Parish Council

COUNCILLORS AND CONTACT DETAILS Chair: Mrs Noushin Rostami, 34 Primrose Hill, Little Gransden SG19 3DP (Co-opted 6 September 2018; Trustee and Parish Council representative for Little Gransden Village Hall; co-ordinator Friendship Club) John Jefferies, Ash Tree Cottage, Little Gransden SG19 3BP email (Elected 3 May 2018; co-ordinator Information Signs Working Party) Oliver Hipwell, Hill Farm, 8 Main Road, Little Gransden SG19 3DN Tel: 017944 547685 email (Elected 3 May 2019; Vice-chair; Biodiversity and Tree Officer) Jaco Koen, 31 Primrose Hill, Little Gransden SG19 3DP email: (Co-opted 9 July 2020) 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, 21 December 2020

Covid-19 Update 21 December 2020

 Little Gransden Parish Council has received the following message from the Duty Commisisioner's office:


Following the weekend’s announcements, I wanted to write to you direct to pass on the latest Government guidance on forming a Christmas bubble with friends and family. I know this news has been hard to miss but given the timing of the announcement, you can’t be too careful.


For South Cambridgeshire, which is in the Tier 2 level of restrictions, here is what the updated guidance for mixing during the Christmas period says: You may see a maximum of two other households (your ‘Christmas bubble’) on Christmas Day (25 December). You cannot see anyone from a Tier 4 area.


For clarity, this allowance no longer covers the initial 5-day period. It is for Christmas Day and Christmas Day alone.


Here is the link to the full guidance:


Please remember that despite this allowance for Christmas Day only, the Government’s advice is that the safest way to celebrate Christmas this year is with your household or existing support bubble in your home. The more people you see, the more likely it is that you will catch or spread Coronavirus.


Please remember that we are here to help you in your ongoing efforts to support your community – don’t hesitate to contact your patch lead with any queries or requests for support.


I wish you and your family a safe Christmas,


Bill Handley

Lead Cabinet Member for Community Resilience, Health & Wellbeing

South Cambridgeshire District Council


Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Covid-Safe Winter Toolkit from Cambridgeshire County Council


From Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Colleagues,

Further to our email last week, we’ve developed an updated communications toolkit for you to share across your channels.

The messages and images in this toolkit focus on activities and ideas that people can do in the run-up to Christmas that will keep them COVID-safe. There’s also a special video from Father Christmas!

Please share with your residents and stakeholders:

If you could share these materials via your own channels and also with any community organisations in your towns and parishes, as appropriate, it would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,

Please note: The toolkit includes social media posts and a WeTransfer link to download the assets in two sizes – one for Twitter and Facebook, and a separate size for Instagram: (if the link expires, please email us to request a new link).

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Friday, 30 October 2020

Agenda for Little Gransden Parish Council Meeting 5 November 2020

 Agenda (with Clerk's briefing notes) for Little Gransden Parish Council Meeting 5 November 2020.

Friday, 23 October 2020

Halloween and Bonfire Night

 Updates from Duty Commissioner, South Cambridgeshire District Council


At this stage (15 October 2020), no national advice has been given on the tradition of trick or treating but please bear in mind that some people, especially those who have health problems and are vulnerable, may not be happy to have people calling on them.

The passing of sweets at the doorstep will be harder to do whilst maintaining a social distance and many hands dipping into a pot of sweets is going to increase the risk of transmission.

That doesn’t mean that people can’t enjoy Halloween. There are plenty of online articles with suggestions for alternative Halloween entertainment, such as pumpkin trails, spooky walks, craft activities and safe ways to leave treats out for people to collect. 

Bonfire night

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has published guidance about safely marking Bonfire night during the pandemic. The emergency services are preparing for a busier night than usual because of the cancellation of many organised public events leading to more people having displays and bonfires in their own gardens.

 Head of Community Fire Safety, Group Commander Per Middleton has urged caution, saying: “While most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, they can quickly become a disaster and, in the wrong hands, they can cause injury and damage to property. Fireworks are explosives and should be treated with respect. Only use fireworks in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the firework safety code, ensuring all necessary safety precautions are taken.”

 He added: “We would strongly discourage people from lighting bonfires in back gardens as they present significant risks to residents if they get out of hand. Not only this, but the smoke can also aggravate coronavirus symptoms for those that might be shielding or isolating.” 

