IWM Airshow Dates 2018

Duxford Air Festival  26/27 May

Flying Legends Air show  14/15 July

Battle of Britain Air Show  22/23 September

More info on www.iwm.org.uk

Bernard Wakefield

Bernard Wakefield died 19th September 2017 age 98 years.

Bernard was the fourth child of Albert and Gertrude Wakefield, of Brookfield Road, Sawston. He had two older sisters, Viv and Kath, one older brother Eric and a younger sister Audrey and brother Phil. Sadly both Audrey and Phil died in the war. He went to the local school and then in 1930 to Sawston Village College, where he was in the very first intake of the newly opened institution.

Following school he was an apprentice instrument maker at the Cambridge instrument Company. Later he worked for Spicer Dufay at Sawston before being called up to the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers. He spent the war years maintaining technical equipment in the Orkney and Shetland islands.

He met his wife Muriel at a college dance in 1938 and they married at Duxford Chapel in 1942. From that time Bernard became a Duxford man.

His new allegiance was first apparent when he joined Duxford United football club. He played on the left wing, where his possession of that rare attribute: a good left  foot, helped secure a regular team place. Unfortunately a serious cartilage injury forced him to retire in 1948. His passion for football, now only as a spectator on television,  continued until the day he died.

In the late forties, the field on Hunts Road that was to become the recreation ground was being prepared and Bernard with many others spent countless Saturdays picking stones for the new playing surface.

Soon after the war, he was recruited to work at the newly formed Duxford Company, Techne Instruments and he worked there until he joined the British Welding Research Association in 1953. He worked on the problems of 'brittle fracture' of steel plates. As a long time enthusiastic photographer, he was instrumental in forming a camera club at the Association. He stayed with BWRA, later the Welding Institute, until his retirement in 1983.

In 1948 he purchased the derelict Maltings in St. Peter's Street from Harold Runham and commenced converting it into a dwelling. A project that took 6 years to complete, involving all his spare time, weekends and holidays.

His interest in local politics and village affairs was much encouraged by Wilfred Parkinson, who had come to Duxford at the end of the war. In 1958  Bernard was elected to the parish Council and in 1975 he was elected chairman a post he held for three years. In 1979 he decided to stand down from the council. He had come to regret the party politicising of village affairs and felt that at 60 he had done all he could. For many years he was a trustee of the Kings charity.

In retirement he and his wife travelled extensively and he devoted more time to his other great passion, gardening.  He downsized to a bungalow in Greenacres, where he was able to maintain a colourful display, albeit with some assistance for the heavier tasks.

His later years were blighted by complications of type 2 diabetes, but he remained positive and optimistic despite the loss of his wife in 2006 and failing eyesight. He continued to live independently, cooking his own meals and running his household, with just the help of a cleaner and regular lifts from friends to Tesco for his shopping. During his final days in hospital he discussed enthusiastically his programme of cultivation of his latest seedlings and the fortunes of the England football team.

Bernard loved his bungalow, his garden and the village. His greatest wish that he would not have to leave them to enter a care home was thankfully fulfilled.

He is survived by his son, Dr Peter Wakefield, three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Bernard Wakefield, born 18th April 1919, died 19th September 2017.

Stay warm and well this winter

Winter weather can be seriously bad for our health. Being cold can aggravate existing conditions and raise the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. However, there are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter.

  • Get expert advice from your pharmacist

If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s a cough or a cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice on the best treatment from your local pharmacist.

  • Make sure you get your free flu jab

Flu is a highly contagious and can cause serious complications for at risk groups. Adults over 65; those with long-term health conditions; children aged two to eight; carers and pregnant women may all be eligible for a free flu vaccination – ask your GP practice today.

  • Stock up your medicine cabinet
    A well-stocked medicine cabinet can help you treat common winter ailments such as coughs, colds, sore throats and sickness bugs at home and will save you going out if you feel unwell. Ask your pharmacist about essential medicines to keep at home.
  • Keep warm
    Keeping warm, both inside and outdoors, over the winter months can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
  • Get the right help
    Make sure you’re receiving all the help you are entitled to. Learn how to make your home more energy efficient and take advantage of financial schemes to keep up with energy bills. Visit 
    www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/KeepWarmKeepWell for details.

For further information on staying well this winter visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

Soapbox Derby 2017 – thanks!

The Plough Duxford
59 St. Peter’s Street
CB22 4RP


Re: Soapbox Derby 2017

Wow! What a weekend that was. Whilst we wait for the final amount to be counted and announced on Tuesday 19th September at The Plough, we can all reflect on the hard work, dedication and effort put in by everyone involved.

Organising the Soapbox Derby takes a committed team many months of preparation and time and the whole village sends our sincere gratitude to all those who helped in its planning. However you helped on the day or during the weeks running up to the weekend, thank you so much.

To those who entered the races, congratulations on taking part, wherever you finished in the race! It is not as easy as it may look and to have finished, especially those in fancy dress, deserves a lot of praise, so be proud of yourselves folks!

From myself at The Plough, and no doubt Nick at the John Barleycorn, a massive thank you for coming out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and supporting the events we put on. It means a lot to us both to hear such positive feedback and lovely comments. Well done also to our teams who worked at the pubs pulling pints, cooking bacon or performing for your enjoyment.

