Let’s Get Moving!

Let’s Get Moving Cambridgeshire aims to improve the health of the Cambridgeshire population, specifically by increasing levels of physical activity. This will be done by promoting existing opportunities, developing new opportunities, and supporting individuals that require support to achieve their goals.

Examples of successful activities happening within South Cambridgeshire District due to LGM,

Let’s Get Moving Cambridgeshire is supporting Buggybootcamp, which is an exercise class for mums with their babies. There are three sessions currently taking place in South Cambridgeshire at Waterbeach and Melbourn.

Walk for Fun, friendly groups lead by volunteers, allowing for all speeds of walkers, is an excellent way to meet people and get fit while enjoying the local environment and is happening at Fulbourn as well as other places. We are always happy to help start walks in other South Cambs villages.

Walking sport, including Walking Football at Sawston -ideal if you haven’t played for a long time, if you have never played before or if you have had to stop playing due to injury.  

The latest activity in popular demand is New Age Kurling, it’s an adapted version of the original curling game which can be played indoors on any flat surface. The game can be played standing or sitting .

Find additional information on the LGM website: https://www.letsgetmovingcambridgeshire.co.uk/ or see what’s happening on the SCDC website under the Sport, Health and Wellbeing section  at https://www.scambs.gov.uk/sport-health-and-wellbeing/

Duxford Burglars Charged

Two men from Kent have been charged with robbery and ABH following an aggravated burglary in Duxford last week. 

The burglary happened on Tuesday (3 September) where two women were assaulted at a property in St John’s Street.

The men appeared at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court this morning and have been remanded to appear at Cambridge Crown Court on 18 October.

Gonville & Caius proposals to develop Duxford

Concept planning proposal from Gonville and Caius:    Duxford Parish Council would like to thank all residents who attended the 13th June DPC meeting, at which representatives from Gonville & Caius shared a draft proposal of possible development on their lands surrounding Duxford Village. These included commercial (aviation linked) commercial premises along the A505 (Duxford side), and extensive residential development – up to 800 new houses – to the north and west of Duxford Village.  

This was in response to the “Call for Sites” for the next iteration of the SCDC Local Plan (being created in conjunction with the City Council).  Gonville &Caius land would have to be selected by SCDC as a suitable site for development in the new local plan, however, current local plan favours discrete large developments, like Cambourne West, Northstowe and Waterbeach, rather than lots of small developments. Large as it may seem this is a small development in comparison to those three.  

It was made clear in June that a planning application had not been submitted (expected after the local plan is published +/- 2 years’ time), and that key preparation such as transport studies had not taken place.  Public questions at the meeting included the following topics:  

* Transportation (A505 issues in particular)
* Infrastructure
* Village character
* IWM flight path safety
* Marshall’s potential relocation
* Volume of housing v. affordable housing needs  

Gonville & Caius have requested a workshop with DPC, which DPC have agreed to in the event of progress / changes to their proposals.   In the meantime, Duxford’s District Councillor, Peter McDonald, will be meeting with G&C to discuss concerns directly.   DPC would very much welcome your views and opinions in this respect, that these can be shared with Duxford’s District and County Councillors, thank you.  

Duxford Parish Council

Bat boxes at the Biggen

As someone who has lived and grown up in Duxford, it’s a pleasure to walk the dog around our beautiful countryside and down by the river. Bats are common at dusk and dawn around the village and especially enjoy foraging along the river edge. With this in mind I thought it would be lovely to see what species we have roosting in and around the village. As a professional ecologist it’s been lovely to have been given permission to place some bat boxes down the Biggen which will be regularly monitored. All species of bat in the UK are protected and can only be disturbed under licence. Whilst putting up the boxes, otter spraint was discovered on the river – so keep an eye out for passing otter!

Katie Dalton

Willy Brown


It is with great sadness that Duxford Parish Council has learned of the unexpected passing of Willy Brown, Chair of Hinxton Parish Council.

The above link takes you to the page on the Hinxton Parish Council website. Willy will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Duxford PC has sent condolences.

Help Tackle Hare Coursing

We are encouraging the public to do their part for rural communities and help tackle hare coursing.

