Article for Parish Annual Report

Article for Parish Annual Report

New building

The progress with the new building has continued to be delayed due to discussion with Praxis, the owners of the Manor House.

Restoration

In contrast. good progress has been made with the restoration work. On this front, we continued to work with specialists in restoration and renovation of old protected churches.

 

Environmental Study

Tobit Curteis and colleague collecting measurements

Firstly during Spring 2016 we engaged with Tobit Curteis to undertake an environmental study covering matters such as temperature, humidity and air movement and subsequently this April to advise on restoration planning and appropriate experts.

 

Following on from this, arrangements have been made with Peter Martindale (who produced a report in 2015 on the church wall paintings) to undertake restoration work starting this June. In terms of funding we are still using our previously raised start-up funds  and most of the immediate work to be undertaken will be funded by the  “100 Church Treasures’’. Funding for the major restoration and new building works will need to be raised once more detailed plans have been produced.

 

Ian Cave – Chairman – Project St Marys

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May 2015 Parish Magazine

Project St. Mary’s

Reports from sustainability and conservation experts

It’s a few months since  we gave you an update on progress with Project St. Mary’s. We have had two important reports on the state of the church building which we are now dealing with and will build into our future plans.

The first was commissioned by the Church Buildings Council, London . The report stated that ‘St. Mary’s church is unarguably one of the most important painted churches in England.  Most of the interior wall surface is adorned with wall paintings dating from the thirteenth through to the turn of the twentieth century, with the majority dating from around the turn of the twentieth century when the church underwent a significant restoration. Important survivals from both the medieval period and post reformation do remain, and of these those in the south transept are the very significant indeed’. The report makes recommendations regarding the existing heating, securing paint and plaster, electrical fixings, cleaning, pebble dash cladding and guttering.

The second was commissioned by the St. Mary’s Project  from a Sustainability Director specialising in historic buildings / energy efficiency .  The engineer took a wide view of the building, looking at why damp and staining occurred and how the air moves through the building.   He also inspected the outside and suggested further studies.

With regard to the new building we have had good feedback from the Diocese regarding our latest architect  plans and have been advised to engage with a local archaeologist to assist with understanding further the issues underground.

These are exciting times ahead for all involved with St. Mary’s church in Aldermaston – to keep in touch with progress and to see how you can help please visit our website at http://project-stmarys.uk/ or at www.facebook.com/projectstmarys

 

Thank you for your support,  Ian Cave

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Oct 2014 Parish Magazine

Despite being the holiday season it has been a very busy month for the Project Group as you can see below.

Following confirmation of the project name as Project St. Mary’s we have been racking our combined brains for a  project logo which everyone could  associate with. There were a number of attempts of artwork from group members (and their spouses) but little did we realise we were staring at the obvious every time we entered our precious church. Outside the west door of St. Mary’s is a carving of a pair of birds either side of the door. Many years ago a local potter, Andrew Hazelden, designed  the artwork above based on those carvings in the church. It was used  for the ‘Memories’ Book printed in 2005, following an exhibition in Aldermaston Parish Hall as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2002.  We think the birds are doves but if anyone has any other information we would love to hear from you. The good news is that Andrew has kindly agreed we can use his artwork as our new project logo.

Another important step forward for the project is the release of our new project website. Chris Boott has recently joined the project group and has made tremendous progress with designing and implementing the site. It contains a wealth of information about the project and, moving forward, will be our main form of communication on progress and plans. Take a look for yourselves at http://project-stmarys.uk/ and let us know of any comments or ideas you may have. For those that use Facebook we also have a link at www.facebook.com/projectstmarys

In a previous Parish magazine article we mentioned the meeting Reverend Becky and myself had with a local Berkshire religious publication called Xn. As well as the article we had a video of the interview recorded  in the church. This  has now been completed and a link to the article and video is here for you to enjoy online!

http://www.xnmedia.co.uk/index.php/west-berks/item/1795-help-st-marys-go-from-doomsday-to-eternity

 

