Tag Archives: Swifts

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)

Swifts, Fish and Chips, Village Hall, Black Horse

Swift Awareness Week: Sat 3rd – Sun 11th July

Swift Awareness Week was first held in 2019 with groups around the country holding over 90 events in 2020 celebrating this wonderful bird, bringing attention to its decline and encouraging people to do something about it. In Dry Drayton we already have our established colony in Pettitt’s Close.  They will be very active as most will have chicks during this period. Do come along and see if you can spot the nest boxes, and even swifts going in and out at great speed! Rowena Baxter

Fish and Chips in Dry Drayton

The fish and chip van comes fortnightly on Tuesdays and is in the village hall car park from 5pm – 8pm,  It works well if customers order online but it’s not essential. If you go online you can view the menu and see whether Dry Drayton is on the list for the week. If it isn’t, you will have to wait until the following Tuesday. https://www.pimp-my-fish.co.uk/

Village Hall

Have you seen the brilliant new Village Hall website? www.drydraytonvillagehall.org.uk

The next full meeting of the Dry Drayton Village Hall Management Committee.
meeting will be on Google meet on Thursday 1st July at 7pm – 8pm.
There will be an update on the modernisation tasks.  All welcome
Here’s the link: meet.google.com/hdb-ccic-vqa

Greece Weekend at the Black Horse

First in a series of Themed Weekends July 2, 3, and 4. See https://www.blackhorsedrydrayton.com/ or the noticeboard outside the pub for details.

Reopening the Church, Swifts, Parish Council, Newsletter

The following were circulated by DryDrayton.net Village E-mails 19th June 2020

Reopening the Church of St Peter and St Paul for private prayer.
The Churchwardens have advised that the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Dry Drayton, will now reopen for private prayer on Saturdays and Wednesdays. The full details of the arrangements being made can be found on the village website at: http://www.drydrayton.net/ChOpen.asp

Dry Drayton Swifts
Rowena Baxter and Michael Clydesdale advise: At present it is the height of the breeding season for swifts. Our colony in Pettitts Close is growing and super busy!  Why not stroll along one warm day or evening to see if you can catch some of the action?  Swift Awareness Week runs from 27 June to 5 July, but swifts will be here in numbers until the end of July.

Dry Drayton Parish Council
The next Parish Council Meeting will take place online on 23rd June 2020 7pm – For access to this virtual meeting, e-mail clerk@drydraytonpc.org.uk. Agenda at http://www.drydraytonpc.org.uk

Dry Drayton Village Newsletter
The deadline for the July issue is tomorrow, 20 June – contact: drydraytonnews@gmail.com

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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Pop-up cafe, Swifts, A14, RAF Cadets, Crime

POP-UP CAFE – Sept 3rd 10.30-12 Noon

The Church will be open for a pop-up café on September 3rd from 10.30 to 12 noon.  Everyone is welcome to come for a mid-morning coffee/ refreshment break at the church (with activities for children) Online Poster

Summer 2018 update on the Swift project centred on Pettitts Close.

Read all about it on the village website www.drydrayton.net

A14 Road Closure

This is a big one. Highways England will be installing the steel decking for the new Bar Hill Bridge and so the A14 will be closed Friday 14 September (9pm) to Monday 17 September (6am) (except for access to Bar Hill for local traffic). You can see how they will be undertaking this major operation here:  Bar Hill Junction – SPMT Movement. If you want to see them moving these two 1000 ton structures into place, they will be live-streaming the action – you should be able to find the link at https://highwaysengland.co.uk/a14-cambridge-to-huntingdon-improvement-scheme-home/