That’s it for this year but there’s so much still to come in Duxford this year, so keep your eyes open!

All the best neighbours,

The Plough


Track between Laceys Way and Moorfield Road

As some of you have noticed, a temporary car park is under construction in the field adjacent to the Greenacres development.  This will accommodate the workers on site and was agreed in the plans for the site between the developer and the field owner.

The public footpath runs from Moorfield Road directly across the field to Hunts Road.  Although the farmer has allowed us to walk on the track around the edge of the field, it is private land and is not a public right of way – he is therefore entitled to stop the use of it at any time.  There is no public footpath connection from the one that crosses the field to Laceys Way.  The car park area will be returned to its previous use once the development is complete.

For further information on all aspects of the development, the relevant documents can be found on the planning pages of the South Cambridgeshire District Council website www.scambs.gov.uk

For your convenience, here is a link to the approved Greenacres construction management statement – page 5 shows a map of the site.


Highways – events in Cambridgeshire

https://www.facebook.com/CCCHighwayEvents/ is constantly updated with Highway event maps and road closures.  Information on road restrictions can be found on www.Roadworks.org.

Key Dates for 2018

2nd December - Mill Road annual fair Cambridge - road closed

13th January – Straw Bear festival, Whittlesey

4th March - Cambridge Half Marathon

6th May - Wings for Life  (Is returning but in a much smaller format than in previous years with no road closures expected)

26th – 27th May – Duxford Air show

13th May Sawston Fun Run

1st - 3rd June - Tour of Cambridgeshire Weekend

13th – 14th June – Cereals – Grange Farm Duxford (set up begins from 4th June)

8th July – Race for Life, Cambridge

14th – 15th July - Duxford Air show

22nd – 23rd September - Duxford Air show


IHMC and Events Team, NMC, Vantage House, Vantage Park, Washingley Rd, Huntingdon PE29 6SR




Traveller Caravans on Rec – update Action taken

Message from Duxford Parish Council:

Please see below the timeline in respect of the recent Travelling Community Encampment on Duxford Recreation Ground in August 2017:


  • Sunday, 27th August (Bank Holiday) – Unexpected visitors encamped on the Duxford Recreation Ground in the morning. DPC contacted the Police and County Council without delay. Clerk remained on site until Police and County Council Officer arrival mid afternoon.  DPC then instructed County Council recommended bailiffs to create notices for eviction.
  • Monday, 28th August (Bank Holiday) – Within 24 hours of the visitor’s arrival, the bailiffs arrived on site and issued notices for eviction for 5pm that day. The bailiffs advised that a forcible eviction (possibly violent / Police involvement / expensive) could be avoided, if the visitors were permitted to leave the next day of their own volition instead (quietly).
  • Tuesday, 29th August – The visitors departed the Recreation Ground around 9.30pm. Within moments of the eviction, DPC and Michael Butler had blocked the entrance with a heavy piece of farm machinery.  (The eviction notice only applied to the 10 caravan occupants evicted, not applicable to any other visitors).
  • Wednesday, 30th August – A team from Environmental Health at SCDC thoroughly litter picked the Recreation Ground, including the removal of human waste.
  • Thursday, 31st August – A professional jet washing company sterilised the playground, removing all remnants of human waste. The Recreation Ground was safely reopened to the public late morning.


Duxford Parish Council would sincerely like to thank everyone that assisted with the eviction, particularly Mr Michael Butler for his time and the temporary loan of farm machinery to block the entrance.  New security measures will be discussed at the next DPC meeting (14th September 2017).

A Cambridgeshire Scrapbook

For more than 20 years I have been compiling “A Cambridgeshire Scrapbook”.   It comprises over 3,000 pages and more than 20,000 fascinating facts, features and (occasional) fallacies reported in Cambridge newspapers between 1897 and 1990.
It is arranged week by week – so you can check to see what was hitting the headlines when you were born.
It is free to read, free to download, free to use. Just search ‘Cambridgeshire Scrapbook’ on your computer or tablet.

I have also put together scores of mini-scrapbooks including Cambridgeshire villages such as your own.
These Village Scrapbooks reveal some of the events that have helped shape the community of today and put the present in its context.   They are not comprehensive but are worth a look.  See DuxfordScrapbook

or download the pdf Duxford Scrapbook 1897 to 1990

To see the full range of Scrapbooks and discover other resources to help you discover our area just click ‘bit.ly/CambsCollection

I’ve helped people discover Cambridgeshire’s history for 50 years:

Advice – www.mikepetty.org.uk

Information – bit.ly/CambsCollection

A Cambridgeshire Scrapbook 1897-1990 – 3,000 pages of stories https://archive.org/details/CambridgeshireScrapbook18971990

Seek and share – Fenland History on Facebook

Email – mikepetty13a@gmail.com

Or phone –  01353 648106.

Vandalism in Duxford


The old flint wall in Liberty Lane has been badly damaged , probably overnight 13/14 August at the Mangers Lane end. 

In addition, there was broken glass under the children’s swings in the Duxplay area on the Rec. and one of the young trees has been snapped off, though this was probably done on an earlier occasion.

It is sad and disappointing that these things have happened in Duxford.

If you have any information regarding this crime or saw anyone acting suspiciously around the time, or prior to, please call the Police on 101, or you can call crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.