Housekeeping Assistant Vacancy

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Housekeeping Assistant vacancy.

To find out more about the post of Housekeeping Assistant, please see the following documents:

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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 completed application form to Jenny Brownhill at Sarum College by 4pm on Thursday 8 March 2018, which is the deadline for receipt of completed applications.

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:

Jenny Brownhill, Housekeeping Assistant Post, Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EE

Please note that only those applicants who send a completed Sarum College application form 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 12 March 2018 you have not received an invitation to attend an interview, you may assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

The selection process will take place during the week commencing Monday 12 March 2018.

Only candidates eligible to live and work in the UK should apply. All shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at the selection process.

If you wish to discuss the post before you apply, please contact Jenny Brownhill on 01722 424800 or email

Book Launch with James Steven

Join Sarum College Bookshop for the launch of James Steven’s book from the Joint Liturgical Studies, Ambrose of Milan on Baptism: A study of De Sacramentis and De Mysteriis.

Thursday 8 March 2018, 12.15pm to 1pm

James Steven is Academic Dean and Coordinator for the Centre for Liturgy and Worship at Sarum College. He is a leading scholar in the fields of contemporary worship and the theological dimensions of liturgical practice.

Free and open to all, refreshments provided
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Morning of Children’s Books and More!

Join Sarum College Bookshop for a morning with Salisbury author Pam Pointer and teacher and author David Gatward, authors of Help! I’m a New Mum! and Help! I’m a New Dad! – books of honest shouts and whispers to God about all things baby.

Tuesday 27 March, 11am to 12 noon

There will be displays of beautiful children’s books, for babies to teens, ideas for baptism presents and Easter cards.

Pam Pointer, is the author of a number of non-fiction books, plus two books of poetry. She also writes meditations, features and columns for various publications. She has broadcast Morning Thoughts for BBC Wiltshire, and enjoys speaking engagements in churches and with small groups.

Pam’s latest book, Help! I’m a New Mum!, published by Kevin Mayhew, is a book of honest shouts and whispers to God about all things baby – from labour to love, from panic to peace, from smells to smiles. The prayers are not always polite but they’re real and will prove a good companion for any new mum.

Pam is married with three adult daughters, three sons-in-law and five grandchildren. Her interests include photography, bird-watching, country walking, watching sport – particularly tennis, rugby and cricket – and keeping fit.

Pam blogs each week on her website.

David Gatward is an award-winning author with a national reputation as a creative writing tutor and motivational speaker, working with primary and secondary schools across the country. A qualified teacher and highly-experienced editor, David has worked in a wide range of child-centred fields, including an outdoor activity centre, children’s publishing, and Ofsted. He now divides his time between writing and visiting schools.

Fatherhood is a wondrous, insane, frustrating, bonkers, frightening, messy, upsetting, terrifying, all-consuming, life-affirming, blessing. Help! I’m a New Dad! is a collection of prayers from those first few months of welcoming a new life into the world. Honest, real, filled with laughter and tiredness, frustration and joy, the end result is the same: sharing what it is to be a dad with our own heavenly father.

Free, all welcome (incuding babies and toddlers)
There will be tea, coffee (inc. decaf), juice and chocolate brownies!
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Anna Simmons Exhibition

Paintings by Anna Simmons are on display throughout Sarum College on the theme of light shining in dark places.

Anna has painted all her life, but has had no formal training in her youth.

In later life, after her children had left home, Anna gave up her job as a teacher to devote herself to painting. She then studied at St. Martin’s and this period inspired a particular direction in her work which continues today.

Anna has had one woman shows in London, Bath and America, and has sold widely all over the world, including Italy, Switzerland and Germany.

The exhibition is free and open daily.

Contact us   |   Art exhibitions at Sarum College

The Spirituality of Jane Austen: Book Launch with Paula Hollingsworth

Join Sarum College Bookshop for the launch of Paula Hollingsworth’s recently published book, The Spirituality of Jane Austen.

Wednesday 7 March 2018, 12pm to 1pm

Author Paula Hollingsworth completed her MA in Christian Spirituality at Sarum College in 2007, and wrote her dissertation on Jane Austen.

2017 marked the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, whose six completed novels have never been out of print. Best known for her novels, ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Mansfield Park’, and ‘Emma’, first published anonymously, Austen commented, critiqued and illuminated the life of the English upper classes. But did Austen’s writings highlight anything about her own spirituality?

In this celebratory book, Paula Hollingsworth explores Jane Austen’s gentle but strong faith and the effect it had both on her life and her writing. Drawing on Jane’s life story, her letters, her friendships, her books and the characters portrayed, Paula shows the depth of Jane Austen’s spirituality.

