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Cambridge Miniworks to stay in the village


Cambridge Miniworks is staying in Great Shelford.

In September, owner Blake Elkins announced that the family run business would be relocating to a bigger site.

But now the company has decided to keep hold of its Shelford headquarters while also expanding to a second garage at Wimpole (Wishers garages) which will also be named Cambridge Motorworks in due corse. The Wimpole site has its own mot bay, 4 ramps and a body shop.

They are also about to change the company name to Cambridge Motorworks.

“We are going to be carrying out services and repairs for all different makes and models at Great Shelford but also still specialising in Mini and Volkswagen. We already have a big local customer base so this is the right direction for us.

The expansion will see sales being carried out in the future at Wimpole. And that will mean the company will no longer need to park vehicles on High Green, which will go down well with local residents.


“This is a real Great Shelford success story,” said Blake. “This is good news for the village and good news for the business. This decision means that the village will be retaining a good quality and trusted garage on its doorstep.”

The expansion will also mean extra jobs for the village, keep an eye out soon! 

Cambridge Miniworks have been in the village since 2011 when the company converted the former blacksmith’s shop.

It’s a family run company, with Blake involved with maintenance and sales, while his wife, Lauren, looks after accounts. Assisting Blake in both garages is Ian Newey along with 3 highly experienced technicians. 


Blake will be running a 10% discount to any new customers, please pop down for a chat or call us, we are always here to help. Our new website goes live on the 24th Feb 

Posted Jan 31 2023


Warm hubs for Great Shelford


The two warm hubs in Great Shelford will continue in 2023 it has been revealed.

The hubs were initially opened in November and December.


Great Shelford Parish Council is working with Great Shelford Free Church and St Mary's Church to provide a warm community space.

Though the warm hubs continue in 2023, due to the lack of numbers attending and volunteers having personal commitments, times may vary.  The scheduled timetable is below, but note that there will no longer be the Warm Hub on a Wednesday afternoon.   Please also note that week commencing 30th January 2023, there will be no warm hub on Tuesday 31st January or Thursday 2nd February.

The opening hours are:

  • Monday  10am - 4pm  Great Shelford Free Church

  • Tuesday  10am - 4pm Great Shelford Free Church

  • Wednesday 9am- 12noon Great Shelford Memorial Hall

  • Thursday 10am- 4pm Great Shelford Free Church

  • Friday 10am-4pm Great Shelford Free Church.

Cambridgeshire ACRE has provided financial support towards six hours of heating and running costs which will also include support from volunteers.

"It is our intention to create a safe, warm and friendly place with free wifi where residents meet others, enjoy refreshments, perhaps join in with some activities and gather some information and advice while they are there," said a statement from the organisers.

Potential volunteers should call Parish Clerk Libby White on 01223 616622 or email

Updated Jan 31 2023


Great Shelford pub closes

The Square and Compasses pub in Great Shelford has closed.

Mein host Bill Tiley has decided to retire.

He has been the tenant of the popular pub since November 2003.

"We reached an impasse with the brewery Greene King," said Bill.

"Hopefully they can find someone who can run the pub with the village at its heart."

Posted Jan 23 2023

Co-op to move to High Green

Proposals for the Co-op to move out of the centre of the village have been given the go ahead.

The Co-op is planning to move to High Green from its current location in High Street.

The plans were today, Jan 18, given the go ahead by South Cambs Council.

The Co-op said that the High Green shop would be larger than its current store. The shop also includes 11 car parking spaces.​

Great Shelford Parish Council supported the changes.

One supporter of the switch said: " The parking in Great Shelford Village is not sufficient and this most definitely will help to reduce the congestion."

Opponents of the switch said that rather than traveling or walking to the centre of Great Shelford, people will travel by car to the new store therefore increasing traffic in the village. 

The switch was first proposed in January 2018.

The building, which was originally the De Freville Arms, was previously used as a furniture showroom. It is next to  Noel Young Wines and Bryan Turner Kitchens.

Posted Jan 18 2023


OASISS and English Language Lessons


Thanks to the generosity of many local people, Oasiss have been able to fund English language lessons since the end of last July; the cumulative cost has been almost exactly £5000. These have taken place in the Community Room next to St. Mary’s Great Shelford and have been attended by up to 50 people aged from 10 to 60; the church charges no rent, but we donate towards their heating bills in the colder weather.


We have two long-term groups who continue with four hours of lessons weekly and the Ukrainians (beginners and intermediate beginners) are making huge progress. Your money has done more than just provide language lessons – the Community Room has provided a safe space where people have felt able to talk about their experiences and to grapple with their new lives here. Many of our Ukrainians are now working and that, of course, is the best way to learn English. Thank you for your extraordinary generosity in funding these lessons. And thank you, too, to all the native English speakers who have volunteered to help at the lessons – it has been, and continues to be, quite a commitment.


The good news is that Cambridgeshire County Council is going to employ our longest serving teacher, Maryna, and will take over the funding of the lessons; they have been very impressed by what they have seen of the initiative.


So – a huge, heartfelt thank you to you all from all the Ukrainians whose English has been helped by the classes!

Children’s books for a library in central Ukraine


Appeal for children’s books for the library in Kryvyi Rih, a city that has suffered many missile strikes in the past year. We are looking for books for children and teenagers, aged 4 – 15. They can be transported to Ukraine for about £2-3/kilo. If you have any surplus children’s books in good condition that would be suitable for library lending, they can be brought to the porch of Little Shelford church after this Sunday or to the Community Room at Great Shelford church on Monday February 6th between 4 and 8pm. If anyone would like to make a small donation towards their transport, please do so at

Posted Jan 27 2023


Re-starting Great Shelford Friendship Group for older men and women


We intend to re-open Great Shelford Friendship Group from next month, with the first meeting in St Mary’s Parish Room at 2.30pm on Thursday, 2nd February, and further meetings weekly in term-time until July.  Those interested could join at any point as “membership” would be flexible (with £2 p/w subs. and introductory/guest visit free).  We hope to start the meetings with tea/coffee & biscuits, and initially to spend time talking about activities participants would prefer: discussion, speakers, films, outings, creative work, and other suggested things.  We won’t be a church-based group as such but may decide to mark Easter, Christmas and other seasonal things in our programme as desired. 

The overall aim is friendship and communication, especially between those with different interests, background, and needs.  Our new vicar, Julie Norris, may also visit us occasionally as St Mary’s are supportive of our re-start initiative.  To register interest / for more information, please contact:

Rosey Feuell, Lay Minister at Great Shelford St Mary’s        

01223 213305/  - or just come along at an early stage so we can take your perspectives into account. 

Jan 10 2023


New path to Dernford reservoir in the pipeline


Exciting changes are planned under the umbrella of a new venture called the Sawston Greenway.

The Sawston Greenway will provide a safer and better route for people walking, cycling and, where appropriate, horse-riding, linking Sawston, Stapleford, Great Shelford, Addenbrooke’s/Biomedical Campus and Cambridge.

The Greater Cambridge Greenways will follow off-road paths, along quiet streets or provide improved facilities along busier roads to provide more people with safer, easier and more direct routes in and out of Cambridge.

Proposals include;

  • Reducing the speed limit on Chaston Way, Mingle Lane and Church Street, Stapleford to 20mph along with traffic calming measures

  • A new parallel zebra crossing is proposed on Hinton Way, Great Shelford to connect between Chaston Way and Mingle Lane.

  • The creation of a new direct off-road shared use path from Great Shelford to Dernford Reservoir and the A1301.

  • A raised junction is proposed outside Shelford Station to reduce vehicle speeds and create a safer environment for people accessing the station.

  • An upgrade to the Genome cycle Path making the path wider to provide users with more comfort.

Consultation about the proposed changes ends on Friday 9 December.

To find out more and share your views with us please visit the following website:

Posted Nov 23 2022

Market re-launches


The monthly farmers market is being relaunched as the Village Market (hosted by the Parish Council).


