Church News

 Licensing Service for Rachel

The whole village is warmly invited to the Licensing Service of the

Rev’d Rachel Rosborough

as Priest-in-Charge of Grantchester and Newnham

to welcome our new vicar, and to mark the start of her ministry in our Parishes

7.30pm on Thursday 6th July, in Grantchester Church

Celebrations will continue in the Village Hall where drinks and light refreshments will be served.

All are invited, encouraged and welcome to attend

Concert by Corpus Choir at Granchester Church

Please join us to hear the Choir of Corpus Christi College sing

‘Choral Songs for a Summer’s Evening’

Saturday 10th June

7.00pm for a glass of Pimms served in the churchyard

7.30 – 8.30pm Choir

All Welcome, Fee

There will be a retiring collection in aid of the East Africa Drought Appeal

Thanks for decoration:  Many thanks to everyone who decorated the church for Easter: it looked beautiful and was much appreciated by villagers and visitors alike.                                                                  Hazel Offord

  • Jumble Sale and Mini-auction:  A Jumble Sale and auction will be held in the Village Hall at 2.30pm on Saturday 6th May.  We need clothes, books, bric-a-brac, cakes, toys, fancy goods and produce.  We currently have nothing in store, so please turn your cupboards out to help us.  A collection will be made from 10.00am on the day, otherwise please take your things to the Village Hall or ring Hazel Offord.  All proceeds to church funds.
  • 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 May.  All are welcome.
  • Church Fete:  The Church Fete will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 16th September, at a venue to be confirmed.



Churchyard working party


The Spring 2017 churchyard working party was held on Saturday 13th May.  We had three regular helpers missing, but were delighted to welcome three first-timers following our recent recruitment campaign.  It was a pleasantly warm, but slightly humid, afternoon providing good gardening conditions to tackle the regular jobs.

We were delighted to welcome as new recruits Katharine Wright, Anne Francis and Richard Scurr – we hope they enjoyed the companionship of the afternoon, and will come again!

Francis Burkitt arrived with power tools and, helped by James Lindsay, ensured the spread of two rampant shrubs (snowberry and lonicera) was halted.  They then moved onto trees in the third and fourth churchyard cutting back the box tree overhanging the path to the fourth churchyard and removing a self-seeded (a long time ago) prunus trees growing close to graves in the same area.  A team of Mary Shaw, Ann Francis, Judith Hart and Jennifer Cawthra attended to the roses, the endowed graves and the Remembrance garden in the first churchyard.  It was the perfect time of year to tackle weeds before they seed.

Wheelbarrows full of goosegrass (sticky  weed) were removed from the edges and boundaries of the second and third churchyards by Janet Huxley and Clare Lindsay.  Richard Scurr also greatly improved the area around the entrance to the second churchyard cutting back enthusiastic perennials and weeding under the trees.

The front garden of the Vicarage was a little neglected and in preparation for July when the new vicar arrives, Caroline Burkitt and Katherine Wright weeded the borders discovering some rather parched shrubs.  Watering at the May working party is a very rare event and shows just how unusually dry it had been in April.

We stopped work at 4.00pm and enjoyed tea and cakes provided by Clare Lindsay and Caroline Burkitt around the Parr memorial.  We often sit on the south side of the church for tea, but the excavations around the base of the church meant not only had we been saved from weeding the gravel, but the bench there was inaccessible behind the orange safety fence.

The next working party is on Saturday 5th August.  Recruiting another three volunteers would be great so please come and help.  We’ll be cutting the Remembrance garden hedge as well as other weeding, pruning and tidying jobs.

James and Clare Lindsay