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                            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
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
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                                      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
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                                                                            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.