Book Launch with Eve Bonham

frontcoverwebJoin us for a free book launch of Eve Bonham’s new novel, The Lost Journey of Homeward on Thursday 10 September at 4pm.

The book tells the the tale of prodigal children, their journeys across continents, and a faithful ‘father’ who longs for the family to be reunited.

Eve lives in rural Dorset as is the author of three books. Madness Lies and Other Stories, a collection of sixteen short stories, was published in 2008. Her first novel, To the End of the Day, came out in 2011.

Free entry, tea and cake, all welcome.
To RSVP email or telephone 01722 326899.

Temporary Full-Time Chef (Paternity Cover) Vacancy

Thank you for your interest in applying for the post of temporary chef.

To find out more about the post, please read the following documents:

If, after reading the application documents and learning more about the College through the website you decide that you would like to apply for the post, please send the documents listed below to Richard Amey at Sarum College by 4pm on Friday 31st July 2015, which is the deadline for receipt of completed applications:

  • a completed application form;
  • a completed confidential declaration

Our preference is for applications to be completed electronically and sent by email to However, if you wish to download and print the documents, please either hand them into Reception (Sarum College is located in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close) or send them by post to the following address:

Richard Amey
Temporary Chef
Sarum College
19 The Close
Salisbury SP1 2EE

PLEASE NOTE: Only those applicants who send completed documents (application form and confidential information form) cited above will be considered.

As a charity, we make every effort to keep our expenditures under control. If you apply and wish to have receipt of your application acknowledged by email, please note this in your message when you send your application documents. If you wish to have a confirmation by post, please enclose a stamped and addressed postcard with your application.

Interviews will take place during the week commencing 20th July.

If by the end of Tuesday 4th August you have not received an invitation to attend an interview, you may assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

Job Description: Temporary Full-Time Chef (Paternity Cover)

Sarum College is an ecumenical centre for Christian Study and research where our passion is learning that nourishes the human spirit. Welcoming people of all faiths and none, we offer space and time for enquiring minds to grow in wisdom and courage.

The College has invested over half a million pounds on upgrading its accommodation and refectory facilities and has a business plan based on continued growth. At the heart of the college’s life is the Refectory. The Catering team is headed up by the Catering Manager who with the Head Chef (currently on Paternity Leave), Second Chef and other members of the catering team deliver and continue to improve the highest level food and service standards to all College guests. The post of Temporary Chef has been created to provide cover during the paternity of the Head Chef.

Job title: Temporary Chef

Purpose: To work for the Catering Manager and with the other chefs to successfully deliver the highest possible standards of food and service to students, customers and staff at all services at all times.

The Principal accountabilities are:

  • The preparing and cooking of all meals times (75%)
  • The ordering and stock maintenance of all kitchen products (10%)
  • The cleaning and tidying of the kitchen areas after service (10%)
  • Monitoring and completion of the food hygiene paperwork (5%)

Detailed tasks include:

  • To work flexibly with other kitchen staff to ensure full cover for all catering including breakfasts, lunches, suppers and teas and coffees and additional functions;
  • Interact with customers at every service period ensuring that the service is running smoothly and that customers are happy with the service they are receiving;
  • Operate a set of pre-service checklists that ensures that all areas, whether within the main Refectory or at a function, are fully sourced and ready for the service to commence;
  • Promote exceptional standards of customer service, ensuring that all services, whether Refectory or hospitality, operate in a friendly, smooth and efficient manner at all times;
  • Ensure that all members of the catering team are aware of their duties throughout the day, especially during service periods and that both the front of house and kitchen team work closely together during these periods to ensure that they run as smoothly as possible;
  • To take responsibility for the catering operation in the absence of the Catering Manager, Head Chef or Second Chef;
  • Ensure that all areas are spotlessly clean at all times and operate appropriate cleaning schedules as have been set in place, ensuring that they are completed, checked and archived;
  • To assume the responsibilities of the Catering Assistant as required;
  • To be responsible for all aspects of health & safety in the absence of the Catering Manager, Head Chef or Second Chef, within the policies and procedures of the College;
  • To attend as required internal and external meetings and training courses; and
  • To carry out any duties of the Catering Manager in his absence.

In addition to the duties set out in the job description, you may be required to undertake other duties from time to time as the Trust considers appropriate having regard to your skills and experience.

Job Details

Duration: The post is a temporary post. The first contract will be for 6 weeks and it is likely that it will be renewed every 6 weeks with a further 6 week contract, up to the end of the period of employment which it is anticipated will be 17th February 2016.

Hours: The normal working hours will be between 7.00 am. and 9.00 pm. on all days of the week with a paid break of 20 minutes. You will occasionally be required to work outside these hours and in such circumstances time off in lieu will be given.

