Alumni invitations to Moule Day
Invitations to Moule Memorial Day on Wednesday 11th June 2014 will be going out to alumni in the next few weeks.
This year’s event, with Jeremy Begbie as speaker, is likely to be very popular, so do book your place early using the reply slip included in the invitation. Full information on the day's programme will also be posted here on the Ridley website.
The C.F.D. Moule Memorial Lecture is delievered annually at Ridley Hall as part of Moule Memorial Day, an alumni reunion held in honour of C.F.D. (Charlie) Moule.
A great scholar, a wonderful friend
This article orginally appeared in News from Ridley, Summer 2008
Professor C. F. D. Moule was involved with Ridley most of his life: as student, tutor, Vice-Principal, member and Chair of the Council, and after retirement, Scholar-in-Residence.
The common space known as the Moule Hole is named after him, and he was an extraordinary link in the chain of history having personally known every one of the college’s twelve Principals.
When Charlie Moule stepped down from the Lady Margaret Chair in 1976 and moved into the flat over the Principal’s Lodge, he described himself as feeling like a shrivelled pea in a splendid pod. For five years he became a much loved part-time member of staff. He shared in preaching and presiding in chapel and at the Federation eucharist, providing profound Bible readings, translating from his Greek New Testament as he went along.
Charlie was immensely hospitable, and surprisingly at ease with children. He was also a punctilious correspondent, responding almost without fail by return – and every letter was handwritten. Of Charlie’s faith and concern for faithful, intelligent ministry there was no doubt. Carrying his learning lightly, he was ready to deploy it when asked, gently encouraging others with good humour. When he felt they were mistaken he would disagree with courtesy, often with something like ‘But don’t you think...’ While many lay store by their experiences of God Charlie would admit that he had never had any remarkable ‘spiritual experience’, for his faith was founded on his conviction of the truth of the Gospel.
Moving to Pevensey in 1979 he left a college in infinitely better shape, due not least to the assurance and stability he brought. In his new home he continued welcoming visitors, giving encouragement and wise counsel. While his strength lasted he continued to preach and speak, but when he could no longer adequately care for himself he moved into residential care. There were always visitors, who were always engaged in vigorous conversation. Despite growing deafness he remained alert to the end, interested in his friends’ lives, studies and families. He would sometimes complain about falling asleep while reading – but then many a fraction of his age doze over the Journal of Theological Studies!
We have lost a great scholar, a wonderful friend and a deeply committed brother in Christ, but thanks be to God for him.
The Revd Canon Dr Michael Sansom, St. Albans’ Diocesan Director of Ordinands, Ridley Hall staff from 1976-1988