Work is proceeding well and only slightly behind schedule. Most of the carpentry has been done – mainly the repairs to the tower and south aisle roofs. The covering of the aisle roof remains to be done as does more stonework and reinstating the aisle.
We have been fortunate that the cost has not been as high as we feared. Much of the structure needing repair was covered and inaccessible until work started: for instance the south aisle roof rafters were hidden by a ceiling and only parts of that were removed to inspect the timbers. This means that the sum allowed for these contingencies has not been needed.
That means we can do more work than originally planned and we will be repairing more of the stonework on the tower. Apart from normal wear from the weather much of the tower has suffered from being repointed with cement. This is hard and not porous so moisture gets trapped within the stonework and that causes it to decay. Where practicable the cement pointing will be replaced by lime mortar.