ST ASAPH Cathedral has been awarded £21,000 in lottery funding to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage.

The UK’s smallest Cathedral was awarded the money through the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund; A total of £50million has been made available for those most in need across the heritage sector.

Due to the pandemic, the place of worship has been unable to hold any fundraising events or large-scale diocesan services.

The Translators’ Tearoom, which brings in much needed revenue, closed mid-March and several major services, over Holy Week and Easter, had to be cancelled.

Money raised and collections held during these services and events normally go towards the running costs of the building.

The Dean of St Asaph Cathedral, the Very Reverend Nigel Williams said: “Thanks to the National Lottery and its players we can now ensure the bills are paid over the next four months to maintain the building ready to welcome visitors back as soon as possible.

“We’re grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all.”

The Translators’ Tearoom opened in 2018 at the site of the Cathedral, alongside interactive interpretation facilities, showcasing the heritage, history and people who have been involved in the life of the cathedral over the centuries.

These include display cabinets showcasing one of only 20 known copies of the William Morgan Welsh Bible.