"A vote of thanks was offered to The Tree Group for their dedication and perseverance across the past 6 years."

Posted Feb 21 2020

Retirement village information event

An information event to update you on a planning application to be submitted for a retirement village and a new 50 acre country park at Haverhill Road, Stapleford is being held in February. This event follows on from the two public consultation events the company held locally and online in November 2019.

Axis Land Partnerships is part of the Sir Robert McAlpine Group and are working in partnership with the landowner of the proposed development site. The company aims to submit the outline planning application in Spring 2020 and this latest event outlines what is being submitted at this stage as well as providing the opportunity for general comments and ask further questions of the team.

Friday 28th February 2020
10.30am - 8pm 
The Stapleford Pavilion

The details of the event will be online on the Axis website www.axislp.com/consultations from 28th February. Website comments and email address are open until 13th March. Posted Feb 14 2020.

Fancy joining the Messenger team?

Who fancies filling a little spare time by becoming part of the new team that produces the Stapleford Messenger?

The Messenger was mentioned in a post not so long ago asking about village magazines in the area.

It is a magazine that comes out every month and although church-owned is for the whole community of Stapleford (it has many readers in nearby villages as well). 

Right now it is in the process of changing the way it is run - the aim is to set up a team that will share the various tasks of writing, laying out pages and looking after the adverts.

No huge amount of previous experience is required - all that is needed is a willingness to play a part in producing a magazine that has been going since the 1940s and is now a colourful and entertaining read. 

So how about it? Contact staplefordmessenger@gmail.com for more information, or if you think you know someone who might be interested then let them know.  Jon West, Editor Posted Feb 14 2020

New relaxation classes

New relaxation classes are being run in the village involving meditation, reiki and crystal healing.

Sawston - weekly Friday 8-9pm, Arthur Rank - weekly Wednesday 10-11am, Stapleford - weekly Wednesday 1:30-2:30pm, Linton monthly 3rd Monday 8-9pm.

Booking via email Faye@kalmareiki.co.uk, or phone 07815 608897.

Very popular classes - once you’ve been you generally find a little slice of heaven for your week. Posted Feb 14 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