Ceilidh, Road Closure, Black Horse Etc

COMMUNITY CEILIDH TONIGHT – IT’S NOT TOO LATE….

The Community Ceilidh is TONIGHT, Saturday, in the church, at £10 per adult, £5 per child or £25 for a family. The event starts deliberately early (7pm) to cater for the whole family and will finish at 9pm.  The Cyriacs will provide music for dancing in two sessions each of about 45 minutes and, in between, there will be a light buffet and soft drinks. If you wish to, you can bring your own beer and wine.  There will be something for everyone, communal dancing (with clear instruction), a great band and the company of your community in our most historic building (as you have never seen it before).   If you’re planning to come along and haven’t reserved a ticket yet, you can still just turn up on the night.


CLOSURE – DRY DRAYTON BRIDGE OVER A14

There will be a closure of the Dry Drayton overbridge for an intrusive structural survey on Monday 20th November. This closure was due to be a 24 hour operation, however after consultation this has been reduced to a 9.30am start with an 8pm finish. Following this they will install 2 way lights on the overbridge to be operational Tuesday 21st-Friday 24th off peak 09.30am-3.30pm. The entrance and exit slip will be maintained and vehicles will divert via the Bar Hill junction. From Bob Pettipher, Stakeholder Manager, Integrated Delivery Team, Mobile +44 7799 435589, Boxworth A14 Compound, High Street
Boxworth Cambridgeshire CB23 4NG

SAD NEWS – Mrs Bunty Heffer

Jim Heffer writes to inform us of the sad news of the death of his mother, Margaret Elliott (Bunty) Heffer, on 9th November 2017, peacefully with her family.  Mrs Heffer was a resident of Dry Drayton for over 40 years. Mother of Richard, James and the late Stephen, grandmother of 7 and great grandmother of 3. Funeral 11.00 am, Saturday 2nd December at St Peter and Paul Dry Drayton.

BLACK HORSE SUPPORT GROUP NEWS from Judith Bennetton


There will be another Pop up Pub 6pm – 11pm and curry 6pm – 8pm on Friday 24th November. Lord Conrad’s brewery will provide the bar (from 6pm) and there will be medium and mild, meat and vegetarian curry with rice, naan and condiments.  Standard plates £5 and bowls £3.  Although Colin and Amanda can’t be with us we hope, around 8pm, to have some news on how their plans are coming along. November’s pop-up will be the last for 2017 as the BHSG just cannot squeeze out another.  However we’re glad to say Lord Conrad is planning on popping up in the Village Hall on 29th December from 6pm – 11pm.  Before that you’ll see his signs for the bottle shop, 11th – 17th December. Finally we don’t make a lot of profit after expenses on our pop ups but any profit we do make is helping to offset the costs of our campaign to Save the Black Horse.  Any surplus will be deposited in the Dry Drayton Community Enterprises account and used to benefit the community.’

Also a separate item ‘Volunteers to help clear undergrowth at the rear of the Black Horse, Sunday 25th November 10 am – 3pm.
The BHSG asked Colin and Amanda how the community could help them and they told us they’d really appreciate some help to clear undergrowth. There are nettles and brambles and all sorts around the pond so strong gloves and protective clothing would be advisable.  Bring secateurs and loppers and if anyone has a petrol strimmer it would be great.  Even if you just have  half an hour to spare it would help. Colin and Amanda would be grateful for any help and will provide refreshments throughout the day, 10am to 3pm. http://www.savetheblackhorse.co.uk and https://www.facebook.com/SaveBlackHorse/’

DRY DRAYTON VILLAGE NEWSLETTER

The deadline for December’s Newsletter is next Monday, 20th November. Please send copy to drydraytonnews@gmail.com

RECENT SHED BURGLARIES
 
E-Cops have written to advise us that over the last ten days there have been a number of shed and outbuilding burglaries, with power tools and equipment being targeted. Villages affected include Little Shelford, Foxton, Meldreth, Fowlmere, West Wratting, Oakington, and Haslingfield.
 
Since the clocks have gone back, darker evenings provide more cover for potential criminals.  Also consider the security of your shed even if you only store garden spades etc. inside as these may be used to prise open a door or window in order to break into your property.
 
