Newsletter Late August 2012

Cottenham Community Centre newsletter August 2012

1  The Coffee shop will be closed all week from Monday 27 August. Normal opening recommences Monday 3 September

2  Taking advantage of this closure, Acoustic material will be installed in the coffee shop on Tuesday 28 August and thermostatic valves will be fitted to the radiators upstairs and in back kitchen and storeroom on Thursday 30  August. We expect there will be less “echo” in the coffee shop.

3   We have not increased prices since opening in Feb 2011 but the success of the coffee shop means that we have reached the limit for VAT purposes and have had  to register (No 139 4876 68) for VAT. Thus 20% of the cost of items in the Coffee shop will represent VAT. We have therefore to increase prices (by 15%) with effect from 3 September. The prices still compare very favourably with coffee shops elsewhere and the new acoustic panels will improve the ambience. The hall bookings will not carry VAT.

4  The ante-natal class continues on Tuesdays evenings at 7pm and now includes post-natal – for more information contact Debbie Prince

Starting on Wednesday 19September and Friday 28 September please come and join us at Cottenham Community Centre coffee shop for…..

Story Corner for pre-school children

10.30am-11.15am alternate Wednesdays and 11.30 to 12.15 alternate Fridays. Bring along your child’s favourite story or let us choose one for you.

6  Also for pre-school children, Messy Play sessions will commence in the back hall on Monday 10 September 10.00 -11.00 . No need to book but dress appropriately. £3 for a child and £2.50 for an additional child. For more information or Rachel Bell on 01353 650079 or 07704 224898.

7  There will be an Alzheimers Society information meeting on Friday 7 September from 10am – 12 noon.


The Alzheimers Society works with anyone who is confused and forgetful, not just people with Alzheimers Disease. They will be here to provide information, help people to understand confusion, help people to find strategies to cope and to provide someone to talk to who understands.  There are opportunities to meet other people in similar situations.


Staff will be on hand to help you. They can help with financial issues, carers’ assessments, as well as providing you with information and support.  Carers and people with dementia can also meet up at this event and chat over coffee.


If we can help in any way or you would like to find out more about the event please call our office on 01223 863854 or e-mail: cambridge&


8  Telegraph Street and Firs House Patients Group in partnership with Cottenham Community Centre presents:  A Falls Awareness event on Wed. 12th September 3.00p.m. Doors open for refreshments from 2.30p.m. at Cottenham Community Centre Coffee Shop   ALL WELCOME!

  • Bring your friends and family
  • Hear about the many simple things that can reduce the risk of falls and fractures
  • Find out what support is available in the area.
  • Meet old and make new friends over a cup of tea or coffee…and freshly baked scones and cake!

Book early – Tickets £2.00 to cover tea/coffee and scone/cake available from Telegraph St. Surgery and Cottenham CC Coffee Shop,

or by contacting Chelsea

9  Megan Borg, a Miss Cambridgeshire finalist is holding a clothes exchange on Saturday 15 September 10am – 2pm in aid of a charity. Do put the date in your dairy.

Exchange up to 10 items of your unwanted adults and children’s clothing for just £8! or Buy on the day 1pm -2pm. CALL 01954 203295 for details or arrange delivery of your clothes to 6 Paxton Close BEFORE Monday 11th Sept

Be sure to reserve your rail space – book early!

Clothes Swap in aid of ‘Beauty with a Purpose’, aiding disadvantaged children, in conjunction with CCC.

10 On Wednesday 19 September at 7.30pm (in the warm and dry!) we will be reliving the Cottenham Diamond jubilee event held on 3 June with a film and slide show. Tickets cost just £5 to include food. Buy your tickets from the coffee shop soon

11 On Saturday 6 October we are planning, with Abigail Prince, to have an auction at 6pm to 8pm of artwork to help raise money for a Masai school (Naarlarami) in Tanzania. The artwork will be displayed the week before in the coffee shop – do come and have a look and find out about this exciting project.

12  Simon Oliver, the Methodist Pioneer Minister who works alongside the Community Centre with 20-40 year olds and young families has a number of initiatives developing over the coming months. For more info, please see his website, e-mail on, like him on facebook at revcoffeecottenham, or follow on twitter @revcoffeeccc. Or just talk to him in the Coffee Shop, like we used to in the olden days! Smile nicely and he might even buy you a cappuccino!


DADS PLAY: Every second Saturday of the month, an opportunity for Dads or male carers/guardians of Under-5′s to meet at the Cottenham Community Centre Coffee Shop. The kids get the chance to play together. The men get a chance to eat bacon sandwiches and drink great coffee!

Time- 10:30-11:30

Dates for 2012:  15th September (Note: this is the THIRD Saturday of the month meet in the coffee shop), 13th October, 10th November, 8th December.


ARTS NIGHT: A small group of young-ish poets, musicians, storytellers, comedians, singers, photographers and artists have begun getting together to form a creative arts night and series of events at the CCC Coffee Shop. We aim to share original and borrowed material and collaborate in creating new works, as well as putting on quality performances and having quality conversations exploring issues of life and faith from a variety of perspectives. So far we have been looking at the connected themes of parenthood, youth and childhood, and we have used photography, original songs, a variety of cover versions (from Dylan to Bowie), re-written bible passages, poetry, short stories and more…..all are welcome, regardless of beliefs or talent!

Forthcoming Dates: Sunday 9th September, 7:30 pm.  Theme = Childhood.

Sunday 14th October, 7:30 pm. Theme = tbc

MARRIAGE AND PARENTING COURSES: After the fantastic Marriage Course earlier in the year, we are looking to put on another course in the new year. We are also hoping to put on two Parenting Courses, one for those with young children and one for those with teenagers. Please get in touch if these sound like the sort of courses you might be interested in….

13 The second hand book stall continues in a slightly different place in the coffee shop – do come and have a browse and purchase a super book very cheaply. All proceeds help the Community Centre to improve the facilities.

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  (Charity number 1128604)