Watercourse guidance informing Cambridgeshire residents of rights and responsibilities
15 December 2022

Cambridgeshire County Council - Community Flood Action Programme

This team has created guidance documents for county residents to inform them about their rights and responsibilities in maintaining watercourses. The objectives are to provide detailed information on rights and responsibilities for maintenance, guidance on watercourses, and how to reinstate a piped or culverted watercourse.

Click here for more information - Watercourse guidance will inform Cambridgeshire residents of rights and responsibilities - Cambridgeshire County Council

The Watercourse Guidance covers everything that can affect watercourse maintenance, from birds and bats to hedges, highways, and ancient monuments. There are eight documents available on our website: Watercourse guidance - Cambridgeshire County Council

Six Oaks Renewable Energy Park - Newsletter
26 November 2022
Update on Bus services
28 October 2022

Discussions are continuing about bus services serving the village. Stephensons have been awarded the contract to provide services 11 & 12. At this stage the 11 will no longer stop in the village but the 12 will come off the A1303 onto Bell Rd and then turn right onto the High Street to go to Newmarket and vice versa on the route into Cambridge.

The timetable is attached.

Bottisham Parish Council Meeting With MP at Pariliament
17 October 2022


The Parish Council was pleased to accept an invitation from our MP, Lucy Frazer, to meet with her and to have a tour of the Houses of Parliament; the Chair Cllr Jon Ogborn and Vice-Chair Cllr John Wilson met with Lucy on October 17th in Westminster.

The main items discussed were the threatened removal of the Stagecoach Bus Services from Bottisham to Cambridge and Newmarket, the importance of maintaining the Green Belt protection in East Cambridgeshire and the Government’s strategy on solar farms with reference to the Sunnica application and the impending more local application by Ridge Clean Energy.

On the bus route issue, Lucy expressed her strong support for the argument to retain the current services despite Stagecoach’s assertion that the routes were not economically viable. She stressed that this matter is devolved to the Mayor with whom she is having regular meetings to resolve the issue: but she emphasised that there is already a very substantial subsidy from central government for local transport. Hopefully, a positive outcome will have been achieved by the time this article is published.

Lucy agreed with our argument that the Green Belt should be protected and stressed that there was no pending legislation to alter that view. We pointed out that the new Cambridge Science Park North, currently at consultation level, will be on Green Belt land owned by Trinity College.

While being opposed to the Sunnica development on the basis of scale, Lucy felt that individual, smaller solar farm applications such as the Ridge Clean Energy site between the A14 and A11 should be left largely to the opinions and decisions of the appropriate Parish and District Councils. Parish Council met with the developers on October 26 and the issue was discussed at Parish Council on November 7th.

This was followed by a full 90-minute tour of Parliament followed by seats in the Visitors Gallery when the Commons was packed to review the Budget changes.

Overall, it was a very informative and worthwhile day.

John Wilson

Vice-Chair of Bottisham Parish Council

Cancellation of Stagecoach Bus Services
22 September 2022
Notice of conclusion of Audit with External Audit Report and Certificate
21 September 2022

Accounts and Audit Report with details of how to obtain a copy

10 June 2022

The Notice sets out the rights of any interested person to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates

Your Parish Council Needs You!
24 May 2022

Press release: Decision of Retirement Village Inquiry announced
15 April 2022
Find out about becoming a Parish Councillor
16 March 2022



All prospective councillors from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are welcome to attend.

Wednesday 16th March 2022 - 1830 til 2100

The session is bookable via our online booking system -CAPALC Booking Page.
Direct Booking Link
Wednesday 16th March

If you are planning to attend please can you let the Clerk know–Jonathan GilesClerk@bottisham-pc.gov.uk

Bottisham & District Gardening Club
28 January 2022

We have a programme for the year which is set out below.  We welcome non-members to any of our meetings for a fee of £2.00. Our secretary, Julia Green 01223 811467, can be contacted for any information.

Tuesday, 22nd February - Clematis, Ray Nunnington

Tuesday 22nd March - Flower Gardens & Flower Arranging, Jackie Lince

Tuesday, 26th April - Hanging Baskets, Caroline Deeth

Tuesday 24th May - Fuchsias-The Three Virtues, Nick Dobson

Tuesday, 28th June - Summer Social & Plant Swap

Wednesday, 13th July - Outing to RHS Hyde Hall

Tuesday, 27th September - Coping with Climate Change, Nigel Start

Tuesday, 25th October - AGM

Tuesday, 22nd November - History of Anglesey Abbey, Helen Ackroyd

Tuesday, 13th December - Christmas Social

Free Housing & Community Advice Service - Bus Visits
11 January 2022

The Housing and Community Advice Service Bus will be travelling to areas across our area to provide support and advice on topics ranging from debt and benefits to homelessness and COVID-19 recovery. The Community Hub bus is a one stop shop providing information, advice, and support to improve the wellbeing of our community. It will be in Bottisham every third Wednesday in the month


Next Stop in Bottisham - 19th January 2022

At Bottisham Community Sports and Social Club just off Downing Close.

The hubs provide FREE support and advice for individuals and their families covering drink or drug challenges, housing or homelessness issues, benefit questions, mental health advice, domestic abuse, money worries, they are also there if you just need someone to talk to.If you have any paperwork relating to your questions, try and bring it with you.

