Early in Spring 2017 the PCC embarked on a project that centred on repairing the worn out and much patched, Parish Office roof.
The PCC had pledged £10,000 towards the work and had gained a grant of £52,000 from the final round of the Chancellor of the Exchequer created “Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund”, along with permission to reclaim all of the VAT associated with the work. Soon after the work started it became evident that the church boilers and flues, located under the roof being repaired, had reached the end of their working life and so the decision was made to also replace four worn out boilers with three, energy efficient replacements.
Alongside the Parish Office roof repair and installation of new central heating boilers:
- A new soakaway has been installed and as well as clearing water from the Parish Office roof, this will provide a backup to the existing and failing surface water drains on the south side of the church.
- Sufficient funds were available from the remaining contingency allowance in the project to make adaptations to the lead roofs on the south and north transepts which will ensure that in stormy weather or heavy rain much more water will be directed into the gutters rather than down the walls. Similar work was carried out during our Phase 2 Restoration project along the entire length of the south and north aisles with obvious immediate improvements.