Chad was one of four brothers born in Northumberland, all of whom became priests, they were taught by S. Aidan at Lindisfarne.

When Chad left the North of England he travelled to Ireland and then returned to Yorkshire where he succeeded his brother Cedd as Abbot of Lastingham.

Chad eventually became Bishop of Mercia in 669 and chose Lichfield as the centre of his vast Diocese.

He built a small church dedicated to Our Lady on the site the present S. Chad’s Church at Stowe not far from the present Cathedral.

His huge Diocese stretched from The Thames in the south, the Severn in the west and across to Lincolnshire in the east. He travelled this vast Diocese on foot and only resorted to horseback after being ordered to do so by Archbishop Theodore.

Chad died in Lichfield on 2nd March 672 and was buried at Stowe.

In 700 Bishop Hedda built a new church on the site of the present Cathedral and the body of Chad was transferred there. The building that stands upon the site today was started in 1195 and Chad’s earthly remains laid there until the destruction of his shrine in 1541.

It is alleged that his bones were removed for safe keeping and eventually came into the possession of Henry & William Hodshead, two brothers who lived at High Arcal Farm at Woodsetton. When Henry was dying in 1615 he entrusted the bones to Fr. Peter Turner as he was administering the last rites to him, he had had them concealed in the frame of his bed. A window depicting this story can be seen in the Roman Catholic Church of S. Chad & All Saints in Sedgley.

They were then taken to Boscobel House which was owned by the Fitzherberts a Roman Catholic Family, they eventually moved to Aston Hall at Stone where the bones were in a casket under the Altar.

The relics are now situated over the High Altar in S. Chad’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Birmingham where they are solemnly exposed during the octave of the Feast of S. Chad (2nd March).

It is commonly thought that the reason for the dedication of our Church and Parish to S. Chad is due to the discovery of his relics in Woodsetton, just within the parish boundary.


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Craft Fair

February 17, 2018, 11:00am - February 17, 2018, 3:00pm

The Craft Fair is being held in the Church Hall with local Crafters exhibiting their talents. Items can be brought and ordered on the day. Refreshments will be sale and entrance is free.

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Let’s start a dementia friendly community cinema in Coseley!

January 22, 2018, 10:00am - January 22, 2018, 1:00pm

East Coseley Big Local and Black Country Touring are looking for enthusiastic people to drop by and join them to chat, plan and share ideas to potentially start a dementia friendly community cinema within the Coseley area. We will be talking with Olivia James of Black Country Touring about starting and planning for a community cinema in Coseley. On the day, Lee Allen, Dementia Friends volunteer champion from the Alzheimer’s Society, will be delivering a Dementia Information Session for anyone interested to learn more about dementia and how it can affect people’s lives. If you would like to get involved and come along please let us know, and also whether you would like to bring anyone along with you, by contacting Date: Monday 22nd January Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm Venue: The Apple Tree Inn, 5 Central Drive, Bilston, WV14 9EW All welcome! Here’s a bit of background information for the day: What is a dementia friendly cinema? A dementia friendly community cinema provides a safe, welcoming and fun environment for people, families and carers living with dementia. The cinema is open to the whole community but the screenings are enhanced to suit the needs of people living with dementia who may feel a little isolated in the community. What is a Dementia Friends Information Session? A Dementia Friends Information Session is a fun, interactive way to learn a little about dementia and how it can affect people’s lives. Led by a volunteer Dementia Friends Champion, the Session lasts 45-60 minutes and covers five key messages that everyone should know about dementia, through activities and discussion. What is East Coseley Big Local? East Coseley Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their community. It brings together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make the area an even better place to live. Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Local Trust. There are 150 Big Local areas in England which have been allocated £1million each. East Coseley was selected as a Big Local area by the Big Lottery Fund in 2011. Find out more at

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