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We're getting ready for our busiest and most exciting time of the year, Christmas!

With the Cathedral undergoing a major relighting and rewiring project, we're working hard to deliver a wonderful programme of events with as little disruption to festive proceedings as possible. There will be a few significant changes to the programme, including the carol service traditionally held on Boxing Day, the Christmas Market, and a new community service to replace ‘Songs for a City’. 

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral gets ready for an exciting Christmas

We’re very excited that we’ll soon be heading off on our 2015 pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine! 

We’ll be setting off on 23 October and returning on 1 November. We’ll be staying in three centres: Nof Ginosar on the Northern Shore of the Sea of Galilee, in Bethlehem and in Jerusalem, we will meet local Christians, walk where Jesus walked in the desert and take in many 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.

Read more: Cathedral Pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine 2015

For someone in prison Christmas is one of the most difficult times, and for their families it is the season when the divide that the prison walls bring can seem too much to bear. The Angel Tree project, through Prison Fellowship, aims to overcome some  of the distress caused by the difficulties of men and women in prison, by sending Christmas presents to their children. This provides a crucial link between innocent children and their imprisoned parents. 

Swinfen Hall HMP/YOI, our nearest prison, has over 600 male prisoners, and Drake Hall has over 300 women prisoners. Many prisoners have children who would love to receive a gift from their mum or dad. 

Read more: Angel Tree - Remember the children

Following on from the success of the Lichfield Choral Course, held at Lichfield Cathedral in August, there will be a new choral course for young singers, this time based in Stoke. 

Experienced teachers from Lichfield Cathedral and the Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Music Education Hub will be heading up the course, which will take place at Stoke Minster on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 October. 

The Stoke Choral Course is open to young people aged between 12 and 18 years. It provides an opportunity to learn how to sing, how to care for your voice, take part in performance workshops, and to perform in a group. Students will receive a 30-minute individual singing lesson, and have the chance to sing in an end-of-course showcase.

Read more: New Stoke Choral Course for Young Singers

Lichfield Cathedral will welcome a new Operations Director, Simon Warburton, later this month.  

Simon joins the Cathedral with a wealth of experience having spent four years working at Chester Cathedral. Originally employed as a Development and Fundraising Manager, Simon was promoted to Development Director within a year, and following a restructure, Director of Operations. Simon will leave Chester in a very positive position, with increased number of those attending services and special events, a robust commercial offer in the enterprise operation, a comprehensive events programme and a rejuvenated estate. 

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral appoints new Operations Director

Friday 23 October | 19.30

"Vivid, sharp and deliciously entertaining"

Baked Alaska is coming to town!

An island in the South Pacific has a problem. It’s hollow. Anxiety levels are rising in a North American boardroom. Eve’s garden is bursting with next door’s rubbish. Even the ducks have relocated...they’re in Bangladesh. 

From the four corners of the earth come colourful, inter-connecting stories of humanity living with the wild, unpredictable effects of climate change. 

Read more: Baked Alaska is coming to Lichfield!

The Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Reverend Jonathan Gledhill has formally retired. 

Almost 700 people attended a special farewell service at the Cathedral on Saturday 26 September, and enjoyed tributes, music and readings for the Bishop. 

Bishop Jonathan was installed as Bishop of Lichfield in 2003, when he became the 98th Bishop in a line going back to St Chad in 669 AD. He was educated at Keele University, before enjoying twenty years in ministry in Kent before becoming Bishop of Southampton in 1996.  

Read more: Bishop Jonathan formally retires

Our Girl and Boy Choristers have had a very busy start to the year. The term kicked off with the installation of new Full Boy Chorister Thomas Adams, as well as the installation of Ben Revell and Ben Kelly as Deputy Head Choristers on Sunday 13 September. The boys were installed into the Choral Foundation at the same time as Mrs Hannam, the new Headteacher at Lichfield Cathedral School,and Bass Lay Vicar, Paul Whitehall. 

