Cottenham Primary School PTCA Fen Edge Festival Summer Dance

Cottenham Primary School PTCA are pleased to announce that tickets for the Fen Edge Festival Summer Dance,  Cottenham Village Green, Friday 23 June 2017, featuring ‘Swagger’ will be on sale from Friday 26 May at the following locations:

  • Cottenham Primary School Reception
  • Cottenham Village College Reception
  • Les Ward Greengrocers, High Street, Cottenham

PTCA Bar plus real ales supplied by The Chequers, Cottenham

Doors open at 7pm – 11pm finish

Ticket price: £12.50/person

Cottenham PTCA Summer Dance Fen Edge Festival 2017Please note that due to high demand and limited numbers, ticket sales are restricted to a maximum purchase of 8 tickets per person. All tickets must be paid for at the time of purchase.


Fen Edge Festival 2017 Cottenham Cambridgeshire

Don’t miss the Vicar of Dibley!

If you loved the TV show, you’ll love Cottenham Theatre Workshop’s staging of it at Cottenham Village College at 7.30 pm each evening from Wednesday 19th April to Saturday 22nd April, the week after Easter.

The performances will be really special as a percentage of the proceeds will go to Comic Relief as stipulated by the writers of the original TV series Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. There’ll be a bar as well as fun and games to amuse you, all part of the entertainment.

Vicar of Dibley Cottenham Theatre WorkshopYou can book your tickets via TicketSource, or or by phone on 0333 6664466 (a charge may apply). OR come along to Cottenham Community Centre on Saturday 8th or Saturday 15th April and buy them in person from Cottenham Theatre Workshop members. Prices are £9 or £7 (concessions).

Cottenham Fun Run – 6 May 2017

The popular Cottenham Fun Run is here again on Saturday 6th May 2017 with all proceeds going to Twinkle Star Children’s Trust. This annual event, organised by Martyn Leeks on behalf of FECA, has both a senior and junior run. Register online or on the day at Cottenham Village College 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. Register online at or on the day at Cottenham Village College from 9am. Age categories and cost of entry are: Primary girl and boy (£3); Village College girl and boy (£4); Adult male and female (£6); Veterans (45+) male and female (£6).
The Junior Run takes place around the CVC playing fields, a distance of about a mile, and all competitors must be accompanied by an adult. It sets off at 10am (and all who take part receive a medal at the end).

The 7k race starts at 10.45am, from the playing fields, and takes a well-marshalled route through and around the village. Full details on Twitter @CottenhamFunRun and Facebook Cottenham 7K Run.
For those who are watching and waiting, there will be a market on site: contact Mike Smith on to book a stall. It’s free for FECA members.

Once again, we are indebted to Malary Limited for their ever-generous support and sponsorship. All proceeds, after costs, will be donated to Twinkle Star Children’s Trust whose primary aims are to support local children’s projects and enrich the lives and educational experiences of children from disadvantaged and challenging backgrounds.

Get involved and register for the Cottenham Fun Run Saturday 6 May 2017 now by visiting our online Cottenham Fun Run registration page.

Beach Babies sow the seed for Landbeach Tithe Barn’s future

Beach Babies’ pre-schoolers recently visited Landbeach Tithe Barn and helped Alan Shipp, Tithe Barn Trust Trustee and retired Farmer, sow some wheat seed. They plan to return to the barn in the summer and help harvest and thresh the crop.
The Tithe Barn reflects the agricultural heritage of the Fen Edge villages and is an important part of our local community history.

Beach Babies’ Pre-schoolers at the Tithe Barn, helping Alan Shipp, Tithe Barn Trustee, sow wheat seed

Beach Babies’ Pre-schoolers at the Tithe Barn, helping Alan Shipp, Tithe Barn Trustee, sow wheat seed

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 taxes, a tenth of all crops to the church, the contributions being stacked in the barn for winter threshing and storage.

The Tithe Barn Trust

The Tithe Barn Trust is a small charity and volunteer not-for profit group aiming to save and sympathetically restore the Grade II Listed Tithe Barn, in Landbeach, for community use.

Gemma O’Shea, Tithe Barn Trust Chair, says “We’ve just submitted a major grant application for almost £400,000. We’re keeping our fingers crossed, but the more pledges and donations we receive from the community, the more likely our grant applications will be successful and the dream of restoring the Tithe Barn will be realised. Through our project we plan to not only save and sensitively restore the unique and rare Tithe Barn, but bring new life to this disused historic building. We aim to open the barn to a wider audience and tell its story. If successful with our fundraising quest we will improve the access track so that the barn is accessible for all, including those with disabilities. The project also incorporates plans to provide basic facilities to the barn (such as toilets, power and water supply) sensitively integrated without detracting from its special character, so that its use increases and it generates an income for ongoing repair and maintenance, thus creating a sustainable future.”

