Heritage Lottery Fund Development Project December 2014

We have been advised that English Heritage approval of the detailed specification and drawings for the restoration works is likely this week (by 21st November) which is about a week later than planned. Hence we have not yet been able to issue these documents to our list of pre-qualified contractors for tendering. This could make it difficult to have the tenders returned to us before Christmas.

Hopefully the tenders will match our current budget estimates so that we can still meet our target to complete our Second Stage Submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in January 2015 enabling orders to be placed for work to commence in Spring 2015.

The review of the drafts of all the new Guide Sheets for the church is well under way. The Baseline Data Survey is complete and our Activity Plan only requires some budget costs to be finalised. A slide presentation is being prepared for lectures and tours of the building. Quotations have been obtained for the 360 degree video of the church interior. Preparation of the documentation for our Second Stage Submission to HLF is underway but we cannot complete the various programmes and cost spreadsheets until receipt of the contractors’ tenders for the work.

We were delighted to receive an email from the Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust advising that they will be offering us a grant of £5000 towards the restoration work. This is great news and shows, once again, how much All Saints’ building is admired and valued.

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