Tuesday, 17 November 2015

We need your help!!

We are delighted to have been selected to receive an award from the Co-op Local Fund BUT how much we receive towards this buggy depends on how many votes we get, so please vote for us!!
We want to use this money to purchase a golf buggy designed to take a wheelchair around the estate. This will make a massive difference to wheelchair users when they visit Cambo, enabling them to explore the garden and woodlands and take part in our events and activities.
To vote, please visit www.co-oplocalfund.co.uk (voting closes on 11th December)

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Development Manager – Events and Outreach

Cambo Heritage Trust

Job Description

Job Title:                             Development Manager – Events and Outreach
Salary:                                  £28,000 - £32,000, depending on experience
Hours:                                  35 hrs/week (f/t) with flexibility for occasional evenings and weekends
Type of Contract:             3 year contract initially
Reporting to:                     Chairman of the Trustees, Cambo Heritage Trust

Cambo Heritage Trust, a registered charity SC028131 operating from Cambo Estate, Fife, offers opportunities for learning and volunteering in heritage, environment, arts, culture and horticulture.

The Stables is a major capital restoration project, re-purposing disused estate buildings; the historic Stables, adjacent Glasshouses and Walled garden. The project is ‘brought alive’ through a focussed programme of events and activities, to be delivered by a new staff team and in partnership with local groups. The 3-year Activity Plan aims to safeguard and increase public access to this unique community asset and offers growing opportunities for local groups and individuals to engage with the arts, culture, environment and heritage at Cambo. The Stables Project is match-funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Coastal Communities Fund and a portfolio of other large & small, local & national Trusts & Foundations, private donors and community fundraising.

In October 2015, work commenced onsite. Phase 1, the first discrete element of restoration work to the Glasshouses will complete Spring 2016. Phase 2 will focus on the Stables’ North Courtyard ‘inclusion and enterprise hub’ for volunteers and trainees, a ‘learning loft’ for schools and other community groups, café, gift shop and social enterprise outlet. Interpretation, essential traffic management and a new carpark, will complete this major capital project. Pending successful tender and engagement of contractor(s), we anticipate starting Phase 2 capital works early in 2016, with the Stables becoming fully operational in 2017.

A wide range of inclusive community-focussed events and activities, maximising the environmental and built heritage at Cambo, for educational and creative community benefit, is ongoing. Cambo Heritage Trust’s current activity, events and outreach are delivered by a growing team of staff, volunteers and advisors, as well as significant in-kind support from Cambo Estate.

About the post:
This post will combine identified responsibilities covering Project Management, Events and Marketing, Partnership Development, Arts/Culture and Heritage Outreach, as well as Fundraising. The post-holder will further support and directly line-manage up to three members of Stables staff. In time, as the Stables reaches full operational capacity, it is anticipated that the post will develop into a wider lead-Management role, supporting the strategic development and delivery of Heritage, Arts, Environmental and Horticultural activity across all areas of Cambo Heritage Trust.

Main duties and responsibilities:
·           Raise the profile of Cambo Heritage Trust and the Stables Project as a dynamic centre for learning and volunteering in heritage, environment, arts, culture and horticulture.
·           Develop and implement effective multi-layered marketing strategies and effective and continuous public relations campaigns.
·           Generate links and partnership working opportunities between Cambo Heritage Trust and other community, arts and heritage institutions in Fife and adjacent areas.
·           Work in partnership to develop, plan and deliver a range of outreach activities, identifying potential participants from the community and stakeholder networks.
·           Develop existing and new events, co-ordinating with other activities happening on the estate.
·           Develop engagement opportunities with typical ‘hard to reach’ groups and individuals.
·           Work closely with Cambo Heritage Trust’s Learning & Engagement Officer to develop pathways into further learning or volunteering/employment opportunities for project beneficiaries.
·           Develop Cambo’s creative community engagement programmes: identifying and developing paid-for creative learning opportunities; managing freelance contractors and artists, art installations, exhibitions, heritage and creative events; keeping records and statistics relating to attendance at arts programmes.
·           Monitor the effectiveness of activities delivered and identify methods of improving future service delivery, including:
o    analysis of barriers experienced by non-users of Cambo Heritage Trust and identifying methods of addressing these barriers to widen and increase participation.
o    detailed evaluation of arts/cultural audiences and performance, developing effective audience feedback programmes and maintaining a database of Cambo’s arts audience/creative partners.

