SCDC Homes for Ukraine

Support for Ukraine: It all starts with a spare room

A major campaign has been launched to appeal for more hosts in South Cambridgeshire and the city of Cambridge to support families from Ukraine. Anyone who can offer a room is being asked to text ROOM to 88802.

Between the two areas, a total of almost 500 hosts have already been providing housing to guests. However, with the war in Ukraine continuing, and with it not being safe for many families to return, there is an ongoing demand to provide them with a safe place to stay.

Anyone who can offer a spare room and warm welcome is being asked to text ROOM to 88802 so that the councils can support them through the process and match hosts to guests who have already started to settle in the local area.

Read more, and watch video stories from current hosts and guests, at www.scambs.gov.uk/support-for-ukraine-it-all-starts-with-a-spare-room

Warm Hubs – Willingham

Two new Warm Hub have opened in Willingham. Warm Hubs are designed to support residents this winter. Run within existing community spaces, local residents can visit a safe, warm and friendly environment to enjoy refreshments and social activity, obtain information and advice, and share the company of others. The network of Warm Hubs is community-led; coordinated and hosted by trained volunteers, within the heart of local communities. 

  • Venue: The Octagon, St Mary and All Saints Church, Church Street, Willingham, Cambridge, CB24 5HS
  • Opening times: Monday, 10am – 1pm
  • Open from: Monday 14 November 2022

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  • Venue: Willingham Baptist Church, George Street, Willingham, Cambridge, CB24 5LJ
  • Opening times: Wednesday, 10am – 4pm
  • Open from: Wednesday 16 November 2022

It is a collaboration between South and East Cambs District Councils, with funding from the local NHS Integrated Care System. The project is being delivered by charity Cambridgeshire Acre. Find out more here: www.scambs.gov.uk/community-safety-and-health/warm-hubs

Christmas HAF programme

HAF Christmas Parents Poster (cambslearntogether.co.uk)

Families in receipt of income-related free school meals (FSM), can access a holiday scheme for up to 16 hours per child and will receive enriching experiences, a meal and snacks daily. Ukrainian and other refugee families are also eligible as well as families struggling financially but not eligible for FSM.

Please click on the link above for the poster information.

Free Catalytic converter marking this weekend

Message Type Icon Free catalytic converter marking this weekend
Following the success from previous events, we’re holding another catalytic converter marking event this Sunday. There are spaces available between 10am and 2.30pm at Kwik Fit in Maskew Avenue, Peterborough. Catalytic converters are found in the exhaust system of most cars and reduce the output of toxic gases and pollutants.  It takes just minutes for thieves to remove a catalytic converter and on many occasions victims are unaware their vehicle has been targeted even though it was sat on their driveway. Vehicle owners are urged to take advantage of this free marking to allow us to identify stolen property and provide evidence for prosecutions. It also ensures that scrap metal merchants have a way of detecting stolen items and can refuse to purchase them. As well as offering the marking, we’ve increased dedicated patrols and held multiple weeks of action to catch those responsible as well as visiting scrap metal dealers and offering people crime prevention advice and we will continue to do so. If you would like your vehicle to be marked, please register here. You will need to provide your name, registration number and email address/phone number to attend. If for any reason you can no longer make the appointment, please ensure you cancel it so it can be allocated to another driver. You can find more information about catalytic converter theft on our website. Kind Regards, PC Janine Hagger
Partnership and Prevention Team  
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E-scooters: Christmas Gift Guidance

The more organised among us might have started doing, or planning, our Christmas shopping. With that in mind, one of the big gift requests this festive season is likely to be an electric scooter, or e-scooter.

Following a presentation from Cambridgeshire Police and the South Cambs Community Safety Partnership to parish councils in September, we wanted to provide you with some helpful information about e-scooter use.

It’s currently against the law to ride an e-scooter on a public road or pavement. The only exception to this is in zones where trials are taking place, such as some areas within the city of Cambridge. In these areas, hired scooters can be used on the road and on cycle paths.

E-scooters can never be used on the pavement, and e-scooters you may purchase can never be used:

  • On a public road without complying with several legal requirements, which users will find very difficult
  • In spaces that are set aside for use by pedestrians, cyclists, and horse-riders; this includes on the pavement and in cycle lanes

You can buy e-scooters from many popular retailers, and your children may report to you that all their friends already have one. However, the law is clear – the only place an e-scooter can be used is on private land. So, right now, you can buy one, but you can’t ride it on a UK public road, cycle lane or pavement.

If you are stopped by police while using an e-scooter illegally, they will advise you of the current law about how to use one legally and ask you to take your e-scooter home. They may however still penalise you depending on the nature and gravity of the offence.

