Friends’ Events

The Friends of Llandaff Cathedral organise a number of events throughout the year. See below for some of our past and future events.

Future

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 5th, 6th & 7th July 2019 - THE FRIENDS' FESTIVAL WEEKEND AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Friends Annual Festival Weekend will run from Friday 5th – Sunday 7th July, 2019. This is a summary of the programme. More information will be included in the Annual Report which is in the process of being prepared.

Friday 5th July
The Festival Dinner. The Dinner this year will be on the Friday evening and will be held in the Llandaff Rowing Club at 6.30 for 7 pm. We are delighted that our recently appointed Canon Precentor Mark Preece has agreed to be our after-dinner speaker. Please note that bookings need to be made by 24th June. For details of the menu and a Booking Form please click below.

Saturday 6th July
2.00 pm Guided Tour of the cathedral, concentrating on the Victorian
restoration of the building, completed 150 years ago.
3.00 pm Annual General Meeting
3.30 pm The Annual Lecture will be given by Ms Rachel Howells, who will talk
on “The Conservation of the Bishop Marshall Panel from Llandaff Cathedral”.
4.45 pm Light refreshments
5.15 pm Choral Evensong

Sunday 7th July
11.00 am Festival Sung Eucharist

For further information, click here.

Sunday 6th October 2019 - ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE 2019

The Annual Pilgrimage this year will be to the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Penrhys (at the top of the Rhondda valley). After prayers at the shrine we shall move on to St Peter's Church, Pentre, for tea and Evensong, which will be sung by the Cathedral Choir who will be visiting.
Due to the increased cost of coaches, this year pilgrims are invited to make their own travel plans and meet at Penrhys at 2-45p.m. before moving on to Pentre. A route and booking form is available from Linda Quinn, 74 Pencisely Road Cardiff CF5 1DH (SAE please), and will be placed on this website nearer the time. You are asked, please, to book a place via post or email (friends@llandaffcathedral.org.uk) to help us make arrangements for the tour and tea.


Past

Fri–Sat 14-15th September 2018 - Friends Open Doors Day

On Saturday September 15th, the Friends once more hosted an Open Doors Day in the Cathedral from 12 noon. This included a guided tour, bell tower visits, opportunity to view the archives and a contribution from the music department.

On Friday 14th September, local primary schools visited for the Friends Drawing Event, where children were able to walk around, ask questions and draw. This event has proved very popular with both children and teachers.

These events were part of Open Doors Llandaff and the Cadw Open Doors programme.

Tuesday 2nd October 2018 - Annual Pilgrimage

25 pilgrims from the Friends travelled to Gower and Swansea ‘in the footsteps of the Saints’. Christian worship has taken place on Gower for at least fifteen hundred years, and in many cases, churches stand where simpler structures of the Celtic period stood. A great number of carved and lettered stones and other remains connect to the ancient past, and to the faith of those who worshipped there.

Four very different and interesting churches were visited, and the pilgrims had a warm welcome at each one. After starting at St Mary’s Pennard, and lunch at Mumbles, the pilgrimage moved to St Nicholas, Nicholaston, known locally as the “Cathedral of Gower”, and then to St Teilo’s, Bishopston.

Our final church was St Mary’s, the civic church in Swansea city centre, where we had tea before Choral Evensong.

We were sent on our way from Llandaff by Fr Edward and spent a thoughtful and enriching day with pilgrim prayers and hymns, as we were guided around.

Tuesday 1st January 2019 - New Year's Day - Guided Tour of the Cathedral

As in previous years, the Friends have offered a guided tour of the Cathedral on New Years Day. We have found that there are those who appreciate something quiet and interesting to do after the celebrations of the night before and this year was no exception.

Friday 8th February 2019 - Friends' Annual Lunch

This year's Annual Lunch was held in the refurbished Great Hall at Howell's School, Llandaff, attended by 55 members and guests. After an excellent meal, Richard Read, the School's Director of Finance and Operations, gave us an enthusiastic talk about the refurbishment of the Grade 2 listed building and the many hurdles which had to be overcome. The hall is decorated with the Staniforth "Shakespeare" murals which had been restored by Rachel Howell, who is currently working on the cathedral's Bishop Marshall panel. Rachel will speak at our Annual Lecture.

Monday 22nd April 2019 - Easter Monday - Guided Tour of the Cathedral

Members, families, friends and the general public were invited to join in one of the Friends' regular Guided Tours of the cathedral.