The second meeting of the Dromore Cathedral History Reading Group took place on 4th September when we debated the finer points of Dan Jones’s study on the Wars of the Roses. Traditional medieval delicacies ranging from oatcakes to cornbread to barley water were readily consumed as we discussed the weak rule of Henry VI, the gluttonous excesses of Edward IV, and Richard III’s seizure of the Crown in 1483. Afterwards, we all agreed that our next book would be The Hammer and the Cross: A New History of the Vikings by Robert Ferguson. This book will be the topic of our discussion at the next meeting on Monday 30th October 2017 at 7.30pm in the Clayton Hall. All are welcome to attend, discuss the book, and enjoy Viking-style food.
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Our annual Autumn Fair is planned for Saturday, 16th September at 10.30am followed by an Auction at 12 noon.
Admission will be £2 (with no charge for children).
(Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)
The usual stalls will be featured –
There will be an opportunity to enjoy some refreshments – Tea/Scones, Burgers.
Other attractions will include the Car Wash, Side Shows/Games, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting and more …….
The Cathedral Hall will be open from 6.30pm on Friday, 15th to receive your donations for the Stalls and Auction. If you need help with collecting items, please telephone the office and we will endeavour to do this for you.
We hope you will come along, and bring your friends, to make this both an enjoyable and successful event.
The inaugural meeting of the Dromore Cathedral history reading group took place on 29th June 2017 in the Clayton Hall. A lively opening discussion on our literary and historical personal interests ensued with topics ranging from the suppression of the Knights Templar in fourteenth-century France to the works of Jonathan Swift, the eighteenth-century Anglo-Irish satirist. Following much discussion on potential books to read, it was unanimously decided that The War of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones would be our first book. This book explores the turbulent political history of fifteenth-century England, a period which witnessed the expulsion of the English from France and their defeat in the Hundred Years War; civil war and regicide; over-mighty barons who both crowned kings and forced others to abdicate; and ultimately, the origins of the Tudor monarchy. The next meeting will take place on 4th September 2017 in the Clayton Hall at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend; and we will discuss the book, select another title to read, and enjoy medieval-themed food.
When the works start on Monday 31st July you will notice activity, scaffolding etc around the outside of the building, the Chancel area and a few other areas. We will do everything possible to minimise the impact to you and to the normal running of our Cathedral, however some disruption is inevitable. You will appreciate that construction activities can be dangerous and we would respectfully ask that you keep your distance and particularly ensure children are kept away from the works. The works are expected to last approximately two months.
The Select Vestry have conceived of a fundraising idea for Parish funds which is also a great way of showing support for the Cathedral – Lapel Badges. Each badge bears the crest of Dromore and is priced at the modest amount of £3.50. Anyone wishing to purchase a badge should place their name on the list in the Church Porch or contact the Church office.
Badges which have already been ordered can be collected at the Church Porch this Sunday. Thank you.