July / August 2016




Pages 6-7

The Junior Girls choir supported by Anna and Aoife singing during the Cathedral Choir Schools concert which

launched a very successful Music Festival held during May.

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Letter from the Dean

By the Very Rev John Mann, Dean of Belfast

This summer we don’t

have a special service

planned (apart from

my daughter’s

wedding!) such as has

been the case every

year since I came to

St Anne’s. That

means that we have

some weeks for holidays

and planning without the focus of a

major commemoration or celebration.

This is particularly good news for the

members of staff who have recently

joined us, especially Mark Niblock and

Simon Cordner. It does take a while

to find one’s feet, but both seem to be

adaptable and quick to learn - ah, the

joys of youth!

There are various things afoot as one

might say. The website, which has

served us well for a decade, is creaking

a bit and cannot do what is required by

the demands of modern communication,

so we are looking into revamping that

area of our interface with the public and

source of information for the parishioner.

Also, there is some repair work going

on soon on the great bronze doors to

the Cathedral. The ones on the south

side have become unusable, due to the

mechanism under the lower hinge

collapsing. These can only be dealt with

by specialist workmen. They need to be

in full operation for September. So that

work is going ahead.

The offices are being re-organised once

again. It is difficult to get the configuration

just right, but we are working on a

scheme that makes the working

environment the best that we can

achieve for all concerned. So, happily,

we have a few weeks to move things on.

They will fly by and soon the children will

be back, the music start again, the

calendar look crammed with events and,

yet, day by day, we say our prayers,

share communion, contemplate our

blessings and look forward in hope.

Tributes to victims of Orlando shooting

A single candle burned in St Anne’s in

the wake of the shooting dead of 49 innocent

people at a nightclub in Orlando

on June 12.

Prayers for the victims were said at

services that day, and specially written

prayers were available in the Chapel of

the Holy Spirit, where people wanting to

reflect on the atrocity were able to light a

candle or spend time in silent prayer.

The attack at Pulse nightclub, by an

American-born man who had pledged allegiance

to ISIS, was the deadliest mass

shooting in the United States and the

nation’s worst terror attack since 9/11.

All victims of violence were remembered

in the prayers said in the days following

the attack.

Friends’ thanks

The Friends of Belfast Cathedral would

like to thank Maureen Agnew for the

splendid floral arrangement in acknowledgement

of Friends Sunday – the

Sunday closest to June 4 which is the

date of the consecration of the Nave.


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Mr Simon Cordner is the Cathedral’s new business development and marketing manager.

New business development

and marketing manager

Mr Simon Cordner has joined the staff of

St Anne’s Cathedral as Business Development

and Marketing Manager.

Simon, 35, has a degree in International

Business with Tourism, and previously

worked with online bike store Chain

Reaction Cycles where he occupied

various roles including Events Manager,

Head of PR and Brand Manager.

Prior to that Simon was a Senior Events

Manager with the Northern Ireland

Events Company and was involved in

delivering major international events at

venues across Northern Ireland.

Born in Derry City, Simon spent several

years in Carrickfergus before moving to

Bangor, Co Down, in 1990 where he now

lives with this wife Sharon and children

Rhylan, 10, Ruari, 8, and Darcy Joy (2).

Simon’s father, the Rev Willis Cordner, is

the retired Minister of 1st Bangor Presbyterian

Church where Simon and Sharon

are members. In recent years they also

led worship in Belfast City Vineyard.

Simon said he was looking forward to

this new role at Belfast Cathedral. “I

really enjoyed working in tourism and

promoting ‘Northern Ireland PLC’ to a

global audience. When the opportunity

arose to take a position within the Cathedral

Quarter I jumped at it!” he said.

“St Anne’s Cathedral is an untapped

resource with a huge amount of potential

and I hope that I can utilise my skills to

help develop it. It is an exciting time for

this part of Belfast and St Anne’s has an

important part to play in the growth and

vibrancy of the city.”

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Queen’s birthday Honours

Stanley, along with Sir Donald Murray

and Dean Sammy Crooks, was instrumental

in the launch of the first Black

Santa charity sit-out.

