Hail Weston Community Led Plan

Hail Weston Community led plan

 It’s now nearly a year since the well-attended meeting in the village Hall when we announced the new plan for the period 2021-2026. Since then a lot has happened in the world and despite this, we have made good progress preparing the new plan.

Following the presentation last November, we have formed a steering group to formulate a strategy. Six sub groups were formed to prepare questionnaires for the following areas:


Groups and societies

Housing and development


Wildlife and environment

Crime and safety

Over the last few months the groups have been compiling their questionnaires taking the previous exercise from 2015 as their reference point and then looking at how these could be developed to become appropriate for building a plan for the next 5 years.

In the new year we will be issuing a questionnaire to every resident in Hail Weston.  This will be your opportunity to have your say about how you think Hail Weston should develop in the next 5 years.

We are grateful to the Parish Council for providing financial support which will enable us to create the survey in both paper and electronic versions and to publish the final document without having to seek external funding.

Later on next year we will be launching the new plan for 2021-2026

and we will keep you informed about our timescale. We expect the plan will primarily be published as an online document but we will ensure that there are sufficient paper versions for those residents who prefer a more traditional format.

This whole exercise is a genuine community project which will be stronger for the more people that participate. We will keep you informed with our progress and look forward to engaging with as many people as possible in the new year.

Nick Farnden





Messages urging people to continue following the social distancing guidelines are being reiterated and translated into other languages to encourage people from all of Huntingdonshire’s communities to pull together to avoid a second peak of coronavirus – particularly ahead of a potentially warm weekend.

Please read more advice here:

Fund raising gospel reading Marathon on 31st May to raise funds to help keep our Churches alive and active

We are doing a gospel marathon reading to raise funds to help keep our Churches alive and active in these difficult times. Our normal fundraising has been curtailed because of social distancing but we are hoping to install broadband in all three churches so we can maintain our outreach to the community now and in the future. There are always people who cannot get to church but would love to join in the worship.

Weʼre raising £1,000 to support our churches in the Benefice of the Staughtons with Hail Weston with a non stop gospel reading marathon on Sunday 31st May

Notice of Vacancy in office of Parish Councillor on the Hail Weston Parish Council

TWO Notices of Vacancy in office of Parish Councillor on the Hail Weston Parish Council

Notice is hereby given pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that due to the resignations of Councillor J Sugars and M Lobo there are TWO vacancies on the Hail Weston Parish Council.

Please see poster below and/or for further information if interested email

Notice of Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

Notice of Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

COVID 19 Update – New legislation introduced to allow ‘virtual’ Parish Meetings

As you may know all local authorities have been waiting for emergency legislation which would allow us to have Council meetings without councillors being physically present in the room. The Coronavirus Act was passed by Parliament at the end of last week and it contained s78 which dealt with the issue of Local Authority Meetings. The Act didn’t contain any detail itself, so we had to wait for the Secretary of State to publish regulations to set out the detail. These regulations have now been published this afternoon and come into force on Saturday 4th April 2020.

The Government has issued the regulations that will give local authorities greater flexibility in the conduct of meetings, including allowing members to attend remotely, and for public and press access to those meetings.
They apply to local authority meetings and police and crime panel meetings that are required to be held, or held, before 7 May 2021.

The Association of Democratic Services Officer (ADSO) guidance that has been published to sit alongside these Regulations, they have clarified that it was the intention of Parliament to enable publication of said notices on principal council websites but not that it would be mandatory to do so if the town or parish council could publish on their own websites. Hail Weston Parish Council publish on website here

  • Regulation 4 (2) carries the current appointment of chairman on until the Annual Meeting in May 2021 although councils may elect a chairman at earlier meeting should they wish to.
  • Regulation 5 covers remote attendance; extending the definition of “place” to include more than one location and including electronic, digital or virtual locations. It goes on to set out all the conditions that must be complied with, making sure the member attending remotely can be heard and where possible seen by other members and by the press and public and can hear and preferably see the other members.
  • Regulation 13 modifies the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 allowing for remote attendance by the press and public. Clerks should note that Regulation 13 (a) requires any electronic notice of a meeting to be published on the principal authority’s website and does not negate the normal requirement under Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12 Part II Paragraph 10 (2) (a) to publish a notice in a conspicuous place.


Churches of Great Staughton, Little Staughton and Hail Weston

Dear Villagers

We are trying out an e-newsletter for church during the virus outbreak. The first one is below.
If you would like a weekly update from the Staughton with Hail Weston Church family, please e mail giving permission to

Hello, Friends!

Everybody needs a Best Friend but never more than now.
During the time we can’t meet up, here is a way of keeping in touch with what is happening through our Church network.
Welcome to the First Newsletter

Message from Revd Nicki Bland
Please be assured that I am holding you all in my prayers.
As we keep being told on the news, these are very turbulent and worrying times. We must all play our part. For some of us that may mean going out to work with the sick and dying, it may be helping to put food on our tables, it may be looking out for a neighbour who can’t get out but for many of us it will be doing what we are told and staying in our houses.
What we mustn’t forget is God is with us. He is alongside us, helping to renew our strength. He heals our wounds and we are told not to let our hearts be troubled. In Romans 12;12 Paul tells us to ‘Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation and be constant in prayer.’
Many of us have time to be still and wait on the Lord.
In John 14 :27 Jesus says’ Peace I leave with you; my Peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.’
Sending you my every good wish
Nicki Bland

While we can’t meet together in church or in person, there are ways in which we can meet and pray together. We are using the Zoom app for all our services and it is really simple to use.

