Jubilee Bench, Plants and Fostering

Commemorative Bench

Dry Drayton Parish Council is funding the installation in the parish of an ornate back oak bench to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Parish Council would like your views on where best to site the bench on their land, the choices being: Pump Green, end of the High Street and the Village Green. Please send your suggestion in an e-mail to clerk@drydraytonpc.org.uk before 1 June 2022, to inform the PC’s decision on this at their next meeting on 7 June.

Plant Sale in aid of Riding for Disabled – From Annie Harley

Thank you to everyone who supported the plant sale at the beginning of May, either by buying plants or giving plants for sale. We made a magnificent £84, for Cambs College Riding for the Disabled group. There will be a further sale over the weekend of 28/29 May when we will have ‘softer’ plants such as chillis, peppers, tomatoes, squash, cosmos, zinnias, marigolds, rudbeckia, as well as sunflowers and some hardier garden plants. Please do visit the stall which will be outside Jasmine House and The Spinney in Pettitts Lane.

Could you foster?

Would you like to find out how you can provide a family home to children in your area? Nexus Fostering is a well-established and highly regarded fostering agency, based in Lolworth Cambridge, who are urgently seeking full-time foster carers willing to foster older children and siblings. The agency is rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ in all areas and place a high premium on the quality of support and care that they provide to every one of the foster carers and, in turn, the children and young people placed with them. To find out more about becoming a foster carer in and around Cambridgeshire please call 0800 389 0143 or email foster@nexusfostering.co.uk.

Vaccinations, Bin Collections, M11 overnight closures, Festivals at Childerley

Covid Vaccinations  

A message from South Cambs DC. The response to the recent pop-up clinic was extremely good and requests were made for another visit – so we are pleased to let you know that the Vaccinations bus will be returning to Tesco at Bar Hill on Sunday April 24. The Vaccinations bus will be at the Bar Hill Tesco supermarket, 15-18 Viking Way, Cambridge CB23 8EL, from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 24 April. Vaccinations will be available for those aged 12+ for first, second (Pfizer) and third primary doses, with boosters for eligible patients who had their second dose at least three months ago. Please bring a face mask.  

Your Personalised Bin Collection Calendar  

Regular collection days will occasionally change due to bank holidays. You can download your own tailored bin collection calendar at www.scambs.gov.uk/binday  

M11 overnight closures  

There will be a series of night-time (9pm – 6am) closures on the M11 for drainage repairs between J10 Duxford and J13 Madingley Rd over 5 weeks between Friday 22 April and Monday 30 May. Details of closures and diversions: https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/east/  

Cambridge Club and Strawberries and Creem Festival at Childerley  

These events, in their second year, will be held in June at Childerley. The organisers have circulated the following information for local residents. If you have a specific query or want to get in touch, please email the organisers at ccandsc@proudevents.co.uk

“We are writing to share some information about our exciting plans for both The Cambridge Club and Strawberries & Creem Festivals 2022. This years events will be returning to Childerley Orchard and will be hosted across two separate weekends.
The Cambridge Club: Friday 10 th – Sunday 12th June 2022
Strawberries & Creem Festival: Friday 17th – Sunday 19th June 2022  

The festivals offer something different for all age groups and primarily focus on bringing leading music talent to Cambridge. The Cambridge Club offers a true family festival weekend experience, where children can explore and adults can enjoy a celebration of great music, local produce and their favourite podcasters. Strawberries & Creem will be offering an amazing music line up and creating a festival space that celebrates diversity and champions young talent.  

It is important to the event organiser that we are a good neighbour and keep you informed of the plans and take on board your views and answer any questions you may have. Therefore, we are holding a couple of resident consultation meetings on zoom.If you would like to attend, please visit www.proudevents.co.uk/cambridge-club-and-sc for further information. You will also be able to find contact details should you wish to get in touch over the event weekends here www.proudevents.co.uk/cambridge-club-and-sc . The events are being planned and managed on behalf of S&C Productions by Proud Events.”

