2014 saw continued activity to raise the remainder required for the restoration of the Lady Chapel and the Herkenrode stained glass. The target for the appeal was £3.7 million and all but £30,000 of this total has now been secured. We are extremely grateful to all those who have supported this campaign, including the efforts of Lichfield Cathedral School during the Michaelmas term of 2014, when the Cathedral was their Charity of the term. Through activities such as Pop us restaurants, they raised over £1,500 on our behalf.
Read more: Update: The Lady Chapel Returns
We all know our lives get incredibly busy during the festive season. To help us navigate through this hectic time, The Very Rev'd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield has produced an Advent Devotional Calendar for us.
To view the Advent Devotional Calendar, click here.
To view the Advent Devotional Calendar User Guide, click here.
Saturday 17 January 2015
Matinee: 15.00 | Evening 19.30
Round off your Christmas celebrations with Amahl, here at the Cathedral on Saturday 17 January.
In an impoverished village, somewhere in the Middle East, a widow struggles to make ends meet for herself and her crippled son, Amahl, aged 10. Amahl doesn’t make it easy for her with his exuberance and vivid imagination.
Read more: Amahl and The Night Visitors
Join us for Christmas at Chapters!
Christmas Eve 9.00 - 12.00
Christmas Day CLOSED
27 - 30 December 9.00 - 16.00
New Year’s Eve9.00 - 12.00
New Year’s DayCLOSED
2 January 9.00 - 16.00
It’s been a great year for Lichfield Cathedral Chorus! They’ve had two fantastic concerts here at the Cathedral, with a third still to come. Not only that, they've now released their first Christmas CD!
For just £10, you can enjoy carols sung by children, organ solos and the Salvation Army Cannock Citadel Band.
Read more: The Promise of Ages – Christmas Carols CD
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’d like to say a huge thank you to our Christmas partners this year.
The Advent and Christmas period is an extremely busy and exciting time for the Cathedral, and we couldn't do it without the support of our volunteers, the community, and our corporate Christmas partners.
This year we would like to thank the following organisations...
Read more: Thank you to our Christmas Partners
Tuesday 23 December | 19.30
Enjoy an evening of carols, poetry and prose given by the Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir and friends.
Price: FREE - donations are encouraged.
To find out about our other Advent and Christmas events, click here.
Tuesday 23 December | 15.00
Lichfield Cathedral Young and Youth Voices are joining forces with Leek's Phoenix Singers in a sung version of A Christmas Carol.
Price: Adults and OAPs £7.50, Children £3.50
Contact: Cathedral Shop, No.9 The Close or call 01543 306150
To find out about our other Advent and Christmas events, click here.
Sunday 21 18.00 & Friday 26 December 15.30
Join us for well-loved Christmas carols as we tell the story of Christmas through readings and song.
Price: FREE - donations are encouraged.
If you'd like to find out about our other Christmas events, click here.
Each year members of the community kindly donate nativity sets to us! These sets, a mixture of traditional and unique, are displayed in the Cathedral Chapter House for visitors to enjoy.
If you could like to donate a nativity set for this exhibition, please contact email@example.com or call 01543 306100.
Join us from Friday 5 - Saturday 20 December.
To find out about all our other Advent and Christmas events, click here.
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
Treat your tree this Christmas with a visit to the Cathedral Shop!
As well as a wide range of gift ideas including chocolates, pampering products, candles, books, accessories and more, the shop also stocks beautifully hand-crafted decorations.
Read more: Treat your Christmas tree at the Cathedral Shop
Make sure you stop by our Cathedral Shop this festive season, our treasure box of Christmas decorations, gift ideas and more!
The shop is situated opposite the main entrance to the Cathedral - we look forward to welcoming you.
1 – 23 December
Monday to Saturday 09.30 – 17.00
Sunday 12.00 – 17.00
09.30 – 16.00
Read more: Cathedral Shop Christmas Opening Hours
We have got a lot happening here at the Cathedral this Christmas, so each Friday we’ll be having a 'Festive Friday Round Up' to let you know exactly what’s
happening the following week!
Here’s what’s happening next week...
Read more: Festive Friday Round Up: 19-25 December
Chapters is here to warm up your taste buds this December with a new and exciting festive menu!
Food at Chapters is always a treat, and the Christmas menu looks to be no exception. Bring your family, friends, colleagues to enjoy a Christmas lunch in a warm and friendly environment.
Read more: Chapters gets ready for Christmas with a new festive menu
Christmas Eve has never been so much fun, as this year we play host to the biggest nativity in Lichfield!
Please do join us for a celebration of Christmas in drama and song. Come and take part – everyone is asked to come dressed as a character from the Nativity Story – a Mary, Joseph, Angel, Shepherd or Wise Man. Lambs are also welcome!
