NEW WEB SITE NEW WEB SITE NEW WEB SITE
This first attempt at our new website is far from complete and has many holes! We welcome feedback and in particular hope that village organisations will provide updated material about their own activities and/or provide links to their own web sites. Until we have a permanent Parish Clerk, Cllrs Robin Waters and Steve Herring will attempt to edit the content to reflect the PC activities, to provide up to date local news items and to enable any local organisation to update their ‘message’. Please click here to send updated or suggested content or comments.
The Parish of Hemingford Grey, which has a population of about 2,500, is situated on the southern bank of the River Great Ouse in the Huntingdonshire District of the county of Cambridgeshire. It adjoins Hemingford Abbots to the west and St Ives on the north bank of the river. To the east is Fenstanton and to the south Hilton. The A14 trunk road passes through the parish about a mile south of the main settlement. There is a bus service to St Ives and Cambridge (via the guided busway) and to Huntingdon and its railway station, with regular trains to London and, via Peterborough, to the north.
The centre of the village has an attractive mixture of buildings including thatched timber-framed cottages and the church of St James with its unique truncated spire. Along the riverside path is the Norman Manor House where Lucy Boston, the children’s writer, lived and which is open to the public by prior arrangement. In the High Street there is a Post Office in the St James Parish Centre; a village shop; the Cock public house and restaurant; and the The Willows guest house. Other village amenities include the Peace Memorial Playing Field, the Hemingford Pavilion, the Reading Room, and St James Parish Centre and the Primary School.
The village grew considerably in the 19th century especially towards London Road which forms the eastern boundary of the parish. The village continued to grow between the wars and in more recent years, by several estate developments around the southern side of the village centre. The focus of development has now shifted to London Road with the ‘Yes’ development; the Field Lodge Care Home and the former St Ives Work House now a unique residential development called Limes Park.
Farming is still the main land-use with large arable fields to the south and beautiful meadows on the flood plain near the river. There is limited employment in the village but in recent years there has been a considerable increase in the number of people working from home. This has led to many services being available in the village.
Hemingford Grey is a vibrant community with many and varied voluntary organisations providing recreation, education and sporting facilities for residents.