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Staying safe, book wanted and next newsletter

Suspicious incidents.

Our Village Neighbourhood Watch have received a number of messages about a couple of young men with Northern accents who are delivering leaflets in neighbouring villages and may be using this as an opportunity to look for places to later break into and steal. If you see anything suspicious, neighbourhood watch contacts are listed in the Village Newsletter or Cambs Police have an online reporting facility https://www.cambs.police.uk/report/Report  or you can phone 101.

Next Village Newsletter

The next Village Newsletter will be published in September and the deadline to submit items is next Thursday, 20th August. If you have anything you would like included, please send it to Rachel Gardner drydraytonnews@gmail.com by next Thursday at the latest. Pictures really bring the Newsletter to life, so please include them if possible. If you are sending pictures, please send them as separate attachments (i.e. not embedded in a Word document) and please send the largest file size that you can. Low file-size photos look fine on a screen, but sadly they do not reproduce well in print.

Village Speedwatch

Are you concerned about the speed of vehicles driving through our village? Village Speedwatch would welcome a few more volunteers to help them to educate drivers on the perils of speeding. In the last few weeks a Speedwatch session at Scotland Farm showed around 25% of drivers exceeding the 30mph speed limit. To find out how you can help to make Dry Drayton a safer place for all road users, please contact the Village Speedwatch Co-ordinator, Graham Carver on 019954 781806

Community Car Scheme

Anyone using the local Community Car Scheme might like to note the list of contacts has been updated, current details are here http://www.drydrayton.net/carshare.asp

Gallows Piece to Bee Garden.

This was the title of A Millennium History of Dry Drayton, published in 2000 by a group of village volunteers and distributed free to all households in the Village. We have had an enquiry from outside the village from someone interested in buying or borrowing a copy, If you can assist, please contact webmaster@drydrayton.net.

For the latest Dry Drayton news, subscribe to DryDrayton.net Village E-mails by e-mailing webmaster@drydrayton.net .

DryDrayton.net Village E-Mails. Broadband, Annual Parish Meeting etc

Dear All,

Super Fast Broadband now available in Dry Drayton
We have just been informed by the Connecting Cambridgeshire Project that the cabinets in Dry Drayton are now live and that super-fast broadband can be ordered. But – an enquiry a few minutes ago to get connected with TalkTalk resulted in the message that they haven’t yet been notified of this. Perhaps it will take a day or two for the information to work through the system.

Dry Drayton Annual Parish Meeting
This will take place on Tuesday 19th May 2015, commencing at 7.00pm, refreshments at 6.45pm, in the Village Hall. The agenda is on the Parish Council’s new website at www.drydraytonpc.org.uk

DD Neighbourhood Watch
The Village Neighbourhood Watch scheme needs a couple of new members for the High Street Area. Are you willing to do your bit to help keep us all safe? To find out more, please contact Graham Carver on 01954 781806

Speed Safety in Dry Drayton
Are you concerned about vehicles speeding in our village. Willing to do some volunteering to help reduce speeding locally? Speedwatch is explained here : http://www.cambs.police.uk/roadsafety/speedwatch/ . One more volunteer is needed to start a Speedwatch project in Dry Drayton. If you are willing to help, please contact Graham Carver on 01954 781806.

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Do you know someone in the village who doesn’t get these e-mails – if so, please pass on this e-mail.

www.DryDrayton.net  is the community website for Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire

Village E-mails: traffic, speed, Bag2School, Broadband and the Art Group.

Dear fellow villagers,

Dry Drayton Speedwatch 

Are you concerned about vehicles speeding in our village. Willing to do some volunteering to help reduce speeding locally? Speedwatch is explained here : http://www.cambs.police.uk/roadsafety/speedwatch/  If you would like to find out more about Speedwatch in Dry Drayton, please contact Graham Carver on 01954 781806

 Dry Drayton Bag2School Collection – It’s this week –

Twice a year, in March and October, The Dry Drayton School & Village Association arranges a collection of second-hand clothing for the Bag2School scheme, in order to raise funds. We achieve an average of £300 each time. The next collection will take place during the morning of Thursday 19th March. 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 unfortunately no longer accepted:-

Pillows and cushions

Duvets, bedding, blankets, household linen

Carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats)



Soiled, painted, ripped or wet clothing

School uniforms

Corporate clothing and workwear

Textile off cuts, yarns or threaded material

You should soon be receiving a special Bag2School bag through your door – but any other kind of bag can also be used, so you can carry on collecting throughout the year! The heavier the bags are the better, as Bag2School pay us per kilo… 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 on the 19th as you can. Collection may also be possible if you are unable to deliver. Please contact Anne Deane, the village Bag2School co-ordinator, on 01954 789622 or 07718 305141 for more information or to discuss collection. She also has plenty of additional Bag2school bags available, if you need them.

