Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall

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The Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall, formed in 2009, comprise people who are concerned about the usage, environment, welfare and future of the park for the benefit of those who use it. The Friends seek to act as champions of the Cherry Hinton Hall grounds on behalf of the general public and to act as a communication channel between the City Council and the public. 

Visit our website for minutes of meetings and news update.

Why join the Friends?

Members of the Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall receive regular news updates on events and the outcome of any issues raised with the City Council, with whom we work closely to maintain the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall.

There are open meetings every two months from January, at the Village Centre at 7.30pm, Cherry Hinton, with a variety of guest speakers, where you have an opportunity to raise any concerns you may have with any aspect of the Hall. Raffle prizes appreciated.

Membership fees are:
Annual:  £2.00
Five-year membership: £10.00
Life membership: £25.00

Members are encouraged to renew their membership for at least 5 years in order to reduce administration.
Please send your details and membership fee to: FCHH, 204, Queen Edith's Way, Cambridge CB1 8NL
Cheque made payable to The Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall. Annual membership runs from our AGM in July.

Cherry Hinton Hall

Cherry Hinton Hall is a Grade II listed Victorian country house set in a beautiful (now public) park to the south-east of Cambridge in the UK. The house and grounds are owned and managed by Cambridge City Council. The grounds are well known for hosting the annual Cambridge Folk Festival, an ever-growing (in size and popularity) event that draws thousands to the park. During the summer months, aside from hosting the Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall is alive with predominantly young families enjoying the wide open grass spaces, children's play park, paddling pool and the large ponds which for many is the defining feature of the park along with the vast array of wildlife living there. Many community activities also take place in the park. In 2007, the house became home to Cambridge International Preparatory School. In 2017/18 the building under went some major refurbishment. Check out the Facebook page or our website to see photos of the lovely new school that has been created.


Wondering what has happened to Cherry Hinton Hall? Come and take a tour around the newly completed Cambridge International Schools building and Nursery on Saturday 3rd March from 9.30am - 11.30am. Refreshments available.
From 10am - 2pm The Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall will be taking part in the national Great British Spring Clean and will be holding a litter pick and general tidy up in the grounds. All welcome.
So take a tour of the school, have a nice cuppa and then pop over to the pond area for a black bag and a litter picker. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. 
Equipment provided. Even an hour of your time will make a difference!

New venue
Our first meeting of the year will be held in the CHub in the Cherry Hinton Library on Wednesday 21st March at 7.30pm. Our speaker with be Victoria Robeson, Head of Marketing and Admissions at
the Cambridge International School, who will be giving a presentation on the new school renovations and will be happy to answer any questions. Members free. Non members £1. All welcome.

Saturday 5th May Another Community Action Day for a litter pick and tidy up. Meet by the pond at 10am. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Equipment provided. All welcome.

Our AGM on Wednesday 18th July will be held in the new community building in the grounds of the Cambridge International School, situated behind Cherry Hinton Hall which the CIS have kindly invited us to use, at 7.30pm. Our speaker is Hilary Richie, Hospital Archivist, Cambridge NHS Foundation Trust, who will be telling us all about the history of Addenbrookes hospital. Refreshments provided. All welcome. Members free. Non members £1.

This is your chance to renew your membership: Annual - £2, 5 Year £10 or Life Time for £25 or you can renew by sending your payment, name and address to FCHH Membership, 204 Queen Edith’s Way Cambridge CB1 8NL. Please make cheques payable to The Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall.

Saturday August 4th and Sunday August 5th This year the Folk Festival is later than usual and we will be having a stall. There will be a rota in two hour shifts, two per shift from 12 - 6pm, if your would like to help out. Please call number below if you are unable to attend the meeting.

Saturday 20th October There will be a Community Action Day for another litter pick and tidy up.
Meet by the pond at 10am. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Equipment provided. 
All welcome.

