Cottenham Women’s Institute | 2018-2019 programme


Cottenham Women’s Institute are pleased to present their programme of events covering the period from June 2018 to May 2019.

The programme has talks, a garden party, coffee morning, a craft evening, Christmas party and other social events. All events take place at Cottenham Village College at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.

You are invited to join us but it may be best to check first that the event is still taking place. We look forward to seeing you.
Cottenham-WI-ProgrammeClick the link to view the full programme


Shakespeare at the Landbeach Tithe Barn | A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Shakespeare’s most popular comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is coming to the Landbeach Tithe Barn for your enjoyment on Thursday 14 June from 6.30pm to 7.15pm. A reduced Shakespeare play performed by the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts (CSVPA). Staged with the stunning backdrop of a unique medieval Tithe Barn. FREE admission, but donations welcome towards the restoration of the Landbeach Tithe Barn.

Landbeach Tithe Barn A Midsummer Night's DreamRachel Ellis, Head of Drama at CSVPA, says “The Tithe Barn is such a wonderful piece of history and I am thrilled at the chance of our students being able to perform in it. The students on our performing arts courses at CSVPA undertake training in both classical and contemporary acting. Their June performance is a reduced Shakespeare play especially edited for a small cast, each actor playing multiple roles. It is a lot of fun! The barn is a vital piece of local history and I feel strongly that it is a gift to be able to share the local cultural heritage of such places with our very international cohort of students. We have students from Cambridgeshire but also as far afield as China, Russia and South America on our courses. We wanted to show our full support for the Tithe Barn Trust’s campaign to restore the barn.”

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.

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 and the timber frame needs strengthening too. You can sponsor a sheaf at

3 Ways YOU can get involved:

  1. Make a donation today
  2. Become a Friend. Visit the website
  3. Volunteer. Email to find out more.

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The Tithe Barn Trust is a small charity and not-for profit volunteer group committed to saving and sympathetically restoring the Tithe Barn, in Landbeach near Cambridge, for everyone to enjoy. Key to the Tithe Barn Trust’s charitable aim is maximising public access to the Tithe Barn and education. We want to ensure that the Tithe Barn has a vibrant and sustainable future.



Waterbeach Feast Saturday 9th June 2018


Waterbeach Community Association are once again organising the Waterbeach Feast on Saturday 9th June.

This annual event starts with a grand parade of floats around the village, mostly entered by local groups and organisations. The afternoon entertainment then continues with a variety of stalls and side shows on the Village Green and some exciting events and displays in the arena. Feast Day is always a wonderful village event with everyone turning out to make it enjoyable for both villagers and visitors.

Waterbeach Feast 2018The theme is “Something beginning with L …

Once again it’s time to put on those thinking caps and come up with ideas to decorate your stalls and float for Feast Day. This year’s theme will be ‘Something beginning with L …….’ The parade will leave the school as usual at 2pm and make its procession around the village. We’re hoping to see many floats, walking groups and individuals to make a spectacular and colourful parade.

Feast Parade

The parade is FREE to enter – there are four categories: Infant, Junior, Adult and Friends & Family – and it is open to groups, clubs, families and individuals. Just dress up and join in the fun. You can find all the forms needed to join in the activities on the Waterbeach Feast website

Waterbeach Feast Facebook Page

Visit the Waterbeach Feast Facebook page for the latest information

To ensure the success of the Feast Day we need your help. We need assistance in the organisation of the day and to help set up in the morning and clear away at the end of day. We also need people to volunteer to be marshals and walk alongside the parade as it makes its procession around the village. If you would like to help please contact Jacqui Rabbett on 01223 860993




Arts & Crafts Wednesday morning classes – Cottenham Village College

Cottenham Village College summer classes – a great range of Arts & Crafts classes on Wednesday mornings for the Summer term. Here is your chance to take up a new craft.

Lino Printing – Wednesday 6th June 10am – 1pm
Learners will have the opportunity to print by hand, producing both colour and black & white prints.  Materials all included – tutor is Clive Riggs.  £25/£20 including materials To book a place please call 01954 288751

Small Scale Screen Printing – 13th & 20th June 10am – 1pm
Join Ricki Outis for two Wednesday mornings – ever wanted to try your hand at Screen Printing why not book a place on this workshop. A great introduction for Beginners but anyone experienced is welcome to work on their own projects. £40/£30 plus materials – book your place now.

Coloured Glass Fusing Workshop – 27th June
Tutor Sarah Hunt – create beautiful fused glass artworks using special glass materials designed to fuse together in the kiln. Limited spaces left. £20/£15 plus materials fee £20

Dichroic Glass Jewellery – 4th July 10am – 1pm
Tutor Fiona Gooch – using a mixture of clear, coloured and dichroic glass create some unique and stunning jewellery. Fee £20/£15 plus materials fee £15

To find our more visit the website

SCottenham Summer SchoolUMMER SCHOOL

Places still available on many courses. The fee includes lunch and refreshments.
10am – 4pm each day. Please see the brochure for more details.

Life Drawing – Taster Session Monday 21 May


Join us for a brand new Life Drawing Class at Cottenham Community Centre on Monday 21st May from 10am to 12 noon. The first class is a Taster session and will cost £15. The class will then start on Mondays from 4th June onwards for 5 weeks and cost £70

Full tuition will be given and all abilities are welcome.

Some specialist materials supplied.

Cottenham Community Centre Life DrawingPlease bring your own sketchbook and pencils.

For more information please contact Steve at

Fen Edge Archaeology Group Talk – Stonehenge: new discoveries


Mike Parker-Pearson, one of Britain’s best-known archaeologists, will be talking about Stonehenge one of the world’s most famous monuments at the meeting of the Fen Edge Archaeology Group (FEAG) on Thursday 17 May at 7.30pm at Cottenham Village College.

In the last 15 years, research on Stonehenge has revealed a wealth of new evidence about this enigmatic monument and its builders. Discoveries at Stonehenge and surrounding sites include new information of the people buried there, the houses that they lived in, and relationships of Stonehenge to its surrounding landscape.

Everyone is welcome and you can find further details about the event and the Fen Edge Archaeology Group on our blog at:

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Cambridgeshire Bird Club – next meeting


Cambridgeshire Bird Club will be meeting at Cottenham Village College on Friday 11 May, when Liisa Hämäläinen will be talking about how great tits and blue tits gather information about their insect food. The meeting will be in the Tony Cooper Suite and begins at 8 pm (doors open 7.30pm). More information on the website:

Cottenham Fun Run 2018 – the results are in!

The Cottenham Fun Run 2018, held on Saturday 5th May, was a great success with 129 entrants in the main race. The results are in and can be viewed here

Cottenham Fun Run 2018 Results

All proceeds will be donated to the Cambridgeshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Once again we are indebted to Malary Ltd waste recycling solutions for their sponsorship and ever generous support and would also like to thank Cottenham Parish Council for their kind donation of £250.

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