Things are now moving at a slightly faster pace in the work on the Chapel.
The re-pointing of the whole of the exterior stonework is now almost completed - just waiting for the new windows to be installed so that the exterior reveals can be completed.
The steel reinforcing for the ground floor is also almost completed and the installation of the
damp-proof membrane system for walls and floor on the lower ground floor is well under way.
are now waiting for the roofer to come and do the repairs and re-flashing work that is required after we have been advised that the present roof has another 5-10 years of life before requiring complete replacement. The repairs will protect the building from
water ingress and therefore further wood rot.
We are getting ready, weather allowing,
to replace all the soffits and fascias which will then allow us to install new gutters and downpipes, thus removing the risk of past water penetration through the walls.
Electical, plumbing and heating installation will begin once the damp-proofing in completed internally and some parts of the building will begin to look much better.
We are grateful to all who have contributed to the cost of this restoration so far - we have had
some lovely grants of significant funds from several charitable companies as well as great financial support from our own fellowship. We have also had wonderful financial support and encouragement through the Trust who own the Chapel.
We are continuing to be blessed by all who are working with Steve on site, in a variety of skills: Richard & Chloe, our
Conservation and Design architects, Jim, Richard, Ollie, Jeremy and Russell some of our contractors and we continue to pray for safety for all those who work or visit the site.
We were waiting on the outcome of our last Supplementary Planning Application which has now been granted and will allow us to press on even more strongly with the work. We also
heard this week that we have received confirmation from the Building Inspector that our plans are acceptable.
We still have a way to go both in the physical work in the building, but also in raising the funds to pay all the bills and are continuing in our prayers to ask that our gracious Father 'will supply all our needs' - this is a great adventure in faith and we have confidence that as we seek to walk in faith, we will see great blessing.
Much prayer is always needed!!