Cathedral provides Computers to support Community
22 February 2021
With schools still closed and the constant demand for computers and IT equipment for home-working still a problem across the district, Wakefield Cathedral have been able to play their part in tackling this situation with the support of a local community group.Read More
Weekly Reflection - 19th February 2021
18 February 2021
Rev Canon Derek Walmsley
"I have to confess that the pandemic has forced me to think more than ever before about my own mortality. The number of daily deaths associated with covid-19 is reported every night on the TV news and it makes me stop and think. If this sounds morbid, then feel free to stop reading. Look away now. On second thoughts, keep reading… you may need this."Read More
Time Begins to Move Forward Again at Wakefield Cathedral
18 February 2021
Over the past twelve months it feels as if time has stood still for many of us, however at Wakefield Cathedral the feeling is meant in a much more literal way.
That is because the historic clock, which can be seen on the cathedral spire across the skylines of the Wakefield District, broke during the summer of 2020 and has remained static ever since… until now.Read More
Shrove Tuesday - Make the Perfect Pancake
15 February 2021
Find out how to make the Perfect Pancake this Shrove Tuesday. WhetherRead More
Weekly Reflection - 12 February 2021
12 February 2021
Rev Dr Mark Vasey-Saunders
It’s hard, when days are long and cold to keep that hope alive. But it’s not dependent on our ability to believe in it. The day is coming, and the signs are around us if we have the eyes to see them...Read More
A Journey Through Lent
11 February 2021
The Diocese of Leeds will be hosting a "A Journey Through Lent" in the coming weeks, offering people the opportunity to join them for Midday Prayer and Lenten Reflections.Read More
Racial Justice Sunday
9 February 2021
Sunday 14th February 2021 is ‘Racial Justice Sunday’, and to mark this the cathedrals of the Diocese of Leeds will be re-releasing a programme of perspectives, prayers, music and Bible readings on the theme of racial justice, that was launched last September.Read More
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.