Bluebell Planting – Cottenham

 

As part of the enhancements to WARG Field, Cottenham Parish Council are looking for volunteers to help plant up to 500 English bluebell bulbs on Saturday 30th September from 10am at WARG Field off Histon Road. You can do as much or as little as you like but many hands make light work! The event is suitable for children to join in too so they can leave a legacy to be enjoyed for years to come (must be accompanied by an adult). Please bring a trowel and wear suitable clothing.

During the morning we will also be holding a brief dedication ceremony to thank the 4 landowners who gifted the field to the residents of Cottenham.

For more information please contact Jo Brook clerk@cottenhampc.org.uk or phone 07503 328401 or see www.cottenhampc.org.uk

There is no parking at the site so cycling or walking is recommended.

You’re invited to Cottenham’s Shape your Community event

The Co-op invites you to attend the Cottenham Shape your Community event on Wednesday 27 September 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Cottenham Community Centre.

The Co-op want to hear about what’s important to you and your community. Come along and tell us about the things you think we should campaign on, what you’d do to improve your community and give us your ideas about what Co-op could do to help. Cottenham Shape your Community EventJoin us for coffee and try some great products from our Co-op Food range.

You’ll also get a chance to meet your Members’ Council Representatives and get an update on our business performance.

To have a say and tell us what’s important to you and your community book your place or call 0800 023 4708.

For more information on what to expect at these events read our blog.

If you can’t make it to an event, you can:

Tell us what you think online

Register to watch an online round up

Hear from Co-op Council President, Nick Crofts, about why it’s important to have your say

 

Landbeach Tithe Barn Trust launches ‘Sponsor a Sheaf’ campaign

The Landbeach Tithe Barn Trust, a small charity and volunteer not-for profit group, officially launched their ‘Sponsor a Sheaf’ campaign today.

The Tithe Barn Trust aims to save and sympathetically restore the Grade II Listed Tithe Barn for community use, but we need you to help us. We estimate we’ll need 5 tonnes of locally sourced hand drawn Longstraw to re-thatch the roof. You can sponsor a sheaf for as little as £5 at https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/TitheBarnTrust.
Our target is to raise an additional £75,000 towards re-thatching and strengthening the timber frame.

The Tithe Barn Trust believes the Landbeach Tithe barn, near Cambridge, with thatched roof, brick threshing floor and timber granary, to be unique to Cambridgeshire and even of national significance. It is one of the few Tithe Barns in the country still standing next to its medieval rectory. Over 90% of Tithe Barns have been converted in the UK and their historic features are being lost forever. Sadly, the Landbeach Tithe Barn is in a poor condition and deteriorating.

Gemma O’Shea, Chair of Tithe Barn Trust Trustees, says “The Landbeach Tithe Barn is in urgent need of a new thatch and the roof structure and frame needs attention too. We feel the Heritage Open Days weekend is a fitting date to launch our Sponsor a Sheaf campaign. The Barn has been standing since medieval times and we can’t allow ourselves to be the generation that loses it forever. Please help save the barn by sponsoring a sheaf for the roof.”

The Tithe Barn reflects the agricultural heritage of East Anglia and is an important part of our local community history. Tithe Barns hint at a different side of history, not just the story of the wealthy. The Tithe Barn would have been used to store Tithes, a tax which was a tenth of all crops, the contributions being stacked in the barn for winter threshing and storage.

Key to the Tithe Barn Trust’s charitable object is maximising public access to the Tithe Barn, once restored, and education. We want to ensure that the Tithe Barn has a vibrant and sustainable future. This October we’ll be working in partnership with the Fen Edge Archaeology group (FEAG) to undertake a geophysical survey of the land surrounding the Tithe Barn. The Tithe Barn sits adjacent to the Scheduled Ancient Monument of shrunken earthworks of a medieval moated manor. Archaeologists have identified an elevated platform area half way along the Tithe Barn’s access track as being of potential archaeological interest and significance. The public will be able to learn more and get hands-on helping FEAG with the geophysics from Sunday 22nd October until Sunday 29th October. Pre-booking advisable.

Support has been demonstrated for the Tithe Barn Trust’s planned restoration project through over £20,000’s worth of pro bono work to date. Support and interest continues to grow for the project, with visitors coming from as far afield as Edinburgh for our Heritage Open Day this Saturday. If you missed our Heritage Open Day the Tithe Barn Trust welcomes education and group visits, so do get in touch if you’d like to arrange a visit.

We’ve been working hard; however, we still need your help to save this gem at the heart of Landbeach.
3 Ways YOU can get involved –
1. Make a donation today – at https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/TitheBarnTrust
2. Become a Friend – Visit www.tithebarntrust.org.uk/become-a-member
3. Volunteer – Email tithebarntrust@gmail.com to find out more

Find us at www.tithebarntrust.org.uk, like us on facebook.com/FriendsofLandbeachTitheBarn and follow us on Twitter

 

 

Russians and the Russian Culture through the Witness’ Eyes: The Cold War

The course is based on the tutor’s experience of living, studying and working in the USSR during the Cold War. This is an interactive course illustrated with audio and video materials and period artefacts, such as propaganda posters, newspapers, photographs, badges, family photos, documents, etc. It explores the economic, political and cultural policies of the Soviet state and the ways they affected the life of ordinary people. The course includes some elements of basic Russian and is supplemented by colourful hand-outs with interactive tasks, e.g. virtual travelling by the Trans-Siberian Express.

Course Tutor: Marina Burrell

Course Information Sheet

10 sessions starting at 10:15 on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at the Royal British Legion Hall, Cottenham and running until 28 November 2017.

Course Fee £54 but FREE to adults receiving income based benefits and their dependants.
Enrol at the first session or contact Liz Milway 01954 250039
Cottenham Royal British Legion, 121 High Street, Cottenham, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB24 8SD

Welcome to Adult Learning at Cottenham Village College

Learning and leisure contributes hugely to health and well-being. Whether you’re looking to enhance your current skills, increase your confidence, keep active and fit or just meet new people who want the same as you, there’s something for everyone in the Cottenham Village College Autumn 2017 programme of courses which start in mid-September.

As well as a full programme of midweek courses we also have lots of Saturday workshops coming up from the 23rd September onwards …. look under Saturday workshops for more information …. from Patchwork to Thai Cooking, Watercolour Landscapes to Screen Printing, Get to know your Ipad and more.

Full information: http://community.cvcweb.net or view the course programme here
Courses are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency.