Four Non-Residentiary Canons and two Lay Canons were admitted to Salisbury Cathedral’s College of Canons during a special Evensong on Tuesday 3 May, by invitation from the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury.
The Revd David Baldwin Team Rector in Beaminster, Dorset, The Revd William Ridding of the Blackmore Vale Deanery, The Revd Dr Richard Harper from St Paul’s Weymouth and The Ven Sue Groom, Archdeacon of Wilts were admitted as Non-Residentiary Canons, whilst the retiring Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Carole Souter and Diocesan Chancellor, Ruth Arlow join as Lay Canons.
The Canons are chosen for their insight into different aspects of Cathedral and Diocesan life and represent a broad range of expertise and talent from mental health work to law and finance and even vexillology (science of flags and their symbolism)! They meet twice a year and provide feedback to the Cathedral on its activities, helping to inform the policy decisions of Chapter, Salisbury Cathedral’s strategic governing body.
During the service, which was presided over by the Bishop, the new Canons were welcomed to the Cathedral by the Very Revd June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury.
The Very Revd June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury said:
“We wholeheartedly welcome the new Canons. The Cathedral looks to the College of Canons for guidance and insight, and the breadth of experience the Lay Canons and Non-Residentiary Canons bring with them is of great importance to the Cathedral. These are people who have made significant contributions to society and as a result bring a great deal of personal depth and compassion, as well as professional skills.”
In October, Loretta Minghella, the current CEO of Christian Aid, will also join the Cathedral’s College of Canons as a Sarum Canon, an honorary position that recognises the contribution that the individual has made to the national and worldwide church.
Loretta joined Christian Aid in April 2010 after a career in financial regulations. A lawyer by training, she was the first Head of Enforcement Law, Policy and International Co-operation for the Financial Services Authority. Following the financial crisis in 2004 she was Chief Executive of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, in which capacity she oversaw the payment of over £21bn in compensation to victims of bank and other financial failures. In recognition of her contribution in that role, she was awarded the OBE in the New Year's Honours 2010.
Anticipating Loretta’s arrival The Very Revd June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury said:
“The admission of Loretta Minghella as a Sarum Canon adds valuable international perspective, reminding us that we are not only a Church with a local remit but part of a global community.”
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