Full Circle Shop Cambridge

Zero waste shopping has come to Cambridge, brought to us by Full Circle Shop, the brainchild of Johanna, Emma and Paul, three friends who bonded over their mutual love of our planet.  When they couldn’t find an eco shop in the city, the ecologist, the bioinformatician and the engineer put their heads together and decided to start one themselves.  Product ranges include items that are plastic free, reusable, sustainable, ethical and free from animal products.

Full Circle Shop Cambridge
Johanna and Emma on their stall in Cambridge Market

They’ve been selling from their stall on Cambridge Market since the end of last year and you’ll find them there on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Full Circle Shop also pops up at repair cafes and community markets around Cambridge and they’re looking forward to being part of local summer events like Strawberry Fair and Arbury Carnival, where they’ll be helping with eco friendly activities in the Kids Zone.

Full Circle Shop Cambridge

So what will you find at Full Circle Shop?  Several brands of soap, deodorant and solid shampoos, including a range from Cambridge’s own Zero Waste Path Shop, toothpaste, Dent tabs, bamboo toothbrushes and shaving kits.

Full Circle Shop Cambridge

Laundry needs are well catered for with soapnut shells and I love the Guppyfriend Washing Bag, a clever invention that prevents plastic fibres from getting into the water via your washing machine.  Add in soy wax reusable wraps, bamboo straws and cutlery, insulated reusable drinks cups and the prettiest upcycled fabric wrap and it’s easy to see how making a few simple changes can help us move to a lower impact lifestyle and tread a little more lightly on our planet.

Full Circle Shop Cambridge

Full Circle Shop is also a member of Terracycle so you can drop off your empty crisp and biscuit packets, toothpaste tubes and used plastic toothbrushes for recycling.

Emma, Paul and Johanna have big plans for the future.  They’d like to supply wholefoods such as lentils, pulses, beans, nuts, dried fruit, flour, grains, oils and vinegars so customers can refill their own containers.  Full Circle Shop is currently crowdfunding with a target of £13,000 so they can invest in food stock, dispensers and a food storage facility as well as developing their website for online sales.  Achieving a stretch target of £21,000 would enable the team to be mobile across Cambridgeshire, bringing their shop out in an electric van so customers can buy and collect orders without coming in to the city.

Full Circle Shop Cambridge

Emma tells me, “We’ve received such positive feedback for Full Circle Shop.  People really want to make a change.”  For more on Full Circle Shop’s ethos and product lines as well as their future plans and their crowdfunder, which runs until 17 April, take a look at the website.

http://www.fullcircleshop.co.uk

What’s On in Cambridge – April

Spring has sprung and the sun is shining!  There’s plenty happening in the city and I’ll update this listing through the month so do check back when you can.  Please get in touch if you know of an event that I could add in here!

Willow at Fort St George bridge Cambridge
Fresh green willow at Fort St George

1 – 7th    Love Cambridge Restaurant Week.  Menus at £5, £10 and £15 in a variety of cafes and restaurants across the city.  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/restaurant-week   Read more about Love Cambridge Restaurant Week here

2nd    7 – 9pm  Cambridge 1888 – 1988 – Chronicle of an English University City.  Mill Road History Society.  The Bath House, Gwydir Street.  http://www.millroadhistory.org.uk/events

5th    7.30pm  Dining in the Dark.  Identify key ingredients of your starter and dessert while blindfolded.  Fundraiser for Cam Sight.  The Red Lion, Hinxton.  http://www.camsight.org.uk  Read more about Cam Sight here

5 – 7th    Cambridge Literary Festival.  http://www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com  Read more about the Festival here

6th    10am – 1pm  Family Saturday – Nature Weaving.  Have fun, play and weave amazing creations using natural material from the Garden.  Free event.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

6th    12 noon – 3pm  The Leper Chapel Opening.  A chance to see inside one of the oldest buildings in Cambridge.  The Chapel is not usually open to the public.  Free entry, donations appreciated.  Cambridge Past, Present and Future.  The Leper Chapel, off Newmarket Road.  FB: @CambridgePFF

6th    2 – 4pm  Family First Saturday.  Activities and art making on the theme of “coin it”.  Free, drop in.  Fitzwilliam Museum.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

6th    7.30pm  Movie Music Spectacular.  Cambridge Wind Band.  West Road Concert Hall.  In support of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.  http://www.adcticketing.com

