ST EDWARD's Church News Archive 2017

Great Grandson

Congratulations to Mrs Megan Martin on her second Great Grandson, Rufus Samuel born 25 March.

Area Dean

Congratulations to our Vicar, the Reverend Canon Stewart Lisk who has been licensed as Area Dean of Cardiff on 1st April.

Forget Me Not Cafe

Our Forget Me Not Cafe opened its doors for the first time on 2nd May. It is planned to meet every Tuesday 2pm-4pm for people with memory problems and their carers.

Alexandre Prévert

On 2nd June 20 year old French concert pianist, Alexandre Prévert gave a concert for Christian Aid entitled “Prévert, Piano And Poetry” combining major works for classical piano with poetry.

Residentiary Canon

Congratulations to Rev Dr Mark Dimond, former chorister at St Edward's, who was licensed and installed as Residentiary Canon for St Woolos Cathedral on 18th June.

Bench in memory of Phil and Cynthia

Thank you to the family of Phil & Cynthia Williams for the gift of the bench in memory of their parents.

Forty Years as Organist

On 9th July, Stewart and Alan presented Norman with a medal commemorating 40 years as organist at St Edward’s. Since 1 Oct 1917 (very nearly 100 years) St Edward’s has had only three organists. Norman is the longest serving.

Former Choristers

Congratulations to Maddie Evans Webb who achieved a first class honours degree in Biology at Imperial College, and is going on to an MSc at University College London. Also to Harriet Evans Webb who is taking up a PR job at Four Communications in London after a year working and travelling in Australia.

Enthronement of Bishop June

In her Enthronement Sermon Bishop June said, “I believe truly, madly and deeply in pastoral ministry within a local context. You may sometimes hear me described as a ‘strategic leader’ but most of my strategies will be to empower and strengthen the impact of the local church in what the Church in Wales does best, sacramental life in the public and pastoral life of families and communities. That begins with shaping the imagination of our neighbours.” Professor Norman Doe acted as Proctor for Bishop June at the Sacred Synod at Brecon Cathedral.

Passchendaele Centenary

A small group from St Edward's went to Flanders this week to attend memorial services marking the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, which is thought to have claimed 250,000 lives from both sides between 31 Jul-10 Nov 1917.

We visited the grave of each of the 9 soldiers on St Edward's memorial who died during this battle. We planted a Welsh flag with a thankful tribute, and sang 'Mae hen wlad fy'n hadau' around each grave. It was a very moving experience to be present at the centenary events, and to be able to fulfil our church promise to remember their sacrifice.

We visited and honoured: William Beer, Herbert Howitt, Percy Hier Davies (Tyne Cot cemetery); John Lewis Jenkins (Vlamertinghe cemetery); William Valentine Morgan (Bus House cemetery); Philip Charles Wyatt (Lijssenthoek cemetery); Frederick William Percy Ham (Canada Farm cemetery); George Thomas Dupe (Ramscappelle Rd cemetery); Frederick Charles Keevil (Zuydecoote cemetery). We also honoured Bruce Carlton Richards, who was killed some months before Passchendaele, and is buried a few rows away from Tom Dupe at Ramscappelle Rd cemetery.

Archbishop John

13th Archbishop of Wales is Bishop John Davies, who has served as the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon for the past nine years. Having been the ‘lead Bishop’ for Church and Society issues, Archbishop John is profoundly interested in matters of social justice and has spoken out on a range of issues, including homelessness and housing, rural problems, organ donation, assisted dying and poverty. As a former church chorister, organist and choirmaster, he has a passionate interest in church music being ‘done well’, whether complex musical settings or just simple hymns and songs, believing that it can do much to enhance quality, spirituality and effectiveness of many an act of worship.

Inaugural Bekynton Lecture

Norman Doe gave the inaugural Bekynton Lecture in Law and Religion at Wells Cathedral in October. The biennial lecture is a collaboration between Wells Cathedral, Harris and Harris Solicitors, and the Cardiff University Centre for Law and Religion. Thomas Bekynton (1390-1465) was a notable canon lawyer, Dean of the Court of Arches (1423), and Bishop of Bath and Wells (1443). Over 80 people attended the lecture which was followed by the book launch of N. Doe, The Legal Architecture of English Cathedrals (Routledge, 2017).

Dr Margaret Payne, 9th August 1926 - 3rd October 2017

Funeral Eulogy.

Enthronement of Archbishop John

Heather's "selfie" at the Enthronement!

St Anne's Memorial Panels

The Memorial Panels which used to form part of St Anne’s pulpit are now displayed on the south wall of the chancel at St Edward’s. We are grateful to Mr Robert Stogdon for his excellent work restoring and mounting them in their new home. They were rededicated on All Saints Sunday at the 11am Eucharist.

Forget Me Not Christmas Party

A very successful first 8 months of Forget Me Not Cafe completed with the Christmas Party on 19th December.