11 January 2021
You might think that yet another communication about the Cathedral is too much of a good thing, but this is an important message. Although public worship is still permitted under the latest pandemic regulations, the Director of Public Health in Wakefield has written to all faith leaders in the District with a request for us to consider voluntary closure of our buildings for public worship. This request is made in the light of the dangers posed by the new variant of the Covid-19 virus with its increased transmissibility. I am very keen for the cathedral to be seen to be acting responsibly and in partnership with the health authorities, so we have taken the decision to close the cathedral for public worship from tomorrow, Tuesday 12 January. The cathedral nave will continue to be open for private prayer from 11.00 - 14.00.Read More
6 January 2021
England has entered its third lockdown in nine months. The medical, emotional, mental and economic effects of Covid-19 become ever more severe and the cold weather matches the sombre national mood. Even given the good news about the development and implementation of vaccine programmes, any kind of normality seems a distant prospect.
In the light of all this it is a great blessing that our cathedrals and churches are being allowed to stay open both for public worship and private prayer over the coming weeks. While I strongly encourage everyone to adhere to government advice about staying at home except where necessary, I am also thankful that the regulations recognise the importance of places of worship in giving people the necessary space - literal and figurative - to begin to make sense of a situation whose impact has been so brutal for so many. Be assured that the safety and well-being of all who come into Wakefield Cathedral will continue to be our absolute priority.Read More
Safeguarding: Everybody's Business
11 December 2020
Early in 2020 Wakefield Cathedral’s own safeguarding arrangements were audited by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). As well as highlighting areas of good practice at the cathedral, the report offered the cathedral a number of ‘considerations’ and at its December meeting the Cathedral Chapter approved a Safeguarding Plan in response to the audit.
The IICSA reports demonstrate just how vital it is that the every cathedral and parish church should have good safeguarding practice at the heart of its ministry, and we are determined that this will be the case at Wakefield Cathedral. Our own audit report showed that we take safeguarding seriously at the cathedral, and I am very grateful to, and proud of, my colleagues – clergy, lay staff and volunteers – for all they do to ensure that we are a place where everyone feels safe. But there is never room for complacency, and our Safeguarding Plan makes it clear that we are determined to continue developing our processes and procedures in line with good practice. Safeguarding is everybody’s business, and together we will ensure that Wakefield will remain a place where everybody feels safe.
A reflection from the Dean during Lockdown 2.0
9 November 2020
The current coronavirus pandemic has, amongst many other things, provided a good deal of work for medical and social historians. Through radio and television programmes, books, and podcasts these historians have brought to life (as it were) previous pandemics: the Black Death of the fourteenth century, the sweating sickness so prevalent in Tudor England, and the so-called Spanish flu pandemic during which more people died than in the whole of the first world war. Human society eventually emerged from these pandemics, as we will emerge from the current pandemic. But our forebears, like us, never knew how long the health emergencies of their time would last. They lived with uncertainty.
My sense is that we are finding this uncertainty the most difficult aspect of living with Covid-19.Read More
Wakefield Cathedral has a new Canon Missioner!
11 October 2020
We’re delighted to announce thatthe Reverend Canon Peter Farley-Moore has accepted the invitation of the Bishop of Leeds to take up this significant role following interviews last week. Peter is currently Area Dean of Deptford, where he’s been involved in an innovative and collaborative project backed by the Church Commissioners to develop buildings and church growth. He is Team Rector of a diverse team of churches and enjoys urban ministry. He has been at the forefront of leading Interfaith work in Lewisham, chairing a refugee charity and nurturing young vocations. He is no stranger to Yorkshire, having studied and been ordained in Sheffield, he is delighted to be coming back.Read More
Wakefield Cathedral and the new normal : a message from the Dean
26 August 2020
Wakefield Cathedral and the new normal.
We have been reviewing our plans for the rest of 2020 in the light of the continuing effects of Covid-19. Our starting point has been our determination to continue to serve all the city’s communities while keeping everyone safe.Read More
Wakefield Chorister Charlie Trueman in BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2020
20 August 2020
He’s only gone and done it again….Wakefield Cathedral chorister, Charlie Trueman has made it to the semi-final of BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2020 competition – and this time it’s going to be on the television.
Charlie who was a finalist in last year’s competition said he was really excited by the news- not least because he gets to meet his idol, Aled Jones, who alongside Katherine Jenkins will give a one-to-one tutorial to each of the choristers.Read More
Worship in August at Wakefield Cathedral
31 July 2020
As we enter into the next phase of our emergence from lockdown, we are making adjustments to our worship pattern. We are also bearing in mind the need for staff to take time to rest and also to do some of the preparatory work required to ready us for the next phase in the Autumn.
So for August the following pattern will form our worshipping life:
08.00 Morning Prayer and Eucharist
14.30 Afternoon Prayers
10.30 BCP Holy Communion (said)
20.00 Compline on Facebook.
08.00- Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion (said).
09.15 – Common Worship Eucharist with organ and Cantor
11.00 – Worship Online (A pre-recorded short Service of the Word with some music via Facebook and YouTube)
14.30 – Afternoon PrayersRead More
Announcement regarding the closure of Wakefield Cathedral Shop
28 July 2020
The Chapter of Wakefield Cathedral has made the difficult but unanimous decision to close the Cathedral Shop with immediate effect.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought huge challenges for the Cathedral, as it has for many organisations. Sadly, when we re-open the Treacy Hall in September there will be insufficient room for both the Cathedral Kitchen and the Cathedral Shop to operate in accordance with Public Health recommendations and Government requirements. The Cathedral Kitchen will continue to serve the communities of our city and beyond.
COVID-19 Update from the Dean: Face-coverings
27 July 2020
The government announced on Tuesday 14 July that face-coverings in most retail outlets would be compulsory from Friday 24 July. The Church of England’s Recovery Group, chaired by the Bishop of London, issued its own guidance on the use of face coverings on Thursday 23 July. The guidance contains the following statement: We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.Read More