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About Us

The small church with plenty of room to be yourself

At Caldecote Church we take you as you are, and you find us as we are! We put the emphasis on giving people room to be as involved as they wish to be — you're equally welcome whether you come once a year or every week.

And one of the characteristics of Caldecote Church is that you can become involved in ways that you might never get the chance at another church — if you want to play the organ once in a while at a service, or lead the prayers, or help with churchyard maintenance, you're always welcome to give it a go without feeling under pressure to continue.

A big vision

Jesus teaches us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and our neighbour as ourselves. At St Michael’s we believe we can do this not because we're super holy people or the best church around but because of God's grace — he loves us even when we fail.

Our vision is not just to love each other but also to care for our church building, a beautiful Grade II* Listed building we have inherited from generations of worshippers dating back to the 1100s. Back in 2009, when our congregation was still counted in single figures, we decided to think big and we set up The Friends of Caldecote Church to raise money for urgent work on the building. Since then we have had water installed, and the walls replastered — and the work continues.

Our monthly pattern of services

Below is our general pattern of services, but we often have special services which change the pattern — check our services timetable below for upcoming Sundays. For more about each place of worship see our venues section.

1st Sunday: Holy Communion at St Michael's @ 11am
2nd Sunday: No service in the church*
3rd Sunday: Holy Communion at St Michael's @ 11am
4th Sunday: Family Worship at St Michael's at 11am
5th Sunday: Morning Prayer at St Michael's @ 11am

*On the second Sunday of the month we support the Gateways Community which meets in the Village Hall.

One church, three venues

Most of our regular services are held at the church of St Michael and All Angels in Caldecote — but in addition we are privileged to have Childerley Chapel as part of our parish.  We hold a number of special services in this beautiful little chapel, which is packed with history. As a church we also support the Gateways Community, which meets at 4.30pm on the second Sunday of the month in Caldecote Village Hall.  We also partner with Gateways and other village organisations to hold a special Remembrance Sunday service in the Village Hall, with the Last Post played in the Peace Garden opposite.

St Michael and All Angels, Caldecote:

The church of St Michael and All Angels is on Main Street in “old” Caldecote. The church is about 1.5miles from the modern village centre of Highfields Caldecote (see map below).

Directions for travelling visitors

The church’s postcode (for the purposes of satnav) is CB23 7NU. Please note the church address is for access, and is not a mailing address. The church is just over 5 miles from Junction 12 of the M11, close to Cambridge:
  1. From Exit 12 of the M11 take the A603/Cambridge Road heading towards Sandy
  2. Turn right at the B1046/New Road
  3. Continue to follow the B1046 for approx. 4 miles through the villages of Barton, Comberton and Toft
  4. After leaving the village of Toft take the first right onto Main Street
  5. After 500m the church is high on your right

There is limited parking in the layby outside the church, and the Barker Family very kindly allow extra parking at The Old Rectory next door for people attending church services. Weather permitting, for special services local fields are opened up by permission of the land owners to allow for overflow parking.

If you would like to visit the church outside service times, a key is held at The Old Rectory, next to the church. Alternatively please contact one of the churchwardens (see People)

For over 900 years the church has been part of village life, right back to those in 1092 and before who paid tithes to the canon appointed by William the Conqueror’s knight Pycot, Lord of Bourn and Madingley. By the 1300s the villagers through their tithes had developed a chapel into a church with a tower, with bells and a nave. During Victoria’s reign the tower and nave were rebuilt and a chancel added.

