Spring Friends’ Newsletter 2007 member, who reaches her 90th From our Chairman, Julie Galliard birthday shortly. I hope to see many of you at the As Spring approaches once again, I start in early April. The provision of Friends' Day and Annual Dinner on am pleased to report that we have the gate and arch at the top of the 28th April. The format remains as completed some small projects - steps at the rear entrance to the always – see details enclosed with one inside and one outside the church is moving on and the final this letter. Evensong will be led church - while the two larger design, already approved by the again this year by Reverend Pam projects are proceeding well. The Morton family whose generous be- Thorn – with sherry at 6.30 pm. steps from the car park, provided by quest is going someway to financ- Tickets for the dinner are available the Friends some years ago, have ing the project, is currently being now. Please contact me or Beryl been relaid to provide more drain- discussed at the PCC. Next step is Flack for tickets (contact details ap- age to prevent water collecting on the architect's drawing. Discussions pear with the Friends' Day informa- the right hand side. This is to avoid about improving the facilities for tion) or return the enclosed slip puddles and any ice forming, mak- those using the. South Aisle room indicating your attendance. This ing the steps safer. are continuing. year, we are inviting you to bring The Friends have paid for the pipe It is with great sadness I have to your own wine. Sherry and soft organ case to be painted to com- report the recent death of Monica drinks will be provided as before. plete the refurbishment of the nave. Buttress, a very long standing sup- Our speaker this year is Carolin We are grateful to David Armstrong porter of the Friends of St Johns. Gohler of the Cambridge Preserva- for carrying out this task; he even She regularly attended the Friends' tion Trust. gave the organ's long standing resi- Day, often bringing friends and rela- You will see from Nick Moir's article dent - a small teddy bear - a wash tions to the Dinner which she al- that we are making a link between and brush up. The bear is back in ways enjoyed. We all have fond the Friends' Day celebration and pride of place keeping an eye on memories of Monica and her regu- Dedication Sunday. It would be the choir! lar contributions to the day - not wonderful to see Friends attending Provision of the frontals for the choir least, her generous provision of the the morning service on Sunday 29th and clergy is well underway. The flowers and table decorations. April to share in the thanksgiving for designs were modified to incude On a happier note, Pam Habgood all those who support, preserve and three double units and the plans are has asked me to pass on the beautify the church building. currently in their final stages of ap- Friends' congratulations to Doreen firstname.lastname@example.org proval. We hope the carpenter can Fletcher, another longstanding fabulous after its cleaning and deco- From the Reverend Nick Moir rating; the reordering at the front has given much-valued space, and the redecoration has made a huge This Friends’ Festival will be my last emotions: we are excited by what difference to the ambience of the as Vicar, though I hope not my last lies ahead but are sad to leave what church. I do not claim credit for any as a Friend of St John’s…. I well has been our very happy home for of this – the music, as it were, has remember early on in my time here a significant period of our lives (we been played by others while I have when the Festival brought together have spent all but three months of from time to time waved the baton the Four Vicars. It felt rather like an our married life here and, of course, around. For part of the score the old episode of Dr Who when some- our children are Waterbeach born baton is pointed towards the how the different incarnations of the and bred.) Friends: if the PCC are the strings, Time Lord were brought together in carrying much of the tune, then per- one time warp! I look back at what has been haps the Friends are the woodwind, achieved with the church fabric over providing the more decorative ele- But I am now to be reincarnated as these nine years with some satis- ment, without which the music the Vicar of St Andrew’s, Chester- faction. We now have an extended would be rather too plain and una- ton, a city parish that also retains and much improved Church Room; dorned. Michael Williamson, of something of a village character the considerable restoration works course, is the brass… (hurray!). Rosalind and I do, of (largely to combat the damp) have course, face our move with mixed been completed; the chancel looks Continued on page 2 thedral once the restoration work from Neil Carlier had been completed. At the same DEDICATION SUNDAY time I assumed the role as Presi- 29th April 2007 1980 seems a long way off, the dent of the Officers' Christian Union year when it was a great sadness to now called Armed Forces Christian