Fitsteps – Fitness that’s Strictly Fun – Cottenham Community Centre

Dance yourself fit in this ‘FAB-U-LOUS’ exercise class that combines ballroom and Latin with an aerobic workout. Every Tuesday at Cottenham Community Centre from 20.15 to 21.00. £4 per class – No Booking necessary. First Class on Tuesday 13th February. No need to book a place. Contactless payment available. For more information contact Lisa Armitage – see poster for contact details. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Adult Dance Classes at Cottenham Community Centre

Do you have a passion for dance, or have you always wanted to learn? Or, is your dancing limited to the occasional wedding? Whether you are a complete beginner or you have been dancing for years, if you want to join a class that is welcoming, fun and a great way to keep fit then come along to AllDance. Each class is pay as you go, so no commitment necessary.

AllDance believes that everyone has the ability to dance, and to enjoy dancing! Exploring a range of styles, this class will be shaped by those who attend and what they want to learn.
We pride ourselves on a warm and inviting atmosphere, almost everyone is a beginner so it is incredibly accessible. We tailor the class to each couple/individual so you can go at your own pace. Each week is a different style and classes are always drop in, so no commitment needed.

Adult Dance Classes Cottenham Community Centre start on Wednesday 10 January 2018 and then weekly every Wednesday at Cottenham Community Centre Studio, High Street Cottenham from 7-8pm. No class on Wednesday 7 February 2018

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Cottenham Village College supports Landbeach Tithe Barn

Have you spotted the sheaf of longstraw yet? As part of their ‘Sponsor a Sheaf’ campaign, the Landbeach Tithe Barn Trust, a small charity and volunteer not-for profit group, are sending a sheaf of longstraw to different locations around Cambridgeshire until they raise enough to re-thatch and restore the Tithe Barn in Landbeach, near Cambridge.

This week Cottenham Village College students and staff showed their support for the Lanbeach Tithe Barn project. Helen Cassady, Cottenham Village College Principal, says “I believe the Landbeach Tithe Barn is an important part of our local history. We are proud to support the project and to look forward to experiencing the barn in its former medieval glory.”

Cottenham Village College supports Landbeach Tithe Barn


Cottenham Village College students with their Principal, Helen Cassady, and Vice Principal, Joy Hadley, with the Landbeach Tithe Barn sheaf of longstraw

The Tithe Barn Trust aims to save and sympathetically restore the Grade II Listed Tithe Barn for everyone to enjoy, but we need you to help us. We estimate we’ll need 5 tonnes of locally sourced hand drawn Longstraw to rethatch the roof. The public can help by sponsoring a sheaf for as little as £5

The Tithe Barn Trust believes the medieval Tithe barn, 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 in the UK have been converted and their historic features are being lost forever. Sadly, the Landbeach Tithe Barn is in a poor condition and deteriorating.

Key to the Tithe Barn Trust’s charitable aim 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.

On Saturday 10th February from 10am – 1pm volunteer and get active and involved at our ‘Outdoor gym’ and help us tidy the hedge and grass track to the Tithe Barn. The barn will be open to visit too.

Pencil Sunday 8 April in your diary too for our ‘I-Spy the barn’s wildlife & Grow your own’ event from 2pm – 5pm. Families can spot the barn’s wildlife and claim a prize. Then sow seeds to take home and grow your own veg for our July competition.

Follow the Tithe Barn Trust on Twitter @TBarnT and like us on Facebook to keep updated about our events and to find out where the sheaf of longstraw will be next week.

3 Ways YOU can get involved;

  1. Make a donation today
  2. Become a Friend
  3. Volunteer. Email tithebarntrust@gmail.com to find out more.

Find us at www.tithebarntrust.org.uk

Rotary Car Parking in Cambridge at Christmas 2017 raises £37,500

Rotary Club Cambridge South extend a huge thank you to all our Cottenham volunteer helpers and to all the people who parked with us.

The Rotary club Cambridge South and lots of friends manned the 3 car parks for 15 days in Cambridge over 6 weekends starting on 25 November until 31 December plus 27- 29 December and raised the wonderful amount of £37,500, despite the snow on a couple of days. Volunteers filled over 280 time-slots!

