Nextdoor – Duxford


At our recent Parish Council meeting we agreed that it would be in the best interests of the village if we could encourage all villagers to join this excellent community based social platform.

For those people who have a natural, and totally understandable, aversion to social media, we would like to assure you that this is nothing like Facebook or the like. Your personal information is not exposed and you are completely safe.

The purpose of Next Door is purely a community information site where news and events can be shared for the common good. Indeed, recently a burglary in Duxford was reported on the site within 1 hour of it happening enabling all those who were able to view it, to be aware of the immediate need for extra vigilance. Fraudulent e mails can be reported as soon as they are received and, on a more positive note, community events can be advertised and advice on any number of subjects can be sought.

No personal details are shared and even when posting a comment, you have the option to be anonymous.

This platform was brought to our attention by our Councillor Peter Young and you can join/ask for further details by contacting him on

At the moment, there are around 150 members from Duxford and we would like to ask all of our village community to consider joining please.

Many thanks.

Duxford Parish Council

££ for Police – have your say!

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is launching a consultation regarding the police precept.
The Commissioner is proposing to increase the policing part of the Council Tax by £1 per month per household – £12.00 per year (based on a Band D property)
The press release can be found on our website –
The survey itself can be found at –
We would welcome your opinion, and any support in promoting the consultation in order to obtain constituents’ views. The consultation will run until January 29th.
Sent on behalf of Jason Ablewhite, Police and Crime Commissioner
Tel: 01480 425809
Mob: 07736 084646
Police HQ
PO Box 688
PE29 9LA

LOST – Tom Tom Sports watch

If you have found a Tom Tom sports GPS watch – black with green trimmings – lost on Christmas Eve in Duxford (St Peter’s Street or Hunts Road), please get in touch using the contact us tab – thank you!

Brewery Field notice board pictures missing

Since the high winds, the 3 large laminated sheets that were firmly stapled to the notice board on BF have gone missing.

We will replace them as soon as we can get some more done – in the meantime, if anyone has found them, please could you let us know using the ‘contact us’ tab and we will come and get them – thank you!

Gillian Heath for DPC

Get Active!

We are delighted to launch a new programme of Physical Activity called Active Cambridge!

Active Cambridge is all about getting people out of their houses and moving. It suits people who like to exercise, play sport, socialise and have fun!  Here at the University of Cambridge Sports Centre, we are keen to unleash the power of sport in people of all ages and abilities. So if you are a complete novice or a seasoned pro, come along and give Active Cambridge a go!

Spaces are limited so book in advance using our mobile app. Alternatively, you can call reception on 01223 336580.

Active Retired

Tuesdays 9am – 12pm.
Cost: £5 per adult, Free for Cambridge Sport members.
Who: This session is open to the whole community for people aged 50 years and older.

The Sports Hall will be set up ready for you to play Badminton, Short Tennis and Table Tennis. (Equipment provided) Other Activities will include Fives and Bowls.

Free Tea, Coffee and Squash will be provided in the cafe area from 11.30am until 1pm.

Active Families

When: Thursdays 9am – 12pm.
Cost: £5 per adult, £3 per child, Free for Cambridge Sport members.
Who: This session is open to the whole community.

The Sports Hall will be set up ready for you to play Badminton, Short Tennis and Table Tennis. (Equipment provided) Other Activities will include Fives and Bowls.

Free Tea, Coffee and Squash will be provided in the cafe area from 11.30am until 1pm.

For more information, please contact us.

University of Cambridge Sport
University of Cambridge
University Sports Centre
Philippa Fawcett Drive
Cambridge CB3 0AS

+44 (0)1223 (3)36580

A14 survey

Good morning

I just wanted to let you know that our annual communications survey is now live and can be found here –

It takes about five minutes to complete and will be open until the end of Feb. Please feel free to share this wherever you feel appropriate.

Kind regards

Communications Manager, A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme



Brewery Field – presentation of design

The presentation of the initial design by our designer Sarah Ashworth was very well received, with a good turnout from parishioners.

The Brewery Field Facebook page has been updated with the images and we hope you will send your comments and feedback via all the usual means.  On the Facebook page you can also find an animation – this is a bird’s eye view of the site, showing areas with a different ‘feel’, including sections of mown grass, long meadow grass planted with bulbs, a wilder hazel coppice, a nectar garden and an orchard. Mounds and dips provide interest and water and planting will be designed to encourage wildlife and pollinators.

For those of you that don’t use social media, you can see a selection of images below from Sarah’s presentation.



WE’VE DONE IT – £8,522.46!

  • The appeal to raise £8,000 to restore the parish clock officially ended, as promised, at 2.00am on Sunday 29th October 2017 – when the clocks went back.

  • At the time of writing the appeal has raised an incredible £8,522.46 and, with pledges of £1,750.00 still to come, may swell to £10,272.46.  The good news may not stop there as we are hopeful that our application for a Community Chest grant of £1,000 will be considered favourably later this month – we’ll let you know. Money was received as follows:

    • £4,344.23 was given as donations from 33 families, friends and individuals, including donations in memoriam

    • £2,758.65 was raised by the six fundraising events and the donations from Knit & Knatter

    • £1,700.00 was given by three local companies (Tranquillity Beauty Salon, Wellcome Trust & MPN Electrical)

    • £500.00 was given as a grant from the Advent Trust

    The fundraising events contributed the following:

    • Collection from National Gardens Society day £ 55.19

    • Knit & Knatter £ 256.00

    • Saffron Walden Cake Stall £ 117.50

    • Plough Quiz & Bingo 1 £ 375.00

    • Plough Quiz & Bingo 2 £ 289.35

    • Art, Crafts & Duxford Illustrated Weekend £1343.81

    • John Barleycorn Banquet £ 321.80

    • Expenses came to £780.42. These included £414.40 for St Peter’s church as the Art & Crafts event in St Peter’s was a joint fund raising event for the clock and the church

  • The next step is gather in the 3 quotes needed to allow the Duxford Parochial Church Council to apply for additional funding through one, or possibly more, grants

  • The hope is to have the clock restored to full working order in time for Remembrance Sunday 2018

  • If you meant to give to the appeal but forgot to get round to it, your donation will still be warmly received – just visit

    With very many thanks to everyone who has contributed, helped and supported the appeal.

Trish Chudleigh, Libby Earle, Michelle Preston & Lesley Strauli

Duxford Clock Appeal Committee

Hinxton Agritech Planning Application

The parish consultation period for comment on this application is now extended until 26th January 2018

SmithsonHill has now submitted an outline planning application to South Cambs District Council (SCDC) for a site for AgriTech as per the prior consultations and communications.  The outline planning application contains a vast amount of documents that have to be submitted as part of any major application.

The executive overview and the planning statement are available.

Hinxton PSS Exec Summary

The planning statement is 18Mb so we have included this link for your convenience.

All of the other documents are both on the SCDC website and our own.