The organ in Caldecote Church

The chamber organ at St Michael's, CaldecoteA history of Madingley Church, near Cambridge, mentions a photograph c.1875 showing the old organ in the north aisle. The photograph is still displayed in the church. By the end of the century, however, the organ had been moved to the west end of the church.   Colonel Harding, who bought nearby Madingley Hall in 1905, wrote in the Church logbook “the singers gathered in the western pews near the old organ, which was quite worn out and gave out sounds extremely distressful. Mr Bishop, the London organ builder, told me that it probably dated from 1720 and though perhaps of some slight interest as a piece of furniture, that its musical value could not be rated at above £5 and that it was not worth repairing.” Col. Harding gave a new organ for Madingley Church, built by Bishops, in 1908 and “the people of Hardwicke [sic] begged for the old one and it was given to them.” Harding was “never tempted to go there to listen to its sighs in that new home.” So in 1908 the old chamber organ, probably first used in the music room at Madingley Hall, left Madingley for nearby Hardwick Church. After a sojourn there it moved to the Chapel at Childerley Hall. In 1966 the owners of Childerley Hall, Mr & Mrs John Jenkins, gave it to Caldecote Church where it was restored by the firm of E. J. Johnson thanks to an appeal by the Rector, the Revd Robert Smith. Two of the four stopsThe 18th century origins of the organ, are, however, lost in time and remain obscure. The case is similar to the smaller, earlier style of Samuel Green (1740-1796) and therefore the earlier date suggested by Mr Bishop of 1720 seems doubtful. Case-makers were often subcontracted at that date and this adds to the difficulties. There is a tradition that the organ may have originated in Germany. The wooden pipes are constructed in blocks, not individually, whilst the metal pipes are mostly replacements. The keys have also been replaced but it is possible that the stop-knobs are original. Their setting, however, facing inwards, is unusual but not unknown. The organ remains, however, an interesting survival in concept from the 18th century, and thanks to its restoration still serves a musical purpose in Caldecote Church, its fifth home!

Compiled by José Hopkins, February 2014

 

Childerley Hall Chapel:

This Elizabethan private chapel is situated in the gardens of Childerley Hall, which is off the A428, just west of Dry Drayton (see map below).

Directions from Highfields Caldecote

  1. Head north-east on Highfields Rd towards West Drive
  2. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto St Neots Road
  3. Turn right at the Childerley Hall sign, just after you cross over the A428 bridge.
  4. Follow the private road for 1.5 miles until you see farm buildings and offices
  5. The chapel is accessed through the garden gate in the grounds of Childerley Hall, which is on your right.
Directions for travelling visitors Childerley Hall is just just over 6 miles from Junction 13 (northbound) of the M11, close to Cambridge.  If you are travelling southbound, come off at Junction 12, rejoin northbound and continue with the directions below.
  1.  From Exit 13 of the M11 turn left onto Madingley Road/A1303 heading towards Bedford/A428
  2. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit towards Bedford onto the A428
  3. Take the first exit towards Toft/Hardwick/Dry Drayton
  4. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto St Neots Road
  5. Turn right at the Childerley Hall sign, just after you cross over the A428 bridge.
  6. Follow the private road for 1.5 miles until you see farm buildings and offices
  7. The chapel is accessed through the garden gate in the grounds of Childerley Hall, which is on your right.

There is some parking in the driveway of Childerley Hall, and a large field is regularly made available for those attending services.  Please folllow the parking signs on the day.

Childerley Hall, the surviving redbrick wing of a celebrated Elizabethan House where Charles I was once held under house arrest, sits in a famous garden that has been created by the present owner, and is adjacent to one of the longest timber-framed barns in England. The chapel dates back to the early 17th century, possibly built for the fourth Sir John Cutts (d.1615), and said to have been consecrated by Bishop Heaton (1600-1609).  It is a Grade II* listed building, and the interior includes five late 15th-century roof trusses, reused possibly from the hall when it was reconstructed in the 19th century.  The chapel was used as a smoking room in the C19, and later as a cottage before its use today as a private chapel. Childerley is a valued part of our parish and holds a very special place in our hearts. We are grateful to the Hall's owner Chloe Jenkins for her generosity in making it available for occasional services throughout the church year.

 

The Village Hall, Highfields Caldecote:

Caldecote Village Hall is in the centre of Highfields Caldecote, just behind Caldecuts Hair on Furlong Way, off Highfields Road (see map below).

Directions for travelling visitors

Caldecote Village Hall's postcode for sat nav is CB23 7NU. Caldecote Village Hall is just just under 6 miles from Junction 13 (northbound) of the M11, close to Cambridge. If you are travelling southbound, come off at Junction 12, rejoin northbound and continue with the directions below.
  1. From Exit 13 of the M11 turn left onto Madingley Road/A1303 heading towards Bedford/A428
  2. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit towards Bedford onto the A428
  3. Take the first exit towards Toft/Hardwick/Dry Drayton
  4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto St Neots Road
  5. At the next roundabout (nearly 1 mile) take the 1st exit onto Highfields Road.
  6. Go straight across three mini roundabouts
  7. At the next mini roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Furlong Way. The Village Hall car park entrance is on your right after the shops.

The village hall has ample parking on site.

