Thursday 30th August, 2012
August sees two of our dedicated servants move: one heads west to Oban, one heads south to London.
Nicky McNelly has served the Cathedral with love and care and I know how many of you have valued her ministry. What is clearly our loss is a big gain for St John’s Cathedral, Oban. We wish her and Iain every happiness in Oban. A presentation was made to Nicki on her last Sunday, and we hope she will treasure what we gave her as we most certainly treasure all she has given us.
Assistant Organist Nicholas Wearne has through his playing brought beauty and inspiration to our music and worship. He now heads to St Martin-in-the-Fields, and all of us wish him every success in London.
New faces and new duties: Willie Shaw (who will be ordained at the end of the month) and Assistant Organist Donald Hunt now join the team, and I am delighted to welcome them. On a personal note I have been appointed Chair of Court at Edinburgh Napier University. The Chairman of Court is responsible for leadership of the university’s governing body.
The news of the sudden death of Geoffrey Millard made many hearts ache. There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for Geoff’s life at 3.30pm on Sunday 23rd September for this loving and lovely man. I know all of us are keeping Jane and their family in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace, dear friend.