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#LightTheWay Campaign

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Wells Cathedral is delighted to support Christian Aid’s “Light the Way” campaign over the Christmas period.  More details are here but we’re asking our visitors and congregation to take a photo or a short video of candles being lit, share it on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #LightTheWay (and tag Wells Cathedral). A perfect occasion would be at our Candlelight Concerts during this Advent and Christmas period. If you don’t use social media please email the picture to Fiona at Christian Aid who will share it for you: [email protected]

Go to for video recordings of our Refugee and Migration Day speakers (including an Afghan refugee) and find out about local initiatives to support refugees.

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Wells Cathedral awarded £300,000 towards the cost of its nave roof repair by the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Wells Cathedral is delighted to have been awarded £300,000 in the final phase of a two year grants programme from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund.

A recent Quinquennial report showed that Wells Cathedral is facing a pressing need to make substantial repairs to the nave roof as the lead in this area is now of such an age that it is at the end of its lifespan.  Sections of the roof where the lead work is failing is putting the roof structure below it at risk. Ensuring the Cathedral is weather tight is a top priority for team at Wells and although this area of the roof is largely unseen by visitors and worshippers it is nevertheless vital as part of the primary building fabric.

English Cathedrals receive no regular funding from the Government or the Church of England towards maintenance, restoration and development work so the announcement by the Government this week confirming that grants totalling £5,423,000 have been awarded to 24 Church of England and Catholic Cathedrals for repairs has been well received. English Cathedrals are estimated to contribute around £220 million to the national economy every year through employment and tourism. They welcome more than 11 million visitors annually, employ more than 7,000 people and are supported by 15,000 dedicated volunteers.

The Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Wells, said “Wells Cathedral is hugely grateful for this grant which will allow us to continue our care for this glorious building, a very special place for so many people.  To have the nave roof in good order is, of course, key for us, and this grant is greatly appreciated.”

Sir Paul Ruddock, Chair of the Expert Panel of the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund, which assessed the grant applications, said: “England’s Cathedrals are at the heart of its communities and this second tranche of funding has enabled essential repairs for buildings, some of which are almost 1000 years old.  In every case, the repairs funded have prevented much more costly problems developing and we are very grateful for the Government’s continued support”.

This funding will complement a substantial contribution by the Friends of Wells Cathedral to ensure the project is fully funded and can go ahead.

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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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Volunteer Chaplains Needed

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Do you like meeting and helping new people? Could you offer one or two days a month?

Our Duty Chaplains, Licenced Readers and ordained members of the clergy are available to Cathedral visitors for pastoral counselling or conversation.  They conduct short prayers at the clock on the hour and, if ordained, celebrate Holy Communion at 12.25pm on Tuesdays.

Duties are between 10am to 4pm on a rota basis throughout the Visitor Season (currently March-October) and a lunch voucher is provided.

If you would like to join the Wells Cathedral team of volunteers, we would be delighted to hear from you.

For more information please contact the Cathedral’s Volunteer Coordinator on 01749 674483 or email us at [email protected]

Training and support is given. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Advent and Christmas Services and Events

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

The four week season of Advent leading up to Christmas, marks the beginning of the Church’s year. The emphasis in Advent is on waiting for the coming of God and so it is a season of hope as we seek to silence the noise of the mind, be still, and wait in expectation.

Though Christmas carols are sung at many services through Advent, the season of Christmas itself really begins a few days before Christmas Day when the Cathedral, lit by thousands of candles, celebrates, at two great candlelit concerts, the coming of the child of Bethlehem.

Details of all our music and services over this important period in the Church’s calendar can be found in our Music and Services List for November and December here or via our What’s On pages here.

Key service and event highlights include:

Sunday 27 November, 5.00pm
Cathedral Advent Carol Service. Come and join us for this beautiful and thought-provoking start to the Christmas season.

13, 14, 15 and 16 December
Cathedral Christmas Lunches in Vicars’ Hall.  Booking required – call us on 01749 676543 or email us at [email protected]

Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 December, 8.00pm
Cathedral Candlelight Concerts.  SOLD OUT

Wednesday 21 December, 10.30am – 1.00pm
Family Christmas Holiday Workshop ‘Make a Christmas Tree Decoration’. No booking required.

Thursday 22 and Friday 23 December, 6.00pm
Wells Cathedral Carol Services. A traditional carol service led by the Choir, plus bible readings. These traditional services are always popular so please arrive in good time!

Saturday 24 December, 2.00pm and 3.15pm
Family Crib Services

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Traditional Christmas Lunches served in medieval Vicars’ Hall in December

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Traditional Christmas Lunches will be served in our stunning medieval Vicars’ Hall on Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 December 2016.

For only £22 for 3 courses or £18 for 2 courses, including a glass of wine, these popular lunches are a lovely way to kick off the festive season. Our food is freshly prepared and baked by our team in the Cathedral kitchen each day  using local Somerset and Fairtrade produce wherever possible and all profits go to supporting the work of the Cathedral.

To book: our festive lunches are always popular so please download our Christmas Lunch booking form here, call us on 01749 676543 or email us at [email protected]

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Wells Cathedral Choir : New Christmas CD

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Ahead of its official release, the new Christmas CD from Wells Cathedral Choir is now available from the Wells Cathedral shops.

“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).

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


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The Institution and Installation of the Very Revd Dr John Davies as Dean of Wells – PHOTOS

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The Very Reverend Dr John Davies was installed as Dean of Wells during a celebratory service here at Wells Cathedral on Sunday 20 November 2016.

People from across the diocese of Bath and Wells and the county of Somerset welcomed Dr Davies as Dean of Wells, marking the beginning of his ministry and leadership role to Cathedral staff and in the Diocese.

Images capturing this special service can be found here.

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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.

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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