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Recipe of the month Inspired by the return of their culinary trips to Italy, Tine of Cambridge Cookery School tempts our taste buds with a classic Venetian fish dish.

Fluent Fluent, a website company, give 3 ways the tech-savvy can connect to Cambridge’s digital life.

February 2014 Edition


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Contents 10 Recipe of the month Inspired by the return of their culinary trips to Italy, Tine of Cambridge Cookery School tempts our taste buds with a classic Venetian fish dish. 18 Fluent Fluent, a website company who create clever online software, give 3 ways the tech-savvy can connect to Cambridge’s digital life.

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04 Residential Sales A selection of properties we currently have on the sales market, including an beautifully presented contemporary townhouse in Whittlesford (pictured). 18 4

26 Residential Lettings A selection of properties we currently have available to let, including a characterful 4 bedroom family home on West Wickham Road, Balsham (pictured).

On the cover Our featured cover property is situated on Chaplen Street, Cambridge. Contact our Cambridge sales team on 01223 350800 or email cambridge@tuckergardner.com. www.facebook.com/ tuckergardner

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Welcome to HouseHunter, our local property & lifestyle magazine... Welcome to the February edition of our HouseHunter magazine. You will find a selection of some of the properties available, both for sale and to let, across our network of local offices. 2013 saw us getting involved in lots of fantastic community events, including being headline sponsors of the Gog Magog Gran Fondo, the Shelford Feast, the Histon and Impington Fireworks and the inaugural Cambridge Bake Off to name just a few, as well as taking part in various activities, such as the Royal Parks Half Marathon, to raise money for local charities. We are always keen to support local events, and I’m pleased to say that we have already committed to supporting many more in 2014. If you are looking for a sponsor please do give us a call and see if we can help. This month sees the return of the Cambridge Bake Off which we are delighted to be involved with again. Last year was a great success with exceptional amateur bakers across Cambridgeshire competing to win the title of Cambridge’s best cake baker, as well as some fantastic prizes. See the back cover for more details on this year’s competition and how to enter. Alex


Residential Sales Jamie Curtis, Associate Director Cambridge Office I have been with TuckerGardner for around 4 years, initially starting in the Histon office. I now head up the Cambridge sales team in one of the busiest property markets in the country. I returned to the city after a number of years in Saffron Walden, Newmarket, Royston and Haverhill, amassing in total over 20 years in estate agency.

TuckerGardner teams care. We listen to each client’s needs and focus solely on what’s best for you. We have a buddy system in place to make sure that there’s always someone in the office to help. We don’t trap sellers in a lengthy agency contract or pressure any of our team to meet internal sales targets, because we don’t actually have any. We treat each sale and person as unique to make it easier (even enjoyable) for you to sell or buy your home. Contact the teams on:

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CAMBRIDGE:

01223 350800 or email cambridge@tuckergardner.com

ELY:

01353 616130 or email ely@tuckergardner.com

GREAT SHELFORD:

01223 845240 or email shelford@tuckergardner.com

HISTON:

01223 470099 or email histon@tuckergardner.com


New School Road, Histon ÂŁ600,000 A very rare opportunity to purchase this stunning semi-detached home, situated on a sizeable plot, in this secluded village location. The property has 3 double bedrooms, 2 loft rooms (with restricted head height), a first floor bathroom with shower and WC, ground floor shower room and 2nd WC, a kitchen/dining room, living room, family room, study area, conservatory, entrance hall, gas fired central heating and double glazing. There is a rear garden, studio/cabin with shower room and driveway parking. EPC rating: D

Contact the team on 01223 470099 or email histon@tuckergardner.com


Straight Furlong, Pymoor ÂŁ450,000 A unique detached family home providing versatile six bedroom accommodation set within a generous 1/3 acre plot (STS). The property has 6 bedrooms, a bathroom and shower room, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, conservatory, study, cloakroom, utility room, oil fired central heating, double glazing, a driveway and large gardens. EPC rating: D

Contact the team on 01353 616130 or email ely@tuckergardner.com

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Meridian Court, Comberton Road, Toft

