Recent Friends’ Projects
The Friends are currently supporting the Cathedral in a number of ways.
The Clerestory Shaft Project
With a contribution of £231,000 to support the Clerestory Shaft Project. The stonework of the clerestory shafts was splitting and pieces were in danger of falling due to the internal corrosion of iron cramps, probably a long-term result of water ingress following bomb damage to the roof in 1941. New stonework with stainless steel fixings has been provided. The project was completed in 2019.
A contribution of £25,000 towards the cost of the Cathedral’s music.
Bishop Marshall's Throne
One of the Cathedrals greatest treasures is the medieval painting from Bishop Marshall’s Throne. The Friends have offered up to £23,000 towards the cost of the current restoration of the painting, to preserve it for future generations. The picture shows part of the painting and demonstrates the effect of restoration.
When the restoration work has been completed, it is intended to mount the painting on the wall of the south aisle, near the Chapter House. The Friends have paid for the wall to be repaired and replastered.
A new Guide Book for the Cathedral
As part of the LLANDAFF 900 celebrations, the Friends have funded the £16,000 needed to produce a new Guide Book for the Cathedral. Compiled by Dr John Kenyon, the Cathedral's Archivist, it starts with a concise history of the 900 years of the present building's life, before taking the reader on a conducted tour of the outside and inside of the building, illustrated by lavish photographs.
The book, priced at £5, can be obtained from the Cathedral Shop. It is also available from Amazon.
Llandaff Cathedral. Scala Arts & Heritage Publications Ltd., 8th January 2020,
An Audio-Visual installation for the Cathedral
The excellent response to the services which were recorded and available on-line during the various Covid-19 lockdowns throughout 2020 convinced the Chapter that a live-streaming facility would extend the cathedral's ministry, both to those who cannot attend services in person, and to those who live further away from Cardiff.
The facility was installed in time for the first of the Christmas 2020 services, the Christmas Eve Carol Service. The picture shows a general view of the cathedral as we waited for the service to begin.
Approximately half the £21,000 cost of the project was donated by the Friends, the balance coming from the Diocese of Llandaff and the Allchurches Trust.
Other support for the Cathedral in 2020
The Friends were glad to respond to the Chapter’s requests for help with the following projects:
• Upgrading the Cathedral’s security system
• Conversion of the cathedral’s lighting to LED bulbs, and the provision of independent heating panels in the offices and vestries, thus reducing the use of the main boilers. Both will contribute to a substantial reduction in the cathedral’s energy consumption.
• Repairs to the Prebendal House
The grants for these three items totalled £15,880.