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The Black Horse, Dry Drayton

Our much loved local pub with good food.



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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)

U Service runs from the back of the Madingley Road Park and Ride Site (entrance to Eddington) to Addenbrookes Hospital. Leaves the Park and Ride every 15 mins. Check bus timetables here.

Stagecoach PR1, Until 5th June 2022, Stagecoach citi6 provided a morning journey to Cambridge via Madingley and Dry Drayton. This returned in the evening. From 5th June 2022, this link is provided by their PR1 service, starting at Dry Drayton, then calling at Madingley before continuing to Madingley Road Park & Ride site and on to Cambridge city centre as usual. This will run Monday to Friday, as it did when the link was provided by citi6. The bus will start and end at the stops near Hill View, and travel via Oakington Road, Park Street and Madingley Road.
Times are: departs from Dry Drayton at 7.17, reaches Madingley Park and Ride at 7.32 and arrives at the city Centre 7.45.
The return trip leaves the City Centre at 18.05.

Service 8 There are no changes to service 8, operated by Myalls Mon to Sat . Depart from Dry Drayton 09:59, 11:29, 14:59: depart from Cambridge Drummer St Bay 3 at 10:30, 13:00, 16:30. The full timetable is here: https://bustimes.org/services/8-cambridge-dry-drayton-papworth-everard-2

Citi5. If you want to walk to Bar Hill there is still a more frequent service using the citi5, operated by Stagecoach, but there have been changes to the citi5 timetable which you will find here: and more details are available on their website, https://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables.

Car Sharing

Community Car Scheme


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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 travel 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

Monthly; 2nd 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 and blue wheelie bins: week 2 collection of black wheelie bin. Check out the rota on the South Cambs Web Site

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. Opening Hours: - Summer - April to Sept - open weekdays 9-8 and weekends 9-6 , Winter - Oct to March - Mon to Sun winter 9-4. Bank holidays, as for weekends. 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/

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Community Protection - incl Trading Standards

Cambridgeshire Community Protection offers 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/residents/community-protection/

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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. Helpful staff, can be busy in the mornings

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 magazine with you just to be sure.


Polhill, Coton Orchard Garden Centre and Post Office

Post Office - Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri: 0 9.00-13.00, 14.00 -17.30, Wed 09.00-13.00, Sat closed

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 7.00-1.00pm, March to December. 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 Giant Boots

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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