DressCode Shirts Cambridge

Technology is a wonderful thing when it’s working ….. I reckon most people would agree that printer glitches are among the most infuriating malfunctions of all (and I speak as the owner of Cambridge’s most temperamental printer!).  But for branding consultant Andy Boothman, who sent a brochure to print and ended up with an A3 page of what he describes as “colour frenzy”, his printer glitch turned out to be serendipity itself and the inspiration for his new business, DressCode Shirts.

DressCode Shirts logo

Andy and his wife relocated from Manchester to Cambridge four years ago.  He’s run his branding business (busy as AB), with its eclectic client list ranging from food to pharmaceuticals, for fifteen years.  Andy had been mulling over ideas for a second business and had the proverbial light bulb moment as he gazed at that sheet of colour frenzy ….. he realised this pattern would translate brilliantly into a fabric.

DressCode Shirts Cambridge
Image credit: DressCode Shirts

Andy’s always liked good shirts so he decided to create a brand where digital meets traditional in a fresh, innovative way.  Of course, Andy had never made a shirt in his life so he teamed up with a Norwich tailor and a fourth generation family business which produces shirts for global brands.  Working together, they developed a shape for a man’s shirt, paying huge attention to cut, fine seaming, cuff details, buttons and collar shape.  Fabrics are 100% cotton and feature designs based on pixels, code, binary and cursors as well as that original colour frenzy.

DressCode Shirts Cambridge
Image credit: Dresscode Shirts

So wearing a DressCode shirt lets you express your passion for tech but in a smart and subtle way.

DressCode Shirts Cambridge
Image credit: DressCode Shirts

It’s early days for DressCode but following its September launch, word is spreading via social media, online influencers and tech bloggers.  These shirts are definitely creating a buzz and Andy tells me they’re receiving very positive reviews.  Andy has plans to add pocket squares, women’s scarves and women’s shirts to the range but for now you can buy men’s shirts online through the DressCode website.

http://www.dresscodeshirts.co.uk

http://www.busyasab.co.uk

Cambridge Halloween Dog Parade

When Christina Orsborn moved to Cambridge four years ago, she didn’t know a soul.  But she wasn’t lonely for long as she quickly made friends with other dog owners on regular walks with her dog, Scout.  Christina runs her own technical recruitment business from home and when Scout passed away a couple of years ago, she found the house just wasn’t the same without a canine presence, plus she missed the daily exercise and the dog walking community.

Cambridge Halloween Dog Parade
Christina and Pizza

So enter Woody (a Yorkipoo) and, just a few months ago, Pizza (a Maltipoo) who is beyond adorable and who snoozed peacefully in Christina’s arms while we chatted earlier this week.

Inspired by photos of a Halloween Dog Parade in New York sent by her stepson, Christina put together the first Cambridge event last year.  The pooches, their owners and bystanders loved it and all the dogs were impeccably behaved.  Spurred on by this warm reception, Christina is now organising this year’s Halloween Dog Parade which is happening on Sunday 28 October at 1pm, starting at Great St Mary’s Church from where the Parade will wind its way through Cambridge to the Fort St George pub on the river at Midsummer Common.

Cambridge Halloween Dog Parade

Fancy dress is optional for both dogs and owners.  Anything is fine, from full costumes to decorated leads and there’ll be a Best Costume prize sponsored by Chesterton indie pet shop, Grumpy’s.

Cambridge Halloween Dog Parade
Image credit: Cambridge Halloween Dog Parade

The Halloween Dog Parade raises money for the RSPCA Cambridge and District Branch which runs a clinic offering subsidised treatment for low income pet owners who cannot afford private vet treatment.  The Parade is free to enter but voluntary donations are welcome and there’ll be home made dog biscuits for sale on the day.  Or you can made a donation through the event’s JustGiving page (details at the end of this post).

Cambridge Halloween Dog Parade
Image credit: Cambridge Halloween Dog Parade

The Halloween Dog Parade is a fun family event and it’s fine to join in even if, like me, you don’t have a dog.  Just don’t miss Woody, Pizza and their canine friends, all decked out in their Halloween finery and owning the streets of Cambridge!

Facebook:  Cambridge Halloween Dog Parade

JustGiving page:  http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Christina-Orsborn

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival celebrates film past, present and future, showcases new talent and brings film makers to the city for eight glorious days of screenings and events from 25 October to 1 November.

