Update to St.A’s Church Services

St. Augustine’s will be hosting a Hybrid, In-Person and Zoom Eucharist service on the following dates: (Running at the usual 9:30 am – 10:30 am.)

  • 11th October
  • 25th October
  • 8th November
  • 6th December
  • 20th December

On the other Sunday’s, those not listed, a Zoom service only.

All services and times are listed in the calendar page for reference.

These arrangements are subject to change as the on-going situation develops. Any updates to this schedule will be posted here.

Re-opening churches during Covid-19

During Covid-19, St Augustine’s went online to continue worship during lockdown.

From July 2020, 9.30am services have started to be held periodically in person at St Augustine’s. Social distancing precautions in place and we use Zoom software to allow anyone to join either by smartphone, computer or any standard telephone. As a precaution, participants in the in-person service are asked to register beforehand with the Parish Office by phone or e-mail.

On other Sundays, a service is held by Zoom only.

You are very welcome to join us.

Latest details can be found at the Church at Castle website and are sent out by e-mail, or by post for those without e-mail. Please contact our Parish Administrator, Sheila Rozeik, at office@churchatcastle.org to ask to be added to the list and to receive the latest details and instructions about how to join. Alternatively, you can ring on 01223 315000 – messages are currently checked every weekday.

Autumn 2019 Programme of Local Events

All events below are held at St Augustine’s Church and Community Centre in Richmond Road and are open to all. Entry is normally free, although a small charge or retiring collection may be held where fees are requested by speakers or performers. A complimentary glass of wine or fruit juice and nibbles are served at most events.

FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER   6- 7 pm   LOOKING FOR THE GOSHAWK: THE LOST RAPTOR

Hear about the natural history of this enigmatic bird of prey, how and where it lives, and why it might be missing from our lives. Conor Jameson, who works for the RSPB, explains how his search for the Goshawk took him to some unexpected places at home and abroad, from city centres to dense forests – and how this adventure turned into a prize winning book.

FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER   6 – 7 pm   100 000 MILLION STARS AND SILENCE:  ARE WE ALONE?

We live in a universe perfectly suited to our existence, in a galaxy of 100 000 million stars and possible as many planets, containing giant molecular clouds full of the building blocks of life, and yet it is silent out there. Dr Robin Catchpole of the Institute of Astronomy will consider the question as to whether there is life – and in particular intelligent life – beyond our planet, and if not perhaps why not.

SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER        7 – 10.30 pm    QUIZ NIGHT  

Hosted by Richmond Road Residents’ Association, this popular annual quiz is open to teams from the local area who compete across a range of subjects for the magnificent Challenge Cup awarded to the winner on the night. Teams of 6 pay £12 pp to take part and the price includes a buffet meal and drinks. Book a place now (01223 364929).

FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER   6 -7 pm     A PIANIST DOWN UNDER – DOUGLAS ZANDERS AND THE AUSTRALIAN ENTERTAINMENT UNIT IN WW II      

Douglas Zanders was a New Zealander who joined the Australian Army at the outbreak of WW II in the Pacific, firstly as an infantryman and then as part of a concert party providing entertainment to fighting units in Australia and New Guinea. This talk by his son, Ed Zanders, will provide the background to the unit and describe some of their experiences as they performed in various shows, often under arduous conditions in the jungle or outback.

FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER 6 – 7 pm   THE ART HISTORIAN GOES TO BETHLEHEM AND SINAI

Robin Cormack, Emeritus Professor at the Courtauld Institute, shows Byzantine mosaics, icons and books in places now difficult to reach but built in the Sixth Century AD as pilgrimage destinations for Christians. He uncovers new questions in old art.                                 

SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER 6- 7pm    A EUROPEAN EVENING OF MUSIC AND FOOD

Come and enjoy a choral concert of Brahms’ German Requiem with the St Augustine’s Singers conducted by Paul Jackson. Soloists include Alanya Reynolds (soprano), Alistair Bamford (baritone) – with Philip Mead (piano).

To be followed by an Italian Buffet Supper at 7.30pm prepared by Antonio and Celeste Potenzaros.                                                                     

SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER    7 – 9.30 pm    DRAWING  EXHIBITION

An exhibition of the latest collection of work by artists from St Augustine’s Drawing Group in a variety of styles and medium. Wine and nibbles available throughout.  

FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER 6-7 pm  FRAGMENTS BETWEEN TWO CONTINENTS:THE AZORES AND ATLANTIS

Nine small islands in the middle of the Atlantic have enchanted sailors and adventurers from the 15th century to the present day, and fuelled speculation as to whether they once formed the lost land of Atlantis mentioned by Plato in c400BC. Richard Footitt explains his own life-long fascination with the Azores – and with the myth of Atlantis.  

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER  6 – 7 pm     PIANO CONCERT

A tribute concert celebrating the Bicentenary of the birth of Clara Schumann, with compositions by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and of course Clara Schumann. Neil Colledge on the piano.

SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER     4 – 5.30 PM     COMMUNITY CAROL SERVICE

Come and enjoy the real thing – a local Community Carol Service, with traditional lessons and carols followed by mulled wine and mince pies, and much more!

TUESDAY 1 JANUARY       10 AM – 12 PM    VIENNESE COFFEE HOUSE

A welcome return of the New Year Coffee House with drinks, cakes, and live music reminiscent of Vienna in the early 20th century. Relax after the holidays in good company and with beguiling music played by Chihiro Ono (violin) accompanied by Philip Mead on the piano.

And why not enjoy a coffee and cake at Café@99? Open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am to 12pm at St Augustine’s – run by and for the local community.

… and don’t forget on  the 1st SUNDAY of each month (1 SEPTEMBER, 6 OCTOBER, 3 NOVEMBER, 1 DECEMBER and 5 JANUARY) come and share a COMMUNITY LUNCH starting at 1 pm: two courses with wine and fruit juice for only £4.50 per head.

Separate publicity will appear for each event and on the St Augustine’s Calendar

Spring 2019 Programme of Local Events (including Friday Nights at St Augustine’s)

All events below are held at St Augustine’s Church and Community Centre in Richmond Road and are open to all. Entry is normally free, although a small charge or retiring collection may be held where fees are requested by speakers or performers. A complimentary glass of wine or fruit juice and nibbles are served at most events.

The programme is supported by Richmond, Oxford and Windsor Roads’ Residents’ Associations, and the Benson Area Residents’ Association, and compiled by St Augustine’s Church. Details at www.churchatcastle.org.uk & https://stas.org.uk .

FRIDAY 1 MARCH     6 – 7.30 PM                                 UNDER MILK WOOD  

A night for the film buffs! To celebrate St David’s Day, a big screen showing of Dylan Thomas’s outstanding poetic drama Under Milk Wood produced by BBC Wales and performed by a collage of famous Welsh voices and faces, including Tom Jones and Bryn Terfel. Not suitable for young children and parental guidance for those under 12 years.

This sets the scene for the following evening featuring more poetry and music “Told Round the Fireside” – see below.

SATURDAY 2 MARCH   6 –7 PM                       TOLD ROUND THE FIRESIDE

An evening of music, poetry and stories on the theme of Home to raise money for Shelter’s work with the homeless – with Isy Mead and Philip Mead (piano). The winners of a competition for original poetry on the same theme will be invited to read their poems and receive their prize.  Poems judged by Michael Harrison and John Hegley.

SATURDAY 16 MARCH   7 – 11 PM                               QUIZ NIGHT

                                                                                “SPRINGTIME FOR BREXIT”

Put the politics of Brexit aside for a few hours, and join Cambridge Operatic Society for a quiz evening of good humour, great company, music and show business-themed questions, with Geoff Reed at the helm as Quizmaster. Sign up by following the link https://eventbrite.co.uk/o/cambridge-operatic-society-18519356354 or email: secretary@caosweb.org                         An admission charge will apply for this event.

FRIDAY 22 MARCH   6 – 7 PM                               TO BE A PILGRIM?

What is the difference between going on a pilgrimage and going on a walk? What makes pilgrimage a universal cultural phenomenon? Why has there been a resurgence of interest in spiritual journeying?  Drawing on her experience as a long-distance walker, Camino pilgrim and one-time medieval researcher, Gill Mead will look at the history of pilgrimage and attempt to discover why, even in this day and age, “longen folk to goon on pilgrimages”.