If you intend on buying fireworks for a home display, please follow the firework safety code:

  • Only buy fireworks marked with a CE mark
  • Don't drink alcohol if you're setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and always follow the instructions carefully when using them
  • Light them at arm’s-length using a taper and stand well back
  • Never go back to them once they are lit. Even if a firework hasn't gone off, it could still explode
  • Never throw fireworks, and never put them in your pocket
  • Respect your neighbours – don’t let off fireworks late at night and remember there are laws in place you must follow
  • Take care with sparklers – never give them to children under five. Even when they've gone out, they can still be hot, so put sparklers in a bucket of water after use.

Pets find the noise of fireworks very stressful and are best kept indoors throughout the evening - and why not turn on some music to mask the noise? In a recent survey, 62 per cent of dog owners and 54 per cent of cat owners reported that their pets show signs of distress during fireworks season. The RSPCA’s Bang Out Of Order campaign encourages the responsible use of fireworks and the adoption of tighter regulations concerning their use.

Posted by Little Gransden Parish Clerk

Wildlife Trust - Gransden, Waresley, Hayley and Gamlingay Woods

Waresley and Gransden Woods SSSI Nature Reserve - Will be closed from 23 October due to poor ground conditions. (Browne’s Piece will remain open)


Hayley Wood -  will be open as usual from the start of next week.


Gamlingay Wood - is open to the public arriving by foot. Parking on the track upto the wood has been reviewed by the landowner and the Wildlife Trust BCN. We hope to implement provision for parking as soon as farming and forestry operations allow.

Posted on behalf of the Wildlife Trust by Little Gransden Parish Clerk

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Mobile library returns

The good news is that the mobile library is returning to visit Little Gransden starting Friday 2nd October 2020. We have had the mobile vehicle risk assessed and service can now resume, but with restrictions to access and precautions in place. Sadly there will no browsing the books allowed as in all libraries at the moment.

So you can either use the Select and collect service via the Cambridgeshire libraries website which would be a chosen random selection of titles, or access the library catalogue and placing an order for specific titles which I can bring on a future visit, if they are available.  All books returning will be put into 3 days' quarantine before they are taken off your library records.

The library service may have sent you the following via an email with all the relevant links to the website.

We will be returning to our regular stops, but unfortunately access to the vehicle is limited to help keep staff safe and we will be providing books selected in advance.

Customers can pre-order books to collect from our usual reservation service currently FREE of charge, or the New Select and Collect service which allows you to request a collection of books based on your tastes or by calling 0345 045 5225

Simply choose the mobile library as a pick up point and order as far in advance as possible to ensure a selection is ready and issued for you to pick up from your stop (ideally a week in advance, but we will do our best with forms received after this).

Posted by Parish Clerk on behalf of Huntingdon Library Services

Minutes of meeting of Little Gransden Parish Council 6 August 2020

 Minutes of meeting of Little Gransden Parish Council 6 August 2020

Friday, 28 August 2020

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Agenda for Little Gransden Parish Council planning meeting Thursday 6 August 6.30 pm

Agenda for Little Gransden Parish Council planning meeting Thursday 6 August 6.30 pm via Zoom video conferencing

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Reopening High Streets Safely - business and residents survey

Dear Parish Councils,


We have a business and residents survey out as part of our Reopening High Street Safely project. Supporting our local businesses is a priority for us, especially now with our local businesses having been impacted by Covid-19.


We would appreciate it if you could please help us distribute these surveys widely over your own social media platforms to reach as many businesses as possible.


Please find the following links;


Resident survey:

Facebook -

Twitter -


Business survey:

Facebook -

Twitter -

 Katherine Southwood | Covid-19 Community Response Patch 5 Lead


Development Officer A14

Health & Environmental Services

Posted by Clerk to Little Gransden Parish Council

Friday, 24 July 2020

Revised Library at Home Service

Revised Library at Home Service

Cambridgeshire Libraries can now accept new referrals to the Revised Library@Home Service. This service is open to Cambridgeshire Residents who fit a set criterion: 

The service is for anyone who usually relies heavily on reading books or listening to audiobooks AND who is housebound, shielding or isolating due to age or health conditions under the current COVID-19 Government guidelines.

People accepted for this service will be contacted by a member of the Library@Home Team who will arrange a doorstep delivery of specially chosen books/audiobooks. Deliveries will be monthly (by prior arrangement) and previously loaned books/audiobooks will be picked up when new ones are delivered.

To enquire about the Revised Library@Home Service you can contact us:
By email -
By phone – 07442 022 926  or 07342 700308
A member of Library@Home team will respond to the referral.

Posted by Little Gransden Parish Clerk

Thursday, 16 July 2020

New Parish Councillor

Mr Jaco Koen was co-opted as a member of Little Gransden Parish Council at the meeting on 9 July 2020. This means that we now have a full complement of councillors, which will be a great help to fulfilling the role of the parish council.