Stanley McIlroy MBE and his wife Noleen.

Congratulations to Cathedral parishioners

Stanley McIlroy and Thomas Hogg,

and to Past Chorister Brian Hunter who

have been made MBEs in the Queen’s

Birthday Honours.

Stanley, 92, a tireless fundraiser for

Cancer Research UK, receives his

Honour for charitable services. He said

he was delighted to accept the MBE on

behalf of his wife Noreen and everyone

who has supported his fundraising

activities over more than half a century.

“If Noreen and the people of east Belfast

had not been behind me I would never

have raised all the money,” Stanley said.

He and Noreen have

raised more than £1

million for charities, with

the lion’s share going to

Cancer Research.

They were married in

St Anne’s Cathedral on

Easter Monday, April

22 1957. Stanley was

a Board member for 33

years, and Noreen’s

father was one of the

sergeants who carried

Lord Carson’s body into

the Cathedral for burial.

He says he has no intention of easing up

on the fundraising as it keeps his brain

active. “Eight years ago I took a heart

attack. I now have a pacemaker and

stents. Through research I am alive

today. I can’t just sit and do nothing,” he


Past Chorister

Brian Hunter,

right, was director

of Canticle, a

group which became

well known

for its television appearances. In the

1990s Brian formed a new singing group

Pavanne, and in 1995 became Director

of chamber choir Rennaissance.

Brian is currently Director of Music at St

Molua’s Parish Church, Stormont, having

previously held posts at Bangor Abbey

and Holywood Parish, and sings with the

Priory Singers, Melisma and Musicus

Amicos. He receives his

MBE for services to music

in Northern Ireland.

Thomas Hogg, left,

has been a member

of Antrim and Newtownabbey


since May 2011 and has

just stepped down as

Mayor. He serves in the

Army Reserve with The

Royal Irish Regiment.

His award is for services

to local government in



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St Anne’s Cathedral welcomed Belfast Philharmonic’s Phil Kids and Phil Youth Choirs for their 10th anniversary

concert on May 7. The choirs were accompanied by the Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Lynsey Callaghan.

Cathedral picks up three

communications awards

St Anne’s Cathedral picked up three top

prizes in the Church of Ireland Central

Communications Board’s Communications

Competition, the winners of which

were announced at General Synod.

The competition was run by the Church

of Ireland Press Office but externally and

professionally judged.

St Anne’s was awarded first prize in the

Other/Affiliated Organisation Magazines

category for the Cathedral Digest. The

judges said it was a ‘good pocket–sized

publication with an easy layout and good

standard of photography,’ and praised

the Digest for its ‘informative and clear

design with a reader–friendly format.’

The Cathedral also took top prize for

Other/Affiliated Organisation Website.

The St Anne’s website was commended

for being well-maintained with ‘very clear

navigation and a wealth of information.’

The Social Media and Blogs category

looked at engagement with innovative

developments in social networking.

Twenty three social media entries featured,

ranging from Facebook and Twitter

to Instagram, podcasts and e-zines.

Prize for the Most Engaging Blog went to

the Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev John

Mann, whose twice weekly blog was

described by the judges as a ‘worthy

entry’ due to the consistency in posting

new items.

The award-winning Digest continues to

be printed thanks to the support of our

regular readers. Readers are reminded

that a voluntary donation of £10 per year

is welcomed and should be forwarded to

the Bursar, St Anne’s Cathedral.

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The Cliftonville Integrated Primary School Choir sang a selections of numbers at the Choir Schools Concert.

Caity and Katie perform a piano duet.

Four representatives of the Cathedral Boys’ Choir.

Members of the Cathedral Junior Girls’ Choir.

Zoe McGarry played some beautiful items on the harp


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Joyful voices and music

at Choir Schools Concert

St Anne’s was filled with joyful young

voices and beautiful instrumental music

during the Cathedral Choir Schools

Concert on Sunday May 22.

The concert featured around 30 children

from the Cathedral’s three north Belfast

choir schools, Edenbrooke, Sacred

Heart and Cliftonville Integrated Primary


Some of the pupils have progressed to

the Junior Girls’ and Boys’ Choirs, and

singers from these choirs also took part

in Sunday’s concert, augmenting their

usual sacred repertoire with some fun

songs especially for the occasion.

