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Registration is now open for the fourth Flaming June Half Marathon running event, including a new Quarter Marathon and HI Wellbeing Mile, taking place on Sunday 4 June 2017. If you have not registered, now is the time to secure your place, maybe get your friends involved and run as a team?

Organised by the charity The Friends of Histon & Impington Rec, the village HI Runners and proudly sponsored by TuckerGardner, this year’s Flaming June events are set to provide something a little different from the usual road-based courses. The Friends have a growing reputation for organising community sporting events, including the Flaming June’s smaller brother the ‘Bonfire Burn 10k’ being held on Sunday 5 November 2017, plus the Strawberry 50 cycling event held in September, further details of both events will follow.

The start time for the half marathon is 09.30 and the quarter marathon 09.10.

This year you can also get involved in the new Histon & Impington Wellbeing Mile, which will take place on Sunday 12 June at 10:00 to raise funds for the work of Blue Smile, the children’s counseling charity at Histon Junior School.

For further information and to register visit http://www.hisimpfotr.co.uk/flaming-june-half-marathon/

Started in 1994, The Shelford Feast maintains the tradition of bringing our community together, to celebrate and enjoy local produce, all with the aim of having a good time and raising money for good local causes. In 2016 £27,250 was given to 37 local causes, making the grand total donated since 1994 a whopping £274,055. As The Feast’s main sponsor we would love help raise much much more!

This year’s Feast will take place between 9 – 16 July, with evening events throughout the week preceding The Feast itself.

There is a wide range of activities and events, including live music, a beer festival, stand-up comedy, children’s disco, quiz night and community events, plus excellent food and drink. To end the festival is The Feast where you will find stalls of all kinds, activities held in the Grand Arena and lots of things to watch and do, including an extensive display of classic cars and bikes.

The bar holds a wide range of beers and other drinks, while food on offer is spit-roast beef or pork; 100% locally sourced beef burgers and sausages from Barker Bros Butchers. This year’s music is from The City of Cambridge Brass Band, The Reavey Bros Band, The BigBeats Drum Workshop, Sawston Samba and Shelford School Choir.

Tickets are now available in our Great Shelford branch, 48-50 Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5LZ or click here for more information.

FOR-Imp-5kWe are proud to be sponsoring some great events, again, this year with Histon and Impington Friends of The Rec.

The Friends of The Rec are involved in the promotion and development of new sporting and exercise activities for residents of all ages, primarily on the Histon and Impington Recreation Ground.

The Friends organise a number of fundraising events with donations helping to develop facilities on the Recreation Ground, including the rec play area and in 2016 a contribution was made towards the new cricket nets. Funds raised this year will help to provide a new ‘quiet area’ on the grounds, which will include restoration of an old Agricultural Pump.

The first of these events is the Impington 5k Running Festival held on Monday 1 May 2017. This is a running event for all the family from a 200m for toddlers (under 4), an under 9s 1k, an all ages 3k and 5k with medals for all participants under the age of 11. Entry on the day will be at Histon Rec from 09.30.

shoeboxes-thumbFor over a decade we, at TuckerGardner in Histon, have had first-hand experience of the generosity of several hundred people filling and dropping off shoe-boxes to our office for collection and subsequent delivery.

The boxes themselves present a very colourful picture here in our office, brightening up the darker Autumn days and we know, for certain, they will brighten up the lives of many children when they eventually reach their final destination.

To all those, over the years, who have taken the time, trouble and effort to fill a shoe-box we, at TuckerGardner, would like to thank you for making sure there are smiles on the faces of so many children this Christmas.

Should you still have a shoe-box, which needs to be presented to a Drop-Off Point, please contact us on

T: 01223 470099 or E: histon@tuckergardner.com

The final day for delivery is officially today, however, we are still willing to take them in for a short time to come.

season-for-giving-thumbAs we approach Christmas, it is more important than ever to remember the people who are going hungry on our doorstep.  Trussell Trust Foodbanks gave out 1.1 million emergency food supplies last year, and each of those foodbank visits tells a story of a person or family in crisis.

This is why, for the fourth year, we are running our Foodbank Christmas Appeal in Ely.  We are asking for donations of festive, long-life treats like Christmas puds, packets of stuffing mix, tins, jams, chutneys and much more, to be dropped into our Market Place branch.

All donations will be collected from our office on Tuesday 13 December and will contribute to providing festive hampers to Ely Foodbank customers over the Christmas period, in addition to the emergency food supply available from the Chapel Street centre throughout the year.

Additionally, we are supporting a second charity close to our hearts, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. We would like to deliver presents to children on the wards this Christmas.  Please help us make this happen by donating new or pre-loved toys suitable for children from just a few day’s old to 16 years. These can be dropped into our office until Wednesday 21 December.

