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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

The popular Evening Organ Series is back! 

Join us for a whole host of scintillating music from the likes of Cathy Lamb (Lichfield Cathedral) and Colin Walsh (Lincoln Cathedral). The series will consist of five concerts throughout autumn and will kick off at 19.30 on Tuesday 9 September

Tuesday 2 December will see a special concert in which members of the audience are invited to submit requests. Topped off with a selection of festive favourites, it promises to be a great event to get you in the mood for Christmas! Please note: all requests must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 14 November.

Read more: The popular Evening Organ Series is back!

At Lichfield Cathedral, we are keeping ‘Back To Church Sunday’ on 14 September. We are so keen to welcome new and returning people to our services that we are inviting you all a week ahead of other churches in the country!

If you, your family and friends have, for whatever reason, dropped away from attending church or would like to try it out for the first time, we would be delighted to welcome you to our main service at 10.30.

Read more: Back to Church Sunday – 14 September

We are extremely privileged to have the support of a huge family of volunteers who help to keep both the Cathedral and the City of Lichfield running smoothly.

We’d like to invite all volunteers in and around Lichfield to join us at the Cathedral for this year’s Volunteers’ Evensong, to be held on Wednesday 24 September, 17.30

The service will be followed with light refreshments served in the South Transept. 

Round up your volunteering friends – we hope to see you soon! 

Image © Lichfield Cathedral Photographers

Lichfield Heritage Weekend is set to return on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September to celebrate the rich and varied history that Lichfield has to offer.

The theme this year is Hidden Histories meaning visitors can discover that there’s more to this fabulous city than meets the eye!

Take a step back in time with a tour of the Cathedral, the only medieval three-spired cathedral in the country. Come along on Saturday 10.00 and 13.00 and enjoy a free tour, revealing the hidden history of the Cathedral. You can also take in our beautiful World War One Exhibition, Assembly: Memorial Chairs.

Read more: The Return of Lichfield Heritage Weekend

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

A new exhibition entitled ‘Assembly: Memorial Chairs’ has arrived at the Cathedral  to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. 

Assembly consists of a specially commissioned archive book and five chairs from Passchendaele’s Audomarus Church, which will remain with us until 14 November. 

The Archive Book contains the names of 174,000 UK casualties who died in Belgium, and blank pages for people to write their own personal stories.  This is an opportunity for everyone to be part of a very important archive which will visit significant sites in the British Isles and Ireland until 2018. 

Read more: WW1 Exhibition – Assembly: Memorial Chairs

You’re invited to the 11th Annual Patrons’ Dinner at Lichfield Cathedral on Friday 3 October, 19.00. 

Join us in the glorious surroundings of the nave, and support us by attending and supporting our Patrons’ annual fundraising dinner. 

 Tickets for this year’s Dinner are priced at £65 each and include:

•Pre-dinner drinks reception 

•A Four-course meal and coffee

•A selection of wine and mineral water

Read more: Join us for the Patrons’ Dinner

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

A series of autumn presentations given by the Dean of Lichfield, the Very rev’d Adrian Dorber, and Dr Jane Gledhill on the person and work of Jesus Christ: “Who is Jesus Christ for us today?”

The place of Jesus Christ in Christian thought and belief is pivotal to the practice of faith and all claims to truth and discipleship.  In this series we’ll be looking at Scripture, how the early Church made sense of Jesus and how recent Christian thinkers have spoken about Jesus Christ in the light of contemporary questions and concerns. We’ll be taking a look at how artists and poets have also had their imaginations shaped by Jesus’s life and ministry.

Read more: Faith Seeking Understanding

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
£6.99
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

Dig It! The very first Gardeners Festival is coming to Lichfield this month and Lichfield Cathedral are thrilled to get involved in the City Bee Trail as part of the 
event.

Get your green fingers ready for what promises to be a fantastic event including a Gardeners Market, an outdoor real ale bar, a talk by Alys Fowler of BBC Gardeners World, and many other community projects. 

