Cancelled Event…

Very sadly, we’ve had to give in and cancel our Christmas Event. We always knew this was a risk, but wanted to try at least. The pandemic in some form is likely to go on for a while, and we need to learn and work out a way forward.

But for the record, I wanted to share the rough reasons as I understand them:

  • Cases are on the rise locally, in fact close to record in Cambridge overall, the winter timing is definitely a problem. This includes rising case numbers in schools and colleges where committee members and volunteers teach and have children.
  • The timing of the event is so close to Christmas that if PACT members or volunteers do get infected, they may not be able to see family at Christmas. 
  • Members of the events committee have dropped out due to covid concerns, including at least one who has dropped out of the meetings due to covid in her family – reducing us to 3 instead of 6+
  • A couple of volunteers for running the event have said they would help but not bring their own children – concerning us about attendance and risk as seen by others. 
  • Some volunteers do not have school-age children and would be exposed to risk from children – when they usually are not. 
  • Overall we’re uncomfortable about the risk we’re saying is reasonable. Despite our efforts to minimize risk by using the big hall, keeping doors open, avoiding an event that people need to stay for a long time at, etc.

So, fingers crossed for the future! / John, Chair, PACT


PACT is holding a Special General Meeting on 1st April at 8pm.

PACT is now registered as a
Charitable Incorporated Organization, no. 1193529

Our new charitable objects reflect our involvement in the new Community Centre on the IronWorks (Mill Road Depot) site.

To finalize the winding up of the registered charity
and transfer its assets, there will be a

Special General Meeting
1st April 8pm on Zoom

email for the link!

All residents of Petersfield, Romsey and the neighbourhood can become members of the new PACT

A new beginning…

For many years, PACT has been a registered community charity with the aim of fostering community spirit and founding a new community centre.

However with our success in getting a new community centre built on the Mill Road Depot site, and our partnership supporting Romsey Mill’s successful bid to lease the new centre, we needed a proper legal entity – with a modern constitution and a proper legal entity.

And we’ve done it! PACT has set up a new Charitable Incorporated Organization, no. 1193529 which will replace our registered charity.

This is a membership based charity (the “association model” of CIO) with new objects, which are better suited to what PACT does and aims to do:

To further or benefit the residents of the Petersfield area of Cambridge, and the neighbourhood including Romsey, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious or other opinions by associating together the said residents and the local authorities, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to advance education and to provide facilities and organize activities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents.

Activities may include but not be limited to those intended to reduce social isolation, to support families and children, to support local groups and associations including by providing meeting space, to enable community development and to support recreation through the arts.

In furtherance of these objects but not otherwise, the trustees shall have power:

To establish or secure the establishment of a community centre and to maintain or manage or co-operate with any statutory authority in the maintenance and management of such a centre for activities promoted by the charity in furtherance of the above objects.

We hope to begin new activities towards the end of the year, and soon celebrate the opening of the new building!