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Footpaths, Park and Ride, PC, Art Group

Below are the latest items circulated by Village E-Mails on 6 Mar 2019. To subscribe to the E-mail list e-mail

Possible changes to local footpaths.

The Parish Council have been approached and asked for their views on possible changes to public footpaths around Rectory Farm. The Parish Council welcomes the views of residents on the proposals and will consider this at their Meeting on Tuesday 14th May 2019. Full details of possible changes, including maps, are on the Parish Council website Please send any comments you wish to make to the Parish Clerk

Cambourne to Cambridge Public Transport Route – Have Your Say

With just weeks to go, the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) wants people to have their say on proposals for part of a new link between Cambourne and Cambridge. The GCP Project Team has been sharing proposals across the surrounding area, with a good turn-out at Dry Drayton Village Hall on Tuesday (6th).

The Project’s Communications Lead, Laura Gates, said: “We’re really keen to get to gather views as widely as possible, in particular from those in villages close to the proposed route and P&R sites. Views will be used to shape plans for an end-to-end route and P&R site, which will be presented to the GCP Board in the Autumn for final decision. We’ll also be attending the next Dry Drayton Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 12th, so please do come along if you have any questions”.

Consultation closes on Sunday 31 March and you can respond via the paper questionnaire delivered to homes and businesses in the area or online at

Dry Drayton Parish Council

Next meeting Tuesday 12 March, 8.00pm Village Hall, The Agenda is on the PC’s website

Dry Drayton Art Group

The Art Group are holding two special events at Dry Drayton Village Hall:
Saturday Workshop, 9th March 2019, 10.00 to 16.00,  Jamie Sugg Oils/acrylics/Watercolour.
Tuesday 2nd April 2019 Demonstration 19.00 to 22.00, David Hyde, Watercolour (Ely Cathedral) £7.00. Some places are available for 2nd April, but please BOOK EARLY – contact Gill Russell 780897


Local News Items

Dry Drayton Parish Council

The Parish Council is still seeking new Councillors  as they are under strength at the present time and have resignations pending. If you are interested in contributing to our village life by helping with local decision making, please consider joining the PC. Contact the Parish Clerk, Sarah Meech,, if you are interested and see this link: Parish Council guidance and information  for more information about what it means to become a Parish Councillor. The next meeting of the PC is on Tuesday 12 March 2019. The draft minutes of the last meeting are on the PC’s website Dry Drayton Parish Council

Dry Drayton Art Group

The art group membership now stands at 23 members, all of which are enjoying painting birds in watercolour, boats in acrylics with a palet knife and childrens portraits in Pastels. To come – Night time scenes and Fur and feathers.

Saturday Workshop 9th March 2019 10.00am to 16.00pm £25.00, Jamie Sugg Oils/ acrylics/Watercolour. A few places left
Tuesday 2nd April 2019 Demonstration 19.00pm to 22.00pm, £7.00, David Hyde Watercolour (Ely Cathedral). BOOK EARLY

Holiday Home to Let In Southwold, Suffolk

Very spacious, characterful, three double bedroomed detached holiday retreat, only five minutes walk from the sea, in the delightful Suffolk town of Southwold. For further details see and please contact Richard or Cherry 07704 804262

Plastic Problems in Dry Drayton.

A plea from Dr Gilly Carr, High Street, Dry Drayton. “I’d like to contact other members of the village to help me in an endeavour, and that is, to help pick up the plastic in the village that litters the grass and curbside and roundabouts throughout the village. My new year’s resolution has been to pick up plastic in the village and every Sunday afternoon I head out with a bin liner and gloves. Within 30 mins or by the time I’ve collected plastic scattered over 10 meters of grass, the bag is full. I have been shocked by the amount of plastic in our little village and I’ve scarcely scratched the surface. I must have removed over  50kg of litter so far, and it cannot all fit in my litter bin alone; one person cannot keep the village tidy, so I’d like to ask for volunteers to help me every Sunday afternoon. Can interested parties email me on This is a classic case of ‘Think global, act local’.”

“Dry Drayton People” Facebook Group

Those of you who use Facebook may be interested to know that there is a new group there called “Dry Drayton People”: a community group for the people of Dry Drayton and people with connections to it. Local businesses are also allowed to post there.

