Love Cambridge Members E-Bulletin - April Issue
Featuring an update from Love Cambridge and your news, success stories and offers this bulletin keeps you up to date with what's happening at Love Cambridge and it contains information you have given us to share with your fellow members. We hope you enjoy the April edition and as always we are interested in any feedback you have, as we are keen that you find this monthly update useful.
Happy Easter from the Love Cambridge Team - Emma, Helen & Becky
Update from Love Cambridge
The Love Cambridge Charter Project
As some of you may be aware, Love Cambridge are busy working on a project called The Love Cambridge Charter. The development of this project has been a direct result of feedback, comments and work completed through both our Marketing and Environment & Public Realm Project Groups. As part of this project we will be inviting businesses in the city centre to sign up to the Love Cambridge Charter which seeks to promote excellent customer service, and extra pride in the appearance of our city plus guidance on how city businesses / organisations can contribute to reducing the citys carbon footprint.
Within the project there will be 2 planned PR spikes, one in May which will be our Make a Difference Day and one in the Autumn which will see Love Cambridge issue awards for best practice.
Love Cambridge will be delivering an introdcution letter to businesses within the city with more details regarding the project and also information on how they can sign up. If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us on 01223 457198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Love Cambridge Meeting Schedule 2010/2011
The meeting schedule for all project groups has now been set and is available online. Please click here for more information.
All meeting agendas and minutes will also be posted within the members area of the website as and when they are available.
Wonderful Wednesdays Needs You!
In a recent Marketing & Communications Project Group Meeting we discussed the Wonderful Wednesdays initiative. It was the general feeling that the project will remain in our portfolio and Love Cambridge will continue to work with city centre businesses to promote offers or events to the public to encourage them to come into the city in the early evening economy and enjoy the various delights Cambridge has to offer.
In order for this project to work we need your help. If you have any events, offers, special deals that you would like promoted through the Wonderful Wednesdays channel then please get in touch with Becky or Helen and we can work together to make this initiative work.
Updates from Love Cambridge Members
News from The Grafton
Check out the new shops at The Grafton. Exciting new stores have opened at The Grafton lately and we would love for you to be amongst the first to explore them.
Firstly, two new shops have moved into Eden Hall at the main entrance. Kismet Crystals offers a wide range of beautiful natural crystals whereas Jemporium Vintage is a must-see for vintage fashion lovers. Also, the centre recently saw the opening of the popular plus size fashion retailer YOURS in Great Court which offers the latest looks at affordable prices.
Additionally, a 14,000 sq ft New Look superstore will open in The Grafton’s Central Court in the previous M&S store in May.
Remember our monthly Kids Club events with lots of fun activities for the whole family. The club events take place the last Sunday of every month and are absolutely free of charge. Children of all ages are invited to join the fun and enjoy the entertainment plus receive a free gift every month.
The next event takes place Sunday 25 April where The Zoo Crew will entertain and the children can meet and learn about owls. The children will also make ‘Crop Tops’ by decorating and planting seeds into biodegradable plant pots.
For more information about the Kids Club visit The Grafton’s website
This month you can jump to stunning heights when The Super Jumper visits The Grafton from Friday 2 to Sunday 18 April in Great Court. Prices are £3.50 until 12pm and £4 after. There is a special discount for Kids Club members who can enjoy the fun for only £2 until 12pm and £3.50 after. To receive the discount simply bring and present your Kids Club card.
Breeze Nominated for The Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2010
Breeze, the gift shop in Trinity Street, is one of only five finalists in the Independent Gift Retailer of the Year (London, South & South East category) of The Greats Awards 2010 organised by Progressive Gifts & Home magazine. Breeze was selected out of hundreds of entries to reach the final. The entry covered all aspects of running a gift shop from merchandising and customer service to website sales and employees.
The Greats are established as the premier award event of the year for gift and jewellery retailers. It brings together the entire industry for a night of celebration to recognise and celebrate not only the top independent and multiple gift retailers regionally and nationally, but also the new breed of gift retailers who, in their opinion, are making a tremendous contribution to the UK gift industry.
Owner of Breeze, Anne Bannell said “2009 was certainly an extraordinary year for the world’s economy but for Breeze in Cambridge it was business as usual, doing very well despite tough trading conditions. 2010 is our tenth birthday, so winning this award would be the icing on the cake of a fabulous year of celebrations ahead.”
The winners will be announced at the glamorous ‘Greats’ Awards evening event at the Lancaster London Hotel on Thursday 20th May.
