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Welcome from the Subdean A lot can happen in a year at Lincoln Cathedral.


t’s always a privilege to be able to share with you how the Cathedral has been moving and changing during the past year. This edition of the Cathedral Times is our opportunity to celebrate the successes of this year and give you a feel for what’s to look forward to in the future.


This year we said

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goodbye to old friends, we continued with vital work on the Cathedral and Close Buildings and had a wonderful summer of events and services. Lincoln has well and truly put itself on the map once again. Staying true to the reason we are here is important for us all; the Cathedral continues to be a great strength to

Welcoming the new Dean Hellos and Goodbyes Connecting Our Past with Our Future Commemorating The Battle of the Somme Funding for essential repairs Celebrating Success Jesus Christ Superstar The Snowman Events in 2017 Advent and its importance to the Church

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the community, enabled and empowered by the daily worship we share and offer. I hope and pray that you will continue to look forward to the future with us as we welcome our new Dean, move into Advent and Christmas and then into 2017 with our celebrations of the Charter of the Forest and so much more.

Legacy Giving Reflections by Toni Watts The Outgoing Artist in Residence Meet Dominic Parczuk The new Artist in Residence Retro Choir Furniture Annual Review Worship and Music Education Fabric Commercial Review Financial Review

3 We give thanks to God for the achievements and joys of the year that has passed, and look forward in hope to the challenges of the coming year.

Welcoming The New Dean Christine is married to Alan, a retired Head of Compliance for a division of an international bank. Christine is a keen gardener, particularly of organic vegetables. She also enjoys theatre and dance, making her own clothes and hosting parties.

I was thrilled, and a little daunted, to be offered the post of Dean of Lincoln. Recently I have begun to build associations with Lincoln, and the fabulous opportunity to lead a world-class Cathedral in inspiring worship, ministry and mission is one that I will, with the help of God, and of the whole community, be delighted to undertake.

We pray for Christine and Alan as they begin their ministry amongst us, and for the Cathedral community as it welcomes them. O God, the strength of our life together, bless Christine as she begins her new ministry and Alan as he supports her Make known your will to them; give us grace to welcome them; guide them with your wisdom and preserve them in your safe keeping; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Hellos and Goodbyes Words by: Jackie Croft, Chapter Clerk

This Cathedral maintains its health and vitality by ensuring new staff feel welcomed and by acknowledging the contribution made by those who leave; looking forward to the next phase in their life. It is also a good principle to try and grow and develop the staff you have and, within our limited resources, this is what we do. Below is a list of those we welcome, those we say a fond farewell to, and those that we hope will do well with their new responsibilities:

W E LC O M E TO Amber Mitchley: Visitor Services

Christopher Willoughby:

Katie Alexander:

Choral Scholar

Business Services Apprentice

Dionie Burrell:

Laura Garner:

Purchase Ledger Clerk

Events Officer

Organist and Master of the Choristers

Gary Graves:

Laura Jeary:



Calum McKimmon:

George Deeming:

Martin Ebb:




Caroline Irish:

George Faulkner:

Ossian Huskinson:

Chapter Office Assistant


Choral Scholar

Cassie Crick:

Joshua Wallwin:

Shirley Jordan:



Music Administrator

AnaĂŻs Besnard: Glazier

Aric Prentice:

Tristan Delpouve: Mason

G O O D BY E TO Alexander WarcabaWood : Choral Scholar

Callum Jack Daniels:

Dan Auckland:

Gillian Georgiou:


Education Officer

Elizabeth Wise:

Hilary Kirby:

Accounts Assistant

Accounts Officer

Choral Scholar

M OV I N G TO A N E W R O L E Amber Hardy:

Lee Gibson:

Rachel Woodward:

from Visitor Services to Grants and Donations Assistant

from Centre Apprentice to Centre Assistant

from Dean’s PA to Volunteer and HR Officer


Connecting Our Past with Our Futures The following panels show the 'typical' visitor journey once Lincoln Cathedral Connected is complete.


incoln Cathedral Connected is paving the way for an exciting visitor experience at Lincoln Cathedral.

The project will create a new Visitor Centre with Exhibition Space, Discovery Zone, Café and landscape gardens.

01. Exchequergate Arch Exchequergate Arch will be restored as part of the project.

02. West Front The majestic West Front where everyone enters the Cathedral; soon to be landscaped to make the Cathedral more accessible. The Romanesque Frieze and Gallery of Kings will also be restored as part of the project.

03. Cathedral: Narthex & Entry Desk The Lincoln ‘wow factor’ and a warm welcome to all pilgrims and visitors with a new Entry Desk.


04. Cathedral: Other Areas Signage and Interpretation will be improved as part of Lincoln Cathedral Connected. A new audio guide will be introduced as well as new tours for visitors.

