Cathedral Development and Vision
“This is a special place and a special time for Rochester Cathedral. Medway is on the verge of major regeneration and it's only right that the Cathedral should play a central role in it. The Cathedral is an iconic building for Medway and we contribute at so many levels – to social outreach, art and culture, heritage and tourism, education and citizenship, the environment, and above all faith and spirituality. This is not a time to be inward-looking, but an opportunity to reach out and engage positively with the real needs of the community around us. In order to do this, we need the support of people who look to the Cathedral for a lead and want it to play a significant role in Rochester, Medway and beyond.”
Funding Our Future
Rochester Cathedral Development Trust (registered charity number 291616) was formed to assist the Dean and Chapter to raise money towards the Cathedral’s outgoings and capital expenditure. Rochester Cathedral relies on the generosity of benefactors, grant making organisations, private foundations and, of course, individuals to supplement its income.
We are very honoured that HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO is Patron of the Development Trust.
© 2013 The Royal Household Bagshot Park/Image by Millie Pilkington
We are also extremely fortunate to have Jools Holland OBE DL as our Music Patron and a most generous supporter of the choir for many years.
Photograph by Mary McCartney
What is the need?
It costs around £1m a year to keep Rochester Cathedral running on a day to day basis. The Cathedral is almost entirely self funding. We receive no Government money and very little from central church funds. Additional projects such as improvements to the building, development of the music our extending our ministry into new and exciting areas all depend heavily on support from Charitable Trusts and Foundations, giving by companies, individual giving and legacies.
The largest call on the Cathedral’s income is the Music Department; the organists, the lay clerks and choral scholars, and the choristers.
Consequently the long term target of raising £10 million is to secure the future of the choral foundation, and to enable it to maintain and build on the excellence for which it is known. Our short term target is £2 million. To do this we aim to get a £50,000 sponsor for each of our Choristers. This money is deposited in the Music Endowment and the earnings on it then finance the Chorister each year in perpetuity. A silver medal in the name of the sponsor is struck and worn by the Chorister at all services and events. The medal is worn by one Chorister for the whole of their life within the choir and when they move on and new probationer is selected.
Not only is the liturgy enhanced immeasurably by music, but the unique English cathedral choral tradition is a jewel in the crown of our national heritage, and the Music Department, through its highly successful outreach initiatives, brings music and its educational benefits to the wider local community. On so many levels, music is central to the role of the Cathedral in our community.
The Business Guild
The Business Guild works as a part of the Rochester Cathedral Trust to provide a direct link between businesses of commercial interests in the Medway and Kent and the Cathedral. It does so through a lively annual programme of seminars, social events, concerts and conferences.
The Friends of Rochester Cathedral
The Trust is a separate body to the Friends of Rochester Cathedral, with its large and lively membership, which raises money for the fabric of the Cathedral buildings. Over the past years it has funded many projects, for which the Cathedral is immensely grateful.
Donations of any size to the Trust’s fund raising are most gratefully received.
Please contact the Development Officer, Lynne Bax, on +44 (0)1634 810074 or by email (email@example.com) with any enquiries. She is most happy to help.
Ways of Giving and Tax Benefits and Reliefs
You may, of course, use the “Just Giving” link on the home page. Please do whatever you find most convenient.
Not everyone is in a position, or wishes, to make a one-off payment of a substantial amount, particularly in their lifetime. Naturally, you may make your donation in instalments, or even by a legacy pledge (for which you may also qualify for inheritance tax relief). We aim to be as flexible as possible given your requirements.
- If you wish your gift to be made without publicity, your anonymity is assured.
- If you qualify to “Gift Aid” your donation, the Cathedral will receive a refund of income tax from the government, at no extra cost to you.
- You may also qualify for income tax and capital gains tax relief if you give certain assets (including “qualifying shares”).
A useful summary of these tax benefits and reliefs is set out at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/individuals/giving/basics.htm. You may, though, wish to consult your independent financial adviser for confirmation of your personal situation.
Again, the Development Officer (see above - Your Support) is very happy to discuss any concerns with you.