THE FRIENDS OF LLANDAFF CATHEDRAL
The Society of The Friends of Llandaff Cathedral was formed in 1933. The aims of the Society are twofold, namely (1) to bring together in a common fellowship of loyalty and devotion, all those who care for the ancient Cathedral Church of Llandaff, and (2) to assist the Dean and Chapter in suitably maintaining its fabric and services.
The business of the Society is managed by a Council elected by the members of which the the Dean is the Chairman. The Annual Meeting is held in the Cathedral on a Saturday in June-July and includes an Annual Lecture
The Council of the Friends of Llandaff Cathedral
Elected Members of the Council
Since the formation of the Friends in 1933, the Society has paid for many items in the Cathedral and contributed towards repairs and improvements and makes annual grants towards the costs of music in the Cathedral. The Society gave maximum support to the last Restoration Appeal and made a significant donation to the new ring of twelve bells installed in 1992. More recently, the Society supported the improvement of the area leading to the West Front and the external and internal lighting of the Cathedral. It has also made a substantial donation towards the current appeal for funds for the replacement organ.
Everyone who cares about the Cathedral should be a 'Friend'. If you are not, please contact the Treasurer to find out how you become one.
Please remember that if you pay tax at the standard rate can enable the Friends to recover 25p on every £1 of subscription if you will sign a simple Gift Aid Declaration which of itself commits you to nothing.
The Friends are registered with Charities Aid
Foundation America so donors in the USA can obtain tax relief by
the money through CAF America., King Street Station, 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite
150, Alexandria VA 22314.
Forms of application for membership can be obtained from any of the officers or from the Cathedral. Forms of application can also be downloaded from this website
There has been a rewarding response to the invitation to 'Become a Jubilee Friend.' Thankyou to all those who have joined us so far.
People have said they were unaware of the work in the Cathedral supported by the Friends over the years, and feel they want to be part of it. As one person put it, 'I am a Friend really, it's just that I have never got round to filling in the form...'
The Friends Council aims to recruit 60 new members in the Jubilee Year of our Patron, H.M. The Queen.
Please help us to achieve this number by joining yourself, or encouraging someone else to. Members enjoy a number of events throughout the year, and their support of the Cathedral is valued.
Details can be found on the blue leaflet on the Friends noticeboard at the West End of the Cathedral.
If the valuable
work done for the Cathedral by the Friends is to be maintained,
Please do all you can to encourage anybody attached to or interested in the Cathedral to join us.
The 2014 Friends Annual Lunch will be held at the Cathedral School on Friday 14th February 2014.
There will be a tour of the school, a two-course lunch with a talk about the links between the school and the Cathedral.
This will be a great opportunity to enjoy the company of the Friends and see the developments at the school. Why not bring one of your friends along?
Tickets at £12.50 each available now from Linda Quinn, 74 Pencisely Road, Cardiff CF5 1DH (SAE please)
Please make cheques payable to Friends of Llandaff Cathedral.
Numbers are limited so likely to sell out quickly. Please buy with cash/cheque as soon as possible.
This formed part of the nation-wide “Open Doors” fortnight. Unfortunately, the Cathedral was not available on the two relevant Saturdays, and so it was decided to see what would happen if it was held on a Tuesday. Equally unfortunately, it rained heavily most of the afternoon. Nevertheless, there was still a good public response.
At 2 p.m,, the Cathedral Archivists were present, displaying some of the contents of the archives and helping people to search the registers. At 3 p.m, about 40 people turned up for the guided tour. The visits to the Bell Tower at 4.30 p.m. were again fully booked
During the afternoon, refreshments were available in the Prebendal House. Finally, at 6 p.m., there was Choral Evensong.
The weather for the Festival was sunny and quite warm - a pleasant early summer’s day.
About fifty members, including our distinguished guest speaker, Lord Douglas Hurd, assembled for the guided tour, which looked at the great changes in the interior appearance and lay-out of the Cathedral that occurred during the post-war restoration of the Cathedral.
At 3.30 p.m, there was the Annual General Meeting.
At 4.00 p.m., Lord Hurd delivered the Annual Lecture. It was partly a lively and often amusing reminiscence of some of his contacts with leading political figures, especially Margaret Thatcher, and partly a look at one of the leading political figures of the nineteenth century, Benjamin Disraeli, about whom he had recently co-written a biography. At the end, he volunteered to answer any questions that the audience might have, and several questions were forth-coming.
Afterwards, over fifty members took advantage of the usual lavish tea organised by Diana Lambert and Myra Jenkins. As usual, the day ended with Choral Evensong.
For the first time, this was not held in the Cathedral. Instead, it was decided to hold it in Howells School Llandaff, which has a long association with the Cathedral. The idea proved to be popular, and all tickets were quickly sold.
On arrival at the school on the morning of the 22nd February, Friends were ushered into the Library to have coffee - something much appreciated on a bitterly cold day. Afterwards, they were divided up into three groups for guided tours.
Particularly interesting was a display of documents and exhibits illustrating the history of the School in the Museum. Afterwards, the Friends re-assembled in the Great Hall for a two-course meal with wine and coffee. During part of the meal, a piano and wind quartet made up of students provided a musical accompaniment. When the meal was over, the School Principal, Mrs Sally Davis, gave a short illustrated talk on the connections between the School and the Cathedral.
All who participated agreed that it had been a most pleasant and interesting day.
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