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Dust That Dreams of Glory: Reflections on Lent and Holy Week

Join Sarum College Bookshop for the launch of Dust That Dreams of Glory, the latest book based on the previously unpublished work of Michael Mayne.

Thursday 8 February at 4pm

Michael Mayne was the former Dean of Westminster, and Head of Religious Programmes, BBC Radio.

The book is edited and introduced by Dr Joel Huffstetler, a leading scholar of Michael Mayne’s work. Joel will talk about his work in putting together this and the other two books of the recent trilogy.

He is the editor of To Trust and to Love: Sermons and Addresses; God’s Consoling Love: Sermons and Addresses; and Prayer as well as the critically acclaimed literary biography of Michael Mayne, Gratitude and Grace. He is rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Tennessee.

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Call For Short Papers: Iterations: Spirituality in post-Christian Times

Following the success of a day conference in May 2017 (entitled Interrelations: Spirituality and Theology), the Sarum Centre for Contemporary Spirituality is pleased to announce a second day conference in this series on Monday 14 May 2018.

We are also delighted to be welcoming leading US theologian of his generation, Professor David Tracy from the University of Chicago, for a Public Lecture on the preceding Sunday evening. Professor Tracy will also be participating in the Monday conference.

Conference Theme – Iterations: Spirituality in post-Christian Times

The current English usage of the word ‘spirituality’ seems to have arrived via French Catholicism in the mid-20th Century. Since then, the word has rapidly accrued a life of its own, beyond a Christianity in seeming terminal decline. At the same time, many spy opportunities in this new category for a wider and deeper reengagement of Christian traditions. Today, western ‘spirituality’ of all kinds must inhabit a culture where religious belief seems eccentric and yet the Christian past resurfaces everywhere. This day-conference will explore the contemporary iterations of spirituality in this fluid context.

The morning of the conference will host sessions with two plenary speakers from 10am, as well as a session of structured conversation with David Tracy around the conference theme.

After buffet lunch in college, the conference afternoon will then contain up to nine 40-minute short papers, running via parallel sessions.

Proposals are therefore requested for max. 25 min. (c. 3,000 word) short papers on subjects broadly connected to the conference theme (allowing 15 minutes for discussion).

For example, papers might touch on the following (N.B. this list is not intended as exhaustive):

  • Contemporary spiritualities which both resist and retrieve the Christian past
  • Music, novels, poetry, film etc. and spirituality in post-Christian times
  • Spirituality and nonbelief
  • Spirituality as a meeting point for pastoral practice
  • Pre-modern spiritual writing and us as readers today
  • Notions of subjectivity and/or experience in contemporary spirituality
  • Spirituality and interreligious dialogue
  • Women’s spirituality in a post-Christian age
  • The character and relevance of popular Christian spiritual writing today
  • Spirituality and psychology/psychoanalysis
  • The impact of the rise of “spirituality” on non-Christian traditions
  • The language of “soul” today
  • Spirituality in contemporary politics
  • Living by the Bible in post-Christian times

Please submit your proposal (max. 400 words) to Dr Barnabas Palfrey at Sarum College ( by Friday 2 March 2018. You will be informed whether your proposal has been accepted by Friday 9 March.

There will be a reduced charge for students and short-paper presenters at the conference, to cover costs, including buffet lunch and refreshments. Unfortunately, we cannot cover travel costs for presenters.

Registration and payment enquiries should be directed to Alison Ogden (; academic enquiries should be directed to Barnabas Palfrey (

The main conference webpage is

Things That Make for Peace: A Christian Peacemaker in a World of War

Join Sarum College Bookshop for an evening with Bishop Peter Price in Conversation with Major General Tim Cross CBE.

Thursday 22 February at 6.30pm

The former Bishop of Bath and Wells discusses his new book, based on his experience of over forty years working in reconciliation in Northern Ireland, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East with the Army Adviser to the House of Commons.

Tim Cross has operational experience in Northern Ireland, the Balkans and Kosovo, and was deployed to Washington, Kuwait and Baghdad as the International Deputy in the US led Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Affairs.

Free and open to all, refreshments provided
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Happy Christmas from Everyone at Sarum College

Happy Christmas from everyone at Sarum College.

Over Christmas and New Year Sarum College will be closed from 5pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

All messages and emails will be responded to in the new year.

We know everyone says it’s been a busy year, but there really has been a lot going on at Sarum College in the past year, and here’s a hint of it:

January saw the opening of the Paint Me This way exhibition by Susan Carr who painted portraits of terminally ill. We held the year’s first Centre for Formation in Ministry study day held during our ministry training weekends, and open to all. Try the forthcoming Christian Doctrine and History or Bible in Context sessions.

