In this week's #BlessedIsShe, we meet Catherine Lynn Jones, trustee and treasurer for the Cathedral Trust.
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 currently a trustee and the treasurer for Bristol Cathedral Trust which is a charity that raises funds to support the Cathedral. I am a member of the Fitzhardinge Society which is a membership arm of the Trust that supports the maintenance and upkeep of the fabric of the building. My husband and I were married in the Cathedral.
How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?
My husband and I became members of the Fitzhardinge Society about eight years ago. We were married in the Cathedral in July 2013 and I became a trustee of the charitable body in March 2016 and then treasurer from January 2017.
What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?
My husband was born in Bristol and lived here until he was about 35 so had a connection with the city and a friend told us of the Fitzhardinge Society. We decided to join to do our bit for helping to maintain the fabric of such a lovely building in the heart of the city. We didn’t know at that time just how much the Cathedral would come to mean to us and also how my level of involvement with it would increase.
What have been some of your personal highlights?
I have to say that our wedding days is the biggest highlight as it was such a wonderful day and we were able to invite so many family and friends to share in such a joyous occasion. The Nave, Chapter House and garden looked amazing and the music was wonderful.
Aside from that I have enjoyed my roles in the Trust and Fitzhardinge Society as I now feel that I am making just a little bit of a difference to the work of the Cathedral and also preserving it and making it accessible and welcoming for many people now and in the future. The annual nave dinners are an added bonus as it is always wonderful to see the Cathedral in a different light.
What would you like to see the Cathedral doing over the next few years?
I think in my role within the Trust there is a real opportunity to share in the discussions about the strategy of the cathedral over the next decade. It has been fantastic to see the rose window restored and to be involved in the next significant project - the restoration of the organ. This is a particularly good time to be involved with the Cathedral as there is such a dedicated and enthusiastic team who have big ideas and are keen to keep the momentum of grant applications and projects progressing.
What does the Cathedral mean for you?
The Cathedral will always hold a special place in my heart and that of my family. My daughter calls it “Mummy’s Cathedral” so I think she knows just how much it means to me.