Pibroch and Rioja

PIBROCH is like fine wine  — it adds a touch of class to any occasion, attracts myth and obsession, holds secrets to aficionados, and a small sip leaves a wonderful feeling.                                                                                           Barnaby Brown

There is a Celtic connection between classic bagpipe melodies and Rioja wine. That must be why the two are being offered together at a musical evening at Rock Road Library next month. The Friends have invited composer and pipes specialist Barnaby Brown to perform at the Library on 7th June. Barnaby has already proved a sensation at local ceilidhs, so this should be a good evening.

He will be singing Hebridean melodies and playing original compositions on northern triplepipes.

Tickets are available from the Friends by emailing [email protected] £6, to include Rioja, or £5 for members.

7th June, 8-9.30pm, Rock Road Library

Fair trade in Chesterton: One Step at a Time

fair tradeIt’s FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT – always a busy time for me and for other members of the Cambridge Fair Trade Group. On Tuesday morning, I caught an early bus to Chesterton Community College, to meet their staff and talk to their Year 11 students about the Cambridge Fair Trade Group.

I was welcomed with a big smile and a steaming mug of fairtrade tea by Chesterton’s Head of Humanities Kath Hutchinson, who told me all about the school’s journey towards fairtrade school status … ‘one step at a time’.

There’s a lot on. Also this week, Chesterton will be welcoming Jennifer Day of Traidcraft, and holding a fair trade tea party with cakes and Green & Black cookies. It all sounded extremely chocolatey and scrumptious. (more…)

Rock Road Library: now we can breathe again

It was great news to hear at a recent meeting of the Friends of Rock Road Library that the Conservative-led Cambridgeshire County Council has abandoned its ideas to close Rock Road Library. This is excellent news, and a tribute to all the people who have spent the past 18 months signing petitions, going to meetings and lobbying to keep it open.

The Friends support the work of the library and arrange community events to support it. They have recently announced a new service to raise funds for both library and Friends events:

Get your important pieces of paper laminated at just 20p a sheet. A great way to protect posters, signs, certificates and children’s pictures. Just ask the Librarian on duty.

Wine glass hire is coming soon, just £3 for 36 glasses, saving a trip across town on a Monday morning! Details to be finalised, keep an eye on the Friends’ website: http://rockroadlibrarygarden.blogspot.co.uk/