The Handlebards – Today!


Handlebards-Romeo-Juliet-squareThe Handlebards production of Romeo and Juliet is taking place this evening!

Bring along a picnic and enjoy the show!
Gates open at 6PM

Tickets can still be purchased until 3PM at the Norwood Building at £15 per adult
Tickets on the gate: £17 per adult

Millennium Sports Facility, The Trundle, Somersham, PE28 3JS

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Shakespeare is back! The Handlebards – Romeo and Juliet


The Handlebards are back this year with their rendition of Romeo and Juliet.

The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Before touring their “seriously silly” production of Romeo and Juliet around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle, with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, the show is back by popular demand – and, in usual HandleBards style, you can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

Join the HandleBards’ all-female troupe at the Broadway Arts Festival for Romeo and Juliet as you’ve never seen it before!

And what’s the play about? Well – Romeo and Juliet fall in love, despite the fact that both their families hate each other. Hilarity ensues… Well, sort of!

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Wednesday 18th July 
6PM onwards
At: Millennium Sports Facility, The Trundle, Somersham PE28 3JS
Adult – £15 in advance
(£17 on the day)

One free ticket can be claimed at the time of purchase for an under 16s with every standard ticket sold. Tickets are inclusive of VAT.

Tickets are purchasable from:
The Norwood Building, Parkhall Road, and the Libary, Church Street.
01487 841359

eCops – weekly report 24th to 30th August

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Crime Update 5

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 24th to 30th August:


Chatteris Road, Somersham – Police and an ambulance were called to a collision involving two cars on Chatteris Road, Somersham, on Friday evening, 24th August. One car was badly damaged and ended up in a dry ditch and was towed out by recovery services. One person was detained for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to hospital for minor injuries to be treated. (Ref CC-24082018-0402)

St Ives Road, Somersham – There was a break-in and attempted burglary at a community building on St Ives Road, Somersham, overnight on Wednesday 29th / Thursday 30th August. Intruders entered two storage sheds and a brick building and moved objects around, but nothing is thought to have been stolen. (Ref 35/26323/18)

Woodhurst – Approximately 650 bales of straw were destroyed in a stack fire in a field at Woodhurst overnight on Wednesday 29th / Thursday 30th August. The Fire Brigade attended the incident and notified police that the fire appeared to have been started deliberately. (Ref 35/26371/18)

To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

  • the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;
  • Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

Become a Parish Councillor!

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There are 7 Parish Councillor vacancies on the above Council following the Elections in May 2018.

If you are interested in applying for a vacancy please contact:-

Parish Clerk: Mrs P Bryant

Tel: 01487 841359

Candidates will be provided with an application form and associated papers to complete and return to the Parish Clerk prior to the closing date below. Or alternatively use the link provided to our website with all of the relevant documents included. 

A proportional vote for the co-option of the new Councillors will take place at the Parish Council meeting on 3rd September 2018

Closing date: 31st August 2018 Midnight


Part-time vacancy at Somersham Youth Club

The following exciting opportunity is now available to work with teenagers and young people who live and visit Somersham. We are currently seeking a motivated and enthusiastic individual to support the development and delivery of a varied, fun and wide ranging programmes of activities.

Youth WorkerJunior

Youth Club (SCP 14) £9.19 per hour

The Junior Youth Club is open every Monday term time only from 5.45 – 7.45pm at the Victory Hall. Applicants must be able to develop and motivate young people and it is desirable that you have skills hobbies or interests that could be used in work with young people.

For Paid Vacancies (age 16 +) :

Please download an application form from and clearly identify what vacancy you wish to apply for.

The job description and person specification can be viewed & downloaded at


Completed application forms should be returned by email or post no later than 9.30am on Friday 31st August 2018


Completed applications to be returned to



Postal address: The Norwood Building, Parkhall Road,

Somersham PE28 3HE


Summer Burglary Prevention Advice

ecops logoCrime PreventionSummer Burglary Prevention Advice

Although the weather is supposed to get cooler over the next few days, it is still Summer and some forecasters are predicting above average temperatures to continue through to October.

In St Ives we have seen several burglaries in the last week where opportunistic thieves have taken advantage of insecure doors and windows to break into houses and steal whatever they can find lying around.

It is vital to stay one step ahead of the criminals during the hot weather by taking some simple extra precautions. Our colleagues in Bedfordshire have issued the following advice and we thought we would pass it on to you:

Summer Burglary Advice:

As we enter the peak summer period, burglars may take advantage of unlocked doors or open windows – a property that presents itself as insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured.

Please take don’t leave ground floor windows or doors open or unlocked, and ensure they are closed and locked when you go to bed at night. It only takes a second for a thief to enter a home and take things, often without being noticed.

Further advice to keep homes secure over the summer includes:

  • Always close and lock windows and doors when leaving the property – even a small open window could entice a burglar.
  • Keep car and house keys out of sight and away from windows and doors.
  • If you’re in the garden, make sure windows and doors at the front of the property are secure.
  • Do not leave valuables on display through windows.
  • Ensure that any side entrance is secure, locked and not easy to climb over, even when someone is at home.
  • Consider installing a visible security light or alarm to deter criminals.
  • Going on holiday? Make arrangements to make sure the house appears occupied whilst it’s empty. Put lights on a timer or ask a neighbour to come and pick up mail and draw curtains. Don’t advertise being on holiday on social media.

Detective Inspector Andy Southam said: “Now we’re approaching summer, everyone is keen to make the most of the hot weather. But burglars are also keen to make the most of open windows, and that’s why we’re issuing this advice. I am urging people to remain vigilant throughout the summer months, and I hope that by taking these steps people will be able to make their homes less appealing to offenders.

“By following our advice, you can help us tackle burglary.”

Further advice about preventing burglary can be found on the Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site at: