Events, Consultations and Saving Swifts

­ Events, Consultations and Saving Swifts
­ ­Next Dry Drayton Parish Council Meeting   Tuesday 6 December 2022, NOTE: Early start time 7.00 pm, Village Hall. Agenda is here  . Speaker: Bridget Smith & GCP representative to discuss Village Bus Services / City Access Proposal / Making Connections Consultation (  

Village Coffee Morning   COFFEE MORNING 10 – 12  at the Village Hall on the first Wednesday of the month.  All welcome. Our next date is Wednesday 7 December, 10-12 at the Village Hall.  If you don’t fancy a cake maybe you’d like a mince pie?  If you’d prefer to take something away with you and enjoy at home you are welcome.  Bring your own mug.  We’re serving home made cakes and mince pies with a good cup of coffee or tea at a very modest price. Please note that there is a box in the hall where we welcome donations for the food bank. And, for your diary – the next Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday January 4th 2023. (Judith Bennetton)  

Saving Swifts   If you have been following the Dry Drayton Swifts project, can you spare a few minutes to sign a petition to help swifts in the UK generally? Details are here:  (Rowena Baxter)  

Flooding   A virtual webinar to provide advice and support to community flood groups and anyone interested in flooding is being run by Cambridgeshire County Council. The Flood Preparedness Webinar will be held on Wednesday, 14 December at 6pm, and speakers will also give advice on how to prepare for periods of heavy rainfall. Details are here:  . Free tickets are here:  
(Stamatia Christianou, Senior Flood Risk Officer – Community Flood Action Programme Flood Risk Team)  

Congestion Charge etc   The GCP consultation “Making Connections” on the Cambridge congestion charge runs until the 23rd of December. In the meantime, our local MP is running his own survey to provide him with information to help fight the charge. Anthony Browne MP says, “If these plans go ahead, Cambridge will have the most severe congestion charging scheme in the whole of the UK. It will introduce a £5 daily congestion charge to drive in Cambridge, applying to all types of private vehicles, regardless of size and fuel type. It will apply to all journeys into and within the city, including Addenbrooke’s, Royal Papworth, and the Rosie hospitals. It is, without doubt, the most controversial local issue I have dealt with since I was elected as an MP.”
Anthony Browne’s survey is linked from here: 
GCP’s consultation on Making Connections is here:   
(Anthony Browne MP)
Advertisement News, Consultations and Information

­ ­ ­ XMas Holiday Activities and Food Programme   This is a reminder about the Christmas HAF programme which is funded by the Department for Education. Families in receipt of income-related free school meals (FSM), can access a holiday scheme for up to 16 hours per child and will receive enriching experiences, a meal and snacks daily. Ukrainian and other refugee families are also eligible as well as families struggling financially but not eligible for FSM. They are also looking to increase the number of HAF places on offer for young people aged 11+ for 2023. Details of the scheme are here: 
(From Allison Box HAF Programme Coordinator)  

Making Connections 2022 Consultation Live until midday Friday 23 December   Everyone living in Greater Cambridge and the travel to work area can have their say on the Making Connections proposals. The proposals are a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change how we travel in Greater Cambridge and the wider area, relieving pressure on the network and responding to air quality, cost of living and climate crises for a better, cleaner and safer future. The survey, plus information about the proposals, including an interactive map, frequently asked questions, dates of public meetings and ways you can share your thoughts can be found here: . These proposals will affect everybody living in Dry Drayton, so please have your say. The village has been left out of their the transposed bus routes completely. We have been waiting for years and hoping for non motorised user tracks connecting cyclists and walkers to the proposed Greenways. All future trips by car into Cambridge for shopping, doctors or hospital appointments etc could incur a £5 charge. Stephen Aldersley, Chair of the Dry Drayton Parish Council, has written a piece on this for the December Village Newsletter and a GCP representative will be attending the next meeting of the Parish Council. (Tues 6 Dec 19.30)  

Greater Cambridge Partnership North Area Community Forum New Date   Due to a clash with the Football World Cup England v Wales game, the North Area Community Forum will be moved to 6pm on Monday, 5 December. The event will focus on the current Making Connections 2022 public consultation ( ) with updates on other projects in the area: Milton Road, Waterbeach to Cambridge, Waterbeach Railway Station, Greenways. To attend this event, please register on  . Each event will be recorded, and recordings will be available to watch on their YouTube Channel. More information on the Greater Cambridge Partnership and their projects can be found on .  

