SALISBURY Cathedral, like other historic churches and heritage sites, closed to visitors in March, with all tours, events and concerts cancelled. Taken together, the effect on the cathedral’s income has been catastrophic, a loss off up to £2 million this year, which marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of one of Europe’s greatest churches.
A recovery appeal has been launched to help to reduce this huge loss off income. A spokesperson for the cathedral says: “It is a place where people come to seek peace and comfort, to be uplifted and transported by its atmosphere, architecture, music and art. It is a place for everyone. Throughout the centuries the Cathedral has been protected by the steadfast support of those who love it, at home and abroad, sustaining it through civil disruption, times of plague and two world wars. That’s why we are asking for your help now.
“We need to continue vital repair and restoration work on our medieval building, to offer prayer and reassurance to all who need it, adapting so that music and worship can reach people wherever they are, and to maintain our learning and outreach work with the community. We need to play our full part in the economic recovery of the city, county and diocese alongside our local partners.
“We recognise that this is a time of uncertainty and anxiety for many. However, if you can give a donation now you will be helping this beautiful place to flourish for future generations – any support you can give will make a huge difference.”
Visit the website, wwwsalisburycathedral.org.uk for more information.