CAMBS WHAT’S ON DECEMBER 2018

CAMBS WHAT’S ON DECEMBER 20182018-11-20T15:25:16+00:00

1 December-12 January

Wildlife Trust Peterborough Pop Up Shop!

Pop into the Wildlife Trust’s pop up shop in Westgate Arcade which will be stocked with wildlife-themed merchandise – everything from bird and bat boxes, hedgehog and insect homes, field guide books, 2019 calendars, Christmas cards, stocking fillers and fun accessories. Wildlife Trust membership is available to buy as a Membership Gift Box. The shop will be run by Trust staff and volunteers and will be a fun and vibrant place to visit, to chat to staff and find out all about the conservation work which takes place across the county.

Web: www.wildlifebcn.org/events/2018-12-01-festive-pop-shop

 

1 December

Art & Craft Fair

9.30am-4pm

Free Church Hall, St Ives

Free admission

Quality handmade art and craft stalls. Tombola.

 

1 December

Adult Learning & Skills Saturday Workshops

10am

St Ivo School, St Ives

A wide range of one day workshops, including Christmas Flower Ring, Christmas Designs in Watercolour, Christmas Cake Decorating, Chocoholics, Festive Family Workshops, Make-up Revamp, Indian Dance and more. Please call or see the website for further information.

Tel: 01480 495717

Web: www.aclearning.org.uk

 

1 December

Great Fen Christmas Magic

12 noon-3.30pm

Wildlife Trust Countryside Classroom, Ramsey Heights

£4 per child

Wildlife crafts and activities; festive refreshments and stocking fillers.

Tel: 01480 815524 for more info

Web: www.wildlifebcn.org/events/2018-12-01-feeling-frosty-fens

 

1 December

Simply Saturday

12.30-2.30pm

St James Church, Little Paxton

Carols with Southonian Singers. For adults of all ages with lunch and various activities available.

Tel: Leisa Hunt 01480 471748

Email: young_paxton@ntlworld.com

 

1 December

Singing for Scotty’s

7.30pm

The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, St Neots

Tickets £15, Concessions £10

A charity concert of male choirs featuring Huntingdon Male Voice Choir and formed especially for this event Sing2Help plus special guests Seer Green Singers. Promises to be an evening of songs and entertainment appealing to an audience of all ages.

Tel: Stewart 07771 616113

Web: www.hmvc.org.uk

 

1 December

BRAHMS – A German Requiem

7.30pm

St Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon

St Neots Choral Society Concert.

 

1 December

Big Deal Comedy Night

7.30pm

St Andrews Centre, School Hill, Histon

£7 per person

Bringing some of the best new and experienced comedians on the circuit to a comedy night near you. On behalf of The Homeless Support Stand Up Project our Histon gig will be in aid of Jimmy’s Night Shelter. For every ticket sold, we will donate £2 to the Charity. Advance booking advised. Further details including booking information, is online.

Email: events@bigdealcomedy.co.uk

Web: www.bigdealcomedy.co.uk

 

1 & 2 December

Christmas Tree Festival

Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 12-4pm

Alconbury Parish Church

Vote for your favourite tree. Refreshments, chocolate tombola, craft stalls and children’s crafts.

 

1, 8 & 15 December

Huntingdon Music School

8.30am-1pm

Hinchingbrooke School

The music school operates lessons and ensemble groups on Saturday mornings during term-time. They also offer music lessons in Huntingdon area schools.

Tel: 01480 584867 or 07719 835472

Email: enquiries@huntsmusicschool.org.uk

Web: www.huntsmusicschool.org.uk

 

2, 9, 16 & 23 December

Kingfisher Church

10.30am

Kingfisher Church, Little Paxton Primary School

Every Sunday. All welcome. Services include children’s groups and a crèche. Refreshments served.

Tel: 01480 476811

Web: www.kingfisherchurch.co.uk

 

3 December

Wandlebury Adventures

6-8pm

£14 per child

CambridgePPF event. For unaccompanied children aged 8-12 years. Activity is Christmas Decorations.

