December will be magic again
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Dear <<First Name>>,
It's December, nearly the end of the year, and things might just be looking up for 2021 - we may even make a return to Ross Street one day.

In the mean time it's online only for all events including our December traditions, Mill Road Winter Fair and the Victorian Parlour Evening. Read on for more information.

Mill Road Winter Fair Online

Next Saturday would have been the Winter Fair. The year however it has to be a combination of online and bubble-only events.

Local artist Penny Sobr has been commissioned to create ten community lanterns, each one celebrating one local road and hung in one of Mill Road's independent shops. Lantern Trail leaflets have been delivered to local houses or you can download and print off your own and then take a walk down Mill Road and try and spot them all. Note the lanterns will be lit from Saturday 5th.

On the Winter Fair website you will find information on some notable local buildings - including some we've lost - with links to the research and stories we've collected over the last few years and recorded on Capturing Cambridge. From Tuesday 1st you will also be able to see some of the videos that we made originally for Open Cambridge along with a new video about Ditchburn Place - or the old Maternity Hospital as many of our members will know it.


Not the Usual Victorian Parlour Evening

Our Victorian Parlour Evening is going ahead on Tuesday 8 December at 7:30pm as normally as possible but, of course, online. Our artistes will be contributing over Zoom and you can join in one of two ways.
  • If you would like to join with Zoom then we will be sending around the Zoom link details the day before the event, or you can email before then to request the link
  • the evening will also be live streamed on the Folk Club Facebook page so you can just tune in there.
Confirmed guests include Tom Ling & Rowena Whitehead, The Threebys and Ian Turner & Wendy Hardeman. Plus entertaining monologues and stories from members of the Society and friends.

There is no charge for the Parlour Evening this year however if you enjoy it you can donate to Mill Road History via the button on our website and to the performers via the Folk Club tip jar.

Museum of Cambridge Fundraising

Like many attractions across the country the Museum of Cambridge has had a hard time this year being unable to open to the public much of the time. They are now running a fund raising campaign to help them meet the shortfall and stay open. The Museum of course now runs Capturing Cambridge and has been doing sterling work to expand it from Mill Road to the rest of the city. So if you have a few pounds to spare do consider helping them out.

2021 Programme

We are still finalising our programme for 2021 but we will generally be continuing our usual pattern of talks and workshops on the second Tuesday of each month. All events will be listed here, on our website and on Facebook and, for the foreseeable future, will be held over Zoom.

In the meantime a very merry, and more importantly, safe, Christmas from all on the committee.


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