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(Team Rector-designate)
Vacancy - Priest-in-Charge
[Team Rector-Designate]
Longstanton, Over, Swavesey & Willingham

The Parishes of Longstanton, Over, Swavesey and Willingham lie a few miles to the west of Cambridge.

Each Parish has a distinctive tradition, and within them is growing up the large, new town of Northstowe. We are looking for a Priest-in-Charge who will join us at this pivotal moment in our development and:

  • share our desire to grow in faith and numbers, deepen our relationship with God and lead us in mission and ministry to our communities;
  • value our diversity, draw the best from us and bring your own distinctive gifts;
  • build and support a team of clergy and lay people (including two new stipendiary appointments);
  • lead our collaboration as we shape a new Team;
  • help us reach out to new housing developments and a widening demographic spectrum;

"One of the most exciting opportunities in the diocese for a priest with gifts of vision and leadership" (Bishop Stephen).

For an application form and parish profile please follow the links below.


For an informal discussion, please contact: The Archdeacon of Cambridge, The Diocesan Office, Barton Road, Ely CB7 4DX E:

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 13 November 2018

Interviews will be held on Thursday 10 January 2019

This position is subject to an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service


Diocese of Ely


News update
Revd Jenny Hill
Update on Progress during our Vacancy!
7th October 2018


Further update - Appointment of new Team Rector.....!

Following the meeting last month when the wardens of members of the PCC's of our 4 parishes met with the Archdeacon Revd Dr Alex Hughes and the Rural Dean, The Revd Canon James Blandford-Baker to discuss the next stage in the process for advertising and appointing a new Team Rector designate, some amendments have been needed to the timings that was included in the previous bulletin to ensure that all interested parties are able to attend.

The proposed new timeline now means that we are working towards a proposed interview date for 10th January 2019. Working backwards from this date, this will mean that the advertisements should go into the Church Times during November 2018.

As the paperwork and website information from the churches is ready and already available for the Archdeacon to use, it has been suggested that in the meantime, an advertisement is posted on the Ely Diocesan Vacancy page to explore if anyone in the diocese feels called to apply. This way our information will be out there and inviting people to take a look!

I appreciate that there will be some people who will be disappointed that the date has been put back a month, but after discussion, it was agreed that it will make little difference practically to the outcome or when a new priest could begin. More importantly, a January 2019 date avoided the business of December and ensured that all the important people could be present. Particularly, and it will make it easier for any potential candidates to arrange to take time out of their current parish to come for an interview!

So, the process is now definitely under way! In the meantime, it is very important that we all hold any possible candidates in our prayers that the Holy Spirit may encourage them to apply! We also pray for the wardens and all who are taking responsibility to help with the interview day, but especially for the two representatives chosen from each parish who will have such an important role to play in the actual interviews.

With every blessing as we continue to serve God together!


Revd Jenny Hill - Interim Priest in Charge



News update
Revd Jenny Hill
Update on Progress during the Vacancy!

On Monday evening, 17th September, the wardens of members of the PCC's of our four parishes met with Archdeacon Alex Hughes and the Rural Dean in the Church Hall at Impington to discuss the next stage in the process for advertising and appointing a new Team Rector designate.

The Archdeacon congratulated the PCC's for the work they had done to complete the Parish Profiles and other relevant paperwork. He said that the descriptions of our parishes indicated that there was much to celebrate and much work being done during the vacancy to further mission and ministry!

To complete the process, he agreed to design a suitable advertisement for entry into the Church Times. This is the paper where most clergy look to find jobs! The Archdeacon also read out a letter which Bishop Stephen had drafted to send out to any possible applicant to explain more about the role of the proposed Team Rector and how they would potentially be involved with the evolving situation with the new and developing town of Northstowe. In his letter he describes the job enthusiastically, as 'one of the most interesting posts in the diocese and a unique opportunity for the right person'!!

The new timeline now means that an advertisement should appear in the Church Times on 13th and 20th October, and have a closing date of 2nd November. Dates were then set for shortlisting of any candidates and an final interview date suggested for 6th December 2018.

So, the next stage of the process has now begun! In the meantime, it is very important that we all hold any possible candidates in our prayers that the Holy Spirit may encourage them to apply! We also pray for the wardens and PCC's who need to take a responsibility and help with the interview day and especially for the two representatives chosen from each parish who will have such an important role to play in the actual interviews.

