In this week's #BlessedIsShe, we meet Sue Norton, member of the congregation and education volunteer.
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.
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What’s your connection with Bristol Cathedral?
The Cathedral is my place of worship.I am a steward and I read the lesson during the service. Occasionally I help with Cathedral Kids.
I am an education volunteer:I help at Candlemas, Moving On, the Big Draw days and the Christmas Trails and also help when schools come for a guided tour and a workshop.I also help at the craft days for younger children during the holidays.
I am secretary to the Friends of Bristol Cathedral.
How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?
I was a pupil at Colston’s Girls’ School and we always came to the Cathedral for our Commemoration Service in November. I loved it!
We moved away when I left school but came back to Bristol in 1978. Both our boys were choristers, Wills started in 1988 and Jon in 1990. We made so many friends and loved the whole ethos of the Cathedral that we stayed on after their voices had broken.
What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?
The beautiful building, the peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the welcome we received.
What have been some of your personal highlights?
There are so many!
- Two Christmas Day broadcasts, one when our boys were in the choir
- The service for the ordination of women priests, the first one in the country
- The Maundy Service, attended by the Queen
- The visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury
- Our daughter’s wedding in the Cathedral
- The manic pre-school Christmas service, when so many young families came – and seeing the wonder on the children’s faces and their parents singing the carols even though they didn’t have a service sheet!
What would you like to see the Cathedral doing over the next few years?
Reaching out into the community to welcome in more people, especially young families.
Addressing the issues of homelessness and poverty.
What does the Cathedral mean for you?
It is somewhere I feel part of a greater family, people who I have got to know over the years and to whom I can talk easily. This has developed over the years, the sense of community was not so apparent 29 years ago.
It is also somewhere where I have had many different experiences from concerts, films, exhibitions, dance, to the organised cacophony of Moving on Days. It is a place that has so many different meanings to so many people in Bristol. It is place in the centre of city life for all who will use it.