Cottenham Theatre Workshop – Protecting your Neighbourhood

Attention citizens of Cottenham and the surrounding areas. Cottenham Theatre Workshop cordially invite you to our Spring production for 2018:


This sublime comedy, from master of laughs Alan Ayckbourn, follows the lives of Martin and Hilda Massie as they settle in to a new, quiet life, in the confines of the Bluebell Hill Development. However, their new lives are quickly interrupted by an intruder in their garden… leading them to form the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme with their fellow residents. Suffice to say, these aren’t the usual meetings you’d expect from your local group, even including an interesting discussion about a certain contraption on the roundabout…

Cottenham Theatre Workshop Neighbourhood Watch

If you’re intrigued and want to know more, then come along to our performances, which will run from Wednesday 4th April – Saturday 7th April, from 7.30pm at Cottenham Village College. Tickets are on sale now via TicketSource, or by phone. Check our website for more details.

Although the roles have already been cast, we’re always eager to have new people join Cottenham Theatre Workshop. Whether it be helping backstage, or on front of house there really is something for everyone! For more information, please email:

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Waterbeach Waste Incinerator – Public meetings

Waterbeach Waste Incinerator – Amey is proposing to develop a new waste treatment facility at its Waterbeach Waste Management Park in Cambridgeshire.

A planning application has been submitted for the proposed facility, which would use waste from households and businesses to create electricity, heat or a mix of both – generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 63,000 homes.

It would signify a £200million investment by Amey at Waterbeach, as well as create over 300 jobs during construction and operational phases.

Waterbeach Waste IncineratorAmey will be holding information sessions for local residents on March 19 and 20 in Landbeach, Cottenham and Waterbeach. You can meet the Amey team to answer your questions and find out more about the proposals to create energy from waste. The drop-in sessions will take place on:

Landbeach – Monday 19 March, 12pm-4pm at Landbeach Village Hall, Green End, Landbeach, CB25 9FD

Cottenham – Monday 19 March, 5.30pm-9pm at the Coffee Shop, Cottenham Community Centre, High Street, Cottenham, CB24 8RZ

Waterbeach – Tuesday 20 March, 12pm-9pm at the Church Room, St John’s Church, Station Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9HR

There’s no need to register to attend, just drop by. The three events give residents an opportunity to meet the Amey team and directly ask any questions they have about their proposals.

In addition to the above events, a public meeting is also being held in Waterbeach on 20 March organised by Cambridge Without Incineration a group to bring people together who are concerned about the waste incinerator plan submitted by Amey for the Cambridge area.

Cottenham Reading Group event – Community Centre

Have you ever wanted to express yourself?

Would you like to be able to do so through singing and dancing or acting out a scene in a favourite book that you have read with a supportive audience that you feel confident with? Then here’s your chance!

Come and join us on Wednesday 14th February from 1pm to 2pm in the Main Hall at Cottenham Community Centre, High Street, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire CB24 8RZ
Everyone welcome!

Reading Group CottenhamPS – don’t forget to bring your favourite books. I look forward to welcoming you. Tea and coffee facilities will also be available.

Rotary Car Parking in Cambridge at Christmas 2017 raises £37,500

Rotary Club Cambridge South extend a huge thank you to all our Cottenham volunteer helpers and to all the people who parked with us.

The Rotary club Cambridge South and lots of friends manned the 3 car parks for 15 days in Cambridge over 6 weekends starting on 25 November until 31 December plus 27- 29 December and raised the wonderful amount of £37,500, despite the snow on a couple of days. Volunteers filled over 280 time-slots!

Motorists paid a contribution of £7 (or more if they wished) for as long as they liked whilst the car park was open. This open time helps reduce the stress for shoppers of a substantially increasing charge (or having to wait in the queue for a parking place for ages!) and give, we hope, a more relaxed Christmas and New Year Sales shopping experience for them and perhaps for High Street shop staff. Motorists regularly tell us how delighted they are to be able to park with us, and always give us a few amusing stories to share with our friends.

Of course, the huge added advantage is that the money all goes to very good causes.

Dial a Ride (minibus service for disabled and elderly); Centre 33 (relieving suffering from mental and physical ill health); Villiers Park Educational Trust (for socially disadvantaged 14-18 year olds); Camsight (helping people with impaired vision); Cambridge Re-Use (furniture and electricals for low income families); Wintercomfort for the homeless; CAMpod (medical research at Cambridge University); CU Vet school trust (crucial care for sick and injured animals); and other Rotary and small local and International charities (including water and sanitation facilities for a Maasai school Naalarami) in Tanzania where Cottenham people have been very much involved), will benefit.

A number of cheques will be handed out to local charities on Monday 5 February at Westminster College.

More volunteers are needed for next year (it only happens because of volunteers!). If you could spare a few hours and would like to help with the car parking at Christmas 2018 please contact me 

Please see the Rotary Club Cambridge South website if you would like to know more about Rotary – whose motto is “Service above Self” and main worldwide aim is to eradicate Polio within the next few years.
Our club (which has celebrated its first 50 Years) meets on Mondays (except bank holidays) at 5.45 for 6.15 at Westminster College with some great speakers. New members are very welcome.

