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Duck Race 2017

We had a lovely day at the Spring Head for the 2017 Duck Race. The standard of the duck decorating this year was so high I wish we could have given prizes to everyone!

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Here are some of our race winners and decorating winners.

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The 8-12 years race winner
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The 8-12 years best decorated duck winner.
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The 5-7 years race winner with Lou Everard from the Turbo Trust.
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The 5-7 years best decorated duck winner
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The 0-4 years race winner.

Thank you to the 27th Cambridge Scouts for helping out and running the fun duck games.

Helpers from the 27th Cambridge Scouts

The Duck Race is organised by the Turbo Trust. All the money raised from the event today will help fund special mobility chairs for people for Owen. You can read Owen’s story here. And here is Owen – with his duck ready for racing!


Festival week 2017 is off to a flying start!

We’ve had a brilliant day today with events at the Library, the Village Leisure Centre and St Andrew’s Church.

Children collected their Summer Reading Challenge certificates from author / illustrator Jools Bentley.

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Jools then stayed to host 52 Stories. Jools read her book The Hippopandamouse, showed the children how to a draw the Hippopandamouse and then drew an animal based on the children’s suggestions: A Lionsnaketigerelecatmeerkatowl!

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St Andrew’s hosted the duck decorating, ready for the Turbo Trust Duck Race tomorrow. There were some wonderful designs!

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Thanks to BETTER Cambridge for the free family badminton session at the Village Centre. Great Festival fun!


See you tomorrow for the Turbo Trust Duck Race!

Music stage news!

Exciting news for the Music Stage on Festival Day (16th Sept) – 4 out of 5 acts are confirmed!

Local acoustic artist, Dave Irving, will be first up, breaking us into the afternoon with a range of popular covers from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Passenger and Damien Rice, to name but a few.

Hot off the press, the young, up-and-coming Haverhill band, Dale Bennett and the Incidentals (, ) have just confirmed their place on the stage.

Our penultimate act of the afternoon will be Ipswich singer songwriter, Hannah Scott (, an acoustic pop artist who has supported the likes of Ed Sheeran.

Closing the day will be a band hailing from local technology company ARM, The Electron Thieves, who describe themselves as an “amateur rock band … [who] stray beyond traditional dad-rock to play an eclectic mix of music from across the years – aiming to entertain, astound and embarrass in approximately equal measure”.

We still have space for one more music act, so if you know of a local band or artist keen to get some exposure, then please drop us a line:

Big Lottery funding for Festival Day

We are delighted that Festival Day has been awarded a grant from The Big Lottery Fund. The funding will be put towards various entertainments and attractions for Festival Day – all of which will be FREE for our visitors to enjoy.

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.

It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.

Tesco Bags of Help award

Thank you for to everyone who voted for the Cherry Hinton Festival to win a Tesco Bags of Help grant. I am pleased to tell you that the Festival has received an award of £1,000! This will go towards funding Festival Day on Saturday 16th September. The Festival Day team are busy planning some great attractions – and thanks to the generosity of Tesco and our other sponsors we can offer all the Festival attractions for FREE. So please save the date – Saturday 16th September!

We have been shortlisted for a public vote in Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative!

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme sees three community groups and projects in each of around 200 Tesco regions awarded grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 2 to 28 January on who should receive the £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.

Please vote in Tesco stores 2 to 28 January to help the Cherry Hinton Festival secure a Tesco Bags of Help grant!

Find out more about Bags of Help on the Tesco website