October Newsletter

Dear Friends,

At this time of year churches hold Harvest Festivals to celebrate crops being gathered in from the fields and were traditionally held at the end of September to coincide with the autumn new moon. Harvest Festival is celebrated around the world and is a good opportunity to thank farmers and farm workers who work so hard on the land and at sea. The first ever Harvest Festival was held in a small church in Morwenstow, Cornwall, in 1843. Reverend Robert Hawker invited his parishioners to a special service of thanksgiving and praise. Victorian Hymns such as ‘We plough the fields and scatter’ and ‘All things bright and beautiful’ helped to popularise the idea of Harvest Festival and spread the annual custom of decorating the church with home grown produce and flowers. Harvest Festival reminds Christians of all the good things God gives us, and encourages us to share with others in need. Harvest time is also a good time for us to reflect and to be thankful for the food we have, and to think of those around the world who are hungry. This year we will be celebrating our Harvest Festival at Childerley Chapel on Sunday 1 October at 11.00am, and we will be accepting gifts of food for the Cambridge Foodbank. We do hope you can join us at this traditional service of thanksgiving.

I hope you have a wonderful October!

God Bless,


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



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Services in October

Sunday 1 October

11.00am Harvest Festival Holy Communion, led by Revd Clare, at Childerley Chapel, Childerley Hall. All welcome.

Sunday 8 October

11.00am Morning Prayer, led by Fiona Whelan in the Church. All welcome.

Sunday 15 October

3.00-4.00pm Café Church in the Village Hall. All welcome


Worship at Home – All Lordsbridge Zoom Service

Every Sunday, 11.00am. Join any time from 10.50am. https://zoom.us/j/82311473640.

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 www.lordsbridge.org 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:

Donate to Caldecote’s Summer Hamper Scheme

In Hardwick:

Also Saturday 21st October, 10.00am – 4.00pm – The Big Book Sale at The Cabin, St Mary’s Hardwick.

Useful Contacts

Revd David Newton, Team Rector & Lead Minister for Comberton and Toft: 01223 665654; 07736 944396; davidnewton@lordsbridge.org

Revd Claire Robertson, Lead Minister for Coton, Barton, Harlton and Haslingfield: 01223 874194; clairerobertson@lordsbridge.org

Revd Charles Fraser, Lead Minister for Little and Great Eversden: charlesfraser@lordsbridge.org; 01223 264974

Team Administrator: Becca Herrick; rebeccaherrick@lordsbridge.org