Get fresh with Rock Abundance: coming to Cherry Hinton Road this Friday

ROCK ABUNDANCE: “One person’s glut is another person’s feast”

Were you lucky enough to catch the Transition Cambridge pop-up stall at Rock Road Library last Saturday? I was, and went home happily with some beautiful sweet peas, a little jar of redcurrant jelly, and a prickly cucumber. The idea is that you take along any spare produce from your garden, and swap it for someone else’s superfluity.

This Friday, the group will hold its second ‘Rock Abundance’ stall outside the Blazing Saddles bike shop at 102 Cherry Hinton Road – that’s on the corner of Rock Road, for those who haven’t already discovered this gem of a bike shop.

It’s a brilliant idea: you just take along any home-grown (or foraged) fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs; and you swap them for your neighbours’ goodies. Even if you don’t have anything to take, you can take produce and make a donation. When Rock Abundance took place at the library donations went to the Friends of Rock Road Library for community events; this time they will go to the Homerton Children’s Centre community garden. Any excess food will be distributed to FoodCycle or other local charities.

sweet peasThe stall is just there for an hour, between 5.30 and 6.30pm on Friday – set up an alarm so you don’t miss it!

Further details: (Facebook: /RockAbundance; twitter @RockAbundance) [email protected]; or telephone Rebecca Jones, volunteer and first co-ordinator: 07792 531 400.

Easter events at Rock Road Library

The Friends of Rock Road Library are holding an Easter Egg Event in the Library Garden this morning, Saturday, March 23, 10-11am. Children can try different Easter craft challenges, and play the detective in an Easter egg hunt, solving clues as they go, and going home with fair trade chocolate eggs.

People of all ages are invited to join a Gardening Party 11-12, to get the garden ready for spring. The Rock Road Library Garden was developed by the Friends, and is a community enterprise. No expertise required, refreshments are provided, and a warm glow is guaranteed.

South Area Parking Plan display packed out

Hundreds of residents packed into the Queen Edith Chapel yesterday to view the County Council’s ideas for sorting out parking problems in our area. These are the County’s response to longstanding pressure from Lib Dem councillors over the years to address the saturation of our streets by commuters.

The proposals are informed by comments made by residents at previous meetings and from the local colleges and hospital. The ‘South Area Parking Plan’ has been worked up over the past year.

Many residents were disappointed there were not more firm proposals, but there were new schemes for Red Cross Lane/ Greenlands area, Baldock Way, Godwin Close and Nightingale Avenue. County Council officers were present to answer questions, and residents were invited to fill in a short survey to comment on parking patterns in their own street, and to give their views on residents’ parking schemes.

There are two more chances to see the exhibition:

  • Monday 26 November – Scout Hut, Flamsteed Road
  • Thursday 29 November – Village Hall, Trumpington, at the junction with Beverley Way

You can also look at it all on line, on the County Council’s website. We are also hoping that the plans can be in Rock Road Library.

Comments open till 21st December.

Cambridge author to speak on family pilgrimage to Nepal

Local author Jane Wilson will be visiting her local library in Rock Road, Cambridge on 15th November to talk about her book, A Glimpse of Eternal Snows.

Jane describes writing A Glimpse of Eternal Snows as “a long, long labour of love”.  This memoir describes the years Jane and her family spent on an island in the middle of the largest tributary of the Ganges, their Himalayan treks and their emotional highs and lows. It will be illustrated with slides and the talk helps launch a new global edition of the book.

8 – 9.30 p.m., 15th November          Rock Road Library  (between Cherry Hinton Road and Blinco Grove)        Light refreshments


Go for gold with a good read! Summer reading challenge starting soon at Rock Road Library

Story Lab

One of my favourite jobs has been to give out medals and certificates to children as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Our local library, Rock Road Library, has run the Challenge for many years, but the great thing is that it’s being done by children all over the country, indeed in 23 different countries across the world, so you are not reading alone but are part of an international event.

Children between 4 and 11 read six books over the summer holiday, collecting stickers and other treats along the way, culminating in a gold medal and a certificate in September if they fulfil the challenge of reading six books. On Saturday mornings throughout the holidays there will be a chance to visit the library to report on progress and talk about the books you’ve read.

This year, the theme is called Story Lab and is linked in a true international spirit with the 2012 Olympic Games. To find out more, call in at Rock Road Library at the start of the summer holiday.