The Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust was founded in 1980 and since then £10.5 million has been raised and spent on the Chichester Cathedral restoration programme. The work is funded entirely by voluntary donations from individuals, trusts and legacies, and receives no grants from the government. In simple terms, we now need to raise over £1,000 a day, every day, to maintain this beautiful building.
Past work by the Dean and Chapter has ensured the completion of the restoration of the interior and exterior of the Cathedral, the final piece of work being the beautiful Lady Chapel. The detailed work on the Lady Chapel included the coloured vaulting and the restoration of part of the original Lambert Barnard painted ceiling. The cost of this final phase was £1.1m and was achieved with high standards of craftsmanship, skill and careful financial control.
The Eastern Arm of the Cloisters has undergone major works including new lighting and heating. This area is now totally enclosed and is being used by visiting school parties and as a gallery and exhibition area. At a cost of £575,000 this project was primarily funded by a donation from the FG Woodger Trust and a contribution from The Garfield Weston Foundation. However, the work does not stop there.
Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust has many tasks ahead, including the complete restoration of the remaining arms of the Cloisters, which will cost £1.3million over 3 years, and in the Cathedral, the priceless Tudor paintings, by local artist, Lambert Barnard in the North and South Transepts which have recently undergoing stabilisation work CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE .
The Dean and Chapter also face the challenge of the Bell Tower. Emergency work has been undertaken at an estimated cost of £30,000. The Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust is grateful to the Monument Trust for their help.
These demanding projects will ensure Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust's work remains vital for the Cathedral's future.
The Cathedral does not receive any government funding and we do not charge an entry fee for visitors. This however, does mean we need to raise £1,000 a day to maintain the building.
A copy of our accounts is simple to view, click on the button below to take you to the Charity Commission website - our charity number is 280328
The Trustees have always considered it prudent to retain sufficient funds to cover the following year's restoration work. However, in these more difficult times, the Trustees have decided that, subject to detailed fundraising and expenditure forecasts, £100,000 should be retained in short term investments and cash reserves at any one time.
The Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust would achieve very little without the large number of volunteers who help us, many of whom travel considerable distances to take part in our fundraising events and other activities.
Typical is the support we get for events such as the Charity Auction, Gala concerts and the exciting Festival of Flowers - during which 300 volunteers will be helping at any given moment.
We are immensely grateful to all those who give so generously of their time and would urge anyone who would like to help to contact us.