People and Places, December 2016

The Rhodes term ended with exams taking place in less than ideal circumstances, as the #feesmustfall protests continue to roll around the country. Regular prayer meetings have continued to be held here, and we give thanks that the exams did take place, with most students opting to write in November rather than taking up the offer of deferring their exams to January. We said farewell to a number of students, and wish them God’s richest blessings in the next phase of their lives.

Congratulations to Jeanette Hodgson and Heather Tracey, who both celebrated their 80th birthdays on the same day, 6 November. Congratulations also to Sylvester and Christeice Appollis on the birth of Arabella, a granddaughter for Katie! And to Jane Bradshaw who welcomes a new grandson.

Jane has been suffering from the after-effects of an injury to her shin, and we pray for her complete recovery. Prayers are also asked for Celia Jameson, who has undergone another operation. Sadly she has now given up her practice. Chris Walwyn and Clive Whitford have both had operations, and we pray for them as they recuperate.

Wayne and Marian Jayes
Wayne and Marian Jayes

In November we had to say a sad goodbye to Marian and Wayne Jayes, who have returned to live in the house they own on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Over the seven years they lived in Grahamstown their contribution to the life of the Cathedral has been immense, and we owe a great debt of gratitude to them. Wayne has been a Churchwarden and Treasurer, and managed the Cathedral website and Facebook page among many other things, and Marian’s involvements have included being Treasurer of the Makana Choir School and convening the St George’s Fair over the last four years. While he was at school, their son Jonathan was a server among other involvements. He has now just completed his second year at UCT. May God bless them in the next phase of their ministry.

At a ceremony at St Augustine’s Church Grahamstown on 6 November a number of women were admitted as members of the Mothers’ Union by Mzi Dyantyi our Sub-Dean and Archdeacon. From the Cathedral these included his wife Lilitha, as well as Khayakazi Balekini and Lungiswa Sandi.

When Christmas approaches choirs tune up, and there is a feast of choral events, both services and concerts. Some singers take part in three or four different choirs, like Charles Antrobus! Before November was even over or Advent begun, carol concerts had been given by the University Madrigal Singers (an Advent concert in Rhodes Chapel), and the Pro Carmine Choir in Christ Church. Both involved adults from the Cathedral Choir. Because the Junior Choristers of Makana Choir School are not available in the school holidays, before they left the Cathedral hosted a Festival of Carols on 20 November, at which the carols sung included some composed by AJ Bethke. One of them also featured additional words specially written by Pat Terry. Other local composers whose work was aired were the junior choristers, who composed a carol for the occasion, and sang it conducted by Anelisa Kelemi. Indivile Vili, one of our new choristers, also wrote a work which was sung at the morning Sung Eucharist on 6 November. We give thanks for the creativity of Cathedral people of all ages.

The Community of the Resurrection of Our Lord hosted their Fellowship Day in honour of the birth date of their founder, Mother Cecile, on 19 November. It was good to be with friends from near and far including Larry Collett and Rita Macrae. English visitor Sue Hennessy gave a fascinating talk on a walking trip she and a friend took through the foothills of the Himalayas. The pictures she projected were really beautiful, but for most of us listening the journey sounded too uncomfortable!

Warm congratulations to Nceba January, on being accepted to study for his Master’s degree. And to Dean Andrew, who is now back at work having spent his three-month Sabbatical preparing the proposal for his PhD. This has been accepted by NMMU, so he can start work in earnest on his thesis. His subject of study centres around Conflict and Transformation, with the #feesmustfall campaign at Rhodes as his case study.

All best wishes for a blessed and wonder-filled Christmas!

People and Places is compiled by Maggy Clarke, Please send items of news to her at: mjclarke@imaginet.co.za, or as comments to this blog.