Volunteer opportunities at Cottenham Community Centre

Would you like to be involved with this amazing venture in the heart of Cottenham (opposite the Co-Op) and maybe learn extra skills and make new friends at the same time?

If you think you could deal with one or several of the items mentioned please contact Mike Smith smithmichaelstanley@hotmail.com or call 01954 251915. You will be working in conjunction with the CCC managers and appointed trustees.

Halls Hire

Seek, take and record bookings on e-calendar, mainly by phone and e-mail and respond promptly, throughout the week. Show prospective hirers around the Centre and show them how things work. Arrange access.


Understand the heating systems and controls and the three zones for Gas-fired central heating. Set time switches for gas boiler heating appropriately.

Caretaking etc

Monitor the outside of the building for security, cleanliness etc and correct or report to manager. Litter pick and occasionally sweep up stones and leaves, remove snow etc .Maintain the storerooms’ and noticeboards tidiness and re-organise as needed. Make (or arrange for) minor repairs to chairs, highchairs, tables, doors etc.

Events planning

Suggest ideas and plan for 12 months of events with trustees and monitor and report list of events to trustees. Assist with advertising and running of some.


Draft a CCC newsletter to keep members informed every 2 months and then issue by email and personal delivery. Use twitter to advertise CCC events. Prepare publicity detail. Assist trustees/managers with seeking volunteers for coffee shop.

Art work arrangements

 Seek and liaise with Artists with a view to hanging their work in the coffee shop.

CCC is a registered charity http://www.cottenhamcc.org/

Two generous grants from FECA for Willingham projects

At its first meeting under new Chair Eileen Wilson, the Finance and
General Purposes Committee (F&GP) of the Fen Edge Community Association
(FECA) responded to requests for financial aid submitted by Caroline
Hyde for Willingham Youth Trust and by Catherine Atkins for Willingham
Action Group – for equipment for Willingham’s new youth club and the new QEII
playground facility respectively – with two generous grants of £500 each.
The Committee regarded these as eminently deserving projects well
within FECA’s remit “to promote the benefits of the catchment area of
Cottenham Village College and its neighbourhoods”. Willingham-based
F&GP committee members Graham Mumby and Paul Knighton (who, after
presenting the cases, absented themselves from the discussions and voting)
gave their thanks on behalf of the village and in particular the hard-working
volunteers who have taken these two projects from ideas on a piece of paper
to tangible reality within such a remarkably short period.

It is worth noting that FECA’s funds are largely generated from
within Cottenham, the home of the majority of the committee members, who are
also among the most active fundraisers – none more so than Alan Leeks, who
recently resigned the F&GP Chair to take up chairmanship of Cottenham Parish
Council. So thank you Cottenham! This wider community support
also helps convince larger donors of the validity of these major local projects.
Report by Paul Knighton