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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 Pub, Hedgehogs, Crime, Art, Remembrance, Creative Writing

Dear All,

1. Pop up Pub – A message from the Black Horse Steering Group

Thanks to all who supported our September pop up pub and curry night in the Village Hall.  It was very successful.  Our next  pop up is with chilli and it’s THIS SATURDAY, 28th. The bar will open at 4pm and chilli will be served (medium and mild, meat and vegetarian) from 6pm – 8pm.  £5 for a standard serving and £3 for a bowl.  Lord Conrad will be joining us again providing beer, wine and soft drinks.  On the 28th We’re looking forward to meeting Colin and Amanda from the Black Horse.  The Hallowe’en theme means you are free to dig out your witches’ hats, broomsticks, skeletons,make up etc.  Get working on pumpkins too.  All Welcome! Judith Bennetton BHSG

2. With the season for fireworks approaching, here is a plea on behalf of local wildlife.

PLEASE CHECK BONFIRES CAREFULLY FOR SLEEPING HEDGEHOGS BEFORE LIGHTING. If possible the entire pile should be re-sited before being lit, if not possible, use broom handles to lift from the base of the pile, and shine torches, looking and listening carefully for any signs of life. British Hedgehog Preservation Society The British Hedgehog Preservation Society – The British Hedgehog Preservation Society

3. Crime in the Village

The days are getting shorter making it easier for thieves – so please be vigilent. Report anything which you think is suspicious. There have been two recent crimes in the village. At 20:50 hrs on 18/10/17. Springhill Stables, Oakington Road was burgled, various stable outer buildings were entered and drawers were searched and loose change taken. The same night, between 18:00 hrs on 18/10/17 and 08:00 hrs on 19/10/17 a van was attacked in Oak Crescent. Unknown persons forced the lock on the rear doors of a Vauxhall van whilst it was parked in the street. Nothing was taken.

Action Fraud have circulated a warning about a scam involving the offer or promise of modelling work – you can read all about the latest scams, and how to avoid them, here: Fraud News

4. Art Competition – there’s just enough time to enter

Do you know a child who likes to draw? As part of The Big Draw Festival this month, which promotes drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention, Cambridgeshire Constabulary have launched their own art competition. They say, “This half term, we’re inviting children under 12 to dig out their pens, pencils and paints and submit a drawing to fit the theme ‘The Police’.Engaging with young people and listening to their experiences is an important part of our role and we hope this light-hearted competition will get the young people of Cambridgeshire thinking about the police and the role we play in their communities.There are two age categories, five and under and six to 12-year-olds. The winners will receive a personalised tour of our headquarters in Huntingdon and entries will be displayed across the force. If you know someone who might like to get involved, ask them to send their entry along with their name, age and contact details to corporate.communications@cambs.pnn.police.uk, post it to Corp Comms, Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon, PE29 6NP or submit it via our social media channels, Facebook (@CambridgeshireConstabulary) or Twitter (@CambsCops). The competition will close on 29 October.

5. The Royal British Legion Cambridgeshire County FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE

Once again they are holding an annual Festival of Remembrance at The Robert James Hall at Comberton Village College in aid of the Poppy Appeal. Sunday 29th October at 2.00pm With The Band of the Royal Anglian Regiment And guest performers, The Drums of 2417 (Newmarket) Sqn Air Training Corps, The Robert James Hall, Comberton Village College, West Street, Comberton, CB23 7DU, Tickets: £10 each. Keeping their memory alive. Those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in two World Wars, and more recent conflicts are remembered on memorials and through Remembrance services across the nation.The Royal British Legion was formed to support the veterans of the Great War which was hoped to be “the war to end all wars”. But since then, Britain has been involved in many other wars and fields of Service, creating a continuous supply of Service men and women, and their families, who need assistance. To ensure that the memory of those who have given their lives in the Service of their country will continue and be honoured – for evermore, the nation has created memorials and participates in acts of Remembrance.
The Cenotaph in Whitehall and numerous war memorials around the country commemorate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the First and Second World Wars.And to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Service of their country since 1948, the Armed Forces Memorial was opened in 2007 in the grounds of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
Cambridgeshire Royal British Legion Facebook: Log in or sign up to view 

