June’s edition of LOOK


How to stay safe and still enjoy VE Day Celebrations at home – Friday 8th May 2020

Safe VE Day celebrations at home

Ahead of the long weekend and the 75th anniversary of VE Day tomorrow, the message from government remains consistent: the best thing we can all do to prevent the spread of the virus and save lives, is to stay home.

But that doesn’t mean people can’t commemorate VE Day. We know many of your groups are already organising fantastic celebrations from garden to garden, but for any residents who would like additional ideas, there is:

There will also be a number of activities throughout the day on Friday that residents may want to join in with:

11am: A two-minute silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the wartime generation and reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.

11.15am: Join the Royal British Legion’s VE Day 75 Livestream. Grab a cup of tea and tune in as the generations of the Second World War and today are brought together to chat about their shared experiences. Hosted by TV presenter Sonali Shah, the 45-minute programme will feature stories from those who served and sacrificed, as well as recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today.

3pm: The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of World War Two. Take part by raising a glass, cheering and clapping on your doorsteps and saying: “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

9pm: A pre-recorded address by the Queen will be broadcast at the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address on May 8 1945.

9pm: Fancy a sing-along? After the Queen’s address, the nation is invited to come together in a rendition of Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again on BBC One.

If you would like to share this information with your residents and the easiest way to do so is to share an existing Facebook post, please feel free to share this post of ours with your community groups or personal networks.

The Council is contacting residents

We wanted to keep you informed about efforts to support families that may be vulnerable. The County Council has helped us identify a list of families that may be in need of support, and to ensure these families are offered support as soon as possible we have written to them to signpost them to local help. Inevitably there will be some overlap as your groups may already be in touch with these families – which is fantastic. But we felt it was prudent to write to this group of people to ensure no one is left without an offer of support.

We also wanted to let you know that SCDC staff and the Red Cross will be knocking on the door of people who have not registered after being identified for the government’s shielded list. These people have been contacted by the Government and County Hub a number of times without success.

Information for groups supporting residents

  • A poster is attached that outlines the ‘Steps to help’ that residents should take. We have left a blank space for your group to provide your contact details. You may wish to put these up in local shops, or volunteers may know which homes might benefit from a copy being posted through.
  • In addition to the supermarkets we have previously mentioned to you, Sainsbury’s has provided us with an update on how they will work with community groups. Their stores are working with community organisations on supplying bulk orders that can be collected from stores. If this is something that would be helpful you should contact the local Sainsbury’s directly.
  • Attached is an updated ‘patch map’ showing the name of the staff member from the District Council who is supporting each patch
  • Would you like to set up a Community Fridge in your village? In normal times, a Community Fridge would be filled by a combination of residents and local supermarkets on a voluntary basis, so that families in need of food can help themselves to what they need. Cambridge Sustainable Food’s ‘Food our Future’ campaign is hoping to help additional villages to establish new Community Fridges, although these will work slightly differently during the outbreak. If you would like to find out more about what support Cambridge Sustainable Food can offer you to set up a Community Fridge (including purchase, installation, food safety advice and sorting out of initial food supplies), please let your patch lead know.

Ingredients for a meal delivery service

We wanted to share a short summary of a successful collaboration which has seen a chef establish a ready meal delivery service for families in Melbourn. In this instance the meals are being delivered to families identified by local schools that would benefit from the nutritious, ready-made meals. Working with the Melbourn Coronavirus Community Response the chef, Liz, uses the commercial catering facilities of her business The Modern Table to prepare the nutritious meals, which are then delivered via the Melbourn Community Hub to recipients.

Our Sustainable Communities colleagues used their networks, local knowledge and expertise to connect the chef with suitable facilities and local organisations, and our Environmental Health team provided essential guidance and advice to ensure food safety was paramount when preparing and delivering the food.

If this kind of setup would be beneficial in your area – whether for vulnerable families, elderly residents in isolation, or perhaps for keyworkers struggling to find time to cook nutritious meals for their families – please do chat to our Sustainable Communities team. They will be able to support you in considering how you could implement this locally. In the Melbourn case, a financial benefactor donated funding, but for other groups it could be possible to bid for funding, e.g. from the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation Coronavirus Fund or the National Lottery’s Awards for All fund.

Help with residents’ phone bills

Connecting Cambridgeshire has created a quick guide to phone offers for vulnerable and other customers during Covid-19. This includes a breakdown by mobile provider of the different options and offers residents may be eligible for to help with the financial cost of keeping in contact while staying at home.

Best wishes for the bank holiday weekend.

Bridget Smith

Leader South Cambridgeshire District Council

Nicholas Swallow & Other Charities

Nicholas Swallow and Other Charities
Provision of financial and other help to those in need in the parish of Whittlesford
If you have been affected financially or otherwise by
Coronavirus, we may be able to help you.
For further details and a confidential discussion,
please contact
David Toop  (Chairman)
Tel 07470 683271 or email: ">
or Johnny Goodman (Clerk) Tel 07770 624769 or email: ">

All applicants must have a strong connection with the village of Whittlesford.

