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Published: 6th October 2017
Rhythm & Railway Rhythm & Railway Singers Starts Thurs 21st September
We are inviting you to join us for a series of FREE railway-themed singing and movement sessions, starting next week on Thursday 21st September! DROP IN FOR ONE SESSION, FOR A FEW SESSIONS, OR FOR ALL! To celebrate our voices and our community Helen Weinstein and the team sourcing the stories and songs at Historyworks, (Mario Satchwell and Tizzy Faller, Bethany Kirby and Jon Calver), invite everyone to help us mark the contribution of the Railways coming to Cambridge in 1845, a transformative historical moment which saw opportunities for travels, cultures, connections! Many of the songs are inspired by local history research and have details taken from the fantastic Mill Road History Society’s “Capturing Cambridge” reports! LYRICS AND SONGS – COMMISSIONED FOR THE PROJECT Lyrics inspired by Cambridge’s past have been specially composed by the poet Michael Rosen and CBBC’s Horrible-Histories songwriter, Dave Cohen. The lyrics have been arranged for our ‘Railway Singers’ by the Music Director, Mario Satchwell, and by the Music Arranger for the project, Bethany Kirby. Movement sessions will be led by Rebecca Powell with support from Angharad Walter, Performing Art Instructors at Cambridge Stagecoach. he first session starts next Thursday (21st September) from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at St Philip’s Church Centre, 185 Mill Road, CB1 3AN; and afterwards there will be a social from 8.30pm-9.30pm or so when we will walk around the corner to view the art studio of Harry Gray, the sculptor of the ‘Romsey R’.where Historyworks will provide free refreshments for the social. We look forward to hopefully seeing you on the 21st September (but don't worry if you miss it, you are very welcome to join us for any/all of the later sessions, just come to whichever ones you can make!) For further details please visit All good wishes, Helen (and the rest of the Historyworks team)
Published: 14th September 2017
Rhythm & Railway Singers Starts Thurs 21st September
We are inviting you to join us for a series of FREE railway-themed singing and movement sessions, starting next week on Thursday 21st September! STARTS ON THURSDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER WITH SINGING & A SOCIAL The first session starts next Thursday (21st September) from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at St Philip’s Church Centre, 185 Mill Road, CB1 3AN; and afterwards there will be a social from 8.30pm-9.30pm or so when we will walk around the corner to view the art studio of Harry Gray, the sculptor of the ‘Romsey R’ where Historyworks will provide free refreshments for the social, including beer from the local Calverley’s Brewery, apple juices from the Cambridge Organic Food Company, cakes from Fen Ditton, crisps from Corkers of Ely! SESSIONS ARE FREE! YOU ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND ONE OR ALL!! There will be gospel and soul numbers, folk songs and much more!! The Railway Singers will meet this Autumn and perform at the Mill Road Winter Fair from 11am to 12 noon on Saturday 2nd December, starting with a concert in St Philip’s Church and if weather permits, parading four blocks to sing by the railway-inspired sculpture of the ‘Romsey R’ when it is unveiled by the artists, Harry Gray and Will Hill on the corner of Mill Road and Cavendish Road! We look forward to hopefully seeing you on the 21st September (but don't worry if you miss it, you are very welcome to join us for any/all of the later sessions, just come to whichever ones you can make!) For further details please visit All good wishes, Helen (and the rest of the Historyworks team)
Published: 14th September 2017
Big Wednesday on Coldham’s Common: Wednesday 2nd August
Invitation to Big Wednesday on Coldham’s Common: Wednesday 2nd August Please do join us on Coldham's Common (in the area closest to the Abbey Pool by the BMX track) at the start of the summer holidays on Wednesday 2nd August for FREE ACTIVITIES from 1pm- 4pm to celebrate National Play Day when Historyworks is teaming up with ChYpPS, Cambridge University Museums, Abbey People and Cam Utd and others to provide a huge variety of FREE activities and refreshments for local families to enjoy including Geocaching, Birds of Prey, Street Games, flight-themed crafting and face-painting. The Historyworks team will show the geocaching trail with a new map and scavenger hunt around Coldham's Common to encourage young people and families to explore the lovely spaces on the Common, find out about the local history with Helen and win toy prizes! Mario will showcase geocaching and demonstrate the range of caches and toys you can swap and help the public set their phones to use the trail we've made. Tizzy will oversee badge-making activity for young people to make on a wildlife theme, so that they have a badge to put into a geocache box, to encourage their engagement with the geocache trail around the Abbey area. We hope that the owls from the Raptor Foundation will pose again for selfies and become models for badge-makers! The Raptor Foundation will bring their birds of prey and we will make Pterosaur puppets and Pterosaur gliders with help from ChYpPS, to remember the flying lizards that flew over the Common in the Jurassic period!
Published: 14th July 2017
Big Wednesday on Coldham’s Common: Wednesday 2nd August
For Crafts, we'll have Cambridge Scrapstore making butterfly and bird wings and Historyworks making owl and falcon puppets alongside ChYpPS. Also Abbey People will have a mosaic-making stall, with Hill n Jill leading participants to make a mosaic in the shape of a flying pterosaur to decorate one of the benches on Coldham's Common. In addition, Abbey People will have the Youth Group run their tuck shop and a sign-up for participants and volunteers. Cambridge University Museums will have activities on a flight theme, and lots of fun with handling museum objects. There will also be a large sports zone including performers from Cambridge Community Circus teaching circus skills and a Sweeper challenge, PING & Tennis, Street Games, a Decathlon, and an athletics challenge! Cambridge Food Cycle will also provide healthy snacks and the Outspoken Smoothie bike will be a fun and active way for people to pedal in order to make their own smoothie!! ChYpPS will have an under-five tent and a giant bubble interactive stall and a face-painting for pre-school children to enjoy with their families. The day will be great fun and all the activities are FREE, so do just come along on the day with friends and family between 1pm and 4pm. Children under ten years of age must be accompanied by an adult, and there will be plenty of activities for all ages, so teens and adults will have a good time too!
Published: 14th July 2017
ACTIVE ABBEY ADVENTURES FOR HALF-TERM FUNDAY ON THE AFTERNOON OF TUESDAY 30TH MAY 12.30PM TO 5.00PM Come join the fun with HistoryWorks & ChYpPS & Abbey People and other play partners in half-term when we've designed an afternoon of "Active Abbey Adventures" including sports and making activities - kicking off with a FREE lunch and crafting table from 12.30 to 1.30pm at Barnwell Baptist Church CB5 8PJ on Tuesday 30th May! FREE LUNCH, FREE ACTIVITIES AND FREE REFRESHMENTS! From to 3.30pm at Dudley Road Rec you can meet the *star* attraction of Owls and Falcons and Eagles, live birds who will visit from 'The Raptor Foundation' and have been booked by Historyworks as an emblem of an active day! Five birds of prey will visit with their keepers, who will assist children and their families who wish to pet and feed the birds. They will be located in a tent at the Recreation Ground and the keepers will give displays of the birds of prey flying too. The birds of prey are not keen on barking dogs, so we ask families to leave their dogs at home! For those children keen to craft their own 'take home' bug or butterfly or bird of prey, Miriam and Edd from ChYpPS and Scrapstore will have a crafting table nearby too, outside if the weather is good, inside at the Church if wet or windy. There will also be active ways to take flight, with Simon Wall from the Cambridge United Community Trust leading a parachute activity. In addition, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm for children and families keen to join in team sports there will be tennis and basketball and soccer and other games provided by the City Council's Street Games group - all on Dudley Road Rec. GEOCACHING INTRODUCED TO THE ABBEY AREA A highlight of the afternoon during the sports and parachuting action will be a Geocaching trail around the surrounding area led by Mario and Helen, ending with a supervised walk for those new to Geocaching which will start a
Published: 22nd May 2017
Abbey Environment Day 2017
The day starts with a litter pick on Coldham's Common (Abbey Pool entrance) from 10-12 noon. Come along and help spruce up the Common. Bring gloves and sturdy shoes/boots. Liter pickers and bags will be provided.
Published: 7th April 2017
Abbey Environment Day 2017
Lots of things happening this Saturday 8th April - starting with liter pick from 10AM
Published: 7th April 2017
Abbey Environment Day 2017
It's Abbey Environment Day on Saturday 8th April 2017 ...come down and visit the Abbey Orchard site from 12-2pm (help rejuvenate the hotel, have some refreshments or just look around the site and have a rest). Litter Pick on Coldham's Common from 10-12 + lots of activities and walks from Barnwell Road Library from 11am-2pm.
