Many people will wish to attend a service in the cathedral on 31 January 2021 to offer thanks for Michael’s distinguished ministry as Dean of Hereford since his installation in May 2002, and to give him Godspeed as he moves into retirement. As the cathedral’s seating capacity remains limited, in order to uphold social-distancing guidelines, entry to all four of the services taking place that day will be restricted to ticket holders.

Please note that tickets for the 10am Eucharist on 31 January are now extremely limited.

The tickets are free of charge, and an application form can be downloaded below: please ensure that you enclose a stamped addressed envelope (at least 110 x 220 mm or 4¼ x 8½ inches in size) when you return your application, so that we can send out your ticket(s) in the post. As it is inevitable that we shall be unable to fulfil everyone’s ticket requests, we ask respectfully for your understanding and forbearance, should your application be unsuccessful.

If you would like to express your gratitude for Michael’s ministry by contributing to his retirement present, please place your donation in a separate envelope marked Dean’s retirement and include it with your ticket application: cheques should be made payable to The Chapter of Hereford Cathedral; if you prefer to donate by electronic transfer, the details that you will need are printed in the letter which can be downloaded below.

You are welcome to enclose a personal note of appreciation with your ticket application, if you wish: all such notes will be collected and presented to Michael as a memento during one of the services on 31 January, which we shall observe as the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas). After each service, brief speeches (led by different people on each occasion) and a presentation to Michael will be made.

Dean's retirement ticket application form

If you wish to make an electronic donation by BACS, please click here to download the letter which includes the information you need.

With all good wishes.

The Revd Canon Chris Pullin & The Revd Canon Andrew Piper