May Newsletter

Dear Friends,

I really enjoyed taking part in my first Walk. Run. Cycle 10km sponsored walk in April. Stephen and I set off early with our dog, Sasha, catching the number 4 bus, and making it into town in plenty of time for the 10am start. It was wonderful to see so many friends ready to make the 10km walk back to St Mary’s and we were blessed with a beautiful, sunny spring morning. We walked through the heart of historic Cambridge, to the West Cambridge site, and on to Coton, greeted enroute by lots of friendly stewards, pointing us in the right direction (and not allowing any deviations or shortcuts through the fields!). The two hours sped by as we walked, chatted and laughed our way home, to be greeted by a wonderful lunch of hotdogs and scones. My grateful thanks to all the team who planned, organised and ran this successful event, and to all those who took part, and especially to all those who have generously donated to our repairs fund. To date, the total raised stands at an incredible £4,000!

There is something incredibly spiritual about walking with friends – and making new ones along the way. Later in the month I will be leading our annual Lordsbridge Pilgrimage walk, on Friday 17 May, starting at 7:30am in Coton! I am very much looking forward to visiting all the churches in the Team again, and to chatting with my fellow pilgrims enroute. Please do join us if you can, even if it’s just for a short stretch, or to welcome us home to Dry Drayton, where the Pilgrimage ends with a short service of Evening Prayer at approximately 6pm. Walkers joining us at Caldecote, please bring a packed lunch as we will be stopping at the Old Rectory to rest and eat at approximately 1pm before setting off for Toft.  People go on pilgrimage for as many reasons as there are pilgrims!  For Christians, going on pilgrimage involves a search for a deeper spirituality and for a closer connection to God. It is also a great adventure, with the chance to meet new people and to see new places. To set aside time for God and feel closer to Him; to discern His will and guidance; and to be strengthened in faith. Going on pilgrimage can give us a new sense of awareness and wonder. Or result in a greater sense of our life’s purpose. Pilgrimage helps us to focus on ‘what really matters’ and to rediscover the joy of giving and generosity. I look forward to seeing you along the way!

God Bless,


Clare Coates,
Lead Minister for Caldecote with Childerley, Dry Drayton and Hardwick


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Services in May

Sunday 5 May
11:00am Holy Communion, with Revd Clare

Sunday 12 May
11:00am Morning Prayer in the Church, with Stephen Coates

Sunday 19 May
3:00-:004pm Café Church in the Village Hall with Revd Clare and Stephen Coates. We will be exploring our beautiful churchyard and thinking about God’s creation. All welcome.

Worship at Home – All Lordsbridge Zoom Service
Every Sunday, 11.00am. Join any time from 10.50am:

On Sundays where there is no service in our church, you are most welcome to join any of our services across the team: please see our website for further details.


Hamper Scheme
Caldecote Church partners with our local primary school to offer a supermarket voucher to Caldecote families who might appreciate some help through the holidays. If you would like to donate to this scheme, please see the link below:

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Useful Contacts

Revd Claire Robertson, Lead Minister for Coton, Barton, Harlton and Haslingfield: 01223 874194;

Revd Charles Fraser, Lead Minister for Little and Great Eversden:; 01223 264974

Team Administrator: Becca Herrick;