We also welcomed Mark Oakley of St. Paul’s Cathedral to launch his book A Splash of Words.

In February, we held the first Relocating Religion: Cultural and Spiritual Realignments module created in partnership by the Centre for Theology, Imagination and Culture and the Centre for Implicit Religion. It was a huge success and will run again in February 2019.

In March we welcomed Gillian Ahlgren from Xavier University in Ohio, who led an evening on spirituality and social justice. Gillian is back for the Summer School in August, a joint venture of the Centre for Contemporary Spirituality and Centre for Human Flourishing. We also had a talk on Mary and Nicholas Grey’s book Thirsting for Water, 30 years of Wells for India, a charity they founded to bring sustainable supplies of drinking water to 1.5 million people.

In April, Holy Week was led by Clare and Alan Amos who have had distinguished ministries in the Middle East. Ann Philp (read her delightful blog here) takes the mantle in March 2018 Holy Week. April also saw the first of four Sarum Lectures and a seminar by Dr Jane Shaw on the lives and faith of four 20th century Anglicans who revived spirituality at a time when people were questioning institutional religion.

In May, John Harper gave a talk on Ritual, Music and Architecture at Salisbury’s first Cathedral, as part of the Centre for Liturgy and Worship’s Music and Worship module which is running again in May 2019.

In June The Centre for Leadership Learning held its Understanding Organisations module. Don’t miss the April 2018 Christian Leadership in the Public Square module – it has a great line-up of contributors.

In July, Theology Quest and Questions concluded with a discussion of God and Christian Identity. David Catchpole is back on 9 January for the spring term.

During August we launched photographer Sam Ivin’s Lingering Ghosts exhibition of portraits of those seeking asylum in the UK.

The following week we held a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Victoria Cross award to Padre Addison who trained at Salisbury Theological College. Pictured above is Padre Addison’s grandson, Tim Addison, along with James Woodward. The College’s display of the replica Victoria Cross will be unveiled at the Robbins Lecture on February 15th.

We also held the Centre for Formation in Ministry Summer School, marking the start of the academic year for the 21 new students training for ordination and four training to be Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs).


In September we held the last of three 2017 Taster Days, for those interested in postgraduate study here, as well as the Niblett Memorial Lecture, How to Speak of God with Elaine Graham. Look out for next year’s special Niblett Lecture on September 22nd in Salisbury’s Guildhall with Steve Chalke, founder of Oasis charity.

In October the Sarum College Library had a wonderful exhibition on historic Bibles and hosted events as part of the national Secret Libraries week. We are excited about our new Rural Pathway and ran our first rural ministry study day: Rural Churches: The Story of Community with Janneke Blokland. The month concluded with events from the inaugural Salisbury Literary Festival.

Books were flying off Sarum College Bookshop tables and on the Writers’ Day, the Cavell Room was packed with soaking up top tips from the professionals.

The November Song of Songs Biblical Study Break led by Philip Seddon had beautiful art, bowls of almonds and books on display to set the scene. Browse the Centre for Encountering the Bible’s 2018 courses here. We also had a wine tasting evening with our esteemed former Chair of Trustees Alec Knight who gave us a delicious tour of seven wines with food matches lovingly made by our catering manager, Richard Amey. We are planning a summer wine tasting evening so do let us know if you’re interested. In the meantime, if you’re planning a function or just want to come for a meal, view our menus and get in touch.

In December we hosted the MODEM conference, an annual gathering of those engaged in value-based approaches to leadership. Last week, Principal James Woodward was in conversation with Elizabeth Bartlett (both pictured), who has worked to support those with dementia for more than 40 years.

The two were recorded as part of the BBC’s Listening Project. James writes a blog and there’s a growing list of Dementia Resources for Christians on our website.

Those are just the highlights! For more information, and to see what’s coming up, visit our news page and the website events calendar.

With very best wishes for 2018 from all of us at Sarum College.

Everything You Need to be Ready for Lent

Join Sarum College Bookshop for an afternoon with everything you need to be ready for Lent.

Thursday 11 January, 3pm to 5pm

James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College, will review the best of the new books and lent courses this year.

Artist and author Tessa Wilkinson and musician and author Jan Brind, both authors of a number of books in the popular Creative Ideas series, will have simple and practical ideas to use with all age worship, messy church and family services as well as some different ideas for hymns to use during Lent.

Get ahead of the game!

Free and open to all, refreshments provided
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