Fenstanton has a number of groups, associations and organisations. We have included information and links below to a number of these.
Village Hall Trust
The aim of the trust is to build a new village hall/community centre. This will be known as the Fenstanton Community Hub.
The day we have a facility for meetings, events and community activities is edging closer: initial funding has been secured; the transfer of land from Morris Homes and a full application for planning permission are all happening in the background.
Once we are through the Covid-19 lockdowns, come and enjoy our fundraising events held throughout the year such as the Christmas Fayre and Lights event in December, the Sausage and Mash Race Night, the Village Garage Sale and the biennial Barn Dance (held with the Church Restoration Committee).
Sports day Committee
Sports Day will be back, post Covid-19, bigger and better.
Plans are afoot to combine the usual events, stalls and community activities with the cancelled 1940’s retro sports day
Fenstanton Football Club
We are an FA Chartered Standard club providing safe and inclusive football in a fun environment for players in the youth teams, 6-18 years and men’s team.
Established in the 1950’s our Men’s team have been successful across different leagues winning four titles in the last 15 years.
Our Youth team was established in 2006. The popularity of this group grew exponentially and today offers football for children cross nine teams and is still growing.
In September 2019 Fenstanton Men’s and Fenstanton Youth joined together to create one village club with over 200 members! We share our resources to grow the club and its facilities with the ambition to create a fit for purpose sports area for our players, teams and visitors as well as something that is usable to the wider community and other village groups.
If you want to be involved with the club in anyway please do get in touch. We are always looking for more players, coaches, referees, fundraisers and committee members. We also rely on local trades to help us keep our club safe and secure so do get involved if you can.
The Fenstanton Glebe Allotment site has been in existence for at least 70 years, and has recently been listed as an Asset of Community Value.
Plot holders grow a variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers. There is a fine community spirit amongst the plot holders who happily share plants, advice, seeds and spare produce.
They welcome interest in the Allotments from Fenstanton residents.
Primary School PTA
The Fenstanton and Hilton Primary School PTA is a small, friendly group of mums and dads who organise fun events throughout the school year to help raise, much needed, extra funds for school.
Being part of the PTA is a great way to support the school and enhance learning and play for the children.
During the last couple of years they have raised around £10,000 annually. This is very much due to parents’ supporting events and subsequently being able to help the school purchase many items from their ‘wish list’.
Knitters and Natters
This group started in November 2007, with just 9 people, and now have 28 people plus at least 12 people that knit at home.
They meet fortnightly on a Tuesday at the United Reformed Church between 10-00 and 11.30am, and knit garments and blankets for charity.
If you would like to join just come along to our next meeting (subject to Covid-19 restrictions), where you will be made welcome
Fenstanton WI is not all about “Jam & Jerusalem” but a great way to meet people in the village and make new friends, whether you have lived in Fenstanton all your life or have just moved here. They are a lively friendly group and a warm welcome awaits if you are thinking of joining. Just come along on the first Thursday of each month [except January]. They meet in the Church Centre at 7:30 p.m.
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts
Scouts believe in preparing young people with skills for life. Every week, 1st Fenstanton and Hilton Scout Group provides 85 boys and girls aged 6 to 14 the chance to take part in exciting, challenging and adventurous activities to develop the skills they need now and in the future. They offer a huge range of outdoor and indoor activities, allowing young people to develop practical skills from cooking and coding to fire lighting and first aid, character skills like independence and resilience, and employability skills such as teamwork and leadership, on top of having lots of fun! Anyone can be a Scout – they are all about bringing young people together to enjoy fun, friendship and adventure in a place they can belong, and making a positive impact on the local community.
What’s more, Scouts is not just for young people! They rely on an extensive team of adult volunteers to make the adventure happen in almost any role you could imagine. Whatever your skillset or background, you can volunteer for as much time as you can offer. In return you’ll receive full training to develop your own skills, alongside becoming part of a worldwide community, making friendships and memories for life, and shaping young people’s lives for the better. If you or a young person you know would like to join, please get in touch!
While Covid-19 means they are currently unable to meet face-to-face, the adventure has continued with virtual meetings and camps, and they’re looking forward to getting back together as soon as possible.
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides
Fenstanton has a Rainbow, Brownie and Guide unit in the village serving girls from Fenstanton, Fen Drayton Hilton, Elsworth and St Ives?
They all meet on a Wednesday evening during term time and are looking for volunteers to help expand the number of girls in each unit!
Rainbows (girls aged 5-7) currently has a waiting list so if you are interested in registering your child, I would advise doing so ASAP even if they aren’t 5 yet!
Brownies (girls aged 7-10) and Guides (girls aged 10-14) have spaces for girls to start now!
Fenstanton Bowls Club, formed in 1938, is a mixed bowls club registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club and is affiliated to various local and national bowling Federations. The Club operates from mid-April through to mid-September and runs a full programme of matches for men and women together with mixed matches in the Cambridge and District league, Over 60s’ and friendly matches. The Club welcomes experienced bowlers and especially non-members who can come along on a Thursday morning from 10.00 to have a go. Don’t worry if you have never bowled before as all the equipment you need is available (you just need to wear flat soled shoes) and there will be experienced members and qualified coaches on hand to guide you. For more information (especially during the Covid 19 crisis) and contact details please refer to the club’s web site: www.fenstantonbowlsclub.co.uk
Fen Shanty Folk
They are a small village Shanty group based in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, inspired by the likes of Fishermen’s Friends and Kimber’s Men.
They are available to perform for local events and organisations.
They are a mixed dance side formed in 1978.Taking the lion from the squire’s coat of arms for their mascot. The dances performed are from the Cotswold villages,
They traditionally dance on Boxing Day, and at dawn on May 1st at the clock tower in Fenstanton as well as other feasts and festivals around the world. Fenstanton Morris was instrumental in setting up Open Morris, the umbrella organisation with an emphasis on mixed gender dance teams, when Cotswold Morris was then considered by many, to be a male preserve.
The team practise from the end of September (Monday 28 September 2020) until the end of April 2021 on Monday evenings (7.45pm) at the Church Centre
Once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, Come join the Duchess Choir every Sunday from 6pm- 7:30pm in the restaurant area of the pub.
All ages, genders and abilities welcomed
Currently a ‘virtual’ café, for people to safely gather, for conversation and connecting with one another.
Once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, we will maintain the ‘virtual’ format for those residents wishing to continue this. In addition, the Community Cafe will become a physical meeting place for people from Fenstanton and surrounding villages.
Currently ‘meeting’ every Wednesday at 2.30pm via Zoom
Fenstanton Friendship Club
The club was founded in 1949, last year we celebrated our 70 year anniversary. Over the years, the club has had various names, five years ago, the name became, “Fenstanton Friendship Club”, in an effort to include all age groups. Membership numbers have varied but as of now there around forty members registered and would love to boost the numbers.
We meet every other Wednesday in the building of the United Reformed Church in Chequer Street. We start at 2.00 pm and finish around 4.00 pm after refreshments. Usually, around 25, in attendance.