Events Timeline

Family Mystery Quest – Sunday 30th August 2.30

Join us on Sunday 30th August from 2pm for a 2.30pm start at Ailsworth Recreation Ground for some family friendly fun. More clues than you can complete in two hours, it is the group returning to Ailsworth recreation ground at 4.30pm with the most correct answers that will be rewarded with a prize. In the event of a tie, time taken will count. Bring a picnic and feast with friends maintaining social distance. Entry tickets are £10 per group. If you’d like to join in contact or me on 01733 380328.

‘Fantastic Beasts’ – (and where to find them in Castor Church)


We have two webinars planned for the autumn by Dr Susan Kilby. The first will be giving us an insight into the stories behind the beautiful tower capital carvings in Castor Church. They feature an array of creatures from both the natural and supernatural worlds, and Susan will guide us through the scheme and place it within its contemporary landscape context, as experienced by the early twelfth-century rural inhabitants of our village.

 Virtually gathering from 6.45pm for a 7pm start on Thursday 24th September for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The talk will run with an interval and opportunity for questions and we will close by 9pm.

You can book free tickets for this event via the Eventbrite website or by contacting me on 01733 380328 or email You will need a ticket for the webinar log in details.

Our second webinar will be “The Normangate Mystery” on 12th November – again virtually gathering from 6.45 for a 7pm start. Let us know at if you would like to join this talk and I will forward the login details once they become available.

Although both these events are free, we will be inviting donations through our website after the event.

Garden Safari – 20th June

This event is cancelled for 2020. Look out for news of its return in 2021.

Meet the Saxons – November 2019

Steve Pollington, author and broadcaster, entertained a receptive audience of about 70 to a fascinating talk in two parts. The first being a background as to who the Anglo Saxons were and their culture, the second helping us to understand a bit more about Kyneburgha. We also discovered that Kyneburgha was a Latin/Norman attempt to say her name whereas it should be Cyneburh (Old English) and pronounced Coonebur! Excellent food and a bar made the evening a great success.

Castor House Centenary Prom – June 2019


On Sunday evening the 23rd of June, an orchestra of 100 musicians, entertained about 300 guests in the charming grounds of Castor House in celebration of the Winfreys’ 100 year tenure of their historic home. There was a bar, hog roast and excellent prom music provided by a combination of the Rutland and City of Peterborough concert bands plus others. The evening was a delight despite the overcast skies. It was a triumph for team work by all those involved.

Durobrivae Guided Walk – June 2019


Local expert Dr Steve Upex accompanied a group of between 40 and 50 attendees over the site of Durobrivae, the Roman town and he shared the new details revealed by recent geophysical investigations. Exploratory excavations are about to be undertaken following a geophysical survey by Cardiff University. For details contact 

American Tour visitors – June 2019


On Saturday the 6th of June, we welcomed to St Kyneburgha’s a group of 13 American cultural tourists led by Dr. William Cook, visiting notable churches and other religious buildings. William Burke led the group around the fascinating history of our church and we were delighted to receive a cash donation of £1265 because Far Horizons choose the Trust as their charity of choice . 

Nene Valley Archaeological Trust conference success – March 2019


The Nene Valley Archaeological Trust 2019 Conference took place at Castor, near Peterborough, on Saturday 30th March.The conference provided a unique opportunity to showcase the wealth of Roman archaeology in the Lower Nene Valley. Six eminent speakers addressed the topic of “Your Roman Past” to 150 delegates who also enjoyed an excellent lunch in delightful surroundings.

Fen Edge Archaeology Group Tour – Aug 2018


On Saturday the 25th August a group of FEAG members and others came to St Kyneburgha’s Church in the morning for a tour of the church highlighting particularly the Roman context to the site. After a splendid lunch in the Cedar Centre, the group were given an excellent guided tour around the site of Durobrivae Roman town by Dr Steve Upex. 

See this link below to see what the FEAG members thought

FEAG visit to Castor and Durobrivae

Garden safari – June 2018

Saturday the 9th of June saw the return of our biennial and now legendary, garden safari. A team consisting of Helen Jarvis, Brian Gibson and Anne Perkins put together four routes of five gardens each, all ending in Steve and Val Grys’s garden six. The beauty of this event is in the opportunity to view a range of gardens from small to large and from traditional to modern. A huge thank you to all those who opened their superb gardens to the 80 or so participants and expecially to Steve and Val for their generosity. I huge thank you to our sponsors, Quentin Marks Estate Agency, The Coffee House, Vartan Ravenscroft, MacIntyre Hudson and Sloane Plumb Wood together with various anonymous sponsors. The event raised a magnificent £1750 which will go some way to paying for the work to be carried out shortly on the church spire. Thanks to all who took part.

