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Stonemason Emily Draper recently completed a ‘Cathedrals Workshop Fellowship’ (CWF) two year Foundation Degree course in ‘Applied Historic Building Conservation and Repair’. Worcester Cathedral is pleased to announce that Emily has passed the course with a Distinction.

The Cathedral’s Head Stonemason Darren Steele said “I am very proud of Emily’s achievements and also this year Emily completed a five year apprenticeship too! Emily has become officially a ‘Work Based Tutor’ within the CWF team - I had no hesitation in putting Emily forward for this role.”

Emily will be going on to mentor Saul Sheldon (Works Department stonemason) who will be joining the new CWF course next week.

The CWF course was formally validated by Gloucester University this summer and the Cathedral’s Stonemasons now work in partnership with the University. Nine Anglican Cathedrals who each have their own in-house workshops - Worcester, Durham, York, Lincoln, Gloucester, Salisbury, Exeter, Winchester and Canterbury all deliver the unique training and teaching. Each individual module on the two year course is modelled on a huge range of subjects combined within our heritage, skills and history.

Worcester is one of the founders of the CWF Fellowship and since 2005 and been involved extensively and still do to this day. HRH Prince Charles is our patron for the CWF.

Darren went on to say “I give my thanks to the Dean & Chapter of Worcester Cathedral and the Cathedral Steward Les West, for all the support given over many years with the Fellowship.”