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Read news published before February 2017 here. 
 
Annual Village meeting headlines

There have been 14 burglaries in Little Shelford in the last year. Parish Council Chairman David Martin told the Annual Village Meeting that they are so concerned that they will be campaigning to create Neighbourhood Watch schemes in every street this year.

Parish Council highlights from the last 12 months:

 

  • A 40mph speed limit has been introduced between Little Shelford and Hauxton, which will help to reduce the speed of traffic entering the village on Hauxton Road.

  • After a public meeting, we said no to joining in the Neighbourhood Plan with Great Shelford and Stapleford, largely because we were wary that it could lead to too much new development in Little Shelford

  • The Parish Council has backed the new playground campaign by pledging £5,000 towards it

  • The Council has given £1500 to the Bowls Club to help pay some of the bills to eradicate the Chafer grubs which are damaging the bowls green

  • Improvements were made by the Parish Council at the entrance to the Rec costing around £8,000 and we also enhanced the track to the Pavilion

  • The bridge over the Ice Pond in the Rec was repaired thanks to £900 from South Cambs

  • David Jones organised a village spring clean on behalf of the Parish Council in March.

 
Parish Council priorities for the next year:
 
  • Increasing the number of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes
  • Reducing the speed of traffic through Little Shelford 
  • A tree survey and taking action where necessary
  • A possible community orchard next to the allotments
  • Supporting the ongoing playground campaign
  • And the possibility of setting up a warden scheme for older people in Little Shelford.
You can read David Martin's full speech here.
Post Office update


Royal Mail will no longer leave undelivered large items of mail at the new Post Office at the Kash Stores in Hinton Way it has emerged.


The Post Office says there is insufficient storage at the Post Office/Kash Stores. (See the notice, left).


Any items that cannot be posted through letter boxes will have to be collected from the Royal mail depot in Clifton Road, Cambridge or redelivered by the post person at a date & time when someone is at home to receive them. John Wakefield


Two new County Councillors for Little Shelford

Little Shelford has two new county councillors after the elections on May 4.

Conservatives Roger Hickford, who lives in Little Shelford and Kevin Cuffley were elected. Roger is the Deputy Leader of the County Council.

Previous sitting councillors Tony Orgee and Gail Kenney both retired.

The village falls in a new constituency called Sawston and Shelfords.

 

Name

Party

 Vote

Kevin Cuffley

Conservative

 2698

Peter Robert Spencer Fane

Liberal Democrats

 2528

Councillor Roger Hickford

Conservative

 2584

Brian Milnes

Liberal Democrats

 2427

Mike Nettleton

Labour

 1194

Sue Whitney

Labour

 1186
 

 
Broadchurch it ain't
 
 
 
A bizarre case of vandalism in Little Shelford being investigated by Cambridgeshire Police has been solved.
 
In April, Police issued a statement: "Between the dates of 21/04/17 at 17:00 and 22/04/2017 14:00 in Beech Close, Little Shelford.
 
"Unknown offender has entered garden of aggrieved's property and 'deadheaded' number of plants and flowers with malicious intent."
 
They even gave it a crime number - CF022060417.
 
Now we can unmask the "unknown offender" behind the malicious intent- a Muntjac deer!
 
"This happens all the time in Beech Close," said one resident.
 
 "It gave us a laugh when we read about the Police appeal."
 
We are now waiting to see if the deer is going to be apprehended.
 
After this story was first published on Little Shelford Online, it went on to appear in the Cambridge News and The Sun
 
 

All Saints Celebration
 
A special All saints Church Celebration took place on April 20.
 
 
The photo shows (left to right\) The Bishop of Ely, Stephen Conway, Simon Scott, Current Rector, Christopher Ash, Rector who lead the Church Growth initiative 20 years ago and The Bishop of Maidstone, Rod Thomas and also a very large cake that we used to celebrate the occasion along with the supper in the Village Hall and a service in All Saints.
 
