Sarum College Turns 20

Photographs by Ash Mills Photography

More than 80 former and present-day staff, students, friends and volunteers came together on Saturday 26 September to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Sarum College.

The day began with a brief history of Sarum College by Hugh Dickinson, former Dean of Salisbury Cathedral (transcript available here); Bruce Duncan, Sarum College’s first principal; Keith Harnden, Sarum College architect (since 1995); and Keith Lamdin, who retired as principal in July 2015. James Woodward, the incoming principal (from October 1st) then spoke about the next stage in the College’s development.

This was followed by a talk on ecumenism entitled, The Triune God: Reshaping Identity, by The Revd Elizabeth Welch (transcript available here) who chairs the Society for Ecumenical Studies and is the Reformed co-chair of the new round of International Dialogue between the Anglican Communion and the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

Elizabeth and the previous speakers were joined in a discussion on ecumenism by The Revd Colin Norris, Regional Minister, Southern Counties Baptist Assoc. and one of the first MA in Christian Spirituality graduates (2003); Sr Mairead Quigley, Religious, Society of the Sacred Heart, Chaplain of Sarum College, pastoral tutor to MA students and The Revd Tom Stuckey, Visiting Scholar of Sarum College and former President of the British Methodist Conference.

Dr Paula Gooder spoke about her new book, Journey to the Manger over tea. The afternoon ended with a special Choral Evensong service in Salisbury Cathedral to give thanksgiving for twenty years of Sarum College and the Cathedral Schools reunion.

A Brief History of Sarum College  |  Friends of Sarum College

Book Launch with Beth Dodd

BethDoddBookBeth Dodd, Programme Leader for Postgraduate Common Awards at Sarum College will be launching her new book, Boundless Innocence in Thomas Traherne’s Poetic Theology on Friday 9 October at 4.30pm.

Free entry, tea and cake, all welcome.

The seventeenth-century poet and divine Thomas Traherne finds innocence in every stage of existence. He finds it in the chaos at the origins of creation as well as in the blessed order of Eden. He finds it in the activities of grace and the hope of glory, but also in the trials of misery and even in the abyss of the Fall. Boundless Innocence in Thomas Traherne’s Poetic Theology traces innocence through Traherne’s works as it transgresses the boundaries of the estates of the soul. Using grammatical and literary categories it explores various aspects of his poetic theology of innocence, uncovering the boundless desire which is embodied in the yearning cry: ‘Were all Men Wise and Innocent…’

Recovering and reinterpreting a key but increasingly neglected theme in Traherne’s poetic theology, this book addresses fundamental misconceptions of the meaning of innocence in his work. Through a contextual and theological approach, it indicates the unexplored richness, complexity and diversity of this theme in the history of literature and theology.

Beth Dodd is Programme Leader for Postgraduate Common Awards at Sarum College and teaches on the MA in Theology, Imagination and the Arts. She has been an academic tutor for ministry training through STETS and Sarum College since 2012, after completing her PhD on Thomas Traherne at Cambridge University. Her main research interests are in literature and theology, particularly seventeenth-century metaphysical poetry and the theme of innocence in Christian literature. She also has an interest in theological aesthetics, in particular the uses of genre theory and the role of the lyric voice in theology.

Free entry, tea and cake, all welcome.
Copies of Beth Dodd’s new book will be on sale at half price on the day.
To RSVP email or telephone 01722 326899.

Part-time Kitchen Assistant Vacancy

Thank you for your interest in applying for the post of part-time Kitchen Assistant.

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

You can find out more about Sarum College by reading through our website. 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 Wednesday 7th October 2015, which is the deadline for receipt of:

  • 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
Part-time Kitchen Assistant
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.

If by the end of Monday 12th October 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

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

We strive to ensure that every person who comes through our doors, whether for a three year part-time MA, a short course, to browse the bookshop or library, to stay for bed and breakfast or as a member using the college as a conference setting, leaves the college with a sense that their spirit has been nourished.

Core Values

As well as the normal basic values of respect, honesty and integrity we expect as a minimum requirement for staff, we have affirmed four core values that form the foundation of all our behaviours and attitudes.

