FAB Fen Edge Festival Success

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.
chair@fenedge.co.uk

If the Fen Edge Festival feels like a distant memory, relive the atmosphere with this video of the weekend. With many thanks to Amy Pledger for capturing the spirit of the FEF.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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

The Fen Edge Festival gets Bags of Help from Tesco

We are extremely pleased to announce that the Fen Edge Festival 2017 has been selected for funding from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ Grant scheme, which is tremendous news for the Fen Edge Community Association.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch the Bags of Help initiative which offers community groups and projects, in each of around 200 Tesco regions across the UK, a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

The Fen Edge Festival 2017 now goes forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores where customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from Wednesday 1st March to Saturday 29th April. The result of the voting will be known by the end of May. The project with the highest number of votes across our region will receive £5,000, the second placed project £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000.

Tesco Bags of Help Fen Edge Festival 2017
How to vote
To vote simply make a purchase, of any value, within any of the Tesco stores listed below. You will receive one token per transaction – it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token. Please ask the checkout operator for a token if one isn’t automatically given to you. Please then drop your token into the Fen Edge Festival 2017 collecting box – The Bags of Help collecting boxes are usually situated by the Customer Services desk. It really is that simple to vote for your community Festival!

Where to vote
The following Tesco stores in our region are all voting points for the Fen Edge Festival 2017
Bar Hill – Tesco Extra
Histon – Tesco Express
Milton – Tesco
Ely – Tesco
Cambridge
Campkin Road – Tesco ExpressTesco Bags of Help Fen Edge Festival 2017Cherry Hinton – Tesco Express
Chesterton – Tesco Express
Clifton Road – Tesco Express
East Road – Tesco Express
Hills Road – Tesco Express
Mill Road – Tesco Express
Newmarket Road – Tesco
Fulbourn – Tesco
Great Shelford – Tesco Express

To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the Tesco website

The Fen Edge Festival
This year’s Festival will take place in Cottenham from 23 to 25 June and is a great opportunity for residents in the five Fen Edge Villages (Cottenham, Landbeach, Rampton, Willingham and Waterbeach) to come together at a community festival of music, dance, sports, food, play, arts and crafts and fun.

Fen Edge Festival 2017 Cottenham Village Green CambridgeshireThis popular and well-attended event has taken place every two years since 2005. Over 3,000 people attended the 2015 Festival as the five Fen Edge villages demonstrated their vibrant community spirit, with individuals and families enjoying the activities and entertainment and socialising with neighbours and friends, enhancing the sense of community.

The Festival is organised by Fen Edge Community Association (FECA) and supported by a large volunteer team who help running events and stewarding. FECA is a registered charity which works to benefit the community by improving the educational, social, recreational and leisure facilities in the Fen Edge villages. The 45 member organisations of FECA have over 2,500 individual members. The Festival provides these clubs, groups and societies with a unique opportunity to raise money in the context of a large event and to attract new members.

The member organisations of FECA are instrumental in:
– enhancing the sense of community;
– increasing opportunities for residents of Fen Edge villages to participate in village life; and
– providing an opportunity to celebrate our community, its diversity and its cohesion.

In the last year twelve months member groups of the Fen Edge Community Association have delivered a number of physical improvements to outdoor spaces including the development of the Willingham QEII Playing Field Playground, Landbeach Tithe Barn restoration and the planting of 1,250 hawthorn and blackthorn hedging plants on WARG field by Cottenham Parish Council as part of National Tree Week in November 2016.

Fen Edge Festival 2017 – We need your votes!

To help us put on the Fen Edge Festival 2017 we have applied for a £1,000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund. The grant will be used to cover the costs of hiring the marquee, stage and sound system for THE VENUE, our setting for live music and performances throughout the weekend – all at no charge. This initiative allows local musicians and performers of all genres and all ages to showcase their talent. In 2015 we had everything from classical, jazz and rock to war time Lindy Hop dancing and sing along. And the money raised by the Fen Edge Festival is used to give grants to local charities, clubs, groups and societies.

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Fen Edge Festival 2017 – we need your votes!

We need your vote to make this happen.

The Fen Edge Festival 2017 (23 – 25 June) has been chosen to go to public vote and we need your support to be awarded £1,000, so we would like to ask for your support 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 2017 project page. Each registered user gets 10 votes which you can use to support our request for funds to support the Fen Edge Festival.

You can vote between 21 October and 18 November 2016 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. We will let you know if the Fen Edge Festival 2017 has been successful in receiving a  grant from the Aviva Community Fund  to support the music at The Venue in January 2017 so please bookmark this page.