An Historic Parish In Cambridgeshire

News And Events


Cream Teas at Wisteria Cottage hosted by Tony and Lynda Raymond for Friends of St James, July 2001        Photo: Ian Jack

village news...



A support group of volunteers has been set up headed by Shelley Frost (shelleyaf@hotmail.co.uk), working with the parish council to offer help to those who may need it. The group has distributed leaflets round the parish to give details. If you need help, please contact Shelley or one of the parish councillors.

The parish council runs an email list, to which most residents of the parish have enrolled, enabling us to get important information out as fast as possible. This email list is confidential and recipients' email addresses are not revealed. If you would like to join this list, please contact Eleanor Jack (jack.eleanor@gmail.com).

The latest government advice can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Travelling Library Service

Note: All the County Council libraries are now closed and the next travelling library visit is scheduled for June 5th. Books currently out on loan have been renewed until that date.

The travelling library visits Waresley every first Friday in the month. 10.40 am outside the Duncombe Arms.
This is part of the Cambridgeshire library service, so books from the travelling library can be returned to any other Cambridgeshire library and vice versa. Books can be renewed on-line. You can also request books on-line - to be collected from the travelling library. There is a wide selection of books including large print and there is a large childrens section.
The next visit is scheduled for Friday June 5th

A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet

Following the choice of the Northern orange route, Highways England opened a public consultation on the details of the new A428 route from the Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet. The consultation has now closed but the comments can be found at



There is also a “fly-through” video at



WPC councillors attended a Highways briefing on 23rd September. Constructon on the A428 cannot start until Highways have obtained a Development Consent Order. This process generally takes about 18 months, ending in a detailed examination of the plan by the Planning Inspectorate. Meanwhile geological, environmental and archaeological surveys are taking place along the route and Highways are talking to the landowners affected. The road is expected to be open by 2025-26.

East-West Rail Route

Route E has now been chosen as the preferred route for the Bedford to Cambridge leg of the East-West Oxford to Cambridge rail link.

This route involves a station at Tempsford or to the South of St Neots and then cuts across country to a station at Cambourne, then heads SE to enter Cambridge from the South.

As the consultation did not show precise routes, but instead gave "potential route alignment areas", we still await the publication of more precise alignments. There will then be a further non-statutory consultation to choose the precise route. However now that EW Rail have published a more precise map on their website, it does appear that the village of Waresley is outside the broad swathe of Route E and it also appears that the earlier route C1-9, which passed through Waresley Park is off the table. But parts of the parish including the Tetworth estate may still be affected.

Route E is in partial agreement  with the CBRR route proposed by CamBedRailRoad, which served St Neots South, Cambourne and Northstowe, coming into Cambridge from the North.To find out more about CBRR go to www.cambedrailroad.org
This parish council supports the CBRR route.

EW Rail will now be writing to affected landowners in order to do detailed surveys before announcing the precise alignment options. For more information go to
https://eastwestrail.co.uk/latest-news, where you can also find a copy of the map showing the route.

Local Highway Improvement

The parish council has been successful in our bid under the Local Highways Initiative scheme for 40 mph buffer zones on the B1040 at each entrance to the village. We have been trying for some years to reduce the speed of traffic through the village and are delighted that our bid has been accepted. Work on the scheme has been delayed but should start soon.


Forthcoming parish council meetings

As the COVID-19 restrictions are still in force, we operate under new government guidelines and until further notice our meetings will be virtual using Zoom.
There is no longer an obligation for an annual parish council meeting.

Our next scheduled parish council meeting is Thursday 3rd September at 8.pm