Gryphon Headteacher appointed Lay Canon by Salisbury Cathedral

Nicki Edwards, Headteacher of The Gryphon School in Sherborne, has been appointed as a Lay Canon by invitation of The Right Revd. Karen Gorham, Acting Bishop of Salisbury.

One of five new canons welcomed into Salisbury Cathedral’s College of Canons, Nicki was chosen for her work in setting up the Sherborne Community hub, as well as being a strong advocate of chaplaincy in schools. Nicki is committed to Christian education and acts as a Bishops’ Adviser in the national Shared Discernment Process, the process by which anyone who believes they have a vocation can test their calling.

Nicki said “I feel very honoured to take on the role of Lay Canon at Salisbury Cathedral.  The role is recognition of the life that The Gryphon School plays at the heart of the community of Sherborne and is testament to the hard work of all of our staff in ensuring that we are a school where life is lived in all of its fullness”

The Acting Bishop of Salisbury, The Right Revd Karen Gorham, said “I am delighted that our new canons have accepted our invitation to join the College. It is really good to see parish ministry continue to be recognised in the College of Canons as well as us valuing the contribution of those involved in education. We celebrate the diversity amongst us and the ministry these individuals represent in our schools, rural areas, market towns, and their various areas of specialism.”

Each new canon will be allocated a stall in the Cathedral Quire and becomes part of the Cathedral’s extended family. At twice yearly meetings the College members provide feedback on policy decisions made by Chapter, the Cathedral’s governing body, and Cathedral activities.

The Dean and The Acting Bishop of Salisbury with Nicki Edwards (centre)


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