Although very dirty, our church was beginning to emerge from the years under scaffolding.
The next job would be the big clean up. An appeal had been sent out to members of the 200 club for volunteers to come and get filthy. The response was magnificent and three days of cleaning were arranged, after which the church looked truly beautiful. This was all 4 days before the Carol Service.
At the end of the first day of cleaning, water appeared creeping across the floor. We thought somebody had tipped the urn, but the next day having mopped it up, the water had returned! Worse still: it was coming from under the very large Jacobean pulpit! How on earth were we going to get under there to find out what was wrong? We did, of course, eventually. Very luckily for us, our local heating engineer came to the rescue and made an excellent repair in time for the carol service! A magnificent community effort all round!
The top of the cornice with the scaffolding in place. It looks very fragile, but is judged to be okay. Once the scaffolding was moved though it was clear that a 6 metre length had come away from the wall.
The scaffolding was adjusted to allow access to the cornice for repair.
The old wood inside the cornice moulding was rotten and could no longer support it.
On the Chancel arch signs of very early layers of Medieval decoration have
been found. For now these will be left as they are. The hope is that in the
future funds will be raised to reveal these, but first there will be further
repair work to the interior of the church, as a separate project. This will
be a new project which we hope will secure this lovely church for future
Scaffolding has now been set up along the south wall for the de-pointing and
re-pointing of the weathered stonework. Great care has had to be taken to
match the lime mortar to the ancient stonework.
After many months of carpentry, plastering and finally lime washing the
ceiling is finished.
Our team of just two very hard working painters have put many coats of lime
on the ceiling. Between each coat drying time has to be allowed and
gradually the ceiling turns from grey to a lovely milky white.
Very soon the scaffolding will be removed and then our task will be to clean
the church ready for the congregation to return.
Lime plaster is being applied to the ceiling.
New laths are added to support the plaster.