Cottenham Holiday Club 2018 | Psalm Tree Island

Join us for an adventure on Psalm Tree Island – Life is a journey with ‘Highs and Lows’ – at Cottenham Holiday Club 2018.

Join the Watt family as they adventure across Psalm Tree Island which has been taken over by Pirates! Can they save the day?

Christians Together in Cottenham present Psalm Tree Island Holiday Club 2018 which takes place at Cottenham Primary School from Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August from 9.45am to 12.30pm each day.

Cottenham Holiday Club 2018The official countdown to Holiday Club has begun. Don’t forget to return your booking form as soon as possible to ensure your place.

More details from cottenhamholidayclub@gmail.com

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Operation Christmas Child

Do you ever feel overwhelmed about the many charity appeals all of which seem be from well deserving causes?  I know I do, but wonder how to choose which ones to respond to?

Perhaps you will allow me to suggest ‘Operation Christmas Child’ which is a charity whose aim is to give gift filled shoe boxes to needy children in many parts of the world.

The charity, which began helping children in orphanages in Romania, is Christian based but boxes are given to needy children regardless of race, ethnicity, faith or no faith. Nothing is asked or expected in return, in fact nothing of a religious nature is permitted in the boxes although some Christian based story books are given if appropriate but, then, only with parental consent.

Since the beginning, millions of decorated shoe boxes have been distributed to children, some of whom will never before have received any form of gift. The only criterion is that there is a genuine need. If you would like to help this very worthy cause, there are several ways in which you can do so.

First, you could buy some little gifts, toys or a ball, colouring books and pencils, bars of soap or a toothbrush and paste, or perhaps, gloves, hat and scarf. Next, you could bring the items to All Saints Church Hall on Friday 3rd November (afternoon) or Saturday 4th November, or come to help with packing the boxes. Alternatively, you could donate some money towards the cost of transporting the boxes. Sadly, the cost has had to be increased this year to cover additional transport costs etc., so any help would be much appreciated.

There are still so many needy children and the shoe boxes are a real way of showing unconditional concern for them. A small gift which means so much! If you would like to know more or would like to help, please feel free to contact me on 01954 250560.
Thank you very much.
Sue Hooks
All Saints Church Cottenham

Skylark – a concert in aid of All Saints Church Saturday 24 June

As part of our fundraising activities, Skylark will be giving a concert in All Saints Church Hall, possibly transferring to the church depending on numbers, on the evening of Saturday 24 June.

Skylark are a 4-piece group –  singer, trumpet player, keyboard and double bass – and their repertoire is popular music drawn from the inter-war years with some folk music, tangos and bossa nova.

The concert will take place at 7.30pm and Admission is Free. Donations in aid of All Saints Church Refurbishment. Light refreshments available.

A Beetle Drive to help the Church

A Beetle Drive for Families,  All Saints Hall, Cottenham,  late afternoon on Saturday 25th March 2017. Adults £5, Children £2.50 – Prizes, light refreshments and a raffle.

A Beetle Drive is great fun for families with school age children. Players sit four to table (as in a whist drive).  The object of the game is to draw a beetle before the other players on the table.  Each person in turn throws a dice and draws the corresponding part of the beetle (body, head, legs etc.)  You must first throw a 6 (the body) then you can add the head (5) and the other parts.  The first person to complete their beetle, shouts ‘Beetle’ and play stops.  All then count up the number of parts they have drawn and record that on the card.  The winner of that round will receive a small prize.  There will also be a prize for the person having the highest score over the whole session.

This is a fundraiser for the church refurbishment.  For those too young to play, we plan to have a play area in the hall.

There will be a sign up sheet in All Saints Church from 4 March. Open daily, daylight hours. But, participants are very much encouraged to just turn up on the day. No need to book.

A Christmas Consort – All Saints’ Church Cottenham

A charity concert in aid of the choir ‘Sing to Remember’, based in Landbeach run by Jan Payne, for those with various sorts of memory loss, and their carers. The Christmas concert will be held at All Saints Church Cottenham on Saturday 10 December at 7.30pm.

Hot on the heels of our highly successful There is Sweet Music concert in the beautiful surroundings and acoustic of Ely Methodist Church (review & photos), we are shortly to perform a festive charity concert:

A Christmas Concert All Saints Church Cottenham

A Christmas Concert All Saints Church Cottenham

A Christmas Consort! – All Saint’s Church, Cottenham
Saturday 10th December, 7.30pm
Seasonal music, carols and solo items from choir members.

Tickets: £10 (under 16s charitable donation on door) online or 01954 251202

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We hope to raise much needed funds for another local choir, ‘Sing to Remember‘, helping those with memory loss to enjoy music and singing. We look to sharing our love of choral and seasonal music with you at the concert at All Saints’ Church Cottenham and hopefully next year
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Singing for Remembrance

Cottenham’s amazing Tyrannochorus choir, with its wide variety of ages, held a concert at All Saints’ Church on the Saturday after Armistice Day. Its purpose was remembrance, particularly of what happened in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, but also for all those who died in other wars of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Siobhan Lihoreau’s choir is known as Tyrannochorus and is made up of three parts. The older ones are Big Mouth, the teenagers are Vox Pop and the little ones are Tongue Twisters and all made moving contributions to the hour-long concert which included modern music of composers like Howard Goodall, James Taylor and Paul Mealor whose ‘Wherever You Are’, sung by the wives of serving men, was a Christmas hit two years ago. Pete Churchill’s ’Shame on You’ was about one of the effects of war, refugees seeking safety and those who turn away. Tim Lihoreau’s ‘I will always remember’ was very touching.

The pews were full and Siobhan invited everyone to join in the choruses of ‘Now is the Hour’, the Maori Farewell Song – sung first in Maori by a Vox Pop and then in the English version – and ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’ written by Welshman Ivor Novello.

Two poems were particularly poignant. ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ by Wilfred Owen who was shot and killed, aged 25, in November 1918 – the news reaching his parents in Britain as the bells of the Armistice were ringing out on 11 November. ‘Just Twenty One’ by Robert Kiely remembers Afghanistan in 2011and the burial ground where the soldier remains just 21.

Refreshments were served to the appreciative audience and a collection taken, raising an impressive £650 for the charity Help for Heroes.

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Tyrannochorus choir at All Saints’s Church Cottenham

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Tyrannochorus remembrance recital at All Saints’s Church Cottenham