Harvest Thanksgiving and the S and C Festival at Childerley

Dry Drayton Harvest Thanksgiving

The annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service is this Sunday, 19 September at 11am at St Peter and St Paul, Dry Drayton. Everyone – of all ages – is welcome. 

Non-perishable gifts that are brought to the service will be distributed to support the work of local Foodbanks. Such gifts can also be left in the church this week and until Thursday 23 September. If you want to know more please contact Canon Sue Wyatt (sue.e.wyatt@btinternet.com).

Strawberries and Creem Music Festival at Childerley.

The Strawberries & Creem festival event is this weekend (17/18/19th). There is an anticipated crowd of 15000 people descending on Childerley Orchard. All festival goers arriving by car are expected to park at Bourn Airfield from where they will be bused into the venue itself.  Please expect some chaos on the roads.

Should you have any concerns during the festival (eg noise) or wish to give feedback about it then these are the contacts to use. (Note: The last email (No.3) has had Parish Councillors’ e-mails going straight into junk so may not be the best one to use).  

From the Strawberries & Creem website http://www.proudevents.co.uk/cambridge-club-and-sc
1. If you would like to get in touch, you can call our resident hotline when the events are live on 0203 475 0714 or you can contact us via our email ccandsc@proudevents.co.uk 
2. Operations manager is Louise Young: louise.young@strawberriesandcreem.com
3. Project Manager is Aisha: consultation@proudevents.co.uk.

As part of the consultation all feedback received for this year should inform the organisation of future events.  We have pulled together further information on the event at www.drydrayton.net/festival.asp

Strawberries and Creem Music Festival at Childerly and DDPC

Strawberries and Creem Festival

10,000 people are expected at the Strawberries and Creem music festival at Childerley from 5pm Friday 17th to 12 mid-day Monday 20th September 2021.

Aisha Francis, Project Manager, Proud Events advises:

From the end of this week work begins on site to start building the events in readiness for opening for the first event on Friday 10 September.
We wanted to make you aware in advance of activities to undertake sound checks and setting levels.

  • On Thursday 9th September between 11:00 and 12:00 we will be undertaking checks to test systems and set levels. We will then undertake another test at 19:00
  • On Friday 10th September we will undertake checks at 10 followed by artist sound checks from 11:00
  • On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September we will undertake test from 10:00 followed by artist sound checks from 10:30
  • On Friday 17th September we may undertake some additional tests from 19:00 for a short period
  • On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th we will undertake test from 10:00

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to email Aisha (consultation@proudevents.co.uk).
Dry Drayton Parish Council – Next Meeting

The next DDPC meeting will be in the Village Hall on Tuesday 7th September at 7.30pm.
There is a packed agenda on the PC’s website www.drydraytonpc.org.uk. Items for discussion include: the Strawberries and Creem festival, an update on the C2C Project and Phase 3, various planning matters, concerns about Swifts Close, the consultation on Active Travel Schemes, grass cutting, litter picking and other environmental issues.

Local events

Live Music etc at the Black Horse

Freddie Hall, singer and songwriter, will be performing at the Black Horse between 4 and 6 pm Saturday 28 August. Guest food truck Pizza Passione will be at the pub on Sunday 29th August. Full weekend details at https://www.blackhorsedrydrayton.com

Open Air Cinema Saturday 28 Aug on the school field; picnic 7pm, film starts 8pm

Our first Dry Drayton Open Air Cinema event will feature the film “Paddington 2”, a very happy, poignant and life-affirming film that will entertain all ages. Thank you to everybody who voted – Paddington 2 just nipped The Princess Bride by 17 votes to 15 votes.
Schedule of events for the evening on Sat 28 Aug:
•    7pm: Pimm’s on the school field, bring your own picnic or order food from the Black Horse pub (Festival Food weekend!)
•    8pm or when dark: Film starts, bring your own chairs and blankets. The event will go ahead in rain, and we will have the marquee.
•    Tickets: £2.50 each or £10 for a family of 2 adults and 3 children. Can be bought in advance with cash or cheque at 69 Park Street CB238DA, or by bank transfer to Dry Drayton School & Village Association (NatWest); sort code 60-04-23; Account no. 24182273, please reference your name and “Cinema”.

Family friendly Cricket match v St Giles Cricket Club in Dry Drayton; Bank Holiday Monday

We will play a very family-friendly cricket match against St Giles on Monday the 30th of August – we are fielding a team of Dads, Mums, kids and all – many with not much experience (or very sore knees) – and some who even know what they’re doing! Come and join the fun in the afternoon, exact starting time tbc. Contact Neil Harris on drydraytonsva@gmail.com to play, or Diane Harris da_harris_2000@yahoo.co.uk if you can provide a cake or sandwiches for that all-important cricket tea.

