Mitcheldean - Building Work 2016/17

Updated: April 2017

As you may have seen and heard, the bells at Mitcheldean Church have now been silent for over a year and in 2016, scaffolding had been erected around the tower. A mix of restorative and preventative maintenance work has been underway to ensure the building remains in good working order for the future. Phase One of this work has now completed and funds are being sought for Phase Two.

Phase One - What work was needed?

Following our Quinquennial Building Inspection in 2014 and additional investigations to the spire and tower, it was discovered that a great deal of work was required on the internal and external structure of the tower and the spire itself (in terms of stonework, repointing and wooden and metal internal supports). Additionally, a large amount of preventative work (such as the replacement of guttering and downpipes) and general repair (such as the replacement of coping stones) was also required.

Working with Nick Joyce Architects Ltd and our chosen primary contractor, McAllister Masonry Ltd, a schedule of work was agreed for Phase One, with further phases of work to be planned in the future.

Phase One - Who was supporting us?

We were fortunate enough to have received several grants in 2016, without which we could not have begun the required work.

Back in late 2015, we applied to the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund, who agreed to provide a large grant. As the project scoping progressed and likely costs increased, this fund very kindly agreed to increase its support to match.

Ever a supporter of work on our churches, the Gloucester Historic Churches Trust also agreed to fund the project.

Further grants were forthcoming from the All Churches Trust and the Warneford Ecclesiastical Charity for which we are also grateful.

Phase One Complete!

As of August 2016, all work on the Tower Parapet guttering had now been completed and coping stonework above the nave had been replaced. Preliminary investigations into work required in Phase Two had also taken place on the tower.

As of March 2017, all remaining work in Phase One had completed. Urgent repointing to the tower stonework had been undertaken, repairs to the timber staging inside the tower had finished and rainwater goods in many places around the church roof had been repaired or renewed.

What next - 2017 onwards

Alongside completion of the works outlined above, a draft schedule of works has now been provided for Phase 2, which will look to remove excess travel in the spire by changing the metalwork inside and out.

It was originally hoped that this could be undertaken as part of the first phase but cost and complexity led to the decision to descope this element and manage it separately. This work will require substantial additional funding, which is currently being sought.

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about the work of our parish or our services, please contact our Parish Priest - Fr David Gill...

Tel: 01594 542952


Address: Fr David Gill, The Rectory, The Stenders, Mitcheldean, Glos. Gl17 0HX

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