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

The Amnesty Bookshop

Browsing in the second hand bookshops here in Cambridge is one of my not-so-guilty pleasures and the Amnesty Bookshop, which has just relocated to the Parker’s Piece end of Mill Road, is a real gem that I keep coming back to.

Amnesty Bookshop


One of eight Amnesty bookshops, located in cities across the UK, the shop has been part of the vibrant Mill Road community since 1998.  Funds raised here go to support the work of Amnesty International as it stands up for humanity and human rights and works to protect women, men and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

Run by Manager, David Float, and staffed by a team of around forty enthusiastic, spirited and committed volunteers, the shop is thriving.  New volunteers are always welcome so David would be happy to hear from you either in person or by email to cambridgebookshop@amnesty.org.uk if you would like to make yourself known and find out more.

David believes that the city is very in tune with the work of Amnesty International and the shop enjoys huge support, both in terms of sales and book donations of all sizes (their largest single donation in the past year comprised six thousand books!).  Further sales are made online through Amazon.

The shelves in this bright shop are neatly ordered with a wealth of sections ranging from the occult to gardening.  While novels are always in demand, art, philosophy and religion are bestselling categories with the anthropology and cosmology sections also proving popular.  A selection of vinyl is for sale alongside sheet music and greetings cards.  In the run up to the festive season, Amnesty International T shirts, tote bags, calendars and Christmas cards will be stocked.


4 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 2AD