Quarantined in Cambridge

These are scary times we’re living through and a lot of us will end up spending a lot of time at home in the coming weeks, either suffering from corona virus, quarantined for it or because we’re minimising social contact and most events have been cancelled anyway.  On the plus side, it’s a great chance to catch up on all those tedious domestic tasks we’ve been postponing, dig in to that pile of books we’ve been meaning to read or just to lounge around on the sofa in front of Netflix.  On the minus side, you may be stuck at home, feeling hideous, for a while.  Read on for some Cambridge based ideas and services …..

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Image credit: Deliveroo

Deliveroo has announced that it’s introducing a no contact drop off service so you can request that your order is left on the doorstep.  There are quite a few small indie restaurants you can order from through Deliveroo and they will really appreciate your support in these troubled times.  A few random suggestions:

Tiffin Truck – Indian food

Polonia Club – Polish food

Nanna Mexico – Mexican street food

Bridges – salads, wraps, sandwiches and cakes

Signorelli’s Deli – Italian food

Cambridge Wine Merchants – wine, beer, cider, gin and mixers

http://www.deliveroo.co.uk

Stir Cambridge loaf
Image credit: Stir Cambridge

For fresh bread deliveries, Stir Cambridge offers a bread subscription service with bike powered delivery on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

http://www.stircambridge.co.uk/deliveries

Radmore Farm Shop delivers at least twice a week by van around the city so you can shop online for superb quality meat, baked goods including Vicky’s fabulous home made cakes, fruit, veg and salad, dairy and pantry items, drinks, snacks and more.  They will also make small deliveries on foot or by bike for customers most in need at this time.  Email them through the website to arrange.

http://www.radmorefarmshop.co.uk

Panther Taxis logo
Image credit: Panther Taxis

Panther Taxis will collect your “click and collect” online shopping from Tesco Milton and Tesco Newmarket Road and drop it at your door, charging the standard metered rate.  With news that the supermarkets’ own delivery services are being swamped, this seems like a good way to replenish the fridge.

http://www.panthertaxis.co.uk

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King’s College, Cambridge

It doesn’t take long for cabin fever to strike.  If you can’t leave the house, you can take yourself out on a virtual tour.  Check out Jim and Helen Ede’s house with its beautiful art works at Kettle’s Yard or take in King’s College, its Chapel and Library, which is not normally open to the public.  And then visit these places IRL when this corona virus nightmare is over.

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/visit/virtual-tour-of-the-college

Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Cambridge University Botanic Garden

If you’re able to leave the house, spend some time outside in the fresh air.  Head to the Botanic Garden which has to be my favourite green space in the city.  Or maybe take a punt tour, giving you stunning views of the Colleges from the river.  I’ve noticed the punt stations down at Magdalene Bridge are looking very empty in the absence of tourists lately.

http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

http://www.scudamores.com

http://www.scholarspuntingcambridge.co.uk

Knitting Needle Lane yarn
Image credit: Knitting Needle Lane

Mindful activities like knitting and crochet help to while away the time and quiet a busy mind.  Knitting Needle Lane, owned by Camilla Carter, is Cambridge’s independent yarn retailer and has an online shop offering yarns, crochet and knitting patterns plus Make Your Own packs.  If you live in Cambridge, choose the ‘Home Delivery’ option and Camilla will deliver your yarn through your letterbox for free.  If you live further away in the UK, she is offering 50% off postage.

http://www.knittingneedlelane.co.uk

Portugal Place Cambridge
Portugal Place, Cambridge

And finally but perhaps most importantly, we need to look out for each other.  Two of my neighbours have set up a simple scheme where you can volunteer to offer shopping support for people who are holed up at home because of illness or the need to self-isolate.  This type of community support is easy to replicate and will make a big difference to our neighbourhoods in the coming weeks.

Rolo The Cambridge Dachshund
Rolo, my 3 month old puppy!

