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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

The search has begun to find this year’s Lichfield Community Champions. We'd like to hear about positive stories from the community, and we welcome members of the public to submit their Champion nominations. 

More specifically, we're looking to hear from people who know someone who has given back to the community in some way. This could be a business working hard to be more environmentally-friendly, a sales assistant with outstanding customer service, a group who has devoted time to cleaning up a park, and everything in between. 

Read more: The search begins for Lichfield Community Champions


Work has begun on the re-installation of the famous Herkenrode Glass.

The preparatory work is underway in order to protect the interior of the Lady Chapel before scaffolding is erected and the glass is re-installed in November.  

Read more: Work begins on the re-installation of the Herkenrode Glass


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


Please feel welcome to join us for one of our special Christmas Services this year.

Christmas Eve

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


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

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

We’re very happy to say that Lichfield Cathedral School is hosting a fundraiser for us! We’d love to invite you to attend Pop Up at The Palace which will ‘pop up’ for
just two nights, 29 and 30 October. 

The School has very generously chosen to fundraise for our East End Appeal, with all proceeds of the event helping to re-install the incredible Herkenrode Glass. 

Read more: An invitation to ‘Pop Up at The Palace’ for the East End Appeal

We’ve got a jam packed Christmas this year that promises to be better than ever! 

Whether it be a fair, a festival, a concert, or one of our many festive services, there’s sure to something for you to enjoy. 

Christmas at the Cathedral will kick off on Saturday 29 November with one of our two Advent Carol Services.  Our candlelit ceremonies of music, readings and procession are very popular and fill the Cathedral with hundreds of people excited to enter into the festive period. 

Read more: Christmas at Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral is proud to welcome back international flower demonstrator Ian Buxton! ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ will be a flamboyant display of flowers and music that you won’t want to miss. 

The sparkling display will be accompanied by music from the talented Cathedral musicians on Friday 21 November, 19.30 in the magnificent Cathedral Nave.

Read more: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

The popular Evening Organ Series is back! 

Our first two concerts with Cathy Lamb (Lichfield Cathedral) and Colin Walsh (Lincoln Cathedral) have been spectacular, and we look forward to welcoming you to the next ones!

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!

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. 

 

Saturday 6 December | 10.30 -16.30

Our inaugural fair in 2013 was a huge success! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part in the 2014 event in the historic nave of Lichfield Cathedral. 

We aim to showcase the best of our local and regional produce and crafts.

Read more: Be part of the Lichfield Cathedral Festive Food & Gift Fair

Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra have joined together with acclaimed Canadian flautist, Lisa Nelson and international star of the harp, Eleanor Turner. 

Eroica will take place on Saturday 18 October at Lichfield Cathedral. The concert will feature best loved classical music including...

Read more: Tickets now on sale for DECO's 'Eroica'

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

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

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

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

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:

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!

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... 

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