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First black-tie charity dinner for St Asaph Cathedral

St Asaph Cathedral will host its first black-tie event later this month.

Guests at the ancient building will be treated to a gourmet three-course meal, with prosecco on arrival, wine on the table and an after-dinner talk from the former MP, now prison chaplain, Jonathan Aitken.

The event on Saturday 15 June will raise funds for nearby St Kentigern Hospice and the Guardians of St Asaph Cathedral, a charity set up in 2016 to offer financial assistance to the Cathedral.

The Dean of St Asaph Cathedral, the Very Reverend Nigel Williams, who will be welcoming guests to the dinner said: “We are delighted to be hosting our first black-tie event in the Cathedral.  We hope it will be the first of many.

“The Cathedral is an ideal venue for a prestigious event, offering a special atmosphere which will add to the ambience of any occasion.  The large, uncluttered nave of the Cathedral will be converted into a banqueting hall, with elegant tables and a team of highly trained waitering staff to provide the standard of service you expect from a top-class venue.

“We are looking forward to welcoming our guests to this very special event.  And, of course, the Cathedral will be returned to its regular set-up in time for the Sunday services, the following day.”

This first event is being organised by the Guardians of St Asaph and St Kentigern.  One of Its founders is the Revd Peter Allsworth who said: “St Asaph Cathedral is the ideal venue for our first major fund-raising event, and we are delighted to be welcoming Jonathan Aitken as our after-dinner speaker.  He will have plenty to talk about having spent seven months in prison for perjury, before finding God and becoming a Christian.”

Jonathan Aitken was ordained as a deacon at St Paul’s Cathedral on 30 June 2018 and works as a part time non-stipendiary Prison Chaplain at HMP Pentonville in London.  He is due to be ordained as a priest by the Bishop of London later in June.  He is the author of 15 books.

St Kentigern Hospice is also a beneficiary of the charity dinner.  Its Fundraising Manager, Laura Parry said: “We are delighted to be working with St Asaph Cathedral to host their first black-tie event.

“Identifying the right venue with the right atmosphere for such prestigious events is so important”

“This is going to be a very special occasion for us and our supporters.”

The food for this event is being provided by Outside Food, a Llandudno based family-run gourmet catering company.  It will be setting up a temporary kitchen in the Cathedral Tearoom, with a team of waiters and waitress.

St Asaph Cathedral dates from 1239 with the present structure completed in the 15th century.  It is home to an original copy of the William Morgan Welsh Bible, dating from 1588 and several other important Welsh translations.  A monument to Bible translators stands in the grounds outside the Cathedral.

Tickets for the charity dinner are available from A. Hind, Plas Clough Farm, Graig Road, Denbigh. LL16 5US Telephone 07583-480807 or P Allsworth, 10 Tirionfa, Rhuddlan, Rhyl. LL18 6LT Telephone 01745 590683

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Notes for the Editor

The Guardians of St Asaph and St Kentigern is a charitable foundation of men and women working together in a common bond of service and companionship, without discrimination of religion, race, colour, class or gender, to raise funds for the protection and maintenance of St Asaph Cathedral’s musical, historical and cultural heritage and also to support the work of St Kentigern Hospice.

St Kentigern Hospice is a local charity providing care and support for patients with a life limiting illness across North East Wales. It covers areas from Colwyn Bay in the west along the coast to Northop in the East and inland encompassing Mold, Ruthin, Corwen, Denbigh and Llangernyw.

St Asaph Cathedral contains copies of several important books in Welsh:

  • the first translation of the New Testament into Welsh dating from 1567, made by the Denbighshire scholar William Salesbury
  • the revision of the William Morgan Bible from 1620 made by Bishop Richard Parry – also Bishop of St Asaph
  • a Book of Common Prayer from 1621 containing The Edmund Prys Psalter which allowed Psalms to be sung in Welsh in church for the first time.

All these books are on display as part of the Cathedral’s interactive heritage display.

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