ECops AGM Notice – 7th October 2023

eCops Logo Neighbourhood Watch
Message Type Icon AGM Notice for 7th October 2023
Message sent by Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Watch Association for the attention of all Neighbourhood Watch members and supporters in Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland,  Huntingdonshire,  Peterborough and South Cambridgeshire districts.

Notice of Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Watch Association Annual General Meeting and Conference 2023

I am pleased to invite Neighbourhood Watch members and supporters in the Cambridgeshire Police Force Area to attend the Annual General Meeting and Conference for the Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Watch Association which will be held on Saturday 7th October 2023 at 10:00 a.m.  The conference will be held at the Cambridgeshire Police Headquarters, Hinchingbrooke Business Park, Brampton Rd, Huntingdon PE29 6NP.  There are 100 places which are available by registering on a first come first served basis.

  Click this link to Register for the A.G.M. and Conference

Copies of the Notice of the AGM, minutes from the 2022 AGM, and the Agenda are attached. They are also available on our website at 

We are including in the conference:
*Neighbourhood Watch national developments.
*Police Cadets, for first the first time at our conference.
*The latest information on cybercrime and scams including how the banking sector is trying to keep customer money safe and what actually happens when they invoke the Banking Protocol.
*The new Framework for Neighbourhood Watch working in partnership with Cambridgeshire Constabulary

After the short formal part of the meeting, there will be presentations by:
*Cheryl Spruce, the Head of Membership and Community Engagement for National Neighbourhood Watch Network.
*Police Cadets with Amanda Large – Partnerships & Prevention *Sergeant Mark Rabel – Fraud & Cybercrime
*Ms Rasa Pienaar – VP Customer Care Leader from Barclays *Inspector Karl Secker – Partnerships & Prevention

There is:
*Free on-site parking in the Police Headquarters.
*Stands with information and free give-aways.
*Refreshments provided.

Agenda for the AGM 2023.pdf
NHW AGM 2022 – draft minutes.pdf
Notice of AGM 2023.pdf  
Message Sent By
Robin Sutton
(NWN, Cambridgeshire Association Chairman, Cambridgeshire Force Area MSA)

Northstowe Community Forum – Wednesday 4th October 2023- 7pm

The next Northstowe Community Forum will be held in-person on Wednesday 4 October at the new Temporary Community Centre, CB24 1FD

Drop in from 6:30pm | Forum from 7pm

Community Forums are free, open to all, public meetings bringing together residents, planners, developers and other stakeholders to discuss and share information about new developments. The forum is open to everyone including young people/students who live in Northstowe or attend one of the schools.

Find out more:

Ukraine Community Update

September 21 2023

Support for Ukraine community update for hosts in South Cambridgeshire, as well as District Councillors, community coordinators and parish council colleagues.

We would like to reassure hosts that while our communications on any updates to the Homes for Ukraine scheme may now be more intermittent, we are committed to continuing our support for you in this crucial role while the war in Ukraine continues.

This week we have one note for you regarding clarification on host payments and have also included some of the regular reminders we are sending to your guests for your information.

Host Payments – first and last months

Payments can only be made if the total number of days a guest is with their host in their first and last months combined is 16 days or more. The day the guest leaves is not included.

For example:

  1. The guest arrived on 30 June 2022 – payment would not have been made for June 2022. They leave on 13 July 2023. The guests are treated as being with the host for 1 day in the first month and 12 days in the last month. As this period is less than 16 days, the last month to be paid would be June 2023.
  1. The guest arrived on 26 June 2022 – payment would not have been made for June 2022. They leave on 15 July 2023. The guests are treated as being with the host for 5 days in the first month and 14 days in the last month.  As this period is more than 16 days, the last month to be paid would be July 2023.
  1. The guest arrived on 12 June 2022 – payment was made for June 2022 as they are with the host for the first month for more than 16 days. They leave on 15 July 2023. The guests are treated as being with the host for 14 days in the last month. As this period is less than 16 days, they will not receive a payment for July and the last month to be paid would be June 2023.

If you need further clarification on this, please contact

Useful Information for your guests

We thought we would also take this opportunity to make you aware of some of the useful information which is available on the Council website for your guests. It can be found in the Guest Information Hub covering Financial advice and support, Local travel support, Access to health and wellbeing services, Access to education and childcare, Hobbies and leisure activities and Moving On.

