Charter of the Forest Dinner

The Charter of the Forest, arguably of greater significance than its companion Magna Carta, was signed by the young Henry III in 1217 and granted rights to ordinary people, not simply the Barons. In this sense it was to have a far greater impact on English life than Magna Carta.

Lincoln Cathedral has one of only two Charters in existence and, on 22nd September, the Dean of Lincoln Cathedral hosted a magnificent Dinner in the Nave for 850 to mark this occasion.

The start of this spectacular event was marked with a trumpet fanfare, followed by guests entering the stunning candlelit Cathedral. Sat in amongst trees of varying shapes and sizes, entertained by magicians, musicians and a caricaturist, guests enjoyed a delicious Dinner that they are unlikely to ever forget.

Ian Walter kindly helped run an auction where guests had the chance to bid for two, unique glass bowls hand-made in the Cathedral’s very own works department, an original oil painting from the Cathedral’s artist-in-residence Dominic Parczuk or even a tour of the House of Lords.

The event couldn’t have gone ahead without the generosity of many local businesses and the funds will go to support the Cathedral in the future.



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