Toddler playground update

We have now received the tenders for the proposed toddler playground, with 5 designs submitted from various companies. The working party, in conjunction with our consultant, will be meeting to discuss the tenders in more detail and make a decision on which supplier to put forward to full council for approval (minor tweaks may be needed to the design).

The designs are now available for residents to view below. Alternatively you can come along to the Village Hall between 3-4.30pm on Thursday 23rd June to view them in person.


Design 1:











Design 2:











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Design 4:














Design 5:


Household Support Grant

In March the Government announced the extension of the scheme, which initially ran between November and March, awarding Cambridgeshire an additional £3.58million to support children, families and pensioners struggling to pay for essential items, food and utility bills.

Government guidance for this round is slightly different, so as a result, the County Council will be offering the following schemes using the funding:

  • £1.96m for the provision of food vouchers with a value of £15 per child per week, for the 2022 May half term and summer holidays. Schools and childcare settings, including childminders, will be contacted directly and eligible parents will be notified.
  • £1.2m to support households that include a person who has reached state pension age (66) by 30 September 2022 and are experiencing financial hardship in line with the requirements of the scheme.
  • A boost for other services supporting those most in need

The County Council is partnering with Age UK to provide financial support for those of state pension age who are in financial need. People will also be offered wider support, such as access to benefits, support with securing the right energy tariff etc, to support them to manage their finances independently longer term.

Anyone not sure if they are eligible for support can take a look at the Household Support Fund pages on the County website Household Support Fund – Cambridgeshire County Council to see what funding is available and how to access help.

Jubilee – A Thank you!

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the Cottenham Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations so fantastic.

Special thanks to our amazing bar volunteers who worked tirelessly all weekend, Ella Mckenzie (our beacon lighter) from the Sandy Hill Community Project Centre, The Curry Palace, Biscuiterie Mobile Creperie, C5, Daphne & Clarissa, Disco Dave, our stall holders, Barbara & Paul Phillips, Christine & Simon Ward, Jez, Jo, Bea & Sam Brook, Dave & Gemma Bailey, Deanna Raven & Cottenham Guides, Debbie Seabright, Alison Wedgbury and our generous event sponsors Charles Church and Tilia Homes.

Check out some of the photos from across the weekend.


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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee events

A full line up of events in Cottenham across the Jubilee weekend.

Thursday 2nd June – Jubilee Beacon from 7pm

Cottenham Recreation Ground

The Beacon will be lit on the evening of Thursday 2nd June and is one of thousands being lit in the UK and the Commonwealth, and forms part of the official programme announced by Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee Weekend. All official elements of the event will take place at the same time across UK.
The Cottenham Beacon will be lit by Ella McKenzie, a Queen’s Commonwealth Trust Young Leader, who runs the Sandy Hill Community Project Centre with her friend Sophie here in the village. At the centre they are dedicated to offer therapeutic activities with or without animals which are focused around supporting mental health and wellbeing for all ages. Some skills that are gained by therapeutic activities with animals include: building relationships with people and animals, trust, empathy, courage, team work, compromise and responsibility. Working with animals can illuminate ineffective habits and hidden strengths.
The Village Hall bar will be open from 7pm. We will have various food offerings available including The Biscuiterie Mobile Crêperie and Dessert Van and Cottenham favourite The Curry Palace. The Village Society will be hosting a Jubilee exhibition in the Hall over the weekend. Prior to the main programme The TyrannoChorus will be performing songs from our Balcony.
Official Programme:
  • 9.40pm – Cornet Player (Cottenham Brass) will officially announce the lighting of the beacon with a specially written bugle call entitled Majesty
  • 9.45 – Beacon lighting accompanied by TyrranoChorus singing Song for the Commonwealth, which has been specially written for the beacon events.
Bar open until 11pm.


Friday 3rd June – Pop Quiz 7pm

Cottenham Community Centre

Community Centre Pop Quiz. Come and test your knowledge of multiple rounds of pop music questions from the 1960’s, through to 2012 – including a royal round of course!

  • Teams of up to 6 people
  • £5 per head
  • Bar will be open selling soft and alcoholic drinks – bring your own nibbles and snacks.

Tickets available from the Coffee Shop or online via Ticketsource.


