The Leicester Peregrines – New Chicks!

People can follow the daily lives of a pair of wild peregrine falcons and their newly hatched chicks in Leicester city centre thanks to the nest box webcam in the Cathedral spire.

The birth of the first chick, from a clutch of four eggs, was confirmed on Sunday 6 May 2018 as occurring at 10.50pm on Saturday 5 May. The second chick hatched at 3.25pm on the seventh.

Come and say “Hello” to the team and watch the Peregrines at our next Watch Day this Wednesday 9 May from 9.30am in St Martin’s Square.


The camera has been fitted into a purpose-built nest at Leicester Cathedral to record the activities and nesting habits of the resident peregrine couple.

A live feed can also be watched online as part the Leicester Peregrine Project website at http://leicesterperegrines.org.uk/streaming/

The project is run by Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithological Society (LROS) and Leicester City Council and aims to promote the presence of peregrines within the city environment and help ensure their conservation.

Peregrine sightings have been recorded in Leicester for the past 30 years, with more regular sightings over the last decade. Nest boxes have been installed across the city, in locations known to be favoured by the peregrines.

The Leicester Cathedral nest box was installed in April 2016. Its location, high on the Cathedral’s 60 metre spire, provides an ideal urban alternative to the high, steep cliffs the falcons use in the wild.

The live feed has shown the pair of peregrines – a female and a male – visiting the nest box regularly over the past fortnight.

Richard Kelly, nature conservation officer at Leicester City Council, said: “Leicester Cathedral is proving to be a perfect nesting location for the city’s peregrines.

“The webcam provides a bird’s eye view of the daily activities from inside the nest box. It’s provided a really interesting new way to observe this beautiful bird.

“There’s a really good chance that visitors to the webpage will see the female peregrine. She’s been braving the chilly winds and putting in regular stints on the ledge of the nest box, often preening for hours at a time.”

Jim Graham, president of the Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithological Society, said: “This is a really exciting development in the Leicester Peregrine Project. People from across the world will now be able to share the daily story of these birds.

“It also provides us with the opportunity to study the birds’ behaviour, improve our knowledge and understanding of how they live and help ensure their conservation.”

The Revd Canon Alison Adams, Canon Pastor and Sub-Dean of Leicester Cathedral, said: “We are delighted that the peregrines continue to flourish and hope very much that this year they might produce offspring and the webcam will enable everyone to enjoy seeing fledglings growing.

“It is especially interesting that the words peregrine and pilgrim come from the same root word – the Latin ‘peregrinus’, meaning foreigner. As a place of pilgrimage and of welcome for all in our community, including refugees and asylum seekers, the Cathedral is a most poignant home for the peregrines.”

Regular ‘peregrine watch’ events are held in Cathedral Gardens as part of the project. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

To find about more about the Leicester Peregrine Project, visit www.leicesterperegrines.org.uk or follow the Twitter feed at twitter.com/leicsperegrines

Bishop and Dean of Leicester welcome the new Lord-Lieutenant

Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Mr Michael Kapur OBE as the new Lord-Lieutenant for Leicestershire. He will succeed Lady Gretton when she retires on 14 June.

The Bishop and Dean of Leicester have both welcomed the appointment of Mr Kapur, who is a leading businessman, currently serving as a Deputy Lieutenant. He has dedicated many years to championing local interests.

As the new Lord-Lieutenant he will be The Queen’s representative in Leicester and Leicestershire, fulfilling a range of civic and ceremonial duties which bring together voluntary services, business and cultural life.

The 55-year-old lives in Oadby with his wife Rita and they have four children. He graduated from Leicester Polytechnic before becoming a Chartered Accountant.

He plays a hugely active role locally, as Chairman of the National Space Centre and Leicester City Football Club Trust – the charity which delivers the club’s commitment to its communities. He also has regional and national trustee roles in the education and community sectors.

