Saturday 18th May 2019

This year we will join the annual pilgrimage to Little Gidding. For those wishing to travel by coach we will leave All Saints at 10am on the 18th May in order to meet over lunch with our fellow pilgrims at Leighton Bromswold Parish Church. We will get back to All Saints’ at approximately 8pm.

What is Little Gidding?

Little Gidding was made famous by T S Eliot’s last great poem of the same name. It is also the home and burial place of Nicholas Ferrar. Born in London in 1592, Nicholas Ferrar gave up a life in commerce and politics to establish a life of prayer, study and charitable works with his family, setting an example of devotion and spiritual life. Ferrar died on 4 December 1637, and his devout life and example have consecrated Little Gidding as a holy place to this day.

How Long is the Pilgrimage?

The walk is roughly 5 miles, there are 3 stops along the way for reflection, as well as a stop at the beginning and the end. Much of the walk is along country roads, but for those who find it too far, there will be cars which can ferry people between stations.

Who is leading the Pilgrimage?

The pilgrimage is being led by The Revd Canon Mark Oakley, formerly Cannon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and now Dean of St John’s college, Cambridge. Mark is passionate campaigner for Social Justice. He is well known for his love of poetry and literature having recently published a book called The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry, which has been described by Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy, as “beautiful and wise”.

How much will it cost?

The pilgrimage itself is free, but the parishioners of Leighton Bromswold and the friends of Little Gidding put on a lunch and a tea respectively. The combination of the two costs around £15 (prices to be confirmed) and they ask us to pre-book. All Saints’ is planning to lay on a coach which will cost adults £15 and children £10. However, if the costs are prohibitive then do please speak to Robin.

Why do we start at Leighton Bromswold Parish Church?

Leighton Bromswold church, restored by Nicholas Ferrar’s friend, George Herbert, and the restoration was directed by the Ferrars.