1924 Bullnose Morris Cowley found in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford fifty two years ago on display at Freestones Corner by Village sign from 1115hrs on Tuesday 6th October 2020

My 1924 Bullnose Morris Cowley that was found in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford fifty two years ago never fails to amaze me.

How it all started was that there was a garage in Great Shelford in Woollards Lane.  I had stopped to get some petrol and waited at the pumps as there was no one in sight to serve me.  I walked into the garage workshop, that is where I first set eyes on my Bullnose Morris Cowley, registration number NY 4966.

What has always stayed in my mind is if the garage attendant had been available near the pumps, then I would not have had to go into the workshop looking to be served and would never have found this car in the first place.

I looked at the Bullnose Morris Cowley, I was then told the owner wished to sell this car, it all started from that brief visit.  I do wonder if there are any old photographs of the garage that have survived, would so much like to see them.

Ever since I found this car in that garage, Great Shelford has meant something special to myself.  It is only in the last year or so that things have started to happen.  As there are strong connections with my car and the one Agatha Christie owned, it has turned out to be the same year, same type and style plus same colour.  There is a wonderful photograph of myself holding the book “The Man in the Brown Suit”  I had to obtain permission from Agatha Christie Copy write in which they did give permission, they were so impressed with the photograph that they are going to use it on their own social media channels.

There was a comment made by Agatha Christie where she confesses that the two most important things in her life that excited her the most was owning a Bullnose Morris Cowley and having tea at Buckingham Palace with the queen.  I feel this was a remarkable statement from an incredible lady.  

This has lead to a invitation to take part in the “Agatha Christie International Festival” in 2021 at Torquay in which I hope to attend and display my Bullnose Morris Cowley.  I am hoping to give Great Shelford a mention at the event.

I have much pleasure in returning to Great Shelford with my Bullnose Morris Cowley.  I feel as I am returning to a place that I love.

Ray Hammond

Cambridge County Council award a Communities Capital Grant of £109,000 to Great Shelford Playscape Project

Great Shelford Parish Council and the Playscape charity would like to thank Cambridgeshire County Council for this generous Communities Capital award. This investment will enable significant progress towards building an inspiring village Playscape that provides inclusive recreation for all ages and abilities, welcomes nature in and renews an important social hub. This
funding comes at a critical time when access to high quality, freely available outdoor spaces is even more essential.

Councillor John Stanton
Great Shelford Parish Council

South Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership Survey

South Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership
are currently asking residents to complete the below survey with an aim to
collate information from the public on perceptions of safety within their
communities. The results of this survey will directly affect the way in
which community safety in certain geographical locations is prioritised
among the statutory bodies within the South Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership.


Fish and Chip Van to Resume Operation in Great Shelford

Fish and Chip Van “Pimp My Fish” will be returning to their regular spot at Memorial Hall on this coming Wednesday (3rd of June). They will be fully covid compliant and will only be taking pre-orders. Social distancing will be marked by tape on the floor and payment is by card only. They also request that customers wash their hands before and after attending the van. Opening hours will be from 5pm to 8pm with collection slots every 15 minutes.

To order, text John on 07494 599594 with your food choices and preferred collection slot.

Coronavirus and the Great Shelford Village News

The May issue of the Great Shelford Village News will not be delivered to subscribers. Instead, it is being offered online at https://shelford.org/news.htm

A limited number of free copies are also available in Great Shelford shops (Barkers, Boots, Days, the Deli, Kash and Tesco,)  Please only take a printed copy if you, or a self-isolating person you’re shopping for, can’t download it online.

Judith Wilson

Editor of May issue of Great Shelford Village News


Granta Medical Practice Footpath Closure

Granta Medical Practice have closed the footpath between the Woollards Lane Car Park and Ashen Green from Monday 13th April 2020 between the hours of 8.00 and 18.00 each day, to prevent the risk of any cross infection whilst patients are assessed outside the surgery prior to admission.

Green Bin Collections Suspended

Green bin collections across Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire will not take place between Monday 23 March and Monday 4 May.

The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service, a partnership between Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils, has made the decision in order to support staff and the recycling and waste service as a whole during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The suspension of green bin collections will allow crews to concentrate on emptying blue and black bins during the coming weeks. It will also assist with any future staff sickness or self-isolation issues.

As always, residents are being encouraged to waste as little food as possible, so they minimise the amount they need to throw away. For this period only, the advice to residents who do have food waste will be to put it into the black bin.

Residents who enjoy spending time in the garden and growing their own food are also being asked to consider home composting as much of their garden waste as possible.

Residents who are subscribed to the additional green bin collection scheme, and therefore pay for more than one green bin to be collected, will see a reduced fee for their permit upon renewal in the October.

The bulky waste collection service, which collects large items from residents’ homes, will also be suspended during this period.

Head of the Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service, Trevor Nicoll, said: “Our priority is to try and maintain a regular waste collection service throughout the difficult months ahead and to do what we can to support the health and wellbeing of all our staff and residents. We’re making this change now to make sure we can focus on collecting blue and black bins as normal for as long as we possibly can. Our bin collection crews are trying their very best and deserve all the help we can give them. Suspending green bin collections will take some of this burden off them – they each walk the equivalent of a half marathon every shift. Residents can help by trying their very best to absolutely minimise the amount of food that they are throwing out and trying not to generate garden waste for now. Finally, it would also be a big help to our hardworking crews if residents whose bins don’t have much waste inside can wait until it is full before putting it out – if they think they can manage until their next collection.”

Double bag black bin waste if suffering symptoms

The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service has also published advice on handling waste if your household is displaying symptoms of Coronavirus.

If you’re experiencing the main symptoms – a new, continuous cough and/or a high temperature – please be very careful when disposing of your personal waste (including used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths/wipes) at home. The advice for disposal of this waste is as follows:

  1. It should be put in a plastic rubbish bag and tied when full
  2. The plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied
  3. It should be kept separate from other waste in suitable secure place on your property for 72 hours before being placed in the black bin as normal

The principle behind this method is that after 72 hours outside the body, the virus is no longer viable. This approach will help keep bin collection crews as safe as possible.

Other household rubbish and recycling should be treated as normal.

If you or anyone in your home is self-isolating or is confirmed as having Coronvirus, Cambridgeshire County Council are politely asking that you do not go to any of their Household Recycling Centres.

Find out more about your local bin collection services at www.cambridge.gov.uk/recycling or www.scambs.gov.uk/recycling

Residents who experience any waste-related difficulties during this period are asked to email waste@scambs.gov.uk or call 03450 450 063. Please note that it may take longer than usual to receive a response as the service adapts to different working practices.