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Stapleford Cambridge news from Jan 2020

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Covid 19 business update March 1 2021

The Three Horseshoes in Stapleford is offering takeaways. Their kitchen is operating from Wednesday - Saturday 5.30pm until 8.30pm. Tel 01223 503402. https://www.threehorseshoes-pub.com 

Zara Indian restaurant is operating a takeaway service only. Opening hours are 5-9:30pm Sunday-Thursday and 5-10pm Friday- Saturday. Tel 01223 846668 http://www.zarashelford.com


Pizza and Kitchen Co @The Plough in Great Shelford is open Thursday to Saturday from 4pm to 9pm with a special early bird discount of 10% for all orders placed between 4 & 5:30pm. They are offering free Delivery to CB22 post codes. Online ordering is preferred and available at www.pizzaattheplough.co.uk. Telephone ordering is available on 01223 491096

Forum House is providing takeaways with normal opening hours.

The Square and Compasses
is operating as takeaways only. The full menu is on their website. They are operating 5pm-8:30pm Tuesday- Saturday and 12pm-2:30pm Sunday for both collection and free delivery to the Shelfords, Sawston and Stapleford but with a minimum order of £10 to qualify for delivery. Also all Sunday roasts must be booked in advance by 8pm Saturday evening. Bookings can be made through the website, by calling on 01223843273 or via Facebook.

Navigator pub, Little Shelford open for takeaways - collection or delivery - Wednesday to Sunday 5pm-9pm - phone lines open at 4pm or order on their website

Shelford library has had to cancel browsing because of Tier 4 restrictions. When they re-open on January 5, their service will be limited to returning books, select and collect, reservations and public computer use on an appointment basis (for access to public services only) and online library resources.

Cambridge Building Society
revised hours now closed on Saturdays. Monday 9:00 am - 2pm, Tuesday Closed, Wednesday- Friday 9am-2pm Saturday closed

Lay electrical are closed due to the new lockdown but they can still carry out emergency repairs and deliver new appliances - 07740543187

Shelford Deli is providing their essential grocery store service (cafe-bistro remains closed); Open Tues to Sat 9.00-16.30. Customers can buy vegetables, bread, milk, cheese, homecooked takeout dishes and other groceries... or place orders in advance for safe collection. They have a designated click + collect counter at the front left-hand door [current exit door] of the shop so you don't need to venture inside. Pre-orders can be collected from here at an agreed time, or you can come into the shop to browse as usual through the main doors. Pre-orders can be paid in advance or on collection as preferred. Their stocklist can be found on their website https//www.shelforddeli.co.uk/placing-an-order : placing an order | Shelford Deli Grocery orders can be placed by email: shelforddeli@outlook.com or phone: 01223 846129 with 24 hrs notice so they can keep their team safe when preparing orders.

Alma clinic in Great Shelford will continue to provide osteopathy and physiotherapy services during Tier 4. However, their sports therapy, sports massage and nutritional services will be put on hold temporarily during this time.

Scotsdales is still open. Click and collect is still available at our Great Shelford store on selected items online, alternatively please contact your local store for placing orders with local delivery. For full opening times visit https://scotsdalegardencentre.co.uk/opening-times

Great Shelford Dry Cleaning is still open.

Noel Young wine bar is shut but the shop remains open 7 days a week for retail, order and collect and deliveries. 10am- 7pm Monday to Sat, 12noon – 2pm on Sundays though they may close at 6pm and on Sundays depending on demand.

Shelford Country Market will not be re-opening on Wednesday January 13. Shelford Memorial Hall has to remain closed whilst we are in Tier 4

Great Shelford Dental Surgery is staying open.

Solutions hairdressers is closed while Great Shelford is in Tier 4

Stapleford Granary has had to cancel all events and courses for January.

The Gog farmshop will continue to operate as previous lockdowns, with options to customers being as follows: 1) Shop as ‘normal’: browse the deli, grocers and butchery with social distancing; 2) ‘Drive Through’ shopping: simply stay in your car and sound your horn. A member of the team will come out and personally shop for you. Card payment is contactless from your the comfort of your car, 3) ‘Click & Collect’: this is our online shop where you can simply browse the items at home, pay and then collect in your car in the same way as the ‘Drive Through’. Opening times are Mon - Sat 0900 – 1800, Sun 1000 - 1600.

Pillsorted – which delivers your medicines free to your home – is open.

To advise on any other changes, please email davidm1961@gmail.com

Multi Use Games Area takes another step forward

The contract for the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) has been reviewed, amended and now signed by Stapleford Parish Council.

This means we have everything in place to get this project rolling once the weather improves. A high level plan for the project is available on the Parish Council's website (link below). 

All being well, work could take around 6 weeks to complete in late April. Note that groundwork cannot take place until a sustained minimum temperature has been achieved because the adhesives for the artificial MatchPlay2 surface will not adhere properly.

The project will complete with the planting of some evergreen laurels parallel to the road-facing edge of the courts. This was requested by the local authority to reduce light spilling onto the road from the new Tweener Light System.
A1307 changes

There’s some potential changes in the pipeline for the A1307. They include;

· Babraham P&R will have a further 150 spaces..

· Significant changes are planned at the A1307/Haverhill Road junction:

· It will not be possible to turn right out of Haverhill Road towards the A11. Vehicles will turn left and travel north to the Hinton Road roundabout before returning south along the A1307 towards the A11.

