Waldensian Review No.124 Summer 2014 - Page 4

AWAYDAY 2014 Saturday 18 October 10.30 am–3 pm NEW VENUE: WESLEY CHAPEL, 49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU 10.30 Tea and coffee 11.00 Simonetta Agnello Hornby (author of The Almond Picker, The Marchesa and The Nun) will talk about the Waldensians she knew as a child in Agrigento. 12.00 Martin Gayford (The Yellow House, Man with a Blue Scarf), who has recently published a book on Michelangelo: His Epic Life, will talk about the artist’s friend Vittoria Colonna and her circle of ‘heretic’ intellectuals. 1–2 pm Lunch (bring your own one, hot drinks provided) 2–2.30 Financial report by Mark Stephens. News from Italy by Erica 2.30–3 Tea, bookstall, CALENDARS, delicious ‘biscotti di Debora’ and the Waldensian Cafferel gianduiotti chocolates. NO REMINDERS!!! Hence please put the date in your Waldensian calendars NOW and ABOVE ALL, DO COME!!!! Our new Chairman It is a great honour to be elected as Chairman of the English Committee of the Waldensian Church Missions. It means I can deepen my knowledge of this special Anglo-Italian initiative, and support it in its work, in particular the training of ministers. I was born in Edinburgh and baptised in that city’s Presbyterian St Giles’ Cathedral. My family moved to Oxford soon after and I have lived in England ever since. My church life has principally been within the Episcopalian Church of England, but I enjoy joining in with other Christian traditions. I moved to Cambridge in 1972 with Margaret, my wife, where we raised a family of four children, and now we enjoy five grandchildren. Professionally I have worked for the UK Medical Research Council as a statistician with psychologists and neuroscientists, recently helping to develop new forms of brain imaging and ways of exploring brain activity. I became involved in political issues in the local community in the 1980s 2