Caldecote Church Friends was established to support the owner of the building - The Friends of Friendless Churches - in maintaining the fabric of the building, raising funds to assist with the above, and to increase local awareness of the church by promoting its use for communal activities. So what do we do?

We read
We are always fundraising.  Peter Robbins' first foray into sponsored reading was “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy, parts of which he read in Russian - the language in which the novel was written. He recently tackled “In Search of Lost Time” by Marcel Proust.  Sponsors kindly contributed over £2,000.00 on each occasion.

We talk
We give illustrated talks on the church to local groups and pre-booked tours of the church. Please contact Grazyna Tutak (01462 895830) for more information.

We sing
We hold a highly popular “Carols by Candlelight” service in December.  It is a ticketed event (because the church can only seat 57) and is a sell out by November.

We host
Our first fund raising event in 2006 was a display by the Beds and Herts Fuchsia Society.  They continue to support us by  putting on a display every other year.

In 2015 we played host to the Icknield Quilters, a Baldock group who dazzled us with their wonderful creations in all colours of the rainbow. We hope that they will alternate with the Beds and Herts Fuchsia Society for our annual fund raising event.

Also In 2015 we were entertained by the Chiltern West Gallery Quire, who perform the distinctive psalms, hymns, anthems and carols that were sung in the west galleries of English country churches in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

We welcome
We welcome visitors to our church – individuals and groups, and offer guided tours. However, if you plan to visit we recommend that you contact us in advance, because the church is normally locked.

We throw our doors open
Each year we participate in the national Heritage Open Days and offer tours of the church and the churchyard.

 

We celebrate
We hold one service a year, on our Patron Saint’s day. Since the church is dedicated to St Mary Magdalene, whose feast day falls on the 22nd of July,  the service is held on the nearest Sunday.

 

We entertain
We serve refreshments: cream teas and home-made cakes during the main events, and mulled wine and mince pies at the Christmas Carols service.  

We plant
We keep the graveyard and church surrounds neat and tidy.  Tulips and
daffodils come up every spring, and add splashes of colour to the churchyard.

 

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