  • We welcome people of all faiths and none
  • We are committed to Sarum because we love it
  • We learn together and from each other
  • If we can we will

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 and the role of the Catering Assistant has been created both to ensure the cleanliness of the catering operation and to enhance the customer care and smooth running of the catering service.

Job Title: Kitchen Assistant

Purpose: To ensure the cleanliness of the kitchen and refectory and to deliver excellent customer care in the catering department.

The Principal accountabilities are:

  • Cleaning of the kitchen, refectory and all food outlets (70%)
  • Service of food and beverage (20%)
  • Preparation of picnic lunches, salads and vegetable preparations (10%)

Detailed tasks include:

  • Cleaning and keeping tidy the refectory, kitchen and all food outlets within the College
  • 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
  • Maintaining the kitchen cleaning schedule
  • Keeping storerooms clean and tidy at all times
  • Ensuring that all hygiene and health and safety standards are met at all times
  • Setting up the refectory for food service
  • Laying out food (currently buffet style) ready for service
  • Assisting with picnic lunches, salads and vegetable preparations
  • Setting up and serving coffees and teas for College guests
  • Working with the kitchen to provide excellent service to our guests
  • Promoting exceptional standards of customer service, ensuring that all services, whether refectory or other hospitality areas operate in a friendly, smooth and efficient manner at all times
  • 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 check-lists that ensures all areas, whether within the main refectory or at a function, are fully sourced and ready for the service to commence
  • To comply with all legislative requirements including health and safety, fire and hygiene under the direction of the Catering Manager
  • To attend as required internal and external meetings and training courses
  • To be responsible for all aspects of health and safety in the absence of the Catering Manager and Head Chef, within the policies and procedures of the College

Job Details

Hours: The normal working hours will be 11am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. The College guarantees 15 shifts a month, but additional shifts may be available during busy months and in the evening.

Remuneration: The salary for 15 shifts of 5 hours per months is £6,570. The rate for additional hours is £7.30.

The annual leave entitlement is 5 weeks plus statutory holidays; this includes the days when the College may be closed over the Christmas period.

Sarum also operates a non-contributory defined contributions pension scheme to which Sarum currently contributes 8% for the contracted hours.

Line Manager: The line manager is the Catering Manager, but the post holder will also report to the senior chef on duty.

Person Specification


  • Ability to set own priorities and work without close supervision
  • Ability that demonstrates experience of maintaining high levels of hygiene standards in a catering environment
  • Ability to work flexibly with other kitchen staff to ensure full cover for all catering including breakfasts, lunches, suppers, teas, coffees and additional functions
  • Experience that demonstrates an understanding of the importance of a high level of customer service and improving customer service standards
  • Experience that demonstrates that you are comfortable working with both the public and colleagues
  • Experience of delivering a high level of service to the public whilst working under pressure
  • Ability to take responsibility and be proactive
  • Ability to identify and solve problems on own initiative
  • Able to cope with change, to be flexible and to handle uncertainty in a calm and professional manner
  • Sympathy with Sarum’s ethos


  • Knowledge and experience of working with Microsoft Outlook and Access
  • Ability to be numerate and literate in the delivery of routine administration

Salisbury Art Trail at Sarum College

ArtTrailThis exhibition, part of the Salisbury Art Trail, speaks to the lives of women who are ordinary or famous or somewhere in between.

Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 October 2015

Salisbury Plain Arts artists Heather Olsen and Tamsin Loveday will be exhibiting their work alongside the work of Tracy Satchwill, and Rosemary Mason.

Tamsin Loveday will be exhibiting a series of intimate visual artworks exploring ideas of the feminine and of women ‘holding things together’. Her works comprise of print and mixed media.

Heather Olsen uses a range of ceramic techniques to produce hand-thrown stoneware and hand-built earthenware work. She also creates raku smoke-fired pieces.

Rosemary Mason trained at the Glasgow School of Art. Though she has painted and drawn throughout her career as a mother and grandmother, this is the first time Rosemary has ever exhibited her work. Her works are a mixture of oil on canvas and pencil on paper.

Tracy Satchwill is a collage artist, illustrator and designer who juxtaposes dreamlike stories against a historical narrative so that the documentation of real events interacts with a fanciful, decorative aesthetic. Her artwork consists of a four-panel digital collage inspired by stained glass windows. Tracy’s exhibition Magna Carta Women will be on display at Sarum College for the duration of the art trail.

