Charity plant sale, PC meeting and History Quiz

Charity Plant and Veg Sale

There will be a sale of vegetable and garden plants in aid of Cambs College Riding for the Disabled group outside The Spinney/Jasmine House in Pettitts Lane over the bank holiday weekend. The group is for young adults with a range of disabilities, who benefit physically, mentally and socially from riding – as one young rider said “it’s like physio but more fun”.  There will be further sales during May and June.

Parish Council and Annual Parish Meeting – 4th May 2021

The Annual Parish Meeting will take place online at 7pm Tuesday 4th May 2021, followed at 7.30pm by a Parish Council meeting. For access and agenda see

Dry Drayton Bank Holiday History Quiz

Looking for a little bank holiday distraction? No prize I’m afraid, beyond the satisfaction of showing how well you know our place. The quiz is here:

NHS Hearing Aid users, VH AGM, Annual Parish Meeting, PC and Dry Drayton in 1901

Information for NHS Hearing Aid Users

CHH Hearing Aid Maintenance (HAM) Centres have asked us to spread the word to NHS hearing aid users, or their relatives, friends or carers, that they are now open again for appointments. Full details can be found here:

Village Hall 2021 AGM

This will be a virtual meeting starting at 7 pm on Thursday 22nd April 2021. Details on the Village Hall website

Diary Date

The Annual Parish Meeting and next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 4 May. Both will be virtual meetings. Details on the PC’s website

Dry Drayton in 1901

1901 census return added to the village history page

Consultation East West Rail Route

See this short paper by Councillor Houlihane on current consultation – options include a route close to Dry Drayton

Dry Drayton in 1939

Just added to the village website, a transcription of the 1939 register, listing 417 individuals in 126 households who were here in 1939. It is linked from

Additional Village History Material

Recently added to the village history page

Information about old photos of Dry Drayton folks found in an old Cambridge photographic studio.

A few more portraits of village folks

History of the Village Hall

History of the Dry Drayton Reading Rooms


National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23rd March.  

Reflect – support – hope.

Dry Drayton Church is supporting the National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23 March, the first anniversary of the UK lockdown, to commemorate the tragic loss of life and to stand together with everyone who’s grieving.

The church will be open from 10am until dusk with background music playing and we will toll the bell to mark the end of the minute’s silence at 12 noon to show support for the millions of people who are bereaved.

Other suggestions to mark the day include sending a card or contact someone who may feel bereaved: Church of England research shows that 6 out of 10 adults have lost someone in the last year where they would have attended the funeral and 4 out of 10 say they have lost someone close to them. Or at 8pm placing a lantern or candle on your doorstep or front window to show your support.


The Funeral of David Gardiner

David Gardiner’s funeral will take place on Friday 5 March at 3pm. As with all such services at present, numbers are limited so attendance is by invitation only. The family has therefore asked that the link to the service be made available to the church and village communities. The service will be streamed live and will also be available for the following week. Full instructions for this are here but the information you need is as follows:

Name    David Gardiner
Location    Cambridge Crematorium – West Chapel
Date & Time    Friday 05/03/2021 15:00
Login / Order ID: 82722
Password: zkqsstmc

Covid-19 testing and vaccination, 2021 Census, garden birdwatch, Parish Council

Covid-19 rapid testing

Covid-19 rapid testing, with lateral flow tests, is now available locally for key workers who are asymptomatic – the nearest testing site for this is at Cambourne – full details, including the booking process, can be found here:

First Covid-19 large scale vaccination centres launch in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The NHS has launched its first large scale vaccination centres in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough this week as part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.  The centres are located on the ground floor of the Grafton Centre in Cambridge and at City Care Centre on Thorpe Road in Peterborough. The centres provide an additional option to the vaccination hubs already successfully delivering vaccinations in local hospitals and by GPs across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Details are here

2021 Census

The Census for England and Wales takes place every ten years and 2021 is a census year. This once-in-a-decade survey gives the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales, and has been carried out every decade since 1801, except in 1941. Census information helps in the planning and funding of public services. Collecting this information is even more important during a Brexit departure from Europe and also the difficulties of an ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. You can find out all about the 2021 census at The Census offers a number of temporary jobs, which can be explored at If you want to see recent Dry Drayton Census Data from 2001 and 2011, it is here: We also have the full data from 1891 and 1911 at

Big Garden Birdwatch

This weekend, 29-30 January 2021, the Big Garden Birdwatch takes place. Visit to find out how, in just a couple of hours, from your own home, you can contribute to our knowledge about bird life locally and nationally.

Next Dry Drayton Parish Council Meeting

Tuesday February 2 Feb 2021 at 7.30pm – virtual meeting – for public access e-mail Agenda at The Agenda includes a presentation on the proposed solar farm at Childerley.

COVID19 Test Centre Volunteers Needed

Message received from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Association of Local Councils (CAPALC)

Please share this request for support via your mailing lists, Parish Bulletins and on all social media platforms.

Due to the large number of Vaccine Hubs, urgent support is required at 1 of our testing hubs within the region.

The roles range from queue management, registration assistant (welcoming people to the testing site), test operative (actually processing the testing sample, in full PPE, training provided), result logger (logs result), evaluation (asks people why they’ve come, would they come again) and general role (would include cleaning).

Fen Road, Cambridge
The test site is open Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st 10- 6pm.  Staff would be expected to arrive by 9.15/9.30 latest.  The last test is 5.30pm, so we would hope staff could finish by 6.15-6.30.

If you are in a position where you can help support the testing hub, please contact Nikitta Vanterpool –

Dry Drayton Parish Council – Lockdown Part 3

Now we have once more entered national lockdown, we have been reviewing what additional help we can provide to our fellow parishioners.  We had already arranged a small supply of sanitiser, masks, gloves and aprons which are available for residents providing support in our community but whilst practical what more could we do.  We were fortunate to receive a small grant from the District Council and so there is more that we can and wish to offer.

During the past day we have been discussing with Mrs Hegan, Headteacher at the Primary School, if it would be possible to commandeer any spare capacity that the school kitchen might have, so that we can support those shielding, the elderly and vulnerable within our community.  Typically and how lucky we are to have Mrs Hegan, it did not take many seconds for her to commit full support to our initiative.  We now have weekday menus, with a two-course hot meal available for the community.

In the initial phase the Parish Council can cover the cost of providing the meal, we might have to ask for donations, depending upon take-up, but not yet.  However, anyone who does wish to donate immediately can do so, with a suggested amount of £4.00 per person.

I wanted to mention the Black Horse, what we are offering is community support, not a commercial alternative, for those of us that are able, we can continue to support the pub with their takeaway offerings as we have so enjoyed in past months.

To assist with catering orders, sourced wherever possible from local suppliers, we will need to order weekly in advance as far as possible.  We understand the dynamics of the virus cause change to our lives instantly, we have some flexibility therefore, but planning is key.  If you or someone you know  would benefit from this offer, please contact me or any Parish Councillor in the first instance for a menu and ordering information.

It is intended that the meals will be delivered and if anyone might be able to help with distribution, even on the odd day, that would be appreciated and a great help to the school.

We can deliver from Monday 11th January through to Friday 12th February and would be very happy to hear from you.

Simon Lander,, Or telephone on 07756 046592