Lichfield Cathedral has been named as one of 31 cathedrals to receive a grant from government-sponsored scheme, the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund.
The fund was set up to support vital repairs to some of England’s most important historic buildings, and today Chancellor George Osborne has announced grants of between £12,000 and £800,000 for essential repairs.
Lichfield will receive £800,000, the largest of the grants, to go towards their next big fundraising development, the lighting and rewiring project. The Cathedral was facing the possibility of closure without the essential work.
Read more: Lichfield Cathedral granted £800,000 for lighting and rewiring repairs
We’re delighted to announce that our hugely popular Tower Tours are back, with a difference!
What’s a Tower Tour?
Our Tower Tours offer a thrilling experience for all the family as well as unparalleled views of the city of Lichfield and beyond.
As you climb the medieval staircase of the great central tower of the Cathedral, you will be guided through the magnificent architecture of the historical building. Half way up the tower, you’ll be given the opportunity to explore our interactive Tower Education Zone.
Read more: Tower Tours are back!
Saturday 18 April 13.30 – 15.30
Join us for a family-friendly afternoon exploring the story of Easter.
Messy Easter offers the opportunity for families to come along to the Cathedral and take part in activities including singing, crafts, stories, and prayers. Food will also be available!
Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Bring the family along to Chapters, the Café in The Close this Easter Sunday and enjoy a hearty lunch!
1 course £9.25
2 courses £12.25
3 courses £15.25
Includes tea and coffee
Booking advisable: 01543 306125
Read more: Enjoy Easter Sunday Lunch at Chapters
Approximately 80 million Easter Eggs are sold each year in this part of the world. Our Cathedral Shop is currently selling the Meaningful Chocolate Company’s ‘Real Easter Egg’, which is the only egg which comes complete with a copy of the Easter story. It’s also Fairtrade and charitable.
For each egg sold, a donation will go towards helping to improve the lives of farmers in Bangladesh and Kenya. For many farmers, it’s impossible to make enough from their land to provide their families with food, healthcare and education. Traidcraft Exchange can work with these farmers to grow more, earn more and eat more.
Read more: The Real Easter Egg
Saturday 28 March | 19.30
On Saturday 28 March, Lichfield Cathedral Chorus and the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra are bringing you three of Mozart’s most popular works in one fantastic evening.
From the heart-rending sighs of the Lacrymosa to the glorious closure of the Agnus Dei, Mozart’s Requiem is a feast for the emotions. His final work, commissioned just a few weeks before his death and completed by his pupil Sussmeyer, the Requiem remains a choral favourite. In the beautiful setting of Lichfield Cathedral, the deeply moving Ave Verum, another favourite, and the exuberant Divertimento in D, played by the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra, complete the evening.
Read more: An Evening of Mozart
Chapter decided on the 18th March to institute a wide-ranging review of our musical life.
The review group will be led by the Vice-Dean, Canon Dr Anthony Moore, and Paul Spicer, newly appointed to Chapter. They will be joined by two external consultants, Dr David Price, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Portsmouth Cathedral, and Mr Ben Parry, Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Music is a big part of the Cathedral with a great tradition behind it and many opportunities ahead of it.
We have a lively and burgeoning musical life - from the Cathedral Choir itself to Music Share and our outreach work with schools in the region. We stage a huge number of concerts, and the Cathedral Musicians are in demand as soloists as well as for their teaching, conducting and accompanist abilities. It seems opportune to take stock of what we are doing and prepare for the future.
Read more: Lichfield Cathedral Music Review
Lichfield Cathedral is playing host to People InSpired, a series of Citizens’ Parliament events. The first event of the two-session meeting took place on Sunday 22 March and saw citizens from across the diocese come together to discuss their issues, how they feel about the current state of politics, the qualities of a good politician, and think about who should make decisions and how.
We'd like to welcome you to join us for the second meeting:
Accountability Hearing: Sunday 19 April
Read more: Citizen's Parliament at Lichfield Cathedral
The next 3D Forum event will be:
Wednesday 25 March 2015 | 14.00 – 16.00
Are we not better off without nuclear energy and all that entails? – 3D Forum
Join Professor Martin Freer and staff and students from the Physics Department of the University of Birmingham. This educational event is for Year 11-13 students and costs £6.50 per student. Places are limited, booking is essential.
This year we’re celebrating over 700 years of the Choral Foundation, a body designed to put forth the music of at Lichfield Cathedral.
The earliest surviving mention of the foundation was documented in 1315 when Bishop Walter de Langton allowed gentlemen who sang in the choir to live in Vicar’s Close.
A host of events have been planned to celebrate the occasion, beginning on Easter Monday (6 April) with a Choral Evensong which will reunite former choristers. The first such reunion Evensong took place last year and was a great success!
