Korfball comes to the Fen Edge Festival

Korfball comes to the Fen Edge Festival when Cambridge Phoenix and Cambridge Tigers Korfball Clubs join together to bring you a Korfball taster session for all the family! Come and try a sport that the whole family can enjoy together at Cottenham Village College Sports Centre on Saturday 24 June from 3pm to 4.30pm.

Korfball is a fantastic mix of netball and basketball, where everyone gets to shoot and defend. Males and females play on the same team, so it’s a great sport for the whole family to enjoy together. Korball comes to Fen Edge FestivalAll ages/abilities welcome from 7+. Wear suitable clothes, trainers, & bring a water bottle. Booking highly recommended but we may be able to accommodate people on the day. Please email zdebarro@gmail.com or text 07814 003914 to secure your place.


Korfball is just one of the great sports activities for you to try at Cottenham Sports Centre over the Fen Edge Festival weekend.

Play Tennis Fun Day – SATURDAY ONLY
CVC Tennis Courts 11:00 – 14:00
Cottenham Sports Centre are opening their tennis courts for everyone. No matter your age or ability, come along and join in a friendly game of tennis – If you’re trying for the first time or if you play regularly you’ll be welcomed and have a chance to enjoy a knockabout or a serious game. Please wear appropriate sports clothing. Just come to reception on arrival and they’ll provide you with the Rackets & balls you need.

CVC Sports Hall 11:00 – 13:00
This is your chance to give Badminton a go. Again, it doesn’t matter your age or ability just come along and join in a friendly game. There will be 4 courts available for use, so this will work as first come first serve basis. Please wear appropriate sports attire. Equipment will be provided.

Table Tennis Tournament – SUNDAY ONLY
CVC Sports Hall 11:00 – 13:00 / £1
Either join in a fun tournament (Adult /Child categories) OR just drop in and have a go! For more details contact bethstevens@ntlworld.com

Soft Play Fun at Fen Edge FestivalSoft Play Fun – SUNDAY ONLY
CVC Sports Hall 14:00 – 16:00 / £2
Our Soft Play Fun offers a variety of activities including bouncy castles, soft play equipment, toy cars among many others. This is a great way to keep those energised children entertained. This Soft Play Fun is aimed for children 0-8. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

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.

Fen Edge Festival – programme now available

The Fen Edge Festival 2017 programme is now available so you can plan a great weekend of music, entertainment and fun for all the family. We look forward to seeing you at the Festival June 22nd to June 25th.

To get the latest updates follow the Festival Facebook page

Fen Edge Festival Programme 2017

Farming Memories – Wimpole Home Farm

Farming Memories Wimpole Home Farm group is a joint project between Care Network Cambridgeshire (a local charity) and the National Trust. The Agricultural group meets every other Friday between 2 and 4 pm at Wimpole Home Farm.

The meeting dates for the group are 9th June, 23rd June, 7th July. There will then be a break over the summer.

This is a group for those in the early stages of dementia, memory loss and their carers who have a background in, or an interest in, agriculture. Come along and get involved in farming activities with time for a tea break and a catch up!

Wimpole Home FarmCare Network Cambridgeshire is working with the National Trust. To find out more about the group and how to join please contact
Care Network on 01954 211919

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 www.cottenhamtheatre.com 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 www.fenedge.co.uk 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 smithmichaelstanley@hotmail.com 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 tithebarntrust@gmail.com

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 www.tithebarntrust.org.uk/make-a-pledge
2. Become a Friend. Visit www.tithebarntrust.org.uk/become-a-member
3. Volunteer or become a trustee. Email tithebarntrust@gmail.com to find out more

Find us at www.tithebarntrust.org.uk, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

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.