Refuse Collection

Easter bank holiday bin collection changes  

Residents living in South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City are being reminded that their bin collections will be later than usual over the Easter and early May bank holidays. The bin  collection will be April 23rd (Saturday) and not April 21st.For the May bank holiday the collection will be Friday May 6th and not the 5th.

Residents are also being encouraged to make waste-aware purchases when it comes to Easter treats and to continue to recycle as much as possible. Around 80 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK each year resulting in more than 8,000 tonnes of extra waste from Easter egg packaging and Easter cards alone. In order to limit your environmental impact, residents are being urged to choose products with less packaging altogether, as well as ensuring any packaging can be recycled, to reduce the amount of waste generated this year.  

Head of the Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service between South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City Councils, Bode Esan, said: “Please check your bin collection dates on our website to ensure your bin is out for collection on the correct day over the coming bank holidays. Don’t forget you can also recycle almost all the packaging from your Easter eggs into your blue bin – including the aluminium foil, plastic containers and cardboard. Save up the foil wrappers, scrunching them into a tennis-sized ball, and flatten the cardboard to ensure it can be recycled effectively. If you are sending an Easter card, try to choose a card which is free from glitter, metallic elements or other non-paper adornments. These elements cannot go into your blue bin as they cause problems in our paper recycling process.” 

Residents can download their own tailored bin collection calendar at www.cambridge.gov.uk/binday for people living in Cambridge or www.scambs.gov.uk/binday for those living in South Cambridgeshire. Full bin collection dates, including changes due to Easter and May bank holidays, can also be found in the latest edition of each Council’s resident magazine.


For more information contact Lauryn Snow in South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Communications Team on lauryn.snow@scambs.gov.uk

Caldecote, Dry Drayton and Hardwick Community Car Scheme

An update on the Scheme and a plea for help from Sheila Stephenson

As many of you will know our scheme is currently very busy. It is open to help anyone who needs taking to essential destinations within a reasonable distance and who has no other means of transport. We calculated at one point we were going to 74 different essential destinations over a year and in March this year alone drove 2,333 miles to meet essential needs! We would like to stress here – that all our drivers and co-ordinators are volunteers, each with their own family life to support. Our co-ordinators do a fantastic job and when I recently needed an emergency dentist appointment, amazingly managed to find me a driver in hours. I was truly grateful.

This month however we are putting out an emergency plea for some more help to run the scheme successfully. Sadly, Nicky has had recently to stand down after a lot of years of amazing work both co-ordinating and driving. It was she who created the fabulous dog which we still keep as our logo! Hopefully one day she will be back to help us again. And here comes our first plea. We urgently need a new co-ordinator – or more if that is possible.

As you will know, all the calls go to the co-ordinators. They then get in touch with our drivers, usually by phone or email, and enter the results into our personal computer system. Just as important, the co-ordinators deal with callers sympathetically and practically. If you feel you could help with this co-ordinating role please contact me, Sheila, and I would be very grateful to take things further. All expenses are reimbursed. All problems are sorted out.

Our second plea is for more drivers to help out. As you can see from the distance covered in March, we have done a lot of miles, but we cannot afford to wear our drivers out who all have their own busy lives to work round. Thus we urgently need some more drivers. Currently we have about 22 active drivers but this is not nearly enough. The driving is all done like everything else by volunteers, but the petrol/diesel is reimbursed at the current HMRC tax rate of 45p per mile. Drivers get reimbursed in mileage expenses from their own front door and back again. Thus we try and find drivers as near as possible to the passenger. Currently we have no drivers in Dry Drayton at all although we often get asked for sometimes daily runs to hospital. All drivers need DBS checking and we can help sort that out.

User Guide
Recently I have been asked twice if a person is eligible for the scheme. The answer is almost always YES, as long as it is for an essential purpose. Currently we are still asking passengers to wear masks etc. Children under 16 must always be accompanied by an adult; and occasionally adults need someone to go with them. The co-ordinator can help sort this.

