Get involved

There are lots of ways that you can support our work. You can become a member, volunteer to help out at one of the special places we look after, support one of our fundraising appeals or leave us a legacy in your will.

However you choose to help one thing is certain, you’ll be making a difference to the future of Cambridge and the surrounding area. We’ll put your money to good use, helping to ensure that there are green spaces and historic buildings in and around the city for future generations to enjoy for many years to come.

With the help of memberships, legacies and donations, since 1928 we have:

  • Prevented development on Grantchester Meadows.
  • Saved the Gog Magog Hills from development and created Cambridge’s first country park at Wandlebury, which we care for.
  • Saved from demolition and restored a 17th century watermill at Hinxton.
  • Restored one of the country’s oldest windmills at Bourn.
  • Created a new countryside reserve for people and wildlife on the edge of Cambridge, near Coton.
  • Cared for one of Cambridge’s oldest complete buildings, the historic Leper Chapel.
  • Helped establish and defended the Cambridge Green Belt.
  • Converted derelict stables into a thriving outdoor education centre.
  • Campaigned for the protection of the historic environment.

As the population of Cambridge grows and the pressure on the city and its countryside increases our work is needed more than ever.

We can only continue this work with the support of people like you – who help us by being members, volunteering, giving donations or leaving a legacy in their will. Please help us if you can.

Become a member

To renew your existing membership please click here to go to the renewal page 

“CambridgePPF looks after the green places of one of the loveliest cities in Western Europe…Cambridge Past, Present & Future is doing its best to look after these – do help it, do join it!” Sir David Attenborough

Join us today

We need your help to:

  • look after green spaces and historic buildings in our care
  • protect the green belt, green spaces and heritage
  • deliver education, events and activities for the whole community in Cambridge and the surrounding countryside and villages.

Here you can find out about membership benefits, the cost and joining.

All members of Cambridge Past, Present & Future:

  • Help us to protect and care for the local environment for generations to come
  • Can park for free at Wandlebury Country Park
  • Can get free entry to our historic properties on open days
  • Can get discounted prices for events and activities
  • Can have preferential rates on hiring our barbeques and party venue
  • Can be invited to exclusive member events
  • Can take advantage of promotions and discounts with third party organisations
  • Receive The Ring – our award-winning member newsletter.

The cost of membership

  • £25 Individual (1 person only)
  • £35 Family (2 or more adults, same household, under 16s free)
  • £15 Young Person 16-25
  • £40 Vol orgs/Parish Councils/Residents Associations
  • £350 Life member over 65 (single payment, one person)
  • £550 Joint Life Member over 65 (single payment, 2 people both over 65)

Choose how you would like to join by clicking on one of the links below and follow the instructions –

Online (including Direct Debit option)

By making an off-line Direct Debit payment

By making a BACS payment

By making a Cheque payment

Call into the office in person – during office hours

Gift membership – contact us for a gift card pack

 

You will find more information about our Patrons Club and including CambridgePPF in your will when you receive your membership joining pack.

Please note – we will never sell, share or divulge any of your details to any other organisations outside CambridgePPF. We take your confidentiality very seriously and only use your information to contact you about membership, events and activities together with other relevant updates.

Other ways to help

Give to one of our appeals

Caring for and making improvements to our historic properties and green spaces requires a lot of work and funding. Every year we launch an appeal asking people to help us fund specific projects or raise money to buy essential items. In the past we’ve asked our supporters to help us raise money to build a new bridge at Coton; create a new pond dipping platform at Wandlebury; purchase a gazebo for events and help to install a water supply at The Leper Chapel. Click here to read about our current appeal – and please help if you can.

Give in memory

Many people choose to help our work by giving a gift in memory of a friend or relative. This could be a one-off gift to the charity; a collection in lieu of flowers at a funeral; or the purchase of an item that has significance to the person in question such as a memorial bench in a special location. Donations in memory of a loved one are always greatly appreciated. If you’d like to discuss giving to commemorate the life of someone special, please email us.

Give in celebration

If you are getting married or have an important celebration coming up, such as a significant birthday, and feel that you have everything that you need, why not think about getting friends and family to give a gift or donation to us instead. More and more people now set up charitable alternatives to conventional gift lists – a lovely way of spreading around the joy associated with your special event. If you’d like to speak to us about the options available, please email us.

Remember Cambridge in your will

If you or a loved one have had a lifetime’s pleasure from Cambridge or places such as Wandlebury, then a legacy gift is a great way of helping future generations to enjoy it too.

Please click here to find out more about leaving a legacy for Cambridge.

