Newsletter January 2014

A Happy New Year to all our friends

We thank Kristen Ellery and also the Primary school for their singing during the last week before Christmas

The coffee shop reopened after the Christmas break at 10am on Thursday 2 January 2014.  The room is still looking lovely. There is Artwork, cards, jams etc to buy and beautiful Pictures and Quilts adorning the walls. Come and enjoy browsing our second hand books, CDs and videos.

The Coffee shop opening times are 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. Unfortunately, we have had to raise our prices for the New Year. We have kept the increase to the lowest level possible as we know that with cost of living increases outstripping earnings, some people are struggling.

The hard fundraising work of Sue Bainbridge in making jams and other items, and Peter Giddens in making the bird boxes, sold in 2013 has raised the amazing sum of £1257. A huge thank you to them.

We will be holding our AGM on Thursday 6 Feb at 7.30pm. This will be the third anniversary of the opening of the coffee shop. Please do join us that evening to celebrate, Learn more about this great community facility, consider becoming a Trustee and/or vote for other trustee candidates.

On Sat 8 Feb there will be acoustic music during opening hours in the coffee shop from the Arts night musicians. Do join us.
On Sat 22 Feb the Band of Hope will be performing in the hall, starting at 8:30 pm. The Band of Hope is a 7-piece band playing popular music of the 1920s and early 1930s – think Temperance Seven, Charleston, Flapper Girls etc. This is your chance to experience the Roaring Twenties! Tickets £7.50 from Dave Bainbridge 88 Rampton Road 01954 251202.
On Thursday 6 March there will be a special book sale for World Book Day.


Medi, Hearty, Cook Wed 26 March 2014
Dr. Simon Poole. Cottenham Community Centre and Telegraph Street Patients’ Group are delighted to present another ‘cook-in’ at the Coffee Shop on Wednesday 26th March, 7.30-9.00pm, when Dr. Poole returns to present in his own inimitable and entertaining way, the benefits of a Mediterranean style diet to that crucial muscle of ours, the heart. Come and enjoy the taster dishes which Jane and her team will prepare, perhaps washed down with a glass of wine.
Tickets at £4 to cover costs (excluding wine), will be available from 1st March from the Coffee Shop and from Telegraph Street surgery.

Continuing the heart theme, we plan to follow this event with a Heart Start training evening in partnership with the British Heart Foundation.  More information will be available on the website in due course.

We (with Miranda, our Pilates, Fitness, BarreTime 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 looks great – there is a photo on the website.

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 25 Jan from 12.30 to 3.30. To book contact

Rugby tots is now on Tuesdays at 3.30pm (aged 2-3.5 years) and 4pm (aged 3.5-5 years) in the Main hall. 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. They have knitted an amazing 101 baby hats, 41 blankets, 16 hat/jacket sets and 9 cardigans for the Addenbrokes premature babies unit. They look wonderful. Just come and join in if you are interested.

Dads Play: Saturdays 10.30 – 11.30 monthly on second Saturday of the month including 11 Jan, 8 Feb and 8 March. Arts Night on Second and Fourth Sundays of the month 7.30 -9.30 pm in coffee shop: including 12 and 26 Jan, 9 and 23 Feb and 9 March.  – The Roost – Third Sunday of the month at 3pm to 4.30pm including 19 Jan, 16 Feb and 16 March in the coffee shop and main hall. For more info about the above 3 activities, please see website, e-mail on, or facebook at revcoffeecottenham, or follow on twitter @revcoffeeccc.

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 (; Pilates 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 19.00-22.00 (

Thursday. Ready Steady Play – Early Years 10.00-11.00 (contact NEW Teen Pilates (Studio) 15.30 to 16.15; BarreTime (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 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; 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; 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, meet people and improve your skills, do get in touch by replying to or phoning 01954 202109 during opening hours.

Assistant Manager Changes   Following Dawn’s departure, Jo has increased her hours and Trish has joined the team.

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.

For information about the Community Centre see the Website, Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @Cottcommcentre.  If you a few minutes to spare, there is a link on the website to the You Tube videos that may act as a reminder of 3 years ago.

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