PR and Gin in the Cathedral

On Wednesday, 20 February, we are organising a get-together with a difference: a walking-talking social gathering at Lancashire’s spectacular Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn.

Our hosts will be the Dean of Blackburn, The Very Rev. Peter Howell-Jones, and Ronnie Semley, Communications Manager for the Church of England in Lancashire.  

As it is a social event, we are going to feed you – there will be pizza and we hope that the Dean will also find time to make a large pot of his famous soup. Tea, coffee and other refreshments will also be served.

And, as the home to the recently-launched and highly successful ‘Cathedra Gin’, which is made at the nearby Brindle Distillery, you will also get the chance to have a taste of Lancashire’s newest drink sensation.  One lucky attendee will also win a bottle, worth £39, in a raffle held on the night. There will also be bottles available to buy.

 After a welcome from Ronnie and the Dean, there will be a short tour of the cathedral, which has carved out a reputation as a wonderful events and meeting venue (winning a Lancashire Tourism Award in November in the ‘Cultural Venue’ category).

On the tour you will also see the new Cathedral Court complex, a key element of the recent regeneration of Blackburn town centre and the first new cathedral quadrangle to be built in Britain for more than 500 years.

Although being social is our watchword for the evening, we will have two very short presentations during the evening about recent awards nominations secured by CIPR Lancashire members.  Ronnie Semley MCIPR, Dip CIPR will talk about the success of ‘Virtual Pilgrimage’, a YouTube initiative which was shortlisted for a 2018 CIPR PRide award.  Andrew Daniels, Communications and Events Manager at Chorley Council, will discuss their recent win in the Small Event category at the Lancashire Tourism Awards.

The venue in the cathedral for our event will be the cathedral crypt, which is accessible via the main door (West door) of the cathedral and down the steps in the far right-hand corner of the nave. Alternatively, you can access the crypt through the doors next to the Northcote Café on Cathedral Square, on the opposite side of the building.

Parking can be found around the town centre; with some limited free parking next to the Cathedral itself. See this link for more information on Blackburn town centre parking. 

The event is worth 5 CPD points to CIPR members.  At the event, non-members will have the opportunity to receive a special discount code to use when joining the CIPR.

Full payment must be received prior to the start of the event.  No refunds or credit notes will be possible after Thursday 8 November but you will be entitled to send a substitute.

CIPR North West cares about your privacy and will never pass on your details to a third party nor send you information on our events without your permission.  For full details of the CIPR Privacy Policy, click here.

CIPR North West supports iProvision - the benevolent fund for CIPR members past and present. To find out more about the charity visit the CIPR website and to make a donation visit Virgin Money Giving.

For more information, please e-mail Linda O’Neil, CIPR NW’s group administrator, at or call 0845 331 2287.