Applications open for our new almshouses

Applications for 21 new almshouse properties opened on 1 September. Local people -  individuals, couples and families - on low incomes and in housing need are invited to apply


Sited at the end of More’s Meadow in Great Shelford and available for occupation from early next year, these one, two and three bedroom homes are designed for independent, low-cost living. Residents pay a monthly maintenance contribution which we set at 50% of the rental rate for similar private property in the village.

Application forms can be downloaded from - and will also be available from JHC at:

John Huntingdon’s Charity

189 High St


CB22 3HJ

01223 492492

JHC can provide assistance with completing the form.


Applications should be submitted to JHC by 30 September 2022. These will be processed confidentially by JHC and then assessed anonymously by Parochial Charities trustees. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an informal interview.

Typically, a successful applicant will be eligible for a property with one bedroom per:

adult couple (regardless of marital status)

other adult aged 16 or older

two children under 16 and of the same sex

two children under 10

other child

Posted Aug 30 2022

Great Shelford flat is first property in unique rent-return scheme

The Cambridge Building Society is reopening its unique Rent to Home scheme, which returns 70% of funds to renters to give them a deposit of more than £20,000 towards their first home.

The scheme is the only one of its kind in the UK and gives first time buyers a deposit to buy a property, which renting might otherwise prevent them saving for.

Rent to Home was initially launched in spring 2019, as part of The Cambridge’s ‘Making The Difference’ initiative.

The first two tenants were selected by ballot and each moved into a single occupancy apartment above the building society’s branch in Great Shelford in late 2019.

The first tenant, Lucinda Bass, will move out of the rental property in Great Shelford in July, receiving 70% of her rent back (more than £20,000) as deposit and a Cambridge Building Society mortgage to purchase her first home, in Bedfordshire. Lucinda is pictured below with Society CEO Peter Burrows. 

Lucinda said: “I am very grateful to The Cambridge for giving me this opportunity. It would have been a real struggle for me to save for a deposit, so winning this ballot has set me up for life.

“I whole-heartedly recommend that people put their names forward for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is a unique scheme that is fabulous for those who win through.”

Chief Commercial Officer, Carole Charter, said: “We are delighted to have been able to help Lucinda in this way and know what a difference it has made to her.

“We are very excited to see her move forward with her plans, to help her get on the housing ladder and buy her first home. We take our commitment to the community very seriously and know that without our help many people like Lucinda would struggle to have the home they need.

“Saving for a deposit of thousands of pounds is difficult and we see it as our duty as an independent mutual to make it easier for people to take that first step on the property ladder.”

The ballot to find two new tenants for the Great Shelford properties opens in August when The Cambridge’s other tenant is also due to move out. It will be open for one month.

The ballot winners will live in The Cambridge’s properties for a maximum of three years. After this term and upon securing a mortgage on their first property, The Cambridge will give them back up to 70% of the money they have paid towards their rent to use as a deposit on their new home.

Posted June 27 2022


Housing stories in Great Shelford

100 new homes for Shelford and Stapleford?

One hundred new homes off Hinton Way and Mingle Lane have come a step closer.  

Around 100 new homes in the area have been included as a list of potential

development sites, for the new draft Greater Cambridge Local Plan published on Aug 31.

The draft plan identifies an area of 10 hectares between Hinton Way and Mingle

Lane for possible future development.

“Maximum capacity limited to 100 homes, relating to Cambridgeshire Fire Service

requirements for no more than 100 homes to be served via a single vehicular

access,” the new report states.

“There may be potential for a higher capacity if an additional access could be


“(It is) Very well located in relation to existing railway station, with resulting excellent

access to Cambridge, and to Cambridge Biomedical Campus once the new Cambridge

South station is open, providing the exceptional circumstances required for Green Belt release.

“Development should accommodate the following constraints:

  • Design of development should preserve key views from Stapleford Conservation Area including from Mingle Lane past St Andrew’s Church and the adjacent vicarage.

  • Open space to be provided to the east of the built development to help provide compensatory improvements to the environmental quality and accessibility of remaining Green Belt.

