Set up in 1977, the Renewal Appeal’s aim was to finance the transformation of St Giles’. With grants and donations large and small from funding organisations, trusts, businesses and private individuals, this major project was undertaken to renew the fabric and interior of the Cathedral. The first phase saw the conservation of the medieval Tower, the Crown Spire, re-leading of the roofs, stonework repairs, the moving of the Holy Table to the centre of the building and the creation of the Lower Aisle with its café. A magnificent new organ was gifted by Alastair Salvesen and banners for the four great central pillars were designed.
In 1997 the second phase of the Renewal began, once more involving extensive roof and stonework repairs. All the stained glass windows were conserved over a period of four years and a new lighting system was installed. Ramps for disabled access at the West Door were created, areas of the stone flooring were renewed and lime plaster on the vaults of the ceilings was re-instated. Conservation of the exquisite Thistle Chapel was also completed, the first time this has been done since it was it was built a century before. A Thanksgiving Service in the presence of The Princess Royal in January 2011 saw the dedication of a new Holy Table and officially marked the conclusion of the Renewal, but improvements are ongoing, and if you would like to make a donation towards the continuing work of the Renewal of St Giles’, the Mother Church of Presbyterianism, we would be glad to send you further information on how you can do this.
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St Giles’ Cathedral
Scottish Charity No. SC003565