The Centre at St Paul's runs its own toddler group every Monday in term time from 10 to 11 30 a.m. The Centre is located in the part of Cambridge christened "New Town" when it was built in the mid nineteenth century. Today New Town includes parts of the Petersfield and Trumpington wards and extends as far as the new housing development (the Accordia site) off Brooklands Avenue. Several mums who bring their toddlers to the Monday group come from the new Brooklands Avenue housing which as yet does not have any commuity facilities of its own. The Centre, working in partnership with Cambridge City Council, therefore decided it would be a good idea to organise community events for the new residents of New Town and so the first of these, a morning of Family Fun for the under 8s was held at the Centre on Saturday 29 March 2008.
There was face painting, cake decorating, lots of delicious food and an hour of unique entertainment provided by the inimitable Mr Marvel. Jackson Nazombe, father of Chiedza and Joshua pictured above with Marie Nazombe in the centre photograph said that as a fully paid-up adult he was determined not to laugh. After all, the jokes and the tricks were aimed at the under 8s. But very soon into Mr Marvel's set he abandoned all pretence of maturity and laughed out loud along with everyone else. Thank you Amy Hoppett and Rachel (and grandma Julie) of Hoppett's Poppets who organised the cake decorating and face painting. Thank you Christine Dymond. Thank you Caroline Biggs and Carol of the City Council's Community Development. And thank you Mr Marvel and Scamp and the rest of the gang.
John Quysner, 29/03/2008