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The items below were all emailed out to our mailing list of Queen Edith’s residents on the dates shown. Keep us informed with any local news by emailing us here.
Friday 5 June
- Our Community Food Hub will take place as usual tomorrow (Saturday) morning, welcoming any local resident who might otherwise be going without at the moment. This week thanks go out to Trinity Hall College, Cambscuisine, the Co-op at The Marque, Wood Green Animals Charity and of course – as ever – our many generous benefactors. More details here.
- Community Writing For All reaches Chapter 5 this week, and in her latest update, Kay Blayney reviews last week’s contributions and introduces some questions for you all. Listen to Kay here.
- With our listings of takeaway restaurants having been quite long, it came as a surprise to discover one that we’ve been missing out completely! Al Pomodoro is a new Italian and pizza restaurant in Homerton Street, opposite Cambridge Leisure, which opened just before Christmas but had to close during the health crisis. It reopened for takeaway and delivery a couple of weeks ago. It’s already number 2 in the TripAdvisor rankings for Cambridge, giving Queen Edith’s two of the top three places. Order through Just Eat or direct – details at the restaurant’s Facebook page.
- In happier times it would have been Strawberry Fair in the city centre this weekend. Instead we have “It’s Virtually Strawberry Fair 2020”, with the wonderful Cambridge 105 Radio. The city’s community radio station is to broadcast a 12-hour show tomorrow (Saturday) that will reflect the music, poetry and drama of the Midsummer Common event alongside additional material for children. Listen in from via the station’s FM or DAB broadcast or online here.
- Last week the government launched its Test and Trace service, aimed at notifying those who may have come into contact with someone with coronavirus symptoms. Some people are concerned that they’d want to confirm that any call from the service is genuine. This article from Full Fact lists some things to look out for. You can always ask for an email or a text that will invite you to use the Test and Trace web site instead.
Thursday 4 June
- The Cambridge University Botanic Garden will be reopening to the public from Tuesday 16 June, after a few days just for its supporters (‘Friends’) next week. Entry will be by pre-booked tickets only, even for Friends, to control visitor numbers. Book tickets online on the Garden website from 10am next Thursday (11 June) for the week after (Tuesday 16 to Sunday 21 June). Tickets will be released each Thursday at 10am for the following week.
- Cambridge-based theatre company New International Encounter is now sharing its acclaimed production ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ for two weeks only on YouTube. The show premiered at Cambridge Junction for a five-week Christmas run in 2014 and has since toured across the UK. A great family show. Watch it here.
- The annual Summer Reading Challenge which takes place in conjunction with public libraries encourages children aged 4 to 11 to set themselves a reading challenge to help prevent the summer reading ‘dip’. This year it’ll be online, but children can take part by joining the ‘Silly Squad’ from tomorrow. More details here.
- The Portland Arms is the other side of the city from us, but Cambridge Folk Festival fans will want to know that festival legend Frank Turner will be doing a live-streamed concert tonight, exclusively for the venue, with all proceeds going to its crowdfunder. Frank is a great supporter of grass-roots venues and has spent lockdown helping independents the length and breadth of the country. Watch the livestream at 8:30pm tonight at his website and chip in to the Portland Arms fundraiser here.
- Cambridge City Council has renewed its call for us all to keep to social distancing in parks and open spaces. Cllr Katie Thornburrow says: “I would ask people having get-togethers in their garden to consider their neighbours. Social distancing needs to be followed and we must remember there are still very vulnerable people who are shielding or following tighter restrictions than the majority of us.” There’s more information here.
Wednesday 3 June
- Cherry Hinton Road-based restaurant Taj re-opens tonight as a takeaway, with a brand new menu. Home delivery service starts at 5.45pm each night, or you can collect directly from 5.25pm. Closed Tuesdays. Order online at the website.
- Cambridgeshire Constabulary is urging people to stay vigilant and keep an eye on vulnerable relatives after a number of suspected rogue trading incidents across Cambridge, including one in Queen Edith’s. A vulnerable man in his 50s was conned out of £400 after fraudsters said they needed to replace his toilet. He handed over the cash but the works were never carried out. Community Safety Officer Kate Thwaites tells us: “Rogue traders often offer gardening work or maintenance services at attractive rates but the quality of work is substandard, unnecessary or overpriced. Doorstep selling is not illegal, but legitimate callers won’t mind if you ask them to come back later while you verify that they are genuine. Ask them to leave their details and a quote and you can call them back once you’ve had time to decide whether you would like them to carry out the work.” Information on reporting them is available here.
- We haven’t been able to confirm this yet, and there’s no indication at the shop, but our spies tell us that shoe and bag repair shop Michael’s on Cherry Hinton Road may be open again, in the mornings at least. The shop’s telephone number is 01223 415267.
- Last week’s photo of King’s College was shared a lot, and we see that a similar one is on the front page of this week’s Cambridge Independent newspaper. For more photos of King’s College Chapel, a fabulous set can be found at an online exhibition called “Focused” by Sara Rawlinson Photography. Well worth a browse.
Tuesday 2 June
- The quarterly Cambridge City Council Area Committee meetings are the only chance the public gets to interact with all of our councillors and council officers together on a range of everyday topics. We have discovered that the City Council has cancelled our South Area meeting for June, and while that’s understandable, it means that we may end up having just two meetings this year. Here at the Queen Edith’s Community Forum, we’re all about promoting public engagement with the authorities, so we’re proposing the following to make up for this. If you have any questions about local issues, send them to us, and we will put them to the appropriate councillors and council officers. We will then publish their responses, so that everyone can see them, as would happen at the meeting. Your questions might be to do with current issues like the Fendon Road roundabout, the plans for the housing developments on Wort’s Causeway, the proposed blocking of Luard Road and Nightingale Road to through traffic, local policing, environmental services …all the things that come up frequently at South Area committee meetings. Email your questions to us here, and we’ll chase the answers.
- Local theatre company Menagerie has written 4 short radio plays for people to perform and record at home. Whether you’re 8, 18, 108 or anything in between, this is a great way of being creative. Even if you live alone, there’s a play for you! Have a go, send the Menagerie group your recording and they’ll release it on their website. Full information here.
- On 16 June, Camcycle celebrates 25 years of work for cycling in and around Cambridge, and an online meeting tonight (Tuesday) aims to “capture the spirit of celebration.” Hear stories from the early days of the organisation and find out about Camcycle’s current work. The meeting will be held live on Facebook at 7pm and will be on the Camcycle website after the meeting.
- Inder’s Kitchen is back at Cambridge Cookery this weekend with its traditionally made curries! Place your order by tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday) and collect on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Here’s the menu – call 01223 247620 to order.
Monday 1 June
- Netherhall School Principal Chris Tooley has announced an appeal to help get computers to some 80 students who don’t currently have access to them at home. It’s not exaggerating to say that this could change some young people’s lives. The school is already well over halfway to its target, and it really is a brilliant cause. Read what Chris has to say and find out how to donate here.
- The National Trust is reopening many venues from Wednesday, and these include local favourites Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill and Wimpole Estate. However, advanced booking is in place to help manage visitor numbers and maintain social distancing, and both sites are already sold out for this week. New booking slots are released on Fridays.
- The Coffee House on Wulfstan Way is back! Great Bacon sandwiches, yummy cakes ice creams and obviously great coffee, frappes and ice coffee. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 2pm, Saturday 9am to 2pm. Takeaways only of course, one customer in at a time and contactless or card payments.
- Cherry Hinton Road Bengali and Indian takeaway Palkee is offering a free meal to all NHS staff in Cambridge next Sunday! To take up the offer, send a message via WhatsApp to +44 7551078337 giving your name and job title, and the time you’d like to pick up the meal from 5pm to 9pm on Sunday, 7th June. Orders should be received by Saturday lunchtime. Let them know if you are vegetarian.
- In an update to our list of food delivery services, Bella Italia at Cambridge Leisure has closed for the time being. Anyone after a pizza fix can still get deliveries from Cherry Box Pizza, Cyprus Kebab House, Gattuso’s Trattoria or Pizza 1899.
Friday 29 May
- Our Community Writing For All organiser Kay Blayney has been down to Joy’s Garden in Baldock Way this week. In her latest video, she shows you the public display of some of the writing people have done, and introduces the next topic. Watch the video here.
- The next Community Food Hub takes place tomorrow morning at the usual time and place. Among the people we have to thank this week are Morrisons (Royston branch) who donated to our dry store (cereal, rice, tinned veg, pasta, rice, UHT milk) and also Breckland Orchard for some great drinks! Details about the Food Hub are here.
- Cambridge Wine Merchants on Cherry Hinton Road is an ‘Official Ardbeg Embassy’, and this Saturday is celebrating the new Ardbeg Blaaack, a single malt matured in Pinot Noir casks. There’ll be an online celebration at 7pm, live from Islay, at Ardbeg’s Facebook page.
- Across Cambridgeshire, charities and community groups are working to help people and ensure they stay safe and well. A lovely video from Cambridge CVS shows what many are doing. Watch ‘Never More Needed’ here – it’s great.
- Local tutor Dr Chandra Mukherjee is now available provide online tuition for students learning science or chemistry, starting from KS2. Email Dr Mukherjee here.
- Those of you interested in statistics, models and decision-making might like to watch an hour-long online seminar from Cambridge University about COVID-19. It features Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, one of the world’s foremost biostatisticians, and Professor Mike Hulme, who examines the role of model-based knowledge in strategic and policy decision-making. Watch here.
- Have a great weekend everyone! Remember that although the government has announced that groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors, this does not begin until Monday (1 June). More here.
Thursday 28 May
- The Queen Edith’s magazine team here at the Queen Edith’s Community Forum have decided to publish their second issue of the year. If all goes well, this will be delivered to all 6000 homes in the area over the weekend of 13/14 June. However, the magazine could do with a few more advertisers to help fund the printing. If you’ve got a local business and want to see what the magazine can do – as well as support your neighbourhood – let us know straight away. We can promise you it works brilliantly, from small traders to household names, and we can even create your advertisement for you, free of charge. Advertising details are here. You can see the last edition of the magazine here.
- As we mentioned previously, The Coffee House on Wulfstan Way will re-open on Monday. Takeaway only of course, for the time being, from 8am to 2pm.
- The Queen Edith’s Community Forum is now asking for donations of children’s clothing (birth to 12 years) which we will make available at the Food Hub. With charity shops not open, this could be a lifeline for some families. Please put clean clothes into bags or boxes labelled by gender and by age. You can then drop these off at St James’s on Wednesdays between 2pm and 4pm or Fridays (e.g. tomorrow) between 3pm and 5pm. If you can’t drop them off, please call the Happy to Help line on 01223 641 012 and we may be able to collect from you.
- Cancer support charity Maggie’s, which has a base at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, runs a regular online quiz night. It’s just 15 minutes long, and has cash prizes. The next event is tonight (Thursday) at 8:30pm and you can enter here.
- The City Council has announced that doctors, dentists and other voluntary and community organisation key workers will continue to have free parking in Cambridge City Council’s multi-storey car parks. More details here.
- If you watched our Queen Edith’s Community Forum chair Sam Davies’ latest update video on Monday, you would have heard that our Community Food Hub appeal had, at the time, reached an amazing £2,500. We’re now able to announce that we’ve now doubled that amount to over £5000, thanks to the quite humbling generosity of local residents. Thank you! This should now ensure the Food Hub will be able to continue its work through the summer. Our volunteers would like to express their thanks to you all. More details on the appeal here.
Wednesday 27 May
- #LOCKJAM is a new online show featuring Cambridge musicians, every Wednesday night at 9pm, which they promise will leave us all feeling happier. Tickets to watch are £6. The setlist is a secret, but you’ll know most of the tracks! It sounds great. Read all about it here.
- Are you the parent of a primary school child? Kate Howlett, a PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology, is trying to understand the importance of green space for primary school children and how the lockdown restrictions are affecting the time spent by children outside. Could you complete her short online survey here?
- Two local favourite food venues are re-opening next week: The Coffee House on Wulfstan Way, and the Taj on Cherry Hinton Road. Watch this space for details!
- If you missed our weekly food donation time this afternoon, local resident Michael Fincham is still making his weekly delivery to the Cambridge City Foodbank on Fridays at 11am. Donations can be placed in the back of his car on the drive at 60 Glebe Road before that time. Here’s what they need!
- Cambridge Open Studios 2020 has become “Open Windows”, where artists will display work in their windows over the four weekends of July. Follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to find out more.
- And finally, we may all think we’ve seen every photo angle there is to be seen of Kings College, but this is something special. Photo by @acambridgediary on Twitter. Here’s the background story.
