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22nd June 2017

York Minster has been given a large cash boost to invest in three new stonemasonry apprenticeships to help safeguard the future of the cathedral.

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The creation of three new apprenticeships will be funded by a £170,000 grant from Yorkshire, North and East Ridings Freemasons. The apprenticeships are being introduced over a three year period, with each apprentice learning their craft in the Minster Stoneyard, alongside award-winning craftspeople, whilst studying part-time at York College. The funding is in memory of Iain Ross Bryce, a former Provincial Grand Master of Yorkshire and East Riding Freemasons, who died in June 2015.

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The first apprentice to benefit from the grant is 27 year old Lewis Morrison, who joined York Minster in August 2016, after studying a Level 2 Diploma in Stonemasonry at York College. Lewis is currently working on carvings as part of the Minster’s South Quire Aisle project and will progress to study a Level 3 Stonemasonry Diploma in September. 

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