2019 St Andrew’s P.C.C. (Parochial Church Council) applied to The National Heritage Lottery Fund for grant aid towards repair of the south aisle and porch roofs, and the associated rainwater goods. (Gutters and drainpipes). These roofs had been ‘temporarily’ covered in felt since 2010, following thefts of lead. Since then, other repairs took priority, namely the Nave and north aisle roofs. Eventually the aisle and porch roofs made their way to the top of the priority list, hence our application.
In September 2019 we were extremely grateful to be awarded a Delivery phase grant, in the sum of £135,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The remainder of the funding was received from other grant aided charities namely Allchurches trust, Lincolnshire Churches Trust, and the Garfield Weston Foundation, without whose invaluable support this work could not have gone ahead.
Our appointed Architect undertook various surveys to determine the extent of the work in detail. The Lincoln Diocesan Advisory Committee assisted in us obtaining the necessary Faculties and permissions for the works. The Faculty process is the equivalent to planning permission for work on churches.
The detailed plans were agreed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England, and quotations for the work were obtained to provide accurate costs.
Work started, but no sooner had we got the scaffolding erected the country was thrown into the first Covid lockdown.
The following gallery shows the aisle prior to being stripped of the temporary felting. Click any gallery image to see the images full screen, as a slide show.
The Capital works were suspended, but the volunteer community projects were able to continue, albeit with social distancing restrictions. Following the partial lifting of restrictions allowing building work to continue, we made good progress, and thankfully the weather was kind.
The following gallery of images shows the progress of the repair works at the church. Click any gallery image to see the images full screen, as a slide show. Each image has an explanatory caption.
December 2020 Work on the roofs was completed and the church was once again scaffold free.
The repair works documented above are the culmination of repairs to the roof coverings, and stonework to St Andrew’s church, over the past 12 years in order to make the church building watertight, thus preventing damage to the historic fabric.
2011/12 Substantial repairs were made to the tower, including the re-leading of the roof, and the replacement and repairs to the stonework.
2015/16 The vast Nave roof was re-leaded, and stonework replacement to the east gable end wall. This was funded by substantial grants from English Heritage and WREN landfill. As part of this project a comprehensive roof alarm system was installed.
As we were approaching the end of the Nave project we were subjected to, yet another, theft of lead from the north aisle and the remaining lead from the south aisle.
2018/19 Funded by a claim covered by the church insurers the metal covering to the North aisle was replaced, following the lead theft. In order to mitigate any future lead thefts, it was agreed, by the church and all other legal and planning bodies, that we use terne coated stainless steel instead of lead.
This brings us up to date, but the work for the PCC continues, which in a building of this age is an ongoing process.
Thanks to a grant from the ‘Historic England Covid 19 Emergency Response Fund’, namely £25,000 towards total costs of £30,000, we will be commencing work in the Spring to replace the metal roof covering to the organ loft/vestry roof. The lead on this roof has come to the end of its useful life and has led to water damage to our wonderful organ. The organ has since been repaired and we are incredibly grateful for the support from Historic England to enable us to undertake this work before any further damage is done.