Caldecote Church partners with Hardwick Evangelical Church to support the Gateways Community, meets in the Village Hall on the second Sunday of the month at 4.30pm. Gateways is an all-age community built around values, spirituality and fun. The Village Hall is also the venue for occasional special events including the Remembrance Sunday service, which is co-organised by Caldecote Church and a number of other village-based organisations.

PEOPLE

Many people contribute to Caldecote Church — too many to list here. Instead this section introduces the main points of contact for enquirers.

REVD ALISON MYERS

ACTING TEAM RECTOR

Caldecote Church is currently in an interregnum. Until a new vicar is appointed, please contact either of our churchwardens or the Acting Team Rector, the Revd Alison Myers. Alison can be contacted at The Rectory, 50 Main Street, Hardwick, Cambridge CB23 7QS, telephone 01954 212815. Alternatively click on the email button below.

IT COULD BE YOU!

VICAR

Are you an ordained minister looking for a new role? The Lordsbridge Team Ministry is in the process of appointing a new minister, who will be vicar of Caldecote, Toft and Comberton. We have put together an overview of our parish for potential applicants. We look forward to welcoming the successful applicant to Caldecote Church in due course!

NICHOLA FERNANDEZ

CHURCHWARDEN

Nichola was elected churchwarden in 2014, just six months after joining Caldecote Church. As well as helping to handle much of the day-to-day administration, she has been instrumental in seeing through a large project to re-plaster the interior walls. She enjoys working with church members and volunteers from the village for the good of the community and our Grade II* Listed building.

DONA MCCULLAGH

CHURCHWARDEN AND WEBMASTER

Dona has been churchwarden since 2011 and feels privileged to serve the congregation. She enjoys using her graphic design and website skills to help the church communicate with parishioners and the wider world. She is also a member of The Friends of Caldecote Church and has helped to organise a number of fundraising events including concerts and the annual Caldecote Open Gardens.

The bigger picture...

We belong to wider church communities that stretch across the globe

LORDSBRIDGE TEAM MINISTRY

St Michael and All Angels is one of eleven churches that make up the Lordsbridge Team Ministry, which itself is a member of Bourn Deanery — a collection of parishes that cover an area to the west of Cambridge. Bourn Deanery is in turn one of fourteen deaneries that makes up the Diocese of Ely, from Haslingfield at the southeast end to Toseland at the northwest.

DIOCESE OF ELY

The Church of England is divided for administrative purposes into forty-three dioceses. We belong to the Diocese of Ely, overseen by the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely. There is also a Suffragan Bishop of Huntingdon, and two Archdeacons. Caldecote Church falls under the oversight of the Archdeacon of Cambridge, the Ven Dr Alex Hughes.

CHURCH OF ENGLAND

The Church of England is led by the Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. It's just one of forty-four national or regional churches across the world that call themselves Anglican (or Episcopal in some countries). Together they make up the Anglican Communion, which now has 85 million members, making it a global tradition of rich diversity.

NEWS AND EVENTS

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News from General Synod

If you read our post about “How we fit into the wider Church” (read it here if you missed it), you’ll have seen how representatives keep the link alive between Caldecote, our deanery, our diocese and up the chain to General Synod. But we also have another direct way to hear from General Synod...

The Signs are Good!

Following the success of our “Have a Seat!” appeal, thanks to which we have 24 new padded chairs already delivered to the church, we’re launching a new appeal: “The Signs are Good!”  Can you help us to build up a printing fund to make our noticeboards objects of beauty?

Search and you will find!

It has been said that if a church doesn’t have a website, it’s as if the church doesn’t exist. The speaker continued: “Not having a church website is like not having a front door to your church building. And it’s hard to welcome people to worship if you don’t have a way in.”

A “Who’s Who” for Caldecote Church

At our carol service in 2016, many of us met the current Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, for the first time.  But where does he fit into the church ‘system’, and who are the other key figures from the point of view of Caldecote Church?

How we fit into the wider Church

During this interregnum (the technical term for the time after one vicar leaves and the next arrives), we’ve taken the opportunity to teach ourselves a bit more about how we fit into the wider Church structures, locally, nationally and internationally.

Services

See below for our current services. Or click on a link to find out more about weddings, baptisms and funerals.

