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

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

Members, families, friends and the general public are invited to join in one of the Friends' regular Guided Tours of the cathedral. Meet at 10.30 am in the nave. There is no charge.

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

Please put the dates of the Annual Festival weekend in your diaries.

The Friends' festival Weekend will start with a Dinner to be held in the Llandaff Rowing Club on the Friday evening.

As usual, the programme on the Saturday will contain a tour of the cathedral, concentrating on one particular theme of interest, the AGM, the Annual Lecture which this year will be given by Rachel Howells who is currently in charge of the restoration of the Marshall painting, followed by a cup of tea and Choral Evensong, The Festival Eucharist will be on the Sunday morning. We very much hope that by the time we get to the AGM the Marshall painting will be back and on display in the cathedral.
Full details will be available nearer the time together with the Annual Report.

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.
Full details will be available nearer the time.


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.