Service of Institution and Induction for the Revd James McGowan
held at Kirk Malew on 7th November 2014 in the presence of the Lord Bishop and the Lieutenant Governor combined with The Friends Publicity event.
Rev:d Canon John Drury Gelling, M.A.
Friends are very sorry to learn of the death of their Patron,
Canon J D Gelling, who until illness sadly intervened was
a tower of strength to us.
was of course the author of the History of the Manx Church,
as well as being a notable Old Testament scholar. He was also,
however, very simply the old Manx church incarnate. He had
sat at the feet of the great Archdeacon Kewley, who had learned
from Archdeacon Moore, and so eventually back to those who
had known Wilson himself. John Gelling was a notable and popular
preacher, quiet and undramatic and always without notes. He
took services at Malew during the ilness and after the resignation
of the Rev:d Ernest Fisher in the early 1990s, and was always
welcomed back with enthusiasm by the congregation.
is perhaps fitting that the year of his death should see the
long-awaited re-rendering of the exterior of the chancel,
in the planning of which he gave such helpful counsel.
Directors of Heron and Brearley Ltd, one of the Island's leading
companies, visited Malew Church at the end of August 2009.
They had made a generous donation towards the cost of putting
up at Malew the two monuments fom St Mary's, Castletown, to
members of the Quayle family of Rushen House who had founded
the Castletown Brewery, now merged into H&B.
are pictured in front of the monuments with (top photograph)
Friends' Treasurer Rupert Cottrell and (lower photograph)
Friends' Chairman Jonathan Kewley.