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 12 November 2017
Are we nearly there yet? The question many of us have heard from our children, in this case the answer is, yes, we are.
The office and vestry area are complete and have been handed over to us and we have commenced moving in (see attached photos). All the blinds are up, and the kitchen is being cleaned ready for use at the weekend. There are still a few minor jobs to be completed like door stop, and putting up coat hooks. The usual ‘snagging’ will of course happen. Moving in is a work in progress.
The installation of the servery and cupboards at the rear of church is also virtually finished. There is still some electrical work to be completed, the sound system controls must be moved, and cupboard tops must be secured once the work specified above has been completed. This area has not been signed off by the architect nor have the electrical certificates been received for the servery area so although everything looks finished it is hoped that it will be all completed and signed off by the end of next week.
P.S. If on Sunday morning you should see the newest member of our congregation please speak but if they don’t reply please don’t be offended as they are a little shy and only want to be left in peace. Only drinks water and likes cat or dog food.
Update 5 November 2017
We are nearly there! The work on the office and vestry area is almost complete, one fire door needs to be hung and should be by Thursday evening and then the door frame need to be painted and three walls need repainting. The architect has received all the certificates required and subject to us being satisfied with the repainting we will take possession of the area early next week.
This does not mean that the area will be opened for general use as blinds have to be fitted and furniture and equipment moved in during the week.
The work at the rear of church continues, the servery is virtually complete and the electrics for the area are currently being installed. This includes extra sockets and the moving of the light switches.
Work on the south side, installing those cupboards, will continue next week and it is hoped that they will all be installed by the end of the week, or soon thereafter.
The whole project continues to be on time and within budget. The new glazed additional entrance doors will be installed in the new year.
Update 29 October 2017
We are nearly there, the decorating is now finished, all three toilets are all in and the carpet is down. There is still some electrical work to be completed in the kitchen area as the new electric shutter needs to be wired into the fire alarm system. The doors on the new server’s robe cupboard need to be completed with lock and lower running rail. Once these and some minor snagging work has been completed it is hoped that the architect will sign the area off, so we can then take possession of it and move furniture in.
The old cleaning cupboard has now been extended and re-configured to become the flower cupboard.
The screens have been removed from the Memorial Chapel as part of the work to restore this to its original size. One of these screens will be used to form a prayer area on the south aisle.
Work has commenced at the rear of church with the installation of the servery and cupboards. The cupboards for the south/east of the church will be delivered and installed next week.
The rear of church is now designated as a building site and is therefore not accessible.
Update 22 October 2017
Well a little more could be seen to be happening this week with the digging of the trench along the front of church. This is to allow the water and waste pipes for the new servery at the rear of church to be laid. A hole has also been punched through the foundations of the north wall at the rear of church to allow the pipes to be run in. There is also a hole cut in the floor at the rear of church so access can be gained to them. The water pipe is installed and a new tap fitted outside. The special pipe work for the drainage was delivered on Thursday and should be laid and the trench infilled by Friday.
Meanwhile inside all the decorating is now complete and the sanitary ware is being fitted into the toilets. Work on fitting the new boiler is being completed and the kitchen is receiving its finishing touches.
Update 15 October 2017
Whilst it looks from the outside as if there has been little activity this week, in fact our two painter and decorators have been hard at work and the area is being transformed with several coats of paint. The walls are now all magnolia and the woodwork is almost complete too. Even the old kitchen is having a facelift!
The photos below show:
Update 8 October 2017
This appears to have been a slow week when not much seems to have happened. However, all the plastering is now completed and dried. The architraving around all the doors has been finished as well as the boxing in of the pipework in the toilets. The units in the kitchen have been replaced and all that needs to be fitted now is the replacement worktop.
When visited on Thursday morning the floors in the kitchen, toilets and passageway area were being skimmed and levelled ready for the vinyl flooring to be put down. This work should be completed by the end of Friday.
The photos below show:
Update 1 October 2017
We have doors and lights. This week the some of the doors and lights have been fitted, the only ones missing are the toilet doors and lights but it is hoped they will be completed by the end of the week. All the plastering is now completed, the cupboards in the kitchen area are being put back and work has started on fitting skirting boards and door architraves. All the sanitary ware for the new toilets has now been delivered and the plumbing is fitted. Following a site meeting today (Thursday 28.09.17) Adams and Wade reported that the work in this area is well on track and on time. That includes fitting carpets and vinyl flooring, plus decorating, and the fitting of a new boiler which were not originally in the contract.
