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ATL’s gift supports Birmingham Cathedral’s 300th birthday

June 2015

Allchurches Trust Ltd is this year helping to support the celebrations of Birmingham Cathedral for its tercentenary.

The cathedral has been offering a rich and varied programme of musical, cultural and educational events throughout the year benefitting communities and churches across the city and beyond. Celebrations will continue into early 2016.

Events have included:

  • A meeting place and speakers for the March solar eclipse – coincidentally a similar eclipse occurred when the church, then called St Philip’s, was founded in 1715.

  • A ‘light and dark’ themed arts programme for people of all backgrounds, including those of other faiths.

  • Exhibitions, tours, talks and guided walks reflecting on the history of the cathedral and the growth of the city it serves.

  • Pilgrimages for whole groups of churches across the wider Birmingham area.

  • A visit from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

  • A passion play in a pub.

  • Schools visits.

  • A festival of music including a series of events commemorating WW2.

  • A cathedral themed entry by Birmingham City Council in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which won a Gold award. This is to be recreated in the cathedral grounds for local people to see.

Birmingham Cathedral’s director of fundraising Anna Pitt said: “The theme running through all our celebrations is of how Birmingham Cathedral has grown along with the city. A church called St Philips became a cathedral, as Birmingham developed from being a town into a great city.

“There have been so many events which have brought people together from all over Birmingham into the cathedral or its grounds, and we hope that through those events, people have felt the love and hospitality that a cathedral can offer.

“One such event was the gathering here to see the solar eclipse. We provided 150 protective glasses but around 3000 people unexpectedly came! As the eclipse moved in, everyone shared the glasses with each other to view it. It was a very special moment of shared enjoyment and wonder.

“We’re celebrating the cathedral’s 300th anniversary, but what it is really about is celebrating everything that the cathedral has been, and will continue to be, for all the people of this city – a place of welcome for all.”

ATL Relations and Grants Manager Philip Arundel said: “We know that communities really value their cathedrals and we’re delighted that our grant has been used to illustrate the ministry of Birmingham Cathedral over 300 years. The invitation to everyone to join in the fun and learn more about this historic place of worship and its place in the city is just fantastic.”

For more information about Birmingham Cathedral and its tercentenary, visit their website.

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