2018 Conference reports – Friends of St Davids Cathedral

The Friends of the Cathedral continue to support the Dean and Chapter in furthering the mission and ministry of the Mother Church of the Diocese.

During the year we provide regular grants to cover the cost of wages, choral scholarships, flowers and provide Ty’r Pererin for the use of the Cathedral as its Education and Pilgrimage Centre.

During 2017 the Friends played an important role in providing substantial funding for the Library Restoration Project. The Friends agreed to provide £45,000 over a three-year period to invest in improving the library’s facilities and to restore a number of important pieces within the collection.

The Friends were also pleased to complete the refurbishment of ‘Y Bont’ and this property has now been let, providing an additional income for the charity.

The Friends’ Festival in September was a tremendous success; we welcomed Baroness Morgan of Glan Ely as our speaker and celebrated the retirement of the Very Revd Jonathan Lean with a dinner in the Nave, which was attended by over 140 people, including many former choral scholars.

In 2018 we anticipate providing our regular grants to the Dean and Chapter, supporting the refurbishment of the Cathedral Library and its collection. We also look forward to working with our new Dean, Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, in her vision for the future.

Revd Dr Harri Williams, Hon Secretary