Progress report – 28th April 2023
This is the 53rd progress report – exactly a year since the work started. It should have been eight months but it will be worth waiting for. It is also now looking like we are only a few steps from finished.
Not only on the outside of the building have the temporary works for the new door been removed they have also disappeared on the inside – and with a little imagination you can get a good idea of how the glazed door might look from the inside.
The woodwork is just amazing with things like solid oak doors truly fitting in a medieval church. The servery shutters (now in place) are solid oak, as are the cupboard and toilet doors. Handles and signs are modern but we all need to learn the difference between the handles – one sliding door and one on a hinge – and how do you tell? Check the handle. Something to help visitors with on occasion.
The chairs are also high quality and long lasting (and oak veneer). We are concentrating on our appeal on chairs this week – as we still need lots more (65 donated and 85 to go). There will be a chair on show on Sunday! You will find all the details for donation on the website.
Although the building itself is closed, worship continues in The Cornerstone on Sundays (8, 9.30 and 11.15am) 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 and by the vestry door can be accessed by arrangement with the Parish office.