Lincoln Cathedral Times
LIVING CHURCH • LIVING STORY
& Library Feature
www.lincolncathedral.com Spring/Summer 2007
By Micky Philp, Association Chair
Parish churches have their parishes, the local people who make Subdean’s glorious garden from which we have a superb view
up their congregations. In many ways, the Community over Lincoln and there have been two harvest suppers in
Association of Lincoln forms the Cathedral’s parish, consisting as September, held in the chapter house, the first giving the Dean’s
it does of local and not so local people who make up its Verger a chance to regale us with the most luscious cassoulet,
congregation. Chiefly, the Association is made up of those who the second offering Lincolnshire bangers and potatoes.
worship regularly, especially at the 9.30 sung eucharist on a Suggestions for the 2007 menu needed please. There is an active
Sunday morning, and meet for coffee and cheerful fellowship committee which runs these events and whose members are
afterwards in the chapter house. Any visitors to the service are drawn from the community. They also discuss and plan the
most warmly included in this. There are, of course, plenty of distribution of the collection money. In 2000, a brilliantly and
choral evensong and choral mattins followers as well. energetically run stewardship campaign was organised by a
member of the congregation. This brought in a huge increase in
The Association is a very diverse group made up from those who planned giving and with gift aid, has meant the Community has
live nearby and choose to be ‘regulars’ and from those who are considerable moneys to pass on to the Cathedral, the diocese
not so local, but opt to make the journey in to attend, meet and to selected charities (international, national, and of course,
friends, join in the worship and fellowship and support the local).We support the Tirunelveli Diocese in India, along with the
Cathedral’s life of prayer. Many of these ‘parishioners’ are also Diocese of Lincoln, Africa through USPG, our own Nomad Trust
members of their more local churches, but have formed an and many others. There are significant sums for all our charities
attachment to the Cathedral and so support it also. Many of the and we hope to continue our giving for the foreseeable future.
congregation are also volunteers, but not all volunteers are
regular worshippers and vice versa. The Committee liaises with Chapter as a member of Chapter is
Canon Pastor and as such, comes to all our meetings. It also has
As well as the round of services, there are social events which links with The Friends of Lincoln Cathedral, Churches Together,
help bind the Community together. Three to note are the Shrove Deanery Synod, and of course, all those Cathedral groups with
Tuesday evening, with entertainment, refreshments and which individuals are connected. We welcome new members to
frequently, something of a gentle carnival atmosphere.This is held the Community, but there is never any pressure, especially as so
in the chapter house. There is a Summer barbecue in the many people support Christian Mission elsewhere.
In addition to the considerable educational programmes
underway for visiting students and adults alike, the Cathedral
works day by day in partnership with the Lincoln Minster School.
Together, the School and the Cathedral are helping to ensure the
instruction, rehearsal and performance of world class music to
the delight of students, worshippers and visitors alike.
Fund Development Office Above:
Lincoln Cathedral Christmas Carols Concert conducted by Charles Harrison.
LN2 1PL children viewing a manuscript in the Mediaeval Library.
Chapter Office: 01522 561 601
Fund Development: 01522 561 614
Dean’s Installation From the Dean
The Very Revd
Dean of Lincoln
Cathedrals are surprising
places, and Lincoln
Cathedral has more
surprises than many. Its
provides an exquisite
setting for the splendid
music offered here in our
daily worship. But many
Lincoln Cathedral was filled to capacity during the installation of are surprised to learn of
the 83rd Dean of Lincoln, The Very Revd Philip Buckler, the the remarkable inheritance of learning contained in our
former Canon Treasurer of Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. The library and continued in our educational programmes. In
Dean leads the overall mission of the Cathedral and chairs the this issue of Cathedral Times some of these aspects are
governing body of the Cathedral’s Chapter. highlighted along with the challenges and opportunities
that face us today.
The installation was presided over by the Bishop of Lincoln and
attended by a variety of bishops, deans and clergy including a Our visitors are often surprised to learn that cathedrals
contingent from Saint Paul’s Cathedral. receive no regular funding from the state. They are even
more surprised to find how much it costs to maintain a
Leaders of other denominations and faiths were also in cathedral. But perhaps it is no surprise that the people of
attendance. Civic leadership present included the Mayor of Lincolnshire and others have over the centuries cared for
Lincoln Cllr Steve Allnutt, the Lord Lieutenant Mrs Bridget their Cathedral. I trust that we shall continue to do the
Cracroft-Eley, the High Sheriff Roger Douglas, Members of same in our own generation.
Parliament and other dignitaries.
