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New volunteers required as visitor numbers rise at St Asaph’s Ancient Cathedral

One of Britain’s smallest ancient Cathedral’s is seeking volunteers to welcome its increasing number of visitors.

St Asaph Cathedral which dates from the thirteen Century has seen a threefold rise in the number of visitors since it opened a tearoom and interactive displays in 2018.  Now it is holding a volunteer recruitment day on Monday 24 June to explain the opportunities available and encourage people to get involved with their local history.

Volunteers are needed to help welcome visitors, run family h

eritage events, work in the Translators’ Tearoom, steward at concerts, events and services and research the history of the ancient building.

The benefits of volunteering include 10% off purchases in the tearoom, free tickets to concerts and events, a parking pass and invitations to special volunteer-only events throughout the year.

St Asaph Cathedral’s Activities Co-ordinator, Lorna Kernahan, said: “With the growing number of heritage attractions at St Asaph Cathedral we’re looking to extend the pool of volunteers to support the rising number of visitors.

“The launch of our escape-room-style mystery challenge, a heritage trail which uses clues around the Cathedral to unlock codes, has huge potential to attract visitors, especially those with children, but we need people to facilitate this on a regular basis.

“Translators’ Tearoom is getting more and more popular and while there’s a core team of paid staff, volunteers are essential to keep the coffee flowing.

“The Cathedral also hosts a number of high-profile concerts and we need to bolster the team of people who steward at these events. In recent years, stars such as Russell Watson, Aled Jones and G4 have performed in the Cathedral and each year, the North Wales International Music Festival brings world renowned musicians to our city.

“Anyone interested in volunteering in any capacity at the Cathedral can come along between 2pm-4pm on Monday 24 June, enjoy a tour of the buildings’ heritage and have afternoon tea from the Translators’ Tearoom.  If you can’t make that day, please get in contact with us anyway, we’d be delighted to hear from you.”

St Asaph Cathedral dates from 1239 with the present structure completed in the 15th century.  It is home to an original copy of the William Morgan Welsh Bible, dating from 1588.  In 2018, St Asaph Cathedral opened Translators’ Tearoom, the centrepiece of a £330,000 extension to the building.  In addition, interactive displays on the history and heritage of the site were opened, thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Lorna added: “Since we officially opened Translators’ Tearoom and the interactive interpretation, we’ve seen a three-fold rise of in visitor numbers.

“To ensure we offer visitors, tourists and pilgrims, the best possible welcome, we’re keen to hear from anyone interested in helping St Asaph Cathedral. This could be anyone wanting new skills or to build on their CV, teenagers doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award or pupils at local schools doing their Welsh Baccalaureate.”

Volunteer Recruitment takes place from 2pm-4pm on Monday 24 June.  Translators’ Tearoom is open every, except Sunday, from 10am-4pm, serving lunches along with a fine selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes and ice-creams.

For further information about volunteering opportunities at St Asaph Cathedral, please email Lorna Kernahan.

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Notes for Editors: The total number of visitors to St Asaph Cathedral who signed the visitor sheets in 2018 was 8,226.  In 2017 it was 2,594, an increase by a factor of 3.2.

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