As I said at the start of this piece, these are weird and scary times.  Here’s a picture of my puppy to make you smile.  Me, I’m just hoping for the best and now I’m off to tidy that wardrobe I’ve been meaning to tackle for months!  Wishing all readers, wherever you are in the world, good health x

 

 

Cambs Frocktails Cambridge

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 17 OCTOBER 2020 DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Do you like sewing and cocktails??  If so, Cambs Frocktails is the event for you, a fabulous chance to wear your best me-made outfit and join the local Cambridgeshire sewing community to celebrate all things sewing whilst also enjoying cocktails, competitions, a photo booth, live music, prizes, professional photography and great company.

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A gathering of Cambridge sewists!

Roxanne de Beaux, who is organising this event with a committee of local dressmakers, tells me that over the past year, the sewing community in the county has grown to around 100 people and it continues to build.  People find each other and share their projects through Instagram, using #cambssews, and now every month, informal groups meet and sew together.

Cambs Frocktails
Image:  Kris Atomic on Unsplash

Sewing has plenty of good things going for it.  For starters, it’s a mindful activity which helps to quiet a busy mind as you become absorbed and focused on the task in hand.  Among a community of like minded people who share your interest, new friendships form.  Sewing can be sustainable if you use existing fabrics or upcycle and rework a piece of clothing.  And at the end of the day, you have a sense of achievement in creating a unique garment that you can wear with pride.

 

Cambs Frocktails
Image: Volha Flaxeco on Unsplash

Frocktails started in Melbourne Australia, where Roxanne hails from, and this event now happens all over the world.  So keen sewist Roxanne decided it’s high time to hold a Frocktails event for Cambridgeshire sewists and along with her committee, has garnered support from several sponsors including Habby Days, Crafty Angel, Sew Much To Do, Pfaff and Vlieseline.

Cambs Frocktails
Image: Hector J Rivas on Unsplash

Cambs Frocktails is happening on Saturday 14 March at Clayton Hotel Cambridge (formerly The Tamburlaine Hotel) just by the station.  It’s an event for all sewists over the age of 18, women, men and non-binary sewists as well as anyone who wears clothes made by a special sewist in their life.  And it’s not compulsory to wear a frock … trousers, jumpsuits or anything else you choose to wear is fine.  Whatever it is you like to sew and wear, just be sure you come dressed to impress!

https://cambsfrocktails.com/

Clayton Hotel Cambridge, 27-29 Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2FB

What’s on in Cambridge – March 2020

As I write this, yet another storm is raging.  Will Spring ever come??  I’d love it to hurry up as I’m attempting to house train a lively 12 week old puppy who definitely doesn’t like going out into the garden in the cold and rain!  Here’s the events listing for March.  As usual, I’ll add to it as the month goes on so do check back and feel free to get in touch through my Contact page if you have an event that you’d like to be included.

Rolo The Cambridge Dachshund
Rolo is ready for the next storm!!

1 – 9th    The Minerva Festival.  A city wide Festival celebrating the music of women and non-binary people.  http://www.minervafestival.org

1st    2.30 – 5pm  Dakshina 2020.  An offering of music and dance from South India.  Samarpana Classical Arts.  Proceeds support Indian classical arts in Cambridge.  Chesterton Sports Centre, Gilbert Road, CB4  http://www.eventbrite.com

2nd    8pm  Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra.  Strauss, Beethoven and Brahms.  West Road Concert Hall.  Tickets on the door or from http://www.cuso.org.uk

3rd    8pm  Continuum.  Gesualdo Responses for Holy Saturday and Reproaches by Stuart Beer.  Trinity College Chapel.  Tickets on the door.

5th    11am – 1pm  George Mallory: from student to mountaineer.  A special one day exhibition exploring George Mallory’s life from his undergraduate days at Magdalene College (1905 – 1909) to his final expedition to Everest in 1924.  Free event. The Old Library, Magdalene College.  http://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/old-library/public-engagement

6th    12.15 – 1pm  Lunchtime Concert: Cadenza.  Cambridge University’s premier A Capella group perform their own arrangements and mash-ups of pop and jazz hits.  Free, all welcome.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  FB: Lunchtime Concert: Cadenza

6th    8pm  Clare College Music Society and Chapel Choir of Clare College.  Mozart Coronation Mass, Scattergood, Schubert.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.adcticketing.com

