March Update

Friday 22nd February, 2013

News – Update

On 18 February work began on the redevelopment of the north side of the Cathedral.  This falls into 2 phases, and phase one has begun. Phase One is basically essential preparatory work for the landscaping of the area in front of Old Coates House and the playground.  This area will be fenced off until 15 March and access prohibited whilst this work is taking place. Phase Two starts on Monday 18 March and is scheduled to last 51 weeks.  The Cathedral car park will be closed, and there will be no access from Manor Place past Old Coates House to Palmerston Place. From Manor Place to get to the Cathedral’s west door go either via Bishop’s Walk or along Chester St to the traffic lights and turn left into Palmerston Place or enter the Cathedral by the Manor Place door.  Substantial grants from NHS Lothian, the Scottish Government and Wren, as well as a number of individual donations, have enabled us to begin the landscaping now.  The north west side of the Cathedral grounds will look magnificent when the work is done: the landscaping is so designed to complement the buildings on the site – the Walpole Hall, the Song School, Old Coates House, and the Cathedral itself.

Other news

1. With this month’s magazine you should have received the 2013 Cathedral Stewardship material.  All we ask is that you read it carefully and respond.  You should also have received our Lent, Holy Week and Easter card which gives details of some of the special services and events as we approach this holy season.  Additional copies of the card (and indeed the stewardship material) are available on request from the Cathedral office.

2. A new face arrives in the Cathedral office in March.  Oliver Brewer (whom many will know as one of our tenor lay clerks) joins the Cathedral office team and will be doing the work Sarah Grotrian has been doing so lovingly for the last 5 years.  Sarah herself will be concentrating on Cathedral exhibitions and on her work as Appeal Secretary of the Cathedral Workshop.

3. Sundays in March offer something for everyone!  Prof John Riches speaks on Fair Trade (3rd March); 10th March is Mothering Sunday, so all are invited to treat their mums to a Mothering Sunday special of croissants and coffee in the Chapter House from 9.30am; “Dr Livingstone, I presume” must be one of the best sounds bytes ever and, in celebration of the bicentenary of Livingstone’s birth, the Right Revd James Tengatenga, Bishop of Southern Malawi and Chair of the Anglican Communion Council, will be preaching on 17th March.

4. Margaret Gibbs, a great supporter and organiser of the Mothers’ Union within the Cathedral and the Diocese, died peacefully at home this month. Margaret’s energy and commitment were exemplary, and she will be greatly missed by all of us who were privileged to know her.

5. Jennifer Rimer retires as Head Teacher of St Mary’s Music School at the end of March after 17 years of distinguished service.  In honour of all Jennifer has given to young people the Cathedral and the Music School join forces on Friday 8 March at 5pm for an hour of music and words followed by a reception in the Resurrection Chapel.  Everyone is invited to come along and acknowledge all she has given us: in the Cathedral generations of choristers owe her a special debt of gratitude.  There will be no Choral Evensong that day.

Holy Week and Easter beckon when cries of “Hosanna” will become shouts of “Crucify him!”   The Liturgy of Holy Week helps us enter into that most precious journey, so that on Easter Day we too can greet the Risen Lord.