6. Free creative writing courses
There are free creative writing courses available at Madingley Hall. These are funded by the A14 works – how creative is that! Fun with Words: Try your hand at creative writing

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Dates, Crime, and The Black Horse

Dates and Forthcoming Events

The Parish Council meets this Tuesday 19 September 2017 at 8pm at Dry Drayton Village Hall. The agenda, including some planning applications, is on their website Dry Drayton Parish Council . Our County Councillor’s report for September is now on the village website Dry Drayton Community Web site home page

The deadline for the October Village Newsletter is this Wednesday, 20 September. E-mail your text or pictures to drydraytonnews@gmail.com

More on Crime

Another burglary in the village – Between 10:00am and 1:00pm on 13/09/17 at Oakington Road, Dry Drayton. Unknown offender has forced entry into a property via the front door and was then scared off by the dog left inside.

Cambs police warn of a spate of tool thefts in South Cambridgeshire recently. Most of these have been thefts from vans but they have seen a couple of building sites broken into. If you notice any suspicious behavior then please call 101, or 999 if you see a break-in in progress. And police are advising that you look after your tools, store them securely, mark your tools, park vehicles containing tools sensibly, and report to them any “dodgey deals” involving tools for sale.

Saving the Black Horse

In case you have not heard, below is the latest update from Judith Bennetton on behalf of the Black Horse Steering Group.

Many of you will have seen or heard that the lease of the Black Horse has been sold.  We understand from the Agent that the new owners have “shown a keen interest in the campaign to save the Black Horse” so they will know about the results of our survey in June and we are encouraged by that.  We will pass on all your comments (anonymously) and are sure that, with our support, the new leaseholder(s) can be off to a very good start.

Make a note of the next pop up pub (with food) in the Village Hall on Saturday 30th September.  All welcome.

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Saving the Black Horse, The PC and Crime

  1. Saving the Black Horse – an update from Judith Bennetton [judithbennetton@gmail.com]

Since the last email in early May we have made a lot of progress.  The BHSG has  grown from 8 to 9  and we have a website and a facebook page and we’re on Twitter!

Do go to our website and see what we’ve been doing. https://www.savetheblackhorse.co.uk/ And the links to Facebook and Twitter are: https://www.facebook.com/SaveBlackHorse/ and https://twitter.com/SaveBlackHorse

Do you have any Black Horse photographs of times and events gone by whether it’s a darts team, pool team, Marquee Team, bus trip, birthday celebration, landlords/ladies, or anything you think could be of interest to others that you would you like to share?  Your photograph(s) wouldn’t even have to leave your possession.  You can take a photograph of your photograph and email it to me on savetheblackhorse.drydrayton@gmail.com or I can come and take a photograph of your photograph.

We are also looking for someone to be our press agent.  Could you interest the local press in our cause?  Why stop at local press?  Do you have any national press/TV contacts? If you think you can help, do get in touch.

If you’re not already on our supporters list would you like to be?  You can sign up on our ‘Save The Black Horse’ website or you can send it to me.  Of course we will not share your address with anyone without your permission.

Judith Bennetton BHSG

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  1. Parish Council Vacancy

 

There is a vacancy on the Parish Council following the resignation of Councillor Pryer, – please see the notice on their website at www.drydraytonPC.org.uk . If you are interested in joining the PC then please contact the Parish Clerk, Anita Cullum, clerk@drydraytonPC.org.uk

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  1. Crime in the village

48 local residents attended the crime prevention event in the Church on 10th May organised by Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator Graham Carver. Over 20 shed alarms were sold – (reminder – if you bought one, have you fitted it, or just left it somewhere in its box?). Meanwhile there have been a couple more crimes in the village over the last few weeks. Between 2.30pm 04/05/2017 and 7.30am on 05/05/2017, at Scotland Road, Dry Drayton, offenders attempted to gain entry to a property via the front door but have been unsuccessful leaving the door frame with a considerably amount of damage. Between 7.00pm on 17/05/2017 and 7.00am on 18/05/2017 at Park Street, Dry Drayton, a thief smashed the nearside quarter window on a stationary parked vehicle, nothing believed to have been taken.