Published: 7th April 2017
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Published: 1st December 2016
Location: Barnwell Rd shops precinct then Christ the Redeemer church 4—5pm Lantern making (with ‘Jill and Hil) at Christ the Redeemer Church (Newmarket Road – next to East Barnwell Community Centre) 5:15—5:30pm Congregate by the Christmas Tree with any lanterns you have made + torches, etc.! 5.30 Christmas songs with Abbey Meadows School Choir in the presence of The Mayor ~5.50 – 6pm LANTERN PROCESSION to Christ the Redeemer Church ….to 7.30pm Join us inside for hot drinks, crafts, singing, carols, + FREE Food
Published: 29th November 2016
The Fields Children Centre is under threat
Please sign our petition to save nursery schools: The Fields Children Centre as well as 5 other nursery schools across Cambridgeshire are under threat due to funding cuts. The government's consultation paper outlined proposals that will leave Nursery schools financially nonviable, forcing them to close. This funding will not cover basic costs, let alone staffing with qualified teachers. Please support your local nursery school!
Published: 9th November 2016
Please sign our petition to save nursery schools: The Fields Children Centre as well as 5 other nursery schools across Cambridgeshire are under threat due to funding cuts. The government's consultation paper (Early Years Funding: changes to funding for 3 & 4 year olds 11/8/16) outlined proposals that will leave Nursery schools financially nonviable, forcing them to close. This funding will not cover basic costs, let alone staffing with qualified teachers. Please support your local nursery school!
Published: 9th November 2016
New Youth Worker Position
We are looking for 2 enthusiastic, dynamic, experienced or qualified youth workers to be part of setting up and running creative weekly activities in the abbey area. Deadline for application is the 8th of August. See the advert, job specification and application form for more details.
Published: 27th July 2016
Abbey Summer Outings
See 'Events' for more details of our summer trips ...Felixstowe (Sun & Aug) fun trip to the seaside for all ages + Church Farm (Tue 30 Aug). 3 Coach pick up places in Abbey. Ticket must be purchased in advance; from office at East Barnwell Community Centre, Newmarket Road. Tel. (01223) 517259 to check when open. Also from Abbey Meadows Community Wing – office by primary school entrance Tel: Sharon (01223) 508153. Also check 'Abbey in Cambridge' Facebook. Email
Published: 27th July 2016
No Place Like Home at Hotbed Festival
See and hear the creative work of Abbey community members in this new play all about Home. Sunday 10th July, 4.30pm at Cambridge Junction: 01223 511511 or online, Live music, great storytelling and even some audience participation....!
Published: 8th July 2016
No Place Like Home at Hotbed Festival
See and hear the creative work of Abbey community members in this new play all about Home. Sunday 10th July, 4.30pm at Cambridge Junction: 01223 511511 or online, Live music, great storytelling and even some audience participation....!
Published: 8th July 2016
New Abbey to Addenbrookes bus service
The NEW No. 115 service - Newmarket Road Park & Ride - Addenbrookes Hospital - starts 3 May 2016. Runs Monday to SaturdayOperated by Whippet Coaches LtdEnquiries 01954 230011Timetables available here
Published: 15th April 2016
New Catalyst Worker Wanted
We are delighted to have been granted funding for a further two years by People's Health Trust for some fabulous projects in the Abbey community. Are you, or do you know, the perfect person for this post? Abbey People, Catalyst Community Worker Part time - 14 hours per week. Up to £23,708 per annum pro rata, depending on experience. Fixed term post until March 2018. Do you feel passionately about making a difference in the community? We are looking for someone with bundles of energy to work with our community on the east side of Cambridge. This two year project involves an arts project, a youth club and developing local champions. We have a vacancy for a new Catalyst Community Worker. See the documents below for full details. Deadline for applications 9am on 29th March 2015. Interview dates 15th and 22nd April. Click here for more details and application form
Published: 29th March 2016
Lots of work has been taking place at the Margaret Wright Community Orchard off Whitehill Road - funded by the City Council's 'Tenant's Initiative Scheme'. 'Honeycomb' rubber matting has beeen laid in some of the pathways through which grass grows - this will create firm pathways for all users. On 19th March we sowed the grass seed which will grow through the matting. Notice boards and 4 cycle racks have also been installed. To volunteer at Abbey People's future work parties please contact We're currently having sessions on Friday afternoons. A great way to get some exercise, meet new people and learn about the environment and fruit growing. See photos on 'Abbey in Cambridge' Facebook page.
Published: 22nd March 2016
Abbey People Big Litter Pick on Coldhams Common
More than 25 volunteers turned out to ‘Clean for The Queen’ on a wet Saturday on 5th March. It was part of a national initiative to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. A whole truck load of assorted rubbish was collected. Abbey's event was supported by Cambridge City Council, Mick George (skips), Abbey Meadows Primary School, The Wildlife Trust and Cambridge Utd FC and the Community Trust.
Published: 16th March 2016
Published: 23rd February 2016
Supported by Abbey People, Cambridge City Council, Mick George, Abbey Meadows Primary School, The Wildlife Trust, Cambridge Utd FC
Published: 23rd February 2016
We are recruiting for an Administrator
Abbey People, are looking for a part time Administrator to help build the work of our thriving organisation. We are looking for someone with clerical and administrative skills to help us with minute taking and book-keeping, servicing our Board of Trustees and workers and to help us with the administrative steps we need to take to become a Company. Ideally we would like the successful candidate to live or work in the Abbey ward. We would like to employ our Clerk for 4 to 5 hours per week, initially until April 1st 2016, but with the option to extend the contract. Your work-base is negotiable, and the salary will be 10.50-12.50 depending on experience. If you are interested please submit a letter or email expressing your interest to by Monday February 1st.
Published: 21st January 2016
We are Lighting up Abbey
We are lighting up Abbey this Winter with an amazing Winter festival! We'd love for you to come along. There are lots of ways to get involved from making your own lanterns to performing at the event. Do get in touch to be part of this lovely community event.
Published: 26th November 2015
Area Committee Grants - funding for your neighbourhood project
If you have plans for an activity between April 2016 to March 2017 which will benefit people: X who are particularly disadvantaged through social or economic exclusion X who live in your local area within the City then this activity may be eligible for an Area Committee Grant. Grants can be awarded to non-profit, voluntary and community organisations or groups of local residents for most things that enable an activity to happen, e.g.: transport, materials, equipment, premises hire. We want these grants to make a difference to the lives of City residents with the highest needs in their local neighbourhoods. The application process will be launched in early January 2016, closed in February / March and decisions made in March / April V so start planning your activity and budget early. Contact the Grants Team for further information and to discuss your ideas. Tel: 01223 457857
Published: 10th November 2015
Barnwell Treasure Keys Puzzle - last chance to enter!
This half-term holiday is your last chance to enter the local treasure hunt competition. How well do you know Barnwell? Visit for details of our fun neighbourhood game that will get you out exploring with family and friends.
Published: 24th October 2015
Abbey People Seniors Fair 2015
Abbey People's annual event for seniors at Cambridge Utd's Dublin Suite on Thursday 15th Oct. Stalls about groups, activities & services for older people in the Abbey area. Contact details: Revd Stuart Wood Tel: 01223 292454 or 07770 792371
Published: 13th October 2015
Abbey People Seniors Fair 2015
Calling older people, those who are about to retire or who have older event at Cambridge Utd's Dublin Suite on 15th Oct might be of interest. Find out what is happening (groups, activities, services, etc.) for older people in the Abbey area. See 'Events'. In Abbey there is a history society, Friendship club, Golden Years club, carpet bowls club, outdoor bowls club, exercise groups (Forever Active), opportunities to volunteer with Abbey People and at the Cambridge Museum of Technology, 'Tuesdays Together' at Brickfields 10.30 - 12.30 (Sept 29 - refreshments, activity and thought for the week + lunch). The Well Cafe - every Thursday at 10:00am at Christ the Redeemer church for coffee, cake and prayer plus more. Don't be lonely at home...find somewhere to meet other people. Organisations can have a stall if they wish. Contact details: Revd Stuart Wood Tel: 01223 292454 or 07770 792371 Email:
Published: 12th September 2015
Volunteers needed!
