From the Revd Peter
Sir, - Tonbridge School (Classified, 28 March) has advertised for
a "Chapel Verger [for the] care of the sacristy, preparation for
services and events, cleaning and general maintenance of the
From the age of 14½, I was
at boarding school in the 1940s. I was responsible for doing, or
overseeing, all of the above tasks, besides being a chorister,
organ-blower, and often master of ceremonies. Sunday's eucharistic
worship was presented in a glorious Anglo-Catholic style. A further
nine boys, trained by me, acted as crucifer, acolytes, cope boys,
thurifer and boat boy, and servers.
I treasure that early
experience of chapel life. It was, and remains, spiritually
powerful and enormously rewarding.
Roseville, Studley Road
Ripon HG4 2QH