Cambridge Film Festival logo 2018

I met with Kayleigh Barnes, Marketing Co-ordinator at Cambridge Film Trust to find out more about this year’s Festival schedule.  Every year (in what sounds to me like a really fabulous job!) the Festival programmers visit major international film festivals – think London, Cannes, Berlin and Venice.  Their quest is to discover the best new films and documentaries out there and to bring a varied line up back to Cambridge, giving us a rare chance to see great films that we might otherwise miss.

Cambridge Film Festival film reel
Image credit: Cambridge Film Festival

Kayleigh and I talked about the diverse strands of programming that run alongside the main feature films and documentaries.  The Family Film Festival offers daytime film screenings suitable for all ages, with linked children’s arts and crafts activities and a BAFTA workshop while the Short Film programme brings us shorts from around the world.  For a film maker, having your work shown in this category is very prestigious indeed; in a lengthy selection process, hundreds of submissions are reviewed by a panel of film industry experts and each film is watched by three reviewers before a final forty films make the cut.

For fans of old movies, there’s a Silence and Sounds classics programme, screening vintage silent film with live musical accompaniment.  Experimental film making is showcased in the Microcinema programme while the very popular Camera Catalonia screens a selection of the best Catalan films.  Partnerships with the Cambridge African Film Festival and the Korean Cultural Centre enrich the Festival programme with contemporary films from across Africa and Korea.

Cambridge Film Festival live band
Image credit: Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Trust, a charity founded to promote film culture and education in the East of England, runs this event under the leadership of Festival Director, Toby Jones.  The Festival’s main venue is the Arts Picturehouse Cinema in St Andrew’s Street with screenings also being held at Emmanuel College just opposite and The Light Cinema at Cambridge Leisure Park.

Check out the Festival website where you’ll find the full programme of screenings and events and through which you can book tickets.

www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk

This post is part of my October “New in Cambridge” column in Velvet magazine.  Read more on http://www.velvetmag.co.uk

Coming up in Cambridge …..

 

Cambridge Festival of Ideas logo 2018

The University of Cambridge opens its doors from 15 – 28 October for the 11th annual Festival of Ideas which this year explores the theme of “extremes”.  Celebrating the arts, humanities and social sciences, a packed programme of over 200 events includes talks, exhibitions, films, debates and performances held in galleries, museums and lecture theatres across the city.  There’s something here for everyone, whether your interest lies in politics, history, the arts, literature or music or whether you just want to open your mind to new ideas and to question the status quo.  Most events are free, some need to be booked in advance which you can do through the Festival website.

www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk

 

Apples in a box
Image credit:  Will Greenfield

In this season of mist and mellow fruitfulness, don’t miss Apple Day at the stunning forty acre Cambridge University Botanic Garden on 21 October.  It’s a wonderful celebration of all things appley with tastings, advice on cultivation, children’s activities, free guided garden tours and a marquee full of locally produced edibles.  Come hungry as you’ll find a wide choice of refreshments from a variety of food trucks and the Garden Café.  And if you have a mystery apple tree in your garden, you need the apple identification service.  Just bring along a couple of apples with a leaf and stalk attached and who knows, you may bring a lost heritage variety to light!

www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

People apple tasting
Image credit: Will Greenfield
Autumn Botanic Garden
Image credit: Will Greenfield

This post is part of my October “New in Cambridge” column in Velvet magazine.  Read more on http://www.velvetmag.co.uk

What’s on in October

Well, Cambridge feels a little bit different now ….. there’s a nip in the morning air, the evenings are drawing in and the rhythm of the city changes as the students return.  There’s plenty going on and I’ll update this listing through the month so do check back when you can.

Sunny autumn morning on the River Cam
Sunny autumn morning on the River Cam

5th    8pm  Fresher Brass.  A “Meet and Greet” concert with the City of Cambridge Brass Band.  St Giles Church, Castle Street, CB3.  Free entry.

6th    7.30pm  The Fishermen.  Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, CB1.  http://www.anglia.ac.uk

7th    10.30am – 4pm  Cambridge Vegan Market.  Guildhall, Market Square.  http://www.vegfest.co.uk

7th   2 – 4pm/5 – 7pm  Cambridge Wine Fair.  Royal Cambridge Hotel, Trumpington Street, CB2.  Meet local independent wine merchants.  http://www.cambridgewinefair.com

8th    7.45pm  Climate Change: A Scientific Update.  Speaker:  Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE.  Part of the Science meets Faith series.  Wesley Church, Christ’s Pieces, CB1.  Free admission.

