The Chapter of Wells is delighted that Wells Cathedral has re-opened and public worship has started once again. The present pandemic and the experience of lockdown have been very painful for so many people. In the Cathedral there are candles to light, a beautiful space in which to pray and ponder, and gentle pastoral care is available if needed. For those who are unable to visit in person, the Cathedral continues its extensive online programme of worship, music, reflection and pastoral support. In this time of re-opening and renewal, Wells Cathedral is here for all.
In parallel with reopening, a special Bounce Back Appeal is now being made to raise urgently needed funds to support the Cathedral’s continuing work and care of its heritage. Like so many organisations, the Cathedral faces very real financial challenges at this time. During lockdown, 70,000 people have not been able to come to the Cathedral, and the financial impact continues to be far reaching. As well as daily prayer and access, we now want to fill the Cathedral with flowers as a tribute to those who have died during the crisis, and in thanksgiving for the dedication of so many front line workers in Somerset. We must also maintain the Cathedral’s historic buildings, and we need to support young Choristers in their continuing training and education ready for the day when they return to sing in the Cathedral.
As part of the Appeal, on the 25th of July members of the clergy, the community and I made a Sponsored Pilgrimage from Glastonbury to Wells, raising funds to help the Cathedral and St Margaret’s Hospice continue their important work in our communities. More than £11,000 has been raised which will be shared to support these two landmarks of Somerset life; the Cathedral and the Hospice thank all who have supported and all who made the Pilgrimage.
The Appeal continues over the summer and with the Chapter, I thank wholeheartedly those who have been able to support the Bounce Back Appeal so far. It has been an inspiring start and more than £65,000 has been raised in aid of the Cathedral. Donations have come from so many in our community and beyond, including generous support from the Somerset Freemasons, the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Sanderson Foundation, and the Friends of Wells Cathedral.
Now more than ever, support is needed to sustain the Cathedral and all that it does – its work is continuing, providing pastoral support daily for those impacted in a variety of ways throughout this pandemic; offering services, music, prayer and reflection online; and the upkeep of its precious heritage. If you are able to make a donation to the Appeal, the ways to do so are below. With your help, Wells Cathedral is resuming its vital role in troubled times.
John Davies, Dean of Wells
Payee: Wells Cathedral
Send to: Development Office, Wells Cathedral Offices, Chain Gate, Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE
Please use for payment reference:
APPEAL + your name
Payee Name: The Chapter at Wells Cathedral
Account No: 52164330
Sort Code: 60-23-06
If you would like to support longer term please consider joining the Planned Giving scheme. A regular payment standing order with your bank can be arranged to allow you to donate the same amount each week or month.
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If you are a UK taxpayer please consider completing a Gift Aid Declaration – your support can be boosted by 25p for every £1 you donate with Gift Aid, at no further cost to you.
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