Saturday 19 May
This year’s Little Gidding Pilgrimage will take place on Saturday 19 May, and will be led by the Bishop of Ely, Stephen Conway, who is also the President of the Friends of Little Gidding.
The Pilgrimage will follow the format used in recent years, beginning at 10.30am with a celebration of the Eucharist at Leighton Bromswold.
After lunch, we will walk the five miles to Little Gidding, with several pauses for rest and prayer. The Pilgrimage culminates in prayers at the tomb of Nicholas Ferrar, followed by Evensong, at which the Bishop Stephen will preach the sermon. After Evensong, Afternoon Tea is served at Ferrar House.
All are very welcome to all or part of the day — we look forward to seeing you! In order for us to make appropriate catering and other practical arrangements, it would be helpful to have an indication if you are considering coming. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10.30 Pilgrimage Holy Communion at Leighton Bromswold.
The Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely and President of the Friends of Little Gidding, will preside.
12 noon Lunch at Leighton Bromswold — details to be confirmed
1pm First Station: the Pilgrimage Walk commences from the Hundred Stone, Leighton Bromswold
2pm Second Station at Salome Wood
2.45pm Third Station at Hamerton
(refreshments and toilets available at Hamerton)
3.45pm Fourth Station at Steeple Gidding
4.15pm Fifth Station at the tomb of Nicholas Ferrar at Little Gidding
Choral Evensong at Little Gidding Church
Preacher: Bishop Stephen
Choir: the Hurstingstone Singers
5.30pm Tea at Ferrar House
The walk from Leighton Bromswold to Little Gidding is about five miles along the country roads. Sturdy shoes are recommended. If sunny, don’t forget to bring hats and water. Drinks will be available at the stopping places. It will be possible to join in along the route, particularly at the Stations, where there will be a pause and a short act of worship and commemoration. Timing of intermediate Stations approximate. Toilet and refreshments will be available at Hamerton.
Donations to cover the costs of the Pilgrimage, including Tea, are very welcome. The expected cost of lunch is £6, and the expected cost of Tea is £6; there will be collections at both services for the upkeep of the respective churches.
The Pilgrimage is organized by the Friends of Little Gidding who exist to help maintain Little Gidding Church and to promote the memory of Nicholas Ferrar and his family. Please support the work of the Friends by your donations, which can be Gift-Aided, and by becoming a member. Members receive a regular newsletter containing details of all events at Little Gidding, together with news and articles about the Ferrars, the Church, and related topics. Please speak to a committee member or complete and return a membership form to Ferrar House.