Remuneration: The salary for the post is £18,000 pa. The pro-rata equivalent of the annual leave entitlement of 5 weeks plus statutory holidays; this includes the days when the College may be closed over the Christmas period.

Start date: 10th August 2015

Line Manager: The line manager is the Catering Manager

Person Specification


  • Must have a wide range of cooking abilities and knowledge of both European and world cuisine
  • To either possess the 706/1 and 2 city and guilds qualification in catering, or an NVQ level 3 in the catering industry.
  • Must have an up to date Level 2 food hygiene certificate.
  • Have at least 3 years experience as a qualified Chef working in similar environments
  • To be able to work under pressure. To cater for numbers between 40-80 working under ones own initiative.
  • To have experience in producing desserts, pastries and breads. All of which are baked fresh at the college.
  • To have good communication skills when dealing with other members of staff and the general public
  • To carry out food produce orders, and to monitor stock controls and stock takes.
  • A working knowledge of basic computer skills including Word, excel and the use of a data base system
  • Sympathy with Sarum’s ethos.


  • To contribute to the choices in the menus provided by Sarum College
  • Knowledge of both hot and cold buffets, catering for weddings and other celebratory events.
  • To have a good working knowledge of the food hygiene regulations set out by the national food standards agency

Take a Walk Into The Dark

BBT06072015(2)The Cavell Room was full to bursting on Monday evening (6 July) as Salisbury welcomed the acclaimed author Barbara Brown Taylor and queued for a quick chat while she signed her books.

In her latest book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, Brown Taylor suggests we consider the value of dark places and times.  In doing so, we might discover that the dark makes it possible to sense God’s presence around us in new ways – guiding us through things seen and unseen, teaching us to find our footing in times of uncertainty.

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An audio clip from the evening is below.


Bookshop Bestsellers: June 2015

Sarum College Bookshop1. Between the Dark and the Daylight by Joan Chittister, Image £13.49

2. Gravetalk: Facilitator’s Guide, Church House Publishing £3.99

3. Church Book & Desk Diary 2016, Canterbury Press Norwich £19.99

4. Gravetalk: Conversation Cards, Church House Publishing £12.99

5. Wrestling with a Godly Order, edited by James Steven, Sarum College Press £18.99

6. King John and Magna Carta by Sean McGlynn, The History Press Ltd £6

7. Magna Carta Uncovered by Anthony Arlidge and Igor Judge, Bloomsbury £25

8. Like a Tramp, Like a Pilgrim by Harry Bucknall, Bloomsbury £16.99

9. Unseen Things Above by Catherine Fox, SPCK £9.99

10. Laudato Si’by Pope Francis, The Catholic Truth Society £4.95

Book of the Month: July 2015

unseen things aboveUnseen Things Above by Catherine Fox

Our Book of the Month for July is a return to the fictional world of Lindchester, first encountered in ‘Acts and Omissions’. Written by the wife of the Dean of Liverpool, the novel takes us into the lives of the clergy centred on the Cathedral. And what a tangled mass we find. We may expect senior clergy to be ‘Holier than thou’. Not a bit of it. These clergy are exposed with a wicked wit as believable, sentient beings with all the hang-ups and problems of any group of people- but with a few extra related to their church calling.

The narrator speaks to us directly, by which device the author can get us close to all the characters. It’s almost like talking to a gossipy friend as we evesdrop with her on the complicated situations and conversations in which her characters find themselves.

And what characters they are! A beautiful but flawed and dangerous choirboy. A woman Dean. An overworked Archdeacon who just wants to be with the woman he loves. A trendy vicar who may not be all she seems. We are soon as hooked on this world as many of us are on the Archers.

Catherine has a very readable style and writes not only with sympathy (in the main) for the foibles of her characters; she also has a good eye for the surroundings which she describes well, as we travel with her through the seasons.

This is a novel which touches on serious issues concerning the Church of England today, including women in the church and same sex marriage, but it is written with a great comedic touch.   As with ‘Acts and Omission’, several passages made me laugh out loud.

When packing for your holiday or looking for something to read in the garden, do pick up the Lindchester novels. But start with ‘Acts and Omissions’ if you haven’t yet read it. Now I’ve finished ‘Unseen things Above’ I’m feeling quite bereft- and hoping there will be a further instalment.

Reviewed by Jenny Monds, Director of Learning Resources, Sarum College.

The author will be at Sarum College on Friday 16th July. Contact the bookshop for tickets.

Special price of £8.99 in the shop (posted out for free) or buy it together with ‘Acts & Omissions’ for just £17.

£6.99 + postage from until 31st July 2015. RRP £9.99.