Cathedral campers

Team at All Hallows

Team at All Hallows

A  unique programme of residential summer holiday camps for young people starts in July to help protect some of the nation's most beautiful religious buildings.
    
Cathedral  Camps, run by UK volunteering  charity CSV  (Community Service Volunteers), will see young  people cleaning  spires,  clearing graveyards,  painting railings, polishing  altars,  oiling  doors, sweeping aisles and surveying  tombstones.   Campers can  explore  behind  the scenes at many of the nation's favourite cathedrals and some will  get  the  chance to sleep within the sacred  walls  of selected  cathedrals. The camps are open to people aged  18 - 25.
    
Venue highlights for 2010:
    
Edinburgh St Mary's is the largest ecclesiastical  building in Scotland. Its three spires can be seen dominating the city skyline.
    
Liverpool  Cathedral is a spectacular building  and  vibrant church,  awarded the title of Liverpool City  Region's  Best Large Visitor Attraction.  The beautiful cathedral has  the highest  and heaviest peal of church bells in the world  and the  largest  Grand Organ in the UK.  It is also the site where the bell ringing record was broken in November 2008.
    
St Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain. It stands over the place where St Alban, the first martyr, was buried after giving his life for his faith over 1700 years ago.
    
Canterbury Cathedral dates back to 597AD and is the site  of the  murder  of  Saint Thomas a Becket in 1170. The breathtaking Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told famously in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, ever since.
    
Brecon Cathedral is the only cathedral in Wales set in a walled close. It stands in the north of the stunning Brecon  Beacons national park and promises to be an exciting  affair as it also coincides with the famous Jazz festival.
    
Southwell Minster is one of the least known jewels  in  the crown  of  Nottinghamshire. It  dwarfs  the  town  with  its majestic  Norman nave in a town renowned as the birthplace of the famous Bramley Apple.
    
Other  venues  include London Islington  Union  Chapel,  All Hallows by the Tower and Chester Cathedral.
    
Julia Thompson will be leading the camp as a  volunteer  at Wells  Cathedral  after  volunteering  last  year  at  camps including Gloucester and Ely. She said:  "I'm really  looking forward  to  this  year's camps and to meeting  this  year's campers.   We always have a lot of fun, and it's fascinating to  get 'behind the scenes' of such impressive buildings and to explore a new town.  There's always a great mix of people you probably wouldn't get to know otherwise.  We get to know each  other  really well over the week and many of  us  have remained good friends."
    
Rebecca  Wilkinson,  CSV's  project  manager  for  Cathedral Camps,  said:  "Cathedral  Camps  demonstrate  the  positive impact  that  young people make in helping  to protect  our architectural   heritage.  Volunteers'  time, energy and enthusiasm  plays an important role in  preserving  social history and preventing landmark buildings from falling  into disrepair."
    
     Cathedral Camps Summer programme 2010

      7 -       14 July              Edinburgh St Mary's
     14 -      21 July              North Yorkshire CCT Stanwick
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     21 -      28 July              London Islington Union Chapel
     28 July - 4 Aug              North Devon CCT Exete including Exeter Cathedral, St Michael and All Angels, Princetown.
     28 July - 4 Aug              Liverpool Cathedral
     28 July - 4 Aug              St Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church
     4 -         11 Aug             All Hallows by the Tower, London
     4 -         11 Aug             Brecon Cathedral, Wales
     4 -         11 Aug             Truro Cathedral, Cornwall
     4 -         11 Aug             Wakefield Cathedral
     11 -       18 Aug             Canterbury Cathedral, Kent
     11 -       18 Aug             St Pancras Church, London
     11 -       18 Aug             St Paul's, Weymouth
     18 -       25 Aug             Chester Cathedral
     18 -       25 Aug             Leicester Cathedral
     18 -       25 Aug             Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire
     18 -       25 Aug             Wells Cathedral
     25 Aug - 1 Sept             CCT Wentworth Church
    

The  camps  are  subsidised,  with  participants  making  a contribution of £155 towards accommodation, food, tools, equipment, instruction, supervision and work materials.
    
For further information see: www.cathedralcamps.org.uk or call 0207 643 1395