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WELCOME TO CATHEDRAL TIMES We look forward to significant celebrations this year, in particular the Diamond Jubilee and the hosting of the Olympic Games. A special service will mark the former, and a visit by the Olympic torch to the Cathedral will prepare us for the latter. During August a Flower Festival in the cathedral will pick up these themes of celebration. Meanwhile the daily work of the Cathedral continues in all its variety, and this edition of Cathedral Times highlights just some of the things that are going on. To learn more and to keep in touch with us you will find our new website offering up to date information and the opportunity to make contact with us. I hope you will enjoy reading of the progress that is being made thanks to your generosity.

We are particularly delighted that HRH The Prince of Wales has kindly agreed to become Patron of the Fabric Fund. The Cathedral requires much to be done to maintain it for the future. But it also allows us the opportunity to keep many specialist craft skills alive and share them with others both at home and abroad. Throughout its history the Cathedral has been a place of inspiration and hope to every generation. It continues to be so today as it speaks to us of God’s love, and enables us to offer him our thanks and praise in music, word and deed. Let me invite you to support us once more in the year ahead.

In the present challenging times we have all the more reason to be thankful for the continuing generous support given by so many to help us in our work. Dean of Lincoln

FEATURES Turret Restoration Campaign Update

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Canon Nugent Subdean of Lincoln

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Flower Festival Dreams of Gold

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Masonry and Glazing Repairs

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The King James Children’s Bible

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A Day in the Life of a Choral Scholar

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Stained Glass of Lincoln Cathedral

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Training Assessors for Heritage Skills

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A Memorial to Rosamond Acworth

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Donation Form

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Cathedral Membership

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The Prince of Wales Visits Lincoln

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Since the last report for Cathedral Times we have made significant progress on the South West Turret.

STATUE OF ST HUGH Since the façade of the turret was hidden by scaffolding, the Cathedral’s teams of skilled craftspeople have been working in earnest. Once the team started their painstaking task of cleaning the stonework, it became clear that weather damage and deterioration of the stonework was far worse than expected. As a result, many stones which were earmarked for conservation in situ will now be removed and replaced with new. However, this challenge is being met head on by the masonry team and is a particularly demanding project for them because of the amount of carving required. There are six ornate finials to replace, with each finial taking a single stone carver two months to complete. Our two regular stone carvers, Paul Ellis and Michael Thacker, have been joined in this work by experienced mason/carver Sebastian Kirmaier, who has been with the team since last January. A positive outcome of this additional work is the opportunity for the rest of the masonry team to undertake training in carving.

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Another change to the original plan concerned the statue of St Hugh which has stood at the apex of the South West Turret since medieval times. Its isolated position has left it vulnerable to the weather and inaccessible for regular inspection. As soon as the Turret scaffolding was handed over, the statue was carefully cleaned by the Works Department conservator and then came the big question: to remove it and carve a new statue, or to leave it in situ and carry out conservation repairs. It was a question hotly debated for several months and one which involved detailed consultation, internally between the Cathedral Architect and the Works team; and externally in consultation with the Cathedrals Fabric Commission, the Fabric Advisory Committee, English Heritage, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and the City Council. Our head carver would have loved to have taken

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up the challenge of recarving a new St Hugh, but in the end after weighing up all the evidence and arguments, the decision was taken to leave the original in situ and carry out conservation repairs. It is known that the statue was removed in 1743 when the upper section of the spire was rebuilt; there was a question mark as to whether part of the statue was recarved at this time. A report was written in 1987 by Dr Paul Williamson, the curator of medieval sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum and for a period a member of the Cathedral Fabric Advisory Council. He is recognised as one of the leading authorities on medieval carving in Europe. He acknowledges that the statue was removed in 1743 but believes what was put back was the original medieval statue, probably dating from the second quarter of the 13th Century.

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Consideration was given to the consequences of removing the statue. This would only be done if it was felt that the condition was such that it was no longer safe, or that it was of such considerable historical and artistic importance that further loss of detail would be unacceptable. However, the main body of the statue has weathered well and it was felt that to remove it would risk damaging the statue and jeopardise the integrity of the carving.

