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Swarm on best bee-hive-iour for Dean of Durham

The Dean of Durham swapped his dog collar for a beekeeping suit to welcome an unusual group of pilgrims to Durham Cathedral last week. A swarm of honey bees had settled in the Canon Michael Everitt’s garden nearby. Amateur apiarist Andrew Tremlett rekindled an old hobby to give the buzzy pilgrims a true cathedral welcome.
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New hands on deck

We reopened to visitors on 17th May and have now welcomed 30,000 people through our famous North Door, giving a warm welcome to all who come. Since the first national lockdown in March 2020 the cathedral has been through a major change programme pulling together a refreshed visitor offer and new staffing structure.
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Launch of Cathedrals Cycle Network

On Sunday 30th May a new kind of pilgrimage route was launched, the Cathedrals Cycle Route, linking all 42 Church of England cathedrals by two wheels.   A small group of cyclists set off on the 15 mile journey south from Newcastle Cathedral to Durham Cathedral on the inaugural relay ride.  
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LIGHT at the end of the tunnel - Chris Levine's art installation welcomes visitors back to Durham Cathedral

At long last visitors to the cathedral will be able to experience Chris Levine’s immersive art installation, LIGHT. The eagerly anticipated switch on takes place Saturday 29th May, more than a year after it was installed in the cathedral’s 12th century Galilee Chapel. 
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Give the Gift of Reading through #InspiringImaginations

On St Bede’s Day, we launched a joint fundraising appeal with Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, in Newcastle. The #InspiringImaginations appeal aims to share the joy of reading with school children from County Durham. Image: The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlene and Jackie Morris (c) Hamish Hamilton 
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The Bells Ring Out

On the afternoon of Sunday 23rd May our bell ringers will once again climb the tower of Durham Cathedral to ring the cathedral bells. 
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We are open to visitors

Our doors are once again open to visitors in line with stage three of the Government’s easing of lockdown.
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Come and experience all Durham Cathedral has to offer as its visitor facilitates reopen from 17 May

We are excited to welcome visitors back to Durham Cathedral from 17 May, in line with the third stage of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. 
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A tribute to Richard Lloyd, former Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral

We are sorry to hear of the death of Richard Lloyd, Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral from 1974 until 1985.
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University research project receives funding to digitise Alice Thornton manuscripts, discovered at Durham Cathedral

The University of Edinburgh has been awarded a grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to conduct a £1million research project into the autobiographical writings of Alice Thornton (1626-1707) and create a digital edition, accessible to researchers and members of the public.
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Durham Cathedral mourns the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Durham Cathedral is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
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Durham Cathedral awarded over £700k from the Culture Recovery Fund to support reopening 

Durham Cathedral is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £732,800 of grant support from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) which is administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and Historic England to support its reopening. 
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Plans for public worship to resume inside Durham Cathedral from 13 April 

In line with phase 2 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, Durham Cathedral is making preparations for daily congregational worship to resume inside the cathedral from 13 April, subject to social distancing and other safety measures. 
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Durham Cathedral appoints a Visitor Experience and Enterprise Director

Durham Cathedral is preparing to reopen to visitors and tourists when Government advises it is safe to do so. The preparations include the appointment of Andrew Usher as the cathedral’s Visitor Experience and Enterprise Director. This new position has been created as part of a major change programme in response to Covid-19 and in compliance with the new legislation governing Church of England cathedrals, which recommends the creation of a senior executive team to be responsible for day-to-day operations.
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Durham Cathedral announce digital celebrations for St Cuthbert’s Day

Durham Cathedral is pleased to announce a series of special services to mark St Cuthbert’s day on 20 March 2021.
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Actor Charlie Hardwick to complement Durham Cathedral’s digital Easter plans 

Actor Charlie Hardwick, is to complement Durham Cathedral’s online Holy Week and Easter plans by recording poetry by Paul Claudel, as part of a performance of Marcel Dupré’s great organ work ‘Le Chemin de la Croix' for Passion Sunday.
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Local Stonemason’s handiwork is blessed before taking pride of place on top of Durham Cathedral

Yesterday a new piece of stonework, handcrafted by in-house cathedral stonemason, Peter Crinnion was blessed with holy water by the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, in a short online service.
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Durham Cathedral Stonemason receives prestigious Masons' Livery Company award

Durham Cathedral is delighted to announce that Gary Holliday, a Stonemason Supervisor at the cathedral has been awarded the Masons' Livery Company - Journeyman Mason Certificate Award for 2021.
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Durham Cathedral stonemason offered lifeline with heritage trade funding

Peter Crinnion, a Stonemason at Durham Cathedral has been offered a lifeline from the Hamish Ogston Foundation (HOF) who have joined forced with the Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship (CWF), to fund twenty-one stonemasonry and joinery trainees at English cathedrals in 2021.
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Durham Cathedral to reduce opening hours and public services due to Coronavirus

Durham Cathedral remains open for private prayer and quiet reflection, but will operate reduced opening hours and in-person services from Wednesday 13 January to reflect the current Coronavirus restrictions in England. 
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Durham Doctor lights Durham Cathedral’s Christmas tree during festive service

Yesterday afternoon Tara Watkiss, a doctor from University Hospital of North Durham switched on the lights of Durham Cathedral’s gigantic Christmas tree during a special festive online service.
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Durham Cathedral and County Durham Community Foundation exceed Comfort and Joy fundraising target

Durham Cathedral and County Durham Community Foundation are delighted to announce that they have raised £2,386 through their joint #ComfortandJoy Christmas appeal, well exceeding the initial target set.
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Durham Cathedral’s Nine Lessons and Carols service to be broadcast to prisons across the country 

Durham Cathedral is to bring festive cheer to those imprisoned this year by sharing a broadcast of their ever-popular Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols to an educational prison TV network, WayOut TV.
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Durham Cathedral and County Durham Community Foundation approach £2000 #ComfortandJoy target

Durham Cathedral and County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) are close to reaching their fundraising target of £2,000 for their joint Comfort and Joy appeal that launched in November. They are encouraging people to get behind the campaign to send Christmas cards to members of the community to combat loneliness before the appeal closes on Friday 11 December.
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Durham Cathedral to feature in new BBC One Christmas Series

We are delighted to announce that Durham Cathedral will be featured in a new BBC One Documentary series, titled ‘A Very Country Christmas’ which will air over the festive period. 
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Public worship to resume and some facilities to reopen at Durham Cathedral

In line with the latest Government guidance, Durham Cathedral will be reinstating public worship inside the cathedral from Wednesday 2 December, as well as remaining open for those who want to come for private prayer and quiet reflection.
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Durham NHS staff to light Durham Cathedral’s iconic Christmas tree

A doctor and a nurse from University Hospital of North Durham will switch on the lights to Durham Cathedral’s 25ft Norwegian Spruce. 
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The Chorister School and Durham School Announce Plans to Merge

The Governors of Durham School and the Chapter of Durham Cathedral are pleased to announce that Durham School and The Chorister School are planning to merge and operate under one single Foundation, to be known as the Durham Cathedral Schools Foundation.
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Durham Cathedral announce virtual Christmas service plans

Durham Cathedral is excited to announce its digital service schedule for the Advent and Christmas period.
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Durham Cathedral is awarded £1.9m grant funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to aid their recovery

Durham Cathedral is pleased to announce it has been awarded a £1.9 million support grant from the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund (CRF), administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and Historic England.
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