On Sunday 25 September,  Edward Harley DL was installed as a lay canon in the cathedral.

In his welcome to Edward, the Bishop of Hereford said the following:

‘The Harley family have long been involved in the life of the cathedral. Edward has continued the tradition and has given great support to the cathedral through the Mappa Mundi Trust, the Perpetual Trust and as a member of the finance committee. In this, the cathedral has been hugely grateful for his expertise and wisdom, not least in the area of financial investment and strategy.

‘Edward continues to provide tangible links between county and cathedral, not least during the last year, when he was High Sheriff, and worked with the cathedral on a number of occasions in joint events, particularly those concerned with celebrations around Magna Carta. Edward and Victoria have been selfless in a welcome to their home in Brampton Bryan and many from the cathedral and far beyond have enjoyed warm hospitality there. In creating Edward Harley as a lay canon we wish to acknowledge his long and wise involvement with the cathedral and pray that this link may, though this new ministry, grow ever deeper and wider.

Edward Harley joins six others as lay canons on the cathedral foundation and his first meeting of the College of Canons takes place this week, 29 September, the feast of St michael and all Angels.