The Annual Vestry meeting was held on 15 March, and we welcome the newly elected churchwardens and parish councillors, and pray for them: churchwardens Jane Bradshaw and Wayne Jayes, alternate churchwarden Paul Walters; councillors: Claire Cordell, Paul Daniels II, Lunga Dongwana, Cathy Euijen, David Greybe, Duma Myemane and Patrick Pringle. They were admitted to their offices on 22 March, and at the same service our two new lay ministers received their licences, Thelma Maloko and Namso Nyamela.
After some months of filling the post of Parish Secretary on a “temporary” (but most efficient) basis, Chris Walwyn was among those who applied for this vacant position, and his appointment was announced at the Vestry Meeting. We give thanks, and pray that he will have a long and happy sojourn in the Parish Office.
At the beginning of March we were introduced to the College of the Transfiguration placement team for 2015: Bruce Woolley, Qabuka (Theo) Tshazi, Marlon Porter, Zinzile Mdululwa and Deon Manuel. We welcome them and their families as they share in the ministry here and gain practical experience. Congratulations to the members of last year’s module who graduated at the ceremony on 18 March: Naomi Alexander and Matthew Wright received the Certificate in Anglican Ministry, and those who passed the Diploma of Theology were Bertha Gowera, Ronald Dias, Nobuntu Mageza (with Distinction) and Shaun Cozette, who not only achieved a Distinction but also won awards both as Most Improved student and for Academic Excellence in the Diploma.
A very warm welcome to Ann Greybe, who has now arrived from Scotland to join her husband David here on a permanent basis. Other newcomers to the Cathedral include John Murray, who has moved to Grahamstown from George, and Lorraine Cassim, a long-time Associate of the CR Sisters, who has taken the decision to move from Port Elizabeth to live with the Community. A joyful occasion at the CR was the celebration of Sister Dorianne’s 100th birthday on 14 March. Seventy or more friends of all ages came to celebrate, some from as far afield as the UK. The party took place in the St Peter’s common-room on the morning of the big day. Sister Dorianne was happy to see them all, and to read all the many cards and messages which arrived for her.
More visitors from the UK over the same weekend were Christopher Helyer from Dartmouth, and one of the young volunteers for the Mayenziwe Project, Joseph Partridge. They were in the country to help with the construction of school classrooms in the King William’s Town area, and were able to join the Cathedral Choir for the morning Eucharist on the day of our Vestry Meeting.
Brother John OHC spent some time in hospital in Cape Town recently, for an operation on his brain which hopefully will cure his epilepsy. The surgeon who operated on him is a world leader in this relatively new procedure, and we pray that it will be a success. Pasha Alden had an operation on 17 February, and we pray for her complete recovery. Patrick and Cathy Pringle give thanks that their daughter Janet was spared serious injury in the accident which saw her car written off. Fiona Coyne spent more than a week in Settlers’ Hospital with pneumonia, and prayers are asked for her and her husband Basil.
We pray for Uminathi Anthony, one of the young tenors in our choir, whose father Theo died quite suddenly, and for Eunice Ncwadi our Verger, whose sister-in-law Irene Gawe Ncwadi has died. Prayers also for Jane Bradshaw on the death of her cousin George Barbour, and for our former Director of Music, Barbara Stout, whose father died in the UK in February.
Congratulations to Tyreece Burger on being chosen as Head Girl of Victoria Primary School for 2015. Her photo appeared in Grocotts, and in the same issue the front-page picture featured Ongamela Peter and Nikilitha Gabavana, two of the young violinists of VP who played in a concert on 6 March. This was to raise funds to take the violin group to Cape Town for workshops, and a performance with the Buffalo Suzuki Strings from New York. And congratulations to Andrew Meiklejohn on being selected for the Rhodes first rowing team, and awarded full University colours.
Readers of the Sunday Times should look out for the by-line of Asha Speckman, a former Grahamstonian, Rhodes journalism student and Cathedral server. On 15 March an interview appeared in the Business Times which Asha had conducted with Mimi Mahlasela, who plays the part of Aggie Ngwenya on the soapie 7de Laan.
A former Cathedral Director of Music, Christopher Cockburn, has been honoured by the Royal School of Church Music by being made an Associate of the RSCM. The citation calls him a “leading organist”, mentions his academic posts and composing, and that he “has spent many years training both choristers and young organists and has dedicated much of his working life to the causes of the RSCM and church music.” Congratulations to Christopher, and also to our current Director of Music, Andrew-John Bethke. One of his compositions, “In the tender compassion of our God”, has been chosen to be featured in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music in May, where it will be performed for the first time. Well done!
In the week before Palm Sunday the choirs of St Andrew’s College, DSG and the Cathedral combined to perform an “Easter Cantata” in the Cathedral, accompanied by organ and small orchestra. This was actually a service of nine readings and various musical items, taking us on a journey from Palm Sunday through Passiontide to Easter. This collaboration with our Anglican schools was something special, and the Cathedral was packed on both evenings.
Dean Andrew Hunter and his daughters Rachel and Nicola all took part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour on 8 March. Because of the huge fire which had only recently been extinguished in the Cape Peninsula, the tour was shortened to 47 km, less than half its normal length. The girls were probably relieved not to have to cycle the whole route as they were riding a borrowed tandem bike. Their “practice” on this machine was a mere quarter of an hour, just long enough to decide that they did better with Rachel in front and Nicola behind! As usual they sought sponsorship from friends and parishioners for the Bumble Bee Fund (for children with disabilities) and were delighted to raise more than R4000.
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