We’re delighted to have a new programme of talks and recitals to offer. We have 2 principal subjects this term: our archaeological and artistic heritage – interspersed with reflections on and around Remembrance Day in November, and Christmas in December (including 3 concerts to which all are invited to participate, including children).
You can find the dates in the calendar, with full details shown below or to download HERE. All events 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.
TO BE RESCHEDULED – ALCONBURY’S ROMANO-CELTIC VILLA
We are sorry to say that this talk has had to be postponed and will not take place on 6th October as planned.
Patrick Lambert, an archaeologist with Oxford Archaeology, will explain the findings of a recent dig on the old RAF Alconbury site, which revealed an ancient Romano Celtic Villa – to be featured on the BBC’s Digging for Britain programme in January 2024.
FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER 6 – 7 PM WHITTLESEA’S BRONZE AGE SITE
Chris Wakefield of Cambridge Archeological Unit will speak on discovering the “Must Farm” Bronze Age site near Whittlesea, one of Cambridgeshire’s most exciting projects, a mere 3000 years old and well preserved.
SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER 7PM – 8PM THE COLOURS OF AUTUMN CONCERT
Cambridge Chamber Music will entertain us with a musical tribute to the beauty of Autumn. Highlights include: Vivaldi’s Autumn Concerto; Sibelius’s Mignione Suite for flute and strings; Tchaikovsky’s October Song; and Autumn Leaves arranged in jazz style.
FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER 6PM- 7PM THE DEAD OF CAMBRIDGESHIRE: COWS AND CRUCIFICTION
Familiar with the phrase “What did the Romans ever do for us”? David Ingham, project
manager with Albion Archaeology in Bedford, will give his answer based on findings from a
remarkable roadside settlement discovered at Fenstanton.
FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER 6PM- 7PM GOOD GRIEF: COPING WITH BEREAVEMENT AND SADNESS FROM A HEALTHCARE PERSPECTIVE
Dr Harriet Shannon will draw on her experience as a research physiotherapist at UCL with a special interest in paediatric intensive care, and as a doctoral theology student, to offer insights into the grieving process after the death of a loved one. A prelude to Remembrance Day – see below.
SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER 6PM – 7PM REMEMBRANCE DAY CONCERT
With St Augustine’s Singers, conducted by Tim Brown and accompanied by Philip Mead (piano) and Caroline Mead (flute). The concert will follow a narrative about war – from the jaunty sentimental WW1 songs such as Pack up your Troubles, to a new setting for Wilfred Owen’s chilling poem “Sonnet (on seeing a piece of artillery brought into action”). Followed by the Requiem Mass of Morten Lauridson and a vision of paradise in Philip Mead’s work, The Nightingale for flute and choir to the words of Coleridge.
FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER 6PM – 7PM FROM PLASTER TO BRONZE
Directed, filmed and edited by Rhea Quien, From Plaster to Bronze will take us through the many stages of the bronze casting process as practised by The Bronze Age Fine Art Foundry in creating a well-known bust of Lord Mountbatten, Admiral of the Fleet in WW2.
FRIDAY 24 NOVEMBER 6PM – 7PM LOOKING FOR LOWRY
Watch this fascinating documentary film, starring Ian McKellen, about the life and work of the much loved artist L S Lowry – meeting those who knew him and those who have been inspired in our post-industrial age by his unique observations of Britain and by his powerful artistic legacy. Followed by a short revealing account of an interview with Lowry in 1965.
SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 6.30PM – 7.30PM A GLIMPSE OF NEW HORIZONS
Cambridge Chamber Music return with a selection of classical string pieces for cello, 2 pieces by Dobrinka Tabacova (Dawn and Longing), and the Love Theme from The Secret Garden and The Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet.
FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER 6PM – 7PM HIDDEN ART AND ARCHEOLOGICAL TREASURES OF THE CAMBRIDGE COLLEGES
Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, at the Fitzwilliam Museum, will introduce some of the extraordinary buildings and artwork that belong to the Cambridge Colleges but which are often hidden from view.
SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 3.30PM – 4.30PM JOINT ROADS CAROL SERVICE
All are welcome to join with your neighbours and sing along with a selection of Christmas Carols led by Anne Taylor – and to enjoy a glass of mulled wine.
FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER 6PM – 7PM SEASONAL SONGS AND POEMS
Come and enjoy a short concert of Christmas music, readings and audience carols, presented by the well-known Cambridge choir Cantores, conducted by Jeremy Wong.
SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER 6PM – 7.30PM THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS
WTH PRIZES, CAROLS FOR CHILDREN AND CAROLS FOR ALL
Listen to, and identify if you can, the carols in The Christmas Carols Suite, a continuous jazz medley by David Johnstone. A concert for the little ones – and those young at heart – led by CCM.
…………. and don’t forget on SUNDAYS 1 October, 5 November and 3 December to come and share a COMMUNITY LUNCH at St Augustine’s starting at 1 pm: two courses with wine or fruit juice for only £8.00 ph.
And why not enjoy a coffee and cake at Café@99? Open every Monday and Friday from 10.45am to 12.15 pm at St Augustine’s in Richmond Road – a café run by and for the local community. Come to meet neighbours, share conversation, read a paper, or simply relax. Hosted by RRRA and St Augustine’s.
The programme is supported by Richmond, Oxford and Windsor Roads’ Residents’
Associations, and Benson Area Residents’ Association, and compiled by St