Hymn book appeal

HymnbookWe are hoping to invest in new hymnbooks for Soham and Wicken. Those we have date from the year 2000, and whilst we wouldn’t want to drop the old hymns from our repertoire, many a new hymn has been composed since then – some of them a pleasure to hear and to sing! Our aim is to mirror the blend achieved by ‘Songs of Praise’, and a new hymnbook called Ancient and Modern would enable us to do that. The sticking point, of course, is money. Even with a discount, each hymnbook would cost over £9. What we are hoping is our parishoners might consider sponsoring a hymn book, and, if you so wish, including a dedication in the front of it; a dedication which will call us to remember – not only to remember loved ones who have died  (though such a dedication would be welcome, of course), but also to remember an event, or perhaps a person still living. Pam Cole, a member of St Andrew’s congregation and a calligrapher has kindly agreed to inscribe the dedications in the front of each hymnbook.

So how about it? If you’d like to take part, please fill in a form here and send it with a cheque to the vicarage (27 The Oaks, Soham, CB7 5FF) made payable to Soham PCC Development Fund. If you would like to donate by bank transfer, the sort code is 20-29-68 and the account number 60786128.

We’re setting the date of our Summer Fete (Saturday 10 June) as the target by which all donations will have come in, and details of a thanksgiving service in which hymnbooks will be dedicated together will follow soon thereafter. Thank you in advance to all who’ll join in!  

Eleanor