Robin Church said there were about 36 Church members before the growth initiative and there are now over 150 so its seems to have worked, (with a third living in the Village).
Bin collection temporary changes
The Easter bank holidays mean that the bin collection days in Little Shelford are changing temporarily.
 
These are the revised changes:
  • Blue and Green bin collection - Thursday April 20th
  • Black bin collection - Wednesday April 26th
  • Blue and green collection - Wednesday May 3rd

Collection days will then revert to Tuesday. Full details here.


Another Shelford theft
 
A car wheel has been stolen in a bizarre theft.
 
A Beech Close resident was working on his car on April 10. He had taken off a front wheel, went inside, looked out of his landing window and saw a white van slowly driving round the Close.
 
The van stopped outside his driveway, a man got out came onto his property and stole his wheel befor the resident could get downstairs.
 

Parish Council headlines

Actions from the March Little Shelford Parish Council meeting included:
 
  • Villagers in Beech Close want to see their street lights reinstated after 5 burglaries in March
  • The Parish Council is going to push every road in the village to have a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
  • Little Shelford has been awarded £3,400 by the County Council for a mobile speed activated time
  • £1500 is being given to the Bowls Club to help pay for their issues with Chafer beetles
  • The council is keen to have a warden scheme for older people in the village. Read the full details of the meeting here.

Little Shelford burglaries
Jewellery was stolen when a house on Whittlesford Road was burgled between 1.30pm and 4.30pm on March 12.
 
At least five out buildings or garages have also been broken into in Little Shelford using bolt cutters.
 
Three of the break-ins took place in Beech Close between March 5 and 6. The The thieves broke through the back fence from the High Street.
 
Two further break-ins happened in in High Street. Burglars entered two sheds, stealing tool boxes of carpentry and wood turning tools, plus an outboard motor. 
 

Police say that the burglars were well equipped with a patrolling hire van collecting the stuff from the on foot thieves. They were also wearing gloves.

 
 
* Sometime between February 11th and 15th a house has been broken into in Hauxton Road, Little Shelford. The burglars first broke into a shed and used tools from there to gain entry before jewellery was stolen.
 
 

Post Office update

 
The new Post Office at the Kash Stores in Hinton Way opened on Tuesday 7th March. Opening hours 0700 till 19.00 Mon to Sat and 07.00 till 13.00 Sunday. It was then officially opened by MP Heidi Allen (pictured with owners Jayshri and Kash) and March 24.

For those residents living in Little Shelford who don't have transport or have difficulty with mobility, the Whippet No 31 bus service runs four journeys per day Monday to Saturday that are convenient for the Post Office.

 They run as follows:
Little Shelford Church Street 09.55 11.25 12.55 14.25
Great Shelford High St (Square & Compass) 09.57 11.27 12.57 14.27
Great Shelford London Rd (Freestones Corner) 10.00 11.00 13.00 14.30
Great Shelford Hinton Way (Chaston Rd) 10.06 11.36 13.06 14.36
 
Returning from:
Great Shelford Hinton Way (opp Orchard Rd) 10.34 12.04 13.34 15.04
 
This leaves sufficient time to walk to/from bus stop & do business at the Post Office
 
John Wakefield

 
 
Village spring clean
 
 
 
More than 10 sacks of rubbish were collected by villagers and parish councillors in a  special spring clean on March 12 organised by David Jones.
 
 
The most unusual find was 6 pairs of shoes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Van fire
 
There was a van fire at the junction of Newton Road and Hauxton Road on February 24.
 
 
 

Photos by Allen Boothroyd and Pamela Stewart.


