After a long delay due to the pandemic and the 2019 organ restoration work, five Canons who were welcomed into Salisbury Cathedral’s College of Canons over eighteen months ago were finally able to claim their personal stalls in Salisbury Cathedral Quire on Tuesday.
Following the Bank Holiday Weekend, the Reverend Janice Audibert, Vicar of Christchurch, Creekmoor, The Revd Kelvin Inglis, Rector of St Thomas' and Rural Dean of Salisbury, The Reverend Andrew Evans, Rural Dean of Bradford and Rector of Broughton Gifford, Great Chalfield and Holt St Katharine and The Reverend Andrew Rowland (Rural Dean of Wimborne and Rector of Wimborne Minster and the Northern Villages) were finally installed during Evensong on 4 May.
Traditionally all canons who join our College of Canons at the invitation of the Bishop of Salisbury assumed their named stalls in the Quire when they join the College, but this cohort have had to be patient thanks to the pandemic. Happily, earlier this week Revd Janice Audibert took up the Stall of Slape, Revd Kelvin Inglis took the Stall of Winterborne Earls, Revd Andrew Rowland took the Stall of Fordington and Writhlington, Mr Jonathan Leigh took the Stall of Hurstborne and Burbage and Revd Andrew Evans took the Stall of Yatesbury.
To-date the College of Canons, which meets bi-annually, to provide a sounding board for the Dean and Chapter (the Cathedral’s governing body) on policy decisions and Cathedral activities, has had to meet by zoom. It is hoped that as things ease they may be able to meet in person once again.
Commenting on the Tuesday’s installations The Dean of Salisbury, The Very Revd Nicholas Papadopulos said:
“The Canons have waited a long time to take their stalls and we were delighted to see them assume their rightful places within the Quire. It was particularly poignant this time not only because it marks the ending, we hope, of a very dark period in our lives and a slow return to ‘normal’, but also because these are the last canons Bishop Nicholas will see installed before he retires in July.”