The Girl Choristers were installed on 20 September, with Lucy Windsor being installed as Head Chorister, Alice Orlik as Deputy Head Chorister, and Alicia Gilbert as Senior Chorister. 

Read more: Busy start for Girl & Boy Choristers

Cyclist David Graham is undertaking the challenge of cycling to all 42 Anglican cathedrals in England, in memory of his brother Allister, who died tragically in 2008 aged just 32. Allister had a long history of mental health problems, and David hopes to help others who suffer with similar issues by raising money for Rethink Mental Illness

So far, David has cycled roughly 1750 miles and visited 28 cathedrals. He's also managed to raise £3000!

David set off to visit the final 14 cathedrals on his 700-mile 'Northern Route' on Sunday 27 September. 

He reached Lichfield on Sunday afternoon (27 September), and took a few photos during his time year. 

If you would like to read more about David's challenge and his cause, you can do so by clicking here.

Best of luck, David! 





The Silver Chalice

The Silver Chalice has been installed on the star of the crossing in Lichfield Cathedral, where it shall remain for the next few weeks. 

This chalice was made in response to the Bishop of Lichfield’s recent invitation to churches in the Diocese to gather together for an event with the theme of “The Goodness of God”. Its inspiration is Psalm 23, which is inscribed around one of the 5 cross designs on the cup. Verses 6 speaks of God’s goodness and verse 5 of that goodness overflowing abundantly.   

Read more: The Silver Chalice installed at Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral welcomed over one hundred and fifty people to a meeting last night (Wednesday 16 September) to discuss Lichfield’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis. 

The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield and Chairman of the Association of English Cathedrals, hosted the meeting. The aim was to galvanise public opinion, encourage authorities to take action, and discuss how we can move forward. 

The Dean of Lichfield opened with a description of the current humanitarian crisis, before reading a statement from his son John Dorber, who works for the European Council on Refugees and Exiles.

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral’s concern and help for Syrian refugees

On Tuesday 1 September, on BBC Midlands Today, The Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill spoke about his retirement, and announced that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield says:

“Bishop Jonathan has been very candid about his illness and on behalf of all the Cathedral community and all who know him in the Lichfield diocese, I want to express our sympathy and concern for him. As he and Jane approach retirement we hope that they will both have chance to enjoy their new home, have more time for their family and friends, and get some well-deserved leisure. Our Bishop has been a very conscientious and generous pastor and he hasn’t spared himself in meeting all the demands that the role has made on him. We hold him in our prayers and affection.”

If you would like to watch the interview with Bishop Jonathan, you can catch up here:


Saturday 24 October | 19.30

Lichfield’s Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra takes to the stage in the wonderful surroundings of Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday 24 October at 19.30 for an uplifting evening of music by Haydn and Mozart. 

Entitled Concertante, several of DECO’s musicians will be stepping into the limelight as soloists in a pair of works with intriguing stories attached. The programme opens with Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin, cello, oboe and bassoon, written in competition with a rival composer in eighteenth-century London’s lively concert scene. Mozart’s work of the same name for violin and viola, which originally demanded the viola’s strings to be tuned a semitone higher than normal, will close the concert. Those taking to the stage as soloists include DECO’s artistic director Alex Laing, cellist Jane Salmon and oboeist George Caird, all of whom have made well-received solo appearances with the Orchestra in recent years.

Read more: Concertante comes to Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral is delighted to announce the appointment of six new Ecumenical Canons and six new Lay Canons. The appointments were made by the Bishop  of Lichfield, the Right Revd Jonathan Gledhill. The ecumenical appointments are the first in the thirteen-hundred-year history of Lichfield Cathedral. 

The new Ecumenical Canons are appointed to strengthen the relationships between the Cathedral and other Christian communities within the Diocese of Lichfield, while the Lay Canons have been appointed in recognition of their work and Christian witness across the Diocese. 

Read more: 12 new Canons appointed to Lichfield Cathedral

Visitors to Chapters, the Café in The Close, will soon be able to enjoy a traditional Sunday Lunch! 