at the MARGARET WRIGHT COMMUNITY ORCHARD Join our weekly volunteer work session at the site over the autumn. Help prepare area for sowing wild flower seeds, construct a compost heap learn some carpentry skills, help keep the weeds at bay, etc. A chance to meet other people living in the area. SEPTEMBER 2015 SCHEDULE: Thu 3 Sept Orchard Work 6-7pm Wed 9 Sept Orchard Work 6-7pm Thu 17 Sept Orchard Work 6-7pm Wed 23 Sept celebrate the community orchard 6-7pm LOCATION off WHITEHILL ROAD (to left of Holyoake Court, near ELFLEDA Rd junction) CB5 8LT. Email for more details
Published: 1st September 2015
Abbey People Summer Outings
Tickets are now on sale for the Abbey summer outings - coach trips for all ages to: Lowestoft on Sunday 26th July and Wicksteed Park on Tue. 25th August. 3 pick up points around Abbey. More info from: or tel (01223) 517259
Published: 8th July 2015
Abbey Community Orchard group
Get involved with the new orchard - over the summer/autumn. Abbey People are holding weekly visits/work sessions at the Margaret Wright Community Orchard, just off Whitehill Road (near Holyoake Ct), alternate Weds and Thursdays - for a spot of weeding, tidying, DIY, worky fun & chatting. Summer picnics are also planned. Join the steeering group if interested. Come and visit or get involved in ways that are fun for you! More info from: or tel (01223) 517259
Published: 8th July 2015
Abbey Old Boys Club
Supported by Abbey People this club provides a weekly meeting place for chaps over 50, where they can meet like-minded gents for a tea/coffee and biscuits and/or play board games, cards, chess, scrabble also curling and boccia. 2 - 4pm. Just 2 a session including tea/coffee + biscuits. Come and drop in and give the Curling a try! Just turn up or contact Harvey; Tel 07896 270015
Published: 8th July 2015
OCEAN SONG 'Sounds of the Sea' WORKSHOP
This wonderful event is taking place down the road THIS Sunday 21st June 2 - 3.30pm. Organised by the University's Museum of Zoology, it's taking place at the Cambridge Museum of Technology, just off Newmarket Road (near Tesco). Add your voice to the unique sound installation that will accompany the iconic Finback Whale skeleton in its new home when the Zoology museum reopens in Summer 2016. Suitable for 8yrs+. Also a chance to take a look at the amazing Technology museum with its original steam pumping equipment! Booking essential:
Published: 16th June 2015
Abbey People Big Lunch 2015
Sunday 7th June 2015 at 12noon - 3.30pm Come and join us for the biggest and best Abbey People Big Lunch yet! Free BBQ. Stalls, music, games and performance by our local Glee Club. Bring soft drinks, cakes or fruit to share. Please 'like' Abbey in Cambridge Facebook page (on the right hand side of this webpage)to keep up to date with what's happening on the day. Location: Dudley Rd Recreation Ground
Published: 1st June 2015
Re-launched Abbey community Mingle Munches with a specific theme each time. 12.15 - 2pm at East Barnwell Community Centre. Theme today: environmental work and projects in and around Abbey. Opportunity to network with community reps. /Council staff, etc. Tea, coffee and light refreshments available. From 12.15 arrive tea/coffee/buffet/mingle. 12.45pm short summaries from various people on their projects/work. 1.15 - 1.30 discussion period. 1.30 - 2pm Mingling /refreshments. Contact: Keith @ Abbey People, Tel C. 517259
Published: 1st May 2015
Abbey People's Spring Event
Saturday 4th April at the Margaret Wright Community Orchard from 10am ('til 1pm). Do come and take a look at this site we are now looking after. Lots of birds around now singing and nest building in area. The new fruit trees are just developing new buds. Location: just off Whitehill Road (track between 24 Whitehill Road and Holyoake Court, that's on corner of Elfleda Road). Easter egg quiz/hunt, Build a Bug Hotel (small one to take away - good for solitary bees, hibernating lacewings & other insects), Help sow wildflower seeds, Find out about the site, its wildlife and how to get involved in looking after this small green space. FREE tea, coffee, locally-made cakes and juice.
Published: 3rd April 2015
Unwell? Choose well.
Your pharmacist, GP or NHS 111 can help you get treatment quickly A&E is for life threatening emergencies only. See
Published: 28th January 2015
YAPP! - Young Abbey People Participate
First session starting Monday 2nd February 2015 at East Barnwell Community Centre with Liz and Jessie, 6-8pm This is a new youth participation group and you will have the chance to learn more about the creation of the new community hub and as part of that, design the new youth building and plan how to spend the 250K allocated to that space. This is an 8 week project and you will also get the chance to visit other youth spaces so that you can get ideas of how you would like your youth space to be. So if you would like to get involved in this great project, please feel free to come along to the first session and find out more. Abbey People / Cambridgeshire County Council
Published: 28th January 2015
Volunteers Evening
Join Abbey People's Volunteering Evening on Monday 19th January to find out about some great opportunities and about Time Credits. Whether you are just interested, want to contribute to just one Abbey event or do a bit more to help your community, do come along. 7.15 - 8.30pm at East Barnwell Community Centre on Newmarket Road
Published: 7th January 2015
Abbey People film
This fab film was made by local Abbey artist and resident Hilary Cox. Hilary uses the words of local people as her inspiration for the film to capture how local Abbey residents feel about where they live and what Abbey People would like to achieve. Its just a couple of minutes long, so grab a cuppa and have a look.
Published: 21st December 2014
Abbey People's Christmas Tree Lights switch on
Tuesday 9th December @ Barnwell Road shops precinct. At 6pm, the Deputy Mayor will be switching on the lights on the lights. Feel free to come before joining the short walk down to Cambridge United, where the Abbey People Glee Club will be performing in the Dublin Suite, prior to the Community Carol Service at 6pm.
Published: 5th December 2014
At Abbey People's recent Community Get Together/AGM at Cambridge United Supporters Club, the draw was made by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Robert Dryden. The happy winners were: Marianne Carter (40 min flying lesson), Elin Gerslund (meal for 2 + wine @ Gonville Hotel) and Wliiam Loughnane (8 ticket season ticket at Cambridge Utd FC). Runner up prize winners (vouchers for local eating places) were Dean Bailey, Brian Stubbings, Sarah Selby, Christine Garner and Nicola Alder. Well done all!! See 'Abbey in Cambridge' Facebook page for more photos
Published: 1st November 2014
Barnwell Community CREATIVE ARTS CAF
Barnwell Community CREATIVE ARTS CAF starts Saturday 1st November, then first Saturday of each month 10.30am-12.30. A space where like-minded people can come together to share, develop and engage with any of the arts - from the visual (drawing, painting, sculpture), to performing (dance, theatre, etc.) to creative writing, poetry and music. Still life drawing sessions with materials supplied plus tea, coffee and cakes provided. Come and join us, have a draw, chat and tell us your ideas or interests. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tel. Paul Fordham C. 570987
Published: 29th October 2014
Community Get Together on Monday (20th Oct)
Abbey People's big Community Get Together is on Monday (20th Oct) at the Cambridge United Supporters Club, Newmarket Road from 7 - 9pm. We are celebrating the first year of the independent community group with a fun evening with bring and share food, singing from the Glee Club and the results of the Big Prize Draw (still tiome to put in an entry!). There will also be a chance to find out about Abbey People projects and well fit in a short AGM. Bring some nibbles/buffet food to share. Do remind your friends and neighbours.
Published: 17th October 2014
Seniors Fair in Abbey
The Abbey Seniors Fair is coming up on Wednesday 15th October (part of the Cambridgeshire Celebrates Age programme in October). Do you have any neighbours or family members who are retired and perhaps in need of support, friendship or just things to do! From 11am 3pm residents can find out about opportunities for older residents in Abbey - groups, activities, events and support available from charities and services. Demonstrations, stalls, information. Coffee/tea available all day. FREE buffet lunch served between 12.30 and 2pm. VENUE: The Dublin Suite, Cambridge United FC, Newmarket Road, CB5 8LN (come via the track from Elfleda Road/Newmarket Road). Photo: annual Stourbridge Fair
Published: 7th October 2014
Area Committee Grants 2015-16 - Funding for your neighbourhood project
Have plans for an activity in 2015-16 which will benefit people who are disadvantaged through social or economic exclusion and live in Abbey.. . this activity may be eligible for an area committee grant. E.g. trips for groups of young or older people, materials for art and crafts groups, equipment for neighbourhood sports clubs, Christmas activities (2015) etc. These are awarded to not for profit voluntary or community organisations or groups of local residents. The grant round will be launched in January 2015 with guidelines and an application form. But it is best to plan your activity and budget early enough. Contact The Grants Team in early January on 01223 457857 Email to discuss your idea. Deadlines February/March 2015. Decisions on awards March/April.
