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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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Statement on Durham Cathedral's staff consultation

Covid-19 has created unprecedented and challenging times. A significant number of cathedral staff have been on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which has been invaluable, enabling the cathedral to keep people in employment since March. 
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Durham Cathedral remains open for private prayer and quiet reflection during second national lockdown

During this next phase of national lockdown, Durham Cathedral is to remain open for private prayer and quiet reflection, with daily worship taking place online via its Facebook page.
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Durham Cathedral partner with County Durham Community Foundation to bring comfort and joy with Christmas card appeal

Durham Cathedral and County Durham Community Foundation are coming together to launch ‘Comfort and Joy’, a joint Christmas appeal, giving members of the public an opportunity to reach out to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
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We will remember them: The Hero's Poppy and remembrance services this Armistice 

Durham Cathedral has long been the focal point for the region as it gathers annually to commemorate the sacrifice of those who give their lives to establish freedom and peace.  Home to a chapel recalling the service of the Durham Light Infantry, prayers for all affected by war are part of the regular heartbeat of the Cathedral community.
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Durham Cathedral to launch online Community of Prayer

Durham Cathedral is to launch a digital dispersed Community of Prayer on 25 October.
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Durham Cathedral launches brand new virtual education tours

For the first time ever, Durham Cathedral is rolling out their award-winning educational cathedral tours in a digital format.
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Durham Cathedral’s Cloister, restaurant, shop and toilet facilities to reopen

As of Monday 31 August, visitors will once again be able to take in the wonderful sights of the medieval Cloister, a famous Harry Potter filming location, sample some delicious treats from the Undercroft Restaurant and shop until your heart is content in the Cathedral Shop.
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Public worship to resume inside Durham Cathedral from 19 July

Daily congregational worship is to resume inside Durham Cathedral for the first time in nearly four months on 19 July at 9.30am, subject to social distancing and other safety measures. 
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Preparation for reinstating public worship

Responding to the Government announcement that church buildings will be able to reopen for public worship from 4th July, providing physical distancing remains in place, The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham said: “This is welcome news that public worship will once more be allowed...
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Durham Cathedral is blessed by the Dean of Durham ahead of reopening for private prayer this morning

This morning the Very Reverend Dean of Durham, Andrew Tremlett, stood outside of the cathedral’s iconic North Door and blessed the entrance to the church ahead of welcoming members of the public inside for private prayer and quiet reflection on the first day of re-opening.
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Durham Cathedral to reopen for private prayer and reflection on 22 June

Durham Cathedral is pleased to announce that from 10am on 22 June the cathedral will reopen for private prayer and quiet reflection. 
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Remember Me: An online national Book of Remembrance is now open

St Paul's Cathedral is hosting an online national Book of Remembrance to honour loved ones lost as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK.
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Durham Cathedral busy making church Covid-19 safe in readiness for reopening

Durham Cathedral welcomes the recent government guidance, in bringing forward the potential for places of worship to reopen for private prayer from 15 June if they are able to do so. 
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Live streaming of regular services resume from inside Durham Cathedral

As of this week, Durham Cathedral clergy will begin to live stream regular services from inside the cathedral alongside continuing to do so from their homes. This decision was made following the outcome of the Zoom meeting held on 5 May, attended by of all Church of England Bishops, and on the specific direction of the Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler.
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Family share memories of sibling remembered in WW2 Book of Remembrance at Durham Cathedral as VE Day approaches

If you walk through the DLI Chapel at Durham Cathedral, you’ll find the Durham Light Infantry Book of Remembrance. Inside the book, the names of many men who were killed in action during WW2 are inscribed on the pages. One man mentioned is William Green, known to friends and family as Bill, who fought in the Second World War and sadly died in combat on 18 May 1941.
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Durham Cathedral guide in her 90s masters Facebook to embrace online worship

Lilian Groves, 91, senior guide at Durham Cathedral has been a volunteer for 30 years and a regular worshipper for even longer. After learning of the temporary closure of the cathedral and the subsequent suspension of daily worship from inside the church, in line with government advice, and direction by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Lilian was determined not to miss out, especially when she heard the news that cathedral worship was moving online.
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New date for North East Culture Awards after Coronavirus postponement

A new date has been set for the Journal’s Culture Awards, after the original event was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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Holy Week message from the Dean of Durham

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I bring you greetings from Durham Cathedral, the Shrine of St Cuthbert and the seat of the Bishop of Durham.
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Church is changing: Durham Cathedral announces digital Easter plans

The doors may be closed, but Durham Cathedral’s commitment to public engagement and support continues.
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