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Clerk of the Works' Blog: August 2015

Moses window
Posted By : Gary Price Friday 28th August 2015

I am back from my lovely holiday in Lyme Regis. I’ve put a photo of the beach where I was staying near in this month’s gallery and feel rested, refreshed and raring to go again.

 

We’ve now finished our “Have a Go” stone carving courses and again received phenomenal feedback so a big thank you to everyone that came along. My masons enjoyed it too and we have some ideas to put into action for the coming years, so keep your eyes peeled for the advertisements for next summer. We will start to advertise around April time here on our website, in the Salisbury Journal and Cathedral News, on Facebook and, in a thrusting, 21st century move, even on posters on our gates and in the Cathedral. Hope to see a lot of you then!

 

If you didn't manage to get on one of the courses, or if you'd like to have another quick go at carving do come to our stall at the Heritage Craft Festival that will be held here at the Cathedral over the 5th and 6th of September. As well as our masonry and glazing stalls I'll be giving a couple of talks and there will be lots of stalls with people selling items they've made. It was glorious weather for last year's, let's hope we get the same again.

 

We’ve said goodbye to our peregrine chicks and I went with our labourer, John, Granville and Phil from the RSPB to clean up the parapet, which was done with a mixture of happiness, sadness and seasoned with a touch of “cor, what a whiff!”. I’ve put a picture of the area before the clean up operation and then one of after it in the gallery; there’s quite a difference.

 

Hopefully you will have seen that we have a new Canon Treasurer, who is Robert Titley. He is being installed in November and I’m looking forward to working closely with him. You may remember that our last Treasurer left to be Bishop of Crediton and I’m going to her installation service in early September, you can be sure I will take photos and let you know how it went; I’m even lucky enough to be processing at the ceremony.

 

I’ll finish off this month with an apology; the visitor-facing sides of the Cathedral have been scaffold-free for the best part of a year, but we’ve had to put it up at the East end now in readiness for work around the Moses window, which is the one in this blog’s header picture, and later for the Trinity Chapel, which will bring us even closer towards the end of the MRP.

 

A fairly short blog this time, just because I’ve been away for half of the month, there will no doubt be lots more to tell next month…