National Park lends a hand to Cathedral clock appeal

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Funding boost provided for St Davids Cathedral for tower and timepeices appeal by Conservation Area Grant Scheme

Picture of St Davids Cathedral ©Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

St Davids Cathedral ©Pembrokeshire National Park Authority

An appeal to restore the tower and timepieces at one of the county’s most popular visitor attractions is set to benefit from a funding boost from Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Conservation Area Grant Scheme.

The grant scheme, which is funded equally by the Authority and Cadw has provided £37,500 towards the campaign to restore the tower and clock at the Cathedral.

The Authority received a request for assistance from the Dean of St Davids Cathedral as part of an appeal to raise the £150,000 needed to repair the building’s iconic tower and clocks.

National Park Authority Building Conservation Officer Rob Scourfield said: “The Dean contacted the Authority for help in raising the money needed earlier this year at just the right time.

“18 properties were granted funding in the last year, but unfortunately a few were unable to proceed with their projects, leaving  a surplus in the grant fund, which regrettably is in its final year. National Park Authority Members voted to allocate the remaining budget of £37,500 towards the campaign to restore the tower and clock at the Cathedral.”

National Park Authority Chairman Cllr Mike James added: “We are delighted to be able to help restore one of the most iconic buildings in the National Park and hope this will encourage even more people to visit the area, to witness the spectacular built and natural history.”

“We are also grateful to our colleagues at Cadw for their commitment to the scheme over several years.”

The scheme has assisted 417 properties with over £10.21million worth of funding across the National Park’s 14 Conservation Areas over the last 26 years.

The Dean of St Davids, The Very Reverend Jonathan Lean said: “I am extremely grateful to the National Park Authority for their tremendous support and encouragement; it is through their commitment to this project that we are able to begin work on the clock. I am hopeful that other support will also be available to reach our £150,000 fundraising target.”