The recent Christmas Tree Festival in St Andrew’s raised a magnificent £1,440 for church funds. Thank you to everyone, but especially to Mary Foster who had to pick up the organisation of the event on account of illness on the team.
Kimbolton Village Fayre in and around St Andrews Church on July 16th was a HUGE success. The glorious weather was in stark contrast to last year, when the annual event was all but washed away. This year visitors were basking in the sunshine on one of the hottest days of the year as they perused the stalls in the churchyard or took refuge in the tea tent. Indoors the climate was a little cooler, but the competition was hot in the various categories for a variety of creative arts. There were several classes in the photography competition, and paintings from adults and children of all ages. The displays of flowers and fruit and vegetables were much admired, and a picture produced by the ‘9.37’ toddler group was “highly commended” by the judges. The grand total raised on the day for church funds was a magnificent £1,100+ – the highest total ever. Well done to all involved, and a big thank you to the organising team and their helpers.
Ely Cathedral welcomed a huge congregation this morning in support of the eight who were to be ordained deacon by Bishop Stephen, including Nicki Bland to serve in the Kym Valley benefice.
Amongst the congregation were a coach load from Kimbolton and Tilbrook, and a number of others who had made their own way there.
Bishop Stephen presided at the ordination and Eucharist, and there was a part for Bishop David, both Archdeacons and the new Dean of Ely Cathedral who gave the address – having led the ordinands’ retreat leading up to the day. The new Director of Ordinands took the part of liturgical deacon, and read the gospel. The epistle was read by a visiting pastor of the German church with which Ely diocese is linked.
Following the service Nicki’s supporters were all invited back to Kimbolton Castle for a reception and lunch. Despite traffic hold-ups on the A14, which delayed the ‘guest of honour,’ a great time was had by all.
in the Deanery of Huntingdon, in the Diocese of Ely, in the Church of England