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Bainton Play Area to Open on 4th July ~ Guidance

BAINTON AND ASHTON PARISH COUNCIL will be opening their play areas on Saturday 4th July 2020. To ensure you are ready to use this play area safely, please read these simple instructions and plan ahead for safe fun this summer.

1. Parents must read this guidance and ensure their families follow it carefully for the safety of their children and others.

2. This equipment is checked regularly for damage, wear and tear, but is not sanitised or disinfected.

3. This is shared equipment, used at your own risk.

4. Do not use this equipment if you or any member of your household has coronavirus symptoms, or are self-isolating.

5. Make sure you have hand sanitiser with you before entering this play area.

6. Encourage everyone in your family to wash their hands with hand sanitiser regularly and as a minimum before and after using the play area and when you get home.

7. Encourage children to avoid touching their faces.

8. You MUST maintain social distancing from others unless they are from the same household – current advice is to maintain at least 1m and consider wearing a face mask.

9. Some equipment can only be used by one child at a time while social distancing. Please ensure your family waits at a safe distance if the equipment is in use or return later to use the equipment.

10. Try to avoid busy times.

11. If your family is wearing disposable PPE, please take it home with you or where provided use the bins – PLEASE DO NOT LITTER

We hope you enjoy using this play area and thank you for helping to keep everyone safe by following these simple instructions.


Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council ~ COVID-19 update mentions Ashton & Bainton

 Please note – this information is correct at the time of publishing.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

The Countywide Co-ordination Hub celebrates its 100-day anniversary – launched by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council to support those most at risk from the coronavirus – today marks its 100-day anniversary (Tuesday 23 June).

The hub launched in March to support residents identified as shielding and being of the highest risk to coronavirus.  Currently there are 19,058 people on the shielded list for Cambridgeshire with 7,653 of these receiving regular help from the hub. 

Soon after, a network of district and city hubs was launched by the district and city councils, providing help and support to all others who don’t have support from elsewhere.

Together they provide practical support and help for thousands of people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, providing food, essential supplies and access to medicines, as well as helping resolve issues or carry out simple tasks that would otherwise prevent people from being able to protect themselves from the risks associated with coronavirus.

Since its launch the Countywide Hub has:

  • Delivered food packages to 2,782 residents. This includes 914 specialist food parcels 
  • Attempted to contact, either on the telephone or on home visits, 4,934 people who the NHS believes should be shielding who the Government could not reach. Of these people, contact has been made with 3,732.
  • Referred 762 people to the Red Cross for befriending services
  • Responded to 5,915 calls from residents
  • Responded to 4,791 emails asking for help.
  • Delivered PPE to GP surgeries, pharmacies, care homes and elsewhere  
  • Launched a website specifically for residents who are shielding to allow them to learn new skills and keep busy whilst isolating
  • Launched a service which supports residents with everyday tasks such as gardening and essential DIY 
  • Trained volunteers to work in places such as care homes where staff are in short supply.
  • Supported hundreds of carers across the county.

Adrian Chapman, service director for communities and safety for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire who is leading the work of the Countywide Hub, said: “It has been an absolute privilege to lead the work of the countywide hub, making sure that people who are at the greatest risk from the coronavirus are protected from harm as far as possible.

“We created the Countywide Hub from scratch at incredible pace, to be able to provide the support that so many of our residents needed at that time and still do. What has been achieved in such a short space of time is truly remarkable.

 “None of this would have been possible without the hard work of council staff, many of whom were redeployed into the hub from other council services, our partners including the district and city councils across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who are delivering vital support services to their own communities, the support from our voluntary, faith and public sector partners and last but not least the 2,500 residents who signed up to volunteer their time to support the work of the hub.

“The feedback we receive from the people we are supporting is what makes it all worthwhile and makes it clear that we are making a difference to so many people in a variety of ways. 

 “My aspiration now is to make sure we take all of the features of our new ways of working into whatever ‘new normal’ emerges post-Covid-19. The ability to make swift decisions, to collaborate in ways we never thought possible, to share data quickly but safely, and to find very creative solutions to really tricky issues will be no less important beyond the current crisis.”

Councillor Irene Walsh, cabinet member for communities for Peterborough City Council, said: “The pandemic left hundreds of people across Peterborough feeling worried, alone and without help within a very short space of time. It has, and continues to be, an incredibly difficult time for so many residents, but the network of support hubs has lightened the load for so many people.

