I had a lovely visit out to the brilliant new Community Centre and café in Cottenham a couple of weeks ago. I had a nice meeting there with Cottenham Community Archives Group (CCAN) and was so impressed by all the hard work and interesting things the group are working on. They already have 20 pages, with over 360 old and interesting pictures already!!!
The wonderful new Community Centre and café is well worth a visit if you are going through Cottenham and is a fantastic example of a community lead centre with such a great buzz about it. To find out more click here - http://cottenhamcc.org/
To get involved with the Cottenham Community Archive and find out more just visit
Are you interested in local history, or just in finding out more about the place that you live?Do you have any stories about Cottenham that you would like to share with others?
To find out more about this project contact the Cottenham Village Society or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm really pleased to tell you that I am now Vice Chair of Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN) overall managment committee :). For those of you that don't know about or haven't had a look at CCAN yet please do visit our fantastic site www.ccan.co.uk At our meeting we had a look at how many images alone had been uploaded to the site since we started about 3 years ago and we have an amazing amount! Well over 23000 images alone and that's not even counting our text, stories, articles and hotspots!!! All donated and shared by you! :)
CCAN is a fantastic resource for schools, researchers, family historians, local communities and people just like you to be able to share and get involved with the history of Cambridgeshire. If you would like to know more about how to get involved and start a group for your area, village or club or if you'd like to become a contributor and recieve free training and help on being part of this great network then please Contact Me and I will help you get started.
We have some really exciting plans for the future of CCAN and some great linked projects coming up. So watcch this space for developments! ;)
We had a lovely time attending the launch for Open Cambridge on Thursday. We met some lovely people, drank champagne and had some yummy canepes. The event was held in the Brasserie on the forth floor of John Lewis in Cambridge. we were greeted by a string orchestra and went through to hear more about Open Cambridge and those involved in organising it, sponsors and some of the events planned for the weekend.
Check out the Open Cambridge website to find out more and see what's happening this weekend!
Also worth looking at is the Robert Sayle (John Lewis) group of Cambridgeshire Community Archives (CCAN). All you have to do is visit www.ccan.co.uk and click on the 'places' tab then go to the Robert Sayles Memories group. There you will find loads of fantastic pictures and memories from the Cambridge Robert Sayles. The group actually has a room in the present John Lewis store, so if you want to add some of your own pictures or memories please do get in touch. You can use the 'Contact Me' page on this website if that's easier :)
I've had a very busy couple of weeks and haven't had the chance to get on here to do my blog ! Summer holidays have started and Charlotte went along to the Holiday Club run by the Churches in Cherry Hinton last week, in the mornings. She had a great time and we got to go to a lovely fun fair, parents show on evening :) Poor granny is still very ill and the family are having to do shifts looking after her, it has been really really hard, especially seeing her when she isn't thinking clearly, it can be very distressing, I hope she gets more better days and things sort out a more :(
Well, one week of summer holidays done only 5 more to go! Will have to go for more picnics and walks, which will be easier now that little puppy has had her injections and can go out as of Friday and I've almost finished writing up War Ditches research :)
So, what else has been happening....
On Saturday 24th July we had the Cherry Hinton Community Groups Fair which was hosted by The Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall and showcased all different kinds of groups and clubs in the local area. It was a great chance to meet each other and find out what things are going on in and around Cherry Hinton.
We had a packed afternoon of displays and demos by some of the groups and then The Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall had its new logo unveiled by the Mayor. We had got local school children to enter a competition to design the logo and had choosen a winner at our last meeting. There was a lovely bit in the paper about it last week and the Mayor spent some time with me finding out all about CCAN and looking at the Cherry Hinton CCAN :)
I had a great day training on Active Citizenship at Cintra House in Cambridge with the WEA yesterday. We learnt a lot about how to include this into the courses we teach but actually anyone can get involved in being an 'Active Citizen', one simple way to do this yourself is to get involved with Cambridgeshire Community Archives or History Pin! It's a really worthwhile and simple way to enhance your community history, if you need a hand, I'm more than happy to help. It doesn't have to be time consuming and you may have just one old picture you could share or just one story but put all together, these things really help create a sense of community and belonging, so why not get in touch :)
We are nearly there! I am just finishing the organisation of this great event which will let you know more about Cambridgeshires biggest and best online archives store of old pictures, memories and stories! Look forward to seeing you there!
Cambridgeshire Association for Local History & Cambridgeshire Community Archives Open Days at The Granta Bar, Cambridge.
Come along to our fantastic open event at The Granta Bar in the University Centre which will be show-casing Cambridgeshire Associtaion for Local History and The Cambridgeshire Community Archives!
The doors will be open from 10am -11.30pm on Thursday 20th May and again 10am -2.30pm on Friday 21st May.
Come along and see ...our displays, find out who we are and what we do, we will have some great pictures of old Cambridgeshire on display too - come and see if you recognise anyone or the places!
Why not bring along some old pictures of your own for us to help identify or add to our brilliant archives site.
Find out what we can do for you and how you can get involved :)
It will be great to see you there, let your friends know!
The bar itself will be open between 12noon and 2.30pm and again 6pm - 11.30pm
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