Published: 3rd October 2014
Abbey People autumn newsletter
This edition of the newsletter will be delivered to houses in Abbey (and available at community buildings). It contains details of the Abbey Community Get Together on 20th October 2014 to which you are all invited. Venue: Cambridge United Supporters Club 7-9pm. Includes Grand Prize Draw (see item below....have you entered?!) * Glee Club performance * Bring and Share Meal * Abbey People AGM, a chance to meet fellow Abbey residents. Please bring some food to share e.g. crisps, cake, fruit, nibbles. Contact Abbey People ot Tel 517259.
Published: 30th September 2014
Abbey People Community Quiz Night
Do comer along on the evening of Friday 26th September 7.30-9.30pm at The Dublin Suite, Cambridge United for a fun evening! 5 entry to teams of 4-6 or come and join a team on the night. Call Stuart on 07770 792 371 for more details.
Published: 25th September 2014
Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraising Events in Abbey
Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning (well part of!) Friday 26th September 9.30-11.30am Barnwell Baptist Church Howard Road Abbey People Community Quiz Night Friday 26th September 7.30-9.30pm The Dublin Suite, Cambridge United 5 entry to all Teams of 4-6 or come and join a team on the night Call Stuart on 07770 792 371 for more details of either events
Published: 21st September 2014
Abbey Free Prize Draw
Are you an Abbey Resident? If so, you will soon be receiving this postcard through your door. You can fill it in and drop it off at one of our collection points, or you can fill in the on-line version using the link below. Either way you're in with the chance of great prizes. 1st prize, a flying lesson, with passenger, courtesy of Marshalls! 2nd Prize, CUFC Great 8 Tickets, 3rd Prize, Meal for two with wine at the Gonville Hotel....get your entry in now!
Published: 20th September 2014
Abbey People Seniors Fair Wednesday 15th October
An early call for groups and service providers to take part in this new event that coincides with the Cambridgeshire Celebrates Age programme in October. 11am 3pm. It will be a great opportunity for older residents in Abbey to find out what is happening in the area (groups, activities)and what support is available from a variety of charities and services. The day will include demonstrations, stalls, information. Coffee/tea available all day. FREE buffet lunch served between 12.30 and 2pm. VENUE: The Dublin Suite, Cambridge United FC, Newmarket Road, CB5 8LN
Published: 10th September 2014
Cambridge Museum of Technology wants your ideas and comments.
A short survey, which will take about 10 minutes to complete, aims to find out people's views about the Cambridge Museum of Technology and what might encourage people to visit the museum in the future. There are exciting plans for a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the redevelopment of the museum. We are keen to hear from local people in Abbey Ward to find out what you would like from the redeveloped museum and what might encourage you to visit the museum. This survey, which will take about 10 minutes to complete, is your chance to tell us your views. Everyone who completes the survey will be given the chance to enter a prize draw to win a 20 Amazon or Love2Shop voucher. The survey will close on Sunday 14th September. The survey also asks whether anyone is interested in taking part in a 20 minute telephone interview to find out more in-depth views about the museum. Everyone who takes part in a telephone interview will receive a 20 Amazon or Love2Shop voucher. The link is at : If you have any questions, please let me know Laura Crossley T: 07791505045
Published: 5th September 2014
The Nice Bucket Challenge
1. Put something nice in the bucket and give it to a neighbour 2. Take a photo (check your neighbour is happy to be in it!) 3. Share your photo far and wide: On Facebook (put a message on our Abbey in Cambridge page) On Twitter to @AbbeyPeople using #Nicebucket Send to to be part of our Nice Bucket photo montage Suggest your neighbour might pass the bucket on to another neighbour with a new nice thing e.g. garden produce, biscuits Thank you for taking part in our campaign to bring people together for a better community in Abbey.
Published: 31st August 2014
Join a focus group
Residents of Abbey Ward are being asked for their thoughts on Cambridge Museum of Technology join a focus group on Wednesday 20th August from 2 - 3.30pm at East Barnwell Community Centre. The session will be fun and friendly, and will be an opportunity to share your views and let us know what you'd like to see at the Cambridge Museum of Technology. You do not need to have any special knowledge of museums to take part in the focus group. We are looking for about 8 people (aged 16+) to participate in the group, including people who have never been to the Museum before. Everyone who takes part will receive a 10 voucher (you can decide between a voucher for either Amazon or Love2Shop) and a free family ticket to the Museum. Information will be used to help the museum plan its future development and ensure it attracts and appeals to as many different visitors as possible. This is a chance for you to help shape what happens in the future at your local museum. If you are interested in taking part in the focus group, please contact Laura on by Tuesday 12th August.
Published: 8th August 2014
Local views sought on Cambridge Museum of Technology
Local people are being asked for their thoughts on Cambridge Museum of Technology (with the BIG chimney off Newmarket Road, near Tesco) as plans progress to bid for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to transform the site. Have you visited the museum or not? What can they do to appeal to more visitors? If you can spare some time please complete an online survey ( ) from now until 24 August 2014. Give your honest thoughts on the museum, in particular, reasons why you may not have visited. Plans are taking place to transform the museum, making it more accessible, allowing it to provide better information, signage and facilities for visitors and put on more learning activities and events. Your responses will allow the museum to progress its plans to apply for a full HLF grant of 834,600 within the next 18 months. It can be filled out anonymously, but respondents who would like to be entered into a prize draw to win a 20 shopping voucher (first prize) or one of five entry tickets to the museum (runners-up prizes) would need to provide a name and contact details. For more information about the museum please visit
Published: 8th August 2014
The Community Orchard
We need you! - For our summer activities on the 5th & 6th August (Building Bug Hotels!), we need help from you. Do you have any of the following that you arent using? Wild Flower & Grass Seed (or sections of turf) for the roof, Bowl or old sink, Leaves, wood & logs, Bark, Bamboo canes, Bricks, Hay and Straw, Wire , Sand, Pipes, Compost, Plastic bottles, toilet rolls, Corrugated cardboard, Tubes, Plant pots (Ceramic or plastic), Tins and Bottles, Springs, Pen Casings, Glitter Please bring it to the Orchard on Whitehill Rd (via Hollyoak Ct. ar park) on Saturday 26th July from 11am-1pm, or bring it on the morning of the 5th August at 9am. Contact if you cant transport it or have questions.
Published: 22nd July 2014
SummerDaze 2014 programme for children
ChYpPs (City Council's Children and young people's participation service) run free events for children (5-13yrs) and families in and around Cambridge. Their summer brochure for the school holiday periods is now out e.g. events on Abbey recreation grounds and the community play boat. Also 'Community Thursday' at Thorpe way rec. ...lots of fun activities for the local neighbourhood on 21st August 2.00-4.00. Details: Facebook: website: Paper brochures also available e.g. Abbey People, East Barnwell Community Centre.
Published: 18th July 2014
Volunteer opportunities from the University of Cambridge Museums
Have time on your hands? ... volunteer roles available within the University of Cambridge Museums. For further information on all work experience, volunteer, internship and apprenticeship opportunities, please visit the Get Involved website: Amanda Lightstone Opening Doors Project Coordinator University of Cambridge Museums
Published: 18th July 2014
Have Your Say on a new foot and cycle bridge
Have Your Say on a new foot and cycle bridge Comment on Cambridgeshire County Councils draft proposals for a new foot and cycle bridge over the river Cam linking Abbey and Chesterton. Two possible bridge locations as well as its design, shape and colour - on private land close to the existing railway bridge (see photo) between Ditton Meadows and Stourbridge Common. Would you find it useful? Two possible bridge locations as well? For 5 minute online survey please see website: Also exhibitions where you can come along and talk to council officers in person: Abbey Wednesday 9th July 2014, 3pm to 6.30pm, Abbey Meadows Primary School plus other locations. Consultation finishes on 28th July 2014. Twitter: hashtag #newcyclebridge
Published: 1st July 2014
Level 2 Food Safety Course
There may still be time to book places for. Mondays 30th June and 7th July (attendance at both nights required) at Barnwell Baptist Church 6.30-9.30pm Cost: 25 The Course is subsidised by Abbey People for Abbey residents. Contact Stuart on phone 07770 792371 or email:
Published: 27th June 2014
Extra aircraft movements this Sunday 2-3pm
Please be aware that Marshall of Cambridge are holding a Family and Friends Open Day this Sunday, 29 June, (for the benefit of employees, their families and close friends) and there will be a very small flying display in conjunction with this, which will take place between 2 and 3 pm. They hope this will not inconvenience your normal Sunday afternoon activities. If you like planes there may be some interesting aircraft in the sky!
