It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the death of Mike Whinney.
Mike was the inspirational Warden of Cambridge University Mission (the former name for Salmon Youth Centre) from 1960 to 1967. Many young people from Bermondsey became Christians through his ministry and many volunteer Residents from Cambridge learned much from their experience of working with him.
In 1967 he was invited by Bishop Mervyn Stockwood to become the Vicar of St James Bermondsey, which was then in vacancy and closed as a building. He took the Christian fellowship at CUM to form the nucleus of a new congregation and was instituted and inducted on 21 September 1967, an anniversary which St James and Salmon Youth Centre will be jointly celebrating on 24 September this year – obviously, with added poignancy.
In 1973, Mike left Bermondsey to become Archdeacon of Southwark before moving to become, first, Bishop of Aston and then Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham. He recently published an autobiography ‘Green Shoots through the Concrete’ and remained a keen supporter of the work of CUM/Salmon.
Mike is survived by his beloved wife Veronica and their children.