Tag Archives: Feast Week

Feast Week, Swifts, Local Government, A14. Speedwatch

Dry Drayton Feast Week 28 June-6 July 2019

See the full program in the June Dry Drayton Village Newsletter – if you have lost your copy, you can see the whole Newsletter online here: https://tinyurl.com/yyb9wyjx

Swift Awareness Week,  22-30 June 2019

It is Swift Awareness Week from 22nd to 30th June 2019. Dry Drayton has its own Swift Project – come and see the Swifts in Pettitts Close. On Sunday afternoon 23rd June 2019 Rowena Baxter will be on hand to explain the Dry Drayton Swift Project to anyone who might be interested. These links will take you to
1. information about Swift Awareness Week 2018 UK Swift Awareness Week, 16-23 June  , and
2. videos of the comings and goings of swifts filmed in a nesting box at Fowlmere Cambs. https://tinyurl.com/y332crj7

Local Government
The Latest report from our County Councillor, Lynda Harford, is now available at http://www.drydrayton.net . The next Parish Council Meeting is on Tuesday 25 June 2019


A14 Road Closures this weekend
This is the tweet from Highways England: A14 Cambridgeshire @A14C2H This weekend’s #A14C2HClosures. *Sat 22 12am – Mon 24 5am* #A14 EB Swavesey J28 to Bar Hill J29 #A14 WB Bar Hill J29 between exit and entry slips #A14 Girton J31 WB to WB loop.

Dry Drayton Community Speedwatch Update from Graham Carver, Speedwatch Coordinator. Telephone 01954 781806

Dry Drayton’s speedwatch team are now out most weeks on Scotland Road, Park Street or Oakington Road, monitoring traffic for an hour with a portable radar and speed sign kit.  Traffic flow through the village is typically 200 vehicles per hour each way and we usually see ten percent or so exceeding the 30-mph limit by five mph or more.  Our aim is to educate motorists passing through Dry Drayton as this is an increasingly popular route around, into and out of Cambridge.  Drivers speeding above 35 mph receive a police letter noting that they’ve broken the law and persistent offenders may find themselves being interviewed regarding their driving habits.

I’m sure residents will agree this is a worthwhile activity as the main road and footpaths through Dry Drayton are used by our schoolchildren, cyclists, horse riders and other non-motorised users who are all concerned for their safety.  The narrow footpath along Oakington Road to Hill View is a particular worry where pedestrians are walking so close to the busy road with HGVs passing right beside them.

We would like one or two more people to join the speedwatch team so we can be out more often, operating in groups of three for an hour.  So please contact us if you can help.

Finally, a plea to our Parish Council to expedite funding and installation of modern effective speeding signs throughout Dry Drayton.  Most other Cambridgeshire villages seem to be better equipped in this regard.


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Final reminder of Feast week activities in the village

Dear All, 

a Final reminder of Feast week activities in the village – enjoy!

***Today: Friday 29th June, St Peter’s Day***

Activities at the Church

3.30 – 6pm  Pop-up-Café in the Church, with family activities:

Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be there.

Bring your own picnic if you would like to.

Key collection point.

At the Black Horse:

8pm Live music with Cambridge band “The Searles” (Ballad / Folk music)

Pulled pork rolls available throughout the evening while you chill and listen to the band.

***Tomorrow: Saturday 30th June***

At the Black Horse:

9 – 11 am Breakfasts: Sausage and / or Bacon Rolls, tea and coffee.

2 pm Walking Procession from the end of Pettitts Lane to the school field.

Theme for the day is “Super Heroes”

Fancy dress will be judged at the school by Amanda, Black Horse

2.30pm School & Little Owl Fete:

Lots of great stalls for all ages.

Raffle with ***GREAT PRIZES***  including:

1st  £100 John Lewis voucher

2nd Champagne Hamper

3rd Tea Time Hamper

At the Black Horse:

2.30 onwards: you are welcome to take drinks from the Black Horse over to the school field.

5 – 8 pm  Bowls of Chilli & Accompaniments available

Dry Drayton Feast Week, Watch found in village

Latest Dry Drayton Feast Week Information

Today: Thursday 28th June

6.30pm Fun Run starting at school field

BBQ at school field

7 – 11pm  Pop-up-Pub at the school field:

7 pm  England football match on screen in the marquee for those who would like to watch, seating outside the marquee for those who would prefer a quiet chat!

