All work identified in the last quinquennial (2013) has now been completed and was appreciated by those attending this year’s AGM.
Essentially this work consisted on retiling the complete south aisle, routing the rainwater drains away from the building and rebuilding the west window of the south aisle. This project was completed at the end of 2016 and the total cost was £184,000 financed by £89,000 from Listed Places of Worship (Roof) Fund, £65,000 from the Trust and £30,000 VAT reclaim. The building now has a secure roof and the water is being routed away from the south wall allowing the stonework to dry ready for redecoration at a later stage.
This work is part of the much bigger project of the re-roofing of the whole of All Saints and in the longer term, both nave and north aisle roofs will need attention. However, it is judged that the next priority is much needed maintenance of the leaded windows which will involve both glazing and stone repairs/refurbishment. The Trust has allocated £25,000 to All Saints’ to allow a full assessment and costing of the necessary work and to carry out the most urgent repairs. The assessment phase of the work commenced in April 2017 and it is expected that a detailed programme with costings will be available by early summer to allow the most urgent work to proceed. It is anticipated that further funds will be required to complete this work which we would expect to extend into 2018.