Tuesday 26 May
- Here’s some interesting news: The Greater Cambridge Partnership, which is the organisation in charge of transport developments for the area, has published a list of road changes to support and safeguard walking and cycling. They include two in Queen Edith’s, in Luard Road and Nightingale Avenue. It is looking to introduce these on an experimental basis this summer. The Luard Road plan is to “prohibit through traffic movements between Hills Road and Long Road”, and similarly, the Nightingale Avenue plan (subject to reopening of Fendon Road roundabout) is to prohibit through traffic movements between Queen Edith’s Way and Hills Road. There are no indications yet where the motor traffic blocks might be. Details are on pages 68 to 79 of this document, which is the agenda for the GCP meeting this Thursday. If you have any feedback, you may want to contact the County Councillor for Nightingale Avenue or the County Councillor for Luard Road.
- Cambridge Cookery in Purbeck Road is joining the city’s upmarket home meal services this week, with a Cordon Bleu designed and cooked menu which you can collect between 9am and 2pm on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Dishes that require heating come with full instructions. There’s also Inder Bull’s “sublime” takeaway curries and marinated BBQ ready meat, seafood and vegetarian meals ready to be cooked at home. Here’s all you need to know.
- Meanwhile, Mark Poynton’s mjp@home continues, for delivery on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. This week’s menu is now available here.
- Don’t forget that if you want to make any food donations to the Queen Edith’s Community Food Hub, you can drop them off tomorrow afternoon. Read more here.
- In her latest video for Queen Edith’s Writing For All, Kay Blayney reviews the second week of the initiative and introduces us to a new challenge. Watch ‘Chapter 3’ here.
- The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is running its 2020 ‘Festival of Plants’ this week. Each day has a different theme – Plant Science, Horticulture and Conservation – and there are online talks, tours and events every day. Full details here.
- And finally, this fabulous one-minute BBC News video has been posted showing the amazingly creative medical ‘scrubs’ being worn by staff at Royal Papworth Hospital, some of which have been made by Queen Edith’s volunteers. Do give it a watch!
Monday 25 May
- As it’s a bank holiday, Queen Edith’s Community Forum chair Sam Davies has made a video with some big news about our appeal for the Community Food Hub and lots more. Enjoy…
Friday 22 May
- Martial Arts Uniting Ladies is running ‘Fiercely Fragile’, an online martial arts class for women with joint issues and other chronic physical illness. To find out more, please contact Instructor Wendi on 07568 585 359 or email email@example.com
- Our Community Food Hub can take food donations on Wednesday afternoons, but on a more general basis, Cambridge Sustainable Food is offering local growers the chance to support the community. If you have any surplus vegetables or can grow extra, they are looking for extra provisions which will be put to very good use. There’s an online form to show interest here.
- Don’t forget the third Queen Edith’s Community Food Hub runs tomorrow morning (Saturday) from 10:30am to 12:30pm. More information here.
- For anybody having to commute to London (or soon needing to do so) but not wanting to add to the public transport load, in line with government guidelines, Richmonds Coaches are looking at putting on ‘quarter full’ commuter coaches. If you’re interested, there’s a form to let them know here.
- Most National Trust properties remain closed, but Wicken Fen Nature Reserve car park has reopened. You will need to book in advance to secure a parking space; more availability is released each Friday. Here’s the latest information.
- Another reader-contributed idea for a place to stop on your walks is Cherry Hinton Brook, the other side of Oaks International School in Cherry Hinton Hall park. “Beautiful birds and a stream of water, I give it 5 stars …when less busy, a place to sit and unwind and relax!”, says our correspondent. Please take sensible precautions when out and about.
- Locally based takeaway delivery services we’ve got on our list for this week are Maharani Take Away, Palkee, Cyprus Kebab House, fishnchickn, Double Seven, New Golden Buddha and Cherry Box Pizza on Cherry Hinton Road; Gattuso’s Trattoria on Hills Road; Five Guys, Pizza 1899, Nando’s and Bella Italia at Cambridge Leisure; the Peking Restaurant in Homerton Street; and the Dumpling Tree on Perne Road. Have a great weekend.
Thursday 21 May
- A quick request from our Queen Edith’s Community Food Hub, which is open again this Saturday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The team is is need of empty egg boxes, as they’re buying eggs in large trays but need to distribute them in small boxes. They’d be delighted if you could leave them at the door of St James Church on Wulfstan Way tomorrow (Friday) if you’re passing by.
- If you missed our weekly food donation time yesterday, local resident Michael Fincham is still making his weekly delivery to the Cambridge City Foodbank on Fridays at 11am. Donations can be placed in the back of his car on the drive at 60 Glebe Road before that time. Here’s what they need!
- Greater Anglia, which operates the trains from Cambridge to London and Norwich, has developed a useful latest travel advice page for those who have to travel. The company is currently running a reduced service, which it describes as “similar to a Saturday service.”
- A reader addition to our list of nice benches to stop at if you’re out for a walk are those in the garden of St John’s church on Hills Road. Another reader reminds us, however, that vulnerable people should take precautions when using any public facility like this, or even avoid them altogether.
- A reminder that next Monday is Whitsun Bank Holiday, so bin collections next week will be one day later than usual. More information here.
Wednesday 20 May
- Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is delighted that celebrity supporter Cliff Parisi, known for playing Fred Buckle in ‘Call the Midwife’ and previously Minty in ‘EastEnders’, has lent his good-humoured support to their annual Star Shine Walk. Watch his video messages here! Now in its twelfth year, a new ‘lockdown friendly’ version of the event invites households to take on a 20,000 step challenge this coming weekend. On Friday, a team from the charity will be accumulating 20,000 steps together during the course of their socially-distanced working day – head to their sponsorship page. Or sign up to take part yourself! Full details here.
- Cambridge City Council has launched an email newsletter called Creative at Home, covering creative activities and events to engage with from home. It will include contributions from local organisations including the Cambridge Junction, Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettle’s Yard, as well as national ones. Join the free circulation here.
- The Perse Prep School holds open mornings twice a year, and this Friday’s event will still go ahead, but online with a ‘virtual tour’. The Head will be holding live video conferencing sessions at 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am, with a chance for questions and answers at the end of each session. More details here.
- Where are the best places for a break while out for a walk in the locality? Two readers have been in touch, recommending the bench in front of Rock Road Library, and our Queen Edith’s Community Forum-supported “Joy’s Garden” in Baldock Way. We’d love to hear about any other favourites!
- Our link to MJP@Home on Monday didn’t work, for which we apologise! You can see this week’s menu from the gourmet home-delivery ready meals service here.
- Magpies Love Mirrors is a “surreal comedy web-series that turns the TV sketch show format on its head”. It’s been written, directed, produced, acted, edited and scored by Cambridge students on a shoestring budget. You can watch the first episode online tonight at 9pm here.
Tuesday 19 May
- Boots on Cherry Hinton Road has extended its opening hours slightly by serving through the lunch break. Its hours are now 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 4pm on Sunday.
- Cherry Hinton Road-based Go Glass is open again, and is offering quick turnaround on cut glass and mirrors. An immediate fast seller has been its customised glass screens for shops, restaurants and other commercial premises, using ClearShield® coating. You can find out more about those here.
- If you run a Queen Edith’s based business and are re-starting, changing hours or even just in need of some free publicity, please let us know what you’re up to. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass on the information to readers. One business which hasn’t wasted its down-time is local café The Coffee House on Wulfstan Way, which has had a nice new paint job and more while closed. You can see what it looks like here.
- Thank you to everybody who made a financial donation to the Queen Edith’s Community Food Hub yesterday. The response was amazing, and so generous. For anyone else who would like to help out, the details on how to make a donation are here.
- Also, the Hub can now receive food contributions on Wednesday afternoons (including tomorrow!) at St James Church on Wulfstan Way. Full details of what can be accepted are on our website here.
Monday 18 May
- A reminder for any writers out there that our Queen Edith’s Community Writing Group is now in its second week. Over on our website in a new video, Kay Blayney introduces the next challenge.
- The menu of MJP@Home’s “upmarket ready meals” is out for this week. Available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, main courses include leg of lamb, vegetable jalfrezi and chicken casserole. More details here.
- We’ve also heard that the Cambridge Cookery café will be offering gourmet take-away dinners from this Friday! The team will offer a menu of 3 starters, mains & desserts plus family roasting tin sized meals. Watch this space for more.
Food Hub Appeal
Today we launch our Queen Edith’s Community Food Hub Appeal. The Food Hub is for anyone in the area who is having difficulty sourcing food, whether for financial, social or physical reasons. There are many more people in need than you might think. Nearly all of our food hub visitors live in the CB1 3, CB1 7, CB1 8 and CB2 0 postcode areas.
They are our neighbours, and with our help, the Food Hub can support them.
Open every Saturday morning at Wulfstan Way, the Food Hub is supported by local food retailers and the City Council, but also needs significant ongoing funding to buy staple items.
An early supporter, Ruth, has already written to us to say: “I think this local initiative is a very good idea. The difficulty with city food banks is the difficulty of getting to them safely. As over 70s, we are not in a good position to physically help our local community. Even shopping and depositing goods at the food hub is problematic at the moment – the emphasis has been on the wider community helping us. This has included our local shops, who have gone out of their way to help us in the past but particularly in the last few months. Now here is a great opportunity for seniors to provide some help.”
Friday 15 May
- Our Queen Edith’s Community Writing Group got off to a great start last week! Over on our website in a new video, Kay Blayney reviews the first week, and introduces a new challenge.
- Better news on green bins from Cambridge City Council, who tell us that during the first week of the resumed garden waste collections, under the new social distancing requirements, crews were tasked with emptying around 33,000 bins. Despite dealing with bins that were much heavier than usual, they managed to collect more than 48,000 bins. We’re therefore being encouraged to put out our green bins on ‘non-guaranteed’ collection days, as well as the ‘guaranteed’ collection days listed on the website here. So put them out whenever you’d have put them out in normal times, and they’ll do their best. More details here.
- Buyers and renters are allowed to move home and estate agents can now reopen, with strict social distancing guidelines in place. One of the first local estate agencies back in the office are our friends at Bush Sales on Mill Road, who will be available on Monday. Contact them at email@example.com or on 01223 246262.
- Cocks and Hens Cambridge Tennis is open again. The tennis club that’s “older than Wimbledon but with the newest courts and clubhouse in Cambridge” will be observing the latest guidelines and advice from the LTA. Full, junior and family memberships are available here.
- Chinese takeaway availability has been thin on the ground in recent weeks, but after yesterday’s news that New Golden Buddha on Cherry Hinton Road is open again, we’re pleased to learn that Double Seven on Cherry Hinton Road is re-opening tonight (Friday) and the Dumpling Tree on Perne Road is re-opening on Monday. All three have direct ordering on their websites for home delivery only, as does the Peking restaurant on Homerton Street, which has remained open continuously.
- Finally, don’t forget that the second-ever Queen Edith’s Community Food Hub opens its doors tomorrow morning (Saturday) from 10:30am to 12:30pm, at St James Church on Wulfstan Way. Access is open to all – the team thinks it’s important that anyone can just turn up with a shopping bag to fill, and nobody feels they have to ‘prove’ a need. Please do come along, and please spread the message to anyone you know who might be having difficulty keeping their cupboards stocked at this time. We’re here to help. More details here.
Thursday 14 May
- The Friends of Rock Road Library Queen Edith’s Tree Trail walk has been very popular, and the group has now updated its Brooklands Avenue Walk and ‘Just-for-fun’ Quiz for 2020. You can download the map and instructions here, and the quiz sheet here. The walk explores the areas to the north-west of Queen Edith’s, once dominated by the railway industry. Despite much new building development, there are still precious pockets of nature to discover. It should take about 2 hours.
- The ‘Universal’ (‘U’) bus service links Eddington with West Cambridge, the city centre, the railway station and (during the week) the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. It no longer comes down Hills Road, but the University is looking at options for a new contract in July 2021, and has produced an extensive consultation document which you can download here. Local residents and users (or potential users!) of the service are invited to complete an online survey here. Your opinions may make a difference.
- National Rail has announced that from Monday 18 May, rail companies will gradually start increasing services to the maximum possible with levels of staffing, while safely following public health guidance. However, capacity will still only be around 10% of the usual figure, so National Rail says “please cycle, walk or drive if you can – only travel by rail if you really have to.”
- Our local charity face mask maker Jenny has written to say: “I would like to thank all of the Lichfield Road and Queen Edith’s community for their amazing response to this charitable cause. It has been my absolute pleasure to be able to help the community in some way and also get to know you all. So far we have raised £460 for Severino and his siblings which has made a huge difference and has been greatly appreciated. As the demand for masks is growing I am continuing on with this project and I hope to update you again of the progress at a later date.” Jenny’s facemasks are free, but a small donation in return for the orphans in Zimbabwe she supports would be gratefully received. For more information, email Jenny here.
- Missing your Chinese takeaway? Cherry Hinton Road takeaway New Golden Buddha has reopened for deliveries. Order at the restaurant’s website here for direct home delivery. Opening hours are 5pm to 10pm every day except Tuesday. A range of set meals are available.
