Timed just before the start of term, when Cambridge is (relatively) quiet, the day has been planned to include a mixture of informative, social and spiritual activities.
The timetable for the day will be:
10.15 Gather in the Old SCR for coffee
11.00 AGM of the Commandery
(Non-members may attend if they wish, or may tour the College at this point)
11.30 Talk by Irene Allen (LEPRA):
“Medieval hospital sites in England and the work of LEPRA”
13.30 Visit to Queens’ Old Library; and talk on the history of collegiate Cambridge
15.00 Choral Evensong, sung by the Wren Choir, with Renewal of Vows
(Members of the Order are invited to wear mantles, but not decorations)
If there is interest, Roger and I would be happy to arrange a guided walking tour of Cambridge (for around 1 hour) after tea, followed by an evening meal.
The cost for the day’s programme is £37.50 per person – this includes lunch, with a variety of dishes available, and all refreshments during the day.
Partners, friends and other guests are extremely welcome.
A booking form, with details of how to pay, can be found here.
The College can accommodate limited numbers, so you are strongly encouraged to book promptly and by Friday 14th September at the latest.
Parking on site at Queens’ is very limited and will only be available to those who need to drive because of access issues. If this applies to you, please contact Roger France (01223 358236).
Those who are driving should note that much of the centre of Cambridge is off-limits to all cars except taxis; and off-street parking can be limited – both in terms of availability and in duration of stay. However, there are multi-storey car parks; and also – as a cheaper option – a very good Park and Ride service. If you are planning to drive, you are advised to check parking guidelines on the City Council website: www.cambridge.gov.uk/parking
There are good rail connections to Cambridge. Once autumn timetables are fixed, I will circulate possible options for those coming by train from London, so that we can meet at the station and share taxis to the College.
The programme for the day has been arranged so that members and guests do not need to stay overnight before or after the event. However, some of you may wish to make this into a weekend by staying in Cambridge on Saturday night (or even on Friday).
If you would like to stay in Cambridge, you are advised to make your own arrangements. The following information may be useful:
- Cambridge has a variety of hotels to suit all budgets, although central Cambridge tends to be expensive. The closest hotels to Queens’ are the Doubletree by Hilton City Centre or the Hilton Cambridge City Centre. For the more budget conscious there is an Ibis and a Travelodge close to the railway station.
- You can also find a number of Bed and Breakfast options in Cambridge. These can be found throughout the city, mostly around the central ring road.
- A number of Colleges have rooms (usually in blocks that are designed for conference trade, but also some student rooms) that are used as bed and breakfast accommodation out of term time. These are advertised through www.universityrooms.com
I hope that many of you will be able to join us for an enjoyable day. In particular, it would be good to see those members of the Commandery who have not attended an Order event for some time.
With best wishes,