Monthly Report for the Heritage Lottery Fund June 2021
St Sylvester’s Church Renovation and Community Project, Chivelstone Parish, Kingsbridge
Work during June covered external repair to the main church and tower walls and windows and internal works to the new staircase by Westcountry Stonemasons (WCSM). Work also focused on implementing the Activity Plan in line with the Covid restrictions.
Tasks carried out in the Month
- General project administration and record keeping was undertaken.
- We continue to try to raise additional funds where we can and our focus will now be on the Church Fete in early August.
- This month the Project Architect and Contract teams have covered the following work;
- The stonemasons are on programme and hope to finish re-pointing to the Church north elevation in the next couple of weeks. Repair work has started to the tracery window on the south elevation.
- A repair gang of 5 men is working hard to finish the pointing to the tower top and inner parapet as soon as possible in order to reduce the tower scaffold down to a lower level.
- The rainwater goods to the north side of the tower are in hand.
- Timber work to the new bell ringing chamber staircase is under fabrication.
- There have been no H&S issues and our adviser Health and Safety Associates is liaising with WCSM regarding the Health and Safety works file.
- The Architect is on site every week and in close contact with WCSM day to day.
- The sixth months works valuation is complete.
- There are regular monthly progress meetings (zoom) between the PSC, Contractors and Architect/Consultants.
- The project website continues to be updated and we are still seeing a good level of hits.
- The next instalment of the Church Blog was issued in mid June.
Community Engagement/Activity Plan
- The difficult Covid 19 restrictions and current ‘lockdown’ are continuing to frustrate our Activity programme but we are actively adjusting our plan in conjunction with our partner, the South Devon AONB, to carryout virtual alternatives.
- A very successful Hard Hat day took place which required careful planning and management to ensure the safety of the members of the community and compliance with Covid regulations. All attendees where most impressed by the progress that had been made.
- We have appointed our Interpretation Consultant, Smith and Jones Consulting who are mobilising and liasing with the South West Maritime Archaeological Group’s own Interpretation Consultant to coordinate displays.
- Volunteer time this month was 87 hours mainly working on project admin and finances, fundraising, implementation of the Activity Plan and cleaning the church windows whilst the scaffold is up.