Queen Edith’s News

Issue 180 • Friday 11 March 2022
 Emailed to over 1,600 local homes 

Footpath closed for three months

The footpath linking Babraham Road and Worts Causeway, alongside the upcoming new housing development, has been closed while archaeological work takes place and a water main is diverted. Developer This Land says that the work should be complete by May/June, when it plans to reopen the path. Note that this path is not a formal right of way (it is a permissive path over private land), but the developer intends to continue to allow its use in the future. You can read more about the 'Eddeva Park' development here.

Sponsor our MP to help those fleeing Ukraine

🇺🇦 The Disasters Emergency Committee brings together 15 leading UK aid charities, and is leading the funding efforts to directly meet the needs of refugees and displaced people in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. South Cambs and Queen Edith's MP Anthony Browne is cycling from London to Cambridge in a fortnight's time for DEC's Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, and local people have already pledged many times his original target in support. It's one of the fundraising projects where donations will be matched pound-for-pound, in this case by the government. If you'd also like to support Anthony you can do so here, or if you'd prefer simply to donate to the DEC Appeal, you can do so here.

Hits From The Musicals show next week

There's a free show at St John's church next Saturday night (19 March), featuring Hits From The Musicals. Singer Jo Dodds and pianist Roger Lilley return with a collection of famous songs from shows and films such as Cats, Mary Poppins and Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Refreshments will be provided. The retiring collection will be aid of the church. Just come along at 7pm. It should be a good evening!

Find out more about Age UK

The COPE (Cambridgeshire Older People's Enterprise) Evelyn Charnley Memorial Lunch Club meets every third Wednesday at Queen Edith Chapel in Wulfstan Way. Next week (16 March), attendees will be able to hear from Ann Chapman about Age UK's Services. As ever, tea and biscuits are provided, or bring your own lunch if you wish. For more details please phone COPE on 01223 364303 or email

New Sports Centre planned for Perse School

Plans have been submitted to the city council by the Perse School for an indoor swimming pool and sports building. The school has nearly doubled in the number of students since its last indoor sporting provision was built, and it recognises the lack of access to swimming facilities available for use by schools. The school says that if built, its new facilities will be available to clubs within the community. You can see the plans here (click 'Design & Access Statement' for the general information).

Chat about green building

Most houses in the UK will need some level of retrofit to meet our climate targets, so as local Association for Environment Conscious Building member Wookey tells us: "Nearly everyone that owns a house ought to be at least somewhat interested in this." The group has very informal monthly meetings for chats, alternating on- and off-line, and the next one is on 17 March at 7.30pm. If you have an interest in green building, or questions about your own house/project/plans, you'll be most welcome. More information here.

Save food, help the planet

The council's waste service is supporting Food Waste Action Week and wants us all to know how much food waste is bad for the environment and our pocket. 4.5 million tonnes of food which could have been eaten is thrown away in our homes every year! There are lots of great hints and tips here to save money and help the environment as you do so.

Lunchtime vacancy at nursery

Homerton Early Years Centre, in Holbrook Rd, is looking for a lunch supervisor on two or three days a week (Wednesday to Friday, 11.30am to 1pm). It's a friendly and welcoming team! Anyone interested in finding out more about the position, or visiting, should contact the Head of Centre, Alex Pearson, on 01223 508766.
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The local blinds and awnings specialists

W&P Blinds is a local, family run business established in 1974. The company can supply and fit both domestic and commercial blinds and they offer a free home visit service to measure, provide advice and samples to view. They also guarantee a friendly, helpful service at all times, as many local residents will testify! Find out more here.

This Week at The Light Cinema

★ Our multi-screen cinema's lineup of films this week include Ali & Ava; BTS On Stage - Seoul; Belfast; Clifford the Big Red Dog; Cyrano; Death on the Nile; Dog; Don't Look Up; Dune; Encanto; Jujutsu Kaisen; Licorice Pizza; NT Live: Leopoldstadt; ROH: Rigoletto; Red Rocket; Sing 2; Spider-Man: No Way Home; The Batman; The Duke; The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone; The Power of the Dog; and Uncharted.

This week at Cambridge Junction

★ This week Cambridge Junction has a great lineup including Alabama 3; Breabach; Catherine Bohart: This Isn't For You; Iain Stirling: Failing Upwards; Jamali Maddix: King Crud; Magical Bones: Black Magic; Nouvelle Vague; Orlando Weeks; Soul Nation Presents Trevor Nelson; Squidge; The Fiver - March; The Funky Club; The Greatest Magician; Triffids!; Whole (Audio); and Yvonne Hercules.  

Coronavirus Update 

Government advice remains as follows: get vaccinated; let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside; consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces; and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and stay at home if positive. For details of how to book first, second or booster vaccinations, please visit The Vaccinators website and click on your age group.

Cambridge's positive COVID-19 test result rate has stopped falling, and is now at 592 per 100,000 people, still significantly above the average in England overall, which has risen to 370. Data here. 67 people went into hospital in Cambridge with coronavirus this week (about the same as the week before); there were 8 coronavirus patients in hospital with a mechanical ventilator on Tuesday (twice as many as last week), but fortunately again no deaths reported this week within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. Data here.

Worth a look... 

  • Covid cases appear to be rising in older people as increased socialising, waning immunity and a more transmissible version of the Omicron variant threaten to fuel a resurgence of the virus. Read the news story here.
  • Please note that the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust continues to request that unless you have a medical appointment or need to attend the Emergency Department, please do not come to the hospital site. More here.

Food Hub open tomorrow

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. There's also free tea and coffee!

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.


★ Parking issues (open until 21 March): tell the councils exactly what and where the problems are. Here's how to do it:

  1. Visit the Consult Cambs site and register to be a user by clicking 'Register' at the top (or sign in if you've done before); then
  2. Visit the map page. Scroll over to the appropriate area of the city; then click the tiny "+" top left, and you'll be given a series of "pins". Drag one or more to the right place (and add a comment in each case).

Traffic disruption is the website which shows current and forthcoming road works. You can see the map here.

  • Advance notice that the Cherry Hinton end of Queen Ediths Way will be closed for cabling work during the Easter period. Full details will be here before the work begins.

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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