Renovation

The PCC were very fortunate in 2019 in obtaining a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which, along with another grant from the Headley Trust, enabled us to carry out the most urgent repairs to the building.

Local contractors carried out the repairs during 2019. The cement pointing was removed from most of the building and replaced with lime mortar. The tower parapet needed structural repairs and the vestry was re-slated. All the rainwater goods were overhauled. Inside, the damp area of the north wall was re-plastered and the whole building re-painted. This meant that the church was closed for services, but open to visitors throughout the summer of 2019.

While the contractors were at the site, we were given a demonstration of how to mix and use lime mortar and why we use it in preference to cement. It was attended by 11 adults and 3 children from the area. The children had a go at applying and tamping in the mortar while the others were shown around the building to see what was being done and why.

We are in the process (2020) of getting a faculty to carry out improvements to the ageing heating system, with under pew heating as well as panel heaters instead of night storage heating.

In the future, and to make the building more suitable for day-long events, we hope to create an accessible toilet and kitchen in the space at the back of the nave under the balcony. We have no facilities at present and the church is three-quarters of a mile from the village and public toilet. This project will, of course, require more fund-raising and searches for grants and donations.