Royal visit sparks memories of a unique and historic day Dear editor I read with interest the account in the February issue of Wiltshire Life (Wiltshire Scene page 8) of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attending the service to mark the 800th anniversary of Salisbury cathedral.
It brought back some happy memories of 50 years prior to that when, at the age of 13, I attended a service to mark the 750th anniversary of worship in the cathedral.
At the time, our vicar was an elderly canon – Canon Youngman. He was a jolly fellow with a penchant for poor parking! He would drive up to the church wall and everyone, including him, knew that he had “arrived” when his little green car hit it!
There were many dents in the car to prove this and I am convinced that the stone wall has bits of it missing to this day.
I took an active part in the village church – I had been a member of the choir since the age of seven, I was a Sunday school teacher and cleaned the brass on a rota.
I remember the day that the old canon visited our family home in the village and asked me if I would like to represent the parish church at the cathedral service and present a “purse” to the Bishop of Salisbury. I was so excited.
On the day of the commemorative service, all of the girls who represented their own churches from the whole of the Salisbury diocese were asked to dress in all-white. What a sight of
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WILTSHIRE SCENE Prince Charles praises vaccines in marking cathedral’s 800th anniversary THE PRINCE of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a service to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the foundation of Salisbury cathedral in December
During the service of thanksgiving, they unveiled a specially engraved stone, carved in the cathedral work yard to mark the occasion. The commemorative stone, made of 150-million-year-old upper jurassic limestone, was extracted from the same seam as the stone originally used to build the cathedral.
“As we gather here, we are profoundly aware of all those who have gone before us, who have bequeathed us the magnificent legacy of this glorious building, and who have maintained the spiritual community which has kept the flame of faith alive here for so many centuries.
“Over the years, each challenge in turn has been overcome, and that is the case today when, thanks to the inspiring work of all those who have been involved in providing vaccines, we can now look forward with renewed hope.
It will placed high up at the east end of the cathedral, where restoration work is currently underway - a marker for future generations to discover.
Following the unveiling of the stone, Prince Charles gave an address in which he reflected on the cathedral’s past and the future:
“The work of building, of maintaining and of protecting for the future is for us all to take forward, in each generation - as you have done so splendidly here.”
Following the service, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall signed the visitors’ book and met cathedral staff and volunteers in the cloister.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visited the cathedral to celebrate its 800th anniversary in December 2020.
white it was as we lined up around the cathedral close.
We had travelled about 30 miles to reach Salisbury and whether it was being held up in traffic or we just cut it a bit fine, many were already assembled in the Close by the time my family and I got there to try and find the other girls from the same benefice.
We eventually found them, and I lined up in readiness for procession into the cathedral. We were in groups of three in each line.
On entering the cathedral, I remember being brought to attention by an almighty blast on the trumpets from somewhere above my head! Carrying the parish “purse” of money I approached the bishop of Salisbury in procession with all of the other girls representing their churches. It was so special. Rachel Howe formerly of St. Nicholas’ Church, North Bradley By email
Full steam ahead as the vaccination roll-out is on track in Swindon Dear editor January 26, 2021, was a memorable day in my life. It was the day when I got the first dose of my Covid 19 vaccination.
the vaccination centre. There were friendly volunteers, giving instructions and guidance.
The vaccination programme was rolled out from late December and I was waiting for my letter inviting me to be vaccinated as I was in category two of the priority list.
When I had a phone call from my surgery on January 24, asking me whether I would like to receive the vaccine I was elated.
Inside the centre, I was directed by another set of volunteers to a desk where my identity was confirmed and I was shown to one of the desks where the vaccination was given.
There was no queue and I went straight to the table where a lady explained to me what was going to happen and asked me a few health related questions. Another health professional once again confirmed my details and the vaccine was given.
On the day of vaccination, I was excited and left early for the appointment. The vaccination was to be given in the STEAM Museum in Swindon.
When I approached the site there was a steady stream of people making their way to
The NHS health professionals are doing a marvellous job, working tirelessly to get all vulnerable adults vaccinated. Ram Thiagarajah Swindon By email