Pop in during our usual working hours, or on the evening of the Ely Christmas lights switch on, 25 November, where we will be accepting donations for both causes and handing out balloons!

Operation Christmas ChildIt’s that time of year again and it’s hard to believe the festive season is just around the corner. We are offering our offices as drop off points for ‘shoeboxes’ – boxes filled with gifts for underprivileged children around the world – in support of Operation Christmas Child.

The deadline for the drop off is Friday 18 November. If you are interested in getting involved visit the Operation Christmas Child website or pop into the office, pick up an instruction leaflet or speak to a member of staff for some handy tips.

Help spread a little Christmas cheer this year!

summer fairs THUMBThis Summer is looking busy for TuckerGardner! We are pleased to be sponsoring and supporting a number of local events throughout Cambridgeshire, to include:

Histon and Impington Feast (2nd – 10th July) – We are proud supporters of the Histon and Impington Feast which is now underway. There is a long list of events taking place with an almost as long list of local, great, causes benefiting from the proceeds. For a full list of events, information and supported causes, visit hisimp.com/feast/.

The Shelford Feast (10th – 17th July) – With more tickets sold than ever before, The Shelford Feast are hoping to break the £250,000 mark, having already donated over £246,000 to local good causes since 1994. It is a festival of live music, comedy, community events and good food.  From a children’s disco to the annual Beer Festival, there is something for everyone! For more information on events and to buy tickets click here.

Histon and Impington Rec Summer Festival (13th – 17th July) – With the Olympics in Rio this Summer, a series of events have been planned, including a Summer Ball, The Indie Killers in concert, plus lots more, concluding with ‘Festival Sunday’, a day of workshops, stalls, dance displays and food and drink. Click here for more information.

Over Carnival (16th July) – Rio is coming to Over! This is set to be a fun packed day for all the family with a parade, family fun fair, food and drink, evening concert plus our sponsored climbing wall. For more information visit the Carnival website.

Duxford Village Show (16th July) – This year’s show theme is ‘The swinging ‘60s’ with a Fancy Dress Parade, Flower Competitions, Classic Truck & Car Display, Mallyon’s Funfair and much more plus an evening of groovy live 1960’s music! For further information visit www.duxfordvillageshow.org.

Look out for our flags, stalls and team members throughout these events; we look forward to seeing you there!

Aquafest blog thumbJoin us on Sunday 3rd July for the 38th Annual Ely Aquafest. The Aquafest covers three sites along the riverside of the Great Ouse, at Lavender Green, Jubilee Gardens and the Maltings Green. A must for families of all ages and interests, whether you are 9 or 90, Aquafest has something for you!

The main event is the Annual Raft Race with 20-30 handmade and decorated rafts, from buses to tanks and simple rafts to luxury liners, everyone enters into the spirit of the day and fun is had by all, even those on the rafts which don’t stay afloat!

Meanwhile, along the riverside, you will find two arenas providing music, dancing and demonstrations showcasing the local talent, funfair, beer tent, food bars, crafts and stalls.

TuckerGardner are one of the main sponsors so look out for our banners and balloons, we will be running two competitions with a chance to win some great prizes.

It’s set to be a great day, we are hoping the rain stays away this year and are looking forward to seeing you there!

Front CoverTake a look at our latest HouseHunter magazine, available as a flip magazine and as a hard copy in each of our offices.

There are some particularly special properties featured this month, including our beautiful cover property which is located in Great Shelford – full details on page 24 – and an exquisite, detached, Grade II Listed character property, overlooking Widdington Green, on page 30.

The Cambridge Cookery School is focusing on all things local this month with the School & Café existing on the frontier of a new community currently being created off Hills Road, see page 28 for the recipe of the month, Lentil, Courgette and Fennel Salad, the perfect accompaniment to any early summer get together.

Don’t forget, Rio is coming to Over this month with the annual Carnival taking place on the Village Green on Saturday 16th July, between 12 noon and 10pm.

We have feature slots available in some of our upcoming editions, so if you would like to see your local business featured in our magazine, email kmccloskey@tuckergardner.com for more details.

Imp-5k and running festivalThere are some great running events happening throughout Histon and Impington next week, which we are proud to be sponsoring.

The Impington 5k & Running Festival takes place on Monday 2nd May and has something for all runners, including a 3k all age run, a 1k mini fun run for under 8’s and a new 200m toddle for under 4’s. All runners aged 11 and under will receive a medal. All runs are off road and start at the Histon and Impington Recreation Ground. Registrations from 9:30am with races starting from 10:00am.

Looking for something more challenging? How about taking part in a half marathon? On Wednesday 4th May at 7pm there will be a Flaming June Half Marathon training evening at the Histon and Impington Recreation Ground. There will be a training run followed by talks on nutrition, training and preparation, injury prevention, sports apparel and a question and answer session. The Flaming June Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 12th June 2016.