Cliff Stanton

This year the allotment committee are providing, for a very modest rent, micro plots, measuring approx 3m x 1.25m (10’ x 4’.)

Can you be tempted? If you don’t have the time or energy for a full size plot then one of these small plots could be the answer. They are large enough to grow a row of strawberries and a row of autumn raspberries, providing you with fruit from June to October. Or, new potatoes could be planted now followed by your choice of veg for the summer months – Helpston Garden Centre offers a wide range of potatoes and vegetable seedlings, with free advice! Of course growing veg isn’t your only option, try annuals or dahlias to give you flowers for the house – with not an air mile in sight!

Information regarding the availability of plots or about the allotments generally can be obtained from the Association Secretary, Malcolm Morrice at or the Association Chair, Chris Fuller on

Link to Allotment Page.

Would you like to join the Bainton & Ashton Speedwatch Team?

We have a small dedicated team of volunteers who man the Speedwatch sessions.  We have to have three trained volunteers at each session.  The frequency of the sessions depends on whether we have three trained volunteers available at any one time.  We will be able to hold sessions more frequently if we had a larger pool of volunteers to draw from.

Each session usually lasts an hour and we log the details of vehicles passing at 35mph or above.  These details are emailed to the police who will write to the owners of the vehicles reminding them of their responsibility.  The details are also entered onto a national police database and drivers caught for the third time anywhere in the country or exceeding the limit by a large amount will receive a visit from the police.  The aim is not to prosecute the drivers but to educate them.  The police take notice of our reports and use them to plan enforcement sessions where they may prosecute offending drivers.

The relationship between speed and injury severity is particularly critical for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. For example, pedestrians have been shown to have a 90% chance of survival when struck by a car travelling at 20mph or below, but less than 50% chance of surviving an impact at 30mph. Pedestrians have almost no chance of surviving an impact at 50mph.  We have recorded speeds in excess of 50mph in Bainton and regularly report vehicles travelling at more than 40mph through the village.

Please contact me if you would like more details.  I will arrange for you to have a short training session with the police if you would like to join us.  It should be stressed that once trained, the volunteers only take part at times suitable to themselves.

This national Community Speedwatch site gives some interesting live statistics from Speedwatch groups.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary Speedwatch site is here:

Cliff Stanton (01780 749123)

Household Recycling Centre in Dogsthorpe will be closing on Sunday 17th February 2019

The current Household Recycling Centre in Dogsthorpe will be closing on Sunday 17th February 2019, and moving to a brand new site opening on Monday 18th February 2019. The new site will be located at: Fengate Household Recycling Centre, Fengate, Peterborough, PE1 5XG. Further information as we have it will be on the City Council’s website and on here: #PeterboroughRecycles♻️

Brown garden waste bin collections are monthly in December and January.

Brown bins will be collected on your scheduled collection day (the same day as your green bin) on either the week commencing 3 or 10 December, and week commencing 14 or 21 January.

Collections return to fortnightly on the same day as your green bin collection from the week commencing 28 January.

For further information about the garden waste service please visit the garden waste collection service page on the council website.

Number plate thefts

Please be aware that there have been more instances of vehicle number plate thefts in the area.

Speedwatch 21st September 2018

The Bainton Speedwatch team recorded 123 vehicles travelling through Bainton on the morning of Friday 21st September 2018. Of these, 21 vehicles were travelling at 35mph or faster in the 30mph limit (2%). The owners of these vehicles will be contacted by Cambridgeshire Police. The highest speed recorded was a Vauxhall Corsa at 47mph.

For more details about Speedwatch please see

Details of speeding penalties are given here:…/…/Speeding

Increase in Rural Crime (30th August 2018)

We are seeing an increase in crimes in rural areas and would urge all residents to be extra vigilant and report anything suspicious.

26th Ailsworth – attempted theft of a caravan
27th Ailsworth – theft from a vehicle – Helpston Road
27th Helpston – attempted shed burglary – West Street
27th Helpston – shed burglary – West Street
28th Etton – burglary – Main Road Ref 35/25970/18
28th Maxey – theft from a vehicle
29th Bainton – burglary where two mountain bikes and keys to a vehicle were stolen along with other items. Ref 35/26167/18

Anyone who would like home security advice can get in touch with me via 101 or by email to and I will be happy to help.

Many thanks
Helen O’Driscoll
Crime Reduction Officer – Thorpe Wood Police Station

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