Two Worcester cathedral apprentice stonemasons achieved distinctions  - The Worcester Observer

Two Worcester cathedral apprentice stonemasons achieved distinctions 

Holly Clement 27th Jun, 2024   0

WORCESTER Cathedral has celebrated as apprentice stonemasons have achieved top honours.

Debbie Branford and Alfie Rollett, have earned the highest distinction in their recent assessments.

Both have achieved distinctions in their Standard two Stonemasonry qualifications, transitioning from apprentices to fully qualified stonemasons.

Darren Steele, master mason at Worcester Cathedral, said: “This is great news, not only for Debbie and Alfie but for the Cathedral and the heritage sector as a whole.

“We are delighted to be one of only nine cathedrals in the country with a dedicated team of stonemasons.

“We offer a sought-after training program to nurture the next generation of masons and ensure the long-term conservation of our historic architecture.

“I am immensely proud that both Debbie and Alfie have received distinctions, the highest accolades.”

This is the first time the new qualifications have been delivered nationwide – replacing the previous levels one to three NVQs.

Debbie, said: “It’s nice to be qualified with a distinction, which just shows the quality of training we’ve received both at college and at the Cathedral.

“I worked in finance previously, but always had a passion for history and crafts, so I’m happy that I made the right decision to pursue the apprenticeship.”

Alfie added: “It’s great to finally be a qualified stonemason. The Cathedral and college were both amazing, especially going to York, I feel really lucky to have been sent up there to study.

It’s probably an unusual career choice for a 21-year-old, but I was inspired by a friend’s dad, who was a thatcher, to go down the craft / trade route and it’s worked out perfectly for me.”

The stonemasonry team at Worcester Cathedral plays a crucial role in preserving its architecture and ensuring the building remains a cherished place for worshippers and visitors.

With over 900 years of historical stonework to maintain, the team is perpetually engaged in their vital work.

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