Passengers pay £3.50 for a very local run like the surgeries and 30p per mile for longer runs such as the hospitals. The passenger is asked to pay the driver in cash for each journey. The County Council reimburses the driver the extra 15p per mile, via our excellent treasurer.

Well this is quite enough from me. We really do urgently need this extra help with both the co- ordinating and the driving. Please, please do think if you can help in any small way. I and the team will be so grateful. The scheme has run successfully for many many years – please help us to keep it running for a good many more. If you have any questions do ring me, Sheila, on 01954 210638. I will be delighted to hear from you.

Current list of Co-ordinators
If you need a lift from the car scheme, please ring one of the following:
Cheryl Phillips – 07908 023 836;
Gillian Stott – 07464 069 483;
Lizzie Coe – 07387 395 296;
In emergencies or for general information only:
Sheila Stephenson 01954 210 638.

Sad News, Cllr Roger Hall

We are sorry to report the sad news that Roger Hall passed away on 7th April. Roger was formerly a South Cambs District Councillor representing Dry Drayton when it was part of Bar Hill ward. I’m sure that there will be quite a few Dry Drayton residents and former Parish Councillors who will remember him.

Fraud and Scam Alerts

Beware – Air Ambulance Scam

Our District Councillor Corinne Garvie reports “a resident in one of the council settlements in Girton answered the door to a man purporting to be from the Air Ambulance. His ID was not visible and he asked for her bank details. She was suspicious and refused to do so. The Air Ambulance webpage reports on this scam happening in Norfolk and Suffolk https://www.eaaa.org.uk/news/fraudulent-canvassers-norfolk-and-suffolk.
The money does not go to the Air Ambulance but to a fraudster. If anyone has recently paid out money to this person, they would be advised to cancel their direct debit and contact the Air Ambulance to donate directly. It is advisable to never give bank details to anyone on the doorstep.”

Remote Access Scams

More than £50 million was lost last year to scams where victims are tricked into handing over control of their computer or smartphone to criminals. New data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, reveals that 20,144 people fell victim to scams where they were persuaded to grant criminals remote access to their device. Victims reported losing a total of £57,790,384 – an average loss of £2,868 per victim.

What are remote access scams

Remote Access scams will often begin with a browser pop-up saying that your computer is infected with a virus, or maybe a call from someone claiming to be from your bank saying that they need to connect to your computer in order to cancel a fraudulent transaction on your account. Regardless of the narrative the fraudster’s use, their goal is to steal your money or access your financial information by tricking you into allowing them to remotely connect to your computer.

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Mullish, from the City of London Police, said:

“While remote access tools are safe when used legitimately, we want the public to be aware that they can be misused by criminals to perpetrate fraud. We often see criminals posing as legitimate businesses in order to trick people into handing over control of their computer or smartphone.
“You should only install software or grant remote access to your computer if you’re asked by someone you know and trust, such as a friend or family member, and never as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop-up or text message.”

How to protect yourself
• Only install software or grant remote access to your computer if you’re asked by someone you know and trust, such as a friend or family member, and never as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop up, or text message.
• Remember, a bank or service provider will never contact you out of the blue requesting remote access to your device.
• If you believe your laptop, PC, tablet or phone has been infected with a virus or some other type of malware, follow the NCSC’s guidance on recovering an infected device.
• Protect your money by contacting your bank immediately on a different device from the one the scammer contacted you on.
• Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk.

Walk-In Covid Vaccination Clinic

The Vaccinations bus will be at the Bar Hill Tesco supermarket, 15-18 Viking Way, Cambridge CB23 8EL, from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 10 April. Vaccinations will be available for those aged 12+ for first, second (Pfizer) and third primary doses, with boosters for eligible patients who had their second dose at least three months ago.

Wildlife Ponds – Funding Available!

