Dutch Ordinands’ ‘Wonderful’ Sarum Weekend

A group of students training to be church ministers in the Netherlands have spent a ‘wonderful’ weekend training at Sarum College.

The trainee clergy are part of the Remonstrant Church, a liberal Dutch denomination established in the 17th Century.

The group was led by Bert Dicou, a Remonstrant Minister and academic at the Free University of Amsterdam, who has recently completed a book jointly with Sarum staff member Dr Anna-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh.

Bert said, “This is the concluding retreat of our seminary year. We spent time studying and in spiritual formation.

“The subjects of our studies were the Bible and liturgy. I can think of no better place to study liturgy! We were able to join the daily worship in the Cathedral as well as having space for our own worship in the Sarum College chapel.

“We also explored other religious traditions in England, for example on Sunday morning we attended a Quaker meeting.

“We Remonstrants don’t use liturgical worship often, so on the occasions when we do, we want it to be done very well.

“Some of our students are going to be ordained in October. Others will be ordained in two or three years’ time.”

Corrie Vis from Utrecht was one of the students and found Sarum College and Salisbury enchanting places for a weekend study break.

Corrie said, “It was a privilege to spend so much time in the Cathedral. It is a beautiful building especially as it constantly changes in the light.

“Another thing I loved about our visit was the food at Sarum College!”

Sarum College Seeks Volunteer Clerk to the Trustees

Thank you for your interest in applying for the role of Volunteer Clerk to the Trustees.


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

If you would like to discuss the role further, please phone or email Mark Manterfield (01722 424832, mdm@dev.sarum.ac.uk)

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 write to Mark Manterfield including the following:

  • Your personal details – name, address, telephone numbers and email address
  • Information to support your application (experience, skills, specialist knowledge or qualifications etc)
  • The names and addresses of two referees, making sure that they are not personal friends or family members (suitable referees will include former employers, teachers etc or independent people who can give a view as to your experience or character)
  • Confirmation that you have the right to work in the UK
  • Confirmation that you don’t have any unspent convictions

Applications may be sent by email to mdm@dev.sarum.ac.uk or by posted to: Mark Manterfield, Volunteer Clerk to Trustees, Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EE


Job description for Volunteer Clerk to the Trustees of Sarum College

Job Purpose

To assist the Trustees and Leadership of Sarum College in the governance of the College.

Main Tasks

  • to attend all meetings of the Board of Trustees (which meets four times a year, usually on Thursdays at 11.00 am but with the possibility of a 24 hour residential meeting in March) and of its Executive Committee (which meets seven or eight times a year, usually on Wednesdays at 11.00 am), to advise on the agendas for these meetings and take the minutes
  • to act as Secretary to the Nominations Committee, advise on its business and, when it occasionally meets, take minutes (the Committee is small and sometimes acts through informal communication among its members)
  • to understand, interpret and advise on the contents of the College’s governing documents (primarily its Articles of Association and the Rules and Regulations which have been made under the Articles)
  • to maintain a register of trustees and committee memberships and to advise the trustees on forthcoming vacancies
  • to engage with governance aspects of College projects (previous examples include taking out a loan, the merger of Sarum College with STETS and the incorporation of the Charity).

The role may expand to include servicing the Board of Studies (which currently meets three times a year) on the same basis as the Executive Committee.

Desirable Experience and Personal Qualities

  • some experience in this or a related field
  • general understanding of how committee structures work
  • a feel for Sarum’s activities
  • the ability to write good minutes
  • not being fazed by legal issues and terminology
  • attention to detail
  • independence of mind.

Liaison with the Bursar, Mark Manterfield

The Clerk is appointed by the trustees to this honorary office under Article 10.1.3. This role is to be distinguished from the role of Secretary to the Charity in accordance with the Companies Acts, to which the Bursar has been appointed by the trustees under Article 10.1.1. The Clerk works closely with the Bursar.

History Through The Eye of the Needle Exhibition Opens 11 July

Four weekends a year more than a dozen women make their way to Sarum College, car boots full of sewing machines, fabric, and accessories galore.

Set up in 2008 by Jenny Rose as a group of experienced machine embroiderers, the group migrated from Urchfont Manor when it closed in 2012 and moved to Sarum College.

‘We are now well established at Sarum College and rather like being part of the ‘fabric’ here – it is such a good place to work and stay,’ says Janet Crowther, who leads the MEG at Sarum group.

Normally members bring their own stitching to work on during the weekend and for discussion with the members, though recently the group has been more focussed as they are about to exhibit at Salisbury Museum.

Though they use the now-accepted phrase ‘machine’ embroiders for those who do this particular kind of craft, Janet says her preference would be to call it “art embroidery.”  ‘That was the name used for machine embroidery way back when domestic sewing machines were being promoted by the Singer Sewing Machine Company for use in decorative embroidery. I have long wanted to reintroduce it as “machine embroidery” implies brand logos on sweat shirts!’

