Queen Edith’s News

Issue 191 • Friday 27 May 2022
 Emailed to over 1,700 local homes 

Big changes to local roads proposed

Our local councils' Greater Cambridge Partnership project is proposing a reclassification of the roads in the city. How they are classified determines the types of vehicle that are encouraged to use them, whether they’re designed as a through route, and more. Under the proposals, some Queen Edith’s roads will remain as main roads into and around the city, but others will be downgraded in importance, which could result in less traffic. Queen Edith's News editor Chris Rand takes a look at the initial ideas here.

Wandlebury Wildlife Day this Saturday

Launching the month-long Cambridge Nature Festival this weekend, there's a free Wildlife Day at Wandlebury this Saturday (28 May). Activities include marvellous moths and mammals, guided wildflower walks, pond dipping, sweep netting, green woodworking demonstrations and have-a-go sessions. No booking required, just come along any time after 11.30am. More details here.

Make a Butterfly Feeder for your garden

Also part of the Cambridge Nature Festival, the Cambridge Science Centre on the Clifton Road estate is hosting a Butterfly Feeder Workshop at 12.30pm tomorrow (Saturday 28 May). Explore the different stages of the fascinating lifecycle of butterflies and make a special flower that will help to attract them into your garden. More details of the event, and the other activities included in admission to the Science Centre, can be found here.

Sunday services for buses on bank holidays

Stagecoach buses will be running Sunday services on the Jubilee bank holidays next Thursday and Friday (2 and 3 June). Normal Saturday and Sunday services will run over the weekend. There are small service changes coming after the weekend (from 5 June) to the Citi 1 and Citi 3 services, but a major change to the Busway A service between Cambridge and Trumpington, which will no longer operate. This means that there will now be a 20 minute frequency between Cambridge and Trumpington Park & Ride. More details here.
  • Whippet has announced that its Universal U bus will no longer serve Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Addenbrooke's Hospital and Homerton College on weekends and public holidays, instead terminating at the railway station. New timetable here.

Saturday dance classes for kids

Local dance teacher Jessica Morgado is running a series of Creative Dance classes on Saturday mornings for Years 1–2 (9.20am) and 3–4 (11.35am), starting tomorrow (28 May). These take place at Queen Edith primary school and the first class tomorrow is a free taster session. More details here.

Telephone-based discussions for older adults

Talking Together has announced its summer programme. This unique initiative from Cambridgeshire Older People's Enterprise (COPE) brings older adults together for telephone-based conversations about topics of shared interest. Topics include the art of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Mary Anning and Adam Sedgwick, the history of Burwell, short stories and David Hockney's pictures. See the leaflet here.
A date for your diary: The Cambridge University Centre for Music Performance, in conjunction with Cambridge University Sinfonia and Musical Theatre Society, are presenting Broadway and Beyond! at Cambridge Junction on Monday 20 June. There will be show tunes and songs from Broadway and the West End, featuring music from Stephen Sondheim, Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and more. Tickets are available here.

New Cambridge mayor announced

Councillor Mark Ashton from Cherry Hinton was elected as the new Mayor of Cambridge at this week's Annual Council meeting. Our congratulations. He follows other recent mayors representing our part of the city including Cllr Russ McPherson, Cllr George Pippas and Cllr Robert Dryden. There's a Cambridge mayoral history here.

Platinum Jubilee events locally 

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee next weekend will see a number of events locally and in the city. Here's some more information!

