Looking for a new home-based interest during the winter months? Have you thought about researching your family tree or some aspect of local history? We have added some new resources to the village web site which you might find helpful.
Chris and Gill Turner have compiled a booklet of Gill’s uncle Sid Martin’s memories of village history and characters, written by Sid between 1995 and 1999.
We have pulled together items about the village which appeared in the Cambridge Chronicle and other local newspapers between 1774 and 1920.
A couple of online collections of village photos have been started. You can see these on Flickr.com. If you are sorting out your family photos, you might consider sharing any which relate to Dry Drayton.
During the current pandemic, Cambridgeshire Libraries have made the family history site, Ancestry, available to readers from home, free of charge (saving a subscription of over £100). Archives from the Times and Guardian are similarly available from home.
As a family history taster you will find on the village web site a transcript of the 1891 Census for Dry Drayton.
All this can be found at www.drydrayton.net/history.asp.
Just a quick reminder that 5pm on Monday 28 September 2020 is the closing point for community consultation on proposals to develop a Green Belt site in Park Street, Dry Drayton. The consultation is by Pegasus Group on behalf of the Walter Scambler Trust. Project details were circulated in the village by leaflet. Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pegasus Group say that, “All responses and questions received as part of this consultation will be carefully considered and answered within a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). The SCI will accompany any planning application that is submitted to the Council in the future, and will be made available to view on the Council’s website along with all other plans and reports supporting the application.”
More development proposals for Dry Drayton
Meanwhile a list has been published of 12 sites in Dry Drayton being proposed for development. These have been submitted by land owners and developers in response to a “call for sites”, which is part of the process to prepare a new Greater Cambridge Local Plan.
Related links can be found at www.drydrayton.net. A Pegasus Group presentation to the Parish Council on 8 Sept is included in the PC’s minutes at www.drydraytonpc.org.uk
Next Parish Council Meeting
The development proposals mentioned above will two of the subjects discussed at the next Parish Council meeting on 6th October 2020 at 19.30. This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom. For access contact email@example.com.
Great news – after last week’s AGM a new committee, with lots of new ideas, will be taking forward the management of our Village Hall – details at www.drydraytonvillagehall.org.uk
1. Dry Drayton Village Hall Annual General Meeting.
Confirmation of Dry Drayton Village Hall AGM. This meeting will take place on Friday 18th September at 6:30pm as originally planned. However, to comply with the government’s direction on Covid as regards the maximum number of people meeting, it can no longer be held in the Marquee and instead it will take place online. The access link can be requested from the treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Proposed development in the village
See www.drydrayton.net for a report about a proposal for a developmen in the Green Belt, put before the Parish Council this week.
3. Suspicious characters
While we are all remaining alert to the Virus, it is also worth staying alert to other issues. Crime doesn’t stop for a pandemic and a resident noticed in the village the other day, two men in their 30s/40s casually dressed, untidy hair and tanned complexion “Acting rather oddly. Walking separately and peering into drives… looked for all the world as if they were looking for houses to get into”. If you see anything suspicious, notify Neighbourhood Watch or Cambs Police (phone 101, or 999 if it is an emergency, or report online at www.cambs.police.uk).
4. Parish Councillor Vacancy.
Interested in joining the Parish Council? Contact the Chair, Simon Lander, email@example.com for further information
5. Diary Dates
Deadline for next village newsletter: Sunday 20th September – please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Parish Council Meeting: Tues 6 October 7.30pm – virtual meeting, access details will be on the agenda at www.drydraytonpc.org.uk
1. Dry Drayton Big Forest School
As you may have read in the July / August Village Newsletter, Dry Drayton School is committed to providing a forest school experience for every child. The S and VA is fully supportive of this initiative and is now actively fundraising to help with the facilities needed. You can read all about the initiative here:http://www.drydrayton.net/svaforest1.asp and the S and VA would very much welcome donations towards this excellent initiative. So far around 47% of the necessary funding has been raised.
2. Do you feel safe and secure in Dry Drayton?
You are invited to take part in an important community safety survey by the South Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership (CSP). This is made up of representatives from South Cambs District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Police, Fire and Rescue Service, the NHS and Probation Service, who work together to deal with local crime and anti-social behaviour issues. This survey aims to collate information from the public on perceptions of safety within their communities. This survey is extremely important in the current climate where the Covid-19 pandemic prevents face to face community engagement. The results of this survey will directly affect the way in which community safety in certain geographical locations is prioritised among the statutory bodies within the South Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership. Closing date Sunday 26th July 2020. The survey has 19 questions and will take about ten minutes to complete. It is here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SouthCambsCSPSurvey2020
3. Re-opening the Church of St Peter and St Paul
Arrangements for the re-opening of the church for private prayer and safe communal worship are set out fully on the village website here: http://www.drydrayton.net/ChOpen.asp
4. Dry Drayton Parish Council
The next Parish Council meeting will be 28th July 2020. It will be a virtual meeting starting at 7.30pm – for access e-mail email@example.com.
Alec Hawkes is organising a 2020 Dry Drayton Boundary Walk, which, as the name implies, will involve walking the whole of the Dry Drayton Parish Boundary (around 10 miles). The walk is based on the ancient custom of “Beating the Bounds”. In England the tradition is centuries old, dating from at least Anglo-Saxon times and would have been held in Dry Drayton on Rogation Sunday. It was the custom to walk the geographic boundaries of a locality, to maintain collective memory of the precise location of these boundaries.
This year the walk will go clockwise around the boundary and will be organised to ensure appropriate social distancing. Household groups will set of at timed intervals, but “overtaking” can be arranged during the walk as required.
The 2020 walk will take place on Saturday July 4th, meeting at the north end of High Street at 9.30am.
Photographs from the 2019 Boundary Walk can be seen here:
Boundary Walk 2019
Boundary Walk 2019
Shared with Dropbox
For further information and to let Alec know if you intend to take part, please e-mail
A new construction site is opening in the village before 28 April, during Coronavirus Lockdown. Details are here
There are two items of local news to circulate.
1. Helping Dry Drayton Villagers
There has been a lot of positive discussion between villagers on the “Dry Drayton People” group on Facebook about helping each other through these difficult and unprecedented times. As a result you should have received through your door a leaflet in the following terms.
You are one of our Dry Drayton people and we are here to help.
If you are self isolating due to the Coronavirus we can help with:
- Collecting shopping and dropping off to your doorstep
- Collecting prescriptions
- Even just a friendly chat on the phone
This service is run by our caring villagers on a voluntary basis and no charge will be made for any help.
If you need help please call or text 07900 813046 (Parish Councillor Fiona Peck) and we will organise help as a priority.
If you are equally in a position that you feel you could help, please do contact us (many hands make light work).
2. News about your Village Hall.
The Village Hall management has decided to close the Village Hall from 16th March 2020, to all users, as it would be impossible to maintain sufficient cleanliness. All users have been informed. There will be no Coffee Mornings until further notice. The Committee meeting advertised for 24th March, to which everyone was invited, has been cancelled.
For the latest Dry Drayton news, subscribe to DryDrayton.net Village E-mails by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
A message has been received from Ros Copping thanking you all for your best wishes, cards of condolence and support following the death of her father, Brian. The family really appreciated the support of the many villagers who came to the Crematorium, the church service and after at the village hall. Thank you for your warmth and for turning out on the 5th of February. Ros’s mum would welcome any visitors, but if you want to call, please phone first on 01954 273310 or 01954 780993.