Saint Agnes and Saint Pancras,
Since the year 2000 a great deal has been achieved. Funding was
secured from the English Heritage - Lottery Fund for major
restoration work on the church.
Phase 1 was completed in 2003, and incorporated the re-roofing of
the East end of the church and urgent high-level repairs to the
spires and fleche. At the same time the whole of the electrical and
lighting circuitry was renewed.
Phase 2 commenced in 2006 and was completed in the spring of 2007.
This involved the complete re-roofing of the northern half of the
church, where there was already very serious water ingress, badly
eroding some of the internal stonework. Guttering and down pipes
were also repaired.
Internal Renovation of the church hall. In the course of the first half of 2007, the kitchen was reduced in size and completely modernised. This gave us increased space to expand the provision of lavatories, enabling us to have separate male and female lavatories, as well as a cubicle for the disabled. At the same time, partitions were put up at the far end of the hall, giving us two good-sized storage rooms.
The Quinquennial Inspection was carried out by our architects in the autumn of 2013. This identified much urgent work to be done: the re-roofing of the South nave and transepts, the replacement of eroded stonework throughout the interior of the church and the repairing of the tiled floor in the church in various places where the tiles are cracked and have risen. Early in 2015 an application for Heritage Lottery Funding was made, and in the summer the church was put on the list of buildings "at risk." This should, we hope, ensure that our bid for lottery funding is successful. In the meantime the parish has launched a Church Restoration Appeal, which currently has raised over £22,000. Fresh donations are always welcome to help save this glorious church for future generations.
The Church Hall. Even though some internal re-decoration has been carried out in 2012 and 2013, such work can only ever be temporary, as the underlying task remains the eradication of the damp areas in the long North wall of the hall, which then will make possible a complete and thorough internal re-decoration. Repair of the roof, or even a complete re-roofing, will be required, as well as new guttering and re-pointing of the north wall.
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