Queen Edith’s News

Issue 187 • Friday 29 April 2022
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Get to know your election candidates

Which one of these four people will be our next Queen Edith's city councillor? The candidates got together this week at the Queen Edith pub and we put your questions to them in a unique chat, now available on YouTube. These cover subjects such as raising council tax, communicating with residents, and "following the party line". If you're in the Queen Edith's ward, make yourself a coffee and watch it before you vote next Thursday! (if you have YouTube as an app on your TV, just search for 'queen ediths 2022')

Sing for fun with the Rock Choir

The Rock Choirs in Cambridgeshire are belatedly celebrating their 10-year anniversary in the region, and the summer term has kicked off in Cambridge. They are looking for new members to join them! There’s no need to read music, no need to audition and no experience necessary. A weekly Rock Choir session takes place on Tuesday nights at the Queen Edith Chapel in Wulfstan Way. You can find out a lot more here.

May Day Morris Dance

As the summer sun rises above the Wandlebury woodlands on May Day each year, the Devil's Dyke Morris Men will always be there to greet it. This year it's on Sunday, and dancing starts at about 5.29am. It's a free event, with hot drinks and snacks available. More details here.

Chamber Recital by Perse students

The Perse School Music Department is presenting a Chamber Recital at St John’s Church on Wednesday (4 May) at 1pm. Free admission, and all are welcome – come and enjoy the music from some very talented young people!

Friendship café next week

There's a 'Friendship Café' on Tuesday (3 May) from 2pm to 3.30pm at St James Church in Wulfstan Way, outdoors, in the church garden. There'll be hot drinks, chat and games in good company - it's free, and all are welcome. The event is run by St James church and friends, and for all ages. There's also a Bring & Buy Sale tomorrow morning (30 April) outside the church, from 10am.

Check out our local gym

It's Open Gym at Netherhall Sports Centre this weekend! Between 10am and 4pm on Saturday (30 April) and Sunday (1 May), there's free access – come in, meet the instructors and yes, have a go! If you're thinking of joining a gym, this is a great free opportunity. Just turn up.

Dance your hearts out!

The Cambridge Clubbathon fundraiser for Ukraine takes place on 15 May, but we're mentioning it now as there's an exclusive goodie bag for being in the first 50 sign-ups! Dance your hearts out at the Cambridge Junction between 1pm and 5pm with all the very best club anthems from the 90's to present day. It's awesome dance exercise to music in aid of a great cause. There's more information here.

Come and see Homerton Early Years Centre

Homerton Early Years Centre is holding a drop-in morning for prospective new families on Saturday 14 May from 9:30am to 11:00am. If you're looking for a nursery place for your 2-4 year old child starting this September, do come along to look around this 'Ofsted Outstanding' centre and have a chat to the staff. There's more information here.

Hands across Red Cross Lane

This is a fun idea. In advance of their celebration for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June, the RedCross Area Residents Association is producing 'alternative bunting' featuring hands from everyone in the community. People who regularly walk through the area to work at the hospitals and Biomedical Campus have been asking to join in, so RARA is inviting anyone to take a piece of material from the bag at 1 Greenlands and return it with your hands drawn on to the material. No need to cut out the shapes – local children will do that, and they aim to fill Red Cross Lane with their bunting for the 5th June celebration.

MP's newsletter published

Apologies – the link to the latest newsletter from South Cambs MP Anthony Browne which we published last week was incorrect. You can read the newsletter here.

Bin collection days later again this week

There's another bank holiday on Monday of course, so bin collection days will be later than usual next week. You can check which bin is collected and when at the normal link, down at the bottom of this newsletter.

Champagne from around the world

Cambridge Wine Merchants on Cherry Hinton Road is holding an exploration of Champagne and sparkling wines from around the world on 24 May at 7pm. Tickets include 8 wines and nibbles, and there's more information here.

History of Cherry Hinton Hall

Thanks to our friends at the Cherry Hinton News Update (see end of this email) for alerting us to this excellent history of Cherry Hinton Hall, written by its official historian Michelle Bullivant. The grounds of the Hall have been open to the general public as a park since 1960, but the country house had been built, and the grounds laid out, in the late 1830s by John Okes, a Cambridge surgeon, as his family home. It's an interesting read.
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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; Dune; Everything Everywhere All At Once; Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore; Operation Mincemeat; Sing 2; Sonic The Hedgehog 2; Spider-Man: No Way Home; The Bad Guys; The Batman; The Lost City; The Northman; and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

This week at Cambridge Junction

★ This week Cambridge Junction has another fine lineup including the Cambridge Band Competition Final; Cambridge Ska Festival 5; Fault Lines; Hammer & Tongue May; Hannah White + Michele Stodart; New Routes: Emily Fraser, Jenem & Tall Trees 6ft Man; Sam Sweeney; Slay Duggee: My First Metal Gig; The Bubble Show; The Fiver - May; and The Undercover Hippy.

Coronavirus Update 

The government has removed remaining domestic restrictions in England. It says: "There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19: get vaccinated; let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside; and consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces."

Links to current information:

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

A further 87 people went into hospital in Cambridge with coronavirus this week (an encouraging drop on the week before); there were 4 coronavirus patients in hospital with a mechanical ventilator on Tuesday, and 1 death reported this week within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. Data here.

Food Hub news

Andrew Tse of Seven Days restaurant on Regent Street and Hong Kong Fusion on St John's Street popped into the Community Food Hub last Saturday with a generous donation of Chinese meals. We persuaded Andrew to join in a photo with his son Theo, alongside Sam and Risa from the Community Forum team! Thank you so much.

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 back 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.

City Council election information

We have a local council election coming up next week, and our guide to the election is here.

Bin collections

Check when your bins will be emptied here.

Health and Education job vacancies

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.

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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