Toasting our Founders in benedictine
St Mark’s Day and Anzac Day 2015
This year, the Founders’ Day Service was held on Sunday 26th April and incorporated both St Mark’s and Anzac Days. Held in the Chapel, the College Chaplain, Rev’d Grant Moore preached and the College Choir, led by Ms Christina Simpson and accompanied by Ms Pippa Jones sang Sting’s “Golden Fields”. The College Hymn, by Fellow of the College, the Most Rev’d TT Reed was also sung.
Afterwards, morning tea was held and a toast to the Founders and Benefactors in Benedictine was drunk. The toast is drunk in Benedictine which has been served for the past forty-five years, from a decanter donated by Sir Henry Simpson Newland, a former Chairman of the Council. He bought the decanter in Canterbury while on a visit to Britain in September 1962 and had it blessed in the shadow of Canterbury Cathedral by Canon Julian Bickersteth.
Bickersteth was a former Headmaster of St Peter’s College and a Founder of the College who had served as a Chaplain in World War I, winning the Military Cross. It was one of Canon Bickersteth’s last acts in connection with the College as he died in the following month. The silver shields on the decanter record the date and the names of Sir Henry, Julian Bickersteth and Archie Grenfell Price.