Wednesday 21st November Anthony French, Senior Asset Development Officer Streets and Open Spaces for the Cambridge City Council, will be the speaker for our meeting, which will also be held in the CHub, at 7.30pm. All welcome. Members free. Non members £1.
Anthony will be reporting on the progress of works carried out this year in Cherry Hinton Hall as part of the master plan. Your chance to raise any issues or concerns.

Sandra Day  FCHH Committee Tel: 01223 247639

Exciting news!!!

Cherry Hinton Hall has been nominated for the UK’s Best Park Award:

We are all very proud of our local park so please pop over and vote!!

Events & Meetings 2016

November meeting - Wednesday 16th November at The Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre at 7.30pm. Guest speakers Anthony French and Guy Blelcher from Cambridge City Council who will be available to discuss the next stage of the masterplan.
Guy will bring detailed plans of the proposed work but an outline is:
New benches near duck pond to replace the green ones.
New gravel in the above area.
Remove self set trees in the above area.
New waterfall with large boulders.
A "kingfisher area" to encourage breeding.
Concrete area used for Pets in the Park to be used as temporary workmans yard, will be fenced off.
Council to erect board near same area explaining what's going on.
Notices to be put on noticeboards explaining what's going on.
Guy to look at screening fence with a hedge around council store yard.
Benches to be replaced on other side of duck pond.
Work to be carried out November to January.
All silt to be used on site.
More trees as being cut down on other side of pond, these are clearly marked with green tape.
Also Guy to arrange for potholes to be filled at Cherry Hinton Rd entrance. 

There is also the matter of the plans for Cherry Hinton Hall by the International School, which we have not addressed yet. It was felt that we needed to have a meeting to decide what we can do and to get the views of our members. Please come to the meeting or message any concerns you have, which can be raised on your behalf. Have your say!


Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall Meeting. 
March16th Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre Colville Road, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 9EJ 
John Woodhouse  - Tales from the Mayor's Chamber -  Life as Mayor of Cambridge. All welcome. Members free - visitors only £1.

Community Action Day 
Apr 2, 2016 10:00 am - a chance to help keep the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall neat and tidy! Meet by the pond. Please wear appropriate footwear. Families welcome, bring the children to get some fresh air!

Community Action Day
Jun 4, 2016 10:00 am

Pets in the Park - see our website for details
Jun 18, 2016 12:00 - 6pm
Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge
Stalls available @ £25 email for details

Jul 20, 2016 7:30 pm
Speaker: Andrew Selwyn- Crome, the Victorian Ghost Hunter
Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre Colville Road, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 9EJ
All welcome. Members free - visitors only £1. To include a glass of summer punch.

Action Day Extra in Cherry Hinton Hall!

The Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall are holding an Action Day Extra in Cherry Hinton Hall on Saturday 1st October from 10am - 2pm. Meeting by the pond.

Come and join The Friends, who will be carrying out a litter pick and general tidy up but this time you can find out what the Friends group is all about and have the opportunity to join! 
The Friends stall will be joined by The Friends of the Earth, the Cambridge Dog Warden, with free microchipping for your dog, and the Recycling Champions, where you can learn how to get the best out of your recycling bins!

Refreshments will be available from Vintage Jo's Travelling Teas. Come along and have a cuppa and some great cake!!!

Basic equipment provided but feel free to bring your own gloves and garden tools. 
Please dress appropriately for the weather. All welcome.
Further information at and find us on Facebook!

Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall Meeting. Nov 16, 2016 7:30 pm
Speaker Anthony French Cambridge City Council
Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre Colville Road, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 9EJ
All welcome. Members free - visitors only £1.


Pets in the Park!

Pets in the Park is on Saturday 18th June in Cherry Hinton Hall from 12 - 6pm organised by the Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall and is aimed at meeting the desires of our community of dog owners with The Turbo Trust Dog Show. 