We would be pleased to talk to you about leaving a legacy and all information is treated in the strictest confidence. Please contact Mary Nealon on 01223 243830 x204 or email: development@cambridgeppf.org

Take on a fundraising challenge

Lots of people take on fundraising challenges or organise special events for charities that are close to their heart. If you feel passionately about Cambridge or one of the special places in our care, we’d be delighted if you raised money on our behalf. Maybe you’ve always wanted to sky dive or take on a fitness challenge. Or perhaps hosting a cake sale or a fundraising garden party or picnic is more your thing. However you feel able to help, the money generated by your efforts will be put to good use. If you have an idea you’d like to discuss with us, please get in touch.

Nominate us as a community cause

Over the years our supporters have kindly nominated us to be the recipient of community fundraising initiatives organised by local companies, banks, building societies, supermarkets, newspapers and radio stations. Recent examples include Cambridge’s famous Chariots of Fire charity race; Waitrose Community Matters; Cambridge News / Cambridge Building Society Cash for the Community and ASDA Your Community. If you hear of a scheme that we could put ourselves forward for, do let us know – or alternatively, feel free to nominate us yourself.

If you shop online using Savoo.co.uk you will be helping to generate donations for Cambridge Past, Present & Future. Its as easy as that – no strings attached.

Every time you search online, or use their voucher codes & deals to shop and save money Savoo will make a small donation to us.

Every little helps.

Volunteer

We’re always interested in hearing from people or groups who can give us some of their time to help keep Cambridge special. We can offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities – outside and indoors:

Outdoors:

  • Hands-on habitat management and conservation
  • Volunteer wardening
  • Leading walks or events
  • Helping out at open days or events
  • Taking photographs of our properties

Indoors:

  • Helping with office tasks (filing, press cuttings, folding leaflets, etc)
  • Marketing
  • Mailings
  • Helping to produce education materials, posters, etc
  • Desk-based research
  • Join one of our specialist committees, helping us to make decisions about our properties, our planning work, our finances or our governance.

If you feel you have something to offer, we’d love to hear from you – please get in touch.

Anyone can volunteer to help us. We rely heavily on volunteers and members, who generously share their time and knowledge to help us make a difference.

People of all ages and backgrounds volunteer their time to learn new skills, gain work experience, meet new people or simply because of personal interest or wanting to give something back to Cambridge.

NB: For any outdoor work, volunteers will need suitable sturdy footwear and should dress according to the weather – waterproofs, sun hat, sun cream etc. Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a guardian. Bring a packed lunch if you are volunteering for a whole day.

Corporate support

If you are a business looking to support a local charity, why not consider joining our corporate partnership programme. As a company operating in Cambridge you will be keen, like us, to help keep Cambridge special so that your staff can continue to live and work in an area that has green spaces and historic buildings to enjoy. By supporting our work your company will be able to demonstrate its environmental credentials and receive a number of other benefits.

We have platinum, gold, silver and bronze partnership options for local companies and can tailor what we offer to suit the needs of your company, employees and customers.

To discuss becoming one of our corporate supporters, please contact Mary Nealon, Head of Fundraising & Communications for an informal discussion.

All corporate partners receive:

  • Membership of our exclusive Patrons Club
  • Invitations to high-level networking opportunities via Patron Club events
  • Access to bespoke conservation / team building sessions at Wandlebury or Coton
  • Volunteering opportunities for employees that increase their skills
  • Inclusion of your company logo on CambridgePPF literature – in print and online

Current corporate partners and supporters include:

Become a patron

Becoming a Patron is a great way of helping Cambridge and supporting a local charity that is working to keep Cambridge and surrounding countryside special.

Specific Patron benefits include:

  • Annual Patrons Club event/reception.
  • Priority invitations to attend CambridgePPF’s events.
  • Patrons site tours of our properties with the people responsible for their care.
  • Active involvement in our work, if you wish.
  • Reduced rates for venue hire at our properties.
  • All the benefits of standard membership, including free entrance to all our historic properties, free parking at Wandlebury Country Park and twice-yearly magazine.

Patron’s annual donation:

  • Individual Patron                     £250 per annum
  • Family Patrons                        £350 per annum
  • Corporate Patron                    £500 per annum

How does It work?

You will have a personal point of contact with a member of our team. Patrons have the opportunity to become more closely involved in the work of CambridgePPF. We will endeavour to create an individual relationship with each of our Patrons, if they so wish.  We welcome the opportunity to explore particular areas of interest with them to provide a specific focus for their membership.

How to do I sign-up?

You can become a Patron by joining online. Click here to go to our donations page. Once we have received your donation one of our team will get in touch with you.

If you would prefer to pay by cheque or Direct Debit please click here to download a form.

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