Dry Drayton Fun Run Saturday 11 September

The Dry Drayton Fun Run returns! This time on Saturday the 11th of September, starting at 5pm on the school field. Entry fee £2.50 and medals for all participants. Contact Diane Harris da_harris_2000@yahoo.co.uk for further info.

Active Travel Scheme Proposals

The closing date for comments on the proposed Active Travel Schemes has been extended to midnight on Wednesday 15 September 2021. Details here: https://consultcambs.uk.engagementhq.com/cats

Next Parish Council Meeting

7 September 2021 19.30, Village Hall. Future meetings: 19.30 on 5 Oct 2021 and 19.30 on 9 November 2021 www.drydraytonpc.org.uk

Consultation on travel, village events, Boundary Walk

Consultation, Active Travel Schemes. Closing date 24 August

The County Council is proposing a range of changes to roads across Cambridgeshire to encourage active travel across the area. They are inviting your feedback on their initial ideas to promote cycling and walking as people’s first choice for shorter journeys. Two of their proposals  impact on Dry Drayton and the consultation is open for comment until  midnight on 24th August 2021. This link will take you to the consultation: https://consultcambs.uk.engagementhq.com/cats

The first proposed scheme  will make Madingley Road Dry Drayton one-way only for motor vehicles (Eastbound from Dry Drayton to Madingley) and will allow cyclists to travel in both directions. The second proposal is the same as the first, plus a similar scheme along Cambridge Road Madingley, again permitting motor vehicles to travel Eastbound only, towards Cambridge, with cyclists able to travel in both directions.

The objective of the proposals is to make these routes safer for cyclists. The price for this will be slightly longer journeys (and consequent emissions) for motorists on a return journeys from Dry Drayton to Cambridge via Madingley.

Whether you are for or against these proposals, below are some issues which you might like to include in your response to the consultation:

  • How will these proposals affect the promised and much needed non motorised user track along Oakington Road connecting Dry Drayton to the new tracks along the A1307?
  • How will drivers on these roads be encouraged not to drive faster in the knowledge that they should not encounter motorised traffic travelling in the opposite direction?
  • Will there be new speed or weight limits on the roads concerned?
  • How will this affect agricultural vehicles?
  • What signs and physical segregation measures should be used on the roads concerned?
  • Should the direction of travel of motor vehicles on the affected roads be Eastbound (as proposed) or Westbound?
  • Should all motor vehicles be prohibited on the Dry Drayton to Madingley Road, making it “access only”?

Dry Drayton Parish Council will be discussing these proposals at their next meeting on 7th September 2021.

Dry Drayton School and Village Association Events.

In addition to the Open Air Cinema on Saturday the 28th of August on the school field (more info to come as soon as organisers can confirm the film!) watch for two more “Summer of Feast” events sponsored by the S & VA:

Village Cricket Match, Bank Holiday Monday (30 August):  St Giles provide their most friendly team and their Dry Drayton cricket pitch; we provide an enthusiastic team and a delicious tea. All members of the village and school are welcome whatever their age, talent, experience, etc. The day is great fun for everyone, so if you want to play or volunteer in any capacity (making a cake?) please email drydraytonsva@gmail.com.

Dry Drayton Fun Run, Saturday 11 September 5pm: The Fun Run returns! A fun walk, jog or run on footpaths through the village, with medals for all participants. Entry fee £2.50, contact Diane Harris at da_harris_2000@yahoo.co.uk if you need further info.

Videos of the Dry Drayton Boundary Walk 2021

Alec Hawkes has just posted two videos of the 2021 Boundary Walk. The first is a standard video featuring footage from Adrian Bennetton and slides from Cinnamon and Alec and entitled Dry Drayton Boundary Walk 2021 full version: https://youtu.be/PXwJhs6ahFs. The second is a 3D version (viewable in 360 degrees) with footage just from Adrian and entitled Beating The Bounds in 3D: https://youtu.be/y-PRcPs-BE8.

Events at The Black Horse

It’s Pies and Platters – August 20, 21 and 22.
August Bank Holiday – four days of Festival Food.
Details at www.blackhorsedrydrayton.com

Vaccination, Cycling, Feast and Policing

DryDrayton.net Village News.