The post-holder will:
·           Work to a pre-agreed budget and identified performance indicators.
·           Recruit appropriate staff/volunteers and ambassadors as necessary and monitor their performance.
·           Identify and attract funding as required.
·           Liaise closely with designated Trustees on all matters.

Person Specification:
The post holder will be educated to degree standard or equivalent with an interest in heritage, education and the arts. He/she will have the following:

·      Previous experience of management within a heritage/arts organisation.
·      Excellent analytical, organisational, report writing and computing skills.
·      Ability to delegate successfully.
·      Experience of community/stakeholder consultation, engaging with groups & individuals.
·      Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work with others.
·      Excellent financial management skills.
·      Good P.R. and marketing skills.
·      Previous experience of working with volunteers, community groups and funders.

·      Willingness to undertake appropriate training
Diploma/Degree in a relevant discipline
·      Experience in developing and running community heritage based projects
·      Experience in initiating, designing and delivering heritage activity within a community setting
·      Experience in dealing with relevant stakeholders
·      Experience in dealing with the public
·      Experience in setting budgets and full budgetary control
·      Knowledge of all aspects of running a small business
·      Experience of managing staff
·      Experience of working with a range of partners e.g, trustees and other estate tenants,  local businesses ,networks, schools and community groups
·      Experience of working with children and young people
·      Project planning and project management skills
·      Excellent communication skills
·      Good inter-personal skills and the ability to relate to all types of people
·      Time management skills and the ability to work on own initiative
·      Flexible and innovative approach
·      Ability to manage and deliver projects within a tight timescale
·      Good IT skills
·      Self-motivated and energetic
·      Non-judgemental, tactful, empathetic and approachable
·      Trustworthy and reliable
·      Team player
·      Creative
·      Energetic and cheerful
·      Encouraging and supportive
·      Enjoys other people
·      Post holder will be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure
·      Driving Licence

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Who Are You Now? Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Winter Talk Series

 Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Winter Talk Series 2015/16

The Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Winter Series takes the format of talks and presentations by a panel of experts and researchers from across the UK crossing the boundaries of psychology, neuroscience, creativity & human development.
The Winter Series acts as a year round, audience development sibling to the fabulous Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival – a festival that encourages curiosity and creativity in all ages – founded in the summer of 2014 and takes place early July
The Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Winter Series will take place in the beautiful and historic Ballroom of Cambo House across October - March
The Winter Series 2014/15 was delivered by some of Scotland’s most animated and engaging experts and researchers and got fantastic feedback from visitors.
For 2015/16 we are extremely excited and delighted to be offering a fascinating and rich programme that will pair a Scotland based expert with a complimentary research presentation from an expert / researcher working in another part of the UK.

Thursday 26th November 2015, 6.30-8pm

Who Are You Now?

Ben Graham is Project Manager of Who Are You Now?, a project run by Headway East London, a charity that supports survivors of brain injury from across the north and east of London.
Ben will be joined by one of the project’s narrators. They will tell the story of who they were before their injury, how they came to have their injury, and the impact it has had on their life. They will describe what they have learned about the brain structures involved in memory and forgetting, and about how disabilities caused by brain injury can change a person's sense of self as well as many significant things about the way they live. They will also talk about the emotional impact of injury, and what the narrator has learned about life through surviving this challenging experience.

Dr Grant Mair, an Academic Neuroradiologist working for both the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian, will then take the evening into the realm of brain imaging.

Grant will take us through how, why and when the brain is imaged with illustrative examples of what modern medical imaging can tell us (and what it can’t) and how this information can benefit patients (and their families) with brain injury or other disorders of the central nervous system.  

