Clarion - March 2013

Great & Little Gidding Parish Council

Clarion – March 2013

The Giddings Website In March 2012 the new Giddings website was launched with funding from the Great Gidding Charity.   A calendar has been added so now it’s really easy to keep up to date with what’s happening. The new site is updated by different editors who take responsibility for their own section.   Not just oldies! We are looking for young (15+) members of the village who would like to contribute.   We can set up your own section and help you get started with your very own blog (village-related in some way!)

The Parish News for The Giddings, Hamerton, Winwick and Upton is produced 10 months of the year – annual cost £4 delivered to your door. Please support all those whose voluntary efforts go to produce it. 

Sawtry Eye This is produced bi monthly and distributed to Conington, Glatton, Upton, Winwick, Hamerton and Sawtry.   It may be possible for the distribution to be extended to Great Gidding but it would require volunteers to deliver. Initially we need to know if there is enough interest in receiving this publication – please let the Parish Council know either by email, tel 293068 (answerphone) or a note through the office door at the village hall.    

Chapel End – the Parish Council have successfully gained funding to make improvements along this stretch of road.   Plans have been drawn up by the County Council for a new footway.   This is a jointly funded initiative and the Parish Council contribution will be 10% of the total cost.

Gains Lane – The County Council have recently removed some dead trees from the verge.

The Jitty – the Community Payback Scheme recently sent a team to clear the path.   Network Power will   carry out work to remove branches that are obstructing their wires

Jubilee WoodAsh Tree Dieback has been observed in the Jubilee Wood and inspected by FERA.  We await a decision on any action that needs to be taken. The Jubilee Wood will reach its 10th Anniversary in June 2013 and it is hoped to mark this celebration with a Woodside Arbour.

Recreation Ground – A plaque to commemorate the Fields in Trust Queen Elizabeth II Field status will be placed near to the entrance.  As items of the wooden adventure trail deteriorate they are being removed for safety reasons.

Parish Council meetings are usually held on 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in the village hall, check noticeboards for agenda – all are welcome to attend


Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 19th March at 7pm

All welcome – come along and take part

Great Gidding Shop
Did you know that the following are available from, or through the shop Prescription service – Wellside Surgery will deliver your medication for you to collect Dry cleaning service – drop off and collection.  Daily papers, magazines and lottery tickets

Mobile LibraryRoute H18 – 3rd Thursday every month, Chapel End 12.40pm –1. 00pm
Friendly staff, ready to help, free to join, open to everyone.

  • A wide range of books for all ages.
  • Large print books and audio books
  • Access to all library service stock on request
  • On-line requests delivered to your local mobile library
  • Return items borrowed from any library

Mobile Post Office, Chapel End  Monday 9.30 – 11.30am, Tuesday to Friday 9.30 – 11.00am (exc bank holidays)

Fox and Hounds Public House –  serving food Tue – Sat 7 – 9pm and to book Sunday lunch tel. 293298

Better Broadband
– thank you to everyone who supported the Connecting Cambridgeshire campaign. BT has been awarded the contract and we await further news


Dial 999 for emergency incident requiring immediate assistance. If it is non-emergency dial 101. If you wish to discuss an issue or pass on information by email with your local team email Senior contact Sgt Ed McNeill. Please take part in the Community Feedback survey at

Recycling – a textile recycling bank is located in the Village Hall car park.  The materials put in the textile bank are sorted and sent to Africa, any clothes not suitable are cut into rags for industry. A small income may be generated from this (£150 per tonne) for the village

Buses – do you use service 409 – would you like to be involved in Cambridgeshire Future Transport programme, if so we would like to hear from you, please contact the Parish Council.

Parish Council Office open Monday and Thursday 1200 – 2pm in the Village Hall (note amended times) Telephone 293068 (answerphone out of hours) or email

Parish Councillors

Andrew Alexander (Chairman) 62 Main Street. Tel: 293315
Robin Hayden Warren House, Main Street. Tel: 293360
Paul Hodson 17 Chapel End. Tel: 293782
Chris Howden 9 Main Street. Tel: 293679
Rachel Giddens 47 Main Street. Tel: 293277
Michael Trolove 87 Main Street. Tel: 293591
Lydia James Manor Farmhouse, Main Street. Tel: 07962099922

Huntingdonshire District Councillors
Darren Tysoe Grove Cottage, Ellington. Tel: 01480 388310
Dick Tuplin t Andrew’s House, Sawtry. Tel: 01487 834156

Cambridgeshire County  Councillor 
Viv McGuire Tel: 01733 248788


Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the village Hall on Tuesday 19th March at 7pm

All Welcome – come along and take part

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