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Phase 5 - inside the west door
The work of Phase is going well although it may not look like it from this picture.
Extra scaffolding was needed to support the gallery while the .bases of the posts were being repaired. This work has been completed and the area will be cleared to allow the foundation of the new floor to be laid soon. ​​​

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Phase 5 progress
The work on Phase 5 of the restoration of Newport Minster is progressing well. The east window and the window over Sir Edward Horsey's monument have been taken out to be restored. The high altar and Sir Edward have been covered in scaffolding and boarded up to protect them.
At the west end the floor has been taken up beneath the gallery and the bases of the columns supporting the gallery are being repaired. Outside the south chancel roof, Horsey chapel and kitchen are being repaired.
The church may look a bit like a building site but services are continuing as normal and the church is open most of the time for visitors.

Sharing Heritage: Newport Minster celebrates £9,300 Heritage Lottery Fund grant for new heritage trail

VISITORS and tourists can enjoy discovering about Newport Minster’s history and royal heritage thanks to a new lottery-funded project.

The minster has received £9,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage1 grant towards an exciting new project entitled ‘Discovering Newport Minster, its history and royal links’. The project involves creating a heritage trail following the royal links with Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, St Mildred’s Church, Whippingham, and the minster. This is in addition to a grant of £2,500 from Portsmouth’s Church of England Diocese.

Volunteers from Newport Minster and the Friends of Newport Minster will carry out research including using the County Archives and talking to local people as well as consulting local historians. The results of this will be used to produce new information boards in the Minster about its heritage and links to other places on the trail. Volunteer stewards will receive training and a new heritage trail leaflet will be produced showing the links between Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, St Mildred’s, Whippingham and the Minster. The project seeks to promote our Islands heritage to both the local community and to visitors.

Commenting on the award, the vicar, the Revd Kevin Arkell, said: This is wonderful news. We love where we live and know there’s so much more to discover about our past. We are all really excited about the opportunity to promote the story of the Minster as we share our heritage and history.

Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East England said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that Newport Minster can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”

Phase 5 gets underway
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Phase 5 of the restoration of Newport Minster has started. It began inside by removing the pews and floor under the organ loft. 
Scaffolding is due to go up round the east end of the church this week (beg. Jan 9th) to begin the external work, including taking out the large east window for repair.
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