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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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DryDrayton end of year news

Dear All,

Happy New Year from www.drydrayton.net, your village website


Cambridgeshire Care Network

Cambridgeshire Care Network supports carers, encourages independence and develops good neighbour projects. This link goes to their latest Newsletter. http://scambs.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s78547/Care%20Network%20Issue%204.pdf There are a number of useful items in their newsletter, including:

  • A Sainsburys’ free phone service to order groceries.
  • The Cambridgeshire Home Improvement Service which helps with small home repairs
  • Cambridgeshire Energy Switch to save money on gas & electricity.

 


 

County Council By-Election

We understand that the County Council By-election, following the sad death of Councillor John Reynolds, will be taking place on Thursday 12th February 2015. In the interim, Cllr Peter Hudson, will be covering for the Bar Hill constituency. His details can be found at the link below.

http://www2.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/CommitteeMinutes/Committees/Member.aspx?ID=323


The A14

Using the A14 – why not check before you leave home to make sure it is flowing. This page on our site http://www.drydrayton.net/traffnews.asp  shows you views from the Highway Authority’s cameras on the A14 closest to the village.

Between Monday 5th January 2015 and Friday 9th January 2015 there will be both a Westbound and Eastbound closure of the A14 between junctions 31-32. (Girton and Histon) The closures will be effective between 21:00hrs and 06:00hrs each evening.

Clearly signed diversions will be in place during the periods of closure as follows: A14 Eastbound Diversion – M11, A505, A11 A428 Eastbound Diversion – A1303, M11, A505, A11 A14 Westbound Diversion – A11, A505, M11

 


 

Patio doors for sale in Dry Drayton

If you are doing home improvements you may be interested in these doors which are for sale somewhere in the village.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UPVC-patio-doors-/141522035217

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/white-UPVC-French-doors-/141523643648


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DryDrayton.net Village E-Mails 20 Oct 2014

Dear All,

 Roadworks will affect you if you are on the A14 after 10pm or before 6am

Amey will be carrying out resurfacing works on the A14 westbound between Junctions 31 (Girton interchange) and 26 (Fenstanton). They will also be resurfacing the carriageway on the A1307 (Huntingdon Rd) between Histon Road and A14 junction 31 (Girton interchange). They are carrying out the works to replace old and worn out surfacing at this location. They will carry out the works in two phases. Works to resurface the carriageway between junctions 31 (Girton) and 29 (Bar Hill) will start on Thursday 23 October, and subject to weather conditions they plan to finish these works by Friday 7 November. They will then start the resurfacing works between junctions 29 (Bar Hill)  and 26 (Fenstanton) on Monday 10 November and plan to finish these works by Tuesday 2 December. They will be working between 22:00 and 06:00 on weeknights only and will be closing the entire Westbound carriageway on the A14 where their staff are working.


Evaluation of possible items to be auctioned for the benefit of Medecins Sans Frontiers Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 8.15-9.15 p.m. in the Village Hall, Dry Drayton. 

The parish church is organizing a fund-raising scheme, all the proceeds of which will go to Medecins Sans Frontiers  — a charity that is doing major humanitarian work in a number of conflict zones.

Cheffins of Cambridge have kindly agreed to include a number of items in one of their regular sales (some time next Spring) that will not be subject to their usual commission. The entire proceeds will then be given to the charity. A verbal evaluation of possible items (antiques or pictures or other items that would be suitable for a Cheffins auction catalogue) will be undertaken by Mr Richard Haywood on Nov. 11.

It is suggested that individuals who are interested in this scheme bring up to six items to the evaluation — in the village hall — on the understanding that they will seriously consider offering at least one of them to the auction — with a likely value of not less than £20. [There will be no commitment made at this time, and everyone will benefit from having a verbal evaluation of a number of items.] Those considering offering more than one item will not be restricted to six items. Any enquiries to Michael Langford (19 High St, 01954-789593). 


Next Dry Drayton Parish Council Meeting

Tuesday 21st October 2014 at 8.00pm in Dry Drayton Village Hall. Agenda and draft minutes of their last meeting are on the council’s website http://www.DryDraytonPC.org.uk


Lift wanted Dry Drayton to Cambridge

Would anyone be able to offer a lift into Cambridge (to The Backs or Sidgewick Avenue/West Road) to a law student on certain weekdays for arrival around 9.00am  from now until the end of December?

If you are able to help please call me (or call in!): Richard Stamford, 39 High Street, 01954 780187, 07704804262


Were you affected by recent flooding?

