THE 8TH ANNUAL SPURGEON Trundle: Saturday the 4th of May 3.00pm CB7 5SW
Why should anyone want to spend time on a Saturday afternoon just to see a stone monument on the bank of the River Lark? Oddly enough, lots of us do! For the last seven years, 30 to 40 of us have met at the pond in East Fen Road, Isleham, CB7 5SW to enjoy a pleasant Trundle together. The Trundle is a leisurely walk, along East Fen Road, turning left into Ferry Drove, about a mile and a half altogether.
The monument on the bank of the River Lark was placed there some years ago to mark the site where a most important Baptism took place, by total immersion in the river, on the 3rd of May 1850. That particular Baptism was indeed the formal start in the Christian life of a man who became one of the most famous and powerful preachers amongst clergymen of the Victorian era, and to think that all this began here in Isleham! He had walked from Newmarket to Isleham, basing himself at Pound Lane Church, before continuing his journey on the same route that we will take, to the River Lark, where he and three others were baptised that day. His name? The Reverend Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
So famous did he become that, in the course of his life, he preached to millions of people throughout Britain, which feat was in itself on a par with people as famous as John Wesley years before him. His influence upon Christianity was so great that a College was even established in London to train Baptist Ministers, and it’s possible that representatives from Spurgeon’s College may join us this year on our Trundle.
By kind permission of Mr Gary Aves, we will be permitted to visit the site of Spurgeon’s baptism, where a very short act of worship will take place, to mark the 8th annual Trundle, for what is regarded by many as Isleham’s best-kept secret.
Come on your bikes if you like, and there is just about room for three cars to ferry anyone disabled to the site who wants to join us. So - meet us at the pond on the corner of East Fen Road on Saturday the 4tn of May at 3.00pm, and help Isleham keep alive this unusual tradition of the Spurgeon Trundle, which we hope will continue well into the future, as something very special about Isleham!