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Climate Change – Can WE change?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Monday 18 November, 2-4pm

Climate change used to be a matter of dispute, but the evidence that has accumulated is so weighty that now no one can reasonably deny that it is happening. Likewise, the evidence that humans are responsible for global warming and the degradation of the environment is so persuasive that few people can dismiss it. We know that we all share responsibility, and that it is up to us to reverse the process. The question is How? What can we as individuals do?

This afternoon conference (2-4pm) will take place in the Nave of Wells Cathedral. It will be chaired by Bishop Ruth Worsley of Taunton and will bring together three recognised experts on climate change – Robert Varley, Dr Andy Parsons and Caroline Pomeroy. They will each speak about aspects of the problem, and will answer questions, large and small. They will prepare the way for us to come to decisions about what changes we can make in our day to day activities to begin to repair the fragile balance of our environment. All are welcome.

Speaker biographies:

Robert Varley – chartered meteorologist and former Chief Executive of the Met Office and former First Vice President of the World Meteorological Organisation.

Dr Andy Parsons – has researched the effects of climate change on polar ecosystems, working in both the Arctic and Antarctic to see first-hand some of the effects of human activity. He is a member of Green peace.

Caroline Pomeroy – Director of Climate Stewards, a Christian Initiative that helps people to offset unavoidable carbon emissions by supporting community forestry, water filter and cookstove projects in Uganda, Mexico and Ghana.







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Chorister raises money for Choir Tour by climbing Scafell Pike

Monday, October 14th, 2019

On Saturday 28 September, Charlie, a  Chorister in Wells Cathedral Choir, and his Dad (Mark) climbed Scafell Pike to raise money for the Choir Tour to the Netherlands. Charlie raised about £260 in a week, far exceeding his target of £130. Charlie and his Dad drove up after his choir rehearsal on the Friday evening, and started walking on Saturday morning. It was obviously an incredibly rewarding, but exhausting trip – well done Charlie!

The Choristers of Wells Cathedral Choir leave for the Netherlands for a four-day tour this Friday 18 October. Good luck to all other Choristers in their fundraising efforts!

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New Chancellor Announcement

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

On behalf of the Bishop of Bath and Wells and the Cathedral Chapter I am delighted to announce the appointment of The Reverend Dr Rob James, Vicar of Newnham-on-Severn with Awre and Blakeney in the Diocese of Gloucester since March 2014, as the next Chancellor of Wells Cathedral.

When Rob studied at Westcott House Theological College he did a placement at Ely Cathedral in the Education Department and attended Chapter. As part of his ordained ministry he has built strong connections with Gloucester Cathedral and both experiences fed his calling to Cathedral ministry. Engaged in teaching modules on Doctrine, Biblical Studies and the Reformation for Ripon College, Cuddesdon since September 2015 to date, Rob believes that prayer and theology are the twin engines of the church and was attracted to the role at Wells as he wants to engage the wider church and the public in theological discussion and learning. Rob is also very excited about leading the Education Department to shape the future of educational visits with them and relishes the prospect of becoming a governor of Wells Cathedral School. Lastly as a Vicar he is passionate about the visitor experience when the public visit his churches and recognises the importance of allowing people to be both tourists and pilgrims, and indeed inviting them to be pilgrims.

Rob will be installed at Wells Cathedral on Monday 25th November 2019 at 5:15pm by the Bishop of Bath and Wells at a special service of Evensong and anticipates commencing his ministry full-time on December 19, 2019. We are very much looking forward to having Rob as a colleague and I am sure you will give him and his wife Jean a warm welcome upon arrival, and it goes without saying that he and we would be delighted to see all of you who are able to come at his installation.

The Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Wells

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St Francis and Islam lecture

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Wednesday 16 October, 2-4pm

Francis of Assisi is among the best-known saints of the Church, revered for his passionate dedication to the Christian life. What is not widely known about him is the urge he felt to travel to the Islamic world and preach to Muslims. After a series of failed attempts, he eventually went with the Fifth Crusade to Damietta on the Nile Delta, and crossed from the Crusader lines to the Muslim camp to meet the Egyptian Sultan. This encounter took place in the autumn (probably) of 1219. To mark its 700th anniversary the Cathedral is holding an afternoon (2-4pm) on St Francis and Islam.

The afternoon will comprise two parts. Professor David Thomas, Canon Theologian, will give a historical survey of the meeting between Francis and the Sultan, its background and consequences in Francis’ life. Then, Br Clarke Berge SSF, Guardian of Hilfield Friary, Dorset, will reflect on the consequences of the meeting for interfaith relations today. There will be time for questions and discussion. This lecture will take place in the Education Room of the Cathedral.

Tickets are £5 and are available to purchase on the door. The price of the ticket includes refreshments.

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A joyous celebration of 25 years of Girl Choristers in the Cathedral Choir

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

On Tuesday 24 September, we had the enormous pleasure of welcoming HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO, Royal Patron of the Chorister Trust, and HRH The Earl of Wessex to the Cathedral, to help us celebrate 25 years of Girl Choristers in the Cathedral Choir.

The Countess of Wessex greeted junior school students on her arrival at Wells Cathedral School, attended a recital in Cedars Hall which included performances by former choristers, and then listened to a rehearsal of current choristers in the song school. After this, both their Royal Highnesses attend a celebratory evensong in the Cathedral.

For more photographs of the day, visit the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust website.

Photo credit – Jason Bryant


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Theology at Wells

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Cathedrals were originally places of sacred learning.

Indeed most of them, including Wells, have ancient libraries, where the creative relationship between faith and study was worked out in each generation.


Education is key in our mission and thus the ‘Theology@Wells’ programme employs a wide range of educational methods to attract different people at different levels.

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Chained Library Tours: book here

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Wells Cathedral has one of the few chained libraries in Britain and is not generally open to the public.

It is especially attractive as it is still in its original location built in the 1450s, although the current bookshelves and chains are 17th Century. The Chained Library houses books published before 1800 which were collected by the canons in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, reflecting their wide-ranging intellectual interests.

Please allow one and a half hours for this popular tour. Be aware that access is by a stone spiral staircase and may not be suitable for those with mobility problems.

How to book:

Various dates and times are available. Places do need to be pre-booked via Eventbrite here. Maximum tour numbers apply.

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High Parts Tours: book here

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

“If you’re reading this go online and book the high parts tour… it’s a fascinating 90 min tour of the upper areas of the cathedral … you won’t be disappointed!” (TripAdvisor feedback)

Climb the spiral staircase to walk in the footsteps of Wells Cathedral masons with new behind-the-scenes tours of Wells Cathedral’s High Parts; one of the most memorable things to do in Wells!

Click here to book your place on this hugely popular one and a half hour tour of the Cathedral’s hidden spaces at height!

Access is via spiral staircases and booking terms and conditions apply.

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Monthly Taizé prayer meetings

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

The monthly Taizé prayer meetings take place on the first Thursday of every month in the Vicars’ Close Chapel at 7pm with an optional song practice beforehand at 6pm.

The service is made up of readings and chants, taken from the community of Taize in France, with a focus on contemplation and reflection. All are warmly invited to attend.

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Newsletters & Chapter Letter

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Monthly eNewsletter

Click on the link to download a copy of the monthly e-newsletter for Wells Cathedral which provides a summary of all service and events taking place in the forthcoming month.

If you would prefer to receive your newsletter automatically via email each month please follow the instructions on this page.

Weekly Chapter Letter

Click on the link to download a copy of our Weekly Chapter Letter, Sunday 13 October 2019 which is also available, in printed form, in the nave of the Cathedral.



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