An Alternative View of a Persistent Problem



The purpose of this ditty

 Is to say – it’s such a pity

 We let litter and poo bags despoil our ground.

 It takes but a moment

 To care for our environment

 And transfer both safely to containers that abound.

  We live in a lovely village

 And each thoughtless spillage

 Can easily be remedied one step at a time.

 The birds will salute you

 The creatures say thank you

 And all can walk safely … without stepping in poo.





Message from the Regional Engagement Manager Anglian Water on GRAFHAM WATER

At Anglian Water we know our leisure attractions are loved by many but the health and safety of our colleagues and visitors is our top priority. Therefore, Grafham Water will remain closed over the bank holiday and during half term, and we are asking everyone to respect the difficult decision we have needed to make.

In preparation for the potential influx of people attempting to visit Grafham Water this weekend, we have worked with local Highways teams to install temporary signage on access routes to Grafham, warning drivers that the site is closed to the public. We are also working closely with local councils and media to share this message.

Balancing the needs and wishes of all our active communities is always a challenge and we are all as keen as each other to get back to some sense of normality. We are working on plans to reopen our parks as soon as we are confident we can do so safely. As a tourism venue, we are unlike a regular park, with additional factors to consider, and we must be certain that we can meet all the guidance on social distancing.

Protecting our staff has been at the forefront of our minds since the lockdown began, even though hundreds are out working every day to keep essential services flowing. We don’t want our colleagues to face abuse as has sadly been the case recently. It’s also very important to us to make sure our park staff are not being expected to police visitors or manage social distancing with crowds either.

I hope this explains our current situation, but rest assured, we are working hard to be in a position to reopen Grafham Water as soon as we can and it is safe to do so.


Anglian Water Services Limited

Lancaster House, Lancaster Way, Ermine Business Park, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 6XU



Firstly, the Parish Council offers its sincere apologies to all residents for the current problems with regard to emptying of the Dog Bins around the village.   The Parish Council is working hard to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, the Parish Council regret having to raise this issue again – BUT dog nuisance is becoming a problem again in various locations in the village. Please remove your dog faeces (poo) and carry a suitable bag for picking up and disposing of it. Remember, offenders may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100 or a fine of up to £1,000 if prosecuted under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.


Corona virus Updates


HDC Services

          COVID-19 dedicated advice:


  • Business Advice: There is a dedicated webpage for local businesses to access information about business rate relief, access to support and other measures that have been introduced by the government. It can all be found in one place here:  The Council are also issuing letters imminently to every business ratepayer in the district which will contain information on how to access new guidance and support that the government has announced.

        Impact on waste services:Due to the coronavirus outbreak and potential increases in staff sickness levels,               some recycling and waste services may be impacted. This may result in general rubbish being prioritised, other           services being suspended at short notice, such as organic waste, recycling or bulky waste collections.

  • Services offered and operating hours may also change at Recycling Centres. We are working hard to minimise the impact on your recycling and waste collections and we appreciate your understanding if services do change. We are monitoring the situation closely but should the situation change we will be altering the service accordingly. Currently, all collection crews are deployed so services are running as normal.
  • Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have coronavirus, should follow this advice to get rid of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread via personal waste. Individuals should place all personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in a plastic bag or bin liner. This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied. These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection. After 72 hours outside the body, the virus is no longer viable and the double-bagged waste can be put in the general rubbish collection as normal. Only heavily contaminated waste, such as tissues that have been coughed in and disposable cleaning cloths need to be treated in this way. Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal. Please note, individuals who are self-isolating should not visit any recycling centre.
  • Key worker definition: Following the Government’s announcement that schools are to close from Monday until further notice, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, please see a link for the government guidance on who qualifies as a ‘key worker’:
  • Guidance for charitable organisations: Please cascade this link to any contacts you know who have links into the third sector:


  • Other useful links

St Neots Royal Air Cadets Squadron


Are you up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends? Are you looking for something to give you the edge in life? Then join the RAF Air Cadets. Better known as the ‘Air Cadets’, they are a UK-wide cadet force with more than 40,000 members aged between 12 and 20 years.  Sponsored by the Royal Air Force, the Cadets can give you hands-on experience of activities and courses that will challenge and develop skills to help you succeed in whatever you want to do.  HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is the Honorary Air Commandant!

The RAF Air Cadets is made up of two areas:
• The Air Training Corps
• The Combined Cadet Force (RAF)

Their aims are to:
• Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people
• Provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life
• Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship
And it’s all a  lot of fun!

Ready for a challenge? Cadets can find themselves on adventurous training and camps, sometimes overseas and can enjoy competitive sports, drill, shooting, music, abseiling and engineering projects.  The  list of activities is long, varied and open to all.

Although not a recruiting organisation for the RAF, cadet membership can put you ahead of the competition if  thinking of a Service Career. Many cadets go on to great success in the RAF (and the other Services). Around 40% of officers and 50% of all aircrew (including pilots, navigators and engineers) in the RAF now are ex-cadets. Research shows that they do better in basic training and stay in the Service longer than their colleagues. Likewise, if a civilian career is your choice,  research proves you can go on the great things….employers recognise the skills and experience that air cadets offer.

Let’s face it – where else could you be given the opportunity to fly solo in a glider or powered aircraft when you’re 17? Whatever you do with your life, at the end of your time as a cadet you’ll be self-motivated, confident and ready for anything.

Contact: Sam via the following




Apologies for having to raise this issue – BUT dog nuisance is becoming a problem again at Saxon Green and on the Recreation Ground. Please remove your dog faeces (poo) and carry a suitable bag for picking up and disposing of it. Remember, offenders may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100 or a fine of up to £1,000 if prosecuted under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The Offords Players: Murder Mystery

Those good ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate’s Dramatic Society have kindly agreed to perform for us again. This time they promise plenty of murder, mystery and perhaps, not a little mayhem, as they present their latest and cunning whodunnit, “Murder at Checkmate Manor”.
So, get ready for plenty of bumps in the night, ambitious staging, and oodles of dramatic interpretation as we try to follow the twists and turns of the fiendish plot! We are confident that Mrs Reece, doyenne of the group, will rise above the slings and arrows of outrageous dramatics to save the situation and provide the final inventive twist. If not, well, just take it all home and ponder at your leisure.

Presented, with some trepidation, by The Offord Players and directed with alacrity and occasional hysteria, by Sarah Hogben.

Expect the unexpected. Anything can happen – and probably will!

Poster enclosed – Ad2-Farndale