Memorial Safety Inspection

Memorial Safety Inspections are being carried out in all of our cemeteries week commencing 12 November 2018 for up to 3 months.

Since Victorian Times memorials have been erected at the head of graves as a permanent reminder of those buried within. It is often wrongly assumed that memorials are permanent structures, installed to the highest standards, and will last forever without need for repair.

Unfortunately, this assumption has cost the lives of a number of people nationally in recent years, most of whom have been children, and there have been countless accidents ranging from bruising to severe crush injuries and bone breakages. Local authorities now have to tackle years of neglect and in some cases poor workmanship. The memorials do not belong to the council; they remain the property and the responsibility of the Deed Holder to the Exclusive Rights of Burial.

St Neots Town Council has Health and Safety responsibilities to its employees, contractors and visitors to cemeteries.  The council has a responsibility to staff (Section 2 Health and Safety at Work Act 1974) and a responsibility to visitors (Section 3 Health and Safety at Work Act 1974). The Management of Health and Safety at Work    Regulations 1999 places a legal duty on the council to assess the risks from cemetery structures and work activities and ensure that the risks are controlled.

St Neots Town Council have engaged the services of an Independent Memorial Inspection Company.  They have extensive training and qualifications such as National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) Institute of Crematorium and Cemeteries Management (ICCM), Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Health and Safety.  The inspections will be carried out with care and respect.

When the memorial inspection company identify unsafe memorials through this inspection programme St Neots Town Council have a responsibility to ensure such memorials are not a danger to visitors and employees in the burial ground. Where possible, St Neots Town Council will contact the owner, advise them of the problem and ask them to make the memorial permanently safe, usually by having it re-fixed.  Obviously, if there is a clear defect with the way in which the memorial was installed then the owner may have some redress through the memorial mason who originally installed it, should it have been installed in the previous 6 years. If not, they will have to pay for the memorial to be installed to an approved standard.

If you require any further information, please contact our offices on Tel: 01480 388911

St Neots Business Showcase

Wednesday 13 June 2018, 10:30am to 2:30pm, Market Square

Now in its 6th year, the local Business Showcase is returning to St Neots’ Market Square on Wednesday 13 June. More than twenty local businesses are participating to promote their products and services.

The outdoor exhibition is free to attend; members of the public and business representatives are invited to come along to browse the exhibitor stands. The unique outdoor exhibition provides an opportunity for individuals to find out about the wide range of services available in the town and for business representatives to seek to widen their client base and/or preferred suppliers. Many exhibitors will be distributing samples and promoting special offers specifically for this event.

The Business Showcase is being organised jointly by Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce and St Neots Town Council who understand the need for such an event in the town to recognise and celebrate the wide range of successful enterprises, large and small, operating in and around the St Neots area.

Chief Executive of the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, John Bridge OBE DL and Cllr Barry Chapman, Mayor of St Neots will be attending to officially open the showcase and judge the winner of the ‘best dressed’ stand, with a prize being awarded to the winning exhibitor.

Businesses from across the town representing a wide range of industry sectors will be attending. Confirmed exhibitors include:


Organisation Name Description
Beacon Wealth Management Financial advisors for pensions, savings, investments, mortgages, protection, long-term care and employee benefits.


Brown and Co Long established commercial property agents based in St Neots.




Rowley Arts Centre Cineworld multi-screen cinema located along Huntingdon Street, St Neots.


Euston Lodge Freemasons


Hunt and Coombs Solicitors St Neots, Huntingdon and Peterborough based lawyers providing commercial and personal legal services.


Leeds Day Solicitors Leading Cambridgeshire based law firm providing legal advice to businesses and individuals.


Maciek Platek Photography Freelance photographer specialising in architectural and food photography.


Naturoware Ltd Local firm specialising in bio degradable eco-friendly disposable tableware.