Britten Sinfonia Concert
Thursday 8 April 2010, 8pm
Trinity College Chapel
Britten Sinfonia are joined by Cambridge based choral group, Polyphony for the UK premiere of Latvian composer, Eriks Esenvalds Passion and Resurrection. This Easter concert also features one of the best known of Bach’s works, the Double Violin Concerto and Arvo Part’s work for string orchestra and bell written to mourn the death of Benjamin Britten.
Tickets cost £29, £24, £7 (restricted view) and are available from 01223 357851. Find out further details about the concert please visit the Britten Sinfonie website
Westwood Rocks Design a Necklace Competition
Westwood Rocks “Design a Necklace” competition certainly excited the children of Cambridge recently. The challenge was for them to design their mum a unique necklace for Mothers Day.
With lots of prizes on offer, children were imaginative with their designs’ and bold with their colours.
Lauren Westwood, jewellery designer had the extremely difficult job of deciding upon a winner from the 210 entries. “We were completely astonished by the number of children taking part in the competition and amazed by some of the stunning necklaces that had been drawn”.
A presentation took place in store on Saturday 13th March to congratulate the winner and runners-up. Milli Beeton and her mum were presented with the necklace Milli designed which was beautiful floral wirework design using peacock freshwater pearls, green Swarovski crystals and a sterling silver flower pendant. A further 15 runners-up all received a £10 Westwood Rocks Gift Voucher.
Race for Life 2010
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is coming to town! On Sunday 4th July 2010, 8000 women will be sharing their amazing moments and walking, jogging or running the 5k Race for Life course, which this year takes in the city centre of Cambridge.
At 11am on Sunday 4th July at Parkers Piece, the horn will blast and the 8000 participants will put their best foot forward to raise a massive £577,000.00 for Cancer Research UK’s life saving work. It will be an truly amazing atmosphere with the women of Cambridgeshire getting together to have a seriously fun day out and to beat cancer.
The route leaves Parkers Piece and heads towards Sidney Street into Market Place. Then the 8000 strong will head onto Kings Parade, along Silver Street into Kings College. After this they will head along Trinity Street, onto Bridge Street and down Thompsons Street, finish at Jesus Green – where we hope to create a real party atmosphere at the finish.
We really hope the residents and businesses of Cambridge will support this wonderful day. There are so many ways of getting involved to help . Here are a few ideas:
* Enter a team by enrolling on the Race for Life Website
* Volunteer to help marshal and set up the course or be on the finish lines giving out medals and goody bags
* Volunteer in advance to help us with pre event
* Come along and offer an activity, stall or food tastings at either Parkers Piece (the start) or Jesus Green (the finish) - a chance to be involved with a well loved event and the UK’s leading cancer charity and to promote your own business – (the activity must be interactive and fun and must be in keeping with guidelines from Cancer Research UK - a pack will be sent to you to complete).
* If you are a musician or an entertainer – come and perform play at Race for Life
* Dress Pink for the day – if you have a shop or stall – why not ‘go pink’ and ask your staff to support by dressing up to support Race for Life.
* Request a Cancer Research UK goblet and have it at your till for donations
* Promote the event in advance – leaflets, posters, link on your web site.
These are just a few ideas. If you are interested in being involved please contact email@example.com or call 07917 072988 / 01473 617672.
This year Race for Life is bigger than ever and it’s an event for the people of Cambridge in Cambridge – we really hope you will come on board! Together we will beat cancer.
Celebrate Cambridge 2010: A weekend for residents.
This years’ theme is: Best Foot forward! Why not get out and about, enjoy one of the many tours on offer, follow self-led walks and then relax in an eatery nearby.
Residents Weekend is taking place over Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday the 18th of April, just 2 weeks after Easter and still within the school holidays.
The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of tourism to the local economy, whilst giving something back to the community. It is an opportunity for residents to enjoy all the wonderful places in Cambridge and the surrounding areas.
South Cambs District Council and Visit Cambridge are organising it for the 5th year running. Past themes have included “Discover Hidden Cambridge” or "Eat Local" which gave you the opportunity to find out about old traditional Cambridge recipes and eat your way through the fantastic dishes local chefs had been preparing.
This year we would like to encourage our residents to enjoy the city and the country side and “walk themselves fit”. It is a fabulous opportunity for all the residents of Cambridgeshire to become a “real tourist” for the weekend, discover and enjoy what’s on their door step and then repeat this not only over the Celebrate Cambridge weekend but when they have visiting friends and family coming to stay.