ÂŁ775,000

A fabulous brick and timber barn with planning permission for conversion into a large detached five bedroom house, enjoying a prominent position on the edge of Cambridge Meridian golf course. There are 4/5 bedrooms, 3 possible bathrooms, a living room, family room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, reception hall, two cloakrooms, oil fired central heating, sealed unit double glazing, car parking/garage space and private gardens and grounds of approximately 0.39 acres. EPC rating: E Contact the team on 01223 845240

The Knapp, Haslingfield

ÂŁ575,000

A generous 1800 sq ft detached Grade II Listed period house in lovely south/west facing gardens of about 0.25 acres, set on a private lane close to the village centre. The property has 3 first floor bedrooms, a first floor bathroom, ground floor bedroom (4)/reception room, ground floor bathroom, hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, a large double garage/workshop, driveway and gardens. Contact the team on 01223 845240


The Moraine, Whittlesford £475,000 An impressively spacious and beautifully presented contemporary townhouse of over 2200 sq ft, set on a private road, a short walk from the village’s mainline railway station and with easy access to the M11. The property has 4 double bedrooms, 2 en suites, bathroom, hall, cloakroom, kitchen/breakfast room, open-plan living space, garage, driveway and landscaped gardens. EPC rating: B

Contact the team on 01223 845240 or email shelford@tuckergardner.com

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Chaplen Street, Cambridge ÂŁ500,000 An incredibly stylish, recently constructed, townhouse of excellent proportions with a private rear garden and large roof terrace. There are 4 bedrooms, a family bathroom, en suite shower room with double shower, first floor living room opening to roof terrace, a stunning high specification fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, dining area, study, ground floor cloakroom and a double length garage. There is an enclosed rear garden, heat recovery system, gas central heating and the property is offered for sale with no upward chain. EPC rating: B

Contact the team on 01223 350800 or email cambridge@tuckergardner.com


Church Way, Haslingfield

ÂŁ550,000

A superbly restored and modernised detached thatched cottage in a truly idyllic village centre position within lovely 0.2 acre gardens, set along a short gravel lane beside the Parish Church. There are 3 independent bedrooms, first floor bathroom, hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, driveway and gardens. EPC rating: C Contact the team on 01223 845240

High Street, West Wickham

ÂŁ439,950

A semi-detached thatched Grade II Listed cottage of immense character with grounds extending to approximately half an acre. There are 3 bedrooms, shower room, bathroom, WC, drawing room, dining room, garden room, farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room, utility, double garage and pretty gardens to the front and rear. EPC rating: E

Contact the team on 01223 845240

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Silver Street, Willingham

ÂŁ375,000

A perfect opportunity to purchase this partially completed renovation project, requiring finishing, yet full of charm and character. There are 3 bedrooms, a first floor bathroom with shower and WC, ground floor shower room and 2nd WC, fitted kitchen, utility room, living room, dining room, family room, entrance hall and a rear entrance porch. There is double glazing, gas fired central heating, a rear garden and off-road parking. Listed buildings are currently exempt from the requirement to have an EPC. Contact the team on 01223 470099

Mill Road, Willingham

ÂŁ475,000

An attractive 4 bedroom detached family home situated in a delightful village location neighbouring the Windmill. The property has 4 bedrooms with the master bedroom having an en suite bathroom with shower cubicle and WC and bedroom 2 with an en suite shower room and WC. There is a family bathroom with separate shower cubicle, ground floor WC, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, dining room, living room, family room/study, reception hall, double glazing, gas fired underfloor heating, gravelled in-and-out driveway, a garage, rear garden and is offered for sale with no upward chain. EPC rating: C Contact the team on 01223 470099


West Fen Road, Ely - SOLD STC ÂŁ179,950 A beautifully presented period cottage providing stylish two bedroom accommodation with a long rear garden. The cottage has 2 bedrooms, a sitting room, dining room, Shaker style kitchen, ground floor bathroom and gas central heating. EPC rating: C

Contact the team on 01353 616130 or email ely@tuckergardner.com

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Meadow Way, Mepal - SOLD STC

