St Mary's Church Westwood Wiltshire



News from the Churchwardens, June-July 2016

 Church Fabric

 The majority of the work specified to be undertaken by the 2011 Quinquennial inspection complete, we are about to move into the next five year cycle, and the church architect will be conducting a detailed structural survey this summer.

 Parish Room Building Progress

 We have been fortunate to have been offered £10,000 from Community First as a Landfill Grant.

 All seven trustees have now been appointed as required by the Charity constitution. They are Chris Edwards (chairman), Jonathan Azis, Belinda Lawrie (treasurer) and David Chalmers (secretary) nominated by the PCC, together with Wendy Manister, Caroline Philpott and Philip Wooster.

 The contract for the main building work has now been placed with Gary Rogers of Melksham who put in a very competitive price. Approval for the archaeological plan has now been given and tenders will shortly be sought for the groundworks including disabled access.

 The Parish Room was cleared on 30th April and all the contents that are reusable have been stored in the Manor barn. We are grateful to Jonathan Azis for allowing us the space and for the many helpers who turned out to sort out and move everything.

 This is my (David's) last Churchwardens' report as I have stepped down after a very interesting and busy five years. Paul Slade of Limes Farm Cottage has kindly agreed to take over the reins and was duly elected at the APCM on 23rd April.

 David Chalmers

Jonathan Azis

Churchwardens


Article published: 30 May 2016

News from the Churchwardens, April-May 2016

 Church Fabric

 Two merlons (castellations) on the north side of the nave have been found to be unsafe and have been removed. We await the stonemason's estimate for replacing them.

 Parish Room Fundraising and Building Progress

 Requests for estimates for the main building work have been sent to six local contractors and their responses are required by 23rd March. At that point we will be able to draw down the £25,000 grant promised to us by the Medlock Trust as well as the £10,000 landfill grant. These together with the money promised to us by the National Trust bring our total of funds raised to just over the target of £150,000. It is a terrific testimony to the faith of the community in the project that we have achieved this in the 15 months or so since we started fundraising. However the project manager has made it clear that there will be many further contingency costs that will arise and so we are not resting from the task.

 As we now have the funds to start work the Parish Room will be closed from 1st May until 1st March 2017.  The last of the monthly Wednesday Coffee Mornings will be on 6th April. We are incredibly grateful for the dedication that Viv and Betty Hancock have shown over many years for managing and maintaining the Room.

 David Chalmers

Jonathan Azis

Churchwardens


Article published: 24 Mar 2016

News from the Churchwardens

 Church Fabric

 

Repairs to the external stonework has paused over the Christmas period with most of the work on the windows completed. The mason will restart as weather permits with the roof level work.

 

Parish Room Fundraising and Building Progress

 

Fundraising has just passed the £125,000 mark to trigger the grant from the local charity, the Medlock Trust, which offered to make it up to £150,000, and the letter of application is being drafted. However, the architect has pointed out that there will be many smaller items needed to finish the work which have not been included in the main costing and so we need to continue fundraising.

 

The working drawings and the schedule of works have been completed. These documents should enable the archaeologist to prepare a programme for supervised excavation and work during a period of good weather. They will also be used for inviting tenders from builders which, subject to costs, we hope to be local.

Now that transfer of ownership to the charity has been completed (December 23) a fence will soon be erected to divide off the Parish Room garden.

Churchyard

Wiltshire Council has confirmed that maintenance will continue as scheduled despite cost cutting.

The church path and steps have been kept clear of autumn leaves due to the efforts of Lesley Chalmers, and Sue Lindsay looks after the green wheelie bin putting it out for emptying. We are very grateful to them both.

David Chalmers

Jonathan Azis

Churchwardens

 


Article published: 27 Jan 2016

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