Tel: 01223 243830 for more info & booking

Email: enquiries@cambridgeppf.org

Web: www.cambridgeppf.org

 

3, 5, 10, 12, 17 & 19 December

St Neots Badminton Club

8-10pm

One Leisure, St Neots

Play badminton to a good standard and interested in joining a club? St Neots badminton club play at One Leisure Mondays and Wednesdays. Please check dates over the festive season.

Email: Committee@stneotsbadminton.org for more information

Web: www.stneotsbadminton.org

 

3, 10, 17 & 24 December

West Hunts Friendship Club

9.30am-3pm

Great Staughton Village Hall

Meets every Monday except Bank Holidays. We are looking for new members who are retired to join our happy team. Members can participate in a range of activities, such as music and singing exercises, quizzes, card and board games as well as enjoying a hot meal at lunch time. Transport can be arranged for those who live within a six miles radius of Great Staughton.

Tel: Annabelle Blackham 07527741495

 

3, 10 & 17 December

Godmanchester Senior Citizens Club

1.30pm Afternoon Bingo

6.30pm Whist Drive

Godmanchester Town Hall

£1 for Whist drive inc. tea & biscuits

If you are feeling lonely and over 55 years of age, then you will find a warm welcome waiting for you in the Senior Citizens Club. The club has a lively atmosphere and a wide range of activities. Friday afternoons is another opportunity to play Whist. Members also meet on a Saturday morning for games, chat, tea and biscuits for 50p. Non-members are welcome to visit on Saturday mornings to find out more.

Tel: Geoff 01480 434697 or 07515 881209 for further information

 

3, 10, 17 & 24 December

Comrades Chess Club

7.30pm

Comrades Club, Godmanchester

Keep your mind active and play chess. Over 18s only as it’s a licensed premises.

Every Monday except Bank Holidays. Seeking new members – novice or experienced.

Ozzie: 01480 414623

Email: ozzie.day5@gmail.com

 

3, 10 & 17 December

Oakington Singers

7.45-9.30pm

Oakington Parish Church

Oakington Singers invite new Tenors and Basses to join them on Mondays. Their accompanied and unaccompanied repertoire includes Rutter Anthems, Queen, Folk Songs, Spirituals, international songs and much more! They are a friendly and experienced group and the choir is free!

Email: paul.tann@btinternet.com

 

3, 10 & 17 December

Scottish Country Dancing

8-10pm

Queen Elizabeth School, Godmanchester

Tel: Mrs Pat Crowe 01480 453774

Email: pat@patcrowe.plus.com

 

4, 11 & 18 December

Roxton Bridge Circle

7.15-10pm

Roxton Parish Hall

Small friendly group playing Bridge every Tuesday evening.

Tel: Mary 01480 212552

Email: mary@jackpike.co.uk

 

5 December

Godmanchester Senior Citizens Club Coffee Morning & Raffle

10am-12 noon

Godmanchester Town Hall

Monthly coffee morning and raffle. Annual membership fee is £10.

Tel: Geoff 01480 434697 or 07515 881209 for further information

 

5 December

St Mary’s Afternoon WI St Neots

2pm

St Mary’s Church Room, St Neots

First Wednesday of the month. Christmas Celebrations with festive food, entertainment and Secret Santa.

Tel: May Parker 07724 043941

Email: mayp.at.home@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/St-Marys-Afternoon-St-Neots-Womens-Institute-238190076940278/

 

5 December

Brampton Flower Club

7.30pm

Community Centre, High Street, Brampton

Visitors £6

Lesley Beeton presenting ‘Christmas Raffle’. Raffle, refreshments and sales table.

Tel: Jan Dobie 01480 531822

Email: jandobie1946@googlemail.com

Web: www.bramptonflowerclub.com

 

5 December

Huntingdonshire Family History Society

7.30pm

Women’s Institute Centre, Waldon Road, Huntingdon

Speaker will be Liz Davies on ‘A Nineteenth Century Peterborough Family Christmas’.   Non-members most welcome – contact the Secretary to attend. £1 donation at the door appreciated. Please check website for any last minute changes to programme.

