Cottenham Community Centre Repair Cafe

If you have something that’s broken, or needs adjusting or sharpening, why not bring it along to the Cottenham Community Centre Repair Café on Saturday 24 February 2018 from 10am to 2pm? We repair all kinds of things – from bikes to toasters to baby buggies, radios, computers, printers, ornaments – almost anything you can carry, in fact! We like to show you how we do it, so that if it happens again, you can do it yourself. Both repairers and repairees have a very enjoyable and rewarding time.

Cottenham Community Centre Repair CafeIf you’re a whiz at repairing things, and can spare a few hours on the day, come along as a repairer – show what you can do, and learn new repair techniques from other repairers. We have a very comprehensive toolkit and supply of consumables, donated by Draper Tools and Mackays of Cambridge, so you don’t even need to bring your own tools, unless you want to!

Actually, booking on this website isn’t mandatory. It’s helpful if you can let us know ahead of time what you plan to bring, and what the problem is, as it will increase the chances of us having the correct tools and spares. Book here to let us know you’re coming, and then please send an email to cottenham@repaircafe.org.uk, telling us what you’re planning to bring for repair – or if you’re a repairer, the kinds of things you’re good at fixing.

We look forward to seeing you there – Cottenham Community Centre Repair Café, 250A High Street, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire CB24 8RZ
Tel: 01954 253903
Email : cottenham@repaircafe.org.uk
Web: www.repaircafe.org.uk
Twitter : #repaircafecham

 

Cottenham Summer School

Discover and explore your creative talents at Cottenham Summer School! Spend some quality time learning a new skill or expanding the skills you already have in Arts, Crafts, Music and Walking. You’ll find some inspiring new choices as well as our old favourites listed for July 2018.

Summer School bookings are now being taken so please do get in touch to book your place – popular courses fill up very quickly! Courses run for 1 to 5 days and include Textiles, Drawing, Painting, Glass, Flowers, Weaving, Crafts, Cookery, Music, Walking and more. Take a look at the full programme. The brochure is available from Cottenham Village College or contact community@cvcweb.net, phone 01954 288751 or visit our website

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Cottenham Fun Run 2018 – Saturday 5 May

 

The popular Cottenham Fun Run is here again on Saturday 5th May 2018 with all proceeds going to the Cambridgeshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Once again we are indebted to Malary Ltd waste recycling solutions for their ever generous support and sponsorship.

This annual event, organised by Martyn Leeks on behalf of the Fen Edge Community Association, has both a senior and junior run. Registration for both races starts on the day at Cottenham Village College from 9am or register online here.

Age categories and cost of entry are: Primary girl and boy (£3); Village College girl and boy (£4); Adult male and female (£6); Veterans (50+) male and female (£6).

The Junior Run starts at 10am and takes place around Cottenham Village College playing fields, a distance of about a mile. All Junior Run competitors must be accompanied by an adult.

The 7k race starts at 10.45am, from the playing fields, and takes a well-marshalled route through and around Cottenham village. Full details on @CottenhamFunRun and Facebook Cottenham 7K Run.

For those who are watching and waiting, there will be a market on site: contact Fen Edge Community Associationto book a stall. It’s free for FECA members.

All proceeds, after costs, will be donated to the Cambridgeshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association

Get involved and register for the Cottenham Fun Run Saturday 5 May 2018 now by visiting our Cottenham Fun Run registration page.

Cottenham Reading Group event – Community Centre

Have you ever wanted to express yourself?

Would you like to be able to do so through singing and dancing or acting out a scene in a favourite book that you have read with a supportive audience that you feel confident with? Then here’s your chance!

Come and join us on Wednesday 14th February from 1pm to 2pm in the Main Hall at Cottenham Community Centre, High Street, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire CB24 8RZ
Everyone welcome!

Reading Group CottenhamPS – don’t forget to bring your favourite books. I look forward to welcoming you. Tea and coffee facilities will also be available.

Cottenham Community Centre – current art exhibition

Cottenham Community Centre art exhibition is currently a selection of prints by a Cambridge based artist called Mari Kidd and are on show until early March 2018. All the prints are for sale and the coffee shop staff are happy to help with any enquiries.

Mari completed an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at Cambridge School of Art in 2009 and was awarded 1st prize in the Gainsborough House Printmaking competition in 2013

Subsequent exhibitions have been held across the country including North House Gallery, Manningtree, London, Royal Society of Painter-printmakers, Brighton, Cambridge, Bury St.Edmunds and Snape Maltings Gallery.

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Repair Café and Coffee morning Rampton Village Hall

Breathe new life into your old items by getting them fixed at the Repair Café in Rampton Village Hall on Saturday February 17, 2017 from 9am to 12 noon. The event is the first of its kind in Rampton and we are looking to help villagers with all sorts of items including things such as jewellery, light machinery, electric gadgets, clothing and bikes. Don’t junk it – fix it! And if you can’t, maybe one of our intrepid repairers can.

Ideally we would like to know what we can expect, so please contact John Bateson with details of what you intend to bring: johnfbateson[at]gmail.com.

Or just bring it along and we will see what we can do whilst you sit back and enjoy coffee and cakes.

Find out what else is taking place at Rampton Village Hall on our website

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.”

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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

Diabetes Demystified – Are you at risk?

Firs House and Cottenham Telegraph Street Patient Participation Group invite you to join Dr Simon Poole and Yvonne Tylor Diabetes Specialist Nurse for a FREE health information event, which will consider risk factors, how to minimise them, treatment and care of diabetes.

WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday 27th February 2018 at Histon Baptist Church, Station Road, Histon CB24 9LN. Parking is available. Start 7.00p.m. Doors open 6.30p.m. for light refreshments. There is no need to book, just come along! We look forward to seeing you there.

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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