Alcester Minster Churches
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PROJECT RESTORE UPDATE: Dec 2017
Project Restore and Project Refresh are two important and linked development projects for St Nicholas Alcester.
Project Restore is looking after the essential restoration and repair work of the stonework on all four external facades of the church. Please click on drawings above to view what needs to be done. These repairs were identified in the 2014 Quinquennial Report prepared by the church architect. The report can be viewed by clicking the image on the right.
It is now estimated that £260,000 is required for this work, so a range of fund-raising activities began in 2015, and the project team is also making grant applications.
Project Refresh is linked because we also want to make improvements to the inside of the church so that it continues to function well for church and community use. This project is at the stage of identifying what needs and could be done, beginning with renewing the side-aisle chairs and nave carpet.
Close examination of the 18th Century nave window stone surrounds between the older walls and later tracery after the scaffolding went up May 2017, revealed severe deterioration in need of full replacement with new harder stone.
Although the inner mullions and tracery were replaced in 1871, the outer surrounds were instead repaired concealing from routine inspection the underlying structural decay of the stone used for its 1730s Georgian rebuild.
The present project, estimated at £260,000 is re-focused on fully replacing all 10 nave window surrounds with new stone. Work on the fully funded south face has been in progress since October 2017 and expected to finish in early 2018, revealing a clean and sound aspect that Alcester will not have seen for many years.
Funds are now needed to enable the identical north face to follow as soon as possible later in the year. Further work on the 14th century tower has been postponed for a future project.
Donations may be made to: St Nicholas Church Restoration Fund, Lloyds Bank Alcester, Sort code 30-98-26, Account Number 65154660. More information may be found in the church.
Alcester Minster Churches - 07840 284 294 (Administrator) 01789 764 261 (Rector)