ÂŁ199,950

A modern detached bungalow providing three bedroom accommodation, well situated in this popular cul-de-sac. The bungalow has 3 bedrooms, a wet room and bathroom, entrance hall, sitting room, kitchen, double glazing, gas central heating and air conditioning. There are gardens to the front and rear, a garage and off-road parking. EPC rating: D

Contact the team on 01353 616130

Cole Close, Witchford - SOLD STC

ÂŁ250,000

An immaculately presented modern detached home providing four bedroom accommodation, situated in this pleasant residential cul-de-sac. The property has 4 bedrooms, an en suite shower, family bathroom, entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, conservatory, cloakroom, a kitchen and oil fired central heating. There is an enclosed rear garden, driveway parking and a single garage. EPC rating: D Contact the team on 01353 616130


Pearl Close, Chesterton

ÂŁ485,000

A substantial five bedroom townhouse offering very well-proportioned and versatile accommodation that occupies a pleasant courtyard setting within a regarded modern development. There are 4/5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an en suite shower room, a spacious living room, kitchen/dining room with a balcony, front and rear gardens and allocated parking. EPC rating: C Contact the team on 01223 350800

New Street, Cambridge

ÂŁ370,000

A modern townhouse constructed with Victorian-style features located in a developing and popular part of the City. There are 3 double bedrooms, an en suite shower room, 3-piece bathroom, fitted kitchen with appliances, open-plan living/dining room, ground floor cloakroom, an enclosed rear garden, allocated secure parking, gas central heating, double glazing and is offered for sale chain free. EPC rating: B Contact the team on 01223 350800

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Lynfield Court, Chesterton ÂŁ275,000 A light, well-presented and stylish first floor apartment in this very popular riverside development. The apartment has 2 double bedrooms, a quality 4-piece bathroom suite, living/dining room with balcony, fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, underfloor heating (gas), allocated parking and there are pleasant walks along the nearby river and to the City. The apartment had established rent, furniture available and is chain free. EPC rating: B

Contact the team on 01223 350800 or email cambridge@tuckergardner.com


3 WAYS YOU CAN CONNECT TO CAMBRIDGE’S DIGITAL LIFE Cambridge’s cluster of technology businesses, researchers, and academics has created a critical mass of digital culture. Digital communication doesn’t replace the value of living and working in the same place, and Cambridge is an ideal city to find others who share your interests. Here are three ways we have found to get stuck into the local digital network.

1. EVENTS Even in digital communities, real-world events are the best way to make new connections with likeminded folk. We have found great conferences through Software East, who work to bring the best coder speakers to the East of England. Their calendar is well worth following. Other groups like Refresh Cambridge focus on creative types such as designers. A less techy one to watch is the Creating Cambridge Big Summer BBQ, which is great fun! Many bigger conferences are listed on Eventbrite or Lanyrd.com. You can also follow local groups online which organise regular events. Which brings us to number 2.


2. COMMUNITIES Several communities around Cambridge put on regular events which are less conference, more chinwag. These mini-events are more informal, with time to mingle and chat. Most communities are sustained through online discussions, Facebook pages and other ways to connect from your screen. For example, CamCreative meets on the last Wednesday evening of each month. They invite guest speakers and host discussions on anything creative (design, digital, literature). They can be found on meetup.com, and in Hot Numbers coffee – which is worth visiting at any time! Cambridge Network is for businesses of any kind, and they organise all sorts of meetups, workshops and seminars. They also run a very effective jobs board. Another kind of community can be found in shared spaces like CamJelly or Makespace. CamJelly is a coworking space – good for freelancers who want to get out of their home office and for professional networking. Makespace describe themselves as “a community workshop in Cambridge for making and fixing things, meeting people, working on projects and sharing skills.” They have 3D printers. Need we say more? Community meetups offer the same benefits as their conference cousins – but they’re easier and cheaper to get to and offer opportunities for sponsoring, speaking and volunteering, which leads nicely into our final item.

