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Peterborough Cathedral – Events Timetable

MAY 2018 EXHIBITION – Books of Hours Friday 13th April to Friday 4th May – 10.00am to 5.00pm (Monday to Saturday); 11.00am to 4.00pm (Su...

Peterborough Cathedral – Events Timetable

MAY 2018

EXHIBITION – Books of Hours
Friday 13th April to Friday 4th May – 10.00am to 5.00pm (Monday to Saturday); 11.00am to 4.00pm (Sunday)   Exhibition Room at the Cathedral Visitor Centre

Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Books of Hours are exceptional and beautifully-decorated Christian devotional books. This exhibition will be showcasing a number of impeccable facsimiles of these books – lent by a private collector for this exhibition – and we hope you will be able to come and enjoy this unique and rare collection.

NB: Due to insurance reasons, the exhibition may be closed on selected days at weekends.

Entry: Free, but donations are welcome to cover costs.

Tower Tours
Selected dates from Saturday 5th May onwards

Come and take a tour to the upper levels of the Cathedral. You can choose from a Long Tour – a 90 minute exploration of the Cathedral’s triforium level, towers and ringing chamber – or a Short Tour (lasting 45 to 60 minutes). Have a look behind the scenes and enjoy stunning views across the city of Peterborough.

Tickets: The Long Tour: £10, £8 concessions. The Short Tour: £8, £6 concessions. Bookings will open soon via the Cathedral website or via calling Peterborough Visitor Information Centre on 01733 452336.

Tours are limited to 13 people, so you are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.

EXHIBITION – Peterborough Embroiderer’s Guild – ‘Something Old, Something New’
Wednesday 9th May to Saturday 9th June – 10.00am to 5.00pm (Monday to Saturday); 11.00am to 4.00pm (Sunday)
Exhibition Room at the Cathedral Visitor Centre

The Peterborough branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year by showcasing both new creations and older pieces with a particular personal or sentimental significance. This mix of old and new will showcase the changes, advances and progress that members have achieved in their work over the years.

Entry: Free, but donations are welcome to cover costs.

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Unsung Heroes: Movers and Shakers Tours
Friday 11th May and Saturday 12th May at 2.00pm

Come along to a unique tour celebrating the amazing figures commemorated in the Cathedral whose involvement in science, politics and religion have made a difference to the lives of people in Peterborough, the UK and the world.

Tickets: £8, £6 concessions. Book online via http://shop.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/unsung2 or by calling Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336.

Dean Peter Peckard
A talk by Dr Rowan Williams – Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge

Friday 11th May at 7.30pm – Cathedral Nave

We are delighted to welcome Dr Rowan Williams to talk about the life and work of Dean Peter Peckard. Dean Peckard was a former Dean of Peterborough and Vice-Chancellor of Magdalen College, who was also a fierce campaigner against the slave trade. His pamphlet of 1778 – ‘Am I not a Man and a Brother?’ – was hugely influential on such activists as Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce. This is a rare chance to hear about a true unsung hero of Peterborough.

Tickets: £12, £10 for under 16s (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink). Book online via Peterborough Cathedral’s page at Oundle Box Office (accessed via http://peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/143/section.aspx/142/dean_peter_peckard), or call the Box Office on 01832 274734. You can also call Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336.

Charity Abseil 2018
Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May – 9.00am to 8.00pm

Do you have nerves of steel? If so, you can take part in a 150 foot abseil down the North West Tower of Peterborough Cathedral (under the supervision of Derby Mountain Rescue). Proceeds from the event will be split between the Cathedral and the Peterborough-based charity ‘Shine UK’, whose work supports those affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Tickets: £50 (plus a booking fee). Entrants can book via www.cathedralabseil.com and must be at least 16 years old in order to take part. Participants are also encouraged to raise a minimum of £250 for the two worthy causes. If you’re not quite brave enough to abseil yourself, sponsor the Dean via uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisDalliston.

Places are limited and sure to sell fast, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Organ Recital

Wednesday 23rd May at 1.00pm

Come and hear a free lunchtime recital by one of the Cathedral Music Department’s accomplished organists.

Donations are invited.

Half Term Family Activities
Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June

COSMOS Roadshow: Interactive Science Exhibition for Families
Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June – 10.00am to 4.00pmCathedral New Building

Be a part of a ‘Sensational Science!’ roadshow as COSMOS brings hands-on exhibits, shows and activities for all the family to enjoy. Experience an illuminating illustration of how your mind and body work together to let you sense the world around you. From the anatomy of the ear to the eerie ‘velvet hand’ illusion, it has to be seen to be believed!

Entry: Free (no need to book), but donations are welcome to cover costs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Time Explorers: Normans
Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June – 1.00pm to 4.00pm – Cathedral Nave

Experience the story of Norman Peterborough through family craft activities. You can construct a castle for Tout Hill for Abbott Turoldus, make a chest to hide treasure from Hereward the Wake, and create an arch to help rebuild the Abbey after the fire of 1116.