You do not need to make an appointment, just drop in and someone will see you as soon as they are available

You can attend any of the drop-ins. Have a look on the bus timetable for where the bus is next.


For more details visit: https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/housing/community-hub

Bottisham Medical Practice - Interview with Dr Keith
16 October 2021

Dr Tamara Keith talks about the GP Crisis on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Our surgery is working tirelessly to support our residents but we need to support them too. How? We ask that you consider what is urgent before you call so to ensure not overburdened any more. Look after yourselves, look after each other. Be kind and considerate to our GPs and recognise they are always working in our best interests.  Listen to the You Tube Interview with Dr Keith  Dr Keith shares the stresses and the strains that not only a doctor endures but also the statistics for the patients coming through our surgery.  

Parish Councillor Vacancy x 3
12 October 2021


Are you interested in Bottisham village community matters and your local environment?

Would you like to make a difference in your village?

Local issues need local people to speak up for them!

We are looking to co-op 3 new Parish Councillors could you fit the bill?

You could get actively involved in projects to deliver benefits to the community.

For More Information Contact:

Jonathan Giles, Clerk and Proper Officer

Tel: 07789 012761  Email:  clerk@bottisham-pc.gov.uk

Bottisham Medical Practice
29 September 2021

Bottisham Medical Practice Patients’ Participation Group

Masks: The guidance is for both staff and patients to continue to wear masks in healthcare setting. We would ask that all patients please continue to wear a mask when they attend to the surgery in order to protect them, other patients and our staff.

Blood Samples: Due to a shortage of equipment your GP may discuss with you postponing routine / non urgent blood tests.

Blood Tests: It may be the case that you are requested to have your blood test at the Newmarket Road, Cambridge Park and Ride location. The drop-in service will be available between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Fridays to anyone over the age of 16 and who has medical paperwork or a request for blood tests placed on the hospital computer system confirming they need a blood test.

With best wishes to you all during these difficult times. Stay safe.

Mental Health Resources
19 May 2021


What is a mental health crisis?

You, or someone you know, might be in crisis if:

  • You are thinking of hurting yourself or suicide seems the only option
  • Someone you know has made threats to hurt you or someone else.
  • You are experiencing extreme distress that seems overwhelming.

Who can help in a mental health crisis?

Call 111 and press option 2 for theFirst Response Service- a 24-hour service for people in a mental health crisis. This service is for anyone, of any age, living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Specially-trained mental health staff will speak to you and discuss with you your mental health care needs – instead of you having to go to accident and emergency departments of local acute hospitals.

If you are over the age of 16 you can access the Sanctuary in Cambridge or Peterborough - People in crisis across the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be able to access Sanctuary support. Staffed by mental health charity Mind in Cambridgeshire, the Sanctuary offers people practical and emotional support between 6pm and 1am and is accessible by referral from the First Response Service.

Call your local GP if you are concerned about your mental health and you feel unable to cope.

Some websites and apps which may be helpful to cope with isolation, anxiety and stress are on the following pages.

General mental health support:



Mindfulness for your everyday life

Currently free

Just 10 days of Headspace can increase happiness by 16%

Explore guided exercises, videos, and more to help you get healthier and happier.

Meditation, mindfulness, stress and anxiety management


Keep Your Head brings together reliable information on mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

Recourses for child and adult mental health


Moodgym is like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practise skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.


Free Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


The clinically proven online mindfulness course for better mental wellbeing

Specifically for children and young people:


Information and resources for children, young people and families who suffer with mental health problems. Helpline. Signposting for support. Educational materials.


Online counselling and support for children and young people.


Information and resources for children, young people and families who suffer with mental health problems. Helpline. Signposting for support. Educational materials


A charity that promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them through education, resilience strategies and early intervention. Provided digitally through education programmes, apps, website and mental health conferences.


Free, confidential helpline for young people. Volunteers available 24/7 to offer support on a range of issues eg self-harm, bullying, drugs etc.


A website with helpful relaxation exercises for children with anxiety


A safe space for children aged 12+ years to have their questions answered accurately, and can access online counselling.

Apps to help with mental health:

https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/ A website to find apps recommended by the NHS


Be Mindful is an online course for reducing stress, depression and anxiety. It guides you through the elements of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).


Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda. The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.


Headspace: Mindfulness and meditation. There is a kids section.


Calm: Mindfulness and meditation. There are different age-specific sessions.


CalmHarm: An app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. Private and password protected


Safespot: A helpful app (and website) designed to help young people cope and manage stressful situations. Personalised coping plan.


HappiMe: HappiMe is a free app that helps to raise self-esteem, self-confidence and happiness levels in children and young people by teaching them about the power of thinking positively and how to choose a more helpful way of thinking.


Big White Wall is an online community for people who are stressed, anxious or feeling low. The service has an active forum with round-the-clock support from trained professionals. You can talk anonymously to other members and take part in group or one-to-one therapy with therapists.


Thrive helps you prevent and manage stress, anxiety and related conditions. The game based app can be used to relax before a stressful situation or on a more regular basis to help you live a happier, more stress-free life.

Document prepared by Dr T Keith

Bottisham Medical Practice