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Village Hall Stage, Crime, A14, Places to Visit

(Circulated as DryDrayton.net Village news E-Mail on 3 March 2018)

All the World’s a Stage

The Village Hall Management Committee is considering whether or not the Hall should keep its stage. What is YOUR VIEW? In the past a number of village entertainments, including pantos, revues and murder mysteries have been held on the stage. The quiz master of the Macmillan Quiz Night in February sat up there, with the scores beamed onto a screen beside him so that everyone could see them.

The Committee wants to hear your views on whether we should keep the stage or remove it from the hall and look for alternatives. Hiring a stage would be expensive (around £700) but we may be able to request the loan of the staging from the school on the occasions when a stage is needed. As not everybody was able to make the Village Hall open meeting in February, the Committee seeks your views by e-mail on whether the Hall should keep its stage. If you have a view on this please e-mail Graham Carver at grahamcarver@aol.com.  Please say “Yes” if you think the Hall should keep its stage, or “No” if you don’t. And please give a reason for your views. Please respond by Tuesday 20 March 2018.

Village Crime and Crime Prevention

The latest report is of an attack on a Vauxhall Van in Oak Crescent between 26/02/2018 18:00 – 27/02/2018 08:50. Offender(s) punched a hole through the rear door of the van and forced the lock to gain entry. Fortunately nothing was stolen. On the subject of crime prevention – there will be a Scams training event ‘Friends Against Scams‘ taking place at Histon and Impington Baptist Church 2- 4p.m. Thursday 8 March 2018. The event is being organised by Cambs. County Council Community Protection Team. Do come along to find out more (Message Sent By Rachel Carr, Police, Community Safety Officer, South Cambridgeshire)

Looking for Somewhere Interesing to Visit Locally ?

Jordan’s Mill have been in touch with us to advertise their Children’s Mother’s Day activities on 10th March and Easter Creature Hunt 2nd – 15th April. The Mill is a great place to visit for coffee, afternoon tea, a meal or just a look around, and it is just 25 miles from Downtown Dry Drayton.  Their web site is Jordans Mill – Historic Mill and Gardens, Bedfordshire  

And inevitably – something on the A14.

There are some big changes coming up which will affect access to and from Bar Hill. Highways England are building a temporary junction at Bar Hill which will then enable them to build the permanent junction (roundabout and bridge). The first stage of the works is to start works on the tie-ins on Hattons Road, Longstanton. These works will need to be completed with a weekend closure of Hattons Road. Highways England have planned for these works to be completed on 3rd-4th March 2018 with a contingency date of 10th-11th March 2018. The second stage of the works will involve a 7 day closure Monday to Sunday of the Bridge from the Crafts Way/Saxon Way roundabout and over the A14 (roundabout will be fully operational). No vehicles, including emergency vehicles, will be able to go through the closure. Works are expected to start 2nd April 2018 for 7 days. The third stage of the works is to complete the tie-ins on Hattons Road, Longstanton which can be completed using 2 way temporary traffic signals dates to be confirmed. For the latest on the A14 project go to: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/a14-cambridge-to-huntingdon/


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DryDrayton.Net Village E-Mails – film location, fabrics, A14, murder, Village Hall, Bag2School

Dear DryDraytonians All,

Some unusual and interesting communications for you below.

  1. Can you help get Dry Drayton to the Cannes Film Festival?

Zhongwei Sun writes to say: “I am a University of Cambridge MPhil student and a Wolfson member, and I am currently producing ORACLE, a London Film School MA Filmmaking graduation film. It tells the story of how the death of his donkey and the naïve faith in God of his mentally disabled son pushes a middle-aged priest into a dilemma between religious faith, life difficulties and fatherly love. We are currently busy preparing for shooting and we are now desperately looking for the following locations below:

(1)A typical (preferably old-fashioned, shabby) farmhouse in the British countryside with a dining room, bathroom, bedroom and a horse/donkey stable (2)Reception hall of a vet (or any reception hall that can imitate a vet) (3)[alternative for (1)]A typical British house situated in the countryside or in a quiet town street with a dining room, bathroom, bedroom.

