Christmas Fair and Lights Switch-On Scheduled for December 2nd

This year’s Christmas fair and lights switch-on event is scheduled for December 2nd and will take place at the Great Shelford memorial hall, starting a 6:00 PM. The event will feature a brass band, stalls, a nativity photo booth, refreshments and carol singers.

The event timetable is as follows:

6:00 PM :  Fair opens
6:15 PM : Carols by the KS2 Shelford School students
6:30 PM : Switch on by the Shelford School head girl and boy

Stalls are currently available at £10 each. For more inquires, please contact Angela Milson on 01223 841100 or

Review of Major Village Issues Part One – Finances

At the Annual Parish Meeting in April we talked about a number of big issues for the village:

  • Traffic and parking issues.
  • Provision of improved recreation facilities – Playscape and Grange Field.
  • Pressures on village facilities – school and surgery full, etc.

We will be devoting 15-20 minutes in each Parish Council meeting over the next few months to look at our main issues in detail. There will be an opportunity for village residents to ask questions and comment on the issues. The current timetable is:

  • 18 October GSPC finances. We are currently running a larger than normal cash surplus (by historical standards). Are we happy continuing to do so? What is the likely impact on the  precept for 2018-19. Current cash v Grange Field acquisition costs and other issues.  Lead: Helen Harwood
  • 15 November Neighbourhood Plan, Housing and Planning. Status of NP, acceptance of Housing Needs Survey and further actions to support it. Blue sky exercise – at the moment GSPC is largely constrained to making piecemeal changes. The NP gives us a once in a generation opportunity to (try to) be more radical. We need to look at the land available in the village centre and how we could plan its use to ameliorate the pressure on village facilities. Lead: Bridget Hodge
  • 17 January Highways. Current status, 2018 Local Highways Initiative, re-evaluation of existing assumptions (no one-way system, no traffic calming, no expansion to car parking, etc.): Lead: Barrie Ashurst
  • 21 February Recreation. Playscape and Grange Field ++. Lead: Malcolm Watson

These are key issues for the Village. Please come along and make your views known.

Neighbourhood Plan Meeting on October 5th at 6:00pm

The Stapleford and Great Shelford Neighbourhood Plan steering group will meet again this Thursday 5th October at 6.00pm in the community room at Cox’s Close in Stapleford.

We are a very informal group and all members of the community are welcome to join us. Indeed, we depend on your ideas as to how you would like the villages to look in 20 years’ time, and what improvements you would like to see. Some of you have already submitted ideas at our various consultation events, and we have tried to take these into account in the proposals being drawn up by our four “spotlight groups”.

For this meeting we are joined by Mark Deas of Cambridgeshire ACRE, who is now retained by the group to advise us on the development of the plan. Mark also put together the housing needs surveys for the two parish councils, and some of you will have met him at the open meeting on affordable housing (Great Shelford, 5th September).

Mark will be providing support for the spotlight groups, to run a “scoping workshop” later in the year, to help us put the various ideas into a workable plan.

We look forward to seeing you again, to hearing more of your ideas for our villages, and your reaction to the ideas we have put together so far.

Former Parish Clerk Wenda Burbidge Passes Away

The Parish Council is sad to announce that Wenda Burbidge died peacefully at home on Sunday August 27th.

Wenda was our Parish Clerk from 1991 to 2014, a role she carried out with calm efficiency and dedication, even after significant surgery. Wenda was a valued support to all the parish councillors serving during those years and to our village man.

The funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church on Monday September 18th at 2pm. Family flowers only, but donations can be made to the Arthur Rank Hospice.

The Parish Council send our condolences to Geoff and the family.

Recreation Ground to be Sprayed for Weeds on September 5th

The Recreation Ground will be sprayed with weed-killer on September 5th, starting early morning and ending at approximately 8:30AM. The materials being used are harmless to animals, but have an unpleasant odour whilst being sprayed. Please do not walk in the immediate areas being sprayed for your own comfort.  The sprayed area will be overseen by our contractor as it moves around the recreation ground. As an additional safety precaution, please observe all instruction issued by our contractor on site.

Emergency Defibrillator Installed Outside Tesco Express

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has been installed in a secure cabinet next to the Tesco Express. This device is for delivering life-saving electric shocks to those suffering from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a heart attack that renders the victim unconscious. While most ambulances are fitted with AEDs, using the device on a SCA victim while waiting for the ambulance to arrive will significantly improve their chances of survival.  The AED has clear instructions and safeguards that prevent improper use. As such, no medical training is required to use an AED. In order to open the secure cabinet, please call 999 or 112 and request the access code and an ambulance dispatch. The Great Shelford Parish Council would like to thank the Shelford Support Group for their generous contribution towards the AED. Click here for more information about how and when to use AEDs.