Wednesday 13 May
- Scotsdales Garden Centre re-opens tomorrow (Thursday 14th May) with revised opening times of 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 5pm on Sundays. The company is asking visitors to keep to a maximum of 2 people per visit, and no dogs. Staff will be available for advice as normal, while maintaining strict social distancing rules. More information here. The Horningsea store is also re-opening tomorrow.
- Coton Orchard Garden Centre is also open again, from 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays. The company says that it will be limiting the number of customers at any one time in line with government guidance on social distancing. More information here.
- The National Trust has issued this statement on re-opening. It says that from today: “We will start opening some car parks in England, in line with government advice. All opening decisions will be guided by local judgement. For the moment our pay-for-entry places including houses and gardens, remain closed. In order to maintain social distancing when they reopen, we plan to introduce a pre-booking system.” Our closest National Trust sites are Wimpole Estate, Anglesey Abbey & Gardens, and Wicken Fen Nature Reserve. We’ll let you know of any news about these as we get it.
- This week’s menu from MJP@Home, the “upmarket ready meal” home delivery service from chef Mark Poynton, includes a choice of loin of pork, mixed vegetable tagine or duck cassoulet. As ever, order by email and pay by bank transfer: delivery can be on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. More details here.
- Our new Community Food Hub has announced that it will be taking food donations on Wednesday afternoons, so if you think you might be able to help in this respect, please read the information sheet here and have a think about what you might be able to donate next week. We’ll remind you again in this email, don’t worry!
- In the meantime, or if it’s easier for you, local resident Michael Fincham is still making his weekly delivery to the Cambridge City Foodbank on Fridays at 11am. Donations can be placed in the back of his car on the drive at 60 Glebe Road before that time. Here’s what they need!
- Several readers have already asked if they can make financial donations to support the Community Food Hub. The answer is yes, we’re just working out the best ways to do this, so watch this space …and thank you!
Tuesday 12 May
- Boots, the chemist on Cherry Hinton Road, has new, longer opening hours: 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 12pm and 12.30pm to 4pm Saturday. Numark on Cherry Hinton Road remains the only local pharmacy open on Sundays (9am to 5pm).
- Cherry Hinton Mini Market, the newsagent and convenience store on Cherry Hinton Road, is now open from 6.00am to 4pm. The telephone number to arrange newspaper deliveries is 01223 247598.
- A forum to support businesses through lockdown and on the road to economic recovery has been launched by South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council. The Greater Cambridge Business Forum aims to find ways to ‘plug any support gaps and build business confidence’. The City Council’s information for businesses can be found here.
- Nando’s at Cambridge Leisure is serving again, through Deliveroo. The popular chicken restaurant says: “You might notice there are a few dishes missing from the menu, but we are working hard to return to our normal menu.” It’s open until 9pm.
- A reminder that upmarket Malloy’s Craft Butchery near the railway station also has a wide range of meat available for delivery in 20 minutes through Deliveroo. There’s a wide range of steak, pork, lamb, chicken and more.
- Garden centres in England are allowed to reopen from tomorrow. This was sprung on the businesses at fairly short notice, so neither Scotsdale’s or Coton Orchard garden centres had announced any details about reopening at the time of writing, but you can keep an eye on announcements here and here.
- Don’t forget our Queen Edith’s Community Writing Group. Writer-In-Residence at Rock Road Library, Kay Blayney, is coming up with a series of ideas to inspire you. Kay says: “Your writing could be a list, a poem, a diary entry, a letter, whatever you want it to be! Share it with us if you like, or just keep it for yourself.” Kay explains more in this video and reveals the first subject to write about. Enjoy!
Monday 11 May
- We’re devoting today’s email to reporting on the first ever Queen Edith’s Community Food Hub, which had a smooth and successful launch on Saturday morning. Making this happen was a fantastic achievement, which shows what the community can do when it comes together, and the intention is that it becomes something that continues for as long as there’s a need. There’s a short video clip below where you can see what it looked like
- Most Queen Edith’s residents will be surprised to learn just how many people in the neighbourhood stretch to make ends meet, even in normal times. At the moment, however, it’s clear that many more are ‘going without’. The Community Food Hub is a local effort to support our neighbours.
- The Food Hub has been organised by the Queen Edith’s ‘Happy To Help’ team, which includes the Queen Edith’s Community Forum, our local parish churches of St James and St John, and many, many local volunteers. The Hub will run every Saturday morning from 10:30am to 12:30am, at St James Church on Wulfstan Way. Access is open to all – the team thinks it’s important that anyone can just turn up with a shopping bag to fill, and nobody feels they have to ‘prove’ a need.
- The grocery items available are a combination of staples funded by a Cambridge City Council grant, and generous donations from local retailers. This week the organisers were bowled over with an amazing contribution from the amazing New Winfield Oriental Supermarket on Wulfstan Way, and help from the excellent Cambridge Fruit Co. In all, there was over 250kg of food available, and our visitors took away over 100kg, with nearly all the rest being stored for next week or passed on to the Cherry Hinton Food Hub taking place that afternoon. Indeed, the team were really pleased that it was almost a ‘zero waste’ operation!
- There’s a large team of volunteers ready to staff the Food Hub in the coming weeks, and other local food businesses are stepping up to contribute to the cause. This week’s team were Risa, Laura, Emily, Hilary, Jane, Leila, Anna, and Gisela. Thank you so much for all your efforts!
- The Food Hub is now able to take food donations: please see this sheet for further information. The team are also developing a scheme whereby people will be able to ‘donate’ specific items (24 cans of beans, trays of long life milk cartons, etc) through financial donations; this will give us much more predictability when it comes to providing staple items. Please watch this space for details later in the week.
- Otherwise, please just spread the message to anyone you know who might be having difficulty keeping their cupboards stocked at this difficult time. Just come along with a shopping bag next Saturday morning.
Friday 8 May
- We’re really delighted today to be launching the Queen Edith’s Community Writing Group. From the youngest members of the community to the oldest, many people have been using time at home to write. Kay Blayney, former and future Writer-In-Residence at Rock Road Library, is going to come up with a series of ideas that might inspire you. Kay says: “Your writing could be a list, a poem, a diary entry, a letter, whatever you want it to be! Share it with us if you like, or just keep it for yourself.” Kay explains more in this video and reveals the first subject to write about. Enjoy!
- Two local children are doing a twelve-hour sponsored “silence is golden” challenge today to raise money for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. If you know any 9 and 11 year olds, you’ll know what an achievement twelve hours of silence will be! Find out more and make a donation to acknowledge their efforts here.
- The Cambridge Cycling Campaign is co-ordinating an initiative called “Spaces To Breathe”, which is encouraging local decision-makers to work with communities on ideas to provide more space for those walking, cycling or using mobility aids. See what you think here.
- Gift cards are available to use at our local Co-op stores, which could make it easier if somebody else is doing your shopping for you. The cards are available by post and can be topped up over the phone. More details here.
- Finally don’t forget to let others know that the Queen Edith’s Food Hub is open for the first time on Saturday morning, as part of our “Happy To Help” initiative. Offering free food and groceries for anyone having difficulty accessing food at the moment, the Food Hub is being hosted at St James Church in Wulfstan Way from 10.30am to 12.30pm. More details on our A4 poster here.
- Have a great weekend everyone!
Thursday 7 May
- In case you missed yesterday’s announcement, the Queen Edith’s Food Hub launches this Saturday, as part of our “Happy To Help” initiative. Offering free food and groceries for anyone having difficulty accessing food at the moment, the Food Hub is being hosted at St James Church in Wulfstan Way. We will be open for two hours each Saturday morning, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. More details on our A4 poster here. You’re very welcome to print it out and display or distribute it.
- Here are some photos of the Food Hub started by our friends in Cherry Hinton this week.
- Tomorrow morning The Royal British Legion is calling on the nation to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day from home. The organisation says: “At 11am, we’re encouraging people across all generations and communities to take part in a national moment of Remembrance and pause for a Two Minute Silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation and reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world. There is no right or wrong way to take part in the Silence, some may wish to stand at their windows, step outside their homes while remaining distanced from others, watch the broadcast on television, or simply sit in a quiet moment of reflection.” We know that a number of groups in the area are planning to stand outside their homes at 11am. You can read about other VE Day 75 events and activities at the British Legion website here and there’s more at the official VE Day 75 website here.
- Cambridge City Council is working on a project called the i-Tree Eco Cambridge study “to help describe and quantify the significant benefits that Cambridge’s 300,000-plus trees give to residents, visitors and wildlife.” Don’t ask to join though: for the study to work, households will be chosen at random across the city and invited to participate in the project, contributing data about trees in their area. Participants will be thanked for taking part by being given a free tree for planting and will be acknowledged in the final project report. More details here.
- Finally, here’s a photo posted on Facebook by local historian Mike Petty which is thought to be a VE Day celebration in 1945 on Cherry Hinton Road…
Wednesday 6 May
- If the name Inder’s Kitchen rings a bell, here’s some welcome news of its return! Tine at Cambridge Cookery tells us that now the café has reopened for takeouts, many regular customers have asked for good ready meals. So as of tomorrow (Thursday), Inder Bull will be joining Tine in the big teaching kitchen, cooking fresh curries for takeaway, as well as marinated uncooked dishes ready for the barbecue. Cambridge Cookery is open from 9am to 1pm, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- After a huge amount of work from volunteers, the Queen Edith’s Food Hub launches this Saturday, as part of our “Happy To Help” initiative. Offering free food and groceries for anyone having difficulty accessing food at the moment, the Food Hub is being hosted at St James Church in Wulfstan Way. We will be open for two hours each Saturday morning, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Please let people who would benefit from this know about it. One thing you could do would be to print out and display a poster somewhere, especially if you live in flats or shared housing. You can get our A4 poster here. Contact us through the Happy To Help line (see the big red button below!) if you’re a Queen Edith’s resident in need of a delivery.
- We will be able to accept grocery donations from local residents starting next week, so watch this space for details.
- A local resident is making some lovely facemasks for the community to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus. They are free, but a small donation in return, to support orphans in Zimbabwe, would be gratefully received. For more information, email Jenny here.
- The Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology & Infectious Disease broadcasts a weekly webinar every Thursday at 2pm hosted by Dr Nicholas Matheson, CITIID PI and consultant in Infectious Diseases. Each episode includes an update on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and a review of the latest developments in SARS-CoV-2 biomedical research and experimental medicine. Please ensure your mic is muted and video turned off when you join.
- Local councillor Colin McGerty has been continuing with his laptop recycling scheme to provide Chromebooks for home learning. There are currently a few in stock, so if you need one for a local student just email Colin here. Also, if you have an old laptop on a shelf, past the point that it runs well with Windows, please email Colin to donate it. All data will be securely removed and then it can be repurposed and passed to a deserving student.
- Cambridge Footlights are taking their famous “Smokers” shows online! The next hour of sketch, stand-up, musical and character comedy from some of Cambridge University’s best comedians is next Monday (12 May) at 9pm on the ADC Theatre’s YouTube channel. Book a free ticket here and you’ll get an email reminder of the show.
Tuesday 5 May
- Cambridgeshire County Council is working plans to re-open the county’s Household Recycling Centres from next Monday, 11 May. Details are here. The re-opening will include the Milton and Thriplow centres.
- Bookish Cambridge, the secondhand bookstall based on Cambridge market, is delivering by bicycle all over the city! See what’s available here. Payment can be made online and delivery is contact free at no charge, although we hope you’ll be generous with the number of books you order to make the delivery trip worth their while!
- A reader has asked where she can get a bicycle fixed at the moment, and our friends at the Cambridge Cycling Campaign have come up with this list. It includes a few shops on Mill Road, Rutland Cycling at the station, The Bikeman at Addenbrooke’s and The Kurser in Cherry Hinton.
- The excellent Cambridgeshire Repair Café is now operating online! On a Wednesday lunchtime you’ll be able to “bring in” battery-powered electrical items, household and garden items, bicycles, toys, jewellery and clothing for 1:1 repair advice, using Zoom. You can find out more and book your free appointment here.
- The latest update from Cambridge Junction‘s Artistic Director Matt Burman has some ideas for inspiring creativity in young people, including a free guide to making your own movie at home. Read what Matt has to say here.
- The Cambridge Summer Music Festival had 30 fantastic concerts lined up this year. While for now we can’t hear them live, the festival has compiled links to performances by the musicians to enjoy at home. Performances are as diverse as Maria Wloszczowska & Dinis Sousa, Classico Latino, Roger McGough and Little Machine and Evelyn Glennie.
- Well-known local RNLI fundraiser Geoff Heathcock has pointed us to the online RNLI Shop, a practical way to support the organisation from your armchair. You can browse their lifesaving gifts here.
- Chef Mark Poynton’s MJP@Home has released this week’s menu for delivery on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Dishes are now being sent out from the Green Dragon at Chesterton rather than Cambridge Cookery, so Queen Edith’s residents will presumably opt for the free delivery rather than collection!
