We read that a number of important cathedrals are struggling financially.
The latest Old Town Parish Magazine tells us of the dire situation here for the two splendid medieval churches, St Clement’s (SC) and All Saints (AS).
Thanks to a bequest, both have been refurbished within the last five years and are now much more easily used for secular events (there are kitchens and toilets).
Both have fine modern altar windows, the ones in SC being by the local artist Philip Cole (he has portrayed himself in one).
AS has a world-renowned Father Willis organ: this needs a quarter-of-a-million pound refit.
The PCC has been warned that central funding for upkeep of these buildings is drying up.
The congregation is dwindling and parishioners cannot possibly take on the burden, which runs at nearly £8,000 per month.
It is so lucky that these buildings escaped being bombed.
Yet now, after 600-plus years, has the time come to ‘de-commission’ them?
If anyone has a particular need to see inside these churches, it can probably be arranged.
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