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The Black Horse
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Boot Sales

The Black Horse, Dry Drayton

Temporaril;y closed. The community is putting together a bid to take over the running of the pub.


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Dry Drayton Transport

Park and Ride Red Route, Madingley Road Park and Ride into Cambridge (check latest details on their web site)

Monday to Friday buses leave the Madingley Road Park and Ride site every 10 mins from 07.00 to 19.58, stopping at Northampton street, the Round Church, Emmanuel Street and the Grafton Centre. Fare for an adult is 1.80 return. 2 children travel free when accompanied by an adult. Sunday service every 15 mins 09.00 - 18.00. Sunday Service operates on May and August bank holidays.

Return busses from City Centre every 10 minutes beginning at 07:15 (Monday - Friday), 08:20 (Saturday) until 20.00. On Sundays every 15 minutes from 09.15 to 18.15pm.

Don't forget to pay for your car parking at the P and R sites - required even if you have a bus pass.

Uni 4 Service runs from Madingley Road Park and Ride site to Addenbrookes Hospital. Leaves the Park and Ride every 15 mins on the quarter hours between 07.00 and 19.30 Monday to Friday. Returns from Addenbrookes Stand D every 15 minutes from 07.30 - 19.30, journey time 24 minutes. University card holders travel free. Check bus timetables here.

Whippet 2 on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council, from 10/6/12

07.37 Dry Drayton Hill View bus stop, 08.00 Cambridge
17.45 Cambridge, 18.11 Dry Drayton Hill View bus stop
(check latest details on their web site)

Whippet No 8

09.45 Dry Drayton Hill View bus stop - 10.10 Cambridge Drummer Street
10.45 Dry Drayton Hill View bus stop - 11.20 Cambridge Drummer Street
13.55 Dry Drayton Hill View bus stop - 14.20 Cambridge Drummer Street

10.20 Cambridge Drummer Street - 10.45 Dry Drayton Hill View bus stop
12.30 Cambridge Drummer Street - 12.55 Dry Drayton Hill View bus stop
16.30 Cambridge Drummer Street - 17.05 Dry Drayton Hill View bus stop

Dry Drayton - Tescos - service ceased end Nov 2016

Car Sharing CAM SHARE

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Local Libraries around Dry Drayton

We are well served by a number of local libraries a short drive away from the village as well as the mobile library visits to the village. The Libraries and Information Service operate a scheme were borrowed material can be returned to any library - so why not ring the changes until you find your own favourite local library. Opening hours all differ - if you are prepared to traven you can find a library open into the early evening most weekdays.

Bar Hill Library, Gladeside, Bar Hill, is the nearest. Their opening hours are:

Mon - 10.00am - 5.00pm

Tues - 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Wed - 10.00am - 5.00pm

Thur - closed

Fri - 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Sat - 9.30am - 12.30pm

Sun - closed

You can check times in case of changes or unexpected closures for any of the County's libraries by phoning 0845 045 5225, and using the County Council's Libraries site.

Mobile Library

Every other Friday; 2nd and 4th Friday in the month.

Pettitts Lane 12.20 - 12.50. For any changes see the County Council Libraries site

Other libraries nearby are: Comberton Library, Comberton Village College; Cottenham Library, Margett Street, Cottenham; Histon Library, School Hill, Histon.

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Refuse Collection and Recycling

Refuse Collection

It's now official - South Cambs District Council notified residents via the Cambridge Evening News that we can now put all kitchen food waste in our green wheeled bins - this includes cooked food, meat and fish and bones, old vegetables, fruit peelings, coffee filters, tea bags, egg shells and bread. The change has come about because the contractor who deals with collection and disposal has now been licenced to deal with this waste.

Waste Collection in Dry Drayton - every Thursday. Alternate weeks - week 1 collection of green wheelie bin + green box: week 2 collection of black wheelie bin. Check out the rota on the South Cambs Web Site

Service is provided by South Cambridgeshire District Council - Commercial Services. For further information please telephone: 0845 650 0280
Alternatively you can fax on 01954 713149 or send an email to refuse@scambs.gov.uk
or write to: South Cambridgeshire District Council, Commercial Services, Dickerson Industrial Estate, Ely Rd, Waterbeach , Cambridge, CB5 9PG
Their web site is here

There is a rumour that the number of green boxes in this village is always one less at the end of the collection round, than at the beginning. The collectors pick up your box, empty it as they drive along and leave it six or seven doors away - those who label their boxes chase them down the street - those who don't label them could always be the unlucky folks left without a bin at the end of the round. It's a bit like the childrens' party game of musical chairs. Try not to get upset if it is you - they will probably leave someone else's box outside when they next do the rounds, just hope it isn't one with an address on it......

There is an important twice yearly local Bag2School collection scheme which we urge you to support as it raises funds for the Dry Drayton School and Village Association. This is what their organiser says about Bag2School:

"The S&VA would like to ask that people do not forget the village’s twice yearly Bag2School collection.

The Bag2School collections of second hand clothing that is still wearable have raised hundreds of pounds for the village. These funds have been utilised for a wide range of projects, both for the school (the ongoing redecoration of the school, the improvement of the Little Owls pre-school garden, the funding of an educational visit every two years) and for the wider community (running the regular S&VA coffee mornings, publishing the monthly village newsletter, funding village use of the school photocopier, purchasing & refurbishing two marquees, and supporting non-fundraising community events such as the Royal Wedding street party.)

The S&VA recognises that storing this second hand clothing may well be a problem, with the Bag2School collections only taking place twice a year.

