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HRH The Princess Royal visits Chichester Cathedral for the Townswomen's Guilds Carol Service (posted 6 December 2016)

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HRH The Princess Royal visits Chichester Cathedral for the Townwomen's Guilds Carol Service

The Dean of Chichester and HRH The Princess Royal
The Dean of Chichester and HRH The Princess Royal

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, made a special visit to Chichester Cathedral for the annual carol service of the Townswomen's Guilds on Tuesday 6th December 2016.  The Very Reverend Stephen Waine, Dean of Chichester, accompanied Her Royal Highness into the magnificent 900 year old Cathedral, where she enjoyed a special service alongside over 600 members from the Townswomen's Guilds.

The Princess is a patron of the Townswomen's Guilds, which is still one of the largest women's groups in the UK, with around 650 Guilds and 24,000 members.  The organisation is experiencing something of a renaissance with a 'new generation' of members attracted not only by the events, activities and friendship offered, but also by campaigning on social issues such as domestic violence and modern slavery.

Jenny Rideout, the National Chairman of the Townswomen's Guilds, said: "Chichester Cathedral is the perfect venue for our service.  It is an amazing blend of ancient and modern, with architectural and artistic treasures from every century since its foundation 900 years ago.  This year's event is very special, taking place at the spectacularly beautiful Chichester Cathedral, with Princess Anne joining us.  So many people have expressed interest in attending, but tickets have sold incredibly quickly."

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