Monday 4 May
- Newsagent and general store Megha Traders, next to The Coffee House at Wulfstan Way Shops, is now opening from 5.30pm to 8pm daily, in addition to its morning opening of 8am to 1pm Monday to Saturday, and 8am to 11.30am on Sunday. The store also stocks greetings cards, hardware and more.
- QuickWash same-day laundry service is also operating in conjunction with Megha Traders, with free collection and delivery, and free laundry bags. Call 01223 503823 for more details.
- We now have a Queen Edith’s online gardening club, on the NextDoor site started by one of our volunteers, Chermayne. It’s described as “a place to share our gardens with one another – pictures, issues, successes, and local knowledge.” You’ll find it here – if you’re not a NextDoor member you’ll be prompted to join first, which is very quick.
- Production at Go Glass on Cherry Hinton Road re-opened fully today. Customers can order for a next day collection service for all cut size glass and mirrors. Order online or call on 01223 211041.
- The Perse School is marking 60 years on its Hills Road site today. To mark the occasion, past pupils have been given access to sample the remote lessons today’s Perse pupils are being taught at home during the lockdown.
- Several readers have suggested that we encourage smartphone owners to download and use the COVID-19 Symptom Tracker app from King’s College London and healthcare science company, ZOE. This tracks the number of people with symptoms nationwide, and has over 2 million users. You answer some medical questions when first setting it up, then report in on the app daily.
- We’ve been told that the car park is open again at Wandlebury Country Park which has always been open for people to take their outdoor exercise. However, note that some facilities such as the toilets remain closed, and there’s only a limited warden service.
Friday 1 May
- We can announce that next week we’ll be announcing details of the opening of the Queen Edith’s Food Hub, distributing food supplies to local residents who need it. Meanwhile, our neighbours in Cherry Hinton are opening their equivalent tomorrow, and you can find out more about what they’re doing here. We know that the Cherry Hinton volunteers are in need of help; if you live in that side of Queen Edith’s, you can offer here.
- There was a really generous response to last night’s request for accommodation from an ambulance worker and she now has somewhere to stay in the area for nights after her shift. Thank you!
- We know that a lot of people have been looking forward to Scotsdales Garden Centre taking orders for delivery again, and it’s now doing just that. There’s a limited range of products to begin with, but plants and compost are both included. You can see what’s available here and there’s details of how to order.
- Those of you who are on the Nextdoor chat system might like to know that there’s a group created for plant swapping. You can join Nextdoor here using just Google or Facebook credentials.
- Homerton Early Years Centre is part of the Cambridge Early Years Teaching School Alliance, which is posting some interesting material on its website. Those with younger children might like to watch their “How To Make” videos on how to make play dough, how to make a paint table and how to make a bubble snake!
- Have a good weekend everyone! Stay safe, and we’ll be back on Sunday with our weekly roundup.
Thursday 30 April
- Arthur Rank Hospice Charity has announced that its fundraising Star Shine Walk will still take place this year …as a ‘virtual event’! Instead of the 10-mile walk on 23 May, participants are invited to get themselves sponsored to walk the equivalent 20,000 steps at any time between 23 May and 6 June. Why not give it a go? You can find out more details about the event here.
- For those of you after hanging basket plants, shrubs/perennials or climbing plants, a reminder that “the Plant Man from the Sunday Trumpington car boot sale”, Sam Moralee, is open for orders at his Pinewood Nurseries website. You can order by email or telephone and he will deliver.
- We’ve had a message from a lady working on ambulances at Addenbrooke’s asking if anyone who is not high risk can offer lodging for two nights a week, after her late shifts. She will use the ambulance station’s shower and kitchen. If you think you can help, please email Sam Davies here.
- Did you know that if you have a TV with an ‘HDMI’ input (which means virtually any TV today), you can turn it into an internet-enabled computer for just £65? Cambs Youth Panel have a brilliant project going, supplying these Raspberry Pi-based ‘homework computers’, which you can read about on their website. If you’re a little better off, and just like the idea of adding a computer to your TV, why not buy one and make them a donation for their excellent community work at the same time?
- Finally, it’s the month of May tomorrow, and Action For Happiness has produced this nice ‘Meaningful May’ calendar with an action for every day. One for all the family.
Wednesday 29 April
- If you’re watching out for each other locally, it’s possible that you could become concerned about a neighbour’s welfare. What would you do? Cambridgeshire Constabulary has published this note which is worth reading to be prepared for such an eventuality.
- St John’s Church on Hills Road is now signed-up to ‘Dial a Sermon’, which means that each weekend its Sunday sermon is available to listen to by telephone: the number to ring is 01223 643887. The church continues to offer a weekly worship video, daily ‘Thought’ as well as children’s materials, on the ‘Church at Home’ section of its website.
- A reminder of Michael Fincham’s weekly delivery to the Cambridge City Foodbank on Fridays at 11am. Donations can be placed in the back of his car on the drive at 60 Glebe Road before that time. Here’s what they need!
- This year’s Early May Bank Holiday (which is next week!) was pushed back to the Friday from the normal Monday, to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. While most planned commemorative events have been cancelled, alternative ones have replaced them. There are lots of ways you can get involved at this government website. The Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Gerri Bird, and her counterpart from Cambridge’s twin city of Heidelberg in Germany, are linking up for a virtual service to be broadcast on community radio station Cambridge 105 from 2.55pm.
- A resident who is self-isolating needs some fencing repairs so their dog can exercise safely in the garden. We are looking for a neighbour with practical skills who can assess and carry out this work safely (the resident can pay for any materials necessary). If this sounds like you, please get in contact with Sam Davies.
- Finally, joining in with the effort to make medical ‘scrubs’ has become something of a national craze! Addenbrooke’s now has a page with instructions on how to make them, and where they should be sent. Here are some elegant examples from Siva, one of our local volunteers. Brilliant.
Tuesday 28 April
- Cambridge City Council has joined Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue in asking residents not to light garden bonfires. Rosy Moore, a city councillor, says: “Lighting bonfires as a means of burning waste can cause serious damage to your health and that of your neighbours, some of whom may have pre-existing health conditions leaving them even more vulnerable during the Coronavirus crisis. I urge residents to refrain from having bonfires and ask that we all exercise kindness and consideration.” More on the subject from the council here.
- Another local restaurant has reopened for takeaway and delivery: Five Guys at Cambridge Leisure. It’s open from 11am to 9pm seven days a week, and customers can use Click & Collect or Deliveroo.
- Cambridge City Council is resuming its bulky waste collection service (furniture, white goods, etc). Collections cost £30 for up to three items and £25 per item for hazardous waste. Find out more about the service and arrange a collection here. All Household Recycling Centres are still closed.
- Chef Mark Poynton’s MJP@Home has released this week’s menu for delivery on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Dishes are now being sent out from the Green Dragon at Chesterton rather than Cambridge Cookery, so Queen Edith’s residents will presumably opt for the free delivery rather than collection!
- Finally, a nice touch from the County Council’s highways team – this ‘road art’ has appeared on Hills Road…
Monday 27 April
- Green Bins will be collected at the start of May (i.e. next week or the week after, depending on when your collection would normally be due). No further collections are being guaranteed at the moment, but the councils sound hopeful they’ll happen. Full announcement here and check when your Green Bin is due to be emptied here.
- It’s perhaps unsurprising that more people than usual are organising will writing, Lasting Power of Attorney, protecting homes and even pre-paying funeral plans. In normal times, we’re fortunate that specialist, family-run provider Inheritance Legal Services has its head office just around the corner in Cherry Hinton Road, but even with the office closed temporarily, the company tells us it has experienced a significant rise in enquiries. The team are working through telephone or video chat to provide advice and all their usual low cost, fixed fee services. Find out more here.
- Local postie Becks Thoday’s fancy-dress deliveries have now raised way over £2000, and you can hear a radio interview with her on Cambridge 105 tomorrow (Tuesday) after 1pm. Fantastic effort!
- Those of you who are interested in local environmental data might be interested in these charts from Cambridge University showing the impact of the lockdown on traffic. The data shows that both truck and van traffic has risen to above 50% of its late-February peak, while cycle, car and pedestrian traffic is around 30–40% of its previous peak.
- We’ve now topped 1100 readers of this email, which is great news, but that probably means it’s still only getting to about 1 in 4 local residents. So have a think if there’s anyone locally whose email you know, and forward this to them with a note saying they can join the circulation by clicking this link.
Friday 24 April
- Much-loved local café and bistro Cambridge Cookery re-opens tomorrow, Saturday 25th April, for takeaway service. The cafe will be open from 9am to 1pm both days this weekend, then from Wednesdays through to Sundays. They tell us: “We will offer a take-out service of freshly baked bread, pastries, sandwiches, salads and coffee, and we have plenty of space for socially distanced queueing on our large terrace and lawn. We look forward to welcoming you back!”
- Other local takeaway food businesses available this weekend include fishnchickn, Cherry Box pizza, Maharani Take Away, Palkee and Cyprus Kebab House on Cherry Hinton Road; Gattuso’s Trattoria on Hills Road; Pizza 1899 and Bella Italia at Cambridge Leisure; and the Peking Restaurant in Homerton Street.
- Cherry Hinton Road based auctioneer Cheffins is running an auction of some quite extraordinary donated items, in aid of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. One of the lots in the auction, which ends tonight, has already attracted a bid of over £3,000. What could it be? Check out the items and bids here.
- Local resident Alex Elbro has a spare sewing machine and would be happy to lend it to anyone who wants to sew scrubs or masks or even if someone fancies borrowing it for a hobby while we’re in lockdown. Email Alex here.
- Anyone on low income who is pregnant or has very young children may qualify for the NHS Healthy Start scheme, which offers weekly vouchers for basic foods. Find out who qualifies here.
- If you’re wondering what to do this weekend, and you’ve heard conflicting advice in the media about whether you can drive or not, there’s a good explanation from Which? here. In summary, it is acceptable to drive somewhere to exercise, provided that you keep driving distances as short as possible (certainly spending less time driving than exercising!) – but please consider if it’s really necessary. More car journeys means more breakdowns and accidents, neither of which anyone wants or needs at the moment.
- We’ll be back on Sunday with the weekly roundup. Have a very happy weekend everyone.
Thursday 23 April
- We’ve heard that residents of one street in Queen Edith’s have clubbed together to buy a bulk load of potting compost …84 bags! The large order helped everyone to secure a discounted price, and it was only a week from order confirmation to delivery. A pretty good deal for those wanting to grow their own while spending more time at home. The compost came from (relatively local) business Field Compost, as mentioned in the Nightingale Community Garden review of peat free gardening. Field Compost have been very accommodating and are willing to drop bags off at several houses along the street.
- Click It Local is a great new initiative enabling people to buy products from a range of specialist local retailers from a single website, with orders received before 2pm are delivered the same day. What’s more, your order will come on Zedify’s delivery bicycles. Retailers being supported at launch include Small and Green (houseplants), The Cambridge Cheese Company and The Brew Project (coffee beans).
- Chef Mark Poynton’s popular MJP@Home gourmet meals service is taking orders for Friday (tomorrow) and Saturday. Its warm-up-at-home dishes are individually priced, or 3 courses are just £18.50. The food will keep in the refrigerator for up to four days, and is also freezable (instructions are provided). Home delivery or pick up from Cambridge Cookery. Details and the new menu are here.
- Many of us aren’t using our cars as much as usual, and one of our closest new car dealerships, Steven Eagell Lexus, has sent customers tips on ensuring their cars remains in good condition. The dealership largely quotes the AA Guidance on How to maintain your car when not driving regularly, which apply to any make of vehicle. Don’t ignore your car for weeks, or it may not start when you need it.
- A reminder that the Queen Edith’s Community Forum Coronavirus information and advice page is a great place to start for links to government and NHS guidelines, relevant council information and services, local volunteering schemes, faith groups, health services and much more. No need to spend ages searching on Google for answers that may not even be there!
Wednesday 22 April
- DH Thomas Eye Care on Hills Road, our local optometrists and dispensing opticians, says that it can handle queries by email remotely at firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s a strictly emergency telephone number on the practice website.
- Local resident Michael Fincham is continuing his weekly delivery to the Cambridge City Foodbank on Fridays at 11am. Donations can be placed in the back of his car on the drive at 60 Glebe Road before that time. Here’s what they need!
- Both Sainsbury’s and the Co-op now have volunteer shopping cards available for those doing shopping for friends or neighbours where money transfers might be awkward. The cards are like gift cards; they can be ordered online and sent to you or whoever needs them, then given to the person doing the shopping to use in-store instead of cash. Sainsbury’s offers them from £5 to £250 here and we’ll provide details of the Co-op card when we can confirm them.
- Thanks to everyone who donated material for making medical scrubs to Cavendish Avenue – there’s now enough donated to this particular source.
