Stay Well This Winter

Winter weather can be seriously bad for our health. Being cold can aggravate existing conditions and raise the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. However, there are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter.

  • Get expert advice from your pharmacist
  • If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s a cough or a cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice on the best treatment from your local pharmacist.
  • Make sure you get your free flu jab
  • Flu is a highly contagious and can cause serious complications for at risk groups. Adults over 65; those with long-term health conditions; children aged two to eight; carers and pregnant women may all be eligible for a free flu vaccination – ask your GP practice today.
  • Stock up your medicine cabinet A well-stocked medicine cabinet can help you treat common winter ailments such as coughs, colds, sore throats and sickness bugs at home and will save you going out if you feel unwell. Ask your pharmacist about essential medicines to keep at home.
  • Keep warm Keeping warm, both inside and outdoors, over the winter months can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
  • Get the right help Make sure you’re receiving all the help you are entitled to. Learn how to make your home more energy efficient and take advantage of financial schemes to keep up with energy bills. Visit for details.

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Congratulations to the Playing Field Committee…

…on their successful grant application

Please see below the response from Tesco Grant Team and please, please remember to place your tokens in the Great Staughton Playing Field slot when shopping at Tesco. This will help to fund new play equipment for the village.


“We are delighted to let you know that your application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful and your project will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during July and August 2017. What happens next? Your project along with the other two successful projects in your region will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where their customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop.  Voting will take place from Saturday 1st July to Thursday 31st August and we will notify you by the end of September 2017 confirming the amount of funding you will receive. The project with the highest number of votes across your region will receive up to £4,000, the second placed project up to £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000. If you are first in the vote, you will receive the amount that you requested in your application.


Every year, for the past five years, the Great Staughton Parish Charities have helped young people in the village to further their training or educational development. The Charities have supported a talented ballet dancer, contributed to tutorial expenses for a student of Chinese and French, helped a trainee chef to purchase the tools of her trade, and encouraged a trainee hairdresser take on further professional training.

The fund amounts to £5000, and the maximum award is of £2000.


How to apply

Write brief summary of your current educational / training status and provide full details of how the bursary would support your ambitions. You may mention help with tuition fees, travel costs, books, tools and equipment etc.

Send your application to:

The Parish Charities

c/o Mrs Eileen Gilbert

27 Beachampstead Road

Great Staughton PE19 5DX.



The bursary fund is particularly directed at young people between the ages of 16 and 20 who are already engaged in a training or educational course.

Applicants must be permanently resident in Staughton or Perry.

The bursary is intended to enable the candidate to continue their training or educational development, NOT to attract them into starting a particular activity.

Exceptionally, an award from the bursary may be made to a younger applicant who shows a particular aptitude in the sporting or artistic sphere, where talent is often revealed at a young age.


What educational or training courses will be supported?

The Parish Charities wish to cast the net as widely as possible. The Bursary is NOT intended to be a wholly university based award, although of course this will not be excluded. We are keen to encourage applications from young people engaged in a trade or profession: car mechanic, nurse, craftsman, chef and so on, as well as those already pursuing an academic path.


What can the Bursary be used for?

The money may be used to cover some or all tuition or training fees: travel costs: course/training material: field trips: tools and equipment: residential courses or secondments.



Applications need to be submitted before the end of June 2017. The Charities Committee will then meet to decide on the award, based on the applications received. The Charities may also decide to call in applicants for interview. The awards would be made in September, the traditional start date of academic or training courses.

To ensure transparency in the review of applications, no contact details of the applicant will be disclosed to the Committee. Applications will be judged entirely on their merits.

Anthony Withers

On behalf of the Great Staughton Parish Charities


The Parish Councillors take pleasure in inviting you to the

Annual Parish Assembly on Wednesday, 19th April 2017

at 7.30pm in the Village Hall

 The Councillors would like to inform villagers of recent activities including the progress of the successful Highway Improvement grants and progress on the proposed affordable housing on the charities field on the Green.

 It is anticipated that the District and County Councillors and the Police will be present to give updates on wider issues.

The Parish Council will continue with the proactive approach for the Annual Parish Assembly, and will be offering Clubs and Societies interaction with those present. Table space will provided for groups to display leaflets, etc.

 Refreshments will be offered before the meeting officially begins at 7.30pm and there will be an opportunity for one-to-one discussions/networking from 7.15pm and also following the meeting.

Jo Reid

Parish Clerk

Additional Information

Great Staughton Annual Parish Assembly April 19 2017

The Great Staughton Annual Parish Assembly  (APA) is widely regarded as one of the most lively and well attended in the district and this year should be no exception. There will be the usual reports from village organisations, and the forum where residents can raise any issues for later follow up by the Parish Council.

One of the most highly anticipated events this year is sure to be the presentation on current progress on the CLT project for building affordable houses for people with a local connection.

As many of you will be aware some progress has been made in the last two months, and at time of writing we are expecting further news in time for the APA.

More information on the project on April 19.

A quick recap might be useful:

The project was started some 4 years ago and progress was made, albeit slow.

The approach was to establish a Community land trust (CLT) in Great Staughton as the vehicle to deliver and manage the scheme. Membership will be open to all residents who express an interest and who may be asked to pay a nominal sum for a share. Only Great Staughton residents will be eligible.

The project then stalled for 2 years because the government proposed to extend the right to buy to tenants of CLT housing.

At the end of 2016 the government backtracked  and the CLT Steering Group resuscitated the project. In the meantime any issues around the use of charities land for this purpose have been resolved with the charities commission.

Obviously we needed to find a way forward in what is a very complex project so we called upon CLT East to give us guidance. A first meeting in February pointed the way forward which was, amongst other suggestions, to consult the other players in the scheme.

Thus, a second meeting was held in March with the Steering Group, CLT East plus Luminus and HDC Planning and Housing. To continue the project, finance is required and to this end a detailed application was made to the National CLT, requesting a grant of £4k. We expect to learn whether we have been successful by the time of the APA.

At this meeting Luminus and HDC gave their approval in principle that the scheme could go ahead, but we have as yet received no binding, written commitments from either body. The proposal is for the land to be leased to Luminus and they will manage the houses. The current suggestion is for 10 dwellings to be built with 2 houses for sale.  The remaining dwellings will be built for people with local connections.

That is the current status. There are numerous legal and leasing arrangements to be agreed and ratified, but for the moment we can say that the project is on track, but that there are many, many significant hurdles to overcome.

Further consultation will occur as required and the normal planning consultation will take place as a part of the scheme. Details will appear in Life magazine, the village website and on Facebook. At all stages there will be consultations with residents who will hopefully bring their comments, positive and negative, to general attention.



9th Annual litterpick report
There was an excellent turnout on a cold February morning for our annual littterpick adventure. More than 20 people spread out over the village to harvest a sadly bumper crop of litter. It was the usual low class stuff – sweet wrappers, crisp packets, coffee containers, energy drink and beer cans. Hopes of finding a Harrods bag or a ticket stub from Covent Garden proved illusory, thus meaning that we failed to win the litter diversity award yet again. One unpleasant example of diversity was the human waste that was found. It doesn’t do the reputation of the village any good that parts of it are now used as a toilet.
Overall, the litterpick was a huge success and thanks to everyone who took part. Thanks to Caroline and Nick at the Tavern who provided a much appreciated coffee, soup and sandwiches for exhausted pickers.
Finally, if anyone would like to borrow a bag opener and picker to collect any litter they see around the village just let me know.
Thanks to everyone!
Anthony Withers