Motorists paid a contribution of £7 (or more if they wished) for as long as they liked whilst the car park was open. This open time helps reduce the stress for shoppers of a substantially increasing charge (or having to wait in the queue for a parking place for ages!) and give, we hope, a more relaxed Christmas and New Year Sales shopping experience for them and perhaps for High Street shop staff. Motorists regularly tell us how delighted they are to be able to park with us, and always give us a few amusing stories to share with our friends.

Of course, the huge added advantage is that the money all goes to very good causes.

Dial a Ride (minibus service for disabled and elderly); Centre 33 (relieving suffering from mental and physical ill health); Villiers Park Educational Trust (for socially disadvantaged 14-18 year olds); Camsight (helping people with impaired vision); Cambridge Re-Use (furniture and electricals for low income families); Wintercomfort for the homeless; CAMpod (medical research at Cambridge University); CU Vet school trust (crucial care for sick and injured animals); and other Rotary and small local and International charities (including water and sanitation facilities for a Maasai school Naalarami) in Tanzania where Cottenham people have been very much involved), will benefit.

A number of cheques will be handed out to local charities on Monday 5 February at Westminster College.

More volunteers are needed for next year (it only happens because of volunteers!). If you could spare a few hours and would like to help with the car parking at Christmas 2018 please contact me 

Please see the Rotary Club Cambridge South website if you would like to know more about Rotary – whose motto is “Service above Self” and main worldwide aim is to eradicate Polio within the next few years.
Our club (which has celebrated its first 50 Years) meets on Mondays (except bank holidays) at 5.45 for 6.15 at Westminster College with some great speakers. New members are very welcome.

We have recently started a Rotary Business forum early on alternate Friday mornings at Waterbeach as a Business networking group. This is going very well. If you would like to know more, please let me know.

Once again, many thanks,
Mike Smith
Rotary Club Cambridge South

Fen Edge Footpath Group – 2018 Walks

All are welcome to join our walks in 2018 and find out more about our activities. There is no charge. Please note the details in your diary and it would be very helpful if you can confirm your participation with the Walk Leader at least one week before the date – walk details may have changed and we want to ensure that you ‘will never walk alone’. For more information about all walks visit Fen Edge Footpath Group or email the contact shown at fenedge.footpathgroup@gmail.com

Saturday 20 January
Rampton Circular – A brisk winter morning walk of about 7 miles. Meet at the Cottenham High Street junction with Broad lane for a prompt 9:30 am start (finish about 1 pm)
Contact: Jasper/Janet

Saturday 17 February
A circular walk from Horningsea to Lode Mill of about 6 or 7 miles.
Contact: Pauline or Krys

Saturday 17 March
Walking on water: An 8.5 mile (7 miles version possible if needed) figure-of-8 walk exploring the Hanson-RSPB Ouse Fen wetlands. Waterproof footwear and windproof clothing will be essential and walking poles are recommended. Please bring a packed lunch. Meet 10am at RSPB Needingworth Car Park – TL348 727. If lifts are needed meeting by request at CVC at 9.30am
Contact: Claire/Chris G. between 13 and 15 March 2018 preferably.

Saturday 28 April
A walk of about 8 to 10 miles covering the villages of Cambourne, Bourne, Caxton and possibly Longstowe taking in the Nature reserve and Bourne Brook. Please bring picnic. Meet at CVC or start point at time and place T.B.C. Full details to follow.
Contact: Janet/Eileen (01954 250485)

Friday 11 May – Sunday 13 May
A walking weekend at Ilam YHA Peak District.
Contact: David

Saturday 9 June  Fen Edge Footpath Group
TBC
Contact: Roger

Saturday 7 July
TBC
Contact: Vicky/David

Monday 23 July to Friday 27 July
Cottenham Village College – Summer School
Noughty but Nice
Did you know the Meridian Line passes through Cambridgeshire? Join us for walks following the footpaths in Cambridgeshire, some crossing the Meridian Line. Walks range from between 8 and 11 miles each day. A full list of the walks will be available on enrolment. 4 Days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday), 9.30am – 4pm, £44 for 4 days (or £11 per day)
Contact: Chris & Claire or CVC (01954 288751) to enrol

Saturday 15 September
An 8 mile walk from Guilden Morden to Ashwell. See the source of the Rhee also free entry to Ashwell Museum may be possible. Pub lunch available. Meet 9.30am at CVC or 10.30am in the car park at the former Three Tuns pub, Guilden Morden TL278 435 SG8 0JP (to be confirmed) Early booking would be appreciated by Edward and the Pub.
Contact: Edward