“Whether it’s providing essential food or medicine to residents, delivering PPE to health settings to allow GPs and pharmacists to continue working, supporting in care homes or simply offering a friendly voice on the other end of the phone, the work we have seen from council staff, partners and volunteers has been phenomenal.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the hundreds of people across Peterborough who continue to show the most fantastic community spirit, supporting people in their communities who need help at this time. Their work too is supporting so many people to stay safe and well.”

Councillor Steve Criswell, Chairman of the Communities and Partnerships Committee, Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “The COVID-19 support hubs continue to be a shining example of what can be achieved when councils work together with their partners and residents for the good of our communities.

“Everyone involved in their work deserves a huge pat on the back for the outstanding service they have provided, and continue to provide, to so many. I am particularly proud of how our communities have stepped up and worked with the council to keep people safe and well.

“Every week the Countywide Hub continues to support more than 4,000 people who are shielding and have asked for help and that figure is rising all the time. We will continue to provide that support so that those who are shielding have the help they need until such a time that their lives are able to return to normal.”

To contact the countywide hub visit or   

It can also be contacted Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm, and Saturdays 9am to 1pm on 0345 045 5219.

The district and city councils have information on their websites about the local hubs including how people can get in touch and access help and support.   

Details of the many organisations, groups and charities offering support can be found on the Peterborough Information Network or the Cambridgeshire Directory of Services.

Following the government’s announcement last night (Monday), that the 2.2 million people who have been self-isolating in England will no longer need to shield from 1 August. Please find our response below – 

Adrian Chapman, Service Director: Communities and Partnerships, Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “We know that the update from Government yesterday (Monday) relating to the pausing of the shielding programme will be met with excitement and anxiety.

“There will be many people who will need help and support to transition out of shielding and to move towards a new way of life, which of course will still include social distancing. For those people, the Countywide Hub will be there to provide that support. In addition, NHS volunteer responders will continue to offer support to those who need it, including collecting and delivering food and medicines.

“The network of district and city hubs will continue to provide support for all others who don’t have help and assistance from friends, family or neighbours. This will be particularly important as part of NHS Test and Trace, to support people who may need help when isolating as a result of having symptoms of coronavirus or because they have been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case.

“In addition, we will be keeping a record of people who are extremely clinically vulnerable in case the R rate starts to increase and there is a need for people to shield once again.

“If you need support and you don’t have friends, family or neighbours to help you, please visit or or call 0345 045 5219.”

Stay Active if you’re at risk – A ‘stay active’ campaign to raise awareness among people with a range of long term health conditions that regular physical activity can help decrease the likelihood of contracting coronavirus, as well as benefitting both the mind and body, has launched this week.
Many of us have found ourselves spending increased amounts of time at home and sitting down more than usual since the coronavirus pandemic started. Lockdown has made it hard for people to be as active as normal, and it’s even harder for people who don’t usually do a lot of physical exercise due to existing health conditions.

Protecting residents’ physical and mental health is one of Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council’s highest priorities since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Stay Active is reaching out to support people living with health conditions, to keep them safe and well, and encourage them to be active during this time by finding out what works for them. The campaign ties in with We Are Undefeatable – the movement developed by 15 leading health and social care charities, supported by Public Health England.

The two councils’ dedicated web pages (CCC or PCC) have links and advice to inspire people to take steps to begin moving more – to maintain their physical activity or find new opportunities to keep moving whilst in and around the house – with tailored local support and advice.

Taking part in any form of physical activity can help to cope with having to stay at home more. Regular physical activity can help to reduce high blood pressure, manage weight and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and various cancers – all conditions that can increase susceptibility to COVID-19.

It is also good for our mental health. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of depression, cognitive decline and helps to lift our overall feelings. Being active also helps to give your days a routine and can be a way to stay in contact with family and friends.

Councillor Peter Hudson, Chairman of the Health Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “It’s really important to keep active while spending more time at home due to the coronavirus lockdown. Whether you’re in your older years or managing a health condition, being active is all about finding what works for you, particularly when the way you feel can change from day to day. Visit for local advice and tips.

Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald, Deputy Leader of Peterborough City Council and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and Public Health said: “Whether you’re just deciding to start being active or want to try something new, there are some really useful tools and online support available out there.  Explore some of the ways you can build movement into your day while genuinely enjoying what you’re doing. Visit for some local advice and tips.”

As we navigate the changes to our daily routines due to the pandemic situation, it’s more important than ever to focus on the things that we can do to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. There will be ups and downs, of course – and moving more when you can is as important as accepting when you can’t. No matter what level of activity you find you can manage, it is still very much worth celebrating.

Find out more about getting or staying active during COVID-19 on the council’s webpages: for Cambridgeshire click here or Peterborough click here.