At the conclusion of the Installation, the crowd erupted in
applause. The Dean responded with appreciation for the
wonderful welcome that he had received from the congregation
and the people of Lincoln. He expressed his heartfelt thanks to
all who organised the event. In particular, he mentioned the
flower arrangements, quality of the choir performance and the
ease with which the proceedings flowed.
The new Dean also acknowledged the fine work of his
predecessor, Dean Alec Knight, and the Subdean, Alan Nugent,
who played the role of Acting Dean during the interregnum.
In This Issue Page
Community Association IFC
Dean’s Installation 1
Educational Outreach 2
Magna Carta Week 3
Mediaeval Manuscripts 4
Educational Events 7
Works Projects 10
Canon Professor Mike West
Chancellor of Lincoln
English Cathedrals have rarely been in
better heart than they are at this time.
Across the country congregations are
growing and visitor numbers are
increasing. Although each is a mighty
struggle to maintain, cathedrals are
currently presented with a number of real
opportunities for ministry and service in
today’s world in support of the ongoing
work of the dioceses that they represent
and serve. This is certainly true of Lincoln.
community. However, this proud tradition of learning now
This is partly due to the paradoxes that characterise needs to be adapted and developed to respond in more
cathedrals. They are both sacred and public spaces. They are effective ways to the needs and expectations of the twenty-
therefore holy places dedicated to worship and prayer of first century and this is the challenge that now confronts us.
Almighty God and yet open to a whole host of visitors and We have developed a new outreach strategy so that we, as a
tourists. They are essentially ecclesiastical places yet strangely Cathedral can be more effective in:
neutral. They are the seat of the Bishop and the Mother
Church of the diocese yet places where ecumenical and • developing new ways of undertaking theological learning
interfaith dialogue can flourish. They are enclosed yet as a community and as a diocese
accessible. They are places owned and managed by the • supporting those who seek after truth and nurturing
Chapter yet accessible to a large number of individuals and those who are committed to Christian discipleship
groups, all of whom are in an important relationship to the • engaging creatively with people of other faiths and belief
• working with partners in ‘uphill’ Lincoln to provide a more
Cathedrals like Lincoln are holy places, shrines of spiritual integrated approach to our educational resources for
presence and power and yet they are able to touch the lives schools and adult visitors
of many diverse groups of people and individuals, binding • providing opportunities for people to explore issues of
them all together in a common experience of faith and individual, social religious and political importance in a safe
worship. They can inspire a sense of awe and provide ‘open and creative environment
minded’ space for many individuals and groups of people • enhancing and developing the ‘visitor experience’ and
where they can explore important personal, social, religious providing a range of new learning opportunities to reach
and political issues. They are indeed places where, to use one more people
of Bishop John’s favourite metaphors, the robe of Christ can • developing work with church and state schools across
be touched. And because of this Christ-like quality, they are Lincolnshire by creating new interactive tours and
called to reach out to the whole community. producing teacher resource packs at Key Stage 1, 2 and 3
in a variety of subject areas
Lincoln Cathedral has a long tradition of learning within the • developing the work of the Cathedral Library as a key
Christian faith. The stories that are woven into the stone, resource to support these learning programmes and to
wood and glass of its fabric are local and universal.They have develop new ways of making its treasures more accessible
religious, social and political significance and are both historic to the academic community and the general public.
and modern. They resonate with people’s experience in a • developing the educational profile of Magna Carta and
wide variety of ways. In the past Lincoln Cathedral’s using it as a tool to encourage debate on issues of
importance as an historic centre of learning was symbolised citizenship and human rights in Britain and the United
by its Mediaeval and Wren Libraries, its ownership of 260 States.
mediaeval manuscripts, including an original copy of Magna
Carta, and 10,000 rare printed books. This is continued in the
present through our work with schools, universities and the
This is a hugely challenging enterprise and one that will not
be undertaken only in the Wren Library, on the floor of the
Cathedral or in the Cathedral Centre. Much learning is now
Magna Carta/USA Week
Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 July
undertaken on-line and the Cathedral will need to make full
use of the website if its work of education outreach is going
to be truly effective. This is a real but important challenge Lincoln Cathedral celebrates its links with the USA by holding
to a Cathedral like Lincoln whose international reputation is a Magna Carta / USA week in collaboration with Lincolnshire
growing and we are currently developing new and exciting County Council. This year the events will be over 3 days on
parts of our website for work with schools and for our 26, 27 and 28 July.
education work with Magna Carta.
