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Celebrations as Grant is Received from First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund (posted 21 July 2016)

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Celebrations as Grant is received from First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund

Chichester Cathedral Restoration and Development Trust has been awarded £160,000 grant from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. Grants from the fund, announced at Budget 2016, allow cathedrals to undertake urgent repair work. The Trust successfully applied for partnership funding towards the cost of essential conservation and restoration to the Cathedral's western Cloister. Chichester Cathedral's 15th century Cloisters are non-monastic and consist of three covered passageways to the south of the Cathedral. There are five public entrances into the Cloisters making this a busy thoroughfare used daily by clergy, lay staff, worshippers and visitors for over 600 years.  

The western Cloister requires urgent repairs. The window traceries, hood mouldings and cills in this arm of the Cloisters are in extremely poor condition and require extensive masonry conservation. The rainwater goods must be replaced to support the masonry conservation and repairs made to the roof to prevent rain penetrating existing gaps. The improved cloisters gateway will replace the unsightly 'temporary' structure which has been in place for 20 years, facilitating increased use of the cloister garden supporting Chapter's ambition to give greater public access to those who wish to use this outdoor space for prayer and reflection. This combined project will protect the use of these ancient passageways which extend and enhance our visitor experience.

Grants from the £20 million fund, which was announced by the Chancellor in the Budget earlier this year, provide for urgent repair work, including keeping the building wind-proof, weather-tight, safe and open to the public, and preventing further deterioration of the building. Chichester Cathedral is proud to be one of a reducing number of English cathedrals maintaining a free entry policy and this is enabled, in part, by the fundraising efforts of the Trust.

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