3. CHARITY Cambridge enjoys a wealth of people working to help others. We have seen more and more people contributing their time and digital know-how to help charitable causes. We support one – Good for Nothing – partly because we like puns, and partly because we love the idea of using tech skills to fix real-world problems. Good For Nothing is: “smart folk collaborating and experimenting to solve stuff that matters.” Their first Cambridge-based hackday focused on helping Find a Cure, where people worked on digital projects to support the science of difficult diseases. Volunteering lets you meet others in an interesting context with a common cause. We find collaborating at Good for Nothing to be a great way to connect with new people, and might be just the thing if “networking” doesn’t appeal.

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Thornton Way, Girton

ÂŁ550,000

A four bedroom detached family home presented in very good order and situated on a sizeable mature plot. There are 4 bedrooms with the master bedroom having an en suite shower room and WC, first floor bathroom with shower and 2nd WC, ground floor 3rd WC, a kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, living room, family room, entrance hall, double glazing, gas fired central heating, front and rear garden, driveway and garage. EPC rating: D Contact the team on 01223 470099

Somerset Road, Histon

ÂŁ399,950

An extended three bedroom detached family home with a south-facing rear garden, situated in this exceptionally popular location. There are 3 bedrooms, a loft room, first floor bathroom with shower and WC, a fitted kitchen, dining room, living room, family room, entrance hall, double glazing, gas fired central heating, driveway parking, a garage and rear garden. EPC rating: F

Contact the team on 01223 470099

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The Fairway, Bar Hill ÂŁ595,000 A large detached family residence with potential annexe, offering spacious accommodation and enjoying a privileged location in this highly desirable cul-de-sac backing directly onto a golf course. The property has 4-6 good sized bedrooms, 2 with balconies, the master bedroom with extensive wardrobes and en suite shower room, a first floor family bathroom with corner bath, double shower and WC, a large lounge with fireplace and double doors to the garden, double glazed conservatory, dining room, large kitchen/breakfast room, first floor snooker room with adjoining shower room and study, split level entrance hall, cloakroom and 3rd WC and double glazing. There is extensive parking, a triple garage, brick outbuilding/office, plant room, lawned gardens to the rear with decked area and patio plus a heated swimming pool with concertina glass roof. EPC rating: D Contact the team on 01223 470099 or email histon@tuckergardner.com


Hall Street, Soham

ÂŁ136,950

An attractive mid terraced two bedroom cottage situated close to the heart of this popular village. There are 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, lounge, dining room, kitchen, double glazing, gas central heating and a long rear garden. EPC rating: D

Contact the team on 01353 616130

Cowper Road, Cambridge

ÂŁ325,000

A stylish bay-fronted Victorian terraced house, tastefully presented and improved to a high standard with west-facing rear garden, located in a quiet and convenient south City street. There are 3 good sized bedrooms, a refitted bathroom, an open-plan living/dining room, modern fitted kitchen, large loft space, front and rear gardens, gas central heating and no chain. EPC rating: D Contact the team on 01223 350800

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The Westering, Cambridge

ÂŁ235,000

A tastefully styled established semi-detached house, which has been thoroughly improved to a good standard, with off-road parking and enclosed garden. There are 3 bedrooms, a refitted first floor bathroom, generous open-plan living/dining room, fitted kitchen, garden room, enclosed rear garden, timber shed, off-road parking, double glazing and gas central heating. EPC rating: TBC Contact the team on 01223 350800

Histon Road, Cottenham

ÂŁ199,950

An attractive two bedroom mid-terrace cottage with the benefit of a first floor bathroom. The property has 2 bedrooms, a first floor bathroom with shower and WC, fitted kitchen, dining room, living room, rear entrance porch, double glazing, gas fired central heating and front and rear gardens. EPC rating: C

Contact the team on 01223 470099


Whittlesford Road, Newton

ÂŁ425,000

A superb contemporary home with open-plan living space and grounds approaching one-third of an acre with excellent views of open countryside to the rear. There are 3 double bedrooms, a family bathroom, en suite shower room, entrance hall, open-plan living space, kitchen, parking, a garage and garden. EPC rating: C Contact the team on 01223 845240