Natwest Personal and Commercial banking in St Neots


Osbourne Appointments Recruitment agency specialising in industrial and commercial jobs


Premier Travel St Neots based independent travel agency


Riverport Business Club Friendly and professional networking club, helping businesses thrive and expand through lead generation and peer support.


Romsey Mill Romsey Mill is a Christian charity dedicated to creating opportunities for change with young people, children and families in Cambridgeshire.


Saints Hair & Beauty St Neots based hairdressing and beauty treatment salon.


St Neots English Centre



Tuition for those learning English as a second language.
Strong for Samson Local charity founded by a St Neots based family campaigning to raise awareness about life-limiting muscular dystrophy.


Switch Now CiC Service for young adults with learning difficulties in St Neots, to provide them with skills training and work experience opportunities.


Urban and Civic Land acquisition and development.


Wyboston Lakes Business training centre, hotel, spa and golf resort. Also offers serviced office space on site.


Katie Williams, Town Centre Manager, said: “I am delighted to be working with the Chamber again to put on this unique business exhibition in the heart of St Neots. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to come together to showcase their products and services to the local community.”

St Anselm Memorial Works

Residents may have noticed some interesting works being carried out on the green adjacent to St Neots Rowing Club recently.

St Neots Town Council is currently in the process of installing a memorial to Saint Anselm, the first Archbishop of Canterbury who visited the former Medieval Priory of St Neots.

Stones which derived from the Lost Priory of St Neots were salvaged from the Eaton Socon Lidl site and are being incorporated within the memorial design, which echoes an early Medieval well.

When finished the new memorial will form part of the St Neots Heritage Trail; information boards will be installed next to the memorial telling the story of St Anselm and how he came to be associated with St Neots.

Town Council Election Results May 2018

St Neots Eynesbury Ward – Elected Parish Councillors

  • COLLINS, Diana Elizabeth – Putting St Neots Residents First
  • COOPER-MARSH, Justin Christopher – Putting St Neots Residents First
  • GREEN, Caroline Ann – Putting St Neots Residents First
  • SPEED, Emma Jayne – Putting St Neots Residents First
  • TERRY, Doug – Putting St Neots Residents First

St Neots Priory Park Ward – Elected Parish Councillors

  • CHAPMAN, Barry Stephen – Putting People before Politics
  • DAVIES, Paul – Putting People before Politics
  • JOHNSON, Delphine Colette Antoinette – Putting People before Politics

St Neots Church Ward – Uncontested Election

  • GREEN Christine Rosemary – Labour Party

St Neots Crosshall Ward – Uncontested Election

  • GILES Sandie – Putting St Neots Residents First

St Neots East Ward – Uncontested Election

  • FERGUSON Stephen William – Independents for Love’s Farm and Wintringham
  • GREGSON Caroline Julie – Independents for Love’s Farm and Wintringham
  • HOLMES Colin Robert – Independents for Love’s Farm and Wintringham
  • PITT Ben – Independents for Love’s Farm and Wintringham

St Neots Eaton Ford Ward – Uncontested Election

  • GILES Derek Arthur – Our Community my Priority
  • ROGERS Charles John – Our Community my Priority
  • THORPE Gordon Sydney Edward – Our Community my Priority

St Neots Eaton Socon Ward – Uncontested Election

  • BANKS Barry Sidney – Our Community my Priority
  • EYRE Derek Anthony – Our Community my Priority
  • MASLEN Colin John – Our Community my Priority

St Neots Priory Park South Ward – Uncontested Election

  • SLADE Richard Andrew – Neotists

View the full election results for Huntingdonshire District: Parish Council Election Results and District Council Election Results

Enter the 2018 Charity Dragon Boat Race

Entries now open for the 2018 Charity Dragon Boat Race, Saturday 4 August.

Venue: River Great Ouse alongside Regatta Meadow, St Neots.

Dragon Boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today. Up to 10 people paddle each 30′ boat with a drummer at the front beating in time and a helm at the tail steering a straight course. No previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit.