Unfortunately, when the three short pews were removed from the south side of church it was discovered that one of them had been screwed into the radiator. This radiator has now been replaced by removing one from the rear of church (behind cupboards). This should not be detrimental to the heating of the church, but this will be monitored.
The cabinets for the rear of church and the servery are currently being made at the joinery companies premises in Wales and it is hoped soon to have some photographs for display showing progress. The cabinets should be ready for fitting by mid – October, in phases (servery area then fellowship area).
Preparation work at the rear of church should commence early October. Because of this the 10.00am Holy Communion service on a Wednesday has been cancelled for at least October.
The builders have reported that at present they are on schedule and within budget.
Members of the Re-Ordering Committee recently visited a furniture manufacturer in High Wycombe to view a chair which might be used, with new tables, in the fellowship area (see photo below). We have a sample chair on loan for two weeks. Please do sit in it to see how it feels for you. We are awaiting colour swatches before deciding on the final colour, it is comfort we are feeling for now. Please pass any comments re the chair either to Reverend Sally Lynch or Ralph Hinchliffe.
The photos below show:
- The office
- Looking into the office
- The Vestry
- Looking into the smaller WC
- New cupboard for server/spare choir robes and sacristry looking towards the kitchen
- Proposed chair for fellowship area
Update 24 September 2017
It is hoped that all the plastering will be completed this week, it is already complete in the office and vestry. The timber for the door frames is being installed and all the internal doors are being delivered within the next week and it is hoped to start fitting them. Second fit electrical work is now commenced in the office and vestry areas.
In the toilets the plumbing is in ready for sanitary ware to be fitted. The electrics are in for the extractor fans and lights which will be fitted with PIR sensors.
Work in the kitchen area is proceeding but delayed as we await quote for the cost of a replacement boiler due to the existing one giving up after 23 years.
The office has now been moved from the rear of church to its temporary home in the north east corner and the choir to the Memorial Chapel, which means Tuesday evening services will now be held in the Chancel.
Work has commenced at the rear of church with the removal of three pews either side, the old carpet and vinyl flooring has been removed to expose the timber flooring so it could be assessed.
Work in this area will not seem to progress for the time being as it involves drilling through the church foundations to bring in the water pipe and take out a waste pipe (I am reliably informed you will hear when this is happening). An area between the north wall and garden has also to be excavated to allow this work to happen and allow for the pipes to be run.
It is hoped that the work of fitting the servery and cabinets at the rear of church will begin in early October
At the present the work is proceeding on schedule.
Update 17 September 2017
The plaster work is almost complete in the former PC area and the rooms look very like rooms in their own right, they are taking shape well.
The woodwork will be done next week and very soon the builders will start on the back of church.
Update 10 September 2017
Work seems to have progressed a little more slowly this week but remains on schedule.
Further first fit electrical work has been completed.
The framing of all rooms and cupboards has now been completed with the door into the vestry being moved to the window side to accommodate the robes cupboard.
The boarding out of the vestry has been completed and the location of plug sockets agreed so that these can be installed. It is hoped that the plastering of this area will commence next week.
A site visit was carried out with the Architect on Thursday.
Update 3 September 2017
The work continues to progress on schedule, the demolition work has now been completed and all the framing for the new vestry, office and toilets is complete. It has also been installed for the extension to the kitchen, wardrobe for robes and music storage.
The first fit of the electrics has also been carried out.
When a site visit was carried out on Friday the builders were starting to fit the plasterboard to the frame work.
Update 24 August 2017
Adams and Wade our builders commenced work on Monday 21st August on the conversion of the Parish Centre into the new office and vestry area.
Once the doors leading out of the area had been sealed to prevent dust, the initial phase was the removal of the ceiling and walls. This was accomplished over the first few days and by Thursday the timber framing for the new office and vestry were being installed. See photographs below.
The work continues on schedule.
Update 18 August 2017
Click here for the information leaflet about the project (PDF file)
Update 6th August 2017
The Parish Centre has been packed up but will be used but will be used for coffee for the next two weeks. Once work starts the trolley will ‘live’ in the office with kettles, tea, coffee etc for everyday use. If you have any possessions in the PC that you have not yet collected please do so now – or you won’t see them for a few months!
A reminder to return tower door keys to Dave Sopp please and thanks to those who have already done so.
A disabled compliant portaloo with baby changing will be hired from early September. A reminder that parking will be very limited in the church grounds.
If anyone has questions do speak to Sally or Emma Shenton, or use the sheet by the office.
We have received a grant of £1,500 towards the project from the Louis Baylis Charitable Trust, for which we are most grateful. For more information about the trust please see www.whytheadvertiserisspecial.co.uk
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