Bishop of Leicester, Martyn Snow said: “I warmly welcome Mike Kapur’s appointment as Lord-Lieutenant for Leicestershire. As a Deputy Lieutenant and as someone who has lived and worked in Leicestershire for many years, he knows the area well and is well placed to help our diverse communities flourish. I look forward to working with him in the coming years.”

David Monteith, Dean of Leicester said: “We are very pleased that Mike Kapur is to be our new Lord-Lieutenant. Mike’s entrepreneurial track record will support the further development of the Lieutenancy as the common good flourishes in our city and county.  He can be assured of our prayers and support.”

Leicester Cathedral will host a Farewell Service for Lady Gretton as Lord-Lieutenant, on Sunday 3 June at 3pm when the preacher will be former Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens.

Lent and Easter 2018


We can’t be ourselves without thinking about our bodies. Age, health, illness, race, sexuality and spirituality all shape how we think about our bodies and the meanings we assign them. The cult of perfect bodies exercises power on our imagination as the body beautiful is exalted in our culture. This impacts positively and negatively and it affects both men and women, boys and girls.

We will focus on this theme  from Ash Wednesday (14 Feb) to Ascension Day (10 May). In Lent and Easter the church retells how a broken body on the Cross becomes a hopeful sign of blessing when transformed by God. Christians have often connected their own physical suffering with the suffering of Jesus. St Thomas sees in the wounds of Jesus how all things might have meaning and be transformed. Christians now take bread and break it, take wine and pour it and through that affirm that we are part of the body of Christ which is both broken yet blessed.

We hope that by exploring more of our physical reality in the light of faith, we will discover not only vulnerability but blessing which is rich because it very often is borne through finite weakness.

The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester  


Below you will find details of services and events throughout the season.

More information on the Iain McKillop Exhibition can be found here. Details on this year’s Lent Course: Broken, can be found here. For more information on the Museum of the Moon Exhibition, click here.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Cathedral Office via 0116 261 5357 or by email.

ASCENSION DAY
Thursday 10 May

17.30  Ascension Day Eucharist
Preacher: The Dean


Below you can see a short video of reflection on the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ using the Bodies Broken and Blessed Exhibition currently shown in the Cathedral.


Below you can see the Lent and Easter Booklet (use the panel to navigate the pages).

Lent and Easter Booklet 2018

Free Exhibition: Art for Lent and Easter

Leicester Cathedral’s Lent and Easter theme of Bodies Broken and Blessed will include an exhibition of striking scenes depicting Jesus’s crucifixion by a nationally-acclaimed artist.

Anglican priest Ian McKillop is also an artist and art historian. His altarpiece art works hang in several English Cathedrals and his exhibitions regularly tour churches and Cathedrals and one arrives in Leicester next week.

McKillop’s Seven Last Words will be hung in the Cathedral. The seven paintings depict Jesus’s agony on the cross and will face in towards the tomb of Richard III. The Seven New Songs of the Resurrection will face into the Chapel of Christ the Kind in the Cathedral, where the stained glass window shows a risen and ascended Christ in glory.

They were created after the artist visited Wurzburg which was bombed in 1945. They are a tribute to the art works that survived and stand as a memorial to all the lives lost as a result of war, hoping to inspire a new way, following the loving, self-sacrificing and non-recriminatory, peace-bringing example of Christ. In addition, his work The Stations of the Cross will be displayed in the Cathedral’s north aisle.

Ian McKillop’s Lent and Easter Exhibition runs from 15 February to 19 April.

The Dean of Leicester Cathedral, the Very Revd David Monteith, explained more about the theme of Bodies Broken and Blessed: “We can’t be ourselves without thinking about our bodies. Age, health, illness, race, sexuality and spirituality all shape how we think about our bodies and the meanings we assign them. The cult of perfect bodies exercises power on our imagination as the body beautiful is exalted in our culture.  This impacts positively and negatively and it affects both men and women, boys and girls.

