There have been mixed emotions over the last three weeks as building work has properly got underway. We have passed the point of no return in terms of removing furniture from the church, and the pulpit and font have been temporarily relocated to the side chapel for safe-keeping.
The main effort before Christmas is to take up the floor and re-lay the new base near the west end so that the stone mason can get on with creating the entrance at the west end early in the New Year. Whilst we are all fascinated to know what’s going on behind the builders’ fencing, just one of our parishioners is acting as our eyes and ears and making regular visits to photograph progress. This week he commented:
In a way I feel that this enterprise is following the seasons in real time,
Autumn – the church coming to the end of its life as it was.
Winter – the stark shell, exposed and naked.
Spring – a taste of what is to come.
Summer – reborn in all its glory.
Away from the dust and digging, we had a good meeting this week with the lighting and audio visual contractors to go through the lighting plan and the new sound and video equipment. One of the most striking results of the work will be to have the great stained glass windows we are blessed with properly lit and even more spectacular.