Mary Prudence Wakefield

mary-wakefieldMary Prudence Wakefield (nee Haylock) 1912 - 2015
Mary was born in Duxford on July 30th 1912, the daughter of Albert & Ellen Haylock and sister to Ernest & Herbert.
After leaving school Mary went to work as a cook with the Miss Brands at Ickleton, later moving to Pedleys of Whittlesford, cabinet makers, where she worked on radio cabinet assembly. On leaving Pedleys she went to work for a glove making company Bullen Peasgood in Sawston. 
Mary married Gilbert Arthur Wakefield of Sawston on March 25th 1940 at St  Peter's Church, Duxford, after which they moved into a newly
built house at 14 London Road, Sawston.
In  January 1943, Mary gave birth to a son John and lived the life of a housewife, with occasional part time work glove making both at home and at the G H Wakefield family business at 64 London Road, Sawston. Along with Gilbert she shared a passion for gardening and was well known for her flower stall outside No 14 London Road. They were both members of  the Sawston and Pampisford Horticultural Society.

Mary  learnt to drive in the 1960s and was well known driving her Morris Marina car, which she continued to drive until 2003 and at the great age of 91.
After the death of Gilbert in 1999, Mary remained at 14 London Road, until 2007 when she went into a residential care home, firstly at Shelford  Lodge, Great Shelford, and later in 2012 to Home Close, Fulbourn, where she remained until her death on Wednesday 15th April 2015 aged 102.
The photo shows Mary on her 95th birthday.
 John Wakefield (son)
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Community Highways Volunteering Scheme

Community Highways Volunteering

Please note that highway faults should be reported online via:

Once logged this will come through directly to the local officer for the area, and will also be logged onto our system for future reference.

This is to ensure your highway or rights of way issue is recorded and dealt with.

Join the Parish Council



There are unfilled vacancies for Duxford Parish Councillors.  We are a friendly team who have already achieved a lot, but we could do so much more with a full complement – please consider joining us!

Parish Councillors play an extremely important role in looking after our wonderful village, its residents and its finances. The full Council meets on the second Thursday of each month, and full training will be given to new Councillors, to cover the responsibilities and role of both the individual Councillor, and the Parish Council as a whole.

If you have any questions about the role, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Please use the ‘contact us’ tab at the top of the page.

Mrs Joanne Depradines-Smith, Clerk to Duxford Parish Council

A14 Improvement – update

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Raise awareness of Alzheimer and Dementia

Here at Alzheimer’s Society, we want to connect to as many people as possible who are affected by dementia. In rural areas, this can often be hard to get our message out there which is, “we are here for you”.

As a result of the difficulties faced in rural areas, we are currently looking for volunteers to help raise awareness of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Society in their local areas. This can be achieved by ensuring local GPs, health centres, community centres and even local shops have up-to-date information.  The role would involve supplying these places with the information through the forms of posters etc. that would be supplied to you by our Information Worker.  The Information Worker will be managing you to ensure you have the resources available to raise awareness of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Society.

The volunteering opportunity has no fixed hours, and can be done in your own spare time where available.

Along with this opportunity, we also have volunteering opportunities with South Cambs. Dementia Action Alliance. This is a group that consists of local business, health departments etc. that ensure South Cambs is a dementia friendly area. The opportunity would involve increasing the size of the group by contacting local businesses/ community groups to see if they would like to know more about becoming dementia friendly and assisting them on their way with support from the Cambridge Dementia Action Alliance Coordinator.

Again this is another volunteering opportunity that has no fixed hours and can be done in your own spare time. Meetings of the South Cambs Dementia Action Alliance often take place bi-monthly.

If either of these opportunities are of interest and you would like to speak about them in more detail, then please do feel free to email

Fancy an Allotment?


There are allotments available to lease at the Moorfield Road site, including half plots and full sized plots – all ready for cultivation.

Please do contact me using the ‘contact us’ tab at the top of the page to register your interest.

May I remind all existing leaseholders that renewals will take place from 1st October annually from 2017 onwards.

Joanne Depradines-Smith, Parish Clerk





Next Door – village network

It’s an appealing prospect – a village community brought back together by technology.  Follow this link to find out more.

Nextdoor is a local social network for you, your neighbours and your community.  It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbours to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world.  And it’s free.  You can even download the app for your smart phone to make it accessible everywhere.

People are using Nextdoor to:

  • Borrow a ladder
  • Find recommended services
  • Track down a trustworthy babysitter
  • Adverstise events
  • Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
  • Find a new home for an outgrown bike
  • Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name

Nextdoor’s mission is to provide a trusted platform where neighbours work together to build stronger, safer, happier communities, all over the world.

Nextdoor makes it safe to share online the kinds of things you’d be okay sharing with your neighbours in person.

Here’s how:

  • Every neighbour has to verify their address.
  • Every neighbour signs in with their real name. Just like in person.
  • Your website is protected by password and encrypted by HTTPS.
  • We never share your info with advertisers.

To learn more about privacy, visit Frequently Asked Questions about privacy, or read our complete Privacy Policy.


Power Cut? Call 105!

On 6th September a new national phone number “105” will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area.

Key points to note about this service are:

Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.

105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.

105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.

Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.

Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.

More information in the link below.

Power cut

Duxford Preschool

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Duxford Preschool is a small, welcoming and vibrant Ofsted-registered preschool that cares for children from the age of two years and three months to five years old. Open from 9am – 3pm, we offer full or half day sessions Monday to Friday during term time, including the option of two Forest School sessions per week. We accept childcare vouchers and Nursery Education Funding for 3 and 4 years olds and also have places available for Funded Twos.

The general contact address is 

Telephone: 01223 830459 (during opening hours)

See our website – 


Hard of Hearing?

Click on the link below for more information about the service Cambridgeshire Hearing Help provides and to find local Hearing Help sessions.

Information leaflet