On Tuesday 4 December, St Edmundsbury Cathedral hosted a special service and reception at St Giles Church, Cripplegate, located in the City of London. This Advent Festival was the first event of its kind and offered a chance for people with Suffolk connections based in London, to gather with friends and supporters from across the county. They were joined by Clare, Countess of Euston, HM Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, and Bishop Mike Harrison for this unique occasion.
The Festival showcased the Cathedral choir, and a poem was read by Griff Rhys Jones. This was followed by a reception later in the evening in the nearby City of London School for Girls overlooking the Barbican Lake. The Dean of St Edmundsbury, The Very Reverend Joe Hawes, commented, "It was wonderful to take Suffolk's Cathedral into London and celebrate with Suffolk families and friends. This was the first time we've held a Service like this. We will do it again!"
The event was organised by the Foundation of St Edmund, an independent charity which supports the mission and ministry of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. The purpose of the Foundation is to build a fund in perpetuity that will enable the Cathedral to flourish by extending its work in Suffolk and beyond. This will help the Cathedral reach out with others to meet the needs of Suffolk and its peoples.
You can read more about the Foundation here.