A Northamptonshire charity, The Phillips Trust, has presented a cheque for £15,000 to Peterborough Cathedral to support the new Visitor and Learning Centre in the Precincts, and other aspects of the Peterborough 900 Campaign.
The donation was made by the Trustees during a visit to the Cathedral on Friday 6th May, when they were able to look around the Centre, which is nearing completion. They also saw the recently restored mosaic floor inside the Cathedral.
The charity has been a longstanding supporter of the Cathedral, having given a total of £105,000 since 2011, in recognition of the role that the Cathedral plays in that county. Northamptonshire makes up the largest part of the Church of England Diocese of Peterborough, of which Peterborough Cathedral is the mother church.
The Trustees have expressed interest in continuing their support with a contribution towards the considerable cost of the conservation and repair of Laurel Court. This 18th century house in the Cloisters is on the Historic England “Heritage At Risk Register”, which means that is in urgent need of repair. An appeal is underway to raise in excess of £3 million to restore the building and bring it into a variety of uses, including as the new Cathedral and Community Music School, and as a holiday property available for rental by the general public.
Canon Jonathan Baker, Acting Dean of Peterborough, said: “The generosity of The Phillips Trust has helped the Cathedral very significantly by providing some of the match money required by the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable the Visitor and Learning Centre to go ahead. We are enormously grateful to them.”
Photo: Mr John Ford, Chairman of The Phillips Trust presents a cheque to Canon Jonathan Baker, Acting Dean of Peterborough, outside the Visitor and Learning Centre in the Cathedral Precincts.