Cambridgeshire County Council Update 17th June 2020

Booking system introduced at three household recycling centres

Visitors to three household recycling centres in Cambridgeshire will need to book a slot to access the sites from next week. This is in addition to a booking system for all sites that was recently introduced for vans and trailers requiring e-permits.

From Monday, 22 June, you will only be able to visit Bluntisham, Alconbury and Thriplow household recycling centres if you have pre-booked a slot. The booking system will open today (17 June). This measure is being introduced to reduce traffic congestion, speed up entry times and reduce the risk of collisions around the sites.

Residents should only make essential visits to Household Recycling Centres if it is not possible to store waste safely at home or dispose of it through kerbside or bulky waste collections. Further Government advice is available on GOV.UK (paragraph 1.1).

Sites are provided for the use of Cambridgeshire residents only, and all users should be prepared to show proof of address on arrival.

You can book your slot online but if you can’t access the website, you can phone 0345 045 5207 for help.

Further advice on visiting household recycling centres, including what to expect, restrictions and how the teams are keeping users safe is on the council’s website.

User friendly guide to Test and Trace launched

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council havget tested postere published a user friendly guide to the way the new NHS Test and Trace system will work locally, on behalf of the Health Protection Committee.

The more people that use NHS Test and Trace correctly, the more effective it will be at stopping the spread of the virus, the safer it will be for you and your loves ones and the quicker the lockdown measures can be lifted.

The guide which will be updated regularly, can be found on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough council websites.


Dr Liz Robin’s vlog about support bubbles

Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, explains how ‘support bubbles’ work, and why these new social bubbles are designed to make it easier to reconnect with loved ones, friends and family – which is so important and can make all the difference to someone who has been living alone during lockdown.

More information about support bubbles and some general frequently asked questions and answers on the guidelines are available online.

Watch Dr Liz’s vlog on YouTube here.

Hola to Cambridgeshire Music’s second Online Orchestra

More than 100 young musicians contributed to Cambridgeshire Music’s second Online Orchestra challenge – La Bamba.

The organisation was absolutely bowled over by the enthusiasm of musicians across the county and beyond,  ho contributed to the toe-tapping Mexican performance, which has already been viewed 1,300 times online.   Every orchestral instrument was represented in the final performance – from harps to bassoons and from marimbas to ukuleles. Also, some great contributions on less well-known instruments – from a Chinese two-stringed erhu to a stylophone and even kazoos.

The icing on the La Bamba cake was a ‘bonus’ performance from Wyton on the Hill Primary School’s Kazoo Orchestra, which appears right at the end of the video.

Cambridgeshire Music is the county council run hub for music education and arts therapies and you can see more about its work here

Peterborough Cathedral would like to hear from you

In line with government guidance, Peterborough Cathedral took its services online and has been exploring the world of online worship ever since.

With the country beginning to enter the recovery phase of the pandemic, the Cathedral is looking to hear feedback on its online services offered during the lockdown as it begins to consider the role of online worship services in the future.

If you have tuned into any of the online services, may that have been for VE day or Sunday services, please take a moment to share your feedback with the cathedral here:

Bundle of books up for grabs in reading contest

Youngsters in Peterborough can get creative and win a bundle of books by entering a competition based around the work of a famous author.

The latest Peterborough Reads writing challenge has been launched, aimed at helping children enjoy reading-related activities during lockdown.

The challenge is inspired by Terry Pratchett’s ‘Truckers’, which tells the story of a race of tiny people (known as Nomes) who live hidden among humans.

The Nomes live under the floorboards of a large department store where the ‘outdoors’ is long forgotten. Things like night and day, sun and rain, are just the stuff of old legends.

In the story, a devastating piece of news shatters their existence: the store, their whole world, is to be demolished. The Nomes have to come up with a mastermind escape plan to stay alive and they need two things – a place to live, and a way to get there.

Please send all entries to by Wednesday 24 June for a chance to win a bundle of books. Remember to include the child’s name, age, and school in the email too.

For more information about the challenge click here