East West Railway Haslingfield Drop-in Event, Friday 9 September



The Haslingfield Community Drop-in Event was postponed due to the extraordinary temperatures and will now take place at Haslingfield Village Hall on Friday 9 September 2022 from 2pm until 8pm. The event is designed to give local residents, businesses and stakeholders an opportunity to understand the project development process, anticipated timescales, and speak face-to-face with members of their team. They won’t have any new information to share at this event – as they are still reviewing the responses received during the 2021 consultation. However this will provide an opportunity for them to engage with people outside the formal consultation process. More information can be found here: https://communityhub.eastwestrail.co.uk/community-events

An advertisement from the Household Support Fund for Over 65’s

An advertisement from the Household Support Fund for Over 65’s

Struggling with your bills? Born before 30 September 1956? We can help. Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and Cambridgeshire County Council are working together to provide support for eligible pensioners who are struggling with food and fuel bills. We can provide financial support within a few days and help you find longer-term support if needed. This isn’t charity – we are using the Government-funded Household Support Fund to provide this help. To apply call 01223 221929 or visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/household-support-fund

Bins, Beer Fest, Roadworks and Grants

Bin Collections

South Cambs have advised that their bin collection staff will be working earlier in the day because of the heat. There is no change in collection days, but we are asked to put out the bins the night before collection to avoid being missed.

Curry Night and Beer Festival

Curry night in the Village Hall on Friday 22nd July. The Village Hall Management Committee has teamed up with Lord Conrad’s brewery, our own Dry Drayton brewery, to bring you curry on Friday 22nd at his weekend beer festival at the village hall. If you remember the curry nights associated with saving the Black Horse, then you’d probably want to come along. We’ll be serving curry between 6 and 8pm on Friday 22 July. All Welcome.

And on Saturday 23 July, 12pm to late, Lord Conrad’s Brewery will be continuing their Beer Fest at the Village Hall, teaming up with a food truck. 

A428 Roadworks

Between Mondays and Fridays, 8pm-6am, until 12 Aug, there will be roadworks on the A428 at the Cambourne slip roads. There will be diversions in place.

Cultivate Cambs Grants

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Innovate & Cultivate Fund has been updated and has a new name – Cultivate Cambs!  Cultivate Cambs awards grants of £2,000 to £15,000 for new initiatives that support adults & older people with care and support needs, and children, young people & families, to live independently, safe and well in thriving and inclusive communities. The fund is open to voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire, for projects that benefit Cambridgeshire residents. The first deadline for Cultivate Cambs grant applications is 16 September 2022. Full details are here: https://www.cambscf.org.uk/cultivate-cambs

North West and West Cambridge Community Forum

From South Cambs DC Communications Team. Community forums are held in South Cambridgeshire to bring residents, councils and developers together to raise issues and discuss how local developments are progressing. The Forums are open to everyone and usually meet three times a year, with an informal drop-in session followed by a more formal meeting. Since the onset of the pandemic, some meetings have gone online and continue to be conducted using Zoom Webinar, usually in the evenings. Others are in-person. Details such as start times will be updated online, with agendas being published in the week prior to the event. The next Community Forum for North West and West Cambridge is an in-person meeting on Wednesday July 20 at Storey’s Field Community Centre from 6pm. For further details, see: https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/north-west-and-west-community-forum/

Coffee Morning Wed 6 July 2022

Coffee Morning, Dry Drayton, Wednesday From Judith Bennetton. All welcome to the coffee morning at the Village Hall on Wednesday 6 July between 10 and 12.  Come and enjoy a cup of coffee and homemade cake in good company.  We’ll have some toys for little ones. Proceeds will go towards improvements to our village hall. We’ll keep the hall well ventilated. There will be hand sanitisers.  We look forward to seeing you and hope that we can have a coffee morning more often! Thanks and hope you are free that morning! 

Upcoming Event Reminders

East West Rail
This is rather short notice but there is an EWR ‘meet the people’ event tomorrow. They are restarting face-to-face engagement with communities across the East West Rail route. These events are designed to give local residents, businesses and stakeholders an opportunity to understand the project development process, anticipated timescales, and speak face-to-face with members of their team. While they won’t have any new information to share at these events – as they are still reviewing the responses received during the 2021 consultation and considering how the feedback is used to inform plans for the railway – this is an opportunity for them to engage with communities outside the formal consultation process. The drop-in will be: Cambridge: Wednesday 29 June, 2pm – 8pm, The Clayton Hotel, 27-29 Station Rd, Cambridge CB1 2FB https://communityhub.eastwestrail.co.uk/community-events

Girton Fete
Girton is holding a Fete on Saturday 9th July from 12, midday, to 9pm with food and drink, stalls and lots of fun activities. https://www.girtonfeast.org.uk/familyfunday.htm

Cambridge Pride
Also on 9th July there is a Cambridge Pride event on Jesus Green, Cambridge, from 11.00am. https://www.facebook.com/CambridgePride/

