Newsletter December 2013

On Sat 30 November we will hold a craft sale, mainly in the hall, from 10-2 – do come along and have a look – a great place to buy your Christmas presents.

On Mon 16, Tues 17 and Wed 18 Dec Cottenham Primary School children will entertain you in the coffee shop at 11.15. Pop in to one of these to hear them sing and see their artwork.

On Saturday 21 Dec we will have Kristen Ellery entertaining us with Christmas Music and Carols from 11am in the coffee shop and again at 1pm in the main hall with mince pies etc. This was wonderful last year so do come to start your Christmas with a real feel good feeling. Histon Early Years will also be there with a stand to explain the super activities they provide for mums and babies/young children.

 The coffee shop will close at 2pm on Saturday 21 Dec and re-open at 10am on Thursday 2 January 2014 We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience during this closure.  The closure is to allow our hardworking volunteers to have a Seasonal break

The Coffee shop normal opening time is 10.00 – 4.30 on Monday and 10.00 – 2.00 Tuesday to Saturday. A great place to relax or meet whilst enjoying a tea/coffee or lunch. We now provide 2 free newspapers as well as free Wi-Fi.

We (with Miranda, our Pilates, Fitness, BarreConcept and First Aid teacher have changed the upstairs room into – “the Studio” with new sound insulation, colours, curtains, mirrors, ballet bar, cupboards and flooring. It is exciting to see the changes that have taken place. It is now ready and being used for the new classes. There is a photo on the website.

To make the staircase to the studio attractive, it has been modernised and floored and a shoe rack, hanging space and seat installed on the half landing.

To access the Studio go around the building to the back past the refurbished fire escape and cycle racks and enter by the last door and go up the stairs.

Look out for new classes both in the studio and main hall. There will be a number of workshops on Saturdays in the Studio such as Colour Awareness on Sat 14 Dec from 12.30 to 3.30. To book contact

Do come and join one of our exciting classes/meetings.

Rugby tots on Saturdays at 11.00 (aged 2-3.5 years) and 11.30 to 12.30 (aged 3.5-5 years) in the Main hall (NB on Dad’s play days (including Sat 14 December) it is later at 11.45 – 1.15. For more information or to book contact

Knitting Group. On Wednesday Mornings 10am -12 noon several people meet in the coffee shop over a coffee and cake to knit. Just come and join in if you are interested.

Dads Play: Saturdays 10.30 – 11.30 monthly on second Saturday of the month including 14 Dec. Arts Night on Second and Fourth Sundays of the month 7.30 -9.30 pm in coffee shop: including 8 Dec.  NEWThe Roost – Third Sunday of the month at 3pm to 4.30pm including 15 Dec in the coffee shop and main hall. ‘The Roost’ is a fun combination of arts, craft, messy play, computer games, videos, The Sunday Papers, quizzes, creative writing, conversation and more, which aims to give Cottenham families the chance to spend time together, get to know others, be creative, and explore life and faith from a Christian perspective. There will also be great coffee and delicious flapjack! It is for people of all backgrounds and beliefs, and to value and explore everyone’s perspectives. For more info about the above 3 items, please see website, e-mail on, or facebook at revcoffeecottenham, or follow on twitter @revcoffeeccc.

Science Workshops; Mon 7 April to Friday 11 April 2014, Mon 4 August to Fri 8 Aug 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm for 4-11 year olds. Visit website or email for more info or to book.

Other classes in day order. These are all in the main hall unless marked “Studio”.

Monday.  Messy Play ( 10-11:  Zumba Gold (for over 50s) 14.30 to 15.00; Zumbatronic (Term time) 15.30 – 16.00pm ; Zumba 19.00 to 20.00pm: Let Jo Kinser ( know if you are interested in any of the zumba classes.  NEWBarreTime Teens(Studio) Term time 15.30 to 16.15 just £4 (

Tuesday.  Yoga 10.00-11.30 (; NEWPilates for Beginners (Studio) 10.15 to 11.15; Pilates Intermediate (Studio) 11.30 to 12.30. For more information about any of the Pilates or Barre Concept classes  (all cost £7 on a Pay-as-you-go basis) contact Miranda de Vries (

Wednesday.  Little Humbugs at 10.30 to 11.30, a Singing and Music Fun Time for babies and toddlers that has become very popular – just £2.50. Do come and join in and enjoy a tea/coffee. More information from (

Whirl and Twirl 19.00-22.00pm (

Thursday. Ready Steady Play – Early Years 10.00-11.00 (contact NEW Teen Pilates (Studio) 15.30 to 16.15; NEW BarreConcept (Studio) 17.15 to 18.15; Pilates (Studio) 18.30-19.30pm for men; Pilates 19.30 to 20.30pm for mixed ability Contact;  NEW from 16 Jan 2014 we hope to have an Adult Ballet class in the Studio from 10-11am  To reserve a place contact (

Friday.  Pilates 10.00-11.00 for mixed ability; Yoga (Studio) short terms only 10.00-11.30;  NEW FlexAware (Studio) 11.35 to 12.35; NEW Pilates Beginners (Studio) 12.35 to 1.35; NEW Pilates Mixed (Studio) 16.00 to 17.00; NEW Stretchercise (Studio) 17.00 to 18.00.

We are keen to hire out the rooms, especially for new activities to Cottenham or for parties (the coffee shop can provide food) so if you would like to hire one of our 3 rooms (main hall, Studio (upstairs) or coffee shop, E-mail to book. The hall is available most afternoons to book. You are now able to check bookings (and classes) by looking on the website at Function Rooms and then the room and looking for the date.

We are actively looking for new volunteers. If you would like to volunteer in the coffee shop, and improve your skills, do get in touch by replying to or phoning 01954 202109 during opening hours.

If you have not been in recently do come in and see us and see the changes. Please also encourage your friends to pop into the coffee shop.

Assistant Manager changes – Dawn is leaving. We thank her for her significant contribution in making the coffee shop so successful.  Jo is increasing her hours and a further appointment may be made soon as our policy is to always have a manager in charge of the coffee shop when open.

If you, and/or your friends, would further like to support our exciting facility the website has a link to shop on-line with “easy fundraising”. It costs you nothing more but brings in extra income for CCC.

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Mike Smith on behalf of CCC trustees (Charity number 1128604)