- Our ‘Happy To Help’ neighbourhood assistance scheme continues to get a steady stream of requests. If you have somewhere suitable to put a poster (especially if you live in a block of flats), you can download and print our A4 posters or A3 (2 x A4) posters here.
Tuesday 21 April
- Local resident Becks Thoday from the Royal Mail is doing her postal delivery in fancy dress for a while “to hopefully put a smile on people’s faces”, and would like us all to give her the thumbs up if we spot her. And to show our appreciation, may we suggest everyone makes a small donation to her fundraiser for Addenbrookes Charitable Trust?
- Advance information that Cambridge Cookery Café will be reopening from this weekend for a takeaway service of fresh bread, pastries, coffee and more. Great news – watch this space at the end of the week for confirmed details!
- Facebook users might like to follow the City Council’s new ‘Cambridge Virtual Community Centre’, which offers ideas and information for older people, advice and opportunities for parents and carers, ideas and activities for the young, and things to see and do online.
- Many children already have a Chromebook computer for school and are doing a fantastic job of moving to online learning. Local councillor Colin McGerty now has a small stock of old laptop computers that have been repurposed as Chromebooks. Although anyone in receipt of benefits will qualify for the government scheme for free laptops and routers via the county council and schools, this offer has no strings attached and is available immediately to anyone who feels their child’s education would benefit. Email Colin for details. If you have an unused laptop you think would work as a low powered Chromebook, here’s how to convert it, or you can email Colin to donate it or swap it for one already set up.
- Deliciously Guilt Free is a local specialist baker supplying low carb snacks using all-natural ingredients that are low in sugar. Shipping is £3.55 or free over £30. Yummy!
Monday 20 April
- JustPark, a national service where homeowners rent out driveway space, is arranging free parking for NHS staff and critical care workers. There appear to be spaces available in Queen Edith’s for those who might need them (or who would just prefer the safety of a driveway), so it might be worth passing on the information if you know anyone who might benefit. If you want to offer your driveway or parking space for free, especially if you’re in walking distance of the hospitals, you can do so here.
- A request from local medical scrubs makers: if anyone has any old sheets or duvet covers or the like, that would be suitable for sewing scrubs, could they leave them outside number 59 Cavendish Avenue? They need to be able to be washed at 60 degrees, so polycotton is ideal.
- We’re reliably informed that our friends at Balzano’s Delicatessen on Cherry Hinton Road have strong white bread flour and yeast in stock, both of which can be in short supply. The flour is sold in 2kg bags, which staff will make up for you on request.
- Finally, here are the current opening hours for our local supermarkets:
– Co-op Cherry Hinton Road (Adkins Corner) Mon to Sat 6am to 9pm; Sun 10am to 4pm
– Express General Store (Wulfstan Way): Mon to Sat 9am to 7pm; Sun 10am to 5pm
– Co-op The Marque (Hills Road): 7am to 10pm, seven days a week
– Sainsbury’s Local (Cambridge Leisure): 7am to 11pm, seven days a week
– Tesco Express (Cambridge Leisure): 6am to 10pm, seven days a week
Friday 17 April
- A reminder that our Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and advice page is a good source of local public information. In the “Local health services” section we’ve added a link to a new Which? guide to what to do if you have a health problem (GP, dentist or optician) that isn’t related to COVID-19. Help is still available and you shouldn’t avoid seeking it.
- It’s lovely to be able to report more businesses re-opening than those which are closing. The latest we’ve heard about is Cherry Box Pizza on Cherry Hinton Road, which appears to be taking online orders for delivery and collection from 5pm. More at their website here.
- Yesterday we mentioned the ScrubHub initiative to make ‘scrubs’ (medical clothing) for those on the front line. We’ve now been directed to a Cambridge group which is primarily co-ordinated on Facebook. The group’s co-ordinator says they have a large financial donation, and pre-cut scrubs on their way (very soon) from an industrial pattern cutter, so if you have the sewing skills (and especially an overlocker) and want to help, find out more by joining the Facebook group here. Alternatively, email us and we’ll pass on your contact details.
- The Queen Edith’s Community Forum has access to a set of litter grabbers and some waste bags, so if anyone feels like using these on their daily exercise, we’d be more than happy to lend them. Let us know by email.
- Cambridgeshire Constabulary reminds us that it has a live web chat facility on its website, which is ideal for reporting less urgent concerns. Click the little green chat button on the force’s website to get in touch. There’s still a lot of confusion about what is meant by the ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave home under the current regulations, and the best guide we’ve seen is this one for police officers from the National Police Chiefs Council. It’s worth a read.
- This September’s local Open Eco Homes days have had to be cancelled, but the initiative has set up a free online seminar for those interested in retrofitting their home to make it energy-efficient, sustainable and comfortable. This will take place next Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30pm. More information at the Open Eco Homes website.
- In a slight change to our publishing schedule, from now on we’ll be publishing this Daily News email only on weekdays, but there’ll be a weekly roundup issue on Sundays, in case you missed anything. We hope this works for everyone! Have a good weekend.
Thursday 16 April
- Handy with a sewing machine? ScrubHub is a national initiative to make ‘scrubs’ (medical clothing) for those on the front line. The essential requirements are a cutting table (or space to cut the fabric), pattern skills to trace up the patterns, and a sewing machine with an overlocker, although groups of people are combining resources. Royal Papworth Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus is welcoming the project and finished scrubs can be dropped off at the south entrance of the hospital. There’s a Facebook ScrubHub group based elsewhere in the county, but we suspect that’s what’s really needed is for some people to set up our own project here. The hospital says: “Please do encourage any friends or family who are handy with a sewing machine to help out. There is no restriction on colour or design of the material.” If you’d like to co-ordinate our own initiative here, let us know and we’ll be happy to publicise it. Here’s some background:
– Volunteers stitch together to make scrubs for NHS (article from The Guardian on Monday);
– Complete project background including all the requirements.
- Having mentioned Screwfix yesterday, we’ve been reminded that Toolstation – also on Clifton Road Estate – is open for business too. Both suppliers are recommending using their home delivery service, but are taking orders online for store collection if necessary. Browse Toolstation’s wide range of building, electrical and plumbing products here.
- Another newsagent now offering home deliveries of newspapers and magazines is Megha Traders, next to The Coffee House at Wulfstan Way Shops. Owner Prakash tells us the store can deliver anywhere in the southern and eastern parts of Queen Edith’s, including Ninewells, Worts Causeway and the Nightingale Avenue, Queen Edith’s Way and Wulfstan Way areas. It also stocks greetings cards, all sorts of supplies and hardware, and is open from 8am to 1pm Monday to Saturday, and 8am to 11.30am on Sundays. Telephone 07897 133570 for more information.
- Go Glass on Cherry Hinton Road says that for anyone who has been concerned about securing broken windows or greenhouse panels, next week they will launch a click and collect service for cut-to-size glass with online ordering. If you have a requirement for glass, call them on 01223 211041 to arrange for safe collection from the store, starting on Monday.
- A project at the University of Cambridge is collecting data to inform the diagnosis of COVID-19 by developing machine learning algorithms, based primarily on the sounds of people’s voices, breathing and coughing. You can ‘volunteer your voice’, whatever your state of health, simply by recording yourself here. We just did it, and it took 2 minutes.
- Finally, one of Addenbrooke’s artists, Anita Klein, has created four colouring sheets for us all to ‘spread a bit of joy’ by making them into greetings cards for loved ones. You can find them here and here.
Wednesday 15 April
- If you have home or garden hardware requirements, Screwfix on Clifton Road Industrial Estate remains open, 8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 4pm Sunday. Note that the store is running a ‘Click and Collect’ service only, so if you want to collect (rather than have items delivered), you’ll need to order online first and wait for the “Your order is ready” text message. You can see the full range of products here.
- Cambridge Building Society in Cherry Hinton High Street is open on a Friday and Saturday from 10am – 2pm. If you are self-isolating you can request a form and nominate a trusted person. If you have a current account you can arrange for payments to be made by calling 0345 601 3344.
- Lloyds Bank in Cherry Hinton Road is still opening between 10am and 2pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, for withdrawing cash over the counter, paying in cash or cheques, and help with financial support. Tel. 0345 602 1997.
- “Coronavirus – a book for children” is now available to read free online. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler, this lovely book is suitable for a wide age range, and we suspect many adults will learn something from reading it too. Find it here.
- Our regular update on local pharmacy opening times:
– Numark Pharmacy on Cherry Hinton Road is open 7am to 8pm on Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm on Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sunday (Tel. 01223 517073)
– Boots on Cherry Hinton Road is open 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 2pm Saturday (Tel. 01223 247567)
– Kay’s Chemist at Wulfstan Way Shops is open 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (4pm Weds), and 9am to 1pm Saturday (Tel. 01223 242687)
- Finally, can you help keep our neighbourhood’s new trees healthy? If you live near to a recently planted tree (one that is still supported by a tree stake) please can you give it a good drink of water once or twice a week whilst you are taking your routine walk? There’s a lot more information on what to do here, including (at the bottom of the page) a map of where the young trees are. Is there one near you?
Tuesday 14 April
- Anna Riddoch, Clinical Director at Cambridge Veterinary Group on Cherry Hinton Road, has been in touch to say that where capacity allows, they are opening up what services they offer beyond urgent and emergency care, to the most at risk groups. You can read more here.
- There are many worthy causes appealing for funds at the moment, but most people’s thoughts are turning to our local hospital. You can donate directly to Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust here through anything from a regular direct debit to a one-off text message. Your donation will aid the well-being of staff through this difficult time, provide vital equipment needed to support the Intensive Care Unit and much more. Please do consider it.
- Those of us taking a local walk as our daily exercise might like to take a look at the ‘Know Your Place’ Tree Walk put together by the Friends of Rock Road Library last year. Pick up the trail directly in a large part of Queen Edith’s – print out the map here and the walk notes here. There’s also a table of 52 different trees to be seen here.
- The ADC Theatre in the city may have had to postpone its Easter season, but it is launching a season of ‘digital student theatre’. There are plays, musicals, sketch shows, improv and more, all free to watch online from later this month. No tickets required, just visit the website at the time of the performance. Full details here.
Monday 13 April
- Many residents are as close to Cherry Hinton village centre as they are to the amenities of Queen Edith’s. If that’s you, we’d recommend signing up to the weekly community newsletter from Cherry Hinton residents – just add your email address in the box. You can also read their latest printed newsletter here.
- A reminder that city bin collections will be two days later this week, and one day later next week. Full schedule here. Blue or grey bin? Check here.
- The nearest butcher for most residents is the relatively new Malloy’s Craft Butchery near the railway station. Click here to see the Facebook Live announcement from the weekend where Mike Malloy reveals that from tomorrow, the shop will be the first butcher’s outside London to sell through the Deliveroo service. This means that any of us can get top-quality meat deliveries in under an hour. You can view the Deliveroo offering in advance here.
- Continuing with our search for plants and garden supplies, readers report mail-order success with all of the following in the past week (but be prepared for a long wait!):
• Pinewood Nurseries, Fulbourn or Great Chesterford (call or email)
• Suttons Seeds
• Thompson & Morgan
- This of you who follow planning applications will be interested to know that a massive set of plans for ‘Netherhall Gardens’ (a.k.a. ‘GB1’) has been published on the council website. This is the second half of the 400-home+ developments coming to Worts Causeway. You can find the documents here. We’d recommend starting with the Design & Access statement, which is in several parts (“DAS Part 1” onwards).
- Meditation can help deal with challenges at times like these, and Inner Space in the city centre is now running Raja Yoga courses online. More information here.
- So many local businesses are doing great things for the community in the current crisis that we couldn’t possibly list them all. However, the Queen Edith’s Community Forum does hope to record their efforts eventually, so watch this space. Here’s a typical example of generosity from The Marque Co-op.
- Cherry Hinton Mini Market newsagents on Cherry Hinton Road tell us they can deliver to anywhere in Queen Edith’s, which presumably includes areas such as Ninewells, where residents had reported not being able to get newspapers delivered. The owners say they will deliver free of charge to the elderly and vulnerable, and payments can be made remotely by bank transfer or cheque. The shop is open from 6.00am to 12noon and the telephone number is 01223 247598.
- The Gog Farm Shop remains open and is operating ‘contactless drive-through’ if you’re passing. We’re told the system works well! Opening times are Mon to Sat: 9am – 6pm. More details here.
- Cambridge Cookery is running a lovely daily cookery blog called What’s For Supper. Or follow on Facebook here.
Thursday 9 April
- With this week being the holiest time of the year for the Christian church, our local Anglican churches are working hard to reach out online. St John The Evangelist in Hills Road has a range of material for every day which you can find here, including a Good Friday Stations of the Cross video service with Revd James Shakespeare, accompanied by music from St John’s choir and various artworks. St James church in Wulfstan Way is broadcasting primarily through its Facebook page, where it will have a 6am Early Easter Day morning live-streamed service. For details of other online services, please contact the Revd Steven Rothwell by email here.
