Queen Edith's Active and Connected


Keeping physically active and also connected to others is known to be very good for our health and wellbeing – it is also enjoyable and can be free.

The Forum would like to help communicate and promote existing ways for our neighbourhood to ‘get moving’, groups that meet, and places for people to hold events or just get to know each other.

  • Social and health walks (page on Nightingale garden website) including the Sustrans-supported  Nightingale Strollers on Tuesday mornings at 10.30 on Nightingale Park, with easy Tai Chi at 10 most weeks (weather allowing).
  • NEW! Ping in the park – new outdoor table tennis table by the playground at Nightingale Park. Bats and balls in the club hut to borrow when the garden volunteers are around (A4 poster to print: ping_a4_v2_19nov2016).

Groups in Cherry Hinton

Groups in Queen Edith’s

  • Babraham Road Action Group (on Council website).
  • Blinco Grove Residents’ Asociation (on Council website).
  • Cambridgeshire Bird Club – has some of its meetings at St John’s Church on Hills Road.
  • Cambridge Older People’s Enterprise Forum (COPE). Has a Queen Edith’s branch that meets regularly in Queen Edith Chapel.
  • Friends of Nightingale Park
  • Friends of Rock Rd Library:  WordPress site; Facebook page. Very active group.
  • Knit and Natter – meet at the Coffee shop on Wulfstan Way on Wednesday afternoons. A fun group.
  • Queen Edith’s Townswomens’ Guild. Meets at Dunstan Court, Wulfstan Way CB1 3TN, on the Second Wednesday of month at 7.30 pm. Very pleased to welcome new members. You can just turn up or contact Vicky Reti on 07788 184 056.
  • Queen Edith Women’s Institute. Meets third Weds of the month at Hartington Grove Friends meeting house at 7.30pm. Pleased to welcome new members. You can just turn up or contact Vicky Reti: vickreti ‘at’ gmail.com (07788 184 056).
  • Rock Allotment Society. Four sites in Queen Edith’s and Coleridge wards. Has a Trading centre (shop on Baldock Way), which is open some Sundays from 11 am to 12 noon. You can join as an associate member and get inexpensive gardening supplies (including King’s seeds online). In 2016, it was 100 years old – and has a community Dig for Victory project. Holds various social events throughout the year. High turnover of large site so often plots are available.
  • Rock Choir – local branch meets at Queen Edith Chapel on Monday nights. Not to be confused with Rock Vox choir around the corner at the same time.
  • Rock Vox choir – local branch meets at Queen Emma’s school on Monday nights. Not to be confused with Rock Choir around the corner at the same time.
  • Rock Road Scrabble Club. Meets at Rock Road Library on Mondays, 10 am to 12 ish (see library page for more info).

Nearby groups

  • Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook. Doing amazing things, including litter picks and wildlife walks, with City Council help. Look out for water voles and Kingfishers.

The Council also has a list of some residents associations.

Non-faith and community centres

  • Cherry Hinton Library.
  • Cherry Hinton Village Centre. In February 2015, lots of enthusiasm on Streetlife about Sunday afternoon kick boxing, and also new Ol’ Boys Group that meets on Monday afternoons. Described to me as by a local resident as ‘the centre of my social life’.
  • Nightingale Pavilion – will be re-built soon!
  • Rock Road Library, Queen Edith’s.

Faith places
We haven’t listed the religious activities but have searched their websites for non-faith community activities.

‘Health’ places

Learning and socialising places
These are places people learn during weekdays, but also some of them might hire out rooms and host community activities.

Living spaces

  • Normanhurst, Cherry Hinton Rd. Managed by Hundred Houses. ‘Regular social activities include bingo, coffee mornings, various social events throughout the year’. Has a monthly library stop too.

