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Lent Reformation Tours

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

To support the Reformation series of gatherings we are also delighted to be offering two special Reformation Tours on Saturday 18 March and Saturday 25 March. On both dates tours will take place from 11.30-1.00pm and again from 2.00-3.30pm.

Led by Cathedral Librarian, Kevin Spears, and Archivist Anne Crawford, they will give a unique insight into this landmark event in our history. Visitors on the Reformation library tours will see relevant books and  documents from the cathedral’s collections displayed in the Chained Library and Muniment Room, spaces not open to general public access.

These items will be used to explain the impact of the Reformation in England and on Wells Cathedral in particular. Please note that these tours are not suitable for under 16s nor wheelchairs due to the spiral staircase leading to the library.

Tickets for tours are at the special price of £10.00 each + booking fee, but with limited spaces available so please book your place. You can do this online via Eventbrite or by following links on our website in ‘Plan Your Visit – Tours of the Cathedral’

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Trade and Brexit Topical Debate

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Tuesday 28 February, 7.30pm: A Topical Debate on Trade & Brexit led by Professor John Hudson, Department of Economics, University of Bath followed by discussions with panel, chaired by Dr John Davies, Dean of Wells. The panel will include Kate Willis, Fairtrade Foundation; Dr Julia Reid, MEP and Environment Spokesperson;  Mary Milne, Traidcraft Campaigns Manager; Councillor John North, Deputy Mayor, Wells City and Mendip District Council.

We will begin with Fairtrade drinks served from 7pm in the Cathedral Transept. Fairtrade wine at £3.00 per glass. This is a free event with no need to book!

10.00am: Time to Take a Fairtrade Break, Schools Conference with three interactive workshops.

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Charities of the Month – February

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The Cathedral is committed to supporting community groups which serve people facing challenging circumstances.

‘The Week’s Good Cause’ Donation Point provides a dedicated space for Somerset organisations, both to raise awareness of the group’s aims, and to raise funds for that work.


Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and Farming Community Network

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is YOUR service – provided for people in YOUR area – with YOUR support. We help save lives – one day it could be yours. We rely entirely on the generosity of the public for support. Since our launch in March 2000 we have attended thousands of incidents. We are tasked by the Ambulance Service through the normal ‘999’ emergency process and can attend up to eight or nine incidents in a single day during the summer months. From our airbase on the Dorset / Somerset border we can be at any point in the two counties within 19 minutes; more importantly, the helicopter can then take a patient to any one of the major trauma centres in the south west.

Our mission is to save and enhance lives through the funding and provision of a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, to provide the maximum patient benefit by delivering the most effective, clinically excellent and financially secure air ambulance service in the South West Region.

The Farming Community Network seeks to provide confidential, non-judgemental support to all those in need of help in the farming community, whether the issue is related to the farm business or the farm household. FCN has a clear Christian ethos in everything it does. All its services are made available to those in need from all faiths or none in a supportive, non-judgmental manner.

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New Archdeacon of Wells

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

The Bishop of Bath and Wells has announced that the Revd Canon Anne Gell will be our next Archdeacon of Wells and Residentiary Canon of Wells Cathedral.

Anne is currently Vicar of St Peter’s Wrecclesham in the Diocese of Guildford, and Area Dean of Farnham. She will take up her appointment after Easter.

Commenting on the appointment, Bishop Peter said: “It is with great joy that I announce Anne’s appointment. She is coming to the diocese at an exciting time and will bring warmth and enthusiasm, pastoral skills and prayerfulness to this post. Anne is a wise and experienced parish priest and Area Dean with a deep desire to support the flourishing of all God’s people. As the next Archdeacon of Wells she will be involved in helping benefices, schools and chaplaincies in living and sharing the good news of Jesus.”

The Dean of Wells, the Very Revd Dr John Davies said: “The Chapter will be delighted to welcome Anne and her family into the life and ministry of the Cathedral at Wells. She brings with her a rich variety of experience, including knowledge of Cathedral ministry through her role as an Honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral. It will be very good to welcome her after Easter.”

More information is available via the Diocesan website here.

Welcome Anne!

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LENT ADDRESSES “Reformation 500, 1517 – 2017″

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 1 March.  Two Lent courses are being planned at the Cathedral this year – one a series of addresses at the Cathedral Eucharist by the Dean, the second a series of addresses at Sunday Evensong by visiting speakers to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This is a great landmark for our culture and for the Christian Church.

The series of special Sunday afternoon sermons will begin on 5 March.

Sunday 5 March Lent 1: Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol

Dr David Hoyle, the Dean of Bristol, will preach on the pre-Reformation imagination – what was it like to worship, believe and pray before the Reformation? Then after Evensong and a cup of tea, David will deliver an address on Luther’s achievement as a great reformer.  David is a Reformation scholar, and one of the best speakers in the Church of England:

3pm Evensong with Address ‘The Pre Reformation Imagination’

4.15pm Public Lecture ‘Luther’s achievement’

Sunday 12 March Lent 2: Prof. David Thomas, Birmingham University *

3 pm Evensong with Address ‘The Reformers and other faiths’

4.15pm Seminar ‘Christians and other faiths today’

Sunday 19 March Lent 3: Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Derby Cathedral *

3pm Evensong with Address  ‘Religion in the Vernacular’

Sunday 26 March Lent 4: The Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern

3pm Evensong with Address ‘The Birth of Anglicanism’

Sunday 2 April Lent 5: Jacob Rees-Mogg, Member of Parliament

3pm Evensong with Address ‘The Counter Reformation’

*Both David and Elizabeth were sponsored for ordination from Wells Cathedral

All visitors, including from across the diocese and county, will be very welcome. No booking required.

To download our poster with details of all dates and speakers please click here or on the image of the poster below:

Reformation 500 Seminars 2017poster V4


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Music in Wells 2017

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Our ‘Music in Wells 2017′ leaflet has details of all of the concerts and recitals taking place in Wells Cathedral next year.

To download a copy please click on the image below or pick up a hard copy in the Cathedral shortly:










You can also view the remaining concerts and recitals for 2016 leaflet by clicking on the image below:

Music In Wells Cathedral 2016 leaflet .

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Booking A Group Tour of Wells Cathedral

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Are you part of a local history, special interest or community group? Set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city, a trip to Wells Cathedral will make an unforgettable addition to your group’s itinerary for 2017.

Choose from a range of tours to suit your group’s special interest, and, if you pre-book your group visit with us our entry charge includes the services of one of our highly trained, experienced guides, a 10% discount for all group members in our Cathedral café and two shops plus a free place for your group organiser, tour manager or bus driver.

We’re easily accessible from Bath, Bristol, Wales and the west country and can include a pre-booked catering package as part of your visit.

To book:

More information is available here, call us on 01749 674483 or email us via  [email protected].

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Buy “A Wells Christmas” CD

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Order your copy by calling the shop on 01749 672773 or by sending an e-mail to [email protected] (P&P charges will apply)

“A Wells Christmas” features an irresistible array of 20 popular carols and more recent offerings, including works by John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Kenneth Leighton, Matthew Owens, and many more. If you are not able to visit the Cathedral shops in person, you can order your copy by calling the shop on 01749 672773 or by sending an e-mail to [email protected] (P&P charges will apply).

Great reviews are already in including:

“Seamlessly blended by choirmaster Matthew Owens, who has cultivated a bright, gleaming sonority, and the type of crisp attack heard to good effect in the Zither Carol…this is a desirable collection”.  BBC Music Magazine

“A beautifully sung and exceptionally well-recorded disc with a pleasing mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar” Choir and Organ magazine

The disc will also feature as the Classic FM Album of the Week from Monday 12 December!  A track will be featured each day at 10:15am so tune in to find out more and, if inspired, you can order your own copy from our Cathedral shop via 01749 672773!

Only the proceeds from CDs purchased from the Cathedral shops will support the Choir and Cathedral.


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Join Wells Cathedral’s Song Squad!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Would you like to sing, have fun and make new friends?

Are you in school years 3-6?

Then Wells Cathedral’s Song Squad is for YOU!

About Us

Wells Cathedral Song Squad (formally Wells Cathedral Junior Choir) rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 5.00 – 6.00pm in term time. There is no audition, and both boys and girls are very welcome. We sing music in lots of different styles and there are plenty of performance opportunities.

Concert at St Cuthbert's Church

The choir is led by Tricia Rees-Jones.

If you would like more information about the choir, please contact Tricia Rees-Jones on 01749 330160 or [email protected].

More Information

For more information please contact Tricia Rees-Jones on 07497 895664 or via email at [email protected] Please provide your name, date of birth, telephone number, a parent’s name and your home address.

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Wells Cathedral Annual Pass

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

English Cathedrals receive no regular funding from the Church of England or the Government towards maintenance, restoration and development work, a challenge which is often little understood both in this country and overseas.

Here in Wells that means the Cathedral has to raise £4,500 per day which must be achieved via our own endeavours and with the help of our visitors, congregation and supporters.

The Cathedral welcomes thousands of visitors each year who join in with regular daily services and events and one of the major sources of regular income for the Cathedral to meet these costs is therefore from visitor entry donations.

Wells Cathedral Annual Pass

Wells Cathedral work on roof

From Monday 4 July 2016, anyone wishing to make a donation to the Cathedral and enjoy fast-track access for 12 months via the Cathedral’s Donation Desk can purchase a new Wells Cathedral ‘Annual Pass’.

It is our policy to welcome everyone to the Cathedral irrespective of their ability to leave a donation.  However, we hope that the Annual Pass will provide a convenient method for those who feel able to contribute to our work.

How to Purchase an Annual Pass

The Annual Pass costs £15 and is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

To purchase an Annual Pass or for more details please call us on 01749 672773 or email [email protected].

Details of other ways to make a donation can be found here.

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