Every 5 years a Quinquennial Report is done on our historic church. The last report highlighted several faults. We went out to tender and selected Messenger Construction Ltd to carry out the repairs. They were not the cheapest, but they have proved to be the most reliable and efficient team and a pleasure to work with. Our kind stewards of the parish both past and present had contributed to our fabric fund over the years. This did not give us enough to undertake the work and so we are most grateful to the Mick George Community Fund who have contributed £96595. We have paid from our fabric fund as our contribution £10825.

The work required:

Hundreds of little repairs to the pointing of the exterior walls of the church,

Remaking of the leaded light windows.

Investigating the roof of the north aisle which has been leaking for some years over window no 10.

Levelling the floor tiles.

Repairing the font.

Removing the asbestos gutters and downpipes and replacing with cast iron.

Re- decorating the whole of the chancel and nave

We had to remove five courses of Collyweston slates to find the rotten wall plate and lintel over window no 10. This was found to be serious and has been an extra cost. Outside it was fascinating to watch a professional Collyweston slater laying the slates over an uneven roof. Fortunately for him the weather behaved beautifully.

Inside, the scaffolding was erected for 1st 2nd and 3rd floor stages from which you could comfortably touch the top ridge with a paint brush. Unfortunately, the plaster is still drying over the damaged window and the scaffolding is still in place, awaiting 3 coats lime wash to be painted over the new plaster. It was this area which caused our Harvest festival to be cancelled.

We would like to thank the Mick George Community Fund, Tom Murie and Robert Wood for their expertise in grant matters, Percy Gilman for always being available to sort out the queries with me and our stewards who regularly contribute to the fabric fund and our congregation for your patience.

Our Harvest Festival this year will be shared with Duddington in their church on October 13th at 5.00pm with a supper afterwards.

Our next service will be on October 20th at 9.30 AM

David Gandy Church Warden and Secretary

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