Tower rainwater drainage. Since the new room was built a problem has occurred with the dispersal of rainwater from the tower. It was thought originally that allowing the water to drop from the tower chutes on to the roof of the new extension would be adequate, but unfortunately the rainwater is bouncing back onto the nave and tower walls and will eventually cause problems with the structure. The PCC are therefore in the process of applying to remedy this with the use of downpipes from the chutes. Unfortunately this will be quite an expensive job due to the scaffolding required. At present the church architect is working through the necessary red tape.
Harvey and Little builders have completed re-tiling the lych gate, which is now looking very smart. Tenders are now being sent out on behalf of the PCC to look at the rain water problem connected with the tower.
Good news! The PCC have finally got through all the necessary permissions etc. for the retiling of the lych gate. The Friends have provided a grant to cover the costs and the work is due to commence on Monday 15th April and be completed by the Thursday. I am also pleased to report that the PCC Fabric Committee had a productive meeting with the new architect and are waiting for his suggestions on the way forward with several areas which are needing maintenance work.
Three areas have been agreed with the PCC.
1) Repairs to the lych-gate roof.
2) Small maintenance repairs including tiles and guttering of church and boiler room. (completed)
3) Tower work, including improvements to drainage of rainwater.
The PCC will be applying for the required permissions to complete these various projects.
Church decorating October 2016 The exterior wood and internal redecorations of the church room, toilet,kitchen and porch are now complete. The room is looking very smart. The addition of a dado rail will stop chairs and tables damaging the plaster work of the walls,but we would ask people to take care when stacking equipment at the end of sessions so that the paintwork does not get badly marked again. The work has been funded with a grant from the Friends and half of the proceeds from the PCC gift day.
May 2016 Decoration of extension The Friends and the PCC have agreed to redecorate the new extension. Quotes will be obtained for this job. Further large scale projects are under consideration and will be discussed once the PCC has received expert advice.
Future Projects January 2016
Windows We are delighted to report that the repairs and cleaning of the stained glass windows have now been completed. If you are out walking on a sunny day do pop into the church to see how fantastic they look with years of dirt removed!
North Transept Following a Trustees meeting and consultation with the PCC, it has been agreed that the Friends will fund the new storage cupboards in this transept, together with the staining of all new wood.
South Transept The PCC are trying to move the work forward and once decisions have been made the Friends will consider making grants towards the work.
Small Maintenance Jobs. The PCC has accepted an offer from Bob Coe and Norma Barrow to oversee small maintenance jobs. (This is outside of their Friends work). An initial budget of £500 (£200 from the Friends and £300 from the PCC) has been put aside for this work. The jobs will be identified by a quarterly church inspection. Where possible it will be DIY, otherwise suitable people will be employed. Several small jobs have already been completed.
St Lawrence Church window repairs and cleaning update November 2015
The members of The PCC of St Lawrence Church Bradfield are delighted to have been awarded a grant of £3,000 from the Friends of Essex Churches, which together with funds raised by both the Friends of St Lawrence Church and members of the Church will allow the completion of the restoration and cleaning of the stained glass windows. The specialist work on the windows is being undertaken by Auravision of Saffron Walden, and related stonework and masonry repairs are being undertaken by Lodge & Sons (Builders) Limited of Stebbing near Dunmow.
Work is well underway, with the north transept, south chancel and vestry windows having been removed to Auravision's studio for some re-leading and cleaning. The north transept window is now back in place and is looking bright and clean. The total cost of the work, after anticipated VAT grants under the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme, will be over £33,000 and we are extremely grateful for the support and encouragement we have received this past year from both the local community and the Friends of Essex Churches. We are hoping that the work will be completely finished before the onset of winter. see photos in gallery
Stained Glass Windows - Further update July 2015
Progress is being made. A faculty has now been granted. An application for a grant has been made to the Friends of Essex Churches. The PCC are now waiting for a start date for the work.
Stained Glass Window Update
Quotations had been received from the glaziers for the costs of repairing the stained glass windows. These costs do not include the work necessary to repair the masonry around the windows for which separate quotations are still awaited. The architect is now in the process of drawing up the specifications for the masonry work after which the PCC needs to apply for a faculty, obtain 3 quotes, appoint a contractor and apply for any grants available to help with the cost. Some additional cleaning of the windows will be required and there will also be a significant cost of scaffolding to enable the repair work to be carried out. It has been suggested that in order to keep scaffolding costs down it might be better to tackle the windows in perhaps three or four zones.
It is hoped that the PCC will be now able to progress this project through its various approval stages so that a start to the repair work can begin next spring.
Stained Glass Windows New Project
The PCC and Friends have agreed to our next project which is to raise money to cover the cost of repairs to the stained glass windows as outlined in the quinquennial report. Details from the report can be seen on the display in the church room.
The Church Architect has recommended Auravision as the glaziers and this has been agreed by the PCC. The PCC are now awaiting a report on the work required. The PCC also need to obtain a masonry report. Further details later.
Kitchen Work Top January 2014
This was replaced in January through a grant of £319.25 from the Friends.
Lime Washing 2013
At last the lime washing is done and I hope you are all pleased with the results. There are still a few problems with some coverage but we are looking for this to be put right in 2014 when the weather improves. The Friends have paid a grant of £10,092 to the PCC for this project.
Roof and Gutter Repairs 2013
A grant was made to the PCC to cover the cost of essential roof and gutter repairs ( £1,250 ) and to replace the boiler room door ( £350 ).
Kitchen Splash Back 2012
The Friends have given a grant of £395 so that a metal splash back can be fitted to the kitchen to aid cleaning.
Cremated Remains Area 2012
The Friends have given a contribution of £1,050 towards the cost of establishing a new cremated remains area in the church grounds.
West Door 2010
The proceeds of £3,934 from the annual tennis tournament were given as a grant to refurbish the west door of the church.
New Church Room 2008
Anyone living in the village will not have failed to notice the new extension to the church as it has taken shape over these recent months. Any proposed addition to a building that has played a central role in the life of this community over many centuries will, naturally, be greeted with some apprehension but everyone seems pleased with how well it has fitted into its surroundings. The vision behind these much needed new facilities is that they are for the meeting of the needs, not only of the church, but also of the wider community, and to make the church building a generally more accessible and utilised resource for all.
Over a number of years the Friends gave a total of £57,642 towards the cost of the new Church Room. The room was dedicated on Sunday 5th October by the Bishop of Colchester.
The Friends were formed in 2000 and began fund raising for the organ restoration. They were able to donate £35,575 towards the cost of this work which took place in 2006.