(Picture L- R: Bishop Nicholas with The Reverend Jonathan Still, The Reverend Jenny Taylor, The Venerable Clinton Langston, Rosemary Stiven, Martyn Underhill and Dean Nicholas)
Five new canons with experience on the frontline of law enforcement, education and the armed services were admitted to the College of Canons at Evensong on Tuesday 9 October.
The Venerable Clinton Langston, Deputy Chaplain General and Archdeacon to the Army has lived in Germany, been deployed in Bosnia and done a two-year tour in Northern Ireland and spent two years in London as the Senior Chaplain of the Guards’ Chapel and Household Division. He was admitted as a Non-Residentiary Canon, along with The Reverend Jonathan Still, who has recently completed Officer Training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. Jonathan serves as a Chaplain in the Royal Naval Reserve, alongside his duties as Rural Dean of Dorchester,
The third Non-Residentiary Canon to be admitted was Reverend Jenny Taylor. Jenny was ordained in 2001, whilst working as a Lay Chaplain at Salisbury Cathedral School and Head of Religious Education. Now based in the Chalke Valley Benefice, Jenny oversees and trains the Chalke Valley Lay Pastoral Assistants.
Rosemary Stiven, admitted as a Lay Canon, was an officer in the WRAC (Women’s Royal Army Corps)s and served in Germany and Northern Ireland. She came to live in Salisbury 25 years ago and established a second career working as an administrator in state and independent schools. Rosemary is currently a trustee of Clayesmore School, St Nicholas Hospital and the Mother’s Union in Salisbury, where she serves as Diocesan President.
Former police officer Martyn Underhill, the second Lay Canon to be admitted, joined the Metropolitan Police in 1979, transferring to Sussex police in 1984 and rising through the ranks to Detective Chief Inspector. He was second in charge of the Sarah Payne murder investigation, an experience that led him to campaign on child safeguarding issues, including Sarah’s Law (the child sex offender disclosure scheme), when he retired. Martyn was elected as the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012, and re-elected in 2016, and is also the Chair of the Independent Custody Visiting Association.
Announcing the installation of the new canons, The Very Reverend Nicholas Papadopulos, Dean of Salisbury said:
“As I settle into my new role as Dean, it is reassuring to know that alongside an exceptional Chapter team we have such an active and engaged College of Canons. Their insights and experience at home and abroad are invaluable at a time when the challenges to be met both here in Salisbury and further afield are considerable. Our city and Cathedral have been caught up in events which have consequences for the whole world and with the advent of Brexit we can expect unprecedented social and economic change. Going forward I know these newly appointed members of the College will help us to chart our way through potentially turbulent times prayerfully, optimistically and pragmatically.”
Salisbury Cathedral College of Canons has over 50 Lay and Non-Residentiary Canons from all walks of life, reflecting a broad range of opinion and experience. Each canon has his or her own a stall in the Cathedral Quire and the College meets twice yearly to advise and provide feedback on Cathedral activities and policy decisions made by Chapter, the Cathedral’s governing body.
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