The revived Village Market will re-start on Jan 28 in the Great Shelford Memorial Hall.


A survey about the new market is currently being carried out by the Parish Council. (External link)


Posted Jan 3 2023


Pots mystery

Twelve earthenware pots found floating by the river bank at Great Shelford rec on the day after Boxing Day.  Contact Great Shelford Online to claim.

Posted Jan 3 2023

Police van overturns in Great Shelford


A Great Shelford resident helped to rescue a police officer after their vehicle overturned.


An accident involving a police van and a civilian van resulted in a road closure after the police van overturned on December 21.

Tunwells Lane in Great Shelford was closed following the accident involving a police van and a white van.

Student paramedic Isabella Foster Cooke said: “My father Limahl Cooke was waiting on his bike at Shelford lights when he heard and saw the siren/ blue lights of police van coming from Stapleford.

“After the collision, he climbed onto the side of police van and smashed a side window to release the seat belt of policewoman and got her out. In addition he helped the policeman who was covered in shattered glass.”

Police said that the accident was damage only and no one was injured.

Posted Dec 22 2022


Photos; John Wakefield

Co-op support for Shelford charity

SSYI (Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative) has once again been selected as one of the causes around the Shelfords and Stapleford that the CoOp is supporting, as part of their Local Fund 2022-23. This is a member-based scheme, so it would be great if you, our SSYI supporters and friends, could…


  • Join the Co-op and become a member for £1, which enables you to earn rewards for yourself and the community.

  • Shop at the CoOp. For every £1 spent on many CoOp products and services, 1p goes into the Local Community Fund

  • Select which of the local charities you wish to support. The correct answer is “SSYI”

  • Encourage your friends and family to do the same !


It doesn’t matter which Co-op you use


Anything you give as part of this scheme between Nov 2022 and Oct 2023 will contribute to SSYI’s growing work amongst the young people of The Shelfords, Stapleford, Sawston and villages around. We currently have around 200 participants in various SSYI activities – the open access clubs, targeted groups, 1:1 support, trips and detached work.


Posted Dec 21 2022

Two new defibrillators for Great Shelford


Funded by the Great Shelford Parochial Charities, two more defibrillators have been bought and installed in village phone boxes – on Hinton Way and High Green – bringing to eight the total number available in Great Shelford.

Posted Dec 21 2022


New barbers for Great Shelford


A new barbers has opened in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford.


Istanbul Barbers opened on November 21 in the former Solutions hairdressers.

The new barbers will be open seven days a week, offering what owner Çetın Tasdoğan describes as the best traditional Turkish services including wet shaves.

They are opening Monday to Saturday 9am to 6.30pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm with no appointments necessary.

Solutions Hairdressers in Great Shelford closed on October 13.

The Woollards Lane business has been going strong for 13 years.


"Its a really sad day for me and a really day for the village," said owner Sharon Footman.


She said that Solutions had never recovered after the pandemic.


"The climate has changed so much since then. People are trying to save their money, men are cutting their own hair. Mums are cutting their kids's hair. And people are cutting back on colouring.


"I feel really sorry for our elderly customers as there will no longer be a hairdressers for them in the village."


Sharon, Sam and Wendy are going to be working at the Hairs and Graces hairdressers in Harston (Sharon is on 07969898375, Sam is on 07940099896.) Zoe is going to be hairdressing in the village every other Friday. (07710550581). Jodie is having some time off with her family.


Victor is going to retire after more than 60 years as a barber.


"I would like to say a massive thank you to all our lovely clients for their  support  throughout the years,” said Sharon. “It feels like the end of an era, it's just awful.”

Updated Nov 23 2022

Appeal for witnesses after elderly woman dies after collision with car

A 71 year old woman has died after colliding with a car in a car park in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford.


Evelyn Wiseman, from Mill Lane, in Wendens Ambo, Saffron Walden, died in Addenbrooke's hospital on September 21, 24 hours after the accident..


Cambridgeshire Police are appealing for witnesses after the collision. 

The collision took place at 12.20pm on September 20 in a car park in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford.

Police and paramedics attended and the woman, 71, was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.

The driver of the car, a red Citroen C1, remained at the scene and is helping officers with their enquiries.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information, including dash cam footage, is urged to contact police via their web chat service quoting incident 163 of 20 September, or call us on 101 if you do not have internet access. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Posted Aug 21 2022


Planning approved for 39 new retirement apartments in Great Shelford

Permission has been given to build 39 brand new independent living retirement apartments in Great Shelford After a successful planning appeal,


Regenerating the vacant former commercial yard site on Station Road, the new development will bring a new community to the heart of Great Shelford, supporting around 78 jobs both during and after construction and contributing over £300k a year to the local economy.

In the appeal decision notice, the Government’s Planning Inspector R Norman dismissed concerns about the design and impact of the development, concluding that the plans “would represent an improvement on the existing site frontage,” and “would improve the character and appearance of the area.”

The new development will provide high quality, secure and self-contained accommodation in landscaped grounds. Owners will enjoy independent living and a sense of community, with a communal owners’ Lounge, a Guest Suite, a Lodge Manager, and a 24 hour emergency call alarm service.

Stuart Goodwill, Managing Director of Churchill’s planning consultancy, said: “This is a very positive result and we will now look forward to starting work as soon as possible on this new development in Great Shelford. Retirement housing is the most effective form of residential development for generating local economic growth, supporting local jobs, and increasing high street spend. The new apartments will also help improve the health and wellbeing of those who live there, and meet the housing needs of many older people in Great Shelford and the surrounding area.”

For more information on the development, please call 0800 458 1857 or visit

Posted Oct 5 2022


Open Arms in Shelfords & Stapleford - Ukraine update

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our many hosts, OASISS has grown rapidly until recently but has now levelled off with 98 Ukrainian people now living locally.


 With our support and encouragement, our guests are now taking on more responsibility for many of our activities.

Current activities are summarized below:

  • Social Events – a highly successful lunch for hosts and guests was held for Ukranian Defenders Day, see details below.  Another is being planned for January 2023.

  • Coffee  mornings 

 Wednesdays at All Saints Little Shelford 1000 to 1200hrs.

  • Afternoon Tea on 2nd Wednesday each month at Little Shelford Pavilion Wale Recreation Ground  1400 to  1700hrs. Cost £1.50 for tea & cake.  

  • Yoga classes

 Mondays at Little Shelford Village Hall at 1800hrs. Contact by email “joanna.k.jasiewicz@”.

  • English Lessons -  A hugh thank you to all of you who have donated time and money to this initiative; it has been a tremendous success with up to 40 attending the classes, supported by loyal local volunteers. In November South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC)will be taking over the running (and funding) of these classes from our wonderful team.  If anybody is interested, and not already taking OASIS lessons, please contact Caroline  Kingdon at email “”.

  • Bicycles – so far 17 fully equipped and serviced cycles have been provided.  More are available. Contact  Susie Everett by email “susieev01@gmailcom”.

  • Advice on schooling, state benefits & job opportunities .

SCDC have been very supportive through their contact Gareth Bell on email “”.

  • Tennis coaching – suspended until spring, will advise later.

  • Clothing hub – all known needs have been catered for and clothing hubs have  now been transferred to Sawston Free Church and being  run by Ukranian guests based in Sawston. However, if there are any further requirements please contact OASISS. 


Some of our hard working hosts may well be looking for a break.  If anybody knows of families able to offer temporary accommodation would they please let us know. Any such homes would need to be inspected by SCDC.

Also If anybody is away this Christmas who would be willing to host Ukranians in their absence for a night or a few days – overseen by their current hosts?

In either instance please contact OASISS.

Updated Nov 28 2022


Cambridge Miniworks to leave Great Shelford

Cambridge Miniworks is leaving Great Shelford.

The site at High Green is now available to let.


"We will be finally relocating to a much bigger site which is much needed," said owner Blake Elkins.

"I would love the site to be let to a local person who can build a business like I have over the last 11 years. There’s so much potential with this site, great location and good local atmosphere."


