Olive Oil, Wine and Cheese Tasting

The Freemasons Hall, Cambridge opened its doors to Cam Sight once again on 26th September for another gastronomic tasting evening to liven the senses.

Our old friends from The Truckle Cheese Company, Argrumia and Olioitalia Ltd provided a rich array of olive oils, wines and cheeses to savour, providing an interesting commentary alongside.  We were delighted that over 70 people attended and were also extremely generous with the raffle raising £300 on that alone.

The evening was a great success and raised £1,412.63

It is due in no small part to the generosity of Richard, Christine, Mauro and Francesco who gave of their services for free and donated a percentage of their sales to Cam Sight that this event raised such a magnificent sum, and we would also like to acknowledge the support and generosity of the Freemasons Bateman Street.

If you were unable to attend but would still like to purchase items here are their websites

www.trucklecheese.co.uk

www.agrumia.co.uk

www.olioitalia.eu

 

Fenland Volunteer Support

Job Vacancy – Fenland Volunteer Support

We are seeking the above post, 22.5 hours per week – Monday to Wednesday, £19,430 pro rata. The post is for one year, with potential to extend subject to funding.

We are currently seeking a new Volunteer Support Worker to join our friendly Fenland satellite office to be responsible for recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of the charitable sector, strong organisational and communication skills and be able to work well within a small team.

Please download the full job description to find out more about the role.

To apply for this rewarding and exciting opportunity, please return the application form and the equal opportunities to us. Closing date for applications is Friday 27 October.

Friends of Cam Sight Dinner and Jazz at the Plough Coton

The Friends of Cam Sight are delighted to present another evening of Gastronomic and Musical delight.

Following on from our recent success in Bottisham, this year we will be holding a dinner with music by Nick Barraclough and his band at The Plough, Coton. The event will be held on Wednesday 15 November 7pm – 7.30pm  with food by The Plough’s award-winning CEN Chef of the Year and musical entertainment by Nick Barraclough and his band.

Tickets priced at a suggested donation of £40 per head are now available from Sally Nott  sally.n@camsight.org.uk 01223 420033 Ext 25.

We are sure you will enjoy this superb venue with easy access and parking.
http://theploughcoton.co.uk/

Please see the menu below and inform me of your menu choice when booking tickets, highlighting any dietary requirements.

Payment may be made by cash, cheque made payable to Cam Sight and marked for my attention, credit card or transfer.  Please let me know if you wish to Gift Aid your donation.  We are unable to take any payments on the evening and will need all bookings and payments by Wednesday 8 November.

We shall also be holding a raffle!

Best wishes
Sally Nott

 

Menu

Chicken terrine, pickled, shallots, golden raisins and soft herbs
Red cabbage cured salmon, pickled red cabbage and apple slaw, dill oil
Cumin roast baby carrots, pickled and raw carrots, coriander yoghurt and peanut

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Braised featherblade of beef, smoked mash, glazed carrots and horseradish cream.
Roasted breast of chicken, wild mushrooms, fondant potato and spinach.
Roasted, caramelised and pickled cauliflower, apples, cheese and truffle oil.
Grilled fillet of hake, potato gnocchi, purple sprouting broccoli and smoked almonds

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Chocolate brownie, caramel ice cream and salted butter popcorn.
Malted custard tart, milk chocolate, boozy prunes and brown butter crumb.
A selection of English cheese and biscuits

Thorpe Park

We are organising a trip to Thorpe Park for local children and young people, between 5 – 25 years, with blindness and low vision. The trip is taking place on Thursday 26 October and the cost is £10 per person, with an accompanying carer going for free.

This is a very popular outing and places are limited, so please contact Paula Bird as soon as possible to secure a place on paula@camsight.org.uk or 01223 420033 Ext. 30.

 

 

 

Fenland Volunteer Support

Job Vacancy – Fenland Volunteer Support

We are seeking the above post, 22.5 hours per week – Monday to Wednesday, £19,430 pro rata. The post is for one year, with potential to extend subject to funding.

We are currently seeking a new Volunteer Support Worker to join our friendly Fenland satellite office to be responsible for recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of the charitable sector, strong organisational and communication skills and be able to work well within a small team.

Please download the full job description to find out more about the role.

To apply for this rewarding and exciting opportunity, please return the application form and the equal opportunities to us. Closing date for applications is Friday 27 October.

 

Make Up Evening

Make Up Evening
Monday 9th October 6.00pm-8.00pm
167 Green End Road Cambridge CB4 1RW

Cam Sight are delighted to offer an evening of fun whilst learning different techniques on applying make up if you have limited or no vision. All you would need to bring is your make up/make up remover as well as a mirror that you may use or that works for you (we will provide some at Cam Sight if required).

