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New Canons join Cathedral’s College of Canons

Four new Canons are to join Salisbury Cathedral’s College of Canons following an invitation extended by the Bishop of...

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New Canons join Cathedral’s College of Canons

Posted By : Marie Thomas Tuesday 8th September 2015

Four new Canons are to join Salisbury Cathedral’s College of Canons following an invitation extended by the Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam. With wide ranging experience encompassing local government, theological enquiry, the military, immigration and prisons, the new Canons will play an important role in the life of the Cathedral, providing insight and advice to Cathedral and Chapter.


The Revd Bill Cave is currently working for HMP Prison Services at The Verne, an Immigration Removal Centre on the Isle of Portland that opened in March 2014. He will be installed as a Non-Residentiary Canon alongside The Ven Peter Eagles QHC, Deputy Chaplain General and Archdeacon for the Army and The Revd Canon Dr James Woodward, newly appointed Principal of Sarum College. Canon Woodward’s specialist interests include old age, end of life care, health and healing. The only Lay Canon to be installed is Chris Corteen, a former local government finance manager and the newly-elected Chair of the House of Laity in Salisbury Diocese.

The College of Canons meets twice a year and its role is to provide feedback to the Cathedral on its activities and to inform the policy decisions of Chapter, Salisbury Cathedral’s governing body.  The College also provides an opportunity for the Cathedral to further its role in the wider diocesan and civic life within the counties of Wiltshire and Dorset. Each Canon is allocated their own stall in the Quire of the Cathedral. The Revd Canon Dr James Woodward is to be installed into Durnford, The Ven Peter Eagles in Bricklesworth, whilst The Revd Bill Cave is to be installed in Grimston and Chris Corteen in Dorchester. All four new Canons will be welcomed to Salisbury Cathedral at 17.30 on Thursday, 15 October 2015 during Evensong


The Very Revd June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury, said: “We are delighted to welcome the new Canons, each of whom offers specialisms that are particularly relevant to current events. Their insights will enrich the Cathedral, as will their advice and opinion. We are thankful for the service the College of Canons as a whole provides. Access to the knowledge held collectively by members of the College offers the Cathedral a depth of understanding and expertise with which it can address issues faced by the Cathedral itself and the wider church.”