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Welcome to the Autumn

This summer! Whilst in my home town of Whaley Bridge residents were being evacuated in case Todd Brook Reservoir dam burst and swept everyone and everything away - in Cambridge the hottest day ever was recorded in the Botanic Gardens on my birthday! Just a couple of hundred miles apart and we could almost be living in different countries. Anyway - summer is a fading memory and we are now into Autumn. New school, new class teachers, first school and many other changes for children and parents. The drawing in of nights (let’s not talk about that), Halloween and bonfires to enjoy and the faintest of faint glimmers of fairy lights and tinsel on the horizon! (another banned subject?!)

This is the term where, if you have a child starting primary school or moving up to secondary school in September 2020, you need to visit as many schools a possible - plus investigate travel costs etc.

To help with planning - there is a list of open days on page 2,  (where these are known at time of going to print). If, like me, you are overwhelmed by the different types of so called “free” preschool education, then you will find an immensly useful guide on page 31. (And of this website).

It explains the different types of funding but, to me anyway, demonstrates that the system is clunky and could be tricky to navigate. Elsewhere in this issue there are the always wonderful book reviews, plus quite a bit about health - vaccinations, pregnancy, preventing choking and the power of pumpkins! Enjoy!


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Autumn 2019

Autumn 2019

September 19


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Routine Matters

Routine Matters

September 19

Clare Pilsworth from Tees Law looks at some ways for separated parents to share school commitments and holidays over the coming year.


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Take Away the Walls

Sunday, 01 September to Sunday, 03 November

Saffron Walden Museum. CB10 1JL New exhibition opens: “Take Away the Walls”. Open Tue – Sat 10.00-17.00
Suns and Bank Holidays 14.00-17.00. Adults £2.50, discounts
1.25p, children free, season tickets £8/ £4. Tel: 01799 510333. days when the museum is closed, visitors can still explore the grounds, which include some outdoor exhibits,a listening bench, and the ruins of Walden Castle.

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Settle in to September with Cambridge Past, Present and Future

Sunday, 01 September to Saturday, 28 September

Hinxton Watermill Open Day Sunday 1 September: 2.30pm to 5.30pm
17th century working watermill, built on a site dating back to the Domesday Book, located in charming surroundings in the village of Hinxton on the River Cam. Open six Sundays during the summer. CambridgePPF members free. £3 adults, £1 children.
CB10 1RD.

Wandlebury Adventurers: (unaccompanied children) 6pm to 8pm, Mondays
2 September: Woodland Art
9 September: Constructions and Building
16 September: Fireside Cooking
23 September: Messy Art
30 September: Willow Crowns
You can sign up for the term (£75) or for an individual session (£15). For ages 8-12. Places limited so please book in advance. Based in the Stable Rooms at Wandlebury, CB22 3AE.

Holiday Bushcraft (5-12 years) Tues 3 September, Weds 4 September: 8.30am to 4pm
At Wandlebury for children ages 5-12, run by experienced, qualified teachers from Wild Thyme & Embers. Booking essential, £38 each day, per child. Children need a packed lunch, large water bottle and dress for the weather. Booking and further information visit Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, CB22 3AE.

Painting and Drawing in Autumn – five-week course, Thurs from 5 Sept: 12.15pm to 4pm
Celebrate the changing autumn hues of Wandlebury’s flora on this five-week drawing and painting course with treescape artist Debbie Baxter. Improve and grow creativity by connecting with their surrounding natural environment, no matter what your skill level is. Five consecutive Thursdays beginning 5 September. £170 per person. Booking and more information email

Coton Countryside Walk: Great St Mary’s–The Backs–West Fields–Coton Reserve
Saturday 7 September: 10am to 3pm
Sociable and flat walk from Great St Mary’s Church in Cambridge city centre via the West Fields, past the striking architecture of the University’s West Cambridge site, into the Coton Countryside Reserve, returning via the University’s Sidgwick site in Newnham to the city centre. Free event but donations appreciated. The walk is around 6.5 miles long. Meeting point is in front of Great St Mary’s Church, CB2 3PQ.

