The interior of Newport Cathedral is getting a whole new look over the coming weeks, with the removal of its pews and the installation of new chairs.
Following many months of planning, the Cathedral has enlisted the help of local social enterprise, Reseiclo, to remove and prepare the pews for sale. And it is in the process of replacing them with chairs, which will make the space far more flexible and useful for a number of different worship and community uses.
The Dean of Newport Cathedral, the Very Revd Lister Tonge, said: “It has taken us many months of careful consideration, negotiation and preparation to get to this point. Returning this ancient space to something like its original appearance will reveal its beauty for the first time in living memory whilst also giving it a new lease of life.
“Our fine, new chairs are the same as those in St Davids, Canterbury and St Paul’s cathedrals, amongst many others. We very much hope for local support in completing this project and are inviting people to sponsor one or more chairs in the Cathedral. The chairs will be moved around as they are needed, but a record of all chairs sponsored will be held in the Cathedral archive for posterity. This is a lovely way to create a memorial to a loved one or to mark a special occasion.
“There is also the chance to purchase the pews which are being removed. It is a pleasure to work with Reseiclo, who have shown great skill in shortening the pews to make them suitable for people’s homes.
“We fully expect to have the pews removed and the new chairs in place in time to celebrate Advent and Christmas. It will take a little longer to complete the restoration of the floor but the full glory of the Newport’s most beautiful interior space will be revealed by the end of January.”
For further details on sponsoring a chair or for purchasing a pew please visit newportcathedral.org.uk or call 07933 627594 or follow the relevant link below.