New home-based interest for the winter?

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 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

Development & Village Hall News

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  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 A Pegasus Group presentation to the Parish Council on 8 Sept is included in the PC’s minutes at

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

Village Hall
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

Village News, VH AGM, Development, Diary Dates

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

2. Proposed development in the village

See 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

4. Parish Councillor Vacancy.

Interested in joining the Parish Council? Contact the Chair, Simon Lander, for further information

5. Diary Dates

Deadline for next village newsletter: Sunday 20th September – please send to
Next Parish Council Meeting: Tues 6 October 7.30pm – virtual meeting, access details will be on the agenda at

Staying safe, book wanted and next newsletter

Suspicious incidents.

Our Village Neighbourhood Watch have received a number of messages about a couple of young men with Northern accents who are delivering leaflets in neighbouring villages and may be using this as an opportunity to look for places to later break into and steal. If you see anything suspicious, neighbourhood watch contacts are listed in the Village Newsletter or Cambs Police have an online reporting facility  or you can phone 101.

Next Village Newsletter

The next Village Newsletter will be published in September and the deadline to submit items is next Thursday, 20th August. If you have anything you would like included, please send it to Rachel Gardner by next Thursday at the latest. Pictures really bring the Newsletter to life, so please include them if possible. If you are sending pictures, please send them as separate attachments (i.e. not embedded in a Word document) and please send the largest file size that you can. Low file-size photos look fine on a screen, but sadly they do not reproduce well in print.

Village Speedwatch

Are you concerned about the speed of vehicles driving through our village? Village Speedwatch would welcome a few more volunteers to help them to educate drivers on the perils of speeding. In the last few weeks a Speedwatch session at Scotland Farm showed around 25% of drivers exceeding the 30mph speed limit. To find out how you can help to make Dry Drayton a safer place for all road users, please contact the Village Speedwatch Co-ordinator, Graham Carver on 019954 781806

Community Car Scheme

Anyone using the local Community Car Scheme might like to note the list of contacts has been updated, current details are here

Gallows Piece to Bee Garden.

This was the title of A Millennium History of Dry Drayton, published in 2000 by a group of village volunteers and distributed free to all households in the Village. We have had an enquiry from outside the village from someone interested in buying or borrowing a copy, If you can assist, please contact

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Big Forest School, Safety, Church re-opening, Parish Council

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: 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:

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:

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

Dry Drayton Boundary Walk

Dear All,
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


For further information and to let Alec know if you intend to take part, please e-mail

Reopening the Church, Swifts, Parish Council, Newsletter

The following were circulated by Village E-mails 19th June 2020

Reopening the Church of St Peter and St Paul for private prayer.
The Churchwardens have advised that the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Dry Drayton, will now reopen for private prayer on Saturdays and Wednesdays. The full details of the arrangements being made can be found on the village website at:

Dry Drayton Swifts
Rowena Baxter and Michael Clydesdale advise: At present it is the height of the breeding season for swifts. Our colony in Pettitts Close is growing and super busy!  Why not stroll along one warm day or evening to see if you can catch some of the action?  Swift Awareness Week runs from 27 June to 5 July, but swifts will be here in numbers until the end of July.

Dry Drayton Parish Council
The next Parish Council Meeting will take place online on 23rd June 2020 7pm – For access to this virtual meeting, e-mail Agenda at

Dry Drayton Village Newsletter
The deadline for the July issue is tomorrow, 20 June – contact:

New construction site opening in Dry Drayton

A new construction site is opening in the village before 28 April, during Coronavirus Lockdown. Details are here

Coronavirus – Dry Drayton

Dear All,

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.


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Brian Copping, message of thanks

Dear All,

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.