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Trevor Huddleston Centenary

The Centenary of Bishop Trevor Huddleston CR 

As part of the events to mark the centenary of the birth of one of Lancing’s most distinguished OLs, Bishop Trevor Huddleston CR, we were delighted to welcome Mr Chris Lubbe to speak to pupils, staff and parents on 13 June. Former bodyguard to Nelson Mandela, Mr Lubbe spoke of his childhood in South Africa and his membership of the ANC; he explained how Trevor Huddleston’s efforts to bring apartheid to the world stage had made such a lasting impact on so many people’s lives.

Mr Lubbe was introduced by Fr Nicolas Stebbing CR who stayed in the school during the week and spoke to each year group and pupils from Lancing Prep about the apartheid regime and his friendship with Trevor Huddleston.

Service of Thanksgiving

A Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Trevor Huddleston was held in the Chapel on Saturday 15 June.  Representatives from communities and organisations worldwide with which Bishop Trevor was most associated joined the school for this very special occasion. Fr Nicolas Stebbing CR, who cared for him in the time leading up to his death, was the preacher at the service, and a transcript of his sermon is available to read, below. At Fr Nicolas’s request, a collection was made for the UK-based charity, Tariro, which supports young people, orphans and others who need it, in Zimbabwe.

Fr Nicolas Stebbing's Sermon (PDF, 70KB)

Over a hundred guests, including a number of OL clergy and some of Trevor’s contemporaries, were invited to lunch in the Dining Hall.  Lady Parkinson, Trevor Huddleston’s niece, spoke movingly afterwards about some of her personal memories of her uncle.

You can view or download Lady Parkinson's speech here (PDF, 277KB)


Trevor Huddleston was in Sanderson’s from 1927 to 1931.  He wrote of his time at school:  “Lancing, I think, was a place that allowed me to grow very much to be what I wanted to be.”  He spent much of his ministry in Africa, as a member of the Community of the Resurrection.  He had joined the community at Mirfield in West Yorkshire, and it was through their work in South Africa that he found his vocation.  As a young priest in Sophiatown, he became an anti-apartheid activist and earned the nickname Makhalipile – ‘dauntless one’. His friend for over 50 years, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, said of him:  “If you could say that anybody single-handedly made apartheid a world issue then that person was Trevor Huddleston”.


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