Stolen Alloys

A full set of alloys and tyres has been stolen from the grounds of a house on corner of Grange and Hunts Road, probably within the last week (14-20 September).

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.

Hinxton Level Crossing closed from 14/10 until 23/10

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd is currently undertaking railway improvement works at Hinxton Level Crossing (Ickelton Road). Works are due to be completed end of October 2017. 
In order to facilitate the final stages of works a full 10 days road closure is required from 22:00 on Friday 14 October until 04:00 Monday 23 October 2017. 
Please note that the level crossing will not be accessible to pedestrians and vehicles during the times and dates mentioned above. This closure is essential as we carry out safety works. 

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

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 is constantly updated with Highway event maps and road closures.  Information on road restrictions can be found on

September Highlights Include:

Key Dates for 2018

4th March – Cambridge Half Marathon

*6th May – Wings for Life (All details TBC – looking at new route West of Cambridge)

13th May Sawston Fun Run

1st – 3rd June Tour of Cambridgeshire Weekend

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




Little girl’s pink hoodie found

Little girl’s pink hoodie found outside 19 Chapel Street on Saturday 2nd September. Now secured in plastic bag to the road sign to avoid damage from the elements

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 ‘

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

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A Cambridgeshire Scrapbook 1897-1990 – 3,000 pages of stories

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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.