05. Old Deanery: Exhibition A new space opened to display the Cathedral’s collections, telling the stories of Cathedral artifacts, including why many now rest in the Cathedral's care.

06. Old Deanery: Discovery Zone & Education Suite A new discovery zone, providing exhibitions which are hands on, interactive and educational; also, new children's facilities for lunch, coats and bags!

07. Old Deanery: Cafe & Shop

Programme Plan

Larger and better facilities to provide world class hospitality and designed to be accessible for all


FEB '17

Public Consultation


HLF give the go ahead to continue works


Preliminary archaeological investigations onsite

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Design Team develop detailed plans of the approved scheme

MAY '17

OCT '16

Conservation work to the Eastgate Wall, Cloister Wall and Romanesque Frieze commence on site

HLF Round 2 submitted for consideration


8 The Cathedral has always been a place of pilgrimage, welcoming visitors to experience the building as a place to meet God.

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A building contract for landscape works and the Old Deanery Visitor Centre is put out to tender

08. Dean's Green A new landscaped garden for the community, opening up an area which has been closed for decades.

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The main contract for the landscape works and the Old Deanery Visitor Centre Commences onsite


The new Parvis, Dean’s Green and Old Deanery Visitor Centre opens to the public


The conservation work to the Romanesque Frieze completes


Conservation works to the West Front and Exchequergate commence




9 Lincoln Cathedral Connected will allow us to extend hospitality to many more people, witnessing through worship and welcome the abundant love of God.

Commemorating the Battle of the Somme Lincoln Cathedral’s famous West Front became a place of dedication and remembrance for casualties of conflict, during the summer of 2016. More than 1,000 people remembered the fallen by dedicating poppy crosses in a special memorial garden.


he garden marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme. This battle cost more than 420,000 British lives of which more than 1,600 were from Lincolnshire. People from across Lincolnshire and all over the country paid their respects to their memory by naming a poppy cross and placing it in the garden. The poppy crosses were supplied by the royal British Legion. A commemorative carving was created

by the Cathedral’s stonemasons as a lasting memorial to the Somme and it sat in the garden and then in the Morning Chapel. The poppy flowers in the Cathedral were lovingly maintained by our team of volunteers. The Acting Dean of Lincoln, The Revd Canon John Patrick, said: “In creating the memorial garden, we wanted to create a fitting tribute, dedicated to all those who have lost their lives, or have suffered as a result of war. Prayer and contemplation is at the heart of the ministry of Lincoln Cathedral, and it is a privilege for us to work with the Royal British Legion in creating a place for remembrance.” In the Morning Chapel, pilgrims and visitors were able to see the names of all those who lost their lives from


Lincolnshire during the Battle of the Somme. An exhibition about the history of the poppy and war and conflict in general entitled ‘War: Past, Present and Future’ provided food for thought and a book of remembrance was available for those who wished to express their emotions. Poppy leaves are still available in the Morning Chapel for anyone who wishes to write the name of someone they wish to commemorate. The leaves will be dropped from the Central Tower on Remembrance Sunday as part of the service.

Funding for essential repairs Cathedrals are often described as the “Jewels in the Crown” of this country’s built heritage and Lincoln certainly is!


n these last two years the Government has released two tranches of funding amounting to £40m to help meet the costs of urgent and essential repairs to both Church of England and Roman Catholic Cathedrals, recognising

their role as key national assets. Cathedrals welcome 11m visitors, nearly a quarter of the English population per year.

is the only Cathedral on Heritage England’s “At Risk” register. We have benefited from this funding in the following ways:

Lincoln has more urgent and essential repairs than most and

• £395,000 for conservation and repair of the stonework on the NW Turret; nearly 1/3rd of the project cost • £300,000 for the replacement of lead and timber to the NW transept east triforium roof and lower masonry stone repair • £480,000 to continue the roofing and stone repairs on the NW transept east elevation and St. Hugh’s Quire north

Chapter is hugely grateful for every penny given

Lord of the Nations, giver of joy in every generation, companion in sorrow even when grief veils your presence: accept our sorrow for those who fell in battle on the Somme, our gratitude for the freedom won by their sacrifice, our pain for the conflicts that still engulf the world, and our hope that we, with all who gave their lives, might journey to you into your safe keeping and enjoy your gift of eternal peace in Jesus Christ our Lord.


We have also received funding from other grant making bodies, trusts and private individuals and whether the amount is large or small Chapter is hugely grateful for every penny given and wishes to say thank you.

