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St Andrew’s Church Office
St Andrew’s Centre
We're located on Burgoyne's Road in Impington. If you are using a SatNav, use CB24 9ZU.
From the A10/Ely - when you turn off at the Milton Park and Ride you'll go into Butt Lane, the recycling centre will be on your left. Keep going down this road (it's a long one) and you will enter Impington - over the speed bumps and you will come to a tight corner and see Doctor's Close on the left, another bend in the road and you'll see the Church on the right.
From the A14/Cambridge - follow the signs to exit the A14 roundabout into Histon and Impington. Just past the Reacreation Ground turn right into New Road. Continue down New Road until you get to the end and turn right onto Impington Lane. This road will then become Burgoyne's Lane. The Church is on the left.
Parking - There are a few parking space in front of the church or you can park in the surrounding streets.
The Rev'd James Blandford-Baker
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James has been Priest in Charge, and now Vicar, of St Andrew's Church, Impington and Vicar of St Andrew's Histon since 2006. Prior to moving to Histon he was a vicar in Acton and Director of Ordinands in the Willesden Area of the Diocese of London. He is passionate about mission and building congregations that can communicate the gospel in ways that engage with the issues of contemporary society. A research engineer by background, James is interested in cabinet-making, astronomy, the life and work of Isaac Newton, the England cricket team and all things to do with Apple computers. He has been described by the Bishop of Worcester as 'renaissance man'. James is married to Katharine and they have 2 children.
Ruth moved to Cambridge in 2000 with her husband Andy and two children. In the summer of 2020 she left a career of more than thirty years as a biology teacher to become Curate at St Andrew's. Her desire is to see people become disciples of Jesus, to learn about God, and to live out the values of the kingdom. She has a particular interest in how Christians should steward the earth, and issues related to climate change. Her interests include music, theatre, cinema and sewing, and she has made a number of stoles including one for her ordination. You may see her our walking with her dog, Pippin.
Licensed Lay Ministers
Eddy Carr (01223 232226)
Please contact Eddy if you have any safeguarding queries or concerns. There is a link to our safeguarding policy on the home page.
Pastoral Care Coordinator
Nel Temperley is the Pastoral Care Coordinator for our congregation. She acts as the central point of contact for those in need of pastoral care within the congregation. Nel works closely with the clergy and a pastoral care team which she oversees.
The earliest known date for Impington is AD 991, when the manor was given to the Monastery at Ely by Duke Brithnoth. The name is said to derive from a Saxon tribe, "Empings". The village "Epintone" is in the Domesday Book (pop. 143). The church was reconstructed in the 14th Century, the porch being added in the 15th Century.
Considerable restoration work was done in 1879 under Mr Ewan Christian - the chancel arch was widened and the box pews removed. The painting on the north wall is a 15th Century representation of St Christopher.
The churchyard wall was built in 1614 and successive generations have maintained it as best as they were able. Over the years, field stones, masonry rubble, faulty chancel floor tiles and bricks from the redundant brickfield behind Doctor's Close, have all been used in the wall.
The wall was recently extensively repaired as, apart from the ravages of age, the constant stream of traffic past the church had damaged a great part of the wall and some areas had collapsed. Not only did the wall need to be replaced with a reinforced wall, but, owing to the slope of the churchyard towards the road, this wall is also a retaining wall. The bricks used are in keeping with the original wall and the church, and the Victorian coping stones were re-used along the full length of the wall. Some fragments of grave stones have been used on parts of the wall inside the churchyard. When the wall was built, the date and the initials of the then churchwardens were built into it. A fragment of parchment found in the Muniment Room at Ely in 1915 confirmed that in 1613 money had been set aside for the purpose of building a wall. It is planned to build a tablet into the new wall, showing the date of repair and the initials of the present churchwardens. Also built into the wall is the Foundation Stone of the first Church School in Impington. This school was built opposite the church in 1846 on land given by the Reverend Pine-Coffin, then owner of Impington hall. He was a descendant on the distaff side of the Pepys family who built the Hall around 1580. The Hall was demolished in 1953. The diarist Samuel Pepys attended Impington Church when staying at the Hall with his Uncle Talbot. Talbot Pepys was for a time civil registrar and signed the marriage registers.
Two of the bells are 15th Century. The treble (by Richard Hille 1423-1440) is the second oldest in the Deanery and has been calling people to Church for nearly 600 years. The tenor was recast in 1925. The tower is unsafe for ringing the three bells 'Full Circle' but the bells are chimed for some Sunday services and some weddings.
The niche by the pulpit is 15th Century. It now houses a wooden crucifix made in 1975 by Mr L W Pendred. The roof was restored completely in 1989, with new guttering and downpipes.
The East Window was designed and made by Goddard and Gibbs (London) in 1991, and dedicated on St Andrew's Day of that year. The apples and pears in the window are to commemorate Chivers and the sweet peas and gladioli Unwins. Both these family firms have given a great deal to Impington throughout the twentieth century.