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Highlights from the 5th Birthday Party Celebrations

Highlights from the 5th Birthday Party Celebrations
Senior Ranger Becky with TMDAG members preparing to plant the first of 400 new trees destined to create 2 new woodlands in the Country Park.

Residents from all over Trumpington turned out in force on Saturday 14th August 2021 for a free family day of entertainment to help celebrate the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Trumpington Meadows Country Park.

Managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, the 142 acre site located next to Byron’s Pool Local Nature Reserve has become a place of refuge during the covid lockdown for locals, with many residents discovering the peace and tranquility of the wildflower meadows on walks for the first time.

Celebrations started at midday in the local centre by the recently launched tower of 1,000 flowers on the Hopscotch public art work created by the Trumpington Stitchers https://trumpingtonstitchers.net
Coton Morris Dancers who are considering starting rehearsals at the Trumpington Meadows school perform for the crowds, http://cotonmorris.co.uk

Amanda the mermaid from the Trumpington Residents Association entertains the children with her Giant Bubbles - http://www.trumpingtonresidentsassociation.org
A specially commissioned series of wooden carvings was revealed on the bridge at the main entrance to the meadows. 
reflecting periods during the history of the local site and sitting alongside wildlife images showing the changes in human use of the site which now includes over 1,000 new homes. 
Howard Slatter, chairman of the Trumpington Local History Group who was involved in the initial planning for the artwork had the honour of revealing it to Trumpington Meadows residents. http://www.trumpingtonlocalhistorygroup.org
This new carvings completes the series of animal sculptures dotted around the park by woodwright Patrick Brown and is nearby the location where the Anglo-Saxon and now world famous Trumpington Cross was uncovered 10 years ago.
The Wildlife Trust Organised free Bug Safaris for residents, https://www.wildlifebcn.org

A day of free childrens entertainment with face painting, circus skills and Pirate Stories was organised by Katherine Ostler & the KPA dance school, https://kpaschool.co.uk
The Trumpington Community Drama Group performed 30 minutes of songs taken from Musicals throughout the years to a packed audience.
If you enjoy performing and would like to give it a try contact kelly.smith@cambridge.gov.uk
A surprise flashmob appeared from out of the audience with a dance routine choreographed by Ayesha Greed - local TM Dance Teacher.
local resident trapeze artist and acrobat performer Laura and the Dreams & Wishes Stilt Walker share a moment of joy. https://dreamsandwishesevents.co.uk 
Local Group Krav Maga Defend - Perform a demonstration for residents. Krav Maga organise student classes in the Trumpington Meadows School - https://www.defend-km.co.uk

During a day of celebration, over 11 different live musical performances were arranged.

Flashback Photograph perform - https://flashbackphotograph.wordpress.com/
The Glitter Bomb singers - c/o Dreams & Wishes

Concluding with a picnic accompanied by a concert performance by the City of Cambridge Brass Band who will shortly start their rehearsal and performance season at the local Trumpington Meadows school.

The City of Cambridge Brass Band is one of East Anglia's premier bands and has been delighting audiences in the Cambridgeshire area and beyond since 1900. Equally at home in the concert hall and the village green, they play everything from contemporary art music to Christmas carols - already booked in for Santa's Drive By & Carol Concert in Trumpington Meadows Local Centre on Dec 11th 2021
Piper Green, the Public Open Space and green link to the Country Park, became a haven for Trumpington's Community groups to meet and promote the many good causes, charities and local clubs available for residents to join or volunteer with.
1st Trumpington Scouts sign up new Cubs, Beavers and Scouts including a few new adult volunteers - Success!
Trumpington Kids Clothes Hub aim to pass on quality, clean, pre-loved clothes to Trumpington families who can make use of them with the help of The Stitchers who support the project by repairing & pressing many items. https://www.trumpingtonkidsclotheshub.co.uk 
St Mary & St Michael Church join forces with Trumpington MoPs (Mothers of Pre-schoolers) & the Connected Lives Charity to offer support & helping to nurture relationships. If you want some ideas of ways to volunteer at one of the many projects the church is involved with, go to https://trumpington.church
The Connected Lives vision is to equip and support individuals, churches and other organisations who would like to join them in providing effective support for families and couples. "By providing effective help early on, we promote connection and well-being and prevent relational breakdown." https://www.connectedlives.org.uk
A couple of Trumpington Meadows residents talk to Andrew Roberts, Vice Chairman about joining The Trumpington Residents' Association (TRA) who help, inform and support all Trumpingtons residents with issues from major planning proposals to keeping footpaths safe & Bus routes open, to supporting many residents through recent hard times with community events including hosting the Food Hub at the Trumpington Pavillion. http://www.trumpingtonresidentsassociation.org

The event was organised by local Residents' Association TMDAG (Trumpington Meadows Delivery and Action Group) who recently won the Mayor’s Volunteer for Cambridge Award and whose future plans include the annual Father Christmas Drive By and Carol Concert as well as plans for a celebration for the Chinese New Year in February 2022 to also be held in the Trumpington Meadows local centre.

This Project was Funded & Supported by

South Trumpington Parish Meeting

Barratt & David Wilson Homes

Cambridgeshire City Council Community Grants

The Wildlife Trust