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-based exercises at around 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 siteFacebook 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 had a community Dig for Victory project. Holds various social events throughout the year. High turnover of a large site so often plots are available.
  • Rock Choir – local branch used to meet at Queen Edith Chapel on Monday nights – now meets at the church opposite Sainsbury’s on Coldham’s Lane (C3?). 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 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

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

‘Health’ places

  • Cambridge Biomedical Campus including Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals – and lots of academic organisations and labs. The concourse is a handy place to meet people with a better selection of refreshments than in previous years. You don’t need to be sick or visiting a patient to visit. There are also some very good outside places, such as the Diamond Jubilee Garden, Outpatients garden and a full programme of activities by Addenbrooke’s Art. The Foundation trust also organises ‘Medicine for Members’ lectures and talks (it is free to join). Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) arranges lots of fundraising events during the year, including with its Friends of Addenbrooke’s scheme.
  • Cherry Hinton and Brookside Medical Centre, Cherry Hinton. A health walk starts and finishes there – contact them for details. All welcome.
  • Cornford House. Local primary care on Cherry Hinton Road.
  • Queen Edith Medical Practice. Local primary care on Wulfstan Way. Has a patient participation group looking for new members.

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 ‘Scandi’ 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. Famous for its all-day breakfasts – and sausage rolls.
  • Gog Magog shop – up the hill.
  • Queen Edith pub – new pub on Wulfstan Way. Has Monday evening quiz nights and lots of music. Supporter of the Nightingale community garden. The QECF meets there on the first Friday of the mont at 6pm.
  • 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. May 2017: currently under refurbishment (we are being patient for its return).


  • Gunhild Rec/Godwin Playspace, which will be refurbished soon (gained S106 developer’s levy funding in April 2017).
  • Holbrook Road Rec – small play area, tucked behind some house and next to the Homerton Nursery.
  • Nightingale Park playground, Queen Edith’s.

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.
  • 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. Two garden volunteers sessions on Sunday and Monday afternoons from 2pm, weather allowing (with gardeners’ tea at 3). 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 on some 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.


MarchApril, May:

  • Easter Monday – bring and share cake and eggs in Nightingale Garden, organised by QECF garden volunteers.
  • Plant sale at Rock Road Allotments.
  • Spring bank holiday – bring and share cake and snacks in the garden – Nightingale garden, organised by QECF garden volunteers.


  • 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: bat walk and moth trapping at Nightingale Garden, other events organised by community groups.
  • [Big weekend on Parker’s Piece in town]
  • Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall


  • Queen Edith’s Abundance at Nightingale Garden.
  • [Chjypps event in the park].



  • 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.
  • Wild in the garden festival.
  • [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]
  • Boxing Day bring and share cake in the garden – QECF event at Nightingale garden.

Last updated: 12 May 2017