21st century heritage building project
Until 2016, no extensive repair or building project works had been needed since the 1850-51 church restoration. By 2016 the entire stone tile north roof slopes required urgent attention and amenities were needed. Following a combination of successful fundraising and grant applications, the entire north roof was removed, structural repairs carried out and the roof re-laid.
In addition, the first phase of new building work was planned. The aim was to both enhance the church and ensure it had the amenities to expand the size and nature of the events that could take place within it.
Thus, the Make History project was born, plans were worked on and approved, and fundraising and further grants sought. Now, as a result of many peoples’ endeavours and specialist skills, donations and grants, we are blessed with a beautiful annex on the north side of the church, which neatly contains a small vestry, kitchenette and disabled loo. Prior to the new building, if water was needed in the church, it had to be taken from the churchyard tap!
As a result of the new annex, it has been possible to renovate one of the oldest parts of the church within the Knight’s Chapel. Previously, the area had been boarded up to house the vestry (office and priests’ changing area). Now, behind a fully restored medieval screen, there is a small chapel for prayer and reflection, which can be used by anyone visiting the church seeking such a space. Within the chapel there is a prayer tree and visitors are invited to write their prayers and wishes on the labels provided and attach them to the tree. These are collected and the congregation prays for them at Sunday services.
Today, after the church being closed for many months and without visitors, we are looking to fundraise again for our next phase of renovation. We have been advised this needs our urgent attention and will begin with the complete renovation of the south roof slopes. This will then enable repairs as a result of internal water damage including the restoration of the ascending angels wall paintings over the north and south aisles arches. The north roof slopes restoration cost just over £100,000, so we anticipate a similarly substantial sum will need to be raised.
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