Neighbourhood Watch – Neighbour of the Year Awards 2021


 People across the UK are being invited to take part in our annual hunt for the UK’s ‘Neighbour of the Year’ – a nationwide search undertaken in partnership by Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch.

Now in its fourth year, 2021 sees the introduction of a new category: Community of the Year. This award will celebrate the nation’s most outstanding community (could be a street, a sports club, a faith collective, or anything in between, either in person or virtual, such as a WhatsApp, Facebook, or Slack group) and the lengths its members have gone to to support others and make a real difference. 

To nominate your Neighbour of the Year, Young Neighbour of the Year (for people aged 21 years and under) or Community of the Year, and to find out more about these very special awards please visit

If you have any questions get in touch with us via

We can’t wait to see the nominations!

Best wishes

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County Council flood prevention survey

As part of the County Council’s Community Flood Action Programme, ‘Riparian’ guidance is to be updated to make it more useful for those who have a watercourse on their land. As part of this work, they want to better understand what residents and landowners currently understand about responsibilities of maintaining watercourses (ditches, streams etc.) on private land. A short survey (5 questions) has been published, and we are helping to promote this to residents. If you would be willing to share our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts within your communities, that would be helpful. Alternatively, you can access or share the survey using this direct link. The deadline to respond is 30 September. You can find out more about Riparian ownership on the County Council’s website

Neighbourhood Alert – Cold Caller Warning

We’re warning people to be vigilant after cold callers targeted an elderly and vulnerable woman who then paid more than £1000 for unnecessary work.

The woman was called by a ‘home savings’ company offering boiler services, citing better energy efficiency and a £500 saving.

She was then quoted a price of £1,200 for a boiler flush, and was visited at her home in Peterborough by men who hit her radiators with hammers and showed her bottles supposedly containing dirty remnants/water from the radiators.

The woman was then presented with a card machine and paid the money.

As the colder part of the year approaches, please remain wary of similar calls and remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you aren’t expecting to hear from a salesperson or business, be cautious of your dealings with them. Do not feel pressured into handing over money or bank account details to pay for a product or service that you weren’t planning to buy before they called or arrived at your door.

For more advice and information on fraud and cold callers, visit the force’s dedicated web pages by clicking here.

Thank you,
Tara Cox, Corporate Communications

Recent Drain Cover thefts

We have been notified that neighbouring villages have experienced a spate of drain covers thefts. Please be vigilant as these thefts leave road users and pedestrians at risk of injury.

If you notice any missing drain covers please report them immediately to the police on 101 and Cambridge Highways on 03450 0455212

Upcoming Road Closures – Over Road, Willingham

Notification of Forthcoming Disruptive Works

Brief description of works        Trial holes on Over Road and nearby locations. The works on Over Road will require a road closure. These works will be completed as soon as possible to reopen the road. At other times Traffic lights will be used under manual control.                                                            
Estimated Start and End Dates18/10 – 22/10
Duration5 DAYS
Traffic Management OptionsROAD CLOSURE AND LIGHTS    
Expected disruptionCONGESTION
Conditions    MANUAL CONTOL OF LIGHTS        
CCC Officer Contact for further informationSTREETWORKS TEAM                  

Afghan refugees: donations

Many South Cambridgeshire residents have been deeply moved by the events in Afghanistan and want to donate and help Afghan refugees relocating to the UK through the Government’s Afghan Locally Employed Support (LES) scheme. The District Council has advised that they have made three homes available for Afghan families relocating to the UK. These homes will be fully furnished and up to three months’ worth of food and essential supplies are provided to help the families start new lives. Their latest update can be found here, announcing our partnership with Cambridge City Council to provide wraparound support for the Afghan families.

At this time, The Council are unable to accept donations directly, but anyone who would like to donate their time, goods, or money can do so through the following national and local organisations:

  1. Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group
  2. Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum
  3. Distribute Aid

British Red Cross

Sept Our News – The Neighbourhood Watch National Newsletter


We are delighted to bring you the September OUR NEWS edition – a monthly newsletter for all Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales.  

This edition introduces you to our Neighbour of the Year Awards 2021 – open for nominations from 14th September, the no-excuse approach to gas safety, fraud trends, rural crime reporting, discount offers from ERA and Patlock for our readers, and much more.

We hope that you will enjoy reading our newsletter and share it with your community. Why not share this newsletter link with your street WhatsApp groups, community Facebook groups or neighbourhood email groups to keep your neighbours safer and more connected.

Best wishes

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Neighbourhood Alert – Safer Speeding Team Day of Action

Last month the Constabulary created a new team dedicated to cracking down on speeding drivers across the county’s cities, towns, villages and rural roads.

Officers from the Special Constabulary including myself, Special Inspector Stephen Mudie, Special Sergeant Tom Howard and a band of Special Constables form the southern ‘Neighbourhood Safer Speed Team’. They volunteer their time responding to concerns from residents around speeding and anti-social driving.

The team also support local Community Speedwatch groups with enforcement and education.
Today (2 September) the team concentrated their efforts in Great Shelford, Fulbourn, Balsham, Hardwick and Milton Road.

We issued six tickets for speeding, including one for travelling 59mph in a 40mph in Hardwick. We also issued two tickets for no seatbelts.

In addition, we gave words of advice to multiple drivers around speeding and spoke to riders about the laws around e-scooters.

A lorry driver was reported for dangerous driving after he was seen on the A14 holding paperwork with one hand and entering a destination on his sat nav with the other.

If speeding is an issue in your area, we’d like to know about it. Please report your concerns to us here.

Special Inspector Stephen Mudie

Road Closures – A14 C2H – week commencing 6th Sept 2021

There are no planned closures for week commencing 6th September 2021 in relation to the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.

A reminder that B1514 Brampton Road will be closed on both Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 8am to 5pm this weekend between Scholars Avenue and Edison Bell Way.

The new Views Common road opened this morning as planned and provides an alternative route to Spittals roundabout via Hinchingbrooke Park Road.

For all queries relating to the scheme, please email: