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Indie November news

What's On  |  18/11/2019


Issue 6 of The Indie is out!


It’s here folks – the brand new issue of The Indie. Packed with even more amazing indie stories than ever, you can read the e-edition here, or better still, get your hands on the real thing! Click here for places where you can pick up a free copy (now including the Grand Arcade and Grafton Centre), or why not have it delivered direct to your door by joining the IndieClub – just £12 for 3 issues a year, then sit back, relax and enjoy a most civilised read.



New Indie, new bike!


“My, what a capacious basket!”, I hear you cry. “All the better for carring copies of The Indie”, I reply. Attached to the basket is the new Indie Cambridge bike – a beautiful urban Ridgeback – perfect for getting around town. We bought it from the great guys at Kingsway Cycles. Steve and Nick offer the most amazing service on new and second-hand bikes, accessories and repairs. They’re definitely one of Cambridge’s hidden indie gems. Photo credit Jeremy Peters.




Going out green


Indies are always innovating and Indie member Woodland Wishes Funeral Services have recently become the proud owner of Cambridgeshire’s first all-electric hearse – and what an amazing vehicle it is! It’s called a Nissan Leaf, is smaller than a traditional hearse (and there’s only 8 in the UK), so they can now offer this zero emission hearse for a totally green funeral.




Creative boom for Ark


Ark Colour Design, the wholesale arm of Ark Cambridge, are moving to bigger premises in Cambridge (but don’t worry, their colourful shop is staying put). They’ve had huge success with their leather products over the last year, designing bespoke ranges for The V&A, National Galleries and Museums as well as seeing their products in some big retailers including Paul Smith, Liberty and Anthropologie, plus hundreds of fantastic indies. We love seeing this creative side of Cambridge flourish – it’s what indies do best.




It’s all about Eve


More local creativity being recognised as Cambridge-based indie interior designers Eve Waldron Design have been shortlisted for a 2019 FX International Interior Design Award. Amongst the most prestigious of its kind in the industry, the shortlist recognises EWD for its recent project work on the Cripps Building for St John’s College. The award ceremony is on the 27th November so we’d like to wish Eve and her team – good luck! 




Craft your way to Christmas


Now it has its new HQ in Cambridge, Knitting Needle Lane is putting on a range of workshops throughout November. 12/19th – Learn to Crochet 7-9pm, 16th – Christmas Knit Workshop 2-5pm and the 23rd – Christmas Crochet Workshop 2-5pm. All the details are on the website here.




Weir’s new website


The Weir Associates shiny new website is now live with a fresh new look and feel. As well as their full range of services, it also includes a list of upcoming events as Iain and his team provide some pretty useful advice to businesses – from cash-flow to builiding a better business. https://www.weirassociates.co.uk/




Understanding Hamlet


16th Is a Literature Cambridge Study Day

– Understanding Hamlet, with leading Cambridge scholars Adrian Poole and Fred Parker at Stapleford Granary. Whether you know Hamlet well, or are coming to it for the first time, this study day will deepen your knowledge of this remarkable work.




Beaujolais Nouveau celebration


21st Come and join us and the Amelie team from 5.30pm onwards at their restaurant in the Grafton Centre, to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day in traditional French style! Along with the wine (of course) will be their delicious Flam-kuche with a special boeuf bourguignon recipe on the night.
Special Indie Cambridge members‘ offer: Free glass of Prosecco on arrival plus 10% off your bill (wine and food).




Art of wrapping







27th Indie member Helena g Anderson will be holding an ‘Art of Wrapping’ workshop at the David Parr House Visitor Centre. Enjoy wrapping creatively and with love using an array of up-cycled and gorgeous papers, fabrics, ribbons, cords and other unusual items. Tickets for this lovely workshop can be bought here. There’ll also be an opportunity to buy beautiful gift-wrap related accessories. 




Talking digital for small biz


28th If you’d like to know more about increasing website traffic, building your brand and staying competitive as a small business, then come along and join us and our member Jamie Stuart from Cambition IT Services at the next HSBC Small Business Forum held at St John’s Innovation Park 9.40 am to midday. For more info contact anthony.j.wynn@hsbc.co.uk 




Literary Festival indie offer


29 Nov-1 Dec are the dates for the Cambridge Literary Festival. Why not escape from the cold of winter and bask in the warm glow of the festival’s exceptional array of brilliant writers – there to help us all make sense of the times we are living through and distract us from them! The Festival organisers have kindly given readers of indie news a very generous 20% off tickets if you use the code INDIE20 when booking your tickets at the box office herePhoto credt: Martin Bond




The Plough Christmas market


30th Why not take a little trip out to The Plough Shepreth on Saturday 30th for a relaxing way to pick up a few gifts (and enjoy classic Plough hospitality), at their pop-up Christmas Market with German street food. Starts 11am and finishes at 5pm.




Bubbling up at cucWinebar


30th Just in time for seasonal celebrations – it’s the Fizz and Fortifieds Fair at cucWinebar. Come along and try a diverse range of sparkling and fortified wines at this annual festive period fair from Cambridge Wine Merchants. Tickets available here.




Final call for Academy event


There are just a few places left on our next Indie Academy event on the 28th November – Big Picture Thinking with Ludo Chapman from The Innovation Practice – essential stuff for any small business. If you are interested, please email events@indiecambridge.com