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Canterbury Cathedral grasses at Hampton Court

Canterbury Cathedral grasses at Hampton Court

Canterbury Cathedral’s head gardener Philip Oostenbrink is to be an exhibitor at the world’s biggest annual flower show next month. Philip, who has been in charge of the Cathedral gardens for the last two years, will be displaying a registered National Plant Collection® of hakone grasses at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from 5 -10 July. Philip’s love of…
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Two new Honorary Canons Installed at Canterbury Cathedral

Two new Honorary Canons Installed at Canterbury Cathedral

Two new Honorary Canons were installed as members of the Canterbury Cathedral Foundation on Saturday (25 June 2016). Revd Sarah Chapman, chaplain to the Living Welll based at Nonington near Dover and also Diocesan Healing and Wholeness Adviser and Revd John Corbyn, vicar of Bearsted with Thurnham, were admitted to the Foundation during Choral Evensong by the Bishop of Dover,…
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New Welcome Centre plans

New Welcome Centre plans

Plans have been submitted for an exciting development to improve the welcome area for visitors to Canterbury Cathedral. The plan for a new Welcome Centre (see artistic image right) including a viewing gallery and community space, has been lodged with Canterbury City Council and is part of The Canterbury Journey project, currently the subject of a detailed application to the Heritage…
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Money raised for worthy causes

Money raised for worthy causes

Geraldine the cow paid a visit to Canterbury Cathedral to collect a cheque on behalf of the Send a Cow charity when money was presented to three organisations from our Open Gardens weekend in May. More than £14,000 was raised during the event and this was shared between Send a Cow, L’Arche, the charity that supports people with learning disabilities, and the National Garden…
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Award recognises world importance of Canterbury Cathedral archive

Award recognises world importance of Canterbury Cathedral archive

Canterbury Cathedral’s medieval archive has received the international recognition of having “outstanding significance to the UK” and has been given a UNESCO Memory of the World (MoW) award. The historically important archive, which includes some 17,000 items dating from the 9th century to 1540, is one of seven new UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) MoW inscriptions announced…
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Patron’s Lunch

Patron’s Lunch

  On Sunday 12 June 2016, The Mall in London was transformed to hold the biggest street party ever to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen and her patronage of over 600 charities and organisations. The Queen has been First Friend on the Roll of The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral since 1952. It was an enthusiastic group…
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Canterbury’s support for Jerusalem

Canterbury’s support for Jerusalem

Canterbury Cathedral’s congregation and community have been thanked after members raised money to buy 300 hymn books for St George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem. During a visit to the Holy Land two representatives of Canterbury Cathedral spotted that hymn books bought previously for the Anglican cathedral in Jerusalem were in need of replacement, The Canterbury community was invited to sponsor hymn…
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Arts Award supporter

Arts Award supporter

Canterbury Cathedral is now recognised as an Arts Award supporter. Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with, and take part, in the wider arts world.  Young people can earn their award by: discovering the enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form developing…
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Picnic to celebrate Queen’s 90th birthday

Picnic to celebrate Queen’s 90th birthday

Members of the congregation at Sunday’s Sung Eucharist (12 June 2016) enjoyed a picnic after the service to celebrate HM the Queen’s 90th birthday. The forecast rain made the Chapter House and Cloisters perfect places for avoiding the showers and keeping dry. The weather did not dampen enthusiasm, however.

Letters from the Front

Letters from the Front

This month’s object on special display in the Cathedral Crypt is a timely reminder of those who fought and died during the First World War. The letter (pictured above) was written by Second Lieutenant Horatio John Reed ‘Jack’ Rowsell. In 1913, and at the young age of 18, Jack travelled from Newfoundland in Canada, to the UK, to study at St Augustine’s Missionary…
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Young Futures Conference

Young Futures Conference

Young Futures Conference “What did Shakespeare do for me?”. Speakers; workshop with Shakespeare’s Globe; behind-the-scenes tours of the Cathedral and herb garden; exploration of Shakespeare’s folios and forgeries and visit to tomb of King Henry IV. To secure a place email journey@canterbury-cathedral.org or visit Eventbrite and search under Canterbury events.