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)


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

Office hours: 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, meetings will be held using remote video conferencing, unless advised otherwise, on the following Thursdays at 7:30pm through 2020:

* 9 July (revised date)
* 3 September
* 5 November

Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings. Items that they 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 2020 are 6 February. 2 April, 4 June, 6 August, 1 October, 3 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.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Working safely during Covid-19

A host of information on working safely and risk management during the Covid-19 outbreak is available on the Government website. Businesses looking to start up work again may find the following link useful:

Waresley and Gransden Woods

The Wildlife Trust car park at Waresley and Gransden Nature Reserve has been re-opened. 
 The permitted access points to the wood can be seen on the webpage


Saturday, 9 May 2020

Agenda for Little Gransden AGM and Parish Council Meeting 14 May 2020

Notice of Little Gransden AGM and Parish Council Meeting 14 May 2020

Meeting ID: 848 3350 6584
Password: 731609

Please Note: Due to restrictions currently in place around COVID-19, there will be no physical meeting. Those who wish to comment on any item on the agenda during the Open Forum are invited to join the Parish Council via the ‘Zoom’ App. (Meeting ID 848 3350 6584. Password 731609). Councillors will not be making decisions about items not on the agenda. Any personal information given will be dealt with in line with the Parish Council’s General Privacy Notice.

Draft minutes of meeting 5 March 2020
Statement of Accounts for 2019/2020

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update from South Cambs District Council

The weekly email from South Cambs District Council leader, Bridget Smith included:

  • The importance of reminding yourselves and each other to care for your own mental health as well as that of residents –  Every Mind Matters 
  • A reminder to encourage residents not to delay seeking medical help. Urgent care for conditions such as heart attacks and strokes, and care for longer-term physical or mental health concerns that may naturally deteriorate over time, should be sought as usual. The sooner people seek help, the better their outcomes. 
  • Guidance from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults and Children Board:
    • ‘If you see something, say something’ 
    •  how to help as volunteers 
  • Requests from Fire and Police services about safety, including encouraging residents to be considerate and not have bonfires, and to encourage residents to be aware of ‘Distraction burglaries’ 
  • You can view all current FAQs on the South Cambs website. Updates this week include:
    • Support for unpaid carers who may be struggling to cope
    • Updates on working with pharmacies, including how volunteers can collect residents’ prescriptions from hospitals, and how residents can pay online for prescriptions
    • Support for carers with a focus on caring for those with learning disabilities / autism
    • Support for residents seeking supermarket vouchers. 
    • Some guidance for people who are bereaved
  • South Cambs  will regularly update their website with information about funding to support the work you’re doing – please regularly check our dedicated page for the latest information

For more information see the South Cambs District Council website, or contact our village support group Bluebell-19 which has its own page on Facebook. 

Posted by Little Gransden Parish Clerk

Monday, 20 April 2020

Stay at Home Street Party

Stay-at-Home Street Party!
to commemorate 75th anniversary of VE Day
Friday 8th May 2020
Decorate your house red, white and blue and enjoy a picnic in your front garden to celebrate the end of World War II

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Wildlife Trust - Gransden/Waresley and Hayley Woods

The Wildlife Trust has informed us that following closure owing to exceptionally wet weather, Gransden/Waresley Woods have now been reopened, although the car park remains closed.
Hayley Wood has also been reopened.

Posted by Clerk, Little Gransden Parish Council

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Mobile library suspended services

News from mobile library
As you are probably aware with the current emergency with the coronavirus outbreak, all of Cambridgeshire libraries and mobile libraries are closed for the foreseeable future. So there will be no visits from the mobile library until further notice. I have renewed all items on loan for a further 2 months until 5thJune 2020  and will let you know when I am able to return to visiting with the mobile library, . I will miss you all while not being able to visit.
But for now please keep all items bagged up when finished, as I expect all items will end up being received back and going into a quarantine period before we can deal with them.
David Hamilton, librarian, mobile library

Posted by Little Gransden Parish Clerk

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Recycling points closed

Recycling points closed
Due to the impacts of the coronavirus and restrictions on movement, many of the operators who empty clothing and other recycling banks at our recycling points are unable to collect from them. To avoid them overflowing and making a mess, and the items being wasted, please can you help us to discourage residents from taking their items to the banks at this time. Some of you have already shared our social media posts relating to service updates, which is really helpful. You can find them all at:
South Cambridgeshire District Council:
Twitter: @SouthCambs
Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service:
Twitter: @GtrCamRecycles

Information from South Cambridgeshire District Council posted by Little Gransden Parish Clerk.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Coronavirus - Little Gransden community support

Bluebell-19 is your covid-19 (coronavirus) mutual aid group for the villages of Great and Little Gransden, Abbotsley, Waresley and Tetworth, providing services for those who are self-isolating, such as a friendly chat over the telephone, dog walking, shopping, letter posting, prescription collection or arrangements, arranging deliveries.

Contact details for Little Gransden: Sarah Thurbin tel: 07775 878719, email:; facebook bluebell - 19

Posted by Little Gransden Parish Clerk

Friday, 20 March 2020

CORONAVIRUS – (COVID-19) - Community Support in Gransdens

CORONAVIRUS – (COVID-19) - Community Support

Little Gransden Parish Council welcomes the community support initiatives and thanks those who have volunteered to co-ordinate offers of and requests for help and/or support.
There is a community page on facebook and a community email point of contact for Gransdens’ residents.
The facebook group is called Covid-19 Bluebell 192020, the community email support address is:

 posted by 20.03.2020




26 MARCH 2020 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

There is a legal requirement for the Parish Council to hold an Annual Parish Meeting. At the time of posting this notice, no Government advice has been received regarding holding Parish Council meetings during the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). However, residents have been advised by Government to avoid non-essential social contact and for those over 70 years of age to self-isolate.