Tomorrow: Friday 29th June, St Peter’s Day:

Activities at the Church

9.30 am Communion in Church, followed by refreshments

3.30 – 6pm  Pop-up-Café in the Church, with family activities:

Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be there.

Bring your own picnic if you would like to.  Key collection point.

At the Black Horse:

8pm Live music with Cambridge band “The Searles” (Ballad / Folk music)

Pulled pork rolls available throughout the evening while you chill and listen to the band.

 Watch found in Dry Drayton

A watch was found in Victoria Passage also known as “The Snicket” on Monday morning (25th June). The owner should contact Annie Harley on 01954 780658, and they will be asked difficult questions to identify it!

Events, The Pub and the Newsletter


The W.I are serving Bacon Butties (£3.50 with drink) at the Dry Drayton Village Hall on Saturday 1st July from 10.30.a.m. so please come along and enjoy. There will be a Sweetie Tombola for the children.

It’s Open Garden Weekend at Caldecote Sat 1 / Sun 2 July – sixteen open gardens, details at http://www.caldecotechurch.org.uk/caldecote-open-gardens/

It’s also weekend one of Cambridge Open Studios: https://www.camopenstudios.co.uk/


On Tuesday 4th July, the annual Feast Week Fun Run and walk starts in Dry Drayton at 6.30pm. There will be a barbecue and Lord Conrad’s brewery will be at the school field serving the local brew from 6.45pm – the first of several ‘pop up pub’ events. The Black Horse Steering Group will also be there, sporting their “Save The Black Horse” t-shirts. Entry form for the run/walk page 10 of the July Dry Drayton Village Newsletter.

3. SAVE THE BLACK HORSE – Meeting Thursday 6 July, 8 pm, Dry Drayton School.

From The Black Horse Steering Group

Dear All,

Thanks to all who completed our survey. To date we have over 190 responses, well above what we hoped to receive. The response to our statement “Many pubs in the UK have been lost over recent years. We should save the Black Horse” was overwhelmingly positive at 95%. Response to other questions was equally encouraging of the BHSG’s efforts. The comments you added are also much appreciated. We’ll give you the full results of the survey at the public meeting on 6th July.


Following the closure of the Black Horse Pub in Dry Drayton late last year, a group of enthusiastic individuals has formed the Black Horse Steering Group (BHSG) with the aim of saving what is the last remaining pub that used to be one of five others in the village. The aim is to buy the Grade II listed building which has operated as a pub since 1780, renovate it and install a suitable tenant to run it as part of a community based Social Enterprise. The initiative from the BHSG has already met with widespread approval from a variety of organisations such as the Plunkett Foundation, Pub is the Hub, CAMRA and local breweries. It is intended that the community owned venture serves the need of Dry Drayton above and beyond that traditionally offered by a “pub” and will potentially include a café, small store for essentials etc.

Awareness and feedback

Thus far the BHSG has organised various activities to raise awareness for the cause including presence at the recent Beer Festival in Cambridge. In order that a rejuvenated Black Horse can serve the local villages and communities effectively, we would encourage everyone from surrounding villages to take part in our survey and subscribe to our newsletter which can be accessed from our website http://www.savetheblackhorse.co.uk/survey/

Investment Opportunities

A Public Meeting will be held in Dry Drayton at the School Hall or adjacent marquee on Thursday 6th July 2017 at 8.00pm where the business plan for the pub will be presented along with details of very attractive opportunities for the people of local villages and communities to make investments or loans into the Social Enterprise. The BHSG would like to encourage anyone interested in such investments to attend the Public Meeting or register their interest through the website or email details shown below.

Non- Financial Contributors

You can certainly help by becoming a Black Horse Customer.

In addition to very helpful and informative meetings with the Plunkett Foundation and Pub is the Hub we have met up with some of the Steering Committee in Harlton who have been giving us the benefit of their experience. We were pleased to hear that they have just reached their target to purchase the Hare and Hounds. Harlton is half the size of Dry Drayton.

If you have further ideas for the pub, would like to help or have any other questions or thoughts please email us at info@savetheblackhorse.co.uk

Please help us to serve local villages and communities and save the Black Horse. All welcome at the Public Meeting on Thursday 6th July at 8pm.

