Little Gidding Pilgrimage 2016

Saturday 21 May

The 2016 Pilgrimage is on Saturday 21 May and the leader will be the Very Revd Frances Ward, the Dean of St Edmundsbury and Chair of the Little Gidding Trust.

what is it?

A walk through the Huntingdonshire countryside from George Herbert’s church at Leighton Bromswold to Nicholas Ferrar’s tomb at Little Gidding.

who’s leading it?

Dr Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmunsdbury (the Cathedral of Suffolk), leads this year’s Pilgrimage. She will preach at the morning Eucharist at Leighton Bromswold, give short addresses at the five stations between Leighton Bromswold and Little Gidding, and preach at Evensong at Little Gidding.

why Little Gidding?

Little Gidding was made famous in the twentieth century when it gave its name to T S Eliot’s last great poem. But even before Eliot it was renowned as the home and burial place of Nicholas Ferrar.

who was Nicholas Ferrar?

Born in London in 1592, Nicholas Ferrar gave up a life in commerce and politics to move to Little Gidding, estab-lishing a life of prayer and charitable works with his family. Ordained deacon, he was fore­most in the life of prayer, study, and work, setting an example of devotion and spiritual life that has stood as a beacon to those who have followed. He died on 4 December 1637, and his devout life and example have consecrated Little Gidding as a holy place to this day.

when is it?

Saturday 21 May, beginning at 10.30 am at Leighton Bromswold church. The Pilgrimage finishes at Little Gidding after Evensong with Tea at about 5.30 pm. See below for more details.

what else?

Lunch will be available at Leighton Bromswold and Tea at Little Gidding. Please contact us to reserve places (details on back page). Cars can be left at Leighton Bromswold; we will co-ordinate lifts back. Leighton Bromswold is just north of the A14 a few miles west of Huntingdon and the junction with the A1. See map below.

what are the costs?

Lunch and Tea are available. We anticipate a charge of £6 for Lunch and £4 for Tea (which includes £1 each to cover the costs of the Pilgrimage). There will also be collections at the two services: these will go directly to Leighton Bromswold Church and Little Gidding Church.

where is the Pilgrimage?

The Pilgrimage begins at Leighton Bromswold, which is just north of Junction 17 of the A14 between Kettering and Huntingdon. Satnav users: enter PE28 5AX.

All are welcome at the Pilgrimage. It will greatly help if you are able to let us know you are coming and how many are in your group by emailing pilgrimage@littlegidding.org.uk. For more information see www.littlegidding.org.uk/pilgrimage or www.facebook.com/littlegidding.


10.30 am: Pilgrimage Communion
at Leighton Bromswold Church

whose restoration was funded by George Herbert and directed by the Ferrars.
Address by Frances Ward.

12 noon: Lunch
Enjoy lunch with fellow pilgrims
(lunch tickets available, or bring your own).

1 pm: First Station
at Leighton Bromswold

The Pilgrimage Walk begins from the Hundred Stone outside Leighton Bromswold churchyard.

2 pm: Second Station at Salome Wood
2.15 pm: Pilgrimage Walk continues.

2.45 pm: Third Station at Hamerton
3 pm: Pilgrimage Walk continues, cutting across the meadow to Steeple Gidding.

3.45 pm: Fourth Station
at Steeple Gidding Church

4.00 pm: Pilgrimage Walk continues to Little Gidding.

4.15 pm: Fifth Station
at the Tomb of Nicholas Ferrar

All gather around the tomb of Nicholas Ferrar. Followed by …

Pilgrimage Evensong
at Little Gidding Church

Address by Frances Ward.

5.30 pm: Tea at Ferrar House

The walk from Leighton Bromswold to Little Gidding is about five miles, mostly along the country roads. Sturdy shoes are recommended. If sunny, don’t forget to bring hats and water. Drinks and toilets available at Hamerton. It will be possible to join in along the route, particularly at the Stations, where there will be a pause and a short act of worship and commemoration. Timing of intermediate Stations approximate.
We will co-ordinate drivers’ return to Leighton Bromswold. For more information see www.littlegidding.org.uk/pilgrimage
Please contact us to book lunch: pilgrimage@littlegidding.org.uk