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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

Lichfield Cathedral is set to host a series of commemorative events to honour those who lost their lives in WW1. 

The programme of events will begin on Sunday 3rd August at 20.30 with a service entitled ‘Peace among nations: a vigil of reflection to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.’ The service will include a short requiem written by Walford Davies in 1915, ‘In Sacred Memory of all those who have fallen in the war’, Fauré’s ‘Pie Jesu’ and Handel’s ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth.’ 

Read more: WW1 Commemoration at Lichfield Cathedral

Join us at 19.00 on Tuesday 29 July for our Staffordshire Hoard Event. 

First up, Stef Conner will be performing her 'Hord Songs' here at the Cathedral. Inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard (commissioned by Rednile in 2013), the songs feature Old English riddles and poetry about gold, weaponry, exile and conflict. 

Read more: Staffordshire Hoard Event

Lecture: The St Chad Gospels Across Time: Findings from 125 Years of Images

We’re thrilled to announce that William Endres will be returning to the Cathedral this summer! 

William Endres, Associate Professor from the University of Kentucky, will be giving a lecture on the St Chad Gospels at Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday 2nd August, 11am.  

Read more: American Academic returns to Lichfield Cathedral

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 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

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

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!

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!  

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

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

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