6 – 22nd    April Easter Trail.  Pick up a free trail from the Ticket Office, go on a springtime adventure and collect an Easter prize at the end.  Drop in, self led trail.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

8th    7.30 – 10pm  Louise Jordan – The Hard Way.  One woman performance of live music and theatre charting the rise of a working class suffragette.  St Barnabas Centre, Mill Road.  http://www.cambridgefolkclub.co.uk

9th    2 – 4pm  Printing Workshop for 8 – 12 year olds.  Design your own T shirt to take home with you.  Booking required.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

9th    7.30pm  Concert for Cam Sight.  Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Nielsen.  Easter Concert Orchestra.  All ticket receipts and donations go to Cam Sight.  West Road Concert Hall. http://www.adcticketing.com/whats-on/concert/concert-for-camsight   Read more about Cam Sight here

10th    7 – 8.30pm  Personal medicines: all in your genes?  Talk from Cafe Sci Cambridge.  Espresso Library, East Road.  FB @cafescicambridge

11th    1 – 3pm  What can art do?  Explore environmental activism for 13 – 19 year olds.  Free, booking required.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

12th    10am – 1pm  Cambridge Jobs Fair.  Speak with potential employers face to face (don’t forget to bring your CV!). The Guildhall, Market Square. http://www.thejobfairs.co.uk

13th    1.30 – 4pm  Toy Swap.  Bring toys to swap.  Also a pilot books (fiction/children) and clothes (women/children) swap plus Full Circle, Cambridge’s own zero waste shop, will be there.  Free event.  Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington Avenue, CB3 1AA  http://www.atoyslifeandbeyond  Read more about Full Circle Shop here

13th    5pm  “Waste Not, Want Not: How to live zero waste and plastic-free”.  Talk by Full Circle Shop.  Free entry, donations welcome.  Stir Cafe, Chesterton Road.  FB @FullCircleShopUK  Read more about Full Circle Shop here

14th    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Art making workshops for families with children of all ages.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

19 – 20th    10am – 5pm  Botanical Days.  A botanical themed event and pop up shop from Cultivate Gardens with refreshments by Caffiend.  Hope Street Yard, off Mill Road.  http://www.cultivategardens.co.uk

19 – 22nd  12 – 4pm  Action Drawing.  Drawing activities inspired by the Oscar Murillo Violent Amnesia exhibition.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

22 – 23rd    7.45pm (and 2.30pm on 23rd)  Ballet Central.  ADC Theatre.  http://www.adctheatre.com

24th    7.30pm  True Stories Told Live.  NCI Club, Holland Street.  FB:@cambridgetruestories

28th    2 – 3.30pm  Writers in Conversation.  Jill Dawson in conversation with Dame Gillian Beer.  Stapleford Granary, CB22.  Literature Cambridge. http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk  Read more about Literature Cambridge here

30th    6.30 – 9pm  The Tasting Table with Dulcedo, The Baking Jin and Bumble & Oak.  Innovative dishes, fusion bakes, high end patisserie and artisan chocolate.  Dulcedo Patisserie, Hills Road. http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-tasting-table-with-dulcedo-the-baking-jin-and-bumble-oak-tickets

Blossom Cambridge
A froth of blossom on my neighbour’s tree

Love Cambridge Restaurant Week

From cosy cafes to fine dining restaurants, we are lucky to have a wealth of places to eat delicious food here in Cambridge.  Now Cambridge BID is celebrating our foodie scene in the city’s first Restaurant Week which runs from 1 – 7 April.  Cafes and restaurants will be offering menus at £5, £10 or £15, giving you a chance to try their food and experience their ambience.  It’s a great opportunity to check out a restaurant you’ve been meaning to try and to discover new styles of cuisine.

Love Cambridge Restaurant Week
Image credit: Cambridge BID

Taking part in Restaurant Week couldn’t be simpler.  Go to the website (details at the end of this post) for info on the places that are participating.  Just click on the restaurant or cafe of your choice to check out their offer and download a voucher which you can print out or show on your phone when you get there.  For some restaurants, advance booking is recommended.

I caught up with a couple of old friends of this blog who are taking part in Restaurant Week to find out how they’ve been getting on since I wrote about them as they opened.

