Cottenham Day Centre Christmas Lunch

Cottenham Day Centre provided a splendid Christmas Lunch at Cottenham Village Hall which was enjoyed by over 55 members. As well as the traditional Christmas meal guests were also entertained by The Beacon Choir from the Bluntisham area, and took part in a grand raffle. Maire Collins, Cottenham Day Centre Chair, thanked the Fen Edge Community Association for providing a £300 grant to fund the event. Maire also passed on her thanks to the many volunteers who keep the Day Centre running.

Cottenham Day Centre is open to elderly people residing in Cottenham and Rampton. The Centre is open every Tuesday and provides a hot meal – a lifeline to many – and refreshments. Members get to meet other people socially – for some members it is their only opportunity. The Day Centre provides transport by minibus for those members in need.

Cottenham Day Centre is run entirely by volunteers who help with meal preparation, serving, and clearing up and washing up afterwards. They are always keen to hear from those who can give some time (not necessarily the whole day, or every week). Our drivers are also volunteers who drive on a rota system, accompanied by an assistant to help people get on and off the minibus. The work is highly rewarding!

Cottenham Day Centre Christmas Lunch

Cottenham Day Centre Christmas Lunch

Contact Maire Collins, Chair, on or on 01954 200873

Our picture shows Neil Gough, Fen Edge Community Association Chair, presenting the cheque to Mrs Maire Collins Chair of  Cottenham Day Centre.

Tyrannochorus join The Really Big Chorus at the Albert Hall

On Sunday 10th July a group of Tyrannochorus choir members went to from Cottenham to London to sing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Really Big Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall.

TongueTwisters Children’s Choir (part of Tyrannochorus) were a sensation and sung their part beautifully; what an amazing experience for the children, their proud families and friends.

We were conducted by Bob Chilcott and The English Festival Orchestra played Peer Gynt Suite No 1 by Grieg and Romeo and Juliet Overture by Tchaikovsky.   After the interval, 1,000 voices came together to sing Carmina Burana and it was amazing to be part of it.

The Fen Edge Community Association kindly paid for our transport to and from London; we are so lucky to be part of such wonderful community which gives us so many great opportunities to develop and flourish.

Cathy Stableford – a member of the Big Mouth choir (part of Tyrannochorus)

Tyrannochorus Cottenham choir cheque presentationTongue Twisters get centre billingTongue Twisters sing at the Royal Albert Hall

Tyrannochorus - the audience take their seatsTThe 1000+ voices behind the 70 Strong English Festival OrchestraMr Chilcott conductor joining audience to give children a standing ovation


Three Cottenham choirs: TongueTwisters, VoxPop and bigMouth which all rehearse and perform separately, coming together on occasions to form the award-winning group, singing a mix of rock and Rutter, jazz and Jenkins, folk and funk.


for children are aged between 4 and 11 who meet to rehearse a varied repertoire – with the emphasis on ‘singing for fun’ – on Saturday lunchtimes. As well as performing locally, they are veterans of the Music for Youth festival (in which they reached the finals) and have been lucky enough to perform at West Road, Cambridge and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.


is the older brother/sister to TongueTwisters. They meet on Thursday evenings to sing an eclectic mix of often bespoke arrangements, off the peg songs and even specially-commissioned originals. They are veterans of the Music for Youth festival (in which they reached the finals) and have also performed at West Road Concert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, London.

—-“A very musical and accomplished group!” (*)—-(*judges comments re VP)


started in response to parents of the younger groups and has blossomed into a fine and dedicated collective of like minds. They meet each Thursday night and, like a fine wine, they improve with age. Post rehearsal, they decamp to the kitchen for a glass of woeful plonk, which does not.

Cottenham Primary School makes music

Former chair of FECA, Eileen Wilson, presented David Aston with a cheque for £1,000 towards the beautiful, glossy new Kawai piano bought for Cottenham Primary School by the enterprising  Parent, Teacher and Community Association (PTCA). Continue reading