After six years of discussion and debate a faculty has been granted for some re-ordering work to the church building in order to make it even more flexible for worship, more attractive for community use and to enable greater efficiency in our administration and community support.
Click the image on the right to view the overall plan of the project from our architects, Acanthus Clews.
The works comprise a number of essential projects costing around £170,000 in the first instance and will:
Although we could fund this from reserves, we are keen to retain some reserves which support our day to day running and so we are seeking to raise grants and gifts for half of the amount. This will also enable us, once this project is complete, to glaze in the Chapel to allow independent use, and install a lift to allow access for all to it.
Update June 2017
We are moving now towards the start of the work for which we have a faculty. We are delighted to be using very local contractors, Adams and Wade, based in St. Luke’s road.
The project Manager (Emma Shenton), Day to Day Manager (Ralph Hinchliffe), a Churchwarden (Dave Sopp) and Vicar have met with the Architect and Project Leader from Adams and Wade for the pre-contract meeting. This was very useful and discussed both overarching and day to day issues. The Letter of Intent has been sent and we hope that work will start soon.
It is anticipated that the work will commence with the conversion of the current Parish Centre and then move to the back of church. Once work commences all tower keys will be recalled and the area beyond the tower door will be sealed off until the work is complete. We will decorate that new office / vestry areas ourselves and will need a small team of painters ready to go when the time is right.
A small team will clear the kitchen area and other areas as relevant in time for the start of the works.
All those who hire the Parish Centre have been notified that the last day of letting will be 31st July.
The new Re-Ordering Committee of the PCC has met once and meets again soon. The Funding committee has met twice and also meets again soon. Minutes of both meetings are available to view on the board by the office and have been sent to all PCC members by email.
The Funding group has already sent out some letters inviting funding from local businesses and is working with Nicola Davidson of Our Community Enterprise to develop bids to a variety of sources. She is helping group members to produce appropriate materials and publicity.
At a meeting on 17th June, the PCC voted unanimously not to install the chandelier heating at the west end of church for the first year and instead to heat the church fully for meetings etc there. This was on the advice that it is likely to be much more cost effective. The decision will be reviewed next year. There will soon be a summary breakdown of the cost of the whole project by areas.
Day to day impact:
Watch the pew sheet and board(s) at the back of church for updates.
There are bound to be other questions that you have. If you would like to write these on the sheet by the boards we will hope to give answers as quickly as possible in the pew sheet.
The Revd. Sally Lynch