Over the next few months, there will be many changes made to our building. The work will impact on all our users and we will use this page to keep you up to date on progress. Please check in
Things are happening fast
towards the development of the new kitchen and washroom facilities. Walls are going up, to be followed soon by installation of the fittings. Preparations are also being made for the old
rear staircase to be taken out and the new one to be put in place. However, we must ask you to curb your natural curiousity. The area beyond the transept door is potentially dangerous,
and remains out of bounds.
Our apologies that
publicity is difficult just now due to the lack of display space. This will be available around the building at a later stage. We will provide temporary freestanding boards as soon as we
can. In the meantime please attach posters etc to windows rather than the freshly painted walls. Thanks for your help.
I am unclear about the
previous history, but certainly for the past 40+ years our pipe organ has been electrically powered via a blower situated (rather querkily) on a wooden platform in the men's washroom. I imagine
that when the organ was switched on, the sound was probably similar to a plane taking off! The process of upgrading that part of the building meant exploring whether the blower could be moved
elsewhere, and two years ago we consulted our fairly new, but vastly experienced, service engineer Stephen Lemmings about it. The result is that earlier this month he, together with two
colleagues, moved this very bulky and immensely heavy piece of machinery from the washroom up the stairs and into the roof void above the organ pipes (to the side of the chancel). When the
remaining building work around the rear stairwell has been completed, trunking will again attach the blower to the rest of the organ mechanism, the electrician will make fresh electrical connections
and the organ will be back in use. It will then need a thorough tuning by Peter Spencer, our regular tuner, before taking its place again in our worship and praise of
We are very fortunate in
having an instrument which has stood the test of time so well with relatively little maintenance required. Stephen Lemmings tells me that the blower itself is of German manufacture and a
'Rolls-Royce' of organ blowers. As often happens, the pipes of this organ were originally in another church - in this case a Methodist church further along the Stratford Road towards
town. In the future, it would be good to pull together an accurate account of its history - any offers?
- We have several
Stephens/Stevens working on this project - including the architect, architect's commercial manager, off-site contract manager, and organ blower consultant. Three of these were on-site at the
same time recently when the organ blower was being moved.
- So far, at least 19
firms are or have been involved in the planning or execution of this project. These include the architect and quantity surveyor (the core people working on our behalf), the building contractor
and sub-contractors, and several consultants advising on specialist areas. The architect is the person who project manages everything for us, and the quantity surveyor keeps an eye on the
financial side, keeping the project as far as possible within budget.
Please check back on this page for regular updates.