As spring approaches here are some of the highlights of events happening in Bradford Cathedral this March!
As Fairtrade Fortnight nears its close for another year we mark the half-way point with our annual Fairtrade Breakfast. It’s happening on Sunday 1st March from 8:45am to 9:45am. It’s free to come along but you can donate to help support the Traidcraft Foundation. Expect Fairtrade muesli, jam, marmalade, tea and coffee, along with locally produced honey and butter, plus lots more. Find out more on our blog post.
Our Artspace exhibition for Lent runs all the way through this month, with the artwork displayed in the Artspace area around the cathedral. Come and see artist Ali Thistlethwaite’s paintings and find out more about her and her work on our blog post.
This month we welcome pianist Jill Crossland for our next monthly Coffee Concert. It’s taking place on Tuesday 10th March from 11am (with refreshments at 10:30am) and it’s free to come along! Find out more about Jill in our interview with her.
If you like to be more involved in your music our Singing Day with Professor Paul Mealor is taking place on Saturday 14th March from 10am – 6pm and will see the composer behind the Military Wives Christmas Number One presenting some of his excellent compositions. Find out more about the member of the Classic FM Hall of Fame on our special blog.
On Sunday 15th March the cathedral choir join up with the Bradford Catholic Boys Choir for a Bradford Boys Choir Festival. At 10am there is the Mass at St Joseph’s Church, Bradford followed at 4pm by Vespers here at Bradford Cathedral. On Sunday 8th March there’s also a Safari Evensong as our girls choir visits St. Andrews at Aysgarth from 4:30pm.
We also wrap up the month with our Earth Hour Candle-Lit Concert with Ben Comeau at 8:30pm on Saturday 28th March. Marking the international event, this is a concert not to be missed. Find out more in our interview with pianist Ben Comeau.
Our Wednesday@One Organ Recitals also continue throughout March, with free entry and starting at 1pm each week. Join us for Kurt Rampton from Birmingham on Wednesday 4th March, then Andrew Prior (Islington), Ed Jones (Worcester) and Joshua Stephens (Sheffield) on subsequent Wednesdays. There’s also an optional buffet lunch at 12:30pm before each recital for just £4.
The Bradford Faith Trail returns for its new season on Saturday 7th March. On the first Saturday of each month you can discover more about the faith communities along Leeds Road. With five places of worship all within walking distance of the city centre, you can learn about the traditions and cultures from those who practice them.
The Faith Trail meets at 10:15am at St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Leeds Road. The trail includes a vegetarian langar lunch and finishes at Bradford Cathedral around 3:30pm.
The trail is very popular so booking is essential via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01274 77 77 20.
We continue to mark the season of Lent throughout March up until Palm Sunday on the 5th April. This year’s Lent Course takes place on Wednesday evenings on the 11th, 18th and 25th March. You can join us for refreshments at 6:30pm with the talk starting at 7pm. The course is followed by night prayer at 8:15pm. Find out more on our Lent page.
We also have a range of Lent Books on sale in the shop, plus guides for Lent for adults and children with activities to do on each of the 40 days. There’s also a special prayer leaflet from Prayer4Bradford. All these can be collected from the blue desk in the cathedral.
There are other events and services happening in March. At the Monday Fellowship on Monday 9th March Nigel presents a talk on My Life as a countryside volunteer. Join him in the Parish Room at 2pm.
On Thursday 19th March we host the annual Civic Service where the Lord Mayor, Councillors, Officers and Council employees gather with other leaders and representatives from all areas of City life to celebrate the wonderful diversity of Bradford and its unity of vision and purpose. Join us from 5pm.
You can also celebrate Mothering Sunday with us on Sunday 22nd March from 10:15am. On Mothering Sunday we hold together two traditions. From our English past we give thanks to God for Mother Church; for the ways in which the church nurtures us and cares for us. From the more recent past we give thanks for our own Mothers and for those who have mothered us. During our Mothering Sunday Choral Eucharist, flowers will be given out as a gift to all women present.
And on Tuesday 24th March we welcome visitors in to discover more about William Morris on what would be his birthday. You can find two early examples of Morris & Co stained glass window work in the cathedral as well as our beautiful Morris & Co altar frontal in the Lady Chapel. There will also be video highlights on our big screen and the chance to pick up a booklet to find out more about the William Morris windows. Come and visit between 8:15am and 6pm.
As mentioned in previous blogs, 2020 is the Year of Cathedrals, Year of Pilgrimage and we now have prayer cards to pick up in the cathedral, with a different design at each cathedral in the country. Can you collect them all? You can also pick up your Pilgrimage Passport and you can pick up a sticker at Bradford Cathedral and all Anglican cathedrals around the country. How many will you visit in 2020?
The March edition of our Keeping in Touch magazine is now available to pick up at Bradford Cathedral, or you can view it online.
There are also many regular meetings throughout the month including Stitching@Bradford Cathedral, Carers’ Crafts, the Women of Faith Book Group, our Toddler’s Group and Just A Minute, as well as Places of Welcome and our monthly Bring and Share Lunch. You can find out more on our website about when they meet, or why not follow us on Facebook and join the events?
Make sure you pick up a copy of our what’s on booklet from Bradford Cathedral or around the city to find out more, or view it online. Our events and services continue in April with Holy Week 2020 including Messy Easter, alongside a Coffee Concert with James and Alex Woodrow. Family Activities return on Thursday 16th April and we wrap up with Hope on the Edge: Care of Planet Earth on the final Sunday. Find out more about these and lots more in our April blog, appearing at the end of March.