The Lincoln Exemplar of Magna Carta dating from 1215 and
The Mediaeval builders created a Cathedral designed to owned by the Cathedral, is normally on display in Lincoln
lead those who saw her and entered her on a journey from Castle. However this year the Magna Carta will be travelling
earth to heaven. Our work now is to make that journey to Virginia Beach in the USA to form the centre piece of a
intelligible and challenging for people who live in the very major exhibition in their Contemporary Arts Center entitled
different world of the twenty-first century. “Magna Carta and the Four Foundations of Freedom”. This
exhibition which runs from 29 March to 18 June
commemorates the founding of Virginia in 1607. Magna Carta
will be on display alongside a Dunlap Broadside Declaration of
Independence, a handwritten first draft of the US Constitution
and a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by
Although less ambitious, our events serve to remind us of our
own history and the continuing struggle to maintain freedom
under the law.
Friday 27 July, the Magna Carta lecture, by an invited
speaker, in the Chapter House, starting with refreshments
at 7 p.m, lecture at 7.30 pm (Details to be announced)
Saturday 28 July, lunchtime lecture by Revd Canon
Professor Mike West, in the Chapter House - “Magna
Carta, Icon for the 21st Century?” Book signing of new
Magna Carta book at 1.10 pm, lecture at 1.30pm. Light
Magna Carta guided tours, starting at the Magna Carta
display in Lincoln Castle and finishing at the Cathedral;
Thursday 26 July at 2pm and Friday at 10am and 2pm,
Saturday at 10am and 2.30pm.
Photographic Exhibition in the Chapter House 23 -28 July
a record 30 years in Parliament by Austin Mitchell MP for
And in the Library a display of 17th Century books about
the founding of Virginia, USA.
Tickets for the lecture and the lunchtime talk will be
obtainable free of charge from the Chapter Office or the
Cathedral shop. Please note that the correct Chapter
telephone number 01522 561 601.
manuscript is held to be the
Mediaeval Manuscripts earliest illustrated English
arrive home Romanesque bible. It has
featured in international
Nicholas Bennett, Cathedral Librarian
exhibitions in London and
In April 2006, a curious sight could be seen in Lincoln Cathedral. Rome, and was recently used
Four large crates rumbled in through the Galilee Porch, passed during the installation of
the usual groups in the nave — visitors, staff and volunteers — Dean Buckler.
along the north choir aisle and through the Cloister, before Even older than the Lincoln
coming to rest at the foot of the Library staircase. These were Bible is the book of the
not just ordinary crates, containing perhaps cassocks, candles or homilies of the Venerable
communion wine. For within them were housed, securely Bede, copied in the late tenth
packed, some of the most important of the Cathedral’s treasures century (during the reign of
— the Library’s 260 mediaeval manuscripts. Ethelred the Unready) at the
abbey of Abingdon, and in all English decoration in
The manuscripts had been sent to Nottingham University
probability brought to Lincoln “Tours Style”,
Library in 1983, along with early printed books, on a temporary
by Bishop Remigius himself from Bede’s Homilies
basis in order that the restoration of the Wren Library could be
from the old Cathedral at on the Gospels
carried out. The restoration, involving as it did the reconstruction
Dorchester on Thames. (late 10th century).
of the floor and roof, not to mention the recovery of
Christopher Wren’s original scheme for the design and From the twelfth century comes a fine series of bible
decoration of the interior, took seven years to complete. commentaries, illuminated with finely wrought initials, the figures
In May 1990 friends and supporters of the Library were illustrating the scriptural message and the gold shining as brightly
welcomed to a reopening with the library’s many treasures on as when they were first produced. Even the most ordinary
display. Those treasures did not, however, include the mediaeval manuscript can reveal exciting hidden secrets. On a blank leaf in
manuscripts. One feature of the restoration had been the a thirteenth-century Latin grammar somebody, perhaps even a
removal of the Victorian heating system. Its absence, while clearly school boy, scribbled the earliest surviving rhyme about Robin
improving the visual quality of the room, caused the levels of Hood (below).
relative humidity to rise to a point which would have been unsafe From the later middle ages come two literary manuscripts of
for the conservation of the parchment on which the majority of major importance. The first is the famous Canterbury Tales of
the mediaeval manuscripts are written. To put this right involved Geoffrey Chaucer — one of only fifty manuscript copies to
nearly ten years of discussions with heating engineers, survive. The second is rarer still — the unique Thorton
conservation experts, English Heritage, the Library Council, the Romances. Copied in the first half of the fifteenth century by a
Fabric Council and the Dean and Chapter. Yorkshire squire, Robert Thornton, it includes the sole surviving
At last, in the winter of 1999-2000, and with the generous texts of some of the key tales of King Arthur and the Knights of
support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and other benefactors, our the Round Table.
