Visit from our Patron Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal

Your members may be interested to learn that we had a visit from our Patron Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on 21 July.  Article is included plus a couple of photographs – more photographs can be seen on our website
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Please send any and all donations towards the refurbishment and of integration project of Peel Cathedral to:
Val Garrett
Fundraising Campaign Manager
Cathedral Isle of Man
Cathedral Close
Peel, Isle of Man
The Princess Royal’s visit on Tuesday was great success. HRH unveiled a foundation stone in The labyrinth within the Cathedral grounds which will be an exact copy of the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France before joining a 430 strong congregation for a magnificent Thanksgiving service. 

The Cathedral was honoured to have HRH take part in the service by reading a lesson and enjoying a variety of music from the Cathedral Choir and Choristers. 

Afterwards HRH took the time to speak to the Cathedral bell ringers before crossing to the Corrin Hall to meet with the Choristers, youth workers, Cathedral interns and some donors.

Dean Nigel Godfrey said, ‘We were honoured to have our Campaign Patron HRH The Princess Royal make a second visit to the Cathedral, to enable her to see what progress has been made and meet some of the people behind the project.’  

Work continues on the Cathedral and Grounds. In the next few weeks the Cloister (Apple Tunnel) should be constructed around the foundation stone laid by the Princess Royal in what is the 13th Century Abbey Garden based around the Abbey of Rushen and the Priory of Douglas.  This garden is one of a series of gardens which track the engagement of Christianity with Manx Culture since the 5th Century.

A new entrance is being put on the Corrin Hall with disabled access, new windows installed and a piece of sculpture is being created which should be installed by the end of 2015. It is a bronze, an abstract representing Joseph Pilates (founder of the Pilates movement and internee at Knockaloe Camp) and Archibald Knox and a censor at the Knockaloe Camp.  The sculpture will be in the 20th Century Knockaloe Garden.

The Dean would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended the service, Denis and Darren Cunningham from Isle of Man Motor Museum who kindly brought the 1953 Humber Supersnipe that was used in the Coronation Tour of Europe to the Cathedral for guests to look at and also Watsons of Greeba who kindly lent some large plants for the steps of the Cathedral.