Blackburn Cathedral Appeal

Future Appeal Events


Dear Friends and Supporters,

I sincerely hope that you are all keeping safe and well and following the Government’s Covid 19 guidelines, and to those of you on the “front line” fighting it and assisting in other ways, thank you.  

In view of this situation it is with regret that we feel that we must cancel this event and make bigger plans for 2021 for the 3rd running of this very enjoyable event. It was intended to bring in new additions to the day to give us more to gaze at, and talk about. For example, supercars” were to be an addition to the usual wonderful classics, and Aston Martin (via Stratstone) confirmed they would attend this year, with strong indications from Lamborghini and Rolls Royce that they are interested also. We hope that they will still be keen to attend next year. It is also hoped to entice a couple of car restoration professionals to display their artistry.

I had also wondered whether it would be good to have a “concentration” run. For example, those wishing to come along in convoy, to meet for coffee and pastries at suitable venue further east of Browsholme and then take a 30 minute tour through the valley to the venue to add a further dimension to the day.

These additions will be worked on to ensure they happen next year, otherwise, the food will be as good as ever, the Hall and gardens will be as beautiful as ever, and I know that those who attend will, as always, add glamour, interest and good humour to the event.

 I hope that this note encourages you. We’ll look for a new date for next year, and I’ll keep you advised as the situation develops.

With best wishes and stay healthy

Peter Whitman

Crypt Redevelopment: Revealing the Hidden Heritage

Blackburn Cathedral is one of England’s newest cathedrals and yet one of the country’s oldest places of Christian worship and is the only Anglican cathedral in Lancashire. The Cathedral is the most prominent of Blackburn’s heritage assets and visitor attractions and a focus for education, music, the arts and varied events.

Revealing the Hidden Heritage is a £2.8M Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project that will protect, restore and interpret the little-known history of Blackburn through public exhibitions of the Cathedral’s historic collections within newly created spaces situated in the Cathedral’s Crypt. The project also aims to create a visitor attraction for the nation which furthers both economic regeneration and community cohesion within the town and wider region.

Further details about the project can be found in the following document:

Please give generously to the Crypt Redevelopment by donating at Just Giving

Blackburn Cathedral 100 Club

Blackburn Cathedral Trust

The Blackburn Cathedral Trust was set up to help face a number of challenges to ensure that the life of the Cathedral does not stand still but continues to serve the needs of the people of Lancashire; not only those living in Blackburn but all who live within the Diocese either of a Christian faith, another faith or of no faith.

Contrary to popular belief, the Cathedral is not funded by the Diocese or the government, but relies mainly on the church commissioners and the generosity of the congregation through the stewardship scheme. To continue to provide an outstanding environment, not only for Christian worship, but also for the many diverse cultural and inspirational activities which depend on the cathedral facilities being at the highest possible standard, we need once again to turn to the communities within Lancashire and beyond for their support.

The Trust aims to help the Cathedral build upon the successes of the recent past, which include the Lantern Tower and the rebuilding of the organ. Our work must continue, with your support, if we are to leave future generations with a cathedral that will enrich their lives.

The fundraising will be in three separate strands.
£6 million capital appeal started in 2015 - £1 million raised to date.


Cathedral | Music Development | Community Work

Strand 1


CATHEDRAL (£2.5m): New lighting and a new sound system will improve the worship experience and capacity to host major events. Reconfiguration of the Crypt will create a conferencing facility that will bring in revenue for the Cathedral. Further re-working of the lower ground floor spaces will create additional meeting rooms, offices and a secure display area to share our precious artefacts and host travelling exhibitions. Cosmetic attention will be given to the much-loved Jesus Chapel, including step-free access, and space will be created to accommodate our growing Education Programme.

Strand 2


MUSIC (£1.5m): Our Music Outreach Programme is hugely successful in encouraging children from all faiths and all economic backgrounds to engage in music. Now at capacity, we aim to build funds to secure the programme’s long-term future and expansion.
Strand 3


COMMUNITY (£1.0m): In a community where almost 30% of the population is Muslim, our Community Outreach and Education work is crucial and has been recognised nationally and internationally. Requests for dialogues and interfaith school visits have increased rapidly over the last year due to escalating race and faith tensions throughout the world, and fears of radicalisation amongst younger generations. With current funding due to expire at the end of the year, we are aiming to create an endowment to guarantee this important work for the future.

The remaining £1 million of funding will provide a £500,000 endowment for Cathedral Fabric and £500,000 towards completing the finishing touches to Cathedral Court.


The Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire


The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

The Rt. Revd. Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn

The Rt. Hon. Jack Straw


Mrs Ann Dean DL

Blackburn Cathedral is Lancashire’s Cathedral. It is the seat of our Bishop and exists to celebrate the Christian story through worship, prayer and praise. The building has existed in its current basic form since 1831 and its ministry as a Cathedral started in 1926 following the formation of a new Diocese by Bishop William Temple. It is this legacy that the Appeal is designed to build on. 

Lancashire’s Anglican Cathedral has been cherished over the years for all sorts of reasons: a sign of hope; a place of sanctuary; a symbol of lasting values. These values still endure – they are important to us as we go about our core task of worshipping God and serving our neighbour – but we have to adapt our present life to the needs and influences of the area.

Up to now we are pleased to say that nearly £1m has been raised or pledged for this vital work.

Please join us in this challenge which will be good news for Lancashire and beyond.


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