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30 Monday April 2012

Carlisle Cathedral launches Fratry Appeal




Carlisle Cathedral has launched its biggest fund-raising appeal for more than 20 years. More than 150 people have already attended presentations made by the Dean of Carlisle, the Very Revd Mark Boyling, and the Chairman of the Cathedral Development Trust, Mr John Nixon. They have been explaining why the Cathedral needs to raise £1million to match the £1million it has asked the Heritage Lottery Fund to contribute to its Fratry Project.

The Cathedral wants to develop the teaching and learning work that goes on at the Cathedral. It wants to make more of the wonderful stories from its 900 year history available to more of the residents of Carlisle and to the city’s many visitors. The Cathedral has developed plans which will make the Fratry building, at the centre of the Cathedral grounds, the hub for this work.

The Dean said “These are exciting days for the Cathedral. It has been very encouraging to get very positive feedback about our plans. It will be wonderful to bring the Fratry into full use. We have struggled with problems about access to this great building for many years, and we urgently need to provide better facilities for our visitors. For the first time we will be able to employ an Education Officer to head up the great work done by our volunteers.”

Mr John Nixon said “We are really keen that the Cathedral should play its full part in the Historic Quarter of the city. People see it as one of the jewels in the crown for Carlisle and the whole county. There are great things to discover here and we want to make them available for everyone.”

People are being asked to see this as a once in a generation opportunity to support the Cathedral and the development of its work.

Mr Nixon said “We hope people will want to help us improve the learning that can happen here and also help secure the future of the Fratry - one of the most significant medieval buildings in Cumbria.” The Dean said: “We hope that the very many people who love the Cathedral will want to rally round and find a way to be generous – either by making a one-off gift, or by making a regular gift each month for the 2 years of our fundraising appeal. Every gift, however large or small, will be really important to us.”