Blackburn Cathedral bids for cash set aside by Chancellor in Budget

Blackburn Citizen: Crocuses in the sunshine at Blackburn Cathedral. Picture: Paul Heyes Crocuses in the sunshine at Blackburn Cathedral. Picture: Paul Heyes

BLACKBURN Cathedral is to bid for a £100,000 share of a £20 million fund for urgent repairs to England's major church buildings announced in this week’s Budget.

The new cash was hidden in the Chancellor George Osborne’s financial package on Wednesday.

Dean of Blackburn Christopher Armstrong confirmed yesterday the Cathedral would be applying for a £100,000 for important future work.

He said: “We are really grateful to The Chancellor for this money set aside for cathedrals but I would also like to think that the Chancellor’s statement is also an endorsement of the place which cathedrals play in the fabric of our culture, both locally and nationally.

“Cathedrals are a key part of forming the cultural identity of many of England’s cities and are powerful symbols of our shared history.

“We shall initially be seeking about £100,000 for urgent pointing work.

“We regularly spend money on repair and maintenance to ensure that the cathedral fabric remains in a good and safe condition.”

Canon Andrew Hindley, responsible for the Blackburn Cathedral maintenance programme, said: “This is such good news for cathedrals like ours which do not have historic monies to help with repairs.

“We shall be applying for funds to repair the transepts and Jesus Chapel stonework as soon as we have details of the fund.”

Blackburn Cathedral is creating a new creating £33 million Cathedral Quarter in the centre of the town, including a hotel, two office blocks, a Clergy Court, a small hall of residence for music scholars, library, new refectory, underground car park and a new cloister garden.

The Church of England’s 42 cathedrals alone welcome more than 11m visitors a year with only 6,000 staff but more than 15,000 dedicated volunteers; demonstrating how much cathedrals contribute to the communities around them. Church of England cathedrals generate at least £350 million annually for the economy.

The £20m of grant funding over two years will help meet the costs of urgent repairs to these buildings and support local fundraising efforts by Church of England and Roman Catholic Cathedrals.

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1:44pm Fri 21 Mar 14

doylerf says...

Blackburn Cathedral is creating a new creating £33 million Cathedral Quarter in the centre of the town, including a hotel, two office blocks, but needs tax payers money for basic maintenance.

Richest organisations in the world and all they do is take, take and take. Pay for sweet FA.

It is about time all the religious institutions were classed as businesses and taxed accordingly.
Blackburn Cathedral is creating a new creating £33 million Cathedral Quarter in the centre of the town, including a hotel, two office blocks, but needs tax payers money for basic maintenance. Richest organisations in the world and all they do is take, take and take. Pay for sweet FA. It is about time all the religious institutions were classed as businesses and taxed accordingly. doylerf
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3:57pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Lurid67 says...

its a fact most denominations cannot afford repairs to their oppressive buildings, its mainly due to the astronomical legal/lawyers bills defending ungodly acts of their representatives and compensating their victims.
its a fact most denominations cannot afford repairs to their oppressive buildings, its mainly due to the astronomical legal/lawyers bills defending ungodly acts of their representatives and compensating their victims. Lurid67
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4:32pm Fri 21 Mar 14

phil kernot says...

The church should not get grants full stop they should get means tested ,, how much profit will they make from the cathedral ,,, there hypocrites and rather take money off the poor to make there ivory gold leafed towers ,,, ( have I hit a nerve over this well it's try millions of people starving homeless around the world and we get the church putting there hand out and saying they can't afford there own repairs. ,,,, ( no wonder no one goes to church much these days When you read articles in the paper like this ,,:(
The church should not get grants full stop they should get means tested ,, how much profit will they make from the cathedral ,,, there hypocrites and rather take money off the poor to make there ivory gold leafed towers ,,, ( have I hit a nerve over this well it's try millions of people starving homeless around the world and we get the church putting there hand out and saying they can't afford there own repairs. ,,,, ( no wonder no one goes to church much these days When you read articles in the paper like this ,,:( phil kernot
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4:34pm Fri 21 Mar 14

phil kernot says...

Lurid67 wrote:
its a fact most denominations cannot afford repairs to their oppressive buildings, its mainly due to the astronomical legal/lawyers bills defending ungodly acts of their representatives and compensating their victims.
Un godly acts sounds like Another brainwashed sheep
[quote][p][bold]Lurid67[/bold] wrote: its a fact most denominations cannot afford repairs to their oppressive buildings, its mainly due to the astronomical legal/lawyers bills defending ungodly acts of their representatives and compensating their victims.[/p][/quote]Un godly acts sounds like Another brainwashed sheep phil kernot
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4:39pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Lurid67 says...

phil kernot wrote:
Lurid67 wrote:
its a fact most denominations cannot afford repairs to their oppressive buildings, its mainly due to the astronomical legal/lawyers bills defending ungodly acts of their representatives and compensating their victims.
Un godly acts sounds like Another brainwashed sheep
Pmsl nice one
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lurid67[/bold] wrote: its a fact most denominations cannot afford repairs to their oppressive buildings, its mainly due to the astronomical legal/lawyers bills defending ungodly acts of their representatives and compensating their victims.[/p][/quote]Un godly acts sounds like Another brainwashed sheep[/p][/quote]Pmsl nice one Lurid67
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2:49am Sat 22 Mar 14

doylerf says...

Too busy buying people off for the paedophiles Eric the Cleric sent into peoples homes,
Too busy buying people off for the paedophiles Eric the Cleric sent into peoples homes, doylerf
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6:36am Sun 23 Mar 14

Lurid67 says...

Wonder if phil the Greek will come out with a classic a la fawlty towers and say to hollern ' my god you are ugly'
Wonder if phil the Greek will come out with a classic a la fawlty towers and say to hollern ' my god you are ugly' Lurid67
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