The Fen Edge Festival gets Bags of Help from Tesco

We are extremely pleased to announce that the Fen Edge Festival 2017 has been selected for funding from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ Grant scheme, which is tremendous news for the Fen Edge Community Association.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch the Bags of Help initiative which offers community groups and projects, in each of around 200 Tesco regions across the UK, a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

The Fen Edge Festival 2017 now goes forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores where customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from Wednesday 1st March to Saturday 29th April. The result of the voting will be known by the end of May. The project with the highest number of votes across our region will receive £5,000, the second placed project £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000.

Tesco Bags of Help Fen Edge Festival 2017
How to vote
To vote simply make a purchase, of any value, within any of the Tesco stores listed below. You will receive one token per transaction – it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token. Please ask the checkout operator for a token if one isn’t automatically given to you. Please then drop your token into the Fen Edge Festival 2017 collecting box – The Bags of Help collecting boxes are usually situated by the Customer Services desk. It really is that simple to vote for your community Festival!

Where to vote
The following Tesco stores in our region are all voting points for the Fen Edge Festival 2017
Bar Hill – Tesco Extra
Histon – Tesco Express
Milton – Tesco
Ely – Tesco
Campkin Road – Tesco ExpressTesco Bags of Help Fen Edge Festival 2017Cherry Hinton – Tesco Express
Chesterton – Tesco Express
Clifton Road – Tesco Express
East Road – Tesco Express
Hills Road – Tesco Express
Mill Road – Tesco Express
Newmarket Road – Tesco
Fulbourn – Tesco
Great Shelford – Tesco Express

To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the Tesco website

The Fen Edge Festival
This year’s Festival will take place in Cottenham from 23 to 25 June and is a great opportunity for residents in the five Fen Edge Villages (Cottenham, Landbeach, Rampton, Willingham and Waterbeach) to come together at a community festival of music, dance, sports, food, play, arts and crafts and fun.

Fen Edge Festival 2017 Cottenham Village Green CambridgeshireThis popular and well-attended event has taken place every two years since 2005. Over 3,000 people attended the 2015 Festival as the five Fen Edge villages demonstrated their vibrant community spirit, with individuals and families enjoying the activities and entertainment and socialising with neighbours and friends, enhancing the sense of community.

The Festival is organised by Fen Edge Community Association (FECA) and supported by a large volunteer team who help running events and stewarding. FECA is a registered charity which works to benefit the community by improving the educational, social, recreational and leisure facilities in the Fen Edge villages. The 45 member organisations of FECA have over 2,500 individual members. The Festival provides these clubs, groups and societies with a unique opportunity to raise money in the context of a large event and to attract new members.

The member organisations of FECA are instrumental in:
– enhancing the sense of community;
– increasing opportunities for residents of Fen Edge villages to participate in village life; and
– providing an opportunity to celebrate our community, its diversity and its cohesion.

In the last year twelve months member groups of the Fen Edge Community Association have delivered a number of physical improvements to outdoor spaces including the development of the Willingham QEII Playing Field Playground, Landbeach Tithe Barn restoration and the planting of 1,250 hawthorn and blackthorn hedging plants on WARG field by Cottenham Parish Council as part of National Tree Week in November 2016.

Rampton Relay – Sunday 30th April

Rampton ’77 Committee are pleased to announce the return of the popular Rampton Relay event on Sunday 30th April. The course is exactly 1 Rampton mile in length. The ‘race’ can be run (or walked) by single runners or by teams of four in a relay of one lap of the course each. Relay teams of primary school aged children may compete for the ‘Rampton Educational Foundation Shield’. Registration from 2pm on 30th April in the meadow by Giant’s Hill. Race starts at 2:30pm. All Proceeds from the run will be donated to charity.

Rampton ’77 Committee

Dance and movement class for children and their parents/carers

Forget about your serious everyday life and spend some really wild fun-time with your child. As you give your child your undivided attention and presence, you nourish your child’s joy and happiness.

Our Dance and movement class for children and their parents/carers will take place at Cottenham Community Centre in the Main Hall on Saturday 4 March from 11 am to 12 noon.

The essence of the class is all about hearing, following and mutual contact between the child and the parent. We focus on relationship, joy and play. Come ready for some animals’ races, choo-choo, pits and tunnels, and a lot of hugging.

Catherine Gilgenast- who will lead the classs – is an occupational therapist, pedagogue, art therapist and dancer. Catherine has 15 years of professional experience working with children, including those with learning and behavioural difficulties or mental/physical disability.

Dance and Movement class at Cottenham Community CentreSaturday 4 March at 11 AM – 12 PM

Cottenham Community Centre – Main Hall

250A High Street, Cottenham, CB24 8RZ

Just turn up on the day and prepare to have some fun!


Cottenham Bowls Club uses FECA grant to buy defibrillator

Cottenham Bowls Club is a village outdoor and indoor bowls club open all year and formed in 1940 to provide a facility for lawn bowls in the village. All members pay an annual subscription fee to cover the running costs of the club and all work undertaken by the club’s officers and members is on a voluntary basis to ensure the continuation of the club.