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Crime Prevention and Saving the Black Horse

Village E-mails, the pub, litter, and crime

Dear All,

The Village Pub and other strategic issues – keeping up to date

The Annual Parish Meeting and the Dry Drayton Parish Council Meeting were both held on the 18th April. If you were unable to attend, you can now read the minutes of both meetings on the Parish Council’s website at www.drydraytonpc.org.uk

Litter Picking – from Annie Harley.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the litter pick on Easter Saturday. Between us we collected 16 bags of rubbish. Special thanks must go to the Isett family who cleared the area within the 30 mph limit at Scotland farm. Judging from what they found, it hadn’t been cleared for a very long time. Thanks must also go to Miriam who walked past the Village Hall as we were assembling, and immediately volunteered to help, and to the Irishes, who cleared Oakington road with me, and then turned out again two days later to clear Five Bells corner by the A 14 – which was briefly pristine, before the coffee cups and drinks cans appeared again.  Prize find of the day was a functioning I-pad, found in the gutter in Oakington Rd and now returned to its very relieved owner.

I know several others regularly pick rubbish up as they come across it, so I hope that with everyone’s help we can keep the village looking smart all summer. Annie Harley

Crime in the Village

We continue to receive the unwanted attention of thieves. Between 7pm on 15/04/2017 and 3.30pm on 19/04/2017 at Scotland Road, Dry Drayton, a burglar forced entry to a shed and stole two lawn mowers. Please be vigilent and report anything of concern to our village Neighbourhood Watch representatives.

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Clean-up, Crime and Communications

Dear All,

Village Clean-Up Easter Saturday

You will all have seen comments in the latest village newsletter about the worsening state of litter in the village – possibly connected with recent increases in traffic. Annie Harley is organising a Village clean up on Saturday 15 April starting at 10.00am. Please help if you can. Annie writes:

“Please come and help us pick up litter and generally tidy the village on Easter Saturday morning. Meet at the Village Hall at 10.00.  Please bring rubber gloves, and hi-vis jackets if you have them. We have requested bags and  jackets from South Cambs, fingers crossed that they can help.  If we have lots of volunteers we could wash street signs as well – if you’d prefer to do that please bring buckets and mops!

Annie Harley 01954 780658. anneharley.hr@icloud.com

Thieves active in the village

Between 18:45 hrs on 02/04/2017 and 19:30 hrs on 02/04/2017, while the owner was attending Evensong at the Village Church, a thief smashed the rear window of a red Peugeot 308 which was parked on the road outside and stole a bag containing a lap top, which was left on display on the rear seat. We understand this is not the first car to be broken into in the village in the last few weeks. Please be vigilant and yes, even in the village, don’t leave valuable items in view in your parked car.

Holding the Police to Account

The Police and Crime Commissioner is currently recruiting for a new Independent Chair and Independent Member for the Joint Audit Committee. The Joint Audit Committee is an independent group for both the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cambridgeshire Constabulary, which overseas all audit arrangements and ensures that adequate arrangements for corporate governance and risk management are in place. The Chair is responsible for providing leadership to the Joint Audit Committee. The Member will contribute to the development and effective discharge of the Terms of Reference of the committee. The closing date for applications is Friday 5th May 2017. A link to the application form and key responsibilities can be found here: http://www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/vacancies/joint-audit-committee-independent-chair-independent-member/

Editor Wanted for Dry Drayton Village Newsletter

A reminder that The Dry Drayton Village Newsletter, in production since 1975, will shortly have a vacancy for a new Editor. Full training is offered. To find out more and for an informal discussion, please contact the current Editor sylviapryer@aol.com or the Chair of the S and VA scottiehawkes@gmail.com .

Printer free to a good home

 HP Business Inkjet 1200wn printer, free to first applicant, available for collection in Dry Drayton. An old faithful friend, in good working order and daily use. Reason for disposal – no driver available to work it in Windows 10. Contact webmaster@drydrayton.net

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