24th June 2022
The font has now been moved and stored until the floor is finished and it can be put in its new position by the South door.
The main demolition of the concrete slab that makes up the floor has taken longer than expected but this will not yet mean a delay to the completion date. Nor indeed will the later than expected arrival on site of the ground worker who will dig the trenches outside and ensure a level floor inside.
At our recent site meeting Borras explained that this was because the contractor they had originally chosen had raised their price by £50k (two days before they were due on site) due to material and labour price increases. A new contractor has been found and they will start a week later.
The structural engineer visited the site on two occasions recently to check on the demolition around sensitive items – like pillars and external walls. He has reported that “he has undertaken site investigations to ensure load bearing elements not undermined by new floor” and that the wall base “is on compacted chalk and clinker, distinct from floor slab.” He has issued detailed drawings which will limit the extent of breaking out/excavation in proximity to existing walls and columns.
After much research, the architect has recommended a Bath stone for the north door area.
This will match the stone in the chancel area. As you can see from this picture of the lower part of the chancel arch, stone is a difficult matter. It shows where the screen was removed from the chancel about 30 years ago. There are probably not many people who have wondered too much, let alone worried, as to why the colours are different.
Although the building itself is closed, worship continues in The Cornerstone on Sundays (8am, 9.30 and 11.15) and on weekdays (Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am and Thursday at 9 am) and the bell ringers have access to the tower.
There is still access to almost all the churchyard either through the lychgate in London Road or the double gate in Norreys Avenue. The memorials by The Cornerstone can be accessed from the Cornerstone south hall so long as that is not in use. The only recent memorials that are only accessible by special arrangement are those by the vestry door. Please contact the Parish office if you would like to visit one on a special day.