In this week's #BlessedIsShe, we meet Peaches Golding, OBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol.
On Sunday 22 April, Evensong at 3.30pm will celebrate the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, and will be attended by the Lord-Lieutenant. All are welcome.
In this centenary year of women's suffrage, we are celebrating the women who play important roles in the daily life of the Cathedral community.
Each Saturday of the year, we will be sharing a different story here and across our social media.
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What’s your connection with Bristol Cathedral?
As Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant and personal representative of HM The Queen, Bristol Cathedral is my home church.
How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?
I have lived in Bristol since 1983 and first started attending lunchtime concerts in 1985 when I worked nearby. Evensong in the Cathedral is such a lovely service and, when I can, I like to attend. I always point visitors to our City to Evensong. I have always enjoyed attending the range of exhibitions held in the Cathedral. I feel welcome there, whether for a moment of reflection or celebration.
What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?
The Norman architecture, stained glass windows and concerts were the first big draw for me.
What have been some of your personal highlights?
In 2010, I had the honour of meeting the new Dean to Bristol and attending the Installation Service. I also held my High Sheriff’s Concert in Bristol Cathedral with Sir Willard White, the well-known and highly regarded baritone-bass, as the principal artist.
More recently, the Journey to Justice exhibition was been well received.
In my official capacity as HM Lord-Lieutenant, every service I attend is special and unique.
What would you like to see the Cathedral doing over the next few years?
The Cathedral has always had staff involved in the key issues of the City, whether justice, homelessness, industry or other themes. People of all faiths are welcome in the Cathedral and this sets a tone for the City. The ministry does and should continue to touch all aspects of the City and beyond.
What does the Cathedral mean for you?
Bristol is fortunate to have a Cathedral as distinctive and welcoming as we do. It provides a place of serenity and solace in times of trouble and joy. It is the location where we mark our most important traditions and where new ones will be launched. The golden thread, however, is how the Scriptures remain relevant to the challenges and opportunities of today.