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Closure of Cathedral to Visitors During Special Services
With a number of special services taking place in the Cathedral over the next few weeks, we regret that the Cathedral will be closed to visitors for the following occasions:
Vacancy for a Richard III Project Assistant
Are you interested in the story of The King in the Car Park? Would you like to be part of the team taking it on to the next stage of a fitting reinterment in our Cathedral? Can you turn your hand to project management, communications, and anything else we might ask?
The White Roses Bloom in Leicestershire
To mark the discovery of the burial place of Richard III, Leicester Cathedral is running a competition in association with Coles Nurseries to find the Loveliest Leicestershire White Rose.
Cathedral to Mark the Coronation of HM the Queen
Leicester Cathedral invites all the citizens of the city and county to join in a celebration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's Coronation with a service of thanksgiving to be held at 4.00pm on Sunday 16 June 2013, in the presence of Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton. The Bishop of Leicester will preach. The choir will consist of the Leicester Cathedral Choristers and Songmen, the Burton Choristers of the Loughborough Endowed Schools and the Cincinnati Boychoir, who will sing Hubert Parry's "I was glad", which is traditionally sung at the coronation of British monarchs.
Above: HM the Queen on her visit to Leicester Cathedral in 2012
David Monteith Installed as New Dean of Leicester
The Very Revd David Monteith was installed as Dean of Leicester at a service of installation and celebration at Leicester Cathedral on Saturday 18th May.
As Dean of Leicester, David will have oversight and leadership of the
Cathedral, the mother church of the Diocese which spans the city of Leicester
and county of Leicestershire. The Cathedral is increasingly seen as a key
institution in the life of the city and county, and David has indicated his
desire for the Cathedral to lie at the heart of the civil and religious life of
Leicestershire, offering generous hospitality and an imaginative witness to
God’s love at the heart of our community. One of the first activities for David
on taking up this new role will be to visit the offices and distribution centre
of FareShare, one of the charities which the Cathedral and Diocese supports, to
see the progress made towards helping the many who are short of food within our
community at this time of welfare cuts and economic challenge. Perhaps the
highest priority for David on taking up the role of Dean will be the planning
of the events for the re-interment of King Richard III.
Above: The Very Revd David Monteith
New Faces on the Cathedral Clergy Team
The day after the installation of David Monteith as the new Dean of Leicester, 3 more members of the Cathedral clergy team were licensed at the Eucharist service for Pentecost Sunday. These posts will remain in place until May 2014, by which time the appointment of a new Canon Chancellor is likely to have been made.
Pete Hobson, formerly Director of St Martins House, has been seconded to the Cathedral Team as Acting Canon Missioner. He comes with masses of project experience and he will add considerably to our capacity and diversity, and will concentrate on Richard III, and Cathedral Gardens as well as assisting with the liturgical and preaching load. He will also maintain an involvement with the outreach work in the south wing of St Martins House.
Alison Adams who has recently retired as Chaplain at Glen Parva was licensed as Diocese and Cathedral Social Responsibility Enabler, working 4 days per week as a Non-Stipendiary Minister, primarily working with Pete on matters relating to Richard III.. Working with the City and County on Richard III will enable her to establish lots of networks for her longer term work in Social Responsibility.
Finally, Julie Ann Heath was formally licensed as Cathedral Chaplain, to remain in post until May 2014.
Above (l-r): Revd Pete Hobson,
Revd Alison Adams,
Revd Julie Ann Heath
New Dean of Leicester Announced
The Bishop of Leicester, The Rt Revd Tim Stevens is
pleased to announce that the next Dean of Leicester will
be The Revd Canon David Monteith. David is currently
the Canon Chancellor of Leicester Cathedral.
Leicester Cathedral Design Brief for the Reinterment of Richard III
On 12 March Leicester Cathedral Chapter agreed the design brief
to go to the architects who will be design the full scheme for the grave of King
Richard lll. This brief should be read with the accompanying explanatory
questions and answers. If photographs are reproduced please include the
copyright information in the Appendix.
According to Church Representation Rules, the Cathedral is required to prepare a new Electoral Roll every six years, and the time is upon us once more.
