This month the works have reached a point where there has been lots of progress, but it’s not all immediately visible. Many metres up in the rafters the scaffold has been busy with people cleaning and re-decorating the ceiling and woodwork, and installing high level lighting. The new lights will have a longer life, and will be very much more efficient than the old floodlights. We will also be able to highlight specific features of the building and set options for adjusting lighting levels to suit different occasions and services.
Inevitably once you beginning to investigate the walls in an old building, you discover additional jobs that are worth doing while you have the tradesmen on site and so we have taken the opportunity of having some areas of weak plasterwork repaired and reinstated.
The stone frame of the west door is complete and there is a pause in the stonemasons’ work. They will be back later on once the floor is down to finish the threshold and to re-install the font and the pulpit.
Here’s a view through the new west door which will soon become familiar as being the main entrance to church. A considerable improvement on the former small and dark doorway (although the north door will remain accessible as an emergency exit).
And now at last the external works can begin, including installing a platform lift, which will transform the access to church and the Leverton Hall. As usual the first thing you need is a handy digger.