Heritage Lottery Fund Delivery Project October 2015

Currently the work on our restoration project is progressing well.  The contractor has started fitting the new lead sheets to the gutter being worked on.  Agreement has been reached on new stone and mortar samples to match the existing building.

New timber access platforms have been built in the bell chamber to provide safe access to the tower parapet for maintenance.  A key feature of the work in all areas is to provide easier access for maintenance.  A new Maintenance Procedure document was produced at the start of this project to ensure we can keep the building in good condition once the restoration is complete.

Overall the project is on programme (work on one rainwater hopper had to be delayed until the nesting pigeon had reared its young!).

Financially the project remains on budget.  We have received the £5000 grant from the Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust.  Reclaiming VAT is ongoing as invoices are received.  At the end of September the initial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will have been used up and we then apply for their second large payment (leaving only the 10% on completion to be claimed).

At the time of writing the first of 2 open afternoons at church has been held on 6th September.  30 visitors from the village and marina came to view the displays of the restoration work.  They also enjoyed refreshments and a guided tour of the church building and contents.

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