Leicester Cathedral Design Briefing for Reinterment of Richard III
At 12.00 noon on Wednesday 13 March Leicester Cathedral will publish the Design Brief that will be given to the architects who have been selected to provide a scheme to reinter King Richard III in an appropriate way. The date follows a meeting on 12 March at which the Cathedral Chapter will finalise the details of the brief including the recommendations of the Fabric Advisory Committee which met recently.
|Sing for the King!
Could you sing for the King? Leicester Cathedral Choir will be singing at the ceremonies to be held in the Cathedral surrounding the re-interment of King Richard III in Spring 2014. We need committed and enthusiastic boys and girls to join the choir, which is already very successful and singing regularly at major events. We will be holding auditions for boys and girls aged seven and above on Saturday 9 March.
To book your place for an audition on 9 March and for more information about the choir and what will be involved, contact Chris Johns on 0116 261 5374 or 07982 444 087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|The Loveliest Leicestershire White Rose
To mark the discovery of the burial place of Richard III, Leicester Cathedral have launched a competition in association with Coles Nurseries to find the Loveliest Leicestershire White Rose.
Richard III died at the Battle of Bosworth on August 22, 1485, the final battle of what was called the War of the Roses. The emblem of his family, the House of York, was a white rose. Every year on the anniversary of his death white roses are placed on his memorial stone in Leicester Cathedral.
The competition is open to rose growers living in Leicestershire and to gardeners amateur or professional in the city and county. Entries do not have to be new strains of white roses, as the judges will be looking for the most perfect specimen.
The deadline for entries and judging date will be 6 July 2013 which is also the anniversary of the coronation of Richard III in 1483. The prize will be £100 in vouchers and the winner will also be a guest of honour at the simple anniversary service which will be held on the morning of 22 August 2013. This year, the winning bloom will be displayed at the memorial stone to King Richard.
The judging panel will include James Coles (Coles Nurseries), Barry Naylor (Acting Dean of Leicester) and the Bishop of Leicester.
Barry Naylor, Acting Dean of Leicester, said: "Leicester Cathedral is delighted to support an initiative that reflects the considerable public interest in Richard III. We hope this will encourage many people to get out into their gardens and grow a bloom fit for a King."
The Rt Revd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, said: "The white rose which was such a potent symbol in the War of the Roses, now becomes a sign of our unity and of our desire for peace as we prepare to lay King Richard III to rest."
James Coles, Managing Director Coles Nurseries, said: "As a family business with strong connections to Leicester Cathedral and Leicestershire, we are thrilled to be associated with this competition as we take our first steps into our Centenary Year. As a major supplier of trees, shrubs and roses to markets across the country, we await with interest the rose that befits a King of England."
For an application form please contact email@example.com or call 0116 261 5368.
University Confirms Richard III Found
It was announced at a press conference held on Monday 4 February that DNA tests performed by the University of Leicester had confirmed without doubt that the human remains found beneath the Greyfriars car park in September 2012 are indeed those of King Richard III, the last in the line of the Plantagenet monarchs.
In a statement made at that press conference, Canon David Monteith said:
“On behalf of the Bishop and Acting Dean of Leicester, I want to say how very thrilled we are to be part of this amazing day. We are delighted with today’s news. We at the Cathedral and Diocese share in the pride of serving such a great city as ours which still has the capacity to reveal such incredible stories.
“We applaud the skill, expertise and excellence of Leicester University which have led to this announcement. This has been a partnership from the start with the City Council, the University and the Richard III Society and we have been very pleased to co-operate with all the parties involved. I can confirm that the Cathedral have now received letters from both the City Council and Leicester University to further enact the requirements of the Licence which led to the exhumation of these human remains.
"This is a momentous day for our city and nation. We will now formally begin preparations and plans at Leicester Cathedral for an interment. Meanwhile we will be praying that through God’s love, King Richard III with all the departed may rest in peace and rise in glory.”
Read a report on the latest news from our choirs.
In addition to the Sunday services, the girl and boy choristers sing evensong on Mondays and Thursdays respectively and have shown steady improvement over the past two terms...One thing that has been particularly interesting to observe is the difference between the way the two groups of trebles work on weekdays and how they respond to working in a mixed-sex environment at weekends. Read more here.