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 firstname.lastname@example.org.