2016 AGM and a talk by Pete Towers

November 11, 2015
It’s that time of year again … our AGM is this week … Friday night infact (Friday 13th no less) … come along at 7 pm to St. Andrew’s Hall in the Annexe.
There will be a brief AGM followed by a talk by local naturalist, Pete Towers, on ‘Wildlife Around the Year on Stourbridge Common’.
Pete’s knowledge of and passion for what lurks on the common are legendary and the evening will be hugely enjoyable and informative … and we have refreshments!
All welcome.

AGM and talk by David Stubbings

October 28, 2014

The Friends of Stourbridge Common will have their annual meeting on Friday, 14 November at 7 pm at St Andrew’s Hall, Chesterton.

There will be a brief AGM, followed by refreshments and a talk by David Stubbings, Chairman, Chesterton Local History Group on ‘Crossing the Cam: A Look at Some of the Ferries and Bridges Used by the Public’. Please join us and if you only want to come to the talk make sure you’re seated by 7.30pm!

The ‘timetable’ for the evening is:

7 pm AGM and elections,

7.15pm A representative from the Chesterton Festival Committee will update us on the Festival,

7.20 Refreshments,

7.30 David Stubbings speaks on ‘Crossing the Cam’ followed by the opportunity to ask questions and then chat with the committee, the speaker and other ‘Friends’.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there, the evenings are always informative and offer a great chance to talk to other people passionate about Stourbridge Common and life on, around and alongside it.

Are you going?

September 12, 2014

To Stourbridge Fair …

it’s this weekend. Saturday 13th September at the Leper Chapel from midday … we’ll see you there.

All you need to know is here on the Cambridge Past Present and Future website.

Waist high buttercups, bream and Banded Demoiselles

May 22, 2014


Stourbridge May 2014 (5) Stourbridge May 2013 (1)So many reasons to take a walk on Stourbridge Common and not just to stand and look at it from the bridge or row past …

The Common is looking glorious: if you stand with your back to the fence round the bare earth (the grass will soon grow). Lack of cows means that grasses and buttercups are waist high this year.

The sunny spring has meant a profusion of small tortoiseshell butterflies, and many caterpillars are now feasting on the nettle patches. Dragon flies – particularly Banded demoiselles and damselfly are already looking for flies. Looking down from the footbridge, you can see Bream spawning on the tree roots, now speckled with tiny pale eggs, just under the surface of the water (they only do this for a short time, so look today!)

– Pete, Friend of Stourbridge Common, Wednesday, 21st May 2014.

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Guerilla gardening … veg patch on the common

May 6, 2014

Guerilla gardening on the Common …

You may have noticed that some rather enterprising soul has taken advantage of the redundant tree guard to the right of the Green Dragon bridge and started a small veg patch.

It’s the first time this has happened on the Common and makes great use of the space inside one of the soon to be removed tree guards where tree planting had failed due to vandalism.

However, we’re informed by one of the City Council Green Spaces Officers that the garden is to be removed shortly. Which is the right thing to do, Stourbridge Common is now a Local Nature Reserve as well as being common land and a shared public space and as such can’t be dug up by individuals for private purposes. It sets a precedent which just isn’t tenable.

FoSC committee member Ellie Stoneley is talking about the guerilla veg patch on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on 6th May, and the rows of very neatly planted potatoes (we think) have attracted wider attention across the internet and from passers by.


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Litter Pick and the Big Dig

March 14, 2014

We’re looking forward to the Stourbridge Common litter pick on 22 March 2014.

Meet at 10 am near the Riverside entrance of the Common to be issued with gloves, bags, and litter-pickers and to listen to a Health & Safety talk. We will finish by noon, it’s always fun and is a great way to meet other people who enjoy Stourbridge Common and help keep it safe and litter free for all its many users.

Another set of events that may be of interest (although there is partial overlap with our own litter pick):

Local charity Cambridge Carbon Footprint is helping co-ordinate a national community gardening event called The Big Dig.  They have three orchards and gardens where they would love volunteers to come along for a an hour or two to help them get ready for the growing season. Midsummer Common Community Orchard and Trumpington Community Orchard will be giving a warm welcome to volunteers on Saturday 22nd March 10am – 1pm and Empty Common Community Garden will be welcoming volunteers on Sunday 23rd March 10am – 1pm. Foraged fresh soup will be available to try, cake will be on offer and there will be a range of activities for all abilities (including a ukelele band dropping by to liven things up) . No need to book, just turn up.  For further details please do take a look athttp://www.bigdig.org.uk/cambridge/.

Bird Boxes on Stourbridge Common

February 4, 2014
Guy Belcher from Cambridge City Council and ‘a few volunteers’ got together on Monday 27th January and installed 22-24 boxes in the belt of trees that borders the industrial estate. 
These are German brand Schwegler nest boxes made of ‘woodcrete’ a natural product made from 75% wood and 25% ‘natural additives’ to allow air permeability.  There are over 8.5 million Schwegler woodcrete nest boxes installed in Europe, US, Canada.
We helped put up a mix of boxes:  larger holes for great/blue/coal/crested tits, as well as sparrows and bats.  Boxes with smaller holes for marsh/blue/coal tits and possibly wrens.
Lisa, one of the FoSC volunteers says, “It was quite nice that as soon as a box went up, a great tit took up residence immediately. Also, bat boxes are placed to catch the sun, and I like the kind of ‘semi-detached’ situation with the two boxes next to each other.”
Putting up the next boxes

Putting up the next boxes


seeing how the Bat can get into the box

seeing how the Bat can get into the box

in situ

in situ

open for business

open for business

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