In response to the recent consultation for a new building by St Matthew’s Piece, a new Friends Group for the Piece is being formed. Our trustees have passed a resolution in support of this new local community group:
“The trustees of PACT wish to express their support for the formation of the new Friends of St Matthew’s Piece Group and specifically their efforts to ensure that any development of St Matthew’s Piece does not harm the Piece’s character and use for the local community. We note that Petersfield has very little usable green space – the lowest proportion of any area of Cambridge – and the importance of St Matthew’s Piece to the local community, as true now as it was when the Piece was gifted to the people of Cambridge for the same reasons in 1898.”
A copy of the initial leaflet from the friends group to explain more on the history of the proposals and encourage participation in the consultation is available here.
This coming weekend, 8th -10th May, marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Celebrations, services and street parties were planned across the country to commemorate and give thanks to those who gave up so much to secure peace and freedom. In these strange times of the global covid-19 pandemic we are encouraged to reflect with even more resonance on the fragility of our global community and express gratitude for those protecting our everyday lives.
What is VE Day?
Victory in Europe Day took place on 8th May 1945 and marked the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender by the Allies of World War II. Celebrations erupted across the country with more than a million people taking to the streets to celebrate with dancing in the streets and bonfires.
Both English Heritage and the Imperial War Museum have created some great resources including images and stories to help younger generations to learn more about this period of our history.
We were planning
to host a community picnic on St Matthew’s Piece this coming weekend but had to
abandon plans before they got up and running due to the lockdown and on-going
social distancing measures. However, we still want anyone in Petersfield who
would like to be able to come together with the wider community to mark this
historic occasion. Below are a list of links and ideas on how you can get involved
with stay at home tea parties and information of broadcast going on locally and
forward to the time when we can gather as a community again to celebrate
Petersfield and its surrounding areas.
Here is a few
idea to get you started if you would
like to get involved over the weekend:
Have a picnic tea party in the garden or spread a rug in the living room if its raining
Make some homemade decorations such as bunting or paperchains
Get out your head scarves and curlers and dress up 1940s style
Take time to learn more about the history of VE day
Learn to swing dance from the comfort of your living room
Listen to the top tracks of the day
Download quizzes and challenges available online
Share images with us of how you are marking the day on social media with the hashtag #lovepetersfield or send them to us at email@example.com
Style Afternoon Tea Parties
The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has produced a resource pack with recipes, posters and party ideas for celebrating at home.
Other ideas include decking out your windows in red, white and blue – this could be anything from flags, to buntings and paperchains to your own colourful creations. There is a template over on the BBC website for making your own bunting.
The official VE Day celebrations website suggests a number of challenges particularly aimed at families including writing songs and poems and drawing pictures to bring VE Day to life and creating newspaper stories of how you would have reported the events at the times.
For your ‘stay
at home’ tea party why not create a traditional afternoon tea with finger sandwiches,
scones and jam and your favourite cakes. Add some sausage rolls and scotch eggs
if you are feeling in more of a savoury mood.
A ‘National Toast for Heros’ has been proposed for 15:00 where you may like to come out onto your doorstep and raise cuppa or a glass of lemonade
Radio Station Cambridge 105
Mayor Cllr Gerri Bird will link up with Lord Mayyor Prof. Dr Wüzner from Cambridge’s twin city Heidelbery in Germany and the
services will be lead by Padre Jonathan Knight from the Royal British Legion.
It will include readings, music, speeches and a one minute silence.
British Legion Cambridge has reported they are hoping to mark the event on 8th
British Legion is encouraging “all generations to participate and also reflect
on the impact of Covid-19 on lives across the world” with Bob Gamble OBE, RBL’s
assistant director of commemorative events saying, “We hope that individuals
and families across the UK will embrace the opportunity to share in a national
moment of reflection.”
The BBC’s coverage
will take place from 14:45 – 15:45 and 20:00-21:10 and include
conversations between veterans and frontline NHS staff, readings from Sir
Winston Churchill’s famous speech and a recorded address from the Queen at
21:00. There will also be the opportunity to join in a national sing-a-long of
Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again”.
also be broadcasting educational programs aimed at children from 4th
Whatever you are getting up to over the bank holiday weekend we hope you and your households stay safe. For more information on the local response to the Covid-19 pandemic check our new Covid-19 page.
Fire and Rescue Services at Coffee Morning in February
We were really pleased to have Emma Fordham, the Positive Action Officer for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, with us for our February Coffee Morning. It was a great way to connect with a vital service in the local communtiy and hear more about fire safety and different roles within the department.
Emma shares; ” A big part of my role is to engage and work with communities to establish and strengthen relationships and break down barriers for different community groups. I help communities to access information, support and employment opportunities from the fire service. This can include details on recruitment, such as explaining the different roles including operational and support and the criteria and skills needed for these roles. One of my key aims is to help with diversifying the workforce to represent the communities we support. I also attend lots of events and meetings to share resources such as around careers, fire safety and safe & well leaflets and leaflets in other languages.”
We always enjoy having the Fire and Rescue service join us at Party on the Piece each year and look forward to welcoming them again in 2020 – and hopefuly having a visit from an interactive fire engine too!
Its always a great reminder to chat to services such as Fire and Rescue and to realise the small things we can do that make a difference to everyone safety. They have information leaflets available in a variety of languages and formats. It was really interesting to hear about the varity of roles within the department – its not just fire fighters! It was also really interesting to hear about what working life looks like for firefighters.
If you have any ideas of how we can connect with local services and help our coffee morning to grow please do get in contact. We are running this pilot coffee morning on the first Friday of each month from 10:00-11:30 and are kindly supported by The Alex, Gwydir Street, who let us use their beautiful Garden Room. There is an optional donation of £1 to cover costs and we always have hot and cold drinks and home baked goods.