Former Gogglebox star to become Honorary Canon at Southwell Minster

Southwell Minster will welcome two new Honorary Canons at a special service including former Gogglebox star and presenter of the BBC’s Songs of Praise and of BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday, the Rev Kate Bottley.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 6:46 pm
The Rev Kate Bottley appeared on Gogglebox along with her husband Graham

She will be joined by the Revd Dr Stephen Hippisley-Cox, who is Rector of Willoughby on the Wolds with Wysall and Widmerpool, and Area Dean of East Bingham.

Honorary Canons are local clergy who have given distinguished service to the church, and who are invited to play a part in the life of the Minster as the Cathedral of the diocese.

The service on Sunday, May 16, will be livestreamed to Southwell Minster’s website and YouTube channel.

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The Very Rev 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.”

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.

"Being made canon was an unexpected honour and feels like an affirmation of my unique ministry and vocation.”