Saturday 4th June – Family Disco 3-5pm

Cottenham Village Hall

Party the afternoon away with Disco Dave!

  • £1 per child – payment on the door (adults free)
  • Bar and kiosk will be open for drinks/snacks/ice cream

Enjoy watching Cottenham Cricket Club from our ‘beer garden’!


Sunday 5th June – Platinum Jubilee Service 10.30am

All Saints’ Church

Join the Churches of Cottenham to celebrate this special event at 10.30 in All Saints’ Church


Sunday 5th June – The Big Lunch, 12 Noon to 6pm

Cottenham Recreation Ground

Bring a picnic and join family and friends to celebrate with the Biggest Lunch ever held in Cottenham on the Recreation Ground. The Village Hall bar will be open selling drinks, snacks and ice creams.

  • Exhibition of past Cottenham jubilees by The Village Society
  • Entertainment will be provided on the Balcony by C5 and Daphne & Clarissa
  • Ponies & horses from The Sandy Hill Community Project Centre
  • Target Bowls at Cottenham Bowls Club – suitable for all ages to join in

Fancy dress competition

3 themes: Queen Elizabeth; Queen (the band); Queen’s Green Canopy
Age categories: 0-reception; KS1; KS2; Secondary
Prizes to be won!

Tug of War competition

Teams of 8 + caller (primary mixed, secondary and adult male, female and mixed teams). Entry on the day. Prizes to be won. NB: Please ensure you’re reasonably physically fit before entering!

Stalls hosted by village groups:

  • Addenbrookes Paediatric Unity – charity raffle
  • Colts – beat the goalie, sweets, top bins challenge
  • Cottenham Bowls Club – raffle
  • Cottenham/Rampton Lunch & Social Club – guess how many sweets
  • CPS PTCA – glitter/temporary tattoos, guess the name of the teddy, tombola
  • Cottenham Supports Ukraine – savoury bakes
  • Ladybirds – cupcakes
  • Mucky Pups – crafts
  • WI – cakes, raffle and miniature garden competition

NB: please no glass on the Rec if possible – the bar will be selling beer in reusable plastic cups. Bins will be provided for rubbish. Our thanks to Cottenham Guides for doing a litter pick of the Rec.

A big thank you to Charles Church and Tilia Homes Ltd (Eastern) for sponsoring our events.


3 new councillors

Following an uncontested Parish Council election, we are pleased to welcome Anne Moller, Rachel Myer and Alison Wedgbury to the Council. They will be joined by Tim Jones (our new Chair), Gemma Bailey, Nigel Bolitho, Rex Collinson, Jonathan Graves, Peter Hewitt, Tracy Hutchison (our Vice Chair), Mary Kidston, John Loveluck, and Christine Ward.

We thank Peter Hewitt for taking the helm over the past year; he can now look forward to spending a bit more time on his allotment!

Toddler playground consultation

As part of our budget for 2022/23 we have set aside some money towards the provision of a new toddler playground. We have hired a specialist playground consultant to help us get the tenders together but in the meantime we need feedback from residents as to what they’d like. Please take a couple of minutes to complete the consultation form

Additionally to support grant applications we need letters of support from residents stating why we need the playground. Please submit any letters/email of support to

Thank you.

2022 Meeting dates

Please find below a list of our meeting dates for the first 6 months of the year. In accordance with the Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960, the public are welcome to attend our meetings.

NB: due to it being an election year the May full council meeting must be held within 14 days of the election hence the later date of the meeting.

11th – Full
18th – CALF
20th – Planning
25th Highways
27th – FLAC

17th – Planning
22nd – FLAC


1st – Full
8th CALF
17th – Planning
22nd – Highways
29th – FLAC

5th – Full

12th – CALF
21st – Planning
25th Annual Parish Meeting (this is not a Parish Council meeting)
26th – FLAC

10th – Full (Annual Meeting of the Parish Council)
19th – Planning
24th – FLAC

7th – Full
14th – Highways

21st – CALF
23rd – Planning
28th – FLAC

Flooding advice

The Parish Council has an emergency flood plan in place, with 2 Flood Officers – Cllrs Jonathan Graves and Christine Ward.  We have a very limited amount of flood equipment which we are able to issue to residents in an emergency situation. Please contact 07503 328401 or

Sandbags and other help

It is recommended that property owners or businesses at risk of flooding make their own arrangements of sandbags in advance of flooding. Residents can purchase empty sandbags and sand from builders merchants or DIY stores.  You may also find further help from SCDC. Depending upon the scale of the flooding around the district, their resources may be seriously stretched and supplies of sand bags may be limited and slow delivery timescales could be experienced. In an emergency situation, this service can be accessed from 8am to 5.30pm (Monday to Friday) by calling 03450 450 063.

