Deanery trip to Leicester Cathedral



 Well we got there on Sunday afternoon 10th May- 2 coaches setting off from the Woodfield Team. Altogether some 300 people from across the North West Leicester deanery came together for the 3 hours at the cathedral.

   Comments from those who went:

"The changes both inside and out, are amazing. I went to a service early in December but there was little to see then. We did go to St. Martin's House, but from the side door, and didn't go round the front of the Cathedral.  I knew it had been altered, but it is transformed from a "busy" area with steps, borders, a fountain and numerous levels to a completely level area of calm. Much as the ground level car park is missed -(the public car park not the Grammar school one) The landscaped area is a joy to behold on approaching the Cathedral from the other side. The changes inside are stunning. ( We did manage a quick look when most people had left). The simplicity of the Tomb makes it very striking, and a real contrast to the beautifully embroidered cloth on the coffin used to carry the remains round Bosworth and back to Leicester.Truly a day to be remembered."

"It was great and what a turn out.I thought the staff did very well to make it an enjoyable occasion. It was good to see the congregations of the deanery as well as the clergy!"
"Enjoyed the info gained, good to see alterations to the Cathedral, the service was interesting and lots to learn there, also met with lots of friends."
The afternoon gave a chance to hear something of the history of the cathedral building and of the events leading up to the re-interment of King Riahcrd III - and to see the tomb itself and the pall that was specially made for the coffin. We saw how the cathedral had been re-ordered and improved. Alongside that, we could learn what the cathderal does by way of outreach beyond its walls and what it does in terms of education. At the heart of all that, however, is the worship of the cathedral and we were able to be part of sung evensong - as Johannes Arens said 'the best choral evensong in Leicestershire' - and it was very fine                                        


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