CHICHESTER Cathedral has been awarded £100,000 to make urgent roof repairs.
The cathedral’s restoration and development trust has successfully applied for a second grant from the first world war centenary cathedral repairs fund.
The £20m first world war centenary fund was set up earlier this year to help cathedrals with urgent repairs and the first round of grants was announced in July.
In the first round, Chichester Cathedral was awarded £140,000 for urgent repairs to its North West Tower.
The second fund will be used to repair the roof space which covers the St Pantaleon Chapel.
Craig Sergeant, trust director, said: “This is wonderful news and we are immensely grateful to both the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and ChurchCare. The repairs to this part of the roof will cost a total of £195,000, so this much-needed award, together with matched funding being provided by the trust, will enable this urgent work to be completed within the next 12 months.”
The chapel which is an essential part of cathedral life as it is a hub for the cathedral’s 600 volunteers and is also a sacristy frequently in use as part of the cathedral’s daily round of worship.
Mr Sergeant added: ‘“We are incredibly fortunate to receive this second award, notification of which is very aptly timed as it coincides with the start of the project enabled by the first award announced earlier this year. That first project, to repair the roof to the North West Tower, commenced on Thursday of last week.”
Chichester Cathedral is one of a reducing number of English cathedrals maintaining a free entry policy and this is enabled, in part, by the fund raising efforts of the Restoration Trust.
For further information call 01243 782595 or visit www.chichestercathedral.org.uk.