Published: 27th June 2014
Help for Home-Start Cambridgeshire
Home-Start Cambridgeshire (helps support local families in need, based at The Fields Children's Centre) has been invited to set up a stall at Marshalls Open Day for Friends and Families at Cambridge Airport on 29th June. We are organising a tombola for this and need a huge number of prizes to attract customers and raise money to support our Cambridgeshire families. Food items, toys, toiletries, bottles etc. etc. all welcome. As tickets will cost 1 each, or 4 a strip, prizes can be of any value from 1 upwards . 100 prizes would give us at least 400, 200 prizes 800 and so on. So please do contribute as many prizes as you can. Please deliver to any of the 3 HSC offices by Wednesday 25th June. Thank you. Linda Gipp, Scheme Administrator T 01223 210202 E W
Published: 17th June 2014
Multi-sport youth club for 11-15 year olds. At the Meadows Community centre and Abbey Leisure complex. Free sessions led by qualified coaches. More information coming soon! Join us on Facebook for regular updates: New Streetgames publicity ready for circulation mid-July. To receive your publicity materials, please e-mail delivery address to
Published: 17th June 2014
Free 6-week course for young people aged 11-15 years and 16-19 years to learn how to use the gym equipment and basic principles of a safe gym routine at the Abbey Leisure complex. **First 6-week course for both age ranges starts Saturday 28th June** Sessions will be in small groups of 5 and led by GLL gym instructors. Young people who attend 5 of the 6 sessions will receive a FREE 3 month GLL membership, giving access to the pool and existing young people gym sessions, across all GLL sites in Cambridge. PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD! Booking is essential - please see attached poster for more information and details on how young people can book onto session. To book a place call Jason Parker on: 01223 213352 Or e-mail: FACEBOOK: CambridgeStreetGames
Published: 17th June 2014
Abbey summer newsletter
The summer edition is now available: - Online, via this website - goto 'News' and 'Newsletters' and click on '2014'. - Paper copies at most community venues in Abbey including East Barnwell Health centre, Abbey Meadows Community Wing, Barnwell Road Library, East Barnwell Community Centre, Barnwell Baptist Church and other venues. - Copies have been given to Abbey Meadows and Fen Ditton Schools and See Saw Preschool, for distribution. Lots of other copies still available if anyone needs one or is able to distribute them to other places / along their road / block of flats / to friends & neighbours. I can drop some off. tel 517259 or email
Published: 11th June 2014
Abbey BIG Lunch BBQ
Once again ABBEY PEOPLE is organising another community event on Dudley Road Rec on Sunday 1st June from 12pm onwards Music * Games * Stalls * Free BBQ (from 12.30pm) - please bring some cake or soft drink to share. Childrens games and activities. If you are a local group and want to have a stall or wish to take part in some other way please contact: or Tel. 01223 517529
Published: 29th April 2014
Community, Arts and Recreation Development Grants consultation
The City Council is asking for comments on their consultation paper for future proposals for priorities for Community, Arts and Recreation Development Grants - that currently benefit many groups in the city including Abbey. . It seeks views from voluntary groups and individual residents for new grants priorities and options for reducing the existing 1.1m budget that, if approved, would be implemented from 2015/16. The consultation closes at 10.59pm on 25 April 2014.
Published: 7th April 2014
Vote for AP trips
Thanks for all the great suggestions for a summer trip. Everyone who attended the Abbey People meeting on Monday voted on them. Click here to express your preferences:
Published: 11th March 2014
New groups and activities in Abbey
New activities are often starting up in Abbey ...see 'Abbey Events' for details of 1. FITSTEPS Fitness that's 'Strictly' fun at East Barnwell Community Centre (Monday nights) and 2. Rhymetime at Barnwell Road Library restarting - for babies (and their parents and carers!)on Wednesdays
Published: 4th March 2014
Tell your friends and neighbours! come along to Abbey Peoples First Annual General Meeting on Monday (3rd March) at Barnwell Baptist Church - starts at 7.30pm. The Chairman Stuart Wood and other trustees will review what has happened over the first year of the group - like the well attended Abbey Christmas event and new grants and projects that have come about. Come along just to listen, give your views or get more involved if you wish. Help shape events for 2014 and beyond. All Abbey residents and those working in the community welcome. Contact: Location:
Published: 28th February 2014
Digging up old Barnwell!
Archaeological excavation taking place at Harvest Way, near old part of Barnwell - So far have investigated 19th century archaeology of the site - found remains of buildings, including two with cellars, that can be traced on maps of the area ...high hopes of being able to match names to houses by looking at the 19th century census returns.
Published: 25th February 2014
New Scout hut to be built
The old Scout HQ on Stanesfield Road is due to be demolished but a brand new building will arise, combined with some housing on the site. The 29th Cambridge Scouts have been meeting here for many decades.
Published: 21st February 2014
New Group starting: FITSTEPS Fitness that's 'Strickly' fun!
Something NEW for Abbey ....Starting at East Barnwell Community Centre (Newmarket Road) on Monday 3rd March - 6pm. Learn to Dance and get fit in a fun friendly environment. No partner required. Like Strickly Come Dancing...then you will Love Fitsteps! 5 per class - no need to book. For further info. contact Liz Priestley 07812610154
Published: 21st February 2014
Margaret Wright Community Orchard
The new orchard was planted last year with small saplings in memory of former City councillor Margaret Wright. Abbey People hope to take over the management and are looking for a few people to be in a photograph at the orchard off Whitehill Rd (back of Hollyoak Ct) at 3:30pm on Friday 21st Feb. If you are free, please do come along. The photo will be used for public release so you do need to be happy to be in the press and on social media!
Published: 20th February 2014
East Area Committee meeting (Thursday 20 Feb)
Andy Campbell, Managing Director of Stagecoach will be at this City Council meeting to explain the situation between commercial bus operation and supported services and for a Q & A session with the public. Many people signed a petition about the changes to the Number 3 bus services. Councillors from Abbey and other east area wards attend and open to the public. From 7.00pm at Cherry Trees Day Centre on St. Matthews Street CB1 2LT. Various other matters: Open Forum DECISIONS TAKEN REGARDING S106 PROJECTS - Improve Access to Abbey Paddling Pools from Coldhams Common Agenda on the website:;MId=2390&Ver=4
Published: 20th February 2014
Flooding scenes (local history)
The River Cam is high today, but levels have been higher in the past as this photo along Riverside shows (from Elizabeth Way bridge)
Published: 11th February 2014
Home Start - trustees needed
We are actively recruiting for the Trustee Board of Home-Start Cambridgeshire. The Board provides governance for the activities of our three regional offices in the County: Cambridge & District, West Cambs & North Fenland, and East Cambs & South Fenland.The role is a rewarding and vital one; Trustees are men and women who volunteer their leadership and direction so that staff can manage the day-to-day operations, thus enabling our dedicated home-visiting volunteers to deliver our core business.We are looking for a mix of skills and talents. Formal meetings are held about every 6 weeks. Beyond that, you can put as much time into it as you want.The website for our Cambridge office is: find out more, please contact of our following regional offices:Cambridge & District: 01223 210202 East Cambs & South Fenland: 01353 663158 Flyer
Published: 10th February 2014
Abbey Peoples First Annual General Meeting
3rd March 2014 starts at 7.30pm. Come and hear about the developments in the first year. Vote on the Trustees to take Abbey People through another year, and help shape events for 2014 and beyond. All Abbey residents and those working in the community welcome. Contact: Location: Barnwell Baptist Church
Published: 7th February 2014
Princes Trust Team community project looking for suitable projects
The Princes Trust programme, based at Cambridge Regional College, is an intensive 12 week personal development course, for young people between 16 and 25 years to develop and improve the participants skills in areas such as motivation, confidence, team working and leadership. An integral part of the course requires the participants to choose, plan and deliver a community project that benefits the local community within the Cambridge area (Abbey??). The aim is to challenge the Team to see the project through from the beginning, making key decisions such as deciding which project to take on, to fundraising activities (on average, 250 - 300 is raised to spend on materials and equipment) and seeing these plans through to successful completion. Previous projects: creating a sensory garden for SCOPE at Meldreth Manor, painting wall mural for Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Huntingdon, creating a sensory garden and fence building at Red to Green in Bottisham & painting bike show room and garage storage space for OWL at the Papworth Trust. Are their any potential local projects between 17th - 28th Feb, for a maximum of eight days? The work will be undertaken by approximately fifteen Team members, who will be fully supervised by staff. Fundraising activities are organised by the team to fund the required materials and equipment. Please contact Jamie Jackson on 01223 418517 / 07968 243094 or email
Published: 7th February 2014
Abbey People newsletter - spring edition - now out
Available online: (click on 2014) and (+ back issues). Paper copies at community buildings and will be in primary school bookbags. Can you help deliver some newsletter to all or part of your street or block of flats? If so, can drop some copies. Contact:
Published: 5th February 2014
Us Partner With Abbey Ward
An exciting new partnership has emerged that will benefit some young people in the Abbey Ward area of Cambridge. Abbey People have linked with Romsey Mill, with Jon Sanders being employed as a youth development worker in the Abbey Ward, working with young people who are in need of some extra support. Now Marshall of Cambridge and Cambridge United Youth & Community Trust (CUYCT) have joined the partnership. The Marshall Group of Companies has committed to provide funding for the next 3 years to CUYCT to enable them to open their Youth & Community Room to this new group, and support the young people that will be invited to attend with visits from players, along with some potentially exciting opportunities for access to further training. Jon Sanders said:Im really looking forward to running the youth club at Cambridge United which will enable me to work with a number of young people in the Barnwell area, get to know them, support them with issues in their lives and offer them positive activities to get involved in. Im really thankful to The Marshall Group of Companies, Abbey People and Cambridge United Youth & Community Trust for giving us this opportunity. Graham Daniels, CUYCT Chairman:It's an honour for Cambridge United to partner with the Marshall Group, Abbey People and Romsey Mill in such an important project that will have a significant impact in our community." Robert Marshall, Chief Executive of Marshall:We at Marshall are very enthusiastic about the Abbey Youth Club. It will provide a great opportunity for young people to do something really valuable and we support it wholeheartedly. Rev Stuart Wood, Chair of Abbey People and Chaplain to the U's: It has been exciting to see this partnership emergethis isnt about ticking boxes or going through the motionsthere is a very real commitment from all the partners to want to make a difference to the lives of these young people."
