Late January and early February has had a real buzz to it with the launch of our 'Sponsor a Stone' Scheme, working with the RSPB and an invitation to a dinner for me and our apprentice, Christian.
'Sponsor a Stone' launched with a presentation evening on 30 January that went very well and generated a lot of interest, more details about the scheme are available here. The launch was a milestone in a project that I’ve been waiting to see come to life for some time; as you can imagine, there is a lot of preparation that has to be done and I’m grateful to my colleagues in the Development and Marketing Departments as well as my team who provided the technical drawings, made the first draft of the 'brochure' and helped with the presentation by answering questions.
In the past peregrines have nested on the tower at the Cathedral (who can blame them, there aren’t many better vantage points around!) and there have been sightings of the birds recently. I’ve been working with the RSPB to try to encourage the peregrines to make a permanent home and our Carpenter has made a nesting box for them, which you can see in the picture above - the RSPB have very generously installed an analogue camera free of charge so we can monitor activity.
The Worshipful Company of Constructors, who very kindly give funding for our Apprentices, have invited me and Christian to their Livery and Awards Dinner. It promises to be quite an evening and they have invited me to speak; I’m very pleased that I’ll be able to thank them in person for the opportunities their generosity gives our next generation of craftspeople. I’ll let you know how it went in my next update.