In a ‘first’ for Newport Cathedral, the installation of the new Dean, Revd Canon Jeremy Winston, will be streamed live to a congregation in St Mary’s Priory church in Abergavenny where Fr Jeremy has been vicar for the last eighteen years.
Teams of volunteers are working to make the Cathedral look its best for Saturday’s ceremonial. Working around the scaffolding which is still in place for the roof restoration, furniture is being moved, brass polished, flowers arranged, leaves gathered from the paths.
The celebration will focus on the role of the Cathedral as a centre of learning and hospitality in both the church and the civic communities.
The Mayor of Newport will present the new Dean with a facsimile of the city charter; the Vice Chancellor of the University of Wales, Newport, will present a scroll of welcome; and the Diocese’s Learning Development Adviser will present him with a copy of the Gospels.
In the Cathedral congregation will be the Mayor and Mayoress of Newport, the Mayor and Mayoress of Torfaen, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Blaenau Gwent, the Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council, the High Sheriff of Gwent, the Lord Lieutenant for Gwent, and Nick Ramsay AM. Church dignitaries will include two Bishops, five Deans and four Archdeacons.
Several pieces of music have been especially commissioned and will be heard in public for the first time at the service. Fr Jeremy has himself written new verses for old hymns.
Modern art and technology will blend with traditional ceremony to make this a day to remember in the life of the City of Newport and its Cathedral.