Chelmsford Cathedral
Chelmsford Cathedral Joins the Big Picnic for Hope

This Friday 8th May, we commemorate VE Day and Cathedrals had a whole series of events planned to mark the occasion.  However as we continue to stay in and save lives, we are doing this in a different way.  

The Big Picnic for Hope is an opportunity for households to be part of a virtual get together on 8 May. The project asks people to stay at home, to picnic indoors or in their gardens, and to join friends and families virtually.  At the same time as something fun to take part in with other people around the country, the project affords a unique way to remember heroes who have kept our country safe in the past and those on the new home front. It gives the nation another way of saying thank you for the incredible effort and sacrifice being made by our key workers from carers, delivery personnel, grocery workers and public transport workers to medical researchers and frontline NHS staff. 

The project also serves an opportunity to recognise that these times are difficult for many people and aims to raise £5000 towards The Trussell Trust, a charity supporting a network of foodbanks and helping those in need in the UK.  Share your photos using #bigpicnicforhope and you can donate to the Trussell Trust at

Other events planned for the weekend include

Friday 8 May

2.55pm: An hour’s programme of readings and music, introduced by the Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Bob Massey, which will include: Battle’s O’er played by Jonathan Swan on the bagpipes, Churchill’s Speech and local voluntary groups

6.55pm: A Cry of Peace, read by the Mayor

7pm: Sound the bells, or keys, or pots and pans, outside, wherever you are, for a national “cry of peace”  These events can be found on the City Council's FaceBook page and

Sunday 10th May

10.30am: Eucharist with The Dean, The Very Revd. Nicholas Henshall, which will include commemorative prayers and readings.  This can be accessed from the Cathedral's FaceBook page.  

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