Little Shelford Fun Weekend – Thank you for 2016 and Hold The Date 2017

 
As we begin our planning for the 2017 Little Shelford Fun Weekend (Fri 8th to Sunday 10th Sept), I wanted to say a big thank you for all those who helped make it possible – whether it be planning, sponsoring, providing prizes, helping on the day, or manning stalls. At the risk of typos around names, and the even bigger mistake of having left someone accidentally off the list, I would like to say a big thank you to all those who helped last year. Here goes…
 
 To the committee members:
 
 
Kate Beaton, Jo Boyle, Liz Carrothers , Mel Chaplin, Chris Christodoulou , Diana Haines, Steve Henry, David Jones, Brie Lury, David Munro, Gail Pilkington, Andy Stephenson. Sadly Steve Henry is retiring from the committee (he had to move out of the village to achieve this) and Rosie Ferrandino is kindly joining.
 
To our helpers nearer the time, and over the weekend itself:
 
  
Sandy Boyle, Jayne Briggs, Gordon Cameron, Erica Christodoulou, Simon Conway-Smith, Ian Douglas, Andrew Hawthorn, Andy Hopper, Graham Keane, Ollie Leonard, Jill Lury, Nick Lury, Andrew Muir, Neil Ruffles, Ray & Penny Saich, Bill Savin, Robin Skinner, John Stanton, Jo Stephenson, Bridget Sumison, Val Varty
 
 To Simon MacKinder and his glorious squadron for their sound, lighting and showmanship on Friday and Saturday evenings
 
  
To The Eye (the band) for a cracking performance on the Friday night, and Shakey Breaks The Ice for their wonderful jazz on the Sunday picnic
 
 

 

To Drew and the gang at the Shelford Deli for the lovely food on Friday and the youthful helpers who wait the tables on the Friday night
 
 To all the stallholders who showed up in some pretty atrocious weather at the Saturday fete
 
 To all our prize givers and sponsors:
 
The Square & Compass, The Queen’s Head, Winners, Cambridge Canteen, Crown & Thistle, Waterlillies, Blossom, Penny Gray-Mele Piloxing, Esse, Cheeky Monkeys Playbarn, Rayments Garage, Frog Software, Cambridge Mini Motorworks, Calne Vehicle Rentals, The Little Shelford Panto, Milan Fitness, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Stapleford Granary, Cambridge Fine Arts, Cooke Curtis, The Plough, Barkers, Hairforce 1, Tina Sondhi, Zara, The Navigator, Days, Solutions, Scotsdales, AK Fisheries, The Gog Farmshop, The Rose, Shelford Drycleaners, Over and In, Shelford Tree Service, Quy Mill, Steve Morrow, Steve Henry, The Beatons, David Jones
 

And finally, to all those who came along and had fun over the course of the weekend!

 
Calling helpers:
  
We are always looking for extra pairs of hands to help, especially: handymen who can move/set up/take down staging and heavy equipment, those with catering experience to help on the Friday evening, and people with offers of auction prizes. If you can help, we would love to hear from you. The weekend can’t function without the village supporting it.
 
Please contact either Jo Boyle at: joboyle780@gmail.com, or myself at: ian.beaton@arkunderwriting.com 
 
 
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the 2017 fun weekend, 8-10 September.
 
Ian Beaton, Chair, Little Shelford Entertainment Committee
 

Parish Council update
 
 

The Parish Council’s spending from April will rise to almost £31,000. That will mean a 1% increase in the village’s share of our council tax bills. The rise will pay for a survey of trees in Little Shelford and a new mobile speed sign.

Volunteers are wanted for a special tidy Little Shelford day on March 12th at 2pm. 
The Parish Council is also organising session at the Memorial Hall on the same day at 5.30pm where villagers can meet their Parish Councillors and also find out about different groups and societies in Little Shelford.
The Parish Council is paying £700 for a new pedestrian gate at the Wale Recreation Ground.
A house at 42 High Street is to be demolished, to be replaced with two six-bedroom homes.
There are several spare allotments in Garden Fields which are available for rent.
 
Read the full details of the January Parish Council meeting here.

Read news published before February 2017 here
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