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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.