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Coronavirus: Updates and information

Find out about available support and how to offer help. Our customer service centre is open to help you by email and phone. Please continue to follow official NHS and government advice.

Community centres reopening

Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre remains closed while it is used as a centre for emergency food aid and supplies.

Clay Farm Centre

Inside the Clay Farm Centre
Clay Farm Centre, Hobson Square, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9FN
Outside view of the Clay Farm Centre

The Clay Farm Centre is a shared-facility space in Trumpington, in the heart of one of the new developments in the south of Cambridge.

We have resumed some of our regular activities – see our programme of events, below.

  • The shared seating areas and the library will remain closed until further notice.
  • The library’s select and collect service will be available from 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays and 2 to 6pm on Thursdays.
  • The café will be open from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday.

The centre hosts a community centre, library and café on the ground and first floors, and a medical centre will soon open on the second floor. The top two floors are residential accommodation.

Watch our ‘communities and people’ video to find out more about the centre.

The centre’s opening hours are:

  • Monday: 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday: 9am to 5pm
  • Wednesday: 9am to 5pm
  • Thursday: 9am to 7pm
  • Friday: 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am to 1pm
  • Sunday: Closed

The centre is a short walk from the Trumpington Park & Ride, or from the Foster Road stop if you’re using the guided bus. The area is patrolled by parking enforcement officers, so make sure you use a proper parking space if you’re driving here.

The Clay Farm Centre is a joint venture between us and the county council. It is overseen through a partnering agreement. We manage the community facility, library and café on behalf of the partnership, including employing the staff and providing all the services.

Programme of events

The centre hosts a busy and varied programme of weekly events.


The centre has an array of spaces available for hire:

The Eva Hartree Hall (204m²) on the ground floor can be split into two smaller sections of 135m² and 68m². It is ideal for large groups, exercise classes, performances and conferences. The hall is equipped with tiered seating if required.

The Tillie Cuthbert Room (56m²) on the ground floor is a multi-use room with an enclosed patio space. It has an enclosed patio area so is ideal for children’s activities, as well as for classes and meetings of all kinds. The room has tea-making facilities.

The Baker Studio (72m²) on the first-floor is a flexible space that can be used for classes and meetings of any kind. The room has tea-making facilities.

The Byron Room (30m²) and Chaplen Room (27m²) are first-floor meeting rooms. The dividing wall between them can be rolled back to create a single, larger room. The Byron Room has tea-making facilities.

We also have circulation areas with seating which are ideal for informal meetings.

We have a library on the ground floor as well as an on-site café, and the centre and all its facilities are fully accessible to all people with disabilities. We have a fully accessible Changing Places facility, and the centre has free Wi-Fi throughout.


The library counter is staffed between 9.30am and 1pm every day, and until 7pm on Thursdays. It has a self-service facility, so you can still use it outside of these hours while the centre is open.

Medical centre

Update – March 2020: Trumpington Medical Practice is now open for business. Thank you for your continued patience and we welcome you all to the new practice.

Room bookings

Contact us if you are interested in hiring a space at the centre.

Advisory group

We and the county council are keen to ensure that the centre understands and meets the needs of the local community. Involving the community in the continuing development of the centre is one way we can do this.

We have established an advisory group to help by providing advice and local knowledge. It includes up to eight local people or representatives from local organisations, to reflect a cross section of the community around the centre.

The group also includes two elected representatives from the city council, and one from the county council.

If you would like to be part of the advisory group, the group’s terms of reference provide more information and include an application form.