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A BEACON OF LIGHT
St George’s Chapel is warming up!
If you’re visiting Newcastle Cathedral between Monday 7 February and the beginning of April 2022, St George’s Chapel will be closed while heating repairs take place.
This work has been made possible thanks to the government’s Culture Recovery Fund, with over 140 additional historic sites across England having received grants worth £35 million in total.
While St George’s Chapel is closed, Morning/Evening Prayer and weekday Eucharist and BCP Eucharist will take place in the Ascension Chapel. You can still join us in the nave for Sunday Congregational Eucharist and Choral Evensong.
The Culture Recovery Fund is designed to help bring heritage sites back to life by paying for vital repairs and major building programmes.
Of these historic sites, Newcastle Cathedral received the sum of £54,466 in October 2021 to go towards making St George’s Chapel more comfortable. £4.3 million has been awarded directly to Church of England projects.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “From local churches to ancient buildings and landscapes, the UK’s unique heritage makes our towns, cities and villages stronger, more vibrant and helps bring communities together.
“This latest funding – £35 million from our unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund – will help protect sites including Jane Austen’s House and Hampton Court Palace for future generations and help them build back better from the pandemic.”
Duncan Wilson, Historic England’s Chief Executive, said: “Funding from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund is hugely welcome at a time when the people and organisations who look after our vast and varied array of heritage urgently need support to carry out essential repairs. “Heritage is a fragile eco-system, with an amazing cast of characters who keep our historic places alive, with specialist skills that take time to learn and experience to perfect. These grants will protect their livelihoods, as they use their expertise to help our heritage survive.”