Impington News - Number 8
Our Parish Church is set to have a new priest and curate. Hugh McCurdy, currently parish priest of St Andrew, Histon, will become Priest in Charge of Impington form 20 April. He will be joined by curate Stephen Kirkham.
Hugh writes: "It was with great pleasure that I accepted the post of Priest in Charge at St Andrew's Impington. In this day and age it makes sense for the two Church of England parishes to work together, to share resources and complement each other. Both St. Andrew's have different stories to tell. They have different histories and backgrounds. They have different traditions and I want to maintain their differences and ensure that, rather than competing with each other, together they serve the whole community. By maintaining our distinctiveness whilst working together, we will aim to cater for different tastes in worship. High or low, traditional or contemporary, the two St. Andrew's will provide a choice. There should be no need to go into Cambridge or elsewhere to find the style of worship that suits".
Stephn Kirkham has followed his army career by training for the ministry at Ridley Hall in Cambridge. Stephen and his family will live in the vicarage in Impington Lane.
"My whole family are thrilled at the news that we are to live in Impington in such a warm and welcoming community. I feel hugely privileged to be offered the opportunity to be the curate of the parishes of Impington and of Histon. I have great respect for Hugh McCurdy and it will be good to serve under his direction and guidance," Stephen says.
"After 22 years of marriage, and of living as an Army family, it will be wonderful to settle down for something longer than the 18 months we seem to have averaged in most of our postings. This will be our 14th house, and just down the road from our very first home as a married couple at Oakington Barracks - in 1975! With Heather my wife, Lizzie, Ed and Tom - and Lady, our English setter - I am really looking forward to meeting you. The opportunity to minister and to serve in the community here and in Histon is both humbling and very exciting; it will be good to pack away my student things and get down to work!"
St Andrew's Church, Impington Youth Group meets fortnightly on Sunday evenings from 6.30 - 8.00. It is aimed at boys and girls aged 10 years plus. We have a pool/snooker table and a table tennis table, also many other games. Sometimes we play sports and we often do crafts such as candle making, and stone or tile painting. Everyone is welcome. We would be very grateful for any offers of help to run sessions from interested adults (18 plus), and if anyone has any equipment that they think may be of use to us, please let us know. Enquiries will be welcomed by Lyn Winsor on 235188.
The Village College has applied to become a Language College. This status will provide substantial Government investment in language teaching, which is set to extend both within the College and across the community.
The bid, to the Department for Education and Employment, required £100,000 local backing. The College Warden, Jacqueline Kearns, has been delighted by the success in raising this. "We were able to raise the £100,000 we needed in an amazingly short period of time," she says. "We were overwhelmed by the support we received from the local community and a number of companies. The Members Association at IVC was particularly generous and will actively support any further development of language courses for adults.
"Other benefactors were: CambsTec (Vision Park), McLean Homes Ltd, Vektor Multimedia UK, RJ Education Supplies Ltd, and Cambridge Consultants Ltd. We also received a large number of individual donations from parents, members of the Governing Body, and friends of IVC.
"The Department for Education and Employment will send an advisor to inspect shortlisted schools which want to take part in this initiative and the final decision about Language College status will be announced in the week beginning 12 June. If Impington is successful it will make provision for children from the age of eight to adults in the third age."