Progress Report…The Project

Groundworks at St Mary’s Church, Sutterton

We knew, before they even started, the first major work to be undertaken would be to install the drains from the north side of the church (the new kitchen) and from where the new lavatories are to be in the south transept. This meant laying waste pipes and water supply around the outside of the chancel and then down the south side of the building to the road and through it to the main sewer which is deep under far side of the road outside the Church. For it all to work properly there has to be a fall over the whole length of the installation. The point where the new drains meet the sewer the connection is almost 3 metres under the surface.

There have been difficulties. The route of the trench has had to be changed on a couple of times. As a result, from time to time the Church yard has resembled a battlefield, with trenches and all. Inevitably, some very old burials have been disturbed, but where this has happened the rules that govern these things have been followed carefully and respectfully.

Now we are happy to report that the foul drain is completely laid and ready for the completion of the facilities inside the building. Unfortunately, there is a little more disruption to be expected when Anglian Water connect the water supply; we don’t know when.

Inside

The new spaces within the south transept are taking shape with all the associated electrics and plumbing. We have already had a glimpse of the high quality finish that will, in time, mellow to compliment the oak that surrounds the organ.

The Effigies

Now they have been cleaned the three effigies are positioned in the Chancel resting on individual oak stands so they are about a foot above the floor.  In fact, nothing will be fixed to the floor so they will be movable, so we will be able to change their positions if there is a need. The stands have been ordered.

Outside

So far this has been the re-pointing of the clerestory walls on the north side. As this is being written this is being completed and they are about to move to the south side. This re-pointing is necessary because before it was done, wind driven rain finds its way into the core of the wall and the water runs down through the wall, over the aisle rafters, into the building.

The impressive array of scaffolding is likely to be with us for most of the period of the project. The major work, on the north transept, is due to take place in September and October. This is to avoid disturbing the bat population. Please remember we have no choice over this; it is illegal to disrupt bats.

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Substantial HLF grant awarded

St Mary’s Sutterton awarded a substantial  grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A little over a year ago Sutterton Parochial Church Council (PCC) received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to pay for the planning of repairs and additions to St Mary’s Church. This Development phase was completed last autumn which enabled the PCC to make a second stage application to HLF for funding the Delivery of the Project.

This is to announce that the PCC’s second stage application has been successful and the PCC is to receive a confirmed grant from HLF of £182,200 which will pay for necessary repairs to the building and together with Church’s own funds will pay for improvements to the facilities within the building. Also, the grant will fund the cost of the provision of interpretive material to describe the rich heritage of the building and its place in the history of the village. The work should begin in the spring and be complete in late autumn this year. It is hoped, that with some restrictions, the Church will be able to function reasonably normally throughout the process. The famous Flower Festival will take place as usual at the end of April.
Repairs to the Church will consist of renewal of the lead roof and some timbers of the north transept roof. Also extensive work is necessary on the masonry of the north transept and the clerestory walls of the nave. The Project will include installing lavatories and a proper servery. The consequence of the provision of these facilities will be to ensure the continued and widened use by the building by the whole community of Sutterton

Local MP Matt Warman has said:

“I am delighted to hear that funding of a Heritage Lottery Fund bid has been secured by St Mary’s Church Sutterton. The inclusion of the church in the 2015 East Midlands Heritage at Risk register highlighted the poor condition of this Grade 1 Listed Place of Worship and the need for repairs to safeguard its future. I am pleased that this has been recognised with a funding award to allow repairs to take place and progress to be made on installing facilities.”
Speaking on behalf of the Parochial Church Council, Church warden, David Mossman says:
“Over the last year or so, for those of us directly involved with the Project, the Development phase has been an absorbing and deeply interesting process. There seems to be no end to the things to be discovered about the building and its associations. We can now look forward to the reality of seeing the repairs and improvements implemented and making the unfolding story of St Mary’s accessible to everyone.”

“We are incredibly grateful to the players of The Lottery, without whom, buildings such as St Mary’s would face a bleak future. The PCC is determined that when the Project is complete, players of the Lottery will be proud and happy with what they have contributed to.”

 

About the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Grants programme applications are assessed in two rounds. A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding. A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the project is confirmed.
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.

Heritage Lottery Fund St Marys Church Sutterton

November HLF Application Update

This is a quiet time while we wait for decisions to be taken elsewhere.

Our second stage Lottery Application was submitted on schedule at the end of September. It was accepted for consideration by HLF and we know that the Application will go before the decision maker at HLF on 14 December. To finally complete our Development Phase we await the production of one more report. This is concerned with the origins of the stone that was used to build the original medieval church.

The object of the report is to assist with choosing the stone to be used to replace that which has perished. The fact we await this report should not have a negative effect on our Application.

Heritage Lottery Fund St Marys Church Sutterton

We have applied for a Faculty (which is the Church’s equivalent of applying for planning permission) and this will be considered by the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) also on 14 December. The way that works is the DAC will advise the Chancellor of the Diocese on the merits or otherwise of the Project. We have been careful to work closely with the DAC as our plans have evolved so we hope the process of obtaining a Faculty will go smoothly.
Meanwhile, the task of exploring the heritage of the church continues. We have always known that parish accounts for the years 1483 to 1537 are kept at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Recently, we have attempted to discover more of what these documents contain. There is much to be done.

An interesting question is; how did these documents find their way to Oxford? We know that they were bequeathed to the Bodleian in about 1770 by a man called Rawlinson but how did he come by them? We know that there have been thoughts in the past that the accounts should be returned to this part of the world. However, we understand they have survived in wonderfully good condition in Oxford. The probability is they would not be in such a good state if they had remained in Sutterton. The solution is probably to leave them in a place where they are properly cared for and to have copy near at hand.

