A fond farewell to two members of clergy
It was announced on Sunday that two valued members of Worcester Cathedral’s Chapter and clergy team are moving on to new appointments later this year.
Canon Georgina Byrne is to be Anglican Tutor at the Queen’s Foundation, an ecumenical theological college in Birmingham. She will take up this post on 1 September. Georgina and her family will, however, continue to live in Worcester.
Georgina said: “I am looking forward to taking up my post as Anglican Tutor at The Queen’s Foundation. Queen’s is a vibrant, thriving, ecumenical institution in Birmingham and I’m delighted to be joining the team there.
“I have spent twelve years at Worcester Cathedral and have loved my time here. It has been a unique privilege to spend a quarter of my life under the shelter of so beautiful a place. I have worked with wonderful colleagues and shared so many amazing moments. I’m glad that, for the time being, my family will remain in Worcester as I commute to Birmingham, and I look forward to watching the Cathedral go from strength to strength – even if from the side lines.”
Georgina will preside and preach at the Sung Eucharist in the Cathedral at 10.30am on Sunday 3 October, which will be an opportunity for the Cathedral community to express its appreciation to her.
Canon Michael Brierley is to be Director of Formation at Cuddesdon Theological College, near Oxford. He too takes up his post on 1 September.
Michael said: “While I shall be really sorry to leave Worcester, as I’ve come to have great affection for the place and have been very blessed to work with such a wonderful set of colleagues, I much look forward to joining the theological community in Cuddesdon and bringing what I have learnt at the Cathedral to the world of ministerial formation.”
Michael will preside and preach at the Sung Eucharist in the Cathedral at 10.30am on Sunday 12 September, which will be an opportunity for the Cathedral community to express its appreciation to him.
Both Georgina and Michael will be winding down their work at the Cathedral in the course of the summer.
The Dean of Worcester, the Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, said: “While it is sad to be losing two gifted and experienced priests from the Cathedral community, it is good to know that they will be sharing those gifts and that experience with men and women in training for the Church’s ministry.”
Three Choirs Festival
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We're very excited to be hosting this year's Three Choirs Festival here in Worcester!
Tickets are now available for stunning Evensong services on selected dates during the festival, from 24th to 31st July.
Tickets are also available for a Festival Eucharist service on Sunday 25th July at 10.30am.
You will need to book a ticket for each person attending. Tickets are free, and donations would be appreciated.
*Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the service start time. There is no reserved seating.
For details on other events during the 2021 Three Choirs Festival, please visit the Three Choirs Festival website.
Worcester Cathedral Recovery Fund
We’re asking for your help to secure the long-term future of the Cathedral following the impacts of the pandemic.
Like most tourist attractions, we have suffered great financial hardship following the UK-wide lockdowns in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship in Worcester for fourteen centuries and is visited by thousands of tourists each year for its stunning architecture and heritage. In order to keep this up, we need your support.
The Dean of Worcester, Peter Atkinson, said: “As we begin to recover from the effects of the pandemic, we must now ask for our community’s continued support for Worcester Cathedral.
“The past year has shown how many people look to the Cathedral for emotional and spiritual support. Many found it distressing when the doors were locked, but valued our online services. Now, people long for the return of congregational services, singing, concerts, school visits, and all the ways in which the Cathedral is at the service of the community.
“I am proud that we were there to support our City and local NHS by hosting a Covid testing site earlier this year; and I am glad that we were there just recently when the county wished to remember the Duke of Edinburgh.
“We have felt very strongly the benefit of the community’s support, encouragement and prayers, enabling us to come through this most difficult year. But the hard work is only now beginning. Public and other bodies have given emergency support to the Cathedral, as to many other organisations. But in the year to come we must stand on our own feet again, relying on visitors and our community of donors and supporters.
“I know what a special place the Cathedral holds in people’s hearts. Emerging from the pandemic, we must ensure that the Cathedral and its grounds are kept in good repair, open and safe for all to enjoy our amazing heritage. But the stark reality is that this is impossible without stable finances.
“Worcester Cathedral is a ‘non-profit’ organisation and almost entirely self-funding. Neither national or local government, nor the Church of England in the diocese, the county or the city has any statutory obligation to maintain the Cathedral and all that goes on in it. The Cathedral must find that money as best it can. In normal times, a significant part of our income comes from visitors, events that generate income, and from the café and shop.