Published: 2nd February 2014
Area Committee grants fund for community, sports and arts activities that benefit local people
If youve got plans or ideas for a community or leisure activity in the Abbey area for 2014-15, you might be eligible for funding from Cambridge City Councils East Area Committee. Each year Cambridge City Council awards grants for community groups and voluntary organisations groupings of local residents partnerships of constituted group(s) and local residents For outings for young/older people, newsletters, events, street parties, Christmas activities, Priority given to projects aimed at those people whose opportunities are restricted by disability, low income or discrimination. Note deadline for applications is quite soon: 7th March (considered at 10 Apr. East area meeting) More info: contact Elaine Shortt from the Grants & Voluntary Sector Support Team 01223 457968 to discuss your idea or website .
Published: 29th January 2014
Proposals for development; Land north of NEWMARKET ROAD
Marshall of Cambridge (Airport, Properties) Limited Proposal: up to 1,300 homes, primary school, food store, community facilities, open spaces, landscaping and associated infrastructure and other development. view copies of documents, plans and forms
Published: 24th January 2014
Agenda for the Cambridge East Community Forum
Tuesday 28th Jan. 7 8.30pm at Fen Ditton Primary School 7pm Welcome and Introductions South Cambs District Cllr Nick Wright 7.05 pm Presentation on the Pinks land planning application Sharon Brown, Major Growth Manager, Cambridge City Council 7.10 pm Presentation on Wing Planning Application and accompanying documents Ed Durrant, Principal Planning Officer 7.20 pm Browse displays and chat with Officers 8.15 pm Closing remarks and topics for future Forum meetings - South Cambs District Cllr Nick Wright 8.30 pm Close
Published: 24th January 2014
Join the gathering! Abbey Community Networking invite
Abbey People is continuing the work of Abbey Action project by organising meetings to bring people together. Coming up: Tuesday 28 January, 10.00 to 11.00am (not 12.30-1.30 as in some publicity) Seniors groups/services meeting for those who run local clubs, activities & facilities for older people. Do come along if interested At the Dublin Suite, Cambridge United FC via the lane between Newmarket Road and Elfleda Road then cross the large car park heading to the left its at the rear of the main stadium. Coffee/tea provided. Then... Tuesday 4 February, 12.30 to 1:30/ 2pm: Abbey Community networking lunch (Mingle Munch) - for all ages group interests. More details to follow at the Dublin Suite, Cambridge United FC
Published: 24th January 2014
Coldhams Common management survey
Consultation on Coldhams Common management survey closes 28 February 2014:
Published: 21st January 2014
NEW Credit Union collection points in Abbey
Cambridge City Credit Union have started new fortnightly collection points - for savings and loans. East Barnwell Community Centre 31st Jan, East Barnwell Community Centre 2-4pm. Also at Barnwell Baptist Church - more dates to follow.
Published: 21st January 2014
Community Short Film Project (Framed)
Film-maker Axel Bangert is looking for young people from the Abbey area might be interested in acting or the project to them. Looking for two aged 16 and 19 and two females aged 20 and 25 (ages are approximate). Find out how a film is made. Opportunity to develop creativity and boost confidence. Planned filming around Newmarket Road. Any individuals or youth providers in Abbey interested? email:
Published: 21st January 2014
Catalyst worker
Role: Abbey People, Catalyst Community Worker
Salary: 20,786 - 23,708 per annum pro rata, depending on experience
Hours: Part time 18 hours per week
Contract Length: 2 years, including 3 month probation period
Abbey People is a community organisation, formed in March 2013. We have been awarded funding by the Peoples Health Trust for a two year project called Abbey Plus. It is all about bringing our community together, helping people to get to know each other better and encourage an active community. Importantly, its about supporting local people to lead and shape these projects.
At the heart of the project are one youth project and three community initiatives; a youth club (including pop up youth club), a gardening group, a parents drop-in and a Community Come Dine with me initiative. Each activity has a slightly different geographical focus, all are within three estates in the East Barnwell area of Cambridge: Thorpe Way, Dudley Road and Whitehill. We are looking for a great Community Worker to bring this project alive.
Do you
Feel passionately about local community activity?
Have a positive attitude, bundles of enthusiasm, and lots of initiative?
Have the ability and experience to hit the ground running?
If so, this could be the post for you. Please see the job description, application form and funding application for more information. For queries telephone 07770 792371. Alternatively you can email
Apply by sending your completed application to by midday on 17 January 2014.
Interviews will be held on 30 January 2014
Published: 3rd January 2014
Abbey Christmas lights
Quote from the Cambridge News today: Carol service heralds switching on of Barnwell Road Christmas lights "A community carol service marked the switching on of Christmas lights. Cllr Paul Saunders, the mayor of Cambridge, flicked the switch at the festive celebration outside the shops in Barnwell Road, Abbey, last night. The event was organised by the Abbey People community group and was led by the Revd Stuart Wood, the minister of Barnwell Baptist Church in Howard Road. Popular carols were sung while there was also a performance from Fen Ditton Primary Schools choir. Cllr Saunders said: 'Barnwell is always a great occasion there is tremendous community spirit and it was lovely to see so many people. It was an honour to be invited there.'" Read more:
Published: 13th December 2013
Abbey People's Abbey Christmas Switch-on Event
Well, the weather stayed fine, lots of local people (150 approx) turned up, carols were sung, Christmas readings were read, The Mayor Councillor Paul Sanders attended and the lights went on! Songs were sung by Abbey Meadows Glee Club, Fen Ditton Community Primary Choir and children from See Saw and The Fields Children's Centre. Back at Christ the Redeemer 'gallons' of hot, spicy punch were waiting to warm people up plus minced pies and iced biscuits prepared earlier by a children's group at Christ the Redeemer. A couple of local groups had stalls and Recycling Champion Emma gave away green waste kitchen caddies. Thanks to all who attended and took part in some way.