The club currently has a membership of 76 consisting of 42 full members and 34 social members who include both working and retired men and women from Cottenham and the surrounding villages, but are mainly over 60.

Cottenham Bowls Club Defibrillator

Cottenham Bowls Club Defibrillator

Bowling does not require great physical effort and as a consequence many bowlers are still bowling well into their eighties and even their nineties. Due to the general age profile, the Club recognised that  the biggest safety risk for their members is that they might have a heart attack whilst at the Club and that immediate help would not be at hand when time is of the essence. Modern defibrillators are very user friendly and so, with very little training of their membership, by having a defibrillator in the clubhouse, they are now in a position to provide immediate assistance to anybody who suffers a sudden cardiac arrest.

Cheque Presentation to Cottenham Bowls Club

Cottenham Bowls Club Cheque Presentation

Cottenham Bowls Club Cheque Presentation

Neil Gough, Chair of the Fen Edge Community Association, presented a cheque for £1,000 to Bernard Goodin (Chairman) and Dave Parrack (Secretary) of Cottenham Bowls Club at the clubhouse. The grant has been used to purchase the Zoll AED Plus Defibrillator, the only Automated External Defibrillator that ensures infrequent rescuers respond appropriately during an emergency.

Cottenham Bowls Club has kindly agreed that the defibrillator will be made available to the Fen Edge Community Association for the Fen Edge Festival and other FECA organised events.

War and Peace in Ely Cathedral – a concert by Ely Consort

The theme of Ely Consort’s concert in Ely Cathedral on Saturday 25 March is ‘War and Peace’.

In the first half, all the pieces have an association with times of conflict in the 20th Century. Michael Tippett’s oratorio A Child of Our Time was inspired by the assassination in 1938 of a German diplomat by a young Jewish refugee and the Nazi government’s violent reaction, which ultimately led to the events of Kristallnacht. Composed in 1939/1940 and first performed in 1944, this large-scale work is punctuated by songs of oppression in the form of American Spirituals.

War & Peace Ely Consort Ely CathedralThe German composer Rudolf Mauersberger’s motet  (How desolate lies the city), was written after the allied fire bombing of Dresden in February 1945 which claimed the lives of 25,000 people, including eleven of his own choristers from the Dresdner Kreuzchor. The first half also includes two modern pieces: Paul Mealor’s Wherever you are was written for and recorded by the Military Wives Choir, formed of wives and partners of British military personnel deployed on active service in Afghanistan. This incredibly popular song was No 1 in the UK Singles Chart in 2011. Setting both English and German texts, Howard Goodall’s Sure of the Sky, Sure of the Sun is a haunting and moving reflection on the futility of war. It was premiered at one of the UK’s three main World War I centenary commemoration events in 2014 in the woodland cemetery of St Symphorien near Mons, Belgium, the resting place for the first and last British soldiers to die on the Western Front.

The second half features John Rutter’s Requiem, one of the best-loved and most widely performed choral works of the 20th Century. The texts (in Latin and English) are from the Missa pro Defunctis, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Psalms. Ely Consort will be joined in this piece by the soprano soloist Clare Lloyd Griffiths, who makes a welcome return visit to Ely Cathedral, accompanist Charlie Penn, and a small instrumental ensemble.

Tickets: £15/£10 & U16s £7.50/£5. Ely Cathedral Box Office: tel. 01353 660349 (Mon – Sat 9.30am – 4pm)



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War & Peace Ely Consort Ely Cathedral

A Beetle Drive to help the Church

A Beetle Drive for Families,  All Saints Hall, Cottenham,  late afternoon on Saturday 25th March 2017. Adults £5, Children £2.50 – Prizes, light refreshments and a raffle.

A Beetle Drive is great fun for families with school age children. Players sit four to table (as in a whist drive).  The object of the game is to draw a beetle before the other players on the table.  Each person in turn throws a dice and draws the corresponding part of the beetle (body, head, legs etc.)  You must first throw a 6 (the body) then you can add the head (5) and the other parts.  The first person to complete their beetle, shouts ‘Beetle’ and play stops.  All then count up the number of parts they have drawn and record that on the card.  The winner of that round will receive a small prize.  There will also be a prize for the person having the highest score over the whole session.

This is a fundraiser for the church refurbishment.  For those too young to play, we plan to have a play area in the hall.

There will be a sign up sheet in All Saints Church from 4 March. Open daily, daylight hours. But, participants are very much encouraged to just turn up on the day. No need to book.

Quiz Night with the Fen Edge Twinning Association

Come and join us at the next Fen Edge Twinning Association Quiz Night on Friday 24th March 2017 at Cottenham Village College. Doors Open at 7.00 pm. The Quiz will start at 7.30 pm. Teams of 6 people – £7.50 per head including supper.  Book your table to avoid disappointment – everyone welcome. Bar provided… please do not bring your own drinks but do bring any nibbles you may want.

Fen Edge Twinning Association Quiz Night

Fen Edge Twinning Association Quiz Night

To avoid disappointment, reserve your tickets by contacting Nathalie Morgan.

Telephone: 07952 260530


All tickets to be paid for on the night.

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