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Monthly Report for the Heritage Lottery Fund February 2022


St Sylvester’s Church Renovation and Community Project, Chivelstone Parish, Kingsbridge

Work during February covered dealing with the works snagging list by Westcountry Stonemasons (WCSM) and implementing the Activity and Interpretation plans.

Tasks carried out in the Month
Project Administration
  • General project administration and record keeping was undertaken.
  • We continue to raise funds through events such as coffee mornings, soup and pudding lunches, etc.
Heritage Works
  • This month the Project Architect and Contract teams have covered the following work;
    • With practical completion of the works the contractor is now only attending the site on an adhoc basis to deal with some of the minor snagging items. These should be complete by the end of March.
    • There have been no H&S issues and our adviser Health and Safety Associates are liaising with WCSM regarding completion of the Health and Safety works file.
    • The storms this month have fully tested the repair works and apart from some minor water leakage through the tower roof doorway and bell chamber louvres the church and tower are now very weather tight.
  • We are also arranging for quotes from qualified plasterers to repair the damage to the internal plasterwork mainly in the south east corner of the church around the organ.
  • The project website continues to be updated and we are still seeing a good level of hits.
  • Instalment 17 of the Church Blog is being developed.
Community Engagement/Activity Plan
  • We are working on the delivery of the remaining programme of activities with our Project partner the South Devon AONB and community volunteers. As a reminder the main programme is as follows;
    • 23rd April – Morning bird walk with breakfast in the Church.
    • 18th June – Bug walk in the churchyard.
    • 30th April/1st May – Wedding Dress Festival
    • 16th July – Church Open Day to celebrate the completion of the Project.
  • The graphics to the interpretation towers and software/data to the computer touchscreen will be installed by our consultant Smith and Jones in early March.
  • Our community volunteers continue to load the heritage data and photographs onto the computer touch screen database.
  • The development of the fourth interpretation ‘tower’ funded by the South West Maritime Archaeological Group (SWMAG) is nearly complete.

 Volunteer Time

  • Volunteer time this month was 56.5 hours (2016 hours in total) mainly working on the Activities, Interpretation, and Project Admin.