KEEPING OUR CHURCHES ALIVE
You may be wondering what is going on at All Hallows and Saint Mary Magdalene, with the scaffolding, builders vans and some noise - hopefully not too much. Well, as with any old buildings they are showing their age and need some attention to make sure they last another 1200 years, or so.
The first stage in this programme was the re-pointing of the walls at All Hallows, which meant removing the old mortar and replacing it with new, approved mortar, which complies with the requirements of a listed building of this age. Other work will be done whilst the scaffolding is in place to secure the roof, fix any leaks and repair guttering and down-pipes to stop water running down the walls.
Work has also now started at Saint Mary Magdalene to make repairs to the roof and guttering.
We hope then to carry out some modernisation work inside the churches, once the external works are completed, which we expect to be by the end of the year.
All our regular services will run as normal throughout this period and we hope the activity will not prove too much of a disturbance those using the church or villagers living nearby, although there will be some limited access to the grounds at Saint Mary Magdalene.
The images below help to give an insight into what is going on and these will be updated as the work progresses.