CATHEDRAL LIAISON OFFICER’S REPORT :
From January 2015 we have a new title, Cathedral Parish Partners. Our role is “To be a sign of God’s reconciling love at work in our diocese and to strengthen the bonds that unite cathedral and parishes in mission and service”
2015 marks the 75 th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz.
2018 marks the centenary of our diocese and the designation of the parish church of St Michael’s as our cathedral.
In her Christmas message, The Queen took reconciliation as the theme for her speech and mentioned that in the ruins of the old Coventry Cathedral is a sculpture of a man and woman reaching out to embrace each other, the sculpture was renamed ‘Reconciliation’ in 1994.
Coventry International Prize for Peace and Reconciliation – The prize has been awarded to Therese Mema Mapenzie from the Justice and Peace Commission in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, her work provides a safe place for those whose lives have been affected by sexual violence.
A large scale spring clean – The Cathedral tapestry is the largest in the world! 75ft high, 38ft wide and weight just over a tonne. It took ten weavers over two years to complete. In the spring phase one of two will commence at a cost of £85K and includes:
Improvement to supporting structure to allow dry cleaning to take place in situ.
An initial dry clean front and back.
Feasibility study by a textile conservator to determine full cost of treatment for phase two.
Repair to small tears.
Four conservators will begin the in-situ dry cleaning and should take up to 6 weeks starting in February.
Date for your diary – Friday 3rd April at 6.00pm ‘Bach St John Passion’ Tickets from the Cathedral shop.
David R. Hill Cathedral Liaison Officer -
Barford Sherbourne & Wasperton
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