Fen Edge Festival 2019 – We need your votes!

The Fen Edge Festival is a showcase for the Fen Edge villages and will be held from 21st to 23rd June 2019. To help fund the 2019 Festival we have applied for a £1,000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund – and we need your votes to help secure the funding.

A grant from Aviva will help retain the free elements of the Festival to ensure the event is accessible to all. Local charities and organisations raise money at the Festival and the proceeds are also distributed to local groups ensuring that the impact of the Festival is felt throughout the community.

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Fen Edge Festival 2019 – we need your votes!

We need your votes to make this happen.
The Fen Edge Festival has been shortlisted to win £1,000 in a public vote and we need your help by voting for us.

How do I vote?
Simply register on the Aviva Community Fund website.

Then all you need to do is click on the ‘Vote’ button on the Fen Edge Festival project page. Each registered user gets 10 votes which you can use to help us secure this essential funding.

 

You can vote between 23 October and 20 November 2018 so please share this with your friends, family and colleagues as every vote matters to us!

Thank-you for your support and for your votes.

Cambridge Open Art Exhibition 2018 | 12-14 October

The Cambridge Open Art Exhibition at Swavesey Village College is on Friday 12th to Sunday 14th October 2018. 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’.

The Preview Evening takes place on Friday 12th October from 6.30pm to 9pm – tickets are £5 on the door. Come and enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles and mingle with this year’s exhibition artists.

Cambridge Open Art Exhibition 2018 PosterEntry to the Exhibition is free on Saturday 13th October 10am to 5pm and Sunday 14th October 10am to 4pm. Why not join us for a great day out – have a coffee or lunch at the cafe – filled rolls and homemade cakes. There will be art activities for children and artists’ tables to buy cards and small gifts and the added advantage of affordable art to buy. There is ample FREE PARKING. Get away from the crowded city and enjoy a relaxing time out at the exhibition.

This is a local community project which supports charities. 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.

All proceeds from the cafe are going to the Johabeto Orphanage in Kitale, Kenya

Win-A-Picture
Your chance to win one of the exhibition artworks up to the value of £150 with draw donations to local charity Headway Cambridgeshire. Choose your favourite artwork, fill out the form, make a donation to Headway Cambridgeshire and you could take home an original artwork (to the value of £150). The Draw will take place at 3pm on Sunday 14th October 2018.

Website: www.coax.org.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CambridgeOpenArtExhibition
Twitter: www.twitter.com/CambOpenArt

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Swavesey Village College
Gibraltar Lane
Swavesey
Cambridgeshire
CB24 4RS

Rampton Horse Show 2018 | Saturday 15 September

Rampton Horse Show is a traditional village horse show with classes in-hand and for riders of all abilities. The Show has been running annually in September for thirty years. There is a full day of classes, ranging from Showing, Dressage, Working Hunter, Show Jumping with cash prizes, Gymkhana and Fun classes, such as Fancy Dress.

Everybody is welcome. From horses to ponies, veterans to youngstock, experienced to novice, there is Rampton Horse Show 1something for all of you. If you have been before, then we look forward to seeing you again this year. If it your first time, then please come along and find out what makes Rampton Horse Show one of the friendliest, local Shows in the eastern region.

The Show has a relaxed, family atmosphere with plenty of good-natured competition. Classes can be entered in advance or on the day, so if you arrive and fancy your chances at some additional classes then it is easily done. Rampton Horse Show 3There’s plenty of parking on the site for trailers and horseboxes, and refreshments are available all day including some excellent coffee and bacon butties! There’s also a show photographer on hand to catch your sporting moments.

Charities we are supporting this year…
All proceeds from the Show are donated each year to charity. This year’s show is supporting Fenland Animal Rescue, Papworth Hospital Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group, Rampton Church.

Rampton Horse Show ScheduleYou can download the Show Schedule for 2018 here. You can also download an entry form and a map of the Showground on our website. We look forward to seeing you at the Show!

Rampton Horse Show Facebook page

Rampton Horse Show Website 

Ramparts Summer Art Exhibition – Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July

Please join us at the Ramparts Summer Art Exhibition at Rampton Village Hall (CB24 8QA) on Saturday 14 July 10am to 5pm and Sunday 15 July 10am to 4pm

All work exhibited is for sale. Free entry, Refreshments, plentiful car parking.

The exhibition is organised by Ramparts which was set up many years ago to encourage beginners to ‘have a go’. It has never been a ‘learn to draw’ class, there are plenty of excellent local classes doing that, but encouraging members to splash paint about, create their own individual pictures and build confidence.

We don’t have currently have space for more members, but we would like to encourage you to set up your own art groups. Come to the exhibition and find how to do it and the support you would get.

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Steady Rollin’ Blues Tour: Brooks Williams & Hans Theessink

 

Rampton Village Hall presents Steady Rollin’ Blues Tour: Brooks Williams & Hans Theessink on Thursday 10th May 2018 at 7.30pm, Doors Open at 7pm. Cash bar available all evening.

Brooks Williams needs no introduction to his loyal following in the area as this is, after all, a home gig. He is touring this year with Dutch blues singer and guitarist Hans Theessink who has been performing since the early 1970s. Hans’ style brings together country, blues, fingerpicking and influences such as Big Bill Broonzy, Leadbelly and Brownie McGhee. He is described as ‘one helluva guitar player’ by the legendary Bo Diddley.

Brooks is ranked as one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists and writes and delivers his songs with an easy-going vocal style. Walking the line between blues and Americana. He has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales. See www.brookswilliams.com for more information.

The evening will be a feast of blues guitar, groove-laden songs and cheery banter.  A must for anyone who appreciates acoustic guitar playing at its best.

Advance tickets: £10.  £12 on the door. Book now at  www.ramptonvillagehall.co.uk or call 01954 208045

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 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.

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

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
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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.