· It will not be possible to turn right out of the Gog Farm Shop onto the A1307. A sort of ‘one-way turning system’ will use the old dual carriageway further up the hill to turn right and head back towards the City.

· The A1307 will be narrowed to one lane in each direction, with a 50mph speed limit all the way to the A11. It is likely that the 50mph limit will extend into Haverhill Road; the Parish Council has requested that it extends the full length of Haverhill Road or is reduced even further.
Here is Greater Cambridge Partnership’s presentations about the proposed changes with more details.

Posted Feb 2 2021
Cemetery update

You may have noticed that some of the graves in the cemetery are currently cordoned off. A Parish Council team is continuing to push forward with co-ordinating improvements. Please bear with them while repair work continues, particularly because many firms cannot respond as quickly now as they could pre-Covid.

A little bit of background history for those not so familiar with the cemeter The site of Stapleford’s cemetery was purchased in 1881, with the first burial taking place in 1885. Additional land was purchased in 1930, again in 1949 and again in 2011, so hopefully there is now enough land to provide grave space for many years to come. The first burial in the new site has now taken place and we will, as funds allow, begin landscaping.

The cemetery is maintained by the Parish Council for the benefit of all inhabitants of Stapleford; villagers have a right to be buried in it so long as there are available grave spaces. You may be surprised to know that although the land on which the cemetery exists belongs to the Parish Council, the graves themselves do not. Instead, they belong to the families who have burials in them. Over the years, many of the headstones have become insecure and dangerous and are likely to topple; some of the graves have sunk due to animal invasion and become trip hazards to the public. The only way any of them can be repaired is by contacting the owner families and asking them to maintain their grave. This is obviously a difficult task as in many cases we do not know who the owners are and we cannot get a family to do a repair until we are sure of this. The Parish Council can decide to make a grave safe itself, but the costs of doing so are substantial and would need to be justified.

In the meantime, to avoid accidents they have taped off any seriously dangerous graves and put up an explanatory notice on the board. If you know who owns a zoned off plot, please do contact them (clerk@staplefordparishcouncil.gov.uk) so that they can get repairs started and restore the site to the beautiful and peaceful place it should be.

Details of cemetery charges and regulations for the old and new sections of the cemetery can be found on the Parish Council’s website: https://staplefordparishcouncil.gov.uk/cemetery/.

Jenny Flynn, Stapleford Parish Council

Posted Jan 31st 2021.

Plans to shrink Stapleford's historic conservation area

There are proposals to shrink Stapleford’s historic conservation area.

Up to eight homes would be removed from the Conservation area. They are;
  • 23 Church Street
  • 5 Finch’s Close
  • 1 and 2a Dukes Meadow
  • 7, 9, 11 and 13 Gog Magog Way

You can read the full Stapleford Draft Conservation Area Appraisal here.

You can respond to the proposals by Feb 15th here.

The work is being done by the Historic Environment team of the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service,

Posted Jan 19 2021

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

A  new public transport route on the edge of Great Shelford and Stapleford could be in place as early as 2024. It was approved in principle by the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board in June 2020.

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

An online consultation is being carried out between October 12 and December 14 when plans will be revealed showing the detailed design. An Environmental Impact Assessment is also being carried out this autumn. 

Views are being sought about the design of the proposals and how to manage and mitigate the impact of the new transport route.

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

Stapleford and Great Shelford Parish Councils have now received the report from independent transport consultants that proves that the busway can align to the existing railway line and the disused Haverhill rail line and not destroy our countryside. They say this is an entirely viable and feasible route and should have been consulted on by the GCP.

Significant fundraising is needed to undertake further reports in order to protect our greenbelt, preserve the special
landscapes, the environment and the beautiful setting of our villages. For more information and to donate go to https://www.cambridgeppf.org/south-east-cambridge-busway , click on the QR code (right) or send a cheque payable to: Cambridge Past, Present & Future, Wandlebury Country Park, Gog Magog Hills, Cambridge, CB22 3AE marked “Save Shelford and Stapleford Green Belt Appeal“. 

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 2019, 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.

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.

Here is a flythrough of the scheme.


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.

This link provides some further background information


This is the position of Stapleford Parish Council


Cambridge Past, Present & Future is objecting to the proposals.

Updated October 6 2020

Stapleford Community Warden Scheme

Are you aged 60 or over?

Would you like help to continue to live independently in your own home?

The Community Warden is able to offer assistance by providing a daily phone call (Mon-Fri) and support such as;

•             Making drinks and a light meal

•             A home visit

•             Collecting prescriptions

•             Small items of shopping

•             A listening ear

•             Help with paperwork and making appointments

•             Signposting to other services where appropriate

If you are interested in this service and would like more information, please call the warden directly on 07436102733.

 There is a FREE 2 week trial and then a small weekly fee afterwards if you wish to remain on the scheme. Posted Nov 10 2020.

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 Granary re-starts performances

Joanna MacGregor re-started performances at the Stapleford Granary on October 2.

Due to the Pandemic only 40 tickets were available for this event. Social distancing was observed and all audience members were asked to where face coverings. 

Joana MacGregor is one of the leading virtuosos and recording artists. World renowned for her technical brilliance, musical intelligence and effortless poetic command of her instrument, Joanna brings a wonderfully varied programme.

Updated October 6 2020 

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

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
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

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.