School Term Dates 2014

Training Day    Monday 6th  January

Spring Term Opens  Tuesday 7th January
Half Term    17th – 21st February
Spring Term Closes   Friday 4th April
(Easter weekend    Friday 18th – Monday 21st April)

Training Day    Tuesday 22nd April

Summer Term Opens  Wednesday 23rd April
May Day     Monday 5th May
Training Day    Friday 23rd May
Half Term    26th – 30th May
Summer Term Closes  Wednesday 23rd July

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Services Calendar

Two services are held each month:

  • 1st Sunday – Morning Service at 10:00am.
    This is a short informal service with coffee being served afterwards.
  • 3rd Sunday – Holy Communion at 11:00am

For further details of services, study groups and other events please visit the St Peter’s website
A warm welcome awaits anyone who would like to join the congregation at either of these services.

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Grant Application Details

The Bush and Bennett Charity has funds to support one off grants for educational activities. All applications are treated in confidence and will be judged on their merits by the trustees of the charity.

Who can apply?
You must live in the parish of Babraham.
You must be under the age of 21 at the time of application.
You must be or intend to be in part or full time education.

What are the funds for?
Funding course work travel.
Books for study.
Musical instruments.
Art equipment.

Will applications for other projects be considered?

How do I apply ?
Please send a hand written letter to
Sally Punshon, Chair of the Trustees of the Bush and Bennett Charity,
Nye Barn, Sawston Rd, Babraham, Cambridge

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Jonas Webb

b. 10 November 1796 d. 10 November 1862

Born in Suffolk he moved to Babraham in 1822, becoming tenant of Church Farm till his death in 1862. His brother Samuel was a tenant of Reed Barn Farm until about 1879. They both bred Southdown sheep although Jonas received more fame and glory for his herds, leasing rams to breeders in America and Europe. He enjoyed outstanding success with his sheep, presenting one of his prize-winning rams to Emperor Napoleon III, who in turn gave him a massive silver candelabra.

Physically he was a striking man, so much so that somebody sent to give him an invitation when he was due to visit Paris was told to place it in the hands of the noblest-looking man he could find on the cross channel steamer.

Jonas had 10 children and was devoted to his wife who died five days before him. They are buried in the churchyard at Babraham together with two daughters. The statue of Jonas Webb which now stands in the High Street, stood for many years in Cambridge Corn Exchange.

Source: Babraham Chronicle compiled by Mary Symonds.

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St Peter’s Church

There has been a church on the present site since the 12th century, when it was dedicated to St Peter, although it is possible that an earlier Saxon church existed there previously.

Although Babraham was a wealthy village thanks to its wool trade, in 1445 the vicarage of Babraham was exempted from taxation, due to its poverty, and in 1535 it was said to be the poorest living in Camps deanery.

John Hullier was vicar of Babraham from 1549 and served the parish for about six years.. On April 16 1556, Maundy Thursday, he was burned at the stake on Jesus Green in Cambridge for heresy (refusing to renounce the Protestant faith).

In 1851 average attendances were 90 people at the morning service and 190 in the afternoon.

Source: Babraham Chronicle compiled by Mary Symonds

The following comes from
The Parish Church of St Peter, Babraham – A Simple Guide by C.C. Ingrey

  • The Church Communion Rail is Jacobean, and bears the date 1665 (the reign of Charles the Second).
  • The solid oak frame of the altar was made by the Estate Carpenter in 1896, at a cost of £19-18-1d.
  • The Church Organ was built in 1929 by Messrs. Hunter of London, consisting of 715 pipes made of wood and metal. Dr Alan Gray, of Trinity College, Cambridge, gave the opening recital.
  • The Vestry Door was purchased in 1961 from the demolished Old Perse School for Boys in Cambridge.
  • Electricity was installed in the Church in 1955.
  • Between the years 1892-1958, a No. 8 Tortoise Stove was used for heating – members of the congregation sitting at the back of the Church were warm, but the East End was ‘most uncomfortable’.
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Did you know?

Once upon a time the grassy area in front of the George Inn was the village green. Sheep grazed on it and there was a water pump for the village. Up until the late 1950’s there was no running water in the almshouses over the road and water had to be carried to them from the pump, usually by children from the school which is also there. On a Saturday afternoon all the contents of the toilets from the almshouses, the school house and the school itself would be collected by one lucky chap, emptied into a sort of swinging dustbin on wheels and pushed up to the end of Honeysuckle Lane where it was tipped out.

Madeline Adeane was a notable beauty who was painted by Burne Jones and more famously by John Singer Sargent, together with her two sisters,. This portrait is entitled The Wyndham Sisters and hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Adeane family gave a village hall to Babraham, which was named after Madeline. A dance was held there every Saturday night for hall staff. Madeline House stands on the site of the old hall in the High Street.

Evelyn Barnard wrote a children’s book called ‘The Brothers Are Walking’, set in Babraham. As well as mentioning several familiar place names it incorporates the story of the Bennet brothers, whose ghosts are supposed to walk near the church. They were probably a bit put out when their family vault was opened and their remains removed to make way for Robert Jones’ family. Robert Jones owned the Babraham estate and his daughter eloped with Colonel Adeane, who subsequently inherited the estate. You can see a monument to the brothers in the church.

In 1920 two future kings played cricket in front of Babraham Hall. Prince Albert (George VI) and Prince Edward (Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor) were both at Trinity College and rode out to Babraham on their motorbikes. The first recorded match by Babraham cricket club was in 1856 – on a Tuesday oddly enough but Saturday was a full working day and a game on a Sunday would have been out of the question. Gubby Allen, captain for England, played in 3 matches for Babraham after his return from the 1936/7 tour of Australia.

The first ever Christmas tree in England was put up at Windsor Castle in 1839. Henry John and Maude Adeane followed suit at Babraham Hall in 1842.

Isobel Adeane (1839-1913) was the eighth of twelve children born to Henry John and Maude Adeane. With her brothers and sisters she had to stand with her feet in stocks – apparently this taught them to turn out their toes. As a child she was not allowed to go near the Cambridge Road ‘because of all the undergraduates who were really looked upon more like wild beasts.’

(An extract from Isobel’s diary in the Babraham Institute archive)

The tollkeeper lived in Granta Cottage by the bridge and charged 1d for a horse and cart to go through the tollgate and over the bridge.

This is what Granta Cottage looked like in the 1950’s. On the opposite side of the road you can see the grass where the pavement is now.

(Photo courtesy of Clare Kemp)

Source: Archive material from Babraham Institute and aural history

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