Celebrating Success


I was really pleased to be given the opportunity to organise the Cathedral marquee at the Lincolnshire Show this year.


decided to go with the poppy theme as it was the 100th year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. With the support and input from a great team, each from different departments of the Cathedral and the Diocese, we put together a display depicting

the past, present and the future. The past being the books of remembrance and the poppies commemorating the fallen soldiers.

day, all the plans and hard work just fell into place and the marquee looked amazing. Day 2 arrived and we had a visit from the President

When it came to show day, all the plans and hard work just fell into place and the marquee looked amazing For the present we had our stonemasons, glaziers, lead workers and carpenters demonstrating their skills and traditional working methods. The future was Lincoln Cathedral Connected and the fantastic changes that are going to be made to the Cathedral's offer to the community When it came to show


of the Lincolnshire Showground telling me that we had won the prize for the best laid out non-agricultural marquee. I was absolutely overwhelmed and was presented with a trophy which is on display in the Centre until next year. This team and I couldn’t stop smiling at the fantastic achievement.

Lincoln Cathedral Library: The Story So Far - JULIE D. TAYLOR, LIBRARIAN

In 2015 I was asked whether I would be willing to write a new guide book about the Library as the previous booklet was now out of print.


t was something that I had wanted to do for a while so I jumped at the opportunity, but never having written a book before, it was a rather daunting prospect. Where do you start? What do you include?

What do you miss out? Initially, all I knew was that I wanted to produce something visually attractive with lots of illustrations that would appeal to Cathedral visitors and be an

informative memento from their visit to the Library.

Library taken from the Cloister with a blue sky behind it.

I decided to try a planning method that I had never used before – drawing up a “mind map”. For weeks the resulting spidery chart adorned my office wall, it proved to be an invaluable tool. Sometimes the writing came easily and at other times I would struggle.

I finally “let it go” and it went to print. By the middle of June the first copies were delivered and were on sale in the Library. This new guide follows the story of how, from small beginnings, the collection grew, leading to the building of a chained Library in the early 15th century and then 250 years later to the building of the Wren Library, paid for by our greatest benefactor Dean Michael Honywood. It also highlights some of the Library’s many treasures.

Part of the fun of doing this book was sourcing and taking the photographs with which to illustrate it. With so many books and manuscripts to choose from in the Library. I was spoilt for choice. I also needed photographs of the building itself. Due to our unpredictable climate the most difficult to get was one of the Wren


This guide can be purchased from either the Library or the Cathedral Shop for £6.99.

Celebrating Success


Carol Heidschuster, Works Manager on her recent trip to America and her most recent award ‘Outstanding Contributions to Preservation Trades.’


t is not often I am lost for words, but when I heard that I had been nominated for this award I was stunned. The Preservation Trades Network focuses on trying to keep traditional trade (craft) skills alive in the USA and this is what our Works Department aims to achieve in the UK.

We have forged strong relationships with fellow crafts persons in the USA, and I feel very honoured to be the first none trade person

to receive this award in its 20 year history. Over 150 heritage skills placements of varying lengths have received training within the Works

When I heard that I had been nominated for this award I was stunned Department in the last decade, which is an amazing statistic. The Cathedral Chapter has always been very supportive of our training initiatives and all members of the department work hard to deliver a quality placement. The award I was given is a shared achievement.

14 God of all grace, we thank you for the achievements we celebrate this year: for your goodness to us and for your presence alongside us.

Jesus Christ Superstar On Monday the 12th September Philippa White, Curate and Succentor led a very joyful and tearful service of thanksgiving to celebrate the work and success of over 600 volunteers who had been involved in the two sell out productions of Jesus Christ Superstar in 2015 and 2016.


t has been a transformational experience for all, positive and life affirming and leaving a communal and spiritual legacy. The cast and crew have built bonds not only with each other and the audience but also the Cathedral itself, which many admitted they had taken for granted or indeed had no relationship with prior to this journey. Fortunately for the dedicated cast and crew, and new people wishing to join in the artistic, communal, and spiritual journey, the Chapter of Lincoln are pleased to announce that ‘Theatre in the Nave’ will be performing Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical in August 2017. Bold, and to many who don’t know the story well, a surprising choice. The Cathedral is delighted that Ben Poole

has agreed to reprise his role as Director. Without Ben’s dedication and vision, Jesus Christ Superstar would not have been the outstanding success that it was. Ben said of working on the Jekyll and Hyde project: ‘I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with the Chancellor, The Reverend Canon Dr Mark Hocknull, who has agreed to help me and the cast to better understand the nature of evil. We will be working hard for the next 11 months to uphold the high expectations we have created artistically; furthering community engagement; helping bring new people into the Cathedral, who we hope will join us in our search for a deeper understanding of who and what we are. This is at the heart not just of theatre but of our


experience through life.’ The Chancellor said: ‘The Theatre in the Nave project in Lincoln Cathedral is a marvellous community event, bringing many different people together to use their gifts and talents. The choice Jekyll and Hyde for next year's production will surprise many, but the story is more than just a gothic horror tale. It is underpinned by some fundamental Christian ideas about the battle between good and evil in society and in the individual person.’

