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2011 Guild Festival

This year's Guild Festival and Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 22nd October at 11.30am in Llandaff Cathedral.

The sun shone and the skies were blue as the participants assembled at this beautiful Cathedral for the Festival Eucharist and Ministry of Healing. The President was the Warden of the Guild, Bishop of Blackburn the Rt Revd Nicholas Reade.
Revd Amanda Evans, who was scheduled to be the preacher, was indisposed and so at short notice Revd Beatrice Brandon, the Archbishops' Adviser for the Healing Ministry, undertook this task.

Her address was at once moving and thought-provoking, emphasising both the sacramental and the incarnational dimensions of healing. The full text of this sermon is available as a pdf download [here].

After the mountain-top experience of an inspiring Festival Eucharist we were enjoined to remain in our seats for the Annual General Meeting (a necessary prodedure and not too reminiscent of the Slough of Despond).
The Sub-Warden made his report and the Honorary Treasurer (and Honorary Secretary) presented the accounts. There was discussion of the implications of the year's deficit of around 2k. Elections followed: Fr Robin Pettitt was formally elected to his two positions and to membership of the Council; those Council members willing to serve for a further year were elected en bloc, and David Martlew was elected to Council to serve as WebScribe.

Luncheon was well worth waiting for! Home-made soup, crusty bread, an excellent selection of cheeses, and to finish with the most delicious home-made apple pie with compot of fruits and good Welsh cream! All present gave a sincere vote of thanks to the Dean and Chapter of Llandaff Cathedral for their unstinting hospitality, and to the ladies whose culinary skills were so much appreciated by all. A most memorable Festival!

A more detailed account, with photographs taken at the time, is available as a 3MB pdf download [here].