Whether it's a roast topside of beef served with Yorkshire pudding, or a roast loin of pork with a sage and onion stuffing that tickles your fancy, we're sure you'll enjoy a delicious lunch with all the trimmings. 

Sunday lunches will begin on Sunday 13 September, and will run on alternate Sundays from then.  

Read more: Sunday Lunches coming soon to Chapters!

Lichfield Cathedral School students were celebrating excellent GCSE results today, with more than eight out of ten achieving 5 A* to C grades including English and  Maths. Nearly 60% of all GCSE grades were A* to B and one student achieved an incredible 11 A*s.  Value-added scores were outstanding and excellent progress was made by students, demonstrating that the Cathedral School’s focus continues to be academic excellence for all.

Head Teacher Susan Hannam said: “This is another set of strong results with outstanding grades in the traditional, more demanding academic subjects, showing that the Cathedral School continues to prepare its students for the challenges of A Level and beyond.  I am delighted that the School has sustained its high level of attainment and it is a pleasure to see so many superb individual performances.”

Read more: Another round of outstanding results for Lichfield Cathedral School!

There will be ongoing disruption in the Cathedral until Easter 2016, due to works for the lighting and rewiring project.

There may be times when we have scaffolding up, and sections of the Cathedral may be closed off to the public for health and safety reasons.  

Please note: In order to preserve our memorials and monuments, some of them are currently unavailable to view. Please see list below:

  • Wall Painting of the Trinity
  • Memorial to Archdeacon Henry Moore (1805 - 1876)
  • The Bishop Hugh de Patteshul (Died 1241)
  • The Memorial to Bishop John Hackett (1592 - 1670)
  • Bishop Walter de Langton
  • The Monument to Major William Hodson (1821 - 1858)

If you'd like to know more about this current project, please read on:

We’re delighted that earlier this year, Lichfield Cathedral was named as one of 31 cathedrals to receive a grant from government-sponsored scheme, the First World  War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. 

What is 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.  

How much did Lichfield Cathedral receive? 
Grants of between £12,000 and £800,000 were announced for essential repairs, with Lichfield Cathedral receiving £800,000 to go towards the re-lighting and re-wiring project. 

Read more: Important: Disruption to the Cathedral

Sixth Form students at Lichfield Cathedral School are celebrating another set of excellent A Level results, which were again an improvement on the previous years'  results.

This morning the magnificent Palace in Cathedral Close was full of excited students, ready to congratulate each other after months of extremely hard work and to confirm university places.  

Head Teacher, Susan Hannam, said: "Once again we are delighted with the achievements of our students and there have been some exceptional results.  Many students gained top grades across the board and are now progressing to the university course of their choice.  That 54% of all grades were A* to B is to be celebrated along with our continued 100% pass rate.”

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral School celebrate excellent A Level results!

Lichfield Cathedral is set to lend the ‘St Chad Gospels’ to the British Museum, to form part of a major exhibition, ‘Celts: art and identity’. The ‘St Chad Gospels’ book, is believed to be older than the better known Book of Kells. It was probably created in the 8th century to adorn the shrine of St Chad, who died in Lichfield in 672.

The British Museums’ exhibition, which will explore the term ‘Celts’ and challenge perceptions about them, will run from 24th September 2015 to 31st January 2016. 

Other items that will form part of the exhibition include a circular bronze shield boss which was dredged from the River Thames near Wandsworth, 300-200 BC; a Romano-British bronze and enamel pan with the names of forts along Hadrian’s Wall, c. AD 150; and a pewter tea set designed by Manx jeweller Archibald Knox for Liberty, London 1903. 

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral to lend Celtic treasure to British Museum Exhibition

A new exhibition has arrived at Lichfield Cathedral entitled ‘A City as Sculpture’, and it will run from August – October 2015. 

The exhibition, by acclaimed artist Peter Walker, features eight artworks which will be on display in The Close, and over fifty other artworks in the Cathedral itself. 

