Chair: Oliver Hipwell, Hill Farm, 8 Main Road, Little Gransden SG19 3DN Tel: 017944 547685 email (Elected 5 May 2022; Vice-chair; Biodiversity and Tree Officer)

John Jefferies, Ash Tree Cottage, Little Gransden SG19 3BP email (Co-opted 12 May 2022 )

Mrs Noushin Rostami, 34 Primrose Hill, Little Gransden SG19 3DP (Elected 5 May 2022; co-ordinator Friendship Club)

Emma Ward 6 Main Road, Little Gransden SG19 3DN (Elected 5 May 2022; trustee and parish council representative for Little Gransden Village Hall)

Aston Cox, Gransden Lodge, Longstowe Road, Little Gransden SG19 3EB (co-opted 11 May 2023

Clerk: Sylvia Sullivan, 3 Primrose Hill, Little Gransden SG19 3DP Tel: 01767 677906, email Office hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday

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: