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£350,000 repairs grant awarded to St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Monday 5th December 2016

£350,000 repairs grant awarded to St Edmundsbury Cathedral

In an award reflecting its importance as a centrepiece of the community and a repository of Suffolk’s history, St Edmundsbury Cathedral has won a grant of £350,000 for vital repairs.


The grant, one of 24 awarded by the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund will go towards repairing the nave clerestory, cloister roof and ancient windows.


Canon Precentor at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, The Revd Canon Philip Banks, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this fantastic news.


“This latest work will complete a number of major works for the current generation and we envisage there will be no more major work needed for over 100 years.”


Work is due to start in March 2017 and will take around six months to complete.


The Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the Very Revd Dr Frances Ward said: “I am delighted that St Edmundsbury Cathedral is to receive a portion of the funding available from this Government in recognition of the part the Cathedrals play in our national life.


“It will allow us to fulfil our responsibilities for the medieval windows and stonework that are in our care so we remain a glorious witness to the light of Jesus Christ bringing love, hope and joy to the world. Great news!”


The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, the Rt Revd Martin Seeley said: “I am thrilled that our Cathedral has been awarded a substantial grant from the Government’s First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. 


“In fact it is one of the largest grants in the country, and will mean that vital repairs can go ahead.”


This is the final phase of a two year grants programme to English cathedrals for urgent repairs. And a total of £40million has been awarded during over the whole programme.


Early last year St Edmundsbury Cathedral received £300,000 for essential work to the north aisle from the same fund.


Heritage Minister, Tracy Crouch MP, said: “The First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund has done fantastic work to help revive and restore stunning cathedrals across the country.


“Cathedrals are not only beautiful pieces of architecture, they hold centuries of our nation’s history and are centrepieces in our communities.


“This important fund will help maintain and repair these historic buildings so they can be enjoyed for years to come by everyone.”