Christmas services at All Saint’s Cottenham

16th December 3.00pm, Blue Christmas service – for those who want to mark Christmas in a quiet reflective way

18th December 8.00pm, Beer and carols at The Chequers

23rd December 3.00pm, Nativity service – come dressed as your favourite character from the Nativity story

24th December 5.30pm, Carol service – a great service of reading and carols, bringing the village of Cottenham together

24th December 11.30pm, Midnight communion – Celebrate the first communion of Christmas day

25th December Christmas day: 8.30am BCP Holy communion, 10.30am Family communion

Yoga at Cottenham Community Centre

Bookings are now being taken for the January-February classes 2019, which are a 6-week Hatha yoga course.  Taking place every tuesday 8th January – 12th February, 5:30-6:30pm.

Prices:  £8.00 per class, or £40.00 for the course.  Booking is essential.

Details:   Contact:  07884 256 773. Continue reading

Firs House and Telegraph Street Surgery Extended Access (Appointments)

Following the extended access service being rolled out county wide in September this year, Firs House Surgery is now able to offer routine appointments for patients at local hubs at weekends and weekday evenings.  The hubs are based at Nuffield Road Medical Centre, Comberton Surgery and St Mary’s, Ely.  Patients will be offered these appointments if there are no routine appointments available at the surgery.  When making the appointment, by phone or in person, patients will be asked to confirm that they are happy for their medical record to be shared with practitioners working at the hub.  It is important that patients are happy for their record to be shared to ensure patient and clinician safety.  Hub appointments will not be offered if this is refused.  The appointments are for non-urgent, routine appointments only and you will be offered a choice of location.  These appointments do not replace urgent on the day appointments.

For further information speak to a member of staff at Firs House (telephone 01223 234286) or visit the Practice website at or

Children – Come and meet Worzel at Cottenham Community Centre

Calling all children!

Come and meet Worzel, a very unusual scarecrow!
He’ll be at the Cottenham Community Centre Café on Saturday November 17 from 10am to noon.

Join him in the reading area to hear some tales about him and Aunt Sally!

For the production by the Cottenham Theatre Workshop, see this article.

Armistice memorial concert – Tyrannochorus, 9 November

Cottenham’s Tyrannochorus will be marking the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice with a big concert at Cambridge’s West Road Concert Hall on Friday 9th November at 7pm. Some of the items have been in the pipeline since November 2016, when the choirs performed a remembrance concert at All Saints’ Church, Cottenham. The poster for the event (pictured) features a stylised verson of the Camridge War Memorial on Hills Road called ‘The Homecoming’ by R.Tait McKenzie  from 1922. (The figure was said to have been modelled on one Kenneth Hamilton, an undergraduate whom McKenzie spotted while staying with the Master of Christ’s College.)

The three Cottenham choirs will be joined by the Cambridgeshire Caledonian Pipe Band as well as Harston and Newton School Choir, Haslingfield Endowed Primary School Choir and the Saffron Building Society Community Choir. Also singing is soloist and instrumentalist Patrick Coughlan, who is a Warrant Officer class 2, currently serving as the Regimental Administrative Warrant Officer with the Cambridge University Officer Training Corps, having previously served in tours of Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. To complete the massed array of musicians, an all-female French horn ensemble, Cor 8, will also take to the stage. The entire line-up will be directed by choir director Siobhan Lihoreau, with a programme of music befitting the occasion: some old favourites, some modern favourites and one World Premiere, The Song to the Unknown Warrior.

Pride of place on stage amidst the 150 or more performers will be two ‘TOMMYs’, part of the There But Not There project, and all profits will be donated to their “Remembered Network” of charities which includes Help for Heroes, Walking with the Wounded and the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation. Tickets are just £7 from

Crazy Crafty Chicks workshop – Christmas Wreaths – November 21

With Christmas fast approaching, Crazy Crafty Chicks November workshop is to create a gorgeous little house Christmas wreath complete with fairy lights.