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So the carving has been left in situ. St Hugh has now been cleaned and conserved. All loose and unstable previous repairs have been removed and he has been given a new protective overcoat, which involved applying six coats of limewash to enrich the surface of the stone. The crozier and hand raised in blessing were in a very poor condition and it was thought it unsafe to adhere new replacements. Work has progressed down the spire of the turret and the top four tiers of scaffolding have now been taken down revealing the restored St Hugh. Our progress in conserving the stonework continues and we look forward to revealing this to the public over the coming months.


The decision to conserve the original statue was arrived at after a lengthy and thorough process, and Chapter is happy that it is the correct decision.

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There is a long way to go before we raise the money needed to restore St Hugh’s Turret!! We hope that you could find a way to help us. One way will be to join us on 25th May, in celebration of the date that Hugh was elected and started to rebuild the Cathedral, by having a ‘dress-down day’ at work or organising a small fundraising event to raise money for the campaign. If just 440 of Lincoln’s 8,000 businesses raise £100 each, then our in-house craftspeople will be able to re-carve and replace three grotesque statues on the Cathedral’s turrets. For more information, scan the QR code or visit organise-events/

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2012 will see us all caught up in the excitement of the Olympic Games. Lincoln Cathedral and the Lincolnshire branch of NAFAS ( National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) have been inspired by this to celebrate the games in a very different, and very Lincolnshire, way. Every few years the Cathedral hosts a wonderful display of the flower arrangers’ art. This year’s theme “Dreams of Gold” is a direct tribute to the ideals of the games. The Flower Festival is open for five days, conveniently placed between the main Olympics and the Para-Olympic games. Over 130 arrangements in the Nave, Cloister and Chapter House will depict the games from their beginnings in ancient Greece to the modern day. Exhibits in the Nave will feature the ancient competitions with horses, chariots and torches. Others will focus on all of the games held since 1896 including Paris, Munich, Berlin, Los Angeles and Sydney. Tributes to the events will see a running track in the Chapter House and a swimming pool in the Cloister plus depictions of cycling, sailing, equestrian and many other events. Other exhibits will focus on the winter and Para-Olympic games. Planning for such an ambitious theme is a huge technical and artistic challenge and one that has been ably met by the NAFAS societies based in Lincolnshire. The design team is led by Marilyn Williams from Stamford, currently President of the North Midlands area of NAFAS, and Jenny Whitton from the Gainsborough area, and includes representatives from many Lincolnshire groups. In all 26 local groups and 20 invited exhibitors will be involved in the festival.

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Uphill Lincoln, with its Roman remains, castle, museums, many restaurants, hotels, guest houses and small shops is a great choice for a day out or a weekend break. At the same time as the festival our famous “Tastes of Lincolnshire” farmers markets will be held in Castle Square; a must visit for anyone interested in the best of fresh, locally made produce. A new feature of this year’s event will be the hands on workshops likely to appeal to those visitors inspired by the festival to have a go at flower arranging.

Opening Times: Thurs 16, Fri 17, Sat 18 & Mon 20th 9-4pm, Thurs & Sat Only 6.30pm-8pm, Sunday 19 August 12-3pm 5-8pm (Some restrictions may apply during service times)

Tickets £10 for adults, £8 for concessions (under 16’s free). 10% dissocunt for group bookings of 12 or more people. To purchase tickets & find out more visit or purchase from the Cathedral shop or call

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THE KING JAMES CHILDRENS BIBLE CELEBRATING THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY Visitors to the annual Cathedral Library exhibitions which run from April to the end of October have been delighted to see a new leather-bound children’s Bible chained to one of the medieval reading desks.

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The purpose of this project was to familiarise school children with the King James Bible. Its language, sayings and poetry are as much a part of English heritage as the plays of William Shakespeare. The King James Bible spread throughout the world, and became the best-known Bible in English.

