We are delighted to welcome Canon Nigel Davies as Salisbury Cathedral’s new Vicar of the Close.
Canon Nigel Davies, who was licensed on Sunday 30 August by the Bishop of Salisbury, has taken up his role as Vicar of the Close after almost a dozen years as Team Rector of Kendal Deanery’s Beacon Team, based in Burnside, Cumbria. He succeeds The Revd Canon Ian Woodward, who left the Cathedral earlier this year.
Trained as a teacher at St. Martin’s College, Lancaster, Canon Nigel taught for seven years before being accepted for ordination. He did his training at Salisbury and Wells Theological College, where he met his wife, the Revd Jayne Tyrer. The pair both served their curacies in Manchester Diocese before moving to the Carlisle Diocese, where Canon Nigel worked in a wide range of capacities including Pastoral Tutor with the Carlisle and Blackburn Diocesan Training Institute, five years as a Rural Dean, over 10 years as Team Rector of the Beacon Team of Churches comprising six parishes, and leader of the recently launched Beacon Team Mission Community.
As Vicar of the Close Canon Nigel’s main responsibilities include the support and strengthening of the Cathedral community through the provision of pastoral care. He will also be responsible for supervising arrangements for baptism, marriages, funeral and interments in the Cathedral, working alongside his colleagues in the Liturgy and Music department.
Speaking about the new appointment, the Dean of Salisbury, The Very Revd Nicholas Papadopulos said: “Nigel is no stranger to Salisbury. He trained for ministry at No. 19 The Close – now Sarum College - and has now returned, bringing with him a wealth of parochial experience to a role as the Close’s Vicar. We are delighted that he and Jayne are among us and look forward to the wisdom and care he will bring to the Cathedral’s congregations and to local residents.”
Canon Nigel Davies said: “Salisbury has always had a special place in my heart. Sarum and Wells Theological College is where I trained for the ministry and where I met my wife Jayne, who was also an ordinand. The Pastoral aspect of ministry is what drew me to the priesthood in the first place, and it is wonderful that this will be my primary focus, as Vicar of the Close. I will also have the opportunity to take part in worship in such a magnificent setting – I feel lucky and blessed.”