Amelie Flammekueche Cambridge
Regis and Alex Crepy

Over in the Grafton Centre, Alex and Regis Crepy are delighted that Amelie Flammekeuche continues to grow in popularity with customers of all ages.  Cambridge has embraced this novel French fire bread and Alex hopes that their offer of any flammekeuche on the menu plus an Amelie Golden Ale for £10 will introduce the delights of flammekeuche to new people.  (If you haven’t tried it yet, trust me, flammekeuche is VERY good!)  Amelie has held a top position in the Trip Advisor rankings since shortly after opening in August last year and they have big plans for the future.  To read more of the Amelie story, click here

Cafe Abantu Cambridge
Cafe Abantu

Cafe Abantu has been open for just over a year in Hobson Street and owner Wendy Slade tells me they haven’t looked back since moving into the city centre.  Abantu is popular with students, locals, tourists and a dedicated band of regulars.  You’ll find Fairtrade, soil association approved organic coffee, delicious home made cakes and a menu which changes daily.  Following their successful vegan and Fairtrade special events, Wendy is planning a South African supper club, so keep an eye on their social media for details of that.  Wendy hopes that Restaurant Week will encourage people to explore beyond the main streets and discover indies.  Abantu will be offering lunch, a slice of cake and tea or coffee for £10.  To read more of the Cafe Abantu story, click here

And finally, when you take part in Restaurant Week, not only will you eat well, you also have the chance to win a £100 Love Cambridge Gift Card which can be spent in over 200 locations across the city.  Simply redeem an offer in one of the participating restaurants, then share your experience with a photo on social media using the hashtag #LoveCambridgeRestaurantWeek

Good luck and bon appetit!!

http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/restaurant-week

http://www.amelierestaurants.co.uk

FB: @Cafeabantu    Instagram: @cafeabantu

 

 

 

 

Cambridge Home + Garden Show

Cambridge Home + Garden Show returns to the Guildhall over the weekend of 30 – 31 March, bringing inspiration, advice and the best in home and garden design from local businesses to local customers.

Cambridge Home + Garden Show
Image credit: Cambridge Home + Garden Show

This event is the brainchild of Jennifer Chong, who’s been working in interior design in the city since she moved here eight years ago.  Having set up her own interior design project management company, she discovered so many wonderful local businesses, mostly independents.  Realising that there was no regional design fair in East Anglia to showcase all this talent, Jennifer decided to make it happen and held a very successful one day fair at the Guildhall in September 2017.

Jennifer Chong
Image credit: Cambridge Home + Garden Show

This year’s Show features a huge range of exhibitors from furniture makers to fabric suppliers and products from flooring to futons.  You’ll find new and established businesses of all types and for all budgets.  Most are independents ….. any non-indies must show Jennifer that they have a passion for their product or service and offer beautifully made goods as well as excellent customer service.

Cambridge Home + Garden Show
Image credit: Richard Etteridge Photography

A programme of drop in talks held throughout the weekend features creatives speaking about their journeys and businesses and covers a multitude of topics from smart home technology to garden design to clearing clutter.

A new feature for this year’s Show is a programme of workshops which include “Creating a Colour Wheel” and “Lampshade Making”.  There are limited spaces so pre-book your workshop place through the website (details at the end of this post).

Novi at Cambridge Home + Garden Show
Image credit: Richard Etteridge Photography

Event sponsor Novi will be running a pop up cafe offering hot and cold drinks, snacks and cakes.  Main sponsor Cambridge Classics will be creating a living room set on the main stage to showcase their bespoke handmade windows, doors, shutters and stained glass alongside flooring and fabrics from Art of Flooring and The Cambridge Fabric Company.

If you’d like personalised guidance with your home or garden project, there’s the opportunity to meet with a local design professional for a free 30 minute consultation at the Show.  Simply submit your design query via the website in advance and you’ll be contacted to arrange a consultation.

Cambridge Home + Garden Show
Image credit: Richard Etteridge Photography

Entry to the Cambridge Home + Garden Show is free.  You can just come along to the Guildhall on the day or you can pre-register on the website where you’ll also find the full exhibitor listing as well as details of the talks and workshops programme.

http://www.camhomeshow.com

Cambridge Literary Festival – Spring 2019

The Box Office is now open for Cambridge Literary Festival which runs from 5 – 7 April, bringing together novelists, scientists, politicians, broadcasters, campaigners and thinkers in lively conversation and engaged debate.

Cambridge Literary Festival logo

You’ll find a wealth of new fiction, world literature, memoir and more as well as a fabulous children’s programme which includes “Happy Birthday, Elmer!”, an interactive story time to celebrate everybody’s favourite multicoloured elephant.