Tel: Caroline Kesseler 01480 390476 for more details

Email: secretary@huntsfhs.org.uk

Website: www.huntsfhs.org.uk

 

5 December

Huntingdon and District Branch of the Royal Air Force Association

7.30pm for 8pm

First Wednesday of the month. Further details available by telephone or email.

Tel: Tony Perryman, Secretary 01480 465395

Email: rafa.huntingdon1@btinternet.com

 

5 December

Black Cat WI

7.30pm

Wyboston Village Hall

The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month.

Tel: Susie Woodman 01234 376098 for further information

 

5, 12 & 19 December

Kimbolton Bridge Club

9.30am-12 noon

Mandeville Hall, Kimbolton

Meets every Wednesday morning to play friendly, social bridge. No partner needed. Just come along or call Vanessa.

Tel: Vanessa 01480 453929

 

5, 12 & 19 December

Little Fishes

10-11.20am

Grafham Village Hall

All welcome on Wednesdays in term time. Just turn up for free play time, followed by a short bible story, action songs and simple craft.

Email: robnjeanclark@tiscali.co.uk

 

5, 12 & 19 December

St Neots Choral Society

7.30-9.30pm

Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu Street, Eynesbury

New members are very welcome to join and there are no auditions to frighten you but an ability to read a little music is helpful! There is an annual subscription once you decide to join the Society. New members are welcome in all voices. Please check dates over the festive season.

Tel: 01480 212298 for membership or further information

Web: www.stneotschoral.org.uk

 

6, 13, 20 & 27 December

Healthy Walking

10am or 10.30am-11am

Wandlebury Country Park, Cambridge

Free event

CambridgePPF event. Every Thursday. Meet at the Stable Rooms at 10am for a longer walk or 10.30am for a shorter stroll. No need to book. Please arrive 10 minutes early to register if it’s your first session.

 

7 December

Manor House Christmas Shopping Event

3-7pm

The Manor House, Broad Street, Cambourne

The Wildlife Trust BCN’s Annual Christmas Fair. Join the Trust for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie while browsing a lovely array of Christmas gifts including wildlife art – drawings, paintings and prints, wildlife jigsaws (whimsies and traditional), mugs and greetings cards, fused glass creations; handmade and bespoke items – bags, wallets, purses, note books, Christmas cards, calendars and books; Opticron binoculars – try before you buy, speak to an expert about optics requirements; bird boxes and insect houses plus children’s activities and a Christmas raffle.

Web: www.wildlifebcn.org/events/2018-12-07-christmas-shopping-manor-house

 

7 December

The Greatest Showman

Meal 6 for 6.30pm, Film 7 for 7.30pm

Mandeville Hall, Kimbolton

Kimbolton Community Cinema. Starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. Tickets available from Oliver’s, Swan Pharmacy, Courtyard Kitchens, Bytes Café or by email.

Email: jrstratford@hotmail.com

Web: http://e-voice.org.uk/themandevillehallkimbolton/community-cinema

 

7 December

St Neots Local History Society

7.30pm

Guest Hall, Priory Centre, St Neots

Tickets £5

Traditional Christmas Songs and Humorous Readings with St Neots Folk Club. Members of the St Neots Local History Society meet monthly for talks of local and historical interest but this talk is open to all who would like to come. Tickets available from St Neots Museum.

Tel: Tickets 01480 217492

 

7 & 8 December

Theatre at the Leper Chapel

7.30-8.30pm

Tickets £12, Under 18s & Students £8

Leper Chapel, Newmarket Road, Cambridge

Theatre at the Leper Chapel: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol, the way Dickens told it himself: one man, one stage. Playing over 20 characters, Martin Prest brings Charles Dickens’ timeless story of redemption to life in the atmospheric Leper Chapel. As popular now as when it was first published in 1843, this captivating seasonal tale has the feel-good factor of a roast Christmas dinner with presents under the tree. The perfect start to any Christmas season!  Dress warmly. Book online.

