Category Archives: Events

Events supporting the work of the Trust

Bedford Gallery Quire hands on Workshop and Concert in November

Unfortunately but due to other commitments at this time of year
this event has had to be postponed.

It is hoped to run it in early summer so do register your interest.

Please join us for a workshop and concert of the church and social music of Comberton during the “West Gallery” music period (around 1700 – 1840) at St Mary’s Church, Comberton CB23 7DY on Saturday 18 November 2017.

If you have a wind or stringed instrument, whatever level you can play, and want to try your hand at older music, or can sing a tune then you’ll enjoy this event.

Workshop 2pm to 4:30pm – Concert 5pm to 6pm

See november event form  for more information and a booking form which should be returned to David Hughes, Meadowside at 26 Swaynes Lane Comberton..

Friends will be at St Mary’s Church Fete

Please visit our stall at the Church Fete on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August.

Here you could hear more about what we hope to achieve, look at the 3D map of Listed Buildings in Comberton and the work urgently needed to the Church building itself.

We hope you are able to join our group to help in any way and also donate to our fund raising. We have a target to raise £35,000 in the next few years.

Official Launch Evening success

On Monday evening 12th June we held our inaugural gathering, an ‘Open Evening’, enjoying wine and cheese, a talk and some guided tours. Forty three supporters came.

Sara Day, who is the Granta Church Recorder for The Arts Society – formerly NADFAS – gave us a fascinating talk and was able to walk around later, answering specific questions.

The assembled company were then guided around the Exterior and Interior features. Outside, the North Aisle roof, newly leaded for the second time, some historical poor or inappropriate repairs and several cracked stone window frames. Inside, we were able to study the damage from ingress of water as well as a closer inspection of our Medieval woodwork. We then moved on to the Displays. One featured a large Illustration of the Works which need to be done, as identified in the 2014 Quinquennial (5 yearly) Inspection, with estimated costs.

This illustration forms one side of our folded prospectus.

A Cheese & Wine Party

A Cheese & Wine Party to Launch The Friends of St Mary’s Church Comberton will be held on Monday June 12th at 7.30pm at St’ Mary’s Church.

An opportunity to appreciate particular areas, pictures,
with guided tours, treasure hunt, raffle and free cheese and wine.


 See poster for details here

Bedford Quire Concert

Preparations for the weekend’s concert progressed well…

  • Quire, car parking, tickets and Wine / Beer had been organised,
  • There were artcards and notelets to buy and take away,
  • Tickets on the door were available at £8.

The concert was on Saturday 13th May in St Mary’s Church. The event started at 7pm with an opportunity to avail yourself of Wine or Juices prior to the concert as well as some delicious cakes.

All we needed was you to come and enjoy a great evening… Did you ?
If not you missed a brilliant evening….

UPDATE:

The Friends had nearly 90  in St Mary’s Church enjoying the hospitality, joining in and helping raise for our Trust.

A quite unusual event with a significant insight into earlier times in Comberton and some things that no-one seemed to know about. The Quire certainly did some deep digging into Comberton’s history.

The Friends of St. Mary’s Church  have raised £879 (plus another £41 to be recovered through gift aid) as a result of this Concert towards their target of £5000 in their first year to support ongoing repairs to our village church.

  • Thanks to Ken Baddley and his Quire and musicians for a really informative and  entertaining evening….
  • We hope to provide some examples of the music recorded live at the event later …

Later in the year (November) we have planned to provide a workshop for instrumentalists and vocalists (you don’t NEED to read music but if you can sing a tune, then come along) to learn in a Workshop based on the Quire’s repertoire and then join in a short concert.

Bedford Gallery Quire to perform Concert

The renowned Bedford Gallery Quire have been booked by the Trust to perform a period costume and period instrument, based Concert in aid of the Trust. Later in the year we hope to provide a workshop for instrumentalists to learn in a Workshop based on the Quire’s repertoire.

This event is set for 7:30pm on Saturday 13th May in St Mary’s Church. The event starts at 7pm with an opportunity to avail yourself of Wine or Juices prior to the concert.

Tickets, priced £8, are available from Trustees, Cruickshanks the Butcher and Church Wardens.