Green Bin Update

  • Residents in Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire are being asked to put their green bins out on their normal days from Monday 4 May as part of a phased reintroduction of garden waste collections.
  • Households would usually have two green bin collections between 4 and 30 May, but due to the impact of national social distancing measures, only one collection will be guaranteed. Crews will try to empty more bins on each occasion if they can.
  • It is advisable to check the South Cambs website for the latest updates on your bin collections.
  • https://www.scambs.gov.uk/bins/find-your-household-bin-collection-day/

Whittlesford Community Fund

Whittlesford Community Fund

Information for villagers

In conjunction with Whittlesford Parish Council, we have set up a ‘Go fund me’ account https://www.gofundme.com/f/whittlesford-community-fund),  to raise funds to help any villagers during this Covid emergency. This letter is to explain the purpose of the fund and how the fund will operate.

Who is the fund for?

The fund is there to help support vulnerable people in the village. By ‘vulnerable’ we mean people who are self-isolating, shielding or in the vulnerable categories set out by the Government (e.g. those over 70 years or with health conditions) and who are in financial need.   The pandemic has caused the financial circumstances of many to drastically change and the fund has also been set up to support those residents in Whittlesford for whom this is the case.

How will the fund operate?

The fund can be used to pay for shopping and other essentials.  You will need to contact your street or road link person to request any shopping through the fund.   Those who are signed up on the Village Support Group volunteer list will be able to do the shopping on your behalf and claim back from the fund.  [If you did not get a leaflet with details of the link person for your road, then please do contact us for information].  For any amounts over £50 or which are not for essential groceries or shopping, then requests will need to be made through ourselves in order to monitor appropriate use of this fund.

We would like the fund to be available to all those who may need it because they are either not able to access funds at this time (due to self-isolation or shielding) or because their financial situation has changed and need financial support at this time.The fund is being run through the Parish Council.  The details of particular claims will of course be kept strictly confidential, and only the amounts claimed will be noted in the accounts (not details of who claimed and who the recipients were).

 We understand that asking for or accepting help from anybody is difficult but are aware that in these difficult and extraordinary times of living through this Covid 19 pandemic, things have changed radically for so many people – so if you could make use of this fund to help out in the short or longer term, please do be in contact with the link person in your street/road, or contact us directly.  Don’t forget, there is also the Community Food Box outside the URC church for anyone wanting to donate spare food items or for you to make use of if needed.

 With best wishes

Richard Williams & Olivia Coles

 Councillor Richard Williams. Email:        Tel:  07584 037016

Councillor for Whittlesford, Thriplow, Heathfield and Newton,

 Revd Olivia Coles   Email:     Tel. 01223 833128

Vicar of Whittlesford Parish Church.

A letter will be distributed to every household by the street coordinators so that every resident will be aware of how to access the fund or make a donation.


Letter from Granta Processors – Working during the COVID-19 Crisis



Granta Processors Ltd – working during the COVID-19 crisis

Open letter to the Residents of Whittlesford.

Dear All

We have had some comments from residents in relation to the continued operation of our factory and the extended hours that we are doing at the moment, we would like to clarify the situation for the local people.

At present our entire production is foodstuffs for this country’s own consumption. There is an urgent need for UK based companies like ourselves to increase our output volumes to ensure a continued supply of food for the nation. We are an essential industry and a critical part of the national effort to defeat the coronavirus.

At our factory in Mill Lane we produce over 400 tonnes of differing products every week which is sufficient to feed some 32,500 people.

Many of our staff have expressed the concern that by continuing to work they are putting themselves at a higher risk than would be so if they remained at home, but they see the need for the food chain to be maintained and so continue to travel to work and keep the machinery running at, in some cases, considerably unsociable hours. Obviously machinery cannot be operated remotely, persons have to be present on site.

We appreciate that the extra hours can cause some disruption and nuisance, but we hope that residents will be sympathetic with the need to feed the nation at this critical time.

Yours Sincerely

Geoffrey Marsh


Whittlesford Parish Council Virtual Meeting






Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, all face to face public meetings have been cancelled. The Parish Council will now meet in virtual terms using Zoom.

Members of the public will be invited to join the virtual meeting which will take place on Tuesday 14th April at 7.30pm.

Information on how to join this meeting will be posted on the Parish Council Facebook page, the village website www.whittleweb.org.uk and the village notice boards.

Meeting ID: 911 906 695

Password: 324692

There are 3 ways to join  the meeting

  1. Call 0208 080 6591 and then enter the meeting ID and password. This can be done via a landline or mobile


  1. Download the app and use that on an iPad or smart phone


  1. Click on or use this link https://zoom.us/j/911906695?pwd=bEs4SnliM1NxRzdGbjFPMXMwZ1dZQT09




The main intention of this meeting is to discuss the recently set up GO FUND account for the community of Whittlesford and to clarify how it will be operated. Further information on the fund will be posted here and on the Parish Council Facebook page.


We must ask you tell people to MUTE THEIR PHONES when they enter the meeting otherwise we won’t be able to hear anything