Appeal update

Phase 1 £950,000 target met


With thanks to the many generous donations, Phase One of the roof restoration works have now begun, but we still need £2 million.

This first phase tackles the south side of the Abbey’s roof, where the water damage is the worst. This includes guttering, masonry work and re-leading of the south nave aisle roof. While the pandemic set us back, we are on track to finish the works by spring 2022.

During this period, we have appointed a new Appeals Director, Grace Chapman, to take over the amazing work Jeremy Gaskell and to set our sights on the next phase of work. The cost for this sits at £2million, which means we will need to work harder than ever before to secure the Abbey’s future.



So far, we have been connecting with local businesses and people to discuss opportunities, but the sheer cost of the remaining works means we will need to turn to larger bodies to assist with project costs. This will include approaching the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which of course, means securing match funding from elsewhere and developing a community programme to support the capital (building) works.

We have been working closely with Selby District Council to develop cultural and heritage plans, as well as offering experiences to boost the local visitor economy, which should all help with the development of Phase Two and our connections to heritage funders.

Thank you for all your support regarding the 950 roof appeal. If you would like to support us further, please visit the How to Help section of the website.


'We will need to work harder than ever before to secure the Abbey’s future. '

Chairman of Trustees

John Engelhart


The Rt Revd

Dr John Thomson,

Bishop of Selby

The Revd Canon

John Weetman

Vicar of Selby Abbey

David Barstow

David Caulfield

Selby District Council

Stewart Skilbeck

Jennifer Cooke

Tom Pilcher

Angela Crossland

Selby District Council


David Sherriff