World War I Remembrance
World War I Remembrance
The War that didn’t end war…
Rochester Cathedral has outlined a programme of commemoration from 2014 to 2018. We hope to use the five years to develop a greater understanding of war, the world and the Kingdom of God, and listen to and learn from local and individual experiences:
Points of remembrance
These have been identified by the Church of England as
Outbreak of war: August 4th 1914
Battle of Jutland: 31 May – 1 June 1916
Battle of the Somme: 1 July – 18 November 1916
Battle of Passchendaele: 31 July – 6 November 1916
Armistice: 11 November 1918
The National Advisory Panel set up by the Government has chosen three themes:
Remembrance, Youth and Education
The cathedral will take up the three themes thus:
The names of the fallen will brought into a peaceful reflective installation in the Lady Chapel where visitors can tie a cardboard tag to a wire-structure bearing the name of someone who died in the war. This structure will flow towards the central altar where a single candle will burn representing Jesus the Light of the World – a sing of God’s presence and love in bad times as well as good.
Working with the cathedral community, University of the Third Age and Medway Youth Parliament, we hope to research some stories and create interpretation panels telling the stories. These will be added to from August to November so that by Remembrance Sunday 2014 there will be a large installation to surround with poppies.
Youth and Education
In the Cathedral’s Education and Visits Department there will be a programme for younger children on Remembrance along with work using banners/standards and books of remembrance noting the curriculum change to local history which extends to the Royal Engineers in Brompton and the Historic Dockyard in Chatham. There will also be stories about soldier volunteers, dance workshops re: soldiers and families, sounds of war etc. and we hope to develop an interfaith dialogue.
There is also a plan to engage the young with the elderly and those with dementia in singing together songs from the war through Sing for your Life and Drumbeat School – a brand new special school for children and young people with autism in Downham and Brockley and in particular using music therapy.
The Cathedral Programme
The War that didn’t end war…
beginnings and causes of war and conflict (including rivalry, greed, fear, vested interest, prejudice etc)
During the summer there will be an outside floral commemoration of the
outbreak of war and in the Lady Chapel there will be reflective space and display for daily use at midday prayers, by schools and individuals
Sermons at the Cathedral Eucharist at 1030
Sunday 20 July
Canon Neil Thompson, Precentor:
Might and right among the nations:
What part do justice and peace play in the road to war?
Sunday 27 July
The Ven. Simon Burton-Jones, Archdeacon of Rochester
‘Love your enemies’ – is war ever just and can it ever be limited?
Sunday 3 August
Canon Jean Kerr, Missioner
The price of peace in a competitive and untrusting world:
How do we live with rivalry, greed, fear, vested interest and prejudice?
Muffled quarter peal by cathedral bellringers
1515 Choral Evensong (Cathedral Voluntary Choir and members of the Choir of Marienkirche, Rostock and others) and Vigil Liturgy: Prayers and Reflection commemorating the Outbreak of War
Monday 4 August
1730 Choral Evensong (Choir of St John the Baptist, Barnet)
2200 Vigil Liturgy – The dying of the light: Prayers and Reflections commemorating the Outbreak of War attended by Viscount De L’Isle, the Lord Lieutenant of Kent
During this weekend there will be a ‘countdown to 11pm – peace and war’ installation on the Pulpitum Platform in the cathedral nave along with remembrances, memorabilia, lights and graffiti sprays of the alliances of nations and powers leading to war.
People will be invited to add their candle which will be lit for vigil liturgies which will complement the National Vigil at Westminster Abbey
In the autumn towards Remembrance Sunday a series of three talks is being planned... (and thence each year to 2018)
Religion, Literature and Propaganda ~ Dr Philip Hesketh, Canon Pastor
global conflict and the individual
attrition and its cost
Kingdom season 2017 (All Saints to Advent)
remembering and honour;
protest and conscience
All Saints/All Souls 2018
guilt and forgiveness; repair and reparation
Performance of Britten’s War Requiem
We are planning a performance (possibly two) of Britten’s War Requiem in the Nave with a parallel art display taking up the work of the war poets ~ War and the pity of war. The possibility of streaming the performance to the Historic Dockyard in Chatham is being investigated. An educational lead in to this event is also planned to make the Requiem as accessible as possible particularly to schools and colleges.
For Further Information on Local Events, Please visit :
The UK Government Site
The Royal Engineers Museum Website
In remembrance WW1
WW1 InstallationsAs Part of the Centenary Commemorations of the First World War, members of the Cathedral Staff, Chapter,Gardeners and Lay People have produced these installations under the Vision of Canon Precentor Neil Thompson.
Visitors to the Cathedral may like to use the installations as a focus for their Remembrance of the Centenary of the First World War.
A display of WW1 artefacts are presented in the Lady Chapel.
The Russian WW1 Field Gun has been Kindly loaned by the Royal Engineers Museum.
For Further Information on the Cathedrals Events for the WW1 Commemorations Click Here
The King's Singers
We are delighted to host, once again, The King's Singers, back in Rochester Cathedral by public demand.
The King’s Singers will be performing their amazing concert in the Cathedral on Friday 26th September at 7.30pm. They have just finished a tour of Australia and New Zealand singing their Great American Songbook programme. They now travel to Riga in Latvia for The World Choir Games.
Tickets are available from The Development Office at Garth House and are priced at £20 for the centre Nave, £15 for North and South Transepts (to the side of the performing area) and £5 for Nave side aisle seats (some of these have a limited view of the performing are)
Hidden Treasures Fresh Expressions Updates
HTFE Project Update No 8 July 2014
HTFE Project Update No 7 June 2014
HTFE Project Update No 6 May 2014
HTFE Project Update No 5 April 2014
HTFE Project Update No 4 February 2014
HTFE Project Update No 3 November 2013
HTFE Project Update No 2 September 2013
HTFE Project Update No 1 August 2013
Hidden Treasures Fresh Expressions Project
Now that work has started the Dean has set up a blog to record, on a day to day basis, the building works. To view his blog please click on this link http://rochester604.blogspot.co.uk/
Click here for a copy of the HTFE Project Brochure
Hidden Treasures, Fresh Expressions (HTFE) is a project that focuses on the Crypt, Library and the 'hidden collections' in the Cathedral's ownership. At the very heart of the project is the creation of a secure exhibition space within the medieval crypt for the display of the collections; a wealth of texts, books, documents, charters, stonework, embroidery, plate, paintings and historical artifacts. The library will also be repaired and renovated to house our remarkable collection more appropriately and enable us to make this part of the collection more accessible.
In February 2013 it was announced that we have been awarded £3.55million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It was the very welcome final piece of the funding jigsaw and would not have been possible without the generosity of other funders including Colyer-Fergusson, Friends of Rochester Cathedral, Rochester Bridge Trust, Garfield Weston, Wolfson, Headley Trust, Esmee Fairbairn who between them have committed over £1million to the project.
However since this award, the delay in sending the tenders out for the main building works resulted in all tender submissions coming in over budget. This gave the Project a bit of a set back but following further submissions to the Heritage Lottery Fund and to the World War 1 Centenary Cathedrals Repair Fund, additional funds have been secured to ensure that this project can now be delivered in full.
It will therefore be very challenging as we embark on a programme of construction works to undertake the necessary repairs and modifications to deliver our project. The works will now commence 28th July 2014 and is expected to take one year. Whilst some areas will be closed during the works we will continue to be open to visitors and services will continue as normal albeit mostly in the Nave.