During the second half of the 20th century its use fell into decline as other versions of the Bible in English were published. Consequently most young people are unaware of its importance. As a result of meetings of the cathedrals section of the King James Bible Trust during 2010 it was decided that Lincoln Cathedral Library would have a Bible exhibition in the summer of 2011. In addition, a version of the King James Bible produced by schoolchildren would be bound in leather and chained to one of the 15th-century desks in the formerly chained Medieval Library. There are regular workshops for school children on how to make a manuscript and how to print a book in the Medieval and Wren Libraries, so the chained Bible would not only be instructive for the children who produced it, but it would also be a permanent teaching tool for future generations. Lincoln Diocesan Education staff enthusiastically agreed to collaborate with the Library and Education staff at Lincoln Cathedral. The Cathedral Education Officer selected 3000 verses from the King James Bible for the 3000 children in their last year of Church Schools primary schools in Lincoln Diocese to copy. Each child wrote one verse. These verses were digitally scanned locally by printing firm of Ruddocks, and combined with borders, capital letters and illustrations designed by Church Schools secondary school. The title is ‘A Garland of Verses’ from the King James Bible.

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During the annual Church Schools Festival held in the Cathedral in May and June, David Clements of Lincoln Diocesan Education mounted an exhibition of the art work, and using PowerPoint, projected pages from the children’s Bible in a display in the Chapter House. Most of these children attending the Church Schools Festival had contributed to the Bible project. Lincoln Diocesan Education sponsored the printing of smaller versions in paperback bindings which were distributed to all the schools involved. Numerous visitors to the saw the exhibition in the Chapter House. Tim Mackereth of Anwick Forge produced a chain, 45 inches in length, modelled on an old chain from the Trigge Library, a chained library at St Wulfram’s Church in Grantham. It is riveted to the front cover, at the bottom, in the same way that books used to be chained in Lincoln Cathedral Library. Tim Mackereth found a source of charcoal wrought iron, the same material that was used in the Trigge Library chain, a material which would have been used for such work in the 17th century and earlier. On 27 June there was a service in the nave of Lincoln Cathedral, marking the 200th anniversary of the founding of Church Schools by the National Society. The children’s Bible was taken by Church Schools students from the Cathedral Library to the nave, where they carried it in procession and placed it on the altar. The children’s Bible is now chained to a medieval desk in Lincoln Cathedral Library. The Dean and Chapter invited all the children who attended the Church Schools

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Festival to come back free with their families to visit the Cathedral and to look at the children’s Bible during the school summer holidays. This chained book shows that the Medieval Library was originally a chained library.

The staff at Lincoln Cathedral Library and Lincoln Diocesan Education are grateful for the support of the trusts which enabled this project. They are The Christian Education Trust, The Quarry Trust and The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Charitable Trust.

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STAINED GLASS OF LINCOLN CATHEDRAL PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER Until now there has been no book on Lincoln Cathedral’s stained glass. With the aid of modern photography, details barely visible from the floor of the cathedral have been captured with clarity. This visually stunning book celebrates the rich heritage of Lincoln’s glass, introducing it to scholars and the general reader alike. With over 100 colour photographs, the book costs £15 and will be available to buy from Minster Shop in autumn 2012.

Authors: Professor Nigel Morgan MA, PhD (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge); Dr Jim Cheshire (University of Lincoln); Mr Tom Küpper MA, Team Leader, Lincoln Cathedral Glazing Department. Photography: Reverend Gordon Plumb (contributor to Corpus Vitrearum).

Pre-order a copy for just £10 (save £5 on the RRP) The book can be collected at the launch (date TBC) or sent by post (UK only) with an additional charge of £4.50 for P&P. This offer is only valid with this form until 30 July. Complete this form and send to Lincoln Cathedral Library, The Cathedral, Lincoln LN2 1PX

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Please make payments via cheque, payable to ‘Lincoln Cathedral Publications’ or by cash if visiting the Cathedral Library.

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1881 - 1899 The majority of the stained glass in Lincoln Cathedral dates from the 19th Century and quite a large number are commemorative windows celebrating the life of a dear loved one. Most of these sizable commemorative windows are vibrant and full of colour, often commanding a prominent position in the building. However, two of the rather more subtle, unobtrusive memorial windows which have been sitting quietly and discreetly in St. Hugh’s south choir aisle since 1902 are the windows ‘Birth, Baptism, Death & Resurrection’ and ‘Birth and After Life’. Behind every commemorative window lies a human story and over 100 years on we may no longer have a direct link to the person who is remembered in many of our memorial windows. It is the inscription in the Birth, Death and Resurrection window which intrigues:

