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Survey – Oakington Road Bus Shelter

Dry Drayton Parish Council is conducting a survey of residents’ preferences on the available options for the Oakington Road bus shelter.

Dry Drayton Parish Council has made provision in its 2023-24 budget to carry out work on the Oakington Road bus shelter and would like you to express your preference on the available options for the bus shelter. All responses are anonymous.
The three options are:
Option 1 – Remove the bus shelter.
Option 2 – Repair and refurbish the bus shelter.
Option 3 – Do nothing for now

The survey is live and ready to accept responses. The online survey will not accept responses after 21 May.
The survey will also appear in the May edition of the S&VA Newsletter for hard copy responses. The deadline for hard copy responses is 5pm on 21 May. Hard copies should be posted though the letterbox at 5, High Street.

The online version of the survey in here: https://forms.gle/f3RwrhUzvWDe5bq98
Or you can download a .pdf version here: https://www.drydrayton.net/pdfs/ORbusS.pdf

(Info from Cllr Smith)


Aircraft noise, local events and Job Vacancy

Aircraft Noise Problems – meeting 23.2.23

A reminder that there will be a public meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday 23 Feb at Little Gransden Village Hall (and by Zoom). The local MPs will be there . It is also on Zoom, email: nrostami.lgpc@gmail.com.

The Powerpoint Presentation from the meeting can be found in the RELAS group on Facebook.

Richard Littlewood has set out an explanation of the increased air traffic noise in the village and how to complain about it. https://www.drydrayton.net/ad6.asp or in the February Village Newsletter.

Date For Your Diary – Dry Drayton Parish Boundary Walk 2023

Based on the ancient custom of Beating the Bounds we plan to walk the Parish Boundaries on Saturday 24th June. In England the tradition is centuries old, dating from at least Anglo-Saxon times.

This will be the 5th Boundary Walk since we revived the tradition and this year we will go around the parish in an anticlockwise direction. The full walk is approximately 10 miles and there will be several rest stops and a place for a picnic lunch. There are also a few easy exit points for those that wish to take a shorter route home.

More than half of the Parish Boundary falls on private land and we have permission from the relevant land owners that will allow us to follow the boundary as closely as possible. We will travel along paths and through woods normally closed to the public. We wish to thank Messrs Chivers, Jenkins and Peck for kindly granting this once in a year access to their private land.

Anyone who would like more information or to register their wish to participate should send an email to: boundarywalk@gmail.com or text 07709 584207.

Village Coffee Morning

The next coffee morning will be at the village Hall 10- 12 on Wednesday 1st March, followed by the Easter Coffee Morning on 5th April. During the April Coffee Morning there will be a few stalls selling local produce and homemade craft items to raise money for Riding for the Disabled and Dry Drayton Village Hall. If you have any produce/ craft items etc which you could donate, please bring them along on the morning.

Thank you to everyone who comes to the Coffee Mornings and supports us in any way. We are always looking for more volunteers to help, particularly to bake for us! (We promise not to harass you for more cakes, we are just grateful whenever people can help out!) If you would like to give time/ cake please contact Una on una.sowerby@btinternet.com or Gil on hemyghislaine@gmail.com
(From Tara Grove)

Next Parish Council Meeting

Village Hall, Tuesday 7 March 7.30pm. Agenda at http://www.drydraytonpc.org.uk

North West and West Cambridge Community Forum

The next North West and West Cambridge Community Forum will take place online on Wednesday 1 March, from 6pm. Forums are free, open, public meetings bringing together residents, planners, developers and other stakeholders to discuss and share information about new development. All interested residents are welcome to join. Find out more: https://www.scambs.gov.uk/community-safety-and-health/community-forums

Housekeeper / Cook Vacancy in Dry Drayton

Professional housekeeper/cook wanted for house on Scotland Road, Dry Drayton. Monday to Friday 8 am until 6:30 pm. Please contact me on 07854126579 for full job description and more details. Alexandra White.

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Events, Consultations and Saving Swifts

­ Events, Consultations and Saving Swifts
­ ­Next Dry Drayton Parish Council Meeting   Tuesday 6 December 2022, NOTE: Early start time 7.00 pm, Village Hall. Agenda is here http://www.drydraytonpc.org.uk/Meetings_26385.aspx  . Speaker: Bridget Smith & GCP representative to discuss Village Bus Services / City Access Proposal / Making Connections Consultation (clerk@drydraytonpc.org.uk)  

Village Coffee Morning   COFFEE MORNING 10 – 12  at the Village Hall on the first Wednesday of the month.  All welcome. Our next date is Wednesday 7 December, 10-12 at the Village Hall.  If you don’t fancy a cake maybe you’d like a mince pie?  If you’d prefer to take something away with you and enjoy at home you are welcome.  Bring your own mug.  We’re serving home made cakes and mince pies with a good cup of coffee or tea at a very modest price. Please note that there is a box in the hall where we welcome donations for the food bank. And, for your diary – the next Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday January 4th 2023. (Judith Bennetton)  

