Cambridge Open Studios in the Petersfield area

Cambridge Open Studios 2013 starts this weekend, giving a chance to meet local artists and see them in action. It runs over four weekends, the 6th-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, and 27th-28th July – not all of the artists are doing all the weekends, so do check the dates. There is plenty on offer for people in Petersfield – 14 artists in all!

Running roughly north to south…
* Alison Peock is a contemporary silversmith, and will be open to visitors 20-21 and 27-28 July at 73 York Street.
* Rosemary Catling is a painter, printmaker, and digital artist. She will be welcoming visitors to 10 Gwydir Street on 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28 July.
* Irene Wilkes is open each weekend at 21 Milford Street. She is a painter who works with many different media.
* Carole Ellison works on still life, landscape and nudes in pastels, watercolours, and sketches. She’ll be open on the middle two weekends, 13-14 and 20-21 July, at 40 Gwydir Street.
* John Tordoff uses mixed media and collage to create landscapes of Cambridge and Umbria and still life. He’s at 38 Norfolk Terrace, again on the middle two weekends – 13-14 and 20-21 July.
* John Wiltshire does paintings and drawings inspired by folklore and natural history, and will be offering cake and cordial to visitors to 35 Sturton Street on 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28 July.
* Just down the road at 22 Sturton Street, and on the same weekends, Seb Antoniou is a painter and illustrator. See his portraits, landscapes, and graphic novel illustrations.
* Seb’s neighbour at number 20, Binnie Macellari, is also a painter. Her landscape and seascape oil paintings can be viewed 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21 July.
* Sheila Farrant, paints life drawings in pastels, and landscapes in acrylic. Drop in at 16 Cross Street on 13-14 and 20-21 July.
* Crossing over Mill Road, the St Barnabas Rd Group is offering work on 6-7 and 13-14 July by Jessica Hebden (printing, etching and drawing), Claire Holmes (silver jewellery, etched and textured) and Jacki Perry (pottery/ceramics) at 24 St Barnabas Rd.
* Two artists on Glisson Road round off Petersfield’s Open Studios artists. Rog Palmer is an action photographer of shapes, movement and emotions from dance. Virginia Neild draws taking inspiration from dance and music. They’re both displaying their work at 5 Glisson Road on 6-7, 13-14 and 27-28 July.

See the Cambridge Open Studios website for more details and contacts of these artists, and you’ll probably want to explore beyond the ward boundaries – see their handy interactive map of the events.

Tombola prizes and auction lots for the Summer Event

What amazing generosity! Local businesses have done themselves proud in supporting our PACT/Norfolk Street Summer Event on Saturday 22 June. Below are the prizes we have received for our tombola and charity auction, and you can see some pictures on Facebook. Want to win? Come along to our Summer Event and buy your tombola tickets! Many thanks to everyone who donated these wonderful items (and to Anna for organising this), and good luck to everyone on the day!

Auction à·go-go

The charity auction is on now! This auction is a ‘silent auction’ or ‘sealed bid auction’ -written bids state: 1) your name & contact details; 2) the item you are bidding for; 3) the maximum price you are prepared to bid for the item. Whoever submits the highest bid for the item wins the item. It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3. Don’t let it get away!

There is no limit on the number of items for which you are allowed to bid: and you are allowed to bid more than once for an item. Only the highest bid will be counted. The auction finishes at the close of our AGM on Tuesday 9th July. All bids are binding: winners must pay in cash when they collect their prize (at a mutually convenient time).

You can submit bids:

  • via email to
  • in person/writing at the Summer Event
  • in writing to PACT Auction, c/o 168 York Street, Cambridge, CB1 2PY
  • in person/writing at our PACT AGM on Tuesday 9th July.

The auction items can be viewed at the Summer Event by the PACT info stall in the sunken green on Norfolk Street. The lots are as follows – and see more detail in this PDF.

