Newsletter November 2023

Dear Friends,

At this time of year, we turn our thoughts once more to all those from our communities who lost their lives in service of our country. We will be holding a special service of Remembrance on Sunday 12 November, starting at 10:50am outside the church, as it remains closed for urgent repairs. All are most welcome to join us. Unfortunately this year, war again seems much closer to us because of what’s happening in Ukraine and in the Holy Land. There are many other ongoing conflicts around the world, including Sudan, Ethiopia and the Yemen, and other nations such as Syria and Afghanistan are still suffering the devastating consequences of war. The terrible images on our tv screens remind us of the sad realities of war, and bring home to us the severe consequences for ordinary people. This year, as well as remembering those from our village who gave their lives for our country in the two World Wars, and all conflicts since, and also remembering those known personally to us, we will be thinking of and praying for all those suffering today, and praying for peace. For many fighting in the two World Wars, Christian faith helped them through the horrors of war. Their faith gave them hope that things would be better and that good would overcome the darkness in the end. It is this hope we share today. Christians believe faith gives us strength, consolation and hope to carry on through the most difficult of times.

God Bless,

Revd Clare Coates

Lead Minister for Hardwick, Dry Drayton and Caldecote with Childerley


St Mary’s Church, Hardwick – St Mary’s Church, Hardwick (

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Services in November

Sunday 5 November

9:30am Holy Communion with Revd Clare. All welcome.

Sunday 12 November Remembrance Sunday

10:50am starting outdoors, at the east end of the Church (Remembrance Garden) for reading of names and two minute silence, followed by a service in the Cabin.

3pm Wild Church

Sunday 19 November

9:30am Holy Communion suitable for all ages with Clare Bigg and Revd Clare

Sunday 26 November

10:30am WOCES Joint service for Christ the King at Comberton Leisure Centre, followed by refreshments, and an opportunity to say goodbye to our Team Rector, Revd David, before he leaves for his new role at the end of December.

Zoom Services

Worship at Home – All Lordsbridge Zoom Service

Every Sunday, 11.00am. Join any time from 10.50am.


Weekday Services:


1st Wednesday of the month, 9am at the Cabin

And in the following weeks, on zoom. All welcome.

Friday Night Prayers

You are warmly invited to join us on Zoom to say Night Prayer together on a Friday to mark the transition to the weekend. Short and sweet, we are open for chat from 7:30, pray promptly at 7:45 and are finished by 8. More details from Clare Bigg

 Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 716 0818 0893

Passcode: yQ4TaL

What’s on:

Tuesdays in term time
All are welcome to join us for free play, crafts, a story and lots of fun. 10-11:30am each Tuesday in term time.

Alternate weeks either:

12:15pm Meditation with Howard Bigg in the Cabin

or 1-3pm The Colour Wheel Hardwick Mindful Colouring Group:

in the Cabin. £3 donation which includes refreshments and materials. For more information contact Nicky 07539 429394


10:30 – 12:  Bumps and Babes with Ali in the Cabin. All welcome.

1st Saturday of every month: Pippins

10am-12 noon, in the Community Room in Hardwick School. Drop in for a cuppa, cake and a chat! All most welcome.

Sunday 5 November

5-7pm Bonfire Party around the camp fire. Hot dogs, marshmallows and sparklers. Please let Clare Bigg know if you are planning to come for catering purposes, especially if you have dietary requirements. All welcome

Saturday 13 April 2024 Sponsored 10km Walk/Run/Cycle

Starting at Great St Mary’s at 10am, we will be walking, running or cycling 10km back to St Mary’s Hardwick, in aid of the building repair fund. More details in the Autumn. BUT FOR NOW SAVE THE DATE IN YOUR DIARIES!!!

Useful contacts

Clare Bigg, LLM

Revd David Newton, Team Rector & Lead Minister for Comberton and Toft: 01223 665654; 07736 944396;

Revd Claire Robertson, Lead Minister for Coton, Barton, Harlton and Haslingfield: 01223 874194;

Revd Charles Fraser, Lead Minister for Little and Great Eversden:; 01223 264974

Team Administrator: Becca Herrick;

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