7th    10am – 1pm  Family Saturdays: Fruity Fun.  Taste delicious and unusual fruits and plant pomegranate seeds that you can grow at home.  Find out about Fairtrade as part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2020.  Drop in, no need to book.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

7th    2 – 4.30pm  International Women’s Day event.  8 women talking for 15 minutes each on various zoological themes and the stories of many more.  Free, drop in.  Aged 8+.  Museum of Zoology, Downing Street.  https://www.museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk/

7th    6 – 7pm  Moving On.  Traditional close harmony and classical music.  Post concert reception and exhibition of watercolour paintings.  The Lucy Cavendish Singers.  Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street.  http://www.lucycavendishsingers.org.uk

7th    8pm  Cambridge University Sinfonia.  Rimsky Korsokov, Borodin, De Falla.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.adcticketing.com

8th    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Get creative with artists and education volunteers in a practical art making workshop.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

8th    7.30pm  International Women’s Day Concert.  Closing event of The Minerva Festival, including a performance of the winning piece of the composition competition.  St. Giles’ Church, Castle Street.  http://www.minervafestival.org

8th    8.15pm  Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas plus miniature companion pieces.  Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong.  King’s College Dining Hall.  http://www.adcticketing.com

9 – 22nd    Cambridge Science Festival.  Featuring events from astronomy to zoology.  Everyone is welcome to explore, discuss and discover science through talks, hands-on activities, films and exhibitions.  Free entry.  https://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/  PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EVENTS AT THIS FESTIVAL ARE NOW CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

9th    1pm  Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas plus miniature companion pieces.  Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong.  St John’s Old Divinity School.  http://www.adcticketing.com

9th    7.30pm  Magsoc Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.  Dvorak, Bruch, Schubert.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.magsoc.net/tickets

9th    7.45pm  Climate Change: What it means and what we can do about it.  Speaker: Prof Joanna Haigh, CBE, FRS.  Part of the Science meets Faith programme of talks.  Free admission, retiring collection.  Wesley Church, Christ’s Pieces.

10th    7 – 8.30pm  Cafe Sci Cambridge.  Obscure Crops to Save the World.  Free event, non-ticketed.  Espresso Library, East Road.  FB:  Obscure Crops To Save The World

10th    7.30 – 9pm  Talk: Town vs Gown – social divides in Cambridgeshire antiquarian life.  Mill Road History Society.  Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street.  https://millroadhistory.org.uk/events/

12th    8pm  Beethoven 250.  Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No. 3, Symphony No. 2.  St John’s College Chapel.  FB: St John’s College Music Society

13th    8pm  Musical Visions.  Mendelssohn and Dvorak.  Cambridge Graduate Orchestra.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.cambridgegraduateorchestra.com

13th    8pm  March.  A selection of marches, fanfares and theme tunes including Copland and Mendelssohn.  The University of Cambridge Concert Band.  St. Giles’ Church, CB3.  Tickets on the door or from uccb.soc.srcf.net

14th    9am – 5.30pm  The Rising Festival 2020.  Celebrating International Women’s Day with interactive workshops, talks, 1-2-1 coaching, networking, performances, open conversations, Happy Hour and more.  St Barnabas Church, Mill Road.  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk  PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL LATER THIS YEAR DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

14th    10am – 4pm  Super Science Saturday – The Museum Takeover.  Hands on activities, meet the researchers, discover more about the world of early dinosaurs.  Free family drop in.  Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Downing Street.  FB: Super Science Saturday – The Museum Takeover

14th    10am – 4.30pm  Murder Will Out: A day of crime, thriller and mystery fiction.  Heffers bring a selection of authors to the city for this day long crime event.  The Old Library, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street.  Tickets from Heffers Bookshop or http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

14th    7.30pm  Earth, Sea and Space.  Back to the Future, Thunder and Lightning Polka, Apollo 13, Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001: A Space Odyssey) and more.  Cambridge Concert Orchestra.  A fundraiser in aid of the Motor Neuron Disease Association (Cambridgeshire branch).  Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces, CB1.  Tickets on the door or email cambridge@mndassociation.org or c.i.george@icloud.com