In this unprecedented situation Little Gransden Parish Council has, after careful consideration, decided to cancel the Annual Parish Meeting and has asked those who would normally provide reports to do so in writing to the Clerk. These will be available on the Parish Council website:

The Annual Parish Meeting is normally an opportunity for residents to ask questions, make comments and suggestions, so please contact the Clerk at

All parish council meetings are open to the public, and usually have an Open Forum, when residents have a chance to speak to items on the agenda. Topics or suggestions that you would like to be discussed must be presented in writing to the Clerk at least one week before the meeting.

The next Parish Council meeting should be the Annual General Meeting on 14 May.
Signed                        S Sullivan (Clerk)

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Waste collection - Green bin collections suspended

Thursday 19 March 2020

Green bin collections suspended

Green bin collections across Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire will not take place between Monday 23 March and Monday 4 May.

The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service, a partnership between Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils, has made the decision in order to support staff and the recycling and waste service as a whole during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The suspension of green bin collections will allow crews to concentrate on emptying blue and black bins during the coming weeks. It will also assist with any future staff sickness or self-isolation issues.

As always, residents are being encouraged to waste as little food as possible, so they minimise the amount they need to throw away. For this period only, the advice to residents who do have food waste will be to put it into the black bin.

Residents who enjoy spending time in the garden and growing their own food are also being asked to consider home composting as much of their garden waste as possible.
Residents who are subscribed to the additional green bin collection scheme, and therefore pay for more than one green bin to be collected, will see a reduced fee for their permit upon renewal in the October.

The bulky waste collection service, which collects large items from residents’ homes, will also be suspended during this period.

Head of the Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service, Trevor Nicoll, said: “Our priority is to try and maintain a regular waste collection service throughout the difficult months ahead and to do what we can to support the health and wellbeing of all our staff and residents. We’re making this change now to make sure we can focus on collecting blue and black bins as normal for as long as we possibly can. Our bin collection crews are trying their very best and deserve all the help we can give them. Suspending green bin collections will take some of this burden off them – they each walk the equivalent of a half marathon every shift. Residents can help by trying their very best to absolutely minimise the amount of food that they are throwing out and trying not to generate garden waste for now. Finally, it would also be a big help to our hardworking crews if residents whose bins don’t have much waste inside can wait until it is full before putting it out – if they think they can manage until their next collection.”

Double bag black bin waste if suffering symptoms

The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service has also published advice on handling waste if your household is displaying symptoms of Coronavirus.
If you're experiencing the main symptoms - a new, continuous cough and/or a high temperature - please be very careful when disposing of your personal waste (including used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths/wipes) at home. The advice for disposal of this waste is as follows:
  1. It should be put in a plastic rubbish bag and tied when full
  2. The plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied
  3. It should be kept separate from other waste in suitable secure place on your property for 72 hours before being placed in the black bin as normal
The principle behind this method is that after 72 hours outside the body, the virus is no longer viable. This approach will help keep bin collection crews as safe as possible.

Other household rubbish and recycling should be treated as normal.

If you or anyone in your home is self-isolating or is confirmed as having Coronvirus, Cambridgeshire County Council are politely asking that you do not go to any of their Household Recycling Centres.

Find out more about your local bin collection services at or

Residents who experience any waste-related difficulties during this period are asked to email or call 03450 450 063. Please note that it may take longer than usual to receive a response as the service adapts to different working practices.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Agenda for Little Gransden Parish Council meeting 5 March 2020

Agenda for Little Gransden Parish Council meeting Thursday 5 March 2020, 7.30 p.m. Little Gransden Village Hall

Sunday, 23 February 2020

East–West Rail - Event at Little Gransden Village Hall 29 February

In January, the Preferred Route Option for the section of East West Rail between Bedford and Cambridge was announced by the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP. It would link existing stations in Bedford and Cambridge with communities in Cambourne and the area north of Sandy, south of St. Neots.

Everyone living and working in the area, or with an interest in the railway is invited to join the East West Railway Company team at any of the events in February and March this year. You will be able to find out more, talk about the next steps for the railway, share your views, and meet experts from across the East West Railway Company.

There will be an event on 29 February at Little Gransden Village Hall, from 11.30–5 pm

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Care Services and Support

A Guide to Independent Living in Cambridgeshire 2020 has just been published - it is a guide to accessing information and support to keep you and anyone you know, independent, safe, well and living a fulfilled life.  The guide is available electronically at;
 or to request a paper copy email
Little Gransden Parish Clerk has a copy of the guide.

Dementia together is the magazine of the Alzheimer's Society for supporters and people affected by dementia. To subscribe visit or call 0330 333 9794
Articles can be read or listened to online - see

Exhibition - When We Were Young

When We Were Young is an exhibition that uses local photos and postcards to explore childhood from 1900–1939. Call in to St Neots Museum to see it between 4 February to 20 March.
Further information:

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Notice of Casual Vacancy

Little Gransden Parish Council regrets that Mr Terence Burbidge has resigned as a parish councillor. A casual vacancy therefore exists - please see the notice attached to this post. Residents who are interested in serving the community in this way are invited to contact the clerk or a parish councillor.

Agenda for Little Gransden Parish Council Planning Meeting 6 February 2020

Agenda for Little Gransden Parish Council Planning Meeting Thursday 6 February 2020, 6.30 p.m. Little Gransden Village Hall.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Gransden and Waresley Woods - update

Update from Reserves Manager (East Cambs), The Wildlife Trust

As I  am sure you are aware, the condition of  paths in the woods has deteriorated and all of Waresley and Gransden Woods will be closed to the public from the start of next week, Monday 27 January

Updates will be posted on

Posted by S Sullivan, Parish Clerk, Little Gransden