Bar Hill Flood Meeting, Bar Hill Church, CB23 8EH – Thursday 23rd October at 7.00pm. Bar Hill Parish Council are arranging a meeting on 23rd October in the Church where there will be a Panel made up of local agencies who will be taking questions from residents regarding the flooding which caused so much damage on 8th August 2014. You are very welcome to attend, if you know of any other person/people who might like to please let them have the details Panel Attendees: Sass Pledger, Flood & Water Team, Cambridgeshire County Council: Emma Murden, Highways Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council: Graham Tweed, Children’s Families & Adults Directorate, Cambridgeshire County Council: Pat Matthews, Drainage Manager, South Cambs District Council: Rob Mungovan, Ecological Officer, South Cambs District Council: Georgina Nichols, Environment Agency: Sergeant Mark Rabel, Cambridgeshire Constabulary


Thanks from Pauline Bunyan

Many thanks to all those who contributed towards making the magnificent sum of £500 for Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) at my Open Studio,  Pauline Bunyan


There’s going to be a murder in Dry Drayton. But you need to buy tickets in advance – don’t just turn up on the night or you will be disappointed.

Dry Drayton Village Hall Event, MURDER MYSTERY EVENING, Saturday 25th October, 6.30 for 7.00pm, only £12.50. By popular demand, our very special and talented David Wyatt has devised another mysterious murder story to tease and intrigue you. Do come along and enjoy an evening meal, punctuated by a developing tale of dastardly deeds. Tickets from Fred Northrop, 28 Pettitt’s Lane, tel:789525, fred.northrop@tesco.net 


Christmas Shop and Annual Sale at Just Sharing

The Fair Trade Shop St. Ives Free Church Market Hill, St. Ives 01480 496570 on Friday 31st October Saturday 1st November 9:30am-4:30pm

Make a purchase that makes a difference! Just Sharing is a fair trade shop, located in the Free Church in St Ives. It has been trading for over 20 years. They have a very large selection of Christmas cards, some with bible texts, from Traidcraft, Created, The Leprosy Mission and Amnesty International. In addition we have a very carefully chosen selection from our usual suppliers.

They also stock a varied range of Advent calendars and candles, Christmas decorations from around the world and a locally unparalleled collection of nativity sets. There will be olive oil, almonds and olivewood decorations from Palestine.

Just Sharing is a company limited by guarantee, and they aim to showcase some of the beautiful fair trade crafts and range of foodstuffs that are produced from all corners of the world, pay our way, and break even!  They are registered with BAFTS (the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and suppliers), and buy from suppliers who are also registered with BAFTS, or with other fair trade organisations.


Eastern Region Big Energy Saving Week Events

There is lots of activity coming up for Big Energy Saving Week 2014 (this week 20 – 24 October).Here is a list of what’s happening: http://consumerhub.org/eastern-region-big-energy-saving-week-events-2/. 20 – 24 October Cambridge CAB have a display at Cambridge Central Library – including information on reducing your energy bill, switching suppliers and energy efficiency, freebies and a prize draw. 7 Lion Yard, Grand Arcade, Cambridge, CB2 3QD.


Have you, or someone you know, been a victim of hate crime? 

From Lauren Alexander (Police, Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire Constabulary). Have you, or someone you know, been a victim of hate crime? Do you know what hate crime is? We’re trying to encourage victims to come forward and speak to someone about the issues. True Vision is a really useful website with loads of information and advice on hate crime. You can see the site here via our website homepage http://tinyurl.com/n3k7x23 . Anyone who is experiencing hate crime should call us on 101 to make a report – you don’t have to suffer in silence, there are people who can help.


Thanks for contributing to Bag2School

A very big thankyou to everyone who contributed to the Bag2School collection on 9th October. The village as a whole collected 540kg of secondhand clothes, thus raising a very useful £216 towards S&VA funds. Two more collections have been scheduled for next year – 19th March and 8th October. Many thanks, Anne Deane


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What’s Occurring Traffic-wise in Dry Drayton?

Philip Morley writes to ask: “Something is puzzling me and I wonder whether other people who look at your site may be able to shed some light on the matter. 

Why has the volume of traffic suddenly increased, in both directions, coming through the village? Where are people going when they leave the A14 at our junction?

Maybe you could ask people for their views. Quite apart from the constant noise, the traffic is often speeding.”

So – what’s occurring? Has Dry Drayton suddenly become popular on TomTom as a rat run between the A14 and A428? Is there something here attracting more people – like more beerfests? Is this what you get when you publish your Village Plan? Are more funerals taking the scenic route back to Cambridge from the Crem? Have Tescos posted a new map showing the route to their appalling emporium? Or is this all a figment of Philip’s imagination?