Well, you cant really miss the fact that our church is undergoing some pretty fundamental repair work! The scaffold that now completely encloses the tower and steeple is a work of art in itself and the views from the top - I am told as you wont get me all the way up there - are breathtaking!
The ground works are virtually complete - we await inspection by Severn Trent and then we can get the water installed ready for the toilet and kitchen. The vast majority of the french drains and soak-aways are complete - the rest will be finished once the scaffold comes down. Up the scaffold, work has started on pointing the spire and will progress downwards when the stonework replacement and refurbishment will start. The clock has had to be stopped so it could be covered to prevent any damage from dropped lime mortar.
Inside the church, the wall painting restoration is complete and the results are as good as we could have hoped. Work has started on preparing the are where the accessible toilet will be located and bringing the water and sewage pipes through the outer wall. We have surveyed the pews ready for the reordering and look forward to seeing the chairs that we have selected - we should have a sample for viewing and sitting on very soon!
We are going to take the opportunity afforded by the silent clock to carry out some maintenance on the pulley systems that operate the winding mechanism - they have become very stiff over time and need to be eased. Also, we are looking at ways of getting the windows cleaned inside and outside the church.
Finally, the PCC considered the responses to our request for views about the future churchyard. It was agreed that a more ordered and tidy churchyard should be our aim while minimising the use of chemicals and promoting wild flowers and wildlife wherever possible. This is a big task and will take time to show results - that said, the more that help, the quicker it happens! We can do some of the shaping work now but the big effort will come later when the scaffold comes down and we start to create the churchyard we all want.