Queen Edith’s News

Issue 192 • Friday 3 June 2022
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Reminiscences of the Queen's 70-year reign

This is one of the best things you'll watch all weekend, and it was made right here in Queen Edith's. The ten-minute film A Recipe for a Queen was co-created by Cambridge Junction, residents of Heathlands House Care Home, Queen Emma Primary School and Cherry Hinton Friday Friends Club of senior citizens. Led by singer-songwriter Yvonne Hercules and filmmaker Peter Harmer, and with creative input from associate artist Hannah Jane Walker, it's part of a community project to explore people’s reminiscences of the Queen and her seventy-year reign. Click on the picture above or here to watch it on YouTube.

Country Park expands

We can now enjoy an extra 30 acres of wonderful countryside at Wandlebury Country Park, after the opening of two new areas. "The Gallops" was used for training racehorses when Wandlebury was a stables during the 1800s and has a wonderful vista over Cambridge. The other area, which was previously farmland, has over 2000 volunteer-planted trees and is being cultivated to be sown with a meadow seed mix to create rare chalk grassland. Writer Robert Macfarlane cut the ribbon at the opening. More about the park here.

Online presentation of proposed road changes

Following on from last week's discussion of the proposed road classification changes in the area, you might want to watch an online update from the GCP on this and other projects in the south of the city and beyond. These include the CSET busway, Greenways (including Linton Greenway) and the Foxton "Travel Hub". It takes place next Tuesday (7 June) between 6pm and 8pm. Sign up here to be sent details of the presentation.

Support for young and old

The national Household Support Fund has been extended and the County Council is now able to offer food vouchers with a value of £15 per child per week, for the current half term break and over the summer holidays. Schools will be contacted directly and eligible parents notified. There's also support available for pensioners experiencing financial hardship, and the County Council is partnering with Age UK to provide this. More details are available here.

Bin collections a day later

Bin collections after the Jubilee weekend will be a day later than usual. The collection schedule returns to normal from Monday 13 June. Check your own road's collections using the normal link towards the end of this newsletter.

Coffee morning at the library tomorrow

The next Friends of Rock Road Library event in the Library garden is a coffee morning to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. This takes place tomorrow morning (Saturday 4 June) from 10.30am to noon. There'll be coffee and cakes, a royal quiz, a bring-and-buy plant stall, Jubilee memorabilia display, a book stall, a special guest story-time for little ones, and of course, Lego! All welcome – just come along.

Fundraising pub quiz on Monday night

In the summer of 2023, more than 40,000 Scouts from all over the world will gather in Korea for the 25 World Scout Jamboree, and Lukas, a local Scout, has been selected to attend as part of the UK contingent. But there's a lot of money to raise before he can do so, and as part of this, there's a Pub Quiz at the Queen Edith on Monday night (6 June) at 7pm with 'legendary' quizmaster Dave B. Just come along. It's £5 per person with up to 6 in a team. If you'd like to donate to Lukas' efforts separately, you can do so here.

Learn about our trees

Next Tuesday (7 June) there's a gentle guided walk around Wandlebury Country Park to learn about native trees. A knowledgeable Cambridge Past, Present & Future Warden will help you to identify tree species using features such as bark, leaves, flowers and fruits. It's a free event (with a small donation welcome). More information here.

Listen to the University's Vice-Chancellor

Homerton College's annual Kate Pretty Lecture takes place next Wednesday (8 June) when Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, will speak on University Matters? The University of Cambridge in an increasingly complex world. He will reflect on 5 years in office, and cover themes including how societal tensions are reflected in the University, relations with Government, and how the University takes decisions. The event will be live-streamed on this webpage.

Bioblitz is back!

Bioblitz is the annual Hobson’s Conduit Trust public-participation survey of the wildlife present along the Hobsons Brook corridor. The event includes small mammal identification, bat detection, moth trapping, bird spotting, butterfly identification, plant identification, examining freshwater invertebrates, and guided walks. There are family activities for novices, enthusiasts and experts, young and old, and it takes place next Friday and Saturday (10/11 June). All the information you need is here.

Saturday Yoga classes for younger kids

Local teacher Jessica Morgado is running a series of three Yoga classes on Saturday mornings for Years 1–2, starting next Saturday (11 June). These take place at Queen Edith primary school. More details here.

Platinum Jubilee events locally 

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee this weekend sees a number of events locally. Here's some information!

  • Tomorrow (Saturday 4 June), Cherry Hinton's Village Centre is the place to be, from 10am to 4pm. There are stalls, skills sharing, free childrens' activities, a treasure hunt around the village, history walks, "selfies with the Queen", plus free books for every child who comes along, family board games, jigsaw tables, story time, skills sharing and a picnic area if you want to bring along your own snacks/lunch. There are breakfast and snacks available, followed by an afternoon menu of home made cake and refreshments.
  • There's also a coffee morning with family activities at Rock Road Library – see the earlier item in this email for details.
  • The area's big event on Sunday (5 June) is at Wulfstan Way, where 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. See 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.


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This Week at The Light Cinema

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

This week at Cambridge Junction

★ The Cambridge Junction lineup this week includes Arts & Minds: Creative Café; CSVPA End Of Year Performance: Adult Child/Dead Child; CSVPA End Of Year Performance: Co-Motion; Joanne Mcnally: The Prosecco Express; Moving On – Bodywork Company Showcase; and The Fiver.

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.

New Scientist reports that an estimated 2 million people in the UK have 'long COVID' or lingering COVID-19 symptoms more than four weeks after their initial coronavirus infection. Of those surveyed, 55% with long COVID had fatigue, the most commonly reported symptom. This was followed by 32% of people experiencing shortness of breath, 23% having a cough and 23% experiencing muscle aches. Read more 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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