Meeting people ‘over refreshments’ places

  • Balzanos: Facebook page. Independent cafe (and bakery) on Cherry Hinton Rd. Has a much wider range of breads now, including interesting sourdoughs.
  • Cambridge Cookery School, just off Hills Road. Daytime cafe and some evening events.
  • Coffee House, Wulfstan Way. Facebook page. Independent cafe on Wulfstan Way. Has a ‘Knit and natter group’ meeting there on Weds afternoons.
  • Gog Magog shop
  • Queen Edith pub – new pub on Wulfstan Way. Has Monday evening quiz nights and lots of music.
  • Rathmore Club, Cherry Hinton Road.
  • Red Lion pub Cherry Hinton.
  • Robin Hood Pub, Cherry Hinton Road. Lots of special offers.
  • Rock Pub, Cherry Hinton Road. They have a regular pub quiz and lots of sports.
  • Sitar Tandoori, Cherry Hinton.
  • Taj Tandoori, Cherry Hinton Road. Unlicensed independent restaurant.


Community gardening (page on Nightingale garden website) and nature places

  • Beechwoods local nature reserve: (webpage).
  • City Council nature reserves: Limekiln Close and West Pitt. Nine Wells, Byron’s Pool (webpage).
  • Cherry Hinton Hall and grounds (Friends website).
  • Cherry Hinton Village Recreation Ground.
  • Gunhild Rec, off Godwin Way, off Wulfstan Way.
  • Nightingale Rec/Park. Municipal (City Council) park/recreation ground near Addenbrooke’s, on Nightingale Avenue. Good for play and fitness for all ages. Has a good kids playground, outdoor trim trail and fitness equipment, natural all-weather walking path, outdoor Ping table tennis table. Public loos (open 9am to about 7pm). Lovely mature trees and interesting planting. Friends group. New website for the community garden in the former bowling green www.nightingalegarden.org.uk, which also has links to social walks in the area. Cherry Hinton Lions play football on Saturdays and some evenings. Drop-in social football on Sunday morning at 10.30.
  • Ninewells local nature reserve: (webpage).
  • Rock Allotments. On four sites – three in South Cambridge. Can often get a plot quicker than many other sites. Has a trading centre, which is open on most Sundays 11 am to 12 noon. Unofficial Facebook page.
  • Rock Road Library Community garden. Open during library opening hours. Has grassed area, some recently planted apple trees, planted tree pits, mixed hedging. Willow sculptures funded by public art project in 2015. Informal drop-in gardening group meets every other Friday and Monday mornings, usually from 10 to 11 am – leave a note in the Friends box in the library entrance if you’d like to join (best to bring your own gloves and tools).
  • Wandlebury – South of Queen Edith’s…

Other useful websites:

Regular events


  • Queen Edith’s Community Forum usually organise a RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch: 28 to 30 January 2017. In 2017, this will be on Sunday 29 January at 8 to 10 am (event page).




  • Plant sale at Rock Road Allotments.



  • Big Lunches‘ including by Cherry Hinton Baptist Church. Various small ones around individual streets throughout the year. Most have restricted invites – apart from Rock Road, which has a local maildrop.


  • Queen Edith’s Abundance at Rock Road Library.
  • Cambridge Wild Week: bat walk and moth trapping at Nightingale Garden.
  • [Big weekend on Parker’s Piece in town]
  • Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall


  • Queen Edith’s Abundance at Nightingale Garden.



  • Flu action day/wellbeing day – at Queen Edith Chapel, Wulfstan Way. Flu jabs for eligible patients of Queen Edith Medical Centre, refreshments and stalls for anyone else interested.
  • Apple Days at Rock Road Library, Rock Allotments.
  • [Festival of Ideas around Cambridge]


  • Fireworks at Cherry Hinton Baptist Church.
  • Christmas Fair at St James Church, Wulfstan Way.
  • A ‘Very Cherry Christmas‘. Lights and craft fair.


  • Xmas event at St John’s Church.
  • QE Christmas Festival.
  • [Mill Rd Winter Fair]

Last updated: 22 November 2016