The Snowman Christmas is a special time in the Cathedral as it gives the community of Lincolnshire many opportunities to visit, worship and pray. The addition of the Snowman to the festive season of events promises to be one of the highlights of the Christmas calendar in Lincoln for all the family.


riginally broadcast on television on Christmas Eve 1982, the Snowman became an instant classic for

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children and adults alike. The Snowman began his life in 1978 as a children’s book by the popular author Raymond Briggs, before being successfully adapted for the screen in 1982. The characters,

their thoughts and feelings are brought to life by the atmospheric score. The iconic solo Walking in the Air is simply beautiful. The story follows a young boy whose Snowman comes to life and takes him on an adventure to the North Pole. Here he joins in with a host of Snowmen for a festive celebration before meeting Father Christmas. The Snowman and the boy return to his home where he wakes up to find his newfound friend melted into the early morning snow. We are pleased to be able to present this family classic in the Cathedral for the first time. The film will be screened in the Nave

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and will be accompanied by a live orchestra and soloist from our very own Cathedral Choir. It is a special event for us that aims to bring families from the local community and beyond into the Cathedral to enjoy the beauty of the Nave and support the work of the Cathedral. All performances sold out in record time showing that there is a real demand for this kind of family friendly event at the Cathedral. We hope to expand our events programme next year and beyond with the aim of that we provide lots of opportunities for people to enjoy the Cathedral in many different ways.

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Events in 2017 Celebrate the sealing of the Charter of the Forest with a delightful dinner in the Nave Friday 22 September at 7pm Watch out for the announcement of when tickets will be on sale

Revel in the wonders of modern engineering at the Spark Festival Friday 5 May to Sunday 7 May Chris Vaughan Photography

Discover the secrets of the City of London Livery Companies as they come to life at the Cathedral Friday 23 June to Sunday 25 June

Be entertained by the Broadway hit musical Jekyll and Hyde Tuesday 22 August to Friday 1 September Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 14 February at 9.30am

Advent and its importance to the Church Advent, the four weeks leading up to the celebration of Christmas, is the beginning of the Church’s year. Words by: The Reverend Philippa White, Succentor


t is a season of hopeful anticipation and joyful expectation. During Advent, we have a double focus of

carol service: a service which begins with creation and with the Old Testament promise of a Messiah, a Saviour; which continues by looking ahead (in the church’s

Advent is therefore characterised by hope and promise expectation: while we await the celebration of the coming of Christ at Christmas, we also look forward to the promise of Christ’s return, the drawing to an end of all the pain and suffering which human beings experience. Although partly solemn and reflective, Advent is therefore characterised by hope and promise. At the Cathedral, we mark the beginning of Advent with the Advent

year) to the birth of Jesus, celebrated at Christmas; and concludes as we wait in hope and expectation for the

continue to pray in hope for Christ’s coming in glory. We remove some of the inessentials of our services in order to concentrate on our preparation. We use purple – symbolising waiting and preparation – for vestments and hangings. We light the four candles of the Advent wreath one by one, bringing a gradual dawning of light until the light of Christmas finally breaks into the world. We read texts of hope and expectation, parts of the Bible which promise

It is a season of hopeful anticipation coming of Christ at the end of this age. This sets the tone for our celebration of Advent, as we prepare to celebrate Christmas joyfully and

God’s intervention into the brokenness of our world. And we pray “Come, Lord, Come.”

18 Please come to the Advent Carol Service on Saturday 26 November at 6.00pm. All are welcome to attend.

Legacy Giving Legacy giving is becoming an ever more popular way to show support for charities.


ach year, legacy giving plays an important role in helping Lincoln Cathedral achieve the £1.6 million it must spend on essential repairs every year, just to maintain the building. We also ask for help with ensuring the future of choral music and the preservation of the Wren

Library and its books and manuscripts. In planning to leave a gift to Lincoln Cathedral, you can state which area of the Cathedral's mission you wish to support and have confidence that your gift will be used in accordance with your wishes. No matter how

much your legacy gift is, you can rest assured you are supporting an important part of Lincolnshire's shared heritage. What’s more, for estates over the threshold for inheritance tax, leaving a gift in your will could help reduce your estate’s liability.

