On the evening of Monday 13th January 2014 around 50 parishioners, family and friends from St Mary’s and St Peter’s met at The Plough in Whitegate to hear our guest speaker Revd. Canon Howell-Jones, Vice-Dean of Chester Cathedral.
As you would expect of Cathedral Clergy, he came dressed in black, crisp white clerical collar in place. But the way he regaled us of his life, faith and ministry was far more colourful.
Peter explained that his first love was music, initially performance, later teaching and then commercially as an impresario, all of which proved invaluable experience and insights to be applied when he felt the call to ordained ministry.
Born in Liverpool, his work and training took him to North America and Africa as well as Yorkshire, The Wirral and Birmingham before arriving in Chester. To relate some of his stories of aspects of his ministry, or job interviews, would be likely to cause embarrassment to him and possibly get our magazine closed down so suffice to say his talk was open, informative, extremely entertaining, and at times challenging.
Peter demonstrated his incredible enthusiasm and commitment to his role at our Cathedral in not only working to retain its grandeur but also to ensure it has a continued place at the heart of our community. In the latter part of his talk Peter explained his work in Africa while in Birmingham Diocese which he has been able to continue by working with Medic Malawi.
In addition to our thanks to Peter, our thanks go to David Hughes who not only allowed the use of the Plough for the meeting but provided an excellent buffet, at no charge, which allowed a collection of £283 to be given to Peter for the work of Medic Malawi. Sincere thanks are also due to Alan Newton for again arranging the evening and acting as chairman to keep us all in order.
The only remaining question is who next year?