Heritage Lottery Fund Progress
Progress report on HLF work
Work started on 11th January with scaffolding being erected, a large cabin being lifted into the car park and various supplies being delivered. Promises of the heaters being in place and working within days were somewhat optimistic though – what with concerns over matching the brickwork for the new flues and whether or not to utilise the current wiring, we were later to find the heating system wasn’t fully operational until well into February. The concerns over the bricks were allayed when a pile of them was found at the side of the hall buried under vegetation, with a few more on the windowsill in the bell tower! Our main contractors had originally quoted for new wiring to each of the new heaters as had been recommended to us but tried (in vain) to utilise the old wiring where they could. Ultimately it was found necessary to replace it all. At the same time we asked for an extension to the electrical wiring and a spur on the gas pipe to be fitted so that we could have the option of installing an additional heater to the right of the choir stalls as you look at them. This will be the subject of another separate grant application but if unsuccessful we could pay for it out of our reserves.