Jobs are at risk for catering staff at Lincoln Cathedral after it was confirmed that it has entered a period of consultation over closing the Refectory cafe and restaurant.
Lincoln Cathedral, which has just over 100 staff, also said back in July that it was looking to make staff redundant due to the financial impact of the coronavirus lockdown, although specific departments affected were not disclosed at the time.
It has since confirmed that 13 applications for voluntary redundancy were accepted from staff across all departments, who have given 243 years of dedicated service to the cathedral.
It has been a difficult time for the cathedral as the coronavirus crisis put a big strain on its finances as no events could be run and fundraising and collection contributions had reduced.
The cathedral was trying to find alternative funding options and income streams, as it is not possible to maintain its previous staffing structure.
In a statement to The Lincolnite, a cathedral spokesperson said: “It is with regret, that we can confirm that we have entered into a period of consultation with regard to closing the Refectory at Lincoln Cathedral.
“This process is ongoing and therefore out of respect for our staff, congregation and customers, we will not be commenting further until the process is complete.
“In July Cathedral staff were invited to apply for voluntary redundancy. As a result of this process, thirteen applications were accepted from staff across all departments.
“Between them, those leaving us have given 243 years’ dedicated service to the Cathedral and it is exceptionally difficult to say farewell to friends and colleagues in such circumstances.
“As we navigate this difficult path, we are working carefully to support all staff at a time of uncertainty and sadness.”