Sarum College to Display Original Victoria Cross of 1913 Alumnus, Padre Addison

On August 19th, Sarum College will display a rare and valuable Victoria Cross – one of only 1358 since its inception in 1856 – awarded to The Revd William Addison, one of just three awarded to army chaplains in the history of the medal.

Addison became an army chaplain in WW1 shortly after he trained for the priesthood at Salisbury Theological College.

On August 19th from 3.30pm, members of the public, military chaplains, veterans and members of armed forces support organisations and others will gather in the historic buildings at 19 The Close to commemorate this notable alumnus, Padre Addison.

‘Medals are important reminders of our capacity for humanity and valour, and this one recalls the particular role of Christians in armed conflict,’ says The Revd Canon Professor James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College. ‘We are grateful to Padre Addison’s grandson, Tim Addison, for lending us this medal to make this a very special commemoration.’

The celebration marks the centenary of Addison’s award of the Victoria Cross by George V on 3rd August 1917 for his bravery in ministering to two battalions of the 38th Brigade in Mesopotamia, the modern Iraq.

‘Those awarded the Victoria Cross stand in the middle of a concentric circle of bravery,’ says Canon Professor Michael Snape, co-editor of The Clergy in Khaki: New Perspectives on British Army Chaplaincy in the First World War. ‘For every individual honoured in this way, there are many others whose acts of courage and sacrifice went unremarked. There was a broad Christian contribution to the war in the form of clergy combatants, church organisations offering aid, as well as conscientious objectors, some of whom operated under fire as stretcher bearers.’

The commemoration on Saturday August 19th begins at 3.30pm.  There is no fee to attend but please do book your place, or 01722 424800. A replica of the Addison Victoria Cross will later be on permanent display at Sarum College.

Read Professor James Woodward’s article in the Salisbury Journal (10 August 2017)

Read James’s comment on the commemoration on his blog (20 August 2017)

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Lingering Ghosts Exhibition by Sam Ivin

This exhibition by photographer Sam Ivin displays hand-scratched portraits of those seeking asylum in the UK, living in a state of limbo as they await news of their application for months or even years.

Their stories recount the experience of lost identity and frustration as they wait to learn their fate. Yet as we learn from the documented conversations, we recognise them as fathers, mothers, sons and daughters – human beings, after all.

Sam Ivin is a photographer whose work focuses on social issues and the people connected with them. Alongside the images, Sam documents stories and perspectives to offer a more personal, tangible understanding of his subjects.

Lingering Ghosts has been included at the Circulation(s) Festival in Paris, the Identità Negate show at Galleria del Cembalo, Rome and at the 2016 Athens Photo Festival. The ‘Green Lady’ Pakistan portrait won The GMC First Prize at Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Photograph Prize. The exhibition has also been featured by WIRED and WEX Photographic.

The exhibition is free and open daily from Saturday 19 August to Monday 25 September.

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James Woodward Appointed Visiting Professor in Theology at the University of Winchester

Sarum College Principal, The Revd Canon Professor James Woodward, has been appointed Visiting Professor in Theology at the University of Winchester, which validates some of the College’s postgraduate study and research programmes.

‘At Sarum College we continue to be confident about the place of theology in the nurture of wisdom,’ Professor Woodward said. ‘This appointment is a personal honour as well as an important recognition of the high standards of education at Sarum. I hope and expect our valued connection with the University of Winchester will be strengthened through this new relationship.’

Professor Woodward is an expert in the theology of death, dying and illness, areas of research and teaching within the Sarum Centre for Human Flourishing. He advocates a renewal in the value society places on older people, and the spiritual implications of vulnerability, particularly at the end of life.

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, congratulated Professor Woodward on the post and said:

‘Salisbury Diocese is fortunate to have in James Woodward a highly respected theologian with an international reputation for excellence in his scholarship and teaching. This appointment is a tribute to James’s contributions to the field of theology and affirms the deep commitment to theological learning shared by Sarum College and the University of Winchester’.

Professor Elizabeth Stuart, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester, said:

‘The University of Winchester is delighted to appoint James Woodward as a Visiting Professor.  He is a world-renowned Practical Theologian devoted to changing the world for the better. We know that his appointment will enrich the University. It will also further strengthen our partnership with Sarum College, a partnership which grows ever stronger and which the University treasures.’

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Cathedral Close High Street Gate Closure

The Cathedral Close High Street Gate will be closed to all vehicles for the week commencing Monday 17 July due to work being undertaken on a property near the entrance.

During this period the gate will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists only.

Any guests and visitors arriving at Sarum College by car during this period can do so by entering the Cathedral Close via St Ann’s Gate on Exeter Street. All vehicles exiting The Close will do so via The Harnham Gate.

See below for a map of the entrances and exits to the Cathedral Close.


Commemoration on 6 July Will Restrict Access to The Close

A commemorative event to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Army Air Corps on Thursday July 6th will cause disruption to the Salisbury Cathedral Close.

There will be a formal military parade on the West Lawn, followed by a service in Salisbury Cathedral with invited guests.

Anyone wishing to gain access into the Close by vehicle this day must arrive by 11.30 am. Without exception, only those cars whose drivers have provided the Salisbury Cathedral a car registration by 29 June will be permitted to enter.

No vehicle movement will be allowed from 11.30am to 14.00 (2pm). The lawns will be closed apart from an area outside the Bell Tower Tea Rooms and Chorister Green. Between 11.30 and 13.15 there will be restricted pedestrian access, especially along the West Wall. A one-way system will be in operation with vehicle entry via the High Street Gate and exit via the Harnham Gate. Pedestrians are respectfully asked to enter and exit via the High Street Gate only.

The Cathedral and Chapter House will be closed on 5th & 6th July, but Morning Worship and Evensong will take place as normal on both days.

Congratulations to New Deacons

It’s that time of year when we congratulate students from throughout the region who have flown the Sarum nest, pleased and proud they have chosen to train here at the Centre for Formation in Ministry.

We look forward to welcoming back the new deacons in the next stage of their learning learning journey. Here are a few photos from the weekend (we’ll add more as they come in from elsewhere):

New Deacons from the Diocese of Salisbury after their ordination. Back row: the Revd Stéphane Javelle; the Revd Neal Robertson; the Revd Sue Hart; the Rt Revd Karen Gorham; the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, the Rt Revd Edward Condry; the Revd Jean Audibert; the Revd Matt Levinsohn; the Revd Caroline Titley. Front row: the Revd Ruth Wells; the Revd James Holden; the Revd Hilary Bond; the Revd Lewis Pearson.

Methodist ministers who trained at Sarum, having completed their two years of probationary ministry, were Received into Full Connexion in the Methodist Church at ordinations at the Methodist Conference last weekend. Congratulations to Wendy Tucker, Patrick Stonehewer, Martin Slocombe, Denise Binks and Ruth Midcalf.

New Deacons from Winchester Diocese (photo above). Congratulations to all but especially Sarum grads Jackie Sellin (third from right) and Kat Mepham (fourth from right) and together in the photo right.

And finally congratulations to all new Deacons from the Diocese of Canterbury, especially Sarum graduate Helen Gunton (pictured left), who did her Sarum Centre for Formation in Ministry course commuting from Jersey where she’ll be serving her curacy.



Bookshop Bestsellers: June 2017

Below is the list of the top ten bestsellers in Sarum College Bookshop in June.

  1. Common Worship Lectionary 2017-2018, Church House Publishing £4.99
  2. Sunrise Good News Bible, William Collins £16.99
  3. The Day the Revolution Began by Tom Wright, SPCK £19.99
  4. A Functional Art by Timothy Dudley-Smith, Oxford University Press £19.99
  5. Rainbow Good News Bible, William Collins £16.99
  6. Surprised by Hope by Tom Wright, SPCK £12.99
  7. The Risen by Tarn Richardson, Duckworth Overlook £8.99
  8. Common Worship Daily Prayer, Church House Publishing £22.50
  9. It’s Your Move (10 Pack), Scripture Union Publishing £20
  10. Spiritual and Religious by Tom Wright, SPCK £9.99

Book of the Month: July 2017

Cancer: A Pilgrim Companion By Gillian Straine

I was going to write that this is a book about beginnings and endings: the impact of cancer on health, confidence, identity and faith. But the great gift of this book is its confidence that endings always contain the seeds of beginnings; this book is as much, if not more, about hope as it is about cancer.

You may think that’s not easy given the subject matter, but Gillian Straine has found a way: including some good, practical material about what cancer is – and is not – which provides a useful medical and social context. Moreover, she has been able to place her pilgrimage within the liturgical and spiritual context of Holy Week: contemplation of Christ’s passion provides insight into her own suffering and of Christ’s compassionate companionship within it. We sense His presence wherever the eyes of those who give and those who receive meet.

I suspect Gillian would not thank me for describing this as a brave book: she is (rightly) unhappy with the military metaphors which so often surround serious illness. Bravery, she says, usually involves an element of choice – and so often choice is the first thing to go after diagnosis. But she did have a choice about writing this guide for others on their pilgrimage, deliberately revisiting some dark and difficult places en route. Personally, I think that was brave. Brave, too, to acknowledge that recovery and remission are not necessarily a fairy tale return to the status quo; but if we are to help pilgrims, we can’t make assumptions about how they feel. We need to understand that there is a new normality: a quest narrative which neither lets the cancer be ignored nor allows it to overcome.

I’ll be honest, initially this wasn’t the easiest of books to read, but I have come to see it as a psalm to read prayerfully. And I do recommend it whole heartedly. If you find yourself accompanying someone on their pilgrimage through cancer or other serious illness, it will help you both.

Reviewed by the Revd Norma Fergusson, Volunteer Chaplain, Dorothy House Hospice

Cancer: A Pilgrim Companion is just £8.99 until July 31st 2017 (RRP £9.99) and POST FREE from the shop or £6.49 from our online shop + £2.50 postage. Order by phoning 01722 326899 or by emailing

Author Gillian Straine will be running a day course at Sarum College on Saturday 7 July 2018 based on her book Cancer: A Pilgrim Companion. See the course page for full details.