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Musical Instruments for Toft Playground

The Parish Council recently purchased three new outdoor musical instruments for the playground, which have now been installed and are ready to be enjoyed. We invite you to go along to the playground and try these out! You will find a set of rainbow Samba drums of different sizes, a lovely shiny Babel drum that has eight notes in G major, and Harmony, an outdoor Xylophone based on a traditional Vietnamese folk-musical instrument called a T’rung. There are two mallets so you can play with both hands or with a friend. These are all easy and fun to play and sound amazing. Let’s make music!

New colourful musical instruments including rainbow Samba drums, a shiny Babel drum, and a Xylophone.
The musical instruments in position on Toft Playground.
Outdoor Xylophone on the playground.
Outdoor Xylophone
The new shiny Babel drum on the playground.
The new shiny Babel drum on the playground.

New speed limit in School Lane

School Lane
Toft Parish Council is pleased to announce that School Lane has recently become a 20mph maximum speed zone. We have been waiting a long time for this, so, it’s a huge relief to finally have it in place. It is hoped that the speed restriction will help children and pets play safely, and due to the lack of good pavement on School Lane, pedestrians will feel happier about using the road to walk on at some sections, as many of us already do. The Parish Council would like to thank everyone in advance for doing their best to not exceed the 20mph maximum speed, and, going forward, we hope to succeed in our bids for more 20mph zones throughout the village. 
Thank you,
Councillor Emma Darbyshire, on behalf of TPC.

Defibrillator Training

It is now over 4 years since we had our defibrillator installed outside Toft People’s Hall.  We have organised a training session on Zoom given by the Community Heartbeat Trust.  Please register on the link below and CHT will send you the link to join the session.

Tuesday, 8 February at 7:00 pm


Greater Cambridge Local Plan – First Proposals Public Consultation

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are working together to create a joint Local Plan for their combined districts – which we are referring to as Greater Cambridge.

The Councils are inviting comments, via public consultation, on the Greater Cambridge Local Plan First Proposals (Regulation 18: Preferred Options 2021). The Councils are also consulting on the accompanying Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating the requirements of Strategic Environmental Assessment) and Habitats Directive Assessment. This is part of the Regulation 18 Consultation under the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

The consultation documents can be viewed:
• on the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service website
• by appointment at Cambridge City Council’s Customer Service Centre: Mandela House, 4 Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1BY (phone 01223 457000);
• by appointment at South Cambridgeshire District Council Reception: South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA (phone 01954 713000);
• at Cambridge Central Library (7 Lion Yard Cambridge CB2 3QD) and Cambourne Library (Sackville House, Sackville Way, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6HD) during normal opening hours.


Hard copies may be obtained at a charge by contacting the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service using the contact details below. If you need assistance to view the documents, or wish to discuss the consultation, please contact us using the details below.

The Councils are also holding a number of online and in-person events during the consultation period, where planning officers will be available to answer questions. These may be subject to change in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please consult our website for full event details.

How to make comments
You are encouraged to comment online – full details are available on our website at
If you have difficulty commenting online, please contact the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Policy Team on 01954 713694 or email us at

Alternatively, you can make comments in writing using response forms available on the Councils’ websites or on request. Completed response forms should be emailed to
or posted to: Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge, CB1 0JH

Comments can be made on these documents between 9am on Monday 1 November and 5pm on Monday 13 December 2021.

All comments received during the consultation period will be published. Please refer to our privacy notice for further details, which can be found on our website.

First Proposals Consultation Public Notice

July Meeting

The Parish Council met on 2nd July.
The PC has a cover for the Beacon on the drift listed as an asset, however, it would appear that there isn’t such a cover and therefore the asset listing has been removed.
It was agreed that the PC would progress having dedicated PC email addresses.
The new signage at the village entries and the yellow lines around the green have been partly funded by the CC via the Local Highway Improvement scheme. This year we are applying for funding to improve the layout of the drop kerbs for wheelchair and buggy access outside of Home Meadow, near the bus stop.
The PC agreed expenditure c£200 for the Sports Day and village BBQ to be held on 14th July.
It was agreed to progress the repairs to the bench on the allotments.
It was agreed to fund additional training relating to the Defibrillator.
The PC had received a request from Toft Historical Society for some supportive funding for the installation of the memorial and information board recognising that Toft was a “Thankful Village”. The PC agreed to support the request up to £500 for the information board.
The PC supported three planning applications.
It was agreed to get a quotation for the replacement/repair of the post for the gate at the entrance to Lot Meadow.

The PC is still short of a couple of Councillors, if you are interested please speak to any of the existing Councillors or give Martin Yeadon a call.

Please note there is no meeting in August.