Newsletter March 2012

Cottenham Community Centre Newsletter March 2012

1 The CCC coffee shop is now open from 10am until 4.30pm each Monday for a trial period.
Other days remain the same (10-2). Do come along and do encourage any teenagers, as they may be able to come on Monday afternoons. The Rocky Road cake is very popular!

2 If you have re-joined, many thanks, if not CCC membership renewal is due – please see the attached form – this can be sent to Steve Poole. Please encourage your friends to join this local charity – new potential members are warmly welcome

3 Cottenham Community Centre is of course a charity-led, community venture and relies on volunteers to support the manager and assistant manager, both of whom are part-time. Due partly to the extended hours, we would like a few more volunteers to help in the coffee shop. Volunteers usually work slots of 9.30 -12.00 or 12.00 – 2.30 and on Mondays 2.30-5.00 as well.

If you know anyone who would like to help, and gain experience in this super facility, do ask him or her to have a chat with Jane in the coffee shop. Volunteers take the SCDC food hygiene test on-line (CCC will reimburse the cost) and wear a smart tee shirt and apron. This is an opportunity to learn about customer service, using coffee shop equipment, including the till or dishwasher, make soup and lunches or cakes and of course learn the skills of espresso coffee making and the differences between Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha etc and thus become a skilled “Barista”.

Volunteers enjoy the company, friendly professional atmosphere and some volunteers have already found this a very helpful addition to their CV. There is no pressure on working regular shifts or even every week. It is very flexible and can fit with a volunteer’s other commitments.

Crocus competition. Please take photos soon, or get painting (up to A2 size) the crocuses on the Green and bring your mounted photos and ready to hang paintings, as entries for a competition, to CCC  17-19 April. David Mudd, the chair of Cottenham Parish Council, will present the prizes on Tuesday 24 April at 6.30 for 7.00 in the coffee shop. Winning entries will be hung in the coffee shop from 24 April. Entry form attached.

5. A story/reading session for pre-school children will start this week and be held on Wednesdays at 1.15 for about 30 minutes in the coffee shop. Do bring your youngster to this new activity. A parent will need to stay nearby.

Dad’s Play takes place at 10.30 on second Saturday (10th in March) of the month do come along with your youngster.

Quilt –making for CCC. If you would like to help with this exciting project do come to the next meeting at the coffee shop on Tuesday 13 March at 11.30.

Raffle. There will be a raffle for an Easter hamper – tickets will be available at the coffee shop and cost £1. There will be a separate raffle for children for a children’s hamper with tickets at 20p each.

9 There will be an Easter Market on Saturday 24 March 10am –2pm. For more information contact Julie Percival.

10 The Parish Council is expected to have moved the Parish office to CCC by 1 April. Parishioners will be able to visit the Parish office before or after enjoying a visit to the coffee shop!

11 Watch out for a new menu coming soon.

12 An NCT class starts on Saturday 17 March at 7pm.

13 Queens Jubilee on Sunday 3 June 3-6pm. Watch out for information there will be exhibitions and of course wonderful food.

14 Tyrannochorus held a super, very well-supported concert at CVC at 7.30pm on Friday 24 February and raised the wonderful sum of £800 for Cottenham Community Centre for Audio Visual equipment.

15 Dr Simon Poole’s talk and cooking demonstration on Thursday 1 March at CCC about Mediterranean food, especially olive oil, and its health benefits was a sell out. Everyone enjoyed the super samples prepared by Jane, Dawn and the volunteers. The single estate (in Kalamata, Greece) produced olive oil tasted best according to the blind olive oil tasting session.

16 The Marriage course was very enjoyable and successful. It may be repeated later. Let us know if you are interested.

I hope you find the newsletter useful. You are receiving these email newsletters to keep you up to date with CCC, as you provided your e-mail address, either as a member or volunteer. If you no longer wish to receive these, please send an email to, requesting to be removed for our mailing list.

Mike Smith

On behalf of CCC trustees