A14 Charity Walk Sunday 9 September

Highways England are holding a charity ‘Welly Walk’ on Sunday 9th September 2018, raising money for Cancer Research UK. The walk will follow the new A14 route between A1198, Ermine Street and Swavesey Junction. This is a unique opportunity for members of the public to explore 10 km of what will eventually be the new road carrying traffic between Cambridge and Huntingdon. HE are inviting you to come behind the traffic cones, get on site and see how they are progressing at building the new A14. This is a great opportunity for a good cause and is guaranteed to be a good day. Come and join them in the fight against cancer! You’ll arrive at their Main Project Office where you can park your vehicles for free. You’ll then be coached along the existing A14 to their Ermine Street compound. This is where your 10k guided walk along the new A14 will begin, finishing back up at their Main Project Office for drinks, Bbq, bouncy castle and more! It’s free but you need to book at A14 C2H Welly Walk

RAF Air Cadets Oakington are recruiting local young people from Year 8 (12-year-olds) upwards

An open evening will be held on Tuesday 11th September as part of a recruitment drive for 2524 (Oakington) Air Cadets. Boys and girls aged 12 and over are invited to attend with their parents to find out more. The Cadets general take on the Air Cadets is that they can have fun and go flying and gliding, shooting, take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme, go on adventure training weekends and in school holidays there are week-long camps. There are also events throughout the year to highlight their pride of the Air Cadets like Remembrance Sunday. Cadets have opportunities for Travel both within the UK and Abroad, Adventure and to make friends for life. The squadron is run by a dedicated group of volunteers and parade twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The open evening is at the Cadet Centre, Magdalene Close, Longstanton, Cambridge, CB23 3EG at 7.30pm. There is no need to book. More information is available by emailing. Adj.2524@aircadets.org

More crime in the parish

Between 16/08/2018 20:15 to 17/08/2018 05:45 at Park Street / Madingley Rd Dry Drayton, offenders have gained access to a metal shipping container by forcing the arm of the latch off. Crime Ref 35/23123/18

Between 18/8 – 19/8 at business premises in St. Neots Road Dry Drayton offenders have forced the lock securing a container and stolen beer from inside. Between 20/8 – 21/8 offenders have attempted to remove money from a slot machine. Crime Ref 35/24225/18

Crime, PC, Swifts, Planning, Black Horse

DryDrayton.net Village E-Mail circulated12/6/18 and accidentally omitted from the Village Blog

More crime in the village.

Ben Jakes, Chairman, St Giles Cricket Club, Dry Drayton, writes to inform us that on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning last (between 20:30 05/06/2018- 09:20 06/06/2018) their clubhouse behind houses in Scotland Road was broken into. As well as a lot of damage, their bar stock and money were taken. As you can imagine, as a club run by volunteers only, it is very frustrating and upsetting, especially as the club facilities are enjoyed by many colts. A white van was seen leaving the ground at ~8am on Wednesday morning, by one of their neighbours.

June 2018 Parish Council Meeting

The June Meeting will take place in the Village Hall on Tuesday 12 June commencing at 8pm. The agenda has been posted on the Parish Council’s website Dry Drayton Parish Council . New councillors will be adopted and a new Chairman will be elected, following the resignation of Councillor Howard Russell.

Swift Awareness Week

Read all about the local events to mark Swift Awareness Week 16-23 June 2018 on the village website DryDrayton.net   Have you seen our Dry Drayton swifts yet?  Take some time this week in June to come along to Pettitt’s Close and watch the aerobatic displays of our swifts.  They are breeding here at the height of the summer, taking advantage of the aerial plankton (flying insects). Choose a dry warm day, not too windy – particularly before 10 am and at sunset for the best chance of seeing these charismatic birds.

South Cambridgeshire District Council Announcement on Housing Supply

The Council has made a significant announcement which will affect the way that planning applications made after 21 May 2018 will be decided.  Annual Monitoring Report | South Cambs District Council

The Black Horse

Have you visited yet?

The Black Horse is open in June as follows:
Wednesday 10am-4pm and 6pm-9pm
Thursday 10am-4pm and 6pm-9pm
Friday 10am-4pm and 6pm-11pm
Saturday 10am-11pm
Sunday 10am-5pm
(Monday and Tuesday closed)
Food available during the day and 6pm-8pm in the evenings

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