There will be 2 rings of classes plus a third ring for activity games. A local heel work to music demonstration plus Canine Partners will demonstrate the marvelous work they undertake and lots more. Dog Show classes can be entered from 12 noon and cost £2 per dog per class with a free goodie bag! Details at The Friends website:

A variety of over 25 craft and charities stalls with animal encounters and baby hedgehogs! This is a great free family day out with games for the children to play, BBQ, Pizza and Cream Teas and you can bring the dog!

September Meeting

The next meeting of the Friends of Cherry Hinotn Hall will be on Wednesday 16th September at 7.30 at the Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre. The speaker will be our  Chairman David Taylor who will give a talk entitled 'A.V.Roe and the Avro Lancaster'.
This is an open meeting - all welcome. Free to members and there is a £1 charge for non members. Raffle prizes welcome.

 Community Action Day Saturday 10th October

The next Community Action Day will be a joint effort with The Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook. The two groups will work on tidying up the Giant's Grave also know as Spring Head, opposite the Robin Hood pub. Meet at 10am.

AGM Wednesday 17th June  7.30pm Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre
Guest speaker David Albacari with  " A Drone's Eye View of Cherry Hinton" followed by a demonstration in Cherry Hinton Hall. All welcome Members free - non members £1

Want to get involved? New committee members welcome.


Free Day out with the Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall

The Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall’s big summer event, Pets in the Park featuring the Turbo Trust Dog Show, is on Saturday 20th June.

The event begins when the Mayor of Cambridge, local councillor Robert Dryden, opens proceedings at 12 noon and runs until 6pm in Cherry Hinton Hall. Free admission.

 Event organiser Sandra Day says:

 “We have a wide section of arts and crafts stalls with something for everyone, face painting, animal charities, BBQ, wood fired pizza, fresh coffee and pastries, cakes and sweets. The Turbo Trust Dog Show will include arena events and demonstrations.

It will be a great day out for all the family, including the dog!

Details of the dog show classes can be found on the Friends website Entries taken from 12 noon. £2 per dog, per class. Please keep dogs on leads unless participating in activities. Water will be provided.

Limited onsite parking, please use Citi1 & Citi 3 buses.

The Turbo Trust is a fundraising charity devoted to raising funds for individual disabled people in need of expensive power chairs to enable them to live their lives to the full.


Community Action Day

The next community action day will be on Saturday 7th March meeting by the pond at 10 am. Please come along and help litter pick and generally tidy up, even an hour of your time will make a difference. Help us keep the park as nice as possible.

March meeting

 We are delighted to announce that local historian Michelle Bullivant will be coming to our next meeting on Wednesday 18th March at the Cherry Hinton Village Centre at 7.30pm. Michelle will be giving her talk  'The Lost Mills of Cherry Hinton Hall' 
Free to members. £1 charge for non members.  Raffle prizes welcome.


Meetings for 2015

Due to a drop in attendance for our bi monthly meetings, the committee decided to change to 4 meeting a year and 4 Community Action Days dates are:

Wednesday Meetings in The Cherry Hinton Village Centre

March 18th, June 17th AGM, September 16th and November18th

Speakers to be confirmed

Saturday Community Action Days - Litter picking and tidying up the Hall grounds

March 7th, 4th April, 4th July and 3rd October

It is hoped to invite other organisations along to make more of an event of the morning 

Details to follow. If you are involved with a group/charity that would like to come and pitch a tent to raise awareness, please email


A Date for your Diary!

Following the success of last year's 'Festival of Fur and Feathers' ( see below) the Friends are delighted to announce that they will be holding the same event this year but with a new name. 'Pets in the Park' will host the Turbo Trust Dog Show  (details to follow) and have a selection of stalls on Saturday 20th June from 12 noon until 6pm. To book a stall for £20, please email for a booking form. Ideally your stock should be pet related but not essential. Animal charities welcome.


