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Welcome to eCops – the email messaging system brought to you by Cambridgeshire Constabulary, and powered by Neighbourhood Alert.

By registering with eCops, you receive news and appeals, local crime information and crime prevention advice – direct to you as an e-mail. The service is completely free and works alongside Neighbourhood Watch, to bring you messages about your local area.  It also allows you to feedback information to your local policing team, to help us police your neighbourhood effectively.

Messages can include crime prevention advice, details of incidents and appeals for your help in reducing crime in the county.  So why not sign up to eCops for direct and easy access to your local policing team at a time convenient to you?

Rise in home and dog thefts.

Due to a rise in thefts and attempted thefts of dogs, South Cambridgeshire Police are offering prevention and home security advice.
Be vigilant and cautious of suspicious people or markings seen on or near homes, as well as cold callers and if you are approached by strangers about your dog.
Report such activity, with descriptions of them and their vehicles, via our website or by calling 101 before sharing on social media and local watch groups.
Our advice…
🐶 Ensure your dog is microchipped and registered with up to date information, along with a collar and dog tag (use your surname and your contact number only)
🐶 Take plenty of clear photographs of your dog, especially of any distinctive markings
🐶 Never leave a dog unattended in the garden, car or outside shops
🐶 Don’t give details of your pets, location or your favourite walking spots on social media
🐶 When out, always know where your dog is.  Be mindful of anyone who may be trying to distract you or attract your dog’s attention
🐶 Avoid leaving dogs in outside kennels if possible, if not make sure the kennels are alarmed
🐶 Ensure all gates are locked at top and bottom with a shoot bolt and padlock. Consider fitting a gate alarm as well
🐶 Make sure your garden boundaries are secure so no one can get in or pull your dog out and to ensure your dog cannot escape through any gaps
🐶 Don’t buy dogs from social media sites or any person where appropriate documentation cannot be provided. Always view puppies with their mum in their home environment.
🚨 Consider driveway alarms and CCTV which will alert you of intruders immediately
📺 For more rural locations, consider  a great multi-purpose security device that does not require Wi-Fi or additional lighting
After reporting a dog to us as stolen, notify your local authority dog warden and the microchip database provider immediately.
It’s also encouraged to advise  who can offer help, support and advice.

Devastating news of fire at Duxford School

The devastation and loss that Duxford School, Pre School and its whole community are feeling right now is shared here amongst its friends and neighbours of Whittlesford.

The Governors of Duxford Community School have set up crowdfunding to help replace books and equipment and any donation no matter how small will be gratefully received.


All the staff and everyone involved with Duxford Preschool are devastated that our lovely village Preschool has been totally destroyed by a fire, suspected to be arson, that gutted our premises and KS1 classrooms of Duxford Primary School on the evening of Friday 31.7.20.  Following what has been a very challenging year regarding covid-19 restrictions and guidelines for everyone in education the Preschool closed for their Summer break on 23.7.20. All 8 staff and all the children were safely away from the premises.

The following is an excerpt from the Cambs fire service page:

“At 8.26pm on Friday (31) crews were called to a fire on St John’s Street in Duxford.  Around 50 firefighters, including crews from Cambridge, Gamlingay, Huntingdon and Ramsey, along with crews from Saffron Walden in Essex, Newmarket in Suffolk, plus Royston and Baldock in Hertfordshire attended the incident.  Firefighters arrived to find a well-developed fire in a single storey building that houses both KS1 of Duxford Primary School and the village Preschool.  Wearing breathing apparatus they extinguished the fire using hose reels and jets and checked the area for hot spots using thermal imaging cameras.

Crews were present throughout the night to ensure the fire was out and the scene was safe. The last crew left the scene by around 5.30am”

Duxford Preschool is an independent, Committee-run, Ofsted-registered, charity setting and have been in the village for approximately 30 years.  We watched the fire consume the whole of our business and leave only the shell, which is deemed structurely unsafe and must be demolished.  We have lost everything – all our resources and play equipment for the children ( aged 2yr 3m up to 5 years ) ; all our furniture and storage; our office/staff room with all our equipment & storage there; our lovely, well-equipped little kitchenette where we prepared the children’s food….everything.  No matter how big or small, every little thing, whether homemade, donated, found or created has gone.   The magic and wonder of everything provided for the children has been lost.

We are still in shock at this senseless tragedy for us and the village as a whole and we are putting our minds and hearts to how we will rise as a stronger and more precious setting.  The staff are what makes a place for children and we will be working very hard to ensure the village keeps a fabulous not-for-profit facility for future generations.

We have been deeply touched by all the messages of support and offers of help that we have received from our local community and further afield.  It has been humbling and very moving to see the response to the Just Giving page set up by the Governors of Duxford Primary School to raise money for the Preschool, the DX club who provide wrap-around care for the school and for the Primary School itself – to help replace resources and equipment.  As of today, ( Sunday 2.8.20 ), the total stands at £10,500.

Station Road (West)

STATION ROAD (WEST) In relation to agenda item 5 of parish council virtual meeting of 14th July. The parish council has received the following statement from Arc Architecture who will be joining our virtual meeting to give a brief update on the Station Road (West) development.
We have been through a Pre App. Process with SCDC on this site over the last nine months.
As discussed our programme is to submit a Reserved Matters Application on the Outline Approved site by the end of July this year.
Our intention is to improve the design quality of the approved scheme both in terms of the Architecture and sense of place.
We are looking at a mixture of apartments in barn form buildings and some terrace 3 and 4 bedroom houses.
The location as you know is a former scrapyard brownfield site and is not really visible from Station Road West.
The site levels are around two metres lower than the adjacent land form to the West and North.
We are presently developing the design but we would welcome a discussion on this at your next meeting on Tuesday 14th July.
Please note that a further in depth discussion can be arranged once a full planning application has been submitted. If a full planning application is submitted by the end of July it is most likely that it will be discussed further at parish council meeting of Tuesday 8th September.
Residents are very welcome to join our virtual meeting of 14th July but please note this is intended as a brief update only.

Changes to Thriplow Recycling Centre

From Monday 22nd June, all visitors must book a time slot to enter the Thriplow household recycling centre.

For further details please see website:


Appeal decision for change of use from a dwelling house and former agricultural land to a nature reserve and burial ground at Spinney Hill Farm at Newton Road

Section 106 Arts & Heritage



You may all remember when Welch’s Transport moved into their new premises the Parish Council were given some Section 106 money to spend on art related projects in the village. At the time we were embarking on our Neighbourhood Plan so put the art project on hold.

We are now in a position to launch the Art Project; therefore, we are asking organisations, clubs and residents etc to give us your ideas what you would like to see. The only stipulation is whatever the art form is it must be available for the village at all times and must be a permanent fixture. Please let us have your idea with a sketch if possible and a rough cost. The closing date is the 31st July, please send your ideas to either or

We would rather have several small art projects to give everyone a chance rather than use the money on one large project.

Arthur Greaves

Chairman of the Parish Council

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