The Rector writes…

  1. At the end of the Abbey’s Parish Eucharist today I will be making presentations on your behalf to two Abbey Vergers who have served us with loyalty and devotion for a good number of years. Stuart McCreadie retires today as Senior Second Verger, and Richard Churchill retired last month as Honorary Third Verger. You have been generous with their presentation funds – for which many thanks – but what will matter to them most is that they are both retiring with the sense of jobs well done, and with our gratitude and appreciation.


Both will remain very much involved in the life of the Benefice, Richard as an Abbey Server and Stuart as a former Longburton Churchwarden – and the husband of Longburton’s Chaplain! So this is not a farewell – simply an opportunity to thank them for all that they as Vergers have done for us. Sandra and I will be hosting a small party for them at the Vicarage tomorrow evening, together with their current colleagues and their successors.


  1. I announced last Sunday the appointment of one of our Assistant Curates, The Reverend Dr Richard Wyld, as Chaplain to the Bishop of Portsmouth. It may take two months or so before he is able to move, as his housing in Fareham has yet to be sorted. Despite this being holiday time, with many parishioners away, I hope there will be a good response to his Presentation fund, which I open officially today. He has been a loyal and learned colleague and a good friend not only to me and the other clergy but also to many of you. We will miss him enormously.


You can make a gift to Richard’s presentation simply by sending it to or leaving it at the Parish Office. You can give cash or a cheque (the latter made payable to Sherborne Abbey, please). Please mark your envelope “Richard Wyld Presentation”.  Thank you.


3. Many of you will remember the then doyen of our “retired clergy”, The Reverend Anthony Johnson and his wife Mary.  Tony died aged 97 in 2012. Mary was eight years younger, and died on Wednesday 19 July just a few days short of her 94th birthday. She had been living at the College of St Barnabas for some time – a most beautiful residential home for retired clergy, their spouses and widows at Lingfield in Surrey. Her son, Canon Michael Johnson (my successor as Vicar of Wroughton, now retired) has written to me to say that Sherborne friends are most welcome to attend her funeral at the College at 11.00 am on Wednesday 9 August.