£300,000 grant to St Edmundsbury Cathedral to fund vital roof repairs

St Edmundsbury Cathedral Bury St Edmunds ANL-140925-162129009
St Edmundsbury Cathedral Bury St Edmunds ANL-140925-162129009
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St Edmundsbury Cathedral has received a £300,000 Government grant to help pay for roof repairs.

The money is among £6.9 million in grants to 31 cathedrals, including Norwich and Ely, from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund.

The cathedral authorities hope the project for essential works to the early 16th-century north aisle can be undertaken during the coming year.

The Acting Bishop for the diocese David Thomson said yesterday: “This is excellent news for Suffolk and its cathedral. Putting the roof in good order is key to both conserving our historic buildings and keeping them in use today.”

Rev Canon Philip Banks, residentiary canon and precentor and chair of St Edmundsbury Cathedral’s buildings team, said: “Last year saw the celebration of our centenary, and we are hugely grateful to the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund for enabling this vital work to go ahead to secure the building for the next 100 years.

“The cathedral provides a sacred space for many visitors and pilgrims throughout the year, and hosts many civic and church celebrations for the county and diocese.

“These repairs help to secure our historic Christian tradition of excellence in cathedral music, worship, teaching, hospitality and pastoral care, The announcement of the grant is particularly timely as we prepare to welcome a new Bishop here.”