As  anyone who sees the work about to be exhibited in Salisbury Museum, this work is a far cry from logo stitching.


History Through The Eye Of A Needle
11 July to 18 October 2017 at Salisbury Museum

For this exhibition, each member was asked to decide on an artefact or artefacts, undertake research and produce a quality piece of work based on the research. The image below shows a selection of work for the exhibition.

The group supports its members in developing personal practice in a challenging and supportive environment, and offers a place to explore new ideas and techniques.

Members of the group exhibit their work outside MEG, individually and with other groups, many are textile tutors, all produce work that is innovative and of a high standard.

‘Working together to create pieces for an exhibition has been a long held ambition of MEG,’ says Janet. ‘We are all most grateful to Salisbury Museum for providing the exhibition space.’

Fierce Imaginings: Book Launch with Rachel Mann

Meet author Rachel Mann who will talk about and read from her latest book, Fierce Imaginings: The Great War, Ritual, Memory and God.

Tuesday 25 July at 6.30pm

Rachel will also then be in conversation with Peter Price, retired Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Rachel Mann is a priest and writer based in south Manchester. She is the author of four books, including the bestselling Dazzling Darkness, and is Resident Poet and Minor Canon at Manchester Cathedral.

“This is the most searching and original book I have read about the Impact of the First World War on the faith and the myths of this country”. – Rowan Williams

“This is not just another book on the tragedy of the First World War. It is an intelligent, personal and provocative study of human identity and the symbols and rituals with which we seek to explore it.” – Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral

“This is an astonishing book – a profound and searching multi-disciplinary examination of the First World War and its cultural history, a meditation on faith and identity” – Michael Symmons Roberts, Poet and Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University

Tickets are £3 to include a glass of wine
For tickets visit the Bookshop, email bookshop@dev.sarum.ac.uk or telephone 01722 326899

Sarum College Congratulates RSCM Director Andrew Reid on New Post

The Revd Canon Dr James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College, has congratulated Andrew Reid, Director of The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), on his new post at Harrison & Harrison.

‘The RSCM are friends and work neighbours in 19 The Close – operating from the third floor of Sarum College. Over the past five years Andrew Reid has developed the work of RSCM in new and innovative directions. He has brought considerable expertise and enthusiasm to the important task of promoting excellence in music for Christian worship and we shall miss him. All colleagues at Sarum College wish him well for his new role.

We also look forward to working with the new director once the appointment is made to further our collaborative relationship with the RSCM.’

Please visit the RSCM website for full details.

Book of the Month: June 2017

God Curious: Exploring Eternal Questions by Stephen Cherry

 Over 30 years ago I trained for Ministry alongside Stephen at Westcott House in Cambridge. There were three particular things that I remember about Stephen. The first was his reflective intelligence. The second was his readiness always to look beyond the immediate into a broader and wider horizon. The third was his ability as a wordsmith and poet.

Now the Dean of King’s College Cambridge he brings these gifts to bear upon theology and offers us an exploration of the history, shape and relevance of this discipline for our understanding of the world, God and human flourishing. I promise you that these pages will stimulate, irritate and enlarge your thinking. Stephen asks us to go beyond the surface of the soundbite, the sentimental and even trivial world of religious narrative into a compelling and adventurous exploration of religious truth. He shows us in these 10 short chapters what imagination, religious literacy and enthusiasm for God might look like.

Theology is a subject for study in higher education continues to diminish and change much as classics did over the last couple of decades. What we need to do is to recapture commitment and energy for a subject that might equip us to move beyond reductionism and fundamentalism into a way of knowing that enables us to understand and interpret the world. To do this Stephen demonstrates how the Christian tradition can be put to work in a way which is both serious and enjoyable.

Congratulations to Jessica Kingsley for publishing this book and at a reasonable price. I already have a list of people who will receive a copy in due course.

Reviewed by James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College

God Curious is just £7.99 until June 30th 2017 and can be ordered online, by phoning 01722 326899 or by emailing bookshop@dev.sarum.ac.uk.

Subjectivity Exhibition by Isabel De Almeida

This exhibition by Isabel De Almeida displays work from different series created as part of her self-enquiry during her student years at Bath Spa University.

De Almeida lives and works in Salisbury and has taken part in various group exhibitions locally, in Somerset and in London.

Her work is influenced by philosophical thought about truth, identity and what makes us unique.

De Almeida’s approach to her subject is intuitive and emotional, becoming a journey into the unknown and of the subconscious mind.

This exhibition is free and open daily from until Monday 31 July 2017. There is a free open evening on Friday 9 June from 6.30pm at Sarum College. RSVP to info@dev.sarum.ac.uk or 01722 424800.


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