Support for Ukraine: It all starts with a spare room   A major campaign has been launched to appeal for more hosts in South Cambridgeshire and the City of Cambridge to support families from Ukraine. Anyone who can offer a room is being asked to text ROOM to 88802.
Between the two areas, a total of almost 500 hosts have already been providing housing to guests. However, with the war in Ukraine continuing, and with it not being safe for many families to return, there is an ongoing demand to provide them with a safe place to stay.
Anyone who can offer a spare room and warm welcome is being asked to text ROOM to 88802 so that the councils can support them through the process and match hosts to guests who have already started to settle in the local area.
Read more, and watch video stories from current hosts and guests, at  Supporting video content where you can hear from current hosts and guests, which we also encourage you to watch and share, is available at the following links:
Homes for Ukraine: Rend’s story – YouTube
Homes for Ukraine: Isobel’s story – YouTube 
Homes for Ukraine: Amy’s story – YouTube 

A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Project   If you are interested in discovering all the details of the project, National Highways are running a number of public information drop-in events, listed here:  
They are also holding a live online webinar Wednesday 30 November (6pm – 7.30pm)  on Microsoft Teams. This will give you an opportunity to listen to what they will be doing and to ask any questions. Details of how to register are here: _______________________ is the community website for Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire. You are receiving occasional village news e-mails from because you have asked to receive them. You can unsubscribe at any point by e-mailing “unsubscribe village e-mails” to The only personal data held by is your e-mail address, which is only used for the purpose of distributing these e-mails.
  ­ ­ ­ News: Christmas Fair, Floods, A428 and Refugees from Ukraine.

  1. Little Owl Christmas Fair, Saturday 19th November 2022 Get your stocking stuffers early while enjoying festive stalls, Christmas crafts, mince pies & mulled wine at the Little Owl Christmas Fair on Saturday the 19th of November from 3 to 5 pm in Dry Drayton Church. You can also be entertained by carols performed by the Little Angels and a visit to Santa’s grotto for the young at heart. The prize raffle, which includes a £50 voucher for afternoon tea at the fabulous Clayton Hotel in Cambridge and a £40 voucher for the Boot in Histon, will be drawn at 4:30.

2. Flood Risk We may live in DRY Drayton, but have you checked the long term risk of flooding to your property? You can do this by going to  and adding your postcode. For anyone whose property is at risk of flooding – a Flood Resilience Day, a free community event, is taking place in Ramsey, on the Service Road at 43 Great Whyte, Ramsey, PE26 1HH on Saturday 12th November from 10am to 3pm. Flood Resilience days are part of the Community Flood Action Programme (CFAP), which was set up in April 2021 by Cambridgeshire County Council, following severe flooding in December 2020 and the increasing risk of flooding posed by climate change. Since then, council officers have worked with communities to develop and train flood groups and build local resilience. The event will be attended by Fola Ogunyoye CEng CWEM FCIWEM, Director of TJAY Consultancy Ltd who has more than 30 years’ of expertise in providing flood risk, water and environmental management consultancy services and Mary Long-Dhonau, a flood resilience campaigner who has spent 20 years supporting communities at risk of flooding. Residents attending will be able to receive expert advice onboard a special ‘Floodmobile’ – an interactive demonstration vehicle which provides examples of over 50 practical measures of flood resilience. You are invited to drop in and meet them.

3. A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements National Highways are hosting a series of public information events before construction starts later this year on the much-anticipated A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements. These events will enable you to see how the work will progress and will give you an idea about the fascinating archaeological discoveries they continue to make! If you are unable to come in person, they will also be hosting an online webinar. The nearest event to Dry Drayton will be Wednesday 23 November (1pm – 7pm) A428 Black Cat Mobile Visitor Centre at Cambourne (Morrisons car park) Broad St, Great Cambourne, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6EY. This link will take you to a list of other events and details of an online webinar for those unable to attend in person.  

4. For those supporting refugees from Ukraine Just a reminder that there are two key places for information which are continuously updated:
South Cambs Support for Ukraine webpage –
There is also the South Cambs ‘Ukrainian Guest information hub’  .  

Little Owl Christmas Fair


Little Owl Christmas Fair

at Dry Drayton Church, Dry Drayton

Traffic Calming Survey

What do you think about the levels of traffic passing through the village?

Dry Drayton Parish Council is seeking residents’ views and would like to know which potential traffic calming measures you would like to see introduced throughout the village – including by Scotland Farm where speeding is a considerable problem. We know we cannot please everyone but we do wish to make decisions that are informed by, and take account of tour opinions.