The Salisbury Art Trail runs from Saturday 3 October to Sunday 11 October. The trail consists of 62 locations in and around Salisbury ranging from artists’ homes and studios to shops, cafés and galleries. Sarum College is venue number 22 on the trail and our exhibition is free and open daily from 9am to 5pm. The full art trail brochure can be viewed online on the Salisbury Plain Arts website.

Contact us   |   Magna Carta Women Exhibition  |  Exhibitions at Sarum College

Book Launch with Michele Guinness

michele-guinness-1lrgBroadcaster and writer Michele Guinness will be in Sarum College Bookshop on Thursday 12 November at 6.30pm.

Michele is a Jewish convert to Christianity, married to an Anglican priest. She is the author of 12 books, the latest of which is the fascinating Archbishop: A Novel. What happens when a woman becomes Archbishop of Canterbury?

Tickets £3 to include refreshments
Call in for tickets or reserve by emailing or phoning 01722 326899

Bookshop Bestsellers: August 2015

Sarum College Bookshop1. Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor, Canterbury Press Norwich £12.99 

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

3. Journey to the Manger by Paula Gooder, Canterbury Press Norwich £12.99

4. Reflections for Daily Prayer 2015/2016, Church House Publishing £16.99

5. Acts and Omissions by Catherine Fox, SPCK £9.99

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

7. King John and Magna Carta by L. Du Garde Peach, Penguin Books £5.99

8. Parson’s Pocket Book 2016 (HB), Atkinsons £23.60

9. Disability: The Inclusive Church Resource by John M. Hull, Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd £8.99

10. Grave Talk: Facilitator’s Guide, Church House Publishing £3.99

Book of the Month: September 2015

arvopartfrontcover_grayborderArvo Pärt: Out of Silence by Peter C Bouteneff

Our ‘Book of the Month’ for September is a biography of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, whose work will be performed at the Last Night of the Proms on the 12th September 2015. He is also the featured composer of the BBC Music Magazine for September (which comes with a free CD! Arvo Pärt: A Celebration)

What is it that makes Arvo Pärt the most performed living composer in the world? What unites a brief two-page score of Für Alina, the drawn-out intensity of Passio and the emotional agonies of Adam’s Lament? Who is this composer of extreme simplicity and rigorous complexity, of calculated scales and triads, of excruciatingly beautiful tone and semitone dissonances? How does such innocent gossamer distillation sustain those who suffer, ‘split [people] open like … an oyster’ (38), and ‘devastate’ audiences (67), so that their mind sinks into their hearts (68-9)?

These are the themes of Peter Bouteneff’s fine study, ready just in time for Pärt’s 80th birthday on 11 September. Balancing Paul Hillier’s excellent musicological Arvo Pärt of 1997, Bouteneff explores Pärt’s Russian Orthodox spiritual theology. After ‘Points of Entry’, ‘Out of Silence’ link two critical moments: the personal musical silence (composer’s block?) of 1968-1976, during which Pärt joined the Russian Orthodox Church; and the existential-spiritual silence out of which creation comes – including various modes of silence (103), and supremely the ‘thundering silence’ of Jesus’ life and death (116). Surprisingly, it was the Western musical tradition that provided the impetus for Pärt’s own new musical language, and for his intriguing poetry of tintinnabuli (‘little bells’).

The typically Orthodox title of the final chapter – ‘Bright Sadness’ – beautifully focusses the paradox of all Part’s writing: ‘coincidences of opposites’ (176) – joy and earthedness, this instant and eternity, sorrow and consolation, brokenness and beauty, stillness and energy – all aspects of the Orthodox quest for that hesychasm which is the ‘intelligent silence’ (125) of God’s peace within, as opposed to today’s incessant noise (cf. the brilliant quotation from C S Lewis’ Screwtape Letters on p. 134!). The text of Adam’s Lament (210-9), written by St Silouan (one of Pärt’s chief inspirations), provides a fitting conclusion to this sensitive, probing and enriching study of Arvo Pärt: the believer.

Reviewed by Philip Seddon

Special price of £11.50 in the shop (posted out for free) or buy it online for £9.50 + postage until 30th Septmber 2015. RRP £12.99.