I'm only recommending people on this page that I really rate highly - so don't expect to see this page full of tradepeople, and don't expect these people not to be busy. I'm recommending them because they've done work for me which has been excellent.
Car Mechanic - Melvin Best
Melvin is a great mechanic. He's fantastic about keeping old cars on the road, and he'll even wander over to the scrap yard to find parts for you if he can. He was working for Carzone for a while but he's now back in Milton where he used to be. It's a little hard to find so ask directions when you phone but it's very near Milton Tesco.
Unit 2, Industrial Road,
Cambridge Road Industrial Estate,
Phone: (01223) 423982
Plumbing and Heating Engineers - Duncan Cook and Mark
Duncan Cook and Mark are excellent corgi registered plumbers who I'd recommend to anybody. Plumbed in my new kitchen from scratch - no bother. Did some major work at my friend's house and he was very impressed with the care they took. Any kind of complicated plumbing, heating or gas problem you might have - try these two.
Phone: (07802) 183321
Bicycle Maintenance Mechanic - Chris' Bikes
Chris is an excellent chap - very fair, honest and very good at bike repair. He does various mobile bike repairs in his modern van. He runs various pool bike schemes around Cambridge, one at Addenbrookes and one at GE that I know of. Chris also has many cycles for hire.
2, Thornton Way
Phone: (01223) 276004
Green Eco Kitchens made from reclaimed pine - Rick Forward, New from Old
It's really hard to get an environmentally friendly kitchen. Finding alternatives to MDF and chipboard is near impossible. Rick Forward (New from Old) produces custom made-to-measure green kitchens from reclaimed pine (or other FSC sourced wood).
My kitchen is made from a 100 year old church roof and looks great - the worktops are higher than normal, the worktops deeper than normal and there is no dead space between cabinets (which is a feature of standard kitchens from MFI, B&Q, etc). I think I was most surprised by the price, which was not that much more than an MFI kitchen and is much better than that. Rick is well connected with material sources - to make my kitchen a little cheaper, MDF was used for the insides of some cabinets, but we used formaldehyde free MDF.
Not only an excellent eco-kitchen but New from Old also offers a good after sales service - Rick puts in a lot of effort to ensure the kitchen is just right.
New from Old
The Engine House,
Little Ouse, Ely,
Cambridgeshire CB7 4TG
Circuit Training and Programmed Lane Swimming in Cambridge by Dave Silk
This is a word of mouth recommendation for some training sessions that are available locally from Dave Silk (who regularly swims with the Tri Club and Impington Swimming Club).
From my point of view, circuit training is the one exercise I do which keeps me strong enough to do all the other sports - I used to be addicted to Yoga but find circuits better. I'm sure people will also be very glad to hear of another programmed lane swim in the area.
Saturday 12 noon - 1 hour programmed lane swim - The Leys School Pool (Cambridge) - £5
(suitable for tri-club and Impington Swimmers lanes 2,3 and 4 - probably not intense enough for lane 1 swimmers)
Tuesdays 7.30pm - 1.5 hours circuit training - Cottenham Village College - £5 (no closure for easter - this is on next week)
(circuit training with around 20 stations including an ergo)
Thursday 7.30pm - 1.5 hours circuit training - Comberton Village College - £5 (restarts April 10th) (circuit training with around 20 stations including an ergo)
For more details please call Dave Silk on 07796 491 883