Brexit, democracy, thieving and art

  1. Brexit

We circulated details of the public meeting held by Heidi Allen MP on 2nd July on what Brexit might mean for us. A number of people from the village attended and found the meeting useful. Heidi has posted a full video, photos, and texts from the meeting on her site at: . Events have obviously moved on since 2nd July and Heidi will be holding a similar meeting on Saturday 16 July – 3-5pm at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. Doors will open at 2.30pm. If you wish to attend, please send an email to and confirm your full name, residential address and postcode. Confirmation of your place along with full directions and a map describing how to find the venue will then be sent to you by email. Entry to the meeting will only be available for pre-registered guests.

  1. Have your say on…..

Here is another chance to have your say on the way the country is run. South Cambs District Council are holding a public consultation on the proposed Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal. This proposal follows initial proposals by Government for a devolution deal covering the whole of East Anglia. You can have your say at: or The consultation pages take about ten minutes to complete. Consultation closes on 23 August 2016.


If you like contributing to public consultations there is another one here, the Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Scheme (CLAS) Survey. It is about a scheme which helps vulnerable people and families under exceptional pressure who have little or no money. The survey is here: . There is more about the scheme itself here: This survey will only take just 5 minutes and it closes on 3 August 2016.

If you want even more involvement in democracy at work, Dry Drayton Parish Council Meets on Tuesday next – the agenda is on the Parish Council’s website at, where you will also find the Council’s recently agreed Emergency Plan.

  1. Thieves are still about in the village

The latest Dry Drayton crime notified by E-Cops is the attempted theft of a horse trailer which was parked overnight in Scotland Road 02/07/2016 22:00 – 03/07/2016 09:00.

  1. Art and Crafts

Just a reminder that this coming weekend, 16th-17th July, is weekend No 3  out of 4 for Cambridge Open Studios so there is still time to visit some of the 300 or so artists  before this year’s programme is over.

Another reminder – there is no Dry Drayton Village Newsletter for August – deadline for the September issue is 20 August – e-mail copy to

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Brexit and Coffee

Worried about the EU Referendum result? Want to find out where Brexit might take us?

Our MP, Heidi Allen, has received an unprecedented level of emails from constituents who are greatly concerned about their future and that of the UK. In order to facilitate a discussion Heidi has arranged an open meeting to enable residents of South Cambridgeshire to express their concerns. The meeting will take place on Saturday 2 July 2016, 16.00 – 18.00 at South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6EA. Parking is available, entry free. Due to the number of emails Heidi has received she will be posting more information in response to current events on her website shortly at

Meanwhile on a more positive note – somewhere nearby to calm down, relax and chill

Many of you will know the lovely Cafe Abantu, the People’s Tearoom, just down the road from us at Bourn – excellent coffee and food and always a special welcome. Well their lease at Bourn is ending and they close on the 2nd July. But, great news, the Cafe Abantu will be re-established from 11th July at Wysing Arts in Fox Road Bourn. The special combination of refreshments and art will make it even more worthwhile to visit. Opening times at Wysing will be 9-4 M to F and 10-4 Sat.


Art Exhibition, Thieving, MP’s Surgery, etc

  1. Ploughman’s Lunch and Art Exhibition

Dry Drayton may be leaving the EU, but life goes on.  There will be a traditional Ploughman’s Lunch in the Village Hall 12.30 Tuesday 28th June 2016 plus an ART EXHIBITION by local artists. You can view, maybe buy art – or even commission a local artist to do an original, just for you.

2. Thieves are still active in the village

Between the 20/06/2016 and the 21/06/2016 unknown offenders removed ladders from the top of a van in Oak Crescent, Dry Drayton.

Cambridgeshire Police are investigating a burglary where the suspect made off leaving a bag behind. Police believe from enquiries carried out that the suspect may be living rough sleeping in a tent in the general area around South Cambs. Police request that any sightings of persons sleeping rough are called in on 101 quoting ref no. CF0263100616. Local officers will then check the location. The Burglary occurred around midnight on the 21st of June 2016 in Milton.

3. Our MP – local open Surgery

Heidi Allen MP will be holding a surgery at Tesco Community Room on Saturday 9th July from 10.30am–12.30pm. No appointment is necessary to see her. South Cambs District Councillors Bunty Waters and Roger Hall, and County Councillor Lynda Harford will also be there. Contact 07734 690580 if you have any questions.