Posted September 27 2022

Christmas tree collection scheme


If you don’t want the hassle of getting rid of your Christmas tree, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity could collect it and recycle it for you.

Their teams of dedicated volunteers will be out and about collecting trees between 12-15 January 2023.

The Charity welcomes a donation in exchange for taking your real tree to be recycled, but please note you must register in advance.

The festive fundraiser, sponsored by Cooke, Curtis & Co (Trumpington) and Cyber Business Growth (Royston), is only possible if over 150 volunteers donate their time to making the four-day scheme a tree-mendous success.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s Event Fundraiser, Bec Beattie, said:

“In January 2022, our community helped us to collect just over 3,000 trees and raise over £56,000! to support people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition”

“This coming January we need volunteer drivers, (preferably with their own van), as well as businesses and organisations who can provide vans, and crew members again for a fun day and to help us raise even more funds to provide hospice care to our local communities.”


If you can spare some hours or provide a van for free, please call the fundraising team on 01223 675888 or email

To register to have your tree collected and recycled visit

Posted Nov 28 2022


New cafe for Great Shelford

The empty shop next door to Shelford Spice is going to be a cafe.


 It will be a full English breakfast cafe, eat in and takeaway.


It will be called Brunch Base. The operating hours will be roughly around 7am till 1 or 2 till lunch. 

It is opening on Jan 11th 2023.

The cafe is looking to recruit local people. So if anyone that has experience working in a cafe,  they should contact

You can see their website at

The next door takeaway, Shelford Spice opened in Woollards Lane on July 19.

Shelford Spice is in the former McColls newsagents which closed almost four years ago.


Updated Nov 28 2022


Three new streets for Great Shelford

Three new streets are being created in Great Shelford with the arrival of 21 new almshouses

The 21 homes will be ready to be lived in early in 2023.

The homes are ion three new terraces:

  • Martin Terrace

  • Pearson Terrace

  • Oliver Terrace.

Martin Terrace

Great Shelford was one of many villages to benefit from the generosity of Lettice Martin. On her death in 1562, this wealthy landowner from Chrishall, some 8 miles south of Shelford, left money to found charities for the poor across 36 parishes. In 1890, Great Shelford’s Lettice Martin’s Charity merged with two other local charities to form The Parochial Charities.

Pearson Terrace

In addition to housing, the charity in its early years provided other benefits to those in need, most notably the provision of coal but also nursing aid and equipment. Their records show that between 1893 and 1895, the Parochial Charities paid for nursing duties provided by Elizabeth Pearson, a widow living in Abberley Wood.

Oliver Terrace

Before the Great Shelford health centre opened in 1980, the village surgery was located on the corner of Tunwells Lane and Station Road. Here Dr Hugh Oliver MBE practised, firstly as a locum in the late 1950s and latterly – from 1976 to 1988 – as a much-loved village GP. In between, he served as Medical Superintendent at the Mengo Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Dr Oliver was for many years a trustee of The Parochial Charities, stepping down in 2014. He died in 2017 aged 87.

Read about the 21 new homes at the Great Shelford Parochial Charities website.

Posted September 27 2022

new streets

Shelford bus saved

The question mark over the future of the 31 bus which serves Great and Little Shelford has been lifted.

Owners A2B have announced that they will continue the service after all.


But several changes have been introduced.


The 4pm service from Cambridge to the Shelfords will now leave at 4.30pm.

And the 6pm service has been scrapped. 

Updated Oct 17 2022


Great Shelford news survey results

The Great Shelford Online website is the most trusted news in the village according to a new survey.

Over 60% of people who took part in the survey said that Great Shelford Online was their most trusted source for local news, ahead of the village magazine and Great Shelford Facebook pages.

More than 50% of people who took part in the survey said that the Great Shelford Online community website was their main source of news about Great Shelford.

Almost 80% of respondents said they wanted to see more local history on the website. 64% want to see more profiles of local people. And 68% said they wanted to read more information about local walks.

But the majority of people said they didn’t want to see more news about planning applications or the Parish Council.

Great Shelford Online is written and edited by former BBC journalist David Martin who lives in the Shelfords.

Posted Aug 23 2022


Memorial Hall could be used as Great Shelford warm centre


The Memorial Hall could be used as one of the village's warm centres this winter.


Some people are worried that they might not be able to afford to have their heating on because of the increasing cost of gas and electricity.


Now as part of a survey about future uses for the Memorial Hall, the Parish Council has suggested using the hall as  a "warm centre"  as one option. You can take part in the survey here.

The Parish Council is taking control of the Memorial Hall from September.


If you would like to book the hall please contact Jenny by emailing

Posted Aug 23 2022

memorial hall

Nursery offers £1,000 bonus to new staff

Shelford Day Nursery is offering a £1,000 bonus to new staff.

The Nursery is currently advertising on Heart Radio for qualified and experienced Early Years Educators as well as Lunch Time Supervisors.

" We are encouraging new staff to join us as soon as possible and as such, we are offering new starters a joining bonus of £1000; please spread the word," said the Nursery

Potential staff can apply for roles by calling Debs at the nursery, popping in to see us, online via our website ( or by emailing

Posted June 27 2022

Great Shelford bus changes

Changes mean that there are now less buses serving Great Shelford in the morning rush hour.

The changes mean that there are now only four number 31 buses at peak time rather than the previous five due to staff shortages.

This is a statement from Brian Clifford, Managing Director of bus company A2B Travel Group:

"Unfortunately we have in the last four weeks lost four staff( we only employ seven full time drivers so over 50%) through retirement and long term illness etc , however we currently have three drivers awaiting test dates from the DVSA.

We had to take a fast decision as to avoid the continual cancellations that are varying on a day to day basis by other operators in similar positions in the area which does not benefit travelling passengers at all and the quickest way was to have a revamp of the routes 31 & 7a so as to still provide a regular operational (albeit reduced) service. We really are sorry. We are deeply disappointed that we have had to do this and are confident that in a short period of time we can reinstate services fully and return to our previous operational levels.”

Posted June 28 2022


Welcoming Refugees from Ukraine to the Shelfords

About 83 people from Ukraine have now been welcomed to Little Shelford, Great Shelford and Stapleford. 


When the OASISS initiative was started in March, we were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic support and generosity of so many in our three villages and indeed beyond. We had 69 offers of accommodation totalling 96 beds enough for 177 individuals. Help included language skills, willingness to host events, classes, activities, transport, legal advice, bicycles, toys, and equipment.

This community spirit has triumphed with good humour and much laughter despite many obstacles, delays, and setbacks. We currently have 83 Ukrainian guests in our three villages, and we are looking forward to hosting a further 12 to 15. The ratio of adults to children is roughly 2/3 to 1/3, with the majority of the older guests being female. Most children in need of a school place have found one, for which we thank

both South Cambs Council and Cambs County Council, this has been no easy task. I am delighted to say that many of our older guests are finding employment.

We have enjoyed re-forging friendships fractured by COVID and we have made new friendships both with our guests and with the many hosts. We have learned much about Ukraine from our guests; some of their more recent experiences are distressing and sobering, reminding us how fragile our cosy world can be. 

OASISS has launched weekly language classes for different groups: adults including 11-15s (4 separate classes) and children under 11. These are being held in the community room at St Mary’s and the Great Shelford Library respectively over the summer holidays. Over 50 Ukrainian guests have so far embarked upon lessons.

These classes are critical to allowing our guests to socialise with us, to getting jobs and better jobs and to becoming established here in the UK. Our Ukrainian guests are already enriching and contributing to our community here in the Shelfords and Stapleford.

A fundraiser held at the Sports Pavilion, Little Shelford on the evening of 22nd July will help to pay for the fees of our TEFL teachers and library hire charges. We have five qualified English TEFL teachers, as well as a host of English volunteers. The event successfully raised just over £2900. We have just heard that we have been awarded a community grant of £300.

Sandie Roberts and her team have hosted enormously successful of clothes hubs at Shelford Rugby Club, and these have been well attended by our guests. The last event this summer was held on 26th August. 