Covid-19 community update – mass vaccination walk-in event this Sunday (18 July)

A mass vaccination walk-in event is taking place this Sunday at the Hub in Cambourne. In general, vaccination take up in the district is good, but it is recognised that transport difficulties and a lack of flexible, non-appointment based walk-in events in the district can be a barrier for some people.

The venue will have both AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines available. Anyone who is 18 or over will be able to have a first or second dose (second doses are available if their first dose was eight weeks ago or more; on or before 23 May).

Venue: The Hub, High Street, Cambourne, CB23 6GW
Date: Sunday 18 July
Time: Drop in any time from 10am to 4pm.
A face mask must be worn.

Cambridgeshire County Counci, Consultation, Active Travel Schemes.

The County Council is proposing a range of changes to roads across Cambridgeshire to encourage active travel across the area. They are inviting your feedback on their initial ideas to promote cycling and walking as people’s first choice for shorter journeys. Two of their proposals have a great impact on Dry Drayton and the consultation is open for comment until midnight on 24th August 2021

In essence the first scheme involving Dry Drayton will make Madingley Road one way only for motorised vehicles (Eastbound from Dry Drayton to Madingley) and will allow cyclists to travel in both directions. The second proposal is the same as the first, but with the addition of a similar scheme along Cambridge Road Madingley, (again permitting motorised vehicles to travel Eastbound only) with cyclists able to travel in both directions.

You will find these Dry Drayton proposals in the first tranche of 21 schemes shown here.

The consultation document does not make it clear how the latest proposals will affect the promised and much needed non motorised user track along Oakington Road connecting the village to the new A1307. Nor does it say how these proposals will fit with the Cambridgeshire Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, which is open for consultation until 27th July 2021. The proposals are in outline only and do not say anything about new speed or weight limits on the roads concerned or anything about agricultural vehicles.

Feast Summer Events Saturday 24 July

Open Day, Edwards Woodland: Wander through the verdant trees and learn about the flora and fauna in the Woodland Field which has been bought for the village. Guides will be available to answer your questions from 10 to 6, and you can sign up for a morning or afternoon tour at drydraytonsva@gmail.com.

Pimm’s Night: The pub will be serving up Pimm’s cocktails (and mocktails) in the Marquee on the school field from 6pm to 9pm – with delicious pizzas available from Pizza Passione at the pub from 5pm – 8pm.

Policing and Crime Priorities

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s public survey on policing and crime priorities ends on 30th July.
The survey is for members of the public of any age to share your views and priorities about policing and crime in the county. The survey feedback will be used to help shape the content of the Police and Crime Plan for the next three years. You can give your feedback here: https://www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/

Swifts, Fish and Chips, Village Hall, Black Horse

Swift Awareness Week: Sat 3rd – Sun 11th July

Swift Awareness Week was first held in 2019 with groups around the country holding over 90 events in 2020 celebrating this wonderful bird, bringing attention to its decline and encouraging people to do something about it. In Dry Drayton we already have our established colony in Pettitt’s Close.  They will be very active as most will have chicks during this period. Do come along and see if you can spot the nest boxes, and even swifts going in and out at great speed! Rowena Baxter

Fish and Chips in Dry Drayton

The fish and chip van comes fortnightly on Tuesdays and is in the village hall car park from 5pm – 8pm,  It works well if customers order online but it’s not essential. If you go online you can view the menu and see whether Dry Drayton is on the list for the week. If it isn’t, you will have to wait until the following Tuesday. https://www.pimp-my-fish.co.uk/

Village Hall

Have you seen the brilliant new Village Hall website? www.drydraytonvillagehall.org.uk

The next full meeting of the Dry Drayton Village Hall Management Committee.
meeting will be on Google meet on Thursday 1st July at 7pm – 8pm.
There will be an update on the modernisation tasks.  All welcome
Here’s the link: meet.google.com/hdb-ccic-vqa

Greece Weekend at the Black Horse

First in a series of Themed Weekends July 2, 3, and 4. See https://www.blackhorsedrydrayton.com/ or the noticeboard outside the pub for details.

Cycling, walking and summer cinema

Interested in local cycling or walking?

Cambridgeshire County Council has begun a consultation on the creation of a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Cambridgeshire and are interested in your feedback on the initial proposals. This is an early stage policy document which seeks to outline new and existing walking and cycling routes and consider which routes should be created or improved, as and when funding becomes available.