Why enter the St Neots Charity Dragon Boat Race?
  • No experience necessary, all ages (16 plus) and fitness levels welcome
  • St Neots provides the premier race venue in the region
  • This is the only charity dragon boat event offering free training sessions for all entered crews
  • Crew entry fees are lower than all other regional races including Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Peterborough
  • A fun day out is guaranteed for competitors and spectators alike with plenty of bankside entertainment on offer including live race commentary, food stalls, licensed bar, children’s activities and more.

Download the 2018 Crew Entry Pack here. Completed forms should be returned to St Neots Town Council by email or post to Town Council Offices, Priory Lane, St Neots, PE19 2BH.

Masterplan Working Group gets to work

St Neots deserves more, can do more and could benefit from £5.8million pounds of new investment! That is the overall finding of a recently completed ‘St Neots Masterplan for Growth’ commissioned by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and conducted in collaboration with Huntingdonshire District Council and St Neots Town Council.

Friday 19 January, saw the inaugural meeting of the new multi‐agency Steering Group that will drive forward the recommendations in the plan and begin to shape and implement a delivery programme of activities across the Town.

The group will be chaired by former Deputy Mayor of the Combined Authority and Huntingdonshire District Councillor, Robin Howe. The people involved are representatives from the Town, District and County Councils, including the Mayor of St Neots, Cllr Derek Giles and importantly also incorporating local business people and expertise being drawn from industry, education and skills, transport, planning and property.

The Masterplan is the first of a series to be commissioned by the Combined Authority to help determine how best to maximise regeneration and reinvigoration of key market towns of Cambridgeshire, that maximises their potential as vibrant places to live, work and relax.

Derek Giles, Mayor of St Neots and District Councillor for Eaton Socon ward, said: “St Neots is the largest town in Cambridgeshire and all too often is seen as the forgotten town by many residents. At long last we will enjoy much needed investment to help fund and promote our town to become a vibrant and great place to live and work in.”

Graham Bull, Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, said: “This exciting project is designed to unlock the potential of St Neots as a key Town in our District that can be an even better place to live, learn and work and can also set the standard for ensuring a successful formula can be found to develop our other market towns in the district into the future.”

Mayor of the Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority, James Palmer, said: “I want all the market towns of Cambridgeshire to become vibrant economic and social centres; growth hubs if you like, where people can find jobs, affordable housing and efficient transport systems and I believe the St Neots Masterplan initiative is a big step toward achieving this objective.”

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Festival of Water – August 2018

Festival of Water: Saturday 25 – Monday 27 August 2018

The IWA (Inland Waterways Association) Festival of Water will bring a free family day out offering attractions both on and off the water.  Many boats attend, including leisure, trade, heritage and working narrowboats and a wide range of craft stalls, music, entertainment and activities for children ensure fun is had by all.  There will also be a market and fundraising stalls and the IWA would like to hear from boaters, charities and local groups who are interested in having a stall and fundraising for their chosen cause.

IWA Events Team Chairman Jane Elwell said: “We are so pleased with the encouraging comments made by both local councils who are really looking forward to the IWA’s Festival of Water coming to town.  There will be several exciting boating events on the Anglian Waterways in 2018 and we are sure IWA members and supporters will have a wonderful time getting to know the waterways better as they cruise their way to St Neots.”

Huntingdonshire District Council and St Neots Town Council are pleased to be working in partnership to bring this coveted event to the town.

Councillor Richard West, Chairman of Huntingdonshire District Council, says: “This is fantastic news for St Neots and our district.  What a great celebration the IWA Festival of Water will be for our beautiful river, and we look forward to the festivities that will attract thousands of people to this unique event.”

Councillor Derek Giles, Mayor of St Neots added: “Riverside Park is at the heart of the town and the site of many successful river-based events.  It is the perfect location for a waterside festival and we have some fantastic ideas that we are working on with The Inland Waterways Association to make this event one to remember.”