Other well attended activities include: -

• Yoga classes offered free to attendees on a Monday evening in Little Shelford Village Hall,

• Tennis lessons over the summer in Great Shelford on a Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon,

• Two coffee mornings held each week: one is held at the Free Church in Great Shelford and one in the North Building of All Saints Little Shelford

Further information can be found on the OASISS website –


Over the coming months we hope to host further social events including a Ceilidh. Friends and neighbours have generously donated bicycles, and these are being serviced before being given to our guests. We need more bicycles as well as many more bicycle helmets, high visibility vests, padlocks, and lights.

A number of guests have secured jobs but more are still seeking employment. We hope that higher paid and rewarded jobs will become available as English language competence increases.

As the summer progresses into Autumn and we see no imminent likelihood of a resolution to the conflict in Ukraine, we seek to address emerging needs, the most pressing of which is the opportunity for independent living including private houses/flats to rent and/or access to social/charitable housing. We would welcome any support local organisations and individuals may be able to give.

The OASISS team would like to say a big thank you to a remarkable community, including

- our extraordinary hosts who have unconditionally opened their homes to guests,

- the many people who have generously donated to OASISS to support our work,

- ITAC, which has helped us with policies and financial management,

- the support of our Parish Councils, the Free Church, All Saints, St Andrews, St Mary’s, SCDC, CCC and Anthony Browne and his team.

The OASISS team – Gaby Barnard, Ali Burd, Susie Everett, Robin, and Diana Haines, Joanna Jasiewicz, Charles and Caroline Kingdon and Magda Syposz,

Posted Aug 25 2022


Greg is a real quiz master

During Lockdown, Great Shelford man Greg Wall kept in contact with his family via weekly Zoom quizzes.  Running out of questions he developed some new puzzles only for Lockdown to be lifted. Since then he has been publishing the puzzles on Twitter and Reddit and most recently in the Guardian.  These brainteasers which are collectively called Elemental cover word games, number games, trivia, and logic and are published daily on Twitter under @elemental_41.



Retirement village consultation

A short public consultation has been launched about controversial proposals to build a retirement village on green belt in Stapleford.

The retirement care village will include 150 retirement bungalows & apartments alongside care services on green belt land between Haverhill Road, Stapleford and Hinton Way, Great Shelford.

The developers Rangeford Villages launched a public consultation about the proposals on June 1st. The consultation ends on June 15. 

Visit if you would like to have your say.

The retirement village will include facilities for the wider community to use including wellness facilities and a new 47-acre Countryside Park.

There were 54 objections to the original proposal. One resident from Haverhill Road in Stapleton who submitted a letter to South Cambridgeshire Council said they were worried any development would "irreversibly change" the character of the area.

They added: "The proposed development of Greenbelt land combined with the planned busway would devastate the delightful rural character of our village.”

The proposal was originally rejected by South Cambs Council in April 2021. But it was given the go ahead following a planning appeal at the end of last year.

The developers said the high-end retirement village would include an investment of £15 million, creating 190 jobs during construction. 

Posted June 1 2022

New almshouses taking shape


This aerial photograph shows the Parochial Charities almshouse development taking shape at the end of More’s Meadow in Great Shelford, South Cambridgeshire. Over the past few weeks much of the scaffolding has been taken down and work on the interiors is now underway.

Subject to weather and materials availability, the contractor aims to complete the development by year end.


The 21 new units – a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes – are grouped in three terraces set around a central landscaped green. The properties feature high standards of energy efficiency and are designed to keep running costs low.


Once complete, this will bring to 53 the total number of almshouse properties owned and maintained by Great Shelford Parochial Charities. Further information may be found at

Posted May 25 2022

Farmers Market closes


Great Shelford's farmers market has closed.


The market, which took place on the fourth Saturday of the month, closed in April.


However the Great Shelford Country Market is still  open every Wednesday 9 to 11.30 am in the Memorial Hall.  We are preparing for a ‘Platinum Jubilee Celebration’ market on 1 June.  It's also the growing season so stalls in the Plant Section are becoming very well laden with fine healthy plants.   Range of home baking including a variety of bread, preserves and many crafts so plenty to see. Take a look at our logo: ‘COOK-CRAFT-GROW’ - everything we sell is home-made, home-grown or hand-crafted.

Posted May 23 2022


Election results

The Liberal Democrats held both District Council seats in the Shelfords and Stapleford in the May 5 election.

Sitting councillor Peter Fane topped the poll with 1612 votes.

William Jackson-Wood came second for the Liberal Democrats with 1198 votes to win the other seat for this area.

Conservative  Ben Shelton was third with 924 votes while fellow Tory Andrew Appleyard was fourth with 889 votes.

* There were no parish council elections as there weren't enough candidates. But Ben Shelton joined both Great Shelford Parish Council and Stapleford Parish Council on May 5. Great Shelford still has two vacancies while Stapleford now has four vacancies.


Posted May 25 2022

Guided busway survey


81% of people who took part in MP Anthony Browne’s survey earlier this year said they would not or probably not support the guided busway on the edge of Great Shelford and Stapleford.

58% said they would definitely or probably support the alternative option using the A1307 and 85% would never or only rarely use the CSET busway.

Now there is a major new survey about the proposals in which you need to have a say.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) is currently reviewing its Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP) and has launched a public consultation. This gives you a chance to share your thoughts on the CSET Busway and transport issues more generally. 

Click this link.  Follow through the first two pages (answering required questions 1-6), before coming to a map of Cambridgeshire.

Click 'South Cambridgeshire' to be directed to the Greater Cambridge section.

This section contains two questions, one offering a simple choice of how much you support the proposals, and a second box asking for more detailed feedback.

If you wish to give feedback directly regarding the guided bus scheme, this box is the best place for you to do so.

If you oppose the current proposals to build a concrete busway across the Cambridge green belt at the Gog Magog hills, please use this opportunity to tell our local transport authorities to stop these destructive plans.

Click here to fill in the full LTCP Consultation

Click here to view the relevant CSET section of the LTCP Consultation

Posted May 24 2022

Calling experienced kayakers

We are looking for experienced adult kayakers who would be interested in joining our team running fun kayaking sessions for Cubs and Scouts. We have all the equipment needed for the Cubs and Scouts but would like to find additional experienced adults to join the fun and help out. If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact Will Bull at

Posted May 23 2022


New Pop in and Chat  Support Group at the Library

Monthly Pop in and Chat sessions are starting shortly at Great Shelford Library and we would love you to come along. This is a mutual support group for parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND). Children can play together and a Child and Family Centre Worker will be on hand to give advice. Meetings are free and refreshments will be available.

The first two sessions will be from 2-3.30pm on Wednesday 11th May and Wednesday 8th June 2022.

To book a place please call 0345 045 5225, email or call in to Great Shelford Library.

Posted April 19 2022

Shelford and Stapleford Ukraine support update

Over 60 households in the Shelfords and Stapleford have offered accommodation for up to 120 Ukrainian refugees following the campaign 

by the local group Open ArmS In Shelfords/Stapleford (OASISS). This is there update:


We are delighted to report that the response to OASISS has been extraordinary – we do live in a community filled with generous and caring individuals, not to mention the churches and organisations who have also stepped up to the plate. We have also had families join from Hauxton, Duxford, and Trumpington.


Where we are:

We have over 60 households offering accommodation for over 120 people. Many of you brave people have generously offered to host mothers and children; the need now is for accommodation for adults, some of whom are elderly. Please let us know whether you can accommodate adults and pass this on to others who may have felt they couldn’t accommodate children.


As we speak, we have approached a dozen households in total who are in communication with people seeking refuge. We are learning that the process is a journey, with hiccoughs along the way, so we have some time before we need to make up beds! The visa process is challenging, but there are people around to guide you through the process.