In an entertaining programme, members

of the Boys’ Choir sang Lead Me Lord,

and were followed by the Junior Girls

singing The White Paternoster. Talented

pianists Caity and Katie performed

Dance of the Shepherd Girls as a duet

and also performed piano solos.

Tania Murphy, from the Senior Girls’

Choir, sang a solo Music for a while. Earlier

this year Tania sang with choristers

from 60 cathedrals in St Paul’s, London.

The Cliftonville Choir sang three very

entertaining songs, Oleo, Wish and What

Makes a Family, and Cormac played

Boat to Inverie beautifully on violin.

The audience was spellbound by harpist

Zoe McGarry playing Rites of Man, The

Last Dance, and The Musical Priest.

from the Junior Girls and the Boys.

There were gifts for children who move

on this year, and a special thank you

for Anna Woodfield, who is leaving the

Cathedral to do teacher training.

Wishing Anna all the best in her career,

Cathedral singing tutor Catherine Harper

said: “We are going to be bereft without

her. She has managed to get around

every discipline and she works very hard

and knows the children so well.”

The Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev John

Mann, expressed thanks to Catherine,

to music tutor Thérèse Woodfield, to

the girls from the Senior Choir who had

helped out and to Master of the

Choristers David Stevens.

“We would love this project to continue

and to grow,” Dean Mann said.

The concert closed with further songs

A lovely solo violin performance by Cormac.

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Art exhibition inspired

by 1916 centenaries

The Dean of Belfast wrote an introduction

to an exhibition by artist Eve Parnell

which appeared in a catalogue accompanying

Eve’s exhibition, Souls of the

Slain, which ran in the Long Gallery at

Stormont from June 6-24.

Souls of the Slain is a series of drawings

on tissue paper inspired by the Battle of

The Somme and the Easter Rising.

Dublin artist Eve first met Dean Mann

when she presented a pencil drawing

of Sir John Lavery’s St Brigid to Prince

Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall

during their visit to St Patrick’s Church in

Donegall Street last year.

The focus of each of Eve’s drawings is

the Raven, and in his article, Dean Mann

reflected on the use of this bird in the


Eve has these birds “haloed in light and

themselves in a variety of non-aggressive

poses, imperilled even, carrying

in their beaks as twigs to the nest, the

drawings on tissue paper – itself ephemeral,

expendable, of little substance - and

streamers of poetry,” the Dean wrote.

He described Eve’s work as ‘arresting.’

“Her artistic conception of the

Somme introduces motifs that produce

resonances which on the one hand are

restorative, but on the other, painful and


Other commentators in the catalogue are

Anne Stewart, curator of Fine Art, National

Museums of Northern Ireland, and

Dean John Mann views Eve Parnell’s exhibition in the

Long Gallery at Stormont.

The Most Rev Eamon Martin, Roman

Catholic Archbishop of Armagh.

The exhibition was endorsed by Deputy

First Minister Martin McGuinness and the

Rt Hon Jeffrey Donaldson MP.

At the invitation of Dean Mann, and by

kind permission of Eve Parnell, St Anne’s

will host Souls of the Slain with a launch

on July 14 to which all are welcome.

Ascension Day

The Rev Canon Bro David Jardine of

Divine Healing Ministries Preacher

was the preacher at the 7.30pm

Ascension Day Eucharist Service in

St Anne’s on Thursday May 5.


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Happy 90th

birthday Ma’am

First Minister Arlene Foster MLA, Her

Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Belfast

Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle and

Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian

Kingston, were among the honoured

guests at a celebration Evensong for

Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday

in St Anne’s Cathedral on June 8.

Also in attendance were Lady Ballyedmond,

Honorary Consul for Chile, Sir

Nigel Hamilton, Her Majesty’s Deputy

Lord Lieutenant for Belfast, the Council

General of China, representatives of

the Army, RAF, PSNI, Navy and Army

Members of St Anne’s choir joined other

singers for at the RSCM Ireland

‘Sequence for Ascension’ event held in

the Cathedral on May 21.