present system of heating and dehumidification was installed. Some of these manuscripts have been in the Cathedral Library
There followed six years of careful environmental monitoring. since the twelfth century; some were given later by such
Then in early 2006, Chapter gave its approval for the return of benefactors as Dean Michael Honywood. Some, like a fifteenth
the manuscripts. And then — what treasures emerged! Some century Book of Hours donated by a lady from Partney in east
of the manuscripts date back to the earliest years of the Lincolnshire, were given as recently as the 1950s. Together they
Cathedral’s history. Notable among these is the celebrated make up a collection of astonishing richness, and a resource of
Chapter Bible (inset opposite page). Commissioned towards the endless fascination for Library visitors.
end of the eleventh century for use by the new Foundation, this
Earliest surving rhyme placing Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest
15th century annotation in a Latin grammar 13th century.
Manuscripts & Education
Library Education Officer
Until a year ago, the only way that people could see the
Cathedral’s manuscripts in Lincoln was when a few were
brought over annually from their temporary home at
Nottingham University for the Library’s exhibition. Now
there is a rolling exhibition during the tourist season,
when four manuscripts are displayed at a time in the
Mediaeval Library. After a few weeks these manuscripts
are removed, and different manuscripts replace them. Far
more people can now enjoy these treasures than ever
before. These volumes can be seen in context in the
former chained library of 1422, where the lighting is
monitored and kept at a low level. School children can
attend workshops here, sitting on the bench of one of the
mediaeval desks, handling parchment and quills, and then
looking at real illuminated manuscripts in the cases (see
the Cathedral Times cover). Educational groups can see
these treasures during the winter months, when formerly
no manuscripts would be kept at Lincoln.
Last year all the original library desks were put together
in the Mediaeval Library, and three exhibition cases for
The Chapter Bible.
rare books were placed in the Wren Library. This
Beginning of the Book of Ruth (c1100).
arrangement has been a resounding success. Exhibition
visitors enjoy entering the Wren Library, and this
configuration has created more space for children’s
Monkey playing the fiddle watched by an owl. workshops. Moving on from sampling what it was like to
From a commentary on the Epistles of St Paul be a mediaeval scribe in the Mediaeval Library, children
(early 13th century). can look at early printed books, learn about printing and
make their own printed book in the Wren Library.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of attending a lecture
or concert in the Wren Library is the opportunity to see
some related books or archives. Since their return, the
manuscripts are an accessible resource to be used in this
way. Last autumn when there were two lectures on
Lincoln religious houses, two of the Lincoln Greyfriars
manuscripts were displayed. This May, 14th-century
volumes will provide background to the events connected
with the British Library Luttrell Psalter Turning the Pages
kiosk in the Angel Choir. Students and scholars can do
research on the manuscripts in their proper setting, with
reference to the collection as a whole. Books in the
Library’s Reading Room provide further information.
Thanks must be given to all those who have made so
much possible. From generous benefactors, who have
funded such projects as new lockers to improve reader
facilities, to those who given to the adopt-a-book scheme,
to the ninety volunteers who steward, conserve and
index, it is clear that many people engage with this
Adopt a manuscript
King David praying, from a French Book of Hours
(mid 15th century). and ensure its future
A mounted duplicate book plate
(as shown from the ‘adopt a book’ scheme) will be presented to Protective manuscript box.
the manuscript adopters.
A New Opportunity Educational
to Support Events 2007
Education in The Luttrell Psalter
A British Library ‘Turning the Pages’
Lincoln Cathedral Installation Monday 16 April to Wednesday 30
May in the Angel Choir (east end of Cathedral)
Since 1993 when the Adopt a Book programme began, Sixty virtual pages from a
more than 650 printed books have been adopted in fascinating manuscript
Lincoln Cathedral Library. Sponsors have taken great care made for Sir Geoffrey
with the dedication on each bookplate, to mark a Luttrell of Irnham,
birthday, wedding or anniversary, or to pay tribute to a showing scenes of
loved one. A bookplate is pasted into the volume, and a people and landscape in
card with a photograph from the book and a copy of the a medieval Lincolnshire
bookplate is sent to the donor, who is encouraged to village (depicted
come to the Cathedral Library to enjoy seeing the book. immediately to the
right). Please note
When the Cathedral’s 260 medieval manuscripts that from time to
returned last year, having been in the care of Nottingham time there may be
University until the repairs and de-humidification restricted access
installation in the Wren Library were completed, the owing to other
question was asked, would it be possible to adopt a C a t h e d r a l
manuscript? Each of them is unique, ancient and precious. activities taking
What plan could be devised that would help both to place at the same time.
conserve a manuscript and to support the Library’s Free to Cathedral visitors.
endowment to ensure that the future care of these
treasures is safeguarded?
