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Cathedral to host service for lost babies

A service for parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy, at birth or in infancy is being held at Canterbury Cathedral today.

It's part of a series of services in cathedrals and minsters across the country.

The Saying Goodbye services have been established by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who have suffered the loss of five babies.

The services aim to remember and acknowledge the lives lost or cut short in a reflective service that is open to people of all faiths or no faith.

The Canterbury service begins at 12.30pm

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Want to meet the Ancestors? Once in a lifetime chance to see 800 year old stained glass.

After a year travelling the world Britain's oldest surviving stained glass has returned home and is going on display at Canterbury Cathedral, so visitors can see it up close for the first time in an exhibition called The Ancestors.

The glass had been in the Cathedral's Great South window but had to be taken out when the stone frame began to crumble.

It will be on show for a limited time - before being returned to its rightful place next year. So you will never have the chance to get this close again.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Leonie Seliger, Director of the Cathedral's stained glass studio and The Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury.


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VIDEO: The Queen meets Battle of Britain pilots

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been Kent today - to meet some of the last remaining members of The Few - the pilots who defended Britain from invasion in 1940. The Queen opened the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust's new visitor centre at Capel-le-Ferne - following in the footsteps of her mother, who unveiled the memorial at the cliff-top site in 1993. As the events of World War two fade from living memory the centre is designed to teach and remind the younger generations of the sacrifices made. Sarah Saunders reports.

First Christmas concert by cathedral's all-girls choir

Canterbury Cathedral's all-girls choir

Tonight for the first time in its history, a girls choir will perform a Christmas Concert at Canterbury Cathedral.

The formation of the all girl choir in January ended a one-thousand year tradition of all male choristry at the Cathedral.

Canterbury Cathedral's first all-girls' choir prepare for Christmas concert

A unique event will take place at Canterbury Cathedral in December, when its first ever all-girls' choir perform their first public Christmas concert.

The choir was formed in January this year and is made up of 16 mainly local girls aged between 12 and 18 years old.

Credit: PA

Their first performance attracted over 600 people, and they are now busy rehearsing for their Christmas debut.

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They also performed at the service held to mark the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women priests this year.

The concert will take place on 5th December in the cathedral's Nave.

Cathedrals in the south east to receive funding

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced today that, Arundel, Canterbury, Chichester, Portsmouth and Rochester cathedrals are among those from across England receiving almost £8million for urgent repairs in the second round of grants from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund.

31 cathedrals across England will now be able to fix leaking roofs, repair stained glass windows and spires, and carry out many other important works, making the total number of cathedrals receiving funding through the programme 41.

Arundel Cathedral will receive £200,000 for window repairs, Canterbury Cathedral will receive £150,000 for repairs to the north-west transept, and Chichester Cathedral will get £100,000 to replace part of its roof. Portsmouth Cathedral will be able to undertake repairs to its tower and south transept with a grant of £594,783, and Rochester Cathedral will receive £153,000 to repair its roof.

The fund was announced in Budget 2014, and set up in April this year in recognition of the powerful symbol our cathedrals are of Britain’s shared history, as well as the significant role they will play throughout the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War.

Visiting Portsmouth Cathedral which is to receive nearly £600,000.

“Our heritage in this country is precious and unique. We need to do all we can to protect it for future generations. This second round of grants will ensure that even more of our magnificent and awe-inspiring cathedrals can complete urgent and much needed repairs, so they can continue to play a huge role in the communities they serve. Our places of worship are also playing a huge part in all our plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, and this Fund is helping to ensure they can fulfil this role to remember those who gave so much for us so many years ago.”

– Culture Secretary Sajid Javid

“The appeal of cathedrals is vast and enduring. Every part of English history can be seen somewhere within their walls, and I am delighted that this second round of grant is providing vital support to keep them open for all to enjoy.”

– Sir Paul Ruddock, Chair of the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund

The £20million Cathedral Repairs Fund was announced by the Chancellor in the Budget 2014. Grants will allow cathedrals to undertake urgent repair work, including keeping the building wind-proof, weather-tight, safe and open to the public, and preventing further deterioration of the building. This is the second round of funding allocations and will be followed by one more. The final round will close in January 2015.


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Annual Easter pilgrimage at Cathedral

Hundreds of young people have joined the Archbishop and Diocese of Canterbury on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral. Around five hundred children aged under eighteen made their way across East Kent to the Cathedral, where a special service was held.

David Johns reports, speaking to the Most Reverend Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury) and French pilgrim Audrey Vanpeperstraete.

Youngsters to take part in Easter Monday pilgrimage

The Archbishop of Canterbury will be joined by around 700 children on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral Credit: PA Wire

Hundreds of young people are expected to join the Archbishop and Diocese of Canterbury on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral.

It is thought around 700 children, aged under 18, will make their way across Kent to the Cathedral, where a special service will be held to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at 12 noon.

It will then be followed by a lively youth-led service, including prayers, workshops and activities.

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Here come the girls. Breaking a thousand years of tradition at Canterbury Cathedral

After more than a millennium of male dominated singing, a new girls choir will perform at Canterbury Cathedral for the first time this weekend.

The female choristers had their final rehearsal last night. And the new choir has been welcomed as an 'exciting addition'.

But the girls won't be performing on exactly the same footing as the boys, as Sarah Saunders reports.

Girls choir to make their public debut this Saturday

Preparations are under way for Canterbury Cathedral's first ever girls choir first public appearance.

Last night was their final rehearsal, as they will appear at Evensong on Saturday.

It's the first all girls choir for the cathedral in more than a thousand years.

The girls rehearsing earlier this month Credit: Press Association
They are Canterbury Cathedrals first all girls choir in 1000 years Credit: Press Association
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