14th    7.30pm  St John’s Voices.  Bach, Howells, Scarlatti.  St John’s College Chapel.  Tickets 01223 300085

14th    7.30pm  Beethoven and Mozart.  Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.cambridgephilharmonic.com

14th    7.30pm  Cambs Frocktails.  Meet and get to know other people who sew clothes.  Cocktails, competitions and celebration of all things sewing.  Wear your special me-made outfits.  Clayton Hotel (formerly The Tamburlaine), CB1  https://cambsfrocktails.com/  PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 17 OCTOBER 2020 DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

15th    11am and 2pm  Science on Sundays: The mechanics of plant development.  Part of a programme of free, informal, monthly drop-in plant science talks, bringing the latest discoveries in plant science to visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

15th    7.30pm  Folk & Blues.  Alistair and Ian Anderson, Black Fen Folk Club.  NCI Club, Holland Street, CB4.  http://www.blackfenfolkclub.com

16 – 27th    Love Cambridge Restaurant Week.  Discover different places to eat as some of the city’s best eateries offer set menus at £5, £10, £15 and £20.  https://www.love-cambridge.com/restaurant-week/

19th    5 – 9pm  LATE: Perceptions of Vision and Taste.  See four exhibitions after hours plus there will be four special events on the night, three of which require pre-booking.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  https://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/calendar/whatson/late-perceptions-vision-and-taste

19th    7pm  Voces 8 – Choral Dances.  A celebration of choral music inspired by dance.  Palestrina, Victoria, Rachmaninov, Britten.  Trinity College Chapel.  Tickets on the door or from http://www.CambridgeEarlyMusic.org

19th    7pm  A Polar Pint.  An evening of polar science talks over a pint!  Panton Arms, Panton Street.  http://www.pintofscience.co.uk/event/polar-pint-of-science-cambridge

21st    10am – 4.30pm CAMCRAFT Handmade Fair.  40 stalls of gorgeous handmade items.  Free entry.  Guildhall, Market Square

21st    11am – 4.30pm  Cambridge Sustainable Fashion Festival.  Stalls, a big Swish (clothes swap party), a free sewing Repair Cafe, learn how to recycle, reuse and create a capsule wardrobe plus pick up styling tips.  St Barnabas Church, Mill Road.  FB: Cambridge Sustainable Fashion Festival  PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

21st    2 – 5.30pm  Reading “Emma”.  An intensive and exciting Study Day on this Jane Austen novel, with two lectures and a round-table seminar.  Literature Cambridge.  Stapleford Granary, CB22.  https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/emma  PLEASE NOTE THIS STUDY DAY HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS AND WILL BE REARRANGED FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 DATE TBC

21st    7 – 9pm  Spring Equinox Mindfulness around the Campfire.  Simple guided meditations, opportunities for reflection, discuss, poetry and games exploring our relationship with the natural world.  Milton Country Park, CB24.  https://mindfulness-of-nature.com/

21st    7.30pm  The Crucifixion, Stainer.  The Leys Choral Society.  The Leys School Chapel, Fen Causeway.  http://www.theleys.net/boxoffice  PLEASE NOTE THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

21st    8pm  New Cambridge Singers.  Frank Martin Mass for double choir and Pergolesi Stabat Mater.  Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Hills Road.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk

22nd    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Get creative with artists and education volunteers in a practical art making workshop.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

22nd    7.30pm  A Crowne of sharpest Thorns.  Goodall and Purcell.  Fairhaven Singers.  Trinity College Chapel.  http://www.fairhavensingers.org.uk

25th    7.30pm  The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage 2020.  Allegri’s Miserere.  St John’s College Chapel.  http://www.thesixteen.com

25th    7.30pm  True Stories Told Live.  Cambridge storytellers and a musical turn.  No need to book, just turn up a bit early to get a drink and find a seat.  NCI Club, Holland Street, CB4.  FB: True Stories Told Live Cambridge  PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

