Alcester Minster Churches
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PROJECT REFRESH &
PROJECT RESTORE UPDATE DEC 2018
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 the south and north facades.
Professional examination of the 18th Century nave window stone surrounds revealed severe structural decay in need of full replacement with a harder stone to prevent eventual collapse of the walls.
With a budget of £270,000 and funding already in progress the Parochial Church Council decided on replacement of all 10 window surrounds in two stages, refocusing the project from the original plan of general repairs to all four elevations.
Until now the decaying surrounds had only previously been repaired with various overlaid mortar during successive centuries, concealing the severity.
The south side was finished last March, presenting a clean restored aspect of the church that Alcester had not seen for very many years. Please take a close look outside at the beautifully completed work!
Thanks to your generosity, funding is currently short of less than £8,000 to complete the surrounds of the identical north side, started October 2018 in progress with expected completion by May 2019. The £150,000 cost for this side, including post-inspection additions, is fully itemised by tender from R N Fear & Sons, Stonemasons, from specifications by St Nicholas PCC’s managing architect, Graeme Beamish RIBA.
Donations may be made to St Nicholas Church Restoration Fund, Lloyds Bank Alcester, Sort code 30-98-26, Account Number 65154660. Cash and cheques in envelopes clearly marked ‘Restoration’ may be placed in the wall safe at the church main west entrance.
Gift Aid from tax paying donors can be claimed by St Nicholas Church from HMRC. Please add your details as specified on front of white envelope.
When this exterior restoration work is completed, Project Refresh for the interior can accelerate with faculty approved removal of one front row of pews, and replacement of existing carpets, preceded by re-facing and varnishing of exposed side aisle wood flooring. Introduction of new stackable chairs and furniture for small children’s area took place last Autumn 2018.
Alcester Minster Churches - 07840 284 294 (Administrator) 01789 764 261 (Rector)