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Reflections Toni Watts has provided the Cathedral with some outstanding illuminations over the past year as Artist In Residence at Lincoln Cathedral. Toni’s exhibition has amazed and inspired, captivating visitors and pilgrims alike. The exhibition has been a huge success. When reflecting on her time at the Cathedral, Toni said:

Words by: Toni Watts


year ago I arrived at Lincoln Cathedral not knowing a soul. The welcome from the Cathedral ‘family’ has been truly wonderful and the months since have

of turning the pages of medieval manuscripts, have learnt a little about the Cathedral and its history and have been awed by the craftspeople whose skills both conserve this beautiful building and develop it for the enjoyment of future generations. My aim – to create a series of work using the skills and materials of medieval illuminators – would not have been possible without the wholehearted support of Julie Taylor, Cathedral Librarian, and Claire Arrand, Special Collections Librarian.

been filled with laughter, friendship, music, art and worship. I have had the privilege

Thanks also to the vergers and volunteers, many of whom went out of their way to share information and show me interesting aspects of the Cathedral. I am grateful to the Chapter for giving me the opportunity to spend the past year at the Cathedral – a year which will provide me with enough inspiration for a lifetime.

A huge thank you to them for showing me some of the treasures we have here in Lincoln.

20 As Christians, we have always exercised our creativity in art, music and craft to make things of beauty to the glory of God and which speak of God’s glory. In art, we can glimpse the profound truth of God.

Meet Dominic Parczuk The new Artist in Residence

Words by: Dominic Parczuk


y work is loose, not over thought and often spontaneous and of the moment, impressionistic in style. I'm inspired by how light creates atmosphere and enjoy sketching people in a simplistic, sketchy manner. I'm looking forward to being able to explore the Cathedral's history

and various departments in much more depth than I've ever been able to before. I'm sure my style and technique will evolve in response to the surroundings and I'm excited to see in which direction this will go. The unknown excites me. I'm looking forward to being able to paint around the Cathedral and to get to know the staff and meet the visitors.

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Retro Choir Furniture Work has continued apace on the re-ordering of the East End.

Words by: The Reverend Canon John Patrick, Subdean


n entering the workshop of

had to be experimental with his approach to the furniture: the clamps and jigs he uses have been designed and built by

The collection of different parts is intriguing designer and maker Nicholas Hobbs, a forest of wood greets you stacked, as it is, against every possible wall. This really is Pandora’s Box of carpentry. Nicholas has

Nicholas and the whole process managed and timed to the last critical moment; this is essential as Nicholas’ workshop is compact and the drying of some of the glue he uses takes hours, leaving very little space to carry out other tasks. Wood is housed in clamps everywhere you look, drying until the next day when it can be released and stacked. Therefore he has to plan his time around the different elements he has to

produce. The collection of different parts is intriguing and only goes to show the enormity of the task in hand. Ten chairs are now in place in the Retro-choir, underneath the Great East Window for all to see and it is expected that the rest of the furniture will arrive during the coming weeks and months to be dedicated in early 2017. This significant commission will make a great addition to the Cathedral and Chapter is grateful for the skill of Nicholas Hobbs, the hard work of the Re-ordering Committee and for all those who have made donations without which this excellent piece of work could not have been realised.

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Annual Review This last year has been one of change and innovation, excitement and new possibilities at Lincoln Cathedral.

Words by: The Reverend Canon John Patrick, Acting Dean


tanding majestically on the Lincoln Edge the Cathedral may appear to be unchanging and timeless and on one level that is very much

still centre of worship, the Cathedral is a hive of continual activity and movement. Many events have taken place with great success and these have included an array of activities around the Magna Carta 800 years

Chapter is profoundly grateful to those who enable the Cathedral to be active in mission and outreach the case: for all the years that the Cathedral has stood at the centre of the county it has been above all a place of worship and pilgrimage, and that has never changed. The worship of Almighty God for which the building was built in the first place is still our core activity –it is what we are here for. However, around that

celebrations including a very successful Magna Carta Dinner, a first class lecture series and the Cathedral playing its own part in the reopening of the Castle and the unveiling of the “Revealed” Project, including the new David PJ Ross Magna Carta Vault in which is displayed the Cathedral’s 1215 Magna Carta, along


with our 1217 Charter of the Forest. The community production of Jesus Christ Superstar in 2015 and repeated again in 2016 was a great success on many levels as was the concert by Ian Anderson in December – both events eloquently demonstrating that the Cathedral is open to innovation and

new ideas. This same spirit has been echoed with partnership in Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition, the George Boole Exhibition, Concerts and Art Exhibitions, and then there is Lincoln Cathedral Connected. With the Cathedral being awarded a £12.4m grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund in May 2015, these last few months have seen a flurry of development activity for Lincoln Cathedral Connected facilitating an application for Stage 2 funding to be submitted in early October 2016. If successful the expectation is that we shall then start work in the Spring of 2017. These are very exciting plans - opening up the North Green for the first time in well over 50 years, providing appropriate interpretation, welcome

