.... the roofs needed the moss clearing ...


... and much of the guttering needed repairing or replacing....


... so the scaffolders arrived ...


…..... and the roofers stripped the tiles…..

... some parts (like the apex stone):

.. had to be replaced....

.. as did some coping stones and some ridge tiles..


Before any work began on the interior of the church, the organ had to be protected from dust...


..as did the pews, before the internal scaffolding went up.


.. but that didn’t stop us holding services every Sunday!


We never closed!


The scaffolding enabled repairs to the ceiling and to the roof trusses:


At this point the chancel roof had been repaired, and refurbished guttering had been installed:


the nave roof South side was completely retiled using old serviceable tiles and new ones as appropriate, and the East end of the North side of the nave was also completed.  Moss was removed from all roofs, and new copper strips installed both sides of the nave roof to prevent recurrence.


The chimney stack to the boiler was also defective, and had to be rebuilt:

..and we had bird mesh put in the eaves to prevent the jackdaws getting in.


….. the scaffolding was then dismantled so the reminder of the re-pointing on the south of the church could be completed, the reminder of the guttering could be replaced, and new French Drains dug around the church, with soakaways to remove the rainwater..




The roof, rainwater goods, and drainage project, 2013

The quinquennial inspection which took place in 2011 highlighted many areas of the fabric of St Mary’s church that required immediate attention.    We were told there were many gaps in the stone work that needed raking out and repointing:

…and sorted the ones to be kept...


During the project our intrepid Church warden, Elizabeth, kept an eye on things from the hoist…

Oncethe scaffolding was down we could see the areas of the walls that had been raked out ready for re-pointing…

.. So it will look like the pointing that had been done already…

With the scaffolding down, access to the base of the church enabled the contractors to start to dig and lay the new drains..



… which was a messy job, especially with all the rain that we were having, but it was be well worth it once it was complete.

… those were the trenches dug, and this is what the finished article looks like….

…there was messy grass, but time and nature, and a little human intervention, cured that!