15 – 18th  Cambridge Festival of Ideas  http://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk  Read more here

15th    7pm  Oompah Brass.  The Leys School, Fen Causeway, CB2.  http://www.theleys.net/boxoffice

18th    7pm  Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show.  Grand Arcade, St Andrew’s Street, CB2.  Tickets include welcome drink and canapes.  http://www.cambridgebreastcancerappeal.com  Read more here

19th    8pm  The Choral Pilgrimage 2018.  Music by Cornysh and Britten.  The Sixteen.  St John’s College Chapel.  http://www.thesixteen.com

20th    11am – 4pm  Volunteer for Cambridge.  Free showcase for the diversity of volunteering opportunities in the city with around 90 organisations attending.  Guildhall, Market Square, CB2.  http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/volunteer-for-cambridge

20th   2 – 5.30pm  Understanding King Lear.  Study Day with Literature Cambridge.  Stapleford Granary, Stapleford, CB22.  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/lear/  Read more here

20th    7.30pm  Let there be Light.  Charity concert for CBM UK, the overseas disability charity, showcasing local musicians and voices.  St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, CB2.  http://www.ticketsource.co.uk

21st    10am – 4pm  Apple Day.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Brookside, CB2.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk  Read more here

22nd    1 – 3pm  The Fitzwilliam Museum.  Disability friendly opening.  A relaxed afternoon aimed at children with sensory sensitivities along with their families, siblings and carers.  Free entry but please book in advance.  Trumpington Street, CB2.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

23rd    11am – 5pm Tues – Sun.  Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings.  Abstract Expressionist.  This exhibition runs until 6 January 2019.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

24th    7 – 10pm  Plague Late.   Part of the Cam Lates season.  Get up close and personal with the past and present of the Plague.  Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, CB2.  Book in advance.  http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk

24 – 27th    7.30pm plus two matinees at 2.30pm.  West Side Story.  Cambridge Theatre Company.  The Leys School, Fen Causeway, CB2.  http://www.camtheatrecompany.co.uk

25 – 1 Nov    Cambridge Film Festival.  http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk  Read more here

26th    9.30am – 12.30pm  Kids’ Repair Cafe.  Fixing children’s games and toys.  Arts Picturehouse, St Andrew’s Street, CB2.  http://www.cambridgecarbonfootprint.org  Read more here

26 – 28th    7.30pm  Ghost Stories for Halloween.  The Leper Chapel, Newmarket Road, CB5.  http://www.nunkie.co.uk

28th    1pm  Cambridge Halloween Dog Parade.  Facebook: Cambridge Halloween Dog Parade  Read more here

Autumn colours on Trumpington Street, Cambridge
Autumn colours on Trumpington Street, Cambridge

 

 

 

Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show

Natalie Emuss and Jennifer Mason are on a roll the day we meet ….. they tumble in, fresh from a slot on the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire airwaves and after our chat, they’re heading for an interview and photoshoot with Velvet magazine.  All of which is brilliant publicity for the Fashion Show they mastermind each year, in aid of Addenbrooke’s Hospital Breast Cancer Appeal.

Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion ShowThe Fashion Show is happening on the 1st Floor of Grand Arcade at 7pm on Thursday 18 October.  The red carpet will be rolled out and twenty women, all of whom are either undergoing treatment or have survived breast cancer, will strut their stuff on the catwalk.  And so will twenty men, friends, husbands, brothers and sons of these ladies, with daughters and granddaughters also modelling.  With so much warmth, love and support in the room, it makes for a fabulous atmosphere.

 

Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show
Image credit: Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal

Retailers in Grand Arcade get right behind this Show, fitting models with the new season’s clothes and shoes.  Fossil supplies handbags, Sean Hanna takes care of the models’ hair while MAC, Charlotte Tilbury and Estee Lauder do make up.  A raft of fabulous raffle prizes includes a 24 hour test drive of a TESLA car, so don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets at Rigby & Peller.  Sponsors include Clarity, who created the event website, Grape Van and Grazie.

Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show
Image credit: Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal

Natalie and Jenny met at Addenbrookes in 2016.  They both had personal experience of the hospital.  Natalie was treated for cancer in the Breast Unit there in 2013, undergoing a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.  Jenny’s father had cancer and when he passed away in Addenbrookes, she vowed to do something big to thank the hospital for all they had done for him.

Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show
Image credit: Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal

Natalie had held fashion shows in Saffron Walden in 2014 and 2015 to raise funds for the Breast Unit but she and Jenny quickly realised that they could create something much bigger if they pooled their expertise, energy and resources.  As Manager of Rigby & Peller in Cambridge, Jenny feels uniquely placed to help breast cancer patients, with her specialist mastectomy trained staff who fit the many different styles of bras on offer and who are always there for aftercare too.

This year’s Show is dedicated to Becky Hadfield, who modelled in 2016 and sadly passed away in January 2018.  Becky will be in the hearts and minds of everybody involved in the Show as they aim to raise £11,000 which will fund a part time Breast Counsellor post.  And the more money they raise, the more hours the Counsellor will be able to spend supporting women at the Breast Unit.

Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show
Image credit: Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal

Fashion Show tickets cost £16 and include a welcome drink and canapes on arrival.  You can book tickets through the website or get them from Rigby & Peller in Grand Arcade but don’t wait until the last minute as this event always sells out!

http://www.cambridgebreastcancerappeal.com

http://www.rigbyandpeller.com/UK

Grand Arcade, St. Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3BJ

 

Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus

We’ve all got them … those slightly sorry, broken objects stuffed into the cupboard under the stairs.  You think you’ll get round to sorting them out one day.  Or if you’re not handy (like us here at New in Cambridge!), you try to find someone who can fix these things then realise that the humongous repair bill means that it probably makes more sense to chuck said objects out and buy new.  But for Cambridgeshire dwellers, there is a better way.

Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus
Image credit: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

The Royston Repair Cafe inspired Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge to kickstart the Cambridgeshire repair cafe movement about four years ago,  to help reduce waste and promote skill sharing in a socially welcoming environment.  Fifteen groups now run repair cafes across the county and last year, Cambridge hosted the world’s biggest repair cafe, comfortably smashing the world record for the number of repairs made.

Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus
Image credit: Cambridge Carbon Footprint
Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus
Image credit: CCF

There’s a Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus happening on Saturday 22 September at St. Andrew’s Hall, Chesterton, from 1 – 4pm.  It’s a simple system.  A whole range of experienced repairers volunteer their time and skills to fix all sorts of items from electricals to jewellery and bikes to books.  You either pre-book or just turn up (in which case there might be a short wait) with your object for repair.  There is no charge for mending things but donations are always welcome and Cambridge Carbon Footprint is grateful to Mackays and Draper Tools who sponsor and supply the tools used by the repairers.  Most things can be fixed but for the 15% of items that can’t, they’ll advise you on recycling and disposal.

 

Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus
Image credit: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

You’ll also find a sewing repairs skillshare.  Here you can learn basic sewing skills like hemming, darning and sewing on buttons that mean you can make simple repairs yourself in future.  And if you’ve got any unfinished sewing or knitting projects hanging around, they’ll help you get to grips with those too.

Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus
Image credit: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

There’s a draught proofing and repairs workshop with information on how to make your home cosier and cut your bills plus they’ll give you a free draught proofing pack to take away.  Perfect now that there’s definitely an autumnal nip in the air!

Cambridge Kids' Repair Cafe
Image credit: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

For the younger generation, there’s going to be a Kids’ Repair Cafe on Friday 26 October from 9.30am- 12.30pm.  It’s hosted by the Cambridge Film Festival at Arts Picturehouse and they’ll be screening environmental films including WALL-E through the day.  Children can bring consoles, mechanical toys, gaming devices, electronic toys, teddie and dolls.  As with all repair cafes, kids and their parent or carer stay with the repairers, using the process as a learning experience and helping to work out the best way to repair the broken toy.

I enjoyed meeting Nicole Barton, Volunteer and Events Organiser at Cambridge Carbon Footprint, to find out more about the repair cafes before writing this post.  As she says, we talk about throwing things away but where is “away”?  Nicole’s a woman with a lot of amazing statistics at her fingertips but one in particular blew my mind …..

….. if you repair a 13″ Macbook rather than chuck it out and buy a new one, you save the equivalent of 750kg of carbon

I’ll leave you with that thought!

http://www.cambridgecarbonfootprint.org

http://www.transitioncambridge.org

http://www.circularcambridge.org

St Andrew’s Hall, Chesterton, CB4 1DH