Scilly To Get New Chaplain In The Autumn

St Mary's Parish Church

The Isles of Scilly will be getting a new Chaplain this autumn.

The Reverend Canon Paul Miller has been appointed to the role and will replace Reverend Canon Peter Walker when he retires in September.

Paul, who is a Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen, and who has been ordained for nearly 40 years, has served in the Diocese of Exeter and is currently the Vicar of Shortlands in the Diocese of Rochester.

He and his wife, Lynne, who is a teacher, will be moving to the Isles sometime towards the tail end of October in readiness for an Institution Service on 6th November.

Paul who told us he is very familiar with the Isles of Scilly. He first came to do a locum on Bryher and Tresco in 1983 after the last full-time priest for those islands retired.

And he and his wife have been coming regularly ever since with their children. Two of his grandchildren have even been christened on the islands.

Reverend Canon Paul Miller

Paul said he came to do the Christmas services on Tresco last year and shortly afterwards received a phone call asking if he would be interested in taking on the role after Peter’s retirement.

He says he’s excited about getting the job and looking forward to working with the parish here on the islands.

Paul thinks his daily life will be very different from his current role but says his wife will be giving up her teaching role and he’s looking forward to spending more tine with her.

Paul says he will continue to keep his unusual appointment as Chaplain to the Queen. He says this is a ceremonial duty and involves preaching at least once a year in St James Palace.

The Duchy had to approve his appointment and although he has royal connections, he doesn’t know Prince Charles. Paul said he has had a long chat with Land Steward Chris Gregory though.

Paul says he still got a lot to learn about the islands and feels it is a privilege to get the chance to work here. Looking forward to working with everyone in the parish.

He says the connections that Peter Walker has built with Truro Cathedral will be very important and he’s keen to continue that relationship.