People and Places, March 2015

A warm welcome to all students, whether returning after the long vacation, or new to this city and the Cathedral. That includes students of the College of the Transfiguration (COTT), and their families, as well as the new COTT Rector, Vicentia Kgabe. May their time here be blessed.

Many Cathedral people went away for Christmas, not a luxury available to the clergy, but after Christmas Dean Andrew went for an extremely brief visit to New Zealand, to attend his nephew’s wedding near Christchurch on the South Island. The wedding was a lovely occasion, at a seaside resort.

When the Rhodes Chamber Choir performed in Orientation Week in the Monument, Charles Antrobus sang a solo before the largest audience of his life – in isiXhosa.

Nuns never seem to look old, so it was a surprise to realise that Sister Carol CR was celebrating her 80th birthday. Her brother and sister-in-law came to visit her from Harare for the occasion.

We welcome two new Lay Ministers, both post-graduate students: Thelma Maloto and Namso Nyamela. Namso is also a server, and has rejoined the choir this year.

Many people have been praying for Claire Nye Hunter’s brother David Nye in Cape Town, whose continuing serious illness baffled the experts. Although it was never defined, we are delighted to hear that he is now well on the road to recovery.

Jeanette Hodgson has been in and out of hospital with heart trouble, and Angie Marriner has to have a major operation. Prayers are asked for them, and also for James Hoyle, retired priest at Christ Church, whose cancer has returned.

On the evening of Shrove Tuesday, 17 February, news broke of the death of Paddy Tandy, less than three weeks after he had been diagnosed with cancer of the liver. We give thanks that during that short time his son was able to visit him from Johannesburg, and they could talk together. Prayers are asked for his wife Joy and all the family.

The customary pancake evening on Shrove Tuesday at St George’s Hall was a great success, as ever. Even with eight gas burners roaring away, the succession of pancake-cooks could hardly keep up with demand! Some people took away piles of pancakes, others sat down and enjoyed them with salads at the tables. When the mixture ran out, and the takings were counted and expenses deducted, the Bishop’s Appeal was richer by in the region of R4,500! Well done to Sally Terry and the team of parishioners, adults and school-girls.

Warm wishes for blessings this Lent, and joy at Eastertide.

People and Places is compiled by Maggy Clarke. Please give her items of news at 046 622 7803 or

People and Places February 2015

Here we are, well into 2015. Warm wishes to all Grahamstown Cathedral members and friends for this new year. Means of communication in this 21st century just keep on multiplying, and for a variety of reasons it has been decided to reduce the number of printed issues of The Spire produced each year. At the same time we can take advantage of the wonders of the Internet to maintain the monthly instalments of “People and Places.” So welcome to the new P & P, whether you read it on the Cathedral web page, or in low-tech form pinned up on a notice board. Please keep the news coming.

Many Cathedral people went away for Christmas. Perhaps the most exotic destination was Goa, India, where Cathy and Patrick Pringle joined their daughter Janet for a family Christmas followed by fascinating sight-seeing further afield on the sub-continent. But at the same time there were visitors here, including Margie and Geoff Antrobus’s daughter Helen Pfister and her family, from New Zealand, and Dorothy Holder who visited from Cape Town before Christmas.

Four members of the Cathedral Choir spent a week over the new year attending a Summer School organised by the Royal School of Church Music in Cape Town. David Foulkes, Aphiwe Mame, Sesona Bay and Maggy Clarke greatly enjoyed the fellowship, fun and high quality musical training. The excellent visiting conductor from the USA was none other than Garmon Ashby, who spent his childhood in Grahamstown. After 13 years teaching at Bishop’s (Diocesan College) in Cape Town, he left in 2000 to further his training as a church musician at Yale, and stayed on to work first in Tucson, Arizona, and now in Houston, Texas.

Congratulations to Claire Nye Hunter on the 20th anniversary of her ordination as a priest. Peter and Elizabeth Breetzke welcome a new grandson, Levi, born to their daughter Jane in Cape Town.

On 14 December the Mothers’ Union of the Cathedral admitted two new members: Zukhanye Mtuze and Noluthando Ncaca. We give thanks for the growth in the MU and pray for their work. At the same service three little Matyumzas, grandchildren of Joyce, were baptised: Luzuko, Thandile and Liyabona, along with one adult, Debbie Myburg. We welcome them into the Lord’s family! Three days later Debbie was married in the Cathedral to Corné Labuschagne, who had renewed his baptism vows when Debbie was baptised. All good wishes for every blessing on them in their life together.

Rodney Bridger gives thanks that his father, Ernest Bridger, is recovering well after a gall-stone operation. Beth Dickerson was rushed to hospital in Port Elizabeth before Christmas with blood clots on her lungs. We give thanks that she survived this alarming experience and was discharged within a week. Audrey Holmes spent two weeks in Settlers’ Hospital but is now back at St Luke’s. Also out of hospital and back home are Jeanette Hodgson, and Thembeka Peter, Monwabisi’s mother. We give thanks for the improvement in their health and pray for their complete recovery. Special prayers have been asked at this time for Claire Nye Hunter’s brother David Nye in Cape Town, whose continuing serious illness has baffled the experts. Pray that tests will reveal the cause and point the way to a cure. Pray also for Lunga Dongwana and the family on the death of his uncle, Lulamile Dongwana.

Congratulations to Jonathan Jayes on his outstanding Matric results. He achieved six A symbols in the IEB exams, and is going to further his studies at UCT. Back after a most enjoyable gap year teaching in the UK, Rachel Hunter has now started at Stellenbosch University.

Jessica Smith having finished her teaching qualification at Rhodes at the end of last year, has been appointed at Victoria Girls’ High School, and has moved into accommodation on the school campus. Paul and June Walters’ son William is also embarking on a teaching career, moving to Kimberley. We wish them well. William’s brother John and his wife Cath have returned from the Far East and John has been appointed to teach at St Andrew’s College. It is good to see Mike Skipper, who is back on the staff of DSG and also teaching at St Andrew’s and Prep, after many years in the UK. The choir were happy to welcome him back into his place in the bass row. His wife Sue will be following him later in the year.

People and Places is compiled by Maggy Clarke. Please give her items of news at 046 622 7803 or