“We lost all of that last year, and we expect that income only to recover very slowly. We estimate a significant deficit in the year to come – losing £903 each day. And so, I am asking you for your extraordinary help at this extraordinary time. I know you share my conviction that Worcester Cathedral can continue to be a beacon of hope for our community.
“Please accept, in advance, our sincere and grateful thanks for any contribution towards the upkeep and longer-term future of the Cathedral you are able to make at this time.”
Click here to donate to Worcester Cathedral’s Recovery Appeal.
National Cathedral Cycle Relay
This year for the first time there is a National Cathedral Cycling Relay taking place throughout June and July.
The starting leg of the CCR, from Newcastle to Durham, was back in May and there is a leg cycled each day for 42 days, around the 42 English Cathedrals. There will be a leg from Hereford to Worcester Cathedral on Thursday 1st July (leg 33) and then a leg leaving from Worcester to Coventry Cathedral on 2nd July (leg 34). Cyclists can complete just one leg of the relay or as many as they wish. Worcester Cathedral’s Cycling champion Susan MacLeod is gathering the names of keen cyclists who would like to take part to or from Worcester. Susan said: “We are aiming to have up to 20 people cycle between each cathedral. Bishop John Inge has kindly agreed and we would love to hear from anyone else who feels confident to cycle the distance. We look forward to greeting the cyclists over the two day challenge, but hope that this will be the start of us welcoming more cyclists of all abilities to the Cathedral going forward. We will have our new cycle racks installed and at the ready!” There is no charge to take part in the Cathedral Cycle Relay, but those doing so are asked to register on Eventbrite. It could be a great opportunity to raise money for a charity of your choice. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathedral Music Grant
We're thrilled to have been awarded a £30,000 grant from the Cathedral Music Trust. The funding will be used for core costs to help sustain the Cathedral choristers in the immediate future as we begin to recover from the effects of the pandemic.
The Cathedral Music Trust's 2021 special revenue grants programme was set up to help sustain cathedral, abbey and church choirs as we seek to recover from the devastating financial impact of lockdown. This follows on from the £1 million raised and awarded in 2020 through the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund.
In both rounds of funding, demand for grants to support choral foundations was three times greater than the funds available, demonstrating the continued urgent need for financial support.
For more information please visit https://cathedralmusictrust.org.uk/CMT/News/Articles/Cathedral-Music-Trust-Awards-Grants-to-36-Choral-Foundations.aspx
Cathedral Crafts Given Funding Boost
The Hamish Ogston Foundation (HOF) has announced a further tranche of funding to support heritage craft training through the Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship (CWF). This new award, which builds on the HOF Covid Emergency grant announced in January, will enable the ten CWF cathedrals, of which Worcester is part, to offer training places to up to twenty-five craft trainees from September 2021.
The funding marks the second phase of a five-year partnership project with the CWF in which HOF is contributing £3.1m to expand heritage training at English cathedrals, enabling us to continue to develop the next generation of craftspeople despite the devastating impact of Covid-19 on cathedrals’ finances. The HOF Craft Training project will be key to maintaining the flow of skilled craftspeople on whom the future of our cathedrals depends.
CWF Executive Director Frances Cambrook said: “We are delighted that the Hamish Ogston Foundation has recognised the value of the training we provide for craftspeople in cathedrals and the importance of ensuring its continuation as cathedrals start to recover from the effects of the pandemic. Craft skills take time to develop and it is vital that we maintain the training momentum through the difficult years ahead. The funding will enable us to deliver training next year and plan confidently to offer further training opportunities over the next four years.”
Lewis Jones at Worcester Cathedral has received funding from The Hamish Ogston Foundation. Access his blog here to read about his involvement in the conservation of the library roof and windows on the south side of the cathedral.
Robert Bargery, Heritage Director at the Hamish Ogston Foundation, added: “We are excited to be working with CWF on this timely project, which not only supports the heritage sector at a time of crisis but invests in the skills needed to conserve our cathedrals. Our oldest and finest buildings will not survive without a continuous flow of skilled craftspeople and a key part of our strategy is to give trainees a helping hand as they embark on a truly rewarding career.”
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Worcester Cathedral Under Lockdown
Read below a series of articles by members of Cathedral Community and clergy about the Cathedral in lockdown.
A Strange Retirement - James Pertwee
Faith in Lockdown - William Gee
Article 1 by Canon Michael Brierley
Article 2 by Canon Stephen Edwards
Article 3 by Canon Georgina Byrnes
Article 4 by The Dean of Worcester
Article 5 by The Bishop of Worcester