Refreshments and snacks/nibbles will be provided.

Free! All ages are welcome.

There are limited places available so if you are interested in attending this event or just want some more information please call Claire Wallace on 07487 249625 or claire.wallace@camsight.org.uk

We will be running the event at Cam Sight, 167 Green End Road, Cambridge CB4 1RW

Blind Football

Cambridge United Football Club and Cam Sight are delighted to announce weekly blind football sessions, starting on Saturday 9 September. The sessions will be run by qualified blind and partially sighted football coaches every Saturday at Coleridge Community College, Radegund Road, Cambridge CB1 3RJ. All necessary equipment will be provided.

From 10am – 11am will be sessions for adults (over 16) and from 11am – 12 noon will be sessions for children (under 16). The cost will be free for the first two weeks for each participant and then a charge of £3 per participant per session.

Parents and friends of participants are welcome to participate as well. Volunteers are also needed to help at the sessions so please get in contact if you would like to volunteer.

For further information please contact communitytrust@cambridge-united.co.uk or call 01223 566500.

These sessions are supported by the National Lottery.

Tunnelling Under Cities

From time to time Cam Sight arranges lectures by eminent speakers on topics of current interest. Last year there was an exciting presentation by the astronomer Robin Catchpole about the chances of there being some form of life elsewhere in the solar system. More recently, the incoming President of the Institute of Civil Engineers, former Master of Jesus College and active member of the House of Lords, Lord Robert Mair gave a fascinating talk about tunnelling under cities as a response to the ever-greater traffic problems; a rapidly-rising majority of people in the world now live in cities. Lord Robert gave graphic illustrations of how major tunnels under London, in particular the High Speed One railway project, overcame considerable challenges and now makes travel much easier for many people. Robert then went on to talk about the exciting scheme now being proposed to take traffic underground across Cambridge. After his lecture there was a brisk question-and-answer session; that ran into provision of a delightful range of snacks and much wine!

The event raised £750 for Cam Sight, plus associated Gift Aid.

Fitzwilliam Museum Tours for adults with blindness and low vision

Degas and Rodin
Tuesday 10 October or Tuesday 31 October, 2.15pm – 4pm

A unique opportunity to handle some beautiful bronze sculptures of horses, dancers and other famous figures by famous French Impressionist artists Degas and Rodin, and learn how and why they were made. With Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts

Codebreakers and Groundbreakers
Tuesday 14 November or Tuesday 21 November, 2.15 – 4pm

Join the Antiquities curators and educators of the Fitzwilliam Museum on a special handling session and tour of the Codebreakers and Groundbreakers exhibition. You will discover Bronze Age documents written in Linear B as well as the history of cryptography from ancient times to modern day.

Sessions are free. Booking essential, please contact education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk or 01223 332904

Cycling from London to Cambridge

While lying in my hospital bed in July 2016, I told my friends that I was going to take part in the London to Cambridge bike ride during the following summer. This was an important goal for me to work towards after several years of poor health and the feeling that I wanted to put something back into my community after receiving an organ donation from a stranger.

On the day of the bike ride the weather was perfect – warm with a slight breeze. Standing by Midsummer Common in Cambridge at 6:45 in the morning on 2 July, I realise this was the start of an extraordinary day.

By 8.15am I was in North London at the start line, wearing my purple Cam Sight bike ride T-shirt, and accompanied by my pilot Sean Rock, a dedicated trustee of the charity.

The first couple of miles were a bit scary with London traffic around us, but we soon cycled up the first of many hills, taking us out into the Essex countryside. There are five official stops on the way where you could get food water and any mechanical assistance required. Our first stop was at Roydon. We had a quick break for water and a snack and then we were off again. I was feeling full of energy and optimism as we headed off for the next stretch.

As well as relaying instructions to me, my pilot Sean also had so much knowledge about crops, trees and types of birds we encountered on our route. Skylarks high above us reminded us that this was a good British summer!

One of the things that kept me going during this challenging event was the promise that there was a place somewhere near Saffron Walden where there were going to be many cakes. Happily we reached Arkston and indeed there were still many cakes to choose from, as well as burgers and hot dogs. Time for a serious refuelling lunch I felt! We were now well over half way home.

Whittlesford was the last official stop and then came the hard part. My head knew that I was close to home but the miles dragged more than on any other stretch. Approaching Cambridge, the speed of the traffic is so much faster and it was all rather stressful. However entering the city boundary reassured me that I was going to make it to the finish line. Applause greeted us as we entered Midsummer Common and hit the finish line and I was proud to receive my certificate for completing the 60 mile bike ride.

Think about doing it yourself next year; you will get great sense achievement and raise some money for a great cause!

by Lynne Hester