Cherry Hinton

Re-Elect Cllr Sandra Crawford

to the County Council on May 4th

Sandra has lived in Cherry Hinton since 1978 and her and husband Iain’s children attended local schools – Fulbourn Old Drift (now Bewick Bridge), the Infants School, and Netherhall. Sandra works as an accountant at Cambridge University College.

Cherry Hinton has changed and grown so much since the 1970s, and I’m proud that the Labour Party locally has played a role in making the village what it is today, for instance by campaigning for the Village Centre which was finally opened by Princess Diana, by being involved in the planning and delivery of the housing we now think of as the village, and by helping make improvements to local schools. I first became involved locally with Labour’s campaign to get safety barriers installed across>the level crossing on the High Street. At the time there was also great concern over High Street safety generally and I remember helping then Councillor John Woodhouse organise a public meeting in the Green Hut to talk about the traffic problems. The small hut was completely packed and from it came Cherry Hinton’s first Traffic Committee and the beginnings of addressing the speeding with the traffic calming scheme which lessened the accident rate dramatically. County Highways say the scheme is ‘no longer fit for purpose’ and I am trying to gather residents’ views on what changes they would like to see now we have succeeding in getting £250,000 funding allocated for improvements.”

To Contact Sandra telephone (01223) 503061, email at, or write to Sandra at 99 High Street, Cherry Hinton, CB1 9LU.


Other Cherry Hinton Councillors

Your Labour councillors are committed to the local community and play active roles, taking part in many groups and organisations and helping ensure Cherry Hinton flourishes whilst also retaining its unique identity.

Over the years your councillors have been involved in numerous campaigns, such as stopping proposals to change the Lloyds-TSB bank to a takeaway; campaigning for and delivering environmental improvements on the High Street, the Recreation Ground, and in many other locations; helping raise almost £17,000 to secure permanent CCTV on the High Street; thwarting plans for a travellers site on East Pit; and of course helping with the long but successful campaign to retain Marshall here in Cambridge. 

Mayor Cllr Robert Dryden, City Councillor from 1995

Robert_Sunshine_cropped.jpgRobert has lived in Cherry Hinton almost all of his life and he and his wife Sandra’s four children all went to local schools and most of his near family reside in the village. He is a proud member of the Unite trades union.

 “Since 1995 I have strived to work hard for the people I represent in Cherry Hinton and have taken up thousands of issues over the years on residents behalf. I have been a Cherry Hinton school governor for 13 years, and have helped with Cherry Hinton Residents Association since its successful transition from the old Colville Estate Residents Association in 2009. I am committee member of the Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall, an active member of Cherry Hinton Branch Royal British Legion, and am the President of the Fulbourn Hospital Sports & Social Club.”

To Contact Robert telephone (01223) 457246, email at, or write to Robert at 8 Bird Farm Road, Fulbourn, CB21 5DP.

Cllr Russ McPherson, City Councillor from 2004


Russ and his wife Carole, who married in St Andrews Church way back in February 1978, have lived in Church End, Cherry Hinton, for the last 31 years. In addition to council duties, Russ is currently Head of Security for Cambridge Regional College.

I enjoy playing music at local folk clubs and the highland pipes whenever I can! I also enjoy motorcycling (I helped start the local Cambridge BMF Rider Training Scheme), reading and caravan holidays. I am a Cherry Hinton MAGPAS volunteer providing emergency medical attention, having helped to establish the MAGPAS team for this area. Apart from MAGPAS I have also been involved in the local community as chair of the Neighbourhood Watch, with Cherry Hinton Residents Association, and Cherry Hinton Branch Royal British Legion.”

To Contact Russ telephone (01223) 457227, email at, or write to Russ at 184 Church End, Cherry Hinton, CB1 3LB.

Cllr Mark Ashton, City Councillor since 2011

I have lived in Cherry Hinton since 1971. Our children went to school here, and my wife and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. As well as being your councillor and chair of Cherry Hinton Residents Association, I also volunteer at DarwinMark_Village_Centre_cropped2.JPG Nurseries, help elderly people with gardening and other jobs, and help with the Barnwell Baptist Church Owls - a group for pre-school children.

My first term as councillor has just flown by, yet there have been real gains with the new Community Hub in the Library, improvements to the Rec and Tenby Close play area, the new village sign, a bus shelter and paths for Teversham Drift, various improvements including for the High Street War Memorial, and now funding secured for better High Street traffic calming. Sadly some bus services have gone, but with Labour’s national promise to return services from private operators to councils, getting back Cherry Hinton’s lost buses now a real possibility after May.

There is still plenty Labour can do, with more enhancements planned by the shops including the final improvements to Rectory Terrace which I’ve been working on for some time; improvements to the Robin Hood Junction; ‘phase 2’ of the Library Community Hub, which includes adding more rooms and facilities including possibly a new home for the Royal British Legion; and traffic measures for Rosemary Lane and Church End to name just a few. For this and more to come to fruition I hope I can count on your continued support on 7th May.

To Contact Mark telephone (01223) 243196, email at, or write to Mark at 23 March Lane, Cherry Hinton, CB1 3LG. 

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