Report on Paths opening, 9 March 2019
If you have been in the Cemetery recently you cannot have failed to notice that the paths have been renewed, much-needed work carried out thanks to a S106 grant. On Saturday 9 March the Bishop of Ely, the Mayor of Cambridge, and more than 100 other people including a large choir from Great St Mary’s church gathered at the centre of the Cemetery for a special celebration. The Mayor declared the paths open, praising the co-operation between Council, parishes and Friends to keep “God’s nine and a half acres” open for the whole community to enjoy. The Bishop blessed the paths, sprinkling them liberally with holy water, and spoke of the paths that people take in their lives. No stone had been left unturned in the selection of suitable words and music: highlights were the singing by the choir of Teach me O lord the way of thy statutes by Thomas Attwood, the reading of George Herbert’s poem Come, my way, my truth, my life, and the hymn Guide me, O thou great Redeemer, sung by all!
The Bishop also thanked Dr Penny Granger for her work as Chair of the Parishes Committee, who is stepping down after 7 years to spend more time on other interests. Taking on the role of Chair will be the Revd Margaret Widdess, the current Secretary, who already has many years’ service to the Cemetery under her dog collar. We wish them both well.
by Penny Granger