Read more: A celebration of over 700 years of music making at Lichfield Cathedral
Lichfield Cathedral celebrated in style this week as it reached the end of a £3.7m project to restore the East End of the building, the Cathedral’s Lady Chapel.
Over 700 guests came to the Cathedral on Tuesday (10th March) to attend a special service of thanksgiving and rededication, in the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester, who has supported the project since its launch in 2008. The service was an uplifting event which brought together everybody who has helped to fund the project, and everyone who worked hard to restore the chapel.
Read more: Duke of Gloucester joins Lichfield Cathedral to celebrate Lady Chapel
As long as I am in the World, I am the light of the World (John 9:5)
It is only right to begin with heartfelt gratitude for today.
Thanksgiving is the gathering note for Christian worship and living, and our hearts are full. As a Cathedral, we’re conscious of our foundation in the work of a great English Saint, our patron Chad, who brought the faith to this region.
Read more: The Dean's Greeting - Lady Chapel Rededication
Bishop Jonathan, 66, formally announced his retirement at a meeting of the College of Canons at Lichfield Cathedral this afternoon. He will leave office in September 2015.
In a video message, Bishop Jonathan said: “Forty years of ministry seem a good stint to Jane and me.”
“It is with great mixed feelings that I make this announcement. But Jane and I know that, much as we will find it difficult to leave your love and prayers, it would not be right to continue much longer.”
Read more: The Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill announces his retirement as Bishop of Lichfield
We’re getting ready to launch this year’s new and exciting library tours! The Cathedral Library, not usually accessible to the public, is hidden away at the top of a spiral staircase, and houses an incredible selection of historic literary treasures.
‘The Mirror of the Age Tour’ explores books and manuscripts which mirror the time in which they were written, spanning the 13th to the 18th century.
Amongst the incredible selection of items showcased on this tour, visitors can see a 13th century Canon Law manuscript, a Geneva Bible from the time of the Reformation, a manuscript containing signatures of Charles I, and an 18th century book on the history and antiquities of Staffordshire.
Read more: ‘The Mirror of the Age’ – New 2015 Library Tours!
This is the statement that we have given to the Sun (on Friday) and other media outlets (on Monday):
'Lichfield Diocese pays all its staff the living wage. Lichfield Cathedral is moving towards paying all employees the living wage by 2017. The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, said: "It is an important process. We believe in the living wage. Cathedral administrative staff already receive the living wage, and I recognise a next step is to make sustainable progress in catering, where the jobs featured in the Sun are advertised."'
This is the statement from the Church of England national media team:
Grand celebration events are set to begin here at the Cathedral to mark the completion of a 5-year, £3.7m project to renovate and restore the East End of the building – the Cathedral’s Lady Chapel. A major part of this work has been the removal, conservation and re-installation of the famous Herkenrode Glass.
A special service will be held in the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester on Tuesday 10 March, 2015. This will serve to re-dedicate the Lady Chapel as well as to celebrate the return of its beautiful painted glass. HRH visited the Cathedral when the project began, taking time to climb the scaffolding and view the work in progress; he has shown a continuing interest in the project.
Read more: A Royal Visit for Lichfield Cathedral
Each Lent, Lichfield Cathedral hosts an exhibition based on the story of Jesus Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. This year we are pleased to welcome the Stations of the Cross by Rob Floyd. The collection of emotional and thought-provoking paintings tells the story of Jesus’s journey along the Via Dolorosa (the way of sorrow) to the place of his crucifixion.
The exhibition was created over a two year period and consists of the fourteen traditional stations and five further meditations around the subject. The paintings include ‘Christ Accepts The Cross’, ‘The Women of Jerusalem’ and ‘The Crucifixion’.
Read more: ‘Stations of the Cross’ – An Exhibition by Rob Floyd
Visit our Cathedral Shop and view our fantastic range of books for Lent and Easter, as well as our Easter cards!
‘Reflections for Lent’ £4.99
Covering Monday to Saturday each week, this book offers reflections on readings from the Common Worship Lectionary, written by some of today’s leading spiritual and theological writers. Especially useful is that it also includes a simple form of morning and night prayer and a guide to keeping a good Lent.
Read more: Reflective Reading for Lent
Update: Wednesday 11 March 2015
We celebrated in style this week as we reached the end of the £3.7m project to restore the East End of the building, the Cathedral’s Lady Chapel. Over 700 guests joined us on Tuesday (10th March) to attend a special service of thanksgiving and rededication, in the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester, who has supported the project since its launch in 2008. The service was an uplifting event which brought together everybody who has helped to fund the project, and everyone who worked hard to restore the chapel. Read more.
