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Heather Newton - Head of Conservation Peter Rodd Jen Jordan - Stonemason (former apprentice) Roger Friend - Representing FGC The Revd Canon Nick Papadopulos - Canon Treasurer of Canterbury Cathedral representing Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Roger Odd Scott Wiseman - Stonemason (former apprentice) Charlie Finch - Stonemasonry apprentice Kim Harlow - Head of Giving, Canterbury Cathedral Trust Darren McCulloch-Smith - Senior Mason

Canterbury Cathedral has been aided by a £22,000 grant from the Freemasons’ Grand Charity for a third consecutive year. This donation supports the employment and training of an apprentice stonemason and the preservation of traditional skills for the future.

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Roger Friend of FGC and Roger Odd of POEK are taught real masonry skills by former Apprentice (and now qualified) Stonemason Jen Jordan

Representatives of Freemasons’ Grand Charity and Kent Lodges visited the Cathedral to present the cheque, meet the conservation team and get an update on the important North-West Transept restoration project. They were treated to a demonstration of the stonemasons’ skills and even shown how to work stone themselves.

Heather Newton, Head of Conservation at the Cathedral said: “It is essential to preserve these traditional techniques in order to protect the building for the benefit of future generations. There has been scaffolding up on some part of the structure throughout
its 1,000 year history, the work will never stop.”

In welcoming the donation Canon Nick Papadopoulos said: “We are enormously grateful for the ongoing support that Freemasons give us. We are constantly reminded of that contribution as we go about our daily work and see the magnificent stained glass windows they have provided in the past.”

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Roger Friend presents Revd Canon Nick Papadopulos with a cheque

Representing the Freemasons’ Grand Charity, Roger Friend said: “We are delighted to be able to continue our support for the apprentice programme here at the Cathedral. It is wonderful to see the dedication of these talented young people and the progress they have made over the last three years.”

Roger Odd of East Kent Freemasons added: “This important work goes on. The Freemasons in East Kent, West Kent, Surrey and Sussex have recently announced an appeal to raise £200,000 to support the urgent restoration work needed to the North West Transept.”

Click here for more information about the £200,000 appeal for Canterbury Cathedral.

For more information about Canterbury Cathedral visit http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org

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