Every Saturday morning Debbie Prince holds a bootcamp session on the Cottenham recreational field. Debbie very kindly held a special bootcamp for Twinkle Star charity and lot’s of lovely ladies turned up and raised £153. Every penny raised was donated to Twinkle Star. Not only did we all raise lots of money for a good cause but we also all had a really good workout!
In September 2013 a team of eleven family and friends linked to Twinkle Star chose to take part in the Cambridge Spartan Race. It was a cold start from which we soon warmed via pulling tyres around a course, crawling under barbed wire, running through mud baths, carrying rocks and kegs of liquid plus many other appealing activities! This was also our first event supported by Just Giving, which helped people from all over the country to sponsor us and we raised an amazing £600- Thank You!
Twinkle Star Day
The school become a giant, twinkling constellation today, with the children and staff all sporting stars in support of the Twinkle Star Children’s Trust. There was a magical feel to the school, not only with the stars on display, but also the activities that took place. Once again, a big ‘thank you’ for both your support, and the donations, which raised £533 for the Twinkle Star Children’s Trust – James Kilsby, Headteacher, Cottenham Primary School
Cottenham Primary School Christmas Concerts
I would like to thank your generosity in donating to the ‘Golden Bucket’ at each of the Christmas performances last term. We raised £657 for the ‘Twinkle Star Children’s Trust’which is a cause very close to our hearts – James Kilsby, Headteacher, Cottenham Primary School
Rampton Horse Show
The traditional village horse show with classes in-hand and for riders of all abilities has been running annually in September for twenty five years. There is a full day of classes, ranging from Showing, Dressage, Working Hunter, Show Jumping, Gymkhana and Fun classes, such as Fancy Dress.
The Show had a relaxed, family atmosphere with plenty of good-natured competition. All proceeds from the Show are donated each year to charity. This year’s show supported East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity, Twinkle Star Childrens Trust – Cottenham and Rampton Village Hall Improvements Appeal.
James Sharpe Memorial
In May 2013 we were very fortunate to have a local, annual memorial football match donate all their monies raised to Twinkle Star. James Sharpe was a local man, and a close friend of one our committee members from Twinkle Star. He was also known to Isaac’s mother, Dawn, as they both attended Cottenham Village College and were in the same school year. James tragically died aged 22 in 2001 in Bangkok when he was knocked off his moped whilst on his gap year travelling. Every year there has been a football match held in Cottenham near the anniversary of his death, which brings together all of James’s friends, and is marked by a football match played by the men, and supported by the women! Afterwards drinks and food is provided and financed by James’s family, and everyone attending is asked to donate to a charity. For the last two years James’s memorial football match have kindly donated their takings to Twinkle Star. In 2012 they raised £243 and in 2013 they raised an impressive £430.78. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Sharpey memorial football match, and James Sharpe’s family, for supporting us.
In November 2012 we were extremely lucky to have Cottenham Brass Band hold an evening of wonderful music at Cottenham Primary School, donating all their monies raised from the evening to Twinkle Star. We also asked for donations of baked refreshments to sell in the interval, and our huge thanks go to everyone who kindly donated a very impressive spread of cakes and savoury foods. Between us we raised a huge £560 and would like to express our sincere thanks to Peter Mackley and Cottenham Brass Band.
Over the weekend of 21st, 22nd and 23rd of June Cottenham hosted the Fen Edge Festival. It was packed with activities for all ages, refreshments and food, stalls, live music and demonstrations and performances from a huge variety of the fantastic groups we have within the Fen Edge. Centred around the Village Green, College and Community Centre in Cottenham, the festival was an unmissable event that provided maximum enjoyment for everyone who attended. Not only did the village demonstrate its vibrant community spirit with local groups clamouring to take part, but high profile musicians and entertainers joined the line up too. From zorbing to face painting; circus skills to segways; hand spinning to stilt walkers; vintage vehicles to skate boarding; street-dancing to animal-petting; open gardens to birds of prey; storytelling to slime making – “The Long Weekend” had got the lot! Twinkle Star had two stalls during the day, pick the Dinosaur Stall and a Throw the Frog which kept us all busy during the day. In the evening we ran the bar in the marquee, which was fun and enabled us to talk to people from the village about the charity. All of our prizes were donations and many thanks to all those people that gave so generously, we were even donated a signed Manchester United photo! It was a successful day and one to remember.
Sunday May 12th saw the official opening of the playground and ‘field day’. This was the culmination of many months of hard work to replace the existing playground in a project which cost £75k. We were fortunate to be given a grant of £3k from the Twinkle Star Children’s Trust, with the remaining money funded through the Parish Council and our playground maintenance budget. The
sun didn’t exactly shine on the day but at least the rain held off until the very end of the afternoon!
Howard Chapman from the Twinkle Star Children’s Trust cut the ribbon which was accompanied by a balloon release by Isaac’s friends and classmates. A big thanks to the stall holders and sports clubs who ran various sporting challenges throughout the afternoon. The day was a huge success and thanks to the hard work of Jo Brook, there was much entertainment for all that attended, including BBQ, Bouncy Castle, Connections Youth Bus, Target Bowling, Beat the CUFC Goalie, Stump bowling, Rugby skills and plenty more. Thank you to everybody that made this a special day for Twinkle Star.
Cottenham Fun Run
The fun run in Cottenham is held in May each year and the junior event is run by Ladybirds Preschool. The shorter run was set up to make the event a real family affair, the course is for young children (or just those who don’t fancy running too far!).Whole families can take part, dress up, run, toddle or walk the course – it is always a fun morning of activity and every child that completes the run will receive a reward for doing so. Ladybirds very generously donated money from this event to Twinkle Star and it was our first fundraiser and so annually we say thank you back by working alongside Ladybirds and helping the event run smoothly.
The Bonfire Burn is an annual 10k multi terrain race which takes place in Histon, several committee members and friends of Twinkle Star took part on an extremely wet, cold morning. Through their perseverance of the weather, they managed to raise plenty of funds through sponsorship.
The Local Cottenham Slimming World group, which is held every Tuesday morning at the All Saints Church Hall, kindly raised lots of money for Twinkle Star over a six week period.
Cottenham Brownies held a Pampered Chef evening at the Salvation Army Barn. There was an entrance fee into the e vent then Pampered Chef gave a demonstration. Many people found themselves a gift to take home, to use in the kitchen and Pampered Chef gave a percentage of their takings back to the charity. Refreshments were made and served and a fantastic raffle also helped increase the funds and helped the night go with a swing. A great night was had by all and the turnout was brilliant, so thank you to all that helped raise so much money and made this night such a success.
Grand Prix at Barn Owls
On the 16th April 2023 Barn Owls held the very first Toddler Grand Prix. An entrance fee was charged and cakes and refreshments were also donated and demolished pretty quickly! The Church was transformed into a real race course with flags, bunting and even a pit stop for re-fuelling. Marshalls were abundant as the corners were taking at speed by the Little Tykes, wearing their own card badges of Formula 1 cars. It was a lovely day and the children and adults thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Brownies Cake Sale
April 2013 saw members of the 3rd Cottenham Brownies selling cakes to raise money for local Charities. Children and mums helped to bake a wide variety of cakes, with fairy cakes topping the bill! A heavily weighted table was set up outside the primary school with the Brownies ready for the rush of buyers. As the bell struck 3.00, the stall was surrounded by hungry children and parents alike. The girls had fun, tummies were filled and lots of money was raised, so everyone was happy. All the money was donated to charity and Twinkle Star was one of the lucky nominated charities. Thank you to all that baked and sold cakes that day.