 FREE EVENT Advance booking required Call 01333 450054

Tuesday, 6 October 2015


April's Cottage Cakes (April Simpson)
Barefoot Books (Helena Simmons)
The Four Bees Furniture (Alastair Forbes)
The Jam Lady (Cecilia Hope)
Autumn Recipe Samples (Katie Yandrick)
Woodcraft (Alison Ireland)
Drop In Workshops:
Alison Ireland - Driftwood Craft
Woodland Crafts 
Plant a tree seed 
Bookable Workshops:
Stuart Allison - Geology Walk (10.30-12.30)
Chris Childe - Woodland Games (13.30-15.00)
Katie Yandrick - Creative Writing Workshop (12.30-13.30)
Catherine Cumming - Autumn Woodland Walk (Meet at the stables at 3pm)
Stewart Hutt - Drystone Wall Taster Session - drop in throughout the day (The Stables)
Email education@camboheritagetrust.org.uk to book or call 01333 450054
All activities will be taking place in or around the Stables. 

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Cambo Canter

Soil and Sea Harvest Festival

Download full events programme

Cambo Adventure Club

NEW - Cambo Adventure Club
Explore the wildlife, countryside, and heritage of Cambo Estate with our kids club!

Ages: 6-12 year olds
Location: Cambo Estate, Kingsbarns
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm, one Saturday a month (with the exception of October)
What: crafts, education, and adventuring!
Club Fee: £10 for the year (September 2015 - June 2016)

Soil & Sea - 19th September
What about Weather? - 13th October
Hedgehogs!!! - 14th October
Sounds of Nature - 20th October
Halloweeny Things - 21st October **come in costume!!**
Brilliant Buildings of Cambo Estate - 21st November
Christmas Crafts - 19th December
Come and join us!!

To book your place contact Catherine Cumming education@camboheritageturst.org.uk or 01333 450054

Friday, 5 June 2015

Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival 10 July

Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival 

A festival encouraging creativity & curiosity in all ages

Friday 10th July 2015 10am – 7.30pm

ALL activities are 100% FREE!!  
Click on the image below to download our brochure.

The festival also has on offer self-directed activities and drop-in sessions so even if you don't book in for a time-set offering you won't be at a loss for things to do!

The programme has been set out under site headings but we encourage all visitors to explore the whole estate in all its beauty & history

Please note – we strongly advise you to arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of any events and activities you book. This is to allow you plenty of time to park, discover the location of your event on the estate and make your way there in a leisurely manner.

The Ballroom,  Cambo House

‘Lapin wants Ice-Cream' – Le Petit Monde Puppet Theatre   11.30am-12.10pm
Booking required   Duration 40mins
Aimed at 3 – 5 yrs

It is summer time! Just back from French Brittany, Tania has brought in her suitcase a tiny beach where Lapin, the lovely French rabbit has made his holiday home. But it is hot! And Lapin is thirsty. What will he have to quench his big thirst?

Le Petit Monde brings you this engaging puppet performance for 3 – 5 year olds. This show was rated 4* in The Herald – "The simple theme of trying to feed a fussy rabbit had the target audience fully engaged with Lapin & his friends" www.lepetitmonde.co.uk

Le Petit Monde workshop: Make your Book  12.30 – 1.10pm
Booking required Duration 40mins
Aimed at 3 – 7 yrs (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

After listening to Tania reading her storybook ‘Lapin is too hot’, join her in a relaxed craft session and create your own little bilingual book to take home. Tania is qualified in Childcare & Education & has been running French creative workshops & classes for pre-school children since 2008.

What’s in the Brain Box? 3-4.30pm
Booking required          Duration 1 hour 30mins
Aimed at 8 – 12 year olds (with room for a bit younger & older)

Explore the Brainbox & discover just how amazing your brain is! Become a brain scientist & try to work out how it works. In the BrainBox you’ll find the clues but you’ll need to use your brain to work it out! Follow on twitter @brainboxone

The Living Brain – Adult Presentation  3-4pm
Booking required     Duration 1 hour
This event is aimed at adults but young people with a strong interest are very welcome

A short introduction to the brain & how it changes throughout a lifetime & what might cause those changes. There will then be a showing of a short film The Living Brain by Anne Milne, which tells the inspiring story of William & Jean & their involvement in two unique studies of the ageing brain in Edinburgh (The Lothian Birth Cohorts 1921 & 1936). The film will be followed by a discussion about what the brain means to us, different kinds of intelligence which change differently with age & what the implications of this are for all of us. Some brain changes with age are inevitable, but there may be some things we can do to limit those changes: should we focus on ageing or on living?