SUNDAY 24 MARCH     1.45 – 4 PM                          SUNDAY ART WALK

Time for personal reflection and group discussion on the spiritual aspects of art on a gentle stroll around the public art freely available in parts of West Cambridge. Cream teas available on return to St Augustine’s.             Led by the Rev Dr Janet Bunker

FRIDAY 29 MARCH     6 -9 PM       A CELEBRATION OF BIRDS IN ART

Come and view an exhibition of beautiful sculptures and art work by Jayne Ruffell-Ward, on the theme of birds. The work will be exhibited alongside outstanding photographs of birds and the Suffolk landscape by Mark Wills.  The exhibition will be open all week-end.

SATURDAY 30 MARCH   6 -7 PM   A CELEBRATION OF BIRDS IN MUSIC 1

Join us for a concert of piano music performed by Marion Caldwell, inspired by the art work in the exhibition. The concert will include works by Maurice Ravel, Amy Beach and Robert Schumann. Followed by a buffet supper. 

SUNDAY 31 MARCH         3 -4 PM    A CELEBRATION OF BIRDS IN MUSIC 2

Zero Gravity, Cambridge’s Recorder Band, directed by Evelyn Nallen,  present an afternoon of music by Wren and Woodcock, with Music for a Bird and ending with A Wild Goose Chase!  A fitting finale to a week-end dedicated to our feathered friends.

FRIDAY 5 APRIL 6 -7 PM    THE ISLAND CALLED NOWHERE: WILLIAM MORRIS AND GEORGE ORWELL COMPARED

Utopia means either “the good place” or “no place”. In his story News from Nowhere (1890), William Morris imagines the perfectly happy society and calls it “nowhere”. Nearly 60 years later, George Orwell does the opposite in Nineteen Eighty Four, imagining the sort of society we now call Dystopia. But in some ways, Utopia and Dystopia resemble one another.  Clive Wilmer, poet and critic, Emeritus Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, and Master of John Ruskin’s Guild of St George, explains all.           

………….  and don’t forget on SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY,  SUNDAY 3 MARCH, SUNDAY 7 APRIL and SUNDAY 5 MAY come and share a COMMUNITY LUNCH starting at 1 pm : two courses with wine or fruit juice for only £4.50 per head.

And why not enjoy a coffee and cake at Café@99?  Open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am to 12 pm at St Augustine’s in Richmond Road – a café run by and for the local community. An opportunity to share a conversation, write a poem, browse a newspaper, or simply relax.  Hosted by RRRA and St Augustine’s.

Christmas tree backdrop

Advent 2018 – countdown to Christmas

Events every day in December 2018 in and around St Augustine’s to prepare for Christmas – these events are in addition to our usual calendar.

