The Trustees have appointed a new Chaplain who will commence on 26th January 2020 due to current and ongoing commitments. In the interim our Services are being led by the Chair of the Trust Professor Herbert Kerrigan QC who is a Reader within the Church of Scotland and a former Convener of the Church’s Committee on Chaplains To Her Majesty’s Forces serving in an ecumenical setting with the Anglican and Roman Catholic Bishops to the Forces.
As a Memorial Chapel to Robin Tudsbery, a Lieutenant of the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) who was killed in Germany five days before the end of World War II while serving with the First Household Cavalry Regiment and to others who made the Supreme Sacrifice our Remembrance Sunday Service at 4pm on 10th November is very special. We use the Original Order of Service which is the only Order prescribed by Robin’s parents Sir Francis and Lady Tudsbery when Sir Francis created the Thistle Trust and our neighbour the Thistle Foundation. The Preacher on this special occasion will be the Right Reverend John Armes, Scottish Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh.
The Trustees wish to promote the Chapel more widely and to that end are inviting groups such as Guilds, Schools or other interested groups to a monthly opportunity to visit. The first of these will be from 2-4pm on Thursday 28th November and will continue in 2020 on 30th January, 27th February and 26th March. The visitors will be welcomed to the Chapel and told of its history and invited to a guided tour. They will then be taken to the Thistle Foundation where they will learn of the work of the 450 staff there. The visit will end with refreshments served by volunteers who are Friends of the Chapel.
December sees a number of special events to which all are very welcome.
Advent Sunday (1st December) will see our outstanding Choir and Orchestra enhancing worship by interspersing music from Handel’s Messiah in a liturgical setting. We are grateful to the Penpoint Charitable Trust whose generous donation given to support the Robin Chapel’s excellent musical tradition which has enabled us to engage the Orchestra. The donation was in memory of the late Professor Roger Mercer, a regular worshipper in the Chapel. Mrs Mercer has kindly agreed that the Service can be regarded as a Memorial to her late husband who died the day after last year’s Advent Service which he attended.
On 22nd December our traditional and very popular Service of Nine Lessons and Carols will take place and on the 29th we will end the Year with a Service of Compline. Please join us and let your friends know of our activities.