Students fill Abbey to celebrate Nathaniel Woodard
Friday, 25th November 2011
A service to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of educational visionary the Reverend Nathaniel Woodard (21st March 1811 – 25th April 1891) was held in Westminster Abbey on Thursday 24th November 2011.
A mixture of 42 schools and academies came together to celebrate the Church of England priest who founded eleven schools for the middle classes in England during his lifetime.
The service was opened by the Junior Choir who sang the Introit Arise and shine forth and The Woodard Diptych, an icon which was commissioned for the Woodard 2011 celebrations, was carried through the Abbey to the High Altar during the collegiate procession.
The Bishop of Chichester, Visitor; The Right Reverend Anthony Russell, President; The Reverend Canon Brendan Clover, Senior Provost; The Right Reverend Lindsay Urwin OGS, Provost of the South, together with other senior clergy of the Woodard Corporation, were robed and seated in the Sacrarium.
The Bidding was given by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, who said:
we assemble today to give thanks to almighty God for the birth two hundred years ago of Nathaniel Woodard, to celebrate the achievements of the Schools and Corporation he founded, and to pray God’s blessing on Woodard schools now and for the future.
Sir Robert Woodard KCVO DL together with Sam Kelly and Cerys Jones pupils of Lancing College Preparatory School, read The Woodard Preamble which was written during Woodard’s lifetime but not promulgated. It was established as Preamble to the Roll of Members in 1916.