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May Newsletter

Rev’d Barnabas is running a Pentecost Poetry Project to encourage broad poetic engagement with the story of Pentecost (which will be celebrated by the church on the 19th May). The narrative can be found in Acts 2 and we are encouraging budding poets to focus on verses 1-5 and 12. Poems will be shared across the Lordsbridge Team in May and available on our website to view.

Please contact Barnabas at to make a submission or for further details.

On Friday 17th May 2024 the Lordsbridge Pilgrimage will take place as part of the global Thy Kingdom Come initative. Join us for all or part of the walk starting at Coton promptly at 07:30. Please bring your own refreshments and a packed lunch. The walk will end at 18:00 with Evening Prayer at Dry Drayton Church. The full route is approximately 20 miles, but please join us for as much or as little as you would like.

Coton07:30 (prompt start!)
Little Eversden11:00
Great Eversden11:30
Caldecote13:00 (Lunch)
Dry Drayton18:00 (Finish)
If you can’t join us on the day, do keep track of our travels on Facebook or Instagram.

Support the work of WCCYM, who work with young people across the area, by purchasing a Cake Box for Saturday 18th May.

People are being asked to give a donation (suggested amount £7.50, but that is a definite bargain!). It includes a scone, jam and cream, and 3 homemade cakes.

Booking in advance is essential, by Wednesday 15th May at the latest.

Email to order your boxes, and we will give you more information about collection places and times.

If anyone can help by making cakes, please contact Susie at the email above!

Alan Storkey will be holding an exhibtion of more than a hundred of his paintings in centre of Coton from Tuesday 28th May to Sunday 2nd June, with different themes each day. There will be children’s sessions on the Village Green on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 3.00 – 3.30pm.

The programme is as follows:
Tuesday 28th May: Cambridge, Coton and Grantchester landscapes.
Talk: My Personal History of Art, 5.00pm at St Peter’s Church.

Wednesday 29th May: More landscapes, especially Scotland and Cityscapes. 
Talk: The Journey through Modernism to the Creator, 5.00pm at St Peter’s Church

Thursday 30th May: My people and Portraits. Old School House and Garden.
Talk: A journey with Michelangelo and Rembrandt plus some portraits, 5.00pm at St Peter’s Church

Friday 31st May: War and Peace Paintings.
Talk: The long artistic witness against War and for Peace, 5.00pm at St Peter’s Church.
Talk: Why We War and How Not To, 7.00pm at St Peter’s Church.

Saturday 1st June: The Shared Vision: Rookmaaker and Christian Art.
Talk: The truths about Art. Informal party, discussion 2.00-8.00pm Old School Garden

Sunday 2nd June: Biblical paintings.
Talk: Seeing the glory of God, 2.00pm at St Peter’s Church.

On Sunday 21st April, St Peter’s Barton celebrated 25 years of Ruth Bond’s ministry as a Licensed Lay Minister. Rev’d Claire Robertson thanked Ruth for her wonderful contribution to mission across the Lordsbridge Team, especially her compassionate bereavement ministry. Congratulations Ruth!

Thanks to the generous contributions and legacies from villagers and our congregation, All Saints’ Church has been able to start thefirst phase of high level restoration work in the Nave. Grants towards this work were received from The Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust (£3,000) and The Benefact Trust (£4,000).

The repairs to the stonework and the fresh new decoration of the central Nave is a great improvement and the conservation and painting of the interior arches by Matthew Beesley the Conservator is exceptional.

The historic lead in the high clerestory windows was found to be very fragile putting the medieval glass at risk. The work on the glazing is planned to carry on until the end of April.

Sunday services will continue to be held in the Chancel where there is seating for approximately 40 people.

On a sunny Saturday in April, St Mary’s Hardwick supporters set out for a 10K journey from Cambridge to Hardwick. Peter Cornwell reports on the event:

This was the third walk, run, cycle event. Last time we were still raising money for the Cabin. This time it was raising money to pay for the ceiling in church. Unfortunately, bits of plaster kept dropping from above and the building has been closed for six months.

Saturday 13th April saw over forty participants making their way from Great St Mary’s along Burrell’s walk, Adam’s Road, through Coton and up to Hardwick. A distance of just under 10k. Ages ranged from toddlers to over seventies, some at snail pace and some very, very fast. Other members of the congregation acted as stewards, cheering on from various points. It would be a mistake to think that all the participants were members of the congregation. Far from it, we were blessed with lots of support from the village. It was great.

Everyone arrived back at the Cabin garden for Jeff’s sausages, Harry’s live music and a
wonderful spread of cakes. A terrific success! And financially ………..the total raised keeps increasing . At the time of writing the total stood at £4,400 and it’s not too late. Please click on the stewardship link if you can spare a fiver for our ceiling. The work is being done even now and boy, will we have one fantastic celebration when we finally open the doors again!

Peter Cornwell

Our wonderful curate, the Rev’d Barnabas Leeke will be ordained priest on Saturday 29th June, 5.00pm at Ely Cathedral. Everyone is welcome to join the service.

Rev’d Barnabas will be celebrating his first communion at our Team Service on Sunday 30th June, 10.30am at St Mary’s, Comberton.

Barton Church Fete
Saturday 15th June, 1.30 – 4.30pm

The Eversden’s Church Fete, Great Eversden
Saturday 15th June, 2.00 – 4.30pm

A huge thank you to all those who give up their time to help to look after our churches and churchyards across the Team.

Pictured: A team at St Peter’s, Barton, at their churchyard clean-up.

To get in touch with the Lordsbridge Team and for links to our Facebook and Instagram pages, please see the Contact Us page.