The Heritage Lottery funded project to re-roof St Andrews is now almost complete. The new lead roof is finished and is protected by a sophisticated alarm system. The external walls have been rendered with a lime mortar to allow the building to breathe. A new pathway and glazed entrance doors have improved access to the church and the removal of some little used pews at the back of the nave has created more space around the font. The area under the medieval wallpainting now features a display of church history which is still being added to.
Following our successful application for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, work on the Nave roof is now well advanced. The original roof timbers were found to be in good condition apart from two rafters which required some rotted timber to be removed and new oak scarfed into place. Internal works to remove some pews, repair the floor and install a display of church history are well advanced but are now waiting for the internal support scaffolding to be removed.
The majority of the finance has been provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund with supporting grants from the Allchurches Trust and St Andrews Restoration Appeal (SARA). This appeal has been running for five years and has raised over £27000 to date – donations always welcome!