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Mandy's Musings

My dogs are crazy, it has to be said! The slightest noise outside and they are off, barking madly at something that they are not even really sure of. All they know is that something is there and it might be coming their way. One of my two dogs, Angel (I didn't choose the name), is a rescue and in her early life, she learnt that she had to defend everything she had as, being a street dog, no-one was going to give her anything much. She has retained that territorial instinct and feels it is her duty to protect and defend the borders of our home. My other dog, Junior, just blindly follows her! However, I can rely on both of them to alert me to anyone coming to the Vicarage - friend or foe!

At this time of Advent, we read in our scriptures about being watchful as we wait for the coming of the Lord Jesus as a tiny baby. With that watchfulness comes an encouragement to increase our alertness and notice things around us that we might not have seen before. Someone who is more down than usual, an out of character response from someone you know well, a lonely person living just down the road.  How can we bring the love of God into these things we notice.? As well, what do we notice about ourselves at this time of the year? Advent, like Lent, is a penitential time of waiting and reflection. Are we able to use this Advent to work on ourselves a little bit? To sharpen our sense of compassion, maybe? To spend more time with God in prayer and worship? Or to question our own attitudes and responses maybe?

As we watch and wait through this Advent for the promise of God's Son who brings His light into the world, may we also pray and ask God to work on us to mould us into compassionate people who reflect the love of God in every situation.

Every blessing,


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Coffee and a Cookie

Hauxton St Edmund's Friends Coffee Morning

Saturday 3rd December, 11am

St Edmund's, Hauxton

Join us for coffee, cakes and a Christmas raffle.

Please contact  Carol Todd or Janet Lockwood for details.

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Rotary Club Charity Christmas Concert

Wednesday 6 December

West Road Concert Hall

Children from Harston and Newton Primary School are taking part in the Rotary Club of Cambridge’s Christmas Charity Carol Concerts on Wednesday 6th December.

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Hauxton Christmas Concert
Salvation Army Cambridge Citadel Band

Wednesday 20th December, 7.30pm

St. Edmund’s Church, Hauxton

Festive Music, Carols, Mulled Wine/Juice, Stollen, Mince Pies

£10 (£5 ages 12-17, under 12s Free). Pay at the door (card or cash). 

To reserve seats email Proceeds go to St Edmund’s Church and the work of The Salvation Army in Cambridge.

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Granta Deanery event
Come and SIng

Saturday 10 February

Ickleton Church

There will be workshops in the Church for adults, and in the Village Hall for families culminating in a short concert.

If you would prefer not to sing, could you help by volunteering to help/lead a handicraft for children/ families or bring tray bakes to have at tea time?

If you have any further suggestions or questions, please contact Jenny Duke at

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Food Hub

The Food Hub is open every Wednesday and Saturday 11.30am - 1pm at the Harston Baptist Church to help people in our area (not just Harston) to be able to access essential food items at the community pantry and to get fresh produce from our larder that may end up in landfill. The fresh produce is available for everyone to share but the community pantry is only for people who actually need it.

In 2022 the Food Hub gave out 2,030 food bags to families and individuals in need (nearly 10% more than the previous year), supporting 194 families across 25 villages.

Follow the Food Hub on Facebook

Support the Food Hub with a donation to

Harston Food Hub



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Trumpington Memory Cafe

Every third Wednesday of the month,10am-12 noon at The Pavilion, Paget Road, (opposite Anstey Way), Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 9JF

Run jointly by Trumpington Parish Church and the Rotary Club.

A place where people with varying forms of memory loss can visit with their carers and support each other and have fun. Call 01223 840268 to book a place and please give your name(s).

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Free admission to Ely Cathedral

All electoral roll members are eligible for a free pass to Ely Cathedral. If you would like one, please fill in this form and ask Mandy or a churchwarden to sign it. You can then present the form at the Cathedral to get your pass. 


You can read the Benefice Mission Plan here.

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