Gregg Brown Wedding Photography


Gregg Brown is an Essex based Professional Wedding Photographer with over 10 years experience in his field- and is also one of our recommended suppliers.

You may or may not know that Gregg photographed our Hospitality Manager Hannah’s own wedding two years ago.

“I love being a wedding photographer and it is a privilege to be part of every couple’s special day. I have been photographing weddings for more than 10 years and find my own experience of walking down the aisle helps me understand how important every moment of the day is.”

“Working in a relaxed, considerate and unobtrusive manner, I aim to capture all the special moments without interrupting the celebrations. I take great pride in my photography and am delighted to receive such wonderful testimonials.”

Gregg shoots a range of reportage, contemporary and candid wedding photography, creating perfect images to tell the story of your big day. Gregg is a popular Essex wedding photographer and also covers weddings in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, the East of England and London.

We have an exclusive offer to all Brides and Grooms celebrating their day at Westminster College, with 15% off Gregg’s prices.

For more information and to view Gregg’s beautiful portfolio, and the Bridal magazines he has featured in, visit his website: Gregg Brown Weddings.

Twitter: @GB_Weddings

Facebook: @greggbrownweddings

Instagram: greggbrownphotography


 

Flying Colours for Adam!

Our Hospitality Supervisor Adam recently completed his Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hospitality Services!


Adam underwent a ten module course, passing every one and earning himself a well deserved Diploma, awarded by Cambridge Regional College.

Originally from Salgótarján in Hungary, Adam now lives in Cambridge and has worked at Westminster College since 2016.

Adam is a highly valued member of the Westminster team and his service has proved nothing but excellent.

Well done Adam!


 

Help Luisa Meet Needs!


Our Business Development Manager- Luisa, will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon on 14th October 2018 for Meeting Needs Charity.

“I’m running for Meeting Needs the Event Industry Charity an industry I know well and that I’m passionate about. I have seen the positive effects for those who attend, and the wider community that support the delivery of, events. Meeting Needs reaches further supporting people much less fortunate than ourselves in the name of the events sector.

They support approximately 30 projects each year, distributing £130,000 in cash to worthy causes in the UK and Overseas to organisations that find it difficult to access mainstream funding. The Royal parks Half Marathon is a major source of income for the Charity.”

In the past year examples of the sort of projects they have funded are:

• “South London Cares” a charity that seeks to alleviate the issues of loneliness and isolation amongst older and younger people in South London. Our grant of £4,000 will help fund their winter Social Clubs so that older and younger neighbours can share time, company, laughter and friendship

• “Clowns without Borders” is a Charity whose purpose is to provide relief from need and suffering of people, in particular children and young people, who are resident in areas of crisis. Our grant of £4,099 towards providing opportunities for play and laughter to during the colder months of the year” for 600 children living in the refugee camps of Athens.

Luisa needs to raise £500 to be able to run and to send to Meeting Needs. If you are able to contribute in any way, we would be so grateful. This is a tough challenge that not many could do- but the reward is incredible.


Thank You for all your donations.

Go Luisa!

Westminster College 

The Woolf Institute’s Royal Opening

On Monday 16th April, our neighbours over at the Woolf Institute were celebrating a Royal opening of their permanent home on this site. The Woolf Institute was founded in 1998 by Dr Edward Kessler and Reverend Professor Martin Forward. The aim was to provide an ‘academic framework and space in which people could tackle issues of religious difference constructively’.

HRH The Princess Royal arriving with Dr Ed Kessler.

HRH The Princess Royal, the Patron of the Capital Appeal, and supporter of the Woolf Institute was welcomed to the site by Dr Ed Kessler MBE, Founding Director of the Woolf Institute.

In his speech, Dr Kessler said “The brief research presentations demonstrate a pursuit of wisdom, understanding and knowledge, not for their own sake but rather, to foster a society at ease with itself, in which individuals, groups and communities feel at home, and in whose flourishing all wish to take part.  Our new home will house many such actions; in the UK, with new research projects on religious fundamentalism and building resilience in Muslim communities, new courses on migration and immigration as well as a summer school, new audiences reached through our media suite such as the new podcast series, ‘Encounter’”.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the hard work and dedication it took to bring the Woolf Institute to life in its new home, and the continuous work to educate and bring communities together to coexist peacefully.

To read the full speech and see pictures from the special day, please visit:

http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/blog/founder-directors-speech-at-the-woolf-institutes-royal-opening

A Passion to Inspire

Our team at Westminster are always achieving great things!

Last Thursday, our Trainee Domestic Supervisor Adam and Trainee Chef Igor, took part in ‘A Passion to Inspire’’s competition.

A Passion to Inspire, founded by Murray Chapman, was initially developed to help bring education and industry together. Supporting, nurturing and encouraging students to have passion and belief for their chosen career is the main aim of the charity, run by fantastic volunteers.

Adam (Front of House) and Igor (Chef) were asked to present a main course, dessert and cocktail to guests and judges, with their own menu, dressed table and fine service.

Featured here is Adam’s cocktail ‘Old Thyme Sour’ we posted about a couple of weeks ago!

Adam and Igor came 2nd out of the 4 teams, making us all at Westminster very proud!

For more information on what they do, visit ‘A Passion to Inspire’ at their Website,  Facebook,  Twitter 

 

A few words from Peter Ball – Director of Church Resource Development

From the 19th-21st January I was at the URC Youth Assembly running workshops and enjoying the opportunity to meet and share with a host of different people from across the denomination.
The first of the new Westminster College Draw Breath and Reflect Upon days took place on March 24th with the theme of Aspects of the cross. The day was a mixture of reflection, personal space and some input from the leaders of the day.  Various options were offered to help people think about how then cross impacts on their daily lives and then space to develop thinking. The pictures are of one participants response in the form of a painting and a cross that we used as part of reflection in the afternoon.

