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Dean of Durham bids farewell in final service at Durham Cathedral

Publication Date: 08th Jul 2022

The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, will bid farewell to Durham Cathedral as he delivers his final service as Dean of Durham at 3.30pm on Sunday 10 July.

This Sunday’s service will be the last one delivered by Andrew at the cathedral before taking his up his new appointment as the Dean of St Paul’s in the autumn. The special Evensong service will be an opportunity for the cathedral community to celebrate Andrew’s time as Dean of Durham and wish him well for his future.

In addition the service also bids farewell to the departing members of the Durham Cathedral Choir as they perform their last Evensong before a summer break.

Commenting on his last service at Durham Cathedral, the Very Revd Andrew Tremlett, says, “It has been an enormous privilege to lead Durham Cathedral these past six years and to be the latest in an ancient line of custodians of the treasures of St Cuthbert. Rightly recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral proudly plays its part in the region as a place of pilgrimage, a major visitor attraction and a centre of excellence. Above all, though, it is the people – our staff, volunteers, trustees and diocese – who make all the difference and have seen the Cathedral safely through the turmoil of the global pandemic.”

Dean of Durham since 2016, Andrew has shaped a skilled Executive Leadership Team to lead the Cathedral’s day-to-day operations and led national thinking on the role of residentiary canons under the Cathedrals Measure 2021. He has worked closely with the business community to establish an endowment fund to support the Cathedral’s conservation. In 2021, he led the Cathedral’s negotiations to establish Durham Cathedral School’s Foundation, which educates 700 pupils and provides Chorister places for 24 boys & 24 girls on an equal and needs-blind basis.

Andrew will be leaving his position as Dean of Durham in August, to succeed The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, current Dean of St Paul’s, who is due to retire in September 2022.

Following Andrew’s departure, Durham Cathedral will begin the search for a new Dean of Durham. As a Crown appointment, recruitment will follow a nationally agreed process, overseen by the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of Durham. In the interim, The Revd. Canon Michael Hampel has been appointed as the Acting Dean.

The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler says, “In six years as Dean of Durham, Andrew has approached his role with tenacity and passion. His pride in the city and its people has helped maintain the Cathedral’s place as a major centre for pilgrimage, worship and welcome, and it has been a pleasure to work alongside him.

“Just recently, his work leading a programme of transformational change to ensure the Cathedral plays a central role in the cultural and economic revival of the region post Covid has been outstanding. Andrew will be very much missed and we wish him all our prayers and very best wishes as he goes on to this new stage of his discipleship. Andrew’s legacy will forever be remembered, as will his caring and determined approach to the people of Durham.”

All are welcome to join the service this Sunday, tickets are free but need to be booked in advance.