We will be shooting for 11 consecutive days, including 10 days in the farmhouse and the stable, and 1 day in the animal hospital hall. The possible shooting dates are from 16 November 2015 to 26 November 2015. Is it possible to shoot our film in your village?

As producer I ensure that this is a powerful, influential story and we will be sending this film to next year’s Festival de Cannes. Do you have one of these three kinds of locations that we can come in and shoot our film? You will be listed in our credits as either “location producer”, “co-producer” or “Executive producer”. We are planning to shoot the film between late November and early December 2015.

Thank you so much! Best regards, Zhongwei Sun, Student, Producer of ORACLE” http://cambridge.academia.edu/ZhongweiSun

  1. Dry Drayton Fabric Appeal

Anne Dean asks, “Dear All, Does anyone have any fabric lying around the house that they no longer need – especially any Christmas-themed material? Margaret Wheatley, whose grandson attends the village school, would like to use it to make craft items for sale at the forthcoming “Dry Drayton Winter Wonderland” Christmas bazaar, to be held in the school hall from 3.00-5.00pm on Saturday December 5th. If you do have any fabric you would like to donate, please contact me on 01954 789622 or at deanery2@talktalk.net and I can make arrangements with you to collect it. Very many thanks, Anne Deane”

  1. A14 and other local traffic issues (no e-mail would be complete without mentioning the A14)

A new traffic campaign called “The Better City Deal Campaign” is proposing a different and, they say, much improved version of the Girton Interchange on the A14, as well as some radical new proposals for improving traffic flows in Cambridge Generally. They have just sent their proposals to a wide range of local politicians and their site, including a map of Girton Interchange, is at http://www.bettercitydeal.com/

  1. There’s going to be another murder in the village

The crime rate is going up and it’s happening in the Village Hall on 7th November. Can you be a super-sleuth and unravel who did it? Tickets limited – read all about it on the Dry Drayton village web site:  www.drydrayton.net

  1. Dry Drayton Village Hall Rents

There have been some minor changes – read all about them on the Dry Drayton Village Hall web site http://www.drydraytonvillagehall.org.uk

  1. Bag2School

Twice a year, in the Spring and Autumn, The Dry Drayton School & Village Association arranges a collection of secondhand clothing for the Bag2School scheme, in order to raise funds. The next collection will take place during the morning of Thursday 8th October. 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 no longer accepted:-

  •     Pillows and cushions
  •     Duvets, bedding, blankets, household linen
  •     Carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats)
  •     Curtains
  •     Towels
  •     Soiled, painted, ripped or wet clothing
  •     School uniforms
  •     Corporate clothing and workwear
  •     Textile off cuts, yarns or threaded material

The heavier the bags are the better, as Bag2School pay us per kilo! In a couple of weeks’ time, you will receive a special Bag2School bag through your door. However, any other kind of bag can also be used, so you could start collecting now! 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 as you can on 8th October. Collection may also be possible if you are unable to deliver.

Another collection is being planned for March/April 2016.

Please contact Anne Deane, the village Bag2School co-ordinator, on 07718 305141 or deanery2@talktalk.net, for more info or to discuss collection. She has plenty of Bag2school bags available now, if you need them in advance of collection day, and can store your bags if you wish to hand them over early…

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DryDrayton.net Village E-Mails Footpaths, cycle-ways, fundraising, entertainment

  1. New Bus and Cycle way from Cambourne to Cambridge

The Greater Cambridge City Deal Board intends to construct a bus/cycle-way between Cambourne and Cambridge (and has already budgeted for it), and will be launching a public consultation over the exact route in September. A website called  “CambridgeBOLD” has been set up by South Cambridgeshire District Councillor Francis Burkitt, before the consultation starts, to tap into local opinion to help the City Deal Board arrive at the best route.  Read all about it at http://cambridgebold.org/ . The site contains some very detailed proposals which you can download. Our Parish Council have yet to comment on these proposals. At first sight this appears to offer little change for Dry Drayton residents – those using Park and Ride into Cambridge will go to a new parking site at Madingley Mulch and take a longer bus ride into town. But on closer examination the proposal being promoted by CambridgeBOLD includes upgrading the footpath from the Church in Dry Drayton to the strange Blue Bridge over the A428 at Hardwick, not just to a better footpath but to a cycleway and footpath. Only a week ago this footpath was so overgrown that it was not even passable on foot. If these proposals go ahead they will provide a safe off-road cycle-way all the way to Cambridge (or Cambourne) from Dry Drayton (and Bar Hill). It also opens up the possibility of a safe cycle and ride route into Cambridge. These would be real advantages for our community.