and hospitality to those coming to the Cathedral as well as giving the Cathedral greater financial security. At the beginning of the year we said farewell to Philip Buckler on his retirement as Dean of Lincoln and noted with grateful thanksgiving his wise, confident and faithful leadership that has led us for the best part of 10 years. Philip and Linda left with our gratitude and best wishes for their retirement. We look forward to welcoming the Venerable Christine Wilson as our new Dean in October 2016. We also said good-bye to our Precentor, Gavin Kirk, and as we said our farewells to Canon Kirk we acknowledged with profound gratitude his contribution to the musical and liturgical life of the Cathedral and wished him all the very best in his new role as Archdeacon of Lincoln. I need to tell you with great sadness that Canon Martin Pickering, Chairman of the Finance Committee and very valued member of Chapter died suddenly at the end of September. We acknowledge with gratitude all that Martin did for the Cathedral,


the wider community and we give thanks for his generous service and faithful commitment. None of what we achieve at Lincoln Cathedral would be realised without the priceless contribution of our staff and volunteers who working together make possible the wide range of activities that we are involved in. Chapter is profoundly grateful to those who enable the Cathedral to be active in mission and outreach, creative in all that we do and strengthen us as we look to the future in hope and joyful expectation.

Blessed are you, Holy God, creator, redeemer and lifegiver; you fill your world with wonder and beauty. We give you thanks for the life of the year that has passed, for the wonder and beauty it has contained and the joys we have shared. As we stand at the threshold of a new year and a new era, we pray that you would walk alongside us in all that it will bring calling us to live and work to your glory.

Worship and Music I sometimes think of Lincoln Cathedral as a living organism, with the building being its body. The Library and its collections of books and manuscripts represent the soul, the rational element or place of reason in classical thought. The heart of the organism though is its musical and liturgical life. If this analogy holds true, then Lincoln Cathedral is in good heart. Words by: The Reverend Canon Dr Mark Hocknull, Acting Precentor


t has been a very busy year in the music department and we have seen many changes. On Easter day we said goodbye to the Precentor of thirteen years as Canon Gavin Kirk took up his new appointment as Archdeacon of Lincoln.

as the Friends Christmas carol concert and a further Friends concert in the late spring. We have said goodbye to some of our choral scholars and welcomed new scholars to the back row. The choral scholar scheme is one of the many successes of the choir,

Our choirs have continued to provide the backbone of our liturgical life, singing to their usual high standard; the regular offices of Choral Evensong during the week and on Sundays as well as Choral Mattins and the sung Eucharist on Sundays. As well as this the choirs have given performances of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St John Passion in the Cathedral as well


enabling talented young singers to join the choir for one or two years and develop their singing abilities whilst gaining experience of Cathedral life and the life of a professional musician. For many years now, the

Cathedral has worked in partnership with Lincoln Minster School: choristers were educated at the school and the school and the Cathedral shared their Director of Music. As part of the developing relationship between the

have also recruited an administrator to support their work. Some choristers will continue to attend the Minster School, but the new arrangements enable the school to develop its own musical life and provision and allow the Cathedral to recruit musically gifted and talented children from a variety of schools and backgrounds. The thing that I will take away from the last few months covering the role of Precentor is the

I would like to thank all the music team for the support they have given me school and the Cathedral, we have broadened this relationship to embrace a wider educational partnership. As part of the new arrangements the Cathedral now has its own full time Director of Music, known formally by the historic title of Organist and Master of the Music. The rest of the music staff all remain in post and we


sheer dedication and hard work offered to the Cathedral by its music staff and by its choirs. Their dedication enables the Cathedral to provide high quality worship of a regular basis. Often as regular attenders at the Cathedral we simply see this as normal, but I know from experience that visitors to the Cathedral are always astonished and deeply moved by what they have experienced by attending a service at the Cathedral. On a more personal note, I would like to thank all the music team for the support they have given me over the last few months.

Education Lincoln Cathedral has been a focal point for Christian witness for hundreds of years. An essential part of this witness is the way in which it serves the children and young people who visit. Education is a key opportunity for the Cathedral to engage with children and young people from Lincoln and beyond.

Words by: The Reverend Canon Dr Mark Hocknull, Chancellor


incoln Cathedral is an exceptional resource for learning outside the classroom. It offers opportunities for children and young people to explore Art

and Design, Citizenship, History, Maths, RE, Science, and much more. For the last three years, the Cathedral has benefitted from the work of our Schools Officer whom we shared with the Diocese of Lincoln. Her work has done much to broaden our educational


offer with schools in recent years. Sadly we said goodbye to her in August as she left for full time work with the Diocese of Lincoln. We aim to recruit a full time Education Officer to begin work early in the New Year.

