- The pinnacles and brickwork at the top of the tower are finished.
- Brickwork repairs are progressing well lower down, such as to the badly weathered brickwork next to the louvres.
- Inside the roof the rotten beam have been repaired and new trusses
fitted. The remainder of the roof woodwork and lead work is in progress.
- The guttering and brackets along the south side of the Church are being replaced.
- The Old Roof is off and all the damaged beams exposed
- The re mortaring of the parapet and plinths for the four balls is progressing well .
- The brickwork inside the bell tower is also being repaired. This is followed by all the outside brickwork
- The beam for the new floor underneath the roof is in and the new floor is to be fitted this week.
- Repair work on the roof trusses, beams and roof then starts .
- Works are scheduled until mid-August after which the Scaffolding is removed which will take another month
March - April
Every Five Years each England Parish Church has to have an inspection. The restoration of the Bell Tower has been on the list of works to be done for over twenty years!
In 2014 we went ahead and tendered for the repairs and restoration of both the East Wall (behind the Chancel) and the Bell Tower roof. The tenders showed the cost of both as over £230,000 with no saving by doing both together so this year we restored the East Wall.
Fortunately in December 2014 we were given a few weeks notice by the Diocese to apply for a grant from the Listed Places of Worship (LPOW) Roof Repair Fund, part of The Department of Culture, Media and Sport. We duly applied for a grant for the Restoration of the Bell Tower Roof. We were notified in April as being successful and the LPOW is granting us £99,100 towards the repairs.
The repairs consist of:
- Removing the
existing roof covering completely
the rain damaged rafters and wallplates
- Relaying the
drainage gutters at a correct angle
the existing asbestos tiles with clay tiles and renewing all the lead
- Point open joints in the seventeenth century brickwork
- Remove the leaded windows from the Bell Ringing Chamber and repair them by replacing much of the lead and some of the glass.
The Whole Tower will be covered in Scaffolding and have a temporary roof over the existing roof. The Bells will still ring.
The work will start in April before Easter with the erection of the Scaffolding and after Easter the building works will start with completion in July.
The contractors are Mouldings, and the works will be supervised by our architect Louise Bainbridge and a team of three from the Building and Churchyard Committee.
The Project cost is £149,545 and the LPOW Grant is for £99,100, so the All Saints and St Mary’s Trust are busy fund raising the £51,000 required.
So far we are well on our way to raising this amount but all the support members of the Village can give towards the continued upkeep of our beautiful Norman Church is always appreciated.
Peter Fryer, Building and Churchyards Committee,