War brings inevitable chaos, and things take time; our original idea of bringing a community of people who already know one another is unlikely to work, but we are told that just being Ukrainian is bringing people together.  We can build on that in our own community.. We have been approached by a local organisation, the Cambridge4Ukraine initiative in partnership with Cambridge University Ukrainian Society (CUUS). So, in addition to letting us know that you are willing to host, we will now ask you to sign up by completing this form.

OASISS: What we need now:

A|website, legal and financial skills and admin skills


  1. The huge response has generated an enormous number of emails and we need to share the load with a larger team. Please could we encourage people who have been unable to offer to house people but have time and administrative and organisation skills to contact us.

  2. A website will soon be very necessary and will help with communication- if there is someone out there who has the skills to develop a website. Time is of the essence.

  3. We will need help with financial and legal issues. People are generously offering funds, but we have no bank account, though we are investigating short term solutions. Others may be comfortable in guiding folk through the visa process. Please do let us know.


For the future:


Many of you have offered to help with activities and social support, as well as with practical help such as finding bicycles or even teaching English. We will be approaching you all for broader offers of help in the future, so please think about ways in which you or the organisations with which you are involved could help.


Some of you have already pledged money to help with travel or with the immediate needs of refugees. We are happy to receive promises of financial gifts, but do not yet have the mechanism to accept these.


Thank you again to everyone who has offered help in any way.


The team at Open ArmS In Shelfords/Stapleford (OASISS)

Posted March 31 2022


Ukrainian Refugee Crisis Appeal, Shelford


We thought you would like to know that the lorry filled with your generous donations from the Great Shelford Memorial Hall collection on March 6 has arrived in Poland.


Due to the fluid situation the lorry was diverted to a town called Knurow where the Red Cross has established a warehouse close to where the Ukrainian refugees are being transferred to ease the pressure on the boarder. There have been messages of huge appreciation communicated back to us from Poland which we want to pass on to you all.


We feel this has been a really hopeful project in a time of extraordinary darkness. None of it could have happened without  you giving so generously your donations, your time and your support. The community’s  positive response has been overwhelming. Thank you. 


Georgie and Tom Godsal

Posted March 23 2022

* During March Scotsdales fund-matched all donations given at their checkouts for the Ukraine, totalling an impressive £6,526. All proceeds will go to the Disaster Emergency Committee.

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Zara celebrates 15 years in Great Shelford


Zara Indian restaurant is celebrating 15 years in Great Shelford this year.

"Over the years we have been open we have won several national and regional awards and this is all due to the support of the local community and we hope to achieve the same level of recognition and support in the future," said a spokesman for the popular restaurant.


"W have been going since 2007 and consider ourselves as a very important part of the local community. We have always tried to support our community by getting involved with local sponsorships and contributing to local fund raisers however big or small and we are proud of our involvement.

"The past couple of years have been very difficult for all local businesses including us due to COVID. During the pandemic we have stood strong and supported our community as much as possible by donating meals to local charitable and NHS trusts including care homes, we have donated over 2000 meals and regularly supporting to the food bank with our donations with the support of our customers. 


We have made our restaurant COVID safe for everyone to come and enjoy and have a good time during these difficult period.


We are and have always been committed to providing meals at the highest quality and this is evident by the number of accolades we have received consistently over the years. We hope to carry this on for a very very long time while always trying to improve on our past achievements.


As a voice for the local community we would appreciate all the support you can give us for the future. 

Posted March 22 2022

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April Shelford library events 

We’re looking forward to holding three April events at Great Shelford Library! Pre-booking is needed so please call in to the library, ring the contact centre or send us an email (see contact details below):


Spring Craft Event for Children: Wed 6th April 2-3.30pm. £1 per child. Ages 3+


Lego/Duplo Event for Children: Wed 13th April 3.45-5.15pm. £1 per child. Ages 2+


Engage talk for adults: Wed 27th April 2-3.30pm a free talk by Helen Harwood about ‘Great Shelford in Times Past’. £1 suggested contribution for refreshments after the talk.


Are you interested in knowing more about wildlife and gardening? Come and see our new Year of the Planet display, including a wide range of inspiring books and useful spotter’s guides, some generously funded and donated by the Friends of Great Shelford Library.


Jigsaws: we have lots of jigsaws available in the library for you to borrow or swap. We’d also love to build up our collection of children’s jigsaws, especially those suitable for pre-school and primary children - if you’d like to donate any of these to the library that would be much appreciated.


Saturday 23rd April is World Book Night, a national event to celebrate the joys and benefits of reading. There are lots of suggestions for how to participate on the Reading Agency website. Cambridgeshire Libraries are hosting a series of special Read a Little Aloud online events for World Book Night, starting from Tuesday 19th April, 7-8pm. Library staff and volunteers will be reading aloud from favourite books and poems, and everyone is welcome. Feel free to join in or just sit back and listen. To find out more and receive a link to join the events, please email

Posted March 22 2022

Great Shelford community awards results

The winners of the Great Shelford community awards have been announced.


Great Shelford Parish Council wanted to celebrate the contributions of the unsung heroes from our village, by recognising the difference they have made to members of our community by launching the first Great Shelford Community Awards.  Seven categories of award were chosen and on 3rd March, eight winners were announced at the Annual Parish Meeting.

The awards were kindly sponsored by Redmayne, Arnold and Harris.


There were over 50 nominations for residents who have made a difference to many lives in different ways.

Young Hero
This award is aimed for anyone under 18 years of age who has overcome personal difficulty or made a stand to improve their life or the lives of others.  The winner was Eliza Hilliard.  Eliza is only six years old and was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July 2020.  She has been described as being one of the brightest, happiest people you could meet and has undergone her traumatic treatment with bravery and no complaints. 


Sports & Leisure
Julia Creed.  During the pandemic, with so much uncertainty, Julia masterminded cricket training sessions for over 100 local children. 

Community Action
There were two winners.  Chris Smith and Mary Regnier-Wilson.  Chris was the founder of the Great Shelford Covid-19 Support Group and with Mary’s help they co-ordinated over 200 volunteers, providing in excess of 500 days of support to those isolating, needing shopping, prescriptions collecting, organising food parcels, etc.

Environmental Improvement
Eleanor McCrone has been awarded this trophy for her enthusiasm and persistence to redesign the recreation ground from a blank rectangular canvas to one which embraces nature and wildlife from the riverbank to the newly opened Playscape.  


Social Wellbeing
Great Shelford Mobile Warden Scheme


Local Hero
 Keith Sugden has put an enormous amount of time into the community gardens and parochial charity allotments.  

Helping Hand/Unsung Hero
Francess Richardson.  Francess will visit those who are not well and has been a real hero through the pandemic – meeting others in/from her front garden, checking in on neighbours to ensure they don’t need anything.  She is sociable and friendly, making the smaller community in which she lives a friendly happy one.  Francess is artist and over the years her artwork has been used in various areas around the village including the bus stop near the train station, the Twinning Association have used it and thoroughout the pandemic she used her artistic talent to write quotes on her house to lift spirits.  

Read the full details on the Parish Council website

Posted March 15 2022


Toxic chemical found in water of some Great Shelford and Stapleford homes says The Guardian


More than 1,000 people in Great Shelford and Stapleford may have drunk water with dangerously high levels of toxic chemicals according to a report in The Guardian published on February 8.


MP Anthony Browne has demanded an urgent investigation.


Cambridge Water has said that tests have recently been carried out across Great Shelford and Stapleford and our water is safe.


The Guardian report claimed that toxic chemicals called perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS) were in some of the water supplied to Great Shelford and Stapleford in June 2021. It said they were from a water borehole near Duxford airfield.


The newspaper reported that the aquifer was found to have PFOS levels at almost 400 nanograms per litre (ng/l) of water – four times the Drinking Water Inspectorate’s limit.


​Great Shelford Parish Council called an emergency meeting about the issue on February 9.


The meeting was told that all houses in Great Shelford and Stapleford receive the same blend of water from four boreholes, including the Duxford aquifer.