1. Parkside Pools – One year’s unlimited swimming – also valid at Abbey Pools, Kings Hedges Learner Pool, and Jesus Green Outdoor Lido
2. The Park – a pamper day for two
3. Salus Wellness – one-hour Swedish or deep tissue massage
4. Computer Resale – Dell PC, including monitor, mouse, and cables
5. WT’s Snooker (1) – a lifetime membership, and play a snooker frame with Joe “The Gentleman” Perry
6. WT’s Snooker (2) – a lifetime membership, and play a snooker frame with Neil “The Thunder from Down Under” Robertson
7. Tattoos by Fabio – ear-piercing voucher
8. Millers Music – ukulele
9. National Tyres – full MOT
10. Dobbler’s Inn – voucher for a gallon of real ale or cider, plus two pizzas
11. The Snug – cocktail class for four
12. The Teeth Whitening Company – one hour laser tooth treatment
13. Kelsey Kerridge (1) – 1 x course for 10 gym sessions
14. Kelsey Kerridge (2) – 1 x course for 10 fitness classes
15. DiVINE Hair Salon – Afro-carribean hair braiding
16. Finn Jordan – One hour full-body Swedish Massage
17. Camrider Motorcycle Training – a day’s Compulsory Basic Training course
18. Cambridge United – family ticket for four to a match next season
19. Elke Hausler – 1 hour back pain relief session
20. Serena Jewellery – pearl pendant necklace

Tombola time!

For the tombola, tickets are 50p each (no bulk discount) and there is a 1 in 5 chance of winning. You win something if you pick a ticket ending with 0 or 5, but you need to match the number and the colour of the ticket with the one on the prize. We have all of these tombola prizes!

Parkside Pools – family swims
Merhaba Turkish Cuisine – meal for two
Peppy’s Barber – haircuts for two
Tesco, East Road – boxes, & boxes, of chocolates
The Snug – meal for two
The Grafton Centre – £50 gift voucher
Inglot cosmetics – £20 voucher
Vue Cinemas – six ticket vouchers
Debenhams – three toiletry items
Benzer Bags – bag
Dukels International – giftbox set of Johnson’s toiletries
Fine Cuts – two haircuts
Grace’s Accessories – three necklaces
Kismet Natural World products – ‘California Republic’ cap worth £25
Multi-service Centre – seven watches
Urban Hair Company – two large salon-sized Wella shampoo & conditioner sets
Party Mania – Wally Ball game
Cambridge Nails & Spa – 2 x £20 vouchers
Moben/Sharps – gift box from Evolution
Billys – OgoDisk hand trampoline
Kymmoy – lunch deal for two people
Arena Cafe – vouchers
Discount Autoparts – car floormats, car care products
CB2 Bistro – meal for two, including wine
Uppercuts – two gift bags of hair care products, and one cut & blowdry voucher
Cafe de Paris – voucher
Neide’s Deli Cafe – 2 x vouchers for two
Tulip Restaurant – vouchers for lamb and chicken wraps
Cash Converters – DVD box sets (Rocky and Mr Selfridge)
CB1 Internet Cafe – two vouchers for meal for two
The Bike Shed – voucher for bicycle service
The Baguette Express – family meal for four
Nutters Hair Salon – “shine blaster” product
Fagito Takeaway – two vouchers for £9
Arjuna Wholefoods – decorative bag & products
Cambridge Framing Centre – mirror
IPG – paintballing discount vouchers
Kuoni Travel – two luxury branded towels
The Tram Depot – meal for two including bottle of wine
The Bakers – £15 meal
The Workshop Partnership employment agency – two bottles of wine
Andrew Northrop Family Butchers – £25 of fresh meat
Angel Beauty Parlour – four vouchers for treatments (eyebrow threading and mini manicure)
Petrou Brothers – three autographed books
Norfolk Street Deli – gorgeous hamper of specialty foods
Spice Gate – tray of Baklava
Nip In – seven boxes of biscuits
Cambridge Wine Merchants – £15 wine tasting voucher
Tezcan’s Hair Salon – vouchers for haircuts
Winfield Chinese Supermarket – 60 packets of noodles
Bosphorus Grill House – 2 x meals for two
Mace Stores – Lentil mini-hamper
Vision Unisex Hair Salon – haircut
Cam Cycles – bike bell, bike chain/padlock, lights, mini-pump and more
H. Gee – CD rack
Babylon IT Solutions – telephone wipes, screen cleaning kit
Cantab Millennium Computers – headphones, USB sticks, computer mice, SDHC cards
Prana Restaurant – meal for two, plus discount voucher
Lally’s Newsagents – bottle of cider & pen
Elitian Printers – ream of paper
Moda Barbers – one haircut at Mill Road salon, one haircut at East Road salon
White Swan pub – bottle of Bushmills whisky
Pets at Home – Fishtank and food, PLUS two £5 vouchers
Marks & Spencer (Beehive Centre) – two enormous boxes of chocolates, PLUS bottle of wine PLUS large bag of “Percy Rations” sweets
Bacchanalia – A bottle of Prosecco
Inspirations hair & beauty by Dipa – £10 gift voucher
Cambridge Toy Shop – a lovely teddy bear
Moghul Tandoori Restaurant – takeaway meal to the value of £30
Mr Peter Mullins of Norfolk St Dental Practice – 2 x six-packs of beer
Cook for You – 6 x £5 vouchers
Adilia’s Norfolk Street Bakery – 6 x £5 gift vouchers
Zhonghua Traditional Snacks – 3 x £10 vouchers
The Box Café – lunch for two, including dessert
Day 1 on Norfolk Street – bottle of wine, box of tea, box of Milk Tray chocolates
All Seasons Food – large selection of Afro-Caribbean specialities
Mickey Flynns – 7 ice buckets, box of shot glasses, carnival masks
Madame & Monsieur Hair Salon – 1 lady’s haircut, 1 gentleman’s haircut
Penguin Dry Cleaners – £15 dry cleaning voucher
Oriental Direct – large box of assorted specialities
Mill Road International Supermarket – large assortment of specialities
Jaffa Net Cafe – box of fresh baklava
Code Hair salon – 3 x £10 vouchers
Al Amin – gorgeous hamper
Kelsey Kerridge – healthsuite vouchers

