Restoration Update - January 2009

Just before Christmas All Saints’ PCC received an offer of a grant from English Heritage for the repairs to the west wall of the South Aisle and re-thatching of the Nave. At the PCC meeting on 12th January a motion was passed to accept this offer and sign the grant contract.

The English Heritage grants are organised in to two year long sections; the first year (stage one) consists of project development and investigatory activities for which we are being offered a grant of £20,000 from an estimated total cost of £27,265. Stage two comprises the main repair work, including the re-thatching and we have an ‘in-principle’ offer of a grant of £112,000 towards the total cost of £176,695. This second stage funding is contingent on the successful completion of stage one. These figures include VAT however most of the VAT incurred can be recouped via the Listed Places of Worship Scheme.

The schedule of work comprises the following:

Stage One: Project development work (2010)

  • Opening up of nave eaves, ceiling and junction of south aisle roof, inspection by architects and associated scaffolding etc
  • Bat investigation and report
  • Conservation Report
  • Access Audit

Excluding the reclaimed VAT and English Heritage grant, this leaves an initial estimated cost of £3327 for the work carried out in 2010.

Stage Two: Repairs (2011)

  • Repair to south aisle masonry including moving organ and internal re-plastering
  • Re-thatching nave roof, repair to tiled margins, timber and plasterwork
  • Re-slating south aisle roof, associated timber repairs and replacement of plastic guttering and drainpipes in cast iron
  • Repair and re-glaze west window in the south aisle

Excluding the reclaimed VAT and English Heritage grant, this leaves an initial estimated shortfall in funding of £38,379 which will need to be raised from further grant applications and fundraising efforts.