Faith & Worship

Week 40 - Janet Hoyle

In this week's #BlessedIsShe, we meet Janet Hoyle, member of the congregation and volunteer reader, intercessor, and Eucharistic Minister.

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?

The Dean is married to me!


How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?

Eight years, since David took up the position of Dean.


What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?

We came to visit on a Sunday morning before David was interviewed, thinking to be incognito. We received such a welcome that we had to be evasive about why we were here.


What have been some of your personal highlights?

I remember clearly the tremendous welcome that we received at David’s installation, and I immediately felt at home in the cathedral. I love the Sunday morning worship and for me this place combines all that cathedrals offer, in particular the fabulous music, with the very  best of what parish churches offer as well.

Highlights for me have been:

  • The televised Christmas service, even though I was made to sit in the front row!
  • The liturgy, music and preaching during the services throughout Holy Week and Easter. The service on Easter Eve is a special favourite of mine.
  • Watching our son, Mike, become more and more fascinated with the work he was doing for the ‘We Have Our Lives’ project. I was proud of what he achieved.


What would you like to see the Cathedral doing over the next few years?

I would hope to see the great work that the social justice group has begun to continue to grow.

It has been fantastic to see so many more children involved in the Cathedral, through the work of the Education Department, and the hugely successful services for families at Christmas. I would love to see these happening at other times of the year too.


What does the Cathedral mean for you?

Members of the Cathedral community have been so supportive in the good times and the bad since we arrived in Bristol. The Cathedral is a place where I feel at home, a place of safety.