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October Edition of SEEK

September Edition of SEEK 

The Ploughman's Lunch on Wed 12 October was enjoyed by 26 people, including a group from Grantchester. Many thanks to organiser Margaret Banks and her team of helpers, who lay this on every second Wednesday in the month. Next occasion: 12.30 Weds 14th November

Harvest Festival was well celebrated on Sunday 9 October in church at the 10am Family Communion and with a magnificent cooked meal served to 66 people in the Community Centre. Between courses and after the pudding we had appropriate readings from Laurie Lee and John Betjeman and a harvest scene and song from the play based on the novel Lark Rise to Candleford. A lovely occasion.

We are very pleased to welcome our new Children and Families' Worker Janette Platter, who started her job on the first of September.  Her correct title will be Children and Families' Minister.  Janette and her husband Jonathan moved to Cambridge in September 2016 for Jonathan's studies at the University. They have become familiar members of St Mark's since then as a young couple and since March with their baby boy. For more details see under Children at St Mark's. Also October SEEK p6.

We also warmly welcome Beth Joss-Pothen who will be attached to St Mark's and St Mary's Grantchester for the coming year as ordinand from Westcott House. Beth is in the second year of studying towards her BTh at Cambridge and is married to Nathan, who is also training for ordained ministry. She writes: I am very excited to get stuck in with all the great activities going on and look forward to getting to know everyone better. See also October SEEK p9

We have also just met Daniel Walker our second ordinand (from Ridley Hall). More information about Daniel shortly.

Another welcome appointment is that of Rachel-Anne Minor as Director of Music. Rachel is over here from the States doing her MMus, so the appointment will be initially at least from 1 Oct until next summer. She has lots of experience and is looking forward to making St Mark's her home church.

Congratulations to the 1st Cambridge Brownies who meet in the Community Centre every Monday evening, as they have done since the 1970s. Their leader Mim Bower writes: 'The 1st Cambridge Brownies were 100 years old on the 8th October 2017 and we believe we are the longest continually running Brownies Unit in the world'. More details under Community Centre news