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.


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 at

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

Help us install next boxes

January 17, 2014

On Monday, 27 January, Guy Belcher, the City’s Nature Conservation Officer will be installing new nest boxes for smaller birds and bat boxes on Stourbridge Common along the industrial estate tree belt (kestrel and tawny owl boxes have already been installed).

If you’d like to come along to help out or just watch, please meet at 10.30 at the Oyster Row Entrance.  All materials provided.

Logan’s Meadow: Past, Present & Future

January 16, 2014
An interesting talk you might be interested in …
Nick Moir (vicar of St Andrew’s Chesterton) will speak on the meadow’s importance as a hub for the medieval village and manor, and Guy Belcher (Nature Conservation Officer at the city council) on the proposed water channel and reed bed.

St Andrew’s Hall

Tuesday 18 February  7.30-9.15pm
(beginning with a glass of wine/fruit juice)

Are you going to Stourbridge Fair?

August 22, 2013

We are …

Saturday 14th September from midday at the Leper Chapel brings the annual re-enactment of the traditional Stourbridge Fair … local crafts, foods, stalls and storytelling … a fascinating event and well worth a visit.

There is also going to be a walk this year, leaving at 10am from the ‘Riverside’ entrance to the Common which will arrive at the Fair in time for its grand opening. tells you all about the Leper Chapel and the Fair (which runs from midday – 4.30pm)

The Stourbridge Fair (picture credit Cambridge Past Present and Future)

FoSC AGM coming up

August 22, 2013

The Friends of Stourbridge Common will hold their Annual General Meeting on Friday 13 September at St. Andrew’s Hall Chesterton at 7 pm.

We will have refreshments and a short AGM, followed by talks by Cllr Martin Curtis, Leader of the County Council, on cycling and the Common and by Dr. Louise Bacon of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Environmental Records Centre on the Centre’s work and how it relates to the Common.

We do hope to see you there for what will be an interesting and enjoyable evening.

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