Crime Prevention Day 21st February

Next week on Wednesday 21st of Feb,  Cambridgeshire Police is going to be holding it’s biggest ever one-day crime prevention day.  For 24 hours we are going to be holding crime prevention events and initiatives across the county, covering bike theft, purse dipping, vehicle crime and dwelling burglary. We will also have a range of security products for sale at cost price and will also be offering to security mark property.

The awareness day, the force’s biggest ever crime prevention event, will involve around 8 Crime Prevention Officers, 40 Police Officers, 80 PCSOs and 12 Special Constables, as well as our police cadets. Those involved will be split into teams to focus on particular crime types.

To find out what is going on in your area, visit

As part of this we are offering Cambridgeshire residents the chance to have a comprehensive shed-security survey carried out. Shed breaks are unfortunately very common in Cambridgeshire but thieves can be deterred with some simple and low cost techniques.  If you would like one of our officers to visit you on the 21st to carry out a security survey of your shed you can book your visit here: quick points-

  • The number of available slots are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis
  • You must be available at home during your preferred time slot to take advantage of this

We look forward to helping as many of you as we can on the 21st-  please check in with for more details on the crime prevention day.

Message Sent By
James Sutherland (Police, Superintendent, Cambridgeshire)

Financial help to adapt your home

South Cambs District Council recognises the health and social benefits of enabling our residents to live in a home that meets their needs, especially as those needs change, so we’d like to take the opportunity to remind residents that we have funding available for adaptations and essential repairs. For adaptations, residents should initially contact Cambridgeshire Direct on 0345 0455202  who will, if needed, arrange an Occupational Therapy Assessment.

Cambs Home Improvement Agency formed in 2012 as a partnership between 3 local district councils – customers requiring help with work such as roofing repairs, damp work, replacement windows and doors or new boilers are encouraged to contact the agency for information about what is available.

Private Sector Leasing Scheme

Shire homes Tri-Fold Leaflet

This is a new scheme created by SCDC, for private landlords.

It is called the Private Sector Leasing Scheme operating with the newly formed company name of Shire Homes Lettings Limited.

The purpose of the scheme is to provide good quality, affordable homes within the private rented sector to assist in preventing homelessness.  The scheme offers the following benefits to landlords:

  • a guaranteed monthly rent in advance for the term of the lease (3 years);
  • no management fees;
  • day-to-day maintenance;
  • regular property inspections;
  • ‘hassle-free’ full management service.

Private Sector Leasing Officer
South Cambridgeshire Hall | Cambourne Business Park | Cambourne | Cambridge | CB23 6EA
t: 01954 713046 | m: 07885 477936  | e: | |

Local Transport Survey – please have your say!

The Greater Cambridge Partnership has launched the consultation on the Cambridge South East Transport which will run until Tuesday, 3rd April.  The nearest venue is Sawston on the 14th March.  DPC encourages everyone to complete the survey, even if you are not able to attend the event.  If you read the plans, you will see that there is little to benefit our local area.

Important omissions include the following:

  • A SAFE crossing of the A505 for cyclists and pedestrians between Duxford and Whittlesford Station (a workable solution has been proposed and is backed by Heidi Allen MP, but although it has been under discussion for 2 years, Network Rail have blocked it).
  • Improved layout for road traffic at the above junction – a roundabout is a possibility and would prevent HGVs having to make significant detours, which often result in out of area drivers trying to access unsuitable roads.  At the very least, a filter for those turning left into Duxford would be less dangerous.
  • Improvements to the A1301/A505 junction.  This roundabout is extremely congested and this will only worsen with future development proposals.  Developers need to know that local planning applications will not be considered unless they include robust infrastructure improvements in this area.
  • More cycle paths in our local area – allowing safe transit and crossing of busy roads, particularly the A505.

Please complete the survey and feel free to use the above comments if you wish.  This is an opportunity to get our voices heard.

Duxford Parish Council


The Duxford Community Centre Charity

The Duxford Community Centre Charity (DCC) was set up in 2014 to meet three key needs:-

  1. Provide a Legal Entity that could apply for grants to build / equip a community centre for which a Parish Council was ineligible.
  2. Provide a Legal Entity that could demonstrate that local fundraising activities were taking place in the village, so meeting any Match Funding requirements that came along.
  3. Be the forerunner of the Charity that would run a Duxford Community Centre after it was built.

DCC sub-committees have run or taken part in a number of fund raising events. The most notable of these are the Village shows of 2014, 2015 & 2016.

In addition DCC’s charitable status enables sub-committees to register on fund raising websites such as Just Giving and My Donate and reclaim the tax at the basic 20% rate, which means they get 25% more than has been donated.   An example of where this facility was used is the village clock appeal.

DCC is an Incorporated Organisation Reg. No. 1157964 and has a constitution based on one of the Charity Commission’s standard models. Annual Accounts and details of Trustees can be found on the Charities Commission Website.

Should any village organisation require assistance with fund raising and grant applications, please contact Tim Clarke Chair of DCC

The Great British Spring Clean: 2-4 March

The Great British Spring Clean

Keep Britain Tidy

YOU can create change


The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with a simple aim: to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches.

We want to inspire 500,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us. Join our growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it.

Together we can make a difference and clean up the environment on our doorstep.


Duxford Community Speedwatch


Are you worried about speeding vehicles through Duxford?

Do you have as little as 1hour every 4 to 6 weeks available?

Join the Duxford Speedwatch Team.

A training session is being held in Duxford on Wednesday, 7th February at 10.30 am starting at The Plough.

The session will last approx. 1½ hours.

Once trained, volunteers work in teams of three and can choose at what times and for how long they do a Speedwatch session.

If you are interested but cannot make the session in Duxford, training sessions are held at Cambourne, on a Saturday morning each month.

To register for next week’s training or to get further information, please contact the Parish Clerk, Joanne Depradines –Smith at or via the ‘contact us’ tab on the website.

Art on Brewery Field

We want to use some or all of the art fund for something on Brewery Field.

We are thinking maybe wrought iron gates, an arch, a weather vane in the pond, or just a sculpture.

We need ideas and a theme – how about a design including hops and barley? We have a max budget of £10K and it’s time we spent it! Looking forward to hearing from you!