Published: 13th December 2013
Cambridge East Community Forum
Tonight Tuesday 10th December 2013 You are invited to the first meeting of the forum 7 pm 8.30pm. Come and find out more about the new Wing development (on Marshall's non-airport land). Between 1200 and 1300 homes are planned in the parish of Fen Ditton. As well as new homes, the development will include a school, health facility and library along with community and sports facilities. A chance meet representatives from South Cambs District Council and the developer. Contact: t: 01954 7133 Location: Fen Ditton Primary School, Horningsea Road, Fen Ditton
Published: 10th December 2013
Men Only 50+ Gym Sessions at Cambridge Utd's new gym
Cambridge United has opened up their newly refurbished gym at the R Costings Abbey Stadium for older men gym sessions. Weekly sessions beginning Wednesday 22nd January. 3.00 for Forever Active members. 4.00 for non-members FREE TASTER SESSION WEDNESDAY 15th JANUARY 2014. 10.00 am 12.00 For information Contact Cambridge United fitness instructor Aidan Hutton at
Published: 10th December 2013
StreetGames coming soon to Abbey!
From early 2014, a programme of free sports and physical activity sessions for 14-25 year olds will be running in Abbey. For more information visit: StreetGames Free Late night football session (14-25 year olds) Friday 9-10pm, Abbey astro at Abbey Leisure complex. Turn up and play with qualified Level 2 coaches.
Published: 10th December 2013
Streetgames consultation deadline (10th Dec)
A reminder that questionnaires for the survey need to be completed and returned by Tuesday 10th Dec. This is a chance for the young people living in the Abbey and Arbury wards to have their say about the types of activities and sports they might like to see in their neighbourhoods over the next 3 years. Plan is to roll out a programme of doorstep sport opportunities for 14-25 years olds from early next year. Please ask any young people you work with to complete this or circulate this to anybody you know working with young people in these areas. Copies (and a box for completed forms) from East Barnwell Community Centre and some other local centres. For more info/copies contact Carrie Holbrook Direct line: 01223 458612 e.mail: or to send the completed questionnaires (saying for the attention of Carrie Holbrook) to the Abbey sports Centre or East Barnwell Community Centre or direct to Carrie.
Published: 4th December 2013
Sports Activities for 14-25
Paper copies (and a box to put in replies) of the survey on activities for young people can now be found at East Barnwell Community Centre (and probably other local centres). The City Council's Sports Development dept. have received funding for a StreetGames initiative to provide some "doorstep sports and activity" opportunities for young people (aged 14-25 years) in the Abbey and Arbury wards for the next 3 years. Proposals to deliver a wide range of activities free of charge, utilising sports centres, community centres and green space. Consultation with this age group is now taking place if you wish to be involved or can help distribute questionnaires please contact: Carrie Holbrook Direct line: 01223 458612 (Mon, Tues, Weds + Fri only reduced hours) E.mail: website: (Photo - local girl Holly taking the Olympic Torch along Barnwell Road in 2012)
Published: 29th November 2013
Action On Energy
A new project to help local residents and businesses make energy efficiency improvements to their properties. Its a partnership between local councils and Climate Energy Ltd to provide easier access and advice on assessments, improvements, grants and finance measures. Essentially consists of three different stages: Assessing the energy performance of the property Identifying potential improvements Providing advice to help install features such as improved insulation, a more efficient boiler or a switch to renewable energy If a property requires improvements, a number of different grants are available, including Green Deal Finance, by which money ultimately saved from reduced energy bills is used to pay off the loan for the work carried out. Visit, email Home Energy Officer Justin Smith at
Published: 28th November 2013
Abbey Christmas Lights Switch On Event
Abbey's community Christmas event (organised by Abbey People) is taking place on Thursday 12th December at 6pm by the shops precinct on Barnwell Road. Once again a Norway spruce tree will be erected on the grassy area and the lights will be switched on by The Mayor. A few carols will be sung (we usually have musicians from a local church to lead) and refreshments will be served afterwards (about 6.30pm) at Christ the Redeemer church nearby. There is potential for groups to have a stall here. We hope this will once again bring together local people and organisations at Christmas time. Contact:
Published: 22nd November 2013
Have your say on the future of Coldhams Common
The City Council's Consultation runs to Friday, 28 February, 2014 Coldham's Common is an important open space. For some people it's a great place to exercise, for others it's a historic landscape, or a valuable environmental asset to the city. The Council are looking at a range of options for managing the common, and need to know what local residents and site users think. See survey form....
Published: 22nd November 2013
Opinions needed on sports activities for 14 - 25 year olds
The City Council's Sports Development dept. have received funding for a StreetGames initiative to provide some "doorstep sports and activity" opportunities for young people (aged 14-25 years) in the Abbey and Arbury wards for the next 3 years. Proposals to deliver a wide range of activities to boys and girls, free of charge, utilising sports centres, community centres and green space (up and running early in the New Year). Consultation with this age group is now taking place if you wish to be involved or can help distribute questionnaires please contact: Carrie Holbrook Direct line: 01223 458612 (Mon, Tues, Weds + Fri only reduced hours) E.mail: website:
Published: 19th November 2013
Your spotlight on health & social care
Healthwatch Cambridgeshire is the new champion for people using health and social care services in Cambridgeshire. Launched in May 2013 we work to ensure that people’s voices are heard in making important decisions about local NHS, social care and public health services. We talk to people in the local community about their experience of the care they receive to help us understand how well local care services are working. We make sure we feed this information back where it matters to the people buying, providing and regulating local care services Tell us about your health & social care experiences. Join our Consultation Network Get problems resolved… Find out about local care - choics of health & social care services. Tel: 01480 420628, email website Follow on Twitter @HW_Cambs Facebook at Healthwatch Cambridgeshire
Published: 15th November 2013
New 111 non-emergency health phone service
is being launched on phased basis in Cambridgeshire from 12th Nov from mid-morning. It will take calls from people who call their Out of Hours GP service, as well as those calling 111 directly from a landline or a mobile. From 12 Nov - to take calls from NHS Direct GP practices who currently use UCC as their out of hours provider and anyone dialling 111 On 28 November, subject to satisfactory performance, 111 will take calls from GP practices who currently use CCS as their out of hours provider.
Published: 12th November 2013
How many people in Abbey?
How many people live in Abbey? Cambridge currently has a population of approximately 125,200. The city is divided into 14 wards with Abbey being currently the largest, with some 9,360 people. Other wards vary between about 9,280 and 7,420 (but with new building this is constantly changing). In fact Abbey's population is equivalent to a very large village or small town. It is similar to the market town of Soham with a population of approximately 10,000, but larger than Sawston - the largest village in South Cambridgeshire - with c7,200 people and Milton, with about 4,300.
Published: 31st October 2013
Review of ward boundaries
A review of the city's polling district boundaries and polling places is now under-way. Details of the review and relevant information can be found on web page Comments/suggestions can be made to . The deadline for responses is Friday 22 November.
Published: 23rd October 2013
Stay independent, safe and well this winter
If you need advice about keeping independent, safe and well this winter (for yourself or someone you care for), the County Councils adult social care websites Your Life, Your Choice and AskSARA online advice and equipment guide Information about keeping warm, preventing falls and help for older and vulnerable people if they are unable to get out and about. No access to the Internet?... staff and volunteers in libraries can help you to find the information you need or you can contact adult social care customer services on 0345 045 5202.
Published: 23rd October 2013
When did you last visit your local library?
Barnwell Road Library: Opening hours Tue & Wed 10am-5pm Thu & Fri 2-5pm Sat 10am 1pm Mon & Sun Closed As well as books & magazines, people with WiFi enabled device can access the internet. Computers are available to library members and free of charge for internet, email and MS Office.
Published: 23rd October 2013
Recruiting for foster carers
Received from County Council Fostering and Adoption Service: Foster Carers are needed to provide stable family support networks for local children and young people when they are unable to live with their own family. Recruiting local people will mean that they can live in their own community, continue to attend the same school and maintain contact with their family and friends. If you can offer stability, security and the positive experience of a loving family then we want to hear from you. Generous allowances including a start up package, 24 hr support and full training. Call freephone number on 0800 052 0078 or email
Published: 22nd October 2013
Free colour show around Abbey
Trees are changing colour all around Abbey at the moment. Look out for the different species that change at various times. One good specimen is the Tulip Tree (a North American species with unusual leaves) in the car park of The Cambridge Spirualist Church, Newmarket Road (opp. Ditton Lane). It's just on the change and will look like this soon!
Published: 16th October 2013
Have your say in the difficult decisions facing the County Council
Council services in the Abbey area are covered by two councils Cambridge City Council (the district council) and Cambridgeshire County Council (social care, child protection services, roads and transport, etc.). Both are having to make more significant savings and face difficult decisions. The County Council expects to make savings around 39 million next year having already budgeted to save 42m last year and a further 32m this current financial year. They are asking for your help in deciding where the Council should spend its limited, and decreasing, money. However, a proportion of services are non-discretionary - have to be funded to meet statutory or legal obligations.