- You may also be interested in the Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper broadcast live from Ely Cathedral online tonight at 7pm, available for all to watch.
- Thanks to everyone who suggested local sources for buying garden plants online. We’ve been going through the names, but most aren’t set up to deliver around here, or don’t seem to have the capacity to take orders – some are clearly struggling with demand. Oasis Nursery in Willingham says it will deliver this far away, but is likely to charge up to £15 to do so; the best information is on its Facebook page. It may be worth monitoring the currently-closed Harvey & Son website for changes, although it looks like it’s collection only, from Harston or Little Shelford. Coton Orchard Garden Centre is offering an informal service where you email or call with your requirements – we can’t confirm when or if delivery is available here, or the cost, but it’s worth enquiring. If anyone knows of any better options which they can demonstrate are working, we’d be happy to hear about them.
- Because of the Easter break, council bin collections will be two days later from tomorrow, so – for example – if your collection is normally on a Monday, it’ll be on a Wednesday. The week after will be one day later. Full schedule here. You can check what colour bin it is each week here.
- Boots on Cherry Hinton Road (01223 247567) is open 2pm to 5pm on Friday, 10am to 2pm on Saturday, and 2pm to 5pm on Monday.
- Kay’s Chemist at Wulfstan Way Shops (01223 242687) is open 2pm to 5pm on Friday, 9am to 1pm on Saturday, and 2pm to 5pm on Monday. Next week it will be open 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm.
- Please call Numark Pharmacy on Cherry Hinton Road (01223 517073) to confirm its opening hours.
- Although some councils have asked residents to not light bonfires for air quality reasons during the current crisis, there’s been no such official request here that we can find. However, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has at least asked residents to not have bonfires simply to avoid the possibility of unnecessary calls on the service. This will ensure that crews are able to respond where they’re most in need.
- With the holiday weekend coming up, it might be worth acquainting yourself with the government guidelines on leaving the house. There has been a recent change to allow more flexibility for those with specific health conditions that may require them to leave the home more frequently to maintain their health – including if it involves travel beyond the local area. Cambridge City Council has also laid out some specific guidelines here.
- Have a very happy Easter weekend everyone. We may take a few days off unless there’s any urgent news, but we’ll be back on Monday at the latest. If you need any help with tasks that our local community volunteers can handle, our ‘Happy To Help’ telephone line is open for requests 24/7, and we’ll aim to get back to you within 24 hours. More details via the big red button below.
- And remember – as New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern says – the Easter Bunny is an essential worker, even if it is “a bit difficult at the moment perhaps for the bunny to get everywhere.”
Wednesday 8 April
- Thanks for all the suggestions about local plant nurseries that may deliver. We’re working our way through the list and will publish a list in the next few days.
- Cat owners should feel reassured that they can let their cats out of the house, following clarified guidance from The British Veterinary Association. There’s a full statement from the BVA here. Local vet Anna Riddoch from Cambridge Veterinary Group tells us: “Although there is a lot of hype and many headlines flying around the media, it is important to remember at this stage that there is no robust evidence that our pets can catch or pass on COVID-19. Please continue to ensure robust hygiene measures after handling an outdoor cat, and avoid contact with other people’s pets when out and about.”
- Many local residents are supporters of the fantastic Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, based out by the Babraham Road Park & Ride, the southernmost point of Queen Edith’s. We featured it in our most recent Queen Edith’s magazine. The pandemic is having a devastating impact on the charity’s ability to fundraise to sustain its vital services this year, with forecasts estimating a loss of £700,000 over the next six months. If you’re considering supporting local charities at this time, this would be a very good one to choose. More details here.
- South Cambs MP Anthony Browne is holding a Facebook Live Q&A tomorrow afternoon (Thursday). You can book a reminder to watch here, as well as pre-submit questions.
- Local resident Michael Fincham is once again taking food donations to the Cambridge Foodbank, and welcomes contributions at 60 Glebe Road before 11am on Friday. A list of their ‘most needed’ items can be found here.
- Here’s a brilliant volunteering opportunity. Makespace, the community workshop in the city, is assembling thousands of face visors for medical staff, as reported in this Cambridgeshire Live story. They now need more volunteers for shifts in the production line. No skills are needed (they will train you up!) and you don’t need to be Makespace members. You’ll need to complete two forms: this general volunteering one and then this one for the visor project (which asks you to confirm you’ve filled in the first one!). The technical background to the visor design is here if you want to read about it.
- Finally, some updates on our local Royal Mail and Post Office facilities, correct as of this afternoon. Our two local convenience stores running post offices in their premises are doing an amazing job staying open seven days a week, so please support them for general supplies as well as post office services:
- Cherry Hinton Road Local Store, near The Rock pub, is open 8am to 9pm, seven days a week, but the Post Office counter there is only open 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.
- Essentialz store, on Hills Road opposite Cambridge Leisure, is open 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm at weekends, with the post office counter available from the store opening time until 6pm, seven days a week.
- Local mailbox collections vary wildly, so please see the notices on your nearest box for details. Some only have one collection a day, first thing in the morning. The mailbox outside Cherry Hinton Road Local Store has a collection as late as 5:15pm, but the latest collection time is the mailbox at the Cambridge Delivery Office, on the Clifton Road estate behind Cambridge Leisure. Conflicting notices posted there state the last collection times as being 6:15pm and 7pm Monday to Friday, 1:45pm and 2pm Saturday, so we’d suggest going by the earlier time to be on the safe side. The office there is now only open from 7am to 11am, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Tuesday 7 April
- Cambridge City Council has closed the car park at Byron’s Pool local nature reserve to dissuade people from driving there and congregating near the entrance. The reserve remains open for exercise to people arriving on foot or bicycle.
- Cambridgeshire Constabulary wants people to know that dialling 55 after dialling 999 will alert police operators that you are in need of assistance but cannot talk. This may be information worth passing on – there are full details here. Always pass on information like this as a link so that recipients can verify its authenticity.
- The police are also urging members of the public to report breaches of the Coronavirus restrictions online. There’s a lot of good information on their newly-created information page.
- The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is recommending small and medium sized companies to check if they qualify for its ‘Covid-19 Capital Grant Scheme’ offering grants from £2,000 to £150,000. More information here. Meanwhile, the City Council has begun issuing the grants provided for smaller businesses in the expanded retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. Details here.
- With the weather being so nice, many people are working in their gardens. A reader has asked if anyone knows of local plant businesses that are offering deliveries and which we can support? Let us know at email@example.com.
- Finally, why not create some artwork for your front window? The NHS Million poster project has teamed up with artists from around the UK to bring us lots of poster designs to print and colour in at home.
Monday 6 April
- Neighbourhood Watch has published a special edition of its newsletter, which you can see here. It draws attention to the number of scams that have arisen as unscrupulous people take advantage of the crisis, and points us towards Friends Against Scams, a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative, to learn more. You can find out where your local neighbourhood watch scheme is here (there are around a dozen in the Queen Edith’s area) and join the scheme or message your local co-ordinator.
- There’s a message from the Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Nick Dean, thanking residents and reporting that: “We haven’t issued any fines and that I think is a real positive story and a thank you to the communities in Cambridgeshire who have been adhering to the new legislation.” You can read the message in full here.
- Local resident Craig Bennett, former CEO of Friends of the Earth and the new CEO of The Wildlife Trusts, was due to talk to us all at the Queen Edith’s Community Forum’s general meeting in March. Sadly, we had to cancel the event because of the health crisis, but there’s an interview with him in the i which you might find interesting. It’ll keep us going until we’re able to reschedule the event, at least!
- Here’s a wonderful story of community generosity. You may have read in this email about local resident Neil Bharadwa’s Cambridge Fruit Company and the overnight success of its home delivery fruit and vegetable boxes. Right from the start though, customers and friends around the world have also been ordering boxes and asking the company to deliver them to NHS staff and The Red Hen Project, which Neil has been doing gladly – you can see a social media thread with loads of photographs of many recent donations here. Do take a look!
Sunday 5 April
- A rare but very welcome re-opening to tell you about today: let’s hope it’s the first of many. Popular Cherry Hinton Road comfort food takeaway fishnchickn, next to The Rock pub, is back from Tuesday for those who can order online. Here are the details:
– Home delivery will be available through JustEat, Deliveroo or UberEats
– Collection from the store will be available but ONLY for orders made through the fishnchickn app, available for Apple or Android smartphones (once downloaded, select the Cambridge store to order)
The shop will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday- 4-9pm, and Friday and Saturday 12-9pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
- A reminder that if you saw something in one of these nightly emails but have misplaced it, they’re all archived on our website here. This is issue 20!
- Our regular notice that if you’re self-isolating or vulnerable, please feel free to call our “Happy To Help” volunteers. We can find someone to pick up shopping or prescriptions, walk your dog or provide remote IT help. We’re also happy to ring you (or others) just to check you’re OK. Details are here.
- If you’d like to let others know about the scheme, just print out our leaflet and let a friend or neighbour have it …or print out our A4 poster and put it somewhere suitable.
Saturday 4 April
- Both of our local Anglican parish churches have released readings, reflections and simple forms of liturgy for Palm Sunday. You can find these at the churches’ websites:
St James, Wulfstan Way
St John The Evangelist, Hills Road
- A short update on the local restaurants still open for home delivery: slightly reduced in number from last weekend, but why not treat yourself today? The Food Standards Agency says that the risk from food is low and that “there is no reason to avoid having ready-to-eat food delivered if it has been prepared and handled properly”.
- For Pizza and Italian food, local favourite Gattuso’s Sicilian Trattoria on Hills Road is offering deliveries through Just Eat; opening hours are 4pm to 9pm. Pizza 1899, the restaurant in a shipping container on the plaza at Cambridge Leisure, is open for collection as well as Deliveroo delivery from an impressive 11.30am to 9.30pm. And Bella Italia at Cambridge Leisure is also delivering via Deliveroo.
- For Chinese food, the Peking Restaurant in Homerton Street is still doing deliveries through Just Eat, if you fancy a treat. Opening hours are 12noon to 2pm and 6pm to 10pm. Otherwise you may have to go a little further afield – try Deliveroo or Just Eat for ideas.
- For Indian food, Maharani Take Away on Cherry Hinton Road is open 7 days a week from 5pm to 10pm, with ordering on its own website. The newer Palkee on Cherry Hinton Road is also open 7 days a week from 5pm to 9.30pm, also with ordering on its own website. Both are excellent.
- For burgers, chicken and kebabs, look no further than Cyprus Kebab House on Cherry Hinton Road. Open from 5pm to 9pm daily, it offers kebabs, burgers and pizzas with meal deals and family packs. Order via Just Eat or collect from the takeaway itself.
- Also don’t forget to take a look at this week’s gourmet ‘heat at home’ meal menu from Mark Poynton’s MJP@Home, operating out of Cambridge Cookery. Meals can be stored in your fridge for up to 4 days or the meals can even be frozen. Order 24 hours or more in advance via email – more details here.
Friday 3 April
- In addition to our mention of the new opening hours at Numark Pharmacy on Cherry Hinton Road (7am to 8pm on Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm on Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sunday), a reminder that Boots further down Cherry Hinton Road is open 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Saturday, and Kay’s Chemist at Wulfstan Way Shops is open 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm Saturday. At busy times, do expect to queue outside and observe the normal social distancing.
– Numark Pharmacy 01223 517073
– Boots 01223 247567
– Kay’s Chemist 01223 242687
- Live video exercise classes are working really well for many people. Popular local yoga teacher Anna Youngs has organised a selection of four-week online yoga courses starting in the week beginning April 21st. Each course costs £20 for 4 weeks, and include Stretch and Strengthen yoga, Rest and Relax yoga, and Energizing yoga. More information and online booking here.
- Cambridgeshire County Council has published a huge online resource to provide local communities, organisations and services with coronavirus campaign materials. Please share these posters, videos, audio clips, and social media messages. And while we’re here, a reminder to never forward on social media advice which comes from unattributed sources. If there’s important news, it will not come from your aunt’s neighbour’s son who “works in the army”.
Thursday 2 April
- Please feel free to let friends and neighbours know about our “Happy To Help” scheme. We have created some print-at home-notes and an A4 poster, whichever you feel is most useful.
See our How To Ask For Help Leaflets
See our How To Ask For Help Poster
- There are now slightly reduced opening hours at Numark Pharmacy on Cherry Hinton Road, although it must still have the longest hours of any pharmacy around: 7am to 8pm on Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm on Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sunday.The pharmacy is on the corner of Rock Road.
- The good folks at Cambridge Wine Merchants on Cherry Hinton Road have some terrific offers on, and will deliver locally for orders over £50. There are cases of wine as well as a lot of spirits and beers, at 20–30% off. More here.
