Casey Construction are continuing to make good progress with the work.
Thanks, everyone for your continued gifts and donations. Inspections have shown that considerable extra work is needed to repair the floor joists and add new floor supports as well as additional repairs to the main church frontage. If you would like to contribute, please contact us using the details on the contact page.
Casey Construction are making good progress with the work in the inside. Scaffold and a platform to access the ceiling have been erected and the wall framing is being fitted.
The pit to take the new baptistry is almost ready and insulation is being fitted in the new timber framing.
During the works, opening out the old walls and floors, a number of problem areas have been found so floor joist ends and supports will need to be replaced. 130 years with no damp course has left its mark.
The wall at the stair and above the windows and porch have been found to be particularly damp so an investigation was made of the west facing gable.
Sadly there are so many open joints in the stone that the gable is going to have to be repointed.
The Cross and globe at the top of the gable have been found to be loose, so a new fixing pin will need to be fitted.
We didn’t anticipate these additional repairs, so your continued support and contributions are very much appreciated. If you would like to pledge a regular amount or make a donation, please email me at the address in the contact page. Gift Aid would also maximise your gift if you are a tax-payer. Details are on the form we will send.
Our thanks too, to Mr Casey and his staff for the excellent job they are doing on the renovation work.
Thanks to all the volunteers who cleared the building on Saturday 9th February. There were many more than the number here! It didn’t take long to empty the works areas.
By the end of the first week’s work, tradesmen from Casey Construction Ltd. had removed the old platform and external walls were being stripped back to the stonework.
Somewhere within these walls there is a time capsule placed by the United Presbyterian Church minister Rev Soutar during the building’s construction in 1888. The country was celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria at the time. You can read an extract of the history of the building here.
The building will need some additional repair works carried out, so thanks everyone for your continued contributions. We’ll keep you up to date as the work progresses. (For church service times and temporary venues we’ll update the home page each week.)