In this week's #BlessedIsShe, we meet Frances Harries, Deputy Head Steward, volunteer, and congregation member.
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?
I am a volunteer member of the cathedral community and deputy head steward. Apart from the usual duties of a steward, meeting and greeting members of the public at services, I assist the head steward and am responsible for recruiting stewards to assist at concerts and other events.
How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?
About 15 years.
What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?
I attended the Christmas morning Eucharist with my family one year and never looked back. I was invited to become a steward and to help with other duties and, in due course, to take on the role of deputy head steward. Apart from the services and beautiful music, being part of the Cathedral community is an important part of my life.
What have been some of your highlights?
It is always especially rewarding to have the opportunity to assist at major events in the Cathedral calendar, such as Easter and Christmas and to be able to enjoy the wonderful music at such times. Recently one of my grandsons became a probationer chorister, bringing a third generation of our family into the community.
What would you like to see the Cathedral doing over the next few years?
A (very noisy!) Christmas service for families with pre-school children was held in the Cathedral in 2017. The numbers attending were beyond expectation and a service such as this is one way in which it is hoped young families will continue to feel welcomed and encouraged to become part of the community.
What does the Cathedral mean for you?
A special place of peace and warm friendship.