Cast Away at our Cathedral

by Michael Ford last modified 12 Mar, 2019 01:55 PM

Creating a desert island in Salisbury Cathedral raised more than a thousand pounds for Cathedral funds.

Cast Away at our Cathedral

Robert Titley with Katharine Shearing: photo courtesy the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral

The Cathedral’s Canon Treasurer, Robert Titley was the castaway at the Desert Island Discs Evening, a sell-out event organised by the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral.

In the candlelit setting of the Cathedral’s Refectory, he recounted his life’s journey from boyhood in Kent, through Cambridge University, the National Coal Board and theological college to ordination and a variety of jobs in the Diocese of Southwark spanning 30 years.

His musical choices ranged from the gentle Elizabethan Serenade by the Ronald Binge Orchestra to Make You Proud by rock band Dead Man’s Whiskey, featuring his son, James.

Canon Titley was in conversation with journalist Katharine Shearing, a trustee of the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral.
He described his role at Salisbury Cathedral, a post he has held since 2015, as “a bit like being Home Secretary”.

He joked:
“Anything that doesn’t obviously fit with someone else’s brief, lands on my doorstep, and if it’s missing or not working, it’s my fault.”

The Friends are looking forward to their fourth annual Secret Gardens of the Close event on Sunday 9 June when 11 gardens in Salisbury Cathedral Close will be open to the public. The event runs from 1pm to 5pm and tea and homemade cakes will be served in the garden of South Canonry, the home of the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam and his wife, Helen.

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