Local authorities across the country are responding to the cost of living crisis by helping their communities to set up ‘Warm Hubs’.  Great Shelford is no different and opens the Great Shelford Warm Hub on Monday 14th November 2022.

So what is a Warm Hub?
A Warm Hub is a place where people can find a safe, warm and friendly environment to spend part of their day, meaning that they are reducing their energy bills at home.

Who is running the Warm Hub?
Great Shelford Parish Council, Great Shelford Free Church and St Mary’s Church are working together to bring the Warm Hub to life.  But, in order to make it work there are many volunteers who have given up their time, and will be available to support residents who want to come along and seek a little company over the dark winter months.

Where will I find the Great Shelford Warm Hub?
Our Warm Hub will run on Monday through to Friday and will be split across two sites as follows:

Day Location Times
Monday Great Shelford Free Church* 10:00 – 16:00
Tuesday Great Shelford Free Church 10:00 – 16:00
Wednesday Great Shelford Memorial Hall** 09:00 – 15:00
Thursday Great Shelford Free Church 10:00 – 16:00
Friday Great Shelford Free Church 10:00 – 16:00

* Monday’s Warm Hub will run alongside the Community Cafe in the morning.
** Wednesday’s Hub will run alongside the Country Market – and don’t forget the change of location for this day.

What does it cost me?
Absolutely nothing!  We have funding from Cambridgeshire ACRE which helps to pay for some of the project and Great Shelford Parish Council has resolved to fund the remainder.  Tesco Express in Shelford has agreed to support with supply of refreshments and we cannot thank them enough.

If anyone does wish to support the project with a donation or grant, please contact Libby at 01223 616622 or by email clerk@greatshelfordparishcouncil.gov.uk.

What can I do there?
We are not providing a series of events, though we hope that there will be elements of support we can provide (to be announced as we go along).  Just pop along with your newspaper, book, knitting, or a puzzle and have a chat with friends and neighbours when you feel like it.


The Warm Hubs initiative in Cambridgeshire is being delivered in partnership with Cambridgeshire ACRE, The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System, East Cambridgeshire District Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council.  Further information can be found on the Cambridgeshire ACRE website including locations of other Warm Hubs in East and South Cambridgeshire.

Other Support Available

Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough – providing advice and support

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) – advice and signposting

Great Shelford Parochial Charities – available for small grants

John Huntingdon’s Charity – available for help and advice, financial support, food bank, etc.

South Cambridgeshire District Council – cost of living support