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Village Hall Stage, Crime, A14, Places to Visit

(Circulated as DryDrayton.net Village news E-Mail on 3 March 2018)

All the World’s a Stage

The Village Hall Management Committee is considering whether or not the Hall should keep its stage. What is YOUR VIEW? In the past a number of village entertainments, including pantos, revues and murder mysteries have been held on the stage. The quiz master of the Macmillan Quiz Night in February sat up there, with the scores beamed onto a screen beside him so that everyone could see them.

The Committee wants to hear your views on whether we should keep the stage or remove it from the hall and look for alternatives. Hiring a stage would be expensive (around £700) but we may be able to request the loan of the staging from the school on the occasions when a stage is needed. As not everybody was able to make the Village Hall open meeting in February, the Committee seeks your views by e-mail on whether the Hall should keep its stage. If you have a view on this please e-mail Graham Carver at grahamcarver@aol.com.  Please say “Yes” if you think the Hall should keep its stage, or “No” if you don’t. And please give a reason for your views. Please respond by Tuesday 20 March 2018.

Village Crime and Crime Prevention

The latest report is of an attack on a Vauxhall Van in Oak Crescent between 26/02/2018 18:00 – 27/02/2018 08:50. Offender(s) punched a hole through the rear door of the van and forced the lock to gain entry. Fortunately nothing was stolen. On the subject of crime prevention – there will be a Scams training event ‘Friends Against Scams‘ taking place at Histon and Impington Baptist Church 2- 4p.m. Thursday 8 March 2018. The event is being organised by Cambs. County Council Community Protection Team. Do come along to find out more (Message Sent By Rachel Carr, Police, Community Safety Officer, South Cambridgeshire)

Looking for Somewhere Interesing to Visit Locally ?

Jordan’s Mill have been in touch with us to advertise their Children’s Mother’s Day activities on 10th March and Easter Creature Hunt 2nd – 15th April. The Mill is a great place to visit for coffee, afternoon tea, a meal or just a look around, and it is just 25 miles from Downtown Dry Drayton.  Their web site is Jordans Mill – Historic Mill and Gardens, Bedfordshire  

And inevitably – something on the A14.

There are some big changes coming up which will affect access to and from Bar Hill. Highways England are building a temporary junction at Bar Hill which will then enable them to build the permanent junction (roundabout and bridge). The first stage of the works is to start works on the tie-ins on Hattons Road, Longstanton. These works will need to be completed with a weekend closure of Hattons Road. Highways England have planned for these works to be completed on 3rd-4th March 2018 with a contingency date of 10th-11th March 2018. The second stage of the works will involve a 7 day closure Monday to Sunday of the Bridge from the Crafts Way/Saxon Way roundabout and over the A14 (roundabout will be fully operational). No vehicles, including emergency vehicles, will be able to go through the closure. Works are expected to start 2nd April 2018 for 7 days. The third stage of the works is to complete the tie-ins on Hattons Road, Longstanton which can be completed using 2 way temporary traffic signals dates to be confirmed. For the latest on the A14 project go to: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/a14-cambridge-to-huntingdon/

 

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The Black Horse, A14 Communications

Consultation closing this week

Important deadlines for consultation

This is the last week for responses to the Greater Cambridge Partnership consultation on the Cambourne to Cambridge route and future Park and Ride sites, including one proposal for a park and ride site at Scotland Farm Dry Drayton. A printed booklet on the alternatives was distributed to all households. Consultation closes on 29 January at 23.59 hrs. If you intend to fill in the consultation questionaire on their web site at www.greatercambridge.org.uk  you might be disappointed as links to the pages you want on their site don’t seem to be working. We have told them about this, but it might be safer to send them a letter at Greater Cambridge Partnership, SH1311, Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3 0AP.

At the Dry Drayton Parish Council meeting on Tuesday last the Parish Council agreed their response to the Greater Cambridge Partnership consultation and the letter which they signed off can be seen on their website here: Important Documents – Dry Drayton Parish Council

And if you want to let the planners know what you think about what could be the biggest housing development in Dry Drayton since the 1970s, then you have until 25th January to do so. For details of the proposal go to South Cambs website, View or comment on a planning application | South Cambs District Council  and search for application number S/4554/17/OL
It’s not too late to have your say on these issues affecting our community.

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Cambourne To Cambridge – Consultation Event on Tuesday 9 Jan.

Cambourne To Cambridge  – Consultation Event on Tuesday 9 Jan.

 We have just been reminded that there will be a consultation event taking place tomorrow evening (Tuesday 9th January 2018), at Dry Drayton Village Hall from 6-8pm

 The Greater Cambridge Partnership, who are running the event say: We would be grateful if you could encourage members of the Parish Council and others locally to attend the event in order to have their say on the proposals for a new park and ride site and bus links into Cambridge. As one of the proposed sites is at Scotland Farm, we are particularly keen to hear local views from Dry Drayton on the project.

Written Consultation Exercise

You will probably have received at least one booklet about the various options for this scheme (locations of a new Park and Ride site and different routes into Cambridge)  and a further letter of clarification dated 28 November 2017, inviting you to take part in the consultation exercise – just a reminder that the closing date for the consultation process is 29th  Jan at 23.59.

The website for the Greater Cambridge Partnership is www.greatercambridge.org.uk/c2c

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Pop-up Pub, Pam Ducker, PC Meetings 2018, Neighbourhood Watch

Dear All,

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas and brilliant New Year

Pop Up Pub

The Black Horse Support Group are holding their next Pop Up Pub at the Village Hall from 6.00-11.00 on Friday 29th December – Pizzas and Beer available.

Another Dry Drayton Resident who will be sorely missed

We are sorry to bring you the sad news of the death of Pam Ducker, who for many years has been at the heart of the activities of the WI, the Friendship Club and other organisations in the village. Pam’s funeral service will be held at Cambridge City Crematorium, West Chapel, on Tuesday 2nd January at 12 noon and afterwards at Dry Drayton Village Hall. http://www.family-announcements.co.uk/cambridgeshire/view/4476658/ducker

Neighbourhood Watch

A reminder from the village Neighbourhood Watch – please remain vigilent both during the longer hours of darkness and during daylight and report any suspicious activity. In recent weeks there have been distraction burglaries in other villages during the daytime, and shed burglaries at night also feature. One local resident has reported suspicious activity by a couple of men in a landrover shining a red laser light across fields in the village, and we understand there have been attempted break-ins at one local Dry Drayton business. If you are interested in the work of Neighbourhood Watch nationally you can read their latest newsletter here: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/NHW-Our-News-December-2017-Edition.pdf

Parish Council Meetings 2018

A note for your diaries – the Parish Council Meetings from February 2018 will take place on the second and not the third Tuesdays in the month – the new dates are shown on the PC’s website at www.drydraytonpc.org.uk

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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.
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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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