27 – 28th    4 – 11pm  Eddington Beer Garden.  A pop up with draft craft beers, gins, spirits, wines and soft drinks, food vans and live music.  Free entry.  Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington, CB3.  You can pre-register at http://www.eventbrite.com

28th    2 – 6pm  Board Games Afternoon.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  £2 per ticket.  Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard

28th    7.30 – 10.30pm  Stand Up Comedy Night from Big Deal Comedy.  4 comedians and an MC, licensed bar selling alcoholic and soft drinks.  Unit 1-4, The Grafton Centre, CB1.  FB:  Stand Up Comedy Night

29th    2.30 – 4pm  A Musical Afternoon at the University Church.  Haydn, Vivaldi, Boyce. The Academy of Great St Mary’s.  Great St Mary’s Church, Senate House Hill.  FB: A Musical Sunday Afternoon at the University Church

Snowdrops

Rolo The Cambridge Dachshund

I’ve been a bit quiet on here lately and this is the reason why …

Rolo The Cambridge Dachshund

Introducing Rolo!!  He’s a mini wire haired dachshund puppy, nearly 12 weeks old now, and he bounded into our lives (on very small legs!) recently.  So I’ve had my hands full caring for him, trying to teach him some niceties of life and generally laughing at his antics.

Rolo The Cambridge Dachshund

Of course, we are all totally smitten with him.  The decision to have a dog join the family wasn’t a sudden one.  Our much loved cat Smokey died at the age of 19 just after we arrived in Cambridge and we miss him still.  But we knew we were going to extend the house and obviously building projects and small animals don’t mix.  Last year, I started helping a neighbour with her dachshund and fell in love with this funny, feisty canine.  When my daughter tracked down a litter just before Christmas, we arranged to visit the breeder “just to have a look” and, well, you can imagine the rest!

Rolo The Cambridge Dachshund
Rolo aged 3.5 weeks, the day we met

And now that Rolo is here with us, he’s fitted right in and is teaching me a thing or two as well ….

Rolo greets each new day with unalloyed joy.  He’s never grumpy in the morning.  I need to be up to give him breakfast, which is helping me to break my bad habit of staying up too late and sleeping in.  And particularly at this time of year, seeing dawn break and hearing birdsong is a great way to start the day.

Rolo The Cambridge Dachshund

Rolo lives totally in the moment.  He doesn’t worry about yesterday or what will happen tomorrow.  All that matters is the here and now.  Speaking as a lifelong worrier, I find his attitude very refreshing.

Rolo is always curious and sociable even when he’s a little bit afraid, an object lesson for all of us who have to take a deep breath before entering a room at parties.  There’s a whole world out there and he just goes for it.  In the short time he’s been with us, we’ve met lots of lovely new people and dogs and I’m looking forward to meeting many more.

Rolo has an Instagram account (well, of course he does … and he has more followers than me!).  In creating this and posting regularly, I’ve stumbled across a really beautiful side to social media, full of goodwill, helpful tips and dachshunds looking cute.  It is entirely joyous.  If you’d like to follow, you can find him on @rolo_the_cambridge_dachshund

Rolo The Cambridge Dachshund

So forgive me if posts on here are a little erratic for the next few weeks.  I’ll try to get the What’s On events listing for March up on time and normal service will be resumed at some point.  In the meantime, I’ll be giving this little guy the best start I can and I myself will be trying to #bemorerolo

Rolo The Cambridge Dachshund

What’s on in Cambridge – February 2020

Well, it’s grey and gloomy as I write this but we got through January and there are definite signs of Spring now.  I’ve noticed buds on the trees, little froths of blossom and the birds are chirping morning and evening.  Read on for details of what’s happening in the city this month … this listing is not exhaustive but is an eclectic mix of events that come to my attention.  I’ll update it through the month so do check back and if you are involved in an event that you’d like me to include, please get in touch via my Contact page.

