What You Say

Paul DalzellPaul Dalzell, attendee on a leadership event at Sarum College below shares his reflection on the Sarum experience.

Reproduced with kind permission.


“The following week, I went to Sarum College to do the course on leadership. As I entered, the receptionist was very helpful. He explained to me where my room was and I felt that he was genuine when he said ‘If there is anything I can do, just come and let me know.’ This same attitude I noticed in all the staff, from the other staff in the office, to the librarian, to the bookshop staff, to the kitchen staff. The food was good and I could tell that they had tried to speed up the serving by having two distribution points for each element of the meal. The showers were of the ‘water saving’ type, but I did not have to run around in circles under them to get wet and there was plenty of hot water for a responsible water-saving shower. It looked as though they had spent money on installing en-suite bathrooms in the rooms. In the hall-ways of the building was good art, and pictures of all the staff on the walls.”

“…at Sarum College, it was the myriad small things that they did that made me feel welcome and at home and sent a message ‘This place cares’, which improved my attitude of receptivity to the learning. I said ‘If they get these things right, then it is also likely that I will have a good experience in the course.’”

–  Paul Dalzell.

George Herbert Festival

GHLogo_webThe George Herbert Festival will celebrate the life and work of this beloved poet and priest over the weekend of 10-13 July, 2014 in Bemerton, Wilton and Salisbury.

The festival centres around Salisbury where he spent the last three years of his life in rural ministry and had strong family connections. There will be presentations, talks, poetry readings, discussion groups, musical events, and local walks together with other related activities, all designed to enrich our understanding and enjoyment of Herbert’s life and works.

The festival is for those who are familiar with his work and particularly those who are not. The programme will approach his work from spiritual, literary and historical perspectives and include talks by Dr Rowan Williams, Former Archbishop of Canterbury, on ‘Why Herbert Matters’ to take place in the main theatre at Salisbury Playhouse.

Join the discussion on Twitter using #GHerbertFestival

For tickets or further information email festival2014@georgeherbert.org.uk, visit the festival website or download the festival brochure and booking form.


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Tributes Paid to Composer Sir John Tavener, Honorary Fellow of Sarum College

Sir John TravenerSir John Tavener, an honorary fellow of Sarum College and leading composer of spiritual music, died on November 12, 2013.

Twice nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 1992 and 1997, Tavener was also the recipient of a Grammy in 2002 for best classical contemporary composition.

Composer and conductor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies said Sir John’s contribution to spiritual music was “immense”, adding his death “is a great loss to the world of spiritual music”.

James Rushton, managing director of Sir John’s publisher Chester Music, spoke to BBC News and described him as “one of the unique and most inspired voices in music of the last 50 years”. “His large body of work… is one of the most significant contributions to classical music in our times,” he said. “For all of those fortunate enough to have known him, John was a man of strong beliefs, huge personal warmth, loyalty and humour. He will be much missed.”

Sir John Tavener was knighted in 2000 for his services to music. He became an honorary fellow of Sarum College in 2001.

Bookshop Bestsellers October 2013

The Church of England’s new ‘Pilgrim’ series has all three of its current publications in the top ten bestsellers for October.

They have become a vital teaching and discipleship resource with future publications due in January 2014. Mark Earey’s latest ‘Beyond Common Worship’ is also proving to be popular. Mark is the Co-Director of the Centre for Ministerial Formation and Tutor in Liturgy and Worship at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham.


1. Pilgrim: Turning to Christ: Follow (1) by Stephen Cottrell et al, Church House Publishing £5.99

2. Haphazard by Starlight by Janet Morley, SPCK £9.99

3. Beyond Common Worship by Mark Earey, SCM Press £16.99

4. Pilgrim: Leader’s Guide: Follow Stage by Stephen Cottrell et al, Church House Publishing £8.99

5. Finding Your Leadership Style by Keith Lamdin, SPCK £9.99

6. Pilgrim: The Lord’s Prayer: Follow (2) by Stephen Cottrell et al, Church House Publishing £5.99

7.  Led by the Land: Landscapes by Kim Wilkie, Frances Lincoln Limited £35

8. Sacred Space for Advent 2013-2014 by The Irish Jesuits,  Ave Maria Press £2.99

9.  Stories Jesus Told by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen, Candle Books £7.99

10. The Lion Storyteller Bible by Bob Hartman, Lion Hudson £15.99

Book of the Month: November 2013

RowanWilliamsHisLegacyRowan Williams: His Legacy by Andrew Goodard (2013)