March 2018 – A Very Uncivil War

William Burke entertained a full house of well over 100 in the school hall to a fascinating talk on the English Civil War and particularly how it affected our villages and the surrounding area. We learned of some of the characters involved and the physical impact, or not in the case of Upton Church, on St Kyneburgha’s building fabric such as the scraping off of decoration to the eastern most column of the arcading between the south aisle and the nave. A profit in the region of £1400 represented an excellent night all round.

December 2017 – Raise the Roof

A great crowd made it to the Village Hall for an evening of music, drink, food and general conviviality despite competition from ‘Strictly’ and live music at The Feathers. Music from Captain Backwash, The Intonations Choir, The Claimed and more, kept the evening rolling along. There was great chilli from Andrew and Brian, excellent hot toddies from Chris and Chris, great beer from Charlie and Bruce, hard-working sound crew (Ian and Andy). A superb mine-host Antonia and many more, worked hard to ensure excellent entertainment.

November 2017 – Bourne Park Trip


30 of us from the Benefice and beyond had a superb day visiting Lady Juliet Tadgell’s Home in Kent (Daughter of Peter, the 8th Earl Fitzwilliam) Lady Juliet has assembled her late father’s superb art collection in marvellous style – Stubbs, Reynolds, Van Dycks etc.

October 2017 – Trust Friends and Supporters Event

About two dozen friends and supporters enjoyed a Sunday afternoon of musical, culinary and liquid delights by kind invitation of our Chairperson, Antonia Pounsett, by way of saying thank you to those folk who contribute financially or with their own time and skills. Music was provided by Anne and David from Cambridge playing professional piano, clarinet and saxophone. There was an array of tasty canapes with a choice of gins and wines. All in all a most convivial afternoon among friends.

September 2017 – Big Trust Bike Ride


Enthusiastic amateurs, long distance experts and families all had a great day riding one of 4 different routes (45 miles, 20 or 12 miles and 5 miles). Extremely well organised, beautiful day, tea and cakes at the end. The Trust and a local charity benefitted.

March 2017 – Open Day at St Kyneburgha’s

This was an event for anyone interested in the Trust and what we do, as well as any potential Friends of St Kyneburgha Building Preservation Trust. About two dozen folk tuned up and  turn up on a beautifully sunny Spring afternoon and enjoyed learning about the Trust over an afternoon tea and a guided tour of the church’s finest features. We have stimulated interest in a number of people who are keen to join us and get involved.

December 2016 – Carols at Milton Hall


A large group of Friends of St Kyneburgha Buidling Preservation Trust and their guests enjoyed a beautifully seasonal evening of carols and poetry in the Great Hall at Milton by kind invitation of Sir Phillip and Lady Isabella Naylor-Leyland. Taste buds were tempted by a tasty selection of canapes prepared by the kitchen staff accompanied by wines and soft drinks.

November 2016 – Supporters’ Sparkling Afternoon Tea

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We were delighted to entertain 35 friends (regular subscribers to the Trust) to a complimentary Sparkling afternoon tea on Sunday 13th November hosted by Jackie and Jonathan Cook. Everyone was entertained by poetry – a selection on autumn and by John Clare read by Jasper Cook; Keely Mills is a Peterborough poet from Eye and she read her own work covering growing up in Eye, swimming in the Lido and reflections on her mum and dad. Everyone was refreshed by homemade sandwiches, cakes, tea and prosecco.

Our aim is to thank Friends once a year with a complimentary event – if you would like to become a regular subscriber please complete the form (Available in the Friends’ section) The Trust relies on this regular income to support our projects to protect and enhance the church building of St Kyneburgha’s and her setting.

September 2016 – WentworthWoodhouse visit

52 of us enjoyed a superb guided tour around the Fitzwilliam Family’s  enormous former home in South Yorkshire. This house, the largest private dwelling in Europe, is very slowly coming back to life under the care of the Newbold family and supporting Trust after many years of neglect. Along with the fabulous garden centre, the church and excellent eateries it made for a splendid day out.

