It’s A Knockout – Willingham Family Fun Day Sunday 17th July

Two years have gone by since the last It’s A Knockout, so you will yet again have the chance to don Teletubby costumes, waddle like a penguin, wade through foam pits, clamber over obstacles and generally have a lot of fun raising money for our wonderful village of Willingham.

In 2014 It’s A Knockout raised vital funds for the refurbishment of the playground in Willingham and since then record numbers of people of all ages have been flocking to the QEII playing field.

This time around, the money raised will be split between the completion of the playground refurbishment (for the teen area) and the Willingham Youth Centre to provide ongoing activities for the young people of the village.

We need your input to make it a success so please do start thinking whether your group of friends, colleagues, family, employees or social club would like to enter a team for this fantastic day. Teams should consist of 8 – 10 people. If you would prefer to sponsor a community group team (e.g. Scouts, Guides etc.) we would also love to hear from you.

For more information email

It's A Knockout! Willingham


Cottenham singers The TyrannoChorus choir at The Albert Hall

Sunday 10th July is the date, writes Siobhan Lihoreau Musical Director of Cottenham based singers The TyrannoChorus. A group of BigMouth (our adult community choir) and VoxPop (teenage choir) will be among the 400 voices singing Carmina Burana at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Not only that, but TongueTwisters, the TyrannoChorus children’s choir, will also be there. They will be part of the children’s choir along with older children from Harston and Newton School and a boys’ choir from Bromley in Kent. “Children and adults are very excited,”says Siobhan. “Can you imagine being 8 years old and singing a major part at the Royal Albert Hall? It’s fantastic. They’ll have their names on posters and in the programme. What a wonderful memory to have.”

Carmina Burana is an extraordinary choral work, probably the most frequently performed choral work of the 20th century. It was composed in 1936 by Carl Orff, using poems – mostly bawdy, irreverent and satirical, says the Classic FM website – written between the 11th and 13th centuries in medieval Latin, high German and old French/Occitane. There were over 1,000 of them and Orff set just 24 to music.
The title? Carmina means songs and Burana is the Latinised form of Beuren, the Bavarian town where the poems were discovered in a Benedictine monastery in 1803.

See the Royal Albert Hall website for details of the concert.

Find out more about The TyrannoChorus on their Facebook page.

Putting on a Show with Cottenham Theatre Workshop

Do you know that Cottenham Theatre Workshop is in its 39th year? That’s quite an achievement for an amdram group in a village. There are still a couple of members who were there at the start, in 1977! But to go on presenting two shows a year – one in spring and one just before Christmas, the very much appreciated pantomime – takes not just effort but involves many willing hands and teamwork.

CTW, a member of FECA since it started, are always looking for new people to join both on and off stage – we don’t mind if you’ve been involved with theatre productions for 50 years or if this is your first ever show. As a theatre workshop, we are always happy to train people up in different roles – indeed, many of our members have learned lots of different skills from being part of the group. For example one of our actors took on the role of sound technician for DRY ROT, our most recent play.

Just look at the many of the roles that make up a successful production:

Actors Director Producer
Musical Director (mostly just for pantomimes) Sound and lighting operators Technical Director
Costume designers and makers Set designers, builders and painters Back stage crew
Choreographers (mostly just for pantomimes) Publicity: posters, programme and banner design Props person
Rehearsal pianist (mostly just for pantomimes) Pit band members (mostly just for pantomimes) Front of house


For more detail on these roles please look at our Get involved section on the Cottenham Theatre Workshop website or email

A raffle was held each night of the play, with all the proceeds going to the Arthur Rank hospice charity in memory of long-standing CTW member Sue Macdonald. Sue spent a week in Arthur Rank during her illness, and they helped in providing nurses to sit with her at night, so we felt that it would be appropriate to collect money for this charity. A total of £280 was raised – many thanks to everyone who “placed a bet”.

This year’s CTW pantomime will be THE WIZARD OF OZ and the new script, written by Director Gary Unwin-Riches, is appropriately based on the 1939 Judy Garland movie, voted one of the best 100 films of all time. Everyone is welcome to the read-through of the script on 17th June at Cottenham Village College, 7.30pm. Auditions will be at the same place a week later, on the 24th.
We welcome members from the first year of senior school (Year 7) upwards. There are plenty of roles to play, from Munchkins to flying monkeys and evil witches to bumbling wizards. If you can’t make these dates and want to be involved, please contact

Wizard of Oz Cottenham Theatre Workshop