Welcome to St Edmund's Church
Alianthus tree in the Churchyard
We (and close neighbours of the church) have been concerned for a while about the height and spread of the Tree of Heaven (Alianthus) growing in the front of our churchyard. Last year it dropped a branch, so we consulted some tree surgeons. We learnt the following:
• This species of tree is fast-growing and has no upper limit; there are others in Cambridge which are even bigger.
• It is brittle and does drop branches from time to time.
• It is invasive and grows multiple suckers - we have at least five that have grown into small trees in existing graves. Mowing keeps the many hundreds of small suckers at bay.
• It grows much faster after pruning.
• It can be secured to a degree with cables but this cost is a four-figure number and we have limited funds available.
We are therefore applying to the Diocese of Ely for permission to remove the tree.
We would like to replace it with something more suitable and equally beautiful.
Please contact our Churchwarden Janet on 870240 or Rev’d Susan on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information or to make a comment.
St Edmund's PCC
Congratulations to Anna and Owen Jones on the birth of their son
Samuel Robbie Jones
on Sunday 9 August 2020 at 7lbs 9oz.
VE Day 2020:
St Edmund's is 1050 years old
Please click on Past Events/Photos and then on 1050th ANNIVERSARY to see more.
St Edmund’s is one of the oldest Churches in Cambridgeshire, with many interesting Norman features. The fine Norman Chancel arch is perhaps the most notable, but the Church also has a Norman doorway at the southern entrance to the Church and several Norman windows. Another interesting feature is the 13th century fresco of St Thomas a Beckett, unusual in not showing the martyrdom of the Saint.
St Edmund’s is in a strong partnership with the other Benefice churches. We have a weekly celebration of Holy Communion in the Benefice, shared out between the three churches so that we meet together regularly in worship. Special services have included an Annual Pet Service in October, a Light a Candle service near All Souls’ Day and an all-age Mothering Sunday Service. We also have occasional Morning Prayer on Sundays.
The Church runs a monthly coffee morning in the village hall and the members of the congregation are widely involved in pastoral care and community life.
We are facing new challenges with a new housing development of 280 homes, which will approximately double the size of the village. The church stands between the old and the new villages. As the new houses become occupied, residents are integrating well with the old village and a few have joined our congregation.
We have a primary school which has traditionally had good links with the church.