An Update From the Cathedral Friends

Firstly, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support for the Cathedral Friends during this last very difficult year. We would like to bring you up to date with the latest news from the Cathedral and the Friends, including how we have been able to continue to actively contribute towards the ongoing work of the Cathedral.

Over the last year, Chichester Cathedral faced many challenges and developed new means of staying connected with the wider community and providing means of support and resources.

When public worship was suspended last March, the Cathedral began live-streaming a weekly Sunday service. As limited public worship returned, additional services continue to be live-streamed and made available on the Cathedral’s website. Other special services are live-streamed including those on Remembrance Sunday, Advent & Christmas, Holy Week and more.

The Cathedral developed resources for worship and prayer at home, and has run online lectures, concerts, choral music, and arts events. It has continued to support its partners including Chichester District Foodbank, UK Harvest and Stonepillow.

Like many other organisations there have been serious financial implications and throughout these changing times the Chichester Cathedral Friends have provided invaluable support. Through project funding, the Friends have made considerable contributions in maintaining and improving facilities and services and developing the Cathedral’s mission. Current projects cover all areas of Cathedral life:

  • New toilet facilities in the North Transept: work on the new toilets (currently facilities are only available outside) is progressing well and scheduled for completion in the coming months. As well as new toilets, the area will also include new sinks and workspace for the Flower Arranging Team.
  • IT infrastructure: a new database project is near to completion, and will consolidate and simplify the way the Cathedral holds and manages data from its various stakeholders, including members of the Friends. To this effect, you will shortly be receiving a letter or email from the Cathedral asking you confirm your contact details to ensure they are correct in the new system. Thank you in advance for your co-operation.
  • Improved Cathedral Lighting: the conceptual design work on the new and highly anticipated Cathedral lighting system is now complete and the project will move into the execution phase over the coming years.

Further details about how the Friends have helped can be found here on the website.

I would also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Steve Holloway who is stepping back from his role as Chair of the Friends, relocating to be closer to his family. Steve’s help in supporting the Friends over the last ten years has been invaluable and on behalf of all of us, I wish him the very best for the future. We would also like to thank his wife Liz who has been a dedicated Cathedral volunteer over the years.

Finally, we are looking forward very much to meeting again in person and are busy preparing a schedule of events for the second half of this year which will include some of the regular favourites as well as some new ones. We will be publishing the schedule in May so please keep an eye on the website.

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Howard Castle-Smith

Secretary, Chichester Cathedral Friends