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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

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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Parish Council, crime and traffic issues

Dear Dry Drayton Folks,

  1. Dry Drayton Parish Council tonight

The Council meets tonight, Tuesday 20th December at the Village Hall at 8pm, with some important issues for discussion. On the agenda tonight are 4 planning applications and another planning item: Planning Applications: In the light of recent concerns about traffic around new housing developments near Dry Drayton School, to consider ways to campaign against further development producing additional traffic should the pub come up for sale. There will also be feedback from the Newsletter Questionnaire on residents’ responses to the four questions relating to 1) installing CCTV in the village; 2)planning issues; 3) dog waste removal and 4) Parish Council minutes. The full agenda is on the PC’s website www.DryDraytonPC.org.uk. If you want to speak at the meeting, the only opportunity to do so is right at the beginning under agenda item 16/12/3 – you will not be allowed to speak later.

Dates for the Council Meetings in 2017 are now on the PC’s website.

  1. Police and Crime Commissioner’s Surgery

As part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s public engagement commitment, Jason Ablewhite (former Dry Drayton resident) offers regular one to one meetings with members of the public across the county. Jason will be holding a public surgery in South Cambridgeshire on Friday 13th January 2017, 10am to 12pm. The surgery is being held at South Cambridgeshire District Council Offices. If you have an issue you would like to discuss with him, you can book a 15 minute appointment. Please email: cambs-pcc@cambs.pnn.police.uk or phone 0300 333 3456 to speak to a member of his team.

  1. Road Closures, The Avenue, Madingley

To allow safe construction of the new local access road that is forming part of the A14 project, it will be necessary to undertake a closure of part of the Avenue. A temporary traffic order is in place that authorises closure of the Avenue from its junction with the A14, to its junction with Dry Drayton Road. As a consequence of this there will no access either onto the A14 from the Avenue, or from the A14 onto the Avenue. This closure will come into effect on Monday 20th February 2017 and will last until Thursday 1st March 2018. Traffic for The Avenue will be diverted through Dry Drayton.

  1. A message from Highways England – Working together – Community safety and awareness

Now that work activity has increased on the A14 improvement scheme we thought it seemed timely to remind you that employees working on the scheme are not authorised to offer services door to door. Highways England and it’s delivery partners do not authorise any of its employees to cold call on residents to offer services. If in doubt, as with any cold callers, do consider reporting  them to the police on the non-emergency contact number 101 (unless it is an emergency, in which case it would be 999)’   ________________________________________

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Burglaries, A14 and Bag2School

Dear fellow villagers,

Burglaries in the Village

There has been a spate of four burglaries in the centre of Dry Drayton (Scotland Road, High Street and Cottons Field) during the last 48 hours, details not yet received from E-Cops. Entry at the unlit and unobserved  rear of premises, some during the daytime, some after dark, possibly part of a wider pattern of burglaries in local villages. What can we do about this? Greater vigilance, awareness that the stranger you have seen getting out of a parked car or walking around the village may be someone who has come here to steal. Show an interest, let strangers feel they have been seen and make a note afterwards of anything you see which is suspicious. Don’t make your own property the easiest target in your street; a darkened house in a secluded unlit garden obviously unoccupied when you are not there. And in the longer term perhaps our Neighbourhood Watch and Parish Council will need your support in any forthcoming debate about the possibility of a CCTV scheme in the village.

Contact – with information or for information – Graham Carver, Dry Drayton Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, grahamcarver@aol.com 0r phone 01954 781806

A14 – What’s going on

As you use the A14 you will see surveyors in fluorescent jackets everywhere, archaeological trenches and new fencing in fields and lots of heavy plant moving earth. Things are really happening – there will be a new A14 road open in 2020 – if you feel that you have lost the plot and are not sure how the A14 of the future will look or how the works are going to progress over the next 3 to 4 years, then how about an update and the chance to ask questions? There are a number of public information meetings taking place where you can drop in to get up to speed with  developments. These are at: Milton All Saints Church Hall Tues 11 Oct 2-8pm, Oakington Pavilion Sat 15 Oct 10-4.00pm, Swavesy Memorial Hall Wed 19 Oct 2-8.00pm, St Ives United Reform Free Church Thur 20 Oct 2-8.00pm and Judith’s Field Hall Godmanchester Mon 24 Oct 2-8.00pm. If you can’t get to any of these then the Highways England website for the project has maps, policies, newsletters etc to keep you briefed. It is here:  www.highways.gov.uk/A14C2H

Bag 2 School

Please help the Dry Drayton School and Village Association raise money for our village school – Bag 2 School bags will be delivered to you all for a collection taking place on Thursday 13th October.  Please use this as the opportunity for a good clear-out of your unwanted clothing, shoes, bags, belts, handbags, jewellery, soft toys etc. Fill the bags (you can add your own bags too) and drop them off on 13th at the School or Village Hall. Full details in the Village Newsletter. Contact – Anne Deane 01954 789622

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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. www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

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: www.drydraytonpc.org.uk  . 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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DryDrayton.Net Village E-Mails – film location, fabrics, A14, murder, Village Hall, Bag2School

Dear DryDraytonians All,

Some unusual and interesting communications for you below.

