A grant for £200,000 has been awarded today (Thursday 10 July) by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport (The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP), as part of the funding allocated in the last budget for the repair of cathedrals.
The fund, which will run for two years, is to acknowledge that cathedrals are powerful symbols of Britain’s shared history and they will be especially important as the nation comes together to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
“We are delighted to be one of the twenty-two Church of England and Catholic cathedrals to have been successful in this first round of bids,’ said the Very Revd Michael Tavinor, Dean of Hereford. ‘The current sound system and hearing loop has been giving us problems for a number of years, and regularly fails during services and other events.’
‘We are very conscious that with so many special services and events to mark the centenary during the next four years, with many of those who were born at the time of the First World War and who fought in the Second World War and other conflicts attending, that they would be severely disadvantaged if the system failed completely. We have so much to be grateful for to those generations that we could not let them down’.
The project, which will take up to nine months to complete, will include a new sound system which will include, amongst other things, a number of speakers and microphones and a hearing loop, which will be fully compatible with digital hearing aids.
‘It is tremendous news’, said Glyn Morgan, Chief Executive of Hereford Cathedral of the Perpetual Trust, “as the project was unable to attract funding from any other source, despite its essential nature. We are very grateful to the Department of Culture, Media & Sport and the Government for their foresight in enabling essential work, both with us and our sister cathedrals. The grants will make a great impact across the country, and I hope this will stimulate further discussions with the Treasury and others about the long term support of cathedral repairs.”
Further information about the project can be obtained from Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust during the coming months.