Debbie Thrower has been installed as an honorary lay Canon and member of Winchester Cathedral Chapter. Her installation took place on Remembrance Sunday, November 9, at Choral Evensong at which Bishop Tim presided and preached.
As the Cathedral’s governing body, Chapter works as a team led by the Dean to agree strategy, foster strong community links, build excellent worship and welcome activities, and ensure sound buildings and finances. Debbie brings communication skills to Chapter; she was a BBC and ITV broadcaster, nationally and in the region, and is now a licensed lay minister and Anna Chaplain to Older People.
She is also team leader of The Gift of Years- ‘resourcing the spiritual journey of older people’ for the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF). Offering Anna Chaplaincy as a proven model of ecumenical chaplaincy lies at the heart of the initiative. Debbie ministers in residential care homes in Alton and in the wider community.
Over the years Debbie has presented the BBC’s One, Six and Nine O’clock News, South Today, and Meridian Tonight, as well as ‘Songs of Praise,’ Channel Four’s ‘Collector’s Lot,’ and Radio Four’s ‘You and Yours’ and ‘Sunday,’ in addition to her own daily show on Radio Two.
Debbie, who already chairs the Cathedral’s ‘Mother Church Advisory and Action group,’ said after her installation, “I’m delighted to be taking on this new role as Canon and member of Chapter and feel privileged to become part of the Cathedral community, for a time, in this way.”