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Chest Tomb Restoration Plan 2017/18

        

It is currently being proposed that the Trust funds the restoration of two or even possibly all three of the remaining table top tombs in the churchyard. These chest tombs are deteriorating badly and it would be a superb embellishment of the churchyard monuments to get this project underway. The one already rebuilt and finely restored, has shown what can be done. 

Friends’ Group and the 2015 programme

The Friends’ Group was launched on Friday the 16th January at Milton Hall. The Group is about regular subscription and an annual exclusive event. We need to underpin our fundraising with a larger “regular income” to ensure we have a pot of money available for the crises and unforeseen need.

This group can also be a valuable source of ideas and other help. In addition we want to confirm the programme for 2015 and publicise it to this group and our other regular followers.

We shall be looking for specific skills and expertise and we will put together an interesting package which looks professional and people see as good value to them.

Conservation Management Survey and Plan (2014 – ?)

A Conservation Management Plan, (CMP) is a comprehensive document that sets out the requirements for the future preservation, conservation and repair of the building in great detail. It is in addition to and complements the Quinquennial Reports prepared by the church architect. The Trust has been considering undertaking the project for a little while and now has a small team with the expertise to undertake it. The Plan will apply to the work of both the Trust and the PCC and is therefore of significant value to both organisations.

Recommendations

That the PCC agree:

1. That the Trust undertake the production and publication of the plan, including raising the necessary funds and consulting with all relevant bodies.

2. To appoint a representative to attend meetings about the project and report back to PCC meetings as appropriate.

Detail

A CMP requires a detailed survey of the church and its surroundings by both a specialist architect and experienced archaeologist. Key aspects of the building will be targeted in both cases, with a view to producing a report containing, history of key features, identifying conservation and possibly restoration. From this a plan will be produced, showing actions required and an estimated timescale for the work.

CMP’s are held in high regard with many bodies, including the DAC and grant providers such as, Heritage Lottery Fund. Grants are available for the survey, subsequent plan and work to be carried out. Currently, substantial grants are available and can cover many aspects, including repairs to roofs as well as preservation work.

Conclusion

The PCC’s consideration and agreement to the recommendations will enable the Trust to undertake the project.