Out of over 690 sites put forward by developers and landowners, and another 200 considered by planners, only 19 new sites are proposed to be taken forward into the new Plan

The new Local Plan is the most important document you've (probably) never heard of. It will affect how we live, work and play in Greater Cambridge over the next 20 years and beyond.

The sites are published as part of the draft First Proposals for the new Plan, made public ahead of decision-making by Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District councillors through their respective committee processes. Once Councillors have reviewed and commented on the proposed sites, the list will be finalised for public consultation. This consultation is due to start at the beginning of November.

Posted Aug 31 2021



New Great Shelford alms houses

Building work has started on a £4 million scheme to construct more than 20 alms houses for people in Great Shelford.

The 21 new units in More’s Meadow will be a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom homes with gardens.

The scheme by the Great Shelford Parochial Charities will provide affordable housing for people in the village in need.


The proposed East West Railway will be close to the new development if it goes ahead. Trustees have decided to include triple glazed windows throughout the development to mitigate any noise issues.


The 21 home development brings the total number of alms houses owned by the charity to 53 providing affordable living for Great Shelford people in housing need.

Sarah Rann, the Parochial Charities chair of trustees, said: “After three years in planning, we are delighted to see our contractors breaking ground at More’s Meadow. I would particularly like to thank the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority for their grant of £1 million to help build these homes.

“We are also very grateful for the generosity of local benefactors who have contributed to the landscape improvements.”

The scheme is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.


The charity also owns several acres of land adjacent to the development site - and freely accessible to Great Shelford villagers - where it has laid out new allotments, planted trees and established a community garden. Special efforts have been made to accommodate all levels of mobility with the provision of wheelchair accessible paths and raised planting beds. Further trees have been ordered for a community orchard, ahead of November planting.

Posted Aug 22 21

Great Shelford Parochial Charities


Established in 1890 and registered with The Charities Commission, The Parochial Charities exist to provide accommodation for “persons resident in the area of the Parish of Great Shelford . . . at low rents according to their means.”

They have 32 homes available for rent at More’s Meadow in the village. 


Phone: 01223 842411


Redmayne Arnold & Harris continues expansion with new office in Great Shelford 

The opening of a new branch this June marks continued growth for independent estate agent Redmayne Arnold & Harris. The new office is located on Woollards Lane in the heart of Great Shelford and it strengthens and expands on their very strong presence in Cambridge and the surrounding villages.

Chris Arnold, one of the founders of the firm, said: "Were delighted to be opening this new office in Shelford, which will complement our existing Cambridge office, establishing a strong presence in the villages south of the City. We have always been active in the area but with the development of the bio-medical campus the relocation of Papworth hospital and major new development across the south Cambridge fringe, having a full-service office in Great Shelford will increase our coverage and allow us to serve our clients better.”

Two directors of Redmayne Arnold & Harris will be based in the new office. Alex Gray has been selling homes in the Shelfords for years, while Chris Arnold is one of the most experienced agents in the area and lives close by in Thriplow. Expert negotiation has a massive impact on the final sale price of any property and Alex and Chris have negotiated hundreds of home sales. They know all the tactics, when it is the right time to push and the right time to hold back. On the residential sales side, they will be joined by Jack Bunning, an experienced negotiator who knows the area like the back of his hand. The firm also specialises in the sales and marketing of new developments with a dedicated New Homes team, led by Oliver Hughes. Hannah Khan will manage the lettings team at Shelford, providing both managed and let-only options for landlords as well as a convenient local office for tenants renting in the area.

Commenting on the opening, Alex Gray, Director, said “We believe we can offer something really different in the area. Many agents think it’s enough to simply upload details onto Rightmove and sit back. Of course, online marketing is important but if you are moving you should expect more. You deserve the very best advice, you want people who really know that they are doing. And our service doesn’t stop when we agree a sale or a letting. We work just as hard for our clients right up to the point our clients move out. Nick Redmayne and Jane Bailey (who has lived in Stapleford for over 20 years) manage sales progression and their experience means they can spot any warning signs making sure any problems are dealt with quickly and efficiently.”