All you need to do is download the Zoom App and then when asked put in the following information; ID 712447549 and Password 022067.
It is very easy to join in.

We meet for Morning prayer at 8.30 am and Evening Prayer at 5.30 pm every day except Sunday.

Our weekly Sunday Service is at 10.30 am.
Meditation on Tuesdays at 7.00 pm and
Lent Course on Wednesdays at 2.00 pm.
* Easter Week services will be slightly different but we will send out a complete list of all that is going on at the end of THIS WEEK
* This will be a weekly newsletter and if you would like to receive it regularly please could you send your email to…

We all love a good pudding! Here is one that you will all remember, a Lemon Pudding where the lemon sauce stays in the middle of the cake and the pudding disappears almost as soon as it is out of the oven.

Lemon Layer Pudding
Juice and grated rind of a lemon, 2 ozs butter,4 ozs sugar, 2 eggs, separated, 1/2 pt of milk and 2 oz of self raising flour.
Add lemon rind to butter and sugar and beat till fluffy. Add egg yolks and flour and beat well. Stir in the milk and lemon juice. Whisk the egg white and fold into the mixture, pour into fairly large greased oven proof dish, place the dish in a shallow tin with water and cook at 200 degrees C for about 45 mins until the top is set and spongy.
Very good with cream or ice cream when you are feeling in need of that particular sort of comfort!

Parish & Town Council and Resident Association updates

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Council provides essential supplies for most vulnerable shielding from Coronavirus
Parcels of food and emergency supplies for the most vulnerable in our communities who are shielding from the Coronavirus are being delivered to residents across the county from this week.
The Government has promised that a national food distribution scheme will be up and running very soon, to support 1.5million people nationally who need to be shielded from the virus for at least 12 weeks because of serious health and medical conditions.
Every one of those people is being contacted by the NHS to advise them of this, and to ask whether or not they have a reliable support network in place to make sure they receive food and medicines, and other supplies, to prevent them from having to leave their homes.
Those who don’t have such a network will be provided with food and medicines via a national scheme which is being developed with food wholesalers, supermarkets and community pharmacies.
In the period up until this national scheme is fully operational, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have been working with the British Red Cross to ensure that those residents who need food, medicine and emergency supplies are looked after.
During the weekend council staff telephoned residents who they knew were shielding to see if they needed help and then arranged deliveries of items to those that did.
Yesterday (Monday) a team of council staff and British Red Cross volunteers packed tens of boxes with emergency supplies which have been delivered by the Government, which will be delivered to residents who are shielding at home in the coming days and weeks.

The council and British Red Cross have also been supported by a planner from the military and staff from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A warehouse facility has been secured in the centre of the county, from which distribution of the parcels will take place via the local hubs network.

Residents are asked to note that they will NOT be asked for payment or bank card details, either at the door or by any other contact.

If you are at home and shielding because of serious health or medical conditions and we have not been in touch, please visit our Coordination Hub page or call us on 0345 045 5219
Please visit our Cambridgeshire or Peterborough websites for further contacts details.

Shielded Patients List
NHS Digital has published the shielded patients list (SPL) which is enabling partner organisations across government to support and protect those who need shielding at this time.
People who have not yet received a text or letter from NHS, can self-register (or register a family member) if they are extremely vulnerable and think they should be on the NHS Shielded Patient list
People who believe they have been included in error on the list can ignore the communication provided they have checked the list of identified conditions does not apply to them, and may wish to contact their GP or clinical specialist for advice

Community translation videos
The Government’s information about staying at home for all but essential reasons, keeping your distance when you must go out, and washing your hands when you return is vitally important for everyone to know and understand to prevent the spread of the virus. Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council identified that there was a problem reaching some people in our communities with this message who may not have understood the important public health messages, either because they cannot read or understand English or because they cannot access translations.
As a result we have worked with people across our communities to produce video messages of this advice in other languages. Video blogs have been produced covering 29 different languages so far – with more being added every day – and these are available to view and share on our websites and on all our social media sites. People across our communities have been sharing the messages and we are asking other organisations to use them widely to reach as many people as we can. Cambridgeshire Constabulary is already doing this.
Please help us to share the videos as widely as you can, helping to reinforce the message that people must stay at home unless for the reasons set out by Government. Take a look at the video blogs on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough websites.

