Emerging from Lockdown in Cambridge 3

Some news of good things happening in Cambridge as we emerge from lockdown …..

Cocks and Hens Tennis Cambridge
Image credit: Cocks and Hens Tennis

Cocks and Hens Cambridge Tennis has now reopened so if you’ve had enough of Zoom fitness classes, here’s a great way to exercise safely in the fresh air.  Surrounded by trees and fields on Grantchester Road, this friendly club has the newest courts and clubhouse in the city but is in fact older than Wimbledon!  With 8 all weather courts, 4 hard courts, 4 astroturf courts and a range of membership options, the club is open to players of all ages and standards and is warmly welcoming new members.


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Amelie Flammekueche Cambridge
Sweet flam-kuche from Amelie

Foodstufff HQ, founded by friends James and Toby, has recently started operating in the city, delivering food Thursday – Sunday from indie restaurants to your door by bike (so an added bonus of zero emissions!).  Order through them for all sorts of delicious goodies from the likes of Amelie Flam-kuche, Jack’s Gelato and Pint Shop.  More restaurants are coming on board each week.


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Cambridge Botanic Garden Fountains
Image credit: Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden is reopening to the public from 16 June.  Entry is by pre-booked ticket so that visitor numbers stay at a safe level.  Tickets are released each Thursday at 10am for the following week.  The Cafe will be open for takeaway (contactless payment only) and you’re welcome to bring a picnic.  Head to the website to book tickets and for full details of the arrangements for entry/exit points, loo facilities etc.


Community Masks 4 NHS
Image credit: Community Masks 4 NHS

Community Masks 4 NHS is a project set up several weeks ago by friends Jane Horwood and Melissa Santiago-Val to make bright cotton, muslin lined face coverings with all proceeds going to the NHS Charities Together.  This has really taken off and I’m sewing masks, along with many other volunteers … so far, we’ve raised £22,750 and there’s been a surge in demand in the last couple of days with the latest government announcements about the wearing of face coverings in public.  So if you need a face covering, you can see the sort of thing we make and place an order through the Facebook page.  And if you are a competent sewist with your own sewing machine and some time to spare, please consider joining our band of volunteers as we work hard to fulfil orders that just keep coming!

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I’ll be back with more news as it comes in to me.  Hope everybody is keeping safe and well x


Emerging from Lockdown in Cambridge

So now we are in Week 8 of lockdown but following Boris Johnson’s announcements last Sunday (and follow up clarifications!), life is beginning to change tentatively.  Here’s some good Cambridge stuff that might be of help/interest as we start to emerge, blinking, into a new normal.

Community Mask 4 NHS Cambridge

Community Masks 4 NHS was set up only a few weeks ago by friends Melissa Santiago Val and Jane Horwood to make vibrant, muslin lined fabric masks for community use.  They suggest a donation of £4 per mask with all the money going straight to NHS Charities Together and they’ve already raised £10,000!  I’ve volunteered as a sewist on this project and here is Johnny wearing a mask.  Adult and child sized masks are available to order through their Just Giving page.

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Makespace, a community workshop, has created a Makespace Mask Kit with all the materials you need to make 5 reusable cloth masks.  They are providing these kits for free.  Patterns for adult and child sized masks are included and while the masks could be hand sewn, using a sewing machine is preferable.

Makespace Mask Kit

Amelie Flammekueche Cambridge

Amelie Restaurant is delivering its delicious flam-kuche and more on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from tomorrow (14 May) now that Alex and Regis Crepy can get back into their kitchen.  Simply phone or email in your choices from their small but perfectly formed Take Away Menu by 8pm the day before delivery.

Take Away Menu – free delivery

Espresso Library has reopened this week and will be open Tuesday – Saturday 8am – 2pm for coffee and cake to go.  They’ve mapped out safe queue distancing outside and you place your order with owner John at the door.

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Feather & Ferns bouquet
Image credit: Feather & Ferns Floral Design

Feather & Ferns has launched a contactless bouquet delivery service.  Florist Becky Frost would normally be creating stunning floral arrangements for weddings at this time of year but now she is sourcing seasonal flowers, many from British growers and even some from Cambridgeshire, to make beautiful hand tied bouquets at £30 and £50.  Place your order by Tuesday evening to guarantee a Friday delivery.


Bookish Cambridge logo
Image credit: Bookish Cambridge

Bookish, in normal times found at their stall on Cambridge Market, are offering contact free delivery of their second hand books to your doorstep in Cambridge city at no extra charge and via postal delivery elsewhere.  Check out their website for details of current stock with all books marked at just £2.50 each.


Things are changing all the time so I will keep posting as news reaches me of good and useful things happening here in Cambridge.  Until next time, I hope that everybody, wherever in the world you are reading this, is keeping safe and well x

River Cam
A peaceful Spring day on the River Cam