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Residents outing to the Cardboard Cathedral

On a dry but cool July morning we set off to the Cardboard Cathedral. Residents Frances, Lorna and Valmai were all looking forward to viewing the new transitional Cathedral.

On arrival we were greeted by one of the many volunteers and given a guided tour. Our guide explained the building materials used which included cardboard, local wood and steel, with a polished concrete floor and a strong polycarbonate roof built to 130% of the current NZ earthquake code. This makes the building very safe which is fundamental to drawing the congregation back into the city. Lorna especially enjoyed the magnificent stained glass window, a feature at the entrance of the cathedral. Frances chatted with many visiting tourists, promoting the beauty of the cathedral. She tested the acoustics singing a beautiful hymn from Sunday’s Choral Evensong. Valmai was impressed that the Cathedral was being used not only as a place of worship but could also host concerts, weddings and functions.

As we departed for home the Cathedral volunteers thanked Frances for the beautiful hymn and hoped we would be back soon. Our residents really enjoyed their outing to the Cathedral and shared their experiences with others when we arrived home.

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