  • SUNDAY 2
    9.30-10.30 am Advent Sunday Service with Holy Communion. Children’s activities. Coffee
  • MONDAY 3
    10.30 am-12 noon Christmas Coffee Shop
    4.40-5.30 pm Come and join 1st NW Cambridge Rainbows as we take on a ‘Cheer Challenge’ and learn what makes a good cheerleader and have a go at creating our own cheerleader chants!
  • TUESDAY 4
    6-7 pm Soiree with Gill and Phil Mead playing recorder and harpsichord music (local location – contact us for details)
  • WEDNESDAY 5
    10.30 am-12 noon Christmas Coffee Shop
  • THURSDAY 6
    6.30-7.30 pm 38th Cambridge Guides Crafts – Come and join the 38th Cambridge Guides for Christmas crafts. Suitable for children and adults
  • FRIDAY 7
    10.30 am-12 noon Christmas Coffee Shop
    6-7 pm Friday Nights at St. Augustine’s. Bell ringing for all – a talk by Barbara Le Gallez
  • SATURDAY 8
    6-7 pm An International Choral Christmas – A concert by St. Augustine’s Singers
  • SUNDAY 9
    9.30-10.30 am Holy Communion for the 2nd Sunday of Advent. Children’s activities. Coffee
    2-4 pm Christmas Jazz Piano Concert with Colin Hazel
  • MONDAY 10
    10.30 am-12 noon Christmas coffee Shop
    6-7 pm The Brownies invite you to share their camp fire! Families with young children especially welcome.
  • TUESDAY 11
    6.30- 8.00 pm C@C Carols at Eddington – Meet outside Sainsburys for an evening carolling around the new development
    7.30 pm – lateish Parish Men’s Group, with Ladies! The service of Compline followed by Advent readings by participants and finally a modest Christmas party. All welcome. Local location – contact us for details.
  • WEDNESDAY 12
    10.30 am- 12 Noon Christmas Coffee Shop
  • THURSDAY 13
    5.45-7.00 pm Upper Room Bible Study group in the Oxford Room. A showing of a dramatic DVD of St. John’s Gospel
    7.30-9.00 Come and help our Rangers raise money for the World Scout Jamboree. Café and edible Christmas tree decorations.
  • FRIDAY 14
    10.30 am-12 noon Christmas Coffee Shop
    6-7 pm Friday Nights at St Augustine’s, Rev’d Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, reads a selection of his own poetry
  • SATURDAY 15
    1-2 pm An International Choral Christmas Concert by St. Augustine’s Singers at Michaelhouse, Trinity Street
  • SUNDAY 16
    9.30-10.30 am Holy Communion for the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Children’s activities. Coffee
  • MONDAY 17
    10.30 am-12 noon Christmas Coffee Shop
    4-4.30 pm Parish Prayer Circle in the Darwin Room. Join us for prayers for individuals and the community
  • TUESDAY 18
    6.30 pm Join St Augustine’s Singers carol singing in “The Square” [Eachard Road, Hoadly Road etc]
  • WEDNESDAY 19
    10.30 am- 12 noon Christmas Coffee Shop
  • THURSDAY 20
    2-3.30 pm Tea with the Vicar – tea and conversation with Rev’d Dr Janet Bunker
  • FRIDAY 21
    10.30 am-12 noon Christmas Coffee Shop
    6-7 pm Friday Nights at St Augustine’s – Here we come a-caroling. Philip Mead gives a talk on the history of some well-known carols-with live musical examples!
  • SATURDAY 22
    4-5.30 pm Community Carol Service
  • SUNDAY 23
    9.30-10.30 am Holy Communion for the 4th Sunday of Advent. Children’s activities. Coffee
  • MONDAY 24
    10.30 am-12 noon. Christmas Eve Coffee Shop with Philip Mead providing seasonal background music on keyboards
    11.30 pm-12.30pm ChurchAtCastle Midnight Mass at St Augustine’s
  • TUESDAY 25
    9.30-10.30 am. Christmas Service with sung Eucharist at St Augustine’s

 

St Augustine's Church in 1898

Celebrating 120 years

You are invited to celebrate St Augustine’s 120th birthday

1898-2018

All welcome.

Saturday 26th May 2018.

2-4 pm: History of St Augustine’s exhibition, Café open serving Victorian treats.

6-7 pm: 120th Anniversary concert
Music from 1898 with St Augustine’s Singers.
Works by Elgar, Grainger, Debussy and Coleridge Taylor.
Paul Jackson (conductor), Amanda Dean, Stephen Lawrence, Alice Woods (soloists), Colin Hazel (piano), Philip Mead.
Philip Mead will play the original harmonium installed in 1898, returning to the church for the first time since its restoration.

Sunday 27th May 2018.

8 am: Simple service of Holy Communion

9.30 am: Service of celebration of St Augustine’s, past present and future
Featuring Philip Mead playing the 1898 harmonium. Note there will not be Holy Communion at this service.

12 – 2 pm: Bring and share Victorian Buffet lunch

12-4 pm: History of St Augustine’s exhibition, Café open serving Victorian treats.

St Augustine’s was opened in 1898 as the local school, and church, in what was then a rapidly-developing district to the north-west of Cambridge. It has always functioned as a dual-purpose building, and when the school moved to Mayfield Primary School,  it has served very effectively as a community centre.

This Victorian-themed weekend of events will celebrate the building’s heritage 120 years after it first opened, and its lively and diverse present.

1898

St Augustine's Church Cambridge 1898

2018

St Augustine's Church Cambridge in 2018