Sturton Street Methodist Church campaign

We’ve official launched our community share pledge campaign. We’re looking to raise £600,000 starting with a community share offer of withdrawable shares costing £250 each and offering 3% interest.The full details are on the sturton.org website.

Can we do it? Would you pledge to support this amazing site as a social enterprise? And can you help us – we don’t need just money, we really need more people to get involved.

Help us find more ideas, too. It’s already clear that if we are able to acquire this site, there is a long term need to add a different kind of community provision, more personal spaces like art studios, music rehearsal space, space to make and learn.

Here’s the link to the press release.

Please consider a pledge and be a part of making Cambridge an even better place to live.

Bins!

The council is working to improve their environmental care, and as part of that have 10 new recycling and general litter bins available this year for Petersfield, and 3 new dog bins. If you would like to propose a location for one of these bins, you can contact one of our city council ward councillors – we would be happy to make that happen if you like, feel free to email or contact us of you prefer. Our county councillor Ashley Walsh suggested a bin on Vera’s walk which seems like a very good idea.

PACT 2014 AGM

A reminder that you are invited to our AGM tomorrow evening! It will be followed by our public meeting about the future of the Sturton Street Methodist Church (finally: a community centre for this area!)
It is also the opportunity to say farewell to our Chair, who will be stepping down after 16 years of serving this area: and to come along to get involved yourself!
Cherry Trees Centre, St. Matthew’s Street, 7:30pm TOMORROW (Wednesday 17th September)

Auction items

If you wish to bid, please email us WITH YOUR CONTACT DETAILS, stating your maximum bid and the corresponding number/name of item for which you are bidding (e.g. 4 for the massage) to auction@PACTcambridge.org. Happy bidding, and good luck!

All the monies raised by this auction will be split between next year’s Summer Event… and our drive to purchase Sturton Street Methodist Church as a COMMUNITY CENTRE for this area!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So please, GET BIDDING  and get everyone else whom you know to get bidding too.

Summer Event 2014 picture vote

Please vote by sending your favourite photo number to chair@PACTcambridge.org!

Sturton Methodist Church and Hall

We have just received this about Sturton Street Methodist Church and Hall, and feel that it’s significant enough to share:

Hello, I have been involved with Sturton Street Church and Hall all of my life, in the early years as a member of the congregation, and for the past 28 years I have run my dance school at the premises. In addition, my father and I helped maintain the hall for many years until he became too frail. We heard a few weeks ago that the church are planning to close the buildings on August 30th and sell up. (This is very short notice, and there was no previous warning that this was about to happen.) As well as my dance classes there are also a range of other community groups who regularly meet and we will now all have to relocate or close, with the subsequent loss of these groups – dance, tango, toddler group, capoeira, etc – let alone the loss of the space of worship. We have set up an online petition – Change.org Sturton Street – and are meeting with others who wish to try and retain these vital community facilities in order to step up our campaign – possibly flyers etc…

The petition to keep this important part of our community is here: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/methodist-church-circuit-cambridge-save-sturton-street-methodist-church-and-hall

We had a meeting last night with a few interested people and are hoping to do a bit of a burst of campaigning in the next couple of weeks, including a photo opportunity outside the premises on Saturday 31st May at 11.00am – we would like as many users of the facilities, people from the local community, and any interested parties to pop along if possible so that we can show how much this means to our community.

Carnival Costume Workshops

The increasingly popular PACT Summer Event along Norfolk Street is back! Featuring music, games, activities, a hugely popular tombola, food, facepainting, participation by local businesses, a carnival parade and more, this is an event not to be missed, whatever your age or interests.

 
This year, in addition to our most popular participants from previous years (the Chinese Community Lion Dance, Coton Morris Men; the Andy Bowie Jazz Band; St.Matthew’s School, Siâna’s Hula Hooping etc) the Event is privileged to welcome even more participation – from a food fair to a one-day gallery highlighting the work of local artists and curated by Irene Wilkes; from sports activities organised by ChYpPS, martial arts displays by Carisma, dance and music by the Menelik foundation, all the way through to hands-on excitement with the British Science Association and the wonderful Corinne Blandin-Eaglings’s Celebrate! activities. 
 
In honour of this year’s Tour de France, visitors to this year’s PACT Summer Event are also invited to look out for allusions to France and bicycles woven throughout the Event – from artwork, to a special section in the carnival parade reserved for dressed-up bicycles! 
 
carnival costume workshops
 
There is a photographic competition for photographs taken at the Summer Event (deadline for submission Monday 30th June): the photos you see here on this page are a selection of those shortlisted from last year’s competition.
 
Entrance and participation in this glorious community celebration is free, and all are welcome. By kind permission and involvement by PACT, local individuals, schools, and businesses, and an Awards for All grant.
 
PACT Summer Event. Saturday 21 June noon – 5pm, along Norfolk St.
All that’s missing is you!