Our current educational offer comprises a mixture of guided tours and self-guided trails. Along with our Cathedral Explorer Pack and general children’s tour, we provide both guided tours and selfguided trails that meet the National Curriculum expectations for Maths at Key Stage 1, Science, RE and History at all stages of school education, both primary and secondary. In addition to this, we offer bespoke tours, trails and workshops at the request of schools. We introduced a refreshed Safari and

The Library has also been very busy this year. Anyone visiting will have seen the new display

Lincoln Cathedral has been a focal point for Christian witness for hundreds of years Storytelling guided tour for Early Years groups in September 2016. The education team is working closely with the Lincoln Cathedral Connected project, part of which focuses on our educational offer. We will also be taking part in the Sandford Cascade Project in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University, with the outcome of achieving the prestigious Sandford Award.

boards at the foot of the library steps, enticing visitors to ascend the library stairs and see the Cathedral’s medieval


and Wren libraries. Our Librarian has written a new introduction and guide to the Cathedral Library. Lincoln Cathedral Library the story so far is an extremely good introduction to the history of the Cathedral Library collections and is packed with interesting information and colourful images drawn from the collection of early modern books and medieval manuscripts. It is available from both the library and the Cathedral Shop.

Fabric The Cathedral Works Department has continued over the last year to work tirelessly on conserving, repairing and maintaining the Cathedral and Close Buildings.

Words by: The Reverend Canon John Patrick, Subdean


any people comment that it must be like maintaining the Forth Rail Bridge; it’s a valid comparison, as we work around the buildings that we have responsibility for

we observe work that has been done by our predecessors, whilst silently acknowledging that within another one hundred years or so those who come after us will judge our work. Whilst we are continually reminded that we may be here but for a


moment in time we also take very seriously the contribution we make now to the continued life and ministry of this great church. Significant work has continued on the North West Turret where slowly, as the scaffolding is removed, we see what has been achieved over the last few months and years. Before long the entire newly conserved Turret will be revealed to match the South West Turret completed over 2 years ago. Not so obvious to the casual viewer is the substantial piece of work taking place between the Northern transepts. This work, which has been ongoing for over eighteen months, brings together a great deal of the heritage skills that we have within the department: Joinery and Masonry, alongside

Conservation and Lead Work and at the same time the Glaziers are making sure that the glass work at that level is serviceable. The transepts work has also required the skills of our architect, Nick Rank, archaeologist, Philip Dixon and that of our structural engineer, Gary Willis as they address the significant demands that are placed upon the whole department by such a major piece of work. And keeping a record of the whole proceedings is our conscientious archivist, providing detailed records for our benefit and also for the benefit of generations to come.

teamwork with members from the Cathedral Works Department working with subcontractors, the local council, Historic England and other interested organisations and groups. And let’s not overlook the excellent work of the Domus Department who

Each year brings its own significant challenges It’s only through this collaborative teamwork that we’re able to bring to a successful conclusion the major projects that we’re embarked upon. The work on the Close Properties also continues apace, work that can easily be overlooked amongst all that is going on elsewhere in the Cathedral. Again this is

cheerfully go about their business changing light bulbs (not as simple as it sounds when the light fitting is 80 feet above the nave floor!), ensuring fire and security systems are working well, keeping the Cathedral and Close clean, cutting grass and a myriad of other essential activities. Facilitating all this is our excellent Works


Manager, Carol Heidschuster, and her small but dedicated band working alongside her in the Works Department. Funding all this continues to be a significant challenge. So, we’re very grateful to the Government’s World War One Commemoration Fund that has provided significant financial assistance over the last year and has enabled us to continue our work with confidence. Each year brings its own significant challenges, so we are immensely grateful for the continued support of the many individuals and organisations which allow us to carry out essential work on our wonderful Cathedral and thereby ensure that it will continue to be an iconic presence within our county and a vibrant and joyful centre of worship and mission.

Commercial Review All who work in the Cathedral, whether as a member of staff or a volunteer seek to offer a warm and hospitable welcome.

Words by: Jackie Croft, Chapter Clerk


e want to encourage as many people as possible to visit, so they may build their own connection and enshrine memories that will last a lifetime. After all, Lincoln Cathedral was built to inspire!

I am delighted to report that in the year to 31 March 2016 visitor numbers increased by 24%, floor and roof tours were booked up and additional ones needed. Every lecture was very well attended and every event, as illustrated by the Magna Carta Dinner, Jesus Christ Superstar

and the Ian Anderson concert was not only sold out but we could have sold tickets many times over. The Cathedral Shop had a record year of sales, beating its stretch target and the Refectory managed to triple what we expected it to achieve. The gift aided contribution of Lincoln Minster Shops Ltd to the Cathedral was ÂŁ106,120. The commercial challenge is to increase income whilst keeping costs under control: we achieved this and still offered a world class welcome. All staff and volunteers worked so hard and it is very much appreciated by Chapter and in the broader community. I hear people saying how much they welcome what the Cathedral is doing to engage with new audiences and how open it is becoming to


doing new things. We have people waiting to see what we are going to do next and itching to be involved – how great is that! I want to share with you an example that brings all we do commercially into sharp focus. The Cathedral was successful in obtaining a Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst Endowment Grant for up to £1million match funding (£ for £) towards the restoration of the Cathedral Towers. This work is due to start in approximately 25 years’ time and at today’s cost would be circa £17million. Generous sponsorship from local businesses, individuals’ services offered free of charge, the organisation and support offered by many

staff and volunteers all came together to enable Chapter to put the surplus generated from the Magna Carta Dinner towards this fund:

We achieved this and still offered a world class welcome so £110,475 became £220,950. This was a tremendous outcome and shows how Chapter is conscious of the need to prepare for the future as well as deal with today.