Peter has been commissioned to create a 3m bronze statue of St Chad for the Cathedral grounds, alongside a five-year residency with the Cathedral. ‘A City as Sculpture’ will showcase a wide selection of artworks including the statue marquette and original drawings. 

Read more: A new exhibition has arrived at Lichfield Cathedral

From Sunday 6 September, we'll be introducing a brand new service on the first Sunday of each month!

The Communion Service will take place from 09.00 - 09.45 and will be relaxed and family-friendly, followed by refreshments. 

Please do bring your kids and join us in the Lady Chapel for this musical service. 

Pushchairs and buggies are welcome!

Read more: Cathedral Praise - New for September!

Chapter would like to notify everyone that from 6 September Sunday Services will take place as follows:

08.00 Holy Communion (Traditional Language) at the High Altar

09.00 Cathedral Praise – a simple Eucharist for children and families (first Sunday of the month for an experimental period) lasting 35-40 minutes 
in the Lady Chapel

11.00 The Cathedral Choral Eucharist (the current 1030 style service simply moved to a later time). At this service, resources for children will continue to be provided in St. Stephen’s chapel and we ask that parents remain with their children as this will be unsupervised.

15.00 Choral Evensong (the current 1530 style service simply moved to an earlier time). From September a short homily will be preached at this service. 

Read more: Sunday Worship Arrangements from September 2015

Lichfield Cathedral has signalled its support for the proposed Lichfield Business Improvement District by committing to doubling its support for the BID with an additional 50% annual voluntary contribution.  

This month, businesses across Lichfield are being asked to vote in favour of establishing a Business Improvement District (BID) in the city. If successful it will deliver more than £1 million of investment into the city centre over the next five years. In the run up to the ballot, Lichfield Cathedral has signalled its enthusiastic support for the Lichfield BID by committing to doubling its contribution into the BID pot with an additional 50% voluntary contribution every year.  

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral doubles its support for the Lichfield Business Improvement District

Each day, Monday to Saturday, we'll be giving you the opportunity to explore this wonderful building on one of our Cathedral Highlight Tours!*

The tours will run from Monday 7 September and will run at 11.00 and 14.00. For the cost of just £5 per person, visitors can enjoy being carried through 1300 years of history! 

Our expert guides will meet you in the delightful Shop at No.9, opposite the main entrance to the Cathedral. The first stop after this will be the astonishing West Front, followed by a walk around England’s only medieval three-spired Cathedral. Marvel at the awe-inspiring architecture; from the imposing nave and intimate chapels to the magnificently restored 16th Century Herkenrode Windows in the Lady Chapel.

Read more: Cathedral Highlights Tour!

There are just three remaining opportunities to hear Lichfield’s cathedral organ in concert this year! We are being joined by three exciting recitalists over the course  of July, for a programme of music to enliven your lunchtime! Admission is free – please come and support and enjoy the unmistakeable sound of our magnificent cathedral organ in recital. The dates and names for your diary are:

15 July     Hans Uwe Hielscher (Organist, Marktkirche, Wiesbaden, Germany)

22 July     Kristiaan Seynhave (formerly Organist Titulaire, National Basilica in Koekelberg Brussels, Belgium)

24 July     Ed Taylor (Assistant Organist, Carlisle Cathedral, England)

Read more: Music for Reflection - An International Line-Up!

Tempest Ford, the Ford car dealership in Lichfield, has signed up to be the first Platinum Sponsor for the historic Lichfield Cathedral. Previously the team at Tempest Ford offered their support for the East End Appeal, which saw a £3.7m restoration of the Lady Chapel and its famous Herkenrode Glass. 

Over the coming months, Tempest Ford has pledged to support the work of the stunning Cathedral through the St Chad Sculptural Project. Peter Walker, a talented sculptor has been commissioned to design and create this major new artwork, which will take the form of a 3m bronze representation of St Chad, and be placed in the Cathedral grounds in two years’ time. 

