Congratulations to Maurice & Sue Winners – Rural Volunteer of the Year Award 2020

Congratulations to Maurice & Sue!   The Parish Council nominated you both, a couple of months back for a  ‘Hunts Forum Rural Volunteer Award’ in recognition of your amazing work setting up and sustaining the Neighbourhood cafe.  We are delighted to share this news that they were awarded a ‘Bronze David Morgan Rural Volunteer of the Year Award’!

This was announced on December 2, 2020 at Hunts Forum AGM, and you can see it on their website.  click here – Volunteer Awards 2020 Announced | Hunts Forum

Reason for nomination:

 The Neighbourhood Cafė in Hail Weston has now been running for four years. –  It was set up by Maurice & Sue Lee, independent of the Parish Council and was born out of a village Community Led Plan 2016-2021, that Maurice & Sue were very actively involved with.

One of their ambitions following the Community Plan was to set up a Community Café in the village hall for residents to meet, chat and enjoy a cuppa and homemade cakes.   They both set up (doesn’t really do the pair justice) as they researched and engaged with CCC, Care Network Cambridgeshire, Help the Aged, other local schemes, Village hall committee and villagers to name a few, to ensure a fantastic twice every month chance for residents and visitors a natter with tea, coffee and cake!

During that time they have organised a small team of volunteers in producing homemade cakes & bakes and serving tea, coffee and juice for members of the community. All ages of residents have benefited from 2 years of age to 89 years old, as well as visitors.

Maurice & Sue have throughout the four years have mostly welcomed visitors themselves, rarely missing a café.  Always with a friendly smile whilst collaborating with the Village Hall Committee, setting up chairs and tables, decorating hall and tables and inviting engaging speakers from beekeepers, security, defibrillator demonstration and health checks and local historical talks to the afternoons.

The donations that have been received from willing residents in exchange for chat and delicious home bakes has been instrumental in raising the amazing sum of £6,928.57 for a number of charities such as Upside Down Club, Mind, British Legion, Young Carers, Beds & Cambs Rural Support Group, Air Ambulance and St Nicolas Church restoration to name a few.  As well as funding the purchase of two village defibrillators.

You can imagine how proud the Neighbourhood Cafe teams is, and The Parish Council offer no hesitation in nominating Maurice and Sue particularly poignant this year as due to Covid -19 they feel the café is in safe hands to hand over to the small team of volunteers who have also been part of that huge community effort.

Unfortunately, Covid 19 has meant that they have been unable to run any cafė events since March of this year, but as Maurice and Sue say themselves nothing is forever!

Thank you!

waste collections during Christmas and New Year

Please find below some information regarding waste collections during Christmas and New Year and some additional information which I hope you will find useful

During the Christmas and New Year period waste collection days will change which can be seen in the table below.

Residents can also download a collection calendar from

Normal Change to
Monday 21 December Saturday 19 December
Tuesday 22 December Monday 21 December
Wednesday 23 December Tuesday 22 December
Thursday 24 December Wednesday 23 December
Friday 25 December Thursday 24 December
Monday 28 December Tuesday 29 December
Tuesday 29 December Wednesday 30 December
Wednesday 30 December Thursday 31 December
Thursday 31 December Saturday 2 January
Friday 1 January Monday 4 January
Monday 4 January Tuesday 5 January
Tuesday 5 January Wednesday 6 January
Wednesday 6 January Thursday 7 January
Thursday 7 January Friday 8 January
Friday 8 January Saturday 9 January

The household recycling centres will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.  A booking system is now in place at all sites so if you are planning on visiting between Christmas and the New Year, book a slot today.  Visit for more information.

Christmas Tree Recycling

We are supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice again this year who will be collecting real Christmas trees for recycling on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th January.

To check availability and book your slot visit

Donations received from the Christmas tree collection provide vital funds for your hospice and other local charities.

Real trees can be placed by the side of the garden bin on collection day.  If the tree is bigger than the bin we ask that it is chopped in half.

Communication from – Against Luton Airport Stack (ALAS) Working Group

Dear Resident,

With the approval of Perry Parish Council, a number of concerned residents and 2 Parish Councillors have set up an opposition working group to the London Luton Airport (LLA) Arrival Flightpaths Consultation.  We have called the group Against Luton Airport Stack (ALAS).

You should now be aware that LLA has co-sponsored an Airspace Change Proposal and that a consultation process is in full swing. Individual consultation responses must be submitted by 5th February 2021, and Parish Councils must provide feedback to Huntingdonshire District Council on proposals by 15th December 2019.

In short, LLAs Consultation Document describes rerouting flights into and out of a new holding stack above our heads! Here is a link to the overview:

It looks like the new holding stack stretches roughly from St Neots around to Kimbolton, up to Buckworth and Alconbury and back down the A1 and around again. In other words the effect of this proposal is directly above 38 of our neighbouring villages and towns impacting approximately 50,000 people.  The villages will go from nearly zero decibels of background noise to nearly 60 decibels of constant and multiple aircraft engine drone. Here is a link to an example of what one single aircraft could sound like:

We are sure you are not too dissimilar to ourselves many of us have been brought up in the area and many have chosen to live in this community for its rural setting, tranquil and beautiful environment, and clean air; unspoilt by urban influences.

LLA propose, above our heads, an average of 7 to 9 planes an hour, with peaks of 12 to 13 planes an hour at 7am in the morning, midday, and from 5pm to 11pm at night!!

This is the table LLA presents to illustrate the average number of arrivals per hour of the day (from 0001 to 2359), for the year 2019.