Consultation on the Cambourne to Cambridge Better Public Transport Project.

There will be a consultation meeting on this in the Dry Drayton Village Hall Tuesday 5th March 17.00 to 18.30. Some, if not all, of the alternatives being discussed will have a negative impact on village traffic. Come and discover more and have your say.

local News 11 Feb 2019

  1. DryDrayton Parish Council

The Parish Council meets on Tuesday 12 February at 8pm in the Village Hall. The agenda and minutes of the last meeting are at  In the last Village Newsletter the Chair of the Parish Council drew attention to the desperate need for additional councillors to join the Parish Council. It’s worth thinking for a few minutes about what might happen if the Council were to shrink further and there were not enough Councillors to form a quorum.  Presumably the District Council might appoint someone to remedy this – and of course the appointee would need to be paid to attend meetings, which would make a hole in the Parish Precept. The District Council might join our Parish with another for a federated Parish Council – which would mean that key local decisions would be made by people from outside the village. So, please turn up and support the Parish Council and consider whether you might be willing to join the Council, even for a few meetings until the next elections. There is more about becoming a Parish councillor here:

  1. County Councillor’s Report

The latest report from Lynda Harford, our County Councillor, was posted today on the village website

  1. Walks around Dry Drayton

The full text of a booklet produced by Nick Irish as part of the Dry Drayton 2000 project has been uploaded onto the village website and you can access it here:

  1. Hardwick Rainbows

Hardwick Rainbows have vacancies for girls aged 5-7. They are offering free taster sessions in March at the Hardwick Scout and Guide Hut – contact – see advert on the village website

  1. Road closures A14

These seem to be too frequent to circulate individually. You can follow Highway England’s updates here Highways England | Improvements and major road projects and South Cambs version here:

  1.    Consultation on the Cambourne to Cambridge Better Public Transport Project.

There will be a consultation meeting on this in the Dry Drayton Village Hall Tuesday 5th March 17.00 to 18.30. Some, if not all, of the alternatives being discussed will have a negative impact on village traffic. Come and discover more and have your say.

  1. Cambridge to Oxford rail link

While considering future transport links, you might also want to have your say on alternative route proposals for this proposed rail link. Two of the options being considered pass within spitting distance of Dry Drayton.


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Lost Wedding Ring, A14 local progress

Dear All,

Reward – Lost wedding Ring

On Monday 5th / Tuesday 6th November a wedding ring was lost in Dry Drayton or Bar Hill, or somewhere in-between. It’s a plain, gold, man’s wedding ring and there’s a reward for its return. Please call Matt on 01954 781174 if you find it.

A14 progress on the local connection to the Girton Interchange.

We reported in the last e-mail that, by the end of the year, traffic could be using the new local road from Oakington Road Dry Drayton to the Girton Interchange. Edward Fleming draws our attention to the latest “Drones Over Girton” video on Youtube showing the advanced state of the new local road. Alongside the road is the wide path that will become the new Non Motorised Users (NMU) route. What a shame that to reach this new safe cycling route on a bicycle you have to navigate the busy Oakington Road, scene of at least one cyclist fatality. The latest “Drones over Girton” video is here: Drones over Girton – Building the new A14 – October 2018

Drones over Girton – Building the new A14 – October 2018

This is the October 2018 update for Drones over the A14 project, focusing on the new junction at Girton that is …


Village News Updates, Digging to Diggers etc

1. Pop-up Cafe Wednesday 24 Oct

Pop-Up Cafe with family activities, Autumn Half Term, Dry Drayton Church, Wednesday 24th October 2018 10.30am to 12 pm Facebook Group (Dry Drayton Church) (please note this is the correct date for the event, elsewhere it has been incorrectly shown as Thurs 24 Oct)

2. Help us grow good food – from Ony Collison

We require someone to work an allotment in Dry Drayton, two hours a week, throughout the year to provide fresh food for Ony’s Wine Bar in Mill Road, Cambridge. Payment £16 per two-hour session. Contact: Ony Collison, 17 High Street, Dry Drayton, 01954 789173,,