The new Cambridge Tourist Information Centre is a fabulous information hub right in the heart of the city centre on Peas Hill just off Market Square. Within the Tourist Information Centre you don’t just find all the information you need on Cambridge & Beyond , but can also book train tickets, punting and walking tours and purchase entry tickets to various attractions.
With the Cambridge Gift Shop, where you will find the ultimate gift for your loved ones, a brand new tourist attraction called Cambridge Revisited and The Green Coffee Company, a lovely coffee shop, the Tourist Information Centre has become a must visit place in Cambridge.
Why not pop in and see us to find out about all the tours, cycle opportunities, walks and special offers we have organised just for you or visit our informative website for more details.
Visit Cambridge has teamed up with organisations like Natural England, National Trust, Wildlife Trust and Cambridge Past, Present and Future to help you make the best of this weekend. Further participants include Burwash Manor Barns, Chilford Hall, Cambridge Cycle Hire and Scudamores Punting Company as well as lovely eateries to round this event up to an ultimate experience. For a full list of participants and the offers please visit the Visit Cambridge website
For your chance to win the Ultimate Cambridge Weekend including overnight accommodation at The Royal Cambridge Hotel, keep looking in the Cambridge News over the next couple of weeks for the question and how to enter.
We encourage you to take photos:
We want to encourage residents to take photos during their walk and
tours and send them to Cambridge News for publication in the paper. We will also publish the photos on the Visit Cambridge website.
Cambridge Wine Merchants April Events
Thursday, 8th April 8pm - Gin Tasting £16
Cambridge Wine Merchants, 32 Bridge Street, Cambridge
Find out why Gin came to be known as 'Mothers Ruin' along with other interesting musings, and why there are such a wide variety of flavours in Gin.
Wednesday, 14th April 6pm - Shelmerdine winemaker visit & tasting £5
Cambridge Wine Merchants, 42 Mill Road, Cambridge
Steve Webber, winemaker for Australian wineries Shelmerdine and Phi, will be coming over from Australia to visit Cambridge and present a range of his creations.
Sunday, 18th April 7pm- Haiti Charity College Dinner £42.50
Wesley College, Cambridge
Drinks reception followed by 4-course candle-lit dinner with wine included. All funds go to the Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Appeal.
For details and to book, please visit the Red Cross website
Thursday, 22nd April 8pm - Bordeaux Tasting £16
Cambridge Wine Merchants, 32 Bridge Street, Cambridge
For details and to book, please call 01223 568989 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, 23rd April 7pm - Port Tasting on St George's Day £15
Royston Golf Club, Baldock Road, Royston
As special guest talker we welcome Simon Gotelee, Brand Ambassador for Taylors, Fonseca and Croft Ports.
Info and booking: Cambridge Wine Ltd., 34b Kneesworth Street, Royston, SG8 5AB. Tel\Fax: 01763 247076, email@example.com
Wednesday, 28th April 8pm - Pink Wine Tasting £12
The latest crop of Rose Wines to warm up for Summer!
Cambridge Wine Merchants, 42 Mill Road, Cambridge
Lion Yard Present the ‘Just Desserts’ Event
Lion Yard Shopping Centre want to reward their loyal shoppers this April, so why not join us on Saturday 24th April between 10am and 4pm at our Just Desserts event – a gastronomic treat not to be missed.
Our Just Desserts event will feature delicious samples and giveaways from our tenants including Millies Cookies, Shakeaway and Hotel Chocolat as well as other Cambridge based restaurants, patisseries and cafes. The central library will also be joining in the fun showcasing the fabulous cook books and DVDs members can borrow and hosting their very own recipe ‘swap shop.’
As if all of the above wasn’t tempting enough there will be a free ice cream factory for shoppers to enjoy! Come and get your ‘just desserts’ at Lion Yard this April!
An offer for all Love Cambridge Members
Sygma Safety & Events have come up with an offer for Love Cambridge members that we think may come in very handy.
We have set up a dedicated e-mail service for members to give advice on Health & Safety, Licensing, Event Management, Production and Training. Our intention is to answer any short questions and queries within 3 days.
There will be no charge for short e-mail only answers. If we think there is a large amount of work involved we will provide outline advice and a quotation to continue the work (all quotations will automatically include a 10% discount to all Love Cambridge members).