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June 2016 – Castor & Ailsworth Garden Safari

Despite the variable weather, each of four groups of hardy garden (or should it be wine?) enthusiasts took a tour of four garden routes in different parts of the village. Each group was impressed by the huge variety and style of gardens. Thanks to the Grys Family for their hospitality at The Ems where all four groups ended the evening.

November 2015 – Church Guides Training

A group of ten prospective church and Roman walk tour guides met in the Cedar Centre on the 7th of November in preparation for a day’s training. The morning session was a highly informative insight into the more interesting aspects of the church’s architectural history led by that veritable mine of knowledge, William Burke. After a convivial lunch in The Prince, we embarked on a fascinating walk around the village’s Roman sites led by local historians Andrew Nash and Nigel Blanchford. We now have an increased capacity for escorting individuals or groups around our church and Castor.


September 2015 – Ride and Stride

The event was in support of Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust and our benefice churches. Here are David and Antonia awaiting with hospitality for those participating and the other David and his faithful hound who walked around all six churches and one chapel.

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July 2015 – British Archaeological Association visit to St Kyneburgha’s

An descendant of local archaeologist Edmund Tyrell Artis, Carol Sharples kindly travelled from her home in Bridlington to unveil the restored E.T. Artis headstone.

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January 2015 – Farewell to William

The Great Hall at Milton Hall, the magnificent setting for a farewell to William Burke, our Rector and thanks for all he has done for The Trust in its 14 years of existence

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December 2014 – Raise the Roof

Christmas sing-a-long success at The Village Hall got the festive season of to a lively and friendly start

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June 2014: Garden Safari

A hundred or so expeditionists enjoyed one of three separate routes visiting a total of nine different gardens finishing up at Steve and Val Grys’s house.

June 2014: Garden Safari - A hundred or so expeditionists enjoyed one of three separate routes visiting a total of nine different gardens finishing up at Steve and Val Grys's house.June 2014: Garden Safari - A hundred or so expeditionists enjoyed one of three separate routes visiting a total of nine different gardens finishing up at Steve and Val Grys's house.June 2014: Garden Safari - A hundred or so expeditionists enjoyed one of three separate routes visiting a total of nine different gardens finishing up at Steve and Val Grys's house.

May 2014: Edmund Tyrell Artis and Archaeology

A well attended talk by Geoffrey Dannell and Dr Steve Upex on this remarkable man. The cake illustrated was sold to boost funds to renovate Artis’s headstone

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December 2012: Milton Christmas

Christmas Carols in the magnificent setting of Milton Hall

Milton Hall, Peterborough, former home of the Earls Fitzwilliam

October 2012: Theo’s Byre

The opening of Theo’s Byre built in traditional style providing invaluable storage of equipment

Official opening of Theo's Byre by Theo Hensman assisted by Lady Isabella Naylor-LeylandPresentation to Lady Isabella Naylor-LeylandTheo's Byre completed

Summer 2012:  Waternewton Roman Fort

A tour of the site of excavations at Waternewton Roman Fort with Dr Upex showing the mini-copter used for the aerial photography (see image on right)

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October 2012: Celtic Culture and local Christianity

Father Ray Simpson and Cannon William Burke spoke authoritatively on Celtic culture and traditions and its impact on local Christianity.

Celtic Christian imagerySilver challice from the Waternewton HoardFather Ray Simpson of Lindisfarne

Summer 2011: Open Gardens

The event was in conjunction with the Gardeners Society and raised a magnificent £12,000

Open gardens volunteers at Milton Hall  A scene from Open Gardens 2011Outgoing Trust Chairperson Claire Winfrey at our Open gardens 2011

Summer 2011: Scavenger Hunt

Enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and motorists around Milton Park and neighbouring villages.

Scavenger Hunt competitors check in at Milton hallRefreshments provided in the Hunt Drawing Room at Milton Hall Scavenger Hunt competitors welcomed by Chairperson, Antonia Pounsett

Summer 2011: Durobrivae tour

Many of us paid our first visit to the site of the great Roman town of Durobrivae with Prof Upex and Canon. Wm Burke

Dr Steve Upex and visitors to DurobrivaeThe site of the Roman town of DurobrivaeCanon William Burke speaking to Durobrivae visitors

June 2010: Channel 4 Time Team uncover Roman remains in Castor

Time Team briefing for visitorsTime Team in the Cedar CentreTime Team excavate the Roman bath house

2008: Saxon Feast, held in St Kyneburgha Church and grounds

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