3. Dry Drayton Village Newsletter

The deadline for the November Dry Drayton Newsletter is next weekend – Saturday 20th October. Contributions please to

4. CamBedRailRoad

You may be aware of various proposals for future transport links in the Cambridge – Oxford corridor. We have been contacted by one campaigning group, CamBedRailRoad, whose proposals will include a rail route passing very close to our parish, somewhere between Dry Drayton and Madingley, with new rail stations at Northstowe and Cambourne. They are asking supporters to sign an online petition. You can see their proposals at: CamBed RailRoad – promoting the best route for the east west railway

5. A14, update on the works closest to Dry Drayton

The latest newsletter from the A14 improvement team, updating parishes, says:
“Work on the new local access road that will run from Oakington Road to Huntingdon Road and Girton to Dry Drayton is progressing well. It is anticipated that traffic will be using these roads by the end of the year. Construction of the new access road into Cambridge Crematorium is now underway.”

6. Proposed cycle path from Dry Drayton to the new A14 Dry Drayton to Girton local road

Updates continue to be posted on the Facebook group “The Dry Drayton to Cambridge Cycle Path”

7. Concerned about the future of local bus transport?

You may be interested in the newly formed Cambridge Area Bus Users group, whose strap-line is “Working for bus passengers in and around Cambridge”. Their web site is:

8. Reminder: Yummies for Mummies – first meeting Fri 19 October

From the organizer, Natalie Williamson. First meet-up is this Friday, 19th Oct 11:30am The Black Horse Dry Drayton. A friendly monthly brunch for parents, grandparents, carers and the kids! Treat yourself to a delicious brunch and make some new friends too. It will be held every 3rd Friday of the month at 11:30am. Please join the Facebook group “Yummies for Mummies” for booking information, menu choices and prices. Alternatively contact Natalie Williamson who will be pleased to answer any questions . Booking and Prepayment is essential as places are limited. Natalie is responsible for organising the group and not the pub.

Events etc in and around Dry Drayton

  1. Autumn / Harvest Celebrations in Dry Drayton

From Revd Alison Myers, Team Rector of the Lordsbridge Team of Churches, and Lead Minister for Hardwick and Dry Drayton.

It is autumn and we have a week of Dry Drayton Harvest family events planned based in the church to celebrate the season in different ways:

Community Harvest Service Sun 23 Sept, 11am to12 noon. A church service for all the family, with traditional Harvest hymns, prayers and interactive story.  The church will be decorated for Harvest including new banners made by the school to be revealed at the service.  You are invited to bring traditional Harvest donations for Cambridge City Foodbank (tins, packets etc) and the Children’s Hospice in Milton (fresh produce)

School Harvest Service Tues 25 Sept, 2—2.45pm. A service for the school – children, staff and governors – in the village church to which parents, carers and supporters are welcome.  Harvest donations are invited, as above.

Community Harvest Ceilidh Sat 29 Sept, 6-9pm, with the Cambridge University Ceilidh Band, all ages and proficiencies of dancing are welcome! Tickets £5 child, £10 adult, £25 family, on the door.  Finger buffet & soft drinks. Bring your own wine or beer.

Come and celebrate the season and life in our village at any or all of the above!  Bring your friends and neighbours!

  1. Yummies for Mummies – a new Brunch Club in Dry Drayton

From the organizer, Natalie Williamson.

First meet-up is on Friday 19th Oct 11:30am The Black Horse Dry Drayton. A friendly monthly brunch for parents, grandparents, carers and the kids! Treat yourself to a delicious brunch and make some new friends too!. It will be held every 3rd Friday of the month at 11:30am. Please join the Facebook group “Yummies for Mummies” for booking information, menu choices and prices. Alternatively contact Natalie Williamson who will be pleased to answer any questions . Booking and Prepayment is essential as places are limited. Natalie is responsible for organising the group and not the pub

  1. A14 Improvements

For those of you wanting to see the installation of the steel decking on the new Bar Hill interchange, HE have now posted a 1.5 minute time-lapse video of the work here: Installation of new bridge decks at Bar Hill – September 2018

A number of overnight closures are planned for the A14, closest to Dry Drayton are:

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd Sept (two nights), overnight between 8pm and 6am,
* A14 westbound Swavesey J28 to Fenstanton J27
* A14 eastbound Fenstanton J227 to Swavesey J28

Monday 24 to Friday 28 Sept (five nights) overnight between 8pm and 6am,
A428 eastbound Madingley to A14 eastbound junction 33 Milton

  1. Another crime in the village

Dry Drayton – Oak Crescent. Between 22:00 hrs on 14/08/18 and 09:08 hrs on 17/09/18, Unknown offenders have broken into a van but were not successful in getting into the rear compartment, so no items were taken.

