Announcements from other organisations

Courses and activities

HIAM Sports &Social Club, Putney Hill Rd. Prickwillow, Ely, Cambs. CB7 4UU

Phone 01353-688269   Website:  Contact details on website.

Lovely dance floor. Licensed bar. Level access. Raffle. Free Wifi. Ample free parking.

Doors open at 7pm for evening dances. (1 pm for Tea dances)

50/50 BALLROOM & SEQUENCE DANCES at Hiam November 2023

All dances listed below are 50/50 ballroom & sequence, pay at the door.

Sunday Tea dances: 2 til 5 pm Members £5.50. Non-members £7.00 incl. tea/coffee/biscuits.

Saturday night dances: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Members £6.50. Non-members £8.00.


Sunday 3rd December – Tea Dance with Mark Spafford

Saturday 16th December – David Ingley

Saturday 23rd December – David Last

Sunday 31st Decenber NEW YEAR’S EVE with Paul Hadley 8 pm til 12:20 ish am

A ticketed event. For how to book see the website


Plus: Thursday afternoon tea dances with CDs hosted by Amanda & Richard, 2-4:30 p.m. £4 including tea/coffee/biscuits

Historical Association, Cambridge Branch

Saturday 9 December 2023, 10.15 am to 1.15 pm

Winter History Day – 3 top historical speakers in the morning

Dr Sarah-Louise Miller, Western Approaches – Women who won the Battle of the Atlantic

Bill Lindsay, William Shaw Lindsay – Victorian Entrepreneur

Dr Patricia Fara, Cambridge Women in the First World War

Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT, use the main entrance and follow the signs.

Free for members, £5 for visitors, no need to book but let us know you’re coming so we have enough coffee!

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Cromwell Museum Autumn Online Lecture Programme

The Cromwell Museum is delighted to announce the next series of its popular online lectures, with the Autumn 2023 Lecture Series, again being held via Zoom. These talks will be recorded and put on a private channel after the ‘live’ talk for ticket holders to view at their leisure if they miss the live talk or wish to view them again.

We are delighted to welcome over four successive Wednesdays:

  • Wednesday 29 November at 7.30pm – Dr Hannah Jeans on ‘Women’s Lives and Writing during the Civil Wars’

Season tickets for the whole programme can be booked online at: and cost £20 for the season (£15 for students or Museum Members). Individual talks can also be booked via that link costing £6 for adults, £4.50 for students or Museum Members.

Our Members Scheme provides a great way of supporting the Museum’s activities, as well as getting invitations to exclusive events and discounts to our public programmes. You can find more details at:

Poetry By Heart group

If you have half an hour free to join us on a Thursday at two o’clock, you’d be most welcome to join us on Zoom. We share our pleasure in remembering favourite poems old and new – which helps to sharpen up the memory.  Most of us need a crib now and then and if we’ve been too busy to learn something, we simply read a poem.  Drop me a line if you’re interested on

Ian Whybrow

Senior Lunch – The Cambridge United Foundation (CUF) monthly lunch is great opportunity to enjoy delicious two course meal, play some bingo and have some fun socialising with others from the community.  The lunch takes place on the first Thursday of each month and runs from 12:00-2:00pm at the Cambridge United Abbey Stadium.  It does require booking to attend.  Contact or  for more information and to book your place. The session costs £6.00 per person.

Cambridgeshire Home Improvement Agency is a shared council service operating across Cambridge City, South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire. We undertake a wide range of adaptations and modifications to eligible homes to make them safer, warmer, more comfortable and allow the residents to live independently. Our service is mainly aimed at older adults, people with disabilities and those on low incomes and most of our work is completed following an Occupational Therapist’s assessment.

Apart from adapting homes to make them more accessible for people with limited mobility by installing stairlifts, ramps, level access showers, etc., we can cater to a wide range of advanced medical conditions and make customised modifications to homes, helping to improve the quality of life of those affected by them. We also help residents make their homes warmer and energy efficient through measures such as improving insulation and helping to replace old heating systems or renewing windows and doors.

You may also be eligible for one of several grants such as the Disabled Facilities Grant, Special Purpose Assistance Grant and others, to help you meet the cost of such adaptation. We also offer a similar service to those who self-fund their own adaptation needs.

Call us and speak to our friendly Business Support Team to learn more about our services and how we can help make your home more suitable for your changing needs.

tel: 01954 713330

Call to textile artists in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire 

An opportunity to submit work for the 2024 UNDER THE SURFACE exhibition is open to both amateurs and professionals living in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

The exhibition will be part of the Norfolk Makers Festival programme. It will be free to view, and open to the public for the duration of the Festival, from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 April 2024.

Entries are welcome from across all types of textile work including weaving, spinning, knitting, crochet, quilting, embroidery, lacemaking, patchwork and so on.

