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LOUDfence now on display

A LOUDfence is now on display both inside and outside Newcastle Cathedral (4-8 March), alongside a display of creative work entitled ‘Jagged Edges’, developed by survivors of church-related abuse.

An international movement, the idea behind LOUDfence is to tie brightly coloured ribbons to a fence as a sign of support for and solidarity with victims and survivors of abuse. These ‘loud’ ribbons also represent a determination to break the silence around abuse. Newcastle Cathedral’s LOUDfence runs concurrently with a LOUDfence at St Mary’s Cathedral (Hexham and Newcastle’s Roman Catholic cathedral).

The LOUDfence project at Newcastle Cathedral has been led by Sarah Troughton, David Creese and Peter Locke, survivors of church-related abuse brought together by the Chaplaincy to Survivors. To accompany the ribbons, the survivors invite supporters to fill the fence with ‘loud’ strawberries, inspired by the artwork from ‘If I Told You, What Would You Do?’, a recent strategy created by survivors and jointly funded by Safe Spaces and the Diocese of Newcastle.

You can add a ribbon or strawberry to the fence in person, or scroll down to leave a virtual ribbon.

On Wednesday 6 March at 7pm, a Service of the Word will be led by survivors at Newcastle Cathedral, and attended by senior church clergy, including the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, the Bishop of Berwick, the Right Reverend Mark Wroe and the Dean of Newcastle, the Very Reverend Lee Batson.

Click below to find out more.

https://newcastlecathedral.org.uk/event/loudfence-service-in-support-of-victims-and-survivors-of-abuse/

BBC Radio Newcastle interviews

BBC Radio Newcastle’s Gilly Hope interviewed individuals involved in the LOUDfences at Newcastle Cathedral and St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral for her show on Sunday 3 March. You can listen to the complete interviews on BBC Sounds.


Add a Virtual Ribbon to our LOUDfence

You are welcome to submit a virtual ribbon via the form below. Your message will be transcribed onto a tag and hung from a ribbon on our LOUDfence.

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