Parish Council


Chair: Mrs Noushin Rostami, 34 Primrose Hill, Lt Gransden SG19 3DP email (Co-opted 6 September 2018; Trustee and Parish Council representative Little Gransden Village Hall; co-ordinator Friendship Club)

Robert Murden, 40 Primrose Hill, Lt Gransden, SG19 3DP Tel:01767 677520 email (Elected 3 May 2018; Parish Council representative Cambridge Gliding Club and Little Gransden Aerodrome Consultative Committees)

John Jefferies, Ash Tree Cottage, Fullers Hill, Lt Gransden SG19 3BP email (Co-opted 3 May 2018; co-ordinator Information Signs working party;

Oliver Hipwell, Hill Farm, 8 Main Road, Little Gransden SG19 3DN Tel: 07944 547685 email (Elected 3 May 2018; Vice-chair; Biodiversity & Tree Officer)

Jaco Koen, 31 Primrose Hill Little Gransden SG19 3DP Co-opted 9 July 2020 email:


Mrs Sylvia Sullivan, 3 Primrose Hill, Little Gransden SG19 3DP Tel: 01767 677906, email

Office hours: 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday

Will be held at Little Gransden Village Hall, subject to Government guidelines and regulations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thursdays at 7:30pm through 2021:

* 4 March

* 6 May (Annual General Meeting)

* 8 July (Annual Parish Meeting)

* 2 September
* 4 November

Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings - because of Covid-19, please notify the Clerk in advance. Items that you would like Councillors to discuss must be presented in writing to the Clerk at least a week before the meeting.

Agenda and Minutes of meetings are placed on the village noticeboard and are posted on the website Blog, together with other information, notices and news.

Planning applications
Additional meetings to discuss planning applications may be held. Provisional planning meeting dates for 2021 are 4 February, 1 April, 3 June, 5 August, 7 October, 2 December.

Planning applications may be viewed on the South Cambridgeshire District Council website.

Meet your councillors
John Jefferies
John Jefferies was born and brought up on the family farm at Fullers Hill, Little Gransden, where he continues to live and work. He has served on the Parish Council for several years, including two terms as Chairman.

Oliver Hipwell
Born in Little Gransden and now moved back into the village, as well as working on my familiy’s farm for the past 8 years: these connections mean I have a true passion about the village’s rural environment and fascinating history. I understand the importance of everyone having a voice, and feel that I am able to provide the voice and outlook of a younger member of the community.

Robert Murden
Robert Murden has lived in Cambridgeshire all his life, moving to Little Gransden in 2008. He is married with two daughters. His career began in production engineering for high-tech companies in Cambridge and progressed to purchasing manager for a large heating and ventilation company. Inthe past he was an enthusiastic football and cricket player and half-marathon runner. He is now retired, which gives him more time to play golf and bowls.

Noushin Rostami (co-opted 6 September 2018)
I am a resident of Little Gransden. I moved here almost 18 years ago and brought up my young family. Due to work commitments, I was away from the village for a period of time. However, I have been back more than four years and, for good. I work part-time as an Occupational Health Adviser for Cambridge University. I so enjoy being part of this beautiful and friendly village. As a Parish Councillor I hope to be a voice for my co-residents. I bring my life experience as a mature mother who is also thinking of the legacy we leave for future generations living in this area.

Jaco Koen
Born in South Africa I became a naturalised British citizen in 2009. Moving to Little Gransden in February 2016 with my wife Estelle and daughter Lani, we have fallen in love with the village, the surroundings and the people here. As a keen DIY'er I keep busy at home on weekends, and during the week I am the Managing Director of RNT Tanks and Silos Ltd, located in Gamlingay. Previous to this I have worked in Life Sciences for various companies in the UK and abroad. There have also been a few years in Botswana, where I started a commercial hydroponic farm growing tomatoes for the local market. Although I enjoy the basic things in life, I appreciate the importance of progress and am a student in getting his balance right. If successful, I would offer both my managerial and practical skills and experience to the benefit of the council and the residents of Little Gransden.

Monday, 17 November 2014


The Parish Council is asking for help in the following ways:

Flood alert - space for sandbags?

SCDC are looking for anyone with spare space in an outbuilding or garage who would be prepared to store a few sandbags to facilitate distribution at times of flooding should contact either Cllr Mick Martin at SCDC or contact Adrian Penrose -

Wildflower areas 
There has been an encouraging response from residents to making some wildflower areas in the village - if you would like to coordinate this task, please contact Adrian Penrose -
Laura White is organising training for volunteers - contact Laura for more details -

Posted by Clerk


Planning meeting
Thursday, 20 November, 6.30pm Little Gransden Village Hall
S/2415/14/FL Willow Tree House, Church Street, Single storey side extension 
Posted by Clerk

Little Gransden Energy Group (LGEG) November 2014

Wood fires:  The cold evenings at the beginning of October caused us to have a fire in our wood burning stove in the lounge for several evenings running.  Somewhat belatedly, I had a look up the chimney whilst relaying to fire ready to relight it later that day.  It really ought to be swept, as it has not been swept before.  After a phone call, it was arranged for a chimney sweep to clean the chimney in 5 weeks’ time.  I should have organised this last summer!
Open fires are very inefficient, as most of the heat from the fire, and in the room, is drawn up the chimney and lost.  Typical fuel efficiency for an open fire is around 10% of useful heat, compared to 80-90% for an efficient enclosed stove.  Fires need an air supply, and it is more effective/efficient to supply the fire with air ducted from outside, instead of drawing air from the room.  Air drawn from the room by the fire has to be replaced from air drawn into it as cold draughts.
The effectiveness of a wood fire is dependent on the type of wood, and how dry the wood is.  Freshly felled ash contains about 35% moisture, whereas poplar wood can contain up to 60%.   Trying to burn damp timber produces steam, and less heat as a result.  Damp wood can also cause more smoke, and tar deposits in the chimney.
Timber should be stored in a ventilated area and under cover for at least 6 months to allow the timber to dry before being burnt.
Some of the best timbers for burning are ash, beech, hornbeam, hawthorn, apple and cherry.  Oak and elm are dense timbers, but can be slow to burn.  These two timbers are better burned as a mixture with other timbers.  Spruce and horse chestnut woods tend to spit, so should not be used in open fires for this reason.  Softwoods such as pine and spruce are easy to light, and burn quickly, so are best for starting a fire.
Supplies of wood can be found in adverts in “The Villager” magazine, or from the website

A rough guide to the size of a stove is that a 5kW stove should be able to heat a room 2.4m high by 25 square metres floor area, but the insulation of walls, ceiling, and windows, plus draught proofing, and air supply, all have an influence on this estimate.

Information about wood burning stoves is available from: