July Update

Monday 2nd July, 2012

The summer months will witness a number of changes, as some familiar faces move on and new faces arrive. We say farewell to two well-known and loved faces and extend a warm welcome to their successors.

* Our Chaplain, Nicki McNelly, as previously announced, heads west to St John’s Cathedral, Oban and the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles.  St John’s Cathedral will be richly blessed in having at its helm a fine and faithful priest with strong pastoral skills who leaves behind in Edinburgh many who have greatly benefitted from her ministry. Nicki will celebrate for the last time at 10.30am on Sunday 26 August, after which a presentation will be made to her in gratitude for all that she has given to us.  We wish her and Iain and the girls every happiness in their new home in Oban.

* Willie Shaw completes his ordination training this summer and then joins us as Chaplain.  Willie has been combining his theological studies with working with children with special needs. I am delighted that he is coming to the Cathedral and know that we will benefit from his gifts.

* Assistant Organist Nick Wearne is heading south after the Edinburgh Festival to London’s famous St Martin-in-the-Fields. All of us at the Cathedral have valued his sensitive accompaniments and wonderful concerts and voluntaries. We wish him every success in his playing career in London.

* Donald Hunt, former Organ Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral, London and Assistant Organist at St Mary’s, Newark, succeeds Nick as Assistant Organist at the Cathedral.  At audition Donald impressed the panel, and everyone who met him is delighted that he is coming north to work here at the Cathedral and at Fettes College.

* On both the General Synod and Diocesan web sites can be seen the beginnings of our search for a new Vice-Provost.

Other news:

The Prestonpans Tapestry makes a return visit this summer; and you will see from the Cathedral’s 2012 Festival Leaflet (included in the magazine) the amazing range of activities going on in the Cathedral this August.  All of this happens because of the huge commitment of a relatively small number of people to whom I owe a great debt of gratitude.

Behind the scenes this summer will be the on-going detailed work on the development and landscaping of the north side of the Cathedral, and we are still on schedule for an October start date.

During July and August the leaders of our Sunday Club and Junior Youth Group have a well-deserved rest: the library will be there on Sunday mornings in the summer months for our younger members.  I am delighted to report that on the first Sunday of each month from now on there will be a crèche in the Chapter House, run by mums (and dads), for our increasing number of babies and toddlers.

The summer months see a large number of visitors to the Cathedral, especially on Sunday mornings.  Coffee on Sunday mornings is now served in the Resurrection Chapel, where a warm welcome awaits everyone.

Enjoy the summer!