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 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.


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.

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 – 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:

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.

Announcing: our winner!!!

Ladies and gentlemen,

THANK you to those of you who took the time to vote. Yet again, it was an incredibly close-run race, with only 8 and 11 votes respectively separating the winner from the designs in second and third place. So if your favourite didn’t win, and you forgot to vote… your vote might have made the difference. Remember that next year, and do spread the word! EVERYONE can vote (though only one vote per person) 🙂
And meanwhile, a huge thank you to all those who submitted designs, and to those who voted, and congratulations to all those whose designs made it onto the shortlist.
Voting has now closed for this year…
And so, ladies and gentlemen, the moment for which you’ve been waiting…
Drumroll please…
YOUR choice for this year’s PACT Summer Event poster! Designed by Irene Wilkes, look out for the finalised version of this wonderful invitation soon, wherever PACT is publicising our forthcoming celebration!
 In second place was the delightful poster #11 by Anna Quigley, and in third place was the eye-catching poster #1 by Eddie Carrington. Congratulations to all three of you: we will be in touch separately to arrange your prizes etc. 🙂
And meanwhile to all of you: on Sunday 11th May we’re starting our weekly carnival costume workshops! Come along and join us from 2pm in the community room at the Blue Moon (formerly Man on the Moon)  on Norfolk St!

Final chance to vote!

It’s the final countdown, folks – I know 90 of you saw our last reminder on Facebook, and hundreds of you received our Chair’s email reminder, so if you haven’t already done so, please VOTE! Just ten votes currently separate the leading design from the next two… and yes, that means that there’s a tie for second place at the moment! So please send your votes to, or vote via our website, or send a message to us at Facebook – but whatever you do, VOTE! Every vote counts when it’s as as closely run as this!
Just to remind you: there are twelve shortlisted designs from which to choose. Please vote, share, and spread the word. Voting closes at midnight tonight!!!!


Just a few more days to vote!

Ladies and Gentlemen.
Drumroll please for our twelve shortlisted poster designs! As you may remember, both last year AND the year before it was absolutely neck-and-neck until the very end, with just a couple of votes separating the eventual winner and the runner up, so YOUR vote counts!!
Which do YOU think should be our fabulous poster for this year’s PACT Summer Event? For ease of reference, this year we’ve numbered them all to avoid confusion, so please let me know which one YOU think is the best!
Congratulations and good luck to everyone shortlisted, and better luck next year to those who didn’t quite make it this time. It’s wonderfully exciting to see the standard continue to improve year on year.
So: the voting starts…. NOW. One vote per person: but please feel free to forward this entire post showing ALL the shortlisted designs to all your friends, family and colleagues living or working or studying in this area to give THEM the opportunity to vote too!
Deadline for your vote: Sunday 27 April!

Calling all!

Dear All… As you know, the proposed Local Plan is attempting to slip a number of deeply concerning plans into what essentially will become law. Residents’ letters and emails about the most worrying of these local Local Plan intentions have succeeded in getting the attention of both our MP and the local press.

SO we’ve just heard from Cambridge News (CEN).

They’re sending a photographer for 5:30pm TOMORROW (Tuesday 10th), meeting at the Howard Mallett site, to take pictures of anyone concerned about those intentions. If you believe that the Howard Mallett site should not be carved up for office/residential development, or are concerned about other Local Plan intentions, then please please please join us there…

The more people we can muster for the photograph, the more powerful our message. The reverse is also true: if no-one turns up, the Council can simply shrug and dismiss our concerns and objections.

Please come. Bring your families, your friends, your neighbours, your colleagues, random strangers… 
Aim for everyone to BE THERE BY 5:25pm …

Thank you. See you 5:25pm tomorrow?

PACT in the news in March

PACT’s chair Anna was interviewed about PACT’s activities and our Summer Event on Cambridge 105 Radio’s 105 Drive by Julian Clover at the end of March. Listen to the podcast featuring the interview on the Cambridge 105 website (or listen to the trimmed version with just Anna’s interview).

Also in the news at the end of March was the winner of the PACT/Norfolk St. Summer Event poster design competition, Lily Bracey. On 30th March, Cambridge News pictured Lily, along with other shortlisted entrants from St. Matthew’s Primary School and PACT trustees.
PACT poster winner in Cambridge News
Lily's winning design

Lily’s winning design

Local Plan consultation

In Petersfield, Mill Road Depot off Kingston Street and the Travis Perkins site off Devonshire Road may be turned into housing as part of Cambridge City Council’s Local Plan.

Have your say about what is going to happen to the area. Apparently the consultation has been open for six weeks, but the council failed to send the letters out until last week. Anyone who wants to have a look and express an opinion must do so by Monday 18th February 2013. Not much time left!

For full details of site options within Cambridge see:  (Petersfield features on p43-46)

The final two exhibitions are not in our area, and nor were any of the others! Here are the dates/times/venues:

Please attend if you can.