Join us for the annual Christmas Market at Cottenham Community Centre on Saturday 25 November from 10.00am to 2.00pm. There will be lots of wonderful stalls providing great gifts for Christmas. Continue reading
Join us for a Christmas Craft Workshop at Cottenham Community Centre on the evening of Wednesday 29th November from 7pm to 9pm. Join us to make cute paper trees or a stunning indoor wreath. £10 including materials. Numbers are limited. To book your space call Audrie before 27 November on 01954 252082.
Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the Cottenham Theatre Workshop 40th Anniversary Pantomime Aladdin. Join us in Peking for lots of groan-worthy jokes and a few twists along the way, in this brand-new family panto, written and directed by our own Kerry O’Connell.
The show runs from Wednesday 29th November – Saturday 2nd December
Evening performances are at 7:30pm and there are 2 matinees on Saturday 2nd December at 1:30pm and 5:30pm.
Tickets are £9 (£7 for concessions) and can be purchased online at the Cottenham Theatre Workshop website (booking fee applies), through our booking agents TicketSource by calling 0333 666 3366 (booking fee plus £1.50 service charge applies), or in person at the Cottenham Community Centre café, between 11am and 1pm on Saturday 18th and Saturday 25th November.
We hope to see lots of you there!
Willingham Social Club has a great list of upcoming events including live bands every month, Karaoke, Quiz Nights, Jam Club, Jazz Club, Darts Competitions, discos and much, much more. To check the current list of events take a look at our programme covering the end of 2017 and early 2018 here and read on for more details of just a few of our forthcoming events.
Wednesday 6th December 8pm Annual General Meeting
Everyone is welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting of Willingham Social Club. To be held in the Function room. There have been significant changes and a full calendar of varied events over the last year. Come along to hear how the club is progressing.
Friday 8th December 7.30pm Free Karaoke Night
Join us in the function room for a lighthearted evening of amazing singers and others not so amazing! But everyone at our Karaoke nights can be guaranteed to have a really fun filled evening singing your choice of songs with audience participation actively encouraged! We use the Karafun app so why not have a look in advance. From Disney’s Frozen ‘Let it go’ to The Prodigy’s ‘Twisted Firestarter’, they are all on there! Free Entry to everyone over 18.
Saturday 23rd December 8pm ‘Nearly’ Christmas Party
Meeting Point, the disco and party organizers, will be back at the club with a Christmas Disco to get you in the festive spirit. Strictly for the over 30’s, Meeting Point was originally a singles club organisation, but over the years has developed into a popular night out for everyone who loves music and dancing. Playing sounds from the 70’s to 00’s. Smart dress code applies. £6 entry.
Saturday 20th January, 8pm Bear Club, The ultimate Live party Band
Bear Club are a relatively unknown band here in Cambridgeshire. Hailing from Norfolk they are immensely popular in that region. They play a great range of music genres, including Indie, R&B, Hip Hop and Pop. Covers from 80’s Club Tropicana days, Blondie, Coldplay , Love Shack by the B52’s and one of our favourites ‘Jump Around’ by House of Pain. We have seen them in action at the ‘Festival Too’ after party in Kings Lynn and knew we had to book them!
Tickets £5 from the club or www.wegottickets.com/event/412726, possibly on the door too.
The club has a newly formed darts team, we have had a slow start being paired with the league’s best side for our first match we lost 7/0, but went on to slightly improve in our next match losing 6/1! It is early days and hopefully our results will get better as the season goes on. We could benefit from 2 or 3 more players, so if you fancy getting involved please let us know.
Willingham Social Club has a pool table and also a full-sized snooker table which was housed in the old wooden building fondly called ‘The Hut’ before it was demolished to make way for the new brick building. It was originally used to play billiards, the existing score board also survives and has recently been expertly renovated by village craftsman Ben Rayner. A club member Mr Roger Denson, now 70 (he won’t mind me saying!) played on it when he was just 11 years old! We would love to hear more memories of the club back in the day, and especially photos if you have any.
Finally we would like to thank everyone who has supported our events this year in so many ways, from those of you who display our posters, to the village organisations that hire our hall. We wish all of our members, guests, staff and committee a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.
Join us for a Dementia Friends session at Cottenham Community Centre on Tuesday 7 November at 7pm with Margaret Reed Roberts for a fun, informative and interactive session to find out more about the Dementia Friends initiative.
Those living with dementia sometimes need a helping hand with their daily lives and to feel included within their community. You will learn more about what it’s like to live with dementia & the small things you can do to make a difference. All welcome, wheelchair accessible.
A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. Each Information Session lasts around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities.
The Cambridge Open Art Exhibition at Swavesey Village College is on Friday to Sunday 17,18,19 November 2017. With something for everyone – traditional and contemporary paintings, sculpture and prints, crafts and cards to buy, creative activities for children and a “win-a-picture”. Entry on Saturday and Sunday is free and there will be a a café.
The exhibition aims to support local artists and therefore all artwork is sold commission free. Although this is a non-selective exhibition open to anyone over 18, we are always impressed by the high standard of work received and this year is no exception.
The Preview Reception takes place on Friday 18th at 6.30pm (Tickets £5) and The Cambridge Art Awards will be announced at 7.00pm, with an opening address from Dr Catherine Burke, Reader in History of Childhood and Education at Cambridge University. She has strong views concerning the importance of creativity in the school curriculum and the organisers of this major open exhibition fully support this.
The pupils and staff of Swavesey Village College are involved in all aspects of raising the exhibition and this provides wide-ranging learning opportunities for the students with some working towards their Silver Arts Award. Last year a charity element was introduced and donations made at the exhibition go towards the Johabeto Orphanage in Kitale, Kenya.
This year the Cambridge Art Awards will be judged by John McGill, Sculptor; Sheila Ceccarelli, Co-founder and Director of Access Art; and Alastair Hull from Haddenham Galleries with prizes kindly donated from HMC Framing, Milton. The judging panel will also decide on the Top Twenty artists who will go forward to a pre-Christmas show at the popular Haddenham Galleries.
Alongside the exhibition this year we have a new project “Walk into the Arts” funded by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, inspiring lifelong interest and participation in the arts through interactive experiences; Installation by artist Steve Ferris entitled “An Eidophusikon” (natural appearance); children’s art activities; win-a-picture prize draw.
Swavesey Village College
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.
There is no parking at the site so cycling or walking is recommended.
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. Join 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:
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 email@example.com to find out more
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
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
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.
Custard Comedy is back at Willingham Social Club, featuring the extreme silliness of Raymond and Mr Timpkins for the Willingham Feast show on Friday 6 October 2017
The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue is freakish entertainment on a twisted stick, incorporating inimitable acoustic guitar / stylophone driven rock anthems coupled with a plethora of prop-assisted material that’s busier than a wasp in a fat child’s lunchbox.
Their highly original performance approach has made them regulars in comedy clubs around the country, including appearances at the Edinburgh, Glastonbury, Phoenix and Reading festivals. “Enough silliness to fill a pillow.” Evening Standard.
Those acts are supported by Harriet Kemsley who has talked on a stage all over the world – at places like The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny, Oslo Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs in Montreal. She has also supported some of her heroes on their nationwide tours, like Katherine Ryan, Stephen Merchant and Isy Suttie. ‘A quirky very funny new stand up’ TIME OUT.
Our MC is Jonathan Elston. At just 24 years of age, Jonathan is a fresh, punchy, gag-driven comic who combines sharp joke writing and quirky observations with a youthful likeability that charms his audience and endears him to any room.“A young comic with incredible talent and natural warmth” The Guardian.
Willingham Social Club
Friday 6th October 2017 7:45pm