How can you help?  – Although we have now passed the halfway mark in raising  the funds for the initial planning and approvals stage we still need another £2000  of your donations to reach our target. That will then allow us to prepare all the necessary approval applications to the Diocese, English Heritage and local council. To make a donation take a look at the project website at http://project-stmarys.uk/ and follow the link and instructions under Getting Involved –  Help fund the Initial Phase.  Please note you can opt to be anonymous and for those not on the internet ,  please send donations c/o Revd Becky Bevan at The Rectory, Wasing Lane, Aldermaston, RG7 4LX. Also as we mentioned last month  we are  looking for help in a number of areas. For instance if you have any skills in writing website articles, drafting proposals, or just keen to offer help we would like to hear from you by contacting any of  the project group.

Thank you again for your support

Ian Cave

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Sept 2014 Parish Magazine

Project St. Mary’s

Project Progress

As we mentioned last month, the project team has continued seeking help  from  experts in church restoration and buildings.  We now have a Topographical Survey of the area around the church which will be used to produce accurate plans for the new building. .

Awareness and Publicity

We have started to design and develop a project website that will be the entry point  for accessing all information relating to Project St. Mary’s including links to other sites .  We are also looking at other suitable communications media to spread awareness of the project and make it easier for people to find out what we are doing.

How can you help?

Now that the project is picking up pace we will be looking for help in a number of areas. For instance if you have any skills in writing website articles, drafting proposals, or just keen to offer help we would like to hear from you.  Please contact  Cynthia Newman at cmn@aldermaston.plus.com

Fund Raising

I am also very pleased to report that we have reached an important milestone towards  the funding for the initial planning and approvals stage by raising half of the target originally set.  A massive thank you goes to everyone who has contributed so far. To reach our initial target we only need another £2000 in donations as each amount is doubled by a local charitable funding scheme and tax benefits are usually claimable. To make a donation type Find me a Grant into your internet search engine and when you access the site select ‘Live Application’. Then type Aldermaston Church into the search box. Our bid will then appear.  Please note you can opt to be anonymous if you wish. For those not on the internet ,  please send donations c/o Revd Becky Bevan at The Rectory, Wasing Lane, Aldermaston, RG7 4LX.

Thank you for your support

Ian Cave

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August 2014 Parish Magazine

Project St Mary’s


Project Name and Publicity

We are pleased to announce the winning suggestion for the project to restore and rejuvenate St Mary’s Church Aldermaston. As you can see above we have decided to use Project St Mary’s. Many thanks to all who entered the competition. We are now looking at incorporating this into a logo and using it for a project website and other publicity media. Recently Reverend Becky and Ian Cave met up at St Mary’s with the editor of a Thames Valley monthly news magazine called Xn. Here they were able to explain the details of the project which will be included in the next edition (of the Parish Magazine). A number of photographs were taken and the interviews with Becky and Ian were even recorded on video!

Project Progress

The project team has approached a number of experts in church restoration and buildings. For example we need to obtain a Topographical Survey of the area around the church where the new building is proposed to be built; this will give us an accurate plan that we can use in subsequent phases of the project and we hope to get this completed during July. We have been advised by English Heritage that we will need thorough details of the number, location and type of graves in the area. Hence we have engaged a grave digger who will be able to
provide that information from above ground.

Fund Raising

Thanks to all those that contributed at the recent Red Garden Party and at other times. We are progressing well towards our target to fund the Initial Planning and Approvals stage but we still need about E6000 more. As a reminder, donations can be made via ‘Find Me a Grant’ which means any donation you make will be matched by a local charitable funding.

Type Find me a Grant into your internet search engine and when you access the site select `Live Application’. Then type Aldermaston Church into the search box. Our bid will appear and you can read all about what we are trying to do and make a clon.ation. Please note you can opt to be anonymous if you wish. For those not on the Internet, please send donations c/o Revd Becky Bevan at The Rectory, Wasing Lane, Aldermaston, RG7 4LX. Find Me A Grant link

Thank you for your support

Ian Cave, Chair of Project St. Mary’s

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