This was directed by the Cathedral’s

Master of the Choristers David Stevens,

and music included The Spirit of the Lord

Dean Mann chats to Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Mrs

Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle at the Evensong to celebrate the

Queen’s birthday. In the background are Sea Cadet Sophie

Dalzell and Lord Mayor Alderman Brian Kingston.

cadets and MLAs.

This was very much an occasion of celebration.

The service opened with the

singing of the National Anthem and later

Cathedral organist Ian Barber, Master

of the Choristers David Stevens and the

Choir presented a rousing version of

the popular coronation anthem, Parry’s

I was glad.

There were special prayers and hymns

suitable for the occasion. Scripture was

read by Sir Nigel Hamilton and by Lord

Mayor Kingston.

Master of the Choristers directs RSCM event

(Elgar), God is gone up (Finzi) and Ye

choirs of new Jerusalem (Stanford) along

with appropriate Ascensiontide hymns.

The service was led by the Dean of Belfast

and RSCM Ireland coordinator Mark

Bowyer read the first lesson.

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Conor Breen, centre, sang at the music festival.

Pupils from Victoria College singing during the closing

concert at the Cathedral Music Festival.

Birthday conce

Belfast Cathedral’s 2016 Music Festival

concluded on May 28 with a superb

concert in honour of the 90th birthday of

Her Majesty The Queen.

The concert took place in the presence

of Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of

Belfast, Mrs Finnouala Jay-O’Boyle CBE,

and Mr Richard Jay.

Hannah McCune, Andrea Delaney and David Stevens.

Guest organist Christopher Boodle.

This festival finale was hosted by St

Anne’s in conjunction with the Ulster

Society of Organists and Choirmasters.

The Cathedral Choir was joined by the

Cantate Domino Consort and the Junior

Choir of Victoria College Belfast.

The concert also included three

organists: Ian Barber and David

Stevens, current Organist and Master of

Choristers respectively, and an invited

guest organist and former musician of St

Anne’s, Christopher Boodle.


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The finale of the Cathedral Music Festival.

rt concludes Music Festival

Brian Hunter, who is no stranger to St

Anne’s, directed the Cantate Domino

Consort, with several pieces directly

linked to Royal occasions.

Victoria College Junior Choir played a

valuable role in providing not only two

pieces on their own, but in joining the

other two choirs in Parry’s I was glad,

which finished the concert, contributing

the highly timely Vivat Regina.

St Anne’s choir sang the popular Zadok

the Priest in impressive style and organ

works punctuated the choral works.

The Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev John

Mann said: “It was a suitable end to a

wonderful and very successful festival of


The Festival began the previous Sunday,

May 22, with a concert by the Cathedral’s

Choir Schools (see pages 6-7).

The second concert of the Festival took

place on Wednesday May 25 when

Conor Breen, former member of the

Cathedral Choir and NI Opera Young

Artist, performed a recital of atmospheric

music from Saint-Saëns, Hahn, Finzi,

Mahler and Strauss.

On Thursday May 26 the audience was

guided to the north side of the choir stalls

for an organ recital by David Stevens.

The full effect of the organ is enjoyed

from this position, and with the curtains

around the console removed, everyone

was able to get a good view of the performers

– which included Aimee, Anna,

Rachel and Therese from the St Anne’s

Cathedral Choir.

Soprano Andrea Delaney’s recital on

May 27 reflected well her title On a Wing

and a Prayer, and drew people in from

the street to listen.

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The Friends of Belfast Cathedral visited Cookstown on May 7, stopping at the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre

and Killymoon Castle and enjoying High Tea at Killymoon Golf Club. Afterwards the group attended a service

conducted by the Rev Canon RJN Porteus in St Luran’s Parish Church, Derryloran, Cookstown. The group is pictured

outside Killymoon Castle.

Gogglebox stars pop in!

Leon and June, stars of Channel 4’s

Gogglebox, called in to take a look

around St Anne’s on May 3.

