The parish magazine SEEK is published and distributed monthly and contains a wide range of news about the church, our people and activities and the parish generally.

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June Edition of SEEK

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What's On in Newnham:

What's On in Newnham is delivered to all households in Newnham and beyond, three times a year (see under Community Centre). It contains Community Centre news, adverts for Newnham shops and services and details of clubs and recreational activities.
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St Mark's News and Events

We were sorry to learn of the death of Maureen Bragg. Her funeral will be held in the East Chapel at the Crematorium on Friday 28 July at 1.45pm 

Please note that the Joint Service at 10am on Sunday 30th July will be at Trumpington Church. It will be conducted by the Revd Rachel Rosborough.

Marriage of Elizabeth Anne Wright and Simon Michael Jarvis 

The marriage took place at St Mark's at 3.30pm  on Saturday 22 July. The Reverend Canon Dr Maggie Guite officiated. The bridesmaids were Jennifer and Rebecca Wright. The Choir Collegium Laureatum  (director Ian Cobb) opened the service with O Thou the Central Orb  (Charles Wood) and during the signing of the registers sang And I saw a new Heaven (Edgar Banton) and Ave verum corpus  (Mozart).The first reading was read by Mark Jarvis, and Jennifer Wright read Shakespeare's Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds /admit impediments. The organist Jessica Lim ended the service by playing 'Toccata' Symphony for Organ no. 5  by Charles-Marie Widor. 

Goodbye to Christophe

Sunday 16th July was the last service at which Christophe Karas directed our choir following his appointment to a permanent post in his native Australia. We are very grateful for his work with the choir during his temporary post at St Mark's and a presentation was made to him at the end of the 10am service. We wish him every success in his new post.

And to Clare Coates

The 10am Family Service on 23rd July was Clare's last service in the post of Children and Families Worker and tribute was paid to all she has done in the past year, as it was at Clare's last Messy Church service on Tuesday 18th. We shall miss her and wish her well as she embarks on her training for ordination in September. 


Two funerals were had at Mark's in June. For details see under the tag Funerals

The Summer Fete 17 june

The plant Stall

Held in  glorious and the hottest sunshine anyone can remember on Summer Fete day, this major event attracted hundreds of local people and their children. Some may have just come for tea and delicious homemade cakes and a flutter on the Tombola, Grand Draw and Bottle Stall; others headed straight for the enticing books, plants, toys and cake stalls, while letting the children loose on the various games (including a genuine coconut shy) and the ever-popular bouncy castle. We thank Archdeacon Alex Hughes for declaring the fete open and manning one of the games. The cheerful music of the Cambridge Students' Brass Band was much enjoyed (and they say St Mark's is their favourite venue). Major thanks to our organisers Sue and Chris Wagner for once again delivering a very successful event, which raised £3000 and gave a lot of pleasure. When the visitors had departed, the helpers collapsed for a brief period over a welcome Pimms before starting to take it all down and put it all away again for next year. 

Final preparations

The last Community Event was the Parish Outing to Norwich and East Ruston Vicarage gardens on 20th July. See Community Centre News.  

The Community Walk around out Parish Bounds took place on 21 May Rogation Sunday and was a great success with over 70 adults and children embarking on the 4 mile route in three groups with guides. See Recent Photos and report and more photos under the Parish Walk tab

We are delighted that Clare Coates, our Children and Families worker has been accepted for ordination training by the Diocese of Ely. This demanding post is obviously a good training ground, as Clare has followed in the steps of Anne Strauss and Emma Hopegood who left the same or similar posts for the same good reason. Clare will be with us until August before she embarks on her ordination course. 

Emma Hopegood Jones was ordained by the Bishop of Oxford at Christ Church Cathedral at 12 noon on Saturday 1 July. She will serve as Assistant Curate in the parish of Harborough and Freehand. 

St Mark's Day was celebrated in fine style within the Community Centre on Saturday 22 April with a Parish Gala Dinner: three courses with wine, much enjoyed by 50 parishioners (many thanks to Sue Wagner and her catering team.) 
Our after dinner speaker was the Revd Mike Thompson, associate Principal of Ridley Hall Theological College, who gave a witty account of his arrival from the USA to Newnham. Here after a spell in Archway Court, he moved into our flat above the hall and this was his home for several years. While at St Mark's then he ran the hugely successful youth club, which is still fondly remembered by the grown up children of our now older members of the congregation. A tremendous evening. See photo in Recent photos

Forthcoming Event: Wedding Sunday 22 July 1530 of Simon Jarvis and Liz Wright, conducted by the Revd Maggie Guite