Coventry Cathedral by Canon Adrian Daffern

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From Coventry Cathedral to The Archers

by Canon Adrian Daffern Team Rector of the Benefice of Blenheim

Our speaker the Reverend Canon Adrian Daffern has served in three parishes in the Diocese of Lichfield as Curate, Team Vicar and Vicar; as a minor Canon of Lichfield Cathedral; and, between 2003 and 2010, a Residentiary Canon of Coventry Cathedral. He now takes pastoral responsibility for Bladon and Woodstock and is married to Megan, who is Chaplain of Jesus College, Oxford.


Adrian treated the club to not only a history of Coventry Cathedral but also a range of stories about his fascinating duties during his 7 years as Canon Precentor.


Adrian also introduced us to the Cross of Nails story relating to medieval roof nails exposed after the WW2 bombing. The Coventry Cross of Nails is a powerful and inspirational symbol worldwide of forgiveness and reconciliation. In post conflict Europe of the 1950's and 60's, the presentation of a Cross of Nails to churches in Kiel, Dresden, Berlin and other cities destroyed by Allied bombing, symbolized peace and the growing trust and partnership that developed.

By the 1970's this courageous vision began to spread to other areas of conflict and the Community of the Cross of Nails was formed in 1974. There are now 170 CCN Partners around the world drawn together by the Coventry story and working for peace and reconciliation within their own communities and countries.

Inevitably Adrian strayed to his own history his love of music and particularly the church organ. This of course led onto more stories from his time at University to more recently playing the church organ whenever it is required in The Archers storyline! 

The presentation generated a number of questions and was thoroughly enjoyed by all, we look forward to his next visit when he can fit us in...