This is all because e-scooters are classed as a motor vehicle in the same way that motorbikes and cars are. This means they are subject to the same legal requirements, such as MOT, licensing, tax, and insurance. As e-scooters do not have numberplates, indicators, and do not always have visible rear lights, they cannot be used legally on the roads. Further details can be found on the following Government website at www.gov.uk/government/publications/powered-transporters/information-sheet-guidance-on-powered-transporters

Cambridgeshire Police say: “We understand the public’s support for environmentally friendly modes of transport. We want to work with the public to make sure the roads are safe for everyone. The UK Government is currently taking part in “Future Transport Zone” trials for e-scooter hire, with a view to making them legal to use on the roads. You can find details of the trails closest to you, at www.gov.uk/guidance/e-scooter-trials-guidance-for-users” If you have a question, contact Project Officer – Community Safety Partnership, Beth Watson, on Beth.Watson@scambs.gov.uk

Scam Alert from Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Casp scam warningHousehold Support Fund Scam Alert from Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough One of CAPASP’s partners, Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has been in touch to warn about an attempted scam relating to the Household Support Fund (HSF) which is in place to support older people this autumn. Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are working in partnership with the County Council to administer this fund. One of its service users was phoned by a man who didn’t give his name but said he was from Age UK. The call was from a withheld number. He told her that she could have £200 that same day if she gave her bank card details immediately. Fortunately, the service user didn’t give her card details and asked the caller to phone her son. Unsurprisingly the son never received a call. Please know that: The Household Support Fund will not be paid on the same day. Age UK Cambs & P’boro staff will not ask for the long bank card details or the security number on the card. Their staff will always give their full name and contact details, and the advice is to contact the organisation using a number that is trusted to verify who the caller is. They are happy to talk to family members or carers. While they do ask for bank account details to make the payment, it will ONLY be the account number, sort code and name which appears on the account. This information allows a deposit to be made into the account but cannot give access to make a withdrawal of money from the account. If you have experienced a phone scam, contact your bank as soon as possible and contact Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or online Action Fraud . Follow us on Twitter| Facebook|Cambridgeshire.gov.uk/against-scams CCC PCC

Seven naturally fun activities for families this Autumn

– Great ways to explore the nature and wildlife on our doorstep –

As the russet and golds of Autumn tint the leaves across our wonderful Cambridgeshire countryside, it really is a wonderful time to be outdoors, immersing yourself in nature. 

Here are 7 outdoor adventures to enjoy this change of season – and many can be done at home or in your local green spaces.  Each one has been selected by the New Life on the Old West team and their project partners to entertain and inspire you.

  • Autumn is an ideal time to build a den in the woods as there are lots of fallen leaves and branches to use. Dens make perfect bird watching hides, as well as shelters and basecamps for woodland walks. We’re fortunate that there are so many woodland areas around our county that we can explore such as Doghouse Grove near Wilburton.
  • Now’s the time to make your garden hedgehog friendly by creating suitable hibernation sites such as piles of leaves, logs or a hedgehog house. You could even create a hedgehog highway and provide food/water. There is some great information about hedgehogs on our website.  
  • Become a detective! Spotting the tracks of birds and animals is always exciting but who made the footprints? Making a plaster cast of what you find can help you to identify the creator and solve the mystery! You can paint and varnish the cast and start a collection too. Here’s how to make a plaster cast thanks to the RSPB and here’s a great guide for identifying who left their mark from The Wildlife Trust.
  • If you’d like to do something for your community, why don’t you visit the New Life on the Old West website and join us at a work party? You can help us to dig a pond, plant hedges and trees or sow a wildflower meadow. Everyone is welcome!
  • Why not build a bug hotel? Whilst enjoying your nature walk, collect lots of natural materials such as sticks and twigs, pinecones, and leaves. Place them where they are unlikely to be disturbed to create a unique place to stay for our favourite insects! There are many ways to build a bug hotel: here’s just one idea courtesy of the National Trust.
  • Can you spot the signs of autumn? Visit the NLOW website to download our  ID sheets for hedgerow berries, nuts, and leaves. Keep a record of what you spot and share photos of what you’ve found  on social media using the hashtag #NewLifeOldWest so we can see too!
  • Colourful Autumnal leaves are a great natural resource that can be turned into some stunning artworks. Here are just a few leaf art ideas by The Woodland Trust. We’d love to see your creations so remember to use the #NewLifeOldWest when you share them on social media!

There you have it – seven super ways to have fun together whilst learning more about the flora and fauna found on our doorstep and enjoying time in nature too.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, New Life on the Old West (NLOW) is a three-year programme delivering small-scale habitat improvements across the Cambridgeshire Fens, important strongholds for rare and threatened species. 

If you’d like to become a volunteer doing something as simple as counting wildlife spotted on a monthly walk or supporting community activities, do get in touch via info@newlifeoldwest.org.uk     

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

It is with the greatest sadness that yesterday we learnt of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As we enter the period of mourning there will be opportunities for residents to share and express their condolences and respect for our longest reigning monarch.

Flowers may be laid at St Mary and All Saints Church in the area marked.  The Council would kindly ask that you remove any form of wrapping from the flowers before laying them. All flowers will be taken away the day after the funeral.

Details for the placing of floral tributes as well as books of condolences, church services etc will be put on the council website and notice boards.  These will be updated as quickly as possible once details are finalised.

The Parish Council office will be open as normal next week. If anyone has any questions or concerns then please do get in touch.

Parish Council Clerk