Another Bag2School collection is being planned for 8th October.

Look out – more scams, viruses etc

Most days something arrives in the e-mail box which is an obvious scam and a candidate for immediate deletion. There was one today which was a bit more subtle than most, purporting to come from the DVLA and asking me to fill in an online form to get back a refund on an earlier transaction. It all looked fairly official and believable, but the link in the message didn’t go to a government site but to somewhere obscure. Don’t be fooled by it – delete and don’t click on the link in the message.

Super Fast Broadband in Dry Drayton – Update

They say we are still on for phase five of the project, March to June 2015.  See www.drydrayton.net/broadband.asp  for updates as they arrive.

Dry Drayton Art Group

Open to all – a Demonstration In Pastels by John Glover, professional portrait artist, at Dry Drayton Village Hall Tuesday 24th March at 7.30. Tickets £7 including wine / soft drink and nibbles, contact Roger Goodden 01223 235055 or Jean Stevens 01954 210542.

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Do you know someone in the village who doesn’t get these e-mails – if so, please pass on this e-mail.

www.DryDrayton.net  is the community website for Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire


Cycling into Cambridge

The BHDDMadCycle campaign’s website has been updated to show the considerable progress being made towards a safer cycling route into Cambridge through Madingley.

This is not just a matter of convenience, but has a real life saving potential.

As a regular user of the Dry Drayton to Madingley road, and the road from Madingley to Madingley Hill, I am continually amazed by the inconsiderate and dangerous driving of those who feel it is safe to round blind bends, ignore dips with blind spots and overtake cyclists on this narrow country lane at speeds in excess of 50mph. Two of these crazies, travelling in different directions can meet on a blind bend at a closing speed of over 100mph, and clearly don’t give a fig for any poor cyclist who happens to be there. I’ve seen wobbling cyclists overtaken by cars at 50 mph with all of six inches clearance. It is a daily miracle that there are not more injuries on these roads.

The sooner that a new route for cyclists can be found the better. Drivers can then just get on with injuring each other. A new cycle track and a 40mph speed limit might be an even better solution.

We wish the BHDDMadCycle group every success. When the new track is completed, perhaps the group could look at another route to link Dry Drayton to Oakington, from where there are safe cycle tracks to Histon, Girton and Cambridge and to the cycle track beside the guided busway providing connections East and West.

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?

The People’s Priority for Local Policing

E-cops have notified us that Cambridgeshire Police Authority and Constabulary are asking the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough what they think police should focus their efforts on next year.

For the first time ever a ‘People’s Priority’ will be included in next year’s Policing Plan, meaning that local people will get to decide what they think should be a priority for policing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Read more about how to register your views by clicking on the link below –
The People’s Priority – your chance to have a say The deadline for responses is 23 November 2009.

So – residents of Dry Drayton – let them know what should be their policing priorities for the year ahead.  If you are not sure what to suggest to them, here are a few examples emerging from the Dry Drayton Village Plan:

  • Better enforcement of speed limits on the C193 through the village
  • Action to reduce the very real threat to cyclists from speeding motorists on the Dry Drayton to Madingley and Madingley to Cambridge roads
  • Supporting CCTV in villages
  • Better communication between the police and the community – and this might include actually making the e-cops communication channel two way and answering e-mails that they receive via that route from the public.  

Police activity in Dry Drayton

A couple of months ago police prioritised dealing with antisocial behaviour in the vicinity of the School – until mid August. Does anyone know the outcome of this work? We have asked the e-cops but have not had a reply.

Meanwhile we clearly are getting some police attention in the village as according to e-cops yesterday:

” This morning for around one hour (0830 hrs onwards), PC Soni and PC Reeve conducted speed/seatbelt/mobile phone checks along Scotland Farm Road, Dry Drayton.  Traffic was light to moderate, and only one vehicle was stopped which was doing slightly over the 40mph limit and words of advice were given. There were no other offences. PCSO Karen Mahoney”