On April 4th 2016, work started on yet another major repair project to the fabric of our lovely old parish church. This time, work takes place on the Chancel. The outside walls of the Chancel have been giving concern for some years, but recently it was discovered that the East wall is cracked, and has moved away from the roof. There is also damage to the East window glazing and to the stone tracery. the project is estimated to cost in the region of £300,000
The Heritage Lottery Fund made us a further major grant in mid 2017 towards the cost of completing this project, but it is not practical to start the work until Spring 2018 as winter frosts could damage the wall repairs.
The project is expected to take about 18 weeks, until mid August. For most of the time the East window will be removed for repair. A screen has been erected at the East end of the choirstalls to seal off the Chancel, so that the rest of the church remains in normal use.
The main contractor for the project is Boshers of Cholsey.
A small but still significant part of the entire project is the provision of a new church handbook, and a heritage corner. The Heritage Corner will be the area around the font, using the walls and display boards. The embroidery produced for our Magna Carta Anniversary celebrations last year will form a central part of the display.