Our first project was the much-needed cleaning of the church clock, followed by major repairs to the beautiful east window and side lancet windows. We have now completed the restoration of the fifteenth-century porch entrance to the church as can be seen from the pictures below.
The Friends’ trustees have also prepared and installed a self-guided tour of St Mary’s, featuring a series of paddles attached at different places around the church. The short paragraphs describing the special features at each site are presented in English, French, and German.
Repairs have also been made to the tower roof and gutters, both of which were letting in water for some time prior to the Friends funding of the repairs. We have also replaced some fallen plaster in the roof of the Chancel, which was carried out by specialists using horsehair and dung.
Current and future Projects
Our major current project is the repair of the 16 buttresses holding up the walls of St. Mary’s. We have a specialist stonemason who is clearing growth, repointing and replacing the stonework on them where necessary. He’s completed over half of them already and the great improvement made can be seen from the pictures below. His next task will be to repair the stonework around the two vestry windows, which is badly eroded. We plan to carry out restoration work on the ancient West Door of the church. It hasn’t been used for decades and is in need of considerable repair.