A big thank you to everyone who supported 'A Festival of Fur and Feathers' on Saturday afternoon in Cherry Hinton Hall. We reckon we had over 1000 people throughout the afternoon and it was lovely to see so many families with their dogs, who were all so well behaved, sitting around on blankets having a picnic in the sunshine.

There was great fun in the dog show rings and some very proud doggies with their rosettes. Thanks to natures:menu for sponsoring the prizes and Cambridge City Council for funding the event.

We had so many nice complements about the event and were asked to do it again next year! We had never held anything like this in Cherry Hinton Hall before and learnt a lot, but it worked so well! If you would like to help next year or have an animal themed stall - let me know!

Thank you for your support. Sandra Day, Event Organiser, FCHH Committee

A Festival of Fur and Feathers! Update Sat. 21st June

12 noon - 6pm

A free family fun day!


The Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall are delighted to announce that the Mayor of Cambridge Cllr Gerri Bird, will be officially opening the ‘The Festival of Fur and Feathers’ at 12 noon on Saturday 21st June in Cherry Hinton Hall. This is a fundraising event for the Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall and features the Turbo Trust Dog Show sponsored by natures:menu.

There will be a wide selection of stalls and children’s crafts and activities, a BBQ, cakes and Carlos’ famous flavoured ice cream. The Friends will be running a raffle. There is a dog agility course with Luna Rescue and the Feisty Fido dog behaviour workshop can help you with your pet.

 This event is free admission and runs until 6pm with something for everyone so bring the family, including the dog! We ask that you keep your dog on a lead at all times unless competing. Water for your dog will be provided and there will be large dog waste bins. Please be a responsible owner and bring bags to clean up after your pet. 

 Please note there is limited parking at Cherry Hinton Hall. Please use citi1 and 3. 

Dog Owners please note!!!

 Dog show classes will run throughout the afternoon and you can enter the classes from 12 noon at the HQ tent, times of classes will be available.

If you want to ensure your place, as there are only 25 per class, please download the entry form at or pick one up at the Cherry Hinton library.

During the afternoon there will be a Roving Judge, who will invite dog owners to enter:  ‘The dog most like it’s owner”, ‘The dog the judge would most like to take home’ and ‘The dog with the shiniest coat’. These classes will be free to enter.

The judge will hand out a token and the entrants will be invited into the ring to be judged. Listen out for the announcements!

The Friends would like some help with setting up and taking down the tents at 9am and 6pm. If you can give a hand please come over to the Hall. We are using the area by the pond, where the greenhouses used to be. Still looking for some stewards too - even an hour would help. Call Sandra on 01223 247639



Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall - Speakers for 2014

All meeting are open to all

Wednesday 16th July AGM 

Ruth Hawksley, Water for Wildlife Officer, The Wildlife Trust

“Chalk Streams and the Cherry Hinton Brook”

Followed by a walk

Donations to Wildlife Trust


Wednesday 17th September

John Durrant 

‘A History of Cambridge’

Donations to Newmarket Open Door


Wednesday 19th November

 Anthony French, Cambridge City Council 

‘Questions and Updates on Cherry Hinton Hall’

All meetings are free to FCHH members. There is a £1 charge for non members

Details on joining are on the website or find us on Facebook

Refreshments and a raffle - prizes welcome

Ken Woollard’s Memorial

At the 25th Cambridge Folk Festival, Ken Woolard was presented with a book signed by everyone on site from the stars to the cleaners, to celebrate 25 years of Folk at Cherry Hinton Hall. This was presented to him by Ralph McTell and as he walked off Main Stage 1, Ken shouted “Bury my ashes at Cherry Hinton Hall! ”

This is exactly what happened in 1993 and an Acer tree marks the place, at the back of Main Stage 1, by the brook. This tree is now in danger of having to be removed as the top is beginning to split. As the tree is the only memorial to Ken, his widow Joan would like to see some sort of permanent piece in it’s place to mark his final resting place.