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The Pub, Hedgehogs, Crime, Art, Remembrance, Creative Writing

Dear All,

1. Pop up Pub – A message from the Black Horse Steering Group

Thanks to all who supported our September pop up pub and curry night in the Village Hall.  It was very successful.  Our next  pop up is with chilli and it’s THIS SATURDAY, 28th. The bar will open at 4pm and chilli will be served (medium and mild, meat and vegetarian) from 6pm – 8pm.  £5 for a standard serving and £3 for a bowl.  Lord Conrad will be joining us again providing beer, wine and soft drinks.  On the 28th We’re looking forward to meeting Colin and Amanda from the Black Horse.  The Hallowe’en theme means you are free to dig out your witches’ hats, broomsticks, skeletons,make up etc.  Get working on pumpkins too.  All Welcome! Judith Bennetton BHSG

2. With the season for fireworks approaching, here is a plea on behalf of local wildlife.

PLEASE CHECK BONFIRES CAREFULLY FOR SLEEPING HEDGEHOGS BEFORE LIGHTING. If possible the entire pile should be re-sited before being lit, if not possible, use broom handles to lift from the base of the pile, and shine torches, looking and listening carefully for any signs of life. British Hedgehog Preservation Society The British Hedgehog Preservation Society – The British Hedgehog Preservation Society

3. Crime in the Village

The days are getting shorter making it easier for thieves – so please be vigilent. Report anything which you think is suspicious. There have been two recent crimes in the village. At 20:50 hrs on 18/10/17. Springhill Stables, Oakington Road was burgled, various stable outer buildings were entered and drawers were searched and loose change taken. The same night, between 18:00 hrs on 18/10/17 and 08:00 hrs on 19/10/17 a van was attacked in Oak Crescent. Unknown persons forced the lock on the rear doors of a Vauxhall van whilst it was parked in the street. Nothing was taken.

Action Fraud have circulated a warning about a scam involving the offer or promise of modelling work – you can read all about the latest scams, and how to avoid them, here: Fraud News

4. Art Competition – there’s just enough time to enter

Do you know a child who likes to draw? As part of The Big Draw Festival this month, which promotes drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention, Cambridgeshire Constabulary have launched their own art competition. They say, “This half term, we’re inviting children under 12 to dig out their pens, pencils and paints and submit a drawing to fit the theme ‘The Police’.Engaging with young people and listening to their experiences is an important part of our role and we hope this light-hearted competition will get the young people of Cambridgeshire thinking about the police and the role we play in their communities.There are two age categories, five and under and six to 12-year-olds. The winners will receive a personalised tour of our headquarters in Huntingdon and entries will be displayed across the force. If you know someone who might like to get involved, ask them to send their entry along with their name, age and contact details to corporate.communications@cambs.pnn.police.uk, post it to Corp Comms, Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon, PE29 6NP or submit it via our social media channels, Facebook (@CambridgeshireConstabulary) or Twitter (@CambsCops). The competition will close on 29 October.

5. The Royal British Legion Cambridgeshire County FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE

Once again they are holding an annual Festival of Remembrance at The Robert James Hall at Comberton Village College in aid of the Poppy Appeal. Sunday 29th October at 2.00pm With The Band of the Royal Anglian Regiment And guest performers, The Drums of 2417 (Newmarket) Sqn Air Training Corps, The Robert James Hall, Comberton Village College, West Street, Comberton, CB23 7DU, Tickets: £10 each. Keeping their memory alive. Those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in two World Wars, and more recent conflicts are remembered on memorials and through Remembrance services across the nation.The Royal British Legion was formed to support the veterans of the Great War which was hoped to be “the war to end all wars”. But since then, Britain has been involved in many other wars and fields of Service, creating a continuous supply of Service men and women, and their families, who need assistance. To ensure that the memory of those who have given their lives in the Service of their country will continue and be honoured – for evermore, the nation has created memorials and participates in acts of Remembrance.
The Cenotaph in Whitehall and numerous war memorials around the country commemorate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the First and Second World Wars.And to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Service of their country since 1948, the Armed Forces Memorial was opened in 2007 in the grounds of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
Cambridgeshire Royal British Legion Facebook: Log in or sign up to view 