A campaign to get essential items to vulnerable residents across Peterborough during the current lockdown is continuing to prove successful
– In conjunction with Peterborough City Council’s on-going efforts to support communities since the coronavirus outbreak, Bainton & Ashton Parish Council launched the Bright Ribbon campaign back in April.

Initially, residents in the two villages donated non-perishable food items by placing them on their doorsteps in shopping bags tied with brightly-coloured ribbon. This was then collected and delivered to the Peterborough food bank where it could be passed on to those in need. Local suppliers Plants Eggs have been generously donating a regular supply of fresh eggs into the scheme

Since then the campaign has proved so successful that is has been rolled out to neighbouring villages Barnack and Ufford, where donation points are located in old-style red telephone boxes.

Councillor Irene Walsh, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member who helped set up the campaign, said: “We’ve had a fantastic response from residents in the villages who are keen to help those in need. And full credit to Bainton & Ashton Parish Council who supported the scheme from the outset.

“We have been in touch with other parish councils, some of whom were already running schemes of their own and some who were keen to set up their own Bright Ribbon campaign. In Glinton the Good Neighbours Scheme is promoting the food donation point at the NISA store on the High Street. An impressive volunteering scheme is also running in the village, supporting local residents in a variety of ways.

“Currently, the donation points in Bainton and Ashton are two repurposed grit bins, one positioned in .the centre of each village. All donation points are adorned with bright ribbons so that they can be identified 

“All in all, a fantastic contribution from Peterborough’s rural areas.”

Cambridgeshire archives team transcribe medieval manuscript from home
– Since lockdown began on 23 March, many of us have been adjusting to a new way of working from home.

The team behind the archives service at Cambridgeshire County Council are no different, and have even found some extra time to do longer projects.

 Archive Assistant, Corranne Wheeler, has been transcribing medieval manuscript fragments while working at home. The manuscript she is currently working on was bound in one of the Huntingdonshire Parish registers and is one of the only ones of its type in the county.

 She said: “I started working on transcribing the manuscript about a year ago, but it’s a difficult task to do in a public search room and requires no distractions. One of the surprising upsides of lockdown has been the chance to do projects such as this, which I would struggle to do when we’re open as normal.

“Medieval manuscripts are my favourite items to work on. There is also a fragment from the same book in the earliest Cottenham parish register. It’s rare to find two separate fragments that have remained so close together – manuscripts have been traded all across the world. For instance, pages originating from Scotland can now be found in Tokyo.

“The manuscript has been digitised so even in lockdown we can continue working on it. Hopefully when it’s finished we’ll be able to put it online.

“Transcribing and digitising fragments is vital to their survival. These are amongst the oldest and most fragile items in our collections. By adapting them into different formats, we can increase the number of people who can see and use them, whilst also reducing the amount the original document needs to be handled. For this record in particular, it would also be lovely to see if anyone else holds more fragments from the same book.”

Cllr Steve Criswell, Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Communities and Partnership Committee, said: “Usually the archives team work across two record offices where the public can explore thousands of historical documents. It’s an excellent service where our staff can offer help and specialist knowledge to the public and it is a real shame that, like many other services across the country, it’s had to be put on hold during the pandemic. However, it’s wonderful to see our team work on such interesting and unusual projects during lockdown.”

The Archives team have been sharing their experiences of working from home during lockdown on their Instagram page. Click here to visit the page.

For more information on the Cambridgeshire archive services, visit our website here.

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All Garden Waste Collections citywide will now be done one week later than normal

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Dear Garden Waste Customer,

You’re probably aware that we have had to suspend brown bin collections this week because of the number of drivers off sick or self-isolating.

We have listened to feedback from the public and rather than cancel this weeks service completely we have moved it to next week which means all future garden waste collections across the city will also be done a week later than usual.

The table below shows the changes to collections (this will remain in place until further notice):-

4 weekly collection date
(week commencing)
New 4 weekly collection date
(week commencing)
15/06/2020 22/06/2020
22/06/2020 29/06/2020
29/06/2020 06/07/2020
06/07/2020  13/07/2020

For a full schedule please visit the garden waste collection page on the council website.

All collections will remain free of charge as it has been since mid-May until we are able to confidently move back to a normal fortnightly collection.

Our bin crews have done a fantastic job in recent months and many of these key workers have voluntarily put in hours of overtime to ensure our bins can be collected at a time when we most need it.

Thank you in anticipation of you help with these unavoidable changes to service.

John Clare Countryside Project – Onward from Bainton and Ashton in Bloom.

I am sure that you were pleased with the outcome of your planting last October,

as the ‘Spring Show’ added colour and brightness to otherwise grey days.

