Christmas Craft Workshop at Cottenham Community Centre

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.                                                                                                                                      

Christmas Craft Workshop at Cottenham Community Centre

Tickets on sale for ALADDIN

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. 

Cottenham Theatre Workshop AladdinTickets 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.

For more details please message us on Facebook or email cottenhamtheatre@gmail.com

We hope to see lots of you there!

Dementia Friends Information Session at Cottenham Community Centre

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.

Dementia Friends 7th November 2017A 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.

Bluebell Planting – Cottenham

 

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.

For more information please contact Jo Brook clerk@cottenhampc.org.uk or phone 07503 328401 or see www.cottenhampc.org.uk

There is no parking at the site so cycling or walking is recommended.

You’re invited to Cottenham’s Shape your Community event

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. Cottenham Shape your Community EventJoin 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:

Tell us what you think online

Register to watch an online round up

Hear from Co-op Council President, Nick Crofts, about why it’s important to have your say

 

Landbeach Tithe Barn Trust launches ‘Sponsor a Sheaf’ campaign

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 tithebarntrust@gmail.com to find out more

Find us at www.tithebarntrust.org.uk, like us on facebook.com/FriendsofLandbeachTitheBarn and follow us on Twitter

 

 

Russians and the Russian Culture through the Witness’ Eyes: The Cold War

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

Course Information Sheet

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

Welcome to Adult Learning at Cottenham Village College

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.

Full information: http://community.cvcweb.net or view the course programme here
Courses are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency.

Operation Christmas Child

Do you ever feel overwhelmed about the many charity appeals all of which seem be from well deserving causes?  I know I do, but wonder how to choose which ones to respond to?

Perhaps you will allow me to suggest ‘Operation Christmas Child’ which is a charity whose aim is to give gift filled shoe boxes to needy children in many parts of the world.

The charity, which began helping children in orphanages in Romania, is Christian based but boxes are given to needy children regardless of race, ethnicity, faith or no faith. Nothing is asked or expected in return, in fact nothing of a religious nature is permitted in the boxes although some Christian based story books are given if appropriate but, then, only with parental consent.

Since the beginning, millions of decorated shoe boxes have been distributed to children, some of whom will never before have received any form of gift. The only criterion is that there is a genuine need. If you would like to help this very worthy cause, there are several ways in which you can do so.

First, you could buy some little gifts, toys or a ball, colouring books and pencils, bars of soap or a toothbrush and paste, or perhaps, gloves, hat and scarf. Next, you could bring the items to All Saints Church Hall on Friday 3rd November (afternoon) or Saturday 4th November, or come to help with packing the boxes. Alternatively, you could donate some money towards the cost of transporting the boxes. Sadly, the cost has had to be increased this year to cover additional transport costs etc., so any help would be much appreciated.

There are still so many needy children and the shoe boxes are a real way of showing unconditional concern for them. A small gift which means so much! If you would like to know more or would like to help, please feel free to contact me on 01954 250560.
Thank you very much.
Sue Hooks
All Saints Church Cottenham

Cottenham Craft Club

Cottenham Craft Club is a new weekly daytime craft group for anyone interested in craft, learning something new, or who would just like some company during the day. The Craft Club is held on the 1st 3rd and 4th Thursday of each month at Cottenham Community Centre from 1pm to 2.30pm.

Cottenham Craft  Club is a social group where people can bring along their own small portable craft projects such as knitting, crochet, needlework etc. to work on alongside others, and possibly share skills with each other – or just come along for a chat.

Cottenham Craft Club£2 entry which goes directly to Cottenham Community Centre. Children always welcome, there will be toys and activities to keep them busy. Refreshments will be available.

Craft, chat, get happy!
When 3,545 knitters/crocheted were surveyed online more than half of those who responded said they felt ‘very happy’ after knitting. People who knitted/crocheted more frequently reported more mental and emotional relief than those who did it less frequently.

We now have a Cottenham Craft Club Facebook group where you can show us what you’re working on, share ideas, and post about local events. Find it by clicking on the group tab on our Facebook page. Feel free to add any crafty friends that can’t make it to our Thursday meetups.

FAB Fen Edge Festival Success

The grass on the Green is still a little worn but all other signs of Fen Edge Festival 2017 have disappeared. Once again, we enjoyed a memorable weekend of music, food and activities.

The Festival represents all that is good about village life – a spirited and dedicated group of people coming together to deliver this very special event. Consequently, there are a lot of people to thank.

The Festival Organising Committee was a great team that combined practical and creative skills to create a full programme over four days. There were a number of highlights for me – the Beach Café concept was a great success and Simon Bye and Simon Heath took the Venue to a new level of sophistication.

I would also like to recognise all the groups and organisations – most of them Fen Edge Community Association (FECA) members – who put on activities and demonstrations. We now have 50 FECA members and a large number of them were involved through the weekend. Also, huge thanks to the volunteers who helped with the stewarding and set up. The event ran smoothly and safely and that is wholly due to the work and commitment of the volunteers. Without volunteers, there is simply no event. Thank you all.

We received invaluable financial support from sponsors. These businesses and organisations recognise the relationship between the community and their businesses and deserve special credit. Particular thanks go to Cottenham Parish Council and the team there who not only sponsored the event but also enabled us to use the Village Green and ensured it was perfectly prepared. Thanks also to Cottenham Village College which also allowed us to use its grounds and facilities. Our sponsors were Malary, Durman Stearn, Giuseppe Piran, Voland Roofing, Cambridge Glassblowing, BV Services, Lynx Autocare, S.H. Harradine, The Curry Palace, Amey Cespa, Aviva, Steve Davies Creative, Screens & Graphics, Travis Perkins, Haart, Tesco, Dentons Carpets, Fellows Brewery, B&C Motors, Cambridge Building Society and Polarglaze. Thanks to all of them.

So, what is it all for? One primary purpose is to celebrate village life and showcase all that goes on in our area. It is also to have fun and we try our very best to make the weekend affordable, particularly for young families. We use the financial support to ensure that the main events are free (like the evening concerts, junior disco and children’s entertainment) or subsidised (like the mini golf and the helter-skelter). We insisted that the cost of other rides for children were kept low. The whole event costs well over £20,000 to put on when one includes the cost of marquees, hire of facilities, insurance, security services, first aid services and the entertainment. Our aim is to make a small surplus (if everything like the weather works in our favour) and this is then ploughed back into the community.

The main beneficiaries of this year’s Festival will be Ladybird pre-school, Firs House and Telegraph Street Patient Participation Group, Willingham Youth Trust and Landbeach Tithe Barn Trust. All FECA members are able to apply for grants for their organisations and we actively seek to encourage their work. We will provide full accounts of the Festival on the FECA website and in the next issue of the Fen Edge News.

So finally, thanks to all of you who attended. It is your Festival and you that make it all worthwhile. If you enjoyed it, please consider getting involved for the next event. If you didn’t enjoy it, please get involved to help us make it better! Please contact me if you are interested in helping with the Festival or FECA.

Roll on 2019!

Neil Gough, Chair, Fen Edge Community Association and Chair, Festival Committee.
chair@fenedge.co.uk

If the Fen Edge Festival feels like a distant memory, relive the atmosphere with this video of the weekend. With many thanks to Amy Pledger for capturing the spirit of the FEF.