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.
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.
Tickets 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.
We hope to see lots of you there!
Willingham Social Club has a great list of upcoming events including live bands every month, Karaoke, Quiz Nights, Jam Club, Jazz Club, Darts Competitions, discos and much, much more. To check the current list of events take a look at our programme covering the end of 2017 and early 2018 here and read on for more details of just a few of our forthcoming events.
Wednesday 6th December 8pm Annual General Meeting
Everyone is welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting of Willingham Social Club. To be held in the Function room. There have been significant changes and a full calendar of varied events over the last year. Come along to hear how the club is progressing.
Friday 8th December 7.30pm Free Karaoke Night
Join us in the function room for a lighthearted evening of amazing singers and others not so amazing! But everyone at our Karaoke nights can be guaranteed to have a really fun filled evening singing your choice of songs with audience participation actively encouraged! We use the Karafun app so why not have a look in advance. From Disney’s Frozen ‘Let it go’ to The Prodigy’s ‘Twisted Firestarter’, they are all on there! Free Entry to everyone over 18.
Saturday 23rd December 8pm ‘Nearly’ Christmas Party
Meeting Point, the disco and party organizers, will be back at the club with a Christmas Disco to get you in the festive spirit. Strictly for the over 30’s, Meeting Point was originally a singles club organisation, but over the years has developed into a popular night out for everyone who loves music and dancing. Playing sounds from the 70’s to 00’s. Smart dress code applies. £6 entry.
Saturday 20th January, 8pm Bear Club, The ultimate Live party Band
Bear Club are a relatively unknown band here in Cambridgeshire. Hailing from Norfolk they are immensely popular in that region. They play a great range of music genres, including Indie, R&B, Hip Hop and Pop. Covers from 80’s Club Tropicana days, Blondie, Coldplay , Love Shack by the B52’s and one of our favourites ‘Jump Around’ by House of Pain. We have seen them in action at the ‘Festival Too’ after party in Kings Lynn and knew we had to book them!
Tickets £5 from the club or www.wegottickets.com/event/412726, possibly on the door too.
The club has a newly formed darts team, we have had a slow start being paired with the league’s best side for our first match we lost 7/0, but went on to slightly improve in our next match losing 6/1! It is early days and hopefully our results will get better as the season goes on. We could benefit from 2 or 3 more players, so if you fancy getting involved please let us know.
Willingham Social Club has a pool table and also a full-sized snooker table which was housed in the old wooden building fondly called ‘The Hut’ before it was demolished to make way for the new brick building. It was originally used to play billiards, the existing score board also survives and has recently been expertly renovated by village craftsman Ben Rayner. A club member Mr Roger Denson, now 70 (he won’t mind me saying!) played on it when he was just 11 years old! We would love to hear more memories of the club back in the day, and especially photos if you have any.
Finally we would like to thank everyone who has supported our events this year in so many ways, from those of you who display our posters, to the village organisations that hire our hall. We wish all of our members, guests, staff and committee a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.
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.
A 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more
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.
Custard Comedy is back at Willingham Social Club, featuring the extreme silliness of Raymond and Mr Timpkins for the Willingham Feast show on Friday 6 October 2017
The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue is freakish entertainment on a twisted stick, incorporating inimitable acoustic guitar / stylophone driven rock anthems coupled with a plethora of prop-assisted material that’s busier than a wasp in a fat child’s lunchbox.
Their highly original performance approach has made them regulars in comedy clubs around the country, including appearances at the Edinburgh, Glastonbury, Phoenix and Reading festivals. “Enough silliness to fill a pillow.” Evening Standard.
Those acts are supported by Harriet Kemsley who has talked on a stage all over the world – at places like The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny, Oslo Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs in Montreal. She has also supported some of her heroes on their nationwide tours, like Katherine Ryan, Stephen Merchant and Isy Suttie. ‘A quirky very funny new stand up’ TIME OUT.
Our MC is Jonathan Elston. At just 24 years of age, Jonathan is a fresh, punchy, gag-driven comic who combines sharp joke writing and quirky observations with a youthful likeability that charms his audience and endears him to any room.“A young comic with incredible talent and natural warmth” The Guardian.
Willingham Social Club
Friday 6th October 2017 7:45pm
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.
All Saints Church Cottenham
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.
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.
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.
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. He 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 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.
He 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.
MC 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.
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.
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. All 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 email@example.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.
Badminton – SATURDAY ONLY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Soft 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.