Sygma Safety & Events Ltd - 01440 731912
Sygma are the company behind Cambridge On Ice, the Christmas Parade and Switch On event and also have a sister company (Sygma Security Services) who can provide CCTV and door access solutions.
Hyline Security are offering Love Cambridge members the opportunity to attend a First Aid at Work for the discounted price of £150 per person. For more information, please telephone 01223 833993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMBAC are offering a FREE training session for Love Cambridge members on Reducing Alcohol Related Violence in Cambridge. The details of the event are:
Tuesday 18th May 10am-2pm at The Junction, Clifton Rd, Cambridge.
Guest Speaker: Adrian Boyle, Consultant, Emergency Medicine, Addenbrookes.
Topics include Managing Conflict and Licensing Law . This Cambac event is primarily aimed at the night time economy and alcohol retailers but interested members are more than welcome to attend.
The Cambridge Climate Change Charter
The Cambridge Climate Change Charter Practical Help Team was set up to support local businesses and organisations in Cambridge and South Cambs who want to do more to address climate change issues. Find out more at their website which also details all of the forthcoming events, videos of past evetns and discussion forums.
Charter Awards 2010:
The Cambridge Climate Change Charter Awards will be presented to
organisations who have made an effort to combat climate change. The mechanics is very simple: Basically any organisations working locally to reduce their carbon emissions can describe why they merit an award, in 200 words or less and send it to email@example.com by the end of April. Download the Award Application form here:
Winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges
representing business and the public sector, and presented at an awards ceremony on the 16th June at 6-8pm (location to be confirmed).
First Steps: Baselining:
11th May 6-8pm, location to be confirmed
How to get started. This is the second of several small group meetings where you can bring your organisation's energy bills along, and we will help you turn that into CO2 emissions data.
We invite participants to bring electricity and gas bills, ideally for
the last 12 months, and whatever information they have about fuel use for travel. Previous participants have found the groups very useful in simplifying the process. Register for the event, and see a video of the previous one here:
Changes to City Council services
Changes to parking services in Cambridge city centre
Cambridgeshire County Council is now issuing city centre access and business parking permits on the 3rd floor of the Central Library. You now can’t come to the Guildhall for these permits.
Contact details for city centre access services:
Cambridgeshire County Council
Cambridgeshire Parking Services
3rd floor, Cambridge Central Library
7 Lion Yard
P: 01223 727920
9:00 – 17:00 Monday - Thursday
9:00 – 16:30 Friday
Environment and planning reception moving
The environment and planning reception on the second floor of the Guildhall, has moved to the customer service centre.
Please visit the customer service centre for these services:
· Business rates
· Blue commercial-waste bags
· Market and street trading
· Payments including market rents
· Environmental services
· Waste and recycling
· City centre management
· Building control
Contact Cambridge City Council:
Telephone: 01223 457000
Write: Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge, CB1 0JH
RNID Typetalk: 18001 01223 457000
Textphone: 01223 457050
Out of hours emergencies: 01223 457457
Customer Service Centre, Mandela House, Regent Street opening hours: 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
Evening openings this summer
at the Botanic Garden
Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday this summer, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden will open late ‘til 8 for you to enjoy this magical place after hours:
5 & 19 May
2 & 16 June
7 & 21 July
4 & 18 August
To really relax after the working day, why not join an evening tour of the plants and landscapes at their best and reserve a delicious picnic, freshly-prepared by the Garden Café, to enjoy afterwards? To book, please call in at the ticket offices or telephone 01223 336265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour only: £7 (£6 concession), includes Garden admission
Tour & picnic: £17 (£16 concession), includes Garden admission
The one-hour tour leaves the Brookside Gate on Trumpington Road at 5.45pm and ends at the Garden Café where you can collect your mouth-watering picnic of, for example:
* marinated olives, mixed antipasti, houmous and crudités
* a freshly-prepared savoury tart in crumbly, home-made pastry, made to share between the number of people in your picnic party. It could be salmon and watercress, or roasted vegetable, or maybe a parma ham quiche, depending on the fresh produce available
* sides including a fresh, green mixed salad and there’ll be a potato, pasta or couscous salad too.
* a spoiling desert, perhaps a chocolate brownie or fresh fruit pavlova.
Your picnic comes with elderflower pressé and is packaged in biodegradable boxes with wooden cutlery. Please bring your own picnic rug and take any rubbish home with you! The Café is not licensed to sell alcohol, but you may bring your own, along with a responsible attitude, please.