Queen Edith’s News

Issue 198 • Friday 15 July 2022
 Emailed to over 1,700 local homes 

Photographic exhibition launches in library

Rock Road Library is now exhibiting photographs by local resident Justin Perkins. Over the pandemic, when not furloughed, Justin travelled for work to London, Paris, Lille and Brussels as a train manager. The exhibition shows the strangeness of the pandemic from a very different perspective, with photos of Kings Cross at what should be rush hour, empty punts on the Cam on a spring evening, and outside yoga on the banks of the River Seine as life began to return to a new normality. The exhibition is in the library's community room from today during library opening hours.

Help your street trees survive!

There's no doubt that there's a heatwave on, so do think of the street trees if you have any newly planted ones near your house. For their first three years, trees need a little extra care and attention to help them get established. The most critical element is to keep them well watered while they adjust to their new surroundings. One big drink a week is best, but more often is fine during very hot weather. Ideally, try to give at least 20 litres per watering – although anything you can manage is great. Tap water, rain water or even dishwater is fine! There are some helpful guidelines from the City Council here.

Discover new writing at the Junction

This year's Hotbed Festival of new writing takes place at Cambridge Junction over the next three days. At the heart of the festival is an extraordinary verbatim piece from Ukraine – The Summer Before Everything. Written by Bohdan Tokarskyi and Maria Montague, this is a play created from the words of Ukrainians, taking us inside the tumultuous 2014 revolution and war. The testimonies of three Ukrainians on the ground are extraordinary stories of flight, fight and survival, sounding an unheeded warning of the invasion to come. Shows suitable for families this year include guest productions Time Travelling with the Jazz Queens following the stories of greatest divas of Jazz, and a beautiful new piece Joshua (and Me), from Rachel Hammond, about living with a sibling with autism. More information here.

Open Studios continue this weekend

Featuring 370 artists, Cambridge Open Studios runs at weekends throughout this month. The artists will be in residence (many at their own studios) at 230 venues across the county, including several homes in Queen Edith's. Just drop by at any time they're open to have a look – entry is always free. See the whole lineup of artists and much more at the Open Studios website.

Here are some of the local artists exhibiting this weekend:

Penny Frith (7 Rustat Road) Sky and seascape oil paintings
Janice Anderson (32 Rustat Road) Ceramic animals and paintings
Sasha Garrett (4 Fanshawe Road) Vibrant sustainable jewellery
John Parry (77 Hartington Grove) Refurbished antique glass
Linda Towning (170 Cherry Hinton Road) Abstract sculpture in stone
Jane Evans (35 Cavendish Avenue) Chinese brush painting
Simonetta & Binnie (52 Cavendish Avenue) Energetic expressive paintings
Katy Bailey (368 Cherry Hinton Road) Pastellist
Sally Roach (253 Hills Road) Basketry and fibre art
Susan Abbs (36 Kinnaird Way) Landscapes, nudes and iPad art

Artists between Queen Edith's and Mill Road have put together their own Coleridge Art Trail, which you can see here.

Fruit stalls open tomorrow

Both local fruit stalls will be open again this Saturday (16 July) at 253 Hills Road from 10.30am and at 36 Kinnaird Way from 2pm. They will be selling Regina and Penny cherries plus the first apricots sourced from the Heath Fruit Farm in Bluntisham, with all profits going to the Community Food Hub.

Open events at Hills Road 6th Form College

Prospective current year 10 students can drop in to Hills Road Sixth Form College on Saturday 16 July from 10am to 4pm or Monday 18 July from 5pm to 8pm for this summer's Open Events. Helpful student guides will be on hand to show visitors around the site. To ensure everyone has the space to speak to teachers, tutors and students, tickets are limited to three per family. More details here.

Bring & Buy Sale at St James

The next Bring & Buy Sale at St James Church on Wulfstan Way is tomorrow (16 July) from 10am to 12noon. There'll be books, cakes, bric-a-brac and a raffle, all held outside if weather permits. Come and get yourself a bargain!
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This Week at The Light Cinema

★ Our multi-screen cinema's lineup of films this week include Elvis; Everything Everywhere All At Once; Jurassic World Dominion; Lightyear; Minions: The Rise of Gru; The Black Phone; Thor: Love and Thunder and Top Gun: Maverick.

This week at Cambridge Junction

★ The Cambridge Junction lineup this week includes Barbara; Bloody Yesterday; I Am Drums; Joshua (And Me); Making Verbatim Theatre; Martin Kemp: Back To The 80s; Niknak: Sankofa; Obituary. (Work-In-Progress); Paradise Circus; Penned Up; Post; Splinter; The Beat; The Cut-Price Woman And Fly Green Socks; The Green Knight; The Ice Monologues; The Summer Before Everything; Theatre Producer's Workshop; Time Travelling With The Jazz Queens; Valoris And The Expansions; and What Is The Truth But A Lie Agreed Upon.

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.

We need clean, half-dozen egg boxes again please! If you have any and are in the Wulfstan Way area, they can be dropped off in the porch of St James Church at any time.

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.

Help with cost of living

Cambridge City Council maintains a web page listing various forms of help that are available to anyone struggling to cope with the rising cost of living. These range from additional payments from the council or discounts on things like your Council Tax, to support from partners such as food vouchers, energy grants and help managing debt. The page can be found here.

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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