Saving Swifts   If you have been following the Dry Drayton Swifts project, can you spare a few minutes to sign a petition to help swifts in the UK generally? Details are here: https://drydrayton.net/swifts.asp  (Rowena Baxter)  

Flooding   A virtual webinar to provide advice and support to community flood groups and anyone interested in flooding is being run by Cambridgeshire County Council. The Flood Preparedness Webinar will be held on Wednesday, 14 December at 6pm, and speakers will also give advice on how to prepare for periods of heavy rainfall. Details are here:
https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/news/flood-preparedness-webinar-to-be-hosted-by-council  . Free tickets are here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flood-preparedness-webinar-tickets-476354799027  
(Stamatia Christianou, Senior Flood Risk Officer – Community Flood Action Programme Flood Risk Team)  

Congestion Charge etc   The GCP consultation “Making Connections” on the Cambridge congestion charge runs until the 23rd of December. In the meantime, our local MP is running his own survey to provide him with information to help fight the charge. Anthony Browne MP says, “If these plans go ahead, Cambridge will have the most severe congestion charging scheme in the whole of the UK. It will introduce a £5 daily congestion charge to drive in Cambridge, applying to all types of private vehicles, regardless of size and fuel type. It will apply to all journeys into and within the city, including Addenbrooke’s, Royal Papworth, and the Rosie hospitals. It is, without doubt, the most controversial local issue I have dealt with since I was elected as an MP.”
Anthony Browne’s survey is linked from here: https://www.anthonybrowne.org/congestion 
GCP’s consultation on Making Connections is here: http://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/mc-2022   
(Anthony Browne MP)

Helping Refugees from Ukraine, Boundary Walk and DDPC Dates

Are there Ukrainian Refugees coming to Dry Drayton?

From Sandra and Bill Martin.

Is anyone in Dry Drayton considering offering accommodation to Ukrainian refugees? Sadly, for practical reasons, we are not able to do this, but we should be very happy to help any hosts with support and friendship for their visitors. If you think we could help, please get in touch. Contact details below.

Sandra & Bill Martin,63 Pettitts Lane, Dry Drayton, 01954 782705, sandrabill78@gmail.com

An important date for your Diary

News from Alec Hawkes – We are planning the Annual Parish Boundary Walk for June 25th this year.
The full details are still being planned, so watch this space. Meanwhile videos and other material from last year’s walk are here: https://www.drydrayton.net/history.asp#bounds

Dry Drayton Parish Council

Next Dry Drayton Parish Council Meeting, Tuesday 5th April 2022, 7.30pm, Village Hall.
Annual Parish Meeting Friday 8 April 2022 7.30 Village Hall.

Parish Council. Police and Crime Plan

Dry Drayton Parish Council

There will be an Extraordinary Meeting of the Dry Drayton Parish Council on Tuesday 30 Nov 21 at 19:30 at Dry Drayton Village Hall. At the meeting there will be discussion on planning applications for Swifts Close, Scotland Farm and Duck End Farm. The full agenda for the meeting is published on the PC’s website www.drydraytonpc.org.uk .

The next Parish Council meeting thereafter will be on Tuesday 11th January 2022 at 7.30pm at Dry Drayton Village Hall

Police and Crime Plan

A new Police and Crime Plan for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has been published today by Darryl Preston, the Police and Crime Commissioner. You can read all about it here: https://www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/police-crime-plan/

Cancellation Parish Council Meeting and Consultation on “Making Connections”

Dry Drayton Parish Council Meeting Cancelled.

The Parish Council Meeting due to be held on Tuesday 9 November has been cancelled. Arrangements are in hand for the meeting to be held in the Village Hall at 19:30 on Friday 12 November 2021. This is subject to confirmation and further details will be posted on http://www.drydrayton.net in due course.

Greater Cambridge Partnership Consultation.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership has today launched a public consultation, Making Connections, on proposals to help people move in and around Cambridge easily and more sustainably. The wide ranging proposals will affect everybody living in Dry Drayton. Making Connections is asking for people’s views on proposals to radically enhance bus and active travel journeys and reduce car journeys. Proposals include the introduction of a road user charging zone (raising up to £60m pa) and higher parking charges and a workplace parking levy (raising up to £25m pa). Dry Drayton does not appear on any of the maps of the proposed new bus network. The Making Connections consultation closes on 20 December and more information can be found at http://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/making-connections-2021

Strawberries and Creem Music Festival at Childerly and DDPC

Strawberries and Creem Festival

10,000 people are expected at the Strawberries and Creem music festival at Childerley from 5pm Friday 17th to 12 mid-day Monday 20th September 2021.

