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Christmas in Canterbury

We gathered at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge on 1 December for a special Christmas event. Residents, Directors, staff, Friends and guests enjoyed a drinks reception, followed by a special three course Christmas lunch.

Peter Duval, Immediate Past Deputy Governor, was honoured with a special portrait. The portrait was commissioned in appreciation of Peter’s commitment to The French Hospital and his 37 years as Deputy Governor. Rory Lewis, famed military portrait photographer, created a beautiful portrait that was  unveiled by our Governor Lord Chartres and Peter’s grandson Jacob. The portrait now hangs proudly in The French Hospital, and a smaller portrait was presented to Peter. Peter was also presented with a bespoke silver goblet and a fine selection of wines.

After lunch, silk weaver Richard Humphries MBE spoke about the history of silk weaving. Richard founded the successful Humphries Weaving business in 1972 when he was just 20 years old. What started as a very small operation was to become a highly prestigious and renowned silk weaving company. Humphries Weaving have designed fabrics for some of the most important  interiors in Britain and abroad. In 1985, Richard’s work restoring the State Apartments at Hampton Court was recognised with an MBE for his services to textiles.

Following Richard’s talk, we toured Canterbury Cathedral, including the special Huguenot Chapel. Our Christmas in Canterbury event was a fitting end to our 300th Anniversary Celebrations!

Pete Dowds, Elder