Independent builders merchant Ridgeons celebrated its 100th birthday with a dedicated thanksgiving service at St. Andrew’s Church in Cambridge.
Over 540 guests came together last week to commemorate the 100 years since the builders’ and timber merchants was founded by Cyril Ridgeon in 1911.
Bringing together a number of past and present employees, as well as friends of Ridgeons, including the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and the Mayor and Mayoress of Cambridge, the service was conducted by Rev. David Morris, with Rev. Duncan Ridgeon and Rev. Michael Ridgeon participating.
The congregation enjoyed a DVD directed by Gordon Ridgeon, and produced and edited by Daniel Ridgeon, a fifth generation member of the family, the subject of which was a ‘Day in the life of Ridgeons’. The service also included an interview between Ridgeons’ PR director Gordon Ridgeon and Peter Silk, Ridgeons’ oldest past employee with 50 years and three months full-time service. There were also a number of scripture readings, from across two generations of the Ridgeon family read by David Ridgeon, Rachel Anderson (nee Ridgeon) and Anne Ridgeon.
King’s College Choir was also in attendance under the direction of Dr. Stephen Cleobury, with King’s College Organ Scholars Ben-San Lau and Parker Ramsay.
All proceeds from the service were donated to Addenbrooke’s Chartitable Trust (ACT) Ridgeons’ chosen charity for 2011. Following the service fifth generation members of the family handed out copies of the Ridgeons’ centenary book, ‘The story of Ridgeons – A 100 year journey’.
Anne Ridgeon, Ridgeons’ chairman, said: “We would like to thank everybody who has supported Ridgeons over the years for their kindness and commitment. We would also like to express our gratitude to all those involved with the service for making it such a memorable and special occasion.”