Carnival workshops

** Update – the workshops and parade were a great success! Thanks to all who came along and especially to Simone Chalkley for organising and Lynne Martin from Elitian Printers for her amazing crocheted flowers and leaves. **

** The Cooperative membership community fund for Cambridge & East Anglia generously supported the PACT/Norfolk Summer Event carnival parade. **

** Photos of the workshops are in a gallery below. **

Cooperative funding

We are holding a Carnival parade at the end of this years’ PACT/Norfolk Street Summer Event on 22nd June – great fun for children and adults alike! The theme is the Millennium Garden, created by PACT and the City Council in 2002: think flowers, trees, insects, birds and the lovely mosaics.

2013-05-18 15.43.42 Millennium Garden mosaics

Simone is holding workshops to make carnival costumes (and she is already enthusiastically knitting bunting with plarn): the workshops will be in the Man on the Moon community room on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons for the two weeks before the Summer Event. A flyer for the workshops is here. The dates and times are:

  • Sat 8th & 15th June from 1.30-4.30 pm
  • Sun 9th & 16th June from 1.30-5.00 pm

The workshops will cost £3 per person or £5 per family of four; this will cover the cost of one or all of the sessions, including the cost of materials and equipment. Materials will be provided. All ages are welcome, though under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Spaces are limited, so book early! You can turn up on the day but there is no guarantee that there will be a place if you haven’t booked.

To book, please email

For the Summer Event parade on the day, the road will be closed to traffic. Meet at 4:15pm by the Millennium Garden on Norfolk St and the parade starts at 4:45pm. Don’t worry if you are unable to attend the workshops as you are very welcome to join the carnival parade on the day!