Fen Edge Festival 2019 – We need your votes!

The Fen Edge Festival is a showcase for the Fen Edge villages and will be held from 21st to 23rd June 2019. To help fund the 2019 Festival we have applied for a £1,000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund – and we need your votes to help secure the funding.

A grant from Aviva will help retain the free elements of the Festival to ensure the event is accessible to all. Local charities and organisations raise money at the Festival and the proceeds are also distributed to local groups ensuring that the impact of the Festival is felt throughout the community.

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Fen Edge Festival 2019 – we need your votes!

We need your votes to make this happen.
The Fen Edge Festival has been shortlisted to win £1,000 in a public vote and we need your help 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 project page. Each registered user gets 10 votes which you can use to help us secure this essential funding.

 

You can vote between 23 October and 20 November 2018 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.

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.

 

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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.

Fen Edge Family Festival – a plea!

There is an active committee of volunteers working hard to make the FEFF this year even better than that of 2013. It takes place in Cottenham on 19th, 20th and 21st June. But they are in need of some help and this is a plea to all in the community who may be able to fill some gaps:

  • Due to a committee member moving away, we need someone organised and methodical who can take on the role of Health and Safety for the festival. The job has already been started and the role doesn’t require any H&S experience – just a willingness to get on with the job!
  • We also need someone to set up and manage the handwashing facilities for the animal petting on Sunday 21st. Without handwashing facilities on site, we will not be able to run this very popular attraction.
  • AND we are still looking for a Fen Edge based group, or collection of individuals, who could run a tea and coffee refreshment stall on the Green. It would be a brilliant way for your group to raise not only funds, but your profile.

If you think you could help with any of the above, please contact: activities@fenedgefestival.co.uk and if you need more information do check out the Festival website : www.fenedgefestival.co.uk