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Dean of Lichfield says £1.5m funding boost has removed “immediate risk” to cathedral

A £1.5million boost has helped to ensure Lichfield Cathedral is not in any immediate risk, according to the Dean of Lichfield.

Lichfield Cathedral. Pic: David Iliff

Lichfield Cathedral. Pic: David Iliff

The money was awarded as part of a £40million First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund launched in 2014.

It invited applications from cathedrals to address urgent repair work.

The money awarded to Lichfield has allowed for emergency rewiring and essential lighting improvements, as well as repairs to the cathedral’s unique medieval two-storey Chapter House, which dates from 1195.

The Dean of Lichfield, Adrian Dorber, said: “Prior to the work, Lichfield Cathedral was at a critical point. The electrics had degraded to the point where they were no longer safe, and the cathedral was beginning to struggle to function.

“This timely funding has not only reversed the immediate risks, but also given a boost for some of the funding to be matched locally, resulting in new lighting which greatly enhances the beauty of this building, as well as reducing our energy consumption.

“This all adds up to the First World War Centenary Repair Fund helping the cathedral to be a safe and welcoming environment for all visitors and worshippers, including those attending commemorations in the autumn, which has been very welcome.”

The fund had prioritised making buildings weatherproof, safe and open to the public as well as ensuring they would be in a safe condition to host acts of remembrance for the centenary of the First World War armistice in 2018.

During the four years of the centenary Lichfield Cathedral has hosted a series of First World War events including art exhibitions, music events and acts of worship. It has also commissioned a new icon and is currently running a year long programme of worship, art and music especially for the Armistice, called Imagine Peace.

Next month sees the launch of its Great Exhibition, at the heart of which is an immersive peace woodland created from 1,918 trees situated in front of the cathedral, which will then go on to become a permanent Peace Woodland in Beacon Park early next year.

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  1. Steve

    17th July, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    I find this disgusting. The CoE has so much money. Yet every handout, the CoE is there getting a massive chunk of it. Council Tax payers have given them loads of money and yet:

    We manage an £8.3bn investment fund in a responsible and ethical way, using the money we make from our investments to contribute towards the cost of mission projects, dioceses in low-income areas, bishops, cathedrals, and pensions.

  2. AgitatorofPeople

    18th July, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    “Immediate Risk” my arse! The Church of England are cash hoovers, Lichfield Diocese take just over £11 million in it’s collection box every year, not including investments, rents etc, they sit on a monumental amount of investments and funds. The only “Immediate Risk” would be their own inability to reach into their own pockets to pay for the work to be done.
    They have even got us fixing up one of their other churches, (Safe Guarding!) St Mary’s in the square at the cost of approx £1 million of our own council tax payers money by repurposing it as a Library, and then renting it back out to us for the next 20 – 30 years.
    All paid for by selling the present publicly owned grade 2 listed library to developers, another council decision done quietly behind closed doors while no one was looking.

    I will be commemorating my families Great War service peacefully and more fittingly elsewhere.

  3. nellygb

    18th July, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    AoP that should be “selling the present publicly owned grade 2 listed library to developers for them to build unaffordable housing on” I’ve never known Billy Friel build anything under the Friel Homes banner for first time buyers. These are gonna be 1m plus houses. But of course we will have to wait to find out as I’m sure the council will be busy finding a way to bury the decision as deep as possible until the footings are dug. Self serving snout in the trough politicians working for all the hard working council tax payers in the district!!