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Diocese of Ely
December 2019

Sunday 1st December 2019 St Giles’ Christmas Tree Festival - 'Hope for the Future'

St Giles’ Christmas Tree Festival - 'Hope for the Future'

St. Giles' Church, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ

30th November-8th December

St Giles' church will be open daily

10 am to 4.00 pm, with tree lights glittering on 23 real trees beautifully decorated by local schools and organisations. Refreshments will be available from 12 noon. Free Entry.

Friday 29th November 6pm

Grand opening by Cllr Gerri Bird, Mayor of Cambridge, and blessing of the Trees with music by Quadriga, mulled wine and mince pies.

Saturday 30th November

12-4.30 pm. Christmas Mini-market, Light Lunches and seasonal refreshments.

1-4.30 pm. Scandinavian Wreath Making plus Danish Paper Hearts Workshops. £20 charge for all materials and refreshments. Bring your own secateurs and scissors.

Sunday 1st December 3.30 pm

Advent Carol Service by candlelight, with Cantores conducted by Jeremy Wong, followed by afternoon tea.

Wednesday 4th December 2-4.30 pm

Enjoy a seasonal Tea Amongst The Trees and relax, with a piano accompaniment by Colin Fludgate

Saturday 7th December. 3-4.30 pm

Children’s Party, with a visit from Father Christmas.

Further details and updates are available on the website: www.churchatcastle.org

 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM Against Gender-Based Violence and Domest

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM Against Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Abuse started on 25 November and is being marked around Ely Diocese with action and displays.

The campaign takes place each year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) until 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

A Silent Vigil will be held in St Catherine’s Chapel, Ely Cathedral on Friday 6 December, with a banner witness outside, weather permitting.

All very welcome to join us between 11.30am and 12.30pm, for some or all of the time. Or pop in during the day if you cannot make it in the morning.

For the following days (from Friday 6 to Friday 20 December) there will be a display showing how Mothers’ Union members locally and around the world support victims (located in the SW transept - through the main West Door on the right-hand side).

There will be a box alongside for anyone wishing to make a donation of items for the 3 Women’s Refuges in the Diocese.

Download further Resources below

10:00 - 17:00Christmas Tree Festival

Saturday 30 November 2019 - 10 am - 5pm

Sunday 1 December 2019 - 12.30 pm - 5pm

Venue: Somersham - St John the Baptist PE28 3EG

A wonderful display of over 30 individually decorated Christmas trees. All organisations in Somersham are invited to decorate a tree.

Come and see this display of Christmas Trees with their twinkling lights and unique decorations. Enjoy the atmosphere and have a drink and something to eat as there will be tea, coffee and light refreshments available. Soup and rolls available at lunchtime on the Saturday. There will also be various stalls selling homemade jams and marmalades and other locally produced items. 

Cost and booking:

Adutls £2; Children free if accompanied by an adult.  

Contact details:

John Sissons, 01487 840053, [email protected]

Monday 2nd December 2019 St Giles’ Christmas Tree Festival - 'Hope for the Future'

St Giles’ Christmas Tree Festival - 'Hope for the Future'

St. Giles' Church, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ

30th November-8th December

St Giles' church will be open daily

10 am to 4.00 pm, with tree lights glittering on 23 real trees beautifully decorated by local schools and organisations. Refreshments will be available from 12 noon. Free Entry.

Friday 29th November 6pm

Grand opening by Cllr Gerri Bird, Mayor of Cambridge, and blessing of the Trees with music by Quadriga, mulled wine and mince pies.

Saturday 30th November

12-4.30 pm. Christmas Mini-market, Light Lunches and seasonal refreshments.

1-4.30 pm. Scandinavian Wreath Making plus Danish Paper Hearts Workshops. £20 charge for all materials and refreshments. Bring your own secateurs and scissors.

Sunday 1st December 3.30 pm

Advent Carol Service by candlelight, with Cantores conducted by Jeremy Wong, followed by afternoon tea.

