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Grab yourself a gargoyle: cathedral launches innovative fundraising drive

by Premier Journalist
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You could give an old gargoyle a new home, as part of a cathedral’s drive to raise money.

Gloucester Cathedral has produced a catalogue of stones it intends to auction off, which includes historically significant pieces like the “mythical” creature.

Sonia Bielaszewska, philanthropy manager at the cathedral, said the friends of Gloucester cathedral hope people will bid for pieces which can become dinner party ice breakers or garden features.

The stones, which are too worn to do their job, vary in size from six inches to one and a half metres. They will be available to view in person at the Mason’s Yard in Pitt Street, Gloucester, for six days from Monday, and also via an online catalogue.

There are ten stones up for grabs, each of which will have a reserve price on it. If the reserve price is not met during the sealed bid auction, the cathedral will keep the stones.

Ms Bielaszewska said: “We wanted to give people the option to give them a second home. They may not be suitable for the cathedral but they would do absolutely fine for people’s homes and gardens.”

She added: “Some of them are so historically significant, they deserve a second home…People have expressed an interest in having them as conversation starters on the table.”

Very Rev Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester, said: “Imbued with prayer and presence, this opportunity is ideal for you to have a piece of your cathedral, and support its on-going work – forever.”

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