Helen Ballantyne; Madingley Parish Council Proposals

 1. Re Helen Ballantyne, Hill View

 The funeral of Helen Ballantyne, of Hill View, Dry Drayton will take place on Monday 17 June at the parish church at 12 noon.

 2. Madingley Parish Council Proposals

The June 2019 issue of “Madingley News” sets out three specific proposals from MPC, centred around Madingley, aimed at creating a network of Rural Greenways, connecting the City of Cambridge to the parishes of Girton, Dry Drayton, Coton and Bar Hill. Three specific projects are:

a. Turning The Avenue into a Non-Motorised Route

b. Reconnecting footpaths and bridleways

c. Mitigation measures on Dry Drayton Road.

 (The June 2019 issue of Madingley News will be available soon on the Madingley Parish Council’s Website)

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Village Clean-Up, Footpaths and Art

  1. Dry Drayton’s big clean up just got bigger.

    Thanks to interest, the Great British Spring Clean has grown from one day to two. Anyone willing to spend time picking up litter from Dry Drayton’s roadsides is encouraged to take part in one of two tidying timeslots this coming weekend:

    ·     Saturday 16th March, 10.30 – 13.00

    ·     Sunday 17th March, 13.00 – 15.30

    Both efforts start at the Church Green.

    The clean up, which is being organized by Geoffrey Isitt and Gilly Carr, is part of a month long national campaign by Keep Britain Tidy.

    Participants are encouraged to bring high-visibility vests, good boots and gloves. Black bags and picking sticks will be provided.

To take part, sign up via Doodle Poll at Doodle: Dry Drayton spring clean-up .

  1. Reminder – consultation on possible future changes to Village Footpaths

See the link on the Dry Drayton Parish Council’s website Dry Drayton Parish Council

  1. Reminder – Dry Drayton Art Group Event

The Art Group are holding a special event at Dry Drayton Village Hall: Tuesday 2nd April 2019 Demonstration 19.00 to 22.00, David Hyde, Watercolour (Ely Cathedral) £7.00. Some places are available, but please BOOK EARLY – contact Gill Russell 780897


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Footpaths, Park and Ride, PC, Art Group

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

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 www.drydraytonpc.org.uk. Please send any comments you wish to make to the Parish Clerk clerk@drydraytonpc.org.uk

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 www.greatercambridge.org.uk/cambournetocambridge

Dry Drayton Parish Council

Next meeting Tuesday 12 March, 8.00pm Village Hall, The Agenda is on the PC’s website www.drydraytonpc.org.uk

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, clerk@drydraytonpc.org.uk, 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 http://www.drydrayton.net/Southwold.asp 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 gcc20@cam.ac.uk? 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 www.drydraytonpc.org.uk.  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: https://www.scambs.gov.uk/councillor-information/parish-councils/parish-council-guidance-and-information/

  1. County Councillor’s Report

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

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

  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 1hardwickrainbows@gmail.com – see advert on the village website  www.drydrayton.net

  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: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/a14-cambridge-to-huntingdon-improvement-scheme-roadworks/

  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. https://eastwestrail.co.uk/haveyoursay


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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, ony@dcol.co.uk, http://www.onys.co.uk

3. Dry Drayton Village Newsletter

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

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: https://cbgbususers.wordpress.com/

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  nataliewiniecki@aol.com . Booking and Prepayment is essential as places are limited. Natalie is responsible for organising the group and not the pub.