The news of the tragic fire at the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris has saddened us all and highlighted the significance of our own historic ecclesiastical buildings and the ever present need to retain the craft skills to conserve, repair and maintain them.
The CWF sends its sincere support to colleagues in Paris, and to the people of France. We are sure that our partner cathedrals will be ready to offer support and assistance in the months ahead.
Recruitment is underway for the next intake of students on our Foundation degree in September 2019. The course is now open to stonemasons, carpenter/joiners and electricians employed in the heritage building sector, as well as to crafts people directly employed in cathedrals. Contact us for more information and to receive an application form.
Our field trip to St Margaret’s Church, Westminster and Westminster Abbey was described by one student as ‘the best part of the course so far’. We are very grateful to staff The Morton Partnership and Daedalus Conservation for giving us so much of their time and enabling the students to see the conservation and restoration work behind the scenes, including the recently completed Queens Diamond Jubilee Galleries in the Triforium.
Poppies on tour
Our field trip to Hereford Cathedral coincided with the installation of the Poppies: Weeping Window cascade. Touring as part of the 1st Word War Centenary commemorations, the Poppies will be at Hereford until 29th April.
What’s the problem?
Students gathered in Winchester for their Principles of Conservation assessment. The task, set by module leader Heather Newton, Head of Conservation at Canterbury Cathedral, was to diagnose the possible causes of the decay to a pier in the North West Transept and make recommendations as to how to approach conservation and repair.
Winchester Mason Pourang Tajally (CWF graduate 2013) provided the background for the exercise.
Students celebrate success
Nine of our students have received their Foundation degrees at a graduation ceremony in Gloucester Cathedral. Stephen Buchan and Philip Green from Canterbury, Steven Mann from Durham, Owen Whitfield from Exeter, James Bayliss and Paul Synan from Gloucester, Laura Jeary from Lincoln, Christian Sullivan from Salisbury and Emily Draper from Worcester celebrated their success with family and friends.
The CWF now has twenty seven graduates from the four cohorts that have completed the programme since 2010.
The Duke of Gloucester Craft Awards
were established by The Worshipful Company of Masons in 2007 in honour of HRH The Duke of Gloucester.
The awards are made jointly with The Stone Federation of Great Britain and the masons awards are given every two years in recognition of excellence in stonemasonry.
We are delighted that one CWF graduate, two graduands and two current students were amongst those receiving awards at a ceremony in London on 4th October. The top award went (jointly) to Victoria Darley (York Minster, CWF graduate 2015) and Tom Francis from Chichester Stoneworks. James Bayliss (Gloucester, CWF graduand 2017) and Luke Kingston (Salisbury, CWF student 2017) were ‘Highly Commended’ and Matt Hoskins (Exeter, CWF student 2017) and Christian Sullivan (Salisbury, CWF graduand 2017) each received a ‘Commendation’. Well done to all!
CWF welcomes new cohort
Ten stonemasons and one carpenter/joiner from seven of our cathedrals joined the first cohort of the new CWF Foundation degree programme on 26th September 2017. The first teaching Workshop took place over three days in Canterbury.
New Programme Validated
The CWF Foundation degree in Applied Historic Building Conservation and Repair has successfully completed validation with the University of Gloucestershire.
The final cohort of the CWF’s first Foundation degree in Professional Development completed their final assessments this month. Eight stonemasons and one cathedral electrician can now look forward to graduating in November.