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Call for Salisbury Deanery Synod representatives from Congregation

The Cathedral Community is holding its AGM on 20 October (see below) and one of the i

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Call for Salisbury Deanery Synod representatives from Congregation

Posted By : Roz Mitchell Tuesday 29th September 2020

The Cathedral Community is holding its AGM on 20 October (see below) and one of the items of business will be the completion of the process for filling five Salisbury Deanery Synod vacancies with lay members of the Cathedral congregation. 

The Salisbury Deanery Synod and its Cathedral lay members

If you feel God is calling you to do more than attend services, could you offer a very little of your time and talents to serve your community through the Deanery Synod? The Synod affords an opportunity for lay members to keep abreast of Church of England developments and to represent the views and opinions of the Cathedral community to the Deanery. 

Information about the Deanery Synod can be found here.

In normal times there are 4 Synod meetings a year. Three of these meetings include also representatives of non-Anglican churches within the area, members of Churches Together in Salisbury [CTS]. One or more of the Cathedral’s Deanery Synod lay representatives act[s] as the link to CTS. This involves arranging the exchange of congregations on 2 Sundays in January during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, participation in the ecumenical procession of witness through the town on Good Friday, and a Cathedral event at Pentecost.

Those elected as Cathedral lay representatives on the Deanery Synod will hold office for 3 years from 1 December 2020.

Three of those representatives, chosen amongst themselves if there are more than three, become members of the Cathedral Community Forum for the duration of their 3 year term of office on the Deanery Synod. The Community Forum meets 4 times a year. Details of the Forum’s membership and activities can be found here.

If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact Rosemary Allen here who has just retired after many years’ service in these roles.

Procedure for the election of Cathedral lay representatives to the Salisbury Deanery Synod

NOTE: References below to the “Congregational Roll of the Cathedral” mean the Congregational Roll made up to mid-day on 6 October 2020. The closing date for additions to the Congregational Roll is mid-day TUESDAY 6 October. Application forms for this purpose are available here or you can contact Lucy Bennett on 01722 555105 or email at patochapterclerk@salcath.co.uk

Nominations of interested candidates, who satisfy each of the following requirements:

  • they must be regular worshippers at Salisbury Cathedral,
  •  whose names appear on the Congregational Roll of the Cathedral, and
  •  whose names are NOT entered on the Roll of any parish.

must be submitted not later than mid-day on 7 October 2020 using a Nomination Form which may be:

  1. downloaded from  here and returned to Lucy Bennett at patochapterclerk@salcath.co.uk as a scanned copy after completion, OR
  2. obtained on application to Lucy Bennett  by telephone on 01722 555105 or by email at patochapterclerk@salcath.co.uk, AND returned to her at the Chapter Office, 6 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EF in an envelope marked “DEANERY SYNOD NOMINATION FORM”.

The proposers and seconders of nominees must be:

  • regular worshippers at Salisbury Cathedral,
  • whose names appear on the Congregational Roll of the Cathedral.

If more than five valid nominations are received by mid-day on the 7 October 2020 a ballot will be conducted between the 9 and 15 October amongst those regular worshippers at Salisbury Cathedral included on the Congregational Roll of the Cathedral, and the results declared at the AGM. 

The ballot will be conducted by email where the Cathedral hold usable email addresses for voters or by paper copies obtained from Lucy Bennett, as above, and returned to her at the Chapter Office, 6 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EF in an envelope marked “DEANERY SYNOD ELECTION”

Annual General Meeting of the Cathedral Community

The AGM will be held on Tuesday, 20 October at 18.30 by Zoom. It is hoped that as many members of the Cathedral community as possible will participate. It is your opportunity to hear about the Cathedral’s situation as it has evolved in response to covid-19, and to ask questions and offer comments. The Dean will be present and speak. Information about joining the meeting and its business will be given in future editions of the Cathedral’s Sunday Notices here.