People and Places, June 2016

On Pentecost Sunday, 15 May, the

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Canon Dr Bill Domeris

Cathedral celebrated the “Church’s Birthday”. Canon Bill Domeris, the Chancellor of the Diocese, was the preacher. Later that day the Bishop and Mama Noncedo, and Archdeaconry clergy, together with members of the parish, joined the

Dr Claire cutting the Church's Birthday Cake
Dr Claire cutting the Church’s Birthday Cake

Hunter family in a celebration lunch to congratulate Claire on the award of her PhD.


The previous week the Hunters hosted the Revd Lori and Bill Boehning from the USA. Lori, who studied with Claire at Fuller Theological Seminary in California, is a Presbyterian minister who is taking a sabbatical in South Africa, to explore some of the changes that have taken place in this country since 1994.

On Trinity Sunday, 22 May, the Dean and LuthanMay Baptismdo Madiba baptised adult candidates and a number of boys from Eluxolweni: Azole Kewuti, Lihle Nogemane, Anele Nonyathe, Vuyisa Pondoyi, Sigqibo Saki, Leroy Trollip, Zanele Twaku and John van Heerden. We welcome them into the family of the Church of God, and the Cathedral family in particular.

The Cathedral parish welcomes a group of College of the Transfiguration students who have come to assist and gain ministerial experience. They are: Aphiwe Flatela, Nobuhle Hlatshwayo, Lindokuhle Khanyile, the Revd Freeman Khomo, Thamsanqa Makwasa, Sipokazi Matini, Lethwa Ndwandwe, Sibonginkosi Sibeko and Nomkhosi Zulu.

Theo Tshazi, who was on our COTT module last year, suffered a tragic loss when shortly after his marriage to Zikhona Tshazi, they and others were involved in a horrific car accident. Zikhona, Theo’s sister and the driver who was a Lay Minister, all died. Theo was treated in hospital, but has been discharged. We ask God’s blessing and comfort on him at this terrible time. We pray for Ross Marriner on the death of his mother, and for Thabisa Yili on the death of her brother, as well as Mzi Dyantyi whose aunt has died, and the Bishop’s family following the sudden death of his nephew. Siphokazi Njokweni is mourning her niece Lindeka, and we pray for her as well as Lindeka’s two children who will be coming to live here with Siphokazi.

Clive Whitford has been suffering quite severe back pain. Although he has been controlling this with painkillers, we pray that the doctors will find a way to deal with the cause. Beth Denton underwent plastic surgery to deal with a troublesome scar on her forehead, and we give thanks that she is making a good recovery.

The Synod of the Diocese of Grahamstown took place in May at St Alban’s East London, and the Cathedral was represented by the clergy plus elected representatives Wayne Jayes and Rose Spannenberg. Geoff Antrobus attended his last Synod as a Trustee of the Diocese, a position he has held for 25 years.

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Barbara Stout in the Scottish spring

Pat and Sally Terry have returned from an enjoyable six weeks in the UK, which included visits to Sally’s family in England and Scotland, and staying with Barbara and Wilf Stout in their home in the west of Scotland. Barbara hardly had time to change the sheets before Maggy Clarke arrived as their next house guest. She was touring England, Ireland and Scotland seeing old friends and beautiful places. These included Durham, where Maggy and Bob Clarke had met as students, and funnily enough Barbara and Wilf had also met as students at the same time, although the two couples had to wait until they came to Grahamstown to get to know each other. Chris and Julia Mann are back in South Africa after spending some months at the side of his sister Jackie Shipster in England following her stroke. She has now been transferred to a rehabilitation unit.

Congratulations to AJ Bethke on the premiere of his first String Quartet on 26 May. The performance of this work by the newly formed local GATE Quartet, which includes John and Gail Jackson’s daughter Hayley, was warmly received by an enthusiastic audience. Anyone who missed this performance must make a note that the Bethke 1st Quartet will be played again in the Festival on 2 July (see the Spiritfest programme).

Ashton Coltman, who until recently was a member of the Cathedral choir, was privileged to be one of five Grahamstown matric pupils selected to take part in the Model International Criminal Court trials in Krzyzowa, Poland. A number of current members of the Cathedral Choir from Graeme College came back with awards from the Port Rex Lions Eisteddfod in East London. Congratulations to: Lelethu Cekiso, Sange Loliwe, Kamva Ntapu, Hlumelo Kulati, Sixolile Lamani and Xolisa Foley.

Congratulations and good wishes for every blessing to Rachel Hunter on her 21st birthday. Her parents Andrew and Claire went down to the Western Cape for the celebrations on the last weekend in May.

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