Cathedral Celebrates


Gloucester Cathedral Celebrates Completion of National Lottery funded Project Pilgrim Phase One

-        Building work on the £6m project has now finished

-        The project was supported by a £4.6m National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

-        A thanks-giving reception attended by 400 supporters was held on Thursday 14 June

-        A time-lapse of the new Cathedral Green construction was shown for the first time (copies are available)

Construction has now finished on the ground-breaking £6m project, Project Pilgrim Phase One. Supported by National Lottery players, the project’s extensive building works began 18 months ago and included: conserving the medieval Lady Chapel; transforming the old car park into a beautiful, green public space; improving access throughout the Cathedral; and installing 150 solar panels on the Nave roof.

Around 400 supporters, partners and Cathedral staff and volunteers attended a Celebratory Evensong Service followed by a Thanksgiving Reception on Thursday 14 June at which a commemorative stone block was unveiled.

Speakers at the event included, The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester, The Right Reverend Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, Mr Wilbert Smith, Committee Member for HLF South West and Councillor Paul James, Leader of the City Council.

On display for the first time, guests were able to watch a time-lapse video showing the transformation of the old car park into the welcoming new Cathedral Green.

A photographic exhibition showed the journey of the project from start to finish, giving a wonderful comparison of then and now, with some amazing milestones along the way.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said: “We are delighted to announce the completion of building work on Project Pilgrim Phase One: The Heart of Gloucester.

This marks a significant milestone for Gloucester Cathedral and we are proud of what has been achieved so far. However, none of this work would have been possible without the generosity, patience and faith which so many people have given over the life of the project. This was our opportunity to say a heartfelt, personal thank you to all those who helped us turn the Cathedral’s Pilgrim vision into a reality.”

The Cathedral is also inviting local Gloucester residents to ‘party like pilgrims’ at a medieval-themed family fun day at the Cathedral from 12noon on Sunday 24 June.

New Cathedral Green Time-lapse

You can view the time-lapse video by clicking the link below:

Copies are also available on request.

Gloucester Cathedral Invites People to Party Like Pilgrims

On Sunday 24 June at 12noon, Gloucester Cathedral is inviting local residents to come and enjoy an afternoon of medieval-themed family fun to celebrate the completion of Project Pilgrim Phase 1 giving them the opportunity to come and see the new Cathedral Green and the fully restored Lady Chapel, as well as exploring the new Tribune Gallery exhibition installation.

A range of activities will be available to suit all ages and tastes, including archery, circus performers, stonemason demonstrations, heritage crafts, scaffolding tours, choral music and lots more.

As well as The Monk’s Kitchen’s own refreshments, a Hog-Roast will be available in the Cathedral grounds.

The event will take place between the Cathedral’s Sunday services which all are welcome to join (Morning Eucharist from 10.15am and Evensong from 3pm, led by the Dean in the morning and Bishop Rachel at Evensong)

About Project Pilgrim

Project Pilgrim is a once in a generation opportunity to improve and restore particular areas of the Cathedral, which will help the building fulfil its role as a place of dynamic spiritual, civic and heritage activity at the centre of Gloucester.

Funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and through the generosity of Trusts and individuals, Project Pilgrim is an ambitious ten-year programme of capital development, regeneration and community engagement. It’s about involving people to bring the Cathedral’s history and religious purpose to life so everyone benefits. Project Pilgrim will provide opportunities for all people, whatever their age, background or faith, to learn about, respond to and interact with Gloucester Cathedral.

Building work on the first phase of the project has now been completed.

Find out more here:  

About Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral stands at the heart of the city on a site of Christian worship that stretches back fifteen hundred years. As one of the finest buildings in the country, it boasts a variety of architectural styles and is the resting place of King Edward II. Over 400,000 visitors are attracted to the site every year and it is supported by a team of almost 500 volunteers.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery #NationalLottery



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