Wednesday 4th December 2-4.30 pm

Enjoy a seasonal Tea Amongst The Trees and relax, with a piano accompaniment by Colin Fludgate

Saturday 7th December. 3-4.30 pm

Children’s Party, with a visit from Father Christmas.

Further details and updates are available on the website: www.churchatcastle.org

 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM Against Gender-Based Violence and Domest

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM Against Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Abuse started on 25 November and is being marked around Ely Diocese with action and displays.

The campaign takes place each year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) until 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

A Silent Vigil will be held in St Catherine’s Chapel, Ely Cathedral on Friday 6 December, with a banner witness outside, weather permitting.

All very welcome to join us between 11.30am and 12.30pm, for some or all of the time. Or pop in during the day if you cannot make it in the morning.

For the following days (from Friday 6 to Friday 20 December) there will be a display showing how Mothers’ Union members locally and around the world support victims (located in the SW transept - through the main West Door on the right-hand side).

There will be a box alongside for anyone wishing to make a donation of items for the 3 Women’s Refuges in the Diocese.

Download further Resources below

Tuesday 3rd December 2019 St Giles’ Christmas Tree Festival - 'Hope for the Future'

St Giles’ Christmas Tree Festival - 'Hope for the Future'

St. Giles' Church, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ

30th November-8th December

St Giles' church will be open daily

10 am to 4.00 pm, with tree lights glittering on 23 real trees beautifully decorated by local schools and organisations. Refreshments will be available from 12 noon. Free Entry.

Friday 29th November 6pm

Grand opening by Cllr Gerri Bird, Mayor of Cambridge, and blessing of the Trees with music by Quadriga, mulled wine and mince pies.

Saturday 30th November

12-4.30 pm. Christmas Mini-market, Light Lunches and seasonal refreshments.

1-4.30 pm. Scandinavian Wreath Making plus Danish Paper Hearts Workshops. £20 charge for all materials and refreshments. Bring your own secateurs and scissors.

Sunday 1st December 3.30 pm

Advent Carol Service by candlelight, with Cantores conducted by Jeremy Wong, followed by afternoon tea.

Wednesday 4th December 2-4.30 pm

Enjoy a seasonal Tea Amongst The Trees and relax, with a piano accompaniment by Colin Fludgate

Saturday 7th December. 3-4.30 pm

Children’s Party, with a visit from Father Christmas.

Further details and updates are available on the website: www.churchatcastle.org

 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM Against Gender-Based Violence and Domest

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM Against Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Abuse started on 25 November and is being marked around Ely Diocese with action and displays.

The campaign takes place each year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) until 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

A Silent Vigil will be held in St Catherine’s Chapel, Ely Cathedral on Friday 6 December, with a banner witness outside, weather permitting.

All very welcome to join us between 11.30am and 12.30pm, for some or all of the time. Or pop in during the day if you cannot make it in the morning.

For the following days (from Friday 6 to Friday 20 December) there will be a display showing how Mothers’ Union members locally and around the world support victims (located in the SW transept - through the main West Door on the right-hand side).

There will be a box alongside for anyone wishing to make a donation of items for the 3 Women’s Refuges in the Diocese.

Download further Resources below

Wednesday 4th December 2019 St Giles’ Christmas Tree Festival - 'Hope for the Future'

St Giles’ Christmas Tree Festival - 'Hope for the Future'

St. Giles' Church, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ

30th November-8th December

St Giles' church will be open daily

10 am to 4.00 pm, with tree lights glittering on 23 real trees beautifully decorated by local schools and organisations. Refreshments will be available from 12 noon. Free Entry.

Friday 29th November 6pm

Grand opening by Cllr Gerri Bird, Mayor of Cambridge, and blessing of the Trees with music by Quadriga, mulled wine and mince pies.

Saturday 30th November

12-4.30 pm. Christmas Mini-market, Light Lunches and seasonal refreshments.

1-4.30 pm. Scandinavian Wreath Making plus Danish Paper Hearts Workshops. £20 charge for all materials and refreshments. Bring your own secateurs and scissors.

