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Monthly Report for the Heritage Lottery Fund March 2022


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

Work during March 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, 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 are complete for now and will be reviewed again at final completion.
    • There have been no H&S issues and our adviser Health and Safety Associates have completed the Client Health and Safety Works File which has now been handed over to the PCC.
  • We have appointed a qualified plasterer to repair the damage to the internal plasterwork in the south east corner of the church around the organ and to the south porch, the repair work will take place in June.
  • The project website continues to be updated and we are still seeing a good level of hits.
  • Instalment 17 of the Church Blog has been issued.
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. The main programme has been updated and is as follows;
    • 20th April – Creation of a Wildflower Garden in the churchyard with AONB specialists guiding local volunteers and members of the community.
    • 23rd April – Morning/dawn chorus bird walk with breakfast in the Church.
    • 18th June – Bug walk in the churchyard and nearby lanes.
    • 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 have now been installed by our consultant Smith and Jones and look tremendous.
  • As the repair work and interpretation panels are now complete we are now arranging for the Memory Trail information to be available in the church in conjunction with our project partner the Kingsbridge Arts Society.
  • The development of the fourth interpretation ‘tower’ funded by our project partner the South West Maritime Archaeological Group (SWMAG) has also been installed.
  • We also held a zoom Evaluation update meeting with our adviser Christina Dixon and Lottery mentor Laura Hetherington and have arranged a further Evaluation Wash Up meeting for early May.
Volunteer Time
  • Volunteer time this month was 66 hours (2082 hours in total) mainly working on the Activities, Interpretation, and Project Admin.