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Upgraded Facilities

Project 4

We were now able to return to a project which was shelved in 2007 due to the over-riding urgency of addressing and devoting all available funds to the resolution of the centuries old problem of the rotating north wall.

Once this had been satisfactorily resolved in 2009, we could take stock and turn our attention to a further upgrade of the church facilities and welcome ministry. This entailed installing a toilet suitable for use by disabled people in the base of the tower and a small servery in the former baptistry area to facilitate provision of refreshments after our Sunday service and for the many events we hold in church during the year. We had already secured the necessary ‘faculty’ from the Diocese. 

Whilst the church was closed in June/July 2009 we had taken the opportunity to carry out the disruptive preparatory work necessary.

Thus, with minimum disruption to normal usage of the church, we constructed a beautiful oak panelled screen at the west end of the south aisle behind which is a small serving area and storage for the cutlery and crockery needed for church events. We have fitted it out with water boiling, food re-heating, refrigeration and dishwashing facilities.

The screen was carefully angled so as not to encroach upon the view of the knight’s tomb and the end result in fact enhances the view of the tomb due to the contrasting colour of the oak and stone. We have renamed this area of the church The Chantry in honour of Sir Hugh of Morwick whose tomb it is.

At the same time a matching oak door into the tower was installed behind which is a fully equipped lavatory and washing facilities, sink for the flower arrangers and a mezzanine floor above for storage of equipment and ornamentation required only at intervals during the church calendar. One casualty of providing these facilities was and enormous 1920 blower unit for the Harrison & Harrison church organ. We therefore installed a modern blower unit under the organ. This had the beneficial effect of re-circulating warm air from inside the church rather than cold air from the tower during services in the winter.