The ‘What’s in the Brain Box’ & ‘The Living Brain’ events have been scheduled simultaneously to provide an opportunity for some parents to attend the presentation while their children are engaged in the workshop. After the presentation parents can rejoin their children to experience some research as a family.

Info Desk @ Cambo Tearoom – Meeting Point 

Wonderland Woodland Wander  10-11.30am
Booking required      Duration 1 hour 30mins
Aimed at 4-8 year olds (under 6 must be accompanied)

Let’s go on an adventure! What will we find? We will journey through the grounds hunting the Snark & finding out about what’s in the wood. We will explore nature through play and art, with our brave adventurers creating their own log book to take away with them.

Nordic Walking Session
Booking Required Duration Approx 1 hour 
11am  12.15pm & 2.15pm

Under the expert guidance of Carol Urquhart, registered Nordic Walking UK Instructor, come and enjoy a Nordic Walk.  Nordic Walking is recommended for adults and those aged 15 years and over.
You need to bring a bottle of water and wear walking shoes or trainers (walking boots not recommended).

The Young at Heart can enjoy a great day out at the Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival:

'Nordic Walking' 11am - 12.15pm then a lovely lunch in Cambo Tearooms and a stroll around the walled garden followed by a fascinating presentation on 'The Living Brain' in the Ballroom 3-4pm. After the presentation go explore the fabulous Stables before settling down with your picnic for the Fife Reel & Strathspey Society performance on the lawn. 

Tweedledee & Tweedledum Treasure Hunt  12-1pm
Booking required       Duration 1 hour
Aimed at 4 – 10 year olds

An Alice-in-Wonderland themed scavenger hunt where participants will scavenge in pairs (older with younger mentor style pairs where possible), in order to solve riddles and clues to find the hidden treasure.

Campfire Tea Party  3-4pm
Booking required          Duration 1 hour
Aimed at 4 – 12 year olds (Under 6 must be accompanied)

Join us for a wild tea party under the trees. We’ll learn how to light a fire & then create an assortment of delicious treats to cook – you’ll be amazed by what we can make on a fire. Try your hand at twizzle-stick bread, and discover how to make a cake on a campfire, it’ll be a tea party you won’t forget!

Den Building  4.30-5.30pm
Booking required         Duration 1 hour
Aimed at 6+

Come with us into the woods to create dens for creatures big & small! Get creative and build your own woodland mansion, or why not build a home for a woodland animal? We’ll also have a go at using natural materials to make wonderful expressive creations.

The Stables

Amazing Drawing Machines!  10.30– 11.30am / 12-1pm / 2-3pm / 3.30-4.30pm
Booking required - 4 x 1 hour session available
Aimed at age 8 and over

 A kinetic sculpture artist, Lara Greene, involved in the creation of interactive mechanical sculptures, will lead this workshop giving participants the opportunityto create beautiful& curious drawings using machines powered by pendulums.

You will also be challenged to see if you can work out how they are working & to have a go at creating your own unique drawing machines, learning how simple combinations of levers & link rods can move in surprising ways!

Also on hand, will be David Bradley, an engineer who has worked on the design of complex systems such as robots. David will explain the technical processes & introduce other aspects of engineering design including structures, machines & numbers.

These sessions are sponsored by the British Science Association

The Story Team 10.30-11.30am & 2-3pm
Booking required        Duration 1 hour
Aimed at 4 – 11 year olds

Jane Yolen, "America's Hans Christian Andersen," author of over 350 books for children and young adults, will share the Map Way of making a story. Jane will lead young participants through an hour of story making, with everyone helping to make the story deeper, bigger & more exciting.

Potted Poems in the Garden   4.30-5.30pm                
Booking required         Duration 1 hour
Aimed at 4 - 9yrs – Under 6s must have accompanying adult or older friend/sibling to support writing

Come and enjoy hearing some garden inspired poetry and then creating your very own flower pot poem celebrating summer! This is guaranteed to be a poetry session like you’ve never before experienced!!

‘Caravan Obscura’ Ongoing / drop-in from 11.30am – 6pm

The Caravan Obscura art/science installation has been touring Scotland in this UN International Year of Light 2015 and we are delighted to be hosting it as part of the Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival this year!

