We hold a number of fundraising and
social events throughout the year. Below you will find
details of forthcoming events and reports on our past
Event Report: The AKPA Carol Service
Despite traffic chaos and an icy wind, Great St Mary’s was crowded for the annual AKPA Carol Service.
Ralph Slattery, Chairman of AKPA, welcomed everyone, and the service started with choir and congregation joining to sing the opening
carol Veni, Veni, Emmanuel. This was followed by a welcome prayer from Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, who had again kindly agreed to officiate.
The St Augustine’s Singers directed by Philip Mead, led the carols and displayed their musical virtuosity in the solo pieces – William Byrd’s
Beata Viscera and Philip’s own gently rocking lullaby –
Qui Creavit Caelum. They were accompanied by organist David Poulter, who also treated us to some fine solo pieces.
The traditional bible readings were given by the Deputy Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Russ McPherson, Renal Transplant Co-ordinator Michelle Harris, AKPA Committee Member Janet Man, Retired AKPA Chairman Peter Constable and Great St Mary’s Lay Minster Shirley Holder.
Dr Williams, who is always an outstanding speaker, delivered a thought-provoking address, praising the dedication of NHS staff and the brilliance of recent medical advances. This was followed by the Lighting of Candles: always an emotional ceremony.
Congregation and Choir joined in the joyous final carol,
O Come All Ye Faithful which was followed by the blessing from Dr Williams.
Wine and seasonal nibbles were served at the back of the church and many stayed to enjoy a drink and chat with friends old and new.
AKPA Carol Services become more popular with every year, and our thanks to all who contributed and made this event so successful. To Dr Rowan Williams, Philip Mead and the St Augustine’s Singers and organist David Poulter who all gave their services freely. Thanks to Trevor Barwood’s Aston Catering for donating the food, and Nicky Moncrieff, Angela Green, Carol Slattery and Monica Taylor for serving the drinks.”
Very special thanks must go to Sarah Oughton for her months of hard work organising and arranging all the many elements that enabled this service to run so smoothly and successfully.
Event Report: Souled Out Summer
On 29th June, The Bell at Wendens Ambo hosted Souled Out Summer’s SoS19 Festival. The event which ran from 2.00pm to 12.00am entertained just under 600 visitors throughout the day and raised a massive £7,055 for two Addenbrooke’s Hospital charities; The Addenbrookes Kidney Patients Association (AKPA) and Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT). This sum will make a real difference to the patients of the hospital, both in the Breast Unit and the Kidney Unit!
The SoS19 festival team would like to say a massive thank you to the local community!
Firstly, to the awesome Bell Inn team, without whom SoS19 would not have been the success that it was, and secondly to the support that the festival had from the village of Wendens Ambo and its surrounding areas.
The Bell Inn’s team, both in the run up to the event and on the actual day were absolutely amazing, none of the (sometimes) tricky requests made by us were too much for them to deal with – their professionalism on the actual day of SoS19 was extremely impressive – Thank you Team Bell Inn, you do and awesome job and that it why we think you are the BEST public house in Essex!
The support we received from the village of Wendens Ambo was also fantastic and we hope that all who came along and supported our charity fundraising event enjoyed the day, we certainly enjoyed entertaining you!
Lastly, we would like to thank all of our corporate sponsors, but specifically; Yellow Technology, Benten & Co, Ambassador Marquees, Priors Hall Farms and Booker Wholesale Cambridge, you all really helped make a difference!
The SoS19 Team
Please visit Souled Out Summer's
JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SouledOutSummer19