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Recycling - paper to go straight in blue wheelie bins

South Cambridgeshire District Council is changing the way used paper is collected from residents for recycling.
From 11 December, residents won’t need to use their caddies to recycle paper anymore.
From that date, residents should place their used paper directly into their blue wheelie bins instead. This used paper will still be recycled after being sorted from other materials at our facility near Waterbeach.
Residents can keep their caddy to use for anything they like. Alternatively, they can be recycled by being dropped off at the nearest household waste recycling centre. They should not be placed into wheelie bins.
The decision to withdraw the paper caddy service was taken at South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet meeting in September. The decision will save taxpayers money and simplify the recycling process for residents.
Because of this upcoming change, the District Council will not be delivering any new paper caddies. If they are lost or stolen before 11 December, residents …
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Gardeners’ Club

December is a quiet month in the gardening club calendar, with no meeting. It’s a time for winter digging and ordering seeds, or perhaps just sitting by the fire!
In January, on Friday 19th, we have our popular New Year Party, with a quiz, loosely related to gardening, and supper, supplied jointly by the committee and club members. We welcome guests at a cost of £4 each for this particular meeting.
The programme for 2018/19 will be unveiled at the AGM in February, when membership is due for renewal.
Meetings are usually held at Franklin Gardens Community Room on the last Friday of the month, with refreshments served from 7.30 pm, followed by a talk at 7.45.
For any further information please contact Sarah Dumont
Tel: 01954 260482

Cricket club news

We are now very much turning our thoughts towards the 2018 season. Last summer was a rather disappointing one for us on the pitch and we are keenly looking to strengthen our young and up-coming squad in order to make a really determined push for promotion next summer. The facilities for cricket at the rec. are now the best they’ve ever been with a superb pavilion, an enlarged ‘square’ – recently doubled in size (thanks to the Parish Council for helping us to replace our now defunct old square) - which played excellently last season, mobile covers (thanks to an ECB grant and the generosity of Mr Miah at the Curry Palace) and, for next year, renovated sight screens (thanks to FECA for their financial support with these). Next season, we will be running our usual two adult sides in the CCA Leagues as well as junior teams, for which both boys and girls can play, at u11s, u12s and u14s levels. We are also planning to continue the new ECB All Stars cricket programme for 5-8 year olds which …

Cottenham Community Centre - classes and activities

All activities in main hall unless marked ‘studio’ or 'coffee shop' Monday Mucky Pups 10.00 to 11.00 ; Adult Ballet (term time in studio) 10-11am for beginners (if sufficient demand) and 11-12 (Times may change) reserve a place;   NEW Beginners Pilates 12.15 to 13.15; ; Children’s dance 16.00 to 18.00 (NEW  on 8 Jan taster, for drama only, for 8-13 year olds at 5.00 to 5.45) ; Zumba 7-8pm. Contact Jo Kinser;  NEW BarreConcept 6.30-7.30pm and 7.30-8.30pm (studio) from February 2018  contact ; Community Navigators 2-3pm in the Coffee shop every other Monday –
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Cottenham Community Centre - Festive period

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