Web: www.thatsmycueproductions.com

 

7-9 December

Christmas Tree Festival

Fri 11am-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12.30-3pm

Free admission

The United Reformed Church, High Street, St Neots

40 trees decorated by local charities and organisations. Saturday includes St Neots Singers and Black Cat Radio LIVE. Sunday 11am Worship Service among the trees. Seasonal Refreshments, Luxury Prize Raffle, Light Lunches and Craft Stalls. Everyone welcome.

Web: www.stneotsurc.co.uk

 

7, 14 & 21 December

Friday Night Lights

7.30-8.30pm

Longsands Academy Astro, Longsands Road, St Neots

St Neots Hockey Club. Friday Night Lights aims to provide the local community of St Neots with the opportunity to experience hockey in a casual, relaxed and family orientated environment.

Tel: Chris (Club Development Officer) 07792 044878 for more info

Email: cjbryden08@hotmail.co.uk

 

8 December

Hemingford Village Market

9am-1pm

Parish Centre, Hemingford Grey

Second Saturday of the month. An opportunity to buy food, crafts, plants and flowers from small local businesses. Hemingford Grey Parish Council hold a surgery at the market should you wish to meet councillors to discuss local issues. Refreshments available all day in the Hemingford Garden Room.

 

8 December

Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Hardy Plant Society

2pm

Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade

Helen Picton with ‘It’s not time for bed yet – Rethinking Autumn in the Garden’. Helen is a nursery owner. Plants for sale. Christmas tea follows talk.

Web: www.hpscambsandbeds.co.uk

 

8 December

Big Deal Comedy Night

7.30pm

Upper Cambourne Cricket Pavilion, Cambourne

£7 per person

Bringing some of the best new and experienced comedians on the circuit to a comedy night near you. Returning after a sell-out show in September. Make sure you get your tickets ASAP as half sold out within 12 hours previously. Further details, including booking information, is online.

Email: events@bigdealcomedy.co.uk

Web: www.bigdealcomedy.co.uk

 

8 & 9 December

Christmas Tree Festival

Sat 1-5pm, Sun 2-5pm

St James’ Church, Little Paxton

Free admission

Come along and see stunning Christmas trees decorated by local village groups and organisations. Stalls and raffles. Refreshments available. A great community event for all ages.

 

8, 15 & 22 December

Meet Father Christmas at the museum

11.30am-1.30pm & 2-3.30pm

St Neots Museum, The Old Court, 8 New Street, St Neots

£4 per child

Father Christmas will be making some special stop-offs at St Neots Museum during the festive season. So add a little extra bit of magic to the festive season for little ones (and the young at heart). A wrapped gift and card from Father Christmas for every child.

Web: www.stneotsmuseum.org.uk

 

9, 16 & 30 December

Comberton Ramblers

10.15am

9 December – Holywell. 5. Miles. Meet at The Old Ferry Boat Inn, Back Lane, Holywell, PE27 4TG. Leaders Glesny 07749 269520 and John 07803 259794.

16 December – Christmas Lunch. The Duncombe Arms public house, Eltisley Road, Waresley, SG19 3BS. 12.30pm Pre-drinks, 1pm Lunch to be served.

30 December – Saffron Walden. 5 miles. Meet at The Common Car Park, Saffron Walden, CB10 1JG. Leaders Eddie 07979 284884 and Pauline 07752 751594.

Walks are 5-7 miles, usually ending near a public house. A friendly/informative group and enjoy exploring the varied countryside in this area. New walkers are welcome to join us with up to 2 free walks, and if you enjoy our walks we request that you become a member.

Tel: Stella (Secretary) 01954 210049 for further details

Email: stella.ramblers@hotmail.com

Web: www.combertonramblers.org.uk

 

10 December

Nature Tots

10am-11.30am

£3 age 2 years+

Ferry Meadows, Peterborough

A fun monthly outdoor parent and toddler group. Each session has a nature theme and will include a messy craft activity, time to explore the beautiful outdoors, story and song-time. Adults may bring up to two paying children. Accompanying siblings below the age of 2yrs may attend at no cost.

 

10 December

Godmanchester Trefoil Guild

7.30-9pm

Godmanchester Football Ground

Trefoil Guild is a branch of Girlguiding for Adults aged 18+. They meet on the second Monday of the month.