Cambridge Literary Festival
Image credit: Chris Boland

From the New Statesman Debate, “This house believes identity politics is an impediment to progress”, to afternoon tea at the University Arms Hotel with broadcaster and author Jenni Murray, the Spring Festival has something for everyone.

For the full Festival line up and to book tickets, head to  www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com

To read more about the Cambridge Literary Festival and its founder, Cathy Moore, click here

What’s on in Cambridge – March

Crocuses by the River Cam, Cambridge
Crocuses by the River Cam

Well, Spring is definitely in the air and there’s lots happening in the city this month – in particular there are some wonderful concerts to enjoy.  I’ll update this listing through the month so if you know of an event that could be included, please let me know through my Contact page.

4 – 16th    8am – 5pm  Spring Exhibition.  Quy Art Group.  Work by six local artists in a variety of media.  Michaelhouse Cafe, Trinity Street.  Closed Sundays.

5, 12 and 19th    7pm  Meditation and Emotional Intelligence.  Michaelhouse, Trinity Street.  cambridge.cea@gmail.com

7 – 10th    Watersprite International Student Film Festival.  http://www.watersprite.org.uk  Read more about Watersprite here and here

7th    6.45pm  Parasitic Plants: a question of degree.  Cambridge Natural History Society.  David Attenborough Building, New Museums Site, Pembroke Street  http://www.cnhs.org.uk

7th    7pm  Cam Lates: Pacific Late.  Museum of Archeology and Anthropology.  Facebook:@cambridgeuniversitymuseums  Read more about Cam Lates here

8th (until 22nd April)    Hannah Kemp-Welch: Hyperlocal Radio.  The 2018 Open House artist-in-residence  shares the process and outcome of her year-long residency with North Cambridge communities.  Kettle’s Yard.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk  Read more about Kettle’s Yard here

8th    6 – 9pm  LATE at Kettle’s Yard.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk  Read more about LATE at Kettle’s Yard here

8th    8pm  New Worlds, New Voices.  Sims-Williams, Strauss, Dvorak.  Cambridge Graduate Orchestra.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.cambridgegraduateorchestra.com

8th    8pm  International Women’s Day Concert.  Part of the Cambridge Female Composers Festival.  Trinity College Chapel.  http://www.cambridgefemalecomposers.com/events

9th    10am – 4pm  Cambridge Vintage Kilo Sale.  St Paul’s, Hills Road.  Facebook:  Cambridge Vintage Kilo Sale

9th    6pm  Sisters, Saints and Sirens.  A blend of cabaret, Latin American, classical and opera.  The Lucy Cavendish Singers.  Emmanuel United Reformed Church.  http://www.lucycavendishsingers.org.uk

9th    7.30pm  Liszt and Debussy: The Composer as Narrator.  Clare Hall Intimate Engagements.  Book through music@clarehall.cam.ac.uk

9th    8pm  Choral Favourites Concert.  Vivaldi, Handel, Faure, Parry and more.  Trinity Singers.  Trinity College Chapel.  http://www.tcms.org.uk/the-trinity-singers.  Tickets on the door.

10th    2 – 4pm  Motherhood, Makers and Female Artists.  Kettle’s Yard.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

10th    7.30pm  Black Fen Folk Club presents Saul Bailey and Megan Wisdom.  NCI Club, Holland Street.  http://www.wegottickets.com/event/456079

10th    8pm  King’s Voices Lent Concert.  Mosolov, Mozart, Greening, Willcocks.  King’s College Chapel. http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk

11 – 24th    Cambridge Science Festival.  http://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk  Read more about the Science Festival here

12th    7.30 – 9pm  Talk: Ginger Beer and Silicon Chips.  The curious tale of a building in Willis Road.  Mill Road History Society.  Ross Street Community Centre  http://www.millroadhistory.org.uk

13 – 23rd    7.45pm (some matinees)  Legally Blonde, The Musical.  ADC Theatre.  http://www.adctheatre.com

14th    8pm  John Rutter with the Orchestra and Choir of Clare College Music Society.  Butterworth, Grieg, Rutter.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.adcticketing.com

16th    2 – 5.30pm  Study Day: Understanding Macbeth.  Literature Cambridge.  Stapleford Granary, CB22.  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk  Read more about Literature Cambridge here

