Previous Events



  • FRRL Members Christmas Party featuring a relaxed Programme of entertainment, music (some participatory) and seasonal refreshment – 15 December
  • From Fact to Fiction’: illustrated talk by Veronica Thornton, local FRRL textile artist and author, with images of the paintings and railway which inspired her new novel ‘The Screaming Alice’ (Crystal Palace), 30 November The Screaming Alice
  • FRRL Film Group screening: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, 29 November FRRL FILM CLUB
  • Children’s Competition  ‘Home as Inspiration’ Writing Competition Poster, closing date – 12 November
  • FRRL Film Group Screening: Ida, 1 November
  • Cambridge Brides History Talk by Ann Kennedy-Smith, 19 October Poster
  • Family Apple Day, 7 October
  •  Film Club: Blue Jasmine, 4 October
  • FRRL Book Stall at QECF ‘Skip’ morning, 2 September
  • ‘Know Your Place’, Self-guided Community Trail  –  July to end August
  • Rock Abundance and Kid’s Fun –  plants/produce to swap or buy; Lego; hunt the bugs; Story Time; Nepal Quiz; refreshments for all: tea/coffee, soft drinks and cake, 29 July
  • The Big Book Group Evening a relaxed and friendly evening for those who love books hosted by FRRL Writer-in-Residence Kay Blayney, 5 July
  • Tea, Cake (and Lego) in the Garden, 30 June
  • Unveiling of the exciting new wall hanging for the children’s library, 20 May.
  • Grand Plant Sale and Children’s Fun Plant Sale, 6 May
  • FRRL Film Group Screening – ‘The Lunch Box’, 5 April
  • FRRL Film Group Screening – ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’, 22 March
  • Location as Inspiration’ Children’s Short Story Competition, presentation of awards to the Top-ten in each age category by judges Adele Geras and Julian Sedgwick, 10 March
  • FRRL Film Group inaugural screening – ‘Volver’, 1 March
  • Mayor’s Opening of the refurbished kitchen with refreshments followed by the Annual General Meeting, 25 January


  •  Cub’s Cake Sale and FRRL Coffee Morning at Rock Road Library followed by FRRL bookstall and storytelling at Queen Edith Community Forum, Banish the Winter Blues Christmas Festival, Wulfstan Way, Saturday 10 December
  • FRRL Christmas Party,  fun-filled, festive evening with music and seasonal refreshments, Friday 2 December
  • Autumn Term  – ‘Location as Inspiration’ Children’s Short Story Competition,  judged by authors Adele Geras and Julian Sedgwick – Entry Longlist
  • WWI Exhibition Opening,  screening of film about wartime hospitals in Cambridge by Sarah Bayliss  including launch of our ‘Cherryhinton News’  – a 1916-style newspaper based on some of  research undertaken over  two years, Armistice Day, 11 November –  ‘The Great War and the people who lived around Rock Road Library’
  • Cambridge Laundries History Talk, Tamsin Wimhurst, 14 October
  • FRRL Apple Day – apple pressing & tasting, apple bakes and apple games, 8 October
  • Textile sessions led by local artist Veronica Thornton producing a piece for the children’s library based on ‘Stories from around the World’, 10 weeks from 28 September
  • Queen Edith’s Community Forum Book Stall, 3 September
  • ‘ FRRL Know Your Place’ Prize Quiz Trail – a fun and educational  quiz trail for children aged 7+ & enthusiasts of all ages. participants answered questions and completed challenges while following a route marked on a map and finding out fascinating facts about the local area! July – September  –  FRRL_Know_Your_Place_Drawings_16
  • Rock Abundance garden produce bring & share, 23 July
  • Cambridge Wild Weekend Drop-in Ladybird Event, 8 July – Ladybirds
  •  Art Pop Up and Celebration Tea Party, 24 June
  • Anti-university Event, 9 June
  • Location as Inspiration Author Evening, 26 May  author poster
  • Bees & Butterflies, 21 May  Bee poster
  • ‘Know Your Place’ – exhibition of work by art textiles group led by Veronica Thornton



  • After school decorating the Library Christmas tree with edible decorations for birds
  • Meet Richard Young – Children’s Librarian
  • Launch of 2014 – 2016 WWI Project Exhibition: ‘The Great War and the people who lived around Rock Road Library’ talk by local historian Mike Petty: ‘Cambridge at War 1914-18: From the Front to the Backs’, 27 November
  • Quiz Night at The Rock Pub
  • Apple Day
  • Three Men in a Boat, theatrical performance of Jerome K Jerome’s classic by Geoff Hales
  • Exhibition of Arthur Rackham Illustrations
  • Voicing_The_Garden, talk on Cambridge Botanic Gardens by Juliette Day
  • Community Room Opening Ceremony
  • Bunting-making Workshop
  • Hemsley Cartoons and Mechanical Puzzle Exhibitions


  • Apple Day
  • Milk Fever, Poetry Reading by local poet, Kaddy Benyon
  • Who was Queen Edith, Local History Talk by FRRL member Jeremy Lander
  • Children’s Poetry Reading with Tony Mitton
  • Pibroch & Rioja with piper, Barnaby Brown
  • Doing Bird, Hen Keeping with author Martin Bird
  • Teddy Bears Picnic with Bookstart Bear to celebrate new benches
  • Easter Craft Workshop and Egg Hunt
Snowy Easter Event!

Snowy Easter Event!


  • Traditional Christmas, theatrical performance by Geoff Hales
  • Life in Nepal, Author talk with Jane Wilson-Howarth
  • Apple Day
  • Dragonflies and Garden Wildlife Talk with Henry Curry from the Wicken Fen Dragonfly Centre
  • Children’s Poetry Reading with Tony Mitton
  • Paradise Barn, Author talk with Victor Watson
  • Dickens, theatrical performance by Geoff Hales


  • History of the Botanic Gardens
  • Wine-tasting with Hedonist Wines
  • Violin-making, talk by local expert, Juliette Barker


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