Duxford Post Office opening hours

Post Office services are available at the United Reformed Church in Chapel Street during the following periods:

Monday 10am until 12:30

Wednesday 09:30 until 12 noon

Fundraiser for Royal British Legion

The attached photograph was taken by a professional photographer who was engaged by The Royal British Legion’s Events Team last year to take action shots of cyclists riding from London to Paris (also known as the “Pedal to Paris” or simply “P2P”). He was positioned at the edge of a field somewhere in Kent, and the shot shows myself, my recumbent bike – and my flag. That was the 20th time I have taken part in The Legion’s P2P and this year will be no exception.

However, there will be a notable difference. Although I will still be on a recumbent bike, and a similar flag will be on board, this year I will be accompanied by a ‘stoker’ – a cycling term for a rear mounted tandem user. And this stoker will actually be facing backwards. And the bike frame is being made out of bamboo – a strong, sustainable and easily worked material with little environmental impact. It isn’t finished being built, which is why I am unable to attach a picture of it.

I feel sure you are inundated by requests for sponsorship on an almost daily basis, but I doubt you have ever been approached by anyone with such a hair-brained scheme as this, but the truth, so they say, is often stranger than fiction. And the truth is, Geoff, my (ex-Royal Navy) stoker, lives in Cambridgeshire while I (ex-RAF) live in Hertfordshire. While he has never ridden a recumbent bike before, I have never ridden a tandem. But we know lots of people who have, so we’re feeling cool with the idea so far.

However, we both need to raise £800 for the ride. The Legion’s unique method for these events is for each entrant to pay their costs of doing the ride as an entry fee – £650; so every penny raised goes to the Poppy Appeal.

Geoff and I would be very grateful for every promissory email we receive – I have an ‘e-sponsor’ page (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/P2P-0n-A-Torpedo) but I am targeting local councilors in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire exclusively this year, as I have never approached any of you for any fundraising I have done. By way of promoting the cause, we will endeavour to attend any Carnival Parade in the counties this summer (I am already booked into the Rickmansworth Carnival, 13th May) for any council that pledges over £100.

Paul is raising money to help The Royal British Legion

Kind regards,

Paul Harding

Mobile; 07877805111

IWM 2017 Air Show dates

Duxford Air Festival – Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May (May Bank Holiday weekend)

PRESS RELEASE Exciting new flying The Duxford Air Festival

PRESS RELEASE The Duxford Air Festival 2017 FINAL

Flying Legends Air Show – Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show – Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September

Tickets for the 2017 air shows are now on sale

Upcoming events:

Duxford Spring Car Show – Sunday 30 April

Classic Years Aviation Photography Day – Sunday 13 May

Visit iwm.org.uk for details of our events and activities.

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Hinxton Agritech Development

SmithsonHill would like to share our proposals for a park for AgriTech located to the east of the A1301 and South of the A505 at Hinxton.

The exhibition will be held at:

Hinxton Village Hall, 51 High Street, Hinxton, CB10 1QY

Tuesday 16th May 2017, 11:30am – 9pm

Wednesday 17th May 2017, 7:30am – 12:30pm and 2pm – 8pm

We will be mailing out invitations direct to Duxford households in the coming weeks to ensure we have broadly communicated to all interested parties.

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

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.

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.

Collection days change around the Easter weekend as follows:-

Find more information here.