6. Free creative writing courses
There are free creative writing courses available at Madingley Hall. These are funded by the A14 works – how creative is that! Fun with Words: Try your hand at creative writing

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Pop up Pub, broken stuff and ART

Saving the Black Horse – pop up pub

The latest news from Judith: “Due to circumstances beyond our control we’ve had to bring the Pop-Up pub forward one day to **FRIDAY 29th September** – please update your diaries! Our local brewery, Lord Conrad’s, will be serving ales and cider from 4pm-11pm, and we’ve been told there are a few bottles of ‘Save The Black Horse’ special beer left. We will be serving curry (with rice) from 6pm-8pm. All welcome!” And, if you haven’t seen the news on the campaign’s blog, they recently posted: “At about 8pm we will have a brief update on what we know about the new tenants and their plans for the pub, as well as what we plan to do now the Black Horse is going to be re-opened. We have made contact with the new tenants, Colin and Amanda O’Neill, who are currently working very hard getting the pub ready to re-open (hopefully) before the end of the year.”

Something Broken – need a fix?

Just a quick update that this weekend is the Histon Repair Café frpm 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, on 30 Sept 2017 at St Andrews Centre, School Hill, Histon. What is a repair cafe I hear you ask? You can basically bring anything you need repairing that you can carry that will not make a mess in the venue.  Here are some suggestions: A bicycle, clothing in need of repair, small electrical or electronic appliances, lamps, toys, mobile phones, laptops, printers, items that need gluing, jewellery that needs a clean/repair etc. Whatever it is, it might not even be broken – just dirty, and you don’t know how to clean it without damaging it – or you can’t work out how to use it without the manual – bring it along.  You can even bring several things – though to be fair, you will have to join the queue several times! Their website with full information is here: http://circularcambridge.org/repaircafe/ 

Feeling artistic or wanting to invest in art?

It’s the Village Art Exhibition (and Sale) on 7th and 8th October, 11am to 4.00pm in the Village Hall. Details and entry form in the September Village Newsletter (which you can read online at https://tinyurl.com/y9zgyn75 ). Feeling creative – you have almost missed the deadline for entries – so contact Graham Carver straight away: grahamcarver@aol.com

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Dates, Crime, and The Black Horse

Dates and Forthcoming Events

The Parish Council meets this Tuesday 19 September 2017 at 8pm at Dry Drayton Village Hall. The agenda, including some planning applications, is on their website Dry Drayton Parish Council . Our County Councillor’s report for September is now on the village website Dry Drayton Community Web site home page

The deadline for the October Village Newsletter is this Wednesday, 20 September. E-mail your text or pictures to drydraytonnews@gmail.com

More on Crime

Another burglary in the village – Between 10:00am and 1:00pm on 13/09/17 at Oakington Road, Dry Drayton. Unknown offender has forced entry into a property via the front door and was then scared off by the dog left inside.

Cambs police warn of a spate of tool thefts in South Cambridgeshire recently. Most of these have been thefts from vans but they have seen a couple of building sites broken into. If you notice any suspicious behavior then please call 101, or 999 if you see a break-in in progress. And police are advising that you look after your tools, store them securely, mark your tools, park vehicles containing tools sensibly, and report to them any “dodgey deals” involving tools for sale.

Saving the Black Horse

In case you have not heard, below is the latest update from Judith Bennetton on behalf of the Black Horse Steering Group.

Many of you will have seen or heard that the lease of the Black Horse has been sold.  We understand from the Agent that the new owners have “shown a keen interest in the campaign to save the Black Horse” so they will know about the results of our survey in June and we are encouraged by that.  We will pass on all your comments (anonymously) and are sure that, with our support, the new leaseholder(s) can be off to a very good start.

Make a note of the next pop up pub (with food) in the Village Hall on Saturday 30th September.  All welcome.