Dobede Way, Soham

ÂŁ205,000

A beautifully presented four bedroom townhouse with easily maintained gardens. The property has 4 bedrooms, the master bedroom with an en suite shower room, a family bathroom, cloakroom, living room, kitchen/dining room, gas central heating, garden, a garage, parking and no upward chain. EPC rating: B

Contact the team on 01353 616130

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Trinity Lane, Great Shelford ÂŁ2,750,000 A stunning, brand new detached family home built by highly regarded local developers David Reed Homes, enjoying an exclusive private road location and nestling in leafy gardens and grounds of approximately half an acre. The property has 6 bedrooms (including 5 with en suite facilities and a fabulous master bedroom suite with fitted dressing room) plus 3 further potential bedrooms, a family bathroom (6), living room, dining room, library, study, magnificent open-plan kitchen/ family room, snug, utility room, cloakroom, basement with gymnasium and entertainment room. The property has an LABC warranty, the whole beautifully finished to exacting standards, set in landscaped gardens and grounds of approximately half an acre with a detached double garage. EPC rating: B Contact the team on 01223 845240 or email shelford@tuckergardner.com


Residential Lettings Georgina Hepburn, Property Manager Ely Office During my time at TuckerGardner I have worked on both the sales and lettings side of the company. I have worked within the lettings team at Ely for nearly five years and in this time I have gained my ARLA qualifications.

All of our lettings teams work on the core principle of mutual respect and of trying to do our very best by landlords and tenants alike. The landlord is our client so we must endeavour to look after their interests, recognising that we are custodians of their property and of their money. By the same token, we also have a duty of care to our tenant customers and we must always remember, and respect, the fact that the property is their home for the duration of the tenancy. In each office you will find experienced, friendly individuals who will be happy to help. Contact the teams on: CAMBRIDGE:

01223 350800 or email cambridge@tuckergardner.com

ELY:

01353 616130 or email ely@tuckergardner.com

GREAT SHELFORD:

01223 576826 or email shelford@tuckergardner.com

Application fees - Prices include VAT. Tenancy administration fee, due on application: • One individual £300 (£225 for bedsits)

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• Each individual thereafter £70

• Company Let £400


West Wickham Road, Balsham ÂŁ2,250 pcm* A superb extended four bedroom family house in the sought-after village location of Balsham, with easy access to the M11 and business parks. The property has a living room with open brick fireplace, wood burner and double doors to garden, a family room with Inglenook fireplace and wood burner, study with feature fireplace, kitchen/dining room with fridge, freezer, dishwasher and double oven Rayburn, there is also a utility with washing machine. There are 4 bedrooms, bedroom 1 with an en suite bathroom and bedroom 2 with an en suite shower room, plus a family shower room. The property has oil central heating, is part double glazed, has a delightful landscaped rear garden and off-road parking for 4 cars. EPC rating: TBC Contact the team on 01223 576826 or email shelford@tuckergardner.com *Application fees apply - see page 26 for details.


Gilbert Road, Littleport

£700 pcm*

A renovated three bedroom semi-detached house in an excellent location for the Littleport Community Primary School. The property has a newly fitted kitchen with electric oven and gas hob, dining area, lounge, rear hall, ground floor wet room with shower, basin and WC and a utility room with space and plumbing for washing machine. There are 3 bedrooms and a newly fitted bathroom with shower over the bath. The property has been newly decorated and fitted with new carpets throughout. The rear garden is enclosed with lawn, patio area and shed and there is driveway parking for up to 3 cars. EPC rating: C Contact the team on 01353 616130

Abberley Wood, Great Shelford

£1,015 pcm*

A modern, well presented, two bedroom terrace house on a small development offering excellent access to all village amenities, Shelford Railway Station and Addenbrooke’s Hospital. The property has 2 double bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, a bathroom with shower over, ground floor WC, a lounge, kitchen with fully integrated appliances including electric hob and oven, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher. There is understairs storage, gas central heating and an enclosed rear garden. 1 parking space. EPC rating: B Contact the team on 01223 350800

