Do you want to have a say about your village?

Is there something you want doing?
Are you dissatisfied with the current Parish Council

This is your chance – Next May 2018 there will be the opportunity to elect a new Parish Council. This is open to all residents on the electoral roll in the Parish. Some current Councillors will stand for re-election but others may not and so some new blood will be welcome and indeed necessary.

The Parish Council on your behalf looks after the village hall, the playing field and pavilion, maintenance of the village as well promoting local road safety measures and making appropriate representations on planning, and other matters.

More detail will appear in subsequent articles but if you are interested, curious, or just wonder what it is all about – contact me, the clerk, or any of the Parish Councillors, all names in Life Magazine.

Jo Russel

Email :
Phone : 01480 860833


Highwayman Community Car Scheme volunteer

Make a difference and become a

Community Car Scheme Coordinator!

The Highwayman community car scheme are looking to recruit a volunteer coordinator. This is a much valued service and provides a door-to-door transport service for people who do not have the use of a car and have difficulty accessing public transport. Not only does it enables them to access essential services but also helps them to keep in social contact and avoid becoming isolated.

This is a wonderful volunteering opportunity for anyone who would like to help in their community. The role would involve answering the phone and arranging a driver. The car scheme is supported by Care Network Cambridgeshire and Cambridgeshire County Council community transport officer.

The scheme covers the areas of Gt Staughton, Lt Staughton, Spaldwick, Grafham, Stonley, Kimbolton, Perry, Ellington, Catworth and Brington.

If you are interested and would like further information please contact:

Highwayman on 07786 520540

Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Christmas and New Year Waste Collections

Collections will continue throughout the festive period but be aware that your collection day will change for a few weeks. Download your collection calendar from

Normal Collection Change to
Monday 25 December Saturday 23 December
Tuesday 26 December Wednesday 27 December
Wednesday 27 December Thursday 28 December
Thursday 28 December Friday 29 December
Friday 29 December Saturday 30 December

Monday 1 January Tuesday 2 January
Tuesday 2 January Wednesday 3 January
Wednesday 3 January Thursday 4 January
Thursday 4 January Friday 5 January
Friday 5 January Saturday 6 January

Visit for more information

Real Christmas trees can be put alongside your green bin for composting in January. If it’s taller than your bin please chop your tree to the size of your bin.

The Household Recycling Centre’s accept a range of materials for recycling and are only closed from 1pm Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Find out more at

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.

For further information on staying well this winter visit