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£500,000 Restoration and Development Project
awarded Heritage Lottery Fund support.

We have been awarded initial support to develop a project to repair and preserve ancient stonework and to make using and visiting the Minster a much better experience. High up on the north side of the Chancel, 600 year old stone and 150 year old glazing is failing, while 900 year old stone on the southwest tower is gradually washing away. Much of the patching up done in the past, especially by the Victorians, is now in danger of falling off. Repair work never stops, but this time there will be improvements including the installation of toilets and other facilities to make the Minster more usable and accessible. An additional emergency exit will be expensive, but is essential. There will also be better presentation of the building, its history and treasures, and more about some of the historic characters associated with it.

In the north porch, a 3 level structure is planned to include toilets, office and meeting space, storage and safe access to the bell ringing chamber. The porch floor level would be raised to the external level and lead to steps and a wheelchair lift down to nave floor level from under the northwest tower. The important items in the porch will be preserved and re-located as necessary. Following the building work, the project will continue with improved information and interpretation displays so that visitors can understand more of the Minster’s treasures. We will also offer more to the many schools that bring students to visit, to help them with various aspects of the curriculum. Additional stewards and guides will be recruited and trained to assist visitors to gain the most from their experience.

The preliminary budget for the project is £500,000. Direct costs will be about £132,000 for repairs, £142,000 for building development and £40,000 for interpretation and outreach. The remaining £186,000 is for fees, design, access and delivery costs, and of course, VAT on everything! (some of which can be recovered).

Towards this, the HLF grant will be £241,000, conditional upon the project being ready for delivery by October 2017. We have raised or been promised so far £160,000, that leaves £100,000 to be raised by next October in order for the project to go ahead.

When this work is done, the old office building will be sold to release more funds to improve access throughout the building so that those who can’t manage steps can enjoy the Minster’s greatest treasures.

A major public appeal will be launched in the Spring when the costs will be more certain and design work commissioned to illustrate the development. In the meantime, applications are being made to Trusts and other grant making bodies for support, and of course, any donations for the project are gratefully received at any time.

 

Trip Advisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence awarded to King’s Lynn Minster

We are delighted to announce that King’s Lynn Minster has been awarded a TripAdvisor 2016 Certifcate of Excellence.

Certificate of Excellence recipients include attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a high quality experience to travellers.

Canon Chris Ivory, said, “We are so pleased to have received this award. 
People visit the Minster for many reasons: some to admire the architecture dating back over 900 years, others to see the fine mediaeval woodwork and brasses, others to find peace and a sense of continuity with all those who have been here before us, but whatever the reason people come, they seem to leave with more than they expected from this fascinating place.

Our hope is that people will feel at home here, enjoy whatever they find and leave with a sense of peace.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.

To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor ‘bubble-rating’ of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Christmas Fayre 2016

On Saturday 27th November we held our second Christmas Fayre here in the Minster. It was lovely to see so many stall holders return from last year as well as those new to the Minster.

The Fayre was opened by The Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn and there were lots of beautiful items available to buy, made by local crafters, artists, bakers etc.

Our ever popular cafe was bustling and we had many visitors throughout the day.

The event raised over £1,200 for Minster funds - a fabulous amount, our thanks go to everyone who helped make the day such a success.

Heritage Sunday 2016 - what a treat - again!

Heritage Sunday this year saw almost 1,500 visitors come to the Minster to share in our wonderful building.

Our Tower Tours were as popular as ever, the cafe was packed to overflowing all afternoon and the Minster Shop was also open to the public.  

Over £850 was raised for Minster funds - thank you to everyone who helped out and everyone who came and enjoyed the day.

Laura's a Priest!

On Saturday 4th July 2015 we were delighted to join our Curate the Revd Laura Baker with her friends and family as she was Ordained Priest at Norwich Cathedral.

Laura presided at her first Eucharist on Sunday 5th July in the Minster and afterwards the congregation presented her with a cloak and cheque to mark this very special occassion.

Laura writes:

Thank you so much to you all for your love and support last weekend when I was ordained priest and celebrated my first Eucharist.  Thank you so much for the beautiful cloak and cheque that you all so kindly gave me as an ordination present, I’m so grateful.  Also, a special thank you to all who organised the trip to the Cathedral and the refreshments.  It was a truly wonderful weekend, Laura. 

 

The Minster Organ

In the past 3 years 1,100 pipes have been installed to complete the job started in 1895 and to recover some of the sounds of 1754.  The result is fantastic!

On Saturday 23rd May 2015, we were delighted to welcome over 200 people to the Minster to hear Paul Hale (organ desgner and virtuoso performer) deliver an organ extravaganza to celebrate this amazing instrument.