Queen Edith’s News

Issue 194 • Friday 17 June 2022
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Farewell to the “honey lady”

Joy Barker, affectionately known by locals as the “honey lady”, has passed away. Joy maintained her garden on Hills Avenue/Baldock Way, with its honey for sale and its chickens, for over 20 years. It was a part of many local residents' childhoods, as described so memorably in the wonderful article “I miss the honey lady”: How one resident helped her community to understand what is truly valuable by Jagjit S Chadha. Everyone should read it. The garden is of course now the 'Joy's Garden' community space, and you can read about that (as well as Chloe Brown's lovely interview with Joy) in this Queen Edith's magazine article.

How can we create a greener Queen Edith's?

Are you interested in finding sustainable ways of living locally? The Queen Edith's Community Forum and the Friends of Rock Road Library are looking at developing an interesting, informative and sociable series of events that will explore what we can all do to reduce our impact on the climate. The first session is next Thursday (23 June) from 7.30pm – 9pm at Rock Road Library, where we will be starting with looking at the Cambridge Carbon Footprint calculator. Apart from leading you through the calculator (bring a smartphone or tablet if you have one), we will work out together what else we can do to make Queen Edith’s a better place to live. The event is free and there will be locally sourced refreshments available!

New artwork to visit on Biomedical Campus

If you're looking for a diversion on a local walk, there's a new piece of public art on The Green and The Gardens, outside Royal Papworth Hospital on the Biomedical Campus. The touring outdoor piece by British artist Luke Jerram is called In Memoriam, and it comprises over 80 flags made of NHS bedsheets, arranged to form a medical logo in white and NHS blue. It’s designed for people to spend time walking through and sitting within, and remembers all those we have lost from the pandemic, as well as being a tribute to all the biomedical researchers and health and care workers who have gone above and beyond. In Memoriam will be in place until 12 July.

Homerton College May Ball tonight

Hills Road area residents are reminded that tonight is the May Ball at Homerton College which will take place right through to 5am. The students are making every effort to be good neighbours, and will act within council noise limits, but do expect to be aware of the event. After the less than ideal experience they've has as undergraduates over the last three years, here at Queen Edith's News we hope the students have a great time.

City Buoys visit this evening

City Buoys Seafood Kitchen is at Cambridge Wine Merchants on Cherry Hinton Road this evening (Friday 17 June) until 9pm. This mobile seafood kitchen "brings the shores of the British Isles to the streets of the city, with a fresh mindset on coastal cuisine." You can take away or enjoy in the wine bar. See the sort of food they have to offer here.

Duxford Air Show this weekend

The Duxford Air Show is back this weekend (June 18/19), so there's a possibility of a few sights in the skies above Queen Edith's on both afternoons. There's a full flying listing here and more information and tickets here. Expect the roads out that way to be very busy.

It's Space Ranger Day!

Children excited by Disney and Pixar’s new Lightyear film may well want to be at the Cambridge Science Centre's Space Ranger Day tomorrow (Saturday 18 June). Filled with activities and shows all about space, there will be prizes on offer for the best dressed Space Ranger! Every family attending will also be eligible for discounted tickets to the film at The Light Cinema. More information here.

Summer Fete at St John's

It's the Summer Fete at St John's Church on Hills Road tomorrow afternoon (18 June). There are bike repairs and a children's bike sale, a wide range of stalls and plenty of games too. The event kicks off at 12noon and there's more information here.

Free music at Cherry Hinton Hall Park

The free Music in the Parks concert series is once again across several of the city's parks and recreation grounds this summer, and this Sunday (19 June) sees March Brass 2000 at Cherry Hinton Hall. The event starts at 3pm – just turn up. More information on all the concerts here. We also have a concert at the end of July at Nightingale Recreation Ground – watch this space.

Summer Wildflowers of Wandlebury

Want to learn more about wildflowers? Enjoy a gentle walk around the woods and meadows of Wandlebury next Tuesday morning (21 June) with one of the wardens, who will help you to identify the wildflowers in summer. More information here.

Perse Upper School Open Event

There's an Open Morning at the Perse Upper School on Hills Road next Friday (24 June), for Year 5 or 7 parents/carers considering Year 7 or 9 entry for their child in September 2023. There's a chance to take a tour with a current student, and hear a talk from the school's Head, Ed Elliott. More information here.

World premiere at St John's

Jubilation! is a very special performance by the Cambridge Concert Orchestra at the Church of St John the Evangelist on Saturday 2 July. The programme will feature the world premiere of Suffolk Landscapes by Peter Bumstead, as well as a selection of music to celebrate the Queen's 70th Jubilee. Tickets are £10 for adults, free for children and can be bought in advance or on the door. To request ticket information, please email the orchestra at

Jobs at Cambridge Folk Festival

It's only a few weeks until the Cambridge Folk Festival at Cherry Hinton Hall, and there's a range of job opportunities available for local people, all paying around £10/hour. These include stewards, minibus drivers and cleaners. More information here.