Posted by S Sullivan, Clerk.

General Privacy Notice

Little Gransden Parish Council General Privacy Notice

Minutes of Little Gransden Parish Council meeting 14 May 2020

Minutes of Little Gransden Parish Council meeting 14 May 2020

Friday, 10 July 2020

Valuing Nature andOpen Space Survey

Natural Cambridgeshire has put together this simple and quick survey to gather evidence about how people used natural open space, parks and the countryside during lockdown. We are interested in whether people’s attitudes to the natural world have changed as a result of lockdown and what more needs to be done now to encourage more people to enjoy and value the natural world.
Please take a few minutes to fill it in. Thank you!
Click the link to go to the survey.

Posted by Little Gransden Parish Clerk

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

St Neots Museum Reopens

St Neots Museum Reopens
Trustees, staff and volunteers are pleased to announce that the museum is at last able to reopen to the public from Tuesday 7th July. During July the museum will remain closed on Saturdays but will reopen fully from Saturday 8th August 2020. Social distancing measures will remain in place, limiting the numbers who can visit the museum at any one time.

Throughout the museum we have put in place the safety measures needed to keep the public, as well as our staff and volunteers as safe as possible while the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

We are also delighted to announce a new temporary exhibition, The Upcycling Crafter by local artist Frances Corlett.  The exhibition features her striking pictures made from stamps, sweet wrappers and tickets. From underground tube maps revealed as the London skyline to old stamps reimagined as everything from flowers to tractors and lamas, and not forgetting her dogs made from chocolate wrappers. The exhibition is fun and a great advert for recycling. All the pictures are for sale and make unique inexpensive gifts ranging in price from £12 - £38, do call in and have a look.

Frances Corlett writes:

I love to create and decorate items using materials that most people discard. I started a few years ago when my Mother gave me my old stamp collection that I had as a child. What was I going to do with it? The stamps were fascinating to look at, so much history and brought back childhood memories. I decided they needed displaying so I started to use them to make pictures. That got me thinking what other everyday items could I use? I started taking labels off tins and saving sweet wrappers. My hobby turned into a little business and I named it JessAmy Designs after my two daughters Jess and Amy. I’m always looking for new ways to create and give a new life to something that most people throw away. I’m passionate about the environment and what we need to do to Save our planet, my creations show what can be done with items that get thrown away. I love the fun quirky and uniqueness of the items I create, I hope you do too.

Curator, Liz Davies says:

We are all looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the museum and being able to share the story of the town and the surrounding villages.

St Neots Museum pandemic safety measures for reopening the museum:

·         Deep clean of museum before reopening

·         Introduced warning and advice signage at entrance door

·         All internal doors held open & hands-free to reduce touching

·         Large sturdy Perspex barrier built around reception desk

·         Clear signage about 2M social distancing in museum

·         Limit of 3 groups or families in the museum at any one time

·         Removal of all handling interactive exhibits

·         All payments contactless if possible

·         Hand sanitiser available

·         Disposable face masks available

·         Regular cleaning throughout the day of heavy use areas

·         Regular monitoring of visitor numbers

St Neots Museum is a registered charity no:800074

Liz Davies, Curator
Lesley Sainsbury, Learning & Development Officer

The Curator works Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10.00am - 4.00pm 
The Learning & Development Officer works Tuesday to Friday inc, 09.00 am - 4.00pm

If you have received this email in error or no longer wish to receive our emails please contact us and we will remove you from our contacts. we do not share your information with any other contacts. 
If your email arrives on a day when we are not at work there may be a delay before we are able to reply.

St Neots Museum
The Old Court
8 New Street
St Neots
PE19 1AE

01480 214163

9Posted by Little Gransden Parish Clerk)

Funding News

Funding News
Registering for the funding news service ensures you are kept up to date with the latest funding news. The following news articles have been published in the last week. To view the full details of any news article, simply click on its title.
02/07/2020: Government’s New £40m Green Recovery Challenge Fund to Open in ‘Due Course’!N72188

01/07/2020: Co-op Local Community Fund – Applications Still Being Accepted in Some Areas!N72176

01/07/2020: GSK IMPACT Awards 2021 Open to Applications!N72172

01/07/2020: Screwfix Foundation Re-opens for Applications!N72177

26/06/2020: School Funding: Exceptional Costs Associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19)!N72148

Posted by Parish Clerk at request of N Rostami, Chair of Little Gransden Parish Council

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Agenda for Little Gransden Parish Council meeting 9 July 2020

Agenda for Little Gransden Parish Council meeting 9 July 2020


to be held

at 7.30 p.m. on

Thursday 9 July 2020

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