The couple, who their fans will know are

famous for their adoring gazes, mushy

comments, harmless bickering and

Leon’s slightly inappropriate

observations on pretty young ladies,

were on a short holiday to Belfast from

their home in Liverpool.

Leon, aged 80, and June, 77, are a firm

favourite of Cathedral staff, and they

were happy to chat and pose for


Former teachers, they have been married

for almost 60 years. They have been

appearing on Gogglebox most Friday

nights since the reality show first aired in

March 2013. The show features recurring

couples, families and friends sitting in

their homes watching weekly TV shows

and commenting on what they see.

Leon said this was their first visit to Bel-

Leon and June during their visit to St Anne’s.

fast, and they had been to St George’s

Market, the Titanic Centre, the Giant’s

Causeway and had taken a Black Taxi

Tour. “We love Belfast, the people are

lovely,” said Leon.

“Three years ago there were two young

ladies going around Liverpool casting

for Gogglebox. We got chatting and they

signed us for four weeks. Now we have

five million viewers on a Friday night!”


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Colourful WelcomeFest

St Anne’s was flooded with culture and

sounds on June 23 as it hosted WelcomeFest,

celebrating Refugee Week.

face painting, and a variety of organisations

working with and supporting refugees

and asylum seekers were present.

Around 400 people attended the event

organised by the Red Cross, Belfast

Friendship Club and NI Council for Refugees

and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS).

The free concert featured a diverse

line-up of local artists including Ugandan

drummer Donna Namusake, Sri Lankan

beatboxer Julius, Indian dance troupe

Josh, Wilson Magwere singing music

from Zimbabwe, Anglo-Colombian duo

Mauricio Velezsierra and Heidi Heidelberg,

and Samba band Chidambaran.

Local talent included Fiona O’Kane and

Frances Mitchell and Alan McBride, Mark

Humphries and Roy Fulton.

Children were enthralled by the skills of

a host of circus acts, while outside they

had the opportunity to have a go at art

activities provided by Wheelworks. The

SOS Bus provided refreshments and

The Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev John

Mann, said WelcomeFest was all about

‘celebrating talent, experiencing diversity,

promoting the richness of the wide range

of Northern Ireland’s society today.’

“Things are not always easy, individuals

and families may be isolated, integration

takes time and effort, but may this night

open our eyes and ears to fresh sights

and sounds, help us make new friends

and bring a smile and raise spirits all

round,” the Dean said.

Melanie Holmes from the Red Cross

refugee support team in Belfast said:

“We wanted to show people the positive

side of our work. We see a lot of hardship

and sadness in our jobs supporting

vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers,

but each person we meet is an individual

with their own story, talents and

contribution to make to our society.”

Young dancers from the Indian dance troupe Josh.

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As it was in the beginning...(XIV)

By Vernon Clegg

During the first 30 of Charles Brennan’s

60 years as Organist and Director of

the Choir he had the assistance of six

appointed organists. It seems that in his

first few years he was helped by Isaac

Nicholl and possibly others – evidence

suggests that an Albert Frederick Hart

was engaged as an assistant in the earliest

years. However, in 1908 Mr Teasdale

E Griffiths, ARCO, was appointed

Sub-Organist. But in 1913 he left for the

organ stool in Saint Silas’s and on 1st

October that year Mr Joseph McBratney

took his place as Assistant Organist at

£20 per annum. For this ‘he would play

at the Sunday Evening Services and

perform other duties that the Dean might


Mr McBratney (JH to his friends) had a

distinguished career as an organist and

conductor and he was a brilliant pianist.

He was the eldest of four musically talented

brothers, the sons of John McBratney.

Joseph’s first organ appointment,

at the age of 16, was at St Donard’s,

Bloomfield. Reports place him thereafter

at the organs of Derriaghy Parish

Church, Lisburn Cathedral, St Stephen’s,

St Luke’s, Carlisle Memorial Methodists’

and St Mark’s, Dundela. At St Mark’s his

keyboard skills were well demonstrated

when he used a grand piano for the

services while the church was between

organs. He was the Conductor of the

Londonderry Philharmonic Society and

Organist and Deputy Conductor of the

Belfast Philharmonic. He had the distinction

of accompanying Dame Clara Butt

on the organ in the Ulster Hall. He conducted

the Clarence Place Choral Union,

the Ulster Male Choir and taught music

at Mount Oregon School, Whitehead.


