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News update
Archdeacons Statement - 27 May 2018
Dear Colleagues,

Archdeacons Statement - 27 May 2018

I said I would be in touch again about interim staffing...

Given the increasingly rapid development at Northstowe there is now an urgent need for the church to engage with the local community and the Church of England primary school. An attempt last autumn to appoint a minister for Northstowe was unsuccessful, and we are now exploring the possibility of linking Northstowe with the historic parishes of Longstanton, Over, Swavesey and Willingham.

In the meantime Bishop Stephen has decided to transfer a curate from another group of parishes to live and work in Northstowe for the coming academic year. The expectation is that Beth Cope and her family will move into the vicarage at Longstanton over the summer for a brief period before moving to the diocese's new house at Northstowe as soon as it becomes available (which should be in the early autumn).

Beth is currently serving in the Lordsbridge Team (Bourne Deanery) as a "Pioneer Curate': which means that her gifts and experience are specially focused on "Fresh Expressions" and other new forms of church and mission. Her primary focus will be at Northstowe, however she will be linked to the ministry team serving the historic parishes and will be available to offer some ministry among you too.

In due course please give Beth, Peter and their two children a warm welcome, encouragement and support. Please also be assured that this appointment will not have any negative impact on progress towards finding a successor to Julie Anderson as Priest in Charge and that Beth's stipend and any expenses associated with Northstowe will be covered by the diocese.

Best wishes, Alex




News update
Archdeacons Statement - 20 May 2018
Dear Colleagues,

Statement from Archdeacon - 20 May 2018

It is nearly two months since you said farewell to Julie Anderson as your Priest in Charge, and a few weeks since the vacancy officially began after she was licensed to her new post, so it seems time for an update.

After a meeting with the churchwardens, and subsequently with the four PCCs, we are exploring the opportunity of forming a Team Ministry which would bring the four historic parishes of Longstanton, Over, Swavesey and Willingham together with the new town of Northstowe, to be served by three full-time paid minsters. This is a legal process and there will be further consultations in due course. In the meantime the churchwardens and others have begun to put together a profile of the parishes, which is the first step towards appointing Julie's successor.

Once the parish profiles have been completed we can agree an appointment timetable. We will work as quickly as possible to achieve this, however it is bound to take some months. For this reason, and in the light of the rapid turnover of ministry lately in these parishes, the Bishop has asked me to explore the possibility of providing additional ministerial support in the interim. I hope to be able to make an announcement about this in the next few weeks.

I am meeting with the churchwardens again in early June and I wish to express my gratitude to them publicly for all that they are doing during this time of vacancy. My thanks also go to the members of the ministry team, both clergy and lay, for their service and support. Please pray for them, and be assured of my prayers for you.




Thank you
St George's Day
All Saints Church Longstanton Fundraising Event.
The All Saints Church Longstanton St Georges Day fundraising event was a great success
and we are thankful to all who came and supported the event,
sponsored by
The Friends of All Saints Church Longstanton.

Thank you!!

St George's Day - All Saints Church Longstanton Fundraising Event.

Once again, our St Georges Day church fundraising fun day, sponsored by the Friends of All Saints Church Longstanton was a great success, and we are grateful to all who came and supported the event. The sun came out, ice creams were in abundance and we were all able to enjoy a sunny and warm afternoon of fun activities, stall browsing and community engagement.

This is an annual event, with the sole aim of raising much needed funds for the continued upkeep and modification of our local church building here in Longstanton.

As well as fundraising, we see our St Georges Day event as an opportunity for us to get together as a community and welcome in the start of summer; certainly by three in the afternoon, it felt like summer had well and truly arrived.

This is the thirteenth year of us sponsoring our church fundraising day and what always amazes us is the incredible generosity of the local community. The event could not take place without their support, along with our regular sponsors from the local business sector who, year-on-year, generously support us and our cause.

Once again we thank Brookfield Groundcare, for the generous free loan of their transport for the day, allowing us to ferry to the event area all the necessary equipment that makes these events work.

We are grateful for the anonymous donation for our first draw prize of a ‘French Gite' for a week'

We also thank Linden Homes who made a very generous donations of £100 towards our draw prizes and also the George & Dragon at Elsworth who provided a ‘Dinner for Two' donation at their restaurant.

We are indebted to the Parish Council, and Longstanton Pavilion management for the use of their facilities, and we also extend our thanks to the Army Cadets for their sterling help getting Gazebos erected and activities set up, and providing First Aid care.
We're still counting, but on the day we raised over £2,900, which is truly amazing.

As always, we were fortunate to receive some generous individual donations, and we wish to thank those who recently contributed to our church modernisation project fund by donating through ‘BT MyDonate' link on the Friends website.

However, it's not just about money and fundraising, it's about our community engagement and about those who support us from behind the scenes, loaning us their gazebos, helping us set-up, running the various stalls, as well as giving their time, energy and encouragement to make this popular occasion such a success.

This year is an important year for the Friends and the church. We have a long held view that unless we modernise the interior of the church building by making it more accessible to the wider community, the church may, within a few years, become a redundant building.

So, this year for the Friends, is all about local fundraising and local engagement, as we seek to gain community support to modernise the church building here in Longstanton for use not only by todays' community, but also for future generations.

The interest shown by those who visited us during our St Georges Day event, as well as the significant funds raised, provides us with encouragement to make the church re-ordering project a reality.

To all who engaged, came to see us, came to help us, took part, donated, gave of their time, supported and encouraged us, your ongoing generosity has been, and continues to be much appreciated.

Thank you...

The Friends.