River Cam Cambridge
A winter day on the towpath

1st    10am – 1pm  Family Saturday: Plant Fibres.  Create your own wall hanging to take home.  Free activity for children, drop in event.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

1st    10.30am – 12 noon  Learn 5-a-side chess.  Free, drop in event, all welcome.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Milton Road Library, CB4.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

1st    10.30am – 4.30pm  Cambridge’s Affordable Vintage Fair.  Vintage, handmade, reworked and retro.  Fashion, accessories and collectables from the 40’s to the 90’s.  Guildhall, Market Square.  FB: Cambridge’s Affordable Vintage Fair

1st    12 noon, 1pm and 2pm  Children’s Workshop: Chinese Calligraphy.  Celebrate Chinese New year and learn how to create characters with Chinese brushes and ink.  For children aged 8+, must be accompanied by an adult.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

1st    12 – 4pm  Family First Saturday: Chinese New Year.  Celebrate Chinese New Year with family activities which include lion dance, animals of the zodiac trail, lantern making, paper cutting.  Free, drop in.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

1st    2 – 4pm  “Undiscovered beauty spots within an hour’s drive of Cherry Hinton”.  Talk from Peter Green, Walks Co-ordinator, National Trust.  All welcome, free entry, contribution invited towards expenses.  Food for Thought Cafe, Cherry Hinton Baptist Church Building, corner of Fisher’s Lane and Cherry Hinton High Street.

1 – 23rd   Snowdrop Trail.  Discover more about snowdrop science, history, folklore and cultivation when you follow the Garden’s snowdrop routes.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

2nd – 28th    The Minerva Festival.  A city wide celebration of music composed by women and non-binary people.  http://www.theminervafestival.org

3rd    7 – 10pm  An evening at The White Hart Country Inn, Fulbourn.  A two course meal and live entertainment for £20.  Fundraiser for Camsight  http://www.camsight.org.uk

4 – 8th    7.45pm  My Fair Lady.  Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society.  ADC Theatre, Park Street  http://www.adctheatre.com

6th    11am – 1pm  Twentieth-century First Editions Exhibition.  The Old Library, Magdalene College will be open for visitors to these historic book-lined rooms, with displays of items from the College’s special collections and archives which are rarely seen in public.  Free entry, no need to book.  Magdalene College, Magdalene Street.

7 – 16th    Ahbab Festival.  A festival of music, film, food and culture from the Middle East and North Africa.  Cambridge Junction and multiple venues across the city.  FB: @AhbabFestival

8th    1 – 4pm  Chinese New Year Crafts.  Celebrate Chinese New Year with CFT Chinese School.  Decorate a paper lantern, paint a panda and try your hand at Chinese calligraphy and pictograms.  Free, drop in event for families.  Parents/carers must stay with children.  Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard

8th    7pm  Hungarian Music for Cello and Accordian.  Cambridge Szeged Society.  Free entry, retiring collection.  Church of Our Lady and English Martyrs, Hills Road.

8 – 9th    11am – 4pm  Rowan Art Exhibition.  Buy original art at this “Celebrate Your World” art exhibition.  Pictures from amateur and professional artists on sale at £45 each, raising funds to support Rowan’s student artists.  Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Road, CB4  http://www.rowanhumberstone.co.uk

9th    8.30pm  King’s Voices Lent Concert.  Haydn, Beethoven and Reger.  King’s Voices with the King’s College Symphony Orchestra.  King’s College Hall  http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk

10th    7.45pm  Seeking to know: A humane philosophy of science and religion.  Speaker: Professor Andrew Steane, Physics Department, Oxford University.  Part of the Science Meets Faith series.  Wesley Church, Christ’s Pieces.  Free entry, retiring collection.

15th    1pm  Come and Sing Faure Requiem.  For singers of all ages and abilities who can read music.  St Catherine’s College Music Society.  McGrath Centre, St Catherine’s College, Trumpington Street  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

15th    7 – 9.30pm  Winter Mindfulness around the Campfire.  Simple guided meditations, opportunities for reflection, discussions, poetry and games exploring our relationship with the natural world, around a campfire.  Byron’s Pool, Trumpington  http://www.mindfulness-of-nature.com

18th    7 – 8.30pm  Cafe Sci Cambridge: The Genetics of Depression.  Free, non ticketed.  Espresso Library, East Road.   FB: Free event: The Genetics of Depression

