Project Pilgrim awarded £360,000 Grant


Summerfield Charitable TrustSummerfield Charitable Trust Celebrates 25th Anniversary by Awarding £360,000 Grant to Gloucester Cathedral.

Gloucester Cathedral is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £360,000 from the Summerfield Charitable Trust towards Project Pilgrim.

The grant has been given as part of the trust’s 25th anniversary celebrations and will be used to conserve the Cathedral’s fifteenth century Lady Chapel. Conservation of the chapel forms a key part of Project Pilgrim, a £6M Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project to develop the Cathedral site into a sustainable focal-point for heritage, spiritual and community activity in the heart of Gloucester.

Since it was established in 1989, the Summerfield Charitable Trust has given more than £7M to good causes in Gloucestershire. These include grants to the arts, the natural heritage and environment, community projects, education, recreation and sport, and the vulnerable and disadvantaged.

This grant is the largest one-off donation the Cathedral has received towards the Project Pilgrim funding target of £1.5M. It will help to unlock a further £4.3M if the Cathedral makes a successful round two application to HLF later this year.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said, “We are thrilled that the Summerfield Charitable Trust has agreed to award us such a significant grant. It will help breathe new life into one of our most precious assets, ensuring it remains in the best possible condition for current and future generations to enjoy.”

Mr Edward Gillespie OBE, Chairman of the Summerfield Charitable Trust said, “Over the past 25 years, the Summerfield Charitable Trust has made a substantial contribution to conserving many of the county's outstanding buildings and helping to enhance the experience of new generations of visitors. The Trustees are delighted to be engaged with the vision of Project Pilgrim and most specifically in plans for the exquisite Lady Chapel. We wish the Dean and Chapter every success with their continued fundraising to bring the project to a successful and sparkling conclusion."



At 4pm on Thursday 24 September the Summerfield Charitable Trust will award the Very Revd Stephen Lake with a cheque for the grant. There will be an opportunity to take photos and also to interview the Dean and the trustees, including the Chairman, Edward Gillespie OBE and Anthony McClaran who is retiring from his role.


For further information please contact:

Theo Platt, Head of Development & Communications, Gloucester Cathedral

T: 01452 874963



Sandie Conway, Marketing Officer, Gloucester Cathedral

T: 01452 508219





About the Summerfield Charitable Trust

The Summerfield Charitable Trust was established by Ronald Summerfield, a Cheltenham antique dealer, shortly before his death in 1989. 

Since the Trust was established in 1989 it has paid more than £7 million in grants to good causes in Gloucestershire benefiting the arts, the natural heritage and environment, community projects, education, recreation and sport, and the vulnerable and disadvantaged.

For more information about the trust go to or contact the Administrator, Mrs Lavinia Sidgwick:

T: 01285 721 211



About Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral stands at the heart of the city on a site of Christian worship that stretches back fifteen hundred years. As one of the finest medieval buildings in the country, it boasts a variety of architectural styles and is the resting place of King Edward II. Over 250,000 visitors are attracted to the site every year and it is supported by a team of over 400 volunteers.


About the Lady Chapel

The Chapel is one of the most impressive examples of late-medieval ecclesiastical architecture in the country, featuring a glorious array of stained glass windows, fine masonry detailing and an elaborate vaulted ceiling. The windows include extensive Arts & Crafts designs by Christopher Whall and a brand new window commemorating the life and works of WW1 poet and composer, Ivor Gurney.

The Lady Chapel requires urgent attention to prevent further decline and possible permanent damage. Extensive conservation work is required to address serious issues concerning humidity, eroded masonry and stained glass. This funding will support the complete restoration and conservation of the chapel’s interior, including stonework conservation and cleaning, stained glass conservation, re-lighting and a new heating system.


About Project Pilgrim

Project Pilgrim is an ambitious ten year programme of activity and capital development to be delivered over three phases. The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a round one development grant of £320,000 to the first phase – “Project Pilgrim Phase One: the Heart of Gloucester” in June 2016. A further £4.3M delivery grant has been earmarked towards the building phase of the project by HLF subject to a successful round two application.



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