Thinking about Adult Baptism or Confirmation? Want to find out more about the Christian faith? All are welcome to join a weekly class beginning on Tuesday 9 January. For more information, contact Canon Mari Price via the Cathedral Office on 029 2056 4554 or email@example.com.
The Friends of Llandaff Cathedral Annual Lunch for 2018 will be held at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue, on Thursday 1 February. The menu will be pan-fried chicken breast accompanied by Lyonnaise potatoes and seasonal vegetables or vegetarian option, followed by rosemary panna cotta with winter berry compote and vanilla thyme shortbread, and tea or coffee. Tickets at £12 each are now available from Linda Quinn, 74 Pencisely Road, CF5 1DH. Cheques payable to Friends of Llandaff Cathedral, with SAE please. Please state any dietary requirements when booking.
As the next stage of the repair work to the Cathedral clerestory begins, the Cathedral Organ will be covered internally with plastic sheeting to protect it from dust and dirt. The organ console, from where the instrument is played, will also be boxed in. We will be without the organ for the duration of the work, and so will be bringing our wonderful Steinway piano into its own to accompany our worship. Choral services will continue as usual during this period, with the Cathedral choir returning to their duties from Thursday 11 January onwards. We look forward to having the organ back during the latter part of Lent.
Background to the Project
The Bathstone ‘detached’ shafts at clerestory level are splitting due to internal corrosion of iron cramps used in the re-construction of 1859 to tie the shafts to the surrounding stonework.
When iron corrodes it expands considerably, with enough force to split stone. It is likely that moisture got into the stone following the bomb damage in 1941 (when the clerestory was left exposed to the elements until the current roof was installed in 1953), and this moisture has accelerated corrosion of the iron.
Each of the 84 Nave and 12 West Front internal detached shafts will be carefully dismantled to remove the embedded ironwork and repair the stonework. New stainless steel cramps and dowels will be inserted, and the shaft stones will be repaired and reinstated in their original positions. The surrounding stonework will have a light clean to remove the worst excesses of carbon encrustation.
The dowel hole and cramp inside a shaft
The cost of scaffolding the entire Nave and Choir is considerable, and it will make sense to do as much work as possible while the scaffold is in place.
The clerestory windows will be repaired and cleaned as part of the project. The leaded windows are secured to horizontal iron tie bars. During the 1950s restoration the tie bars were attached to brass spigots which were embedded into notches in the reveals of the windows with hard mortar. Most of these fixing spigots are now loose. This causes the windows to rattle with wind pressure and even when the organ is played, which in turn leads to cracking of the glass.
Stainless steel angle sections will be installed to hold the existing brass spigots against the stone reveals, to avoid dismantling the windows (a very expensive process). The brackets will be toned-down to make them less noticeable – the recipe involves a mixture of gold size, pure turpentine and burnt umber pigment. The plain glazing also needs a thorough clean inside and out, and this will be done carefully with cotton swabs.
The 1953 hardwood ceiling is stained in places from past roof leaks, and these stains will be also removed in areas that can be accessed. Render will also be repaired and re-decorated.
The project includes a training programme of five three-week training blocks for trainees who are considering a career in building conservation.
Scaffolds will be erected in phases between June and November 2017 and from January to April 2018, with breaks for key events and festivals in the cathedral. The work will mean some disruption to visitor access and services at times, and this will be communicated to visitors and the local community throughout the project.
Find cards for every occasion at the Cathedral Shop this spring. Whether you want to wish someone a happy birthday, congratulate a couple on their anniversary, or send a message of sympathy, the shop is well-stocked with cards in a variety of styles. Why not tick those post-Christmas ‘thank you’ letters off your list, with a pack of four notecards for only 99p? You can also find cards to celebrate a loved one’s confirmation, ordination or first Holy Communion.
The shop also has a wide selection of gifts, from jewellery to books, mugs to paperweights, CDs to tea towels. The shop is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, and is situated in the southwest corner of the Cathedral (to the right as you come in the main West Door).
Volunteering in the shop is a wonderful way to support the Cathedral. If you have two hours to spare on a weekly or monthly basis, and would like to know more, please contact Mary Madsen through the Cathedral Office.