Protecting our Heritage

Every five years St. Anne’s, like all other churches, has to have an Architects inspection which is to ensure that the building is in good order. The philosophy of the P.C.C. has always been to undertake any repair work as soon as a problem is identified and this is fine until you come up against a really expensive issue.

The inspection, undertaken during the autumn of last year, identified an issue with some of the stone work on the tower. Areas around the louvers have gradually been worn away and need to be replaced. This of course means the employment of a stone mason as well as the use of a significant amount of scaffolding to get to the point of the trouble. Our Architect drew up a detailed specification of the work required and we sought quotes to undertake the work. The best price that we have received is c£30,000.

We immediately instructed the architect to look at every possible avenue of grants that may be available to assist us. We have started the process of seeking funds from the National Lottery, although if successful we would not get the grant until next year. We are starting to look at all other grant bodies that may be prepared to help us.

We have a wonderful building in our midst but, as you can see, keeping it in a proper state is a major task. Do we ignore this type of problem or do we, as a village, ensure that our next generation take over a well maintained building? I am sure that I know the answer to this as we already have magnificent support from those in the Patronage Scheme. This coming year we are just going have to try a little harder however we will keep you all informed once we know how successful we have been with our grant applications.


July Update 2014

We have now completed our work on the electrical installation at St Anne’s with all items identified in the original inspection having been corrected. We now have an up-to-date certificate giving us the official signoff.

It was disappointing to hear from the National Heritage Lottery Fund that they were not prepared to make us a grant, at this time, towards the cost of undertaking significant corrective masonry work on the tower. They have suggested that we meet them, together with our Architect, to take the matter further. This we will now do.

June 2014 Update

We continue with our work on the building and during the last month we have undertaken some rectification work on the paintwork inside the church. Unfortunately over the very wet winter we have found areas of damp that have appeared due to leaks in the roof and some down pipes. The leaks were fixed and we then allowed the damp areas to dry out before re-painting; all this work has now been completed.

Just as an aside the paint that we have to use is more than £90 a tin, just a little bit more than your normal household paint!


May 2014 Update

It is our intention, through the pages of the Parish News and this website, to keep you abreast of work that has been undertake at St. Anne’s. This work is key to ensure that we maintain our responsibility to future generations in keeping our lovely building ‘fit for purpose’.

We have in the last two weeks installed a totally new Electrical Phase 3 Distribution Board; we believe that the last time this was overhauled was some 50 years ago. As you can guess some of the wiring was not up to modern day requirements but we have now passed the necessary inspection and hopefully we will be in a good position for several decades to come.

Our second task was to re-point the gable end of the Rutland Room which overlooks the car park at Rowleys. This work has been completed including a new window being fitted and the upper loft door being refurbished.






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