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NEWS AND EVENTS

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Childerley Daffodil Walk

On Easter Monday, from 2-4:30 pm, the ever popular Daffodil Walk at Childerley Hall Gardens will be open again, by kind permission of Chloe Jenkins. Enjoy the beautiful gardens, daffodils, orchards in blossom and tea & cake, and help to raise funds for Caldecote Church

Holiday Hampers

We have continued to work in partnership with the school providing vouchers for families to help through the holidays. We have been awarded a £1000 grant from the Arnold Clark Community Fund to continue this work into the future. A huge thanks to Fiona Whelan for securing this.

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.

Safeguarding

Safeguarding children and adults at risk is central to living the Gospel of Love Christ gave us. We follow the House Of Bishop's Promoting a Safer Church policy as well as all the diocesan guidance on implementation. We follow safer recruitment practice with all our volunteers who work with children or adults at risk. See our safeguarding page for more information or visit the diocesan pages.

Our monthly pattern of services

Check our services timetable below for upcoming Sundays. For more about each place of worship see our venues section.

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. We also have occasional special services in Caldecote Village Hall. In recent years for example we have partnered with 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 some parking in the layby outside the church, and the family at the Old Rectory next door very kindly allow extra parking in their driveway 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 the churchwarden (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

The churchyard

Since 2016 we have begun to implement a plan for our churchyard to make it welcoming for wildlife and people alike. The plan seeks to define areas of shorter and longer grass and wildflower meadow to encourage a natural habitat for flora and fauna while making it a place of beauty accessible to all who visit or pass through the grounds, whether as dog walkers using the public footpath, as relatives tending graves or those simply wanting to spend some time soaking up the tranquility of the place.

A note to relatives who tend graves: One part of the churchyard development plan that we have not yet been able to implement is the mowing of paths through the graveyard area itself, due to the use of glass jars for flowers on graves, which have proved too dangerous for both the lawnmower operator and for the machine itself – jars have a habit of hiding in grass and causing havoc when the mower seeks them out! If you tend a grave in the churchyard, please don’t leave any glass containers on or near the grave, for the safety of all users of the church grounds.

The Churchyard Development Plan

The plan to develop the churchyard begins with three 'fixed points':
  1. The public footpath, which runs along the north side of the church from the road to a gate in the north-east corner should continue to provide easy access to the public.
  2. Several mature trees, and one or two younger ones, all of which are in good condition, should be preserved.
  3. Access to the more recent graves and potential grave positions should be secured.
The plan involves three lengths of grass (mown regularly, infrequently and annually) used in different areas, to encourage a more diverse natural habitat:
  1. Mown grass: A clear path from the entrance at the top of the steps to the south door, and two further paths from the door - one close to the south wall and one giving access to graves south of the church. A further area of mown grass should be kept at the north-west corner of the church, where wedding photographs are commonly taken.
  2. Longer grass: will be left between and below these paths and around the area towards the hedge.
  3. Flowery mead: developed along the north boundary with the Old Rectory, and cut annually to encourage wild flowers.
Further plans to create a quiet contemplative area in the south-east corner will be developed over the coming year.

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). Please note the hall is not owned by the church - it is run by Caldecote Village Institute Ltd. If you are interested in hiring the hall, contact Jan Roberts on 01954 210779 or janmike.roberts@talktalk.net.

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.

The Village Hall in Highfields Caldecote is the venue for occasional special events such as the Remembrance Sunday service, which is co-organised with a number of other village-based organisations.

PEOPLE

REVD DAVID NEWTON

VICAR

David Newton is the Vicar responsible for Caldecote, as well as Toft and Comberton. He is married to Sally and has three young children. When time allows he loves taking their Black Labrador for walks in the Cambridgeshire countryside, and curling up by a fire with a good book. He can be reached on 01223 665654 or davidnewton@lordsbridge.org

Services

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

For information on parking at the church or other venues, please click 'Venues' in the top menu.

Caldecote Services and Events

Christmas family service
DATE VENUE TIME DESCRIPTION
6th Feb St Michael's, Caldecote 11:00am Holy Communion
6th Mar St Michael's, Caldecote 11:00am Holy Communion
3rd Apr St Michael's, Caldecote 11:00am Holy Communion
15th Apr Childerley Chapel 2:00pm GOOD FRIDAY meditations
17th Apr St Michael's, Caldecote 11:00am EASTER SUNDAY
   

Other Services and Events

DATE VENUE TIME DESCRIPTION
2nd Mar Toft, St Andrew's 7:30pm ASH WEDNESDAY
18th Apr Caldecote 2-4:30pm Open Gardens
18th Apr Childerley 2-4:30pm Daffodil Walk
Every Sunday Zoom join from 10.50am Sunday Service
 
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.

Donate Online

To donate today to the work of Caldecote Church, please click here.  Donations are handled by Give a Little, 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.

Donate by Cheque, Cash or Standing Order

To make a single or regular donation by cheque, cash or standing order, use our donation form.

Donate through the Parish Giving Scheme

The Parish Giving Scheme allows you to donate regularly to the church through managed Direct Debits. More information is available here..

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

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