Glad Iwas Drink Tome­on­ly­with­thi­neeyes A Grand start to a new chap­ter

Ex­eter Cathe­dral once again played host to a spec­tac­u­lar fund-rais­ing din­ner, with the em­pha­sis on a new chap­ter, as or­gan­iser JU­DITH KAUNTZE writes

Devon Life - - Society - PHO­TOS: Richard Austin

The Dean and Chap­ter of Ex­eter Cathe­dral re­cently hosted the Grand Nave Din­ner – a most mem­o­rable oc­ca­sion when the glo­ri­ous Nave was cleared, dec­o­rated with ab­so­lutely stun­ning flo­ral dis­plays and a su­perb din­ner was served to the very for­tu­nate guests, with hugely en­joy­able en­ter­tain­ment rip­pling through the evening.

An amaz­ing fea­ture of this Grand Nave Din­ner was the bril­liance of our young Devon per­form­ers all light­ing up the evening with their con­sid­er­able tal­ents. A wel­com­ing Cho­ral Grace was sung by the truly in­spi­ra­tional Cathe­dral Choir and Cho­ris­ters fol­lowed by

(Hu­bert Parry), su­perb in ev­ery way; to­gether with the mag­nif­i­cent or­gan ac­com­pa­ny­ing through­out the evening. All a great tribute to the va­ri­ety and value the Cathe­dral brings to Devon in so many ways.

The Ex­eter Univer­sity Chapel Choir’s per­for­mance was truly out­stand­ing; gen­er­at­ing a stand­ing ova­tion from the din­ner guests and con­sid­er­able calls for an en­core. The en­sem­ble de­lighted the guests with

And the Cathe­dral cer­tainly faces some huge chal­lenges on all fronts: heat­ing, light­ing, loos and sound are just part of the ba­sic needs. Added to which the main fab­ric, on its mas­sive scale, cre­ates sig­nif­i­cant costs, to­gether with many sec­tions of the Cathe­dral and as­so­ci­ated build­ings which are fac­ing enor­mous cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture.

All of this com­ing on top of the daily run­ning costs which are also des­per­ately de­mand­ing in them­selves. So 2019 is a new year, with a new res­o­lu­tion to rise to these chal­lenges with the launch of a ma­jor ap­peal.

The foun­da­tions are be­ing laid for a ma­jor ap­peal to raise £13mil­lion in ten years to safe­guard the fu­ture of Ex­eter Cathe­dral, which is be­yond doubt Devon’s great­est trea­sure.

As il­lus­trated by the words of the Dean, the Very Rev Jonathan Greener, to the guests at the din­ner: “This is a build­ing of in­ter­na­tional im­por­tance and we want to open it up, brighten it up and make it a place of which the whole peo­ple of Devon are justly proud”.

The Grand Nave Din­ner was thus an en­trée to the main menu for the fu­ture – one in which the fine folk of Devon sup­port their glo­ri­ous Chris­tian ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage and light up the awein­spir­ing fab­ric of the build­ing with their en­thu­si­asm; each of us giv­ing gen­er­ously and thereby en­sur­ing a last­ing legacy which will un­der­pin our amaz­ing Cathe­dral’s fu­ture.

The Grand Nave Din­ner formed the foun­da­tion of the new era at Ex­eter Cathe­dral and was kindly spon­sored by Foot Anstey and Brewin Dol­phin. For more in­for­ma­tion on how you can as­sist Ex­eter Cathe­dral con­tact Jill Tay­lor, jill.tay­[email protected] ex­eter-cathe­

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