Aisha Francis, Project Manager, Proud Events advises:

From the end of this week work begins on site to start building the events in readiness for opening for the first event on Friday 10 September.
We wanted to make you aware in advance of activities to undertake sound checks and setting levels.

  • On Thursday 9th September between 11:00 and 12:00 we will be undertaking checks to test systems and set levels. We will then undertake another test at 19:00
  • On Friday 10th September we will undertake checks at 10 followed by artist sound checks from 11:00
  • On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September we will undertake test from 10:00 followed by artist sound checks from 10:30
  • On Friday 17th September we may undertake some additional tests from 19:00 for a short period
  • On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th we will undertake test from 10:00

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to email Aisha (consultation@proudevents.co.uk).
Dry Drayton Parish Council – Next Meeting

The next DDPC meeting will be in the Village Hall on Tuesday 7th September at 7.30pm.
There is a packed agenda on the PC’s website www.drydraytonpc.org.uk. Items for discussion include: the Strawberries and Creem festival, an update on the C2C Project and Phase 3, various planning matters, concerns about Swifts Close, the consultation on Active Travel Schemes, grass cutting, litter picking and other environmental issues.

EW Rail, DDPC, Village Spring Clean, paint wanted

EW Rail

EW Rail – possible routes into Cambridge include an option passing through Dry Drayton – have your say. Consultation ends on 9 June (background here: http://www.DryDrayton.Net/Railcon.asp and it is on the Agenda for the Parish Council Meeting on 1 June)

Dry Drayton Parish Council – next meeting Tues 1 Jun 21 at 7:00pm

Meeting to be held at the barn at Duck End Farm at 7pm – it is requested that you contact the clerk if you plan to attend: clerk@drydraytonpc.org.uk. Government advice on face masks and social distancing applies to this meeting and it will be a stand up meeting, no chairs will be provided.
Agenda items include:  

  • Invoice for £5,868 from UK Power Networks regarding disputed substation base at the village allotments
  • Update on East West Rail (EWR) Consultation, including Anthony Browne’s visit to the parish.

Riding for the Disabled Charity

From Annie Harley: Thank you to everyone who supported the plant sale for Riding for the Disabled. We made a handsome £97.  And I need some more help please – I need to make some props for a riding competition for the group, and need a small quantity of red and green paint. If you have some on a shelf in your garage that you don’t need, please contact me on 07714 393408. It could be any kind of paint – car, floor, emulsion, gloss, anything!  Thank you very much.  Annie Harley

Great British Spring Clean – not too late to help.

Dry Drayton Parish Council has registered for the Great British Spring Clean which started on 28 May and will run for two weeks. It is a great opportunity to tidy the Village and get Dry Drayton ready for the summer. South Cambs are assisting with rubbish bags and their collection. The PC has high-visibility jackets and litter pickers. It is obviously important that any activity of this type follows current Government guidelines for Covid to ensure that it is carried out in a safe manner, and risk assessments have been carried out and will be shared with volunteers. If you are interested in assisting please e-mail Stephen Aldersley aldersley@btinternet.com and let him know your availability and the area you wish to help clear. Further information can be found by Googling “Great British Spring Clean” or checking www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean

Charity plant sale, PC meeting and History Quiz

Charity Plant and Veg Sale

There will be a sale of vegetable and garden plants in aid of Cambs College Riding for the Disabled group outside The Spinney/Jasmine House in Pettitts Lane over the bank holiday weekend. The group is for young adults with a range of disabilities, who benefit physically, mentally and socially from riding – as one young rider said “it’s like physio but more fun”.  There will be further sales during May and June.

Parish Council and Annual Parish Meeting – 4th May 2021

The Annual Parish Meeting will take place online at 7pm Tuesday 4th May 2021, followed at 7.30pm by a Parish Council meeting. For access and agenda see www.drydraytonpc.org.uk

Dry Drayton Bank Holiday History Quiz

Looking for a little bank holiday distraction? No prize I’m afraid, beyond the satisfaction of showing how well you know our place. The quiz is here:


NHS Hearing Aid users, VH AGM, Annual Parish Meeting, PC and Dry Drayton in 1901

Information for NHS Hearing Aid Users

CHH Hearing Aid Maintenance (HAM) Centres have asked us to spread the word to NHS hearing aid users, or their relatives, friends or carers, that they are now open again for appointments. Full details can be found here: www.drydrayton.net/pdfs/CHHapril2021.pdf

Village Hall 2021 AGM

This will be a virtual meeting starting at 7 pm on Thursday 22nd April 2021. Details on the Village Hall website https://sites.google.com/site/ddvillhall/home/

Diary Date

The Annual Parish Meeting and next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 4 May. Both will be virtual meetings. Details on the PC’s website www.drydraytonpc.org.uk/Meetings_26385.aspx

Dry Drayton in 1901

1901 census return added to the village history page www.drydrayton.net/history.asp