Local Time 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Av 2019 5 5 2 1 1 0 2 13 7 6 7 9 13 12 10 9 11 13 12 11 11 12 12 9

From virtually no planes above our heads currently, to a 2019 average of 157 to 218 per day, the noise of 1 plane at 8000ft is easy to dismiss but 200 plus a day is a constant noise. On 17 June 2019 between noon to 1pm, 24 planes arrived in 1 hour!

The whole point of the LLA plan is to increase capacity, 19 million passengers at first and in 10 years potentially doubling that. Just imagine how many more flights above our heads that will bring along with the noise, pollution and damage to our environment.

We are encouraging you to express your concerns to you at the Parish Council before the 15th December 2020.

This proposal does not have to go ahead, unless of course we do nothing. We are encouraging everyone, not just those of us under the proposed stack, to complete the Consultation Feedback Proforma and to have their say. We don’t have long; we have until the 5th February 2021 to have our say. Here is the link to the Proforma feedback form

We at Against Luton Airport Stack, a working group of residents, endorsed by Perry Parish Council would appreciate hearing if your Parish too is opposed to the London Luton Airports proposed change in flight path, to above our heads?  We would also be interested to know what activities your Parish might be doing to support the community to engage in the Consultation process and would be very keen to work with you in opposing the proposed stack. We also wonder if you have any technical experts in your community – aviation, environment or legal – that may be able to support us on a pro bono basis? Sharing information rather than all of us reinventing a wheel could prove beneficial given we only have 12 weeks left to respond to the LLA proposal.

Our working group now has a website and social media presence, detailed below, and we would welcome you sharing details with your parishioners for them to join us.


We look forward and anticipate hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

Sarah from Against Luton Airport Stack (ALAS) Working Group,

Perry Parish Clerk.

Census is taking place in March 2021

What’s happening with the Census?

The Census is taking place in March 2021 as planned, the ONS has reviewed the Census plans in light of COVID19 and they are confident that everyone will be able to provide their information safely and securely. This was confirmed by ONS to Local Authorities in October, here’s a link to the communication.

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all in different ways, and it has further emphasised the need for up-to-date data about the population to help organisations shape services for society for the years to come.

For the first time this will be a digital-first Census, but paper copies will be available for those who need it. Help will be available for people who need support to take part online or need translations, through a public contact centre. Accessible options are also available.

ONS have listened to users and to broaden understanding of our modern society there are new and voluntary questions in this Census about armed forces leavers, gender identity and sexual orientation.

View here: Community Handbook

Consultation on Luton Airport flight paths

The National Air Traffic Service (NATS) have recently launched a consultation exercise on plans to make alterations to the flight paths and holding pattern arrangements for Luton airport.  These changes are being made in order to provide clear separation of the air traffic for Luton and Stansted airports, which currently overlap.  As the proposed flight paths are to the south of our district, there is likely to be little impact in Huntingdonshire.  However, the plans also include a new holding pattern for the airport which is intended to be over the south-western corner of Huntingdonshire (broadly circling round the line of the A1 from St Neots to Alconbury).  The intention is that aircraft in the holding zone will be flying at a height of over 8,000 feet and the consultation document sets out a position that this will not present a nuisance, either in terms of noise or pollution.

A web site, with “walk around” facility, video presentations and detailed information on the proposals has been set up by NATS and can be accessed here:  NATS are also holding some open sessions by webinar and interested parties can book on to these from within the web site.  It is also possible to make comments on the proposals on the web site, if you would like to do so.

Hail Weston Parish Council are due to discuss the Airspace Change Proposal at their next (virtual) parish meeting on the 17.11.2020The consultation closes on 05.02.2021 any resident can make a comment direct to the consultation.  If you are concerned about the impact of the proposals and intend to provide a formal response to the consultation and wish to notify the parish council please send to  Huntingdonshire District Council is planning to discuss the proposals at the Overview and Scrutiny meeting and Cabinet in January 2021 and, if considered necessary, comments will be submitted to NATS via the route mentioned above.

Jonathan Djanogly MP is also concerned about the impact of these changes and intends to provide a formal response to the consultation in due course.  He would also welcome constituents contacting him directly with their views on this issue so that he may accurately reflect local feeling in his consultation response.


Hail Weston Community Speed Watch

Speeding is one of the factors that most affects the quality of life in communities around Cambridgeshire. It can be a factor in road traffic collisions and impacts on the day-to-day lives of people living in Hail Weston.

Hail Weston Parish Council have been contacted by residents about speeding vehicles on Ford Rd, B645 and within the village.  Vehicle ‘noise’ from bikes & cars is also mentioned as one of the biggest community concerns and as such PC wants to work to set up a Community Speed Watch.

Community Speed Watch is operated by Cambridgeshire Constabulary in partnership with HWPC and community volunteers supported by the County coordinator, full Covid-19 compliant training will be provided to any volunteers either by virtual or in groups less than 6.

We still require a further 6 volunteers for it to operate successfully: the intention is to organise several speed watch sessions so that HWPC can determine how well the current speed limits are being adhered to.

From the successful data capture in 2015, in which Tony Baker and volunteers commenced a speed survey which was instrumental in speed limit reductions on the B645 & Hail Weston village it is time to review, encourage more considerate driver behaviour and collaborate with Cambridgeshire constabulary to help shape any future action.

If you would like to be part of the Hail Weston Community Speed Watch team please contact  Any hours of the week that you can spare will be helpful in building the data capture.


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