Lord Mayor of Bradford's Civic Service of Thanksgiving


The Lord Mayor of BradfordThe Annual Civic Service of thanksgiving for the year in office of the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Zafar Ali, will be held at Bradford Cathedral on Thursday 21 March 2019 at 5pm.


The service will be led by the Dean of Bradford, the Very Reverend Jerry Lepine, who will also give the sermon.


Dean Jerry, said: “The Cathedral is pleased to welcome the Civic community for this special moment in the year. The role of the Lord Mayor is deeply appreciated across the district in terms of both presence and encouragement of the many good things that are happening.


“To come to Bradford Cathedral to celebrate the Mayoral year has been part of the tradition in this city for many years. This is not just an event for those who work in City Hall but for the whole community and we would encourage everyone to come and join us.”


Mr Zulfi Karim, Deputy Lieutenant will attend the service on behalf of HM The Queen, as well as current and former councillors and invited guests. The Cathedral Choir will contribute a couple of choral pieces.


The Leader of Bradford Council, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe and Chief Executive of the Council Kersten England will give a reading on the day and the Lord Mayor will also be offering his reflections on his Mayoral year.


The Lord Mayor’s mace and ceremonial sword will be placed on the altar at the beginning of theService and will remain throughout.


A collection will be taken for the Lord Mayor's Appeal charities, the Sue Ryder Manorland’s Hospice, and Bradford Nightstop.


Everyone is welcome at the service. Free refreshments will be served at the end.


The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Zafar Ali, said: "The service of Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us all to come together in harmony and peace and to give thanks and celebrate all the positives that have taken place during my civic year. I pledge to continue to work for the good of our community.”


Media Opportunity - Photos can be taken prior to the service strictly between 16.15-16.45.Members of the press wishing to attend will need to confirm their attendance by email or by calling 01274 433526, and a time will be arranged for you.



Golden Opportunity: School visits are just the ticket for promising young singers


Choir Golden Ticket.


The Music Department at Bradford Cathedral will be heading out to local primary schools in the city.


The scheme sees the department visit up to ten schools a week, across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds. At each school they run special inclusive singing workshops with school children in years three and four.


Alex Berry, Director of Music:

“At the workshops we explain about the choir and at the end all the children who have taken part in the workshop get the opportunity to sing to us in small groups, and those who we think are really promising will be given a Golden Ticket to take home at the end of school.”


The Golden Tickets are a special invititation to a ‘Be a chorister’ event held at Bradford Cathedral on Saturday 13th April, a morning where the child can come in with their parents to take part in some singing workshops with the music department staff.


Alex Berry:

“We also speak to their parents and explain what it is to be a chorister and they get to observe a chorister singing lesson and choir practice.”


The Saturday workshop also includes a short service and, at the end, cake and refreshments. The children also get the chance to sign up for the Bradford Cathedral Saturday Singers, who meet every Saturday morning, as the first step on the journey to becoming a full member of the choir.


Alex Berry:

“We ran this for the first time last year, and we recruited twenty-one new members and all of them have stayed with the choir and are doing really well.”


We spoke to some of the choir members who came through last year’s Golden Ticket scheme, about their experiences.


“We did singing tests to find out if we could be part of the choir. I got my golden ticket by reading a short story.”


“I got my Golden Ticket as we were doing class-by-class singing. We were in groups of four and sang part of the song.”


And was it a fun experience?


“It’s been really good! They should really look forward to becoming part of the choir.”


The Bradford Cathedral choir will be visiting schools from the 25th February and will be giving out Golden Tickets to promising children who’ll then be invited to the ‘Be A Chorister’ event on Saturday 13th April.



Access to Cathedral on Sunday 17th March: Epilepsy Action 10k


On Sunday 17th March Bradford is hosting the Epilepsy Action 10k and during this event some roads around the Cathedral will be closed.


These will include Church Bank from Stott Hill to Canal Road from 7:30am to 9:20am and Church Bank from its junction with Stott Hill to its junction with Forster Square from 7:30am through until 10:45am.


Closures will also be in place on main roads such as Canal Road, parts of Shipley Airedale Road and others. We advise you to check the latest plan at before you travel.


May we wish all those taking part in the event all the best for the run.


Monica Slocombe elected as new Churchwarden.

Last Sunday, Monica Slocombe was elected by a special meeting to be Churchwarden. Please remember Monica in your prayers as she adjusts to this role. On Thursday 24 of January, at 5.45pm, Monica will make her declarations to the Archdeacon during Choral Evensong. You are invited to attend and support her.


'Stitching the Cathedral' group return for 2019 to begin new kneelers for St. Aidan's Chapel




A team of twenty members of the ‘Stitching the Cathedral’ group met in January to finish off working on the kneelers for the main altar at Bradford Cathedral, as well as preparing for their next stitching project, a Celtic-themed design for St. Aidan’s Chapel.


The project grew out of the ‘Friends of Bradford Cathedral’ group in 2015, and was something entirely new for a Cathedral that didn’t have anything like an Embroiderers’ Guild. Over the last three years a core group of twenty-five men and women, have come regularly to the Cathedral on a Tuesday afternoon to take part in ‘Stitching the Cathedral’.


Some of the members of the ‘Stitching the Cathedral’ group working hard on their most recent project.


The design, by Polly Meynell, has been transferred onto seven large pieces of canvas, which are tacked to frames and then sewn in various colours by the group. Their latest work forms part of the Textiles Project undertaken by the Cathedral some five years ago.


Jill Wright of the Friends of Bradford Cathedral said:

“The original project is almost complete now.  When that fact seeped through to the group towards the end of last year, uproar ensued!  “We don’t want to stop!” they cried.  “What can we do next?” they asked.


“From being a group of people who didn’t know one another and whose only common interest was sewing, there has grown a caring and supportive group who want to keep working to enhance the Cathedral in the best way they can.  They come from all faiths and none and from many different places.


“We have welcomed a wide variety of visitors, talked, eaten cake and drunk tea (and coffee!), laughed and cried together.  Literally thousands of hours have been spent on the project.  Around 80 people have done at least a few stitches, making it a real community project, and their names are recorded in our Heritage Book.”


‘Stitching the Cathedral’ takes place twice a month at Bradford Cathedral, with the next session on Tuesday 22nd January 2019, and anyone is welcome to join the team. No experience is necessary and you can turn up for as few or as many sessions as you can. The group will shortly begin work on the kneelers for St Aidan’s Chapel.  You can find out more about when the group meets on the Bradford Cathedral website.