Rosamond died quite suddenly in the afternoon on Thursday 6th April whilst engaging in physical exercises at the gymnasium which in 1899 was located in the Lincoln Drill Hall. The Lincolnshire Echo reported that the Coroner described the case as a particularly sad one, as the deceased had suffered a seizure while climbing a rope. In addition to the stained glass window in Lincoln Cathedral, there are several other memorials to her short life. There are also three other memorials to Rosamond located at her home village church, Holy Trinity Church, West End, Chobham, Surrey where she was confirmed on April 9th 1897. Two attractive stained glass windows and a brass chandelier, known as ‘the globe’, The first window is the east window entitled, ‘Thy Brother Shall Rise Again’, designed and created by the eminent artist Arthur J Dix, and donated by her mother and father, the Revd. Acworth, Vicar of Chobham 1881-1895, in memory of their only daughter. A full account of the Memorial to Rosamond Acworth will be posted as Highlight of the Week in April 2012 on Lincoln Cathedral’s website. By Tom Küpper MA ACR & Peter Harrod MEd MPhil

‘To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Rosamond, only daughter of HS Acworth, vicar of Chobham. She died in Lincoln Gymnasium April 6th 1899 aged 17.’ Rosamond Acworth was a pupil at Lincoln Christ’s Hospital Girls’ High School, formerly located on Lindum Hill, Lincoln. Rosamond was a border and although she attended Lincoln Girls’ High School for only a brief time, she clearly made a very positive impact, not losing any time in identifying herself with the school or the school interests.

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Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, visited Lincoln Cathedral on Tuesday 29 November 2011 as part of their visit to Lincolnshire that day. Their Royal Highnesses met one of the three current participants in the Skills for the Future Project run jointly by the Cathedral with Lincolnshire County Council and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. They were shown recent acquisitions including a new set of Chapter copes made by the needlework guild and a full size image of the proposed statue of St Mary by sculptor Aidan Hart which is being considered for the re-ordered east end of the Cathedral. They then toured the Cathedral works department and met crafts men and women involved in masonry, glazing, lead-work and carpentry and saw examples of their work.

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The Very Reverend Philip Buckler, Dean of Lincoln, who welcomed Their Royal Highnesses, said, ‘We were thrilled to welcome The Prince of Wales once again, and to welcome The Duchess of Cornwall on her first official visit to the Cathedral.” Carol Heidschuster, Works Department Manager, added, ‘knowing of The Prince’s interest not only in traditional crafts but also in young people, it was a particular pleasure to tell him of all we are doing in the field of training and apprenticeships.’

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At the end of the visit, the Very Reverend Philip Buckler, Dean of Lincoln, announced that His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, has accepted the Cathedral’s invitation to become Patron of the Cathedral Fabric Fund. His Royal Highness’s term as Patron will begin in November 2011 and last for five years.

The Duchess watched the Prince try his hand at a mason’s bench.

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‘We were thrilled that his Royal Highness and The Duchess of Cornwall were to visit the cathedral; for The Prince to agree to become our Patron is an exceptional honour and reflects on the skills of the men and women who work so hard to preserve this wonderful building.’ The Dean added, ‘we greatly look forward to keeping His Royal Highness informed of the progress of the Fabric Fund as it continues to undertake its ancient role of raising funds to maintain and preserve the fabric of Lincoln Cathedral. We were delighted to accept a donation from The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation toward the Fabric Fund. In the period during which The Prince will be patron, we hope to complete the conservation and restoration of work of restoring the SW and NW turrets at the West End of the cathedral, but also aim to build the Fabric Fund to meet the challenges ahead including the restoration of the east end, the Chapter House and the three towers which dominate the Lincoln skyline.

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WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LINCOLN CATHEDRAL The Cathedral Times will now include a limited number of advertisements, reserved for those businesses who sponsor aspects of the life and work at Lincoln Cathedral. In this issue we would like to thank: Ruddocks, Lindum, Brewin Dolphin and Simons for whose generosity and support we are deeply grateful.

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The role of Subdean has diverse responsibilities, including the pastoral care of all those in the Cathedral community. The primary responsibility, however, is as a Master of the Fabric, overseeing the maintenance of the Fabric of the Cathedral.

