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Stapleford and Shelfords local businesses Coronavirus update

The Three Horseshoes is offering meal deliveries. If people call in (01223 503 402) from 17:00, Wednesday ~ Saturday and place an order, pay over the phone we will deliver. Sunday’s the phone line will be open from 11:00. The kitchen will be closed at 15:00. 

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

Gog Magog Farmshop open as usual (with distancing), stay in car shopping available, online delivery service being created, cafe closed

Tesco in Great Shelford is currently open 7am - 10pm

Zara Indian restaurant is currently doing takeaway collection service for as long as they are allowed to by the government, to encourage social distancing they are encouraging everyone to pre order early so when they come to collect there is no wait and no crowd. 

Forum House Chinese restaurant in Great Shelford is currently offering contact free delivery as well as pick up takeaways

Shelford Deli is opening the Deli shop for essential goods service only during this government lock down. No takeaway pizzas or coffees will be available

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

Noel Young wines is open 10am-7pm Monday to Saturday on a two in, two out basis, free deliveries to CB postcodes with orders over £50 and if in Great Shelford happy to drop in a couple of bottles especially if self-isolating

Barkers Butchers is open and also offering a delivery service. Now closed 1-2pm and also closed Mondays.

Great Shelford Dry Cleaners is open Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm but closed Friday and Saturday. They are running a free collection and delivery service on Monday afternoons - phone 844344 or email greatshelforddrycleaning@gmail.com 

The Rose pub is now closed. 

Stapleford Granary has closed until further notice.

Stapleford Rec play equipment and tennis courts are closed

Cara Coffee in Great Shelford is now closed

The Navigator is Little Shelford is now closed

The Plough in Great Shelford is now closed

The Great Shelford dental surgery is closed

Great Shelford library is closed

The Cambridge Building Society in Woollards Lane is now closed

Winners Chinese takeaway in Little Shelford is now closed

Magog Down car park is closed. Locals who are able to reach Magog Dow on foot must respect others: taking into account govt advice on social distancing: maintain distance 2m(6ft) from anyone not in your household group.

Scotsdale's is now closed.

Travis Perkins is closed for the foreseeable future.  

Pillsorted is a locally based online NHS pharmacy who deliver. It is free. They are based at Copley Park email: Help@pillsorted.com

Rayments garage is still open

T & J Tyres also in Gt Shelford (01223 845155), and they are similarly open until instructed by government to close.

Would people visiting their loved one's graves in Stapleford Cemetery take any dead flowers, and other rubbish home with them while COVID-19 lasts?
The people who normally look after the bins are unable to do this at present - the Parish Council is looking for volunteers to replace them.

(Updated noon March 29 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

                           Stapleford bear hunt

Let's all go on a Stapleford bear hunt!

St Andrew's Church is organising a bear hunt and drawing competition this coming week.

Here's what you can do to take part:

1. Put a teddy bear or bears in a window or somewhere visible from the road - the more the merrier, even if you don't want to take part in the bear hunt!

2. Please spread the word so that there are lots and lots of bears to see!

3. When you go on a family walk children can count how many bears they can see.

4. When you get home, draw your favourite bear. Put your name and age on the picture - all ages eligible. And write on it how many bears you found. Send a picture of your drawing to Lizzie at families@standrewstapleford.org

The competition will be judged next Sunday 5 April at 5 pm. Winning pictures will be put be up on the St Andrews website.

Posted March 29 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