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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: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/rapidtesting

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 tinyurl.com/1tu1wfbl

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 https://census.gov.uk. The Census offers a number of temporary jobs, which can be explored at https://www.censusjobs.co.uk/. If you want to see recent Dry Drayton Census Data from 2001 and 2011, it is here: http://www.drydrayton.net/census.asp. We also have the full data from 1891 and 1911 at http://www.drydrayton.net/history.asp.

Big Garden Birdwatch

This weekend, 29-30 January 2021, the Big Garden Birdwatch takes place. Visit https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/ 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 clerk@drydraytonpc.org.uk. Agenda at http://www.drydraytonpc.org.uk 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 – Nikitta.vanterpool@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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, Cllr.lander@drydraytonpc.org.uk, Or telephone on 07756 046592

Sharing Hope, Money, Development and old photos

Sharing Hope at Christmas
From Sue Wyatt: At www.drydrayton.net you will find free templates of Christmas Candles to download.  These are for anyone who wishes to colour/decorate/cut them out and put them in their windows – as mentioned in the December Dry Drayton newsletter. As the days grow shorter and we face a Christmas unlike one we’ve ever known, perhaps this is a good time to share symbols and words of hope.

Have you lost some money in the High Street?
Some money was found in the High Street on Friday morning, 27th. If yours, please contact Geoff Page and let him know what you have lost. geoffpage1@yahoo.co.uk   

Presentation on Proposed Development in the field near Warrington’s Farm, Park Street
This is on the Agenda for the Parish Council On-line Meeting on Tuesday 1st December. For details see the agenda at: www.drydraytonpc.org.uk

Dry Drayton in old photographs
The archive of old photos of Dry Drayton continues to grow, but we would love to add more. If you have any old photos of the village, or of Dry Drayton folks, which you are willing to share, please see www.drydraytonpost.co.uk/history.asp

Crime, Safety, Old Photos, Diary dates

Crime and Staying Safe
In these difficult times, when we are all intent on looking out for each other, it is worth remembering that there are still people out there committing offences, so stay alert. Two nights ago someone entered the back garden of a house in Pettitts Lane and stripped all the remaining fruit from the apple trees there. We are also being warned by Neighbourhood Watch to be on our guard for con men and rogue traders pretending to be local council officers offering loft insulation. There is information about dealing with cold callers here: www.drydrayton.net/nwatch.asp .  Neighbourhood Watch are also offering some useful advice on how to take care online, by protecting your passwords in 3 easy steps: www.ourwatch.org.uk/passwords

Dry Drayton in old pictures
We are pleased to see that there have been a number of visits to our local history pages. We now have over 100 old photographs of the village online and would very much like to increase this number. If you have any old photographs of the village which you are willing to share, we would love to hear from you. More information is here www.drydrayton.net/history.asp

December / January Village Newsletter
The deadline for items for the December / January Dry Drayton Village Newsletter is 20 November. Send your material to drydraytonnews@gmail.com

Next Parish Council meeting
This will be on Tues 1st December. After recent local consultation, there will be a presentation on a proposed development on Green Belt land in Park Street.

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 Flickr.com. 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 www.drydrayton.net/history.asp.

Development & Village Hall News

Consultation
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 drydraytonconsultation@pegasusgroup.co.uk.  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 www.drydrayton.net. A Pegasus Group presentation to the Parish Council on 8 Sept is included in the PC’s minutes at www.drydraytonpc.org.uk

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 clerk@drydraytonpc.org.uk.

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 www.drydraytonvillagehall.org.uk

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 ddvhtreasurer@gmail.com.

2. Proposed development in the village

See www.drydrayton.net 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 www.cambs.police.uk).

4. Parish Councillor Vacancy.

Interested in joining the Parish Council? Contact the Chair, Simon Lander, cllr.lander@drydraytonpc.org.uk for further information

5. Diary Dates

Deadline for next village newsletter: Sunday 20th September – please send to drydraytonnews@gmail.com
Next Parish Council Meeting: Tues 6 October 7.30pm – virtual meeting, access details will be on the agenda at www.drydraytonpc.org.uk

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 https://www.cambs.police.uk/report/Report  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 drydraytonnews@gmail.com 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 http://www.drydrayton.net/carshare.asp

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 webmaster@drydrayton.net.

For the latest Dry Drayton news, subscribe to DryDrayton.net Village E-mails by e-mailing webmaster@drydrayton.net .

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:http://www.drydrayton.net/svaforest1.asp 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: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SouthCambsCSPSurvey2020

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: http://www.drydrayton.net/ChOpen.asp

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 clerk@drydraytonpc.org.uk.