19th    4.30 – 7.30pm  Twilight at the Museums at the Botanic Garden.  Bring your torch for a night time adventure around the Glasshouses and discover some seriously freaky plants.  Free, no charge for entry after 4.30pm, no need to book.  The Garden Shop and Cafe will be open until 7pm.  Botanic Garden, Brookside  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

19th    4.30 – 7.30pm  Twilight at the Museums: De-lightful!  Take a journey through light and dark at this annual Twilight event which takes place across University of Cambridge Museums.  Discover torch lit treasure, sensory activities, interactive theatre, stories, dance and studio art creativity.  Free event.  http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk/events/twilight_museums

21 – 22nd  12 – 5pm  Cambridge Antiquarian Book Fair.  Old books, prints, maps and manuscripts.  Guildhall, Market Square

21st    6.30 – 8.30pm  Cam Lates: Garden Kitchen Takeover.  Explore the diverse plant collections in the Glasshouse Range which will be filled with imaginative illuminations.  Food and drink from The Garden Kitchen.  Booking essential.  Botanic Garden, Brookside  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

21st    8pm  St John Passion.  St John’s College Music Society with Trinity College Music Society.  St John’s College Chapel.  Tickets on the door.

22nd    11am – 5pm  Cambridge’s Craft and Flea.  Local produce, street food, collectables, crafts, vegan and more.  St Barnabas Church, Mill Road

22nd    2 – 6pm  Board Games Afternoon.  LGBTQ+ board games social afternoon.  Free admission.  Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard

25 – 29th    Stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “The Waves”.  Pre-show talk on 28th.  ADC Theatre, Park Street.  http://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/play/the-waves/

27th    6 – 9pm  Student LATE: Love Art After Dark.  A dynamic programme of art events, performances, live music, pop up talks, behind the scenes tours plus creative arts and crafts activities.  Cash bar and snacks in the Courtyard Cafe.  Free but booking essential.  Student ID card required.   Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street    http://www.loveartafterdark-event.getqpay.com

29th    6 – 9.30pm  Mastana.  South Asian cultural performances ranging from dance to music to fashion, acting, magic and more.  Guildhall, Market Square  http://www.fixr.co/event/82327218

29th    7.30pm  Harmony in Harlem Jazz Orchestra.  Duke Ellington’s Primping for the Prom.  St Andrew’s Baptist Church, St Andrew’s Street.  Tickets on the door or from http://www.hhjazz.co.uk

Spring flowers
Spring flowers in my kitchen

The Minerva Festival Cambridge

The Minerva Festival is a city-wide celebration of music composed by women and non-binary people.  Now in its second year, it started life as Cambridge Female Composers Festival, founded by a group of students from Cambridge University to highlight the work of women composers.  The Festival’s name change for 2020 reflects both a desire to be more inclusive and a commitment to supporting the musical work of women and non-binary people.

The Minerva Festival Cambridge
Image credit: The Minerva Festival

In a varied programme, the recital series offers several events each week at colleges, churches and Kettle’s Yard, showcasing a broad range of instruments and music styles including musical theatre and jazz at Bar Nights, recorder and viola recitals as well as song.  You’ll find services of Evensong and Compline in beautiful College chapels while King’s College Chapel will host a Sequence of Music and Readings for International Women’s Day.

The Minerva Festival Cambridge
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There’s a workshop on the use of computer coding and electronics in live performance, talks on female composers and a panel discussion with stakeholders in the Cambridge music scene who’ll look at studying women in music and performance of their work.

The Minerva Festival’s Composition Competition is open to students and recent graduates of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin universities.  Women and non-binary composers are invited to submit a new a cappella choral work.   Shortlisted entries will be workshopped by choral scholars and judged by a panel of leading female composers including Judith Weir and Deborah Pritchard.  The winning composer will receive a cash prize of £100 and their work will be premiered in the International Women’s Day Concert on 8 March.

The Minerva Festival Cambridge
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This International Women’s Day Concert will also feature a range of works by women and non-binary composers.  Held in the stunning Chapel of Trinity College, with a pre-concert talk at Heffers, proceeds from ticket sales and a retiring collection will go to Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre which offers support to women and girls who have experienced rape, childhood sexual abuse or any other form of sexual violence.  Last year, the Festival raised just over £1600 for this amazing organisation, which is dependent on such donations to keep their essential services running.

