Victory for the Victory Morris May Day Dinner

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Thanks to the Victory Morris group who gave our catering team a huge boost with these words of praise in a letter of thanks:

I feel that I really must write on behalf of all our members & guests and personally thank you and all your staff for such an excellent dinner and hospitality on Friday 1 May 2015.

I have been organising our May Day tours for 15 years and have never had such an enjoyable meal and venue which was fully appreciated by ALL those attending, not a single complaint not even from our expert critics (who never organise anything).

Very many thanks

John Riches, Victory Morris

Magna Carta Women: Exhibition Draws Path to Equal Rights

MC-WomenLR_webMagna Carta Women by Tracy Satchwill celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta by depicting the development of the women’s rights campaign since it was sealed.

Monday 28 September to Saturday 24 October 2015

The exhibition includes a four-panel digital collage inspired by stained glass windows, the predominant visual art form during this period of medieval history. The Magna Carta scroll itself will form a pathway in the woods, populated by 50 notable women in British civic life (eg Mary Wollstonecraft, Emily Pankhurst, Catherine of Aragon and modern campaigners such as Laura Bates) who have contributed to gains in women’s rights.

Tracy incorporates historical elements to make playful, theatrical collage. She is interested in creating dreamlike stories in her work and juxtaposing them against an overarching historical narrative. The result is an interaction between the documentation of real events and a fanciful, decorative aesthetic. In this project, she explores a chapter in the history of feminism. The Magna Carta established several important rights for women of the time, for example: ‘at her husband’s death, a widow may have her marriage portion and inheritance at once and without trouble…. No widow shall be compelled to marry, so long as she wishes to remain without a husband.’

The exhibition is free and open daily, 9am to 5pm from Monday 28 September through to Saturday 24 October. From Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 October Tracy’s exhibition will be on display alongside three other artists, Heather Olsen, Tamsin Loveday and Rosemary Mason as part of Salisbury Art Trail. Further details here.

The exhibition was shown at the Devon Guild of Craftsman in earlier this year.
View article in Devon Life magazine

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Canon James Woodward of Windsor Appointed Sarum College Principal

James-Woodward-webThe Trustees of Sarum College are delighted to announce the appointment of The Revd Canon Dr James Woodward as Principal of Sarum College.

James is presently Canon of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and will assume the Principal post on October 1st.*

“I have long admired the intellectual energy and spiritual depth of Sarum College as an ecumenical centre for Christian study and research,” said James (pictured, left).  “I am looking forward to leading this community of learning and to nurturing theological education in service of the church and the wider community. “

In the wake of the College’s recent merger with the former Southern Theological Training and Education Scheme (STETS), a priority for James, 54, will be to continue to develop innovative collaboration between the postgraduate, ministry and non-accredited programmes of both institutions.

The Very Revd Dr Alec Knight, Chair of the Sarum College Trustees, said: “I am very pleased that James has been appointed as Canon Keith Lamdin’s successor. This is an exciting time for the College as we integrate our learning programmes, extend our partnerships and build further on the College’s reputation for educational excellence and generous hospitality.”

“James is good news for Sarum College and for the Diocese of Salisbury,” said the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, the Bishop of Salisbury, who with the Rt Reverend Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells, is a Foundation Trustee of Sarum College.  “Well known for his impressive skills as a pastor, educator and strategic leader, James also brings a theologically articulate voice to the public discussion of healthcare, ageing and dying. “

Keith will step down from his role as Principal on July 31st but will continue to run courses and leadership consultancy on behalf of Sarum College.

Keith said: “I have known James for nearly 30 years and am sure he will bring to the College what it needs to flourish in its next phase of life – pastoral sensitivity, clarity of direction and a deep theological engagement with the world.”

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*The appointment is subject to DBS clearance.

Like a Tramp, Like a Pilgrim: An Evening with Harry Bucknall

hbDorset author Harry Bucknall will be in Sarum College on Friday 29 May at 7.15pm to talk about his remarkable 1,400 mile pilgrimage on foot to Rome.

Please do join us for what will be a very entertaining evening.

“My congratulations to Harry Bucknall. I thoroughly enjoyed Like a Tramp Like a Pilgrim. It’s a wonderful book.” – Martin Sheen, film actor and fellow pilgrim

“Harry Bucknall is my sort of pilgrim. This is one of the happiest books I have read for a very long time. I loved it.” – John Julius Norwich

“A remarkable story from a remarkable man.” – Alan Titchmarsh

“A boisterous, jubilant adventure.” – The Times

“A very happy book.” – Country Life

Tickets £3 to include a glass of wine, or £13 to include supper served at 6pm.
Advance booking required for the supper. Call in for tickets or reserve by emailing or telephoning 01722 326899.

Bookshop Bestsellers: April 2015

Sarum College Bookshop

1. Simply Good News by Tom Wright, SPCK £9.99 

2. King John and Magna Carta (Pitkin Guide) by Sean McGlynn, The History Press £6

3. On Rock or Sand? by John Sentamu, SPCK £9.99

4. Spirit of Peace by Mary Grey, Sacristy Press £12.99

5. What Do We Mean by God? by Keith Ward, SPCK £3.99

6. Where on Earth is Heaven? by Paula Gooder, SPCK £3.99

7. Gladnesse of the Best, edited by Rosie Clay, Friends of St. Andrew’s Bemerton £10 

8. Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction by Nicholas Vincent, Oxford University Press £7.99

9. Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral, The History Press £6

10. How Do I Pray? by John Pritchard, SPCK £3.99


Book of the Month: May 2015

immortal-diamondImmortal Diamond By Richard Rohr

The Saint Columba’s House theological book group read ‘Immortal Diamond’ earlier this year, having read and enjoyed Richard Rohr’s earlier book, ‘Falling Upwards’ the year before. This review is drawn together from members’ contributions.

Immortal Diamond is written for seekers and thinkers, both believers and non-believers alike.  It examines the idea that within each person there is an inner core of goodness, “the true self”, which forms the Immortal Diamond of the title.  But alongside each “true self” there is a “false self” which we necessarily assume in order to exist and survive in a tough and imperfect world.  The argument runs that our attitudes and behaviours at various times of our lives reflect the relative dominance and interactions between the true self and the false self.  Fr Richard Rohr, who is an American Franciscan priest, examines this concept in a way which is engaging, wide-ranging and stimulating.  On the way, he encourages us to be more open to the views of others, less confined by conventional religious boundaries and less impressed by rituals and dogma.  He emphasises that there are many routes to the truth.  We found this book optimistic and encouraging and, whether one agrees with the author or not, it is certainly food for thought.

One member found the book incredibly moving: It spoke to him in a very deep spiritual way that resonated with a recent experience and significantly helped his understanding of his own Spiritual path. Importantly, it illuminated a way forward.

Other members found the practical appendices very helpful, particularly appendix C which gives suggestions for prayer during the waiting time between Good Friday and Easter.

Fans of Rohr will be aware that whilst he is an engaging speaker and a deep thinker, he tends to assume familiarity with a certain amount of counselling/psychology jargon. Because of this, Immortal Diamond can’t be called an easy read but it rewards those who will give it time and attention. As one member said, ‘It taught me a lot and I am glad I read it.  But a word of advice:  if you are not familiar with Richard Rohr and his teaching, I strongly recommend you watch him on YouTube first (just enter Richard Rohr);  he is an engaging speaker and it is useful to have a feel for his approach before opening the book at page 1.’

Reviewed by Gillaine Holland, Chaplain of St Columba’s House, Woking.

Special price of £9.99 in the shop (posted out for free) or £7.99 + postage from until 31st May 2015. RRP £10.99