World War 1

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Here at the cathedral we continue to commemorate the 19 soldiers who have individual memorials (as well as others listed) in the cloister stained glass windows.  On the anniversary of their death we put a silk poppy stem in the window (metal frame) to remember the individuals. There are 6 dates coming up this year, one in May, 4 in August and 1 in September. We plan to give our WWI Cloister tour telling the story of some of the individuals around the 10th August (they died at Gallipoli) or during the Worcester Festival later in August as well as at other relevant times over the next 4 years.

The St George Chapel, the military chapel is of course the main focus of commemoration for both world wars. There is a service in the St George Chapel each Friday morning at 11.30am – 12.05pm.

This year's Qatia Day service is booked for 21 April 2018


Tuesday 26 June, 3.30pm - book launch of the centenary edition of Studdert Kennedy’s most famous book.
A new critical edition of The Hardest Part by Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy (often referred to as ‘Woodbine Willy’) probably the most famous chaplain on the Western Front, who had a close association with Worcester Cathedral.

Saturday 10 November, 7.30pm ‘Voices of Remembrance’ Concert at Worcester Cathedral.
Worcester Symphony Orchestra, Worcester Cathedral Choir, local schools - An orchestral and choral work featuring poetry readings written to commemorate and remember the soldiers who lived, fought and died in the First World War.  English award-winning Composer  Laura Rossi has created a richly evocative work that combines her stunningly emotive music with these important historical poems.
Remember Them uses poetry written by primary school children set to music for children’s choir and orchestra.   

Tickets from Worcester Live 01905 611427 or via this link

Sunday 11 November, 6am - 6.15am -The Battles Over: a Nation’s tribute’ lone piper playing at the war memorial (15 mins with dignitaries)

Cathedral Services on Remembrance Sunday

10am Service of Remembrance with a sermon by the bishop and a specially commissioned anthem.
10.57am - An act of remembrance at the county war memorial outside the Cathedral
12md- 4pm - half muffled Peal of bells on the harmonic minor for Remembrance Sunday, Armistice and the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.
4pm Evensong focussing on reconciliation and peace

6.30pm - Communion Service remembering by name those who died in the First World War (people are invited to submit names they would like to be read out during the course of this service).

Through 2018  - The men’s stories: Worcester WWI tours of the Cathedral cloister memorial windows. Pre-booked guided tours telling the poignant stories of local soldiers. Tickets £5.00 from the Chapter Office on 01905 732900

Through 2018 - Worcestershire and World War One. Interactive information available on touch screens within the Cathedral  and on a mobile App covering Woodbine Willie, the Worcestershire Soldier and Remembering conflict today.  Free. Available during the Cathedral opening times.

From the end of June to mid-November 2018 - The Creative Garden Project in the Cathedral South Cloister will grow over the summer and autumn months with a colourful display of knitted and crocheted flowers, vegetable and creatures. Culminating in November when hand crafted poppies will be added to help commemorate the end of WWI. Join in the big knot to help our garden grow!

On going - Life after Tragedy First World War book for sale in the Cathedral shop in the Cloister about local hero Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, that has been written by members of the local Cathedral community.

Touch Screens
We also continue to have the Worcester & World War I story available for visitors to access on our touch screens (3) in the Cathedral – this covers…..

Woodbine Willie and Worcester
Worcestershire soldier
Remembering conflict today 

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Finally we have our WW1 Remembering Trail available to download on google play and apple App store, a link for these is on the Home page of this website

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