Church News

Communal Room Communion

The Rev Marguerite Roberts will take a short communion service in the Communal Room, Tabrum Close, at 10.00am on Wednesday 10th January.  All are welcome to attend and to stay for coffee afterwards.

Carols by Candlelight

The church was packed for a beautiful candle-lit carol service, on the Sunday eight days before Christmas, wonderfully organised – as always – by Rachel Walters and her family, to whom we are so grateful.

Sarah Walters (Rachel and Katherine’s mother) writes: “Each year Rachel and Katherine Walters gather a choir together for the carol service.  We have two rehearsals, the second shortly before the service itself.  This year the 27-strong choir, spanning three generations, consisted of regular churchgoers and village residents, augmented by keen visitors from Cambridge and several more from London who were happy to come to Grantchester for the day to swell our throng.

Angela Dobson brilliantly rose to the challenge of the computerised organ temporarily housed in the chancel, helped by Michael Derringer who simultaneously sang and adjusted the complex acoustics.

The handsome sum of £513 was donated by the congregation on behalf of the London based charity Coram, which began its work for children as the Foundling Hospital in north London, opened in 1739 by Thomas Coram.  The donation will go towards its music therapy department which works with vulnerable children and families. No fewer than five music therapists were among the choir members, including three from Coram itself.”

Among the choir were village residents Ian Steen, Nick and Hallam Brealey, John Barber, Vicky Smith, Christine Jennings and Mary Archer, as well as guest singers.   After an introductory carol, Hallam Brealey led off with a beautiful solo first verse of ‘Once in royal David’s city’, and the service flowed seamlessly from there.   The congregation’s singing was undoubtedly improved by the shots of sloe gin that Judith Barwise and Sophie Burkitt handed-out as everyone arrived.  Readings were by Dave Neville, Siana Brealey, Stephen Howe, Sarah Walters, Mary Martin and Sam Rosborough. The Rev Rachel Rosborough reminded us of the story of the nativity, and a final set of prayers and blessing from Rachel heralded a roof-raising and rousing rendition of ‘Hark the herald angels sing’.

In all, a lovely, it was up-lifting service, getting us all truly into the Christmas spirit.