News on our roof
Holy Trinity Church Eridge has a new roof.
In late 2015 the Diocesan architect called the churchwardens to tell us that the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund might have grant funding available if we applied in time for the essential repairs to the lead work on the roof which he had mentioned at the time of his last inspection.
After the application was finally submitted, a wait followed but Holy Trinty's application had been accepted. Finally, with money raised by "The Friends of Eridge Church" and the grant from the LPOW Roof Repair fund we were able to go out to tender and work commenced in May 2016.
As we had a wedding planned the workmen dealt with the front face of the roof quickly and removed the scaffolding at the front for the end of May, but the scaffolding then remained at the back of the church all summer.
However, in June the roofers discovered that the beams holding up the roof were in a far worse state than had been anticipated. In fac the rot was so extensive that an additional £22,000 was required to complete the work. Our thanks must go to the helpful staff at the LPOW RRF who with exemplary efficiency rushed through approvals for an additional grant, allowing the beams to be replaced so the work could continue during the dry weather.
The workmen were with us for four months in all.
Finally, the repairs were completed and the Diocesan architech signed off on the work. Leaving the roof of Holy Trinity looking...well, looking exactly as it always had done. But in fact, it was now watertight and areas where old Victorian down pipes and guttering had been giving rise to damp were also rectified and left in perectly ship shape order.