South Cambridgeshire residents are being encouraged to ensure they take advantage of all the cost-of-living support they are entitled to this winter. With the weather getting colder and communities spending more on heating, the District Council is beginning a new campaign to urge residents to make full use of assistance available. Research suggests that around 25% of some benefits go unclaimed. The Council is therefore encouraging residents to check they are claiming what they are legitimately entitled to. The campaign also reminds people that local foodbanks – all listed on the Council’s website – are there when needed, and you don’t need a voucher to use most of them. There is also an appeal for residents to get energy-saving advice and find out about grants for home improvements to cut spending on energy bills during the winter. Read more on the District Council’s website.

Christmas HAF Programme

Christmas HAF Programme is funded by the Department for Education. Children in receipt of benefit-related free school meals can access a holiday scheme for up to 16 hours and will be offered enriching experiences, a meal and snacks daily. Recently arrived refugee families are also eligible as well as families just about managing financially.

Bin collection changes for Whittlesford

Bin collections for many residents of South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City will change from the week beginning Monday 18th September 2023.

This could be a change to the bin day or to which bins are collected on a particular week.

Bins may also be emptied earlier or later than they are now, so all bins need to be out by 6am on your collection day.

The frequency of collections will not change, you will recieve a letter in the post.

You can find out more and check when your collections will be, at:

Tuesday will be the new bin collection day for Whittlesford.

New Bin Collection Dates for Whittlesford are as follow:

Black Bin – Tuesday 19th September 2023

Blue & Green Bin – Tuesday 26th September 2023

Mobile Food Hub

A new mobile food hub, funded by the district council and run by not-for-profit organisation Hope CIC is being launched to further support communities during the cost of living crisis. Fresh produce and essential items. some of which will be free and others at below retail price, will be brought directly to villages around South Cambridgeshire to help people with rising food prices.

The food hub will visit Duxford Community Centre every Thursday from 11am to 12 noon.

No vouchers or referals are needed.

The produce is coming from both donations and purchasing from local suppliers.

Residents will also be able to buy essential affordable items.

Whittlesford & Duxford Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

In May, our Wildwood Beavers (Wed, 6-8yrs) had a visitor from Fab Science who set up lots of interactive (and explosive!) experiments. Forest Beavers (Fri, 6-8yrs) made bunting for the coronation and made chocolate bananas for campfire. Sirius and Javelins Cubs (Mon, Thur, 8-101/2yrs) joined up for their camping trip in Norfolk. They had such a lot of fun building rafts, kayaking and abseiling. Arrow Scouts (Tues, 101/2-14yrs) also held their camping trip; they did kayaking, high ropes and mountain biking. Hitchhiker Explorers (Fri, 14-18yrs) learned some hockey skills (from one of our Explorers) and played hockey games. They also did a mystery hike, which they planned for each other.

Our Explorers are looking for more members. If you know anyone who would like to joi (Fri, 14-18yrs), please get in touch. They do not have to have been in Scouts before.

Thank you so much to our ongoing volunteers and new recruits. We would not be able to run without our amazing helpers. Our current gaps are for Explorers (Fri, 7.30-9.30pm). If you would like to help as an assistant, young leader or share a skill, get in touch.

For general queries, contact Marc at:

Membership queries to:

Or to donate/buy second hand uniform, contact Carmel Walker, you can visit:

Whittlesford Community Cafe

Community Cafe

Whittlesford needs a Cafe, it brings all kinds of opportunities for community cohesion.

We all know it can be a profitable venture and that there is demand.

More and more villages are finding that a good way forward is to own and manage community assets themselves rather than rely on private businesses to come or go.

A Cafe is an ideal opportunity for this kind of venture!

The village will need a group of active, enthusiastic, passionate people if we are ever to make this happen.

Look out for information about a village meeting to get anyone interesed together.

Together we can achieve all kinds of things we could never do alone.

You can register your interest by emailing the minister!

Minister: Rev’d Phil Nevard at:

Ticket Office at Whittlesford Parkway

Ticket Office at Whittlesford Parkway

Consultation on proposed ticket office changes

Greater Anglia, along with most other train operators, is proposing changes to the way tickets are sold and customer service is provided at stations.

The ticket office at Whittlesford Parkway has been earmarked for closure.

A Public Consultation process is now taking place and runs until 26th July 2023.

The Parish Council will make a submission to the consultation on closures.

For more information please visit the Greater Anglia website.

Genome Campus Newsletter

Wellcome Genome Campus Expansion

The Story So Far …

The Wellcome Genome Campus is home to some of the world’s foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and biodata, commited to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges. The expansion of the Campus will continue to focus on genomics and biodata, providing enhanced opportunities for this research to be translated into real-world solutions for health challenges, transforming the lives and health of people around the world.

If you would like to know more about the expansion at the Campus, please use the link below to read their full newsletter, you can also print off your own copy if you wish.

UC Newsletter Spring 2023


Arts 106 Money

Arts 106 Money

The Parish Council has money available for Public Arts Projects and is asking for submissions from residents. We would like to support a range of Arts projects with awards of up to £ 2,000 per project. Projects should be of Community Value or Heritage Value to the community and all submissions should include an element of art with input from local people.


Eligible projects can be:

Permanent physical works such as sculptures, plaques, landmarks, artist designed street furniture. Works must be durable and of good quality construction. Please bear in mind that some works might require planning permission.

Temporary works such as exhibitions, documentary works, street theatre, arts and music festivals, film.

Interior fine art works, sculpture, or craft work for public spaces.


Submissions for projects must include:

A detailed description of the proposed project outlining what’s involved and how it would be carried out, including photographs/ good quality drawings/mock-ups of the proposed project. For exterior works a proposed site.

A project should not be for a mass-produced object nor reproduction of an original artwork.


Details of who will lead the project and take responsibility to see it to completion including on-going maintenance if applicable.

A detailed and accurate budget for the project and the amount requested.

A proposed timescale for project completion.


Submissions should be sent to the Parish Clerk by the end of October 2023.

The Parish Council will assess the projects for suitability before publishing the proposals and asking residents to vote on which projects they prefer. Winning proposals will be informed and given the grants when this process is complete, which we envisage to be by January 2024.

Please email your proposed application to the parish clerk at:

Mobile Library Service

We have a great selection of books for all ages including children’s books and large print items.

We also distribute free NHS hearing aid batteries and walking sick ferrules.

The Mobile Library visits Whittlesford on the Second Wednesday of each month as follows:

West End / Ascham Lane from: 11.40am – 12.00pm

Mill Lane from 12.05pm – 12.30pm

Royston Road from 12.35pm – 1.00pm

For general information on the mobile library services please email: