Minor works herald the start of the renovation project
Despite the renovation start date being put back to 31st July, various other works have either been completed or put in hand. Now that the renovation work is imminent the minor works that were put on hold whilst we sought both finance and permission for the renovation, will now take place.
The railings in Church Walk have been repaired, cleaned and painted. Our thanks go to Jim and Brenda for the considerable time, skill and energy that they have given to this project – we believe that on some mornings work commenced at 6 am!
A new roof has been fitted to the shed in the churchyard. Some of the roof timbers were rotten, and unbeknown to us, part of the roof only stayed in position because it had sagged and was being supported by the top of a cupboard. A cursory examination of the two barbecues tucked away in a very dark corner, revealed that the barbecue grilles were wrapped in newspaper published in June 1998. Perhaps they were last used at Bourne Abbey's Patronal Festival in that year. Can anyone remember such an occasion?
We are not sure of the origin and use of the 3 feet tall wooden shield and wooden sword – but no doubt someone can remember.
Work will also commence repairing leaking gutters etc. at the church hall. There are still other jobs on our list.
The actual renovation work will commence, as stated, on 31st July, but before then, a cage will be built outside the existing boiler room. This may result in congestion in Church Walk together with reduced parking in front of Bourne Abbey. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Merryn and Dudley