A message from Citizens Advice Rural Cambs

Announcing the launch of our updated websitehttps://www.citizensadviceruralcambs.org.uk

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have all become used to finding information and services on-line for ourselves. This is equally true regarding quality information that helps us sort out any problems we may have.

As part of our continual improvement programme, we have now invested in upgrading our website to make it even easier for people to find the quality information they need to help with their problems. The updated website went live on the 23rd August. It has a new user-friendly interface and contains much more up-to-date information about the myriad of issues that people may have to deal with.

It is organised around key topics / articles, and guides you through a number of steps to help you find the relevant information quickly. In addition, the extensive powerful search capabilities work throughout the site. Information is grouped around the common problem areas of debt, benefits, work, housing, family / relationships, consumer and other.

We advise nearly 10,000 people every year with over 41,000 problems and a further 8,000 people use our SELF-HELP website. 95% of our clients would recommend us to a friend.

With our new upgraded website, we intend to help even more people find the information they need to improve their life situations.

For free, independent and impartial advice and support you can contact Citizens Advice Rural Cambs: 

  • Adviceline: 0808 278 7807    Monday to Friday 09:30 to 15:30   

• Universal Credit Help to Claim line:   0800 1448444,  for anyone seeking to make a new claim for Universal Credit    

• Webchat or Email via:  www.citizensadviceruralcambs.org.uk   

• Information also available on our website at www.citizensadviceruralcambs.org.uk or at www.citizensadvice.org.uk  

Renewal of Concessionary bus passes

A message from the Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority:

The Combined Authority is aware that over the next eighteen months the number of renewals of the concessionary bus passes is going to be potentially very high.

It is the responsibility of the pass holder to check when their pass is up for renewal and then to contact the Combined Authority to get a new one.

In order to aid the pass holder we have set up an online form which allows people to easily renew online. This online form can be found at Free Bus Passes – CPCA Transport (cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk) .

If people have any problems with the online form then they can also call the number on the back of their passes.

Commissioner’s public survey on policing and crime priorities

A message from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough:

The Commissioner’s public survey on policing and crime priorities ends on 30th July.

This is for members of the public of any age to share their views and priorities about policing and crime in the county and the survey feedback will be used to help shape the content of the Police and Crime Plan for the next three years.

A link to the survey is here: www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk


Spaldwick Parish Council


There is a vacancy on Spaldwick Parish Council which it is proposed to fill by co-option at the meeting of the Council to be held at 8 pm on 21/11/2019 at Spaldwick Community Room.

To be considered for co-option, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Be registered as a Local Government Elector for the Parish on the
  2. Has during the whole of the previous 12 months occupied as tenant or owner any land or other premises in the Parish.
  3. Has had his/her principal or only place of work in the previous 12 months in the Parish.
  4. Has resided either in the Parish or within 3 miles thereof during the previous 12 months.

Anyone wishing to be considered for co-option should contact the undersigned in writing or by e-mail by 21/11/2019

Steve Fane de Salis

Acting Clerk to Spaldwick Parish Council

18 Thrapston Road



PE28 0TA

Phone: 07736444765

Email: clerkspaldwick.pc@gmail.com

Spaldwick Community Room

Following on from yesterday’s post. 

The community room will require a cleaner. If you’d like to apply please contact clerkspaldwick.pc@gmail.com 

We also intend to redecorate the room, including new curtains. If anyone is able to help with this it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact clerkspaldwick.pc@gmail.com

The Parish Council are extremely excited about the new facility and we look forward to seeing the room used for a multitude of village activities.

Spaldwick Community Room


The Parish Council is pleased to announce that it is now controlling the hire of the Spaldwick Community Room. 

The room will be available from 8am to 11pm 7 days a week. 

The fees will be: 
£2.50 per hour for Spaldwick residents/groups
£5.00 per hour for non residents/groups

If you have further questions or would like to book the room please contact the Parish Clerk on clerkspaldwick.pc@gmail.com

Allotments in Spaldwick

Interest is being sought as to whether there are any interested parties for allotments with water and parking within Spaldwick?

We are currently at the enquiry stage, but would you or anyone from within the village be interested?

Good Neighbours Scheme – info

I hope that the strong winds aren’t affecting you too badly and that you are keeping warm and well this winter.

There has been an incident in Soham which I wanted to highlight to everyone. An elderly gentleman was phoned by someone claiming to be his bank. They knew personal details (full name, date of birth and address) and claimed that he had been overpaying a charge. They claimed to have a cheque for him and said that they would like to bring it round so that he could pay it in. Fortunately the gentleman recognised it as a scam, but it is something to watch out for. His family think that the plan was to take him to the bank, which is quite possible; it is also plausible that they wanted access to his home. Either way, it is very suspicious and whatever their intentions were, I doubt that they were good or in the resident’s best interest.

On a lighter note there are some events that I’d like to let you know about. Power2Inspire invite you to go along to Huntingdon, March or Ely to try simple, fun, accessible games. Try a different sport, suitable for young, old, disabled or not each week for gentle exercise. I’ve attached the information in case you would like to join in. It looks like fun.

If you have any neighbours who have found themselves housebound, either due to the winter weather or for any other reason please let them know about The Library at Home Service. The library has lots of volunteers willing to pick up books for their neighbours during their own visit to the library. They will collect them and bring more every month and the visitor and the reader are matched so that the readers always have the same person – who often becomes a friend too. The colder weather often keeps elderly or less mobile residents at home and a book can be very welcome! We are equally, always looking for volunteers so if you or anyone you know has an hour a month to spare for a housebound neighbour we’d love to hear from you. For more information about The Library At Home Service please contact volunteers@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.


Kind Regards
Elaine Mountfort
Community Protection Officer
People and Communities Directorate