DPC Precept Increase

The Precept increase next year reflects 2 aspects:
  • The core budget increases by 5.2% to cover, not only inflation, but also for the benefit of the aesthetics of Duxford.  Specifically:
    1. Increased maintenance of our cemetery;
    2. Extra grass cutting;
    3. The replacement of benches and new bins;
    4. The addition of a bench in the Rectory Road bus shelter;
    5. A new handyman contract.
  • Following the referendum on a Village Hall when the preferred option was that it be funded by an increase in tax, we have established a budget of £10,000 to help fund the fees we expect to incur as we develop the project.

Overall, the increase of just under £16 per year for a Band D property is in line with the referendum literature, which allowed for a possible increase of £20 per year.

Mrs Joanne Depradines-Smith, Clerk to Duxford Parish Council

Letter to DPC from Heidi Allen MP

Please support Heidi Allen in her bid for fairer funding for Cambridgeshire.  You can find the press release and the suggested responses in the links below.

NFF Press Release

Funding Consultation Questions and Suggested Responses

Dear Parish Clerk,

I have recently launched a joint campaign with local Head Teachers for our pupils to be given a fairer deal in the Government’s National Funding Formula. In conversation with Justine Greening, she has made it clear to me that in order to stand the best chance of changing the DfE’s proposed funding formula, significant consultation responses will be key.

As such, I would  be most grateful if you could encourage as many people as possible: aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends and the wider school community to stand up for  fairer funding for South Cambridgeshire pupils. This is a complex and technical consultation, so in addition to the press release published last Friday, please  find attached a summary of pre-drafted responses which we believe capture the core of our concerns. We hope this will give people the confidence to tackle an otherwise complex task. For those who are not comfortable with doing this, there is also the option to write directly to Justine Greening or sign a petition at your local school.

If you have any questions at all, please do contact Paula in my office.

Thank you in advance of your support; it is vital we provide a deluge of responses to the DfE!

 Best wishes,

Heidi Allen MP

Member of Parliament for South Cambridgeshire 

Address: 153 St Neots Road, Hardwick, CB23 7QJ

Tel: 01954 212 707 and 0207 219 5091

Web: www.heidisouthcambs.co.uk 

Twitter: @heidiallen75

Rogue Traders in Duxford

An elderly and extremely vulnerable resident in Lacey’s way has been targeted over a number of months by criminals, who have managed to extort large sums of money from her, posing as policemen at times.  The police are informed and the victim has now been temporarily moved by the family.

If you know of anyone who might be vulnerable, but who might not see this message, please inform them and advise them not to trust any strangers who come to the door, even if they appear to be police.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

Hinxton Agritech Development

The following links take you to all available documents relating to the Smithson-Hill proposals for a park for AgriTech and associated life sciences on land east of the A1301 and south of the A505 at Hinxton.

FAQ online www.smithsonhill.co.uk/smithsonhill-proposals-parish-faq-2/

FAQ pdf www.smithsonhill.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Parish-meetings-FAQs.pdf

EIA Scoping document www.smithsonhill.co.uk/eia-scoping-february-2017/

Hinxton January presentation materials www.smithsonhill.co.uk/agritech-jan-2017

The pdf copy of the scoping report is also available by clicking on the following link AgriTech-Hinxton-EIA-Scoping-Report

Smithson Hill welcomes any input to hello@smithsonhill.co.uk

Roadworks Sawston bypass

Highways have begun culvert lining works to 5 culverts along the A1301, Sawston Bypass for around 6 weeks (subject to weather and unforeseen conditions).  Traffic lights will be in place during working hours.

“Cured in place pipe (CIPP) technology” method involves lining the pipe with a high strength resin composite.  The advantages of this system are that the culverts do not corrode and will not need replacing in future.  The process is more environmentally friendly and there is a large cost saving compared to traditional strengthening methods or full replacement.


Bin collection day is TUESDAY


Duxford household bin collection day is on a Tuesday.  Please ensure bins are out by 6am to avoid missing your collection.

Find more information here.

Horace Rowlinson

Horace Rowlinson, Private 204956, 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, was killed in action on Friday 23rd November 1917. He was 21 years old, the son of Frederick and Priscilla Rowlinson, of Duxford. They had lived on Station Road (Moorfield Road), High Street, and on The Green. His father worked as a cattle man and he and his older brother also worked as farm labourers in their teens.

The Cambridge Daily News reported on Monday 2nd December1917 that:

‘Mr and Mrs F Rowlinson of The Green, Duxford had received unofficial news of their son’s death. The news is contained in a letter from Horace’s platoon sergeant to say that,

‘It is with great sorrow that I am writing these few lines to inform you of the death of your son. It will doubtless be of some comfort to you to know he suffered no pain as he was killed in his little trench instantaneously by a shell at about 9.00am yesterday, November 23rd . I had only known your boy a short time and I had a very great respect and liking for him. He was greatly loved by all the men in the platoon for his good nature, and I found him absolutely devoid of fear. I t will please you to know that he was a brave soldier and a man who could be absolutely relied on in a tight corner.’

Private Rowlinson was 21 yrs old and previous to enlisting about a year ago was employed as a grocer’s assistant at Duxford. He was always looked upon by the villagers with the highest esteem. He was popular both with teachers and scholars. His elder brother is serving with the Colours.’

He is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial having no known grave.

Page kindly contributed by Mr Tim Chudleigh

John Carter

John Carter, Private T/2020000, 2/4th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment (Queen’s). Formerly 9873, East Surrey Regiment.

John, who was born in 1892, was the son of James and Sarah Carter who lived at College Farm, Duxford. At the time of the 1911 Census James was a horseman on the farm and John was a stock-man on the farm, his two brothers were farm labourers, while his younger sister worked as a domestic servant. John was born in Duxford. Later he must have moved away as he is recorded as having lived in Hounslow and to have enlisted there.

He was originally with the East Surrey Regiment, but after the Gallipoli campaign when the 2/4th Battalion of the Royal West Surreys was at only 15% of its full strength, he was posted to them in Palestine. He was killed in action on 27th December 1917, consolidating positions around the outskirts of Jerusalem. The action in which 2 Officers and 33 ‘other ranks’ were killed, centred around the defence of Zamby and White Hill and wall. These positions are about 5 miles east of Bethlehem, overlooking the Jericho Road about 3 miles from Jerusalem.

He is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery. He was 25 years old.

Page kindly contributed by Mr Tim Chudleigh

James Arnold MM.

James Arnold MM, Private 20436, 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, was killed in Action, 12th Sept 1917.

He was born in Whittlesford, the son of James and Caroline Arnold. He married Rose Ellen Carter and they lived in Duxford by 1911 in St John’s Street with their children, two in 1911 and six at the time of his death. He was a farm labourer.

His death notice was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press on Friday Sept. 28th 1917.

Mrs Arnold of St John’s Street, Duxford, has received an official announcement of the death of her husband, James Arnold of the Suffolk Regt. Arnold was one of the first to volunteer when war was declared. He received the Military Medal on April 28th last for gallantry, risking his own life to find the location of some machine guns which were causing serious casualties to our men. He was killed in action on 12th September (1917). He leaves a widow and six children to mourn their loss.’

He is buried in Hargicourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Hargicourt village is 16 kms NW of St. Quentin and 3kms west of the main road from St Quentin to Cambrai.

The 11th Battalion were in action in the area from late August until mid September. Capturing and later defending Cologne Farm Ridge, Malakoff Farm, with action around Sunken Farm and Ruby Farm.

Page kindly contributed by Mr Tim Chudleigh