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News: Times Article 12.06.14

The coverage of our Appeal in The Times today is welcome but it is regrettable  that some of the information contained in the article is inaccurate.

We are seeking to raise £7m to pay for essential repairs to the Cathedral, including the removal of acoustic plaster from the vaults, but the programme of work also includes extensive up-grading of facilities (sound system, lighting, visitor welcome) to enable us to serve both regular worshippers and the wider community more effectively.   We are delighted to have received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards this work.

This plaster contains some asbestos, but we are assured by our professional advisers that there is no risk to public health. We have an Asbestos Management Plan  in place and carry out regular air- monitoring checks which  have been and remain clear.

We continue to welcome worshippers and visitors to the Cathedral as usual.

This is an exciting time in the Cathedral’s development and we would be grateful for the public’s help. Donations to support the Appeal can be made on the Cathedral website:

Added Thursday 12th June 2014