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Peter and Heather – Photo from Stornoway Religious Bookshop

Stornoway Singers have spoken of their sorrow at saying goodbye to their choir director Peter Moger. 

He was only with them for 18 months, but in that short time he worked very hard with them to develop their voices. 

Sadly, they were unable to demonstrate their skill at a concert of music from Coronations in June, because of Peter losing his father.

They had hoped to reschedule for this month (September) but this proved impossible as Peter was earlier offered a very prestigious position as Sub Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford.

“His appointment had to be signed off by the King and Prime Minister so I didn’t think I could hold him to stay for a concert” said Christine Richings, who chairs the Singers.

The choir celebrated his success and said goodbye to him and his wife Heather with an excellent cake from Stag Bakery and Christine presented him with a work of art, seen above, created by Carloway-based Jane Harlington and featuring local scenery and verses from a psalm in English and Gaelic.

Christine says “We will however keep singing and try to remember all Peter has taught us.  We have had some new members join us this session and there is always room for more!

"We still meet at 8pm in St Columba’s Hall on Tuesdays.  We will be starting to look forward to Christmas music and to sharing that with the public in December.”

On 8 August, Merton College, Oxford, where Peter was student said: "We are pleased to announce that one of our very own is returning to Oxford, and only a few hundred metres across the meadow. His Majesty the King approved the appointment of the Revd Canon Peter Moger(1982) as the new Sub Dean of Christ Church, where he will oversee the life and worship of Christ Church Cathedral. Currently the Episcopalian priest to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Canon Moger’s installation will take place on 7 October.

He told them: "I am honoured to be called to this post at a time of change and opportunity for Christ Church.  I look forward to working with colleagues across the House [a nickname for the college], and to help the Cathedral fulfil its mission both within the institution and in relation to the Oxford Diocese and the wider Church."

Peter and Heather Moger had been ministering at St Peter's in Stornoway for the last four years. The Stornoway Christian Bookshop said on Facebook that they were very sad to be leaving Stornoway and consider it a privilege to have lived and worked in our island community.

"Over the last four years we have got to know them as regular customers at our shop and we now wish them God's blessing and keeping as they move on."