When water samples from Duxford were found to have a slightly higher level of some chemicals in June 2021, the use of the aquifer was discontinued even though the increased level was still acceptable Cambridge Water Operations Director Andrew Lobley told the special meeting.


The public was not informed about the change at the time as it was not a breach of safety guidelines.


Anthony Browne MP for South Cambridgeshire condemned Cambridge Water's conduct and fears that "thousands of residents" may have been drinking the toxic chemicals.

"I’m appalled at the conduct of Cambridge Water in letting this incident happen and then concealing it. The continued secrecy around how many people have been affected, and the impact on our precious aquifer, is unacceptable.

"I urge Cambridge Water to come clean about the extent of the incident, both in terms of who was affected and how long it went on for. They must directly inform affected residents."


Read the full story in The Guardian.

BBC coverage of the story

Cambridge News coverage

Cambridge Independent coverage

Updated Feb 27 2022


MP demands busway re-think


South Cambridgeshire MP Anthony Browne has demanded a re-think for the controversial off-road busway after a survey revealed more than 80 per cent of respondents do not support it.

The £132million Cambridge South East Transport (CSET) busway would run through green fields in Great Shelford and Stapleford.

A total of 1,958 submissions were made to the MP’s survey which found 71.96% of respondents would “definitely not” support the GCP’s preferred route and a further 8.99% would “probably not” support it.

Of those who responded to the survey, just 5.57% said they would use the busway regularly, and an overwhelming majority of 74.67% said they would not use it at all.

The survey also revealed support for the reopening of the Haverhill to Cambridge railway line as a longer-term alternative to the busway – 68.54%.

“This survey received more responses from people directly impacted by the scheme than any one of the four GCP consultations,” said Mr Browne.

“They spoke in near-unanimity opposing the project. Alongside the many environmental concerns, comments spoke of cost pressures, better alternatives, and a phenomenal lack of engagement with local people.

“This cannot be news to the GCP, who have received appeals from parish councils, environment groups, campaigners, businesses, and residents. And yet still they push on, preparing to spend over £100million of public money unnecessarily carving up the countryside for a service the vast majority of residents say they would not use.

“The immediate need could be met with a more popular, cheaper, and less environmentally damaging scheme using existing infrastructure on the A1307. In the longer term, a rail link between Haverhill and Cambridge would allow more people to travel further, faster, and cheaper than any bus service. The GCP must take another look at these and rethink their current plans.”

Posted Feb 15 2022


Grant for Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative

Shelford & Stapleford Youth Initiative has received £7,000 to establish and grow regular indoor and outdoor activities for young people such as cooking, games, football and volleyball, and provide a safe space to socialise.

Their grant is part of £78,000 awarded by South Cambs Council for projects which help motivate and empower children and young people.


Posted Feb 14 2022


Additional bus service through village

From Feb 1st there will be an additional bus service from Hauxton & Little Shelford to Great Shelford.


This will be three journeys of the No 32 service operated by A2B Travel Group.


The bus will do a circular route around Woollards Lane, Tunwells Lane and High Street Great Shelford thus giving additional shopping opportunities for Hauxton & Lt Shelford residents. The bus will serve the Ashen Green stop in High St at 10.27  11.57 & 15.12 Monday to Friday only. 


This service is in addition to the existing No 31 service which continues to run on current timetable.  

John Wakefield Posted Jan 25 2022


Shelford library update


Happily, we are now beginning to reintroduce in-person library events. This includes a half term children’s Lego event on Wednesday 16th February (2-3.30pm, age 3+), with additional events planned for the Easter holidays. We will also be re-starting our popular monthly Engage talks, starting with a talk from a member of staff about what the Library Service offers (Wednesday March 23rd from 2-3.30pm). Pre-booking will be required for all events – please ask at the library.


7th-13th February is Children’s Mental Health Week. We have lots of supportive books in our Reading Well for Children collection to help younger readers to understand their feelings and we’ll be glad to help you to find the right one for your child.


February is LGBTQ+ History Month – celebrate the rainbow with us by choosing from our display highlighting LGBTQ authors and titles.


Finally, we would love your feedback about a new idea, which is to hold regular informal get-togethers at Great Shelford Library for parents and carers of children with additional needs. Whether this can go ahead will depend on the level of interest, so please tell staff in the library if you might be interested and would like further information.


Opening hours: Mondays 3-7pm, Tuesdays 10am-1pm and 2-5pm, Wednesdays 10am-1pm, Fridays 10am-1pm and 2-6pm, Saturdays 10am-1pm.

Posted Jan 26 2022


Go ahead for retirement village


Controversial proposals to build a retirement village on green belt in Stapleford have been given the go ahead.

The retirement care village will include 220 residential units on green belt land between Haverhill Road, Stapleford and Hinton Way, Great Shelford.

There will also be facilities for the wider community to use including wellness facilities, a swimming pool and a new 50-acre Countryside Park.

There were 54 objections to the original proposal. One resident from Haverhill Road in Stapleton who submitted a letter to South Cambridgeshire Council said they were worried any development would "irreversibly change" the character of the area.

They added: "The proposed development of Greenbelt land combined with the planned busway would devastate the delightful rural character of our village.”

The proposal was originally rejected by South Cambs Council in April 2021. But it was given the go ahead following a planning appeal at the end of last year.

Developers Axis Land Partnerships said the high-end retirement village would include an investment of £15 million, creating 190 jobs during construction. 

Axis Land Partnerships is part of the Sir Robert McAlpine Group and are working in partnership with the landowner of the proposed development site.

Details about the planning appeal can be found here.

The original planning application from July 2020 can be read here.

Posted Jan 4 2022


On this map of the retirement care village, Hinton Way can be seen on the top left, Haverhill Road on the bottom right and Gog Magog Way at the bottom of the picture

Co-op move update

There has been a further twist in the Co-op's proposals to move its store in Great Shelford.

It is planning to move from High Street to High Green so that they can have a bigger shop in the development that includes the Noel Young Wine Bar.

But the planning application was withdrawn during November. It is understood that traffic issues surrounding the proposal have yet to be resolved.

The revised proposals were due to be unveiled at the Parish Council's planning committee meeting on January 10 at 7.30pm. However it was announce on January 4 that the Co-op have withdrawn their application for 7 De Freville House, High Green again and will not be presenting to the Great Shelford Parish Council's Planning Committee on Monday 10th January. 

The new shop would include a cashpoint machine.

It would be 50% bigger than the current store.

The proposal includes 14 car spaces and the number of staff increasing from 11 to 13.

Updated Jan 4 2022


Parish Council headlines

Great Shelford Parish Council has declared a climate emergency

The Council is launching new Community Awards this year sponsored by Redmayne, Arnold and Harris.

The Parish Council is going to rename the Sports Pavilion The Charlie Nightingales Sports Pavilion after the former Chairman of the Parish Council who was also a district councillor for the village.

More details at

Posted Jan 3 2022


New village walking group


A walking group has been set up in Great Shelford.


They walk on the first and third Wednesday of every month..


"Its a friendly group but the take up so far has been minimal" said organiser Leah Collis.


They are gentle walks that start and finish at the David Rayner Centre. The next walk will be Wednesday the 24th Nov 1:30pm.

Posted Dec 20 2021


Shop and help SSYI


Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative have been selected as one of the local charities to benefit from this year's CoOp Local Fund.

This means that when you shop at any branch of the CoOp, if you are a CoOp member (that is very easy to do too) you can choose a preferred charity to support. The money they receive from the fund will depend on how many people select SSYI


Any donations from this fund until 22 October 2022 will benefit SSYI's work amongst the young people in our area.


They have highlighted our "Girls2Win" project, which will expand their work with vulnerable young women at risk of low mental health, self-harm, suicide and risk-taking or anti-social behaviour.

Posted Dec 20 2021

Parochial Charities could support more areas locally


Great Shelford Parochial Charities is considering supporting areas outside of Great Shelford.


The charity currently provides assistance, including accommodation, to “poor persons resident in the area of the Parish of Great Shelford as constituted on 15 April, 1890”. 


