VE Day

Celebrating 75 Years since the end of WWII - 8th May 2020

Sadly, due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, many events have had to be cancelled, but there are lots of ways to celebrate ‘virtually’ such as:


A letter from The Very Reverend Dianna Gwilliams Dean of Guildford

VE Day 2020 presents a great opportunity to recognise the sacrifices made by a whole generation, to show our ongoing thanks to Armed Forces personnel, and in these difficult times, to celebrate the resilience of our communities. 

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8 May 2020, cathedrals around the country had events planned to form part of the national celebrations. These events would have brought together communities, friends and families in gatherings and streets parties around the UK. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, such gatherings are no longer possible. Most major events have been cancelled or postponed, but 8 May 2020 is still a national bank holiday and an opportunity for us to reflect on past events and those we are all currently experiencing. Guildford Cathedral is joining a number of the nation’s cathedrals are uniting this VE Day in a project to remember heroes of the past and present as part of the Big Picnic for Hope.

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 us 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. We must also not forget the remarkable collective effort of the nation to play our part and stay at home. 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. In Guildford, people will also be given the opportunity to support the North Guildford Foodbank. Get involved. I hope you are able to take part in the Big Picnic for Hope in your own homes.

Alleluia! Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

The Very Reverend Dianna Gwilliams Dean of Guildford