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Capture the Cathedral - Vote for your favourite!

The Capture the Cathedral photography competition is now in its third year and this year’s competition was a great success. Over 250 photographs were submitted and the standard was excellent, making the judges’ role very difficult!

A selection of photographs, including the winning entries, is on display in the Cathedral until Sunday 12 July. Whilst the exhibition is on display, members of the public are invited to vote for their favourite photo. Once the results have been collated, the Cathedral will announce the People’s Choice winner! Voting is also available via our Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition.

Published: 16 June 2015

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Advance notice of forthcoming works

Organ dismantling will commence on Wednesday 8 July and will involve the closure of the south quire aisle for a period of approximately three weeks, followed by a closure of the north quire aisle for two weeks.

Scaffolding works inside the Cathedral will commence on Thursday 9 July and be in-situ until November 2015. Areas affected by the scaffolding will include the Jesus Chapel and south quire aisle. The Fraser Chapel will be closed to the public throughout. This is to enable the south aisle roof repairs, which are being funded by the WWI Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund.

Published: 16 June 2015

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The 2015 Wickham Lecture

The 2015 Wickham Lecture by the Very Revd Dr John Moses, Dean Emeritus of St Paul's Cathedral, takes place at Manchester Cathedral this coming Monday evening, 15 June, at 7pm. The subject of the lecture will be: Peace and Peacemaking: Thomas Merton -- A Man for Our Times. Dr Moses' lecture will draw on the work he did for his 2014 biographical assessment of Merton (Divine Discontent, the Prophetic Voice of Thomas Merton, Bloomsbury, 2014).

There is no charge for the lecture, and you are warmly invited to attend both the lecture and the reception with drinks and light refreshments beforehand.

Published: 12 June 2015

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Manchester Cathedral Bell Ringers mark Magna Carta anniversary

Church bell ringers everywhere have been encouraged to ring across the UK and further afield to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. Sunday 14 June has been designated as the Big Ringing Day, in conjunction with LiberTeas, where Communities across the UK (and overseas) are being encouraged to organise or attend a local event, to create a simultaneous moment of reflection and celebration of their freedoms and rights.

On Sunday 14 June at 3pm, Manchester Cathedral Bell Ringers will attempt to ring a quarter peal of Plain Bob Triples, during which each bell will strike 1260 times in rows containing each bell once. Each row will be different and no row except (12345678) will be repeated, each ringer learning his or her individual path amongst the others.

The Cathedral bells will be ringing for approximately one hour.

For more information visit the Central Council of Church Bell Ringer website.

For more information about LiberTeas, visit their website.

Published: 11 June 2015

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Capture the Cathedral 2015 Exhibition Launch

We received over 250 photographs in this year's competition and the standard was excellent.

A selection of photographs will be on display from Saturday 13 June until Saturday 12 July. Whilst the exhibition is on display, members of the public will be invited to vote for their favourite photo, once the results have been collated, the Cathedral will announce the People’s Choice winner!

The winners in each category and the overall competition winner will be announced at the launch of the Capture the Cathedral exhibition on Friday 12 June at 7pm. The launch is open to the public.

Published: 11 June 2015

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Archbishop of York becomes a patron of Volition

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu has been announced as patron of Volition, the Cathedral Volunteer Programme.

Volition is a newly formed national charity which works with local employers to offer unemployed people the skills and confidence they need to gain employment. They do this through an innovative volunteering programme where individuals opt to volunteer to develop new skills, supported by NESTA and the Cabinet Office.

The charity has its roots in the Manchester Cathedral programme, which was launched in 2012, in partnership with Jobcentre Plus. With impressive results, Jobcentre Plus have re-commissioned the programme on a number of times in Greater Manchester and Liverpool. Hundreds of volunteers have benefited as a result, with over 100 people now in jobs. Many other cathedrals in the UK have now expressed interest to Volition. Chester is coming on board in the autumn of 2015 and other Cathedrals are expected to follow.

Published: 09 June 2015

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The Chapter of Manchester Cathedral seeks to appoint a Cathedral Verger

The Chapter of Manchester Cathedral seeks to appoint a Cathedral Verger with exemplary team working skills and the capacity to work flexibly and effectively using their own initiative. Due to the nature of the work involved, candidates for this full time permanent position must be physically fit, comfortable working at height and be committed to the traditions of prayer and worship that underpin cathedral life.

Published: 08 June 2015

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Visitor Information - Saturday 30 May 2015

Morning Prayer and Holy Communion will take place at 9am in the Fraser Chapel.

The Cathedral will close to the public at 10am in preparation for the Anne Kirkbride Memorial Service which begins at 11.30am, doors will open at approximately 10.45am. Members of the public are asked to enter via the north door; disabled access will be via the south door. We will reopen to the public at 1.30pm, however, there will be no access to the Regiment Chapel for the rest of the day.

Evening Prayer will be said at 4.30pm in the Fraser Chapel.

Published: 29 May 2015

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Some 15,000 bees swarming at Manchester Cathedral!

Manchester Cathedral has bee hives on the roof and on Wednesday 28 May, some 15,000 bees were spotting swarming on a cross at Manchester Cathedral. Luckily, the Canon Apiarist, Adrian Rhodes, was on hand to remove the bees.

Canon Adrian Rhodes explains why bees swarm:

Swarming is the natural way in which honey bees reproduce, usually taking place in the spring, as the colony starts to expand. When the bees sense the time is right, the younger 'nurse' bees start selecting eggs to make into new queens. They extend the cells in which they were laid, and feed them with a lot of special food, called 'royal jelly'. When they get near to the time of sealing-in the larvae - where they continue to develop to become new queens - the old queen, and the older, flying bees, start to make preparations to leave.

Published: 28 May 2015

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Cathedral Quiz Night Success!

Cathedral Quiz Night Success!

The annual Cathdral Quiz Night ran for the sixth time this year, and beat its own record by raising well over £2000 for the Lighting Project.

Manchester Cathedral hosts the event in partnership with Manchester Arndale, and with the support of a number of generous sponsors, including MCL AV suppliers and The Printworks, who sponsored the Quiz Night trophy.

Published: 20 May 2015

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