September 26 - Guildford Cathedral has announced a new strategy to secure its future at the heart of the Guildford community. The strategy includes an ambitious seven year plan for fundraising and investment and also reveals plans to sell some of the land on Stag Hill for proposed new housing.
The new Dean, the Very Revd Dianna Gwilliams, launched the bold new plan - which will involve the creation of significantly enhanced public open space on Stag Hill, greater connectivity with the town centre and a major programme of urgent repairs to the fabric of the Cathedral.
â€œThis is a crucial point in the history of the Cathedral which has never experienced financial security,â€ said the Dean. â€œGuildford Cathedral 2020 gives the cathedral not only a future, but a chance to finally take up its place at the heart of its community, just as its founders envisaged some 80 years ago.
â€œThe strategy provides a framework for an extensive programme of investment which will enable us to establish a strong new physical link with the town and realise the original vision for the Cathedralâ€™s surroundings which included landscaped grounds, housing and buildings for community use."
A fundamental part of the vision is to ensure a sustainable financial future for the Cathedral which costs Â£1.17m to operate per annum and is currently running at a deficit of around Â£100,000 per year. To achieve this, Guildford Cathedral 2020 reveals plans to release an area of land for the development of social and private housing, including a new Cathedral Close to accommodate staff and clergy which will replace the existing sub-standard houses.
â€œOur belief is that fulfilling our strategy for 2020 will have a positive impact on Guildford as a whole by delivering much-needed affordable housing as well as creating a more welcoming and attractive environment: a centre of worship, culture, music, education and social activity,â€ added Dianna.
Find out more: www.guildford-cathedral.org/2020