Sunday 1st December 3.30 pm

Advent Carol Service by candlelight, with Cantores conducted by Jeremy Wong, followed by afternoon tea.

Wednesday 4th December 2-4.30 pm

Enjoy a seasonal Tea Amongst The Trees and relax, with a piano accompaniment by Colin Fludgate

Saturday 7th December. 3-4.30 pm

Children’s Party, with a visit from Father Christmas.

Further details and updates are available on the website: www.churchatcastle.org

 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM Against Gender-Based Violence and Domest

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM Against Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Abuse started on 25 November and is being marked around Ely Diocese with action and displays.

The campaign takes place each year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) until 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

A Silent Vigil will be held in St Catherine’s Chapel, Ely Cathedral on Friday 6 December, with a banner witness outside, weather permitting.

All very welcome to join us between 11.30am and 12.30pm, for some or all of the time. Or pop in during the day if you cannot make it in the morning.

For the following days (from Friday 6 to Friday 20 December) there will be a display showing how Mothers’ Union members locally and around the world support victims (located in the SW transept - through the main West Door on the right-hand side).

There will be a box alongside for anyone wishing to make a donation of items for the 3 Women’s Refuges in the Diocese.

Download further Resources below

Thursday 5th December 2019 Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) Meeting Dates

Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) Meeting Dates

The DAC meets eight times a year, typically six weeks apart. The dates for October/December 2019 and all of 2020 are set out below. Typically the DAC meet at the Diocesan Offices, Barton Road, Ely.

There can be up to 50 agenda items for consideration at each meeting, so to enable us to manage the workload and provide information to DAC members in advance, we ask for all papers and information to be submitted a fortnight in advance of the meeting at which the work or project will be considered.

Similarly, whilst we aim to provide feedback (both informal and Notifications of Advice) as quickly as possible, we ask parishes to allow a period of approximately ten days after each DAC meeting before contacting your case worker in the Church Buildings and Pastoral Department - by which time you should have received an indication of the outcome.

For any queries or clarifications regarding the DAC dates or process, please contact the DAC team on [email protected].

Meeting details are as follows.

Meeting Date

Deadline for receipt of papers and information for consideration

Date by which we aim to provide feedback following the meeting

Thursday 24 October 2019

Thursday 10 October

Monday 4 November

Thursday 5 December 2019

Thursday 21 November

Monday 16 December

Thursday 23 January 2020

Thursday 9 January

Monday 3 February

Thursday 26 March 2020

Thursday 12 March

Monday 6 April

Tuesday 5 May 2020

Tuesday 21 April

Friday 15 May

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Tuesday 2 June

Friday 26 June

Thursday 30 July 2020

Thursday 16 July

Monday 10 August

Thursday 10 September 2020

Thursday 27 August

Monday 21 September

Thursday 22 October 2020

Thursday 8 October

Monday 2 November

Thursday 3 December 2020

Thursday 19 November

Monday 14 December

 St Giles’ Christmas Tree Festival - 'Hope for the Future'

St Giles’ Christmas Tree Festival - 'Hope for the Future'

St. Giles' Church, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ

30th November-8th December

St Giles' church will be open daily

10 am to 4.00 pm, with tree lights glittering on 23 real trees beautifully decorated by local schools and organisations. Refreshments will be available from 12 noon. Free Entry.

Friday 29th November 6pm

Grand opening by Cllr Gerri Bird, Mayor of Cambridge, and blessing of the Trees with music by Quadriga, mulled wine and mince pies.

Saturday 30th November

12-4.30 pm. Christmas Mini-market, Light Lunches and seasonal refreshments.

1-4.30 pm. Scandinavian Wreath Making plus Danish Paper Hearts Workshops. £20 charge for all materials and refreshments. Bring your own secateurs and scissors.

Sunday 1st December 3.30 pm

Advent Carol Service by candlelight, with Cantores conducted by Jeremy Wong, followed by afternoon tea.

Wednesday 4th December 2-4.30 pm

Enjoy a seasonal Tea Amongst The Trees and relax, with a piano accompaniment by Colin Fludgate

Saturday 7th December. 3-4.30 pm

Children’s Party, with a visit from Father Christmas.

