Friends Newsletter: June 2013

The June 2013 Newsletter looks forward to this year's Pilgrimage and Eliot Festival. There are also book reviews, and news of other events at Little Gidding.

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Commemorating Nicholas Ferrar at Clare College

In recent years we have commemorated the ordination of Nicholas Ferrar as a deacon on Trinity Sunday, 4 June 1626. This year we shall again join with Nicholas's old college, Clare College, Cambridge, to celebrate this event with a service of Choral Evensong, followed by dinner in the college Hall, on the evening of Sunday 9 June. For more information follow the link.

Eighth Annual T S Eliot Festival 6 and 7 July 2013

This year's Eliot Festival at Little Gidding is on the weekend of Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July. Put the date in your calendar and diary now! Tickets are on sale very soon. For further details follow the link.

Little Gidding Pilgrimage 2013

This year's Little Gidding Pilgrimage will take place on Saturday 13 July, and will be led by the Revd Alan Hargrave, Canon Missioner at Ely Cathedral. For more information, follow the link.

Friends Newsletter: November 2012

The November 2012 Newsletter contains reports on this year's Pilgrimage and Eliot Festival and details of the forthcoming AGMG and celebration of Nicholas Ferrar Day (1 December). There are also book reviews, and news of other events at Little Gidding.

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Nicholas Ferrar Day and the AGM of the Friends 2012

The annual commemoration of Nicholas Ferrar takes place at Little Gidding on the Saturday closest to his feast day, Saturday 1 December 2012, with a celebration of Holy Communion at 10.30am, and an address by the new Dean of Ely, the Very Revd Mark Bonney. The AGM of the Friends of Little Gidding will follow after lunch. For more information, follow the link.

Canon Vernon White: Sermon at Clare College

On Trinity Sunday 1626 Nicholas Ferrar was ordained Deacon in Westminster Abbey. On Trinity Sunday 2012, the Revd Vernon White, Canon Theologian at Westminster Abbey, and an old member of Clare College Cambridge (Nicholas Ferrar's own college) preached at a service at Clare, attended by many members of the Friends. To read the sermon, follow the link.

Bishop of Ely's Pilgrimage Sermon

Stephen Conway, the Bishop of Ely, and President of the Friends of Little Gidding was leader of this year's Pilgrimage on 19 May, preaching at the morning Eucharist at Leighton Bromswold, giving reflections at the the five stations on the Pilgrimage Walk, and preaching again at Evensong at Little Gidding. Follow the link to read the sermon he preached to an overflowing church at Evensong.

Little Gidding Pilgrimage : story and pictures

Saturday’s Pilgrimage was a wonderful occasion. We were blessed with an inspiring set of addresses by Bishop Stephen that wove together the various strands of the lives of the Ferrars, as well as the relevance of George Herbert and T S Eliot, and delivered a message for today. I hope we will be able to publish this in a future Newsletter. We enjoyed warm hospitality at Leighton Bromswold and at Ferrar House, and great company from the near-100 pilgrims. And it did not rain!

Frank Burns has written about the day in his blog Serendipities of Life, which includes a few pictures of the day.

Frank’s photos, together with more by Paul Skirrow, can also be seen on Facebook.

Our thanks to Bishop Stephen, and to everyone who contrubuted to the day!

Friends Newsletter: April 2012

The April 2012 Newsletter contains a report of the AGM, and information about the forthcoming Pilgrimage (on 19 May) and Eliot Festival (7 and 8 July) as well as an invitation to Clare College, Cambridge (3 May). There are also book reviews, and news of other events at Little Gidding.

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