Friday, July 29, 2011

Camboaters August News 2011

World Rivers Day Festival
Camboaters are holding a river festival on World Rivers Day
25th September 2011 - 10am to 6pm on Jesus Green, Cambridge

World Rivers Day is held on the last Sunday in September every year, it is a global celebration of the world's rivers and waterways. It highlights many of the values of rivers, strives to increase public awareness and improve stewardship. It has also been endorsed by various agencies of the United Nations and is intended to complement the broader efforts of the United Nation's Water for Life Decade.

Below is a brief description of activities taking place at the Cambridge River Festival. This will be a very local hands on participatory festival, celebrating our own river, promoting local groups, whilst following the aims of World Rivers Day. Proceeds will go to Water Aid.

The World Rivers Day Festival encourages local community cohesion and engagement. It will emphasize the cultural, ecological, historical, aesthetic and recreational importance of rivers. In an atmosphere of celebration the festival will educate, help facilitate positive actions so that communities learn to live in a more environmentally sound manner, be more culturally tolerant and be more appreciative of our local rivers. You are invited to participate in the activities and events rather than merely watching.

Workshops, Taster & Demonstration Sessions on Offer:
Rowing, Fishing, Canoeing and Punting
Come and see how Jesus Green Lock works and have a go at taking a boat through the lock
Relax at a community stall promoting personal well-being through yoga, massage, herbalism etc.

Art & craft projects and a variety of activities for children
A history of the traditional “Roses and Castles” art, which is particular to narrowboats, told through a treasure hunt
Make a community mural, partake in art, poetry, writing exhibitions, willow weaving and face painting
Activities on the City Council's new ChYPPS play boat include recycled art projects run by the City Council's Scrapstore.

An introduction to the boating community and the history of boating on the river
Residential and historic boats will be open to visitors, come learn about this way of life, it's cultural history and also the history of the way boats and the river Cam are linked. In addition there will be short films about river life.

Low carbon, water and sustainable lifestyles being shown and discussed
A variety of local community stalls covering environmental issues, such as water conservation, alternative energy forms and sustainable living will be present. In addition boats will be open to demonstrate their low environmental impact lifestyle.

The natural history of rivers and their conservation
Presented through films, talks, posters, and community stands by: RSPB, Cambridge Mammal Group, Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society and Cambridge Past Present and Future, Water Aid and Oxfam.

Music and theatre
Adding to the mix there will be music and theatre with various bands, storytelling, music groups and more.

A variety of stalls
Stalls selling local produce, crafts, clothes and refreshments with an emphasis on sustainable produce.

MOST IMPORTANT: A call for volunteers for Saturday 24th and especially Sunday 25th from early morning to put up marquees etc. And of course we NEED more open boats.

Any queries or to get involved, please call Charlotte on 07752143683 or email

Fellow Camboaters,

Have you got an Environmental project or idea that will benefit Camboaters and the local community and only requires a small amount of money? If so, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation has contacted Camboaters to highlight an opportunity to apply for a small grant for environmental projects. In summary, The Savills Cambridge Grassroots Environment Award was established in 2011 by Savills Cambridge office. The annual award is presented to a small locally based charity or voluntary group that is undertaking small scale environmental projects involving local people. The program is managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. To be considered for the award, we need suggestions to questions below describing how we would apply £200 to assist us in our work. The announcement as to who will receive the award will be made by 30 September.

1. How would you spend £200 to help your environmental work if awarded in October 2011?
2. How would this benefit the local environment/community?
3. When would project be complete?

Please send your suggestions to deadline is Thursday 25th August 2011

Important Contact Details

Police - Emergencies, when a life is in danger or there is a risk of violence or serious injury or when a serious crime is being committed call 999. Non-emergencies, general enquiries and to report crime 0345 456 456 4. To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Email:

Cam Conservancy - River Manager: Telephone: 01223 863785

StreetScene and City Rangers teams work every day to keep Cambridge's streets clean and tidy, working closely with residents, community and campaign groups to ensure Cambridge is maintained to the highest standard.
Enquiries about waste or recycling, email the customer services team at Telephone 01223 458282 or 457000.

The next Camboaters Committee meeting & Social will be held on the 30th August at the Green Dragon Pub from 6:30pm, if you wish to contact us with any items for the agenda please email:

For Calender of River Events go to:

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