Entry: Free (no need to book), but donations are welcome to cover costs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Scone Making
Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June 10.00am, 2.00pm and 3.00pm
Becket’s Tea Room

Come and join us for scone making fun at our amazing 14th century tea room. We’ll even let you eat them afterwards!

Entry: Free. To book, call 07702 948216 or email becketstearoom@gmail.com. Please note that there is a maximum of eight places per session.

Freedom’s Fresh-Air-Fitness

This spring is the perfect time to get a bit fitter in the great East Northamptonshire outdoors, thanks to a new activity programme from your local leisure provider.

 

The Active Communities team at Freedom Leisure, the company that manages the district’s swimming pools and leisure centres on behalf of East Northamptonshire Council, has organised a host of activities for all ages to enjoy, starting this month.

 

Have you ever wondered what the outdoor gyms are like at your local park but not had the confidence to try them out? Now’s your chance to give the equipment a go with your very own Freedom Leisure fitness buddy.

 

You can take advantage of these free gym sessions in Raunds and Thrapston every Wednesday (starting 18 April) from 9.30-10.30am at Bassford’s Recreational Ground in Raunds (Marshall’s Road, NN9 6EY) and from 11-12pm at Chancery Lane in Thrapston (next to “The Meadows surgery” NN14 4QL).

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These are not personal training sessions or instructor led, but offer a fitness buddy friend to accompany you. Don’t forget, the outdoor gyms can be enjoyed 24/7 on your own or with friends.

 

If you’re looking for family fun, the Xplorer treasure hunt might be for you. Drop by Rushden’s Spencer Park after school, grab a map for just £1 per person and then get exploring! You’ll find lots of hidden animals along the way. Do you think you can beat your friends back to base in the quickest time?! These sessions run 3:30-4:30 on the last Tuesday of every month (April-October). Please meet at the Pavillion to collect your map. Visit www.xplorer.org.uk/home for more details.

 

From 25 April, you can join in on the new dementia health walks at Barnwell Country Park (PE8 5PB). Enjoy a walk around the park and informal chat and activities in the café afterwards. It’s a great chance to make new friends in a safe and supportive environment. They’ll be running every Wednesday 10am-12pm and cost £1 per person. Parking charges apply. Please wear suitable footwear.

 

Emma Sylvester, Active Communities Manager at Freedom Leisure, said: “Our Active Communities team is delighted to welcome everyone to our bespoke outreach programmes in East Northamptonshire. Whether you are a family, carer, living with dementia or just want to get out the house, at Freedom Leisure it is our key objective to enable more people, to be more active, more often.”

 

For more information on any of the three activities, please call Emma on 07702 859553.

Amber Properties team Brings Hope to Northampton’s Homeless

Northampton’s Hope Centre makes a major difference to people who don’t have reliable, warm, dry and safe accommodation. That’s why the team at Amber Properties has chosen to raise funds for the charity this year.

 

Managing Director, Ausra Uzukauskaite, is committed to improving the availability of good quality accommodation in the area at prices that people can afford. She says: “Amber Properties isn’t simply an independent property business; Ellie and I are part of the local community too. We wanted to make a contribution by supporting a local charity that really makes a difference to people’s lives.

 

“There are so many great causes in the Northamptonshire, but the Hope Centre seemed the obvious choice for us. They provide practical support and training to help people take positive steps and move on from poverty and homelessness.

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Image: From left to right: Louise Danielczuk from the Hope Centre, Ausra Uzukauskaite and Ellie Bishop from Amber Properties.

“It’s amazing what the Hope Centre can provide with even quite small sums of money. Just £25 can provide breakfast for everyone who comes to the Centre for a day; £50 will provide breakfast and lunch. With the recent cold weather, a hot meal can make all the difference. Five homeless people in Northampton have already died this year through a combination of the cold, poor health and poor nutrition.

 

Louise Danielczuk from the Hope Centre is delighted with the fundraising support: “We are really excited to be working with Amber Properties. Already they have signed themselves up for the half marathon in September and are planning fundraising events to help support people across Northampton and help them rebuild their lives. The support of local business is vital to enable the Hope Centre to continue our work.”

 

Ausra continues: “The half marathon is a big commitment for us. Our first job will be to make sure we are fit enough to take on the challenge. There will certainly be highs and lows along the way and we’ll be sharing it all on Facebook as we prepare. We will appreciate everyone’s support, so please follow us.”

 

Figures for people sleeping rough in England increased for the fifth consecutive year in 2017, with the number rising to an estimated 4,750. There are at least 550 homeless people in Northampton, according to the most recent registered statutory figures.

 

To support Ausra and Ellie and help raise funds for the Hope Centre please go to their Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amberproperties