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​The NCI 
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We can be found on Holland Street, near Alexandra Gardens and Mitcham’s Corner, it has been a place for people in Cambridge to meet, relax and enjoy one another’s company for over 100 years and we are volunteer­ run.

Our history

The New Chesterton Institute (NCI) building was donated by the vicar of St Luke's Church on Victoria Road in 1885, and was originally intended to be used as a reading room. It eventually became a sports and social club, encouraging various sports clubs to be affiliated. A couple of years ago the NCI sports and Social Club became the NCI Community Association CIO - a charity. 

We recently celebrated our 130 year anniversary!


Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The AGM of the NCI Community Association CIO will be held on 28th April 2023, commencing at 8.00pm. All members are welcome to attend. The Association is managed by a small group of Trustees who are elected at the AGM and who will present reports on the finances, premises usage and development.    Outcomes of the meeting, including the current register of  trustees, will be posted on the notice board in the lobby soon after the AGM.


NCI Community Association CIO

Holland Street

Cambridge CB4 3DL

United Kingdom


The NCI is now run slightly differently to before, being a charity.

There used to be a committee that was voted in during the AGM. Now there are a group of 10 trustees that run the CIO and a group of directors, currently 4, that run the CIC (the bar).

The trustees will decide on decisions on the building, similar to being landlords. The directors are the sub-group that will now be running the bar as a business.

The bar now has to be self funding.


We actively encourage volunteers who know us to join us so that we will be here for the next generation.

We are looking for volunteers and donors to help with:

  • Promoting the NCI

  • Fundraising 

  • If you have a trade then please email us if you would like to donate your time to help.

       There are plenty of ways to help out!!

Please get in touch to find out how you can help, or to propose a new project.


We are a very short walk from Jesus Green,   Alexandra Gardens on Carlyle Road and a 10 minute walk from the city centre

The nearest pay and display car park is Castle park, a 5 minute walk along Victoria Road towards Huntingdon Road, which is free after 7pm 

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