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In Conversation is a series of events exploring topics of general interest and concern taking place at All Saints’ Church, Harston. Each one is led by a practitioner in the field and the discussion will be opened up to the audience.



Cancer medicine:  science or art?

7.30pm, Wednesday 25 January 2023

Cancer is common and affects all of us in different ways, either personally or through family and friends. The diagnosis and treatment for cancer is changing rapidly, with new technologies that mean we can identify changes specific to an individual’s tumour with unprecedented resolution and in a time frame that can impact on clinical decision making. These exciting advances also lead to challenges for the clinician, the patient, the health care system and society at large. For example, how do we make screening, diagnosis and treatment affordable and accessible for everyone? How do we be sure not to overlook the person amidst the science and technology – to deliver medicine in a way that is kind and personal (not just personalised).

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The Future of Surgery: the journey so far

7.30pm, Wednesday 1 March 2023

Mark Slack grew up and trained as a doctor in South Africa, specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology. In Cambridge, he has pursued a career as a clinician, academic and medical entrepreneur working on the frontiers of surgical research. His company, CMR, has the aim of transforming doctors’ and patients’ experience through the use of a robot for minimally invasive surgery. This ‘In Conversation’ will explore how Mark’s fascination with science developed, and how this has led to ground breaking. innovation.

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Teaching tomorrow’s scientists (and artists, mathematicians, sports professionals…)

​7.30pm, Wednesday 29 March 2023

Mrs Siobhan Rouse has been Headteacher at Harston and Newton Primary School since 2016.  She has the distinction of serving as a Headteacher for 25 years having filled this role at St Philip’s, Cambridge and Churchfields Infants school in the London borough of Redbridge. She has been a teacher since January 1986.

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Science and Society

​7.30pm, Wednesday 26 April 2023

Dame Mary started her career as a physical chemist and has taught Chemistry in Oxford, Cambridge and London. Dame Mary has also had a long association with the NHS, serving as chair of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust between 2002 and 2012.

Dame Mary Archer was appointed Chair of Trustees of the Science Museum Group’s Board in January 2015, having previously served as a Trustee between 1990 and 2000.  She was reappointed by the Prime Minister as Chair and will continue in the role until December 2023.

She will complete our series with reflections on Science and Society in 21st Century.



Meet the new Vicar

7.30pm, 17 May 2023

Former English teacher Mandy Flaherty was ordained at 40.  She is a single parent and mother of two, a champion for children with hidden disabilities who has an ambition to be a writer. She has a wide experience of different styles of worship, from evangelical to traditional, and comes to us from leading a larger group of churches than the Harston, Hauxton and Newton Benefice.  She is interested in meeting people and looks forward to getting to know our villages.  She loves the outdoors and animals and greets each day as an opportunity for learning.

Come to meet her, to hear more about her life and beliefs, with an opportunity to ask her questions.

Harston In Conversation: What's Happening

Please book your place using the booking links above. If you are unable to use Eventbrite then please email us at

All events are at All Saints’ Church, Harston. Entry is free but please book in advance.

Doors open at 7pm. Drinks and snacks will be served. Talks begin at 7.30pm.

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