Update on the Project June 2017

The plans for the changes within the church at Sutterton and the specification for the repairs are complete.

As I write, the final versions are with Historic England (who will advise the HLF) and very soon they will be signed off and we will be able to go out to tender with suitable contractors. We hope to be able to consider the various tenders in about a month.

plan overview for June 2017
Plan Overview for June 2017

Parallel with this, other work is taking place so that we will be able complete our stage 2 application. Given a fair wind we hope we will be able to complete this on schedule at the end of September.

elevation transcept
Elevation Transcept

Looking further ahead, provided the stage 2 application is successful, there is a good chance the actual work will begin in May 2018 next year.

 

 

 

 

Lottery Project Update – Timbers in North Transept Roof

We have the report on the Dendrochronology investigation relating to the timbers in the north transept roof.

In summary the results indicate the timbers were felled at some time between 1528 and 1553. This period covers the last years of the reign of Henry VIII and the reign of his son Edward VI. It also coincides with the time that Thomas Cranmer was Archbishop of Canterbury. It will be remembered that Cranmer’s family were from Sutterton.

Given the date of the roof, it seems possible that the roof and the huge perpendicular window of the north transept were part of the same re-ordering project.

For more information on this project, please visit the Lottery Heritage Fund page.

Heritage Lottery Fund St Marys Church Sutterton

Lottery Fund Project News February

The Repair and Re-ordering Project took a big leap forward last week when a machine was brought into the north transit that was capable of lifting two people up to the underside of the roof – see photo below.

Sutterton Church Lift Works

On the first day it was used by our architect, Carl to evaluate the condition of the timbers before he puts together a repair specification. He was followed by a structural engineer who will advise Carl on the methods of repair.

Second day with Nottingham Tree Ring Laboratory in St Marys Church

On the second day specialists from the Nottingham Tree Ring Laboratory came to take core samples of the main timbers in the north transept roof. Not all timbers are suitable for dating but the word is that ours should be.  The hope is that we will have a preliminary dating report by next week.

Altogether, once Carl has the report from the structural engineer (also due in about a week) he will be able to start to draw up the repair specification and work on the preliminary design of the lavatory and servery. So far so good.

For more information on this project, please visit the Lottery Heritage Fund page.

HLF Sutterton Church Project Update

Here is a project update on the HLF plans for St Mary’s Church in Sutterton.

Following the rules of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) we have been through a competitive tendering process before appointing an architect for the project. This has involved seeking expressions of interest from qualified conservation architects, then sending out to each a bundle of information along with an invitation to tender. In due course a number of tenders were received and from these the three most competitive were invited to come and see us. It has been difficult to choose between these three but we are happy to announce that Carl Andrews (Soul Architects) who is based at Worksop has accepted our invitation to be our architect.

Meanwhile, we have had permission from HLF to start the project and we have received 50 % of the development grant. In effect, this enables us to appoint the architect and commission the necessary professional help that will be necessary to complete our second stage application which we aim to complete by September this year. Specifically we have already commissioned a report on the conservation of the stone effigies that are in the south transept.

We will be having our first project meeting with Carl this week and very soon the Diocesan Advisory Committee will be visiting for the first time since our success with HLF; specifically to advise on the future of the effigies.

For further information on this whole project, please visit the Heritage Lottery Fund Project page, under the History menu.

We will report further progress as it happens.

heritage lottery sutterton church

St Marys wins Heritage Lottery Fund

St Mary’s Parish Church at Sutterton wins Heritage Lottery Fund support for repairs and improvements.
This has been embargoed until 17 October 2016.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) at St. Mary’s Sutterton has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for structural repairs to the building and for assistance with the provision of a lavatory and a servery. Also to provide interpretive material to describe the rich heritage of the building and its place in the history of the village.

Heritage Lottery Fund St Marys Church Sutterton

Our thanks to National Lottery Players

Thanks to National Lottery players, development funding in the sum of £25,500 has been awarded to the PCC to help them progress their plans towards an application for a full grant at a later date.

Repairs to the Church will consist of renewal of the lead and some roof timbers of the north transept. Also extensive work is necessary on the masonry of the north transept and the clerestory walls of the nave.

The need for a lavatory and a proper servery is obvious. A consequence of the project will be to ensure the continued and widened use by the building by the whole community of Sutterton.

St Mary’s is an incredibly interesting and high status building dating from the 12th C.  The development of the building from the Normans to the Victorians is there to explore and discover. The project will include displays to assist this process.

Inside St Mary's Church, Sutterton
Inside St Mary’s Church

Speaking on behalf of the Parochial Church Council, church warden, David Mossman says:

We are incredibly grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for grasping so readily the urgent need for our church building to be repaired and its facilities improved. We all look forward with excitement to working with HLF”.

Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “Historic places of worship like St Mary’s have fascinating stories to tell, and are so often at the heart of local communities. National Lottery players’ support will help address urgent conservation needs and share the heritage of the church widely, so we look forward to seeing how plans develop over the coming months”.

Local MP Matt Warman comments:

I am delighted to hear that funding for preparation of a Heritage Lottery Fund bid has been secured by St Mary’s Church at Sutterton. The inclusion of the church in the 2015 East Midlands Heritage at Risk register highlighted the poor condition of this Grade 1 listed Place of Worship and the need for repairs to safeguard its future. I am pleased that this has been recognised with a funding award to allow the bid preparation work to be undertaken.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Grants programme applications are assessed in two rounds. A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding. A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the project is confirmed.

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritage lottery @HLFEastMids