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).

Comment on plans for Huawei R&D facility

Comment on plans for Huawei R&D facility

Local people are being encouraged to comment on plans by information and communications firm Huawei to build a new research and development facility in Sawston.

The technology company has submitted a planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council that seeks permission to develop the former Spicer’s site on the Sawston Bypass.

The plans propose space for 360 people working across the building, along with a ‘clean room’ laboratory, offices, workstations, meeting rooms, training rooms, stores, a canteen and reception area. Parking facilities would be provided via a 422-space underground car park. Cycle parking facilities are also included in the plans. This is intended to be the first phase of a larger development.

The site, which is owned by Huawei, sits next to the village of Sawston with the A1301 providing the main access. The closest railway station is Whittlesford Parkway. To the east of the site, there are warehouses which aren’t currently in use. The application states that new routes will be provided for pedestrians, cyclists and cars.

To comment on the plans, visit www.scambs.gov.uk and click on Planning. Select ‘view or comment on a planning application’ and use the reference S/2122/19/FL

Local people have until 24 July to have their say.

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Lead Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr Dr. Tumi Hawkins, said: “We really want to hear what local people think about these proposals. All comments will be considered before a decision on the application is made, so please do take this chance to have your say. We genuinely care what residents and businesses think so it’s always worth making a comment.”

Gonville & Caius planning proposal

Concept planning proposal from Gonville and Caius:  June 2019
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 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 that a planning application had not been submitted (unexpected until 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

Whittlesford Parkway Transport Masterplan – Consultation Open

Whittlesford Parkway Transport Masterplan consultation now open

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) has today (10 June) launched a consultation on proposals to improve access to and from Whittlesford Parkway station, particularly by sustainable transport, and to improve the area around the station.

The consultation will run for six weeks and will close at 9am on Monday 22 July 2019. 

The GCP wants to create better and greener transport networks, connecting local people to homes, jobs, study and opportunity. As part of this, we have been working on a masterplan for the area around Whittlesford Parkway station.

We are consulting on a package of 33 measures that need to be put in place over the coming years to improve access to the station for everyone and to cater for expected growth in the area served by the station. The survey can be completed online

We will be holding public consultation events and an exhibition during the consultation period as follows:

Parkway station
19 June 2019 7.30am-9am Station Road, Whittlesford,
Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NL
Memorial Hall
27 June 2019 6pm-8pm Mill Lane, Whittlesford,
Cambridge, CB22 4NE
Parkway station
2 July 2019 7.30am-9am Station Road, Whittlesford,
Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NL
Parkway station
9 July 2019 5pm-6.30pm Station Road, Whittlesford,
Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NL

We want to make sure that people living and working in the Whittlesford area, as well as people who use Whittlesford Parkway station, have the opportunity to respond to our proposals.

Full details of the consultation, including ways in which people can respond, are online at www.greatercambridge.org.uk/whittlesfordplan/

Share your views and keep up to date with the consultation using the hashtag #WhittlesfordMasterplan.

Complete the survey


Business rate discount for small retailers


Monday 13 May 2019 

Small retailers urged to apply for new Business Rates discount which has saved local businesses nearly £600,000

Households and businesses received annual Council Tax and Business Rates bills recently and South Cambridgeshire District Council is now urging people not to miss out on any discounts they may be entitled to.

One new discount for 2019-2021 – the Retail Discount – was announced by the Government in its autumn budget. The Discount sees small retailers that meet certain eligibility criteria entitled to claim a third off their annual Business Rates.

The scheme will run for two years from April 2019, and officers at South Cambridgeshire District Council believe there could be around 50 further businesses eligible to claim what could equate to around £150,000 under the new Retail Discount.

In the same way that households are ‘banded’ so that Council Tax bills can be calculated, businesses are given a ‘Rateable Value’. The new Retail Discount is available to retailers with a Rateable Value below £51,000, that use their premises wholly or mainly for retail purposes and are reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public.

Examples of the types of businesses that might be eligible include shops, opticians, post offices, show rooms, markets, garden centres, art galleries, hair and beauty services, repair services, ticket offices, travel agents, funeral directors, restaurants, takeaways, coffee shops, pubs and bars. There are some businesses that will be excluded from the scheme – such as financial services, estate agents, medical services and professional services including solicitors and accountants.

Cllr John Williams, Lead Cabinet Member for Finance at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “One of the four key priorities for South Cambridgeshire District Council is to support businesses of all sizes across our district. We think part of this is to clearly signpost the financial support that is available, whether through grant funds administered locally or the many different reliefs and discounts that are already available from central Government.

“The main message here is that there are discounts available that haven’t yet been claimed to support our smaller retailers. We are encouraging anyone who provides a service or runs a retail business, who isn’t sure whether they are eligible for the discount, to contact our team. We will be happy to discuss your circumstances and, in just a couple of minutes, confirm whether you are indeed eligible for a third off your Business Rates. This could be around £10,000 for some businesses, which I’m sure would be a welcome sum for many local retailers.

“What’s more, while we are raising awareness of the Retail Discount because it’s new, we also want to remind business owners and householders that there are a number of existing reliefs and discounts already available to Business Rates and Council Tax customers. For example, there are Council Tax discount entitlements for people who have a severe mental impairment, for single people, or for properties that are empty following the death of a resident or are undergoing structural alterations. The message here is the same: if you are unsure about whether you qualify for a particular reduction or discount, please contact our team, who will be happy to help.”

Businesses wishing to find out more about the available reliefs and discounts on Business Rates should visit the Council’s website, www.scambs.gov.uk/business-rates/business-rates-reliefs-and-exemptions.


Don’t be Scammed – be aware!

Follow the e-learning link below to improve your knowledge about the different types of scam:


The Parish Council wants to enlist your help in spreading some of its important messages, especially to more vulnerable people and those who might not see this message.

Citizens Advice works in partnership with organisations such as Trading Standards and the Metropolitan Police;  the link to the Scams information page on the Citizens Advice website can be accessed here

May Airshow: traffic restrictions and road closures

The Duxford Air Festival (05:00 on 25/5 until 20:00 on 26/5)

ROAD CLOSURE – Grange Road and Duxford Footpath 9

NO WAITING – Hunts Rd, A505, Woburn Pl, Pepperslade, Hill Farm Rd, St. Johns St, Maarnford Cl, Grange Rd, Bustlers Rise, St Peter’s St, Ickleton Road


The link below takes you to a map of the locations



Marshall relocating in 2030 – Duxford one of the options

The link below will take you to the press release issued today about the relocation of the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group:

Marshall announces plans for the future

The second link takes you to the County Council’s news web pages: