I’m starting off my latest blog with some important information regarding our 'Sponsor a Stone Scheme'; my masons are currently fixing the newly worked stones into the building and there are not many left now that haven’t been sponsored so opportunities are running out to claim one of our Cathedral stones. I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on the chance to leave their mark if they wanted to so will leave a link here from which you can find more information and make an application should you wish to.
In preparation for the three stone carving courses that we’re running this summer we had a bit of a practice on some of our staff (in the nicest possible way!) with a taster session, we had some great feedback and it really put us in a fantastic frame of mind for the public ones. The first two are fully booked and at time of writing there are only three spaces left on the one due to run over the 31st of July to 1st of August so if you would like to have a go, or buy a place for a friend or family member then I would recommend acting quickly.
If you’ve been unable to get a place but would still like to try your hand at carving there will be two further opportunities coming up at a couple of Heritage Craft Fairs, one of which is on the 12th of July and is being run by Salisbury Museum, which date also marks the opening of their new Wessex Gallery that I mentioned in a previous blog and the second is over the 6th and 7th of September at a craft event that will be hosted on our own west lawn; more details of that one here.
A tear came to our collective eye last week when the hoist we had used for more than 20 years was finally removed from the yard, back at the start of its life here it used to ferry people up to the top of the tower and also the west front on paid tours, something we can no longer do with our sleeker and more efficiently sized hoist, I’ve put a picture in the gallery that accompanies this blog of it being taken away.
Finally for this month and on a slightly related note, we starting to gear up to say what is hopefully au revoir rather than goodbye to our peregrines as they prepare to fledge. All three chicks have absolutely thrived since they hatched on the 18th of May and have almost lost all of their ‘fluff’. The RSPB are coming in on the 2nd of July to set up a gazebo on our west lawn complete with telescopes, so if you are in the area at any time up until around mid-August please do drop by and have a chat with these knowledgeable people and see our offspring in all their glory; if you already know a lot about the birds, you may be able to help out on the day. I’ve put some recent pictures in the gallery in case you haven’t got access to our webcam; you’ll see a very big difference in comparison with earlier pictures. Oh and if regular readers are scanning this month’s blog for my next go at name dropping, I have to tell you that Chris Packham was delighted with the offer of attending the ringing of the birds, but had to decline due to filming Spring Watch….and you thought I’d forgotten…