Installation of two New Canons on Sunday 16 May

On Sunday 16 May two new Canons were collated and installed in an Evensong service at Southwell Minster. The service was livestreamed from 3.30pm on the Minster website.

We are delighted to share a gallery of photographs to celebrate the service.

The Revd Kate Bottley
Originally from Sheffield, Kate trained for ordination at Saint John’s College, Nottingham and was deaconed at Southwell Minster in 2008 and priested the following year. She served her curacy at Skegby, Stanton Hill and Teversal before taking up her first incumbency at Blyth, Scrooby and Ranskill in 2011.  

Before being ordained Kate was a Head of RE in secondary schools in Sheffield. During her first incumbency Kate also served as Chaplain at North Nottinghamshire Further Education College.  

Kate was part of The Church of England’s ‘Weddings Project’ and in 2013 agreed to a ‘flash mob’ dance at a wedding she was officiating at. A video of the flash mob went viral on YouTube and led to Kate, and her husband Graham, being approached by Channel 4’s BAFTA-winning show ‘Gogglebox’. The couple filmed 5 series of the show across 3 years. As a result of a growing media profile, and the opportunity to extend her communication of the Gospel more broadly, Kate left full time stipendiary parish ministry to become a self-supporting minister working in the media. She currently presents the BBC’s flagship religious show ‘Songs of Praise’ and BBC Radio 2’s ‘Good Morning Sunday’.  

Kate has been a contestant on Celebrity MasterChef, Celebrity Pointless, The Chase, Mastermind and The Wheel. She has contributed to, amongst others, Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, The One Show and BBC Breakfast. In 2020 Kate completed 3 triathlons in 3 days in 3 cities, raising a million pounds for Sport’s Relief, and is a keen cold-water swimmer. Kate has written for a number of publications including The Radio Times and The Guardian and is a regular public speaker.  

Kate is licensed to St Saviour’s, Retford where she takes services and helps with occasional offices. She and Graham have two children, Ruby (19) and Arthur (17). 

Kate said, ‘I am thrilled to be invited to become an Honorary Canon at Southwell minster. I look forward to exploring ways to use my gifts and skills to contribute to the life of the cathedral and promote its work across the diocese and beyond. Working in the media means I travel around the country a lot and so it feels wonderful to have a home in the minster where I was ordained. Being made canon was an unexpected honour and feels like an affirmation of my unique ministry and vocation. I am thankful to be able to share this special occasion with my incredibly supportive family, especially my Mum and Dad. 

The Revd Dr Stephen Hippisley-Cox
Stephen is rector of Willoughby on the Wolds with Wysall and Widmerpool, and Area Dean of East Bingham.  

Originally an academic mathematician, he trained for the priesthood at Westcott House in Cambridge and was ordained deacon and priest in 1999 and 2000 respectively. He served his curacy in Ollerton with Boughton, in the north of the diocese, and had a few years as associate priest at St Paul’s Wilford Hill in south Nottingham before moving to his current post on the southernmost tip of the diocese in 2007.  

Stephen is happiest when he is either teaching people about the things of God, or when he is helping people learn to pray better. These twin callings are at the heart of what he has offered across the diocese over the years, from his work in spiritual direction to helping train readers and licensed lay ministers, and they continue to inform his work with clergy and lay leaders in the East Bingham deanery. For him, spirituality and prayer is at the heart of what it means to chase after God with all that we have, and to love our neighbour as ourselves.  

Benedictine, catholic, with a passion for social justice, he is married to Julia, an academic. Together they have three children in their early 20s.  

Stephen told us, “I am looking forward to working more closely with our cathedral in this new role as a member of the College of Canons. Many years ago, the Minster was our home church whilst I was training at Westcott House, and has always had a place in my heart. 

The Very Revd Nicola Sullivan, Dean of Southwell, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Kate and Stephen into the College of Canons at last. Each will bring particular gifts and experience of mission and ministry, which will add richness to the life of the Cathedral. Although by necessity of the current restrictions we are not be able to have a packed out church, the special installation service will be a blessed and celebratory occasion joined by many online.” 

During April three new canons were installed – read about it here. 

Photo credit – Rev’d Kate Bottley, John Mannell