A range of free or special offers are also available for Ukrainian guests:

We continue to be extremely grateful for your support of Ukrainian guests and thank you for taking the time to read this latest update.

Best wishes,

Bill Handley

Lead Cabinet Member for Communities

South Cambridgeshire District Council

South Cambs Net Zero Now Course for Residents

Net Zero Now Overview

Following on from the successful Spring Programme of Net Zero Now, applications are now open for another Net Zero Now course for residents of South Cambridgeshire. This is a free, 6-week community climate action course designed to provide you with the knowledge and confidence to support your community on its journey to net zero. This challenge to net zero is a unique opportunity to build communities that are not just more sustainable but also healthier, happier, and more resilient. 

“Really enjoyed the course and found it very beneficial. … Great speakers and interesting, inspiring participants. It has been very informative and always interesting and engaging.” – Spring 2023 Net Zero Now Participant.

Run by Cambridge Carbon Footprint with the support of South Cambridgeshire District Council and the National Lottery Community Fund, Net Zero Now will give you the opportunity to connect with others working on community climate action in the area and discuss a range of themes including: how to communicate climate action effectively; engaging with volunteers; working towards a clear goal; and what support is available locally to you.

Not sure whether Net Zero Now is right for you? We are also going to be holding an online and informal Q&A on Wednesday 27th September at 7pm to answer any questions on the programme. More info here:

Applications close on Sunday 8th October. Find out more and apply now.

Who is the programme for?

This course is relevant to Parish Councillors and residents of South Cambridgeshire who are interested in supporting their community’s move to net zero but who are either unsure where to start or feel that they would benefit from gaining additional tools or confidence to increase the impact of their activities.

Why has the course been created?

The course is being run by local charity Cambridge Carbon Footprint with support from the South Cambridgeshire District Council Zero Carbon Communities Fund.

What have previous participants achieved?

As a result of attending the course, previous participants have supported their parish councils to declare climate emergencies and create climate action plans, improved biodiversity through planting wildflowers and trees, and connected with surrounding towns and villages to share resources and expertise.

What does the course consist of?

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the move to net zero where you live. The programme consists of six weekly workshops, a mix of online and in-person, bringing you together with other communities and individuals in the area to support and learn from each other to deliver effective carbon reduction activities, events, and communications.

The programme will cover topics such as how to find and keep volunteers, how to engage with your local community, and how to foster and support local climate initiatives from clothes swaps to community energy schemes. You will be supported to create an action plan and leave the course ready to take the next steps.

Bin Collection Changes – Add the dates to your mobile phone

Bin days have changed for many residents.

You can add your bin collection dates to calendars on your Android or Apple devices.

If you have previously used South Cambridgeshire District Council’s website to add your bin collection dates to your phone’s calendar, you need to delete the old dates from that calendar and re-add your new dates.

Find out how to do this – and check your bin collection days – at

QEII Playing Field – CCTV

Sadly due to damage to play equipment caused by dogs at the QEII Playing Field Willingham Parish Council have placed CCTV Cameras at the Playing Field.

Please note dogs are not allowed on the QEII Playing Field.

Due to the cost of replacing play equipment if damage continues Willingham Parish Council may have no option but to remove those items of play equipment.

Willingham Feast – Willingham Gardeners’ Fayre – 23rd September 2023

Attached is a copy of the Schedule for the Gardeners’ Fayre taking place on Saturday 23rd September at Willingham Primary School.

Registration is FREE!

Please register by sending an email to or send a message to

Registration deadline is Saturday the 16th September.

Highways Events Diary September 2023

Please find attached the Highway Events diary for September 2023.

The diary includes links to where further details, such as the specific road closure timings of each traffic management plan, can be viewed.

September’s Highlights

IWM Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow – Duxford, 16th – 17th September

*Please remember details of all highway events can be found on

Future key event dates

Muscular Dystrophy UK Town and Gown 10k – Cambridge, 15th October

Remembrance Events –  County Wide, 11th & 12th November

Bin Collection Day Changes from 18th September 2023

Bin collection changes

Many residents will have changes to their bin collections from week starting 18 September 2023. This could be a change to the bin day or to which bins are collected on a particular week. Bins may also be emptied earlier or later than they are now, so all bins need to be out by 6am on your collection day. The frequency of collections will not change. If your bin collections are due to change, you will receive a letter in the post. You can find out more and check when your collections will be at