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Dry Drayton Events August 2017

Staying local over the weekend

The press are predicting this will be the worst weekend of the year for travelling, so how about staying local and taking a trip to our local brewery?
Lord Conrad at Scotland Farm is having a pop up pub from Saturday 26 August to Monday 28 August, 2 – 10 pm each day with pizza on Sunday & Monday, 4 – 8pm.
Extra special is that he has brewed a ‘Save The Black Horse’ beer in support of’ ‘Save The Black Horse’.  He has a collection of his other beers and soft drinks too. All welcome

Parish Council – Extra meeting

There is an extra meeting of the Parish Council taking place at 8.30pm Tuesday 29th August to discuss recently received planning applications for Church Farm. The agenda is on the PC’s website at Dry Drayton Parish Council

Pop Up Community Cafe in Dry Drayton

Are you looking for something to do in the last week of the school holidays?  Or would your children enjoy somewhere to meet up with friends before school starts again?  On Wednesday 30 August, there will be a Pop-up Community Café with family activities running between 10.30 and 12 noon in Dry Drayton church.  With café tables at the back, and the usual chairs cleared away there will be space for giant Jenga, Lego and table football alongside toys for younger children too.  No charge, but donations to cover costs appreciated.  Feel free to share this information with friends and arrange to meet them there!

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The Black Horse, traffic, broadband etc

  1. Saving the Black Horse

    If you missed the last public meeting on 4th August you can watch the key highlights on video on the campaign’s website at https://www.savetheblackhorse.co.uk/ and you can pledge your support on the site and see the current level of fundraising achieved.


    2. Dry Drayton Village Newsletter

    The deadline for September’s Dry Drayton Newsletter is this Sunday, 20 August. Send your material to the Editors at drydraytonnews@gmail.com .

    3. Strawberry 50 community cycling event.

    The Strawberry 50 Community Cycling event will be taking place on Sunday 3rd September 2017 between 9am and 3pm. The event consists of two distance rides of 55 and 28 miles and the route passes through Dry Drayton twice. The route through the village passes along Oakington Road and the Dry Drayton to Madingley Road in both directions, so please drive slowly and expect lots of cycles on both roads. Route signage will be put up on Saturday 2nd September and taken down by the following Sunday evening. Full event information is available at www.strawberry50k.co.uk . If you have any query please do contact Neil Davies, Strwaberry 50 Organising Committee, on 07502 372852

    4. Swifts in Dry Drayton.

    The Pettitts Close Swift Project has been very successful this year – there is an update at DryDrayton.net .

    5. Broadband problems in Dry Drayton

    The Rural Services Network recently posted the top 5 questions they recveive on Broadband in rural areas. One of these was: “The council keeps announcing new areas to get superfast broadband but it never gets to our house?” If this sounds familiar to you here in Dry Drayton, here is their answer: “Councils are working with BT and alternative network providers like Gigaclear to fill in the gaps left by earlier phases of the broadband roll out project. The contracts BT signed stipulated that money had to be paid back to local councils when connections reach 40% of properties. Councils revisit the areas that were too difficult the first time around and see if they have become more viable by using different technology, or increased demand. Keep contacting your local council’s broadband team and raise the issue with elected members, the greater the visibility of your problem, the more likely it is that a solution will be found.” So if you are still unable to get superfast broadband, despite Dry Drayton being ticked as fibre enabled, then contact the Connecting Cambridgeshire project team Home – Connecting Cambridgeshire and let them know your problem.

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Saving the Black Horse

Please come along to the Save the Black Horse Second Public Meeting on Friday 5 August at 8pm, Dry Drayton Village Hall.

The project has raised over £159,000 since the 1st public meeting in July. Not too late to pledge. In addition to benefitting the community there may be tax advantages for you. Even if you cannot pledge, please consider placing a leaflet in your window or a sticker on your bin to help raise awareness. There is more information in the special issue of the Dry Drayton Newsletter circulated throughout the village last week.

There will be a Pop up pub (from Lord Conrad’s brewery, Dry Drayton) and food on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th August from 6pm at the Village Hall. All welcome.

If you missed the last meeting about saving the black horse,  you can watch the presentations which were given on https://www.savetheblackhorse.co.uk/pledge/

You can take a look at facebook too and Twitter!