World Book Night – Monday 23rd April

World Book Night 2012

World Book Night 2012Sarum College Bookshop is delighted to participate in World Book Night again this year.

From 9am on Monday, April 23rd we will be giving away free copies of Joe Simpson’s Touching The Void. These will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and regretfully cannot be reserved, so arrive early to be sure of a copy!

“Touching the Void is quite simply one of the most powerful books ever written. An incredible tale of survival, friendship, horror and hope, you simply have to read it.”

More information on World Book Night, and the book Touching the Void can be found at


Traffic implications of royal visit to Salisbury Cathedral Close on 1 May 2012

Members of the Royal Family will be visiting the Cathedral Close on Tuesday 1 May as part of the city’s Jubilee celebrations. Because of this access to the close is going to be severely affected on Tuesday 1 May, and the days leading up to it.

Wiltshire Council is anticipating that thousands of people will wish to participate and/or witness the event – whether lining the streets or coming into the Close which has serious implications to traffic and security logistics. More details about the programme of events can be found on Wiltshire Council’s website.

Sunday 29 April

Teams will be starting to erect tents and marquees from noon on Sunday. There will therefore be considerable activity in the Close from that time onwards.

Monday 30 April

Although cars will be allowed into the Close on Monday, security will be tight and there will be much activity in setting up marquees and the like so there is likely to  be some delays in gaining entry.

Tuesday 1 May

No public access by vehicle (including delivery vehicles) into or out of the Close between 9am and 5pm on the day.

  • Pedestrian access to the Close will be via St Ann’s Gate only. This will be open from 10am with and police/stewards on duty.  Please note that there is likely to be queues to enter to close.
  • The High Street gate will be closed to all members of the public, with the exception of disabled visitors and those using mobility scooters.
  • The Harnham Gate will be closed to pedestrian access that day.
  • Use of the Cathedral Close as a through route  will not be permitted under any circumstances. The Harnham Gate will be closed to vehicles from Sunday 29 April to Tuesday 2 May.

Emergency plans

Emergency vehicles will be parked in the Cathedral School car park adjacent to the works yard. This will allow emergency access and egress through the Cathedral’s Works Yard which must be kept clear at all times.

In the event of emergencies: pedestrian evacuation will be via St Ann’s Gate and the Exeter Street (by the Cathedral School). Cars will exit via the High Street gate.

Avenue of Champions Exhibition

Avenue of Champions

Avenue of Champions

Ink Drawings and Sketches by Ben Dearnley
23 June to 15 September 2012 

Ben Dearnley, a contemporary British sculptor based in Bath is exhibiting a selection of ink drawings and sketches in Sarum College this summer.

The original ink drawings are on Indian handmade Khadi paper and drawn freehand with a Japanese brush. The drawings represent some of the athletes with whom Ben worked to create his Avenue of Champions in Salisbury Cathedral’s West Cloister.

The artwork is a celebration of the human figure in the spirit of the Olympics. Olympians featured in the exhibition include Mark Foster, Christine Ohuruogh and Victoria Pendleton, among others. Some of the drawings are signed by the athletes themselves, and all are for sale, with prices ranging from £100 to £300.

Ben Dearnley has a close connection with Salisbury’s Cathedral Close, having been born here and his late father, Christopher Dearnley was Director of Music at the Cathedral. He was also an active member of the Royal School of Church Music, which is now based here at Sarum College. A bust of Christopher Dearnley made by Ben will be on display as part of the exhibition.

The exhibition is free and open to the public daily until 15 September 2012. Open times are Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sundays 10am to 2pm.

Contact us  |  Visit Ben Dearnley’s website


Classical Guitar Concert by Dimitris Dekavallas on 1 June

Dimitris Dekavallas playing classical guitar

Dimitris Dekavallas returns to Sarum College on Friday 1 June for his rescheduled programme of music for solo Classical Guitar.

The concert will be held at 12.45pm in the college’s Butterfield Chapel and is followed by a light buffet lunch (included in ticket price).

Tickets are £7 on the door (subject to availability), or can be brought in advanced by contacting Alison Ogden.  /  01722 424826


Book of the Month: April 2012

“God Lost and Found” by John Pritchard (2011)

 We speak sometimes of the ‘desert’ and for many of us that is how it remains – a word. But for some there is an encounter with the emptiness and loss which accompanies the driest of places – where faith is a matter of holding on to the unseen, trusting that there will be light again.

John Pritchard’s honesty in confronting why faith sometimes breaks down is that of a good Spiritual Director.  He approaches the reasons for these times of loss with enormous sympathy: whether natural disasters or personal tragedy, the cataclysmic ‘dark night of the soul’, the passage of time-without-nourishment.  Or the realisation that the God we believed we knew as children is not the One we can now reach out to.

The shock of discovering the loss of this sense of a living God is all the greater if we seem to have lost our faith – and abruptly risk losing the community that is our church. Some cling desperately to the ‘childish’ God for fear of a void that suddenly seems all too real.

Truly alongside us, accompanying those, too, whose faith is at a low ebb, the author’s compassionate book  shares his experience in recovering that earlier tide of energetic hope.

Becoming aware that others have – without condemnation – come to this point before you, is in itself a way to recover hope.  Prichard’s stories show how all things do pass – even darkness is not total or permanent – as the unrecognised sense of God’s presence seeps into our consciousness. And it is beyond the void that we find the God we have longed for: who waits for us.

For the exploration of the desert is balanced by the exploration of fresh ground: and in reconnecting with God we are given an extra perspective – where we have been will illuminate where we are now able to go.

Reviewed by Mrs Lavender Buckland, LLM

Published by SPCK, ‘God Lost and Found’ is normally priced at £9.99.  Quote this review to order a copy at the special price of £8.99 and POST FREE from Sarum College Bookshop until April 30th 2012. See main page for contact details.  Cheques should be made payable to ‘Sarum College Bookshop’.

Ministry Bursary Awards 2013

chair next to window with view of salisbury cathedral

Ecclesiastical has once again opened its annual Ministry Bursary Awards for entries. The awards are open to all clergy in Anglican Christian faiths and aim to provide financial support to members of the clergy for sabbatical breaks and projects.

The awards were established to celebrate Ecclesiastical’s centenary year in 1987 and have, to date, supported nearly 800 members of the clergy and provided financial support in excess of £800,000. The sabbatical projects that have received financial support have varied greatly over the years and range from traditional and modern-day pilgrimages, to study visits, spiritual retreats and pursuits of lifelong dreams and hobbies. The awards for 2013 are now open for applications until 30th September 2012. Judging of the applications will take place in November and awards will be made during December 2012.

To find out more about the Ministry Bursary Awards, eligibility criteria and to download an application form, please go to

For further information about staying at Sarum College see our sabbatical and study break page or contact our hospitality team.