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CALDECOTE CHURCH FRIENDS
EVENTS 2015

Q is for quality!
On Sunday 12th July, visitors to the tiny mediaeval church at Caldecote – the smallest village in Hertfordshire
– had a real treat of Quilts and Quire.
Organised by Caldecote Church Friends, the five hour programme consisted of a stunning display by Icknield Quilters inside the church,
and a wonderful performance by the Chiltern West Gallery Quire on the lawns outside (see attached picture).
The gloomy weather did not deter the visitors - who were mainly local but included one couple from Norfolk, and another from America - browsed the genuine British bric-a-brac stall, and enjoyed the tea and delicious home-made cakes on sale.   The Americans, not realising   that the quilts were simply on display, offered to buy most of the exhibits to take home!
A thoroughly enjoyable day out, and the church’s restoration fund was swelled by over £500.00.

Caldecote Church Friends -  SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER – Heritage Open Day. 12.00 till 5.00pm.
Free entry and parking.  Legendary cream teas.
The Church, a building dating from the 14th Century and one of
Hertfordshire’s precious gems, has been selected to take part in the
national Heritage Open Days, and will be open on Sunday 13th
September between 12 noon and 5pm.
Visitors can imbibe its
history whilst their hands glide over the five hundred year old
wooden pews.
Entry is free, there is ample parking, and guests can
enjoy cream teas in a beautiful open air setting.

Do come along and bring your friends.
 
Saturday 5th December. 3.30pm and 6.00pm (two sessions)
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT. A repeat of previous successful communal singing events with harmonium accompaniment and readings. Mulled wine and mince pies. This is the only event for which we charge an advance entry fee of £10.00. Limited seating. Book tickets early with the Secretary.

Caldecote Church Friends had a very successful 2014.

With the help of the Beds. and Herts. Fuchsia Society, we again held an excellent Fuchsia Festival in July; In September we participated in the Heritage Open Days, and in December we again held a most enjoyable ‘Carols by Candlelight (this time two sessions – both full).
This was followed by one supporter, Mathew Jones, reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ again by candlelight.

In between these events, the Secretary conducted small groups on guided tours of the church, and gave talks, illustrated by a slideshow, at other venues.

All these events helped to raise funds towards the repair of the nave and tower roofs. I am pleased to say that the work has started this month, and will cost
The Friends of Friendless Churches about £20,000.00. CCF, with your help in fundraising, will be contributing £7500.00 towards this.

Thanks to a generous individual donation, the rotted wooden chancel floor has been re-furbished, and in March the graveyard and church surround will get a professional ‘makeover’. We have added to our publications with a booklet telling the story of Mary Flint, Caldecote’s only female parish clerk.

Your committee has organised all this, but we cannot carry on without your continued help.

Please enter the dates of our planned 2015 events (attached) in your nice new diaries – and come along and bring your friends!

Many thanks for your support.

Peter Robbins

Secretary

Caldecote Church Friends