If music be the food of love...
Music plays a very important part in many faiths. It allows us to share our feelings and emotions in ways that may otherwise not be expressed.
Our organist is Brenda Richardson who plays at most of our Holy Communion services and also at weddings and funerals.
The LINK Choir
With twelve ladies and three juniors, we have ages ranging from the youngest aged eight to the eldest, who is, let's say, entitled to a bus pass. We are directed by Brenda Richardson, our talented Authorised Lay Minister for music, who has a wealth of experience in choir leadership.
We sing for weekly services in all the churches of the partnership plus weddings, performances at concerts and other events as required.
Choir practice is every Tuesday afternoon at 3.20 p.m. in the United Reform Church, Cheveley. We are always looking for new members, and welcome ladies, men and juniors
'LINKs': Woodditton's Music Group
For many years now, Woodditton has had a worship band which has played at a variety of services in the church and around the Deanery by invitation. We have three core members – (pictured LtoR) John Cross (flute), Tony White (keyboard) and Simon Gale (vocals and guitar). We do play traditional hymns but tend to play more contemporary songs – Ian White, Matt Redman and the like. We welcome new members and instruments - in the past these have included flugelhorn and drums.
We needed a name and came up with ‘LINKs’ – with its resonances with the partnership name, and our wish to try to forge links between church and community.
For the last 10 years or so we have led the Rutland Arms end of the ecumenical Walk of Witness on Good Friday morning, which attracts up to 200 people and is a public witness of our faith and a reminder to the community of what Good Friday is.
We also run a very informal monthly mid-week praise service. These are sometimes quiet reflective services, sometimes much more upbeat and occasionally really ‘happy-clappy’.
Please do try us out! We meet for an hour on the second Thursday of every month at Woodditton from 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. and usually head for supper in a nearby hostelry afterwards. All are most welcome – the church may not always be very warm but the welcome is.
Music around the churches
St Mary's, Ashley has a pipe organ and a piano. Both are used on a regular basis.
St Mary's, Cheveley has a rather fine traditional nineteenth century pipe organ, originally hand pumped (two enormous bellows), now electrically blown. The tower houses five bells; once rung in the traditional way by a team of ringers but, due to structural weakness in the tower, they have been converted to be rung by chiming (by one person). James Hadlow together with the Ashman brothers are the main ringers and also look after the clock.
All Saints, Kirtling has a modern Compton electronic organ. If you are an organist and enjoy playing a church organ, they would like to hear from you. Ring Wendy Mendham on 01638 730242
St Mary's, Woodditton includes more modern songs and choruses in their worship, which are led by an electronic keyboard and guitar. There is a pipe organ which is used when the Choir sing at a service.
If music be the food of love...