New plaque commemorates Westminster’s refurbishment

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve got a new brass plaque at Westminster! It commemorates our refurbishment and renovation project, which was completed in 2014, and thanks all the individuals, congregations, Synods, the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, and other donors who made the refurbishment possible. It’s in the Entrance Hall, in pride of place next to the plaque marking the opening of Westminster College in Cambridge in 1899.

On the table below the plaque lies a bible and a book of our student photographs dating back to the 1880s. Above them all is a stained glass window showing the burning bush, the symbol of the Presbyterian Church of England; and the coats of arms of Mrs Gibson and Mrs Lewis, the twin sisters who were our most generous benefactors when the college was built. There’s even a tiny hare – namesake of the architect, Henry Hare.

Come and admire our new addition to the College, and see how some of the key strands in the history of Westminster are brought together here!

Our Art Studio – in use already!

We’re delighted to say that our Art Studio was completed last week and is already being put to good use with the arrival of our Cambridge Theological Federation Colleagues, the Eastern Region Ministerial Course. They will be working from the Art Studio until they move to their new accommodation in our Bounds development later in the year.

  

Their Principal, Alexander Jensen, was happy to pause from the unpacking and settling in to take a couple of photos for us, and said they were delighted with their accommodation, excited to be part of the campus and are looking forward to a close working relationship.

Their arrival marks another important part in the life of Westminster as our Campus increases in size and diversity and we’re excited to have them with us.

Art Studio Update: now with roof!

We’re making great progress on the art studio.

Since we last posted in early November, the walls have gone up, the roof is on and the slate tiles are installed. We think you’ll agree with us that it is really beginning to take shape.

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Soon the services (such as the electric) are being installed and it already looks like a really cosy, comfortable and inspiring space. Though the stunning winter sun has made it tricky to get a good photo today! If you’re as excited to see progress as we are, please keep visiting our blog for further updates and select the Art Studio tag. There will be more photos as work continues and we look forward to showing you the finished studio early in 2017!

Westminster and Windermere: Exploring Advent Retreat, 14-16th December

adventWe’re delighted to share that Neil Thorogood and Sam White will be travelling up to The Windermere Centre to lead the centre’s annual Advent retreat from 14th to 16th December.

We’re looking forward to delving into the Advent narrative through art and story-telling. You will have opportunities to reflect on Bible texts generating words and images to tell the story. Join us in a beautiful part of the world for friendship, worship and good food.

This is part of our on-going partnership in which The Windermere Centre deliver courses at Westminster and Westminster reciprocate.  As such, this event is being run on a Pay What You Can basis and rather than contacting Westminster to book, please visit The Windermere Centre website and explore the programme in more detail.

Westminster College commissions Dr Alison Gray

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Alison Gray (L) with Neil Thorogood, Principal (R) 02/11/16

On the evening of Wednesday 2nd November the college community met together in chapel to welcome Dr Alison Gray as Director of Old Testament language, literature and theology. In a worship service led by Mr Alan Yates, United Reformed Church Moderator of General Assembly, Alison was affirmed and commissioned to the work she’s undertaking within the college, Cambridge Theological Federation, the University of Cambridge and the wider denomination. Alison is an experienced teacher and during the service she spoke movingly of her love for the Hebrew bible, for illuminating the scriptures, and of her continued desire to share new ways of exploring the richness of the Old Testament in developing the Christian faith.

Following a buffet reception enjoyed by Alison, her family members, close friends, colleagues and students, she said,

I feel honoured to be the first lay tutor to be appointed here, and am looking forward to the breadth of opportunities to serve the wider church as well as to attend to the work of formational training for ministry within the college. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be supported by friends and family and to have received such a warm welcome from the Westminster community.

 

 

 

Art Studio update

Wow look at this!

Only a week after our last post, we can see the shell being built. The roof is on and the walls are coming up, this really is creating a huge buzz in our Community.

See you next week for another dramatic change…

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Art Studio Update

Photos of the ongoing works

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The foundations are finally in….

Indeed the project is going very well. All very exciting to see now the floor print and how the studio is going to fit nicely next to the Prayer Labyrinth; and eventually into our community life.

More to follow…

Annual Commemoration of Benefactors – 29th October from 2.30pm

On Saturday 29th October are holding our Annual Commemoration of Benefactors from 2.30pm here at Westminster College in the Chapel.

We warmly invite you to attend.

The service starts at 2.30pm and is followed by afternoon tea at 3.30pm.

If you are able to join us, please contact Syd in the Tutorial Office to give your name and dietary requirements on admin@westminster.cam.ac.uk or on 01223 33 06 49 by 12 noon Monday 24th October.pixelr - DSC_7113

 

Art Studio coming…

We’re very excited to share the following pictures, which show our Art Studio in progress. Whilst there isn’t much to see right now, the contractors have been setting up site and preparing the ground to lay foundations so lots of digging out and muck away going on at the moment. The site temporarily takes up some of the area of the Prayer Labyrinth but don’t worry, it is staying put and will be looked after carefully.

The work is scheduled to take 10 weeks so by Christmas we hope to take you on a tour inside!

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Welcome back!

We’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of our students (both new and returning); some of them are here already but most will arrive over the course of this week and next week.

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We’ve got the student hand-book available (which students can find online here, if you have the login details) and our list of community events is finalised; check out page 15 of the Student Handbook for more details.

The induction timetable is available from our excellent Tutorial Office team; both Syd and Claudia have been busily working behind the scenes to ensure everything is ready. It is always a busy time of year as everyone discovers what their timetable will be, what modules they are doing and what life is going to be shaped like for the coming months. We’re all looking forward to welcoming this essential part of our community back for 2016-2017. See you soon!