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Sussex says farewell to University Chaplain

Posted on behalf of: Chaplaincy

Last updated: Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The University has come to a sorry pass when someone of Gavin Ashenden's calibre has to leave in order to do what in a sane academic institution is part of the purpose of being an academic, namely to write a book.

From David Bryer on 24 October 2012
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I for one will miss Gavin.  In both professional and personal matters, he's been a rock of support.  Heartfelt thanks, Gavin.

From Rob French on 26 October 2012
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A few years ago I could not make it to an elderly Uncle's funeral in Scotland and as he was to be buried during my lunchtime , I decided to go for a time of quiet reflection in the Meeting House. What I did not realise.  that there was  a service  due to start shortly and I explained to Gavin why I was there and  asked if I could just sit at the back and reflect.  Naturally he  asked me about my uncle.


Anyway during the service when prayers were to be taken,  he said a few words about my Uncle  and asked the congregation to include   my  uncle's immediate family in their prayers.


Gavin is a truly remakable  man.

From Tom Armour on 26 October 2012
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Gavin is a big man with a big personality and a big voice admired by many.  I shall always be grateful for his listening ear and wise words, and also for cheering up my widowed mother-in-law by mentioning her in his amazing early Sunday morning broadcasts that she always listened to. Jersey will be a lovely location to live in.

From Martyn Stenning on 29 October 2012
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