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Enterprising Wakefield

Bill Turnbull is in the city that's on the up. He visits the striking new art gallery, the Hepworth Wakefield; and enjoys a tour of the newly refurbished cathedral, where there is traditional hymn singing and performances from the cathedral choir and Jonathan Veira.

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Sun 28 Apr 2013 16:00

Factsheet for Sunday 28th April 2013

In the week we celebrated St George’s Day, Bill Turnbull visits All Saints Cathedral in Wakefield where the congregation is dressed in red and white to sing some traditional hymns to mark the occasion. The Bishop of Wakefield shows Bill around the striking new art gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield, and we reveal the Cathedral’s new look nave recently reopened after a 15 months renovation project. Plus there are performances from the Cathedral Choir and Jonathan Veira.


The Very Rev. Jonathan Greener: Dean of Wakefield Cathedral
The Dean explained why there was a need for transformation – the Victorian pews had rendered the space limiting and inflexible and the Cathedral had a desire to make the space available to everyone in the city of Wakefield.


Elsie Bouckle
Elsie is in her 80s, and has been part of the Cathedral Congregation all of her life. She was resistant to the idea of the pews being removed, but to her surprise was impressed with the results!   


Mick Wilson
Mick took photographs on two occasions, including one, which he took in memory of his great niece Olivia who had died at birth.
Other participants in the project were Tracey Yeates, the Cathedral’s Heritage Officer, and  Canon Kate Taylor.


Lynne Thompson makes children’s clothes.   After leaving her previous job, she went back to what she loved most:  sewing.  She found it hard to make a commercial breakthrough, until she became involved in an initiative run by The Ridings Shopping Centre, to encourage new entrepreneurs.   The initiative resulted in Lynne galvanizing 25 local crafts people who have come together to form a cooperative called ‘Created In Yorkshire’, based in The Ridings. The cooperative has been a success story!


Catherine Knowles  is one of the crafts people involved in Created In Yorkshire.   She embroiders and frames children’s drawings.    Born and raised a Roman Catholic, faith is very much linked with a sense of community – which Catherine finds both in her local church and in the Cooperative.


The Right Rev. Stephen Patten, Bishop of Wakefield
The Bishop has been a huge supporter of The Hepworth Wakefield from its earliest days. He talks about a city needing both physical and spiritual regeneration, and revealed how Barbara Hepworth’s Christian faith inspired one of her most religious works, ‘Crucifixion”.  


Canon Michael Rawson of Wakefield Cathedral explained that labyrinths have been used across many cultures and religions for hundreds of years, and his hope is that people of all religions and none will use the Cathedral’s new labyrinth as a spiritual tool, enabling people to make both a physical and internal journey

As part of Wakefield Cathedral’s new look, a labyrinth was created on the floor of the nave, made from mostly local stone.



Jonathan Veira

Jonathan was accompanied on the guitar by son Matthew Veira. They performed ‘I Want Jesus To Walk With Me’. The track comes from Jonathan’s CD Pilgrim.


The Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band

One of the most famous names in the world of brass bands and currently ranked 10th in the world. The Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band won the Yorkshire Regional Title in March 2013 for only the fifth time in the bands 127 year history, beating some of the worlds best bands. The band will go on to represent Yorkshire at the National Finals of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2013.  The band has many CD's - the most current one is ‘Solo Spots’.

Brass Quintet:           From the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band
Cornet 1                     Kirsty Abbotts
Cornet 2                     Sam Lovatt
Horn                           Arfon Owen
Euphonium               Toni Durrant
Eb Bass                     Robert Browne


Wakefield Cathedral Choir
The full choir performed Lord I Have Loved The Habitation [Psalm 26 V8 combined with The Chorister’s Prayer]

This piece was created by the former Director of Music at the Cathedral Jonathan Bielby.

Conductor of this piece and organist for all our hymn singing was Thomas Moore – Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral


Thomas Moore


Noel Tredinnick





Wakefield Cathedral
In January 2012, Wakefield Cathedral began a major project to renovate the nave of the cathedral. The Victorian pews were removed, the contractors moved in, and over the next 15 months the cathedral Nave was transformed into a lighter, more flexible space for the people of Wakefield of the 21st century.   In April 2013 the new-look Nave was re-opened to the cathedral congregation and the general public alike.  

Wakefield Cathedral was the venue for our hymn singing and also Wakefield Cathedral Choir performance piece, Lord I Have Loved The Habitation Of Thy House [Psalm 26 V8+The Chorister Prayer], and Jonathan Veira’s - I Want Jesus To Walk With Me.


The Hepworth Wakefield
The building of The Hepworth Wakefield, an art gallery established as a tribute to Wakefield-born sculptress Barbara Hepworth, has been an enormous success story in the regeneration of the city of Wakefield. The Gallery has attracted many more visitors than anticipated and has put Wakefield on the map! 

The Hepworth Wakefield celebrates the area’s unique artistic legacy and explores the work of major contemporary artists. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects it has ten superb gallery spaces making it one of the UK’s largest purpose-built galleries outside London.




Other Information

366 Days Photography Project
In order to have a visual record of the Cathedral’s renovation work, a photography project called “366 Days” was established, whereby members of the public were invited to come into the cathedral and take a photograph of anything in the cathedral.  The photographs were put on a website as a record of the renovation work.    A photograph was taken every day by a member of the public or by members of the cathedral congregation.  

We used several of the wonderful photographs from the 366 Days Photo project to illustrate the work that was carried out in the nave.

The photographs we used were taken by the following people.

Viewing window into Nave - Heather Bartle

Two pictures of the Choir/Quire during Refurbishment – Rich Wainwright


High Alter – Mick Wilson

Three Wise Men – Tracey Yates

Peering In – Canon Kate Cooper


Old Nave showing Pews -  Emma Jane Byard

Man Sawing - Very Revd Jonathan Greener 

Side aisle of Nave - Kevin Simpson 


High Roof view showing Scaffolding - Chris Lewis 

Cement Mixer in Nave - Karn Dyson

Labyrinth Being Laid - Harriet Evans

New look Nave seating - Harriet Evans



Role Contributor
PresenterBill Turnbull
PerformerJonathan Veira
ProducerCharlotte Hindle
Series EditorDavid Taviner
Executive ProducerTommy Nagra

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