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Merivale Way, Ely

£795 pcm*

A well presented three bedroom townhouse situated at the end of a terrace in this highly-sought after residential area. The property has a lounge/diner with feature fireplace, kitchen with built-in gas hob and electric oven, space for washing machine, fridge/freezer and dishwasher, downstairs w/c. The master bedroom has built-in wardrobes and en suite shower room, there are 2 further bedrooms and a family bathroom with shower over the bath. The rear garden has a small patio area and lawned area. There is a garage and 2 parking spaces. Available unfurnished. EPC rating: C Contact the team on 01353 616130

Ventress Farm Court, Cambridge

£920 pcm*

A spacious two bedroom ground floor flat set in pretty communal grounds, well placed for easy access to a variety of local amenities, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the M11, A14 or into the city centre. The flat has been freshly decorated throughout. There are 2 bedrooms, a bathroom with a bath and separate shower cubicle, a lounge with French doors to the communal gardens, kitchen with gas hob and electric oven and extractor, fridge and freezer and washer/dryer. There is gas central heating, a store cupboard in block hallway, garage en bloc and visitors parking. EPC rating: C Contact the team on 01223 350800 *Application fees apply - see page 26 for details.


Old Mill Court, Meldreth ÂŁ1,300 pcm* A brand new four bedroom barn style house forming part of a unique new development in the picturesque village of Meldreth, approximately 9 miles South of Cambridge, with easy access to the A10, M11, Royston and Cambridge, and mainline railway stations at Meldreth, Royston and Foxton. There is a living/dining room with doors to garden, a kitchen/breakfast room with built-in fridge/freezer, dishwasher, cooker and washer/dryer, downstairs WC. There are 4 bedrooms, bedroom 1 is on the second floor and has an en suite shower room, bedroom 2 has an en suite shower room and built-in wardrobes and bedroom 3 has a fitted wardrobe. There is also a family bathroom on the first floor. The property has gas central heating with underfloor heating to ground floor, double glazing, an enclosed rear garden and covered car port. EPC rating: TBC Contact the team on 01223 576826 or email shelford@tuckergardner.com

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The Levels, Cambridge £1,350 pcm* An extremely well presented two bedroom, two bathroom second floor apartment with balcony overlooking Hills Road, an excellent location for access to the rail station, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the varied local amenities, including the leisure centre. The apartment has 2 bedrooms, bedroom 1 with a built-in wardrobe and large en suite shower room with heated towel rail, bedroom 2 with a built-in wardrobe. There is a bathroom with white bath with shower over, basin and WC with heated towel rail, a living room with balcony and open to the kitchen, fitted with ceramic hob, electric oven, extractor, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher. There is a washing machine housed in a store cupboard in the hallway, with storage in the spacious entry hall. There is under floor heating, secure parking for one car and bike store. Video entry phone system. EPC rating: B Contact the team on 01223 350800 or email cambridge@tuckergardner.com *Application fees apply - see page 26 for details.


THE

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Open to amateur cake bakers across Cambridgeshire, the 2014 Bake Off will see contestants go head to head in four rounds, culminating in a live final at the Cambridge Cookery School. The competition will challenge bakers to create a carrot cake in the first round, a chocolate cake in the second, a fruit and crème patissiere confection in the third and an Easter themed celebration cake to wow the judges in the final. New to this year’s competition, family and friends of the contestants (or anyone who loves cake!) are invited to come along to the results segment of the first round – and to bring a fork with them. They will be able to sample as many cakes as they like for a suggested donation of £5, to be split between the Bake Off’s chosen local charities, Jimmy’s Night Shelter and The Papworth Trust. To enter, all you have to do is email your name, address and contact number – along with a photo of one of your best homemade cakes, and a couple of lines explaining why you love baking – to editorial@cambridge-magazines.co.uk by midnight on Friday 31st January. Entries can also be posted to Cambridge Bake Off, c/o Cambridge Magazine, Winship Road, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6PP. For more details on the competition, including the terms and conditions, visit the Cambridge News website and search ‘Bake Off’. In conjunction with:

CambridgeCookerySchool


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