Read more: Update: The Herkenrode Glass Returns to the Lady Chapel
"Every moment of light and dark is a miracle" - Walt Whitman
Celebrate a special occasion or remember a loved one by lighting up the historic and iconic Lichfield Cathedral.
We can floodlight the building for you at a cost of £36 for one hour or £50 for two hours.
Sheila from Lichfield lit up the Cathedral to celebrate what would have been her father’s 80th birthday: “It was an incredibly moving and fitting tribute.”
Read more: Light up the Cathedral
We're pleased to say we have now launched our stunning new Guide Book!
The book features beautiful images to tell the story of the Cathedral and The Close, which have been at the heart of English history for centuries.
Read more: Lichfield Cathedral Guide Book Launch
More than 60 local children had a taste of life as a chorister recently when they attended a free choral experience event hosted by Lichfield Cathedral School and Lichfield Cathedral.
Boys and girls aged 6-13 travelled from across the region to take part in the day which involved vocal training alongside the boy and girl choristers, singing workshops in the School’s Chapel and culminated with the group accompanying the Cathedral Choir during Evensong.
Read more: Successful singing workshop at Lichfield Cathedral
Places are filling very nicely! 40 people have booked leaving just 15 spaces.
We will be staying in three centres: Nof Ginosar on the Northern Shore of the Sea of Galilee, in Bethlehem and in Jerusalem. We will be meeting local Christians, walking where Jesus walked in the desert and taking in many of the sites not always visited by traditional tour groups. We will worship at some stunning locations and have chance to reflect on our experience each day.
Please pass the news of the Pilgrimage to any who might be interested. Bookings need to be received by the end of May.
MusicShare began in 2003. The idea behind MusicShare was to take the skills of Cathedral Musicians and the children of the Cathedral Choir out into schools in the Diocese to deliver vocal workshops that culminate in large joint concerts held in the Cathedral. Excitingly, the Cathedral is currently taking delivery of some beautiful and historic stained glass windows (known as the Herkenrode Glass), which have been absent for over four years due to restoration works.
Read more: Lichfield Cathedral MusicShare goes on Roadshow!
On Saturday 22 November, a group of our Girl Choristers gave up their Saturday afternoon to sing for some of the patients at the Darwin Ward at Samuel Johnson Hospital.
After this they sang at the Christmas Fayre held at Tippers in aid of St Giles Hospice. The girls sang traditional carols completely unaccompanied – even giving a rendition of Silent Night in German at the request of a patient! They'd never sung it in that language before, but as luck would have it they had the German words with them. Phew!
We were absolutely thrilled to have local Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Award winners join us for Evensong on Saturday 22 November (very fitting as it is was St Cecilia’s Day, who is the Patron Saint of Music).
Seven candidates from St Peter’s Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton, St Margaret’s Church in Betley and St Andrew’s Church in Shifnal, received their Dean’s Awards having passed their recent examinations.
Well done to them all!
We enjoyed another successful 3D Forum event here at the Cathedral last week! Over 100 students from schools and sixth forms across Staffordshire joined us to discuss and debate the issues surrounding the true costs of war.
The discussions were led by several members of the Mercian Regiment, who were excellent in challenging perspectives and in drawing out perceptive insights from the students involved.
Read more: Successful 3D Forum for Schools
First Lines - a book that brings our local lads home and celebrates them.
First Lines, a book by Lichfield author Joss Musgrove Knibb is a celebration of the words, deeds and lives of four Staffordshire Regiment men who served in the trenches of WW1.
In 1915, Alfred Bull went to war. Alf, just eighteen and a half years old at the time, would go on to be involved in some of the most iconic battles of WW1. Alf was born and lived his whole life at number 27 Dam Street, Lichfield.
Read more: First Lines now available at the Cathedral Shop
Back by popular demand, another three-day (Tuesday-Thursday) retreat has been arranged at Shallowford House from 9-11 June 2015. The cost will be £130 per person.
The Lichfield Cathedral Shop has introduced a new Fairtrade Cathedral Chocolate Bar to its range of existing ethical products.
Since Lichfield was announced as a Fairtrade City in 2008, the Cathedral Shop has worked hard to develop their extensive range of ethical products. The Shop stocks many locally sourced and fairly traded products, including honey, candles, mugs, and toiletries. The Fairtrade chocolate will be the second Fairtrade product in- store, joining the Lichfield Cathedral Coffee.
Read more: Lichfield Cathedral Shop supports Fairtrade City
Lichfield Cathedral has been named as Charity of the Year for local dealership, Tempest Ford.
The team at Tempest Ford have offered their support for the East End Appeal, which is now in its final phase with just £60,000 left to raise. The appeal will see the re-installation of the Herkenrode Glass in spring 2015, a project costing an estimated £3.7million. The stone work restoration is now complete with the conservation of the 16th century windows from the Lady Chapel now well underway.