16th    5.30pm  Foundation Concert.  Bruckner and Elgar.  Members of King’s College Choir (past and present) and Cambridge University Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Cleobury,  King’s College Chapel.  http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk

16th    7.30pm  Mass in B Minor, Bach.  New Cambridge Singers with the Cambridge Baroque Camerata.  St John’s College Chapel.  http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

16th    7.30pm  The Seasons, Haydn.  Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.cambridgephilharmonic.com

17th    10am – 5pm  “What A Nerve”.  Contemporary art exhibition and talk series exploring all aspects of living with Multiple Sclerosis.  Cambridge Union Society Debating Chamber, Bridge Street.  Free, fully accessible.  http://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events/what-nerve

19th    7pm  Sing Joyfully.  Voces 8.  Trinity College Chapel.  http://www.CambridgeEarlyMusic.org

23rd    2.30 – 4pm  NCT Cambridge Nearly New Sale.  Cambridge Regional College, CB4.  Facebook: @NctCambridgeNNS

23rd    7.30pm  Faure Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine and Ave Verum.  The Leys Choral Society.  The Leys School Chapel, Trumpington Street.  Tickets from http://www.theleys.net/boxoffice

23 – 30th    10am – 5.30pm  Art Exhibition, Cambridge Drawing Society.  Original paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures.  Pitt Building, Trumpington Street.  Free admission.  http://www.cambridgedrawingsociety.org

24th    3.30pm  Sounds of Spring.  Vocal concert, fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support, followed by tea and cake.  Lee Hall, Wolfson College.  mjh64@cam.ac.uk

30 – 31st    10am  Cambridge Home and Garden Show.  The Guildhall, Market Hill.  http://www.camhomeshow.com  Read more about the Show here

30th    7.30pm  St John Passion, Bach.  Collegium Laureatum.  West Road Concert Hall.  tickets@collegium.org.uk

Apple blossom
Apple blossom in my garden

Cambridge Science Festival 2019

Cambridge Science Festival is celebrating its 25th year and runs from 11 – 24 March, this year exploring the theme of “Discovery”.  Hosting over 350 events, it will investigate a range of issues that affect our world today, from challenges around climate change policy, improving safety and quality in healthcare and adolescent mental health and will take a look at what the next 25 years holds for us.

There’s a packed schedule with events for all ages, most of which are free and which range from  debates, talks, exhibitions, workshops, interactive activities, films, comedy and performances, all held in lecture theatres, museums, cafés and galleries around the city.

Cambridge Science Festival
Image credit: Dan Clarke

An enthusiastic audience clocks up over 60,000 visits to Festival events each year to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.  Run by the University of Cambridge, the Festival draws together independent organisations as well as University departments, centres and museums.

Cambridge Science Festival
Image credit: Cambridge Philosophical Society

Significant scientific milestones to celebrate in 2019 include the 200th anniversary of Cambridge Philosophical Society (Cambridge’s oldest scientific society) and 150 years since the publication of the modern Periodic Table.  This year’s Cambridge Gravity lecture will be presented by Sir Gregory Winter, a molecular biologist and 2018 Nobel Laureate, whose research has led to antibody therapies for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

Cambridge Science Festival
Image credit: Jacqueline Garget

Events for children and families include “Hands-On Science” at Cambridge Science Centre with fun workshops that encourage creative thinking and which will lead to some inspiring scientific and engineering memories, “Moonwatch” at the Institute of Astronomy and “Little Explorers: Ice and Anti-Freeze”, a sensory story session at the Polar Museum for the under 5s with storyteller, Marion Leeper.  Dr Tom Crawford will bring the history of maths to life, with the aid of live experiments and togas, in “It’s all Greek to me!” while Channel 4 presenter, Dr Hugh Hunt, plays with blocks, balls, bikes and boomerangs in “An engineer plays with toys”.

Cambridge Science Festival
Image credit: Amelie Deblauwe

Events that are going in my diary include a talk from Jesus College Intellectual Forum on “Is technology making us miserable?”, “Gene eating: The truth about diets” with Dr Giles Yeo on how to break the cycle of pseudoscience and misinformation about dieting and “Truffle Hunt” in the Botanic Garden.  You can don your dancing shoes to celebrate the Festival opening at a ceilidh and wrap up the festivities with “Sunday Papers Live”, a sociable mix of food, newspapers and science.

Download and browse the full Science Festival programme at www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk.  You can pre book events through the website or via the Festival booking phone line on 01223 766766.