A way forward appeared when the idea of adopting a Lincoln Book
manuscript was combined with an appeal to supply a Festival
conservation box for each manuscript. These boxes fit a 11 - 20 May
manuscript exactly, providing custom-made support,
preventing scuffing to the binding and distortion of the
Friday 18 May, 3 pm
parchment pages. The plan is that there will be a
Wren Library afternoon lecture
bookplate with a dedication as before, but the bookplate
‘The World of the Luttrell Psalter: Mediaeval Faith and
will be pasted within the box, and the donation will more
Society on the Eve of the Black Death’
than cover the cost of the box.
Lecture by Professor Michelle P. Brown (University of
London), British Library Outreach Officer. Tickets £6
It is now possible to adopt a manuscript with a donation
(including tea) from Cathedral Library.
from £2,000, and upwards in stages reflecting the
importance of the volume, to £20,000. It is hoped that if Before and after “Fashion, Fabrics and Feudal Life
all of the manuscripts are adopted in this way, they will be in the Luttrell Psalter”, costumed actors will talk
given the best possible support on the shelves of the by the Luttrell Psalter kiosk in the Angel Choir,
Wren Library, and £1,000,000 will be raised for their from 1.15 to 1.55 pm and 3 to 4 pm
continuing care, security, and access to the public in a
Saturday 19 May, 2 pm
variety of ways.
Wren Library event
‘Fashions, Fabrics & Feudal Life in the Luttrell Psalter’
A manuscript can be adopted with a one-off contribution
Nic Lance and Pauline Loven will present daily life in the
or via a monthly instalment plan. Simply contact Richard
14th century, through costumes, faithfully re-created for a
Clarke for details on 01522 561 614 or by email:
future children’s film about the Luttrell Psalter. Tickets £5
(adults); £1 (children); family ticket of two adults and two
children, £10. Apply to the Cathedral Library.
Educational Events Autumn Events
Continued Saturday 8 September, 10.30 am to 5 pm
Summer Events Study Day on Charles Wesley
• Revd Dr Ivor Jones (former Principal of Wesley House
Thelogical College, Cambridge) will speak on “Charles
Friday 1 June, 7.30 pm,Wren Library concert
Wesley and Poverty”
Charles Harrison (Lincoln Cathedral Assistant Director of
• Revd Dr Peter Groves (member of Brasenose College),
Music) gives the first Wren Library recital on the new Morley
“Charles Wesley at Oxford”
harpsichord recently given by the Friends of Lincoln Cathedral.
• Revd Christopher Idle (hymn writer),“Charles Wesley the
Tickets: £8 (including wine) from the Cathedral Library.
Saturday 23 June, 10.30 am to 5 pm, Wren Cathedral Choral Evensong at 5.30 pm will mark the 300th
Library event Katherine Swynford Study Day anniversary of Charles Wesley’s birth.
Dr Rosemary Horrox (University of Cambridge) will speak Tickets: £15 from Cathedral Library.
about late 14th-century Court culture. Dr Mary Remnant will
describe and play music of the period on replica instruments. Friday 14 September, 7.30 pm
There will be a visit to 4 Pottergate, the house in Minster Yard Wren Library Concert
where Katherine Swynford’s daughter lived. Tickets: £15 from A harpsichord, viola da gamba and violin trio led by
Cathedral Library. Geoffrey Thornton, former Lincoln Cathedral chorister.
Bach violin sonatas will feature. Tickets £8 (including wine)
Free Summer Events in the Chapter House from Cathedral Library.
Three Lectures in the Citizenship in a Multi-
faith Britain series Friday 21 September, 3 pm
Wren Library afternoon lecture
Wednesday 6 June: Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra (Leicester Imam, Dr Nicholas Bennett (Cathedral Librarian), “A Portrait of
member of the Muslim Council of Britain) Bishop Wordsworth”
“Being British and Being Muslim in a Multi-faith Society” To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bishop of
Lincoln, Christopher Wordsworth (1807 – 1885). Tickets
Wednesday 20 June: Elisa Narin van Court (Director of £6 (including tea) from Cathedral Library.
