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Cathedral update on building works August 2017

Tower works Final snagging works to Dome (external leadwork), Clock Room and Ringing Room (internal decoration) to be undertaken w/b 14th August.  Duration week or two.

Organ Stop & Nave Decoration Internal works in the Nave to fit new Organ Stop pipes to commence w/b 14th August with erection of scaffold, followed by minor electrical works and decoration starting w/b 21st August and pipes fitting w/b Tue 29th August.  Completion anticipated to be w/e 15th September.  The Stop’s inaugural use will be during our Patronal Festival concert, which takes place at 6.30pm on Saturday 30th September, to be given by Gordon Stewart, Resident Organist at Huddersfield Town Hall.  Gordon was for 15 years one of the regular conductors of BBC television's long-running series Songs of Praise, and he has been musical director for broadcasts on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4.   The programme for the concert includes the world premiere of Noel Rawsthorne's Marche Triomphale.

Cloister Works We will be undertaking works to windows, doors and stone work in an around the Cloister over the next few months.  Work to formally commence w/b 11th September with anticipated contract end date being 26th February 2018.  In advance (w/b 14th August) of the formal start date the contractor will be storing some materials on the gravel area on the north side of the Cathedral, covered by canvas and boarded round.

WRNS Commemorative Stone The centenary of the formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) is being celebrated in 2017.  The centenary and the continued service of women in the Naval service today will be being marked with a Service of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral on 4th November 2017.  The grounds of Portsmouth Cathedral have, very fittingly, been chosen as the site for a commemorative stone.

Trees The City Council, who have responsibility for the maintenance of the Cathedral grounds, have been asked to appropriately prune the trees on the south side.

 

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