Read more: Lichfield Cathedral named as Tempest Ford Charity of the Year
We're delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Jason Dyer as the new Commercial Development Director here at Lichfield Cathedral.
Jason is currently the Development Director and most recently the acting CEO of Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott in Roxburghshire in the Scottish Borders. He joins the Cathedral with a great deal of experience having worked as Development Director for Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln, and as Principal Fundraising Manager for national medical and environmental charities.
Read more: Lichfield Cathedral appoints new Commercial Development Director
In the spirit of all things centenary, we've gathered a selection of World War One titles available across the Cathedral Shop and the Shop at No.9 The Close.
What Tommy Took To War 1914 – 1918
Peter Doyle & Chris Foster
A poignant look at fifty objects that Tommy would have had in his kit. A touching picture of the ordinary soldier’s experience of the First World War.
Read more: WW1 reading with the Cathedral Shop
Greetings from our sister cathedral in Schwerin!
This letter from Bishop Gothart Magaard was presented to the Very Rev'd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, on Sunday 3 August. The presentation was made by Pastor Albrecht Martins from Schwerin Cathedral during the 10.30 Eucharist.
You can view the letter here.
The Cathedral held one of its most successful exhibitions this year, Holy Writ. An inspirational collection of contemporary calligraphic art from the Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions, Holy Writ proved to be very popular with visitors from all over the country.
Some of the finest calligraphers and lettering artists provided their work for the exhibition which saw over 20,000 visitors to the Cathedral with some people travelling from Lancashire, Kent and East Anglia. Over 2,000 children visited the exhibition as part of ‘Open Door’ and ‘Log on to God.’
Holy Writ included sculptures, woodcarvings, digital animations, textile art and two-dimensional work by the likes of Ewan Clayton, Peter Halliday, Mary Noble and Jila Peacock.
Read more: Holy Writ Success at Lichfield Cathedral
The Lichfield Cathedral Volunteers have been awarded a certificate of thanks by Councillor David Smith, Chairman of Lichfield District Council.
They have been recognised for their commitment and contribution to the Cathedral, and we’d like to say an enormous thank you to each and every one who generously donates their time to helping the Cathedral run smoothly.
Read more: A big thank you to Lichfield Cathedral Volunteers
We're pleased to be supporting Lichfield Foodbank!
Lichfield Foodbank helps local people in crisis by collecting food items from the public. This includes items such as fruit juice, cereals, rice, soup and tinned vegetables, which are then sorted by volunteers.
People in crisis are given a voucher which can be exchanged for three days’ supply of nutritionally balanced food. Foodbank volunteers will sit and chat with those in need, and often signpost them to agencies who can offer them further help and support.
Read more: We're supporting Lichfield Foodbank
We're celebrating here at the Cathedral!
We're thrilled to announce that we've received a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!
The prestigious award signifies that the Cathedral has consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travellers.
Almost four hundred visitors have left glowing reviews on TripAdvisor, including “One of England’s finest”, “the unknown gem of England’s Midlands” and “a magnificent example of stunning architecture.”
Read more: Lichfield Cathedral receives Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor
The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, congratulates Revd Canon Dr Anthony Moore on becoming Vice-Dean and Canon for Liturgy and Formation, and explains the new Canon for Pastoral Development and Mission role currently advertised."I'd like to congratulate Anthony Moore on his new appointment.""Anthony has proven himself as a very capable, loyal and inventive colleague."Listen to the Dean's welcome here:
We are thrilled to announce that following the recent grouping research exercise, displays of the Staffordshire Hoard have returned to each of the Mercian Trail locations.
At Lichfield Cathedral we are delighted to have received an enhanced display of bolder and more exciting pieces.
So please hurry along to the Cathedral and be one of the first to see our wonderful new collection-you are sure to receive a very warm welcome.
Jason Horton, founder of Haughton-Greene hand-makes every one of the beauty products in his natural collection and he has an inspirational story to tell. It began in 2011 when he adopted two beautiful children who unfortunately were suffering from chronic eczema. He tried everything to help their skin condition, buying every ‘natural’ product on the market. He soon found most products are only 95% natural, which meant the other 5% additives were still upsetting his children’s skin.
So he set to work sourcing, boiling and testing all manner of creations on himself, until he found the perfect mix and his children’s irritations cleared up fast.
The business was born.
He now produces packages and sells the most amazing 100% natural skin care products including a delicious range of balms, bath bombs, body butters, salts and candles in four divine flavours.
Read more: Haughton Greene now available at the Cathedral Shop
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The Diocesan Digest is the monthly sound magazine of Lichfield Cathedral and has been created to provide news and information to those who are blind or visually impaired.
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