 

Services and Events Timetable

 
DATE VENUE TIME DESCRIPTION
Sunday 26th February 2017 St Michael's, Caldecote 11am Family Worship
Sunday 5th March 2017 St Michael's, Caldecote 11am Holy Communion (contemporary version)
Sunday 12th March 2017 No service in the church* - -
Sunday 19th March 2017 St Michael's, Caldecote 11am Holy Communion (traditional version)
Sunday 26th March 2017 St Michael's, Caldecote 11am Family Worship
Sunday 2nd April 2017 St Michael's, Caldecote 11am Holy Communion (contemporary version)
Sunday 9th April 2017 No service in the church* - -
Sunday 15th April 2017 Childerley Chapel 2pm Good Friday Meditations
Sunday 16th April 2017 St Michael's, Caldecote 11am Easter Family Holy Communion
Sunday 23rd April 2017 St Michael's, Caldecote 11am Family Worship
Sunday 30th April 2017 St Michael's, Caldecote 11am Traditional Morning Prayer**
* There is no service on the second Sunday of the month. Caldecote Church supports the Gateways Community which meets in the Village Hall. ** We encourage members of Caldecote Church to join with other churches in the Lordsbridge Team on fifth Sundays of the month where they are able, but offer our regular fifth Sunday BCP Morning Prayer at St Michael's as an alternative.
How can I give to Caldecote Church?
Members of the church and its surrounding village communities contribute to the life and work of the church in many different ways. We have volunteers who arrange flowers, serve on the PCC, tend the churchyard, lead the prayers, help with children's work or play the organ.  While the information below relates to financial giving, if you have an interest or skill that you'd like to put to use to benefit the church, talk to us to find out what opportunities there are for you to get involved.

To donate today to the work of Caldecote Church, simply click the button below.  Donations are handled by BT MyDonate, who take no commission, so more of your donation goes straight to good use.  Please remember to check the Gift Aid box if you are eligible. If you would like to leave a message with your donation there will be an opportunity to 'Personalise your donation' – the message is private and will only be seen by the Caldecote Church donation administrators.

If you would like to donate to one of our current projects, click the "Special Appeals" tab to find out more.

At Caldecote Church we have a rolling programme of small projects that will make a tangible difference to the way we can serve church members and everyone who lives in the parish. Our first campaign was "Have a Seat!". We had a target of just over £200 to buy 24 new padded folding chairs to use at big services like the annual Carols by Candlelight. Thanks to the generosity of those who heard about the appeal, we raised the entire amount in just two days! "The Signs are Good!" is our current appeal and aims to build a printing fund of £300 to make our noticeboards objects of beauty! Click here to read more and to donate to make a difference.  Your donation will buy waterproof posters that will be used again and again throughout the year. The Signs are Good!

There are three ways to do this: 1. Set up a monthly recurring credit/debit card donation through BT MyDonate,by clicking the donation button below and selecting the "Regular donation" option.

2. By setting up a standing order with your bank. Please complete this form (also available from our Sunday services) and return it to us; alternatively, set up a direct deposit using these details and contact us to let us know:

Payable to: Caldecote Church A/c number: 00191086 Sort code: 20-17-19

3. Through your employer's Payroll Giving scheme (see Give-As-You-Earn tab), if your employer provides this.

UK tax payers: If you pay Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in the UK, we can claim back 25p on every £1 you donate through the Gift Aid scheme, recovered from the money you've paid in those taxes. To allow us to do this, please complete a Gift Aid declaration - available as part of this form, or by making a small donation via BT MyDonate and ticking the "Please reclaim Gift Aid" box. If you are a higher or additional rate UK tax payer and you give to Caldecote Church directly using Gift Aid, then through your tax return you may recover the difference between the basic rate tax and the higher or additional rate that you have paid. Alternatively, you can pass the full beneift to Caldecote Church through your employer's payroll giving scheme. See the Give-A-You-Earn tab for more information.

If you are a Higher Rate or Additional Rate taxpayer, you can increase your charitable donations by using Payroll Giving. This increases your donations by the amount of the tax you would have paid on the donation if you'd kept it as income - about 67% for Higher Rate taxpayers, or about 82% for Additional Rate taxpayers. (If you are a Basic Rate taxpayer, then Payroll Giving would increase your donations by 25%, which is the same as a Gift Aid declaration.) You can find out more about Payroll Giving at www.payrollgiving.co.uk

If you are considering making a bequest to Caldecote Church or have already included a gift to Caldecote Church in your will and would like to talk to somebody or require more information, then please feel free to contact us . This information will be treated in confidence and is not binding in any way. General information is also available from churchlegacy.org.uk

CONTACT

Click on the People menu item to contact individuals at the church, or use the contact form below if you are not sure who to direct your enquiry to.
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