Vaccination, Cycling, Feast and Policing 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

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:

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.

Village Hall

Have you seen the brilliant new Village Hall website?

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:

Greece Weekend at the Black Horse

First in a series of Themed Weekends July 2, 3, and 4. See 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:

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):  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: 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 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

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

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:

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

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

Dry Drayton in 1901

1901 census return added to the village history page

Consultation East West Rail Route

See this short paper by Councillor Houlihane on current consultation – options include a route close to Dry Drayton

Dry Drayton in 1939

Just added to the village website, a transcription of the 1939 register, listing 417 individuals in 126 households who were here in 1939. It is linked from

Additional Village History Material

Recently added to the village history page

Information about old photos of Dry Drayton folks found in an old Cambridge photographic studio.

A few more portraits of village folks

History of the Village Hall

History of the Dry Drayton Reading Rooms


National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23rd March.  

Reflect – support – hope.

Dry Drayton Church is supporting the National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23 March, the first anniversary of the UK lockdown, to commemorate the tragic loss of life and to stand together with everyone who’s grieving.

The church will be open from 10am until dusk with background music playing and we will toll the bell to mark the end of the minute’s silence at 12 noon to show support for the millions of people who are bereaved.

Other suggestions to mark the day include sending a card or contact someone who may feel bereaved: Church of England research shows that 6 out of 10 adults have lost someone in the last year where they would have attended the funeral and 4 out of 10 say they have lost someone close to them. Or at 8pm placing a lantern or candle on your doorstep or front window to show your support.