leave Waterbeach but memories Union. This involved a number of Two things have been going have not faded altogether. Daphne invitations to preach in various through my mind in the last year and I maintain occasional contact churches but unlike Tony Kendall I or two: first, that it would be with the military and with some of am not a lay reader!! good to make a link between the friends we made during our two the Friends’ Festival and the After two more postings I retired year tour as CO of 39 Engineer service on the following morn- from the Army in 1992 and was ap- Regiment. ing, and, secondly, that our au- pointed as the Director( ChiefExec- After Waterbeach I was detached to utive) of Haig Homes, a charity tumn observance of a IBM for an exchange posting before established to provide family ac- Dedication Festival has rather becoming involved in various ap- commodation for the ex-service lapsed due to pressure from pointments in the Ministry of person in need. It was a pleasure to other events and causes. Defence(MOD). These gave me the be able to assist those who had It occurred to me that there opportunity to help with the MOD served their Country in this way. 10 would be merit in combining the London Christian Fellowship where years later I retired for the second we successfully held a number of time. 'Retired' was the wrong word two things and in commemorat- outreach events with the help of as I was soon involved as a board ing the church’s Dedication on Luis Palau and David Watson. After member on a number of charities the same weekend as the two very happy years at Minley it mainly associated with Christian Friends’ Festival. So that is was back to being a student again work. I also found myself as a gov- what we going to do this year! at the Royal College of Defence ernor of Monkton Combe School - a The Sunday service will follow Studies before finding ourselves in school with a great Christian back- the readings and other ‘propers’ the Falkland Islands where I was ground. This coupled with member- appointed as the Commander of ship of the finance committee of St of the Dedication with a focus British Forces in the South Atlantic. Peters' Church, Farnborough and on thanksgiving for the genera- This was a fascinating posting with, of the management committee of a tions, including our own, who on the one hand a watchful eye on local housing association keeps me have shaped and beautified the the Argentinians, and the other on out of mischief In my spare mo- sacred space in which we wor- the needs of all the service persons ments I am steering through a first ship. This should involve not mostly on three months postings. It time sewerage scheme for a village only the Friends, but the PCC’s was difficult dealing with a new in Cornwall purely on a voluntary Fabric Committee, the flower Chaplain every three months for basis. Daphne has been equally arrangers, brass cleaners, this was too short a time to make busy with spells at helping with rid- those who mow the lawn, and any real impact. When they were ing for the disabled, chairing a so on. not looking I used some Engineers prayer group for members of the to move the Church into the centre Armed Forces and, believe it or not, Here is an opportunity for the of the Airfield accommodation and becoming a bus driver to take eld- whole church to give thanks for established a branch of the Mission erly people from our village on a our heritage from the past and to Military Garrisons to offer an al- weekly shopping run! to offer to God our efforts today ternative to hard drinking in the to beautify this House of Prayer. Our visits back to Waterbeach are NAAFI facilities! Before leaving the infrequent but when we do come Nick Moir Islands I was asked to chair a com- many happy memories flood back mittee to generate funds to reno- into our minds. It is so encouraging vate the Cathedral in Stanley. It was to hear that St John's is flourishing a joy for both of us to revisit the and we do wish God's blessing to South Atlantic with the Archbishop SUBSCRIPTIONS you all. of Canterbury to rededicate the Ca- some well-designed fronts for the Many thanks to all who have paid From The Revd. Nick Moir choir when in the nave. their 2007 subscriptions. If yours is (continued from page 1) still outstanding, would you consid- So while the PCC were sorting out The orchestra in its different sec- er paying by standing order, if you the damp, the Friends applied them- tions has worked well together and don't already do so? A form is in- selves to the beautiful restoration of long may it continue to do so. cluded for you to use. Please re- the south-east window and the pro- Beautifying our buildings, as some- turn all forms/subscriptions to vision of a very attractive display one said, is like preaching sermons Cecily Beeton, 1 Cambrdge Road, board in the porch – and are now in stone- it speaks of the beauty of Waterbeach, CB25 9NJ. working hard towards installing a the God we worship and the gospel Thank you. fine gateway to the car park and we proclaim.