Jewish Studies, Colby College, Maine, USA) “Tikkun Olam:
Public History and Public Memory in Interfaith Dialogue” The Annual Bishop Grosseteste Lecture
In the Cathedral Chapter House
Wednesday 4 July: Canon Andrew Wingate (Director, St
Philip’s Centre, Leicester) Monday 8 October, 3 pm
“Being British and Being Christian in a Multi-faith Society” This lecture is in honour of the mediaeval theologian and
scientist, Bishop Robert Grosseteste. Lincolnshire Police
Tea in the Cloister at 6 pm, followed by a Chief Constable Tony Lake, Chair of the National DNA
lecture in the Chapter House at 6.15 pm Database Strategy Board, will speak on the ethics of
Tickets free from Lincoln Minster Shop, or on application to the collecting human DNA data by the police. Bishop
Cathedral Library. Grosseteste will be commemorated at Cathedral Choral
Evensong at 5.30 pm. Tickets free on application to the
For all free events, tickets will be available in the
Cathedral shop. To purchase tickets for the
remaining events, please send a self-addressed
stamped envelope, and a list with your choice of
tickets and include a cheque payable to ‘Lincoln
Cathedral.’ Post your application to: Lincoln
Cathedral Library, Lincoln LN2 1PX. Tickets are
issued on a first-come, first-served basis. For
inquiries, please telephone: 01522 561 640.
Volunteers Adopt a Stone
Extraordinaire £30,000+ to date
Since publicising the
Flower Arrangers ‘adopt-a-stone’ appeal
Between 15-20 volunteer flower arrangers work tirelessly to during the winter of 2006,
create the most beautiful displays that adorn the Cathedral we have raised more than
for services, concerts and other gatherings. Their work is a £30,000 towards our
true labour of love and is deeply appreciated. annual £50,000 objective.
(see cover inset) 100% of the funds raised
from the appeal is invested
Fundraising Office Volunteering directly into the restoration of Lincoln Cathedral. The funds
The Fundraising Office is seeking one or two people each raised are already going to work in support of the cleaning,
available to work 1-2 days per week. Familiarity with repair, conservation and replacement of masonry.
Microsoft Office is required. You would be part of a friendly
and enthusiastic team and supporting exciting work to Most people have adopted stones as presents in celebration of
preserve the sights and sounds of this great Cathedral. The anniversaries, Christenings, birthdays, graduations, Christmas or
work would include correspondence, data entry and collating other occasions. Others have adopted stones as a lasting tribute
mailings. To request a volunteer job description, contact: to a departed loved one. We express heartfelt thanks to the
email@example.com more than 470 people (locals and visitors alike) who have
Various Volunteer Opportunities Each stone adopted is recorded as part of the Cathedral’s
There are myriad ways that volunteers support the mission permanent archive, and each adoptee receives a certificate and
of the Cathedral: stewards, servers, information desk workers, an architectural diagram showing the specific stone adopted. To
floor guides, flower arrangers, shop assistants, fundraising adopt a stone, simply complete the enclosed reply form or
committee members, office helpers and more. To inquire telephone 01522 561 614.
about volunteering generally, please contact 01522 561 600.
In With the New
Bomber The Friends of Lincoln Cathedral have funded the purchase of a
new harpsichord. The instrument will be used for music
Command instruction and performances. Said Charles Harrison the
Assistant Director for Music, “The instrument has a rich, full
Local Author, Douglas Hudson sound and enables the performance and instruction of an
(pictured right), will donate expanded repertoire.” Various public recitals will be held over
100 copies of his book “There the coming year.
and Back, a Navigator’s Story”
to Lincoln Cathedral. The The Fundraising Office has already raised £6k towards the
books will be a hard-back purchase of a £10k quality, used Grand Piano. The piano is to be
reissue of his earlier paperback located in the Song School for the use of the Choir twice daily.
and will include photographs To contribute, please telephone 01522 561 614 or use the
of the Bomber Command enclosed form.
Memorial Dedication service
held at Lincoln Cathedral. This kind gift represents a thank
you to the Cathedral for the installing the Bomber Command
The book is autobiographical and describes life as a WWII
Lancaster Bomber navigator including many bombing raids,
imprisonment, escape and recapture in North Africa. The
books will be sold for £20 each by the Cathedral Shop with
proceeds benefiting the Cathedral: Library and Education
Programmes (60%) and Cathedral mission (40%). One copy
of the book will be retained by the Cathedral Library.
Situated in the south aisle of the Angel Choir, and high above the
Longland Chantry, the Chancellors’ Window originated from the
workshop of William Peckitt of York in 1762. The restoration work
includes replacement of damaged ornamental masonry (including
polished stone) and the conservation and releading of stained glass. The
window itself comprises two cinquefoils, a quatrefoil and three lancets.