Email: jeanmking@outlook.com for more info

 

10 December

Little Paxton W I

7.45pm

St James’ Church

Little Paxton WI meets every third Monday of the month, except December when it meets on the second Monday.

Email: evans-margaret@sky.com

 

11 December

St Ives Sugarcraft Guild

7.30-9pm

Reading Room, Hemingford Grey

Visitors £6

Monthly meetings where you can learn, hands-on, various cake decorating techniques and/or sugarcraft. The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month.

Tel: Shirley 01480 454616 for more information

 

11 December

Buckden Gardeners Association

8pm

Lincoln Room, Village Hall, Burberry Road, Buckden

Christmas Social. Bring a plate of festive food or bottle to share and a glass

Web: https://buckdengardeners.info

 

12 December

Cambridgeshire Rural M.E. Tea & Chat

Second Wednesday of every month. Monthly meet-up for adults with M.E. and partners/friends. All details and latest meet-up information available on website.

Web: www.crmetea.org

 

12 December

St Neots Museum Ghost Walk

7.30pm

St Neots Museum, The Old Court, 8 New Street, St Neots

Tickets £5

Discover the haunted buildings, ghostly secrets and spooky stories of St Neots on our ghost walk. Join our 90 minute walk through the town centre to find out more. Meet at the museum, walks go ahead in all weathers. Please book by email.

Email: curators@stneotsmuseum.org.uk

Web: www.stneotsmuseum.org.uk

 

14 December

Charity Christmas Carols at Island Hall

7.30-9.30pm

Island Hall, Godmanchester

£25 per person inc. refreshments

It’s that time of year again! Island Hall is hosting its 35th annual Charity Carol Concert, this year in aid of the Pepys House Trust (Registered Charity No: 262261). Please email with your name and address so a booking form may be sent to you.

Email: enquire@islandhall.com

Web: www.islandhall.com

 

15 December

Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Family Christmas Concert

4pm

Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre, Huntingdon

Tickets: £14/£12, Student Concession £7/£6

A Family Christmas Concert including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Bob Chilcott’s On Christmas Night, and lots of your favourite carols. Conductor: Bjorn Bantock.

Tickets available by telephone, online or on the door.

Tel: Box office 01480 375678 (Mon-Fri 9am-3pm)

Web: www.huntsphil.org.uk

 

15 December

The Aragon Singers of Buckden

7.30pm

St Ives Methodist Church

Tickets £10 inc. refreshments

Entertainment of beautiful Christmas Music and Carols with audience participation. Proceeds in aid of Project 200 and The Toilet Twinning Charity. Tickets available in advance or on the door.

Tel: Tickets 01480 494133

 

16 December

Biggleswade Antiques Fair

9.30am-4pm

The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade

Entrance £2, Under 16s free if accompanied by an adult

This antiques fair offers a diverse range of antiques and collectables so whether you are a professional dealer, an avid collector or just looking for something special, this monthly fair is the place to visit. Café serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Tel: 01480 382432 or 07906 647346

Web: www.madisonevents.co.uk

 

16 December

Carols by Candlelight

4pm

St James’ Church, Little Paxton

Come and join us in singing a variety of traditional carols in a lovely candlelit setting. Bring a torch!

 

17 December

St Neots Royal Naval Association

8pm

The RAFA Club, 44 Huntingdon Street, St Neots

St Neots & District Branch of the Royal Naval Association meet on the third Monday of every month. For further details contact the Secretary

Tel: Tony Webley 01480 215218

Email: jj.awebley@btinternet.com

 

18 December

Police Surgery

3-5pm

Brampton Community Centre, High Street, Brampton

Residents are invited to meet John Carter, Brampton Police Community Support Officer, to ask advice on home security, raise issues concerning their neighbourhood or simply come along to meet their local officer.

 

19 December

Christmas Trail

10am-3pm

£1 per child

Ferry Meadows, Peterborough

Collect a trail sheet from the Visitor Centre and then hunt for clues as you walk around. Return to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize. Open to any age.