Read more: Tempest Ford to be the first Platinum Sponsor for Lichfield Cathedral

Following on from a hugely successful 2014, the Staffordshire Enjoy Art Exhibition Series returned this year and showcased work from around the county. The exhibition displayed the works of a distinguished group of local artists whose dedication to their creative passion is recognised well beyond the county borders. 

From ceramics, galleries and painting to photography, sculptures, textiles and more, Staffordshire Enjoy Art was an opportunity for everyone to enjoy local art - We thoroughly enjoyed hosting it here at the Cathedral!

Read more: Staffordshire Enjoy Art Exhibition

"A gem of an exhibition.  Whoever’s vision this was, I thank them for a truly inspiring experience."

It’s now twelve months since we hosted our biggest ever exhibition, ‘Holy Writ: Modern Jewish, Christian and Islamic calligraphy’, which was seen by more than 20,000 visitors. Some of the finest calligraphers and lettering artists provided their work for the exhibition, and people travelled from Lancashire, Kent and East Anglia in order to see it. Over 2,000 children visited the exhibition as part of ‘Open Door’ and ‘Log on to God.’

Visitors were treated to a range of exhibits displayed in the beautiful surroundings of the Chapter House and the North Quire Aisle, including the spectacular Saint John’s Bible (the only complete Bible to have been entirely written and illuminated by hand in modern times), modern works from the British Museum’s Department of the Middle East, 11th century manuscripts from the British Library, and many more.

Read more: Holy Writ – One Year On

Due to works required for the lighting and rewiring project, please be aware that the shop in the Cathedral (not the shop at No.9 The Close) will be closing on Sunday 31 May 2015.

This area will be closed for the duration of the lighting and rewiring project, which is due to be completed in March 2016.

The Shop at No 9 The Close will be open as normal, Monday to Saturday 09.30 – 17.00, Sunday 12.00 – 17.00.

Read more: Cathedral Shop Closure

In the 700th year of the Choral Foundation, Lichfield Cathedral was pleased to have given a Radio broadcast that involved both Boy and Girl Choristers.

The broadcast was the second outing of a commission that had been written especially for the anniversary, a Lichfield Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, written by Grayston Ives.

Read more: BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong

Whatever level you think you may be at be it professional/amateur or beginner – it is highly likely that Lichfield Cathedral can provide a singing opportunity for

Lichfield Cathedral has a lot to be thankful for this year. We’re celebrating the first official documentation of what is known as the Choral Foundation. This document is 700 years old, and so we have a host of events to mark this milestone! 

Singing has been scientifically proven to be enormously beneficial to wellbeing, health and happiness. If the below information gets your vocal chords excited, we hope you’ll get involved!


Read more: Singing opportunities at Lichfield Cathedral

We’re delighted to announce the arrival of a new exhibition in the Cathedral, featuring children’s works of art inspired by the recently restored Herkenrode Glass.

Celia Houghton, Arts Development from Lichfield District Council, worked with 210 children from five local schools to produce the artwork. 

Each school was introduced to the glass, its history and shown up images which were taken during the restoration. The pupils then went on to produce drawings from the images, and create a design which was then recreated with different media. 

Read more: Children’s Herkenrode Exhibition

Today (Thursday 14th May) marks the first anniversary of Stephen Sutton’s death, and dozens of well-wishers attended a commemorative ‘Thumbs Up’ at Lichfield
Cathedral to mark the occasion.

Last year, Lichfield, Burntwood and the surrounding areas were a sea of yellow, with local residences and businesses displaying yellow ribbons to show their support for Stephen. As part of a two-day vigil held at the Cathedral, the Dean of Lichfield, the Bishop of Lichfield, Cathedral and Church staff were joined by 11,000 people who came to pay their respects, lay flowers, light candles, pray and give Stephen’s own characteristic ‘thumbs up’ sign.

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral remembers Stephen Sutton with a ‘Thumbs Up’

We are delighted to have installed two new Full Girl Choristers, Genevieve and Anna! The girls were installed at Evensong on Sunday 10 May. 