  1. World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – can you help?

Macmillan Cancer Support‎ World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – please contact Fleur Clegg if you would be interested in organising this year’s WBCM in Dry Drayton (at home or a village venue). Fleur is re-locating so unable to host it this year and it would be great to keep this event going – over the last 10 years the village has raised nearly £10,000 for this much needed charity. There is a team of willing helpers and Fleur has contact details for stallholders etc. The usual date is the last Friday in September (so this year Friday 25th) but it could be any date that suits. Please contact Fleur on 07795 396231 or fleur.clegg@allenovery.com.

  1. Flower Arranging Demonstration in Dry Drayton

Granta Flower Club of Cambridge will be holding their September 8th meeting in the Village Hall and cordially welcome anyone along to watch a floral demonstration by Katrin Bass from Passionate Flowers of Over. The doors open at 7.00pm and the demonstration begins at 7.30pm. Entry is free and there will be a raffle at the end of the evening to win Katrin’s arrangements. Please come along and join us. If you would like any further information please contact Hilary Hurst on 01954 781042

  1. Entertainment at the Village Hall

 Dry Drayton Village Hall presents….. a special musical evening in aid of further hall improvements on Saturday 12th September 7:00 for 7:30pm, featuring Val Sinclair http://www.valsinclair.co.uk/ with a wide selection of popular tunes encompassing blues, 60s, jazz etc… This promises to be an excellent evening with a popular professional group early booking is advised and please by 8th September (no late ticket sales) tickets available at £12.50 from Fred & Marlene Northrop, 28 Pettitt’s Lane 01954 789525 treasurer@drydraytonvillagehall.org.uk food will be served – please bring your own drinks there will be a raffle – donations of prizes will be most welcome.

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DryDrayton.net Village E-mails – special Parish Council meeting, village events etc

Dear All, 

  1. Parish Council Planning Meeting Tuesday 11th August 2015 7pm Village Church

The agenda for the meeting is on the Parish Council website www.drydraytonpc.org.uk The meeting is to discuss the planning application for the Cambridge Solar Farm. The site of this development is huge, it covers an area of 250 acres – about the size of the whole built area of Dry Drayton. The site is outside our Parish, about a field width West of the boundary of Dry Drayton Parish on land east of Battle Gate Road, Childerley Farm, roughly between Dry Drayton, Knapwell and Boxworth. The Solar Farm will be capable of generating up to 50MW of electricity, broadly equivalent to the electricity requirements of 14,209 average homes. Over 4000 vehicle movements will be needed for construction – vehicular access being from the A428 in the South and through Boxworth in the North. The solar farm will last for 30 years before decommissioning. To read about the application and comment, go to https://www.scambs.gov.uk/ – follow the links to view a planning application and input the application number S/1714/15/FL. There are over 30 documents relating to the application – these take an age to load so be patient. If you want to see what some other local communities are saying about solar farms, take a look at http://www.solarcampaign.co.uk/

2. Dry Drayton Village Hall presents….. a special musical evening

In aid of further hall improvements on Saturday 12th September featuring Val Sinclair http://www.valsinclair.co.uk/  with a wide selection of popular tunes encompassing blues, 60s, jazz etc… This promises to be an excellent evening with a popular professional group. Early booking is advised and please by 8th September (no late ticket sales) tickets available at £12.50 from Fred & Marlene Northrop, 28 Pettitt’s Lane 01954 789525 treasurer@drydraytonvillagehall.org.uk  food will be served – please bring your own drinks there will be a raffle – donations of prizes will be most welcome

3. DryDrayton.net Village Website – updates please

If you run a group or event in Dry Drayton, please e-mail webmaster@drydrayton.net to have your current information added to the village website. Use it or lose it – pages will be taken down over the next month for those organisations which don’t provide current information. The deadline to get material to Sylvia for the printed September Village Newsletter is 20th August – send to sylviapryer@aol.com (and why not CC webmaster@drydrayton.net to have your web pages updated at the same time).

