On Sunday 21st December, former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Lord Williams of Oystermouth was admitted and installed as a Prebendary of the Collegiate Church of St Endellion with Frances Kent, Churchwarden at Choral Evensong.
The Rt Revd Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro admitted both Prebendaries, who were presented to him by Prebendary Judith Pollinger, who also installed them. Lord Williams, who was placed in the stall of Bodmin or Kings, was vested in the traditional fur almuce by Prebendary Paul Fiddes and Frances Kent, who was placed in the stall of Trehaverock, was vested in the prebendal gown by Lay Prebendary David Foster. Lord Williams was also preacher conveying profound truths through the telling of a story of the three Wise men meeting the Virgin Mary in heaven.
The church bells were rung before the service which was also attended by the Rt Revd Christopher Goldsmith, Bishop of St Germans, The Ven. Audrey Elkington, Archdeacon of Bodmin; the Ven Bll Stuart-White, Archdeacon of Cornwall, the Very Reverend Roger Bush, Dean of Truro, Canon David Elkington, Rural Dean of Bodmin and Trigg Minor; Prebendary Emeriti Jim Vincent and David Wills; Canons and Lay Canons of Truro Cathedral. The congregation also included a party of ten pilgrims who had walked from St Mabyn, having previously completed part of the saints Way. Evensong was sung by Revd Professor Andrew Lewis, Clerk to the Prebendal College and the singing, which included the introit ‘Lead me, Lord’ and the anthem ‘The Angel Gabriel’, was led by the Port Isaac Chorale directed by Janet Townsend. Organist was Jennifer May. Readers were Prebendary Paul Fiddes and Lay Prebendary Frances Kent. The procession into the church was led by Trish Warne thurifer; Patsy Battle, crucifer, Pam Richards, acolyte and boat bearer and Geraldine Ashton, acolytes. After the service refreshments, arranged by Jill O’Grady and helpers, were enjoyed in the Church Hall where there was an exhibition of paintings ‘Spirit of Place by three artists from Cornwall.