A14 and M11 upgrade work

Villagers may have noticed a recent night-time closure of the M11 at junction 13.

This is part of a wider range of improvements to the A14 and M11 over the coming year.

Some detail below on the work that happened this week, there’s much more at the following URL on work coming up over the next six months or so:


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Stay well this winter – a message from the NHS

In the past year as many of one in four residents in Cambridgeshire visited A&E when they could have used an alternative service or looked after themselves at home.


Each visit to A&E costs the local NHS £87, and that’s before any treatment is given. When you look at the figures, this costs the local NHS over £4million a year. In turn this is the equivalent cost of 677 hip replacements, or 287 liver transplants or 115 more dementia nurses.

Using A&E when you don’t need to can also have a knock-on effect to the rest of the hospital, as busy A&E departments resulted in 500 cancelled operations and procedures because a bed was no longer available, and longer waiting and referral times.

But you can help

·         Stay healthy – get a flu vaccination if you are eligible

·         Look after others – check on elderly friends, relatives and neighbours especially in spells of cold weather, help them to keep warm and have the medication they might need

·         Be prepared – get your prescriptions in early before the holidays and see your pharmacist or GP for any issues you might be putting off

·         Choose the right service – your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without having to wait for a GP appointment.

For help with finding local NHS services visit http://www.cambsandpeterboroughchoosewell.co.uk/


Rounders – Grantchester vs Grantchester





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The filming of Grantchester series 2 arrived in the village this week, with the usual rush of excitement, traffic and discussion of which villagers would actually attain the lofty height of “extra”.

Of course the most significant part of any television shoot is the Friday evening rounders match, and so it was this week. Though there was rumour of a Grantchester crew vs. Grantchester residents setup, the cast decided that splitting up the assembled athletes between Team Green and Team Norton would allow the crew (average age: 35) to benefit from the many years of rounders experience brought to bear by the Grantchester residents (average age: slightly higher.)

On a beautiful late summer evening many brave souls stepped into the batter’s box to face fierce bowling and might fielding and after much confusion and clanging of bases it was decided that we were all winners as none of the dogs had ended up with the ball. An honourable draw was declared.

As the game went on it was difficult to work out whether it was the hard fought contest or the canvas chairs and cold beer that commanded the most attention, but either way the evening was enjoyed by all.

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