Dear Friends,

I really enjoyed taking part in my first Walk. Run. Cycle 10km sponsored walk in April. Stephen and I set off early with our dog, Sasha, catching the number 4 bus, and making it into town in plenty of time for the 10am start. It was wonderful to see so many friends ready to make the 10km walk back to St Mary’s and we were blessed with a beautiful, sunny spring morning. We walked through the heart of historic Cambridge, to the West Cambridge site, and on to Coton, greeted enroute by lots of friendly stewards, pointing us in the right direction (and not allowing any deviations or shortcuts through the fields!). The two hours sped by as we walked, chatted and laughed our way home, to be greeted by a wonderful lunch of hotdogs and scones. My grateful thanks to all the team who planned, organised and ran this successful event, and to all those who took part, and especially to all those who have generously donated to our repairs fund. To date, the total raised stands at an incredible £4,000!

There is something incredibly spiritual about walking with friends – and making new ones along the way. Later in the month I will be leading our annual Lordsbridge Pilgrimage walk, on Friday 17 May, starting at 7:30am in Coton! I am very much looking forward to visiting all the churches in the Team again, and to chatting with my fellow pilgrims enroute. Please do join us if you can, even if it’s just for a short stretch, or to welcome us home to Dry Drayton, where the Pilgrimage ends with a short service of Evening Prayer at approximately 6pm. People go on pilgrimage for as many reasons as there are pilgrims!  For Christians, going on pilgrimage involves a search for a deeper spirituality and for a closer connection to God. It is also a great adventure, with the chance to meet new people and to see new places. To set aside time for God and feel closer to Him; to discern His will and guidance; and to be strengthened in faith. Going on pilgrimage can give us a new sense of awareness and wonder. Or result in a greater sense of our life’s purpose. Pilgrimage helps us to focus on ‘what really matters’ and to rediscover the joy of giving and generosity. I look forward to seeing you along the way!

God Bless,


Rev’d Clare Coates

Lead Minister for Hardwick, Dry Drayton and Caldecote with Childerley


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Services in May

Sunday 5 May
9:30am Holy Communion, with Revd Clare

Bring and Share lunch 12:00-2:00pm
To say a proper goodbye to Beth, Tom and Toby, we will be having a bring and share lunch in the Cabin. Offers of food to Peter please:

Thursday 9 May Ascension Day
7:00pm Holy Communion at Barton Church, with Revd Claire and Revd Clare preaching

Sunday 12 May
9:30am Holy Communion, with Revd Clare
3:00-4:00pm Wild Church

Sunday 19 May Pentecost
9:30am Holy Communion with Revd Clare

Sunday 26 May Trinity Sunday
9:30am All Age Service, led by Ali Marcus and Peter Cornwell

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, 9:00am 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 7:30pm, pray promptly at 7:45 and are finished by 8. Please contact Michaela McNeill for further details:

What’s On

Tuesdays – Toddlers in term time

Alternate weeks either:
12:15pm Meditation with Howard Bigg in the Cabin
or 2:00-4:00pm The Colour Wheel – Hardwick Mindful Colouring Group
£4 donation which includes refreshments and materials. For more information contact Nicky.

10:30am-12noon Bumps and Babies with Ali

1st Saturday of every month: 10.00am-12noon, Pippins, in Hardwick School Hall.
Drop in for a cuppa, cake and a chat!

Cancelled due to lack of interest

Useful Contacts

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;