Summer newsletter

Here is my latest e-newsletter, which goes to my list of subscribers. If you would like to go on the list, drop me a line: [email protected]

Dear everyone

I hope you’ve had a good July. The Big Weekend got the summer off to a good start for me, and I’ve been enjoying checking out new Open Studios artists and craftspeople at the weekends.
There is so much to do in Cambridge at this time of year, including lots close to home:

The City Council’s Playdaze programme has free children’s activities all over the city, including some at Nightingale and Coleridge Recs and Cherry Hinton Hall. Download a programme.

The Friends of Rock Road Library have a family event on 29th July: Kids’ Fun and Rock Abundance. There’s a wildlife/bug hunt and other activities for children, and a plant stall and produce swap for adults.

Get to know our area better with their new family community trail exploring the part of Cambridge north of the library. Pick up a copy from the library – I believe there is even a prize.

The local Children’s Centres have a busy summer programme, including messy play and a books/clothes/ toys swap. Download a programme.

Which leads me on to the much less cheerful news that the County Council is reviewing children’s centres and proposing to close four in the south of the city: Homerton, Fawcett, Cherry Hinton and Romsey Mill. More details on my website and a link to our petition.

The County is running a consultation at It runs 17th July – 22nd September. They are putting on a drop-in event on 3rd August (2.30-4.30pm) at the Arbury Community Centre. If this is a difficult location for you, we recommend going to one of the local children’s centre events, as some will have staff in attendance to discuss the review.


A residents’ parking scheme in the Morley area of Queen Edith’s will start this autumn and operate Mon-Fri,10am – 7pm. The City Deal Partnership has agreed to fund the setup costs, meaning residents will not have to pay an initial fee on top of permit costs.

The County Council will be consulting on new residents’ parking schemes later this year, including two in Coleridge between Cherry Hinton Road and Mill Road.

The first drawings are coming through for schemes funded by the Local Highways Improvement Initiative. If you live in a street that successfully applied to this programme, please check my website for updates.


Whippet is deregistering several bus services, including the 114, which runs between Addenbrooke’s and the city centre, via Coleridge, Lichfield and Mowbray Roads. The buses will make their last journeys on 1st September and will only resume when new operators have been found. More info.


The County Council informs me of planned roadworks every fortnight. I post the details on my website, eg One that will be significant for Queen Edith’s is the UKPN cabling work on Hills Road, which will mean the cycle lanes over the bridge will be suspended for the next four weeks. Please report any increased speeding to the police. If you have concerns about the management of the works, contact UKPN on 0800 0284587 and [email protected]<[email protected].


Friday 28th July: 5.15 – 6 pm, Rock Road Library

Saturday 12th August: 10.15 – 11.15am, St James’s Church, Wulfstan Way

Cllr. Amanda Taylor

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Queen Edith’s news

Rock Road Library

The Friends of Rock Road Library have opened their first World War I exhibition. Go along and see what was happening in this area 100 years ago, discover the stories of the people from this neighbourhood who served in the war, and see the cards soldiers sent to their sweethearts back home. The Friends are also keen to hear from anyone who has mementoes they can lend to the exhibition.

The Friends also have a talk this week: on Thursday 4 December, Richard Young will be talking about life as a children’s librarian and sharing the secrets of which books children borrow most often. Visitors are invited to take along the first book they read or the first book that started their interest in reading.

Christmas Lights Switch-On

The Christmas Lights event outside the shops in Wulfstan Way is becoming a popular annual event. This year, it’s next Wednesday, December 10th, and the Mayor will switch on the lights at 6pm. Afterwards there will be carols from the local choirs, and a visit from Father Christmas.

By-election result

For those who haven’t already heard, Viki Sanders is the new city councillor for Queen Edith’s. The result was as follows:

Viki Sanders, Liberal Democrat: 933


Rahima Ahammed, Labour, 790


Andrew Bower, Conservative, 614


Joel Chalfen, Green 222

Turnout 37%


Viki will be on duty at the next councillor’s surgery, on Saturday 13th December in Wulfstan Way, 1030-1130am.

Would you like your street to have a 20mph speed limit?

Cambridge City Council is running a consultation on whether to reduce the speed limit on residential streets and shopping streets in this area, as in the north of the city. You should receive a mailing and questionnaire through your door but you can also comment on line at

You can discuss the plans with council officers at two drop-in sessions, one at the Cherry Hinton Village Centre this Thursday, and another at Castle Street Baptist Church next Tuesday, both 4-8pm.

Another recycling advance

Did you know you can now recycle plastic bags, wrap and film in your blue bin? This could be useful at Christmas,when bins get extra full. Here is a link to the City Council website explaining it all:

Got a grotspot?

Graffiti, grime and rubbish – not the most glamorous of subjects, but these things make the area look a mess if they are not dealt with. The City Council’s Environmental Services Department is asking councillors to nominate areas for special attention, as well as to propose locations for new bins (general waste, recycling and dog bins). The decisions take place at the South Area meeting next Monday, and as the agenda is short, there should be time for a good discussion. The meeting is open to the public, and takes place at the Cherry Hinton Village Centre starting at 7pm next Monday, 8th December. More details here:

More news?

At the risk of losing my readership, I can recommend two other local grapevines for those of you who enjoy blogs and social media: run by local resident Chris Rand; covering, in his own words,local planning, developments and elections, run by myself and a few other local residents; covering community events, mainly in the Queen Edith’s area

Th Queen Edith’s News provides brief news items about events in, and decisions relating to, Queen Edith’s. As a newsletter and not a ‘views letter’: it is not  explicitly political in its content. If you would like to receive the newsletter by email, please contact me at [email protected]. Should you know of other people who wish to receive this newsletter, please let me know or ask them to contact me themselves. Thank you.