‘Business as usual’ for retiring dean

The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling, Dean of Chichester Cathedral
The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling, Dean of Chichester Cathedral

THE DEAN of Chichester has announced he plans to retire from his post next year.

The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling revealed on Sunday that he will step down from active ministry at the end of February.

His last service at the cathedral will take place on

Sunday, February 2, and he will officially retire on Friday, February 28.

“Anno Domini catches up with all of us and it will be a great wrench to leave the cathedral, but it will be very much business as usual for me until February,” he said.

The 69-year-old has been in the post since September 2002. A decade ago he hosted Prince Charles on a visit to the cathedral. The prince viewed extensive refurbishment work at the cathedral and met individuals who had donated thousands of pounds each towards its restoration in early June, 2003.

And in March this year, the Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to the city.

A former prison welfare officer, the dean has spent time studying the relationship between Britain and Ireland. His book, Pardon and Peace, was published in 1993.

He is currently a trustee of the Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour, a body which commissions research into how food, nutrition and diet can affect brain function and behaviour.

In the past he has chaired the Welfare Organisations Committee of Liverpool Council of Voluntary Service, a group of more than 60 agencies, and he now chairs the Church in Society advisory group in the diocese of Chichester.