We live in exciting times!!


Revd Jenny Hill - Interim Priest in Charge


News update
Revd Jenny Hill
Revd Jenny Hill
Interim Priest In Charge

The Reverend Jenny Hill has now officially been licensed into the post of Interim Priest In Charge of our four parishes until a new incumbent is formally appointed. Her contact details are:

Revd Jenny Hill - 07970949331 or





The good news is that we are now at the point of making that distant vision of modernising the church building a reality and our success in getting to this point has been down to your continued support, encouragement and generosity.....
All Saints Church Reordering Project update
"God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile"
Max Lucado
Project update
This is the second Newsletter providing you with an update of where we are in relation to our Church Re-ordering Project.
You will remember that in order to make the project more affordable and achievable, we agreed to carry out the church reordering works in two phases.
Phase one
The first phase will be the removal of the current pipe organ and the purchase of a replacement electronic organ, the raising of the bell tower flooring area to make space for the installation of much needed toilets, as well as the installation of part of the new kitchen area.
Phase two
The second phase of the project will include the completion of the kitchen area, the repositioning of the baptism font, installation of spiral staircase to an upper floor seating area and provision of a separate meeting room at the rear of the Church.
Church Reordering Work - Tenders
The tenders for work on the first phase of the Project have been sent out to four building contractors with specialist knowledge of working on churches and other historic buildings. The priced tenders are to be returned to the Architects by August 8th, who will evaluate each one and submit their findings and recommendations to the Project Team and PCC for their consideration.
National Churches Trust - Grant Application
As well as working on the tender documents, we have also been engaged in submitting a grant application for additional funding towards our project, to the National Churches Trust. This is our second submission for this funding and has required us to provide a significant amount of detailed information and costings in support of our request.
We thank everyone who contributed to the completion of the grant application, which was submitted on 30 June. We will not know if our application to the NCT has been successful until November 2018. However, we feel that we have a strong case for grant funding and hopefully our second bite at the cherry will be fruitful.
We have been looking at other funding streams, to include applications to Landfill Communities Fund, the Bishop Radford Trust, Historic Churches Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation as well as Section 106 Funding.
Church Assets - Land
We have also been taking a close look at the assets which the Church has, especially the land that is held in trust by the Vicar and Church Wardens.
Our aim is to explore the possibility of selling one or more pieces of Church land which would raise capital to support the financing of the reordering project. This work is extremely complex and requires us to engage with a number of key organisations, such as the Ely Diocesan Board of Finance (EDBF), which holds our assets as Custodian in Trust. Since the Church is a registered charity, we will also have close dealings with the Charity Commission in order to meet the requirements of the Charities Act 2011/2013. This will necessitate us appointing a Chartered Surveyor to provide a certified valuation of any land which is proposed for sale.
The PCC has already submitted to Ely Diocesan Board of Finance an overview of its proposal and we are awaiting more detailed advice from EDBF on the next steps that need to be taken on this issue.
Further fundraising
We are continuing to raise much need funds towards the financing of the Church reordering project. Over the last twelve months we have received a significant boost to our overall finances by way of fundraising as well the receipt of a number of very generous donations.
Obviously, we continue to seek further funding towards the completion of the whole project and along with support from the Friends of All Saints Church Longstanton, fundraising will continue to be our priority, with key events and activities being planned for the coming year, as well as bringing to the attention of our community what an amazing and valuable asset we have within our midst.
Keeping ahead of the game...
It is interesting to note that the Diocese of Ely and the Cambridge Judge Business School has just launched a three-year project to help communities make fuller use of their historic churches. You could say that we are ahead of the game! For many years now we have had a vision that recognises the need for us to modernise and revitalise our church building here in Longstanton that makes it more accessible, more available and more useable by the wider community.
The good news is that we are now at the point of making that distant vision a reality and our success in getting to this point has been down to your continued support, encouragement and generosity.
More information....
For more information on the project, please contact one of our Church Wardens;
Sue Gamon: - 01954-782371
Roger Valentine: 01954-230519
John Frost at All Saints Church Longstanton on 01954-782782
For further more detailed information, please see our website at:


News update
Archdeacons Statement
27 May 2018
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
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.