Published: 16th October 2013
Foodbank helping people in crsis
Cambridge City Foodbank. More than 80 professional agencies, e.g. doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureau etc., across Cambridge identify people in crisis and can issue them with a red foodbank voucher. This provides 3 days of emergency food. Vouchers are exchanged at one of 5 distribution centres - nearest to Abbey is The C3 Centre, Coldhams Lane (Church Building opposite Sainsburys). Volunteers also meet clients over a cup of tea and are able to direct them to other agencies that may be able to solve other problems in their lives. Donated non-perishable, in-date food comes from members of the public (e.g. collection points at supermarkets), businesses, schools and churches - see the website for list of types of food items wanted. General enquiries T: 07772 538628
Published: 15th October 2013
ChYpPs working with young people
The City Council ChYpPs team work with children and young people in Abbey throughout the year - on local recreation grounds, group project work, the narrow boat on the river Cam, The Dec Youth Bus. Coming up during half term - free 'Spooky Fun' activities at Jack Warren Green Rec, Monday 28th Oct 3.30-5.30pm
Published: 10th October 2013
Bus route changes
The number Citi 3 bus route has changed. Many people have signed a petition to stagecoach as they are unhappy about these changes. Here is a copy of the petition if you would like to join the campaign.
Published: 27th September 2013
Financial help from Cambridge Credit Union
Are you facing hard financial times? Credit Unions are really useful for people facing lack of money and debts. Rather than taking out loans with Payday Lenders, saving with and borrowing from a Credit Union makes much more sense. As a financial cooperative owned by their members in the local community, they help people budget and look after their money and (once youve been saving for 13 weeks) you can apply for a loan at a reasonable rate of interest. Anyone who lives or works within Cambridge can join. It costs 1 to join and open an account. More info. and to download an application form ... Email: Tel: 01223 861772
Published: 27th September 2013
Last chance to have your say on the Cambridge Local Plan 2014
There are only a few days left to have your say on the Draft Local Plan 2014. The 10 week public consultation ends on 5pm on 30 September 2013. More info and Online consultation system The document will guide all planning decisions within the city for many years to come - residential, employment, university and mixed-use development, conservation areas, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Local Nature Reserves, City and County Wildlife sites, Neighbourhood district and Local Centres, Open Space and Public Houses, etc. Once the consultation period has finished, the City Council will analyse and consider all the responses, before the Local Plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for examination, together with all the responses.
Published: 27th September 2013
Low cost furniture and household goods for people on low incomes
Cambridge Re-Use celebrated its 25th anniversary on Friday. Is a volunteer based service helping people on low income to furnish their homes with donated furniture, electrical appliances and other household goods at a low cost. Store (The Paddocks, off Cherry Hinton Road) is open to households on a low income (single person earning up to 18,000 and couples 23,000). Takes referrals from organisations or call (01223) 576 535 to register (will have to bring in wage slip or working tax credit award, or proof of benefits (housing or council tax benefit). Email: further details
Published: 23rd September 2013
Local History in Abbey
If you have an interest in the rich history of the Abbey/Barnwell area this may be of interest... Barnwell & Fen Ditton Local History Society Speaker on Wed. 18th Sept. Alison Dickens on New Discoveries at Barnwell Abbey Meadows Community Wing (next to Abbey Meadows School, entrance via Galfrid Road) 7.30 9.30pm Just come along new people are most welcome! 2 or free if pay annual membership of 10 They have a really good programme of speakers coming up including: 16th Oct. Alison Blair-Underwood Stourbridge Fair & Leper Chapel Enquiries: Brian Woods (Secretary) 294342
Published: 17th September 2013
Green spaces in Abbey
Abbey is surrounded by green spaces - probably more than any other part of the city - Ditton Meadows, Coldhams Common & Stourbridge Common. The last 2 have Friends groups - made up of people who walk or care for the commons. The Friends of Stourbridge Common have their AGM on Friday 13th September 7:00pm Refreshments and talks by Cllr Martin Curtis, Leader of the County Council, on "Cycling and the Common" and Dr. Louise Bacon of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Environmental Records Centre on "Recording Local Wildlife - What We Do and Why It's Important" At St Andrews hall, on opposite side of river bridge from Museum of Technology
Published: 11th September 2013
Community networking in Abbey
Representatives from various Abbey groups and organisations came to together yesterday to meet informally and share community information: Abbey People, Barnwell Baptist Church, Chyyps, City Rangers (City Council), Whitehill /Peverel Rd Allotments, Credit Union, East Barnwell Community Centre, Barnwell & Fen Ditton Local History Society. 'Joined up' working is so important for communities. Abbey people are continuing the long running 'Mingle Munches' run by Abbey Action.
Published: 11th September 2013
Mayor's Day Out 2013
Abbey residents were some of the 13 coaches, carrying more than 700 senior citizens Great Yarmouth on Thursday for the 28th annual Mayors Day Out. One of the coaches picked up residents around the Abbey area. A show, in Yarmouths Pavilion Theatre, featured 1960s chart-toppers Gerry and the Pacemakers. The outing was funded by various companies and organisations. Report and slideshow on:
Published: 6th September 2013
Chatty about Abbey report
Ever wonder what residents really thought about living in Abbey? The insight can be found in the Chatty about Abbey peer research report which relied on residents asking friends and neighbours about what they like about Abbey, what does the area need, how to best reach people, what do they want to see in their community centre and what would they change in Abbey if they had a magic wand. To see what people said, have a look at the full report.
Published: 5th September 2013
Abbey People outing to Hunstanton (11th Aug)
A photo from the first of the two summer outings for Abbey residents. The sun also shone all day for this trip attended by over 50 residents of all ages. The costs of trips were assisted by a grant from the City Council's East Area Committee.
Published: 30th August 2013
Abbey People's outing to Colchester Zoo
Yesterday (29th Aug) the sun shone all day, the coach turned up on time and the animals at Colchester Zoo were on form (well, apart from those asleep during the heat of the day!). Quite a long day, but apart from a few wasp stings all seemed to go well. This concluded the second of Abbey People's summer outings this year.
Published: 30th August 2013
Have your say on local plans!
Various City Council Consultations relevent to Abbey residents are taking place... . The one for new fitness equipment for Ditton Fields rec has ended but others are still waiting for your comments - Abbey Pool play area, Logans Meadow and Stourbridge Common Local nature reserve improvements, Draft Local Plan 2014 consultation
Published: 27th August 2013
Dudley Rec BBQ
The new Abbey People group hosted the Big Community BBQ lunch that was held on Dudley Rec in one of the few days of blazing sunshine in June. Good fun was had by all. Highlights included the fabulous food, face-painting and parachute games.... also lots of feedback from people saying how nice it was to have the chance to meet new neighbours
Published: 23rd July 2013
Thorpe Way action Day
On Saturday 11th May Thorpe Way estate was host to a community action day organised by City Homes South in conjunction with Barnwell Baptist Church. Over 50 volunteers teamed up with City Council Officers, Police and other agencies to help residents clear out unwanted furniture and tidy up overgrown garden. A Take It Or Leave It re-use area enabled people to pass on or pick up unwanted furniture, clothing, books, bikes, toys, shoes and other household itemsin. Many left over items were passed on to local charities or taken to recycling banks, including 30 carrier bags of clothes and shoes. 1.14 tonnes of garden waste 1.06 tonnes of electric items 660kg of metal 11 fridges were collected for recycling 5.58 tonnes of general rubbish disposed of.
Published: 23rd July 2013
Margaret Wright Community Orchard
The dedication of the Margaret Wright Community Orchard took place on 18 May 2013. The site is located at the rear of Holyoake Court, Whitehill Road. Some young fruit trees have already been planted.
Published: 23rd July 2013
Ditton fields recreation ground
DittonFields Recreation Ground last chance to have say on new outdoor gym equipment (consultation closes on 12 July 2013). The City Councils East Area Committee have proposed to install equipment that will help provide opportunities for the local communities to improve health and fitness while socialising in a safe environment, and in the fresh air. The City Council are seeking views from residents on the layout, range and type of new outdoor fitness. To see more and comment, go to:
Published: 3rd July 2013
Have you heard about Wing?
Wing is anew urban quarter being proposed on land north of Newmarket Road, next to the Abbey Ward and Fen Ditton, comprising up to 1300 new homes, a primary school,shops, open spaces and community facilities.
Published: 3rd July 2013