In the footsteps of St Chad – A Virtual Journey

Tue, 24/05/2011 - 11:28

On the 18th June this year starting bright and early at 8am, eight intrepid cyclists – all members of the Friends of Lichfield Cathedral – will attempt to cycle 314 miles. This distance is in fact the same as the long journey from Lindisfarne to Lichfield, via Lastingham and York. This sponsored event will be a static cycle ride at the West Front of Lichfield Cathedral in aid of the East End Appeal.

The route planned by the cyclists takes them on a virtual journey to places of significance in the life of St Chad, the Patron of Lichfield Cathedral and Anglo Saxon Missionary, to whom the Cathedral is dedicated. The Cathedral was originally built to house his tomb; it became a place of pilgrimage and the mother Church for the Christian community in Mercia. The Friends of Lichfield Cathedral will echo Chad’s life journey by completing the 314 miles and cyclists will use three bikes throughout the day.

The cyclists taking part will include Chris Craddock (Head Verger of Lichfield Cathedral), Rosanne Wilshire (Youth Group Volunteer), Cheryl Baxter (Cathedral Guide and Steward), Helen Betts (Vice Chair of the Friends of Lichfield Cathedral), Trish Insley (Lay Pastoral Minister) and Bryan Ramsell (Lay Member of Chapter). Encouragement and entertainment will also be provided by the Lichfield Cathedral lively Saturday choir, the Young Voices ( between 10.30 and 11.30. An Anglo Saxon tour will also be available at 2pm (tickets are £5.40 from the Cathedral bookshop).

Director of Fundraising, Patricia Collins said:

“I am full of admiration for this plucky group of Cathedral Friends who will set off, whatever the weather, to raise funds for and awareness of Lichfield Cathedral and its heritage and vision.  The clear glass in the Lady Chapel windows at the East End of the Cathedral has been installed to play its part as isothermal protection for the beautiful Herkenrode stained glass when that comes back from conservation.  Every pound raised helps towards our target of around £800,000 to complete this project”.

How can I sponsor the event?

The Friends of Lichfield Cathedral would encourage members of the local community to come and cheer on the group and will be cycling all day from 8am – stopping only when the job is done! Sponsorship will be taken on the day but to sponsor the cyclists in advance or for more information about the event, please contact, call 01543 306121 or fill out a sponsor form at the back of the Cathedral. 

Where does the money go?

The East End Appeal is a three-stage project comprising the strengthening of the South and North Choir Aisles, the replacement of the external stonework of the Lady Chapel and the conservation of the historic Herkenrode Glass. The Appeal is the first phase of Lichfield InSpires, a long term programme of conservation and development.

For updates on the Appeal, advice on raising funds for it yourself or to become an Appeal Ambassador, please contact the Cathedral Fundraising Team by emailing or telephone 01543 306106.

The Friends of Lichfield Cathedral

The Friends of Lichfield Cathedral have been part of the Cathedral community since 1937. There are approximately 1,200 Friends and they enjoying fellowship, raising funds and having the opportunity to take part in organised events and visits. For more information call 01543 306121 or visit