Thanks to the work of our
stone mason Mick Bunning our work on the tower is now complete. With the
west window substantially renovated and restored plus the re-establishment
of the string course to the south and west elevations, the tower looks
resplendent once more in the spring sunshine.
Thanks also to our
resident metal worker and engineering specialist Rupert Fairclough
RS Engineering we have complimented the original Victorian west
gate and hung two fabulous sets of gates to the church and graveyard.
Our new gates add the final touch to our three year project and serve to
present the finished work at visitors enter the church grounds from
Church Path. As we raise the final elements of funding during
April and May it would be remiss not to thank all those who have
given generous gifts of time, money and materials throughout the three
years because without each and every one of them the project would have
Our final thank you has
to go to Denise, Simon, family and the entire team at our wonderful
village pub - The Weatsheaf Bar and Restaurant - who raised a staggering
£3,690 with a surprise Prince & Pauper evening, just when
we'd all almost run out of steam.
Thank you to everyone and
CONGRATULATIONS! – we have achieved not just our goal but so much
Work will shortly recommence on stonework to the tower in order to
complete the project.
The new path has now been laid through the graveyard making access
much more easy for everyone now that the steep steps have been removed.
The entire Church Path has been topped with road planings.
We have almost completed
Phase III works and fully completed the Volunteer Working Party tasks
thanks to each and every one of the team and their generous
contributions in time and materials/machines. The atmosphere and
friendship, laughter and hard work was really something special.
Everyone has worked so
hard and shown such commitment however we must give a special thanks to:
- His Grace, The Duke of
Bedford – who gifted us the land for the extension graveyard.
- Alastair Brooks for his continued pro-bono work transferring title of
the graveyard and sponsorship of the West Window restoration.
- Frank and Haden
Morris, for without their heavy machinery and expertise this project
would never have progressed so far so fast
- Woburn Golf Club and His Grace, for the most successful golf day which
The final programme of
- restoration of the West
- relaying of a safe
path down to the porch from Church Path, with soil deposited on the
extension graveyard ready for seeding
- restoration of the
string course around the tower at the mid-point
- completion of the
- final dressing of
Church Path with spent tarmac planings (thanks to Milton Keynes Council
and Cllr Hopkins)
- new gates to the graveyard and entrance to the church
We have all had such a
great time on this project that we'll be continuing our community work
so at the end of this year we will be launching ASTRA Community Projects.
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