Canon Nugent has been an enthusiastic and dedicated Master of the Fabric. During Canon Nugent’s time as Subdean we have seen the completion of many projects, including the Dean’s Eye Window, the construction of the new Cathedral Toilets, and the restoration of the statue of St Hugh and the beginning of the work on the Turrets.

The Works Department have greatly appreciated his support and the ways in which he has unfailingly championed their cause over the years. Canon Nugent’s successor, installed on 4th February 2012, is the Revd Canon John Patrick. We give him a warm welcome and wish him well. Carol M Heidschuster MICWCI MCMI Works Manager and Clericus Fabricae

He has taken a profound interest in the work of the craft teams, which has meant regularly climbing up to the various scaffolded working sites. This has become an essential part of the job description of Subdean. His deep interest in the processes of restoration and conservation, and his great knowledge and love of the Cathedral have been evident in everything he has done.

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SOUTHERN TRANSEPTS & ST HUGH’S CHOIR AISLE Since 2007 Lincoln Cathedral Works Department has been engaged in a rolling programme of major works between the South Transepts. The full programme of work is scheduled to be completed in 2013, and involves masonry, glazing and roofing works. Work includes: • cleaning, masonry repairs and repointing to the clerestory and aisle walls and flying buttresses; repairs to and releading of windows where necessary; • releading of the aisle roofs and gutters and in places major timber repairs to the roof and gutter timbers; • reconstructing timber and lead parapets where there is damage from iron fixings. This work was listed as a high priority in the Quinquennial Inspection Report prepared by the Cathedral Architect in 2002.

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All the work other than the scaffolding is carried out by the Cathedral Works Department.

The programme has given the works team some very interesting challenges.

Photos 1 – 3 show the three grotesques which our stone carvers created to replace features too badly eroded to be conserved.

Photo 1 shows the Domus Supervisor, with his enormous bunch of keys, and a lantern, checking that all is well.

Photo 2 shows a caricature of the Architect and Surveyor of the Fabric, complete with a scroll of plans. Photo 3 shows a splendid dragon, guarding the Cathedral from harm.

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The glazing works are a mixture of restoring and releading plain glass at Clerestory and Triforium levels, including renewal of ferramenta; and more complex conservation of historic stained glass. Among these historic windows are the four ‘Apostle’ windows over St Hugh’s Choir and windows in the South Choir Aisle. (Photos 4 and 5)

The parapets were reconstructed at the same time, using Baltic pine, and covered in lead.

These nineteenth century windows have all been fully restored.

The project involved having to specially construct temporary supports, while the rotten ends of the roof timbers were removed and new timbers out of seasoned oak were fitted into place using traditional repair techniques.

The roof of the South East Transept consists of thirteenth century roof timbers supporting the lead covering. This is regarded as one of the finest examples of medieval roof construction in the country. It has been repaired in the past, notably in the late eighteenth century, when Baltic pine and iron straps were used.

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Failures in the lead work and the rusting of the iron supporting brackets caused the historic roof timbers to rot, threatening the integrity of the roof. The iron cramps were fracturing the stonework of the wall.

Photo 4. An ‘Apostle’ window over St Hugh’s Choir (Saint Jude)

Photo 5. Measuring rotten rafter ends on the South East Transept High Roof and Gutter.

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Materials were replaced like for like where possible, but the iron cramps were replaced with non-ferrous tainless steel brackets, in order to avoid future problems with rust.

Photo 6. Historic Glazing in the South Choir Aisle. The plain leaded light on the right has been redesigned, and the stained glass on the left has been completely restored.

Photo 7. Shows a section of timber repairs. A hydraulic jack, and timber wedges were used to support the roof timbers while the new wall plate was inserted. Traditional techniques of scarf joints and wooden pegs were used where possible.

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The gutters and parapet have been reconstructed. This has rendered the roof safe and watertight, preserving the historic fabric. This area is normally a part of the regular Cathedral roof tours. When the work is complete it will once again be accessible to the public, who will be able to see some of the internal repair work.

