Ripon Cathedral has launched its newest development campaign to raise funds for urgent repairs to the historic building.
The cathedral needs to find £120,000 for work on defects that, if left untouched, could lead to greater problems in the future.
Two thirds of the money raised will go towards repairs - including work on the cathedral’s crumbling stonework and 12th century gargoyles, which are considered to be among the best in Europe – while the other third will go towards a computer system upgrade.
A cathedral spokesman said: “Preserving the fabric of the cathedral is a vital part of the continuing maintenance programme which will ensure this magnificent building is in a good state of repair when handed over to future generations to enjoy.”
The new campaign comes after a successful two year drive to raise £300,000 for the restoration of the cathedral’s 3,400 pipe organ.
The development campaign is organising a number of fundraising events starting with children’s craft session for children under ten years old at the cathedral on Wednesday, April 4 from 2-4pm, followed on Easter Monday, April 9 with a sponsored walk. Walkers are asked to meet at the cathedral at 10am. There are three routes on the Sanctuary Way, 10 miles, five miles or a shorter walk. Sponsor forms can be obtained from the cathedral or by telephoning 01765 603583.
On May Day Monday, May 7 the annual Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival takes place in the grounds of the cathedral. There will be a programme of live music, hot food, and ales from all over Yorkshire as well as children’s entertainment. Entry costs £2.50 for adults.
Members of the Leeds Festival Chorus once again will support the cathedral on Saturday, July 7. They will perform a concert of popular choral classics with York Guildhall Orchestra including Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and other classics by Handel, Parry, and Haydn, and Paul Mealor’s Ubi Caritas, written for the 2011 Royal Wedding.
If you would like to volunteer to help further details can be found on www.riponcathedral.org.uk or by contacting Margaret or Lorna on 01765 603583.