Demolition continues…….. it is almost impossible to believe how much floor one can take out of a church. A couple of the of the smaller items coming out are the basin and toilet from the Cornerstone external toilet which will become the boiler room in the refurbished building.
We now have a picture of the vault that we reported on last week. Following the archaeologist’s inspection last week we have discussed next steps with the architect. The most likely one is that we will mark the position with a single larger slab and then if we write about it in any document about the church and its heritage we can indicate more clearly where the vault is.
We have also found to our surprise that the inner skin of the north wall appears to be made of brick. The evidence is in the north wall. This was evident when the ducting was removed from around the warm air heater. There had been memorials behind the ducts, and in their removal about 30 years ago, the plaster came off. Our church is such a hotch potch of building materials we cannot be sure that the whole of the wall is the same. When we make the opening for the accessible door at the wets end of that wall, we might find the same or something very different!
While the contractors get on with their work our thoughts are turning to the furniture and fittings in the building. Our fund raising continues – for the building as a whole we have now raised £23,000 of our £100,000 target and this weekend we are launching two new appeals – for our chairs and for the organ. For more details go to www.spaceforall.org.uk/supporting-the-project.
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.