Photo 8. Leadwork in progress. The bays are the basic shape evident on all the Cathedral roofs. The softwood boards that support the lead bays have spacings to increase the air flow and reduce the risk of underside lead corrosion. The more intricate shape of the parapet cladding required complex bossing skills. Following our normal practice, the old lead was recycled. It was sent to be recast, with just a very small percentage of new lead added to give the quantity required.

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FFION FRAZHER IS THE FRIENDS’ MILLENNIUM CHORISTER. SHE HAS ATTENDED LINCOLN MINSTER SCHOOL FOR TEN YEARS AND BEEN A MEMBER OF THE CHOIR FOR SEVEN OF THOSE. FFION TELLS CATHEDRAL TIMES ABOUT A TYPICAL DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CHORAL SCHOLAR AND HER HOPES FOR THE FUTURE. I started singing with the choir in my third year at school. To start with I was really nervous and scared of doing something wrong. During my first rehearsal I remember hearing the older girls sing and thinking ‘Wow! You’re amazing’ - that really gave me a goal to aim for. A typical day for me starts at 6.15am (because it takes me ages to get ready!). We leave the house by 7.30am and rehearsal starts at 8am. This lasts for an hour and then I get taken to school for 9.15am. On Mondays and Thursdays the Girls’ Choir sings at Evensong, which finishes around 6pm, so I get home by 7pm.

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In my spare time I have music and drama lessons and I’m working towards examinations in these. I have to learn pieces for my Grade 8 singing and all the words for my drama duologue and monologue. It’s hard at times but worth it. Last year I was awarded the Friends’ Millennium Choristership medal at the Friends’ Christmas Carol Service. They give this to the friendliest chorister, so it was a fantastic honour as all the previous recipients are very good singers and performers. The choristership is granted annually, so this year I will return the medal to the next Friends’ Millennium Chorister.

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“ We’re very proud Ffion and her achievements.

She’s always loved being a part of the choir. Even when she was younger and it was Christmas morning, she was happy to go along and perform at the service before getting the chance to open her presents!

You can hear the Cathedral Choir sing Choral Evensong: daily (except Wednesday) at 5.30pm and Sunday at 3.45pm, or listen on the website. A selection of CD’s are also available from Lincoln Minister Shops. To find out more visit

We were surprised that Ffion’s involvement in the choir made such a difference to the entire family: through participating in the services we’ve met a lot of lovely, supportive people and feel part of the Cathedral community. Helen Frazher - Ffion’s mother


In the future I hope to attend the Royal Academy and study performance singing; perhaps opera or classical. If that doesn’t happen, I have a backup plan to study anthropology at Cambridge. Although far removed from singing, history and anthropology have always fascinated me and I love watching Time Team! I’m coming to the end of my time with the choir and I don’t know what I’m going to do without it. I’ll be extremely sad to move on but being part of the choir has been an incredibly inspiring and enjoyable experience.

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Ffion and the other members of the Cathedral’s choir derive great benefit from the support they receive from the Music Appeal and Choristerships, which are the direct result of the generosity shown by numerous donors. Sponsorship can also offer a fitting means of commemorating a special event or loved one, with supporters of the Music Appeal dedicating the music at an Evensong service for this purpose.

If you would like to know more about how you could help please contact Sally Crawford in the Fund Development Office on 01522 561614 or visit the website & click on support us.

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‘We are very excited about our partnership with Lincoln Cathedral. All of their employees have proved to be outstanding students’ Paul Baylis Lincoln Cathedral Works Department has established itself as a strong advocate for heritage skills standards and training, and now four of the master craftsmen have gained official recognition as assessors. Stonemason Paul Atkin, Lead Worker Tony Greensmith, Glazier Tom Küpper, and Joiner Allan Toyne were awarded NVQ A1 Assessor Certificates at the end of a course run by North Nottinghamshire College.

This means that they are officially qualified to assess apprentices and trainees working towards NVQ qualifications.The training was made possible thanks to a Capacity Building Grant from English Heritage. Paul Baylis, Assistant Principal of North Notts College said “We are very excited about our partnership with Lincoln Cathedral. All of their employees have proved to be outstanding students and we are looking forward to training more learners in these crafts which are vital to our heritage”.