They will be recycling xmas swags for the greenery, and using twigs, beech nuts, pine cones and any other natural materials to decorate the wreath. There will be a selection of red berries, gold stars, bows and beads – all to add that lovely touch of colour and complement the green. For a twist there will be springy coiled wire and stars to add movement to your wreath.

There is a choice of a cute little house which can be lit up with the fairy lights or a sweet wooden sign on which you can etch your Christmas message and decorate separately.

We hope you will be able to join us for a relaxing Christmas crafting evening.

Cottenham Theatre Workshop presents Worzel Gummidge – 28 Nov – 1 Dec


Cottenham Theatre Workshop are delighted to announce that our Christmas show this year will be:


Directed by our long-standing friend and collaborator, Gloria Milne, this show promises to have songs, laughs and the usual set of high-jinks, along with a whole host of loveable scarecrows! Following the story that was introduced in the 80’s TV show of the same name, this will delight fans of the original and introduce a whole new generation to the characters of Worzel and Aunt Sally.

If you’re intrigued and want to know more, then come along to our performances, which will run from Wednesday 28th November – Saturday 1st December at Cottenham Village College. Weekday performances will begin at 7.30pm and the Saturday will consist of a matinee at 1.00pm and an evening performance at 5.30pm. Tickets go on sale on Monday 16th October and will be available via our website, by phone and in person at the Cottenham Community Centre on the 3rd and 24th November. Keep an eye on our website for more details.

Although the roles have already been cast and rehearsals are well underway, we’re always eager to have new people join Cottenham Theatre Workshop. Whether it be helping backstage, or on front of house there really is something for everyone! For more information, please email:

Also, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CottenhamCTW

Landbeach Tithe Barn Trust awarded £12k

Tithe Barn Trust awarded £12k

The Tithe Barn Trust is delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded grants of £6,000 from the Architectural Heritage Fund and another £6,000 in match funding by the Pilgrim Trust.

Gemma O’Shea, Chair of Trustees, says “This is fantastic news and means a lot to the Tithe Barn Trust, as we’re a small charity and not-for profit volunteer group committed to saving the unique Tithe Barn, in Landbeach near Cambridge, for everyone to enjoy. We’re going to use these grants to appoint a Fundraiser and Business Case Developer. This essential funding will be the enabler we need to help us reach our target of £260,000 to restore the special Grade II listed timber-framed Tithe Barn. The public have been incredibly generous and donated over £60,000 already, but we still need to raise more. Our thanks go to the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) and the Pilgrim Trust.”

The AHF is a charity working to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK. The Pilgrim Trust aims to preserve and promote Britain’s historical and intellectual assets and to provide assistance to vulnerable members of society.

Tithe Barns are increasingly rare in the UK and this is the only remaining one in Cambridgeshire in its original condition with thatched roof, timber frame, timber granary and brick threshing floor. Experts believe the barn dates to the medieval period.

Sadly the barn is in a state of disrepair and unless we act now we could lose this national treasure.

The following picture is from Shakespear at the Tithe Barn.

People watching Shakespear performance at the Tithe Barn

4 Ways YOU can get involved;

  1. Donate today at
  2. Become a Friend. Visit
  1. Volunteer or become a Trustee. Email to find out more.
  2. Come along to one of next events at the Tithe Barn –

Apple Gifting – Sunday 21st October, 11am-3pm
Begin your own apple gifting tradition. Get hands-on and decorate an apple. In the past these were offered around the community as a sign of friendship, good health and good luck.

Outdoor Gym – Saturday 10th November, 10am-1pm
Get active and involved and help us tidy the hedge and grass track to the Tithe Barn. The barn will be open to visit too.

Carols at the barn – Saturday 8th December, 2.30pm
Start your festive season with Carol singing and enjoy mulled wine or fruit juice and mince pies. Wrap up well.