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He moved on

from the Cathedral

in April 1917.

Mr McBratney,

right, died in his

home in University

Street, Belfast,

on 21 May, 1938

after a year-long

illness and was

buried in Dundonald.

(Photo: Belfast Telegraph)

With the Great War in prospect choirmaster

Brennan joined the Officer

Training Corps at Queen’s University. His

family background might have influenced

this decision. He was born in married

quarters at Fort Grange, Gosport, where

his father Corporal Thomas Brennan,

16th Foot, was stationed. When Mr

McBratney left the Cathedral in 1917

finding a replacement was neither easy

nor straightforward. By then ‘Mr’ Brennan

had become ‘Captain’ Brennan

and as such could at any time be called

away and the assistant organist would

be required to take over as Deputy on a

temporary full-time basis. The salary on

offer did not attract ‘efficient candidates.’

The vicar-choral, Rev Ronnie Olden,

thought that by doubling their offer Mr

Jack McKeown, ARCO, might be interested

in the job and in May, less than a

month later, Dean Grierson announced

that his appointment had been made.

George Ronaldson Cuming Olden was a

choirboy in Cork Cathedral and became

assistant organist there. He went to Dublin

University and, in 1909, was ordained

as curate in Ballinderry. Three years

later he was appointed a Minor Canon of

Belfast Cathedral. Here he developed

his musical gifts and took over the Even-

ing Choir continuing the good work of his

predecessor, Rev James Carey. He initiated

the choirboys’ Choral Scholarships,

a scheme for their free education. He

wrote articles and gave talks on church

music and tradition and style of services

both for cathedral and parish churches.

As a composer he wrote four operettas

and several Irish airs, ‘The Irish Girl’

being one. He formed the Saint Anne’s

Glee Choir which was a popular winner

at many music festivals.

Vicar-choral ‘Ronnie’ Olden with C J Brennan.

In September 1917 Captain Brennan

received notice from the War Office that

he was to go to Aldershot. The Dean

advised him to talk to Mr McKeown to

see what arrangements could be made

during his absence and they agreed that

Mr McKeown would receive an extra

payment taken out of Mr Brennan’s salary,

to begin in October and run till the

end of December 1917. In early 1918

Captain Brennan was posted to the war

zone in France and he and Jack McKeown

decided to combine their salaries

and each take half.

When Captain Brennan returned from

the war Mr McKeown resumed as assistant

organist and continued as such

until 1929 when he took up the post of

Organist and Choirmaster in St James’,

Antrim Road. Mr Fred Burrowes, ARCO,

a revered person, then took over as

assistant in St Anne’s but he moved to

Carlisle Memorial in 1931 and thence to

Bangor’s Hamilton Road Presbyterian.

The constitution of the Ulster Society of

Organists and Choirmasters was drafted

in his house nearby. He served as Vice-

President for several years.

Mr Robert Simpson, ARCO, followed

him at the Cathedral. ‘Bob’ Simpson

had an influence on schoolboy Harry

Grindle who recalls in his ‘Reprise’ that

when he was a pupil at Regent House

Mr Simpson, the music teacher, ‘with his

winning personality and engaging sense

of humour was able to draw fine singing’

from the upper-school choir. In 1933 Mr

Simpson left for St Columba’s, Knock

and from there, in 1940, to Stranmillis

teacher training college as lecturer. He

was succeeded at St Columba’s by the

writer’s father Mr Stanley Clegg, ARCO,

where at that time the rector was Canon

(later Archdeacon) Ronnie Olden. The

vacancy in the Cathedral was filled by

Samuel Croft who came from St Silas’.

Mr Croft, a mapper in the Land Registry,

held the post for nine years until he left

in 1942. A daughter, Mary, who married

past-chorister Bobby McLean, was a

highly respected school music-teacher.

Croft’s musicianship and kindly Christian

character were fondly remembered.

