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Hard-hat day

The ‘Hard-hat day’ on 15th October proved a great success and was greatly appreciated by all who attended. Here are some of the highlights.

Chris in full flow
Architect Chris Mackintosh-Smith (in the high-vis) showed the many visitors what wonders are being achieved.

The nave
The nave is scaffolded to support a crash deck below the roof.

The nave
Where, usually, only angels dare to tread.

Beneath the tower, the new accessible facilities are taking shape.

Aisle roof
The north-aisle roof is already reclad in stainless steel.

While the nave roof is undergoing extensive reinforcement.

Ben Peek showed how custom-made stainless-steel supports are bolted into the sound parts of the historic timbers, to preserve as much of the original structure as possible.

While the thirteenth-century angels get a well deserved rest, awaiting conservation.

More photos will be added to this blog post, as we gather them.

The work commences

The scaffolding is all up. Those of you who saw the array of scaffold-laden lorries will have an idea of how big a task that has been. They need to go high enough to allow them to construct secondary roofs over the church roofs, to keep the elements out when they remove the slates, etc. Also the inside of the church is now filled with scaffolding to provide a crash deck in case anyone puts a foot wrong! This all took some time, and in its own way is a thing of beauty, but now the work proper has started, hence the skips being filled and taken away as old material is removed. The base of the tower has been cleared, removing the old kitchen, toilet and screen. This has allowed us now to see the west window and has created a wonderful space, and given room for proper disabled facilities to be installed.

Looking down through the roof timbers to the crash deck

Looking down through the roof timbers to the crash deck

Looking up at the timbers from the crash deck

Looking up at the timbers from the crash deck

The work on the roofs, timbers and stonework has uncovered a few surprises, some good, and some not so good. The roof timbers the nave (the main part of the church) are not in as good a condition as we hoped and in places, where they connect to the walls, we will need some steel plates made to provide extra support. On the plus side, the roof slates are in a much better condition than first though, and nearly all of them can be reused. These plusses and minuses mostly cancel each other out, so we are still on track to open before Christmas.

Thank you for your patience while the work is taking place. I know people are interested and wanting the church open for business again. We’ll keep you up to date and look forward to a grand reopening.

Revd. Chris Turner

What’s happening at St Edith’s


Change and decay in all around I see.

Hopefully by the time you are reading this St Edith’s Church will be covered in scaffolding so what’s happening? Well we are finally carrying out the work that we have been planning for over two years. This has been possible thanks to a very large grant (£180,000) from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is the result of lots of hard work from many different people in helping us secure that grant.

Inspecting the damage

Inspecting the damage

We're looking into it

We’re looking into it

So what are we actually doing? The project includes:
• Re-roofing the aisles (including the roof from where the lead was stolen)
• Re-roofing the nave (the main part of the church)
• Sorting out a lot of high level stonework
• Restoring the roof timbers and preserving our wooden ‘angels’
• Opening up the area behind the font by removing the screen that is currently there
• Installing a modern toilet with disabled access
• Moving the servery to the west end of the south aisle We will also be producing some new signs, leaflets and a website for visitors to learn more about St Edith’s. In total the work is costing £250,000.

Angels with dirty faces

Angels with dirty faces

Inadequate rainwater disposal and eroding stonework

Inadequate rainwater disposal and eroding stonework

While the work is going on the church will be closed for safety reasons, but we’ll be open again as soon as possible. When we are closed our Saturday ‘shop’ gatherings will take the form of various coffee mornings around the village and we will be enjoying some house worship on Sundays.
If you want more information about the project, or if you would like to contribute in any way, either by offering help, or by making a donation, then please get in touch with me.

Revd. Chris Turner 01507 327667