Heritage Lottery Fund Delivery Project August 2015

All the necessary approvals from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) came through in time to allow our contractor to start on site on the 29th June as planned. The initial works covered the site set-up and erection of all the scaffolding necessary to give clear and safe access to the roof and lead valley gutters. The initial restoration work involves removal of dangerous loose stonework and repointing as needed. Then the stonemasons will prepare replacement stonework and start fixing it in position. During August the removal of the worn out old lead valley gutters starts and putting into place of new lead ones. Repair and replacement of the damaged cast iron rain downpipes will also start this month.

We have received the down payment of the HLF grant amounting to £75,700 and the £60,000 donation from the Friends of All Saints. Without these funds the work would not have been possible. Once we receive the first invoices from our contractor we can claim the £5,000 grant from Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust and we anticipate receiving the reclaimed VAT from last year’s investigation work shortly. As a result our project funding is well on target.

We plan to have our church open on 2 Sunday afternoons in September to show how the project is progressing. Refreshments will be available and displays of the work being undertaken, overall programme and all the heritage activities being produced. Keep an eye on the next BVN for dates and more details.

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