Fen Edge Family Exodus Bike Ride

A long caravan of yellow was seen on the Guided Busway around noon on 6th July as the 65-plus Fen Edge Family Exodus riders in their “Maillots Jaunes” made their way from Longstanton to Parkers Piece to enjoy the pre-Tour-de-France Velo Festival. The weather was perfect and the ride was incident-free (the Busway authorities will be pleased, and to them a special thanks for giving us permission to stage the ride). Everyone appeared to enjoy the travelling company, the 8.5 miles of gently changing scenery and the much merited beer at the end of the ride (other refreshments were available – in fact, Parkers Piece was buzzing). With the cost of poster printing and marshal bibs covered by a gratefully received Velo Festival / Cycle Legacy grant from Cambridge County Council, the event raised over £470 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, the official TdF charity. So a huge thanks to everyone from the organisers, Willingham Wheels (www.willinghamwheels.com).
Anyone moved to donate to this wonderful charity (Marie Curie, not Willingham Wheels!) can still do so online at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/FenEdgeExodus

Pantomime time in Cottenham

Time is drawing near for the new production of the Cottenham Theatre Workshop at the Cottenham Village College: a traditional favourite, Cinderella, which is sure to be great fun for all ages. The dates are: evenings at 7.30 from Tuesday 2nd December to Friday 5th December, plus two matinees on the Saturday at 1.30 and 5.30.

Cinderella is a story that spans generations, and because there are so many great characters in it, it always seems to offer new ways to put the narrative across. There could be no small child, being told the story of poor Cinders, who is not moved to tears. Those dreadful, ugly sisters. The appalling way they treated her. The wicked stepmother and her horrible scheming to keep Cinderella’s father from loving her.

But fairy stories – and certainly pantomimes – have a way of cutting through the tough stuff and bringing hope to the miserable. In Cinders’ case it is a handsome prince, a fairy godmother, a shoe seeking the right sized foot and an impending deadline that will bring everyone down to earth!

Don’t miss out. Get your seats now from www.cottenhamtheatre.com or from the Frameshop, 171 High Street, Cottenham; adults £9, concessions £8. For group bookings contact mary.garside@ntlworld.com or call 01954 204508. And mums and dads, there’s an added extra for your youngsters: children who come to the performances dressed up as princes and princesses will meet Prince Charming.


Farewell and thank you

As the Fen Edge Community Association (FECA) comes to the end of its administrative year, we prepare to say goodbye to our Chairman, Alan Leeks. Alan has done a sterling job in holding the organisation together for the last eight years, leading on the excellent Family Festival in 2013 and maintaining the advertising revenue for the Fen Edge News for the last five years. We would like to place on record our thanks to Alan and to wish him all the best in his new role as Chairman of Cottenham Parish Council.

We would also like to thank our secretary Rosalie Dunnico, who will be stepping down at our AGM. All her work for FECA over many years has been much appreciated. If you would like to know more about the activities of the association, why not come to our AGM at Cottenham Village College on Tuesday 15th July at 7.30 pm. You will be very welcome.

The FECA Trustees