Coming Up

Currently Known for 2017

See also our     “Calendar”

Exploring Faith, Prayer & Life group: 6 & 20 June, 4 & 18 July. Contact Romie.

Strawberry Tea: organised by Friends of St Andrew’s. Vicarage garden, today, 4th June from 2.30 pm. Contact Sue Brown  suebrown003{at} for tickets £5 each or £12 per family. Garden games, strawberries and cream, and tea.

SSYI Garden Party: 3.30 to 5.30 pm, Saturday 17 June at Lismore, Whittlesford Rd, Little Shelford. Save the date.

Nachingwea concert: 17 June at 7 pm. To raise funds for the library. Keep date free.

Sunday evening youth group: starts Sunday 18 June, 6.30-8 pm Verger’s Cottage. Contact Zac Britton 07935 217941 zacstandrews{at}

Quiet Day: Ely Cathedral, Saturday 29 July with Bishop David Thomson on ‘Finding Quiet in the midst of Life’.  Using art materials, music, prayer walks in and outside the cathedral. £10 including lunch. Fliers in the porch or speak to Romie Ridley.

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News and Needs

Cake: We are providing cakes and tea/coffee after Zac’s wedding which is at 2 pm on Saturday 10 June.  We need cake bakers, and servers from about 2.45 pm, please!

Open House & Gardens: Warm thanks to Philippa, Steve, Mary, Tony and to all who helped and contributed last Monday. Very enjoyable and successful, and raised a magnificent over £2,300 with more to come.

Baptism &/or admission to communion: Any children aged 7+ interested?

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MU: Coffee Morning – Sat 18th March. Alice’s Marathon!

Many thanks to all supported Stapleford Branch’s Coffee Morning on Saturday 18 March for Alice, who is taking part in the London Marathon to raise funds for MU projects.  We raised £151.  Alice was very interested to see all the medals won by Sylvia Sanderson from taking part in Marathons from London to New York.

Click below to see some photographs

                    Welcoming group outside the Cox’s Close Community Room



A couple of MU members (me and Pam Reed) who accompanies Alice on the last few yards

                                                                                                           of her run.  




                                                                                Sylvia’s Marathon medals.



Hilary Street

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MU Coffee Morning – Success

MU Coffee Morning on 27 October raised a wonderful £216 for the MU Away From It All holiday scheme – and thank you to all who supported the event.

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APCM & Election Results

At the APCM on Monday 18th April, Sue Brown and Felicity Cooke were elected as churchwardens for the coming year, with Chris Cooper and Judith Lee continuing to serve as their deputies.  Sue and Felicity will be sworn in by the Archdeacon at  Haslingfield   on     10th May at 7:30pm
The following people were elected to serve on the PCC:
Jeannie Green (serving for 2 years), Chris Cooper, Lesley Ford, Clare Kerr & Jacqui Watkins (all serving for 3 years)
Jeannie was appointed PCC secretary, Anne Gibbs treasurer, & Rob Needle vice chairman
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Nachingwea Palm Sunday

Greetings from Nachingwea.  Palm Sunday in Nachingwea specially the procession

Palm Sunday 2016Click to enlarge

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Open House and Garden 2016: fund raising for a new school

Nachingwea Update

During his recent visit to Stapleford, Bishop James Almasi spoke about his project to build a  boarding school for girls from Southern Tanzania. The proposed school – St Catherine’s, Namasakata, will provide high quality secondary education for girls of all faiths and none.

This is a most ambitious project, which meets an urgent need and will be of direct benefit to girls from Nachingwea as they pursue their studies.  It will add to the work the Link is already doing to support girls education by providing a  safe place for study, for living and for recreation; a place of security to live, to learn and to grow.

The  open house and garden at 57-61 London Road this year on Monday 30 May (the late spring bank holiday), will raise funds to support the building of the new school and all are invited to see the gardens and have coffee and lunch. Watch the next Messenger for details.

Steve Jones

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—- to everyone who worked so hard to make Easter 2016 such a memorable celebration:
to the children’s activity people on Good Friday; to the cleaners & flower arrangers; to the breakfast cookers & washers up on Easter Sunday; to readers, music makers & bell ringers; to the service sheet copier; for the flowering cross; and above all, to Simon and Pam.

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Red Hens Thank You …..

The sale of ‘red hens’ during Advent has raised in excess of £300 for the Red Hen Project, and donations are still coming in.  Many thanks for supporting this local charity in its work with children and their families who experience barriers to learning.

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Thank You from the Mothers’ Union

Stapleford Mothers’ Union would like to thank all those who contributed to their appeal for toiletries for the Cambridge Women’s Refuge, which was to support the ’16 Days Against Gender-based Violence’, a campaign supported by the national Mothers’ Union.  Three large cartons have been given to the Refuge – so, thank you all very much for your wonderful generosity.

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