Caravan Obscura is essentially a camera obscura inside a caravan that uses mirrors and lenses to project the landscape outside onto the ceiling inside the caravan. The simplicity & ethereal nature of the image amazes everyone who enters. Lens Artist, Kenny Bean, will give a short talk about the camera obscura principle & the ‘Upside Down’ arts project.

‘The Ivo Kohler Challenge’ is available for those waiting to access the Caravan Obscura. Ivo Kohler was a scientist who carried out a legendary experiment by wearing special goggles that made him see upside down for four weeks night & day.

Visitors to the festival can drop-in and try out the special obscura boxes to make them see the world in reverse. Can you walk around walk around a special course upside down?!

The Main Lawn

Mad Hatter Mini Athletics   2pm – 5.30pm
No booking required
Aimed at families / 5 years & over

2pm     Hurdle practice
2.30pm           Hurdle Race
3pm     Javelin practice
3.30pm           Javelin Competition
4pm     Long Jump practice
4.30pm           Long Jump Competition
5pm  Family Relay Race

Picnic Performance with Fife Reel & Strathspey Society   6.30 – 7.30pm
No booking required       Duration 1 hour
Aimed at all ages

We are delighted this year to be welcoming members of the fabulous Fife Strathspey & Reel Society to the Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival to entertain audiences with a varied programme of Scottish traditional music.

We warmly invite and encourage all visitors to be part of the ‘performance’ and take to the floor – or in this case, grass - if the toe-tapping takes you!

The society draws its membership from all walks of life, and all ages from teenagers’ right up to octogenarians, who all have the common interest in playing traditional Scottish music. Some are members of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. For more info go to www.fsrs.co.uk

Across the Estate

Drop – in & D.I.Y @ the Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival  

‘Clock around the Rock’ Challenge   10am – 6pm

Back for 2015, come beat your 2014 personal best or set your personal time record at ‘Clock around the Rock’ challenge – great fun to race against friends or family!

Reading Roots 10am – 6pm

In partnership with the fabulous Barnardo's Bookshop in St Andrews you will find, across the Cambo Estate, the festival Reading Roots Trees – look out for the signs and rugs, encouraging you to pop under the shade of these natural canopies and 'leaf through', read and share a bit of the magic to be found from a small selection of books.

The Tail Trail  10am – 6pm

Pick up your ‘Tail Trail’ at the Info Desk by Cambo Tearoom. Inspired by the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, the trail will send you off to track down the white tails located across the estate. You will need all your wits and observational abilities in tip-top form. There will be small prizes for those who succeed in this challenge.

The Stroke Assocation 10.30am – 6pm

Drop in to the Stroke Association stand and learn more about how you can make choices that support a healthy brain, get your blood pressure checked and take the opportunity to speak to those who have a vast knowledge of strokes and their impact on individuals and their families
A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are over 120,000 people in the Scotland living with the effects of stroke and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability.

Booking Form for your convenience

We aim to make the Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival as easy to access as possible and we include booking activities in that accessibility so, for your convenience this year, we have added a little booking table below.

All you have to do is complete the table marking in the ‘Quantity of Places’ your requirements. If it will be children only place one figure, if adults will accompany please place adult figure in brackets as (+ 1). See example below:

Once you have completed the ‘At a Glance’ booking form please just copy and paste the table into an email and send to cambo@camboestate.com


There are lots of drop-in and self-directed activities to keep you busy in between!

General Festival Info you might find useful 

Opening Hours
The Estate grounds will be open from 9am with café & shop open 10am
Festival will run 10am – 7.30pm

Food and Drink
We have the Cambo Tearoom at the House
With the whole of the estate to explore and enjoy, we warmly invite you to bring picnics with you but do ask you keep all litter from you picnics and deposit in any of the many bins and recycling options available.

Disabled facilities
We make it as easy as we can for disabled visitors to Cambo Estate. Disabled parking is available and this is situated next to the house, toilet block, café & shop.

Our volunteers will be on hand but please do not hesitate to contact us in advance to discuss any concerns you may have about your visit with us.

Be part of the chatter before, during and after

Follow the Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival on  Twitter  @MHGMFestival

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Contacting Us
If you have any queries or would prefer to book activities over the phone please use:
By telephone +44 (0) 1333450054
Address Cambo House, Kingsbarns, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 8QD

We simply can’t wait to welcome you at Cambo
For Mad Hatter, Grey Matter 2015