As a key partner of Support Cambridgeshire (Hunts Forum & Cambridge Council of Voluntary Service), we wanted to let you know that today is the day Volunteer Cambs is formally launched to the general public across Cambridgeshire. I’m from Keystone, and we’re working on behalf of Support Cambridgeshire to engage with the public as part of the formal launch, with a campaign theme designed to inspire local people to ‘mark their mark’.


What is Volunteer Cambs?

would-be volunteers can explore opportunities tailored to them – searching by location or by topics that match their skill set and interests. For a specific cause that may be close to their heart, the type of activity they may be interested in, or even by the time they have available. Organisations and groups load up their opportunities and profiles directly so there’s always something new for volunteers to look at every time they visit the site. And the good causes who are promoting their work benefit by having a continuous stream of potential volunteers.


We really need your help:

We’re reaching out to you as someone who could potentially help us let your local community know about the amazing work Volunteer Cambs has done in launching new volunteering opportunities across Cambridgeshire. This great initiative will only work if we can encourage prospective volunteers to sign up. We know their contribution really matters locally and this project allows them to join a community that values their skills and energy, addressing real needs with every act of kindness. And that’s why we need you too.


Eco Whittlesford – Village Litter Pick – 16th March – 10am

Eco Whittlesford

Village Litter Pick

16th March 10am  – 11.30am

Meet at the URC

 Come and join us!

Hi vis tabards, gloves, litter pickers and bags provided – bring your own if you have them!

Hot drinks, biscuits and cakes for the workers!

Families with children under supervision welcome

Supported by SCDC, the Parish Council and 1st Whittlesford and Duxford Scout Group

For any more info:


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.

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: http://www.scambs.gov.uk/binchanges

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 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:

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


Section 106 Arts & Heritage Projects

Arts & Heritage Projects

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

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 January/February 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:




Walking in England

With Spring on its way we start to think about getting out to walk in the beautiful English countryside again, but where to find new and interesting walks ?

Walking in Cambridgeshire http://www.walkinginengland.co.uk/cambridge has loads of walks to download and print for free, it also has books of walks, details of all walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.

There is so much walking information on the web but is often difficult to find. Walking in Cambridgeshire (part of the Walking in England website) has brought it together in one placeso whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you.

With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.

So at home or away, check out the websites and get walking!


You can also email me with any questions:


John Harris