Many residents will be aware the charity has 32 properties at More’s Meadow and is in the process of constructing an additional 21 almshouses.


The trustees are considering varying the terms of the charity so that assistance can be provided to a wider pool of potential beneficiaries. 


The charity would continue to assist those in need who live in the Parish, but the proposed amendment would also allow the charity to assist those in need who live in the surrounding area or who have a strong connection with the village or an ability to contribute significantly to village life.

They are currently consulting on the changes. The full legal notice can be read here.

Posted Dec 17 2021

Shelford library update


Happy New Year from Great Shelford Library. We hope you’ll support us in 2022. Here are five ways to do this:


  1. Join: it’s simple and free. Everyone can be a member of the library – even babies.

  2. Use: make use of your local library. Borrow books (in person or downloaded to a device}; use a computer; attend events and activities; access online resources to help with work or research.

  3. Donate: library services are free to use but monetary donations, small or large, help us to provide more books and services.

  4. Join the Friends of Great Shelford Library: only £5 for lifetime membership.

  5. Spread the word: if you love your library, tell your friends and neighbours and encourage them to join. The more members we have, the stronger we are!


Families: we have a new Facebook page just for you! This is where all our events and activities for children and families are listed, where you can comment, ask questions and share the news with friends and family. Don’t miss a thing - have a look today and make sure you click the Follow button!


Half term Lego event: if Covid-19 restrictions at the time allow, a children’s Lego event will be held at the library on 16th February from 2-3.30pm. Places must be pre-booked. Age 3+. £1 per child.

Posted December 17 2021

Special public meeting about local plan

Great Shelford Parish Council and Stapleford Parish Council held a public meeting on Wednesday 1st December at 7pm in Great Shelford Memorial Hall to hear your views on the proposed Local Plan.

The plan includes proposals to build 100 new homes on Green Belt off Hinton Way and Mingle Lane. For more information about those controversial proposals, click here.

For more information on the emerging local plan, please visit the Greater Cambridge Planning page: Greater Cambridge Local Plan

Posted November 30 2021


Hinton Way burglary

A house in Hinton Way, Great Shelford was burgled on November 17.

The front windows at first were forced and then smashed. Items were taken including sets of china, furniture was deliberately damaged and the house ransacked throughout.

Please message the police if you happened to see individuals acting suspicious along Hinton Way - either a parked car at the side of the road, house lights left on in the early hours or individuals walking along Hinton Way with a large dark blue plastic laundry basket, In the last 24 hours.

Posted Nov 18 2021


Vicar to leave Great Shelford

Popular Great Shelford Vicar Simon Talbott is leaving the Parish.

The St| Mary's Church vicar is moving on in January to take up the post of Senior Chaplain and Manager, working for the Bishop of Ely.

He is a member of the Parish Council. He has also been involved with the Playscape campaign, the Feast and Great Shelford Parochial Charities.

Sarah Rann, Chair of the Parochial Charities Trustees, said “We owe Simon an enormous debt of gratitude for his tireless work at the charity, his invaluable input to our almshouse development programme, his liaison on our behalf with other village bodies and his guidance in negotiating a path through officialdom. Above all, we will miss his friendship, good humour and innate sense of what is right.”

Simon became priest in charge of Great Shelford in July 2013 and subsequently Vicar in 2019. Read a profile of Rev Talbott.

Posted Nov 30 2021


Organists needed


St Mary's Church in Great.Shelford urgently needs to find organists to  play for services over the Christmas period. Please contact Dianne on 07867 506380 for further details if you think you might be able to help.

Posted Nov 30 2021


New nursery opening in March


The new Shelford Day Nursery is Cambridge’s first STEM nursery and will now be opening its doors in April 2022.

It is located in the former Lloyd’s bank building site on High Green.

STEM education is an integrated learning approach focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Here at Shelford Day Nursery, we feel this approach to learning focuses on building key skills, inspiring curiosity in young minds, teaching children to become critical thinkers and how to go about resolving problems through evaluation techniques and thinking outside the box,” said a spokesman for the nursery.  The nursery operates on an ethos of “building a Foundation for Life Long Learning”.

The nursery will accommodate up to 60 children from birth to 5 years, across three separate rooms and also has two separate outdoor areas, with a sheltered designated outdoor space for the babies.

The Nursery’s daily opening hours will be: 7:30am to 6pm and the nursery will

be open 50 weeks a year.

The Nursery manager Deborah Parfitt has more than 35 years experience

in the sector. She holds a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and Early

Years Professional status, along with a wealth of additional training in all things Early Years.

Updated Dec 17 2021

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Arthur Rank needs volunteers, vans and van drivers to support Christmas Tree recycling scheme

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is asking the local community for their support with its annual Christmas Tree collection. The ‘treasure hunt for trees’ will be taking place on Thursday 6, Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 January 2022.


It is the seventh year of the fundraising scheme which last year saw more than 2900 pre-loved trees collected and composted, raising over £54,000 for the Hospice’s vital frontline services.


The scheme depends on a unique collaboration between the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity team, Just Helping, Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire County Council, local businesses and scores of volunteers who generously donate their time.


Alison Pinney, Community Fundraiser said: “We are appealing for more volunteers who can drive (preferably their own van) and crew members, to help us this January so we can achieve our target. We will be running the scheme in line with the any current government guidelines, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our volunteers.”


If you, and/or someone you know, might be able to help, please contact the Hospice’s fundraising team on 01223 675888 or email

Posted November 29 2021


SSYI new centre opens

The Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative committee was very excited to be opening the new Youth Centre above the Memorial Hall in Woollards Lane in Great Shelford on Saturday 16th October.


It was a dream 25 years ago when SSYI was founded that they would have a permanent Youth Centre for our three villages and that dream and hope is now a reality.


They expect the centre to be used at least five days a week which will enhance their ability to serve the young people of our Villages and beyond. It is expected that at least 50 Young People will regularly access the Youth Centre and SSYI support and as the Youth Centre opens this number is expected to grow.

The Youth Centre was opened by Caroline Bewes DL, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and a Little Shelford resident accompanied by the Deputy Lieutenant for the County, Professor Roderick Watkins. Caroline spoke at the opening about her involvement with SSYI in the early years and her passion for work with young people, which is her chosen charitable focus during her year in office.

Parish, District and County Councillors who helped provide some of the funding were also represented as well as private supporters and Church representatives. Malcolm Watson, Chair of Great Shelford Parish Council spoke about the PC’s support for SSYI since its inception and their contribution to finding this permanent home for SSYI while Marlon, one of the SSYI members who is taking on a “Young Leader” role at SSYI presented a bouquet to Caroline thanking her for cutting the ribbon and opening the new Centre.

Visit their web site for a video showing the interior of the Youth Centre and its facilities and for more information on how you can help SSYI as a volunteer, supporter or a committee member contact Zac Britton our lead youth worker on or

David J H Jones, Chair of Trustees SSYI,

Posted Oct 31 2021


Carbon capture at More’s Meadow

Great Shelford Parochial Charities have received a £4,610 grant to plant native trees on their land in the village at More’s Meadow.


Awarded by South Cambs CC under its Zero Carbon Communities Scheme, the money will purchase 22 mature trees including field maple, hornbeam, hazel, hawthorne, beech, crab apple, oak, wild service and rowan


Thanking South Cambs for their generosity, Parochial Charities trustee, Keith Sugden, said, “The Charity has a number of initiatives underway to enhance the village environment and combat climate change. Already, we have laid out new allotments, planted some 80 trees - including a community orchard - established a community garden and laid wheelchair accessible paths alongside our raised planting beds.”

The Charity’s land, approximately seven acres between Cambridge Rd and the railway, is open to all. There are three entrances: at the end of Bridge Close / More’s Meadow, also from the railway footbridge, and from the end of The Hectare entrance; the latter is designed for easy wheelchair access.

Further information about the Parochial Charities can be found at

Posted Oct 26 2021


Environmental books at village library


A year-round selection of books to delight, amaze and inform you about the wonders of our planet and the challenges it is facing are now on the shelves at Great Shelford library.