Web: www.neneparktrust.org.uk

 

19 December

Carers Coffee Club

2.30-4pm

The Royal Oak, Hail Weston

Are you caring for a loved one with a memory loss? Then come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee whilst chatting with others in a similar situation. Our informal group meets on every third Wednesday of the month. No need to book, just turn up. Hope to see you there.

Tel: Neil Silby 07889 319888 for further details

Email: kimpigfarmer@tiscali.co.uk

 

20 December

Screen St Ives

Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm

The Corn Exchange, St Ives

Paddington 2 (Paul King 2017 UK/France/USA 103mins) Cert PG. What better way to celebrate Christmas at the movies than with the nation’s favourite bear? Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday is just around the corner and Paddington wants to celebrate with her in his unique way. Multi-award winning and simply loads of fun, Paddington 2 is a real charmer for people of all ages.

Web: www.screenstives.org.uk

 

20 December

Love’s Farm Women’s Institute

8-10pm

St Neots Football Club

The Love’s Farm Ladies is Love’s Farm’s new WI group, meeting on the third Thursday of the month. Come to make friends and do something new.

Tel: Nikki Jackson 07563 715043

Email: lovesfarmladieswi@gmail.com

 

21 December

Christmas Holiday Bushcraft

8.30am-4pm

Wandlebury Country Park, Cambridge

Holiday Bushcraft at Wandlebury is designed for children ages 5-12 and is run by experienced, qualified teachers from the outdoor learning experience group, Wild Thyme & Embers, who will inspire children and share their knowledge and skills of surviving in the wild. Booking essential.

Web: www.wildthymeandembers.co.uk

 

Until 21 December

Escape Room: Jail Break Conscription 1916

1.30-9pm

St Neots Museum, The Old Court, 8 New Street, St Neots

Large teams (5-8 people) £80, Small teams (4 people or less) £60

in partnership with Mystery in History, are proud to present the second season of Jailbreak, set in the Victorian cells of the Old Police Station, more commonly known these days as St Neots Museum. Our first season in Spring this year saw 574 people locked in our cells and we now return with a brand new challenge involving different skills and challenges.

Tel: 01480 214163

Web: www.stneotsmuseum.org.uk

 

22 December

A Calm, Creative Christmas at Wandlebury

10am-11am & 11.30am-12.30pm

£6 per child (age 2+)

Wandlebury Country Park, Cambridge

If you and your children find the Christmas run-up all a bit much then do come and join Vital Spark for some calm creativity with craft, storytelling and nature – all the magic of the season with a natural and mindful slant to the activities. We’re not at all ‘bah humbug’, we just enjoy a little quality family time away from the more commercial side of Christmas! For ages 3-7 years. Children to remain accompanied throughout. Booking essential.

Email: katherine@vitalsparktheatre.org

 

22 December

Children’s Christmas Party

2-4pm

St James’ Church, Little Paxton

Come and join us in celebrating Christmas with crafts, songs and a film, all with a Snowman theme. Please telephone to leave a message or email to book a place.

Tel: Nicci Jones 01480 877215

Email: admin@thepaxtonsbenefice.org

 

22 December

Carol Concert

6pm

St Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon

Joint concert with St Neots Choral Society and St Neots Sinfonia.

 

24 December

Christingle with Carols

2pm

St James’ Church, Little Paxton

Other Christmas services being held on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

 

29 & 30 December

St Ives Antiques Fair

10am-4pm

Burgess Hall (One Leisure Centre), Westwood Road, St Ives

Adults £2.50, Concessions £2

Fun and friendly Antiques Fair with around 50 dealers offering affordable quality antiques and vintage pieces including ceramics, glass, maps, small items of furniture, silver, china, jewellery, paperweights, postcards and other interesting treasures of yesteryear at prices to suit all pockets. Ample free parking, wheelchair access from street level, on-site catering and licensed bar. Dealers welcome from 9am upon production of business card.

Tel: 01480 896866

Email: parkhousepr@aol.com

Web: www.stivesantiquesfair.co.uk

Facebook: www/facebook.com/stivesantiquesfair

Twitter: www.twitter.com/StIvesAntiques