An unexpected visitor interrupted a quiet Wednesday lunchtime in the Cathedral Office. A small bat was found near the staircase to the office and the staff assembled in an attempt to rescue the creature. The Dean, equipped with a box filled with shredded paper, gently encouraged the bat into its temporary refuge after some difficulty. The covered box was placed outside the office and Jonathan Hoad, the Head Virger, contacted the Bat Conservation Trust who confirmed that the correct steps had been taken.
Liam, from the Bat Conservation Trust, soon arrived to rescue the bat. It was his first call-out of the year and Liam identified the bat as an adult male Soprano Pipistrelle. An unusual addition to the Cathedral Choir perhaps? Liam explained that the area surrounding the Cathedral is home to many kinds of wildlife, most likely including various species of bat. It seems that the bat entered the Cathedral on Sunday morning and was unable to find a way out. Liam carefully examined the bat and, thankfully, found no injuries. He took the bat away in a special box and will monitor it for a few days. He hopes to return by the end of the week to release the bat in the vicinity of the Cathedral, so it can return to its roost.
Lent Lunches continue a tradition that has been a practice in Llandaff for many years. A frugal lunch of soup, cheese, bread and butter followed by tea or coffee and some good conversation with friends, with proceeds going to charity to help those in need.
Our annual Lent lunches were very well supported, as always. Many thanks to all who came to partake, enjoy the convivial atmosphere and support the Cathedral Lenten Charity. Many thanks also to all those who hosted a lunch, cooked and served soup, waited on tables or washed dishes. We raised a wonderful total of £908.50 which will go to support the Cardiff Food Bank.
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.
Due to the inclement weather there are changes to the Cathedral Services on Sunday 4th March. The access roads and paths down to the Cathedral are dangerous and we advise you to stay at home until the weather improves.
The Cathedral Services will be said at 9.00am and 11.00am only – all other services are cancelled.