  

A Gift of a Wedding

Our team is always going the extra mile to help others…

Alison & Andy Wedding, by Lorna Newman Wedding Photography, www.lornanewmanweddings.com, Gift of a Wedding

In February, our Domestic Manager and Wedding co-ordinator, Hannah Anderson donated her time as a wedding planner to an amazing charity, Gift of a Wedding, www.giftofawedding.org . UK-based, they organise free wedding services for couples with a terminal illness by getting professionals to donate their times, goods or/and services generously. As their wedding planner, Hannah liaised with the other suppliers and the charity in less than a week before the couple’s big day!

The wedding took place on Friday 9th February at the beautiful Woughton House Hotel, situated in Milton Keynes, part of the group Accor, www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-6627-woughton-house-mgallery-by-sofitel/index.shtml .

Alison and Andy were surrounded by all their close family and friends, and were provided with a beautiful and smoothly run day. On their very special and emotional day, Hannah worked tiresomely the entire day to make sure everyone was where they needed to be, everything was in place and that the loving couple had an amazing day like any brides and grooms she has been dealing with for the past 10 years.

You have made another dream come true for the happy couple.

Thank you Hannah for all your hard work, dedication and passion for our industry – the Hospitality Industry has a big heart with this shining star!

 

Photo Credits: Lorna Newman Weddings

Spring Events we’re hosting…

With Spring approaching it is time to get booked in for our March events at Westminster. Coming up is the first of this year’s Elders residential as we look at Eldership on the Frontline aimed at helping Elders be think about what it means to be leadership teams encountering both opportunity and challenge.

Then we have Draw Breath and Reflect upon the Cross coming up on March 24th, offering a chance to spend a day reflecting upon how the cross of Jesus affects our daily living. There will be opportunity to do this through worship, art, prayer, conversation and personal space and reflection. The choice will be yours.

Following on from these we have many more opportunities to come to Westminster over 2018 and experience one of our learning opportunities either for a day or longer stay. Some are conferences but there is also opportunity to come for guided personal space or simply to enjoy all that Westminster has to offer. You can view all of our 2018 events on our RCL Events page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Westminster!

Fenland Artist – ever changing colours of fenland landscapes

Westminster College has taken temporary possession of a wonderful artwork display by artist  Lizzie Madder. Lizzie paints the rivers and flooded meadows of the Fens.  She takes inspiration from autumn and winter light, from the sound of the reeds in the wind, from gathering clouds, and the silence and solitude to be found walking along the great river banks.  Lizzie works mainly in watercolours and this beautiful artwork is available for sale, so do come and take a look and purchase a piece for your wall.

Lizzie studied at Loughborough College of Art and went on to be trained in botanical art whilst living in Leicester, becoming a member of the Leicestershire Society of Botanical Artists and exhibiting throughout the United Kingdom.

When, in 2002, Lizzie moved to Cambridgeshire, there began a significant transformation in her style and approach to art generally.  The discovery of the inspiring flat landscapes combined with the breath-taking  skies of the Fens jolted her into responding in kind; she moved from the controlled, careful depiction of the botanical to the broader canvas of the landscape.

And yet – whilst there is a loosening up of the control demanded by the discipline of botanical art, there remains within these sometimes ethereal fenscapes, echoes of that back-story, such as that revealed by the observational detail of the subject, the attempt to communicate its essence.

For information about her work and forthcoming exhibitions:
www.lizziemadder.co.uk
lizziemadder3@gmail.com

March 2018: Eldership on the Front Line & Draw Breath and Reflect Upon…

We’ve been working hard on some new events and content for the 2018 programme of events for our URC members and church friends, and want to tell you about two which are fast approaching.

On Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st March, we’re focussing on Eldership on the Front Line.
As society is constantly changing there seem to be a whole variety of demands on people’s lives and time. The church seeks to be involved in the life of its community and to be a community of people who are welcoming and where people can safely seek answers to life’s big questions. Often it is the Eldership of a local church that finds itself on the frontline trying to keep the church active, offer pastoral care of members, quality worship and trying to ensure the mission of the church is relevant to the 21st century. Sounds familiar? Then the 2018 equipping Elders conference may be for you.

If you aren’t free on those dates, we’re running this at other times in the year too! For more information, including costs and content, visit our Upcoming RCL Events page. You can book by printing and completing the booking form (pdf), or alternatively contact Annmarie on admin@westminster.cam.ac.uk, call us on 01223 33 06 32, or get in touch by post to Tutorial Office, Westminster College, Cambridge, CB3 0AA.

 

If you need some time and space to Draw Breath and Reflect Upon: Aspects of the cross, we’re gathering on Saturday 24th March for the day.
In the busyness of life we all need the opportunity to step back and spend time in the company of God reflecting upon life, our faith and what God is calling us to. For our March date we will be focusing on “Aspects of the cross”. If you think you would like to take longer than a day with us why not consider our “In the Company of” initiative that allows for some guided reflection.

If you aren’t free in March, we’re running some other days on different topics which might be of interest to you. For more information, including costs and content, visit our Upcoming RCL Events page. You can book by printing and completing the booking form (pdf), or alternatively contact Annmarie on admin@westminster.cam.ac.uk, call us on 01223 33 06 32, or get in touch by post to Tutorial Office, Westminster College, Cambridge, CB3 0AA.

We have a number of other dates and events planned, so if these don’t fit with your schedule, do visit and see if there might be something else you’d like to join us for. We look forward to welcoming you to Westminster soon!