Friends of St Giles' Church, Cambridge
Investment & Fundraising Update

We received a very generous donation last year to allow us to restore our most precious processional banners. One is now with the conservator, with the other due to be started on in June. Both should be back - and available to view - by the end of this year.

We continue to pay the fees of our architects and have got to the stage of submitting 'visuals', i.e. artist's impressions of what the various improvements we suggest could look like. These should be on display at St Giles' from the Castle Hill Open Day (see below) on 13 July onward.

Thank you again to everyone who contributed to the window fund. A more sensitive, less invasive and also less expensive way of conserving and restoring the windows is under active consideration. We hope to be able to give the go-ahead to start work before the end of 2019 for the most essential work 

We are particularly grateful to the Family & Executors of the late Cpt Edward Lawrence KStJ, who have donated the gifts made in conjunction with his memorial service to the Friends. Various precious items which were in the possession of Captain Lawrence will be sold on the Friends' behalf.
Upcoming Events

Saturday, 13 July, All Day
Castle Hill Open Day
We hope to have the first draft artist's impressions of the proposed interior of St Giles' on display during this event. Free.  
More Info

Sunday, 11 August, Late Afternoon
Hymns & Pimms
Caius Lee, Organ Scholar of St Catharine's College and a regular at St Giles' will be hosting this fun event, sponsored by the Friends. Entry £5, Donors & Benefactors free. Suggest a hymn £3. Sponsor a hymn (with mention in programme) £5.  More info
Saturday, 7 September, All Day
St Giles' Fair
Join us for our annual fair, showcasing local charities & businesses. Free.  Video of last year's open day

Tuesday, 19 October, 6pm
Lecture & Dinner with Prof. Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch
The Patron of the Friends of St Giles' Church will be giving a Lecture 'Christianity: Lost Futures and Present Realities'. Join him for dinner afterwards at St Edmund's College. Details to follow. Lecture free. If you would like to come to dinner £30, Benefactors will be entered into a free ballot, if they wish. More info

Don't forget: we still have our regular lectures once a month.
Next one is on Thursday, 13 June, 11pm

Some memberships have recently lapsed: please consider recommending the Friends of St Giles’ to your friends or increasing your donation to continue to make an impact.
Find out more 

Think about becoming a Donor (£5/month) or Benefactor (£10/month) for exclusive tickets to Hymns & Pimms. Benefactors will also be entered into a ballot to have a three-course meal with the eminent historian and TV-personality Diarmaid MacCulloch, our patron, if they wish.


Facts & Figures

We raised over £21000 in 2018, bringing the total the Friends have raised for St Giles’ to over £38500.

For 2019-21 we have pledges of £19000.

92% of the money raised by the Friends for St Giles’ is given by people that are not on the electoral roll of the parish, so we are making a real difference to this historic and beautiful church. Without the Friends, a lot of things would not be happening.

There are still seats available on the bus to Norwich this Saturday. £25/£30, inlcuding a visit to the Shrine of Julian of Norwich. Leave Cambridge at 9am, for a 5.30pm return.  Inquire 
Registered Charity Number 1168770 

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Chair Dr John F. Mueller 
Secretary Mrs Ank Riglesford 
Treasurer Dr Geoffrey Dumbreck

Our mailing address is:
Friends of St Giles' Church, Cambridge
St Giles' Church
Castle Street
Cambridge, Cam CB3 0AQ
United Kingdom

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