Further details and updates are available on the website: www.churchatcastle.org

 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM Against Gender-Based Violence and Domest

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM Against Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Abuse started on 25 November and is being marked around Ely Diocese with action and displays.

The campaign takes place each year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) until 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

A Silent Vigil will be held in St Catherine’s Chapel, Ely Cathedral on Friday 6 December, with a banner witness outside, weather permitting.

All very welcome to join us between 11.30am and 12.30pm, for some or all of the time. Or pop in during the day if you cannot make it in the morning.

For the following days (from Friday 6 to Friday 20 December) there will be a display showing how Mothers’ Union members locally and around the world support victims (located in the SW transept - through the main West Door on the right-hand side).

There will be a box alongside for anyone wishing to make a donation of items for the 3 Women’s Refuges in the Diocese.

Download further Resources below

Friday 6th December 2019 St Giles’ Christmas Tree Festival - 'Hope for the Future'

St Giles’ Christmas Tree Festival - 'Hope for the Future'

St. Giles' Church, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ

30th November-8th December

St Giles' church will be open daily

10 am to 4.00 pm, with tree lights glittering on 23 real trees beautifully decorated by local schools and organisations. Refreshments will be available from 12 noon. Free Entry.

Friday 29th November 6pm

Grand opening by Cllr Gerri Bird, Mayor of Cambridge, and blessing of the Trees with music by Quadriga, mulled wine and mince pies.

Saturday 30th November

12-4.30 pm. Christmas Mini-market, Light Lunches and seasonal refreshments.

1-4.30 pm. Scandinavian Wreath Making plus Danish Paper Hearts Workshops. £20 charge for all materials and refreshments. Bring your own secateurs and scissors.

Sunday 1st December 3.30 pm

Advent Carol Service by candlelight, with Cantores conducted by Jeremy Wong, followed by afternoon tea.

Wednesday 4th December 2-4.30 pm

Enjoy a seasonal Tea Amongst The Trees and relax, with a piano accompaniment by Colin Fludgate

Saturday 7th December. 3-4.30 pm

Children’s Party, with a visit from Father Christmas.

Further details and updates are available on the website: www.churchatcastle.org

 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM Against Gender-Based Violence and Domest

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM Against Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Abuse started on 25 November and is being marked around Ely Diocese with action and displays.

The campaign takes place each year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) until 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

A Silent Vigil will be held in St Catherine’s Chapel, Ely Cathedral on Friday 6 December, with a banner witness outside, weather permitting.

All very welcome to join us between 11.30am and 12.30pm, for some or all of the time. Or pop in during the day if you cannot make it in the morning.

For the following days (from Friday 6 to Friday 20 December) there will be a display showing how Mothers’ Union members locally and around the world support victims (located in the SW transept - through the main West Door on the right-hand side).

There will be a box alongside for anyone wishing to make a donation of items for the 3 Women’s Refuges in the Diocese.

Download further Resources below

Saturday 7th December 2019 St Giles’ Christmas Tree Festival - 'Hope for the Future'

St Giles’ Christmas Tree Festival - 'Hope for the Future'

St. Giles' Church, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ

30th November-8th December

St Giles' church will be open daily

10 am to 4.00 pm, with tree lights glittering on 23 real trees beautifully decorated by local schools and organisations. Refreshments will be available from 12 noon. Free Entry.

Friday 29th November 6pm

Grand opening by Cllr Gerri Bird, Mayor of Cambridge, and blessing of the Trees with music by Quadriga, mulled wine and mince pies.

Saturday 30th November

12-4.30 pm. Christmas Mini-market, Light Lunches and seasonal refreshments.

1-4.30 pm. Scandinavian Wreath Making plus Danish Paper Hearts Workshops. £20 charge for all materials and refreshments. Bring your own secateurs and scissors.

Sunday 1st December 3.30 pm

Advent Carol Service by candlelight, with Cantores conducted by Jeremy Wong, followed by afternoon tea.