The photo shows our four Assessors, from the left: Allan Toyne, Tom Küpper, Paul Atkin, Tony Greensmith

Works Manager, Carol Heidschuster said… “Passing on craft skills has been a part of our Cathedral way of life since medieval times. This is a natural progression”

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DONATION FORM JOIN US TODAY AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I would like to join the *Cathedral Circle. (£8.50 per month or £100 per year) I would like to inform you of my intention to make provision to Lincoln Cathedral in my will and join the *Cathedral Society. I would like to make a one-off donation of £ (payments by Cheque to ‘Lincoln Cathedral’ or by Credit/Debit card by telephoning 01522 561614) Please put my donation toward the following area:





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Lincoln Cathedral has a very active membership scheme with almost 400 supporters from around the world. Our members are passionate about the daily life and upkeep of Lincoln Cathedral and recognise the importance of regular support. Most choose to donate to a particular area of interest such as the Fabric (to maintain the structure of the building), the Library or the Music. Without the generosity of our members, we would not be able to maintain the sights and sounds of this wonderful cathedral. So, whether you are from Lincoln or Lisbon, Woodhall Spa or Washington DC, joining the membership scheme is all about making a lasting difference to one of the most important medieval buildings in the world. You can join the Cathedral Circle from as little as £8.50 per month and enjoy the following benefits: • Free entry to the Cathedral (you will receive an annual pass for two people, so that you can explore Lincoln Cathedral whenever you choose). • 10% discount in the Cathedral shop and Cloister Refectory (to make the most of your visit and treat yourself). • 10% discount on selected events, concerts and talks • An invitation to an exclusive Annual Members event (hosted by The Dean of Lincoln). You may have considered leaving a gift to Lincoln Cathedral in your Will. If you have already done this or would like to do so, then we invite you to join the Cathedral Society. As well as enjoying all of the above benefits you will also receive a unique gift. If you would like to become more involved with the life of Lincoln Cathedral, please don’t put it off, join today by completing the donation form opposite. Thank you

“My husband and I have been members of the cathedral community for over 50 years, and the Cathedral Society for a number of years and we’re always trying to think of new ways to support our beautiful cathedral. Last year Richard had a significant birthday and instead of presents we asked family and friends to make a donation to the Cathedral. I’ve recently donated £250, after making and selling Christmas puddings and preserves, inspired to help the Turret Campaign after a trip up the scaffolding to meet St Hugh.” Mary Lucas, February 2012

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The full programme of services for Holy Week and Easter may be found on the Cathedral Website at http://lincolncathedral. com/music-worship/music-and-services-list/. On each of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week there is at 7.30pm Holy Communion with Address. The following are the principal services.

THE NOSEGAY MAKER TO H.M.THE QUEEN Friday 2nd, March 2:30pm & 7.30pm Tickets £12 (inc. refreshments)

ST JOHN PASSION PERFORMED BY THE CATHEDRAL CHOIR, THE BAROQUE PLAYERS OF LONDON. Saturday 17th, March 7:00pm - 9:30pm Tickets £15, Concessions £10

HALLÉ ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR: SIR MARK ELDER Saturday 12th, May Doors 6:15 - Performance 7:00pm Tickets: £22, £17, £10

FLOWER FESTIVAL AT LINCOLN CATHEDRAL Thursday 16th - Monday 20th August Tickets £10, Concessions £8

FLOWER FESTIVAL MUSICAL MEANDER Friday 17th, August Doors 6:30pm Ticket price £27.50

PALM SUNDAY - 1 APRIL 10.30am Procession with Palms and Sung Eucharist

MAUNDY THURSDAY - 5 APRIL 1.00am Chrism Eucharist 7.30pm Eucharist of the Last Supper and Watch of the Passion

GOOD FRIDAY - 6 APRIL 9.30am Liturgy of the Cross 2.00pm Three Hours’ devotion

HOLY SATURDAY - 7 APRIL 8.00pm The Paschal Vigil

EASTER DAY 9.30am Sung Eucharist 3.45pm Solemn Evensong and Procession

HANDEL’S MESSIAH PERFORMED BY THE CATHEDRAL CHOIR Saturday 24th, November 7:30pm 4 Priorygate, Lincoln LN2 4PL call 01522 561600 twitter@LincsCathedral email

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