Restoration Update 2020/2021

 Chapel restoration 2020/21 Update

Work carried out over the last 12 months, in readiness for the Listed Buildings quinquennial inspection, has been carried out by Burleigh Stone Ltd, Robinsons Timber Preservation Co Ltd, Design Lights stained glass repairs and Leigh Painting Company Ltd, overseen by David Shallcross. Final inspection by architects Anthony Grimshaw Associates.

We have painted the bell copula and lubricated the bell bearings.

The roof has been checked over for broken or loose slates and all made good, the ridge tiles have been lifted cleaned and rebeded.

The gutters have been cleaned.

Substantial areas of brick and stone walls have been repointed and two oak windows have had some of the sections replaced.

A length of cast iron guttering and downpipe has also been replaced.

Inside work consisted of the treatment of dry rot under the west staircase and replacement of timber joists and floorboards.

A detailed inspection of the stained glass has revealed that extensive renovation is required, a programme of work has been agreed to bring all the windows back to first-class condition.

I am happy to say that none of the above work has had to be funded from the chapel’s resources, it has been met in the main by grants and donations.

My thanks to those who have given donations to the fund through direct gifts, supporting chapel functions, the Numbers Club and our JustGiving page.

Grants from The Hibbert & Gregson Trust, NELUM, Historic England and the

Covid-19 Emergency Heritage At Risk Response Fund Project Team.

Advice and assistance from our architect Rebecca Grimshaw has been invaluable.

Other recent works from funds

The memorial garden has had a safety rail erected on three sides.

The hall roof has had some maintenance, the exterior and the interior has been redecorated.

Preparing the Chapel and Hall for Covid 19 compliance.

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