Ponds are a cherished part of the parish landscape; familiar historic features found at the heart of most village centres and in the wider countryside. Sadly, due to changes in land use and agricultural practices, the UK has lost around 50% of ponds in the 20th Century. Those remaining are often threatened by pollution. This means the many species of plant and animal that rely on them are also under threat.

Excitingly, funding is now available in certain parts of Cambridgeshire, including Dry Drayton, for the restoration and creation of clean water wildlife ponds capable of supporting great crested newts. The funding is part of Natural England’s District Level Licencing scheme (DLL), a new strategy for compensating the loss of newt habitats, which seeks to provide new ponds and bigger, better, more joined-up habitat for this orange-bellied amphibian at a landscape scale.

In Cambridgeshire there is a high demand for such wildlife ponds through the DLL scheme. Most of the 150 or so pond projects we have delivered to date have been fully funded under the scheme. You can view some of these projects at: www.fwageast.org.uk/ponds.

We are seeking local farmers, smallholders, large rural garden owners, land-based businesses and parish-owned land to create and restore more such ponds. If you have a location in mind in your parish, please email ponds@fwageast.org.uk to receive further information or arrange an informal chat. Let’s do something brilliant for wildlife!

Circulated on behalf of The FWAG East Ponds Team, FWAG East Consultancy Ltd, Church Farm, Maris Lane. Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9LG

Parish Council Elections

Election of Parish Councillors

Circulated on behalf of Sarah Etherington-Meech Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer Dry Drayton Parish Council.

We know that we are going to have some vacancies for councillors at the forthcoming elections and nominations are now open until next week.

The following is an email I have received from SCDC:

Nomination papers are also now available on our website: https://www.scambs.gov.uk/your-council-and-democracy/elections/elections-2022/

Just to remind you, nomination papers will be accepted on any working day between 28 March and 5 April. Please advise candidates that nomination papers must be delivered, by hand, to the offices of South Cambridgeshire District Council in Cambourne (CB23 6EA) between the hours of 8.30am and 5.30pm. Nominations must be received by 4.00pm on 5 April. Please be aware that consent to nominations must not be signed more than 1 calendar month prior to the close of nominations.

An appointment can be booked by emailing elections@scambs.gov.uk which we encourage you to make to avoid having to wait. We also recommend bringing nominations in in bulk which is often something a parish clerk can do on behalf of the candidates.

After close of nominations on 5th April we will publish as soon as possible a statement of persons nominated on the webpage linked above. On 5th April we will make direct contact with any parish clerks where their parish is going to poll with further instructions.

Please do let me know if you have any questions.

Dates for Parish Council Meetings
All meetings will be in Dry Drayton Village Hall commencing at 7.30pm.

Tuesday 5th April 2022

Friday 8th April 2022 – Annual Parish Meeting (APM)

Tuesday 10th May 2022 – Annual Parish Council Meeting (APCM)

Helping Refugees from Ukraine, Boundary Walk and DDPC Dates

Are there Ukrainian Refugees coming to Dry Drayton?

From Sandra and Bill Martin.

Is anyone in Dry Drayton considering offering accommodation to Ukrainian refugees? Sadly, for practical reasons, we are not able to do this, but we should be very happy to help any hosts with support and friendship for their visitors. If you think we could help, please get in touch. Contact details below.

Sandra & Bill Martin,63 Pettitts Lane, Dry Drayton, 01954 782705, sandrabill78@gmail.com

An important date for your Diary

News from Alec Hawkes – We are planning the Annual Parish Boundary Walk for June 25th this year.
The full details are still being planned, so watch this space. Meanwhile videos and other material from last year’s walk are here: https://www.drydrayton.net/history.asp#bounds

Dry Drayton Parish Council

Next Dry Drayton Parish Council Meeting, Tuesday 5th April 2022, 7.30pm, Village Hall.
Annual Parish Meeting Friday 8 April 2022 7.30 Village Hall.