Previous Events


  •  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 and Cake 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 the research we have undertaken over the past 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+, with accompanying adults and enthusiasts of all ages. Starting outside Rock Road library, 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
  • 2014 – 2016 Exhibition:
  • ‘The Great War and the people who lived around Rock Road Library’                         Photo: Military transport on Cherry Hinton RoadWWI Hospital Transport on Cherry Hinton RoadExhibition Launch, 27 November: ‘The Great War and the people who lived around Rock Road Library’ and talk by local historian Mike Petty: ‘Cambridge at War 1914-18: From the Front to the Backs’ – with thanks to Antony Carpen for making a recording:

    Robyn Llewellyn, head of HLF East of England, said:

    “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £15million in projects – large and small – that are marking this global Centenary; with our new small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in the Friends of Rock Road Library’s ‘Stories from a Neighbourhood’ to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help people to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.” 

    The project promises to bring together the whole community, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. The Friends are particularly looking for people who have or had family that lived around Rock Road Library to take part in the oral history project – perhaps with distant memories or stories from aunts, uncles, grandparents, or family souvenirs about their lives during the war. We would also love to hear from you, or your family, if you have WWI souvenirs and photographs of people and places, especially – but not exclusively – from the area around Rock Road and if you would be interested in volunteering to look through a few newspapers for pertinent stories in the Cambridgeshire Collection – it’s a fascinating task.

    Contact Project Leader, Claire Adler: claireadler@ 07970 671 965.

  • Quiz Night at The Rock
  • 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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