National Gathering – Cambridge
Fri 09th March 2018: 2:00 pm to
Sun 11th March 2018: 9:00 pm
Next spring’s gathering in Cambridge is likely to be popular with visits to King’s, St John’s, Trinity, Jesus and Selwyn Colleges. The Gathering will commence at 2pm on the Friday and conclude late evening on the Sunday.
Friday focus on King’s College, Choral Evensong and buffet supper in King’s College Hall with guest speaker, our new President Stephen Cleobury.
Saturday visits to Trinity and Jesus Colleges. Tea at St John’s College prior to Lenten Meditation service in the Chapel.
Sunday choice of services, talk by Andrew Nethsingha on the music at St. John’s. Tea, choir rehearsal, Choral Evensong, supper and organ recital at Selwyn College.
Downloads for the Gathering:
Here are some suggestions for hotels within walking distance of the colleges:
Arundel House Hotel on Chesterton Road has single rooms for £85, doubles for £125 and twins for £145 a night – this hotel comes well recommended. Tel: 01223 367701.
The Lensfield Hotel near the Fitzwilliam Museum has singles for £77 and doubles for £118 – tel: 01223 355017
The Royal Cambridge Hotel on Trumpington Street is holding some rooms for FCM members from 9th to 12th March at a rate of £120 (single) and £140 (double)
Please quote FCM or ask for Agnieszka Michalska – tel: 0330 102 7236
Visit Cambridge (tel: 01223 791500) is the official tourist information office and is very helpful.
There is also a useful website which aims to offer you a good choice of venues. You just fill in an online form and they get hotels etc to contact you direct.
Click here for more details
Peter Williams notes……….
In view of the apparent shortage of rooms on these nights, (not to mention the high prices), members might also like to consider the Youth Hostel, where private rooms for up to 2 people are currently available for £65 (Fri. Sat) ; £59 (Thurs, Sun.) with upgrades to en-suite (not Thurs). Add a hearty breakfast for £6.25. It is ideally placed for train travellers and I will stick my neck out and personally recommend it (from previous stays) as good budget accommodation.
On the minus side, it is a pain if you bring a car. Still, one option might be to look for overnight parking on the outskirts of the city close to the bus routes along Regent St, which is close to the hostel, and then bus in and out of the city. View the facilities on yha.org.uk and you may be pleasantly surprised!