Read more: Gardeners Festival coming to Lichfield!

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.

Prom Praise is coming to Lichfield!

The world-famous All Souls Orchestra are bringing Prom Praise to Lichfield for the first time. Joining them at the Cathedral on Saturday 27 September will be Lichfield Cathedral Choirs, Young Voices & Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir.

The day will consist of Prom Praise for Schools (also for junior church choirs) at 13:00, followed by a 19:30 concert combining the spirit of Songs of Praise with the enthusiasm of Last Night of the Proms.

Read more: Prom Praise

If you find yourself eating lunch at your desk every day and staring longingly out of the window, then why not come to the Cathedral for a free musical break?  

The series of concerts ‘Music for Reflection’ will take place every Wednesday and Friday from 16th July to 29th August, and you’re invited to come along. 

Enjoy musical stylings from the likes of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Lichfield Cathedral School Music Department! 

For a full list of concerts, click 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

Summer is officially here and it’s time to stretch out on the grass and bury your head in a good book.

If you’re after something new to read, look no further than our very own Cathedral Shop at No.9. Our lovely team of staff have picked out two summer reads for you, both available in store. 

Read more: Hot Picks for Summer Reading

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 are pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev’d Prebendary Patricia (Pat) Hawkins as the new Cathedral Canon for Pastoral Development and Mission.  

Prebendary Hawkins is currently vicar of Oxley in Wolverhampton, where she is also Area Dean of the Wulfrun Deanery. She will be installed at the Cathedral on Sunday 5th October at 3.30pm during Evensong. 

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral appoints new Cathedral Canon for Pastoral Development and Mission

Soldiers from the Mercian Regiment will march through the Centre of Lichfield on Saturday, Armed Forces Day, to mark their return from Afghanistan. 

The parade will begin at 13.00, followed by a medal presentation at 13.30. The event will culminate in a homecoming service for the 3rd Battalion here at the Cathedral, with entry at 13.45 ready for a 14.00 start. 

Read more: 3 Mercian Homecoming Service in Lichfield

We need your help!

Prom Praise is coming to Lichfield Cathedral for the first time in September, and we're seeking hospitality and accommodation for the 50-piece orchestra and soloists.

They will need bed and a simple breakfast for the nights of 26/27 September.

Read more: Prom Praise: Accommodation Needed!

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

The Cathedral has some new summer opening hours! 

From Monday 28 July – Saturday 30 August the Cathedral will be open at the following times:

Monday – Saturday: 08.30 – 18.15

Sunday (as normal): 07.30 – 18.30

Read more: New Cathedral Summer Opening Hours

Have you got a head for heights? 

If so, our famous Tower Tours are back at Lichfield Cathedral. 

Towers Tours are available on Saturdays and Bank Holidays until 25 October. The times of the tours are 11:00 and 14:00, however please do check the website for any changes. 

Bring along the family for an amazing ‘white knuckle’ experience and once you make it to the top you can enjoy a spectacular birds-eye view of the city of Lichfield and beyond!  

Please note: Times will be different for Florette Festival Market Day on Saturday 5 July.

Read more: Enjoy a Tower Tour this Saturday!

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:

If you would like to read or download a copy of The Dean's Addresses from the Stephen Sutton Vigil 29-30 May 2014, you can do so here: 

The Dean's Address - Opening Ceremony - 29th May 2014

The Dean's Address - Closing Ceremony - 30th May 2014

Also available are the Opening Ceremony Booklet and Closing Ceremony Booklet

Introduction

It is marvellous to welcome you here for the closing ceremony of this Vigil.  We estimate 11,000 people have passed through the Cathedral since yesterday and we can only be grateful for all the solidarity, love and sympathy that have been shown.  We are also profoundly grateful to the media for ensuring this event has become a global and national news feature so that Stephen’s story has been heard well beyond Burntwood and Lichfield.  Thanks to everyone who waited patiently in the cold to pay their respects, thank you for the lovely messages you have left, thank you for taking Stephen to your hearts, thank you for your generous donations, thank you for the great wave of thought, prayer, memory and love that you have brought to this Vigil.  I hope you have felt embraced and supported by this Cathedral and that it has been a fitting place for reflection and celebration for Stephen and all who have been drawn here. 

