Festival takes over Ridley's quad
This weekend the lawn at Ridley Hall was covered in tents as festival goers of all ages crowded into the college to listen to bands and inspirational speakers.
The twenty-four hour festival was conceived by Ridley staff member, Michael Volland, who said, 'We wanted to subvert the stereotyped image of a Cambridge college and host a creative event that was fun and which would help us to encounter God and with each other in new ways'.
Speakers included Dr Rachel Jordan, the Church of England's national adviser on evangelism, and Joshua Brocklesby, a recent member of the St. Anslem community, who is joining the Ridley community as an ordinand. Tents, sleeping bags and out door cooking were complimented by The Rural Coffee Project who supplied Flat Whites and Lattes from their converted Land Rover. Musicians included a jazz trio, a community gospel choir, and 'Deacons Blues', a band made up of college staff and students.
The Principal of Ridley Hall, Andrew Norman, said, 'The festival is a fantastic start to the new year and a great way for Ridley to demonstrate its creativity. There are huge gifts among staff and students and we are very pleased to see them used to generate such an exciting event.' Becky Dyball is currently a student at Ridley Hall and played a key role in planning the festival. She says, 'Ridley24 has given me the opportunity to exercise my gifts and to work with other students and staff to create something really special'. Volland says, 'The event has exceeded our expectations and has been a life giving source of energy for everyone involved. We are looking forward to running the festival again next September and seeing even more people enjoying what we have to offer.'