 The Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall have been in talks with the Cambridge City Council and the following ideas have been put forward at a recent meeting:

‘Ideas for a Ken memorial:

1.  Artwork e.g. metal tree with musical notes

2.  Benches (like Joan’s request) around tree, perhaps with musical carving

3.  Wooden carving within the tree itself

FCHH can potentially consult using their stall on ideas.’

 This is still in the early days of planning and this is an ideal opportunity for the Folk Festival goers to have their say. What would you like to see put in place to remember Ken Woolard? It would be Joan’s dream to have it unveiled at the 50th Folk Festival next year.

 The Friends are having a stall at the Folk Festival Saturday and Sunday 12- 6pm, opposite the People’s Lounge by the Hall building and will have paper for you to write down any suggestions. You will be able follow our progress, and add your comments, on our website or become a member for as little as £2 a year and receive email updates directly!

For those of you not attending, please go to the website where you will soon be able to contribute. 

UPDATE: Sandra Day from the Friends committee is meeting members of the City Council staff to discuss options for this project with Joan Woollard on 12th September. Thank you to all who have shown their support.

Result of our meeting with the Council is that they are not prepared to pay for any kind of memorial to Ken as he was an employee and only doing his job. They have given permission for a bespoke bench to be created and privately funded to incorporate a celebration of the 50th Folk festival and have a plaque to Ken. Will soon be announcing how you can help on our website.

Update March 2014

A committee has been form, an account with the Cambridge Building Society - The KenWoollard Memorial Fund. If you wish to contribute, please send a cheque to The Ken Woollard Memorial Fund, 204, Queen Edith's Way Cambridge CB1 8NL. We have around £2,000 already and a design is with the blacksmith for a cost quote. Once that is complete some of the committee will meet with the Council to get approval for the design and it is hoped that the bench will be finished and in place to be unveiled at the 50th Folk Festival in August. Design presently with the Council for approval!!!!

Update May 2014

The committee is delighted to announce that we now have a design that has been approved by the Council and it now under construction! Around half the total of £5,000 has been raised and there is now a Cambridge Building Society account for donations. If you would lie to contribute, please send a cheque to Kens Bench 204, Queen Edith's Way, Cambridge CB1 8NL. Cheques should be made payable to Ken Woollard Memorial Fund. Thank you to everyone who has helped raise the £2,600 already banked. Any funds raised over the required amount for creation, installation and maintenance will be donated to a Charity for retired musicians at the request of Joan Woolard, Ken's widow.


A Date for your Diary!

 'A Festival of Fur and Feathers' will be held in Cherry Hinton Hall on Saturday 21st June from 12 noon - 6pm. This event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall and features the Turbo Trust Dog Show, who provide motorised wheelchairs for those with mobility issues and all proceeds from the dog show will go towards providing this equipment.  Entry forms available from the Cherry Hinton Hub in the library and to download here.

There will be a variety of animal/wildlife stalls and businesses and activities, children's craft and face painting and lots lots more, with something for everyone and it is free admission!

The Plan!!

 If you are involved in an animal/ wildlife charity/organisation or have a business and want to come along , the booking form is below. Stalls are available for £25 plus a raffle prize. If you are crafter and make owl cushions for example then have a stall! There is lots of space!

 The organisers have the right to refuse a stall and return any booking form from an organisation that does not have a animal/wildlife theme to their business/stall. Stallholders do not have to be a registered charity but must have an animal themed stall - please contact me to discuss your idea.  e.g. 1st Cambridge Scouts are running a Pooh Sticks game, Mole Maze and face painting to raise funds for their group.

 If you would like to help on the day or have any questions or an idea for the event, please call or email me. We have the space to do almost anything in the Hall, so happy to consider all ideas. We already have a pet photographer and sponsorship from natures:menu!

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Sandra Day

Event Organiser

Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall

Tel: 01223 247639

Tracy Saunders,
Apr 2, 2014, 1:24 PM