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#RunningRev comes to Chad’s


Our new Chaplain Fr David Rushton (St Chad’s 1993-96) has been running marathons for good causes for a number of years and this Autumn we have been delighted that he chose to run the Richmond Half Marathon, Great North Run, Berlin Marathon and Chicago Marathon in support of the Cassidy Scholarships Fundraising Appeal.



On Wednesday 11th October we were able to officially welcome him with a service of installation, presided over by Rt Revd David Stancliffe, on behalf of the Bishop of Durham. It was a lovely service, with a sermon from Dr Margaret Masson and music from St Chad’s College Chapel choir.

Below are photos of both David’s running achievements and his installation.

Welcome (back) to Chad’s, David.


From left to right: Dr Margaret Masson (Principal), Revd David Rushton (Chaplain), Rt Revd David Stancliffe, Dr Eleanor Spencer-Regan (Vice-Principal and Senior Tutor) celebrating in the quad after David’s installation as Chaplain.
David wearing his #runningrev Chad’s running top, and showing off his medals from the Kew Garden’s 10K
Signing in at the Berlin Marathon with the College motto: non vestra sed vos
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Celebrating the end of the final marathon with a Tweet and a beer.

Departures and Arrivals

Just a few weeks ago we held an indoor-garden-party, featuring Giant Jenga, wine and excellent food, to say goodbye to many of our postgraduates. Now we’re just days away from welcoming our new students to into the College, both into the Middle Common Room and Junior Common Room.

Photos from the MCR Goodbye Party below. With thanks for everything that they have contributed to College over the last 12 months. You will be missed- do come back and visit and keep in touch!

Choir Tour to Jersey

A couple of weeks ago a slightly depleted Chapel Choir took a weekend trip to Jersey. Though they generally tour for longer this year various commitments meant that tour time was reduced, making the relative proximity of Jersey the ideal choice.

The beautiful Gorey castle and habour, just 5 minutes from our accommodation

It would be fair to say that there were doubts in the choir about what the tour would be like, having become accustomed to more exciting sounding locations, but the doubters were soon proved wrong; Jersey turned out to have plenty to do, excellent weather and some of the best audiences the choir has had.

The Choir at St Aubin’s Methodist Church, with St Chad’s Alumni.


On the Friday evening, the choir enjoyed a visit to Ce Soir, a bar in St Helier, where they hosted, and sang for, a gathering of St Chad’s Alumni living on the island.  On Saturday the second official engagement of tour was a late-morning concert in St Aubin, a beautiful harbour town. The view from where the choir were singing in the Methodist Church looked out across the harbour to the bay beyond- possibly the best concert view ever. The audience were also excellent – not only was the church full, but they were keen to stay and chat and invite the choir back again as soon as possible!!

The picturesque view from St Aubin’s Methodist Church

Sunday’s official engagement was the morning Eucharist in Town Church, the main Anglican church in St Helier. Not only was the service much better attended than St Chad’s Chapel an extremely impressive spread of sandwiches, cakes and snacks was provided for choir and congregation afterwards. The choir’s expectations for next year in Chad’s have been considerably raised!

Determined to make the most of their 48 hour tour the choir also managed to squeeze in a beach trip, a visit to the Gerald Durrell Conservation Zoo, a tour of the Jersey War Tunnels, a sea swim (or two for some choir members), a trip to the pub and a barbeque. Even so I suspect many choir members will be hoping to return to Jersey: 48hours was simply not enough to fully make the most of the island.

Saturday evening barbeque at our accommodation
Saturday evening barbeque
Saturday evening beach trip post-barbeque and pre-swim
Sunday morning sunrise for a few brave choir members
Sunday morning dawn swim – 6am photo as proof


Decades Reunion 2017 – Matriculation Years ending 5, 6, 7, 8

22nd-24th September 2017

St Chad’s College Durham

A reunion event for anyone who matriculated at St Chad’s College in years ending 5, 6, 7 or 8, and guests.

The main focus of this reunion will be the Saturday night Formal Dinner; however there are other events running throughout the weekend.

We would love to see you back at St Chad’s for a weekend of catching up with friends old and new and reminiscing about your college days.

Tickets on Eventbrite.

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