Singing in Cottenham and Landbeach

Jan Payne, a highly respected local musician, teacher and choir leader, is making singing fun in two different groups in the Fen Edge.

Her newest one is Sing to Remember (which started in December 2015) for people with dementia and their carers. Though much detail of the past disappears through memory loss, often the words of songs learnt at a young age remain. Jan, at the keyboard, encourages all to join in a hearty sing which, as we all know, makes you feel good.

Thanks to funding from FECA, the group meets weekly on Thursdays at Landbeach Baptist Church, with tea and biscuits at 11.15am followed by singing from 11.30-12.30. If you would like to come along to the group, or if you think you could spare a couple of hours now and again on a Thursday morning to join a team of volunteers, please contact the Community Development Officer, Care Network on 01954 211919 or by email to

The first group which Jan runs on behalf of the Care Network is now in its second year. Singing for Fun meets in term time at the Salvation Army Barn, High Street, Cottenham on Thursdays from 1.45 to 3.15pm. The picture shows the group of men and women singing at their 1st birthday party last year. You don’t need to be a trained or experienced singer nor read music – just come along. Word sheets are provided but soon you’ll find that the songs you remember from yesterday will come flooding back. Contact Pam Lumsden on 01954 251371 for more information.

Singing in the Fen Edge

Landbeach Tithe Barn – are you our missing piece?

The New Year issue of the Fen Edge News features the very old Landbeach tithe barn on the cover, a picture taken by local author Ray Gambell.

We’re now looking for a few more trustees to join our small, but dedicated volunteer Tithe Barn Trust team. Amongst us we already have Heritage Management, Agricultural, Community Liaison and Financial experience. However, we also need an Architect, Historic Building Surveyor and Project Manager. Are you the right person to complete our jigsaw?

We’re a not for profit volunteer group aiming to save and sympathetically restore the 16th Century Grade II listed Tithe Barn, in Landbeach, for community use. We have begun the process to become a registered charity.

Our vision is to: Work for a vibrant, diverse and sustainable future of the Tithe Barn and its surroundings to safeguard their unique heritage features for the benefit and enjoyment of local people.

Gemma O’Shea, local resident and Shadow Trustee, says “It’s an exciting time to get on board. If you have vision and a little time to give something back, get in touch. This unique barn is now in a state of disrepair and unless we act now we could lose this gem at the heart of Landbeach.”

Picture shows story teller Pete Jennings in action at last April’s open day. There’ll be more chances to experience the amazing building this year – look on the Facebook site.

Find us on Facebook FriendsofLandbeachTitheBarn and follow us on Twitter @TBarnT

Other ways to get involved –

Make a Pledge: Landbeach Tithe Barn Pledge Form

Become a Friend: Become a Friend of Landbeach Tithe Barn

Volunteer: Join our Events or Fundraising team. Email: or phone James, our Chair, on 07958 389713 for further information

How to find the Tithe Barn

Kissing gate entrance is opposite No 2 Waterbeach Road, Landbeach, Cambridge CB25 9FA. Walk along the grassed track along the hedge. Free parking or no. 9 Stagecoach bus stops near Cockfen Lane.

Storytelling at Landbeach Tithe Barn Open Day April 2015


Dates for your diary

Parishioners at All Saints in Cottenham are continuing to come up with pleasurable ways to raise money for the necessary repairs to the church. You can help by coming to any of these events:

Quiz Saturday 13 February 7.30pm in All Saints Hall. Teams of 6-8, £5 per person. Each table to bring own food plus one raffle prize, please.

Concert by Junior Prime Brass, Sunday 6 March, afternoon in All Saints Church (actual time to be advised).

Fen Edge Orchestra, evening of Saturday 9 July (time – tba) in All Saints Church.

Look Inside Cottenham Primary School

A report about Cottenham Primary School’s new extension is included in the latest issue of the Fen Edge News (page 13), but here are some photos taken on the official opening day, 19th November, a very well attended event. The special guest of honour was Olympic medallist Kristian Thomas, seen here with one of the School Governors Sue Arnold.

Shown in the photos are some of the bright and cheerful additions to the walls: an amazing mural created by Jez Brook, a felt mosaic which combines the ideas of children from Year 2 upwards on the subject of ‘unity in diversity’, plus an inspiring circle (where everyone can make their mark).

And the past is not forgotten. In a hallway is the old school bell, from the long-ago premises in Margett Street.

Olympic medallist Kristian Thomas with Cottenham Primary School Governor Sue ArnoldCottenham Primary School - Mural by Jez BrookCottenham Primary School Unity in DiversityCottenham Primary School Unity in Diversity 2Cottenham Primary School where everyone can make their markCottenham Primary School - it's your schoolCottenham Primary School - old school bell