Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Diocesan Medal for A&B News Editor Pauline Groves as She Retires

Pauline Groves presented with medal and certificate by Bishop Richard

Pauline Groves who has been A&B News Editor for 23 years. Pauline, already a volunteer on the paper took over from Canon John Stapleton as Volunteer Editor of A&B News in 1994 and in all those years did not miss editing a single copy, coming in 12 times a year to oversee its compilation and production. Her last edition will be that produced in February for March.

In recognition of this outstanding contribution to the life of the Diocese, Bishop Richard presented her with the St Philip Howard, Diocesan Medal at the End of Year Mass for Volunteers and Staff. He gave thanks for her commitment and dedication over the years.

From February 2017 there will be a new structure for A&B News following Pauline's retirement. An A&B News Editorial Board will be formed under the direction of the Bishop and the Communications Commission. The Communications Officer, Mark Woods will take on the role of General Manager for the A&B News team with a new Volunteer Editor, Harry Robertson who together with other current and new volunteers will take forward production and publication of the paper each month. Ruth Gerun will continue to offer secretarial support and the email address for contact and stories will continue to be abnews@dabnet.org.

We wish Pauline well in her 'retirement' though we are sure it will still be a busy one.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

A&B Schools Sings for Advent at Westminster Cathedral

Woldingham School at Westminster Cathedral
Christmas for Arundel & Brighton Diocese Woldingham School in Surrey starts with the beautiful Advent carol service held at Westminster Cathedral, in which the whole community joins to celebrate the season of Advent and the coming of Christ. The Cathedral was filled with parents, grandparents, alumnae, governors and friends. Once again we were delighted to include St Francis’ School Choir, Caterham in our service.

The choir was also joined by some former music scholars, many of whom were Head Girls or Deputy Head Girls and some of whom have excelled in their music studies at institutions such as the Royal Academy of Music.

The Senior Choir rang out from the retroquire with Hodie! and Wolcum Yole! from Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, as the procession of the Junior Choir and St Francis’ Choir made its way up the Cathedral nave.

Headmistress Alex Hutchinson, warmly welcomed everyone and Fr Gerard Devlin, Chaplain and Priest-in-Residence at Woldingham, read the opening prayer, before the readings and carols, ending with the resounding 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing'; a jubilant prelude to the Christmas season.

The service was streamed live to parents and alumnae who couldn’t be at the Cathedral, with over 100 watching live in 27 countries and nearly 700 views since then. This is now the third carol service streamed live to overseas parents, forming part of an initiative to help with communications for those not always able to attend in person. Other streamed events include prize day, concerts and parent/tutor meetings.

The retiring collection this year raised over £2,000 for Shooting Star Chase, a local charity based in Guildford, providing care for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions and supporting their families.

Earlier in the day a group of students and staff visited the Cardinal Hume Centre close by and spent the morning sorting donated items for Christmas presents for the homeless. They had also brought their own gifts to donate. They were given a guided tour and a talk about young homeless people and the role of volunteering.

Alex Hutchinson, Headmistress, said,

“This really does mark the start of Christmas for us at Woldingham. We are so grateful to those at Westminster Cathedral for helping us to celebrate in such beautiful surroundings with our wider community; the service was both an opportunity for reflection at the end of a busy term and a celebration of Woldingham’s musical talent.”

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Bishop Richard Moth Installs Two New Canons at Arundel Cathedral

Bishop Richard with left Canon Tony Churchill and right Canon Colin Wolczak
Rt Rev Richard Moth, Bishop of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton recently installed two Surrey priests, Rev Tony Churchill from St Michael’s, Ashtead and Rev Colin Wolczak from Guildford Parish as Canons of Arundel Cathedral on Sunday 4 December.

The ceremony of installation took place during annual Solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer) for the Friends of Arundel Cathedral. This meant that as well as well-wishers from the two priests’ parishes there was also many friends and invited dignitaries from Surrey and Sussex, alongside members of the Chapter of Canons of Arundel Cathedral.

Bishop Richard welcomed the two new Canons as men who could bring experience and wisdom to support him in his work as Bishop of Arundel & Brighton Diocese.

The two new canons were welcomed not only by Bishop Richard, but also on behalf of their new fellow Canons by the Canon Provost, Mgr. John Hull. Once installed the two new Canons joined their brother Canons in reciting a psalm from the Bible delighting in the joys of working and sharing together as brothers.

The dignitaries included not only mayors and councillors from Sussex and Surrey, but all three Lord Lieutenants of Surrey, and East and West Sussex.

The event was also honoured with the colourful presence of several Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre who raise funds for aid projects in the Holy Land.

Photos: Bishop Richard with Canon Tony Churchill and Canon Colin Wolczak ©Arundel & Brighton Diocese

Additional photos are available on the Diocesan Flickr site

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Bishop Richard Speaks on Prison Reform for Bishops' Conference



Here's a short piece recorded with Bishop Richard Moth. Bishop Richard is the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales Lead Bishop for Prisons and had just returned from the Bishops' plenary meeting in Leeds. Here's the latest on the document 'The Right Road' and the 'Ban the Box' campaign that encourages employers to exclude the tick box on initial job application forms requiring a person who has completed a prison sentence to disclose their conviction.