Listed on the lancet glass are the names of the Lincoln Cathedral
Chancellors between 1092 and 1923.
Right: new chilled food
units within the Cathedral
Café (Cloister Refectory)
make room for cakes,
salads, wine and beer
alongside the usual fare
Various other of hot meals and
Demolition has begun on the 20th Century toilets.
The existing facilities included only a handful of toilet
cubicles and were inadequate for the needs of the
crowds visiting the Cathedral during school trips,
concerts, university graduations, Christmas Market
and various festivals.
The replacement facilities will be two stories high and
will include provision for disabled visitors. The new
facilities will be built by the Cathedral Works
department out of Cathedral quarry stone. They will
be built to last for centuries and the architecture will
match the style of the surrounding structure.
The project will cost £750k with more than £200k still
to be raised. It is anticipated to be complete by the
end of 2008. In the interim, temporary facilities have
been installed in the cloisters.
The existing capital crumbled due to water
penetration and weathering. A new highly ornate
capital, a sister to the new capital on the ringers
chapel, will be installed on the morning chapel by the
end of 2007.
£1 million a year for
repair and conservation.
The works programme is
determined with the advice
of specialist architects and
structural engineers to
ensure the long-term
future of the building.
The exterior scaffold on the southeast part of the Cathedral is currently being used for work
on the Chancellors’ Window and the replacement of a stained glass lancet window above the
Men’s Choir Vestry. The scaffold will also be used for the forthcoming repair of the Longland
15% of funds needed
comes from English
balance must come
from fundraising and
This great lancet window was removed
in 2006 for restoration. It is expected to
be reinstalled by late 2007 following the
conservation of the glass and releading.
1. Donor’s Name(s)
Town __________________________________________ Post Code ____________________________________________
Phone ______________________________________________ Email ____________________________________________
2. Gift recipient’s Name(s) if appropriate ________________________________________________________________
Town __________________________________________ Post Code ____________________________________________
Phone ______________________________________________ Email ____________________________________________
Occasion, if applicable: ❑ Birth ❑ Christening ❑ House Warming ❑ Birthday ❑ Anniversary
❑ Graduation ❑ Fathers Day ❑ Wedding ❑ Other ____________________________
❑ In Memory of __________________________________________________________________
To whom should we send the certificate? ❑ Donor ❑ Gift recipient
3. ADOPT A STONE, BOOK OR ORGAN PIPE
STONE ❑ £25 Block ❑ £50 Curved ❑ £120 Carved ❑ £500 Column
In support of Cathedral building restoration
BOOK ❑ £25 (1700-1799) ❑ £75 (1600-1699) ❑ £150 (1500-1599) ❑ £2000 +
In support of the Library & Education Outreach Mediaeval Manuscript
ORGAN PIPE ❑ £35 ❑ £50 ❑ £75
In support of Cathedral Music
OTHER ❑ £ ________________ Purpose ___________________________________________________________
Piano, choir rehearsal, Chancellors’ Window, Longland Chantry Roof, South Transept, South Nave Window, toilet facilities, etc.
Payment method: Cheque (payable to Lincoln Cathedral) or Credit Card
4. CREDIT CARD GIFTS or by telephone: 01522 561 614
Overseas gifts also welcome (the bank will automatically process gifts as pounds sterling using the present exchange rate)
Name as it appears on the card ____________________________________________________________________________
Card Type ❑ MasterCard ❑ Visa ❑ Switch
Card No __________________________________________________ Isuue No ________________ (switch only)
Valid from ____________ Expiry date ____________ Security No ____________ (last 3 digits on reverse of card)
5. GIFT AID OPTION
Please apply gift aid to all donations I have made for 6 years prior to this date (but no earlier than 6/4/2000) & all donations I
make from the date of this declaration (until I notify you otherwise). I pay an amount of Income Tax &/or Capital Gains Tax at
least equal to the tax that the charity reclaims on my donation in the appropriate tax year (currently 28p for each £1 you give).
