Queen Edith’s News

Issue 193 • Friday 10 June 2022
 Emailed to over 1,700 local homes 

Jubilee recognition for Geoff Heathcock

Former long-time County Councillor for Queen Edith's and RNLI fundraiser Geoff Heathcock has received a Platinum Champions Award from the Royal Voluntary Service. The awards are an official Jubilee project "to celebrate outstanding volunteers across the country who are making a difference every day." All 490 Platinum Champions received a specially designed pin and a signed certificate from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. Our congratulations to Geoff. 

Spanish food treat tonight

Azahar Artisan Spanish Food is at Cambridge Wine Merchants on Cherry Hinton Rd tonight (Friday 10 June) until 9pm. Azahar serves authentic Spanish Bocatas, filled with a traditional Spanish flavour, Chorizo, Tortilla, Pollo a la Brava or Lomo and served in local artisan bread. The wine bar now offers Fizz Fridays, with Champagne or English Sparkling wine available corkage-free.

Paper Beetles

Beetles are so varied that they make up 40% of all insect species and 25% of all animal species on Earth! As part of the month-long Cambridge Nature Festival, find out a bit more about some of them and then design your own. The event takes place tomorrow (Saturday 11 June) at the Cambridge Science Centre, and is part of the centre's general entry fee. More details here.

Council Area Committee on Monday

The City Council's South Area Committee meeting takes place every few months, and the next one is this Monday (13 June), broadcast online at 7pm. There'll be a report on the council’s Streets and Open Spaces, Environmental Health and Shared Waste service activities; another presentation from the GCP on the road reclassification project; and a chance to raise your issues with councillors. Supporting material and a link to the live stream can be found here.

Proms at the Perse

Music lovers will not want to miss the grand return of Proms at the Perse, a three-hour musical extravaganza with over 200 musicians taking part around the school site on Hills Road. It's next Wednesday 15 June, from 5pm. Free tickets are available here.

Park revealed on your phone

Three augmented reality adventure trails are now available for Cherry Hinton Hall park. You’ll need to download the free Love Exploring app to your phone and search for Cambridge – then be amazed as dinosaurs, planets or fairies appear in front of you! There is also a tree trail, a mindfulness trail and a sensory trail to choose from. All of the trails are suitable for anybody aged 4 to 104, and you can enjoy them at any time. 

Volunteer for your community at the library

The city library service, including Rock Road Library, is looking for Digital Buddies and Library Supporters. Digital Buddies help customers to develop their digital and IT skills, assist with online bus pass renewals, and answer simple digital queries for 1-2 hours/week. Library Supporters offer 2-4 hours/week to help keep the libraries organised, assist with customers’ queries, and occasionally help with events. Anyone over the age of 13 can volunteer, and there are more details here.

News from our MP

Anthony Browne, South Cambridgeshire's Member of Parliament, has published another monthly newsletter. You can read it here.

Part-time caretaker needed at nursery

Jobs available in our local schools and hospitals this week include a part-time Caretaker at Homerton Early Years Centre in Holbrook Road, as the present caretaker is retiring after 15 years in the role. See the usual Health and Education job vacancies section below.

Donations needed for church fete

St John's Church Summer Fete takes place a week tomorrow (18 June – more information next issue), and the organisers would appreciate donations of toys, board games, jigsaws and jewellery for the stalls. If you have anything suitable, there's a few days to sort it out and make a note to bring it to the church next Friday (17 June) between 6pm and 7pm. More details here.

Mindfulness in nature sessions on the way

'Naturally Mindful in nature: an introduction to self care with mindfulness meditation' is the title of four free Saturday morning taster workshops at Nightingale Garden coming up in July and August. These will be run by David Lynch, mindful coach and local resident, in partnership with the garden volunteers, and are booking now. See the new wellbeing page on the garden website for more information.

Summer activities for children now booking

The hugely popular Perse Summer School takes place this year from Monday 11 July to Friday 5 August. It is open to all children between 7 and 14 years who love art, creativity, sport and are curious about the world around them. There's also a special course – Adventure Travel – for 16-19 year olds in week 1. Find out more here.
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Award-winning Animal Care

Cambridge Veterinary Group is a small animal practice with a special interest in exotic species, situated off Cherry Hinton Road. The clinic has been purpose designed to provide quality facilities for animal care, and includes a large car park, puppy school and garden. Take a look at all the services it has to offer here.

This Week at The Light Cinema

★ Our multi-screen cinema's lineup of films this week include Anything Goes - The Musical; Boonie Bears: Back to Earth; Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness; Downton Abbey: A New Era; Everything Everywhere All At Once; Jurassic World Dominion; Men; Psycho (Original Theatrical Cut); Sonic The Hedgehog 2; The Bad Guys; The Lost City; and Top Gun: Maverick

This week at Cambridge Junction

★ The Cambridge Junction lineup this week includes CSVPA End Of Year Performance: Adult Child/Dead Child; CSVPA End Of Year Performance: Co-Motion; Flo & Joan: Sweet Release; Joanne McNally: The Prosecco Express; Madison Violet; Tarot: Cautionary Tales; The Fiver; 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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