You should take action to protect your own property as much as possible. This is especially important if you live in an area that has had issues around flooding in the past. Sand bags and other flood protection equipment can be obtained from a variety of companies within the U.K. Here are lists of some companies you may wish to contact for further information:

Flood Sense – or 08081 972 753

Multi-flood Solutions – or 01584 819233

There is no guarantee that any flood protection system will work and we do not endorse a particular product or supplier.

Further guidance is available on this free to download leaflet, which provides advice on a whole range of issues related to flooding and property protection: Flood Sense Flood Protection Guide

Road closures and diversions, and highways drainage system

The local authority highways organises road closures and diversion due to flooding. They also place flood warning signs on roads and clear blockages on highways drainage systems. You can contact 0345 045 5212 or the Police out of hours.

You can also report overflowing drains or gullies within the highway network. Any such flooding should be reported using the highways fault reporting service.

Report flooding from water pipes or sewers

Anglian Water Services covers most of the county for sewage and water supply. Cambridge Water supplies only water to Cambridge and some of the surrounding areas.

Report flooding in a garden/property:

Information taken from Cambridgeshire County Council website:

Use the link below to report issues such as external flooding to gardens or paths or to report that you have already experienced flooding within the living space of your home (not outbuildings). It may be possible to investigate the cause of flooding or offer advice.

This form is to report flooding within Cambridgeshire only and can be used to report flooding issues after an incident has occurred, it is not for use in an emergency situation.

National Flood Forum

The National Flood Forum is a registered charity that provides support and advice to communities and individuals that have been flooded or are at risk of flooding

Friends Against Scams

We’re delighted to sign up to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP).  CAPASP is urging people to become a Friend Against Scams. It’s simple to do, will take just 20 minutes of your time and will equip you with the knowledge and awareness to protect yourself and others from the dangers of scams and fraud. Visit to become a Friend today!

Scams are targeted at people in many ways – by post, on the telephone, online and on the doorstep – all
with the intent to trick someone out of their personal details or money. More than three million people fall
victim to scams in the UK every year and whilst the financial losses are enormous (£5 – 10 billion in the UK
every year), the harm to a person’s health and wellbeing is often even more devastating. CAPASP want to
help you spot scams and stop scams by joining the country’s growing legion of Friends Against Scams.

There are also other ways you can become involved in protecting people from scams:

Become a CAPASP Supporter: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership
(CAPASP) is a newly-formed partnership of over 20 organisations sharing a common interest in
preventing people from falling victim to scams and supporting those who suffer the misfortune to do
so. Become a CAPASP supporter by passing on communications from the partnership to others in
your local community. NB: Cottenham Parish Council has signed up as a supporter.
Become a Scam Marshal: If you have been targeted by a scam and want to fight back and take a
stand against scams you could become a Scam Marshal by reporting the scam for investigation,
sharing your own experiences and helping others to report and recognise scams.
Become a Scam Champion: If you want to do even more to protect yourself and others, you could
become a ScamChampion and recruit new Friends Against Scams by delivering face to face sessions
to community groups etc. Resources are provided to do this, all that’s required is a bit of time and
passion about spreading scam-aware messages.

To find out more, please contact Charlotte Homent Community Protection Manager at Cambridgeshire
County Council 01954 284635.

More information is also available on the CAPASP website and there will be regular articles about different types of scams and how to keep yourself protected. Visit:

Cottenham Community Directory

We’re delighted to announce that the first formal edition of the Cottenham Community Directory is now available to download.  The Parish Council, in conjunction with South Cambridgeshire District Council, has created this directory of clubs, associations, facilities and events to provide residents with everything you need to know to be able to fully enjoy being part of the Cottenham community. We hope you find the information useful and informative.

Cottenham Community Directory – May 2019

NB: the directory will be updated 1-2 times per year and when future housing developments come online.