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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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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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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A True Friend of Canterbury Cathedral

A True Friend of Canterbury Cathedral

On Monday 9 May Nick Lewis, put his Canterbury Cathedral “friendship” to the test when he began his fund-raising ride of more than 1,000 miles through France and Spain. Nick left the Cathedral Precincts just after 9am with a blessing from the Dean and warm wishes from Cathedral staff. Over the next three weeks Nick, Treasurer of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral,…
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Our new Friend

Our new Friend

  The Council of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral are delighted to welcome Caroline Plaisted as the newly appointed Secretary to the Friends. Caroline joined the team at the start of the year on 7th January. Originally from London, she has lived in Kent for the past 19 years. She has worked for many years as a successful, self-employed, writer…
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From Door to Door and back again…

From Door to Door and back again…

Having been absent for seven months for extensive renovation, the historic solid oak entrance gates to the precincts of the Cathedral were returned to the iconic Christ Church gatehouse on 24th May 2012. This was never going to be a simple job but the lengthy and delicate operation went with scarcely a hitch. The intricately carved, solid oak gates are…
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