We’ll be holding a further public consultation to finalise the end use of the barn. However, we envisage the future of the barn may include schools and education visits, public open days, functions such as wedding ceremonies, film and photoshoot location hire and community events such as Farmers Markets. We welcome your ideas and comments on this topic, so get in touch via

We’ve been working hard; however, we still need your help to save this gem at the heart of Landbeach. The barn is in a poor condition and deteriorating. We believe the Tithe Barn, with thatched roof and historic brick and timber floor, to be unique to Cambridgeshire and even of national significance. Experts suggest that it may well date from the medieval period. Over 90% of Tithe Barns have been converted in the UK.

As part of the Fen Edge Festival we’ll be opening the Tithe Barn for visitors on the 24th and 25th June from 2pm-5pm. There will even be a 1969 classic coach to transport you to and from the festival in Cottenham to the barn in Landbeach. Come along and chat with the Tithe Barn Trust team.

3 Ways YOU can get involved;
1. Make a pledge today at
2. Become a Friend. Visit
3. Volunteer or become a trustee. Email to find out more

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How to find the Tithe Barn
Kissing gate entrance is opposite No 2 Waterbeach Road, Landbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9FA. Walk along the grassed track along the hedge. Free parking or No. 9 Stagecoach (Cambridge <-> Littleport) bus stops near Cockfen Lane.

Beach Babies Pre-schoolers visiting Landbeach Tithe BarnBeach Babies Pre-schoolers painting with watercolours at Landbeach Tithe Barn

Support for Sunflowers invite you to Rock and Roll

Support for Sunflowers Care invite you to Rock and Roll for an evening on Saturday 27 May at the Cottenham Club with The Ramshackle Daddies.

Tickets £10 (including a hot buffet) are available in advance before 19 May from Sunflowers Care 197 High Street, Cottenham CB24 8RX

Support 4 Sunflowers is the charity which supports Sunflowers Care Limited and enables children to have extra treats and their stay enhanced.

Ramshackle Daddies in concertThe Ramshackle Daddies display their talent to write and perform 1950’s style Rock ‘n’ Roll & Rockabilly – taking vintage rockers and making them their own.

They cover the material of Johnny Horton, Johnny Burnette Trio, Buddy Holly and other 50’s legends, as well as performing material of their own.


Whirl & Twirl Round Dance Club – Open Day Saturday 6th May

The Whirl & Twirl Round Dance Club are holding an Open Day on Saturday 6th May from 10.00 a.m.  to 1.30 p.m. at Cottenham Community Centre
, High Street, Cottenham (opposite the Co-op).

Dancing is great for health and fitness, so if you ever wanted to dance, now is your chance. Come and have a go! It’s free!

The Club meets every Wednesday at Cottenham Community Centre.

Whirl & Twirl Round Dance Club DancersClub sessions start at 7.30 p.m. and we are looking to attract new members. Anyone is welcome to come along and take a look at what we do.

Dancing is to a cuer who calls every step and all you need is a pair of feet and a willingness to have some fun. Partners are not essential. We dance to a large variety of music and dances which include Waltz, Rumba, Jive, Cha Cha etc.

Contact Irene 07876 458 522 or visit our website Whirl & Twirl Round Dance Club 2


The Fen Edge Festival gets Bags of Help from Tesco

We are extremely pleased to announce that the Fen Edge Festival 2017 has been selected for funding from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ Grant scheme, which is tremendous news for the Fen Edge Community Association.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch the Bags of Help initiative which offers community groups and projects, in each of around 200 Tesco regions across the UK, a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

The Fen Edge Festival 2017 now goes forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores where customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from Wednesday 1st March to Saturday 29th April. The result of the voting will be known by the end of May. The project with the highest number of votes across our region will receive £5,000, the second placed project £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000.

Tesco Bags of Help Fen Edge Festival 2017
How to vote
To vote simply make a purchase, of any value, within any of the Tesco stores listed below. You will receive one token per transaction – it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token. Please ask the checkout operator for a token if one isn’t automatically given to you. Please then drop your token into the Fen Edge Festival 2017 collecting box – The Bags of Help collecting boxes are usually situated by the Customer Services desk. It really is that simple to vote for your community Festival!

Where to vote
The following Tesco stores in our region are all voting points for the Fen Edge Festival 2017
Bar Hill – Tesco Extra
Histon – Tesco Express
Milton – Tesco
Ely – Tesco
Campkin Road – Tesco ExpressTesco Bags of Help Fen Edge Festival 2017Cherry Hinton – Tesco Express
Chesterton – Tesco Express
Clifton Road – Tesco Express
East Road – Tesco Express
Hills Road – Tesco Express
Mill Road – Tesco Express
Newmarket Road – Tesco
Fulbourn – Tesco
Great Shelford – Tesco Express

To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the Tesco website

The Fen Edge Festival
This year’s Festival will take place in Cottenham from 23 to 25 June and is a great opportunity for residents in the five Fen Edge Villages (Cottenham, Landbeach, Rampton, Willingham and Waterbeach) to come together at a community festival of music, dance, sports, food, play, arts and crafts and fun.

