Word War I exhibition kicks off month of events at Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral - Credit: Archant

Peterborough Cathedral has unveiled its busy schedule for the autumn.

In the Apse Chapel, an installation comprising five chairs from Passchendale’s St Audomarus Church, each representing the casualties of one year of the First World War is taking place until mid November.

The chairs are displayed alongside a book printed with the names of all those from the British Isles who lost their lives in Belgium during the Great War.

In July 2018, after a journey of five years and 16 different locations around the UK and Ireland, the installation will return to Ypres in Belgium.

Entry to event is free, and opening times are 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and 12.00 noon to 3.00pm on Sundays, except when services are in progress.


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Later this month, the Quaker Memorial Trust ‘Peace’ Exhibition takes place in the cathedral’s New Building.

The exhibition marks Quaker service since the time of the Irish famine, focusing on the Friends Ambulance Unit and Friends Relief Service during and after the Second World War.

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Entry into the exhibition is free and opening times are 9.00am to 5.00pm from Monday to Saturday and 12.00 noon to 3.00pm on Sundays.

The cathedral’s first event of November is a wine and cheese tasting evening on Friday November 6.

From 7.15pm for 7.30pm, ticket buyers can sample an array of wine and cheeses whilst, with entertainment from Peterborough Cathedral Lay Clerks. Karen and George Brammer of Stamford Cheese Cellar will introduce a selection of Continental cheeses and wines for guests to enjoy in the surroundings of the New Building. This event is a fund raiser for the Peterborough Cathedral Choir Tour Fund. Tickets are available at £22 per person.

The cathedral’s annual Remembrance service will be held two days later on Sunday November 8 at 10.45am, with all welcome.

Running for a week from Friday November 13 is the Prisons Week Exhibition, also held in the New Building.

Prisons Week is an opportunity to reflect and pray for those whose lives have been changed through their own mistakes and deeds of others. Entry is free, with crafts and gifts also available. Opening times are 9.00am until 5.00pm from Monday to Saturday and 12.00 noon to 3.00pm on Sunday (except when services are in progress).

Closing the month’s events is the cathedral’s Waiting for God: an Advent Reflection Day on Saturday November 28, held in the North Transept of the Cathedral and the Becket Chapel.

The day consists of guided meditation to start the busy Advent season, led by the Reverend Dr Deborah Baird and organised by Churches Together in Central Peterborough from 10.00am to 3.30pm.

Admission is free but places must be booked in advance by contacting Denise Thomas, St Mary’s Church and Centre Administrator on 01733 564899 or emailing office@peterborough-stmarys.org.uk.

Finally, on Monday November 30 an Advent Procession will take place at 7.00pm.

A collection will be taken in aid of Kidney Research UK during the candlelit service for the Season of Advent with a procession, seasonal readings and music led by the Cathedral Choir. All are welcome.

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