Yours sincerely, The Black Horse Steering Group (Adrian Bennetton, Andrew Henderson, Ash Bavalia, Ed Fleming, James Adams, Judith Bennetton, Liz Callis, Rob Lunn and Robbie Hawkes) http://www.savetheblackhorse.co.uk Twitter/Facebook: @SaveBlackHorse invest@savetheblackhorse.co.uk


July/August issue now out – pick up the links at: http://www.drydrayton.net/newsletter.asp to read online and see all the photos in colour. Contact drydraytonnews@gmail.com , deadline for September (the next) issue is 20 August 2017.


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DryDrayton.net Village E-Mails: Traffic, Family History, Broadband and Feast Week

Dear All,

  1. Local Traffic Issues

For those of you who are keen to learn the latest news on local traffic issues – there is a public meeting of Madingley Parish Council tomorrow evening, Tuesday 9th June, commencing at 7pm at which there will be discussion about: the local configuration of the new A14 layout, road closures, congestion, park and ride for Cambridge and public transport. Linked from here is a paper for discussion on all of this, tabled by Edward Byam-Cook, the Chair of Madingley Parish Council. Clearly the issues being discussed will have an impact on Dry Drayton – so if you want to be “in the know” – 7pm Tuesday 9th June at Madingley Village Hall.

  1. Family History Query

Know anything about the Huddlestone Family in Dry Drayton ? see http://www.drydrayton.net/huddlestone.asp

  1. Super-Fast Broadband Disappointment in Dry Drayton  

Local cabinets may now have fibre optics, but this is not yet bringing any tangible benefits to Dry Drayton – read about it here http://www.drydrayton.net/broadband.asp

  1. Dry Drayton Feast Week – Events

From Diane Harris:

High Tea, Friday 3 July,  5 – 7 pm in the Village Hall:  Book now for a unique Feast Week event!  Dry Drayton is hosting “High Tea with the Hombrechtikon Ladies’ Swiss Choir” on Friday the 3d of July, from 5 – 7 pm in the Village Hall.  Former Dry Drayton resident and sparkling soprano, Rachel Gardner, will be visiting Dry Drayton, accompanied by the ladies of the Hombrechtikon Ladies’ Swiss Choir, to which she now belongs in Zurich.  The ladies have expressed a desire to experience a real English high tea.  In exchange, they will perform a few songs, and may even teach us ‘De Pantoffelheld’, a Swiss dialect drinking song, that requires a glass of sparkling wine!  Cakes, sandwiches, tea and (of course) sparkling wine will be served.  Tickets are £7.50 and must be booked in advance, as spaces are limited.  To book, please email da_harris_2000@yahoo.co.uk.

Fun Run, Tuesday 29 June, 6:30 pm at the school:  Don’t miss the traditional Fun Run & Walk through the village, followed by a BBQ hosted by the Black Horse Pub, on Tuesday the 30th of June, starting at 6:30 pm at the school.  Entries cost £2.50, and can be paid for in advance by emailing da_harris_2000@yahoo.co.uk, or you can enter on the night (try to arrive a little early so you can complete the entry form).  

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It’s all over for another year

Dry Drayton Feast Week is over for another year. Superb weather for most of the week must surely have made this a Feast Week to remember. The webmaster was away in even sunnier climes and so missed all the fun. Would anyone be prepared to write up a few lines about the different events?

We are most grateful to Rob Howard for the photographs below of Feast Week Fete.

An Exciting Summer Ahead

It looks like there will be an exciting summer ahead for Dry Drayton.

On 30th and 31st May there will be at least 25 gardens in the village open to the public. Dry Drayton goes on display to the rest of the world. This is a fantastic response – most village open garden events operate on around half this number of gardens – so expect this to be quite a draw, bringing people into the village from a distance around. The proceeds are for phase 2 of the church restoration, so please support neighbours who are already putting so much effort into making their gardens even more special this year. Let’s hope for good weather and a great turn-out.

We also have the outline programme for Feast Week in the Village Events, which looks packed with interest.

We are eager to learn what happened with the Village Plan discussed at yesterday’s Parish Council Meeting.

As if this isn’t enough – there is also the excitement of elections shortly for the County Council and the European Parliament – that is if anyone feels motivated to support any of our political parties this summer.