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The Boston Piano Fund

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In early 2020 the acting Director of Music, Tim Brown, realised that to enhance the opportunities for music in the acoustic gem of St Botolph’s it would be important to acquire a piano. This would enable richer liturgical practice in the church, give St Botolph’s the potential to be a hub for recitals and chamber concerts, and enable the church to produce much-needed revenue from hiring out the space for rehearsals and concerts requiring a piano.

After a search, a fine BOSTON 6’10” grand piano was found that would suit our budget; this was acquired in early 2022, initially on loan, and the inaugural recital was given by the pianist Nathan Williamson to great acclaim in July 2022.

We now have regular concerts featuring both the piano alone, and with voices & instruments - check the future events page for details of upcoming concerts.

Funding the piano

The Piano has been loaned to St Botolph’s by a private donor, with the intention that the church will raise £22,500 to pay for it by the spring of 2024.

A good start has been made and we are nearly halfway to our target. But as always, it is the last part of fund-raising that is the hardest, so please consider donating as generously as you can to the fund and enable St Botolph’s to be a music hub in the centre of Cambridge.

The PCC is unable to fund the acquisition from existing funds, which are largely restricted to spending on the fabric of the building and the day-to-day costs of the benefice. Our ambition is to raise sufficient funds through donations from friends to enable the piano to become a vital part of growing the musical activities of the church, including renting out the church for rehearsals and concerts that will bring much-needed revenue to St Botolph’s.

How to give

We welcome gifts of any size, whether one-off or regular giving by standing order. More information is available in a leaflet on the piano fund, which can be found here. There are three ways to donate:
  1. By cheque made out to “The PCC of St Botolph’s” and sent to David Eastwood, St Botolph’s PCC, 2 Duxford Road, Cambridge CB22 4ND.
  2. By direct BACS transfer to St Botolph’s, either as a one-off donation or as a standing order. Account details are: The PCC of St Botolph’s, Sort code: 60-04-23, Account number: 54595533. Please include ‘Piano Fund’ in the reference box.
  3. Via the 'Supporting St Botolph's' page on the website.
In each case, please email the Treasurer, David Eastwood, at to make him aware that your donation relates to the Boston Piano. If you are a UK taxpayer we are able to claim Gift Aid, which has the effect of increasing the value of your donation to St Botolph’s by 25%. David can supply the appropriate form.
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Planning your Visit

Welcome to St Botolph's 


The following information is specifically for those planning a first visit, so that you know beforehand what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

Our services are at St Botolph's church in the centre of Cambridge (details below). On Sundays these always start at 11.00am.  We suggest planning to arrive 10-15 minutes early, especially if driving as parking spaces are in short supply in central Cambridge, and to find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by a sides person who will help you find somewhere to sit and will give you a hymn book and a prayer book, or a service sheet.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the service and we hope very much that you will stay for a chat. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access. Please let the sides person know on your arrival and they will help you. Please note access to the toilet requires a step.


The service

Our Sunday service begins at 11am and follows the Book of Common Prayer.  On the first, second and fourth Sundays we have a Sung Eucharist.  On the other Sundays we have Choral Mattins with a said service of Holy Communion at 8am.  There will be organ music before the service and the bell will ring for about five minutes before the service starts.  All services will have a sermon from the Rector or a visiting preacher.  These usually last for around 10-15 minutes.  The choir plays a part in all services, leading hymns and sung elements of the service.  The service ends with an organ voluntary.  Many people sit and listen to this for five minutes or so.  Others will start to congregate around the tea and coffee table for a chat.

What about children?

We welcome children of all ages and no one should be embarrassed if young ones cry or older ones wander around.  We do not have a Sunday School so children remain in the service with their parents.  There is a carpeted area in the side chapel which is available for parents and small children who want to step away from the main church for a while.

Getting in touch

Helping with services and the life of the church

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make our services run smoothly, please let us know.  We are always looking for help with anything from flowers, to refreshments, to opening the church for visitors during the week and a hundred and one other tasks that keep the life of the community. 

Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.


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The Rev'd Jonathan Collis, Rector   Sarah Eastwood, Churchwarden
We hope that you will feel at home at St Botolph's.

Best Wishes,
All at St Botolph's