Read more: Stephen Sutton Vigil - Closing Ceremony - The Dean's Address

Let me begin by welcoming all of you to Lichfield Cathedral.  

I want to extend on your behalf our sympathy and condolences to the whole Sutton family, to Jane, Stephen’s Mother; Andrew his Father; Christopher his Brother; Anne and Tony, the Grand Parents; Eileen, Honorary Grandmother; Andrew’s partner, Christine, and their son, Paul and Amy, his wife.

We specially greet all of Stephen’s close friends from Chase Terrace Technology College, and the four remarkable people from Cancer Crew whom Stephen met through the Teenage Cancer Trust.   You are all welcome indeed.  We are here, not only to celebrate Stephen’s amazing story, but also to surround one another with our love, respect and fellow-feeling.  That kind of solidarity in the face of death and suffering is what sees us through.  We can all draw strength from it.

Read more: Stephen Sutton Vigil - Opening Ceremony - The Dean's Address

Have you got a head for heights?

Would you like to be one of the first members of the public since 2010 to make the steep climb up the steps of the Great Central Tower at Lichfield Cathedral?  

If so, our famous Tower Tours are back at Lichfield Cathedral!

Read more: Breath-taking Tower Tours Are Back!

Lichfield Cathedral are delighted to be working together again with the Lichfield Festival which takes place from 4-13th July 2014. 
 
As part of the comprehensive programme we are looking forward to welcoming a host of talented ‘Lichfield Festival’ performers into our Cathedral, to perform, exhibit, talk and entertain. 
 
For 10 glorious days in July, The Lichfield Festival brings together artists from around the world for a cultural feast of entertainment and fun at venues across Lichfield.
 
The Cathedral will provide a majestic setting for the beautiful sculpture of Helaine Blumenfeld, an exhibition by Stephen Raw inspired by Wilfred Owen and the Requiem Mass, and curated work from the Emporium Gallery incorporating finalist for the new Lichfield prize. We will have music from the BBC Philharmonic, John Wilson Orchestra, The Sixteen and Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble to name but a few.  We also play host to a truly varied programme of daytime recitals and late night treats -there is sure to be something to entertain and suit every taste at Lichfield Cathedral during the Festival.

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral looks forward to welcoming the Lichfield Festival

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.

Ekklesia is now having a summer break!

Please keep an eye on the website for youth events coming up in the Autumn. 

Lichfield Cathedral once again invites visitors to turn back the pages of time and explore the historic books and illuminated manuscripts housed in the Cathedral private library which was built in 1249.  A truly unique opportunity to catch a rare glimpse of our incredible collection housed above the Chapter House.

We received such exceptional demand and positive visitor feedback during 2013, we are pleased to add the following dates to our Library Tour timetable for 2014.

June 4 - Sold Out

June 21 - Sold Out 

July 2 - Sold Out 

July 26 - Sold Out

August 6

August 16

September 3

September 13

October 8

November 8

As part of our 2014 Library Tour package price, we are now including a visit to Chapters 'Cafe in the Close'-where you can relax and enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee and a slice of delicious homemade cake. Your ticket will also entitle you to a 10 per cent discount on any purchases at the Cathedral Shop on the day of your tour.

Shopping, eating and drinking-the perfect end to an enlightening tour!

Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Read more: Library Tours 2014

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... 

floodlightingRemember a loved one or celebrate a special day by lighting up Lichfield Cathedral.

For more information on floodlighting or to make a booking, please contact the Vergers on 01543 306165 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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