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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.

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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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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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