Stourbridge Medieval Fair at the Leper Chapel Saturday 7 September: 12pm to 4.30pm
Step back in time for a merry medieval afternoon at the historic Leper Chapel, one of Cambridge’s oldest complete surviving building. Dating back to 1199, the Stourbridge Fair was once the largest medieval fair in Europe. Arrive at noon to witness the traditional way of opening the fair. Great opportunity to see inside the chapel. Free, family event, all welcome. Donations towards the upkeep of the chapel are always appreciated. CB5 8JJ – opposite Cambridge United.

Wild Flowers in Autumn Tuesday 10 September: 10am to 12pm
Join us for this gentle guided stroll around the woods and meadows of Wandlebury with one of our knowledgeable wardens, Free event – donations welcome. No need to book. Meet at the notice board next to the car park. Wandlebury Country Park CB22 3AE

Bourn Windmill Open Day and Teas Sunday 15 September: 2pm to 4pm
See inside one of the oldest mills in the country, near Bourn village. Have a go at the task of turning the whole mill on its post – an amazing sight. Teas and cakes available. Free CambridgePPF members, non-members £3 adult, £1 child. Off Caxton Road, Bourn CB23 2SU.

‘This glorious human relationship with trees’ – a talk by Debbie Baxter
Tuesday 17 September: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Professional treescape artist Debbie Baxter gives an inspirational talk and slideshow about her journey through the woods of the United Kingdom, and how this keystone species has played such a big part in her development as an artist and a human being. Entry free, donations welcome. Wandlebury CB22 3AE. For information, contact

Walk for Parkinson’s UK Saturday 28 September: 11am start
Join Parkinson’s UK, for a friendly fundraising charity walk around wonderful Wandlebury Park. 1.5 miles, or a 4.5-mile route. Registration £12 for adults/under 16s £5. Registration 10am. For further information and registration: visit

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Saffron Screen

Sunday, 01 September to Thursday, 31 October

Sun 1st September 3pm & Sun 8th September 2pm
The much-loved book, stage show and TV series makes its big screen debut with this riotous, hilarious take on the world of the Romans.

Sat 7th September 2pm
Bring all the family to celebrate this classic musical as part of our Rainbow Film Festival – discover what lies Over the Rainbow with Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion.

Sat 14th September 3pm & Sun 15th September 2pm
The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies are back for more slapstick adventures in this hilarious sequel to 2016’s hugely popular animation.

Sat 14th September 5pm
This inspirational and funny take on the coming-of-age movie is presented as part of the Rainbow Film Festival by the SWCHS LGBTQ+ Allies group.

Sat 21st September 3pm & Sun 22nd September 2pm
A live-action adventure for Dora the Explorer sees her embarking on a mission to save her parents and learn the secrets of a lost Incan civilisation.

Sat 28th September 2pm & Sun 29th September 3pm
Asterix and Obelix embark on a quest across Gault to find a young druid worthy of learning the secret of the magic potion that protects their village from Julius Caesar.

Sat 5th & Sun 6th October 2pm
When her younger brother unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of Playmobil, unprepared Marla must go on the quest of a lifetime to bring him home.

Sat 12th, Sun 13th & Sat 26th October 2pm
A fun music-filled animation about Prince Philip Charming who has to find true love, despite a compulsion to propose to every woman he meets.

Sat 12th October 7pm
Pop-up screening at Joyce Frankland Academy Newport of this fun film about a teenager who finds he can turn into a superhero and must learn how to harness his powers.

Sun 20th October 11am
The latest adventure in the wonderful Pixar animated series sees Woody and Buzz on a road trip with friends old and new. Cinema for Tinies – enjoy the cinema without worrying about noise or wriggling.

Thurs 31st October 3pm
A special family Halloween screening of this much-loved animation set in Dracula’s lavish resort for monsters and their families. Prize for the best Halloween costume.

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