- Local resident Michael Fincham will be driving over to the Cambridge City food bank warehouse on Friday morning with donations. If anyone has any to add he is very happy to take them: drop them off before 11am tomorrow (Friday) at 60 Glebe Road. The list of items most wanted is here, and if you’d like to make a financial donation to this brilliant charity, you can do so here.
- Bin collections in this area will be later than usual during the Easter period and after the Early May Bank Holiday. More details here.
- The Babraham Road Park & Ride bus service is operating to a reduced timetable from today: half-hourly at the start and end of the day, and hourly in-between. Service 13 is also on a revised timetable, and the Trumpington Park and Ride has been suspended. More here.
- On a more tranquil note, there’s now a webcam set up at Kettle’s Yard House, refreshing every 8 seconds. If you think it doesn’t change much with each update, that’s rather the point. Stay safe, everyone.
Wednesday 1 April
- A reminder that requests for help can now be made to our “Happy To Help” scheme. Our volunteers across the area may be able to help you if you’re housebound and need assistance with collecting prescriptions, getting shopping, walking your dog, posting mail, providing IT advice or just need calling on the phone for a friendly chat. Full details of how to ask for help can be found here.
- Missing having a decent restaurant meal? Chef Mark Poynton’s rather wonderful MJP@Home delivery service will be running every day for the next week, starting tomorrow. The operation is based just around the corner at Cambridge Cookery, off Hills Road. Here’s your chance to get reasonably-riced gourmet meals delivered cold for you to warm up – they can be stored for four days in the fridge or even frozen! Details are at MJP@Home’s website here.
- The Cambridge zero-waste business Full Circle Shop will deliver to our area on Mondays if orders are placed by 10am on Sunday (longer lead time for some items). The company offers a great range of sustainably sourced, mostly organic wholefoods (cereals, pasta, pulses, nuts and loads more) plus ethical toiletries, even chocolate! Delivery charges are low or even free.
- If you like to donate items to the EACH Charity Shop on Cherry Hinton Road, they’re asking us to hang on to items until they re-open. Don’t ever leave anything outside the shop, please, as it can’t be used and it can cost the charity to dispose of it. The charity has an understandable funding crisis, as featured on the front of this week’s Cambridge Independent, and there’s an appeal from the chief executive here.
- We’ve had a request from a local resident which we’re hoping a kind soul will be able to meet: “My wife and I are NHS doctors and we had to change nursery to our child as our regular one shut, even to key workers. I need to cycle there, and as the new nursery is quite far, I need a bike trailer suitable for a 14-month-old. We’re struggling to find time to go to a shop, even if one is open. I would be happy to have any used one, borrowed or sold to me.” If you can help, please email Chris at the Queen Edith’s Community Forum with your contact details and we’ll pass them on.
Tuesday 31 March
- Today we’re launching the request side of our “Happy To Help” scheme. Our volunteers may be able to help you if you’re housebound and need assistance with collecting prescriptions, getting shopping, walking your dog, posting mail, providing IT advice or just need calling on the phone for a friendly chat. Please do not use our service for emergencies, for medical advice or information, or for support services provided by our local councils. The service works by you calling our dedicated telephone line and leaving us a message, then we get back to you. There are full details here.
- Thank you to the many local people who’ve signed up to be volunteers. New additions to the team are still welcome! Use the link at the bottom to find out how.
- For those of you south of Queen Edith’s Way, or in the Wulfstan Way area, the closest supermarket is probably Express Convenience Store at Wulfstan Way shops, next to Kays Chemists. Revised opening hours for the shop are now 9am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 5pm Sunday. The shop tells us it is fully stocked apart from the few items that are an issue everywhere. Home delivery is not currently available but the shop is happy to take orders and payments over the phone. Customers can then request a volunteer or a local taxi company to collect their shopping. Express Convenience Store can be contacted on 01223 242 449.
- Cambridge Veterinary Group on Cherry Hinton Road is now running a closed-door, emergency service from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, looking after urgent cases and offering video and telephone consults where appropriate. They are able to process prescriptions during this period which be posted or delivered locally by bike. If your pet is unwell do please contact them. The Practice advises that your day-to-day pet care should remain broadly the same as usual. For dogs who are being exercised less, consider mental stimulation games indoors. The government has advised hand-washing after interacting with any cat that goes outdoors. More details about looking after your pet here.
- Local radio is coming into its own at the moment. An initiative called WaveLength is providing free radios to the most vulnerable over 70s “to help everyone feel part of their community.” If you would like to nominate someone to receive a radio, there’s an application form here. You will need to know something about the person’s circumstances and it’s helpful to be able to give some details about their National Insurance Number, Income and/or Pension Credit ID.
- Tobias Bown, Assistant Head at The Perse Prep school, provides plenty of useful advice for parents and carers of primary school aged children in his blog on home learning.
- Cambridge Cycle Co says that if you are a keyworker or have no other transport to get you to work and need a cycle repair or part please get in touch and they will do everything they can to help.
- Panther Taxis are offering a shopping collection/delivery service through their app. More details on how to do it here, although we suggest you check with them the first time you use this service to ensure they serve your pickup destination – by telephone on 01223 715715 or via Facebook.
Monday 30 March
- Thank you to everyone who has signed up to our “Happy To Help” volunteering scheme. The response has been amazing – we’ve got a wonderful community here. The appeal for volunteers is open permanently – the button below will take you to our form if you want to add your name.
- The Cambridge Freecycle group has changed to only offer emergency supplies or food. It’s normally a good way of passing on unwanted items to people who’ll collect them, so as they say: “Please feel free to use this time to go through your cupboards to sort out no longer used items for when Freecycle is back in operation!”
- Wandlebury Country Park and Coton Countryside Reserve remain open to pedestrians and cyclists only, to enable people to take their once-a-day outdoor exercise. The car park and toilets at Wandlebury are now closed, so please do not drive to the parks.
- We hope to have some information about pet care tomorrow, but in the meantime, the Clinical Director of the Cambridge Veterinary Group on Cherry Hinton Road, Lucy Crosby, was on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this morning talking about what the practice is doing. You can hear the chat here.
- We’re normally trying to promote Queen Edith’s-based businesses in this newsletter, but for fruit and veg boxes we do need to go a little outside our area. Not far though!
- A company which has launched a home delivery service and seen orders take off is the Cambridge Fruit Co. This company can also deliver boxes of meat from Andrews Butchers and cakes from Uppercrust Cakes, available alongside ordering a fruit and vegetable box, which you can do here. It’s a very simple online ordering process, and we’ve found the ‘Essential Box’ to be good quality and reasonable value. The meat and cake add-ons are a bonus opportunity!
- Another option for fruit and vegetables is Fresh in a Box, a service by Hilary’s Wholesale, based on Coldham’s Lane. This offers the opportunity to buy fruit, vegetable or salad only boxes. More details here.
- Cambridge Organic Food Company is not taking new direct customers but is looking to support those in greatest need. It has introduced a “Community Angels” scheme to identify people most in need of their service. Our local contact, if you’re interested, is Britt Kilian, who can be emailed here. The company website is here.
Sunday 29 March
- Thank you to everyone who has signed up to our “Happy To Help” volunteering scheme. The response has been amazing – we’ve got a wonderful community here. The appeal for volunteers is open permanently.
- Please continue to monitor these emails for details about how to request help. We need to get our systems in place and volunteers briefed before we can do this.
- Just as an aside, we’ve found that the ‘spam filters’ in some email systems (such as GMail) have been working badly recently. We’d thoroughly recommend taking a look in your ‘spam’ folder most days, and marking anything filed there by mistake as ‘not spam’ so it moves to your inbox.
- Stagecoach bus timetables change tomorrow. This includes re-routing of the Citi 1 and Citi 2 services; Citi 2 will once again go through to Addenbrooke’s. See the revised timetables here.
- We’ve done some research over the weekend to find the local takeaways that remain open. We were very impressed at the efforts being put in by these local businesses, and the hygiene considerations which seem to be in place. Do consider getting some meal deliveries and helping them to stay trading. This list may not be comprehensive, but give them a try. Pay for your food by card when ordering by phone or online, and delivery can be left on your doorstep, making the process completely contactless.
- For Pizza and Italian food, Gattuso’s Sicilian Trattoria on Hills Road is offering deliveries through Just Eat; opening hours are 4pm to 9pm. Pizza 1899, the restaurant in a shipping container on the plaza at Cambridge Leisure, is open for collection as well as Deliveroo delivery from an impressive 11.30am to 9.30pm. And Bella Italia at Cambridge Leisure is also delivering via Deliveroo.
- For Chinese food, Double Seven on Cherry Hinton Road was open for deliveries on Friday night but we’ve just seen a message on its website suggesting it’s now closed. Call 01223 245777 to check. However, Michael Kerr’s upmarket Peking Restaurant in Homerton Street is still doing deliveries through Just Eat, if you fancy a treat. Otherwise you may have to go a little further afield – try Deliveroo or Just Eat for ideas.
- For Indian food, Maharani Take Away on Cherry Hinton Road is open 7 days a week from 5pm to 10pm, with ordering on its own website. The newer Palkee on Cherry Hinton Road is also open 7 days a week from 5pm to 9.30pm, with ordering on its own website.
- For burgers, chicken and kebabs, the best bet is Cyprus Kebab House on Cherry Hinton Road. Open from 5pm to 9pm daily, it offers kebabs, burgers and pizzas with meal deals and family packs. Order via Just Eat or collect from the takeaway itself.
Saturday 28 March
- We are today putting out a call for community volunteers to help others across Queen Edith’s. We have waited until now in order to let very local groups of neighbours establish themselves, and to find out what our local councils are expecting from individual communities.
- Our area-wide initiative does not replace any of the excellent local self-help groups already set up, but we hope will build on these and fill in the gaps.
- We will be matching volunteers with requests for help including:
– Out-and-about services (shopping, dog walking and posting mail)
– Stay-at-home services (telephone befriending, giving computer/internet help).
If you’re interested in offering any of these, just click on the link below and complete our short form.
- There will be no commitment, just whatever you’re able to do, whenever. The Queen Edith’s Community Forum is working with local medical practices, churches and other groups to support safe and supported volunteering.
- We are also looking for a crucially important group of administrators who will listen to voicemail recordings made by those who need help and allocate the tasks. This is an at-home, computer-based job suitable for any age, and you can indicate your interest also using the link below.
- We are not taking requests for help yet. We need to set up our volunteer network in advance. If you’re happy to collect some shopping for someone nearby, walk their dog or just call to check they’re OK, please sign up. Thank you.
Friday 27 March
- We’re going to be launching our “Happy To Help” volunteering service this weekend. Ahead of this, can you help us increase the circulation of this newsletter? We’ll follow up this email in a minute with a simple email message that you can just forward to everyone you know who lives locally, in case they don’t already get this newsletter. Please help us to help the whole community!
- Sadly, like many other festivals this summer, the Cambridge Folk Festival at the end of July has been cancelled.
- Cambridge City Council has joined with Cambridgeshire County Council in temporarily suspending resident parking zones, which they say is ‘to assist essential deliveries and collections’. They will also make multi-storey car parks available free of charge from Monday 30 March to key workers and volunteers. The County Council has now decided to suspend parking enforcement across Cambridge during the crisis.
- Panther Taxis’ mobile app now allows you to select ‘Grocery Pickup’ as your vehicle, so you can shop online, select the supermarket as the pickup point, and they’ll bring your shopping to you.
- Cambridge City Council is asking residents to not take items to recycling points (such as textiles, shoes, batteries etc.) as these will not be emptied until further notice.
Thursday 26 March
- Addenbrooke’s patients and their friends and relatives can call a helpline with questions about the hospital’s services during the COVID-19 outbreak. The helpline is open from 8.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday and messages can be passed on to patients in hospital without telephone access. Details here.
- The new Red Cross Area Residents’ Association have created a weekly Community Star Award to celebrate people in their area who are making a contribution to community spirit. The first award goes to Frank Pinner, the Principal of the Bell Language School, for responding to RARA’s request and donating the school car park to staff working at the Biomedical Campus during the COVID-19 emergency. You can find out more about RARA here.
- At Wulfstan Way shops, which has easy access and parking, there’s Express General Convenience Store, a small but busy supermarket, open 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday; and New Winfield Oriental Supermarket, selling Filipino, Chinese and other oriental goods. There’s also Kay’s Chemist which is currently open 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm Saturday.
- Budgens at MRH Orchard service station is still open 24 hours and has a wide selection of groceries and other products.
- The new Cherry Hinton Road Co-op at Adkins Corner is open from 6am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday.
