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)
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)
XMas Holiday Activities and Food Programme This is a reminder about the Christmas HAF programme which is funded by the Department for Education. Families in receipt of income-related free school meals (FSM), can access a holiday scheme for up to 16 hours per child and will receive enriching experiences, a meal and snacks daily. Ukrainian and other refugee families are also eligible as well as families struggling financially but not eligible for FSM. They are also looking to increase the number of HAF places on offer for young people aged 11+ for 2023. Details of the scheme are here: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/council/communities-localism/support-with-the-cost-of-living/holiday-activities-and-food-programme/haf-provider-directory (From Allison Box HAF Programme Coordinator)
Making Connections 2022 Consultation Live until midday Friday 23 December Everyone living in Greater Cambridge and the travel to work area can have their say on the Making Connections proposals. The proposals are a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change how we travel in Greater Cambridge and the wider area, relieving pressure on the network and responding to air quality, cost of living and climate crises for a better, cleaner and safer future. The survey, plus information about the proposals, including an interactive map, frequently asked questions, dates of public meetings and ways you can share your thoughts can be found here: http://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/mc-2022 . These proposals will affect everybody living in Dry Drayton, so please have your say. The village has been left out of their the transposed bus routes completely. We have been waiting for years and hoping for non motorised user tracks connecting cyclists and walkers to the proposed Greenways. All future trips by car into Cambridge for shopping, doctors or hospital appointments etc could incur a £5 charge. Stephen Aldersley, Chair of the Dry Drayton Parish Council, has written a piece on this for the December Village Newsletter and a GCP representative will be attending the next meeting of the Parish Council. (Tues 6 Dec 19.30)
Greater Cambridge Partnership North Area Community Forum New Date Due to a clash with the Football World Cup England v Wales game, the North Area Community Forum will be moved to 6pm on Monday, 5 December. The event will focus on the current Making Connections 2022 public consultation (www.greatercambridge.org.uk/mc-2022 ) with updates on other projects in the area: Milton Road, Waterbeach to Cambridge, Waterbeach Railway Station, Greenways. To attend this event, please register on https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vL_bIODJQTuBUiDEJZSSWw . Each event will be recorded, and recordings will be available to watch on their YouTube Channel. More information on the Greater Cambridge Partnership and their projects can be found on www.greatercambridge.org.uk .
Support for Ukraine: It all starts with a spare room A major campaign has been launched to appeal for more hosts in South Cambridgeshire and the City of Cambridge to support families from Ukraine. Anyone who can offer a room is being asked to text ROOM to 88802. Between the two areas, a total of almost 500 hosts have already been providing housing to guests. However, with the war in Ukraine continuing, and with it not being safe for many families to return, there is an ongoing demand to provide them with a safe place to stay. Anyone who can offer a spare room and warm welcome is being asked to text ROOM to 88802 so that the councils can support them through the process and match hosts to guests who have already started to settle in the local area. Read more, and watch video stories from current hosts and guests, at www.scambs.gov.uk/support-for-ukraine-it-all-starts-with-a-spare-room Supporting video content where you can hear from current hosts and guests, which we also encourage you to watch and share, is available at the following links: Homes for Ukraine: Rend’s story – YouTube https://youtu.be/g4-MoGomzRA Homes for Ukraine: Isobel’s story – YouTube https://youtu.be/nHEJ0CmsiFQ Homes for Ukraine: Amy’s story – YouTube https://youtu.be/ENgIS9cC3Wk
Greater Cambridge Partnership are conducting a public consultation on the Environmental Impact Assessment of their Cambourne to Cambridge Better Public Transport Project. There are implications for Dry Drayton, with proposals including a travel hub at Scotland Farm and a new non motorised users track from the village to Scotland Farm. A powerpoint presentation given to Dry Drayton Parish Council last week can be downloaded here: https://www.drydrayton.net/pdfs/c2cppt.pdf The presentation includes information on how to have your say and on public events. Consultation closes Monday 11 July 2022.
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
Consultation, Active Travel Schemes. Closing date 24 August
The County Council is proposing a range of changes to roads across Cambridgeshire to encourage active travel across the area. They are inviting your feedback on their initial ideas to promote cycling and walking as people’s first choice for shorter journeys. Two of their proposals impact on Dry Drayton and the consultation is open for comment until midnight on 24th August 2021. This link will take you to the consultation: https://consultcambs.uk.engagementhq.com/cats
The first proposed scheme will make Madingley Road Dry Drayton one-way only for motor vehicles (Eastbound from Dry Drayton to Madingley) and will allow cyclists to travel in both directions. The second proposal is the same as the first, plus a similar scheme along Cambridge Road Madingley, again permitting motor vehicles to travel Eastbound only, towards Cambridge, with cyclists able to travel in both directions.
The objective of the proposals is to make these routes safer for cyclists. The price for this will be slightly longer journeys (and consequent emissions) for motorists on a return journeys from Dry Drayton to Cambridge via Madingley.
Whether you are for or against these proposals, below are some issues which you might like to include in your response to the consultation:
How will these proposals affect the promised and much needed non motorised user track along Oakington Road connecting Dry Drayton to the new tracks along the A1307?
How will drivers on these roads be encouraged not to drive faster in the knowledge that they should not encounter motorised traffic travelling in the opposite direction?
Will there be new speed or weight limits on the roads concerned?
How will this affect agricultural vehicles?
What signs and physical segregation measures should be used on the roads concerned?
Should the direction of travel of motor vehicles on the affected roads be Eastbound (as proposed) or Westbound?
Should all motor vehicles be prohibited on the Dry Drayton to Madingley Road, making it “access only”?
Dry Drayton Parish Council will be discussing these proposals at their next meeting on 7th September 2021.
Dry Drayton School and Village Association Events.
In addition to the Open Air Cinema on Saturday the 28th of August on the school field (more info to come as soon as organisers can confirm the film!) watch for two more “Summer of Feast” events sponsored by the S & VA:
Village Cricket Match, Bank Holiday Monday (30 August): St Giles provide their most friendly team and their Dry Drayton cricket pitch; we provide an enthusiastic team and a delicious tea. All members of the village and school are welcome whatever their age, talent, experience, etc. The day is great fun for everyone, so if you want to play or volunteer in any capacity (making a cake?) please email email@example.com.
Dry Drayton Fun Run, Saturday 11 September 5pm: The Fun Run returns! A fun walk, jog or run on footpaths through the village, with medals for all participants. Entry fee £2.50, contact Diane Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further info.
Videos of the Dry Drayton Boundary Walk 2021
Alec Hawkes has just posted two videos of the 2021 Boundary Walk. The first is a standard video featuring footage from Adrian Bennetton and slides from Cinnamon and Alec and entitled Dry Drayton Boundary Walk 2021 full version: https://youtu.be/PXwJhs6ahFs. The second is a 3D version (viewable in 360 degrees) with footage just from Adrian and entitled Beating The Bounds in 3D: https://youtu.be/y-PRcPs-BE8.