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From the
Chair of Trustees


I’d like to thank you all for your support of the Friends in the past year. Thanks to your generosity we are very close to transforming this grade II*-listed church it into a more practical cultural and social space for the entire community. 

An attractive, cost-effective venue is much needed in Cambridge and can be created with your help. Such spaces in this city are generally very expensive and out of the reach of small local groups. We plan to develop St Giles’ such that it attracts sufficient income to support itself, whilst continuing to offer a reasonably-priced space for hire. We know that there is the demand. We already host a range of affordable and popular events as part of our promotion of St Giles’, reaching out to different age-groups. 

We have now engaged Nigel Walter of Archangel Architects, a noted specialist in the sensitive enhancement of church buildings for a variety of uses. Without your generous support we would not be have been able to employ a leading architect in his field. By late spring, we hope to be able to present the plans he and his team have drawn up for St Giles’. We will continue to consult actively with you every step of the way.

We are confident that we can get funding for the work on this scheme from large grant-making trusts and foundations. However, to get to that stage, we need to be able to continue to employ the first-rate services of Archangel Architects, under Nigel’s direction. Please consider making a regular contribution to the Friends, increasing your current donation or encourage friends and acquaintances to support us - thus ensuring St Giles’ transformation is worthy of such a beautiful and historic building.

Finally, Historic England (previously English Heritage) is creating a list of the 100 places, buildings and historical sites that tell the remarkable story of England - why not nominate St Giles'? Nominations close on 22nd.

With my best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,

John
Meet your Architect

“We are delighted to be working with St Giles’ to draw out the huge potential of what is a wonderful building of national importance, to increase its profile within the city, and to welcome more people in to experience all that it has to offer.”  

“I started Archangel in 2000 and remain responsible for the direction of the practice.
I love good design, that is design that is not only elegant but also responsive to the needs of the user, and that is what I hope Archangel provides. When it comes to community and charitable projects that sort of outcome is only possible if the project has built consensus amongst its stakeholders, and this is where our computer walkthrough material pays dividends. I am also actively involved in conservation practice and theory – how we deal with ‘old stuff’ is really important to what sort of a society we become. I have just completed a PhD in Historic Building Conservation at the University of York, which has proved stretching and exciting in equal measure!

These interests came together in The Gate of Heaven and Church Buildings for People, both published by Grove Books, and the more extensive Buildings for Mission; all of these seek to encourage churches to engage more creatively with their buildings. I also teach on post graduate conservation courses at the University of York and Architectural Association, and have provided a series of training workshops for clergy and churchwardens, in both Ely and Norwich dioceses. I am a member of the Church Buildings Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Outside of work I love acting, am a trustee for a counselling charity, am involved in our local Anglican church, and am currently undertaking a Licensed Lay Ministry training. I particularly enjoy watching my children grow – we have 3 daughters – and to see them begin to make a mark on the world in their different ways.”
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Major Events in 2018

10 February 2018, 12noon-4.00pm  – display of beautifully embroidered vestments and historic liturgical equipment, to coincide with the opening of Kettle’s Yard

9 June 2018, from 4pm – Benefactors’ Day, with presentation of architect’s plans, guest lecturer, pontifical vigil Eucharist sung by the Choir of Peterhouse Chapel, Cambridge, presided over by the Lord Bishop of Ely, followed by a fundraising dinner at St Edmund’s College (£60, three courses & wine). Details TBC
A sponsor is being sought for this event, please contact us if you would be interested or know of someone who may wish to support it.

Starting 27 January (montly), from 10am - In celebration of our beautiful Textiles: Creative Workshops, with Margaret Waring (Textiles Society & Embroiderers' Guild).
The Trustees of the Friends of St Giles' Church, Cambridge

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