Queen’s Baton Relay
Also on the 9th the Queens Baton relay is in Cambridge. It will visit Cambridge this July as part of its journey across the Commonwealth on a tour of 72 nations and territories. Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is hosting the Queen’s Baton Relay and the organisers have announced that the Baton will pass through Cambridge on Saturday 9 July. At 4.25 the Baton arrives at Jesus Green on a punt. The relay will take place at 4.31pm. https://www.birmingham2022.com/queens-baton-relay

Further update:

Queen’s Baton Relay and free family fun day

From Cllr Corinne Garvie. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch the Queen’s Baton Relay passing through our district on Saturday 9 July as it heads towards Birmingham for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Together with our co-hosts the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, SCDC have expanded the event to a FREE family fun day of sporting and science activities, from 12.30 to 7.30pm, with the baton expected at around 3pm. The day will include Fairground rides, a selection of food offerings, crafts, sporting events, science activities and a family fun run. It is FREE to attend, but as numbers are limited please book as soon as possible online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-and-sport-fun-day-tickets-347943697967 selecting the ‘Invited guests from SCDC’ category. Remember to book your Park & Ride tickets at the same time as parking will also be limited. The free Park & Ride service will operate until the end of the event.

SCDC are appealing for volunteers to help on the day – if only just for an hour or so. Volunteers do not need tickets for the event. More information, including details about the volunteer roles, please email Linda Prior on lp11@sanger.ac.uk ASAP.

Cambridge Open Studios
This coming weekend, July 2nd – 3rd, marks the start of the Cambridge Open Studios July Art Festival which runs for the first four weeks of July. https://www.cambridgeopenstudios.co.uk/

Swift Awareness Week
This runs from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 10th July inclusive. Why not come along to Pettitts Close and watch the birds’ aerobatics around the houses? The best time to watch is morning and evening on a warm summer’s day. https://www.facebook.com/swiftweek/

Dry Drayton School Fete
And of Course – most important of all – Saturday 2 July 2022 is the magnificent Dry Drayton School Summer Fete on the School Field 2-4pm (see the June Dry Drayton Newsletter and https://www.drydraytonprimaryschool.co.uk/ )

East West Rail Consultation

East West Rail are running a series of free face to face consultation events for the public at a number of different venues between Oxford and Cambridge in June and July 2022. Full details are on their site here: https://communityhub.eastwestrail.co.uk/community-events

Cambourne to Cambridge Better Public Transport – Consultation

Greater Cambridge Partnership are conducting a public consultation on the Environmental Impact Assessment of their Cambourne to Cambridge Better Public Transport Project. There are implications for Dry Drayton, with proposals including a travel hub at Scotland Farm and a new non motorised users track from the village to Scotland Farm. A powerpoint presentation given to Dry Drayton Parish Council last week can be downloaded here: https://www.drydrayton.net/pdfs/c2cppt.pdf The presentation includes information on how to have your say and on public events. Consultation closes Monday 11 July 2022.

Help for Families – Summer Holidays

Cambridgeshire Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme

During the summer school holidays, eligible children and young people can attend a participating holiday scheme or childminder for free for up to 64 hours with daily lunch and snacks provided. Further information about the HAF Programme, and links to other sources of support for families, can be found here: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/haf

Bin collection update

Friday 10 June update from South Cambs DC on Green bins

Please note that our green bin crews are still aiming to catch up from the areas not serviced between Saturday 4 and Tuesday 7 June. Please allow up to nine days after the original collection day for your bin to be emptied. Leave your bin out during this time and we will attempt to return to empty it. However, if your green bin(s) are / is not emptied within this time frame, then we apologise but will not be able to return until your next scheduled green bin collection. If this is the case then these areas will be prioritised if there are any future disruptions. Please check the list below to see the areas affected.

The reason for this disruption is that the Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service is facing some short-notice staffing issues. Crews continue to do their very best every day to empty as many bins as possible. They also face the challenge of increased recycling loads following local Platinum Jubilee celebrations and the associated increase in packaging for recycling.

There are two primary reasons for these staff shortages, which are also being reported by other local Councils. Despite our sustained and long-term recruitment campaign, we still have vacancies for eight drivers and 14 loaders. Usually, these vacancies would be covered by agency staff. However, there is clearly a shortage of agency staff in our area which means there are fewer relief staff able to support us. Our annual leave levels remain within their usual parameters and sickness-related leave is within expected levels too.

Saturday 4 June 2022

Bar Hill, Dry Drayton, Oakington, Longstanton, Lolworth and Swavesey. Please leave your green bin out and we will try to return to empty it. However if it is not emptied by Monday 13 June, then we will not be able to return to empty it. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Monday 6 June 2022

Fen Ditton. Please leave your green bin out and we will try to return to empty it. However if it is not emptied by Tuesday 14 June, then we will not be able to return to empty it. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Tuesday 7 June 2022

Teversham and Stow-cum-Quy. Please leave your green bin out and we will try to return to empty it. However if it is not emptied by Wednesday 15 June, then we will not be able to return to empty it. We apologise for any inconvenience.