Congratulations to Dean John and Helen, who were

40 years married in June! Following the service on

June 19, Dean’s Vicar the Rev Mark Niblock said a

few words and everyone enjoyed a special ruby

anniversary cake.

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Eucharist Assistants

Marion Gibson and Barbara Callender

Doris Hempton and Patricia McKinley

Jean Cunning and Terry Pateman

Alan Martin and Phyllis Forster

Doris Hempton and Patricia McKinley


7th Phyllis Forster and Terry Pateman

14th Barbara Callender and Marion Gibson

21st Alan Martin and Phyllis Forster

28th Jean Cunning and Doris Hempton

Cathedral flowers

Anyone wishing to add their name to the Cathedral Flower Rota should

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Gwen Preece

Gillian McGaughey

Gail Barr

Helen Alexander

Margaret Fletcher

As a visitor to Northern Ireland I would

like to congratulate the Dean and music

staff of the Cathedral on all the effort that

is being put into the daily choral

evensongs and the standard reached.

Speaking as a church musician in

England, I have been watching this progress

over the past few years, but

am saddened by the lack of attendance

at this service.

I went on a Wednesday, but was

dismayed to find only myself and my

93-year-old father, a regular Sunday

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Sunday Coffee


7th Hazel McCallister

14th Helen Mann

21st Patricia McKinley

28th Fiona Hawkins

Letter to the Editor...Letter to the Editor...Letter to

worshipper, in the congregation.

Together with seven others, I travel

around the British Isles on a

Wednesday visiting the Cathedrals and

find the service an oasis of spiritual

refreshment in the busyness of life.

Please may I ask your readership to

consider attending this service, which

lasts only 30 minutes, and to support not

only the Cathedral staff, but all the young

people who work so hard.

Daphne Hamilton, Guildford, Surrey.

A chance to remember

Dean’s Vicar, the Rev Mark Niblock, special music, poems, the lighting of

preached at a moving Saying Goodbye candles of remembrance and the ringing

service in St Anne’s on Sunday June 5. of hand bells for each lost child.

“It is good to take time to honour the

memory of lives that will always be

precious to us; it is good to gather in solidarity

with others whose journeys have

led them down a similar road to ours;

and, when we’re ready, it is good to allow

for a time for words: for speaking and for

listening,” Mark told the congregation.

The service was organised by the

Mariposa Trust and was for parents who

have lost a child during pregnancy, at

birth or in infancy.

It offered an opportunity

to remember that

child and ways for

families to mark their

losses if they chose.

Poignant features of

this service include

In his sermon Mark said: “This service

makes no claim to being an occasion for

‘healing’. But the prayer is that it might

be a conduit for experiencing comfort, reassurance,

grace and, ultimately, hope.”

He said that in the context of faith in

Christ, Jesus’ undeserved suffering,

endured with courage and dignity but in

complete isolation, yielded to the

celebration of the great Easter hope of

the Resurrection.

“Resurrection hope,

though strange and

seemingly unattainable

for us much of the

time, teaches us that

genuine hope is never

a betrayal of the past,

or of lost loved ones.”


May 22 - John Anthony McCourt

June 5 - Cooper Bill Isaac

June 12 - Macy-Barbara Leigh Kennedy

June 12 - Jackson William John James Kennedy

June 12 - Lincoln-Kidd Kennedy

June 19 - Eden Kimberly Graham

June 19 - Lucas William Thomas McConnell

June 26 - Fletcher John King



June 4 - Fiona Margaret Parkinson and

Wesley Jonathon Adair


June 10 - Anthony (Tony) Fleck

Cathedral Digest 17

Who’s Who in St Anne’s

The Dean

The Very Revd John Mann

9032 8332 (Office)

9066 0980 (Home)



Ian Barber

9032 8332 ext 226

07753 248409


Dean’s Vicar

The Revd Mark Niblock

(from Sunday May 8)

