Duxford Saturday Workshop


Duxford Saturday Workshop (DSW) has around 300 members of all ages from Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.

Set up as a charity in 1972, the workshop has helped hundreds of people choose, learn and then perform with a wide variety of instruments from bassoons to ukuleles. There are performance groups including a choir, junior drama group, jazz groups and folk ensembles.

Director Arwen Gilbert said:  The DSW ethos is all about performing and learning together. Members include adults who have always wanted to learn an instrument or those who haven’t played for years. We also have experienced musicians who want to learn new skills or just perform with others. We try to have groups for all levels of players and fellow musicians are very supportive.”

DSW meets during term-time Saturday morning at Duxford Primary School. The instruments available to learn can all be played in groups and will include flutes, guitars, clarinets, saxophones, trombones, oboes and recorders.

Arwen explained:  Tuition is in mixed age groups, with children able to learn an instrument at workshop from Year Five. There are also junior music groups available for children from Year 1 upwards.

We have more than 200 instruments which can be hired to members, at reasonable rates. Membership costs £20 a year, with a weekly fee of £2 or £1 for up to three activities, so it is excellent value.”

Tuition is not available in piano or drum kit, as they cannot be taught in a group setting

All groups depend on volunteers to lead them and Arwen also appealed for more volunteer tutors to join DSW.  Every year we have young people who have performed in our junior drama group or taken up an instrument at Duxford, come back as volunteers to teach others but we also need more adult volunteer tutors, particularly in brass instruments.”

For further details contact the Director at director@duxfordsaturdayworkshop.org.uk or visit the website http://duxfordsaturdayworkshop.org.uk/




Is there a private pumping station on your property?


From October 2016, many private pumping stations will transfer over to Anglian Water, who will take over the maintenance and running costs.

To help customers identify and report the pumping stations easily, Anglian Water has launched a specialist website: www.spotapumpingstation.co.uk.

If you have any questions about this campaign, please email privatepumpingstations@anglianwater.co.uk.

For any other queries, please contact the Public Affairs Team on public.affairs@anglianwater.co.uk.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Anglian Water Private Pumping Stations Campaign Team

Duxford Community Choir

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The Duxford Community Choir welcomes all ages and all abilities.

There are NO auditions and there is NO need to be able to read music.

If you would like to sing with us, we would love to meet you!

We meet on Wednesdays between 7.30 and 9.30pm at the Duxford United Reformed Church in Chapel Street.

For further information contact Glynis Hammond 01799 530127 glynis.hammond@googlemail.com

Duxford Village Drama

Duxford Village Drama welcomes new members, whether interested in acting or helping with production/backstage/front of house. There is opportunity for all sorts of creative talent.
Please contact Alan Bywaters alanbywaters@hotmail.co.uk for further information and a membership form.

London Plane tree planted on War Memorial triangle

Duxford Parish Council would very much like to thank both Hexcel and Huntsman for their exceptional generosity with sponsoring the new London Plane tree, as installed at the Duxford War Memorial open space on 4th May 2016, and to thank Reverend Charles Miller for his time and tremendous efforts, as Duxford’s much respected voluntary Memorial Gardener.

London Plane trees are notably disease resistant, and so it is hoped that the new tree will blossom for many decades to come.

Parish Clerk

The Duxford Advent Trust and Market

The Duxford Advent Trust was founded in 2011 to provide a “home” for the village Advent Market. The Advent Market has become a very successful village Christmas community event, held in redundant St John’s Church and enjoyed by Duxford residents and visitors alike each December.

The Advent Market is both a community-enhancing project in its own right and a means of fund-raising. Money raised by the Market is used by the Trust to benefit the Village community through a small grants programme. More details about this, our work and how to apply, can be found on our website www.duxadvent.com

Getting involved in the Advent Market is great fun, whether helping set up St Johns for the festivities, welcoming visitors, operating a stall or just coming along with friends and family. If you’d like to join in, please contact us at duxadvent@rocketmail.com