4. Anyone interested in starting a local Repair Cafe?

Following the hugely successful Repair Café in Histon on Saturday last, there is another opportunity to find out what’s involved in setting one up in our village. Perhaps one village coffee morning per month should become a repair cafe? There is an open meeting on Monday 4th July at 8:00 pm in the small lounge at the Rose public house, London Road, Stapleford. Nicole Barton from Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Chris Lee of the Royston Repair Café, Kate Bournsell of Cambridge Transition and Siobhan Mellon will share Repair Café experiences and you’ll be able to ask questions and meet others also interested in setting one up. All are welcome.  Please drop Siobhan Mellon a line if you intend to attend.

5. And the best chippie is…..

In the last e-mail we mentioned the temporary closure of the Bar Hill chip shop until 27 July and we asked your views on the best of the alternative chippies nearby. All of the votes cast in our mini EC (Extra Chippie) Referendum went to the Barry’s Plaice at Fenstanton – which also has some excellent reviews on

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Coffee and Chips

There will be a Village Coffee Morning on Thursday 23rd June

The thought that residents of Dry Drayton are being deprived of their customary Thursday morning coffee & cakes by a mere Referendum was too much to contemplate. Hugette Jenkinson is going to provide coffee & cakes in the church at the usual time of 10.30 onwards.  The money this time will be given as sponsorship to her grandson Luke who  will shortly be attempting a 100mile cycle ride raising funds for the CBM (the Christian Blind Mission – an overseas disability charity).

The Bar Hill Chip Shop is closed

The Bar Hill Chippie is closed for refurbishment until 27th July. Luckily there are alternatives at Toft, Longstanton, Histon, Milton and Cambourne. Is there anywhere you would like to recommend as your favourite local spot for the perfect take-away fish and chips?

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Tea Party, Three Recent Crimes, Voting

As sent via Village E-Mails 20/6/16

Change of details for local event

 From Virginia Bird – Virginia’s tea party in aid of CAFOD is on Saturday 25th JUNE (not 25th July as advertised in the June Village Newsletter). Afternoon Tea Party – all welcome 25th June 2.30 to 5pm in Virginia Bird’s pretty garden at 9 Pettitts Lane, Dry Drayton. £2 entry to garden and prize draw/

 Recent crimes in the village – please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity

Attempted theft at Springhill Stables in Oakington Road, Dry Drayton at around 00:03 hrs on 19/06/2016 00:03. Unknown person/s have attended stables at this the location and have attempted entry to a metal container. In doing so the offenders set off an alarm and they have left, no entry gained and nothing taken.

Between the 17:30hrs 27th May and 19:00hrs on 31 May, criminal damage took place at Dry Drayton Primary School. During the dates and times mentioned the wooden fire escape to the head teacher’s office has been forced from the outside. No entry gained and nothing has been taken.

Between 14:00 03/05/2016 and 15:00 on 04/05/2016 Theft from Shed (Park Lane, Dry Drayton).  Offenders gained access to a 20 foot metal shipping container being used as a shed by grinding off the securing padlock. Items were removed from within.

No coffee morning in the Village Hall on Thursday 23rd June

 Instead you can go to the Village Hall and vote in the EU Referendum.


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Annual Parish Meeting, Concert, Voting

Dry Drayton Annual Parish Meeting

Revd Alison Myers, Vicar of St Peter & St Paul Church, Dry Drayton, will be the Keynote Speaker at the Annual Parish Meeting this year.  The meeting will be in Dry Drayton Village Hall on Tuesday 19 April 2016 between 7 and 8pm.  It’s an ideal opportunity to meet our local vicar and to find out what’s been happening in Dry Drayton and locally.  Refreshments will be served from 6.45pm.

The Annual Parish Meeting will be followed by the April Parish Council Meeting

Agendas for both meetings are on the Parish Council’s website at

Special Concert in the Church

From Dianne Harris – You may have already heard that we have the rare opportunity in Dry Drayton to see (and listen to!) the Hermitage Ensemble, a male voice choir who sing Russian folk songs and Russian Orthodox choral music, and are know for their purity of sound & breakthtakingly brilliant fortes. The event is in Dry Drayton Church on Sunday, 24 April, at 7 pm.  Tickets are £10 and can be purchased in advance from Tel 01954 780679. To hear samples of their music visit

 Voting in Dry Drayton on 5th May

Don’t forget the date – your chance to vote for a new Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire. This site will tell you a bit more about the post and the candidates are listed here:

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Important Village Notices

Jane Austin Event in the Village Friday 26th February 2016, Admission Free of Charge

Jane Austen at Home is a solo recital celebrating the author’s life using extracts from her own works. Previously performed in country houses around the UK, including the home of Jane’s brother, Chawton House, Stephen Siddall and Hannah Lee bring Jane Austen to life at Dry Drayton Parish Church from 7pm this Friday (26th February). Entrance is free, with donations to church funds welcomed. The performance is followed by a buffet supper.