  1. Bar Hill Church Art Exhibition

From Kaye Benson  – One for your diary – in Bar Hill.

A small Art Group in Bar Hill are holding an Art Exhibition to raise money for the Kerala flood victims. 20th October 10.30am – 4pm, at Bar Hill Church, Hanover Close, Bar Hill, CB23 8EH. Paintings and Greetings Cards for Sale. Refreshments Available. Free Entry. Disabled Facilities

  1. New Website for Madingley

Madingley now have a new website Home – Madingley Parish Council   Their Parish newsletters are there alongside all the PC’s documentation.

Pop-up cafe, Swifts, A14, RAF Cadets, Crime

POP-UP CAFE – Sept 3rd 10.30-12 Noon

The Church will be open for a pop-up café on September 3rd from 10.30 to 12 noon.  Everyone is welcome to come for a mid-morning coffee/ refreshment break at the church (with activities for children) Online Poster

Summer 2018 update on the Swift project centred on Pettitts Close.

Read all about it on the village website

A14 Road Closure

This is a big one. Highways England will be installing the steel decking for the new Bar Hill Bridge and so the A14 will be closed Friday 14 September (9pm) to Monday 17 September (6am) (except for access to Bar Hill for local traffic). You can see how they will be undertaking this major operation here:  Bar Hill Junction – SPMT Movement. If you want to see them moving these two 1000 ton structures into place, they will be live-streaming the action – you should be able to find the link at

A14 Charity Walk Sunday 9 September

Highways England are holding a charity ‘Welly Walk’ on Sunday 9th September 2018, raising money for Cancer Research UK. The walk will follow the new A14 route between A1198, Ermine Street and Swavesey Junction. This is a unique opportunity for members of the public to explore 10 km of what will eventually be the new road carrying traffic between Cambridge and Huntingdon. HE are inviting you to come behind the traffic cones, get on site and see how they are progressing at building the new A14. This is a great opportunity for a good cause and is guaranteed to be a good day. Come and join them in the fight against cancer! You’ll arrive at their Main Project Office where you can park your vehicles for free. You’ll then be coached along the existing A14 to their Ermine Street compound. This is where your 10k guided walk along the new A14 will begin, finishing back up at their Main Project Office for drinks, Bbq, bouncy castle and more! It’s free but you need to book at A14 C2H Welly Walk

RAF Air Cadets Oakington are recruiting local young people from Year 8 (12-year-olds) upwards

An open evening will be held on Tuesday 11th September as part of a recruitment drive for 2524 (Oakington) Air Cadets. Boys and girls aged 12 and over are invited to attend with their parents to find out more. The Cadets general take on the Air Cadets is that they can have fun and go flying and gliding, shooting, take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme, go on adventure training weekends and in school holidays there are week-long camps. There are also events throughout the year to highlight their pride of the Air Cadets like Remembrance Sunday. Cadets have opportunities for Travel both within the UK and Abroad, Adventure and to make friends for life. The squadron is run by a dedicated group of volunteers and parade twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The open evening is at the Cadet Centre, Magdalene Close, Longstanton, Cambridge, CB23 3EG at 7.30pm. There is no need to book. More information is available by emailing.

More crime in the parish

Between 16/08/2018 20:15 to 17/08/2018 05:45 at Park Street / Madingley Rd Dry Drayton, offenders have gained access to a metal shipping container by forcing the arm of the latch off. Crime Ref 35/23123/18

Between 18/8 – 19/8 at business premises in St. Neots Road Dry Drayton offenders have forced the lock securing a container and stolen beer from inside. Between 20/8 – 21/8 offenders have attempted to remove money from a slot machine. Crime Ref 35/24225/18