  • The celebrations kick off with the lighting of the Beacon on Thursday 2 June 2022 at Cambridge Mound, Shire Hall, in the city. Everyone is invited up to the Beacon site from 8.45pm where there will be "music and excitement for all to enjoy."
  • On Sunday 5 June at Wulfstan Way, there's a community bring and share ‘Big Lunch’ at Queen Edith Chapel, followed by a fun programme of activities. Come along at 12.30pm, and bring some food to share. There are also all-age celebration services in the morning at St James Church and Queen Edith Chapel, and afternoon tea and cake at St James at 3pm. There's a Jubilee Cake Competition,Coronation Chicken Competition and a Decorated Bicycle Parade. Much more information here.
  • Also on Sunday 5 June, the church of St John the Evangelist on Hills Road will be holding a Jubilee Thanksgiving Service at 10.00am. This will be followed by a Parish Picnic, on the Church Lawn (bring your own food, drinks will be provided). All welcome.
  • Later on Sunday 5 June, residents of Red Cross Lane, Stansgate Ave and Greenlands are invited to the RedCross Areas Residents’ Association Neighbourhood Celebration at the Bell School Playing Field from 2pm to 4pm. There'll be food, drinks, music, conversation, crafts, sports and fun. We suggest watching the RARA website for details.
  • Later in the month, Morley area residents are invited to the Rock Road Community Street Party, which takes place on Friday 24 June from 6pm. Volunteers will be needed to help with the organisation – email us if you're interested and we'll pass on the message.


Queen Edith's magazine supporter of the week

The restaurant everyone's talking about

Take a look at the TripAdvisor highest rated restaurants in Cambridge and there you'll find it at number 1 – Taj Tandoori on Cherry Hinton Road. Offering Bangladeshi dishes, good old British curries and newer fusion dishes, the restaurant has built up an enviable reputation and a loyal fanbase. Customers are welcomed with enthusiasm and made to feel like they are part of the family. Book a table here or order online here. Open 6 nights a week (closed Tuesdays).

This Week at The Light Cinema

★ Our multi-screen cinema's lineup of films this week include Boonie Bears: Back to Earth; Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness; Downton Abbey: A New Era; Everything Everywhere All At Once; Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore; Men; Sonic The Hedgehog 2; The Bad Guys; The Bob's Burgers Movie; The Lost City; and Top Gun: Maverick

This week at Cambridge Junction

★ Another extensive Cambridge Junction lineup this week includes Alexandrina Hemsley/Yewande 103 Film Screenings; An*Dre Neely & Moa Johansson: With Echoes Filling Up The Orbit, But Damaged; Arts & Minds: Creative Café; Bombay Bicycle Club; Boo Hewerdine; Club Urania: May; Disrupt Festival Pass; Figs In Wigs: Big Finish; Hang Massive; Hannah Ringham & Sue Maclaine: No-One Was Harmed In The Making Of This Work; Harry Clayton-Wright: Mr Blackpool’s Techno Tea Dance; Hester Stefan Chillngworth: The Extinction Trilogy; Jenny Gaskell: Hopelessly Devoted; Katy Baird: Get Off; Kris Drever & Rachel Baiman; KSI; Mandla Rae: As British As A Watermelon; Selina Thompson: Salt:Dispersed; Sleepwalk Collective And Christopher Brett Bailey: Psychodrama; Sue Maclaine And Hannah Ringham: The Untethered Joke; Tink Flaherty: Benched (Work In Progess); Ugly Kid Joe; and Yolanda Mercy: Dance Body.

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.

A further 30 people went into hospital in Cambridge with coronavirus this week (fewer than the week before); there were 3 coronavirus patients in hospital with a mechanical ventilator on Tuesday, but no deaths reported this week within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. Data here.

Cambridge's infection rate of 165.5 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 8 May was the third highest area rate in England, according to UKHSA data. Only Eden in Cumbria and Newark & Sherwood in Nottinghamshire had higher figures. South Cambridgeshire was just behind, in seventh place.

Are UK coronavirus cases actually going down, or are they just harder to count? New COVID-19 cases in England have been plummeting since the end of March, according to government numbers, but the story looks different when you compare government numbers to those from the ONS. This Guardian article is an interesting read.

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.


  •  NEW  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)
  • Cambridge Police want us to have our say on what our neighbourhood policing team should be tackling: there's a survey here.

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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