St Bride's: News

Former Bishop joins Guild of St Bride

knowles.jpgThe Rt Rev Graeme Knowles, former Bishop of the Diocese of Sodor and Man, has become a Chaplain to the Guild of St Bride. The 58-year-old has been Dean of St Paul's Cathedral for just over a year.

His installation took place on Guild Sunday, February 1 in front of a packed church and the following were installed as Guildsmen: Ian Locks, one of the churchwardens, David and Caroline Gwynne and Edward Willis and Holly Beckwith, Head Boy and Head Girl of King Edward's School, Witley, with which the church is closely linked.

Dean Knowles, who preached at the special service, was born in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, and had had wide experience within the Church of England before his Isle of Man and St Paul's posts. He was Archdeacon of Portsmouth and later became Dean of Carlisle.

In mediaeval times, St Bride's had several parochial guilds, the oldest being St Bride. It was confirmed by a writ issued by Edward III in 1375. The Guild was reconstituted and enlarged in 1953 and today, more than 100 names appear on the list of members, who serve the church in various capacities week by week.

Brian Chappell, a former Clerk to the Guild, who has been associated with St Bride's since 1953, was installed as an Honorary Guildsman and was invested by the Master, Vyvyan Harmsworth.

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