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Cathedral ahoy!

11 April 2014

THE word "nave" comes from the Latin for "ship"; so what could be more appropriate than to have a boat laid up in the cathedral nave to launch some serious fund-raising? The Precentor of Wakefield Cathedral, Canon Andrea Hofbauer, and the Assistant Organist, Simon Earl, together with his dog Rufus, are preparing to sail round Lake Windermere this summer to raise funds for Project 15, the cathedral's refurbishment programme.

"Simon and I are two landlubbers-turned-salty-seadogs who enjoy spending time on our local lakes," Canon Hofbauer says. "Sailing round Lake Windermere will be an exciting challenge which we are enthusiastic to take on to help the fund-raising push to renew the east end of our beautiful cathedral.

"[The past two years have brought] the redevelopment of our nave, and we now invite the people of Wakefield and beyond to become part of that great project to complete the renewal of this iconic building."

The Chapter needs £2.2 million, and is preparing a Heritage Lottery bid after securing a first-round pass at the end of last year. Project 15 is to clean the walls at the east end, renew the lighting and electrics, level the floor, renew St Mark's chapel, and create a quiet area for those who simply want to light a candle and sit. Part of the project is also to renew the music area below the vestry.

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