Friday 12 October to Sunday 14 October
A walking weekend possibly in the Cotswolds
Contact: David

Saturday 20 October
A 9-10 mile walk. Abbots Ripton OS Explorer Map 225, Ref. 231781. Meet Abbots Ripton at 10.00am. A14 North T/R A141 Huntingdon T/L Abbots Ripton, go past the post office, on right T/R for Winnington parking on right by school, 100 yds. Bring packed lunch.
Contact: Ray

Saturday 17 November
A 6 mile walk from Woodditton
Contact: Richard/Jane

Tuesday 26 December
Our traditional Boxing Day ‘Holly Walk’. About 3/4 miles. Meet at junction Cottenham High Street/Broad Lane @ 10.30am. All welcome. No need to book.

Annual 2nd Cottenham Scouts Jumble Sale

The annual 2nd Cottenham Scouts Jumble Sale will be held at Cottenham Village College on Saturday 20 January 2018 from 1pm to 3pm. Please help us to raise vital funds to support 2nd Cottenham Scout Group (Beavers, Cubs and Scout Groups in Cottenham) to cover the overheads, maintenance and utilities costs of the Scout hut to enable the group to retain its venue.

It is the biggest fund raiser for the 2nd Cottenham Scout Group during the year. The Jumble Sale will have lots of bric and brac, books, clothes, toys, etc, raffle, cake stall etc. Come along and grab a bargain! Admission for adults – 50 pence, children free.

We are looking for donations of the following:

Clothes (no underwear/tights please)

  • Linens
  • Books in good, saleable condition (no magazines please)
  • Toys
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Time: volunteers are essential. Please get in touch

Please note we are unable to accept donations of large items of furniture or televisions. Items can be dropped off at the front of Cottenham Village College 9am-11am on the day. We also offer a donations collection service for the elderly and disabled – please email us at: 2ndcottenham@googlemail.com or telephone 01954 200165 to arrange for collection on the day.

Thank you for your support.

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Cottenham Village Society 2018 Meeting Programme

Cottenham Village Society’s 2018 series of lectures continues on the second Friday of the month at All Saints Church Hall, High Street, Cottenham at 7.45 pm. Everyone is welcome to our meetings – there is a charge of £2 if you are not a member. The first four talks are

Friday 12 January:  RSPB Wetland Project: Progress so far on Britain’s (soon to be) largest reedbed – Richard Taylor Hanson
Friday 9 February: The Pye Story – Roger Crabtree
Friday 9 March:  The Corpus Christi Clock – Stewart Huxley
Friday 13 April:  The trains of Oakington and Cottenham – Roy Stoner

For further details please contact the secretary cottvillsoc@gmail.com

Membership of the Cottenham Village Society costs £10 per year. If you would like to join Cottenham Village Society, please visit our website

Local information available in Cottenham Library and in Cambridgeshire

Do you want to find out about your house, Cottenham or the local area? Cottenham Library has a good collection of books about things of local interest, historical and recent history. If they don’t have what you are looking for then they may be able to point you in the right direction.

You can find local pictures of the past on the Cottenham Community Archive website.

In the Central Library in Cambridge there is an extensive archive of Cambridgeshire related information. For instance there are old maps, photographs, old local newspapers and journals, street directories, old electoral registers and handbills. You can find out more about the local studies collections and search the library catalogue online.

Glynis Pilbeam – Cottenham Village Society
Cottenham Library – Margett Street, Cottenham CB24 8QY

Cottenham village litter pick Saturday 13 January 2018 at 2pm

Cottenham Village Litter PickCottenham village winter litter pick will take place on Saturday 13 January 2018, assembling at Cottenham Village Hall (at the Recreation Ground on Lambs Lane) at 2pm. Refreshments will be served from 4pm. For all our litter pick events, children may take part provided they are under the close supervision of a responsible adult. Equipment will be provided but please wear suitable clothing for the weather; we will still go ahead if it rains (but not if snow is lying on the ground ).

It is a great help if we know in advance how many people might be taking part, so please let us know, preferably by emailing Peter Pilbeam on pgp1@hermes.cam.ac.uk or phoning the Cottenham Parish Clerk on 07503 328401.

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