Farewell to Receiver General

Farewell to Receiver General

The end of an era at Canterbury Cathedral was reached on Friday (29 July 2016) when the Receiver General, John Meardon retired. Brigadier Meardon joined the Cathedral 18 years ago as its most senior lay member and has been an influential figure in both the Cathedral community and the Canterbury area ever since. Much respected by Cathedral staff, to whom he is…
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Friends enjoy special day

Friends enjoy special day

More than 200 Friends descended on the Precincts to celebrate Friends’ Day on 16 July. This was our 89th festival day and we were delighted that Friends had joined us from far and near. Friends took part in a variety of activities from climbing the 300 steps of the Bell Harry Tower, exploring the roof of the Christ Church Gate,…
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Painter Jamie Coreth wins Young Artist Award

Painter Jamie Coreth wins Young Artist Award

Jamie Coreth (right), who was commissioned by the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral to create the Dean’s portrait last year, has been presented with the Young Artist Award in the BP Portrait Awards 2016 at the National Portrait Gallery. He won the prize for his portrait Dad Sculpting Me (pictured below). The Portrait Award Exhibition has been run by the National Portrait Gallery for the last…
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Money raised for worthy causes

Money raised for worthy causes

Geraldine the cow paid a visit to Canterbury Cathedral to collect a cheque on behalf of the Send a Cow charity when money was presented to three organisations from our Open Gardens weekend in May. More than £14,000 was raised during the event and this was shared between Send a Cow, L’Arche, the charity that supports people with learning disabilities, and the National Garden…
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Patron’s Lunch

Patron’s Lunch

  On Sunday 12 June 2016, The Mall in London was transformed to hold the biggest street party ever to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen and her patronage of over 600 charities and organisations. The Queen has been First Friend on the Roll of The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral since 1952. It was an enthusiastic group…
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Sensing Culture – FREE textile and mixed media workshops for adults with sight loss

Sensing Culture – FREE textile and mixed media workshops for adults with sight loss

If you are blind or partially sighted, enjoy heritage and would like to learn new skills inspired by collections at Canterbury Cathedral and  The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge  then you may be interested in the Sensing Culture textile and mixed media workshops.Starting on Friday 10th June and running on various dates until Monday 1st August there will be a number of morning…
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Summer party fun at Cathedral Lodge

Summer party fun at Cathedral Lodge

The Cathedral Lodge invites you to join a summer party on Saturday 9 July. You will be welcomed with a glass of Pimms and canapés in the beautiful Campanile Garden, overlooking the Cathedral, whilst being entertained by singer, Sarah Banks. A three-course dinner follows in the Clagett Auditorum and entertainment will be by seven-piece local function band, The Soul Monkeys…
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Falcon-cam captures birds eye view

Falcon-cam captures birds eye view

Two peregrine falcon chicks have hatched high up on Canterbury Cathedral’s iconic Bell Harry tower. The white chicks emerged last week from four eggs that were laid in the nesting box especially made for the parent birds by Cathedral carpenters. Director of Works Mark Sharratt said: “After the eggs were laid we waited expectantly but when nothing happened after the…
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The Patron’s Lunch

The Patron’s Lunch

  On Sunday 12th June 2016, The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral will be taking part in The Patron’s Lunch, an event in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. The lunch is in the form of a classic British ‘street party’ and is being held on The Mall for 10,000 guests. The Friends are honoured and excited to have this opportunity…
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