We hope to see you at the Family Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 15.30.
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
Lichfield Cathedral Prisons Group
So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind.
1 Thessalonians 5 : 11
There are more prisons and more prisoners in the Diocese of Lichfield than in any other Church of England diocese. The theme of this year’s Prisons Week is ‘Building Hope’ and the Cathedral Prisons Group has planned a series of events which will highlight the work that goes on year round in our prisons. We very much look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to the following events.
Read more: Prisons Week 2014
Please feel welcome to join us for one of our special Christmas Services this year.
Family Crib Service | 15.30
A celebration of Christmas in drama and song. Come and take part – everyone is asked to come dressed as a character from the Nativity Story – a Mary, Joseph, Angel, Shepherds or Wise Man. Lambs also welcome.
Read more: Christmas Services at Lichfield Cathedral
Several people have asked for help with trying to get a ‘handle’ on the Bible, others have wanted a bit more fellowship when they read the Bible, others have said they’d like to get to know other members of the Cathedral better.
So, for a 4-week experiment, the Dean invites you to Sunday breakfast at 08.45 in the Old Stables. There’ll be a simple breakfast available with some exploration of that day’s readings.
Book the dates in your diary: 19 October and 2, 16 and 30 November.
Read more: The Bible at Breakfast: A Four Week Experiment
From 23 October – 1 November 2015, The Dean will be leading a pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine.
This year’s pilgrimage will be with a difference: more reflection, greater interaction with Palestinian Christians, and doing things that aren't on the usual tourist/pilgrim itinerary.
Read more: Cathedral Pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine
Back by popular demand, another three-day retreat has been arranged at Shallowford House from 9-11 June 2015. The cost will be £130 per person.
There is space for 25-38 people depending on your willingness to share rooms. Booking forms will be available soon.
Lichfield Cathedral Library, home to an incredible collection of literature, history, theology and more.
The Library, built in 1249, boasts over 6,000 books and manuscripts and is a hidden gem of the Cathedral, tucked away at the top of a spiral staircase above the Chapter House.
Visitors are welcome to join us in taking a step back in time to explore the historic books and be one of few to uncover the secrets of the library.
Read more: Uncover the hidden secrets and treasures of the Lichfield Cathedral Library
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
Join the Friends of Lichfield Cathedral on their Tour of Northern France in 2014.
It is several years since the Friends have travelled to Europe and as 2014 is a significant year in Britain’s history a tour to Normandy has been arranged.
Everyone is most welcome to join this wonderful tour which departs on Monday 8 September and returns Saturday 13 September.
For additional information please download the attached detailed tour itinerary, or to confirm your booking please read the document attached on how to book.
Read more: Friends of Lichfield Cathedral-Tour of Northern France 2014
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:
The first few months of 2014 has seen magnificent support for Lichfield Cathedral’s project to repair and restore stonework and conserve the renaissance glass of the Lady Chapel. With just under £60,000 left to raise off the appeal target of £3.7 million before we achieve our target to re-install the Herkenrode Glass in spring 2015.
The Give a Lasting Gift Appeal launched before Christmas 2013, has proved to be a terrific success, with many generous donors sponsoring the conservation work of animals, angels and characters featured within the windows.
Patricia Collins, Director of Fundraising says: “The ‘Give a Lasting Gift’ initiative has really captured everyone’s imagination; we've had grandparents sponsoring the restoration of little animals for their grandchildren to cherish for years to come, families buying Christmas and Easter gifts and we've even had couples buying reciprocal anniversary gifts. I’d like to say a big hearty thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, the generous support of each individual, family or couple has ensured the restoration project has been able to proceed on time and to budget. All Give a Lasting Gift donors will be remembered in a book and invited to the grand unveiling when the Herkenrode Glass is re-installed in spring 2015.”
If you would like to support the final push to raise the remainder of the funding for the East End restoration project we have lots of ways you can get involved, donate and have fun at our events at the same time, just click 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
Volunteer Welcomers - can you offer a warm and friendly welcome to our visitors...
Volunteer Tower Tour Leaders - do you have a head for heights...
Remember a loved one or celebrate a special day by lighting up Lichfield Cathedral.
Lighting up Lichfield Cathedral costs just £25 per hour, which includes VAT and a special listing of your floodlighting booking displayed in the cathedral.
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.
If you would like to hear a short introduction to the Diocesan Digest service please click here
Alternatively if you know someone who is registered visually impaired, and who you think might benefit from receiving the Digest, please click here to download the Diocesan Digest leaflet.
This will help you find out more about the Diocesan Digest and details the various ways you can access your copy.
Read more: Diocesan Digest