We have recently started a Rotary Business forum early on alternate Friday mornings at Waterbeach as a Business networking group. This is going very well. If you would like to know more, please let me know.

Once again, many thanks,
Mike Smith
Rotary Club Cambridge South

Cottenham village litter pick Saturday 13 January 2018 at 2pm

Cottenham Village Litter PickCottenham village winter litter pick will take place on Saturday 13 January 2018, assembling at Cottenham Village Hall (at the Recreation Ground on Lambs Lane) at 2pm. Refreshments will be served from 4pm. For all our litter pick events, children may take part provided they are under the close supervision of a responsible adult. Equipment will be provided but please wear suitable clothing for the weather; we will still go ahead if it rains (but not if snow is lying on the ground ).

It is a great help if we know in advance how many people might be taking part, so please let us know, preferably by emailing Peter Pilbeam on or phoning the Cottenham Parish Clerk on 07503 328401.

Sustainable Cottenham

Bluebell Planting – Cottenham


As part of the enhancements to WARG Field, Cottenham Parish Council are looking for volunteers to help plant up to 500 English bluebell bulbs on Saturday 30th September from 10am at WARG Field off Histon Road. You can do as much or as little as you like but many hands make light work! The event is suitable for children to join in too so they can leave a legacy to be enjoyed for years to come (must be accompanied by an adult). Please bring a trowel and wear suitable clothing.

During the morning we will also be holding a brief dedication ceremony to thank the 4 landowners who gifted the field to the residents of Cottenham.

For more information please contact Jo Brook or phone 07503 328401 or see

There is no parking at the site so cycling or walking is recommended.

You’re invited to Cottenham’s Shape your Community event

The Co-op invites you to attend the Cottenham Shape your Community event on Wednesday 27 September 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Cottenham Community Centre.

The Co-op want to hear about what’s important to you and your community. Come along and tell us about the things you think we should campaign on, what you’d do to improve your community and give us your ideas about what Co-op could do to help. Cottenham Shape your Community EventJoin us for coffee and try some great products from our Co-op Food range.

You’ll also get a chance to meet your Members’ Council Representatives and get an update on our business performance.

To have a say and tell us what’s important to you and your community book your place or call 0800 023 4708.

For more information on what to expect at these events read our blog.

If you can’t make it to an event, you can:

Tell us what you think online

Register to watch an online round up

Hear from Co-op Council President, Nick Crofts, about why it’s important to have your say


Russians and the Russian Culture through the Witness’ Eyes: The Cold War

The course is based on the tutor’s experience of living, studying and working in the USSR during the Cold War. This is an interactive course illustrated with audio and video materials and period artefacts, such as propaganda posters, newspapers, photographs, badges, family photos, documents, etc. It explores the economic, political and cultural policies of the Soviet state and the ways they affected the life of ordinary people. The course includes some elements of basic Russian and is supplemented by colourful hand-outs with interactive tasks, e.g. virtual travelling by the Trans-Siberian Express.

Course Tutor: Marina Burrell

Course Information Sheet

10 sessions starting at 10:15 on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at the Royal British Legion Hall, Cottenham and running until 28 November 2017.

Course Fee £54 but FREE to adults receiving income based benefits and their dependants.
Enrol at the first session or contact Liz Milway 01954 250039
Cottenham Royal British Legion, 121 High Street, Cottenham, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB24 8SD

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.

Cottenham Women’s Institute 2017-2018 programme

Cottenham Women’s Institute are pleased to present their programme of events covering the period from June 2017 to May 2018.

The programme has talks, a garden party, coffee morning, a craft evening, Christmas party and other social events. All events take place at Cottenham Village College at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.

You are invited to join us but it may be best to check first that the event is still taking place. We look forward to seeing you.

Cottenham Women's Institute Programme 2017-2018

Skylark – a concert in aid of All Saints Church Saturday 24 June

As part of our fundraising activities, Skylark will be giving a concert in All Saints Church Hall, possibly transferring to the church depending on numbers, on the evening of Saturday 24 June.

Skylark are a 4-piece group –  singer, trumpet player, keyboard and double bass – and their repertoire is popular music drawn from the inter-war years with some folk music, tangos and bossa nova.

The concert will take place at 7.30pm and Admission is Free. Donations in aid of All Saints Church Refurbishment. Light refreshments available.

A Beetle Drive to help the Church

A Beetle Drive for Families,  All Saints Hall, Cottenham,  late afternoon on Saturday 25th March 2017. Adults £5, Children £2.50 – Prizes, light refreshments and a raffle.

A Beetle Drive is great fun for families with school age children. Players sit four to table (as in a whist drive).  The object of the game is to draw a beetle before the other players on the table.  Each person in turn throws a dice and draws the corresponding part of the beetle (body, head, legs etc.)  You must first throw a 6 (the body) then you can add the head (5) and the other parts.  The first person to complete their beetle, shouts ‘Beetle’ and play stops.  All then count up the number of parts they have drawn and record that on the card.  The winner of that round will receive a small prize.  There will also be a prize for the person having the highest score over the whole session.

This is a fundraiser for the church refurbishment.  For those too young to play, we plan to have a play area in the hall.

There will be a sign up sheet in All Saints Church from 4 March. Open daily, daylight hours. But, participants are very much encouraged to just turn up on the day. No need to book.