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“The Quest for Becket’s Bones”
Some reflections by author John Butler
Thursday 12th March 2015 at 18.30 in the Cathedral Lodge.
Tickets £12.50 to include a drink. Tickets are available from Chris Needham’s office at the Cathedral Shop in Burgate; sorry no credit cards.
John Butler is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Kent and a guide at Canterbury Cathedral. He raises some interesting questions: In January 1888 workmen excavating the eastern crypt of Canterbury Cathedral uncovered the ancient bones of a tall middle-aged man whose skull had seemingly been cleft by a sword. could these be the remains of St. Thomas becket, Archbishop of Canterbury? Were the bones hidden from henry VIII’s commissioners and reburied later in a secret location? Why does an obscure French cardinal occupy a makeshift tomb in one of the most sacred areas of the cathedral? For whom does the perpetual red lamp of a martyr burn in the sanctuary of the Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene? Sit back and find out!
St Nicholas City Parade
Saturday 6th December 2014, 12.00 noon from the Westgate Hall
Our annual City Parade went from Westgate Hall through our iconic city and we enjoyed the magical atmosphere; music, costumes and fun for all. Now see the video of the 2013 wonderful parade and view pictures of the festivities here.
St Nicholas Gala Dinner
Saturday 6th December 2014, 7:00pm in the Claggett Auditorium, Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury
This popular gala evening began with an opportunity to chat to all the guests and enjoy a welcome drink. We viewed the lots that were auctioned after the dinner by our guest auctioneer Canon Nick Papadopulos, returning by popular request! At 7.30 pm we moved into the superb Claggett Auditorium where we were entertained by the famous new Cathedral Girls’ Choir before enjoying a three course dinner with specially chosen wines. The menu choices were:
- Chicken liver pate or gravlax or courgette tower
- Trout or guinea fowl or spinach tortellini
- Chocolate mousse or apple tart or cheese and biscuits
Dean’s Deanery Discs
“Those of us who attended ‘The Dean’s Deanery Discs’ in the Cathedral Lodge were treated to a most memorable evening of entertainment. The Dean, Robert Willis, admitted to indulging himself in his choice of music and each piece was discussed with elegant wit by him and Jan Leeming. As the Dean headed off to his island with Poems of the Day, an anthology with excellent footnotes, we were left bathed in Mendelssohn on the ‘cello, Debussy on the piano, the Missa Luba on Congo drums, and Michael Flanders catching the s-l-o-w train to Morton-in-the-Marsh.
What a range, what a feast, what impeccable visual and audible reproduction complete with Elgar’s dog swimming in Hereford and culminating in Strauss’ ‘Morgen’. The prediction that our evening would be dominated by opera was not born out but we did hear Donizetti. Our Dean turned out also to be a film buff as he followed Karen Blixen to her African highland farm and reached the Hollywood neighbourhood with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra.” – Anon
A complete list of the Dean’s selections can be downloaded from here.