Welcome to the Choral Foundation! 

The Girl Choristers were formed in 2006, when Lichfield Cathedral School launched the new choir for talented girl singers.

Read more: New Girl Choristers!

We were delighted to award a group of choristers with their Royal School of Church Music Dean’s and Bishop’s Awards at Evensong on Saturday 9 May. The choristers were from:

  • St Oswald’s Church, Oswestry
  • Packwood Haugh School, Ruyton XI Towns
  • St Andrew’s, Shifnal
  • St Peter’s Collegiate, Wolverhampton

Read more: RSCM Awards

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!

The Blues Band (Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuineness, Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher) will celebrate their 35th year together in the atmospheric surroundings of Lichfield Cathedral! 

Many of the Blues Band’s 21st century fans weren’t even born when these five virtuosos, already music industry veterans, decided to fly in the face of musical fashion in 1979 and form a band ‘just to play the blues’. No one could have predicted that, 35 years on, they’d still be dazzling audiences with their showmanship and virtuosity.

Read more: The Blues Band

Around 100 pupils of Milton and Hillside Primary Schools had a day to remember recently, when Lichfield Cathedral’s ‘Music Share’ went to Milton Church. Cathy Lamb, the Cathedral’s Director of Music, brought the Cathedral Girls Choir along to help her rehearse the children in a varied programme of songs. 

They clearly had a fun day, judging by the sheer enthusiasm of their singing at their evening performance!

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral Music Share – Trip to Milton

Lichfield Cathedral held its inaugural Fundraising Gala Dinner on Friday 24 April! 

Over 160 guests descended onto the beautifully-decorated Cathedral for an evening of fine dining, stunning entertainment and exciting fundraising. 

Read more: Our very first Fundraising Gala Dinner!

Two new visual arts projects were launched at Lichfield Cathedral this week, the Lichfield City Sculpture Trail and St Chad Statue project. 

The Lichfield City Sculpture Trail is part of a Lichfield and District based project, and is the first sculpture trail for Lichfield, helping to highlight the many artistic treasures the city has to offer. The trail is part of the “City of Sculpture Project”, which has been developed over ten years, led by talented sculptor Peter Walker, and aims to increase participation, access and understanding of visual arts. 

Read more: Lichfield Sculpture Project launched at Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral recently played 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. The second event, a traditional 'hustings', took place on Sunday 19 April. 

Read more: People Inspired - a success!

We are delighted that the WWI Commemoration Fund has awarded Lichfield Cathedral the single largest grant made to any cathedral in England. Contractors have now moved into The Close and will be here for the next eleven months. Worship will take place at all the usual times but there will be some interruptions to other activities whilst work is in progress.  We will be doing our absolute best to maintain our normal welcome and hospitality to visitors and pilgrims.



We’re delighted to announce that Chapters, The Café in The Close, has just been awarded five stars from Environmental Health, the highest rating. 

The national food hygiene rating scheme is calculated by taking into account how hygienic the premises are, whether they take into account recognised food hygiene practices, and how much confidence the inspector has in the management to keep the premises up to standard. 

Read more: Five Stars for Chapters!

Arthur Price, the family-owned cutlery and gift company has announced that it has created a partnership with Lichfield Cathedral to benefit both organisations and the local area.  The partnership will include, in the first instance, selling Arthur Price gifts at the Cathedral Shop in The Close before creating joint promotions to attract more visitors to the Arthur Price Lichfield Shop on Britannia Way and the Cathedral with a positive knock-on effect for the City and District.

Read more: Arthur Price announces partnership with Lichfield Cathedral

Want to make your vote count in the upcoming General Election? If you’re unsure of who to vote for, or you’d like to engage with some interesting ideas, the following three books are available in the Cathedral Shop:

On Rock or Sand? – Firm foundations for Britain’s Future £9.99
Edited by John Sentamu

The aim of this book is nothing less than to assess and reset the terms of the debate about the kind of nation we want to be. It asks: What are the essential values we need for building a just, sustainable and compassionate society in which all can participate? Chapters by expert economic, political, religious and social thinkers, including contributions by Lord Adonis, Sir Philip Mawer, Oliver O'Donovan, Andrew Sentance, Julia Unwin and Archbishop Justin Welby Addresses crucial questions about the moral principles that undergird the way Britain is governed.