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Latest DryDrayton.net Village E-Mail

Copy of the latest DryDrayton.net Village E-Mail

Dear Dry Drayton Folks,

A few items of local interest.

1.    Village Crimes

We have been warned by ECops about thefts of heating oil in South Cambridgeshire villages, most recently in Elsworth and Rampton. They have issued advice on taking care of your heating oil, available at www.DryDrayton.net/pdfs/heatoil.pdf . You will probably also be aware of a recent daytime burglary at the Scotland Road end of the High Street. Latest village crime issues are posted at http://www.drydrayton.net/nwatch.asp

  • 2.    Christmas Floral Event

On Tuesday 3rd December 2013 there will be an excellent Christmas Floral Event by Madeleine Bradley at Dry Drayton Village Hall. Door opens at 7pm for a demonstration starting at 8pm. The flower arrangements made will be raffled with all proceeds going to Charity (Breast Cancer). Further information and tickets, at £8, available via Madeleine’s website http://madeleinebradley.com/   or telephone 01954 212242


3.    Volunteers needed for village working party.

Another working party is being organised to clear the ditch and prevent flooding along the Dry Drayton to Madingley Road. The outcome will be of great benefit to us all. The likely date is Monday 30th December starting at 10am. If you are willing to help, or would like more information, please contact Edward Byam-Cook, 01954 211 933 or elbyamcook@aol.com

4. Burns Supper

On Saturday 1st February 2014, 7:00 for 7:30pm at Dry Drayton Village Hall, there will be a traditional Burns Supper with the usual ceremony – piper, a haggis meal, Scottish dancing demonstration and a chance to dance yourself. Tickets at £12.50 per person (cheques to ‘Dry Drayton Village Hall’ please) available from Marlene and Fred Northrop, 28 Pettitt’s Lane 01954 789525 DDVH@tesco.net

5.    Village Hall – the new kitchen completed

The new kitchen was opened at a reception on 28th November attended by those who had contributed to the work and representatives of the funding organisations. Full details of the improvements to the kitchen and other parts of the Village Hall are in the press release, dated 28 November 2013, www.drydrayton.net/pdfs/VHPressR.pdf

6.    Bar Hill Children’s Centre – closure on 2nd December

On Monday 2nd December the Play & Learn group has been cancelled, the centre will also be closed on this date. This is due to staff needing to attend a county wide meeting. The Centre will re-open again as normal on Tuesday the 3rd December. Message from Kiri Drage, Business Support Assistant, Starship Childrens Centre, Gladeside, Bar Hill 01954 200473 www.cambridgeshirechildrenscentres.org.uk

7.    Information and support for Carers

Carers Rights Day 2013 is Friday, November 29 on the theme ‘rights, advice, support’ and the South Cambs Carers Support Team will be running information stands in different venues with information on benefits, support and services for carers who often work behind the scenes without recognition or help. Events will take place at:

Huntingdon Library, November 29, 10.00 am-2.00 pm

March Christmas Market, Sunday, December 8, 10.00 am-4.30 pm

Wisbech Christmas Market, Monday, December 16, 10.00 am-4.30 pm.

For those who cannot make one of these events but who want further details on support, information and services, advice is available from the Carers Support Team at: CarersSupportTeam@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or by telephone at: (01480) 377616.

8.    South Cambridgeshire Community Awards

Would you like to nominate someone for a Community Award? Information about the scheme and categories for nomination can be found at http://www.scambs.gov.uk/content/community-awards. Nominations must be made via the Parish Council – the closing date for receipt at South Cambs is 24 January 2014.

9.    And finally – a good day out

If you fancy a good local day out on Saturday next, 7th December – it is the annual Mill Road Winter Fair in Cambridge – details here http://www.millroadwinterfair.org/ .

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