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The Very Reverend David Leaning was a significant friend of Woodard Schools not least during his time as Dean of Southwell Minster. He had close associations with Worksop College and Ranby House in particular where he was a governor for some years and where on many an occasion he reported to the Governors on the Christian character of the school following inspection.  In retirement in Lincoln he served as Assistant Provost in the Eastern Region and many benefitted from his wise counsel.

In retirement he also gave his sets of Eucharistic vestments and communion plate for use in our Academies, so supportive was he of this development in our family of schools.  After an unexpected death his funeral takes place in Sussex on 8 September, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom he had special devotion.  David’s own statue of Our Lady, now restored, graces the sanctuary in the Chapel at Worksop College.

Further information about the marking of his death at Southwell Minster can be found at www.southwellminster.org/notices-and-news-2.html