Read more: Political reads at the Cathedral Shop

Following the completion of a £3.7m project to restore the Cathedral’s Lady Chapel, we’re thrilled to be able to offer brand new Herkenrode Tours!

The famous Herkenrode Glass is considered to be one of Europe’s greatest artistic treasures, and was installed in Lichfield in 1803 when it was rescued from destruction during the Napoleonic Wars. Having withstood centuries of weather and pollution, emergency action was needed to rescue it once again and the race began to save the Lady Chapel and its priceless Renaissance glass. The glass was removed in 2010 and taken to Barley Studio where the five-year renovation project commenced.

Read more: New Herkenrode Tours!

We were thrilled to install three boys as Full Choristers at Evensong on Palm Sunday – Jeevan Braich, Guy Gorwood and George Revell. Congratulations and welcome to the team! 

Image © Isaac Braich  

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 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

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

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

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

We’re very excited that we’ll soon be heading off on our 2015 pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine! 

We’ll be setting off on 23 October and returning on 1 November. We’ll be staying in three centres: Nof Ginosar on the Northern Shore of the Sea of Galilee, in Bethlehem and in Jerusalem, we will meet local Christians, walk where Jesus walked in the desert and take in many 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.

Read more: Cathedral Pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine

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

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.

Holy Writ - One Year On

"A gem of an exhibition.  Whoever’s vision this was, I thank them for a truly inspiring experience."

It’s now twelve months since we hosted our biggest ever exhibition, ‘Holy Writ: Modern Jewish, Christian and Islamic calligraphy’, which was seen by more than 20,000 visitors. Some of the finest calligraphers and lettering artists provided their work for the exhibition, and people travelled from Lancashire, Kent and East Anglia in order to see it. Over 2,000 children visited the exhibition as part of ‘Open Door’ and ‘Log on to God.’

Visitors were treated to a range of exhibits displayed in the beautiful surroundings of the Chapter House and the North Quire Aisle, including the spectacular Saint John’s Bible (the only complete Bible to have been entirely written and illuminated by hand in modern times), modern works from the British Museum’s Department of the Middle East, 11th century manuscripts from the British Library, and many more. 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. 

Dramatically displayed in the Nave were banners produced as part of the schools’ project which accompanied the exhibition, and equally striking were the calligraphic columns, also produced by school children. 

More than 100 people participated in a community project by creating fabric squares for the inspirational Multi-Faith textile. 

The lectures and workshops which accompanied the exhibition were thoroughly enjoyed by the many people who attended them. We had a sold-out calligraphy workshop with our Holy Writ curator, Peter Halliday, well-received study sessions with Michelle Brown and Ewan Clayton, and a fantastic Community Art Day. 

If you would like to revisit ‘Holy Writ’, or you missed it, you will be pleased to know that a virtual exhibition is in the process of being prepared by students at South Staffordshire College. Keep looking at the Cathedral website to find out when this will be available online!

Here are just a few of your thoughts on the exhibition:

"A wonderful display of God’s inspiration to people of a common humanity."

"Beautiful words and lovely presentation of an interesting collection of faiths."

"Inspirational!  Spiritually uplifting and such beautiful calligraphy."

"Today has been my fifth visit and I am more in awe each time.  I hope to return at least once more."

"Amazing exhibition. A once in a lifetime experience to view ancient artefacts and the beautifully illustrated manuscripts."

"Stunning, and to be able to see the re-written Bible moved me to tears."

All in all, a great exhibition enjoyed by many! 









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

Volunteer Welcomers - can you offer a warm and friendly welcome to our visitors...

Volunteer Tower Tour Leaders - do you have a head for heights... 

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. 

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