Domestic abuse and COVID-19
We know that this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone – but particularly so for adults and children living with domestic abuse, and the professionals working hard to support them.
During the current coronavirus ‘stay at home’ situation, one of the concerns is that there will be an increase in reports of domestic abuse. Home is not likely to be a safe place for victims and survivors of domestic abuse and they will be increasingly isolated from sources of support.
The window of opportunity for anyone with an abusive partner to make a call and seek help is often very limited and that window is now likely to be even smaller. Research undertaken in China during the Wuhan lockdown revealed an increase of a third in reported domestic abuse incidents.
Councillor Mark Goldsack, White Ribbon ambassador and lead member for community safety and domestic violence at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “As a White Ribbon ambassador, domestic abuse of all kinds is constantly in my mind. Under current rules for COVID-19, families will be under new and different pressures which could put vulnerable people in a heightened risk of domestic abuse.
“We want to make sure that despite the conditions our support services are available for those that may need them. Please stay safe and contact specialist support services or the police if you are suffering any form of domestic abuse, sexual violence or coercive behaviour.”
Councillor Irene Walsh, Cabinet Member for Communities at Peterborough City Council, said: “Under the new ‘stay at home’ rules in place for coronavirus, families will be under new and different pressures which could put vulnerable people at a heightened risk of all kinds of domestic abuse.
“We want to make sure that despite the current circumstances, our support services are available for those that may need them. Please stay safe and contact specialist support services or the police if you are suffering any form of domestic abuse, sexual violence or coercive behaviour.”
Find all the contact details and read more here on our news pages at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Dr Liz Robin vlog
Today Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health, reminds us the measures we are taking will help to beat the spread of coronavirus and give us five simple tips that you can do every day to improve your mental and physical health.
Click here to watch today’s video blog.
Dr Liz Robin is available for down the line interviews about the current COVID-19 situation or the contents of today’s Vlog. Please contact the Communications team if you would like to set one of these up.

Support for businesses in Peterborough
From tomorrow (Wednesday), businesses in Peterborough will begin receiving financial support from the city council, following a package of measures announced by Central Government last week to support businesses which have been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.
12 month Business Rate Holiday
This applies to any retail, hospitality and leisure businesses and also non-local authority childcare providers. These businesses will have nothing to pay from tomorrow (Wednesday, 1 April) for 12 months. The collective saving for these city businesses is £33m and revised bills – with zero to pay – will be sent.
Small Business Grant Funding
All businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief (over 2,000 businesses in Peterborough) will automatically receive £10,000. The collective payment for Peterborough businesses is £22million. We are getting in touch with these businesses and will make the payments over the next two weeks.
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Funding
This affects almost 640 businesses in Peterborough who will each receive £25,000. The collective payment is £16million. We are getting in touch with these businesses and will make the payment over the next two weeks.

Support for city residents
Central Government has now provided the council with further clarification over which households should receive a slice of a national £500million Hardship Fund to help ease financial worries during Covid-19.
Over 7,700 city households will be eligible for a £150 payment. Residents across the city will collectively receive £1.6million. This will appear as a credit on their April council tax bills.

Businesses in Cambridgeshire
The Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Combined Authority (CPCA), working with the County Council and Peterborough City Council, wants to ensure businesses across Cambridgeshire are fully aware of the various financial support measures being made available by Government and that as many businesses as possible secure the support they are eligible to receive.
The CPCA have set-up an email address to receive and respond to general business queries –
Further support and advice for businesses can be found on our websites: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Junction 18 (Rhubarb Bridge) works complete in Peterborough
The works are now complete, the bridge has been strengthened and traffic can flow at the main roundabout. The contractors will return as soon as possible to put the finishing touches to the pedestrian crossings, which then means they can be used. In the meantime the footbridge is open as usual.

Children in school are all smiles
While the current situation may be difficult for many of us, it is certainly not holding back those children attending Cherry Hinton Primary School in Cambridge. Not just content with keeping the positivity to themselves, they have been helping those passing by the school keep in good spirits too!

Bin collections in Peterborough
City residents are being asked not to overload bins and to ensure that recycling, general waste and food waste is in the correct bins. Crews are noticing some residents are having non-essential clear outs at home and are filling bins with many more items than usual. This means crews are taking longer to complete their collections and could place strain on the teams if workers begin to fall sick and are unable to come to work during the COVID-19 outbreak.
For more information about what should go in your bin, visit our website.
You can keep up-to-date with any changes to our services on our websites:
Peterborough –
Cambridgeshire –
Our advice and latest information on Coronavirus can be found on both websites – and

Coronavirus: what you need to do
Stay at home
Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Anyone can spread the virus.
Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

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Covid – 19 – Residents Hail Weston


Further Information regarding the new Coronavirus can be found via the following links:

If you think you or a member of your household has the symptoms (a fever and/or a new and persistent dry cough) follow NHS advice. The advice is to stay at home for 7 days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms. If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible. 

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse or your symptoms do not get  better after 7 days use the coronavirus advice service at self-diagnostic tool. Latest guidance is Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Age UK are committed to do as much as they can possibly do at this very difficult and challenging time.  Helpline: 0300 666 9860

BBC Newsround ( has regular updates for younger children and Young Minds ( has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety.


Covid 19 – We think it would be a great idea for Hail Weston to have its own Mutual Aid group – so we can support each other during these uncertain and worrying times. We are very keen that everybody in the village who could do with a ‘hand’ either practically, (e.g. shopping), or emotionally, (e.g. having a chat), experiences our famed community spirit!  see more here: Hail Weston Mutual Aid