Bag2School organiser Anne Deane says that she is willing to collect all items that satisfy the Bag2School criteria at any time of the year and keep them until the next collection takes place. She can be contacted on 01954 789622, emailed on deanery2@talktalk.net or texted on 07718 305141.

She is also able to supply numerous Bag2School bags at any time of the year, for anyone who is planning a jolly good turnout.

Bag2School ask for good quality second hand adults’ and children’s clothing, sheets, blankets, curtains, soft toys, shoes, belts and handbags. All items collected are for reuse. They cannot accept dirty or wet clothing, single shoes, off cuts of material, mats, carpets, pillows, duvets, bric a brac, corporate clothing or industrial curtains/bedding.

Heavy items such as boots, wellies, shoes and curtains are particularly welcome as “The More We Weigh the More We Pay”, as the Bag2School website so poetically puts it.

Bag2School collections are booked two at a time, as that way we secure a better payment rate. This currently stands at 50p per kilo. A Springtime collection takes place in March/April every year, with an Autumn one in October. The collections always take place on a Thursday, when the S&VA are running the coffee morning in the village hall.

Recycling Generally

There are re-cycling facilities at Tescos Car Park Bar Hill, now including banks for recycling plastics, and there is a bottle bank at the entrance to Dry Drayton School. The nearest local authority re-cycling centre is at Milton - open weekdays summer 9-8 and weekends summer 9-6pm. Full details on the Milton Recycling Centre site

Re-cycle bottles at Dry Drayton School

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Emergency - 999
Non emergency contact number 101
Website www.cambs.police.uk/
The police community crimefighting web site is at www.cambs.police.uk/LocalPolicing/SouthCambs/Histon

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Trading Standards

Cambridgeshire Trading Standards offer a wealth of help and advice on topics ranging from avoiding rogue traders to product recalls. Their excellent consumer advice site is at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/consumer

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Post Offices

There is no Post Office in Dry Drayton. The nearest Post offices are listed below.

Bar Hill

There is a Post Office in the Library at Gladeside, Bar Hill. Opening hours are: Mon to Friday 9-5.30, Sat 9-12.30

Bar Hill Library and Post Office

Oakington Village Stores and Post Office

Post Office Open - Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri, 9.00-1.00, 2.00-5.30, Wed 9.00-1.00, Sat 9.00-12.30

Lovely people, very good service, good range of goods in the shop. Can be difficult to handle multiple parcels on the narrow PO counter.

Londis Stores and Post Office, Hardwick

Post Office Open - Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri, 9.00-1.00, 2.00-5.30, Wed 9.00-1.00, Sat 9.00-12.00

Again, nice people, very helpful, can be very busy on occasions - take a book or walkman with you just to be sure.

Polhill, Coton Orchard Garden Centre and Post Office

Post Office - currently operating limited service only - Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 9.00-1.00

Not many people know the Post Office is there. Excellent service, nice people, plenty of space, you can get a coffee or shop for your garden while you are there.

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Boot Sales

The Dry Drayton area is well served with boot sales.

There are regular markets and boot sales at Oakington on Saturdays, open 7.30-1.00pm. The market is held on the Oakington Business Park on the West of the Dry Drayton to Oakington road, midway between the A14 and the village of Oakington. This is the market that used to be held at Oakington Airfield prior to the land being applied to the concept called Northstowe. There are lots of traders here, but private sellers are also attracted when the weather is good. The market is outdoors, even when it is wet and cold. It's almost always cold here and an extra layer of clothing will make the experience better. Clothing, fruit, veg, meat, hardware, videos, DVDs, books, tools, electrical goods and bric-a-brac are usually for sale. (Organisers are Norman and Nigel Bedford https://www.facebook.com/pg/Oakington-Saturday-Car-Boot-575900785885568/about/?ref=page_internal, Tel: 01733 222182), They also operate the large boot sale at the Skylark near March https://www.facebook.com/SkylarkCarBoot/

Oakington Market, near Dry Drayton

On Sunday mornings throughout the year, there is a regular boot fair at the Trumpington Park and Ride site and at Chaplin's Farm, Babraham Road, Fulbourne.

It's fast and furious from around 7.00am onwards and there is little of interest left when these close at 1.00pm. Again outdoor sales. A mix of traders and private sellers, but you will often see the same junk here on some stalls that you saw the day before at Oakington. You need to be quick and decisive here if you are to get a bargain. Regular traders with fruit and veg, short date tinned and packaged food, CDs, DVDs, books, hardware, tools and clothing.

For those interested in traveling a bit further afield, try the huge sales at G and M Growers, Biggleswade, on the A1 to Old Warden road, on a Sunday morning during the summer - again get there early - they charge a pound admission first thing in the morning (later it is 20P), but early admission is well worth it. Usually over 100 stalls here during the summer, many of them private sellers. And on the way back, try a home cooked Sunday morning breakfast at the wonderful wooden cabin restaurant at Seddington Nursery (open 10am) on the A1 northbound carriageway heading back towards St Neots. Fabulous!

Another regular, excellent large sale is held on Sunday mornings beside the A14 at Woolpit, just the other side of Bury St Edmunds. Entry there is free.

Another regular boot sale during the summer takes place at Brampton Racecourse near Huntingdon. This opens later, at 10.30 am, on Sundays, (with an early bird charge of £1) so there is a chance to fit in a visit to another sale beforehand. On a good day there could be over 100 stalls at Brampton. There are usually long queues of people waiting to get into this sale long before it opens at 10.30. These sales are run by www.giantboots.co.uk

Boot sales at Fordham (Sundays during summer) and Fenstanton (bank holiday Mondays) are large and varied and seldom disappoint. If you fancy venturing further afield - try Great Amwell near Ware.

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