The hare coursing season typically starts in September when fields have been harvested, however the weather this year has meant many have already been cut and are now prime surfaces for the blood sport.

Over the past year (April 2018 – March 2019) police were called to 1,265 incidents. In the past month (July) the force control room have received 34 calls to courses operating throughout east and south Cambridgeshire as well as Fenland. The figure is expected to rise over the coming months.

Hare coursing, illegal under the Hunting Act 2004, causes damage to crops, harms animals and threatens the rural community, often resulting in intimidation and in some cases violence.

In October last year four hare coursers were handed the Cambridgeshire’s first county court injunction, banning them from entering any farm land from July until March.

Hare coursing continues to be one of the biggest issues our rural communities face.

Tackling it remains a priority for the Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) and we will continue to do what we can to bring those responsible to justice but we need your help.

The most obvious sign of hare coursing is a group of vehicles parked in a rural area with dogs, perhaps by a gateway to farmland or on a grass verge, and I would urge people to report any suspicions, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

Those caught could face a criminal behaviour order, seizure of vehicles and other property, a fine and a driving ban.

The appeal is part of our #SaferSummer campaign, which aims to prevent crime and keep people safe during the school holidays.

Landowners are urged to consider blocking entrances to their fields with ditches, fencing or trees or even barriers like barrels filled with concrete.

Anyone who sees hare coursing taking place is asked to contact police immediately on 999 and provide officers with a description of the people involved, any registration numbers and vehicle descriptions and the location and direction of travel.

Its important people don’t confront hare coursers or put themselves at risk.

If you have information about hare coursing and it’s not currently happening, or have been a victim of the crime, please call 101 or report online at www.cambs.police.uk/report.

If a crime is in progress call 999.

Kind Regards,
DC Tom Nuttall
Rural Crime Action Team
Message Sent By
Corporate Communications (Police,Communications Officer,Cambridgeshire)

Joint Local Plan for Cambridge and South Cambs

Dear Resident

Please see attached details of a free event to provide an opportunity for you to input into the new Joint Local Plan for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire. Please book your place in advance via the events page at the Cambridge Past, Present and Future website or https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keeping-cambridge-special-tickets-64733877771 or email bookings@cambridgeppf.org. For any further enquiries please email bookings@cambridgeppf.org

More information on the previous Local Plan can be found at https://www.scambs.gov.uk/planning/local-plan-and-neighbourhood-planning/

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning: a strategic partnership between Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils

RAF Benevolent Fund

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

We are the leading welfare charity for those serving and those who have served in the RAF, as well as their families, providing a range of support, from financial assistance, independent living help, to emotional and mental well-being support.

In addition, we have recently launched a new Community Connector service to tackle social isolation and loneliness amongst the RAF family across Cambridgeshire (based Peterborough but covering the whole county) –   https://www.rafbf.org/news-and-blogs/raf-benevolent-fund-launches-new-community-scheme-help-isolated-raf-veterans

We estimate that there are approx. 35,000 veterans in Cambridgeshire, a significant number of which will have an RAF connection. Our World War Two and National Service generation are a shrinking demographic and by 2030 we will have lost 400,000 of them.  It is vital therefore that we reach these individuals now and make them aware of the welfare support available to them.  It is for this reason that Fund has just launched a major reaching out campaign to raise awareness.  We know that too often pride and self-reliance holds veterans back from seeking the support available. We are therefore reaching out to their families and friends – we estimate that 1 in 3 people in Cambridgeshire has known someone who has served or is serving in the Royal Air Force – to get these veterans back on our radar.

If anyone is aware of any RAF veterans who may benefit from our support please ask them to call 0300 102 1919 or direct them to our campaign website at: www.rafbf.org.

We rely on your support to make a difference to RAF personnel, past and present, and their families. You can keep in touch by visiting our website, joining us on Facebook and Twitter, or making a donation today: www.rafbf.org/donate.


Next DPC monthly meeting will be September

DPC will follow the practice of the majority of local Parish Councils and have agreed to cancel the August monthly meeting.

Any planning applications that cannot wait until the September meeting will be discussed at a dedicated planning meeting, to be held at the same time as the Parish Council Surgery (Lacey’s Way Centre, Saturday 3rd August 10.30 am).