Books on nature and wildlife, gardening for wildlife, ecology, climate change, and on ways to live a greener, more climate-friendly life are now available.

Posted Oct 26 2021


7a Shelford bus times are changing

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See the full details here

Posted Nov 1 2021

Village railway crossing named worst in the UK

Shelford railway crossing has been named as the worst in the UK for barrier-hopping.

Shelford level crossing recorded 11 'incursions' in 2020, according to the Daily Mail after they made a Freedom of Information request to Network Rail.

According to the Mail, a man was knocked to the ground by a head blow from a descending barrier. 

The newspaper claimed that other incidents at Shelford saw pedestrians leapfrog the closed barriers, in some cases to get onto the train platform - without paying – or simply to cross more quickly.

However, in a letter to Shelford resident Ian Kydd in April 2020, Sophie Moeng, Network Rail’s Consultation Manager claimed the crossing wasn’t a risk.

“The level crossing does not pose an undue safety risk and therefore no significant upgrades have been identified,” she said.

“This includes installing a footbridge as a means to cross the railway when the barriers are down.

“Any new footbridge would very likely have to be fully accessible so this would involve a ramped structure or a stepped footbridge with lifts.”

Posted October 3 2021

Villager Robert Hyde has sent a letter to Great Shelford Online setting out what he believes to be the reasons for the crossing issue in Shelford.


Shelford burglaries


There have been two daylight burglaries in Great Shelford during September.


A house in Chaston Road, Great Shelford was burgled between 3pm and 6pm on September 7.

And a family in High Street Great Shelford  were burgled on September 12 while they were in the garden.


Posted September 14


New Post Office opening hours

There are new Post Office hours and last collection (LC) times at Great Shelford Post Office on Hinton Way.

Mon - Fri  --  9AM - 5:30PM  --  LC 4:45PM

Sat  --  9AM - 1PM  --  LC 11:45AM

Sun  --  Closed .


The Shop hours remain the same: Mon - Sat  -- 7AM - 6:30PM & Sun 7AM -- 1PM.

Posted Oct 5 2021

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Village business introduces parking fines

£100 parking fines have been introduced in part of the village centre.

Angli-EAR Hearing have introduced the fines in their private car park off Woollards Lane. The car park at the side of their building is a private car park for angli-EAR Hearing clients and four properties of Robinson Court.

A new sign (left) warning about the fines has appeared outside their office, which is the former Barclays Bank building.

It is understood that the first £100 fines were handed out last week.

"We have done our utmost to inform people that the parking is for our clients visiting the clinic and our staff," said Sarah Chapman from angli-EAR.


"We use the spaces each day.  Even though we have tried signage, polite notes on cars and speaking to people when they park, we have not been able to resolve the issue of the public using our private car park. Over the weekends the car park seems to be used by people to eat lunch, leaving litter in the car park and sometimes even fly-tipping. Due to this continuing anti-social behaviour we unfortunately had to take enforcement to the next level. A company called Parking Eye is now enforcing our car park's usage and will issue fines to unregistered vehicles.

"There will be a QR code for clients and visitors to the clinic to scan to register their details, or if they do not have a smartphone, a registering point within Reception.

"We are sorry to have to take this step. But when our clients can’t park or aren’t able to walk along the pavement due to vehicles parked there to avoid parking in a space, something needs to change.

"We have offered our car park facilities to the Shelford Fun Run and for community events and we will continue to support this, but it’s the day to day usage which we need to protect for the benefit of our clients."

Public parking is available in the Memorial Hall or a further public car park accessed between the old McColl’s shop and Solutions hairdressers on Woollards Lane.

Posted Aug 28 2021

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Revised opening time for the Country Market

As from 1 September, the Country Market will be open from 9 am to 11.30 every Wednesday in the Memorial Hall. 

All the stalls will be well laid out with home-made produce: baking and preserves, garden produce and craft work and the Coffee Stop should be open.

Posted Aug 23 21

Shelford Playscape will open this month


Great Shelford survey results

Readers of the Great Shelford Online website demanded two major changes as part of an online survey that took place earlier this summer.

Survey responses asked for clearer links that go straight to the story concerned rather than just a page. Comments included:

  • Click on a link and it doesn’t take you to the article you wish to read

  • It’s a bit clunky, navigating back and forth is not easy

  • I find it difficult to re-find older items because the pages are all one long string of entries, which keep being added to at the top.

  • Jumps all over the place, badly laid out and links are confusing.


The layout was also criticised in the survey. Comments included:

  • I think the layout is very unsophisticated.

  • It looks awful

  • I think it needs updating - its tired bit like me!

The survey results have heavily influenced the new Great Shelford Online website, which was launched on September 1 2021. Changes have included:

  • Improved linking, directly to the story concerned rather than just a page

  • More modern look and feel of the website

  • Mobile phone friendly website.

  • Dates are now being included when a story is first posted as suggested by a number of people in the survey

  • More local photos are now being used.

We would like to hear your feedback on the new website. Please send your views to

Posted Aug 23 21

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New Shelford care home


A new 63 bed care home is currently being built on the former Shelford Energy site in Station Road in Great Shelford.

The care home is being built on the former home of the Shelford Corn and Coal Company who remained on the site until the 1980s.

The proposed care home will provide 63 en suite bedrooms and a wide range of amenity facilities including a café, cinema room, gym and hair salon.

It will be run by Porthaven Care Homes.

Posted Aug 24 21

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A1307, Addenbrooke’s to Worts' Causeway resurfacing

The current closure of the Wort’s Causeway junction will be lifted from Monday, 6 September and replaced by temporary traffic lights, whilst the traffic signal installation is being completed.

From Wednesday, 8 September the A1307 will be resurfaced from the Worts’ Causeway junction to the Addenbrooke’s Roundabout.

The A1307 will be closed between Addenbrooke’s Roundabout and Granham’s Road overnight (8pm to 6am) for four weekday nights.

Access to properties, for emergency services, buses and active travel path users will be maintained at all times.

An official diversion route will be signposted via A1307 – A11 – A505 – A1301 Sawston to Great Shelford – Trumpington – A1134 Long Road

Once the resurfacing works are completed, the new traffic signals at the Worts’ Causeway junction will be commissioned and the temporary traffic signals removed. This part of the work is scheduled for week commencing the 13 September.

Posted Aug 26 2021

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Shelford library is now fully open

Great Shelford Library reverted to its full opening hours in August.


To keep everyone safe, visitor numbers will continue to be limited and Covid-19 safety precautions will remain in place, including the wearing of a face covering.


  • MONDAY 3pm – 7pm

  • TUESDAY 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm

  • WEDNESDAY 10am – 1pm

  • THURSDAY closed

  • FRIDAY 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 6pm

  • SATURDAY 10am – 1pm

  • SUNDAY closed.

Posted Aug 20 21

31 bus service update


Some journeys on the 31 bus service are now extended through onto the 114 service from Addenbrooke's Hospital which covers Sainsbury's, The Beehive and Grafton Centres and Drummer Street..

These are the 10.06  11.36 and 13.06 from Chaston Road bus stop. The 31 timetable remains the same. There is no need to change bus at Addenbrooke's as the same bus continues onto the 114 route.


Full details of timetables are available here. Note: this is the weekday (Monday to Friday) only not Saturday.

Posted Aug 19 21

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Could McColls become a takeaway?

The former McColls newsagents could soon become an Indian takeaway.

Proposals to convert the empty shop on Woollards Lane have been submitted to South Cambridgeshire District Council. 

McColls has stood empty since the shop closed three years ago.

You can read the full planning application here.

Posted Aug 17 21

Shelford Feast 2021

One thousand people attended the Shelford Feast free one day event on Saturday July 10. 


Events including Tony Hadley and Trevor Nelson have been postponed until 2022.

Read full details about the 2022 Shelford Feast day of events on the Shelford Feast website.


Posted July 12 21

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