I also received many favourable comments from locals and from surrounding villagers.

Bainton and Ashton In Bloom has a modest budget to continue planting in October 2020 and beyond and I look forward to your support again. It would be great, at the time, if we could encourage more young people to be involved.

Bainton and Ashton In Bloom has set us thinking about our local built and natural environment. So how do we go forward and progress our work?

Many residents attended the Parish Council meeting in January when Richard Astle, Chair of the Langdyke Trust spoke about the John Clare Countryside project. Bainton and Ashton Parish Council along with many other parish councils in the area is offering full support to the John Clare Countryside project. You can find the details of the project and all about the Langdyke Trust on their web site at

Over the coming months, parish councils will begin to form 10-year nature recovery plans for the publicly managed areas only, as part of this project. As you will have seen on your daily exercise during lockdown, we have fantastic countryside, nature and built environment in Bainton and Ashton. We would like residents to celebrate what we already have and contribute their ideas as to what they would like to see in the future to enhance our local environment. The Parish Council and I are talking about this and will share the next steps with you. Cliff Stanton (01780 749123) is the parish councillor heading this project and will be pleased to receive any suggestions that you may have.

David Hare

Advice For People Helping Others During Lock Down

Many people across our communities are doing their bit to help others during the Coronavirus health emergency.
From supporting people who are self-isolating with food supplies, to picking up medical prescriptions, all of these efforts are helping to save lives and protect our NHS.
Below is some advice from Cambridgeshire police about what you should do if you are concerned about someone.
If you are keeping an eye on someone in your neighbourhood and are concerned for their welfare, for example, if you knock on someone’s door or try to reach them by telephone and they don’t respond, there are some simple steps you can take.
Have a quick check through windows to see if you can see the person involved (make sure you exercise social distancing and don’t touch any surfaces);
Check for signs that the person may not be at home or may need assistance, such as a build-up of post, milk on the doorstep or anything else that may suggest the occupant needs help;
Speak to neighbours, making sure you keep the 2 metre social distancing rule to see if they know of any close friends or relatives that may be able to help or know where the person might be; could you contact them to confirm their whereabouts?
If the person is home but does not wish to answer the door/telephone but requires food or medication, you can email who will be able to help;
If you are still concerned, call the police on 101 giving the person’s name, address and telephone number if possible; the police call handler will then go through a set of questions to establish if an officer should attend;
If you see someone whose life is in danger, for example, they are lying on the floor, always call 999 and request an ambulance.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary have pulled together a list of responses to commonly-asked questions during the coronavirus lock down. For more details visit:



Thank you Bainton and Ashton residents!

Bainton and Ashton Parish Council Good Neighbours Scheme gets to work.

Late in March, Bainton and Ashton Parish Council were contacted by Peterborough City Council to ask if our Good Neighbours’ Scheme could pilot a joint project to help the work of the newly formed ‘Peterborough Covid-19 hub’.

The idea was to channel the efforts of local people who wanted to help those who do not have a support network and are in immediate need of help. 

Donations were to be collected via what is being called the “Bright Ribbon Campaign’ and distributed to vulnerable families and the Peterborough Food Bank operated by the Kingsgate Church. It was decided that the scheme would start on Monday the 6th of April and donations were safely collected that morning from houses throughout Bainton and Ashton using a minimum number of volunteers.  A big thank you to them!

In that first week an astonishing total of 170 kilos items were donated, including not only food, but toys, games, and books for children stuck at home. A sincere thank you to all our residents.

Goods are assembled at Hawthorn Farm in Ashton from where they are collected by a Peterborough City Council truck for distribution. Collections continue to be repeated each Monday from 9.00 am. The immediate response was so generous that we don’t expect the same volume every week but anything that people can spare will be welcome and following our successful pilot the Peterborough City Council are contacting other villages to see if they too would like to join in the effort.

So please, if you’d like to join in, leave something by your gate in a bag on a Monday before nine a.m., ideally with coloured ribbon attached. We seem to have enough toys books and DVD’s for now, but would still appreciate non-perishable foodstuffs like pasta, rice, pulses, tinned vegetables and fruit, and condiments like sauces and mustard. We’d particularly appreciate baby care items like nappies and powdered milk, and any kind of pet food product. 

Residents can feel justifiably proud of the efforts they are making. You are all stars! Very best wishes and stay safe!

Susie Lucas,Parish Council Chair – 01780 740159 –

Anita Philips, Parish Councillor and Good Neighbours Scheme Lead – 07725 855492 –

Irene Walsh , Peterborough City Cabinet Council for Communities –

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