For those who missed the last decade, or were not paying attention at the time, Goddard’s book provides a helpful summary of the major events, debates and developments that marked Rowan Williams’ time as Archbishop of Canterbury. It is made up of a patchwork of facts and figures, and quotations from Williams and those who know him, with each chapter headed by a quotation from one of Williams’ published works, speeches, newspaper articles or radio interviews.

Goddard aims at comprehensiveness in tackling various aspects of Williams’ primacy. The structure begins chronologically, with the lead-up to Williams’ appointment and reactions to it, followed by topical chapters on different issues and spheres of responsibility. Mission shaped church and fresh expressions rightly come first, as that which Williams has noted as the highlight of his time in Canterbury. This is followed by three chapters dominated by debates on sexuality and women bishops, and their impact on the Anglican Communion. The relatively brief treatment of relationships with other churches and other faiths might have been much expanded, as these sections on Williams’ wider activity might have balanced a generally Anglican-centred approach. The fallout of the Sharia Lecture is properly highlighted as one of the events which stuck in the public consciousness, but it is placed in the wider context of Williams’ commitment to ‘interactive pluralism’ and his engagement with social and political issues.

The occasional typos and mistakes doubtless reflect the speed with which this book was produced; appearing less than two months after Williams stepped down from the position. Given its timing, the work is perhaps mis-titled. It is too early to say what Williams’ legacy as Archbishop will be. Hence the work is dominated by debates that mattered at the time, over women bishops and sexuality – indeed, there is a degree of repetition on these issues. While they may have marked Williams’ primacy, it is to be hoped that they will not be his primary legacy. Goddard’s final chapter, on ‘Being a Priest and a Bishop’, recognizes this, arguing that Williams’ main legacy will be the impact that he has had upon individuals as preacher, teacher and pastor.

Goddard’s expressed aim is to be ‘merciful’ to Williams in his assessment, and the work treads a true Anglican via media between critics from both right and left. This approach might give these critics undue prominence. However, what it does well is to explain Williams’ apparent weaknesses and failures through Williams’ own views about Christian leadership and the nature of the Anglican Communion. This book provides a helpful summary of ‘Rowan Williams: His Activity as Archbishop of Canterbury’, although we will need to wait for the definitive work on his legacy.

Reviewed by Beth Dodd, STETS

As Book of the Month for November it is just £8.99 and POST FREE until 30th November 2013.

Book Launch with Paul Hoggart

a-man-against-a-background-of-flamesPaul Hoggart will be be launching his new book, A Man Against a Background of Flames at Sarum College Bookshop on Tuesday 3 December at 7pm.

Expertise in Elizabethan country life wasn’t supposed to be controversial. But when Appleby and his Dutch colleague Van Stumpe uncover evidence about the suppression of a heretical cult, they arouse the ire not just of machiavellian academics, but a worldwide swathe of religious fundamentalists.

As the reluctant Appleby’s discoveries inspire thousands of followers, his enemies try to hunt him down, which sees the action race effortlessly between Amsterdam, Washington, New York and all over contemporary England. This fast-paced novel combines elements of the campus novel and the spy thriller into a riveting and sometimes surreal satire on fundamentalism and its suppression of doubt.

The novel is set partly in Salisbury and the surrounding villages.

Paul Hoggart is the scion of a famous literary family; his father is distinguished academic Richard Hoggart and his brother is Guardian journalist Simon Hoggart. He has written for The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and the Radio Times, amongst other publications. His interviewees include Sir Ian McKellen, Sir David Attenborough, Dame Helen Mirren and Patrick Stewart.

Free entry, all welcome, refreshments provided

For more information or to RSVP email bookshop@dev.sarum.ac.uk or telephone 01722 326899


“…amazing story…Elizabethan history isn’t normally this exciting.”
The Times

“A most interesting book.”
Rowan Williams

“A cracker, a corker and a tour de force.”
Richard Corfield