The survey contains terms that may not be familiar. So before completing it, please visit the Cambs County Council web page on alternative speed measures at: . It offers photos and descriptions of different measures (such as mobile speed signs, buffer zones, gateways etc) along with their effectiveness.
The survey can be completed using this link

Some images of the potential measures will be available to view on notice boards in the High Street and near Scotland Farm and Crafts Hill Farm.

Please submit your views by Monday 24 the October . The results of the survey will be discussed at the Parish Council Meeting on 1st November,

Thank you for helping us to understand local opinion by completing the survey.

Stephen Aldersley, Chairman, Dry Drayton Parish Council.

Consultation by County Council on three transport strategies

The County Council will shortly be going out to public consultation on the transport strategies for Fenland and Huntingdonshire along with Cambridgeshire’s Active Travel Strategy, from Monday 26th September until Monday 7 November. The consultation had been planned to start on 12 September, but the start date has now been put back to 26th due to the national period of mourning for the Queen’s passing. The consultation will be included on the October Agenda of the Dry Drayton Parish Council. The consultation survey and draft strategies will be available on the ConsultCambs website from Monday 26 September.

Dry Drayton Fun Run and BBQ

Fun Run and BBQ – SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday 8 October starting at 4pm on the school field

We are so pleased to announce the Fun Run and BBQ are now rescheduled for Saturday the 8th of October, and we hope you can join in. The Fun Run and Walk around the village is for all ages and capabilities (including dogs & push chairs!) and there’ll be lots of good food to enjoy afterwards at the BBQ. Entry costs £2 and all entries get a medal. Contact Diane Harris for further information:

Death of Queen Elizabeth

­Book of Condolence
­In this time of national mourning St Peter and St Paul, Dry Drayton offers a place for personal reflection and thanksgiving.

There is a Book of Condolence in the church and an opportunity to leave prayers of thanksgiving, prayers for the Royal Family, and more personal prayers. There are also national online books of condolence available for the public to leave messages of condolence. You will find these on the Church of England’s website  and the Royal Family website .

Anyone who wishes to leave flowers is welcome to do so outside the church, to the left of the porch as you enter the church. These flowers will remain until the day after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

There will be a special Service of Thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth II at St Peter and St Paul on Sunday 18th September at 3pm. This Sunday’s service (9.30am) is a service of Holy Communion and Baptism when, of course, prayers will be said in thanksgiving for the life of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as prayers for King Charles III and all the Royal Family.  


Cancelled —–Back to School Fun Run, etc —–Cancelled

Cancelled ——–Catch up with your friends and classmates after the summer break at the annual S & VA Fun Run, BBQ & Outdoor Cinema night. The Fun Run & Walk around the village starts at 6:30pm and is for all ages and capabilities (including dogs & push chairs!). Then grab a burger, sausage or veggie option at the BBQ and enjoy one of Lord Conrad’s locally brewed beers or other refreshing drinks, before settling in to watch “ET – the Extra-Terrestrial” at the Outdoor Cinema screen on the school field — the all-age family favourite that was chosen in the school & village vote.

Fun run entry is £2 with a medal for all participants. The film is free (donations welcome) and will start just after sundown, about 7:40 pm – bring comfy chairs & blankets, which you can leave in the marquee during the Fun Run. Sunset is at 7:30pm next Friday, so Fun Run start will be PROMPT at 6:30 – if you can complete your entry forms beforehand that would be very helpful – entry forms are in the village newsletter – all family names can go in one form. Contact Diane Harris for further information:

Free Access – Wimpole Estate

Community groups offered free entry to Wimpole

Emma Dyer, Development Officer, National Trust, Wimpole Hall, has informed us of a new initiative by the Wimpole Estate. They are offering local community groups free admission to the estate and its facilities, to encourage creativity and connection with nature. Polly Ingham-Watts, the General Manager of Wimpole Hall, is passionate that everyone can enjoy all that Wimpole has to offer and recognises that National Trust membership or the standard admission charges are not accessible to everyone. Each pass issued under this initiative would provide free access for up to 16 people. Passes may be used on any day except on bank holidays and the weekends preceding bank holidays.  Those intending to use the pass are asked to email  or call the estate before coming, stating the name of your group, the number of people and approximate time of arrival.  Where practical, community groups are encouraged to visit during weekdays as Wimpole can get very busy at weekends when there may be less scope to cater for additional needs. 
If you think that members of groups would be interested in receiving free admission passes, please return the form at  via email to
Wimpole Estate consists of a historic mansion, beautiful gardens, a show farm and extensive parkland, there is plenty of free parking for cars and minibuses, a visitor reception centre, electric buggies to assist people with limited mobility, as well as cafes and shops.  For more information visit .