Annual Church Wardens Report for year ending 31st December 2016

By Martin Ripley & Will Rolls

2016/17 has been an eventful year. This year it was time for a new Quinquennial Inspection on both the church building and the hall. Since the church is now almost 140 years old, a number of issues with the fabric of the building are to be expected.

In particular:

  • There is possible movement to the north wall of the church building. This has clearly occurred in the past, but we have to arrange to monitor this to see if it is ongoing, so you may soon see markers appearing on the outside wall.
  • There is continuing wear to the roof, which needs ongoing work. We should be aware, however, that the roof is nearing the limit of its useful life and will need significant work, probably within the next 10 years.

Since the QI was carried out, we have also had issues with the boiler. The old system was condemned following a routine inspection and has had to be replaced. While installing the new system, we took the opportunity to replace two radiators within the church and give the system an overhaul. We are sorry for the disruption and discomfort while this was taking place, but we hope that the new system should now be more able to meet the needs of church users, while running more efficiently (and more cleanly) than before.

We want to say a big thank you to all those who work to keep the buildings clean and tidy, those who work doing minor repairs and those who keep the garden looking so good.

Following Dave’s announcement about his new posting, we know that there are going to be some concerns about the interregnum as we wait to see who our next incumbent will be. There will be an opportunity to discuss our worries, hopes, and dreams for what comes next, but in the meantime, you can always give feedback to either Martin or Will and we will take it into consideration.