April 2019 / March 2020 Budget and Precept Summary

The Parish Councils Finance & General Purpose (F&GP) Committee meeting on 5th December 2018 reviewed proposals from all Committees for the following year’s budget and resultant Precept application. The F&GP Committee after lengthy debate agreed a Budget recommendation to the Full Parish Council of £375,219 for the year April 2019 to March 2020. This proposed Budget would result in a Precept increase of 11.5% over the current year April 2018 to March 2019.

For a summary of the main budget headings on the F&GP proposal, click here.

Christmas Lights Switch-on Recap

Sunday 2nd December saw the annual switching on of the Christmas Lights in Great Shelford.  This year the Great Shelford Parish Council teamed up with the Shelford School PTA and Playscape committees to host a bigger and better event than ever before.  It proved to be a great success, with hundreds of local people coming along to the Memorial Hall and carpark to mark the start of the festive season.  The evening raised an impressive sum of over £4,500 for local causes and feedback has been very positive.

The event kicked off with the Cambridge University Steel Pan Society (CUSP) bringing a little bit of the Caribbean to the British winter as they entertained the crowd with some Christmas Classics!  The Memorial Hall hosted a bustling Christmas market with local sellers bringing a wide range of wonderful products including jewellery, homewares, artisan preserves, local beer and much more!  Outside, the car park was closed to vehicles and provided a fantastic space to host the children’s carousel, a selection of Christmas themed games, a fabulous hamper raffle, tombolas, BBQ, beer and gin bar and of course mulled wine and mince pies!

The lights were switched on at 5.45pm by Abigail Pearce and William Cousins, Head Girl and Boy at Shelford School before a lovely rendition of ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘Christmas on the Beach at Waikiki’ by the Shelford School Choir.  Then it was time for everyone to join together in for for some carol singing by lantern light.  The evening was finished off with a festive performance from CSD Brass Band.

We would like to thank everyone who organised the event, helped on the day and turned up to support it.  Generous sponsorship was provided by Redmayne Arnold & Harris, Day Accountants, Gatward & Sons, Pinkster Gin and Moonshine Brewery.  Jim Rayment assisted with electrics on the day and two local carpenters, Simon Sparrow and Rolando Pincay did a brilliant job of building outdoor games and mobile bars.  Barker Bros provided the meat for the BBQ and Days of Ashwell supplied rolls.  Lucy Barlow led the school choir and carol singing.  Simon Talbott did a great job of compering and the parents of Shelford School together with other local volunteers did a magnificent job of running all the activities.  Plans are already underway for next year!

Christmas Lights Switch-on Sunday December 2nd

Please join us on Sunday December 2nd from 4pm to 7:30pm outside the Memorial Hall as we light up for the festive season! The event will feature a gift market, carols, beer & mulled wine, hot food, kids’ activities, hamper raffle, santa’s grotto, live music & more!

Event hosted by Gt Shelford Parish Council with the support of Shelford School PTA, Shelford Playscape and local churches. For more info contact parishclerkgreatshelford@gmail.com

Memorial Hall Car Park Closure Sunday 2nd December 2018

The Car Park will be closed off from 0600hrs on Sunday 2nd December 2018 and will remain closed until the Monday morning. No vehicles or equipment are allowed to be in the car park from the closure date and time.  Any vehicles or equipment found in the Car Park on Sunday morning will be removed by a contractor with significant charges and fees made for recovery of the vehicle or equipment. Please observe all barriers and cones as a safety precaution

Parish Council Authorises Feasibility Study for New Car Park and Replacement of Memorial Hall.

At the September Parish Council meeting GSPC agreed to commission a Feasibility Study into building a new car park and replacing the existing Memorial Hall. This follows on from initial ideas generated over the last nine months or so. The aim is to present the Feasibility Study to the village in April 2019, with enough detail to allow the Parish Council and village to proceed to a detailed design. Completion of the detailed design would then be the final checkpoint before deciding whether to go ahead with construction. The Terms of Reference for the Feasibility Study are here.

The project will potentially be of huge benefit to the village, but GSPC recognises it is also potentially high risk in terms of costs and disruption. By taking a phased approach we believe we can mitigate these risks and give everyone an opportunity to contribute to the project and review its viability before we commit to major expenditure.

Click here to see the terms of reference for the study.


Parish Council Open Meeting on Highway Issues 26th September

The Parish Council is holding an open meeting on the 26th September at 7:30pm in the Memorial Hall to report to residents progress on the recent changes and to present future proposals. The meeting will offer the opportunity to give feedback and to input suggestions for change. Issues could include yellow lines, loading bays, disabled parking, possible car-park restrictions (pay and timing), road and pavement issues and traffic flows. All are welcome. For more info:

Barrie Ashurst 07803 001985
Stefan Harris-Wright 07990 846955

*Edit click here for presentation slides from this meeting*

Free Logs Available

A number of Trees at the Cemetery are being trimmed or felled as part of a tidy up in the area. Logs from the tree work will be freely available over the next 2 to 3 days, stored at the area adjacent to the Cemetery car park. Please take care when collecting any logs if tree work is ongoing.