Current Project - Update March 2019

Progress Report March 2019

Most of you will be aware of the ‘big project’ for which we hope physical work will start in the summer this year and be completed in less than 6 months.  As a reminder the project comprises both repair  and conservation work, and the provision of new facilities, the main elements of which are:

  • The renovation of the leaking south porch roof.
  • The repair of the cracked stone mullions on the 2 medieval stained glass windows.
  • The cleaning, inspection, repair and conservation of the medieval stained glass.
  • Numerous stone replacements or repairs to ensure both the weatherproof and structural integrity of the building.
  • The provision of an accessible toilet, kitchenette, and improved heating and storage.

Four Friends, and members of the PCC who comprise the Bardwell Grant Getting Group (the BGGG’s) have continued to work on securing funds for the project.  The overall cost of this repair and reordering project is £324,357 including VAT, and as at 1 March 2019 some £237,253 had been secured, with two further grant applications submitted awaiting the outcome, and others planned or in preparation.  Thus more than £100K has been secured in the year since the last Friends Newsletter in March 2018.  This includes some very welcome grants of over £10K from the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Our Heritage’ programme, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the National Churches Trust, and the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust. There were also grants from a further 6 grant-awarding bodies and a number of donations in the period.  The intended contribution of the Friends is now over £27K, a very handsome sum and a particularly appreciated local contribution to this effort.

Most of the grants come with conditions;  of particular note are those attached to the Our Heritage grant which has given extra funding specifically to support activities which will help local people appreciate the history and heritage of our fine church.  You will have seen, for example, the plans for a Pageant in the village on Saturday 28 September.  As part of this effort a special event will be held in the church solely for Friends from 2 – 4 pm of Saturday 1 June.  This will start with a short talk about the ‘big project’ and some of the repairs and renovations that the Friends have sponsored or carried out over the last few years.  There will then be the opportunity to split into groups to see some points of interest in the churchyard, the church, and up the tower.  Light refreshments will be provided.  We would be delighted to see you there.