Comments: Andrew Tremlett to be next Dean of Durham

My word, episcopal announcements may take for ever (Dunwich, for example) but there's no messing about when it comes to this particular decanal announcement. Congratulations to Canon Tremlett on his appointment as Dean of Durham, surely, the best job in the Church of England at the world's finest cathedral. This more than compensates for missing out on being Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons in addition to being a Canon of Westminster. I wish the new Dean well as he follows in the gliding footsteps of Michael Sadgrove.

Posted by Father David at Thursday, 17 December 2015 at 11:12am GMT

Gosh, like Dunwich, another runner. This new generation in the C of E hierarchy have certainly speeded up, one almost longs for the old lepidopterist days.

Posted by Concerned Anglican at Thursday, 17 December 2015 at 11:17pm GMT

re Father David's comment about the retiring Dean of Durham's 'gliding footsteps':

I have only known one other Anglican clergyperson to practise the long-lost art of 'gliding', and that was Father Michael, S.S.F., in procession at Mass, at the parish church of St.Paul's, Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand; decades ago in the time of Father Prebble, of blessed memory.

The fact that his alb touched the ground during the procession, and that his gait was unearthly smooth, gave the uncanny impression that he had no feet and therefore appeared to 'glide'. This is a very difficult art, rarely practised today.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 18 December 2015 at 12:25am GMT

Has anyone else noticed that these statements seem no longer to include, as a matter of course, the college or course at which the appointees trained for ministry?

Posted by David Beadle at Friday, 18 December 2015 at 10:52am GMT

We are also told that the incoming Bishop of Dunwich "trained at Oxford," but not whether it was Wycliffe or St Stephen's...

Posted by David Beadle at Friday, 18 December 2015 at 10:57am GMT

The new bishop of Dunwich trained at Cuddesdon.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Friday, 18 December 2015 at 2:33pm GMT

*ahem* or Cuddesdon.

Posted by David Beadle at Friday, 18 December 2015 at 3:27pm GMT

I wonder when Rose who has been an excellent Chaplain to the Speaker will be invited to be a Dean or a Bishop. She well deserves it.

Posted by jean mayland at Friday, 18 December 2015 at 5:12pm GMT

Andrew Tremlett was snubbed by the Speaker and got the consolation prize of

"The man snubbed by Mr Bercow, 46-year-old Andrew Tremlett, currently a Canon at Bristol Cathedral, is to be made a Canon at Westminster Abbey as a ‘consolation prize’ by the Queen.
But he will have to make do with half the salary of the Commons Chaplain."


Rose Hudson-Wilkin got that position as chaplain to the commons.

Gary Paul Gilbert

Posted by Gary Paul Gilbert at Saturday, 19 December 2015 at 4:03am GMT

Fr. Ron, with regard to gliding I remember many years ago in my teenage years going along to the Sunderland Empire to hear the Red Army Choir and to see the Georgian State Dancers and I can clearly remember the ladies of the latter beautifully gliding across the stage as though they were moving about on an ice rink. In procession Dean Sadgrove imitated their gliding movement to perfection.
Yesterday at the conclusion of a very pleasant day off in London I attended Evening Prayer at St. Margaret's, Westminster at which Canon Tremlett read the lessons and led the intercession. At the conclusion of the Office I detected no glide as he walked down the aisle to the West Door. On leaving the church I was, however, able to personally congratulate him on his appointment as Dean of "the greatest cathedral on planet earth, bar none".

Posted by Father David at Saturday, 19 December 2015 at 4:58am GMT

I'm put off by Jean Maylands notion of people who deserve to be Deans or Bishops. This is not the way that I think about so called senior appointments. I don't happen to think Rose has the intellectual capacity that SHOULD be expected in such a job, but she would be one of a number in that position. Also - she seems to be doing an excellent job in the eyes of MPs and is surely doing greater things things for the Kingdom than the questionable effect most Deans and Bishops have?

Posted by Neil at Saturday, 19 December 2015 at 11:05pm GMT

Jean: I fear we may never know whether Rose gets 'invited' if she turns such things down.

Posted by DBD at Monday, 21 December 2015 at 11:33am GMT
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