Stephen Siddall who devised and directs the piece has previously directed for the BBC, the Cambridge Arts Theatre, and the Pendley Shakespeare Festival. He is also the author of books on Shakespearean theatre.  Hannah Lee is a Cambridge English graduate who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her stage performances include those of Austen’s characters Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) and Marianne Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility). The recital is a professional piece that has received acclaim from reviewers around the UK’s stately homes where this has previously been shown and it is a real coup to have secured the performance in our Village. Your support would be much appreciated.

Dry Drayton CE (C) Primary School Needs your help

Dry Drayton School has been chosen to receive a grant of £8000, You could help to make it into £12000. Following a successful bid the school has been awarded at least £8000 by Tesco ‘ Bags of Help’ Grant Scheme to replace the surfacing around their Trim Trail. With your help, this could be increased to £12000. Please vote for their project in the following local Tesco stores from Saturday 27th February until Sunday 6th March: HISTON CAMBS EXPRESS, GREAT SHELFORD EXP, BAR HILL CAMBS EXTRA, FULBOURN, CHERRYHINTON, MILTON.

Parish Council – Understanding Planning Seminar

Dry Drayton Parish Council is offering a free seminar open to all on planning at 7pm on Tuesday 8th March at the Village Hall.  It will be run by the Local Council Public Advisory Service.  The event is useful for those who are unfamiliar with the planning process but are increasingly aware that planning applications may affect village life.  The seminar covers material planning considerations, and explains Local Plans, and the National Planning Framework. It also explains the mysteries of s106 agreements and the new Community Infrastructure Levy. They will also look at building regulations and enforcement action.

Parish Clerk Vacancy

 Robert Stone, the current Clerk & Finance Officer, is retiring at the end of March and moving to the Cotswolds. If you are interested in a part time paid job that is varied, enjoyable and worthwhile look at the Parish Council website, at:  . Howard Russell, Chairman of Dry Drayton PC would be delighted to discuss in more detail. His contact number is 01954 780897. Applicants with relevant local government experience would be welcome but training can be arranged.

40mph Speed Limits on the A14

If you are frustrated by the continual 40mph restrictions on the A14 and apparent lack of works there, then you may be interested in the following explanation from the contractors. “We are renewing and restoring the safety barrier in the centre of the road between junctions 31 (M11 interchange) and 34 (Horningsea). We expect to finish this work in April. While we are working there will be lane closures in both directions between the junctions overnight with a 40mph limit in place throughout the works. It is important that this speed limit is observed as the crash barrier remains de-tensioned and requires new posts and bolts, which will not be complete until this work is finished.”

Proposed Western Orbital Bus Way

There is to be a Madingley Village Meeting on 8th March to hear about and to discuss the proposed Western Orbital Bus Way. Come along to the Madingley Village Hall at 7.00 pm to hear from Ashley Heller of Cambridgeshire County Council and make your views known.

Abuse of the Permissive Footpath across the field at the top of the High Street.

Correspondence has been received from the land owners expressing disappointment that walkers are not sticking to the marked permitted footpath when crossing the 10 acre field at the bottom of the High Street. The owners of the field point out that if trespass and damage to fencing and signs by the minority continues, then they will have no alternative but to close the permitted path and access will be lost to all.

Interested In Rescuing Our Last Remaining Village Telephone Kiosk?

Richard Stamford is investigating the possibility of adopting the last village telephone kiosk, situated on Scotland Road at Scotland Farm, and would like to consult with you to see if you wish to breathe new life into this old icon. The possibilities are endless, a book / music exchange, an art gallery, Dry Drayton’s smallest beer outlet (Lord Conrad’s perhaps?) a defibrillator station or just a place to sit and watch the world go by.

There will be serious considerations; planning consent, insurance, renovation, maintenance and associated costs. If you feel it is desirable and viable proposal please let Richard have your name, phone number and your thoughts on potential use / funding / preparedness to help. Contact  Richard Stamford, 39 High Street, or if easier, Cherry Stamford c/o Dry Drayton Estate, Scotland Farm.

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