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Monthly Report for the Heritage Lottery Fund January 2022


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

Work during January 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.
  • The virtual Church Jigsaw fundraising has now finished and we raised £3,183.
  • Our loan facility has now been re-negotiated with the Diocese and we have a new £50k interest free loan to take us through to the end of the Project.
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 February.
    • 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 follow up final snagging visit by the Project Architect took place in late January.
  • 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
  • A review meeting was held with our Project Partner the South Devon AONB to finalise the remaining programme of activities up to Project Completion in July. The programme will now be as follows;
    • 23rd April – Morning bird walk with breakfast in the Church.
    • 18th June – Bug walk in the churchyard.
    • 16th July – Church Open Day to celebrate the completion of the Project.
    • March – Setting up of the wild flower garden in the churchyard.
    • School pupil painting activity to form the basis of a new Tapestry to be made by community volunteers.
    • Development of nature trails around the church linking in with the churchyard trail.
  • The development of the interpretation ‘tower’ panels with our consultant Smith and Jones is continuing and the wooden carcases for the towers, welcome board and touch screen have been delivered.
  • 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 79 hours (1959 hours in total) mainly working on the Activities, Interpretation, cleaning the inside of the church and Project Admin.