Fen Edge Festival 2017 Cottenham Village Green CambridgeshireThis popular and well-attended event has taken place every two years since 2005. Over 3,000 people attended the 2015 Festival as the five Fen Edge villages demonstrated their vibrant community spirit, with individuals and families enjoying the activities and entertainment and socialising with neighbours and friends, enhancing the sense of community.

The Festival is organised by Fen Edge Community Association (FECA) and supported by a large volunteer team who help running events and stewarding. FECA is a registered charity which works to benefit the community by improving the educational, social, recreational and leisure facilities in the Fen Edge villages. The 45 member organisations of FECA have over 2,500 individual members. The Festival provides these clubs, groups and societies with a unique opportunity to raise money in the context of a large event and to attract new members.

The member organisations of FECA are instrumental in:
– enhancing the sense of community;
– increasing opportunities for residents of Fen Edge villages to participate in village life; and
– providing an opportunity to celebrate our community, its diversity and its cohesion.

In the last year twelve months member groups of the Fen Edge Community Association have delivered a number of physical improvements to outdoor spaces including the development of the Willingham QEII Playing Field Playground, Landbeach Tithe Barn restoration and the planting of 1,250 hawthorn and blackthorn hedging plants on WARG field by Cottenham Parish Council as part of National Tree Week in November 2016.

Rampton Relay – Sunday 30th April

Rampton ’77 Committee are pleased to announce the return of the popular Rampton Relay event on Sunday 30th April. The course is exactly 1 Rampton mile in length. The ‘race’ can be run (or walked) by single runners or by teams of four in a relay of one lap of the course each. Relay teams of primary school aged children may compete for the ‘Rampton Educational Foundation Shield’. Registration from 2pm on 30th April in the meadow by Giant’s Hill. Race starts at 2:30pm. All Proceeds from the run will be donated to charity.

Rampton ’77 Committee

Dance and movement class for children and their parents/carers

Forget about your serious everyday life and spend some really wild fun-time with your child. As you give your child your undivided attention and presence, you nourish your child’s joy and happiness.

Our Dance and movement class for children and their parents/carers will take place at Cottenham Community Centre in the Main Hall on Saturday 4 March from 11 am to 12 noon.

The essence of the class is all about hearing, following and mutual contact between the child and the parent. We focus on relationship, joy and play. Come ready for some animals’ races, choo-choo, pits and tunnels, and a lot of hugging.

Catherine Gilgenast- who will lead the classs – is an occupational therapist, pedagogue, art therapist and dancer. Catherine has 15 years of professional experience working with children, including those with learning and behavioural difficulties or mental/physical disability.

Dance and Movement class at Cottenham Community CentreSaturday 4 March at 11 AM – 12 PM

Cottenham Community Centre – Main Hall

250A High Street, Cottenham, CB24 8RZ

Just turn up on the day and prepare to have some fun!


Cottenham Bowls Club uses FECA grant to buy defibrillator

Cottenham Bowls Club is a village outdoor and indoor bowls club open all year and formed in 1940 to provide a facility for lawn bowls in the village. All members pay an annual subscription fee to cover the running costs of the club and all work undertaken by the club’s officers and members is on a voluntary basis to ensure the continuation of the club.

The club currently has a membership of 76 consisting of 42 full members and 34 social members who include both working and retired men and women from Cottenham and the surrounding villages, but are mainly over 60.

Cottenham Bowls Club Defibrillator

Cottenham Bowls Club Defibrillator

Bowling does not require great physical effort and as a consequence many bowlers are still bowling well into their eighties and even their nineties. Due to the general age profile, the Club recognised that  the biggest safety risk for their members is that they might have a heart attack whilst at the Club and that immediate help would not be at hand when time is of the essence. Modern defibrillators are very user friendly and so, with very little training of their membership, by having a defibrillator in the clubhouse, they are now in a position to provide immediate assistance to anybody who suffers a sudden cardiac arrest.

Cheque Presentation to Cottenham Bowls Club

Cottenham Bowls Club Cheque Presentation

Cottenham Bowls Club Cheque Presentation

Neil Gough, Chair of the Fen Edge Community Association, presented a cheque for £1,000 to Bernard Goodin (Chairman) and Dave Parrack (Secretary) of Cottenham Bowls Club at the clubhouse. The grant has been used to purchase the Zoll AED Plus Defibrillator, the only Automated External Defibrillator that ensures infrequent rescuers respond appropriately during an emergency.

Cottenham Bowls Club has kindly agreed that the defibrillator will be made available to the Fen Edge Community Association for the Fen Edge Festival and other FECA organised events.