8 June 2020 – The government has recently announced that churches may open for individual prayer from 15th June and will shortly issue detailed guidance to enable this to happen safely for all concerned.
In order to put in place the measures required and to ensure the safety and well-being of all pilgrims, visitors and staff, the Shrine is working towards opening the Shrine Church in early July. The exact date of opening and other relevant information will be announced as soon as possible on this website.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Fr Kevin Smith
STATEMENT BY THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM – CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
18 March 2020 – In accordance with Public Health England and the Church of England’s guidance, and with the safety of pilgrims, visitors and staff paramount, the Guardians and the Priest Administrator today announced that The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham will close from 4pm on Friday 20 March until further notice.
Initially all pilgrimage bookings from 19 March to 31 July will be postponed with immediate effect. We will post updates as the situation evolves.
We are sorry to announce that The Lenten Retreat (23-26 March) and the National Pilgrimage (25 May) have also been cancelled.
Details of any changes including cancellations of future events will be posted on the Shrine’s website (www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk).
The Shrine Church
The Shrine Church is currently closed. For the foreseeable future, it will not be possible for Priests Associate to say a private Mass or book any other liturgy. Please check the website regularly for updates.
Hospitality (including Reception), the Welcome Centre, the Refectory and Norton’s Café-Bar will all be closed to the public. The Membership Office will remain open. Whilst the Shrine Shop will be closed, the online shop (www.shrineshoponline.co.uk/) will remain trading.
Bringing the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham to your home
We hope this period of closure will not last long.
Until the Shrine reopens, we will be live-streaming Shrine Prayers and other content. From 18 March, Shrine Prayers can be accessed via the Shrine’s Facebook page: https://bit.ly/33ppi0W. Please check our website and social media channels for further details.
Please be assured of our thoughts and prayers during these challenging times, and we look forward to seeing you when the Shrine reopens.
Contacting The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
Hospitality: The Hospitality Team will be in touch with all individuals and groups who have booked a pilgrimage to the Shrine in the weeks ahead about rearranging their visits. For enquiries and booking information, please contact +44 (0)1328 820 239 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Membership Office: For prayer requests, donations, and enquiries about membership and Cells of the Society of Our Lady of Walsingham, please call +44 (0)1328 824214 or email email@example.com.
The Sacristy: For liturgical enquiries please contact the Shrine Priest or the Sacristans on +44 (0)1328 824202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.