9032 8332

Assistant Clergy

The Revd Campbell Dixon

9032 8332 ext 223

07879 427980

The Revd Janice Elsdon

9032 8332 ext 224

07977 058669


Other Clergy

The Rt Revd Alan Harper

The Revd Clyde Irvine

The Revd Paul Twomey

Master of the Choristers

David Stevens

9032 8332 ext 225

07545 157613


Business Development and

Marketing Manager

Simon Cordner

9032 8332


Press Officer and Digest Editor

Karen Bushby

9032 8332


Administrative Staff


Marie Devlin

9032 8332 ext 221


Administrative Assistant

9032 8332 ext 222

Parish Readers

William Blair

Denise Murray

Head Verger

David Alexander


Ronnie Lawrenson

Cameron McGaughey

Danielle Barr

Cathedral Sextons

Agnes Laffey

Mark Geddis

Alastair Sweetnam

Gerald Kennedy

Stewards’ Coordinators

The Revd Janice Elsdon

Vernon Clegg

Mothers’ Union

Alberta Miskimmin,

Hon Sec

9079 8033


Cathedral Digest

Who’s Who in St Anne’s

Flower List & Coffee Rota

Margaret Massey

9084 8051

Friends of the Cathedral

Joan Thompson,

Hon Treasurer / Members Sec

9332 9102

Past Choristers’ Association

Co-ordinator: Peter Hunter

9042 2048



Norman Weatherall

Jean Barber

Vernon Clegg

The Revd SH Lowry (2013)

Chapter Canons:

The Revd Michael Parker (2015)

The Revd Bro DJ Jardine (2007)

Minor Canons:

The Revd SA Fielding (2002)

The Revd NDJ Kirkpatrick (2014)

The Revd J Bell (2015)

The Revd R Smyth (2015)

The Revd S Richardson (2015)

Ecumenical Canons:

The Revd Dr R Patterson (2012)

The Revd Ruth E Patterson (2014)

The Cathedral Board

Principal Cathedral Guide

Norman Weatherall

The Cathedral Chapter

The Dean: The Very Revd JO Mann


Treasurer & Chapter Clerk: The Revd

Denise Acheson (2013)

Chancellor: The Venerable DA McClay


Precentor: The Venerable GTW

Davison (2013)

Canons of Connor:

The Revd NP Baylor (2012)

The Revd N R Cutcliffe (2007)

The Revd RW Jones (2013)

The Revd Mark Taylor (2016)

Canons of Down and Dromore

The Revd N Jardine (2002)

The Revd R Nesbitt (2003)

The Revd WD Humphries (2013)

The Dean (Chairman)

The Bishop of Connor

The Bishop of Down & Dromore

The Dean’s Vicar

The Archdeacons of Belfast and Down

The Rev C Dixon

The Rev J Elsdon

The Rev Canon R Jones

The Rev Canon Stephen Lowry

Mrs G McGaughey (Hon Sec)

Dr V KcKinley

Mr D Cromie

Mr J Watson

Mr M Hempton

Dr M Callender

Mr R Totten

Mr D Alexander

Mr MC Davey

Mr R Moore

Mr B Fletcher

Mr A Reilly

Cathedral Digest 19


Sunday Services

8.00am & 10.00am



Daily services

Monday to Saturday





Sunday July 3 @ 3pm

Tuesday July 5 @ 1.15pm

Thursday July 14 @ 1pm

July 19 & 20 @ 5.30pm

Sunday July 31 @ 11am

Sunday July 31 @ 12.30pm

Sunday August 28 @ 11am

The Eucharist

Sung Eucharist


Special Services and Events

Morning Prayer

The Eucharist

Prayers (Eucharist on Wednesdays and

Saints’ Days and other Holy Days)

Evening Prayer

Service to commemorate the 100th

anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

Free lunchtime concert by Princeton

Girlchoir from New Jersey

Launch of Souls of the Slain art exhibition

by Eve Parnell

Evensong - Academia Musica (Hereford)

Eucharist - Yorkshire Philharmonic

Concert by the Yorkshire Philharmonic

Eucharist - Selwyn Singers (ex singers of

Selwyn College, Cambridge)

Details of other visiting choirs will be posted on the website.

A circus performer wows the audience at the WelcomeFest on June 23. See page 13 for full story.

For further information visit www.belfastcathedral.org


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