The Minerva Festival Cambridge
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The Minerva Festival runs from 25 January to 9 March.  Details of the full programme are on their website, all events (except the International Women’s Day Concert) are free to attend and everybody is welcome.

http://www.minervafestival.org

FB:  @theminervafestival

http://www.cambridgerapecrisis.org.uk

 

Bould Brothers Coffee Cambridge

Me and my husband, we’re like Jack Sprat and his wife … he only drinks coffee and I only drink tea.  One of our favourite pit stops in the city is Bould Brothers Coffee and now that they’ve just opened their second cafe, I think it’s high time I told their story.  So I went to meet Max, drink tea and find out how these brothers got into the coffee business.

Bould Brothers Coffee Cambridge
Alex and Max Bould  Image credit: Bould Brothers Coffee

Just 13 months apart in age, Alex and Max grew up in Chester and both went to Leeds University.  In fact, it was at the uni Open Day that they came across a pop up stall serving stunning coffee with different flavour profiles.  The brothers were hooked and determined to recreate this amazing coffee.  That summer, they had the opportunity to do exactly that as they completely turned around the coffee offering and fortunes of a sandwich shop in Chester.  The duo continued to hone their barista skills during uni holidays and Max went on to work at a high end coffee shop in Leeds, all the while building up contacts within the world of coffee.

Bould Brothers Coffee Cambridge
My favourite Darjeeling tea, perfectly brewed

Once they’d both graduated, Alex and Max headed to London and corporate jobs, eventually deciding to merge their business experience with their coffee know how to start up a really special coffee shop, a social, buzzy place where they could create a high quality experience that’s valuable beyond just the drink.  “Even if they can only pop in briefly, we want people to feel that they’ve had a five minute luxury mini-break” Max tells me.

Bould Brothers Coffee Cambridge
The Regent Street cafe

That ambition and ethos means the Bould Brothers don’t cut corners.  Their bespoke, single origin house coffee is roasted by Colonna Coffee.  The coffee menu changes every four months as the seasons change, with guest coffees sourced from the UK and Europe.  A range of six teas includes black, green and white tea as well as fruit infusions.  Milk is organic and textured to 60 degrees to break down sugars and fats, making it sweet and creamy.  And our hard Cambridge water is filtered and purified through their eco friendly system then optimally remineralised to extract the best flavour from tea and coffee.

Bould Brothers Coffee Cambridge

The simple but delicious food selection includes croissants, sandwiches, cakes and stunning glossy tartlets made by a pastry chef who honed her skills at a Michelin starred restaurant in France.

Alex and Max opened their first tiny coffee shop opposite The Round Church.  They worked hard to refit the space and opened on New Year’s Eve 2016 with just the two of them working seven days a week.  From the start, the business surpassed their expectations and it wasn’t long before they were able to start building a team around them.  This small but perfectly formed cafe soon attracted press interest too … they’ve been featured in Vogue and Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, have won many plaudits and have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Small-Mid Enterprise Business Awards.

Bould Brothers Coffee Cambridge
The Regent Street Cafe  Image credit: Bould Brothers Coffee

In December 2019, Alex and Max opened their second cafe at the other end of town, on Regent Street.  It’s a larger space which they have renovated stylishly … you’ll find comfortable seating upholstered in gorgeous fabrics, statement lighting, modern art on the walls and serving bars designed by them and custom made from an unusual grained granite.  The space at the front of the cafe is light and bright with tables and window seating so you can watch the world go by while the garden room at the back has a more classic look and feel with marble flooring and a circular communal table.

Bould Brothers Coffee Cambridge
The garden room  Image credit: Bould Brothers Coffee

The Bould Brothers have come a long way in just three years and have created two really special havens for the city’s tea and coffee lovers.  I can’t wait to see what they do next!

http://www.bouldbrotherscoffee.co.uk

16 Round Church Street, CB5 and 88 Regent Street, CB2