Norwood Playing Field, preparation begins…

Work to prepare the Norwood Playing Field for the ‘Witches Hat’ and other activity equipment has begun on the field and will continue over the summer months. Reluctantly, we have to remove the old tree trunk as its is failing with the natural rotting process but part of it will be used for seating.

Cambridge Park & Ride Services back in operation 31 May 2020

Following the announcement by the UK Government of a new bus, tram and light rail restart programme, Stagecoach East have confirmed plans for a phased step up in services as more people return to work and other parts of daily life re-open.

From Sunday 31 May, four of Stagecoach East Cambridge Park and Ride services will be back in operation. 

There will also be further service changes across East from Sunday 14 June and Stagecoach East will be providing further details on this in the next few days.

Further information and timetables can be found here on their website:


Somersham Parish Council is excited to announce that through County Councillor Steve Criswell, the Parish Clerk Penny Bryant with the assistance of the Deputy Clerk Megan Blewett, submitted a successful funding bid to the Communities and Partnerships Committee and were awarded £32,560.

This means the extra money allows the parish council enough funds to install a concrete skate ramp, a ‘Witches Hat’ piece of play equipment and free to use fresh air fitness gym equipment for the Norwood Playing Field.

The installation of all the above items means we can cater for the majority of our community from the age of 4 years and upwards.

We will keep you updated with the progress of works during these restricted times but our aim is to have everything installed as soon as we practically are able.

Penny Bryant, Somersham Parish Clerk

Weekly Policing Update – 5th to the 11th May

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, covering the period 5th to 11th May:

Covid-19 – Police have continued to received reports from across the county of people congregating in groups and ignoring the Covid-19 regulations. Where necessary, people have been dispersed with words of advice given, and the need to stay home and stay apart has been explained. In some cases, £60 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued.

Somersham – Police had to disperse a gathering of between 10 and 20 people breaching the Covid-19 regulations by having a street party and not maintaining social distancing in Somersham on Friday evening, 8th May. Officers gave words of advice and explained the dangers, and the participants returned to their houses. (Ref CC-08052020-0413)
Holme Fen Drove, Colne – Police seized and towed away a silver VW car found abandoned on Holme Fen Drove, Colne, late on Friday night, 8th May, when checks showed that it had no valid insurance. One person was also arrested. (Ref CC-08052020-0639)
And Finally – “Stay Alert – Control the Virus – Save Lives”
Government rules on leaving the house during the current Corona virus emergency are changing slightly from tomorrow, Wednesday 13th May. We are all asked to “Stay Alert” to help control the virus, but the basic precautions remain the same –
 Stay at home as much as possible;
 Work from home if you can;
 Limit contact with other people;
 Keep your distance if you go out – 2 metres apart wherever possible;
 Wash your hands regularly. 
More detailed information on what we can and can’t do is on the Government web-site at the following link:
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’.

Best Wishes,
Chris Shaw, PSV
St Ives Police Station
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Chris Shaw (Police, PSV – Online Communities, Huntingdonshire – St Ives)

Further Changes to Stagecoach Park & Ride Services & X5

Following the government advice to limit non-essential travel and avoid office, pubs and social gatherings; we’re sad to say we’ve had to make further reductions.

The following Cambridge Park & Ride services will be suspended from Thursday 2 April until further notice:

Madingley Park and Ride

Newmarket Park and Ride

Trumpington Park and Ride

Milton Park and Ride

Further revised timetables will be in place from Thursday 2 April 2020 for the Babraham Park & Ride service.

Monday – Friday buses will run every half an hour in the AM and PM peaks and hourly throughout the day. We will be diverting the 13 service into the Babraham Park & Ride for some PM journeys.

Saturday – Sunday there will be no Babraham Park & Ride services, as an alternative we will be diverting the 13 service into the Babraham Park & Ride.

X5 Service Update Thursday 2 April 2020

Further revised timetables will be in place from Thursday 2 April 2020; these temporary timetables will operate across Bedfordshire until further notice.

The timetables have been carefully created to ensure that critical routes are maintained wherever possible.

Monday – Sunday buses will now only run between Cambridge and Milton Keynes Rail Station every hour between 07:30 and 19:30.

As an alternative you can catch the S5 between Bicester and Oxford or 505 Brackley and Bicester.

We’ve made some changes to the start and end points of some journeys:

Monday – Friday 06:05 bus from Cambridge towards Bedford will start at Bedford.

Monday – Friday 06:28 bus from Milton Keynes towards Cambridge will start at Bedford.

Sunday – Saturday the 19:05 and 20:05 buses from Cambridge towards Milton Keynes will terminate at Bedford.

We’re sad to say we’ve had to withdraw some journeys:

Monday – Saturday 04:27 and 05:27 buses from Bedford towards Milton Keynes.

Monday – Friday 04:32 bus from Bedford towards Cambridge.

Sunday 05:27 and 06:27 buses from Bedford towards Milton Keynes.

Sunday – Saturday 20:28 bus from Milton Keynes towards Bedford.

Somersham4U – April/May 2020 online edition!

Somersham4U has gone online, its easy to read in your web browser and you can adjust your viewing screen. This months edition will not be coming through your doors as a physical copy. Somersham4U April/May 2020 Online Edition

If you click the text this will lead you to view the document as an online magazine. Additionally this can be found on Somersham Parish Council’s website on our home page in the next few days.

Potato Day 2020 – 1st Feb 2020

The Cambridgeshire Self Sufficiency Group 11th annual Potato Day is being held on Saturday February 1st from 10.30am until 1pm.

This will be at All Saints Church , Market Place Huntingdon, PE29 3NR.

There will be over 50 varieties of seed potatoes for sale, all at just £1.30 /kg ( or £1/kg for CSSG members), and also onion sets and shallots (£3.50/kg) There will also be a limited number of Dahlia tubers available.

There will be a craft stall, and refreshments are available, and a collection of professionally refurbished tools for sale.