It’s looking increasingly unlikely that the proposed off-road cycle track from the village to the NMU tracks on the A1307 will be constructed. You might like to feed into the consultation process the priority which you feel should be given to safe cycling and walking routes for villages, like ours, with NO SAFE OFF-ROAD CONNECTIONS to wider local networks. You might also like to share your thoughts on how the County should handle the compulsory purchase of land needed to retro fit NMU tracks into the current road network. The consultation closes 13 July 2021, Details here: https://consultcambs.uk.engagementhq.com/ccc-local-cycling-and-walking-infrastructure-plan-consultation-2021

Dry Drayton Summer Outdoor Cinema Night

From Diane Harris: Time’s running out to cast your vote for the film to be shown at the Feast Summer Outdoor Cinema event, which will be Sat 28 August on the school field starting at 7pm. Choices are: Paddington 2, Knives Out, Back to the Future, and The Princess Bride. Vote here (no need to register): https://bit.ly/3eZwx6W  You can vote for one, two, three or all four films! We currently have a four-way tie, so if you have a preference, let us know!
Many thanks, Diane

EW Rail, DDPC, Village Spring Clean, paint wanted

EW Rail

EW Rail – possible routes into Cambridge include an option passing through Dry Drayton – have your say. Consultation ends on 9 June (background here: http://www.DryDrayton.Net/Railcon.asp and it is on the Agenda for the Parish Council Meeting on 1 June)

Dry Drayton Parish Council – next meeting Tues 1 Jun 21 at 7:00pm

Meeting to be held at the barn at Duck End Farm at 7pm – it is requested that you contact the clerk if you plan to attend: clerk@drydraytonpc.org.uk. Government advice on face masks and social distancing applies to this meeting and it will be a stand up meeting, no chairs will be provided.
Agenda items include:  

  • Invoice for £5,868 from UK Power Networks regarding disputed substation base at the village allotments
  • Update on East West Rail (EWR) Consultation, including Anthony Browne’s visit to the parish.

Riding for the Disabled Charity

From Annie Harley: Thank you to everyone who supported the plant sale for Riding for the Disabled. We made a handsome £97.  And I need some more help please – I need to make some props for a riding competition for the group, and need a small quantity of red and green paint. If you have some on a shelf in your garage that you don’t need, please contact me on 07714 393408. It could be any kind of paint – car, floor, emulsion, gloss, anything!  Thank you very much.  Annie Harley

Great British Spring Clean – not too late to help.

Dry Drayton Parish Council has registered for the Great British Spring Clean which started on 28 May and will run for two weeks. It is a great opportunity to tidy the Village and get Dry Drayton ready for the summer. South Cambs are assisting with rubbish bags and their collection. The PC has high-visibility jackets and litter pickers. It is obviously important that any activity of this type follows current Government guidelines for Covid to ensure that it is carried out in a safe manner, and risk assessments have been carried out and will be shared with volunteers. If you are interested in assisting please e-mail Stephen Aldersley aldersley@btinternet.com and let him know your availability and the area you wish to help clear. Further information can be found by Googling “Great British Spring Clean” or checking www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean

Charity plant sale, PC meeting and History Quiz

Charity Plant and Veg Sale

There will be a sale of vegetable and garden plants in aid of Cambs College Riding for the Disabled group outside The Spinney/Jasmine House in Pettitts Lane over the bank holiday weekend. The group is for young adults with a range of disabilities, who benefit physically, mentally and socially from riding – as one young rider said “it’s like physio but more fun”.  There will be further sales during May and June.

Parish Council and Annual Parish Meeting – 4th May 2021

The Annual Parish Meeting will take place online at 7pm Tuesday 4th May 2021, followed at 7.30pm by a Parish Council meeting. For access and agenda see www.drydraytonpc.org.uk

Dry Drayton Bank Holiday History Quiz

Looking for a little bank holiday distraction? No prize I’m afraid, beyond the satisfaction of showing how well you know our place. The quiz is here:


NHS Hearing Aid users, VH AGM, Annual Parish Meeting, PC and Dry Drayton in 1901

Information for NHS Hearing Aid Users

CHH Hearing Aid Maintenance (HAM) Centres have asked us to spread the word to NHS hearing aid users, or their relatives, friends or carers, that they are now open again for appointments. Full details can be found here: www.drydrayton.net/pdfs/CHHapril2021.pdf

Village Hall 2021 AGM

This will be a virtual meeting starting at 7 pm on Thursday 22nd April 2021. Details on the Village Hall website https://sites.google.com/site/ddvillhall/home/

Diary Date

The Annual Parish Meeting and next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 4 May. Both will be virtual meetings. Details on the PC’s website www.drydraytonpc.org.uk/Meetings_26385.aspx

Dry Drayton in 1901

1901 census return added to the village history page www.drydrayton.net/history.asp