The deadline for submissions for Under The Surface is Friday 19 January 2024 and please note your submissions must be original work that is new (created since January 2023) and not previously exhibited.

For further details and an entry form visit:

Requests for volunteers

New volunteering opportunity at Wimpole- More Garden Guides needed

The Gardens team at Wimpole are looking for more volunteers to join our friendly team of Garden Guides.

Garden Guides offer a behind the scenes and carefully curated tour of the wonders of Wimpole to visitors. We are looking to increase our cohort of garden guides to allow us to offer more opportunities for visitors to join a tour.

We can arrange an induction into garden tours and provide resources to help deliver your own specialist tour.

If you would be interested in joining in or finding out more please visit register your interest on our website myvolunteering – National Trust

Cambridge Aid

Do you have, or do you know someone who has, Investment experience/knowledge?
Cambridge Aid, the local charity which helps local people in need, is looking a new Trustee, with some investment knowledge or experience: For more information, see

Join us in our Community Climate Action Survey

Cambridge Carbon Footprint needs your input to better understand and support community climate action in Cambridgeshire. By completing our simple survey, you’ll contribute to a strategy for collective action, help us to learn from existing efforts, and shape our future work. Results of the survey will be shared with local decision makers and publicl, to benefit your community. Our aim is to create a snapshot of community climate action across our region, what’s working, what’s not working, and provide new insight into potential gaps and opportunities.

Please take the survey here.

Talking in Tune is looking for some new Trustees

Talking in Tune is a small Cambridge charity which promotes the benefits of singing, in particular to those who may struggle to access it. We run dedicated singing groups for people with dementia and their carers, and for people with chronic lung conditions, in addition to open access singing workshops and other singing events. You can see the full range of our activities on our website –

We have a dedicated group of Trustees who are responsible for the work of the charity, and all our Trustees agree that being a Talking in Tune Trustee is a very rewarding experience.  Bringing the benefits of something we love doing to others who might not have the same opportunities to sing as we do is a privilege.

We are now looking for two new Trustees to join us:

Someone who will join us now and take up the role of Chair when Frances Sword, our current chair, steps down in July next year, and

Someone who will join us now, and look after our website and mailing list.

This is a great opportunity to support Talking in Tune in an environment which is itself supportive and friendly.

Adverts for both roles are posted on our website at Talking in Tune is looking for two new Trustees | Talking in Tune Cambridge ( .

Please have a look at them, and if you feel that this is something you would be interested in, get in touch with us by following the instructions in the ads (NB instructions are different for each role!)

Volunteers needed at the Cambridge Branch of Parkinson’s UK

The Cambridge Branch of Parkinson’s UK exists so that the hundreds of people living in the Cambridge area with Parkinson’s Disease (PwPs) do not have to face alone the challenges of this neuro-degenerative disease.

The Branch relies entirely on volunteers taking on responsibilities both small and large, from assisting at a monthly meeting or collecting at a supermarket, to serving on the management committee.  Whatever the role played, Parkinson’s UK requires certain initial training, but thereafter only the desire to support PwPs and their carers.

It is helpful if volunteers can offer two or three years.  A number of the current group have served for 10 – 15 years, and would be happy to have someone shadow them with a view to taking on a role in the future.  Is this something you might consider doing?  If so please look at our website and if our mission attracts you email the Secretary: Thank you.

Opportunities to volunteer with Cambridge Talking News

You may not know that Cam Sight at 167 Green End Road, Cambridge, CB4 1RW, has kindly provided a home for Cambridge Talking News for several years. Our volunteers produce audio recordings for blind and partially sighted people which we send out on USB sticks to about 100 people every week. We also produce CamMag, an audio magazine 8 times a year. We are keen to recruit some more volunteers to help with these tasks.

These are some of the jobs:

  • Sort the incoming post. This takes about an hour a week on a Tuesday afternoon, and we have a rota, so you would not be needed every week.
  • Create feature articles to be added to the news items each week. One article a month would be great – more would be welcome!
  • Join the team of editors of CTN and edit one edition each month. Training will be given! All recording is done remotely!
  • Join the team of copiers. We aim for a four week rota for copiers who copy the master onto USB sticks on a Wednesday morning and take the wallets to a post office.
  • Deal with referrals and cancellations – making new labels, identifying labels to be removed, despatching numbered USB stick players to new listeners if necessary.
  • Create rotas for the teams each year, and deal with necessary changes as they arise
  • Maintain the client database
  • Monitor the CTN email address
  • Be the organising co-ordinator who acts as the point of contact for all queries concerning CTN and ensures our organisation runs smoothly.

Some of these jobs can be done from home. Some could be combined. Cambridge Talking News has a website ( which gives more information about the working of this organisation. If you think you might be interested in helping us and would like to know more, then please do contact Sue Richards on 01223 353296.

Current as of September 2023