The appeal for funds for urgent repairs and to provide much needed facilities was launched in July 2017 following the award of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £214,500. The cost of the projects rose to £950,000 (£200,000 more than expected), mostly because of unexpected problems.

The most fragile and dangerous parts of the Minster building are now safe. The church has also gained toilets, a meeting room, an office space, better access for bell ringing, safe wheelchair access and a fire escape. These changes will make our church more comfortable and access friendly for our services and other events.

Over £100,000 has been raised through contributions from local people, businesses and fundraising events, which shows how much the Minster is valued by the local community. Please help us raise the last target to keep this spectacular building in sound condition.

You can make a donation by clicking HERE or by clicking the red Donate button at the top of the page.

The building works are now complete and the next step is to improve visitors’ experience of the building, its history and treasures. The Minster offers an insight into local history and the development of art and architecture, as well as religious history. Helping all kinds of visitors to appreciate this heritage is the major concern of the Heritage Lottery Fund which is contributing a quarter of the cost of the whole project, but a bigger proportion of the cost of this “engagement” phase of the project. Additional funds will help pay for the heritage engagement work, as well as any unexpected building costs and urgent repairs.