- In the city half of Cherry Hinton Road, many food stores, convenience stores and pharmacies remain open. Opening hours for the Boots Pharmacy are 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm (we think that’s Monday to Saturday). Nearby Daily Store has a selection of groceries and is of course one of our newsagents (opening hours unknown). Around the Rock pub, we have Cherry Hinton Road Local Store, which has groceries and is one of our two Post Offices: this is open 7am to 10pm Monday to Sunday. Next door is local favourite Balzano’s delicatessen, which has a wonderful range of Italian themed groceries and its renowned bread; the shop is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturday. Over the road, Cambridge Wine Merchants is open 7 days a week and has some great offers on. Further up, Cherry Hinton Mini Market is our other newsagent and has a good grocery range – it’s currently open 6am to 12noon, and a couple of doors down, Numark Pharmacy retains its incredible opening hours of 7am to 11pm Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm Saturday and 9am to 5pm Sunday. Over the road, Sparkles Convenience Store opposite remains open (opening hours unknown) with a range of grocery products including fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Finally we get to Cambridge Leisure and Hills Road, where we have three supermarkets, but don’t forget there’s also Essentialz, which has a great range of groceries as well as being our other post office. The supermarkets all look pretty well stocked at the moment: Tesco is open from 6am to 10pm; Sainsbury’s appears to be still open from 7am to 11pm; and The Marque Co-op is open from 7am to 10pm.
Wednesday 25 March
- We need to know what local businesses are doing, so that we can tell you. Can you help us? If you’re going out to a shop or will be in contact with any Queen Edith’s based business, we’ve created a note which you can print out at home and let them have. Download your copy here and help us help local services at this time. Or you can send them the flyer by email.
- Addenbrooke’s Hospital has had to suspend all visits to patients, with a few exceptions. Read the full statement from CUH here.
- The Inpatient Unit at the Arthur Rank Hospice is restricted to two visitors per patient, and they must be next of kin and close or immediate family only. More details here.
- Sadly, The Coffee House in Wulfstan Way has now had to close. Ian and the team look forward to seeing us all again soon. Their message is here.
- Those of you on Cherry Hinton Road and to the north of it now also have the help of the newly-formed Coleridge Community Forum. Keep in touch with what they’re doing here.
- The team at the Taj Tandoori have decided “with a heavy heart” to close temporarily, including no longer offering takeaways. Their message is here.
- Dr Shani Langdon and local resident Elinor Brown of Being Human Together are offering a live 8-week mindfulness course for parents, and it’s free. The introduction is next Tuesday 31 March at 8pm. Join in online then (via Zoom – it’s easy) for an introductory session and to find out more. Details of ‘Align For Parents’ can be found here.
- Cambridge Cookery has had to close, but has these very special offers for when it re-opens.
- Cyclists should note that although the Giant Store on Hills Road has closed for now, the group’s Cambridge Station store will reopen tomorrow with workshop services and provision of cycling essentials.
Tuesday 24 March
- A message from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie clarifies that anyone with medical appointments should continue to attend unless contacted directly stating otherwise.
- The Magog Trust has taken the decision to close the car park to Magog Down in order to reduce social interaction, but locals who are able to reach the site on foot may still visit for exercise, taking into account government advice on social distancing. More here.
- The churches of St John The Evangelist and St James are both now closed to the public.
- The Cambridge Online charity is looking for volunteers to join a new team providing phone and email support to people needing help with digital tasks. Details on how to volunteer can be found here (please be patient – we found the website very slow).
- Local electricians DS Electrical are offering 24-hour essential emergency works. Contact them on 07830 349 199 or 07870 372 788. All precautions taken.
- Our friends at Shortle ProClean say they can still help where needed for window, fascia and gutter cleaning. All precautions taken. More information here.
- Treat yourself or the family to a proper gourmet meal! Acclaimed chef Mark Poynton has teamed up with Cambridge Cookery to offer a pickup or delivery service of amazing food on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Three courses are just £18.50! Take a look at the menus for this weekend, and book ahead now.
- Cambridge Print & Copy on the Clifton Road estate is still able to provide fast printing services, either for collection from the street, to be posted out via Royal Mail or delivered by cycle courier. Visit their website here and there’s details on what they can do for domestic and business customers.
- The Marque Co-op has changed its opening hours to 7am to 8pm.
- Barclays Bank on Cherry Hinton Road is currently closed. The bank’s 24-hour customer services is on 0345 734 5345.
- Lloyds Bank on Cherry Hinton Road is open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30am to 4.30pm. You may want to check before visiting on 0345 602 1997.
- Cherry Hinton Mini Market on Cherry Hinton Road is currently opening from 6am to 12 noon.
- Popular fish and chip shop Fishnchickn on Cherry Hinton Road is closed until further notice.
Monday 23 March
- Cambridge’s City Councillors and MPs have made this joint statement about what they intend to do to support the city at this time.
- Cambridge City Council has announced that parks remain open at this time but play areas are to close.
- The Queen Edith pub is closed until further notice.
- The Rock pub is closed until further notice.
- Nightingale Garden at Nightingale recreation ground is closed until further notice.
- The Coffee House on Wulfstan Way has been cooking these fabulous hot breakfasts for takeaway and even local delivery – open 8am to 4.30pm. Call 01223 665660 for details.
- The nearest butcher which has good stock is Malloy’s Craft Butchery at The Railyard, by the main railway station. Be aware that this is definitely an ‘upmarket’ butchery but we can confirm from experience that the quality is superb. They also have cheeses, butter, milk, bread, pastries and a range of ready to go dishes. They are also running some home deliveries. Talk to them by Facebook Messenger or by telephone on 01223 361340 – see details here.
- There are now websites to support our neighbouring residents in Trumpington and in Cherry Hinton. The ‘Coleridge’ ward (north of Cherry Hinton Road) will also soon have its own resources – residents there who read this may find more local information there than from the Queen Edith’s Community Forum.
- All three city swimming pools are closed until further notice.
- Cambridge City Council has made this announcement about its 400 commercial tenants and the market.
- Hospital patients are still relying on lifesaving blood donations. Staff are putting extra safety measures in place – please help. There’s more information here.
Sunday 22 March
- Rock Road Library is closing but the County Council library service “is working to create an alternative offer” – read this announcement if you’re a library user, and watch this space for updates.
- Daily home newspaper deliveries are looking like an attractive option for many people and are operating as normal at the moment. Some national newspapers are now offering free delivery through a website called Deliver My Newspaper. This site will send you vouchers to give to your local newsagent* which will cover the delivery cost for typically 6 or 12 weeks. It’s very easy to use, and you can complete it for someone else. Then go to the website of the newspaper you chose (e.g. The Guardian) and subscribe to its print version – they’ll also send you vouchers for the period you choose. Note that you can do this as a ‘gift’ for someone, which might be useful if you’re doing this to help out someone who doesn’t want to do all this on the internet themselves. Then take both sets of vouchers, when you’ve got them, to the newsagent you chose when getting the delivery vouchers.
- Sadly, after its free opening experiment on Saturday was overwhelmed, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden is having to close to avoid putting staff and visitors at risk. More information here.
- Cambs Youth Panel is providing Google Chromebooks to school students in Cambridgeshire free of charge for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. Click here for more details. If you’d like to support this initiative financially, there are also details on how to do so.
- Don’t forget there’s more general information and an amazing set of resources on our “Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and advice“ page, which is being updated constantly and may have new details since you last took a look.
* Note when selecting your newsagent that ‘ENGA GROUP LTD’ is Cherry Hinton Mini Market on Cherry Hinton Road, near Rock Road; and ‘MR GEORGE KUNJUMON’ is the Daily Store on the corner of Cowper Road.
Saturday 21 March
- Both of our local Church of England churches have updates on their websites about current activities. Both are open at times for reflection and prayer: see details at the St James website and the St John The Evangelist website. In addition, St James church tells us: “We can’t hand out posies of flowers at church as we usually do on Mothering Sunday, so we will be leaving a bucket of flowers by the church notice board for children to take a posy to give to mothers or others who care for us. Please only take one each!” St James’s is participating in a National Day of Prayer and Action by asking people to light a candle and place it in their window at 7pm on Sunday.
- Please encourage friends and neighbours locally to get this email. If you live in a block of flats, would you be kind enough to click here to see our poster, print it out and put it somewhere that all residents can see it? If you cut the red dotted lines to leave tassels at the bottom, people can tear off the website address to take home.
- You can sign up others to get our email, including less internet-savvy neighbours who read email but perhaps don’t want to fill in a web form. Just sign them up here and let them know they’ll get an email which they can click to confirm they want to receive it.
- Rock Allotments remain open: please observe social distancing whilst working on plots. The Trading Centre will continue to remain open on Sundays 11-12 for as long as possible.
- Cambridge Arts Theatre is closed until May.
- With council Green Bin collections ceasing, people have been asking if there’s anything we can do with kitchen waste. Local blogger Cab Davison has written an article called Composting in a Crisis – Make Your Own Compost Heap which is a perfect project if you’ve got a bit of garden space and are looking for something to do. It’s also very entertaining. Have a read.
Friday 20 March
- Cambridge University Botanic Garden is now open free of charge until further notice. Entrance is however only via the Brookside Gate on Trumpington Road.
- Stagecoach buses will be working to revised timetables across Cambridgeshire from Monday week (30th March). The Citi 1 and Citi 2 will have their outbound access restored via Queen Edith’s Way, serving Addenbrooke’s.
- Cambridge City Council customer reception points at Mandela House are now closed, except for pre-booked appointments.
- Greater Anglia trains (Liverpool Street services) will be running to a revised timetable from Monday
- Great Northern trains (Kings Cross services) will be running to a revised timetable from Monday
- There’s a Neighbourhood Watch response to the public health situation here
- Rock Road Library remains open but ‘Friends’ events have been suspended – more in their latest newsletter here.
- Non-urgent housing repairs for council tenants have been suspended until further notice.
- Police Community Safety Officers are reporting an increase in online and doorstep scams. This video is worth watching and circulating (YouTube). There’s also some good advice to read here.
- Cambridge City Foodbank is expecting a surge in demand and is calling on the public to donate food in the supermarket collection bins around the city. It will operate at three locations in Cambridge. Visitors will still need to be referred by a professional agency. More here.
- That’s TV West Anglia came to St John’s church and made this 4-minute news story (YouTube) on what we’re doing, with Revd James Shakespeare and our own Sam Davies.
Thursday 19 March
- The City Council has suspended Green Bin collections in order to focus on collecting blue and black bins. They ask us to please try to waste as little food as possible, and for this period only, please put any food waste in your black bin. Garden waste can be home composted or taken to local Household Recycling Centres. As a reminder, the list of what should go in each bin is here, and you can check the days on which bins are collected here.
- Addenbrookes is looking for temporary help. Have you previously worked in a healthcare setting or have administrative experience? A tailored training programme can be provided with weekly pay and enrolment onto the NHS pension scheme. More details here.
- The Queen Edith pub on Wulfstan Way is offering takeaways, with 20% off! Simply call with your order and pay over the phone, then pop round to the back door, and collect your food.
- Free bus passes are now eligible before 9.30am across Cambridgeshire. This is to help elderly and vulnerable people get to supermarkets that are prioritising them during morning hours.
- The Cambridge Independent newspaper is making its online app version available free for the next month. This is available for smartphones and tablets.
- The next public drop-in sessions about the Fendon Road roundabout works at St James’ Church have been cancelled. These were scheduled for Thursday 26 March and Thursday 30 April from 2.00pm to 3.00pm.
- If you’re over 70 and can order shopping via an online ‘click and collect’ service, CamCab taxis will bring it to you for free.
- Abbey College will be moving to online learning after tomorrow.
- Long Road Sixth Form College has issued advice for 2020 applicants.
Wednesday 18 March
- Cambridge Cookery remains open! Give our excellent local café and bistro a visit
- Free meals for over-70s from Taj Tandoori – a generous offer from the Cherry Hinton Road restaurant
- Cambridge University has moved to its ‘red phase’ in response to the public health situation
- Cambridge University Press is making higher education textbooks in HTML format free to access online
- The Cambridge Drawing Society’s 2020 Spring Art Exhibition has been cancelled
- The National Trust’s pay-for-entry sites including houses, cafés and shops, will close by this Friday, but the NT is working to keep as many open spaces available as possible, free of charge. Full statement here.
- The Cambridge University Botanic Garden will stay open to visitors for as long as possible.
- All Wildlife BCN events are cancelled until 13th June
- Cambridge City Council’s bulky waste collection service is suspended
- Cambridge Literary Festival has been cancelled
- Home delivery resumes from Taj Tandoori – and it’s free!
Tuesday 17 March
- How to support Cambridge City Foodbank
- Information about Food Deliveries from Tesco Fulbourn via Panther Taxis
- Hills Road Sixth Form College update
- Long Road Sixth Form College update
- Cambridge Junction closed until the end of April
- Netherhall School years 10 and below moving to home learning
- Cambridge Corn Exchange events cancelled for the rest of the month
- Cambridge City Council statement
- Message from St John The Evangelist Church about public worship being stopped
- COPE (Cambridgeshire Older People’s Enterprise) meetings have been cancelled until further notice.
- The Light Cinema will be closed from Thursday
- Cambridge Open Studios in July has been cancelled
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