Financial Review Sadly Martin Pickering died at the end of September, just before the Cathedral Times went to print and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

Words by: Canon Martin Pickering, Chairman of the Finance Commitee and Member of Chapter


nyone reviewing the Annual Report and Accounts of Lincoln Cathedral cannot fail to be astonished at the amount of activity and enterprise recorded there. We are, by any measure, a complex organisation but, as the report makes clear, this belies our simple core objective. Everything done by our staff, volunteers and supporters at large is in furtherance of that simple aim. From that aim springs our vision and strategy which in turn informs the objectives we set ourselves and the ways in which we seek to achieve them. Taking stock, as we do at this time in the year,

of our financial position, enables us to recognise and learn from what we have achieved and plan for what is ahead. We are at that stage in the annual cycle where the accounts of last year have been finalised and where plans for the future are being worked on and the budgeting process for next year is about to commence. The 2015/16 accounting year generated for us a surplus, before gains/ losses on investments, of £912,081 which is an exceptional result for an exceptional Magna Carta year. The charts set out how the income and expenditure of the year are derived, clearly showing the importance of legacies, donations and grants as the principle source of income. Investment income is derived from


our close properties as well as from stock market investments. Close properties, whilst they generate rental income, are expensive to maintain and the investments heading in the expenditure chart illustrates this. The oversight of the Cathedral’s financial health is an extremely important element of Chapter’s role and recognised as such in our guiding principles and regulatory framework. I would like to put on record my gratitude not only to the finance team who maintain our books and records, the staff and volunteers in all areas of the Cathedral’s life who show such diligence and imagination in their care of our resources, but also to the wise counsel of those who give generously of their time and experience to the

Finance Committee. Fundraising continues to be an important area of activity and the increasing contribution made by events is pleasing to report. The Magna Carta year was always going to be a good one in this regard and we are hopeful that 2017 and the celebration of the Charter of the Forest and the commemoration of the Battle of Lincoln Fair will also provide a valuable focus for events and visitors. We hope too that the recently

launched Community Card and other fundraising initiatives will prove attractive to our visitors and supporters

working to bring it to reality, the impact which it will have, not only on the physical environment of the Cathedral but in many ways beyond, is waiting to be revealed.

And, if we are successful in the Stage 2 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, 2017 will be an important milestone in the Lincoln Cathedral Connected project. The detailed planning and development work which has been undertaken hitherto will start to take tangible shape. Whilst “Connected” has been a consuming project for the many involved in


So, the future is an exciting prospect and change will remain an important element in the management of the Cathedral. We of course also look forward with excitement to welcoming our new Dean and, in due course, a new Precentor. Which rather brings me back to where I started.


Owned Subsiduaries (Quarry & LMS) £763,151

Legacies £589,850

Ministry, Music & Worship £897,115

Donations £642,266

Connected £430,434 Visitor Activities £814,595

Grants £1,595,882

Investments £700,026

Owned Subsiduaries (Quarry & LMS) £885,950

Building Conservation £1,521,270

Visitor Activities £1,457,142

Upkeep & Running Costs £579,594

Other £22,026

Education & Outreach £161,468

TOTAL : £6,779,734

Investments £1,586,618

TOTAL : £5,867,653



Handel's Messiah Saturday 19 November 2016

Britten’s Ceremony of Carols Saturday 10 December 2016

A Concert of Carols by Candlelight Wednesday 14 December 2016

Organ Concert – La Nativité du Seigneur Sunday 18 December 2016

Heritage Skills Festival Friday 23 – Sunday 25 June 2017

Jekyll and Hyde Theatre Production 22 August - 1 September 2017

Charter of the Forest Dinner 22 September 2017

Auction of the Lincoln Knights

Passiontide Concert

30 September 2017

Saturday 1 April 2017

Organ Concert Series 2017

Spark Engineering Festival Friday 5 – Sunday 7 May 2017

13 May – Jeffrey Makinson (Lincoln) 20 May – Peter Wright (Southwark) 17 June – Colin Walsh (Lincoln) 15 July – Alessandro Bianchi (Italy)

Inspiring people in different ways


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