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Southwell Minster to host farewell service at the end of September for retiring Canon Chancellor Nigel Coates

A farewell service will take place at Southwell Minster next month for Canon Nigel Coates, who retires as Canon Chancellor on September 30.

The Dean of Southwell, the Very Rev Nicola Sullivan, said: “Nigel has been a much-loved and highly- regarded residentiary canon of the cathedral over the last 14 years.

“Many in the community will have been helped by his compassionate pastoral work and support.

Canon Nigel and Rhoda Coates (15417834)
Canon Nigel and Rhoda Coates (15417834)

“During the last three years he has taken a lead in developing the Chapter House Leaves project.

“Nigel has had oversight of education and served on the governing body of the Minster School. He held the cathedral as acting dean through two long vacancies and he and his wife Rhoda are well known in the town and wider community. We will miss them.”

The couple will continue to live in Vicars Court until the end of the year so he can complete some Leaves project work, including writing new guidebooks, before they move to the New Forest.

Nigel said: “It has been an enormous privilege to have served at as Canon Pastor, acting Dean and Canon Chancellor for nearly 15 years and it will hard to leave.

“I look forward in retirement to a continuing association with the Leaves Project and with reconnecting with the leaves of the New Forest where our roots lie.”

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