North Transept The Next Big
In recent weeks, the Musicians’ and Masons’ Windows have been
reinstalled. The two grand lancet windows are located in the wall
of the north transept below a suite of windows reinstalled in
2006: the great Dean’s Eye Window and five mediaeval Grisaille
The next multi-storey, multi-year restoration project to be
undertaken by the award-winning Cathedral Works
The reinstallation of the two lancet windows marks the Department relates to the South Transept. A full
completion of a twenty year project to restore the north elevation scaffold will be erected in order to remove and
transept (a panel of the Masons’ Window shown above). While repair windows, clean masonry and repair damaged
the windows have been installed, sections of the glass are still structures. Much work will be conducted at high level.
available for sponsorship. The North Transept initiative has
included full elevation stone repair, the installation of carved Of particular concern, the buttresses are in such poor
grotesques (including the bear featured below) and gargoyles,
condition that light can be seen shining through the
replacement of a damaged pinnacle and the reinstallation of a
masonry in places. It will likely be necessary to replace
large area of significant stained glass.
sections of the buttresses while conducting general
We are often asked if restoring the Cathedral is like painting the masonry repairs.
Forth Bridge. In one sense it is in that there will always be need
of repair and maintenance. In an important respect, the work Along the way, various damaged sculpted elements will
differs. Once a section of the building has been restored, it is need to be replaced, including grotesques and gargoyles,
expected to last for many centuries to come. As such, each crockets and arches.
landmark achieved comes with a
profound sense of The work plan includes the removal and repair of all
accomplishment for the Cathedral clerestory windows (above). The mullions and leading
Works Department and our have been corroded over the centuries and pieces of
contributors. The North Transept glass are cracked or missing.
restoration is one such occasion,
and we pause to thank all who The project is expected to take years with a seven-figure
have contributed to the project’s price tag. While we will continue to seek grant aid, the
completion. majority of the income needed to undertake the project
will come from the public (including legacy contributions).
Indeed, projects of this scale could not be achieved
without income from Wills received by the Cathedral
As with any major programme of work, it is planned that
when complete the full elevation will remain stable and in
good repair for many hundreds of years.
Fundraising Events 2007 Charity Golf Match, £120 per team of four
Market Rasen Golf Club, Legsby Road
Noon, 18 May
Including golf, supper and prizes
Contact Tim Strawson, 01472 399345 / 07778133517
The Old Rectory,Thoresway, Market Rasen
Lincolnshire LN8 3UY
Fundraising events are organised by committees located across the
county throughout the year. The above golf event has been
organised by the North Lincolnshire Committee of the Fabric Fund
and net proceeds will support the restoration of the Cathedral.
Right: Colin Walsh,
Pontarddulais Mondays at 7:00pm, admission £6
Male Voice Choir 9th April James Vivian (Temple Church, London)
7th May Michel & Marie-Andree Morisset-Balier
The Pontarddulais Male Voice Choir will perform on 19 May at
7:30pm. The renowned Welsh choir is the fourteen time winner
28th May Stephen Cleobury (King’s College,
of the Royal National Eisteddfod. Tickets costing £8-£12 are
available in the Lincoln Cathedral shop and proceeds from the
18th June Per Ahlman (Galve, Sweden)
concert will support the Cathedral’s Music Appeal in aid of the
9th July Alessandro Bianchi (Cantu, Italy)
teaching and performance of world-class music.
30th July Johan Hermans (Hasselt, Belgium)
27th August Colin Walsh (Lincoln)
Join Us for Holy Week 17th September Angelo Castaldo, (Naples, Italy)
& Easter Services
1 April Palm Sunday 5 April Maundy Thursday
07.45 Litany 08.00 Morning Prayer
08.00 Holy Communion 11.30 Eucharist of Chrism
10.30 Procession with Palms 17.30 Evening Prayer
and Sung Eucharist 19.30 Eucharist of the Last Supper
12.30 Holy Communion and Watch of the Passion
6 April Good Friday
2 April Monday in Holy Week 08.00 Morning Prayer
07.30 Morning Prayer 09.30 Liturgy of the Cross
08.00 Holy Communion 12.00 Three Hours’ devotion, led by
12.30 Holy Communion The Revd. Dr. Simon Jones,
17.30 Evensong Merton College, Oxford
19.30 Holy Communion with Address 17.30 Evening Prayer
3 April Tuesday in Holy Week 7 April Holy Saturday
07.30 Morning Prayer 08.00 Morning Prayer
08.00 Holy Communion 17.30 Evening Prayer
10.30 Holy Communion 20.00 The Paschal Vigil
12.30 Holy Communion
17.30 Evensong 8 April Easter Day
19.30 Holy Communion with Address 07.45 Litany
08.00 Holy Communion
4 April Wednesday in Holy Week 09.30 Sung Eucharist
07.30 Morning Prayer 11.15 Mattins
08.00 Holy Communion 12.30 Holy Communion
17.30 Evening Prayer 15.45 Solemn Evensong and Procession
19.30 Holy Communion with Address