  1. Can you help get Dry Drayton to the Cannes Film Festival?

Zhongwei Sun writes to say: “I am a University of Cambridge MPhil student and a Wolfson member, and I am currently producing ORACLE, a London Film School MA Filmmaking graduation film. It tells the story of how the death of his donkey and the naïve faith in God of his mentally disabled son pushes a middle-aged priest into a dilemma between religious faith, life difficulties and fatherly love. We are currently busy preparing for shooting and we are now desperately looking for the following locations below:

(1)A typical (preferably old-fashioned, shabby) farmhouse in the British countryside with a dining room, bathroom, bedroom and a horse/donkey stable (2)Reception hall of a vet (or any reception hall that can imitate a vet) (3)[alternative for (1)]A typical British house situated in the countryside or in a quiet town street with a dining room, bathroom, bedroom.

We will be shooting for 11 consecutive days, including 10 days in the farmhouse and the stable, and 1 day in the animal hospital hall. The possible shooting dates are from 16 November 2015 to 26 November 2015. Is it possible to shoot our film in your village?

As producer I ensure that this is a powerful, influential story and we will be sending this film to next year’s Festival de Cannes. Do you have one of these three kinds of locations that we can come in and shoot our film? You will be listed in our credits as either “location producer”, “co-producer” or “Executive producer”. We are planning to shoot the film between late November and early December 2015.

Thank you so much! Best regards, Zhongwei Sun, Student, Producer of ORACLE” http://cambridge.academia.edu/ZhongweiSun

  1. Dry Drayton Fabric Appeal

Anne Dean asks, “Dear All, Does anyone have any fabric lying around the house that they no longer need – especially any Christmas-themed material? Margaret Wheatley, whose grandson attends the village school, would like to use it to make craft items for sale at the forthcoming “Dry Drayton Winter Wonderland” Christmas bazaar, to be held in the school hall from 3.00-5.00pm on Saturday December 5th. If you do have any fabric you would like to donate, please contact me on 01954 789622 or at deanery2@talktalk.net and I can make arrangements with you to collect it. Very many thanks, Anne Deane”

  1. A14 and other local traffic issues (no e-mail would be complete without mentioning the A14)

A new traffic campaign called “The Better City Deal Campaign” is proposing a different and, they say, much improved version of the Girton Interchange on the A14, as well as some radical new proposals for improving traffic flows in Cambridge Generally. They have just sent their proposals to a wide range of local politicians and their site, including a map of Girton Interchange, is at http://www.bettercitydeal.com/

  1. There’s going to be another murder in the village

The crime rate is going up and it’s happening in the Village Hall on 7th November. Can you be a super-sleuth and unravel who did it? Tickets limited – read all about it on the Dry Drayton village web site:  www.drydrayton.net

  1. Dry Drayton Village Hall Rents

There have been some minor changes – read all about them on the Dry Drayton Village Hall web site http://www.drydraytonvillagehall.org.uk

  1. Bag2School

Twice a year, in the Spring and Autumn, The Dry Drayton School & Village Association arranges a collection of secondhand clothing for the Bag2School scheme, in order to raise funds. The next collection will take place during the morning of Thursday 8th October. Clean, good quality second-hand adults’ and children’s clothing, shoes, bags, belts, hats, ties, scarves, jewellery, lingerie and soft toys are all welcome. The following items, however, are no longer accepted:-

  •     Pillows and cushions
  •     Duvets, bedding, blankets, household linen
  •     Carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats)
  •     Curtains
  •     Towels
  •     Soiled, painted, ripped or wet clothing
  •     School uniforms
  •     Corporate clothing and workwear
  •     Textile off cuts, yarns or threaded material

The heavier the bags are the better, as Bag2School pay us per kilo! In a couple of weeks’ time, you will receive a special Bag2School bag through your door. However, any other kind of bag can also be used, so you could start collecting now! Please could all shoes be paired up, with an elastic band round them or else with the laces tied.

Please bring all bags – big and small – to the School, or leave them outside the Village Hall, as early in the morning as you can on 8th October. Collection may also be possible if you are unable to deliver.

Another collection is being planned for March/April 2016.

Please contact Anne Deane, the village Bag2School co-ordinator, on 07718 305141 or deanery2@talktalk.net, for more info or to discuss collection. She has plenty of Bag2school bags available now, if you need them in advance of collection day, and can store your bags if you wish to hand them over early…


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