Newsletter October 2012

1The Coffee shop normal opening has recommenced i.e. 10-4.30 on Monday and 10-2 Tuesday to Saturday.

Parking at the Co-op is for Co-op customers. Of course as such they may also visit the Community Centre Coffee shop. Please be very considerate in any use you make of this car park. There is street parking near the war memorial and in adjoining streets and restricted parking further along the High Street.

If you would like to volunteer in the coffee shop do get in touch by replying to this e-mail newsletter

2  On Saturday 6 October with Abigail Prince, we will be having an auction at 6pm to 8pm of artwork to help raise money for a Masai school (Naarlarami) in Tanzania. The artwork is on display on Saturday 6 October  in the coffee shop – do come and have a look and find out about this exciting project to help build water availability and sanitation and buildings and resources.

3   Acoustic material has been installed in the coffee shop and thermostatic valves fitted to the radiators upstairs and in back kitchen and storeroom. There has been a dramatic difference to the noise level in the coffee shop – do pop in and hear the difference whilst enjoying your choice from the autumn menu or specials board. We are now planning further improvements to the building.

4  From  Wednesday 10 October at 10.30 and Friday 19 October at 11.30 please come and join us at Cottenham Community Centre coffee shop for Story Corner for pre-school children 10.30am alternate Wednesdays and 11.30 alternate Fridays. Do bring your child/grandchild for this fun time.

5  For information about the Community Centre see the  Website

Classes – do come and join one of our exciting classes

Messy Play Mondays 10.00 -11.00 .

Zumbatronic Mondays 3.30 – 4.00pm

Zumba Mondays 7.00 to 8.00pm

Yoga Tuesday 10.00-11.30

Total toning for pre and post natal Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm upstairs room

Whirl and Twirl Wednesday 7.00-10.00pm

Early Years Thursday 10.00-11.00

Pilates Thursday 6.30-7.30pm

Pilates Thursday 7.30 to 8.30pm

Pilates Friday 10.00-11.00

Yoga Friday 10.00-11.30 upstairs room

7 On 26 September, with stalls and with a Scone or Slice of Victoria Sponge and a drink for £2.50, CCC donated  £1.00 of this directly to Macmillan Cancer Support –  we are delighted to say that the Coffee “morning” raised  £241.30 for Macmillan. Thank you for your support.


8  Telegraph Street and Firs House Patients Group in partnership with Cottenham Community Centre presented  a Falls Awareness event on Wed.12th September. The Coffee Shop was full and the feedback very positive. Our thanks to the Firs House patients group for arranging this thought-provoking talk. If you would like to see any similar popular event please let us know.

9 Our congratulations to Megan Borg, a Miss Cambridgeshire finalist, who in conjunction with CCC, raised one hundred pounds from a clothes sale for ‘Beauty with a Purpose’, aiding disadvantaged children,.

10 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  improve the facilities

11   Rev Coffee

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:   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 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 either as a helper or attendee….

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)