A good week

Chris Kirby webNow safely back in Suffolk and reflecting on a tremendous 5 days in Coventry. The launch on Tuesday night at both the Herbert and the cathedral went well. I was not prepared for the lengths to which the Herbert had gone to organise the opening. There was a string quartet, excellent canapés and drink, speeches by Chris Kirby and two others as well as myself, mine basically saying thank you to everyone. Over in the cathedral , a lovely speech by Canon Sarah Hills, whom I have come to know and like a great deal. The following three days I attended Rising 15, a Global Peace Initiative which was fascinating, met many interesting people and heard Emma Sky, Terry Waite and Gordon Brown amongst other speakers. Thursday night a gala dinner in the cathedral. Saturday, a civic dinner with HRH the Duke of Kent, a two minute silence to remember the blitz on Coventry and of course the events in Paris and then the chance to show HRH the work in the cathedral, together with the Dean and the Bishop. Followed by an exquisite performance of the Mozart Vespers and Requiem.Cathedral at its very best on these occasions. This is a very truncated view on what has been an extraordinary week.I was asked by the bishop to stay and participate in the ecumenical remembrance service on Sunday night, a great honour, but I was indeed exhausted and regretfully declined, to go home.

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