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 Festival will start at 2.30 p.m with a guided tour which will look at the Restoration of the Cathedral after the Second World War.
At 3.30 p.m, the Annual General Meeting of the Friends will take place in the Nave.
This year, we are honoured to have as speaker Douglas Hurd, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 1984-5, Home Secretary 1985-9, and Foreign Secretary 1989-95.
He has chosen as his title "Stories from a Political Life".
This talk is expected to finish before 5.00 p.m, when tea will be available in the Prebendal House at a price of £3 per person.
As usual, the day will conclude with Choral Evensong at 6.00 p.m. It is hoped that as many Friends as possible will make the effort to attend.
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.
All tickets were sold for this event several months in advance. As with the Annual Festival, in spite of the disappointing summer and autumn, the Friends were fortunate enough to have a fine sunny day for the Pilgrimage. The coach made a smooth and uneventful journey to Oxford, arriving in good time for members to find lunch.
At 3 p.m., they re-assembled at the entrance to Christchurch College, which houses Oxford Cathedral. They were met by members of the Friends of that Cathedral, who then conducted guided tours of the great Quadrangle and the Cathedral itself. In recent years, the College has attracted large numbers of tourists, because it has been used as the setting of the Harry Potter films, but our guides managed to steer us around the crowds.
At 4.30 p.m., the Llandaff Friends sat down to a pleasant tea in the hugely impressive Great Hall, which dates back to the foundation of the College by Cardinal Wolsey.
At 5.45 p.m., the Friends took up the seats reserved for them in the Cathedral in order to participate in Evensong.
Afterwards, it was straight back to Llandaff, which was reached just after 9 p.m. Our thanks are due to the Friends of Oxford Cathedral for their hospitality and to Linda Quinn for her organisation of the event.
Once again, this was run in conjunction with many other Llandaff institutions and organisations as part of "Open Doors Llandaff". The day was advertised in the local press and also by means of leaflets distibuted to every house in the parish.
The day started at 2 p.m with a display of materials from the archives of the Cathedral, including parish registers. Over 30 people came to see these. At the same time, children were invited to take part in a Treasure Hunt, and this was more popular than ever before. At 2.30 p.m, there was a guided tour of the Cathedral, which attracted over 60 people. At 4 p.m tours of the bell-tower began. Places for these had had to be booked in advance. All available places were taken, with others waiting to fill any vacancies. During the day, a number of other visitors viewed the Cathedral on their own. Members of the Choir Association provided teas and refreshments throughout the afternoon.
There were many warm comments of appreciation by people as they left the Cathedral. As in the past, credit for organising the afternoon must go to Mrs Linda Quinn.
As usual, all tickets were sold for this event. The day started with an optional tour of the bell-tower. For obvious reasons, such as narrow and steep spiral stairs and an approach across the West Front, which can induce vertigo, this part of the Cathedral is not often open to visitors. Even many old-established members of the Cathedral have never seen the interior. A dozen members chose to satisfy their curiosity, some even venturing on to the roof of the Tower in spite of the cold and the damp. Afterwards, all assembled in the Prebendal House for the usual delicious lunch, prepared by Mrs Townsend and her band of helpers. At the end of the meal, Mr Bob Woodward, Llandaff's Tower Captain, gave a short but informative talk on bell-ringing in general and Llandaff's bells in particular. The talk was illustrated by use of a model bell, which unfortunately did not always behave as a well-tuned bell should.
A most enjoyable day, and, almost needless to say, perfectly organised by Mrs Quinn!
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