Wednesday 4th December 2-4.30 pm

Enjoy a seasonal Tea Amongst The Trees and relax, with a piano accompaniment by Colin Fludgate

Saturday 7th December. 3-4.30 pm

Children’s Party, with a visit from Father Christmas.

Further details and updates are available on the website: www.churchatcastle.org

10:00 - 17:00Friends of St Peter's Christmas Tree FestivalA feast for the eyes at this sparkling time of year. The Friends of St Peter's present a Festival of Christmas Trees from organisations and business in the village bringing the community together in a dazzling display On Saturday 7th 10.00 - 5.00 and Sunday 8th December 11.00 - 4.30 Refreshment available.
Tuesday 10th December 2019 10:30 - 11:45Cambridge Branch of the Retired Clergy Association

Tuesday 10 December 2019

10:30-11:45

Venue: The Wilkinson Room, St Johns Church, Hills Road, Cambridge.

Pre-Christmas Party for retired clergy and their partners, friends and clergy widows.

Retired Clergy Event - Cambridge Branch of the Retired Clergy Association

Pre-Christmas Party for retired clergy and their partners, friends and clergy widows.

The Wilkinson Room, St John’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge. 

For further information/details contact Rev Lesley Gore (01223 891970)

Friday 13th December 2019 12:00 - 13:00Granta Lunchtime Talks

Granta Lunchtime Talks

Friday 13th Dec from 12.00 – 13.00 in the Granta Centre, Granta Park

The third in a series of free quarterly lunch-time talks by eminent academics on science, technology and big theological or philosophical questions.

‘Hope for Christmas?’

Professor Keith Fox

Keith Fox is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Southampton where he was previously Head of the Centre for Biological Sciences. He is also an Associate Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge.

Science brings fascinating insights into the way the world works and it can offer new hopes for humanity’.

In this talk Professor Fox will discuss Christian responses to some of the recent advances in genetic modification and ask what is it that makes us human? Are we more than the sum of our genes and does science answers all life's important questions?

Complimentary buffet provided - all are welcome to attend

Professor Keith Fox

He studied Natural Sciences in Cambridge, specialising in Biochemistry, and completed a PhD in the Department of Pharmacology in 1980. He was a Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, before moving to Southampton as a lecturer in 1987 and became Professor in 2000. He is Senior Executive Editor of Nucleic Acids Research. His research interests concern DNA structure and its recognition and his scientific work has been published in over 200 papers and articles. He is a former chairman and trustee of Christians in Science and is Editor of Science & Christian Belief. He is also a licensed lay minister in the Church of England.

 

Organised by St. Mary’s Churches, Abington; part of the Scientists in Congregations initiative and funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation

Thursday 19th December 2019 19:30 - 21:00Light Up EACH Life - Cambridge Concert

What is Light Up EACH Life?

The Light Up EACH Life campaign is a celebration of the children and families we provide care for.

Our hospices aren’t just about end of life care; they’re often very happy and fun places, where young people can live life to their full potential. When time is short, we help families make the most of their precious time together and create memories that will last forever.

Through the campaign we hope to raise awareness of the services we provide across East Anglia, as well as raise vital funds to enable us to continue our work.

The Concert - Great St Mary’s Church – 7.30pm until 8.40pm

A special concert will be held in Great St Mary’s Church, where We Are Sound and Evelyn Glennie will be performing a selection of uplifting songs in celebration of the children and families ​EACH cares for.

The concert will last approximately an hour and ten minutes, and will include a short interval to hear from keynote speakers (five minutes each). 

Performers

  • Dame Evelyn Glennie
  • We Are Sound

Find out more and book your place on the EACH website here.

Monday 23rd December 2019 19:30Blue Christmas ServiceOn Monday 23rd Dec we will have a Blue Christmas Service at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church Orwell. This is more reflective service particularly suitable for those for whom Christmas this year doesn’t feel very joyful - for whatever reason. All welcome.
Wednesday 25th December 2019 Christmas Day
Tuesday 31st December 2019 New Years Eve