St Mary's Church Westwood Wiltshire



News from the Churchwardens

 

Church Fabric

 

The stonemason has completed the restoration of the south side of the church and has removed the stump of the decorative element from the chancel arch which proved to be unsafe. We are now reviewing where we have reached with the repairs to the external fabric which followed the last quinquennial survey in 2011, to decide with the church architect on the next priorities. There remain unspent funds from the grants we were given to pay for this work.

 

Parish Room Transformation

 

The Charities Commission has acknowledged receipt of our application for registration as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and we hope the registration to be completed during May.

 

Meanwhile preparations for the actual building work continue.  The PCC is forming a steering group to support Nigel Honer as Architect and it is hoped that this will begin work shortly .

 

We have received a faculty from Salisbury Diocese to carry out the alterations to the churchyard to provide disabled access through the gate by the Manor, as well as to create the gathering area outside the west door of the church.

 

Health & Safety

 

Annual Portable Appliance Testing of electrical equipment in both the church and the Parish Room has been carried out.

 

Churchyard

 

The contractor working for Wiltshire Council; has completed the first cut of the grass and we hope that this year all will progress smoothly.

 

David Chalmers

Jonathan Azis

Churchwardens


Article published: 13 May 2015

News from the Churchwardens

 

Church Fabric

 

With the improvement in the weather the stonemason has restarted work and by the time you read this the four merlons on the south face will have been replaced and he will have moved on to the north side of the church.

 

The PCC carried out a long overdue “spring clean” of the church in March to brighten it up before Easter.

 

Parish Room Transformation

 

We have now passed the half-way mark towards our total of £150,000 with more than £90,000 donated, granted or pledged of which there is £52,700 in the bank. As part of this we have received our first external grant of £6,500 from the Rank Foundation. To support Nigel Honer as Architect and Project Manager while the new charity is being formed we are forming a small steering group currently of four people, one of whom is nominated by the Parish Council

 

The Diocese has approved the draft constitution of the new charity (a Charitable Incorporated Organisation) and it has been submitted to the Charity Commission, although we still await a formal letter from the diocesan solicitors. Similarly we await the terms of the transfer of the property to the PCC and the 99 year lease to the new charity.

 

Health & Safety

 

The lightning conductors on the church tower have received their annual check and passed.

 

Churchyard

 

We still await a visit from Wiltshire Council's churchyard officer to review and to make a more detailed plan of the churchyard in advance of the new season. One of the objectives is to ensure there will no longer be any confusion over what and when the Council's contractors are supposed to do. The delay is believed to be due to sickness and short staffing at the Council.

 

There has recently been a spate of dog fouling in the churchyard which is not only anti-social but dangerous to children playing there. Walkers taking their dogs through the churchyard are asked if they could please clear up after their dogs and to dispose of the mess properly. There is a bin on the corner opposite the New Inn.

 

David Chalmers

Jonathan Azis

Churchwardens

 


Article published: 03 Apr 2015

News from the Churchwardens

 

Church Fabric Repairs

 

The stonemason has removed all the cracked and dangerous stone from the south side of the nave and is cutting new pieces to fit before he goes on to the rest of the repairs.

 

Parish Room

 

Elsewhere in this Update you will find a report from Richard Askew on the wonderful response of the Parish to the campaign to transform the Parish Room.  The total donated or pledged is very nearly half our target figure of £150,000. Early in the New Year we will be able to apply for grants from a number of other sources, for example the Landfill Trust, and more when we are properly constituted as a Charitable Organisation. Wiltshire Times article

 

Concerning the latter we are still waiting for the solicitors for Salisbury Diocese to approve the draft constitution of the Charitable Incorporated Organisation and until that is done we cannot apply to the Charities Commission for registration. The response from the Diocese will also include the legal  agreement for the transfer of ownership of the Parish Room and land to the PCC and the terms of the 99 year lease from the PCC to the CIO. However, an application to the Diocese for a faculty for the changes in the consecrated churchyard for disabled access and the gathering area outside the West Door has been made and is expected to be granted within a month or two.

 

Health & Safety

 

The fire extinguishers have received their annual check and are fully compliant.

 

Churchyard

 

We await a visit from Wiltshire Council's churchyard officer to review and to make a more detailed plan of the churchyard in advance of the new season, so that that will no longer be any confusion over what and when the Council's contractors are supposed to do.

 

David Chalmers

Jonathan Azis

Churchwardens

 


Article published: 06 Jan 2015

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