“We will focus on this theme  from Ash Wednesday (14 Feb) to Ascension Day (10 May). In Lent and Easter the church retells how a broken body on the Cross becomes a hopeful sign of blessing when transformed by God. Christians have often connected their own physical suffering with the suffering of Jesus.

“St Thomas sees in the wounds of Jesus how all things might have meaning and be transformed. Christians now take bread and break it, take wine and pour it and through that affirm that we are part of the body of Christ which is both broken yet blessed.

“We hope that by exploring more of our physical reality in the light of faith, we will discover not only vulnerability but blessing which is rich because it very often is borne through finite weakness.”

There will be a series of concerts, meditations and services throughout Lent and Easter at the Cathedral. You can find out more by clicking here, or by picking up a booklet from the Cathedral.

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Lent Course: Broken

This year’s Lent Course will link in to the seasonal theme of Bodies Broken and Blessed.

We will reflect upon the TV series Broken, starring Sean Bean. Set on an estate parish, it features a Roman Catholic priest who, despite trauma and anxiety about his own inadequacies, attempts to bring the Light of Christ into the lives of his parishioners.

We will watch an episode each week and discuss questions prepared by Canon Dr Paula Gooder, Director of Mission, Learning & Development in Birmingham Diocese. Each session will be led by a member of the Cathedral Clergy.

WARNING: The series contains disturbing story lines such as death, suicide, abuse and violence.

This course is only open to those aged 16 and above and it will only be suitable for those willing to engage with this material.


The course will take place on Mondays in Lent:
19, 26 Feb, 5, 12, 19, 26 March;  7.00–9.00pm

The Kempe Room, St Martins House
£2.00 suggested donation/person/session

If you have any questions, please contact the Cathedral Office via 0116 261 5357 or email.

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The Museum of the Moon

Between 9-18 March 2018, an art installation of a 7m diameter model of the Moon by Luke Jerram is placed in the Cathedral, as part of a joint project led by the University of Leicester to mark British Science Week 2018. Space will be made available for personal reflection and prayer, and there will also be special activities for children and young people during normal visiting hours.

Below you will find details of events during the week of the installation. If you have any questions, please contact the Cathedral Office via 0116 261 5357. Unless otherwise stated, visiting the exhibition will not require tickets, and entry to the Cathedral is free (a £3 donation is recommended).

Friday 9 March

Moon and Planetarium Schools Events with Dr Suzie Imber, 09.45–12.30

Schools and Public Visiting, 13.45–17.00

Launch Event (tickets available via Eventbrite here), 18.30

Saturday 10 March

Moon and Planetarium Family and Public Visiting, 10.00–16.00

Late opening (Moon only), 18.15–19.45

Sunday 11 March

Public Visiting (Moon only), 12.30–14.30

Monday 12 March

Moon and Planetarium Schools Events and Public Visiting, 09.45–17.00

‘Worship the Lord of Heaven and Earth’ Service, 17.30

Rite of the Waning Moon, 20.00–21.00

From Tuesday, the Planetarium for Schools is removed

Tuesday 13 March

Public Visiting (please note the Cathedral Organ will be tuned throughout the day), 10.00–12.30 / 15.15–17.00

Wednesday 14 March

Public Visiting, 10.00–12.30 / 13.45–17.00

Dean’s Discussion: Faith in Science? (free tickets available via Eventbrite here), 19.00

Thursday 15 March

Public Visiting, 10.00–12.30 / 13.45–17.00 / 18.00–20.00

‘Drumming for the Moon’ by Cassia Tree, 20.00–21.00

Friday 16 March

Public Visiting, 10.00–12.30 / 13.45–17.00

London Concertante: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos by Moonlight (tickets here), 19.30

Saturday 17 March

Public Visiting, 10.00–17.00

Sunday 18 March

Public Visiting, 12.30–14.30

 

Defibrillator for Cathedral Gardens

On Monday 19 February the Bishop of Leicester and the Dean of Leicester unveiled a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) at St Martins House, adjacent to the Cathedral. The defibrillator has been given on long term loan by the national charity, the Community Heartbeat Trust.

Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow said: ”We are very glad to be able to host this life-saving equipment for the surrounding community as it will be available for members of the public and tourists visiting the Cathedral, St Martins House Conference Centre and Lodge, the new accommodation that will open later this year, as well as for the other venues, shops and businesses surrounding the Cathedral Gardens and St Martins area of Leicester.

Nick Quinn, Director of St Martins House, says “We are incredibly grateful to the Community Heartbeat Trust for their provision of a defibrillator to St Martins House and Cathedral Gardens. Visitors to Cathedral Gardens have increased in recent years making it a vibrant and flourishing part of the city centre. We are proud to be able to offer to raise the annual donation to maintain the device and ensure this vital lifesaving equipment is available to all in need.”

The device has been installed on the outside of St Martins House within easy access of visitors to St Martins House Conference Centre, Leicester Cathedral, the Richard III Visitor Centre and The Guildhall.

The incident of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the UK is about 1 in every 1000 people per annum, meaning there are around 60,000 per year. This can happen at any age or sex, and time to treat the patient is critical, with the patient dying at about 20% per minute.

“By placing defibrillators into communities and by undertaking training schemes in the locality we will save lives” says Martin Fagan, National Secretary for CHT. “We are delighted to have helped St Martins House and Cathedral Gardens surrounding area, including the world famous Richard III Visitor Centre.

The Community Heartbeat Trust is the leading charity in the provision of community defibrillators. To date CHT have placed over 4000 sites in the UK and actively supports churches, homeless centres and areas of need as well as over 400 village sites in Leicestershire and Rutland. CHT will only use equipment that is suitable for community and supports communities for the long term through training, governance and sustainability programmes.

New Website!

As you might have seen, we have a new website!

As you can imagine, there may be a fair few teething issues as we get to grips with new layouts and out of date formatting. Please bear with us as we work to make our new site accessible and open to all.

If you have any issues or questions, or any problems you might have, please contact Andrew Radford in the Cathedral office via email.

New CD from Leicester Cathedral Chamber Choir

Leicester Cathedral Chamber Choir’s new CD of choral and organ music is now available for purchase. Entitled ‘The Beatific Vision’, it features music by local composers Simon Mold and Charles Paterson. Simon is currently a Songman in Leicester Cathedral Choir, and Charles a former Songman. Compositions by both composers have been widely performed and featured on radio and television.

The music on the CD is conducted by Dr Christopher Ouvry-Johns, and the organ is played by Simon Headley. The CD cover features a detail from one of the new 2015 Leicester Cathedral Redemption Windows by Tom Denny.

Christopher Ouvry-Johns, Leicester Cathedral Director of Music, said: “I’m delighted that, in its third year, Leicester Cathedral Chamber Choir’s first CD recording is of music composed by two of its members. Whatever your taste in Choral Music, there really is something for everyone on it, ranging from large-scale accompanied Romantic anthems to shorter a cappella miniatures, with two Mass settings thrown in for good measure. While not specifically a Christmas CD, the inclusion of three carols, one of them a beautiful setting of ‘In the bleak mid-winter’ with harp accompaniment, make this an ideal present, with the festive season now only a few weeks away.”

The Dean of Leicester, the Very Revd David Monteith, said: “Our Cathedral music often celebrates the work of the great composers. But it is also a living tradition and so I am thrilled that this CD of new beautiful music reflects our 21st-century spiritual longing, celebrating great local composers and singing talent.”

The CD, on the prestigious Herald label, received an official launch in Leicester Cathedral after the morning Eucharist on the morning of Sunday 15 October, 2017, where some of the music on the recording was performed during the service.

Between then and its international release in the New Year, The Beatific Vision will be obtainable in the Christian Resources Shop in St Martin’s House, next to Leicester Cathedral at a price of £10.00, or by mail order from the Cathedral Office (leicestercathedral@leccofe.org) at a price of £12.50, which includes postage and packing.