Help with early cancer detection

Are you age 40 to 80, and either cancer-free or have completed treatment for cancer over a year ago? A new project from the Alliance for Cancer Early Detection on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus needs help identifying risk factors and exploring new techniques and methods to detect cancer at an early stage. You'd need to answer questionnaires and provide samples including blood, urine and (on rare occasion) saliva samples, then you will be assessed as to whether you are eligible for early detection studies. There's more information here.

Financial support available for pensioners

The Household Support Fund has been created to help people born before 30 September 1956 experiencing immediate financial hardship to pay for food and household energy bills. There are a range of programmes, with more information here.

Guided busway safety report published

An independent, expert safety study on both the northern and southern sections of the busway has been published. Queen Edith's County Councillor Alex Beckett says that "We have already implemented many of the recommendations, such as a 30mph speed limit on the whole southern section. Many of the markings, signs and high-friction surfacing will be complete by the end of August. As (the experts) have indicated that ‘a physical fence (on the southern section) would not be a long-term practical intervention’ we are now in an ongoing dialogue about removing the temporary fence.” More here.
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Turn your spare room into extra income

EF Cambridge on Hills Road is set to be busy over the summer, and is now offering higher rates to local families offering to host its students for home stays.
If you would be interested in hosting with EF, send an email to – there's some background information here.

This Week at The Light Cinema

★ Our multi-screen cinema's lineup of films this week include Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness; Downton Abbey: A New Era; Everything Everywhere All At Once; George Michael Freedom Uncut; Good Luck To You Leo Grande; Jurassic World Dominion; Lightyear; Sonic The Hedgehog 2; The Bad Guys; The Black Phone; and Top Gun: Maverick

This week at Cambridge Junction

★ The Cambridge Junction lineup this week includes Bharatanatyam Arangetram Of Neethu Vivek; Broadway & Beyond! by Cambridge University Centre For Music Performance; Inhaler; Irish Mythen; Jack Broadbent & Mike Dawes; Renegade Brass Band; Slipped Disc All Nighter; The Dead South; The Felice Brothers; The Fiver; The Scummy Mummies Show; and Together Culture Presents A Dinner Of Ideas

Coronavirus Update 

The government's recommended steps to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 are as follows: get vaccinated; let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside; and consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces.

You can find more information here on:

  • Staying safe;
  • Testing and staying at home;
  • International travel;
  • Long COVID; and
  • Work, self-employment and business support.

For details of how to book first, second or booster vaccinations, please visit The Vaccinators website and click on your age group.

This week's government data on COVID-19 for this area can be found here.

Food Hub news

The Queen Edith's Community Food Hub is open tomorrow (Saturday) as usual, from 10.30am to 12noon at St James Church on Wulfstan Way. All in need are welcome, no questions asked. The Coffee Chat is open too!

Food donations may be brought to the church on Saturday mornings from 10.00am to 10.30am. The team tells us it's usually particularly in need of tinned beans (not baked beans) and tinned fish, but all contributions are welcome.

Bin collections

Check when your bins will be emptied here.

Local police and crime information

Find out data and information from Cambridgeshire Constabulary's City south and east team here.


  • A review of the road classifications in Cambridge will consider how roads and streets are classified based on the type of vehicles and traffic that they are used by in the future. Full details and a link to the survey of your views can be found on the consultation web page here. (Open until 18 July)
  • We're all being encouraged to take part in a consultation on the region’s transport future from the Combined Authority. There's lots of information, including a link to the survey, at the Local Transport & Connectivity Plan website here. The draft plan is here. (Open until 4 August)

Health and Education job vacancies

Links to the jobs and careers pages at all of our local hospitals, schools and colleges can be found here.

Traffic disruption is the website which shows current and forthcoming road works. You can see the map here. Click the 'Today' box and select 'Next two weeks' for future works.

Welcome to our guests from Ukraine

Ukrainian families are arriving in Queen Edith’s. Welcome! And thank you to the households who have offered to act as hosts. Here is some information that might help.

How to contact our local councillors

The Queen Edith's Community Forum guide to our local councillors will ensure you contact the right one depending on your issue and the street where you live. Find it here.

Queen Edith's city councillor Sam Davies writes a weekly email discussing what she's been doing and what issues have come up in the area. You can add yourself to the circulation of Sam's free email here. If our other councillors produce anything similar we will also highlight it here.

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Edited by Chris Rand
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