Wambrook Parish Church

Fabric Report

Following the limited structural survey highlighted in last year’s report, on issues with both internal and external pointing on the southeast corner of the chancel, the ensuing repair work was completed during two weeks in October 2018. Detailed photography at annual intervals is ongoing to establish if there is any movement in the structure, long term.

Again, as reported during the Churchwarden’s reports of 2017/8, nothing has been done in respect of repairs to the West Door, a concern which again will have to be addressed before the coming winter, although esti- mates for the repairs have been requested, none have been received despite repeated requests.

A replacement flagpole was kindly donated by a member of the worshipping community, for which we are extremely grateful. Work is proceeding the produce the necessary fixings to attach the said flagpole to the Church Tower.

Work is ongoing to find an electrician with the necessary clearances, to supply and fit lighting for the new notice-board, now that the faculty for installation has been approved.

In turn, the five year survey of the electrical installation needs to be carried out. This is likely to be done when an electrician with the necessary clearances can be found as stated earlier.

A request has been submitted to the Church Architect to carry out the mandatory QuinQuennial survey and the report has been promised for the end of April 2019.

Work has been completed on the Church inventory, as reported in the Churchwardens report for 2017/8. This matter is now closed.

Problems were again reported with the security access system and repairs have now been completed by the locally based security company. These problems manifest themselves during prolonged heavy rain and may occur in the future.

The much discussed introduction of community toilet facilities, first reported in the ‘Community Survey’ of 2014,(1)  resulted in an informal DAC visit in December 2018. This produced a clear picture of the way forward and a sub committee are working on the project. It is hoped to complete the installation by the end of 2018 but it is entirely dependant on external factors. i.e. Funding, permissions and contractor lead times.

The overall décor of the building is now looking rather tired and will need addressing now that the integrity of the building has been secured.

Having said that, some plasterwork has become detached from the interior of the west slope of the North Chapel. A survey by the contractor, has identified a problem externally with the lead flashing, which will have to be replaced as part of the repair process. This roof slope was not part of the LPOW II repairs carried out in 2016/7. The registry have been approached, to see if the localized repairs can be carried out under the faculty, that was approved for the LPOW II repairs of 2017. We await a decision from the Chancellor and if rejected, a new list ‘B’ faculty will be raised.

Cleaning and Flower arrangements

I thank all those who have given their time, to carry out the regular cleaning and flower arranging in the Church during the past year and I sincerely hope they will continue to do so. Thanks must also be given to those who give their time drawing up the cleaning and flower rota, without which, confusion would reign!

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The Churchwarden’s Annual Report to the Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting of the Blessed Church of St Mary the Virgin, Wambrook,

Wednesday 10th April 2019

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