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 and would also like to thank Cottenham Parish Council for their kind donation of £250.

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.

If you would like to volunteer as a race marshal please contact funrun@fenedge.co.uk

For those who are watching and waiting, there will be a Morning Market on site with over 20 stalls.

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.

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!

Fitsteps Cottenham Community Centre Fitsteps Dance Yourself Fit

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

Adult Dance Classes at Cottenham Community CentreAdult Dance Classes at Cottenham Community Centre

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.”

Cottenham Village College supports Landbeach Tithe Barn


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

Fen Edge Footpath Group – 2018 Walks

All are welcome to join our walks in 2018 and find out more about our activities. There is no charge. Please note the details in your diary and it would be very helpful if you can confirm your participation with the Walk Leader at least one week before the date – walk details may have changed and we want to ensure that you ‘will never walk alone’. For more information about all walks visit Fen Edge Footpath Group or email the contact shown at fenedge.footpathgroup@gmail.com

Saturday 20 January
Rampton Circular – A brisk winter morning walk of about 7 miles. Meet at the Cottenham High Street junction with Broad lane for a prompt 9:30 am start (finish about 1 pm)
Contact: Jasper/Janet

Saturday 17 February
A circular walk from Horningsea to Lode Mill of about 6 or 7 miles.
Contact: Pauline or Krys

Saturday 17 March
Walking on water: An 8.5 mile (7 miles version possible if needed) figure-of-8 walk exploring the Hanson-RSPB Ouse Fen wetlands. Waterproof footwear and windproof clothing will be essential and walking poles are recommended. Please bring a packed lunch. Meet 10am at RSPB Needingworth Car Park – TL348 727. If lifts are needed meeting by request at CVC at 9.30am
Contact: Claire/Chris G. between 13 and 15 March 2018 preferably.

Saturday 28 April
A walk of about 8 to 10 miles covering the villages of Cambourne, Bourne, Caxton and possibly Longstowe taking in the Nature reserve and Bourne Brook. Please bring picnic. Meet at CVC or start point at time and place T.B.C. Full details to follow.
Contact: Janet/Eileen (01954 250485)

Friday 11 May – Sunday 13 May
A walking weekend at Ilam YHA Peak District.
Contact: David

Saturday 9 June  Fen Edge Footpath Group
TBC
Contact: Roger

Saturday 7 July
TBC
Contact: Vicky/David

Monday 23 July to Friday 27 July
Cottenham Village College – Summer School
Noughty but Nice
Did you know the Meridian Line passes through Cambridgeshire? Join us for walks following the footpaths in Cambridgeshire, some crossing the Meridian Line. Walks range from between 8 and 11 miles each day. A full list of the walks will be available on enrolment. 4 Days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday), 9.30am – 4pm, £44 for 4 days (or £11 per day)
Contact: Chris & Claire or CVC (01954 288751) to enrol

Saturday 15 September
An 8 mile walk from Guilden Morden to Ashwell. See the source of the Rhee also free entry to Ashwell Museum may be possible. Pub lunch available. Meet 9.30am at CVC or 10.30am in the car park at the former Three Tuns pub, Guilden Morden TL278 435 SG8 0JP (to be confirmed) Early booking would be appreciated by Edward and the Pub.
Contact: Edward

Friday 12 October to Sunday 14 October
A walking weekend possibly in the Cotswolds
Contact: David

Saturday 20 October
A 9-10 mile walk. Abbots Ripton OS Explorer Map 225, Ref. 231781. Meet Abbots Ripton at 10.00am. A14 North T/R A141 Huntingdon T/L Abbots Ripton, go past the post office, on right T/R for Winnington parking on right by school, 100 yds. Bring packed lunch.
Contact: Ray

Saturday 17 November
A 6 mile walk from Woodditton
Contact: Richard/Jane

Tuesday 26 December
Our traditional Boxing Day ‘Holly Walk’. About 3/4 miles. Meet at junction Cottenham High Street/Broad Lane @ 10.30am. All welcome. No need to book.

Tickets on sale for ALADDIN

Here it is! The annual event that everyone in the Fen Edge waits for – the pantomime. This year it is ALADDIN, a super new show written and directed by teacher and Cottenham Theatre Workshop actor Kerry O’Connell. And, as you would expect, it is right up to date with happenings around the world and full of surprises. Including a very large duck!

This ALADDIN in not the one Disney is promoting but an original in the tradition that Cottenham Theatre Workshop has established over 40 years of entertainment. Aladdin Duck

So what’s the duck got to do with it? Come along and find out!

The panto will be on stage at Cottenham Village College on Wednesday 29th November, Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December at 7.30pm.  There are two matinees on Saturday 2nd December at 1.30pm and 5.30pm.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW
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.

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

 

 

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.

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.

Custard Comedy at the Fen Edge Festival

To open this year’s Fen Edge Festival on Thursday 22 June we have a fantastic night of comedy at the Cottenham Community Centre brought to you by those wonderful people at Custard Comedy. The line up is guaranteed to get you laughing!

From early in his career Mike Gunn was supporting the likes of Jo Brand and Alan Davies. Mike Gunn Custard Comedy at the Fen Edge FestivalHe now headlines at all the top comedy venues in the UK and is rapidly reaching cult status on the circuit. He has performed internationally, taking his talent to Hong Kong, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia and to Australia at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where he completed a five-week sell-out season.

Television appearances include Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1), Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV) and Al Murray’s sit-com ‘Time Gentlemen Please’ (Sky). “Mike Gunn will make you die laughing” The Guardian.

Paddy Lennox Custard Comedy at the Fen Edge FestivalPaddy Lennox is a stand-up comedian and actor. He earns a crust on the UK Comedy Circuit and plays all the great clubs: The Comedy Store, Jongleurs, The Glee Club, The Stand and many other clubs. “A scream…” The Telegraph.

A highly distinctive performer and deft writer of finely crafted jokes, Peter Brush unassumingly takes the stage with his slight bespectacled frame and scruffy hair, before consummately conquering it with an arsenal of razor sharp quirky one-liners and peerlessly original routines, all delivered in an amusingly awkward fashion.

Peter Brush Custard Comedy at the Fen Edge FestivalHe has also written for BBC Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz’, ‘The Show What You Wrote’ and ‘Newsjack’, and has done tour support for Arthur Smith, Justin Moorhouse and Stephen K Amos. ‘His best lines are inspired’ – Steve Bennett, Chortle.

Rob Coleman Custard Comedy at the Fen Edge FestivalMC Rob Coleman is an established semi-pro comic doing opening, middle, headline and MC work for a wide variety of provincial clubs. He is primarily a gag based act but has some observational material in his set and is very comfortable working the crowd. “A naturally funny man.” Bedfordshire News.

 

Custard Comedy at Fen Edge FestivalDoors Open 7.30pm

Over 18’s only – Licensed Bar

Tickets are £10 + £1 booking fee
To book, go here

Sometimes life gets in the way and we have to change the acts. It doesn’t happen very often but we’re sorry if it does.